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Kodiaks dominate Lynden Christian, drop close one to LaSalle
Slowly, but surely it seems the Cascade Kodiaks are coming into form as league play, at long last, is set to begin. Cascade travelled to Yakima last Thursday, for another non-league game, this time at LaSalle.

After taking an early lead, the Kodiaks nearly made it hold up, but lost in the bottom of the seventh inning, 6-5. Cascade took a 2-0 lead in the first. Chino Merritt reached as hit batter, then stole second. He scored on an error by the centerfielder. Dane Williams singled and came around to score on error.

With Austin Murdock on the mound, LaSalle scored in the bottom of the first, to make it 2-1. The Kodiaks went up 3-1 in the second as Murdock singled and came around to score on Connor Warman single.

The Lighting came back in the second with a run, on a double and error. However, a big third inning pushed the Kodiak lead to 5-2. Merritt and Williams each singled and came around to score.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...

Kodiak boys shine at Quincy Invite
The Cascade Kodiak boys' track team put up their best result of season with a fourth place finish at the Quincy Invite last Saturday. With 57 points, the Kodiaks finished behind Quincy, Ephrata and Cashmere. There were 28, mostly small schools, at the meet.

Senior Dennis Merritt had another outstanding day, winning both the 100 and 200.

"His starts were best out of the blocks. He has such explosion out that he leads the field right after his first step," said Bill Davies, Cascade head coach.

Daniel Olmstead finished second in the 1600 and 3200. Austin Cassayre won the pole vault.

"I was extemley impressed with Daniel Olmstead. He runs tough and really reached deep to find an extra effort. He a competitor," Davies said. "Austin Cassayre is starting to become very consistent. He should clear 13-feet soon."

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...
Cascade golfers continue to play well, defeat Omak
In consecutive weeks, the Cascade Kodiaks boys' golf team has defeated their two primary challengers for the league title, Chelan and Omak. Though nothing is guaranteed, it does serve as a definite confidence boost for the boys.

Last Thursday, Cascade hosted Omak and Okanogan. Team play involved only Omak, since Okanogan did not have enough players to form a team. Cascade beat Omak 340-347.

"What a pep talk and a couple of good practices will do for you. Our kids played great. Some put in their best scores of the year," said Randy Alexander, Cascade head coach. "Led by medalist Tyler Bain and his 79, the Kodiak boys' golf team defeated the young, talented Omak team. Gunnar Stubblefield, Nathan Wells and Logan Nielson all finished with season bests of 84, 87, and 90 respectively to finish out the scoring for the Kodiaks. This was the lowest team score of the year so far."

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...
Kodiaks anxious for league play to begin
The tough, non-league schedule has been hard on the Kodiaks. The boys suffered another tough loss April 14 to East Valley, 1-0. It could have been much different, but Cascade did not seem to have their normal energy.

"We can out today and really lacked luster. We didn't have any any energy. The whole game, our touch was a little bit off," said Pete Spiegel, Cascade head coach. "They were beating us to every single ball. We didn't have the pep we normally have and it showed with the results. They were winning the middle of the field. I was especially disappointed. When you don't win the middle, it's hard to get attacks going."

The game was scoreless through the first 20 minutes, but then East Valley broke through with a goal at 21:15. It proved to be the only score of the contest. Time and again, the Red Devils were winning the one-on-ones, getting to the ball quicker and maintaining possession.

It was a physical game, and finally at 54 minutes, a fight broke out. One East Valley player was red carded, but he was already on the bench. Star defender Rollo Sanchez received his second yellow card in fracas and was ejected, meaning the Kodiaks had to play with 10 players.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...
Kodiak softball team crushes Royal Knights 17-3
The Cascade Kodiaks evened their record at 5-5 on the season with a convincing 17-3, five inning victory at Royal on April 16. Senior hurler Madeline Krous picked up the win, throwing five innings, giving up just two runs on three hits.

The bats came alive too, as the Kodiaks pounded out 17 runs on 17 hits.

"This was a solid outing both offensively and defensively. The girls showed a lot of heart after our tough loss last week. They continue to improve and get ready for league action," said Ken Krous, Cascade head coach.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...
Kodiaks lose to Blaine 11-6 in extra innings
The Cascade Kodiaks put together a fine effort against the visiting Blaine Borderites April 10 in Dryden, but fell short 11-6 in 8 innings.

With senior Madeline Krous in the circle, Blaine banged out four consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead in the first. But Cascade came back to tie game as Madi Russ doubled, then scored on a Madeline Krous groundout.

Blaine would take a 2-1 lead in the fourth as the leadoff hitter singled, then came around to score on a passed ball. The Kodiaks came back to take the lead in the bottom of frame. Sarah Pickel singled, and came around to score on a Charlotte Gaughn double to tie the score 2-2. Gaughn scored on an RBI groundout by Leanne Fraker.

Cascade led 3-2.

Blaine tied the game in fifth, after a leadoff single. Krous induced a popup and groundout, but then an error and single allowed the run to come in. The game was tied 3-3. Cascade would take a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Kaycee O'Brien walked, then Madeline Krous and Pickel doubled, then Merdith Krous singled to push across more runs. Unfortunately, Blaine rallied to tie the game once again in the sixth, thanks to two errors, a walk and a single.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Cascade golfers have good week with wins at Quincy and Chelan
The Cascade Kodiak boys golf team started off their week in fine style with a win at Quincy on April 7. Led by Tyler Bain's 81 and Nate Wells' 83, and a personal best 89 from San Winters, the Kodiaks beat Quincy 343-352 at Quincy's Clockum Ridge Golf Course.

"We have played in a couple tournaments and this was our first head-to-head match with another school. Clockum Ridge can be a tough course when the wind is really blowing and I knew it would challenge us," said Randy Alexander, Cascade head coach. "The kids rose to the challenge, modified their swings a little, talked about club selection and out they went. Most came back with smiles on their faces."

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Kodiak track team performs well at Cashmere Invite
The Cascade Kodiaks turned in some outstanding individual performances at the Cashmere Invite over the weekend. The Kodiak girls scored 62 points, to finish third out of 18 teams. Only Meridian and Kings beat them.

The boys were solid as well, finishing tied for seventh, with 26 points.

Maddy Parton won the 100 with a time of 12.74, the 200 with a time of 26.69. She also won 300 hurdles with a time of 47.54.

"The biggest standout was Maddy Parton. She set some of the fastest times in the state 1A," said Bill Davies, Cascade head coach. "She was two full seconds faster than her state time in the 300 hurdles and her times in the 100 and 200 were big PR's for her. She is running really strong for this time of year."

Erin Mullins won the 3000 meters, and was fourth in the 800. Ashley Parton was fourth in the 400, third in triple jump, fourth in long jump and fifth in 100 hurdles.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Cascade rebounds from 0-5 start to beat Wapato, Brewster
The first five games of the season were not kind to the Cascade Kodiaks. In losing their first five games, the team had been outscored 11-2 in the process. Compound the fact they lost two home games because their home field was not ready, due to off season damage.

With the damage to the soccer field repaired, the Kodiaks played their first official home game on April 7. And boy did the home field make a difference as the Cascade beat Wapato 6-0 to win their first game of the season.

"We finally played on our home field and things started to click. It's nice to get that monkey off our back. This is our first win and we needed it," said Pete Spiegel, Cascade head coach. "We had two goals before this. Now, we've put in six. That is what we have been emphasizing all year. You can't win unless you score."

Midfielder Carlos Lopez opened the scoring at 5:53 with the goal. At 11:40, Esteban Gonzalez took advantage of a defensive mix-up in front of goal to put the Kodiaks up 2-0.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Kodiaks get back on the winning track and bats come alive
Cascade Head Coach Mike Kelly had been waiting for his offense and defense to pick up. And against Meridian on April 9 and 10, it happened.

In the first game on April 9, despite a stellar pitching performance by junior Blake Vandel, the Kodiaks needed a seventh inning rally to beat visiting Meridian 7-6.

"Blake came out and got into a groove. We were expecting that. Early in the season, we have been pitching a lot of guys, so it is hard to get into a rhythm or flow when you are only in there for two innings," Kelly said. "Today was his first opportunity where was going to go as far as he could. His pitch count was great and I didn't pull him because of pitch count. He just wore out because we haven't extended him. But he was impressive."

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Mount Baker puts a thumping on the Kodiaks
The Cascade Kodiaks played a double header at Mount Baker over the spring break. The home team, on April 3, put a thumping on the Kodiaks like no other squad this season, winning 16-1 and 21-0. Both games were cut short, due to the 10-run, five inning rule.

In the first game, Mount Baker pounded out 15 hits and 16 runs versus 3 hits and 1 run for the Kodiaks. It was a 3-1 game until the third inning when the Mountaineers put 10 runs on the board.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 More...

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