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Cashmere Valley Record • September 22, 2010


Schools & Sports

Cashmere volleyball wins thriller By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer The Cashmere Bulldog volleyball team provided the home crowd with some suspense Thursday night, winning over Okanogan three games to two. “There was plenty of heartattack factor,” said Head Coach Wendy Crossland. Cashmere won the first game 25-13, lost the second 25-19, won the third 25-14, lost the fourth 25-21. The fifth game stayed within a point until Cashmere rallied at the end to win 17-15. As the first home game of the season, it was nice to see the crowd, Crossland said. And the logistics of what balls to use, which bleachers to set up and other details were quickly dealt with so they could focus on the game. It was also the team’s first match that went to the full five games. The jamboree had three games, they lost to Chelan in three games and beat Omak in four. “We won against Okanogan, but it went to five games. Frankly that is good. We played more volleyball and realized we can play five full games. We’re in good shape,” she said. “We showed up to play. The girls have a desire to make this one of the best seasons for volleyball. We have the talent to do that for sure.” And the score was pretty close even on the games they lost, scor-

ing 19 in the second game and 21 in the fourth game. “We missed some serves and maybe a hit or two,” she said. But the defense was solid. “Erin Smith and Kaylee Caudill had the most digs and passes and rarely shanked out. I’m confident in our defense. They were willing to get to the ball and cover everything and follow through,” she said. “Our libero, Breanna Lee, is doing great.” Mikela Kowatsch, who did not play last year, was an effective server in the game. “Her serves were consistent. In clutch times, she kept doing her thing,” Crossland said. On the offense, the team was also finding its groove, with consistent sets from Caitlin Salgado, finding hitters Erin Smith and Kendra Weiler. “When they’re on, they’re on,” she said. Weiler had 12 serves in game three. In game five, Kaylee Caudill had eight hits and four kills. “That was her biggest game for kills,” Crossland said. Overall, she said, it was a good game, though a quick finish would have been nice, too. Her wish was granted Saturday in a game on the road against Tonasket. The Bulldogs won all three games, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-13. “Overall, the team played well and they did a good job,” Crossland said. Caudhill had nine kills, Weiler

Cashmere Scoreboard Bulldogs Football Sept. 17

Cashmere 26, Connell 0 upcoming games

Sept. 24

Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School, 7 p.m.

Bulldogs Girls Soccer Sept. 14

Cashmere 14, Cle Elum-Roslyn 0

Sept. 16

Ephrata 1, Cashmere 0

Sept. 18

Cashmere 2, Okanogan 0 upcoming games

Sept. 23

Ellensburg at Cascade, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28

Cashmere at Brewster, 4:30 p.m.

Bulldogs volleyball Sept. 16

Cashmere 2, Okanogan 2

Sept. 18

Cashmere 3, Tonasket 0 upcoming games

Photo by Nevonne McDaniels

Kaylee Caudill blocks a shot during the five-game marathon match against Okanogan last Thursday. had eight kills and Smith had 10 kills. Salgado, the setter, had 29 assists. Crossland said Lee, the libero, had two aces with 10 solid serves in game three. “The team played well and they did a good job,” Crossland said. The Bulldogs faced the Cascade Kodiaks on Tuesday. Results were not available at presstime, but beforehand Crossland said the girls were up to the challenge of facing

last year’s number two team. “We’ll show up. We’re really excited. We’ve already faced Chelan, the number one. Initially I was concerned at facing Chelan three times, but now I’m grateful. It ups the ante and ups our abilities and the challenge.” Next up on the schedule is an away game at Manson on Saturday. Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 or reporter@

Sept. 25

Cashmere at Manson, 1 p.m.

Bulldogs Cross Country Sept. 18

Highland Invite Roman Velazquez, 1st, 16:31 Kea Paton, 1st, 19:28 upcoming Meets

Sept. 25

Runners Soul/Erik Anderson, 10 a.m. Wenatchee Invite, 11 a.m.

CHS drama presents ‘Dracula’ and haunted theater By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer Susan Gubsch has been Cashmere High School’s drama class teacher since 1995 and has been directing the school plays since 2004. And all of her students know “she doesn’t do scary.” Not scary movies, not scary books. Not scary plays. Until this year. Rehearsals for “Dracula” are underway. The play is set for Oct. 28-30 at Cashmere Middle School’s performing arts center. With it will be a haunted theater. “Two for the price of one,” Gubsch said. “But people can opt out of the haunted theater if they want.” She admits she might be one of those to opt out of what her students foresee as a creepy, gruesome, expect-the-unexpected thrill that will be a warm up for the story played out on the stage. Gubsch and the Cascade High School drama club, along with a lot of help from parents and community members and her director, Nan Missal, put on a fall play and a spring musical each year. And she tries to make sure each class has an opportunity to get a variety in the four years, from classics like “Little Women” to “All I Really Needed I Learned in Kindergarten.” She also alternates plays that have relatively small casts one year with those that include everyone the next year. And each year, she asks the juniors what they would like to do during their senior year. “They wanted scary,” she said of this year’s seniors. (She is carrying over the theme — in a way — to the spring musical “Beauty and the Beast.” Auditions for that start in November.) And, since it is also a year when she wanted everyone to be involved, she decided a haunted theater would be in order for the fall production. Students who did not get a role in Dracula, will have a character in the haunted theater. “It gives everyone a chance to

“Black curtains go a long way in a vampire play.” In all, between students in the club after school, students in her drama class and parent and community volunteers, about 100 people will be involved in the production end of the play and haunted theater. But that’s nothing new. “The parent and community support is wonderful every year,” she said. “There’s no way we could do it without their help.” Photo by Nevonne McDaniels

Ideas for the haunted theater get some laughs during a planning session at the Cashmere High School’s Drama Club meeting Sept. 21. The haunted theater and the play “Dracula” will be presented to the public on Oct. 28-30 at the Cashmere Middle School. work on characterization and make up,” she said. And planning. Lots of planning. Play auditions were Sept. 7 and 8. The cast list was posted Sept. 9 and planning for the haunted theater commenced Sept. 14, between play rehearsals. The first planning session included turning loose the creative energy of the club, with its 30-plus members imagining the worst and writing it all down on butcher paper and then sharing the ideas with the rest of the group. Gubsch said the seventh graders at the middle school also will add their input. Their ideas included scenes from nearly every horror movie ever produced — though surprisingly few were vampire-related — but inspiration wasn’t limited to the big screen. Simply creepy things like clowns, dolls and spiders were also high on the list. Along with blood. Lots of blood. “We want it to be as scary as possible without leaving scars,” said Senior Benjamin Conrad. “Well, maybe little scars.” And the students were looking forward to the opportunity to be more interactive with audience members — especially if it means jumping out from behind a wall in the hopes of making them

scream. But it’s done in good fun. They are looking to strike a balance. And, as Gubsch said, attendees don’t have to go through the haunted theater to get to the play. The cast and crew read-throughs started immediately. One of the challenges is to tweak the play to fit the cast. For instance, Dr. Peter Seward’s part was written for a male, but Karley Blomquist has the role as Dr. Patricia Seward, so all the “he” and “him” are being changed “she” and “her.” The next step in the production process is to pare down the scary ideas for the haunted theater into a workable piece and start building the set. That will be in full swing by early October, with the help of parents, who also help with costumes. Set-building parties have been scheduled for Oct. 9 and 16. Fortunately, Gubsch said, the”Dracula” set is simple, so the set crew can pay more attention to the haunted theater. “We’re going with the less is more idea for the play,” she said.

The Dracula cast In order of appearance Jonathan Harker (Michael McCormick); Count Dracula (Michael Larson); Vampire women (Hannah Capelo, Erica Elias, Nona Isenhart, Maira Ramirez); Mrs. Martha Westenra (Jordan Maydole); Mr. Henry Westenra (Chad Robinson); Edith (Tayler Wood); Miss Lucy Westenra (Ariana Rodriguez); Miss Mina Murray (Austyn Nichols); Arthur Holmwood (Hans Schreiner); Dr. Seward (Karley Blomquist); Abraham Van Helsing (Ben Conrad); Servant/understudy (Britnee Collins); Servant/understudy (Shelby Simonson); Renfield (Cody Lippert)

The crew Stage manager, Gavin Burnett; props mistress, Randi Zodrow; stage crew, Brea Colburn

Haunted Theater actors Miroslava Blahova, Willy Chang, Kelsey Christensen, Zoe Ho, Apryl Johnson, Vanessa Keran, Ashlyn Lewis, Star Medina, Ali Miller, Azure Parmenter, Shi Shi Sackatook, Megan Turner and Isabel Valentin. Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@

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