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Cascade native son Trace Hoffman is unflappable under any circumstance. Today, he is a highly respected team leader pitching relief innings for the Iowa Hawkeye baseball squad.

Students from the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastics opened the season at the USTA Power Tumbling Meet in Bettendorf, Nov. 8. There were 11 teams entered with around 250 athletes competing throughout the day.

Alyssa Lux and Allie Hoffman combined to score 33 points in the season opener for the Cascade girls’ basketball team, beating Northeast, 57-27, at Goose Lake, Nov. 24, but the Cougars weren’t able to make it two in a row as they dropped a 66-39 decision at Dubuque Senior, Nov. 28.

Like all football teams, the Cascade Cougars began their fall drills wary of the scourge known as COVID-19. Would the virus allow for a full season? The violent collisions and close contact the sport is known for caused many to suspect competition may be curtailed at some point. But in the e…

A pair of Cascade football players were singled out on the Class 1A, District 5. Jack Menster was named the district’s offensive skill MVP, while Ted Weber was named the district’s defensive utility MVP.

Despite having late-season injuries, the Cascade boys’ cross country team finished in fourth place at the state-qualifying meet, the Cougars best finish in six years. The highlights of the season were junior Cole Miller and sophomore Adam Knepper qualifying individually for the state meet.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Cascade dance team will compete in Des Moines at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s state competition. All routines will be videoed and judged at a later point, with the winners being announced via live stream at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

As Cascade’s volleyball season went on, the building of trust with one another was evident throughout the team and the Cougars finished in second place in the River Valley North Division with a 17-8 record.

Five members of the Cascade volleyball team were recently honored by the coaches of the River Valley Conference with inclusion on the league’s all-conference team.

Weather conditions Oct. 31 were breezy and comfortable for high school runners. Cougar Emma Ostwinkle had made the trip to the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet at the Lakeside Municipal golf course in Ft. Dodge the past three years, but this season was a just a little better than her past t…

Cross country is usually considered a sport of individuals working separately on behalf of their team. But at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, at the Class 1A State Meet, Oct. 31, Cascade’s Cole Miller and Adam Knepper benefited from a bit of teamwork to finish within five secon…

Emma Ostwinkle took home a second-place finish in the girls’ race with a time of 21:07, qualifying for state for the fourth time in her career. Cole Miller’s eighth-place finish (18:27) in the boy’s race qualified him for the state meet, his second trip to state and he won’t be alone. Adam K…

Cascade hosted the Cyclones from Denver on Oct. 16 in the second round of the Class 1A football playoffs hoping to advance, but in the end, the Cougars were not able to get past the team losing, 21-19.

The Cascade Cougar volleyball team traveled to Hudson to take on the Pirates, Oct. 21, for a regional quarterfinal match, falling in straight sets 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-9).

Since Cascade (17-7) finished second in the River Valley Conference’s North Division in the regular conference this year, the Cougars were matched with the No. 1 seed from the south, Wilton (29-3).

Cascade’s cross country team had one final tune-up at the River Valley Conference Meet in Monticello, Oct. 15, before they host the state qualifying-meet next week at Filmore.


Everything was clicking for Cascade’s football team, Oct. 16, as the Cougars dominated Wilton at home, 55-0, in round one of the 2020 playoffs. From the opening whistle, the Cougars made it clear that they were not looking past Wilton, scoring 48 points in the first half. Junior quarterback …


The Cascade Cougar football team won a thrilling, 42-41, game at Durant Oct. 9 giving them a share of the district title courtesy of a balanced offensive pass/run game.

McKenna Gehl led the team with four aces as Cascade’s volleyball team beat Tipton in three straight sets on their home court (25-12, 25-17, 25-21), Oct. 8.

Cascade’s cross country teams gave a great effort on Oct. 6 at the West Delaware Invitational.

Jack Menster rushed for 247 yards and scored three touchdowns and the Cascade Cougars totaled 383 yards on the ground in a 42-8 road win at Northeast, Oct. 3.

With wins over Bellevue and Anamosa, the Cascade Cougar volleyball team remains near the top of the River Valley Conference.

Cascade’s volleyball team competed at the Western Dubuque Invitational, Oct. 5, finishing 2-2 in a very tough tournament. Cascade swept Tipton (21-14, 21-16) and Davenport North (21-18, 21-17).

Cascade’s cross country teams ran well at the Western Dubuque Invitational, Oct. 3, competing against some tough larger schools.

Cascade’s 12-4 volleyball team traveled to Camanche, Sept. 22, to take on the Indians and came home with a four-set win (25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21).

Cascade’s boys’ cross country team ran to a third-place finish at the Center Point-Urbana Invitational, Sept. 22, and the girls finished fourth.

The Cascade cross country teams ran well at the Anamosa Invitational Sept. 26, one coach Bob Davidshofer commented was the strongest field the Cougars have competed in thus far.


On a night when Cascade recognized this year’s senior class, the Cougars came out with a vengeance, to dominate the Wilton Beavers, 34-6, due in part to some senior performances. Senior Isaac DeLaRosa led the defense with 10 tackles. Senior Casey Koppes had five, Ted Weber had 4.5 tackles, t…

State-qualifying meets and the state meet will now be separated by classification and take place over two days. The state meet will remain in Fort Dodge at Lakeside Golf Course, where it has been run as a co-ed event since 1993.

Cascade’s cross country program welcomed teams from across the state to its home invitational, Sept. 17, at Fillmore Fairways where both teams placed in the top-10.

Coming off a big win last week on the road against West Branch, the Cougars (2-1) were ready to take on the Blazers from Beckman (1-1) Sept. 18 on homecoming night, but when the final horn blew the Blazers walked away with the 28-19 win.

Sept. 15 Cascade’s volleyball Cougars (11-4) hosted Monticello (8-6) in a River Valley Conference matchup but wasunable to secure the win in a very tough five-set loss (25-21, 22-25, 25-16, 20-25, 13-15).

Cascade’s cross country teams fared well at the Tipton Invitational, Sept. 8.

Cascade got back in cross country action Sept. 12 at the Benton Invitational, which was held at the Williamsburg Sports Complex. The Cougar boys brought home a sixth-place team finish and the girls were eighth.

Cascade’s volleyball team traveled to (1-10) North Cedar and earned a four-set win 3-1 (28-26, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17), Sept. 10.

Cascade’s football team (2-1) will not soon forget its 21-14 upset win, Sept. 11 against the ninth-ranked Bears of West Branch (1-2) on a rain-soaked field in Solon.

The Chicago Cubs sent right-handed pitcher Colin Rea to their alternate training site in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 10, so the Cascade, native could get more innings on the mound.

Cascade’s boys’ cross country team finished ninth and the girls were 12th at the Bob Brown Cross Country Classic hosted by Iowa City Regina, Sept. 3.

Cascade opened 2020 River Valley Conference volleyball action with a win, Sept. 3, at home defeating the Rebels from Northeast, 3-1 (19-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-13).

Cascade’s volleyball team started the 2020 season Aug. 25 at MFL MarMac taking down the Bulldogs in three straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-8).

Cascade’s cross country team made a schedule change last week after their meet in Dubuque was canceled on Tuesday. The Cougars added the Maquoketa Invitational on Saturday and fared well.