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It is with a great deal of pleasure and excitement that we announce Devin Snyder as our new Cougar Football head coach. Coach Snyder is an alumnus of Cougar Football, played for Central Washington University, and has been coaching Cougar football since 2009. He has nine years’ coaching experience, including six years as defensive coordinator, and was part of the two-time state champion coaching staff.
Filling the role of offensive coordinator will be Evan Bratz. Coach Bratz has served as the assistant offensive coordinator in our football program in the past. He had tremendous success as an athlete both here at Cascade Christian (class of 2004) and Pacific Lutheran University, having played the position of quarterback at both levels. We are thrilled he is returning to the program in this capacity.
Veteran coaches Adrian Magalei and Garren Clark will be remaining on the staff. CCS alumnus and coaches Luke Absher and Damon Davis are also returning to Cougar Football, rounding out the core coaching staff. Absher (class of 2004) and Davis (class of 2015) both played vital roles during the CCHS state championship runs.
CCHS Administrators and Coach Snyder and met with the members of the football team at school this morning to share this information with them. The team responded enthusiastically to the announcement, ending the time with prayer over coach Snyder and the upcoming season.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to take the baton that Coach Davis has carried for so many years,” said Coach Snyder. “I know the program will continue so many of the traditions and philosophies which make up Cascade Christian football. I’m excited about my coaching staff as well, and know that adding coaches Bratz and Absher to the team will be part of the continuity.”
The Cougar Baseball season started Friday with their first game vs Orting HS. This year, CCHS has welcomed David Barnes as the new head baseball coach.
David, his wife Nichole, and their three daughters Kali (18), Sydney (17), and Josie (10), live in Sumner where they own Sorci’s Italian Cafe. They attend Calvary Community Church where they love to serve in all areas of their church community.
David grew up in Kennewick, Washington, and he graduated from Kamiakin High School. As a senior he hit .440 and was selected as 1st team All State Utility player. He then went on to play at Yakima Valley Community College under long time Head Coach Bob Garrettson. As a Sophomore he hit .390, had a .680 OBP and stole 40 bases in a 38 game season. This earned him 1st team all NWAAC honors as a utility player. David then went on to play Division 1 Baseball at the University of Nebraska.
After his playing career, he got the opportunity to coach alongside Greg Swenson at Tacoma Community College as the hitting, catching and infield coach from 1996-98. Since then, David has coached many different summer select teams of all ages, two of which qualified and competed in the Babe Ruth World Series.
When asked what David is most excited about for this season, he responded, “I am most excited to see these young men learn to support one another as they grow together as a team. If this happens, I believe we can make a strong run deep into the state playoffs.”
“As a man who loves the Lord, he is so excited to share and live out his faith while being involved in a game he loves,” observed CCHS Athletic Director, DJ Heltsley. “He clearly has a passion to not only teaching these young men the game he loves, but more importantly helping them build their character while becoming real men of God. He truly wants to see every kid thrive both on and off the field. David has a clear vision and high expectations for where he desires to take the program. We see a bright future for Cascade Christian Baseball with David as our leader.”
As we look toward the future of our boys’ basketball program, we are excited to announce that Cody Shackett has been named our next boys’ basketball head coach. Cody has been a part of the CCS community for most of his life. His mother Gloria recently retired from her position as an elementary teacher, and continues to substitute for CCS. Cody attended Cascade Christian as a student beginning in Kindergarten, and graduated in the class of 2011. Cody's sister, Sammy Bratz, is also an integral part of the CCS community. She is an alumna and was a standout athlete as well, and currently serves as assistant to the athletic director.
As a player, Cody was an integral part of our 2010 and 2011 state championship teams; and was named the State Tournament Most Valuable Player both years. He was also a 4-time First Team Nisqually All-league player, 2-time Nisqually League MVP, and the 1A AP State Player of the Year in 2011. He is Cascade Christian’s all-time leader in points scored and steals. Once he finished his playing career at CCS, Cody went on to play basketball at Northwest University. There he made two National Tournament appearances, one Elite Eight appearance, and was also named a team captain his senior season.
For the past three years, Cody has been on the Cascade Christian boys’ basketball coaching staff as a varsity assistant. Cody has also spent the last two summers as a head coach with Pioneer Tech, an elite AAU travel team that goes up and down the west coast with high school kids from all around the PNW playing in tournaments in front of college coaches. Outside of coaching, Cody is a member of Champions Centre church and works at Comcast as a construction coordinator.
Cody had this to say about his recent hiring, “I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to lead our boys’ basketball program here at Cascade Christian. I know how special our athletic teams are here, and I feel beyond blessed to be entrusted with this new role. I truly believe we have the best young men at Cascade Christian, and I will work tirelessly to make sure they are successful and have a great experience.”
Coach Jerry Williams added, “I am so thrilled with the hiring of Cody Shackett as the new head boys' basketball coach at Cascade Christian. Although, I am saddened to leave a position I enjoyed so much, I couldn't be happier with my replacement. Cody has a tremendous basketball IQ and has studied this game from a very young age. He is well equipped for the challenge ahead. Cascade Christian boys' basketball will be in great hands for many years to come."
We are very excited for Cody to be leading our boys’ basketball program into the future. We believe that his passions for Jesus, young adults, and athletics will shine brightly in his new role here. We are confident that he will continue to grow the strong program that Coach Williams has built over the past two decades. Cody’s vision and philosophy of athletics strongly align with the guiding principles of Cascade Christian Schools.
On Tuesday, February 6th 2018, Coach Jerry Williams coached his last home basketball game for Cascade Christian. Coach Williams has coached with CCHS for 19 years. Over his years of coaching, Coach Williams orchestrated back-to back 1A state championship victories in 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons against Meridian and Zillah. Coach Williams got to go out with his last home game with a victory against Seattle Christian with the score 67-60. This win secured our boys for the 1A Nisqually League title!
After the game, everyone celebrated Coach Williams’s career with pizza, cake and some kind words shared by close friends. We are so thankful for Coach Williams and wish him luck with his new promotion to general manager for Auburn Dairy Products.
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Fall sports have officially launched! Monday, August 21st was the first day for many of our fall sports. Although football started August 16th, girls’ volleyball, girls’ soccer, boys’ tennis and cross country started this week. Our cheer team has been hard at work as well!
The girls’ volleyball team has welcomed new head coach, Kayla Pedretti, who is also teaching here at Cascade Christian High School. Mrs. Pedretti has an extensive background in volleyball having played NCAA Division I at Austin Peay State University and also competing for the Canadian National Team. Our girls’ volleyball team will have a bright future with Mrs. Pedretti alongside them.
We also have Clark Jennings stepping in as the girl’s head soccer coach this year, after being co-head coach with the program the past few years. It's going to be a great year for our soccer girls.
With school right around the corner, our students are working hard and dedicating their time to practice gearing up for their first games and matches.
Congrats to our boy's golf team for placing 8th at State and our girl's on a great season!
Congrats to our track team on an amazing season and to Morgan for winning State in the 400! Also, congrats to our boy's 4x100 team for placing second at State! Way to go guys!
Congrats to Grace on a great tennis season and the boy's baseball team for their amazing season as well!
Cougar Baseball is off to a great start, 4-0 overall with last Thursday's win over Klahowya. They are scheduled to play an away game at Bellevue Christian on Monday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Boys' Golf is currently 4-1 overall, with league wins over Charles Wright, Seattle Christian, and Vashon. They play next on Tuesday, April 18 vs Bellevue Christian.
Girls' Golf is 2-2 overall, with a league opening win over Bellevue Christian, and a good showing at the Vashon 9-hole challenge. Their next match is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18.
Girls' Tennis is 4-4... in rainouts. They are 0-1 in league play with a loss last week to Vashon. They lost a close match last Thursday to Klahowya, and will take spring break off before facing Charles Wright on Wednesday, April 19 at CWA.
Boys' Soccer has taken on several larger schools this pre-season, but brought home a 3-1 win over 1A Tenino on the 23rd. League play started last Tuesday, and their next home game is Monday, April 17 vs Vashon Island at Sunset Stadium (7 p.m.).
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With a grand-slam home run by Carle in the bottom of the fifth inning, Cougar baseball brought home a season-opening win over Vashon 8-0 on Monday afternoon.
The game was scoreless through the first four and half innings, until a walk by Hannah, single by Adams, and another single by Fox loaded the bases. Hannah got the Cougs on the board by scoring on a passed ball, then Carle hit a home run to left field. Bartels, Woolery, and Hannah singled, Adams drew a walk, and Fox singled again, and the Cougs left the fifth inning with 8-0 lead.
Pitchers Fox (1 hit, 1 walk, and five strikeouts) and Carder (0 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts) combined for the shutout.
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