September 22, 2010 • Cashmere Valley Record
Schools & Sports Bulldogs make statement with 26-0 victory
Caleb Barnes for keeping the middle stuffed up and Michael Ruether for effective pressure on the quarterback. He also was pleased with the secondary again for solid pass coverage, Joey Michael, Joe Green, Mitch Darlington, Kevin Kenoyer and Cooper Elliot. So far this has been an effective and tested unit. Cashmere had an outstanding performance from the defensive line containing Hadley and pressuring the quarterback.
By Kyle Green Special to the Record Cashmere may have secured an early grab on the number one ranking in the state with a convincing win over the defending state champions from Connell last Friday night in Cashmere. The last two state champs faced off on Cashmere’s field for an early season showdown. The Cashmere boys asserted themselves with a 26-0 win, racking up points early and playing solid defense the whole game. “It was a great defensive effort, ” said Cashmere Head Coach Phil Zukowski. “Team ball where everyone executed their assignments with no breakdowns. We had great communication on the field and everyone was on the same page.' To put it directly, the Connell Eagles came with what was being held as an unstoppable offense, with returning starter Mat Hadley at running back and a host of other weapons. Hadley was awarded the state 1A most valuable player for 2009. “We had to stop Hadley first, then we worked on their passing game,” said Zukowski. “Hadley is a great running back and he showed he is as good as they say.” The Bulldogs were able to hold Hadley to 93 yards rushing, and three receptions for 0 yards. “Thanks needs to go out to Kenny Johnston who imitated Hadley all week. He has similar speed and he was hammered pretty hard for a few days” he said. Connell’s quarter back Chan-
This week: Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School
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Bulldog runningback Kevin Kenoyer runs through the nice hole opened by his offensive line in action against Connell last week. Cashmere had their way with the Eagles, winning convincingly 26-0. This week, the Bulldogs host a team from Canada, Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. dler Salisbury was held to 6-for-18 passing for 50 yards with one interception. “Our secondary confused their quarter back a bit. We played man coverage most of the night, about 85 percent and he couldn’t deal with it like a zone coverage,” Zukowski said. “Their offense is designed to throw against zone defense and we have a great secondary to play man.” Cashmere’s offense executed superbly scoring on the opening drive after getting the kickoff. “We wanted the ball first and felt we could score right off,” he said.
The Bulldogs drove from their own 48 and six plays later Tyler McNair scored a 14 yard run to make it 7-0. “They had eight men on the line the whole night and we still moved the ball,” he said. The defense then went to work forcing the Eagles to punt on their first possession. Cashmere took the ball on the Connell 31 after a great punt return by Casey Ruether. One play was all McNair needed to score, after a two point conversion run by Kevin Kenoyer Cashmere led 14-0. Things continued to go bad for
the Eagles in the first quarter. On the first play of their second possession Hadley fumbled and Cashmere recovered on the Eagle 16 yard line. After three plays McNair scored his third touchdown with a 5-yard run, the PAT failed, but the Bulldogs had a stunning 20-0 lead before the end of the first quarter. McNair ended the evening with 126 yards as the game’s leading rusher. The second and third quarters were scoreless as the Eagles defense made adjustments but none on offense would work for them. Cashmere scored early in the forth on a 21-yard run by Michael
Ruether. Connell punted six times, turned the ball over twice and failed on a forth down attempt one time. The Connell offense threw everything they had at the Bulldog defense and made a strong effort to score and not be shutout as the game ended. “I was very happy with how well Kyle Weiler played,” Zukowski said. “He has improved a great deal.” Weiler said he tries to get better every day. “The team helps me get better. I work on the things coaches tell me to,” Weiler said. Coach also gave recognition to
The game this week will have an international flair as the Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Panthers from Surry, British Columbia. The Canadian team is traveling Thursday with a practice joining Bulldogs for a team dinner that evening. The Panthers are “billeted” in Cashmere homes for the night for interaction with Americans. “This will be a chance for our boys to learn a little about Canadians” said Coach Zukowski. “They know a lot about us but I think our boys could learn.” The Panthers come from a larger school. It would be considered a 3A high school in the States. They play a versatile style of offense and have some good size on their team. “I told their coach we will have about 1,000 people to play in front of and he told me they would see that many the whole season,” he said. This will be the last non league game before Bulldogs open against Caribou Trail next week.
Cashmere soccer team scores 2-0 win over Okanogan By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer A 2-0 win over Okanogan on Saturday was a nice way for the Cashmere Bulldogs girls soccer team to end the week after a whirlwind of non-league matches that included
a high and a low — with a 14-0 win over Cle Elum Tuesday and a 1-0 loss to Ephrata Thursday. In the match against Cle Elum, Coach Dennis Tronson said the offense woke up. “Not that it hasn’t been awake,” he said.
A week earlier, the team shutout both Omak and Quincy, scoring six goals each game. Against Cle Elum, the score was 7-0 by halftime. In the game, Gaby Gonzalez scored four, Monique Blanchard, Mackenzi Brunner and Tianna Helm each scored three and Lauren Johnson scored one. Dani Morseman had three assists. “Gaby leads us in goal scoring,” Tronson said. And it was Goalie Suzy McCall’s third shutout of the season, though she didn’t have too much to do during the game. Cashmere had 35 shots on goal to Cle Elum’s one. “That says a lot about the defense in front of her,” Tronson said. “They eliminate the opportunity to shoot.
Cle Elum had the ball down there, but couldn’t get in position to shoot the ball.” And that, Tronson said, is one of the things the team has been working on. Senior Kaylee Carson is the center of defense, with three freshmen — Mikayla Sites, Jesica Bauer, Karly Theis — around her. “She organizes the defensive line. So far it works really well. Limiting opportunities is the key. You can’t stop every shot, but limiting their chances makes it harder for them,” he said. “This is just her second game. She scored two in Omak, as well.” Tronson said in addition to limiting shots on goal, the defense and midfield is also working on holding onto the ball longer in the midfield to give the fowards a chance to find space. He said the outcome against Cle Elum might be different in a couple weeks. “They had a really young team, with five freshman starting. It might take them a couple games to get organized. The score could be entirely different in a couple weeks,” he said. The Bulldogs faced the Ephrata Tigers last Thursday in Ephrata, for the first time in two years. “We expected it to be competitive,” Tronson said. He got what he bargained for. The Bulldogs outshot Ephrata 10-4 and Suzy McCall had three saves during the match. But in the 53rd minute, Ephrata scored on a deflection from a Bulldog defender.
Photo by Nevonne McDaniels
Gaby Gonzalez fights her way around an Okanogan defender Saturday. She assisted in both goals in the match. “My personal thoughts on this match is that we played our best overall match of the season to date,” Tronson said. “We had great ball movement and good defending all over the field. This match was more of a playoff type match in the level of play. The players at the end of the match made the comment that they want to play Ephrata again.” They will get their chance on Oct. 7 at home. By Saturday, in the match against Okanogan, the team was starting to wear down, facing the third match in five days. The first half hour was spent testing the field, then Mackenzi Brunner scored off an assist from Gaby Gonzalez. The two teamed up again for a goal in second half.
“For the match, we outshot Okanogan 13-0,” Tronson said. “Again, our backline of freshmen — Karly Theis and Mikayla Sites — and Senior Kaylee Carson did not allow a shot on goal.” Going into Tuesday’s match against the Cascade Kodiaks (results were not available at press time), Gonzalez was leading the team with eight goals and four assists followed by Brunner and Helm, who both had six goals and two assists. Suzy McCall had four shutouts and only allowed one goal. The team moves out of league play to host 2A Ellensburg on Thursday. Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 or reporter@ cashmerevalleyrecord.com.
Cross country runners performs well By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer Cashmere’s Cross-Country runners Roman Velazquez and Kea Paton both placed first in the 3-mile Varsity II race at the Highland’s Apple Ridge Run Challenge in Cowiche on Saturday. Velazquez ran the course in 16:31, the second best time in all three of the mens’ races. Juan Reynoso of Sunnyside placed first in the third race with a time of 16:15. Paton ran the course in 19:28, the second best time in the three women’s races. Sammi Blodgett of Wapato crossed the line in 19:15. The Bulldog’s teammates weren’t far behind.
Freshman Drew Van Polen placed fourth in the same race as Valazquez with a time of 17:39. Sophomore Dawson Taylor placed fourth in the Varsity 1 race with a time of 17:11, followed by Kevin Bailey who placed sixth with a time of 17:49. “Kevin ran better this race. He started slow this year, but he’s getting faster,” said Coach John Durheim. On the girls side, Ashton Weddle placed fourth in the third race with a time of 22:02. Molly Kenoyer, in her first race of the season, placed seventh in the Varsity I race with a time of 22:06. The teams were split into three races for invitational. Durheim
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said he divided them up so they wouldn’t run together. If they hadn’t been split up, the girls would have been first overall, he said. The meet included more than 200 runners in the three men’s races and 99 in the women’s races. “It was an outstanding race,” Durheim said. “The boys ran great as a team. The girls ran a good race and they’re going to get a lot better.” He said it was the first race for several girls, including Jozie Kimes, Joslin Odle, Meggie Green and Kenoyer. Durheim said he will split up the team next week, taking six boys and six girls to Runner’s Soul Cross Country Invitational on Saturday in Plantes Ferry, Spokane Valley, and the rest to Walla Walla Point State Park for the Wenatchee Invitational. In Spokane, the Bulldog’s top runners, including Velazquez and Paton, will be competing against some of the best teams in the state. “I’m not sure how they’ll do. I’m hoping someone comes in the top 20,” Durheim said. Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 or reporter@ cashmerevalleyrecord.com.
Published on Sep 22, 2010