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Kodiaks get back on the winning track and bats come alive

Photo submitted by Mike Hill
Cascade left fielder Nolan Pulse slides into home, in action last week in Peshastin, as the Kodiaks beat the visiting Meridian Trojans 6-5.
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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kodiaks dominate Tonasket in non-league action
It was mostly a week of rest for the Cascade Kodiaks over the spring break. However, the team did play one match, at home against Tonasket on March 31. The results were much the same as when the Kodiaks played them on March 19.

The boys won 5-0, and the girls won 4-1. Cascade Head Coach Mark Hassinger was pleased with his team's performance. "It was nice to have a home match and see the supporters out. Once again, Tonasket is rebuilding this year. However, our kids did what we needed to do to come away with victory in both boys and girls. We won nine-out-of-10 matches," Hassinger said.

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Zillah tops Kodiaks 7-2 in non-league action
The non-league competition is proving a tough challenge for the Cascade Kodiaks. On March 31, the Kodiaks hosted Zillah, the team which bumped from the state playoffs a year ago.

And once again, the Leopards were victorious. They pounded out seven runs on 11 hits, on the way to a 7-2 victory.

"We were expecting better results with more consistency. It is important for us to go up against the best and see where we stack up. That is what we are doing. We are in discovery mode, trying to establish the team we have," said Mike Kelly, Cascade head coach.

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Kodiak tennis team plays well at Quincy
The Cascade Kodiak girls tennis team continued their fine season with a dominating 5-0 at Quincy last Thursday. The number one doubles team of Madison Colvin and Katie Schiefelbein had to go three sets to pick up their victory.

"They made some nice adjustments and came away with the win. We are looking forward to the rest of the year and can't wait for league play to begin," said Mark Hassinger, Cascade head coach.

The boys team lost 3-2.

"The boys picked up a couple of sweet victories at singles but all three doubles lost. Neil Flodin and Sam Keziah earned straight set victories in singles and played very well. Sam played a superb match and crushed his opponent 6-1, 6-0," Hassinger said.

Hassinger said they felt good playing so well against a 2A school. The Kodiaks hosted Tonasket on March 31. Results were not available before press time. Cascade plays at Entiat on Monday, April 6, and at Eastmont on Tuesday, April 7.

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Kodiak soccer season off to rough start against top competition
The competition has been tough for the Cascade Kodiak soccer team in the early season. With the two losses last week, the team is now 0-5 on the season.

Cascade played at Royal on March 26. The Kodiaks played the Knights to 0-0 at half. The defense was playing well, especially Luis Fonseca. But two late goals was the difference as the Kodiaks had trouble finding the net again.

In their five games this season, they've only scored two goals.

"The goals that Royal scored were a result of defensive lapses, all of which can be corrected. Offensively, we have gotten opportunities. In soccer, you might only get three or four opportunities to score a goal. So when these opportunities come, we have to score," said Cascade Head Coach Pete Spiegel. "Goals will come. I believe that when they do come, the flood gates will open up and we will score in bunches. However, right now we are tight and anxious in front of the goal, which makes it hard to finish our chances."

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Cascade Track and Field team competes at Eastmont, Chelan
The Cascade Kodiak Track and Field team competed against league rival Chelan, and also Entiat last Thursday in Chelan. The team also participated in the Eastmont Wildcat Classic last Friday.
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