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Cascade's Kelly and Kuch shine at state tennis tournament

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Taylor Kelly and Kellie Kuch performed beyond expectations at the State Tennis Tournament last week. Pictured, from left, Coach Mark Hassinger, Kellie Kuch, Taylor Kelly, Coach Joey Johnansen.
All in all, it was a successful state tennis tournament for the Cascade Kodiaks. The two girls playing, sophomore Taylor Kelly and junior Kellie Kuch both advanced to the semifinals of the 1B/2B/1A tournament at the Yakima Tennis Club on May 29 and 30.

Kelly made it to the finals, before losing, while Kuch lost in the semifinals.

"They both had a great tournament and exceeded all expectations. Both Taylor and Kellie lost to the same girl, the eventual champion. That girl did not loose a game the entire tournament. She really separated herself," said Mark Hassinger, Cascade head coach. "Taylor made it to the finals. Kellie made to the semifinals. It was outstanding."

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Bain, Wells lead Cascade golf to 11th place finish at State
Cascade junior golfers Nathan Wells and Tyler Bain played well enough at State to post a team score. Both golfers played well on the first day. The State Tournament was held last week at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Bain shot 79 on the first day, while Wells shot 84, which was at the cut line.

"They both played excellent on the first day to move on. Tyler made a good mixture of par and birdies along with a few bogeys to card a 79 good enough to finish 16th on the first day," said Randy Alexander, Cascade head coach. "Nathan played very solid, combining his short game and putting to card an 84. We were ecstatic. Both had made it to state the year before and this year the goal was to make it to the second day. And it happened."

To achieve a team score, a school must have at least two golfers make the second day. Only 12 schools posted a team score. The second day was much different for both Kodiak golfers. Both had trouble getting off the tee and making the green in regulation.

Bain struggled on the front nine, shooting a 41. Even with a seven on one hole, Bain still shot 42 on the back for an 83. Bain finished 24th overall. Wells had a tough time from get go, Alexander said.

"He had lost ball on the first hole and bogeyed out the front for a 47. Then just couldn't get on track the rest of the round for a disappointing 98," Alexander said. "I could see he was struggling but Nate is one of the most fiercest competitors I have ever known and he just kept going. He wasn't going to let another bad hole get him down. He was a real trooper. It was a long day for Nate."

Wells finished 44th. Nick Baker of Cle Elum-Roslyn was the individual champion, shooting a 4-under, 140 for the tournament. Seattle Academy was the team champion.

"Cascade had a great golf season and finishing it off with two boys making it to state and one girl making it to district. We got the sportsmanship trophy for the CTL. I couldn't ask for much more. We have a young team, graduating out mainstay Alex Woods, a three year letterman. He will be missed. I enjoyed Alex during his time here," Alexander said. "Coming back, I have six juniors. Tyler Bain, Nathan Wells, Gunnar Stubblefield, Logan Nielson, Sam Winters and Chandler West. We will be even stronger next year."

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Cascade finishes season with solid performance at State track meet
Cascade sophomore Erin Mullins won the 3200 meter race at the State 1A/1B/2B track and field meet last weekend in Cheney. Cascade Head Coach Bill Davies said it was one of the best races he has ever seen.

"She gave it everything she had. She and Moriah Dulich from Deer Park battled for the lead the entire eight laps. It was in the last 300 meters that Erin put the race away with an amazing kick," Davies said.

Mullins time was 11:07. She also finished fifth in the 1600, running 5:21. Junior Maddy Parton finished second in the 300 hurdles, in a time of 45.99, which was a new personal best.

Parton finished ninth in the 100 (13.08), 10th in the 200 (26.74) and she anchored the 4x10 team which finished fifth.

"The highlight of the meet for me as coach was the girls 4x100 relay. The girls took fifth and set a new school record of 50.24. The relay consisted of Jana Witkowski, Lauren Richardson, Ashley Parton and Maddy Parton. We have been practicing hand off every day of the season and it paid off big," Davies said.

All the girls are coming back next season, which Davies said is exciting.

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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.

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