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Kodiaks open season with 20-14 win over Quincy
 

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Cascade running back Dennis Merritt heads up field in action against Quincy. The Kodiaks beat the Jacks 20-14 to open the season.
It was the beginning of what figures to be a very interesting football season. Since there are only four teams in the Caribou Trail League now, the Cascade Kodiaks only play three league games, in October. All the rest of the contests are non-league, like the season opener against Quincy at home last Friday.

Under the new lights at Peshastin, the Kodiaks started off the season in fine fashion, beating the Quincy Jacks 20-14. Cascade showed off a new wrinkle in their Wing-T offensive attack with the addition of a pistol formation.

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Kodiak volleyball shines at Wenatchee Jamboree
It was a good showing for the Cascade Kodiaks at the Wenatchee Jamboree last Saturday. The team went 5-0 on the day, matching up against squads from Wenatchee, Chelan, Moses Lake and Eastmont.

"We had a good first showing. I was pleased with the efforts and competitiveness. However, we have a lot to work on and will focus on getting better. We are not were we want to be yet," said Head Coach Marni McMahon.

In the first match, Cascade beat Eastmont 25-16, 25-7. McMahon said it was a great serving match for the team as Rachel Caudle and Makena Ala'ilima-Daley had some solid serving runs, getting the Wildcats out of system.

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Kodiaks hoping to send Coach Daley out on a winning note
When it was announced that Elia Ala'ilima Daley would be the new principal at Cascade High School, it was also announced he would also be stepping away from coaching duties after the upcoming football season.

It will end a long association with the Cascade football program which began in the late '80s when he was a star player for the Kodiaks. Even with all the emotion associated with stepping away from the team, Daley is only concentrating on the task at hand, getting his team ready to play.

"I'm not really concentrating on this being the last year, but just making sure the boys are ready for the season. We are really hoping for a great season," Daley said. "The boys have come in shape, especially the senior class. Our junior class is ready to push them. Really excited about what we have coming forward."

Like many Kodiak teams of years past, this one is stacked with offensive talent. Senior tailback Dennis Merritt returns for his senior season, which could be something special. Last season, the speedster ran for 1,835 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had 368 yards on kickoff returns.

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Cascade Girls' Soccer team hoping to challenge for league title
Cascade will be relying on a number of younger players this season. Head Coach Glen Stefanko said they lost a lot of seniors, and have filled about half of those spots. He said they are going to build the team back up.

"We have some promising girls coming on. As far as talent, this is a really good year. We have some great young players. Really excited to train them for the next four years," Stefanko said. "Excited to see what they are able to do already. It's a light roster, but we have some good talent."

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Cross Country team aims high in 2014
Optimism is high for the Cascade Cross Country team. Four girls return from the league title team from a year ago, including state champion Erin Mullins. Mullins, Jennifer Novikoff, Lydia Youkey and Kieran Ringel will be joined by newcomer Ivy Spiegel Ostrum this season and should be a force to be reckoned with.

"Ivy Spiegel Ostrum is running with us so I think she will be a good replacement. You need five good runners for varsity," said Cascade Head Coach Dayle Massey. "They won league last year. I think we will be stronger this year. Chelan is always good. Omak has some good eighth graders coming up. I think we have a real good chance of winning league. This year, if you win league, you go to state as a team."

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Defending state champion Kodiaks have big goals in 2014 Young squad eyes another State berth
The Cascade Kodiak volleyball team won the state championship last year, becoming the first team sport at Cascade to do so. So what do they do for an encore? Try to win it all again, of course.

"I think we have intent this year. Our philosophies and expectations are not going to change. We have a younger crew," said Head Coach Marni McMahon. "This team is going to have work a little harder but they have a lot of potential. We will see. We have a lot of work to do. I don't want to limit this team's expectation, but we are going to aim high."

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Cascade Cheer Squad
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USDA announces $5.7 million in training grants and other new resources to help schools serve healthier meals and snacks
Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced additional tools to help schools serve healthier meals and snacks as students return for the new school year.

The announcement includes $5.7 million in Team Nutrition grants to state agencies administering the National School Lunch and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. The grants will help states expand and enhance training programs that help schools encourage kids to make healthy choices. Several states will use the grants to increase the number of schools implementing Smarter Lunchroom strategies, which are methods for encouraging kids to choose healthy foods that were developed by child nutrition experts. Research has shown these strategies successfully lead to healthier choices among students. USDA is also funding 2,500 toolkits to provide school districts with the resources they need to take advantage of research on Smarter Lunchroom strategies.

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Cascade in full swing for back to school
Students in grades 1-12 returned to their classrooms on Aug. 26 to begin the 2014-15 school year. Kindergarten students at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary will be begin their classes on Sept. 2 with pre-school set to begin on Sept. 8 at Icicle River Middle School. Enrollment projections are up following last year's increase of approximately 100 students throughout the district.
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