By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Six days after the Cascade Girls Basketball team won the first ever major sports and basketball state title at Cascade, the Cougars Boys’ program followed suit to capture their own Class 2A crown Friday evening in Des Moines as they came back to take down the-top seed Cardinals of Treynor 49-38. Cascade public high school has been in existence since 1976 with the girls program not getting started until 1985. The school now joins a short list of just 5 other schools who own Basketball State Championships by the girls and boys teams during the same season in the history of high school basketball in Iowa. Junior Haris Hoffman commented on the motivation the girls run last week gave the boys:
It was a tight contest for most of the way that saw two ties and two lead changes. The Cougars led by one after the first quarter, it was tied at the half, Treynor led by 3 heading into the fourth quarter after a 9-0 run for the Cardinals. The Cougars responded in a huge way by outscoring Treynor 29-9 from that point mid-way through the third quarter. Second-year head coach Jacob Brindle talked in the post game press conference about that spurt in the early part of the second half and how his team stayed patient and overcame the adversity when Treynor couldn’t miss:
Coach Brindle says the foundation of the success started many years ago with Hall of Fame coach Al Marshall and many talented former players and this group carried on the tradition by playing the Cougar way:
Senior Gannon O’Brien spoke to what it means to the Cascade athletic community that has supported Cougar hoops throughout the years:
The emotion in senior Johnny Supple’s voice describes what it meant for this group to be the first one’s to make history within the Cougars Boys Basketball family:
The Cougars improved to 26-1 and is the winningest squad in program history and ties the girls team of 2013-14, for best record in basketball overall, when they were also 26-1.
Cascade will say goodbye to nine seniors: O’Brien, Supple, Brock Simon, Derek Koppes, Luke Bertling, Evan Knipper, Nick Welter, DJ Miller and Race Cuckler. The juniors with the opportunity to come back include Hoffman, Reid Rausch, Logan Otting, Tom Knepper, Wil Roling and Carter Simon.
The coaching staff consisted of three former players who were Cascade alums: Chad Gehl, Roamn Hummmel and Nate McMullen. With the other two being transplants from neighboring rivals, Brindle from Western Dubuque and Eric DeSousa as a Beckman grad.
We’ll have a feature look at the North Linn Boys Basketball teams record breaking season with a mark of 28-1, on tomorrow’s sportscasts, as they finished runner-up in Class 1A Friday afternoon with a 49-46 loss to Grandview Christian. Glenwood beat Oskaloosa in the 3A title game and Cedar Falls upset Iowa City West in 4A to earn their first ever championship: