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Cascade gets in the win column with homecoming victory over Cle Elum, 51-20

Photos by Ian Dunn
Cascade senior running back Dylan Scott rumbles for yardage against Cle Elum last Friday night in Peshastin. Scott rushed for 106 yards in the game.
What a difference a week makes. After losing to Mount Baker 52-0, the proud Cascade Kodiak football team held a team meeting with just seniors. They knew they had to pick it up. When Cle Elum came to Peshastin last Friday, the Kodiaks seniors were on a mission.

Ultimately, it was a fourth quarter surge that pushed the Kodiaks to their first win of the season, 52-10. For Cascade Head Coach, Dominque Coffin, it was his first win as the Kodiak coach.

"It feels awesome. The guys have been really focused, trying to get ourselves to finish drives and hustle around and finish plays. They did a great job tonight," Coffin said.

Coffin talked about that senior meeting after that Mount Baker game.

"We are a senior led team. Just let the seniors talk between one another and get issues figured out. They did a great job of stepping up this game. They knew they needed to pick it up. They did this week," Coffin said.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 More...

Cascade runners shine at Connell Invitational
Due to homecoming and band conflicts, the Kodiaks were only able to take 13 runners to the Connell Invitational last Saturday. In fact, only two girls ran, so not enough to compete as a team.

The boys had another great meet, finishing second behind only 2A Pullman, out of 24 schools.

"Nathan Wells, once again our fastest runner, finished the 3.1 mile course in sixth place overall with a time of 17:23. Our second and third finishers were Daniel Olmstead, who we are glad to have back with us, and Daniel Tveten, who finished just five seconds apart in 17:52 and 17:57. Rounding out our seven varsity runners were Austin Cassaryre, Joseph Blake, Gabe Wulfman, and Jaden Disher," Cascade Head Coach Dayle Massey.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 More...
Kodiaks earn straight set victory over Zillah
The Cascade Kodiak volleyball team continued their fine season with a solid road win over Zillah last week. In their only match of the week, the Kodiaks won 25-16, 25-10, 25-22.

"We had a great match. I was very pleased with the overall effort, intensity and aggressiveness of our play. All girls contributed and saw court time. They played Kodiak style volleyball," said Cascade Head Coach Marni McMahon.

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Soccer team continues to roll with 3-0 victory over Toppenish
The Cascade Kodiak girls' soccer team remained unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 victory over Toppenish on Sept. 22 at home. Cascade is now 4-0-1 on the season. The Kodiaks dominated play throughout the match.
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Kodiak runners excel at South Whidbey Invite against top competition
It was another solid meet for the Cascade Kodiak cross country team, as the team travelled to the South Whidbey Invite last Saturday.

Led by Nathan Wells, the boys finished second in the 5,000 meters Division 2 Varsity class.

"Nathan Wells continues to excel, getting second place and beating his last year's time by almost a minute, finishing the hilly 3.1 mile course in a blazing time of 17:23. Austin Cassayre ran strong again in the number two spot, followed by Neil Flodin, Gabe Wulfman, and Joseph Blake," said Dayle Massey, Cascade head coach. "Jaden Disher and Spencer Flodin, our number six and seven runners, also had strong races. The only team that beat us in the 17 school small school division was Burlington Edison, a 2A school."

This was in spite of two of their top five runners out. Daniel Tveten had a previous engagement and Daniel Olmstead is trying out for the football team.

"The depth of our boys team has been a huge strong point for us," Massey said.

Led by Erin Mullins, the Cascade girls finished fifth in the small school division, behind Meridian, Lynden Christian, Lakewood and Nooksak Valley.

"On the girls side, Erin Mullins won first place again for the third race in a row. It probably won't be until Sunfair in two weeks that she gets any real competition. We had high hopes for a top team finish with Lydia Youkey returning to our lineup, but bad side cramps (Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom) and a sprained ankle (Alyssa Torres) still resulted in the girls ending up in a very respectable fifth place out of 14 teams," Massey said.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
Cascade soccer team beats East Valley, Okanogan
The Cascade Kodiak girls' soccer team is off to a great start. Last week, the team earned solid victories over two quality clubs, East Valley and Okanogan. The girls hit the road for both games, starting with East Valley on Sept. 17.

Cascade (3-0-1) began the scoring at the 24th minute, as junior Skylar Martinez made a nice pass to senior Maddy Parton, who beat a couple defenders for the goal. Parton scored again in the 36th minute, on a solid cross from Lauren Richardson.

It was Cascade 2, East Valley 0 at half.

Ashley Parton got into the action in the 53rd minute, ripping a great shot from just outside the box for the score. East Valley came back to score and make it a 3-1 game. Maddy Parton then completed the hat trick with another goal, off the Martinez pass. The Kodiaks won 4-1.

"Our team captains this year are senior Maddy Parton, senior Tessa Hassinger, and junior Cindy Vasquez. All three girls continue to be outstanding young ladies with fantastic integrity that hold high standards for themselves and their teammates. We called on the captains to rally the girls as we started the night with some varsity starters unable to play," said Glen Stefanko, Cascade head coach.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
Kodiaks battle top teams as part of demanding non-league schedule
It was an exciting week of volleyball for the Cascade Kodiaks, with a home game against Selah, and several games at the always tough Sun Dome Tournament in Yakima.

On Sept. 15, the Kodiaks squared off against a 2A Selah team that had beaten them the past couple years, albeit in Selah. This was the first chance for Cascade to play the Vikings at home. It was great start for the Kodiaks in the match.

Cascade won the first set handily 25-17 and the second set 25-20. A victory seemed to be within their grasp. The Kodiaks took an early lead in game three, but the Vikings rallied to keep it close. It was tied 21-21, but it was Selah then ripped off the final points to win the set 25-21.

In the fourth set, Cascade jumped out to the early lead, only to see Selah rally late. It was a back and forth finish, which saw the Vikings prevail 25-22. In the deciding fifth set, played to 15, Selah went up 11-5. The Kodiaks rallied to draw within a point at 14-13. But Selah won the set and match 16-14.

"I was really disappointed in the Selah match. We mentally broke down and lack of leadership and drive showed our vulnerability. There was no excuse to lose that match. However, it was a great learning lesson and a feeling our girls do not want to have again," said Marni McMahon, Cascade head coach. "Sometimes a loss like that can be a good thing. We are continually getting better and will continue to press our weakness. Playing this tough non-league schedule will hopefully pay off in the end."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
Mount Baker dominates the Kodiaks 52-0
Last year, Mount Baker beat Cascade 42-6 at home. This year, Cascade travelled to Mount Baker and the result was even more lopsided, 52-0.

Things just went wrong for the Kodiaks from the start, as Mount Baker ripped off three first quarter touchdowns. And then, three more in the second quarter. It was 42-0 at the half.

Mount Baker tacked on a couple more touchdowns in the second half, but the Kodiaks could not manage much offensively.

"Mount Baker was a very physical team that showed up ready to play and we did not. They have a great group of athletes and coaches and worked hard. We have a long ways to go to get ourselves prepared for league," said Dominique Coffin, Cascade head coach.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
Kodiak girls' soccer team off to a good start
The Cascade Girls' Soccer team started the season off playing under the lights for the first time at their field in Leavenworth. On Sept. 8, the Kodiaks faced off against AAAA Eastmont. Cascade held for the tie 2-2.

Last Saturday, they played at AA Selah. The girls came away with a 4-0 win. Tayler Dodge started off the scoring in the 24th minute, off Taylor Kelly's excellent corner kick. In the 37th minute, Tessa Hassinger scored on a great combination of passes and an assist from Maddy Parton.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Volleyball team scores five set victory over state champion, Lynden Christian
It was a week against top competition for the Cascade Kodiak volleyball team. They played at Wenatchee, then hosted Lynden Christian and Burlington-Edison.

On Sept. 8, Cascade had little trouble with Wenatchee, winning 25-14, 25-15, 25-19. Marriah McEachern and Sarah Pickel combined for 40 assists. Analia Vasquez had 12 kills. Makena Ala'ilima-Daley had 11 kills. Libero Haley Caudle was 14-for-15 passing with 13 digs.

Last Saturday, Cascade faced off against defending state champion Lynden Christian at CHS. The Kodiaks won the opening set 25-19. And then rallied to win the second set 25-19. But Lynden controlled the third game from the start, winning 25-14.

The Kodiaks could not get on track in game four either, as the Lync's 6-foot-1 outside hitter Kara Bajema starting connecting. LC won the fourth set 25-15. Cascade regrouped in the fifth set as Caudle served the first nine points for a 9-0 lead. The Kodiaks won the final frame 15-9.

"It should have been a three setter. There's no way we should have lost that third set against LC. Youthful stuff. Service errors. That is what bit us in the butt all day. We're trying to focus on being really aggressive. Early in the season, that can cost you points," said Cascade Head Coach Marni McMahon. "We hope that works itself out as we play on. I am proud the came back in the fifth set."

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Cascade upended in home opener 41-13 to Zillah
Last season, Cascade dealt Zillah their only defeat of the season in the state playoffs. Maybe Zillah had revenge on their minds when they visited Peshastin last Friday night. The visiting Leopards won 41-13, but the game was closer than it would appear.

Cascade came out with some new wrinkles on offense, a no huddle, option attack, which would appear well suited to the talents of quarterback Dane Williams. In the first quarter, both teams had trouble getting the offense on track. The Kodiaks drove down to the Zillah 35 but stalled from there.

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