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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).

You could not have asked for better weather to start the 2020 football season. The Cascade Cougars traveled to Monticello to meet the Panthers in what turned out to be an exciting game until the very end. In the end, the Cougars fell 27-28.

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.

The Iowa Deer Exchange is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ new free online database at www.iowadnr.gov/deerhunting where deer hunters willing to provide venison can connect with Iowans who want venison.

After losing a large number of starters from last year’s River Valley Conference North Division championship team, the Cascade volleyball team knows that hard work will put it in a position to make huge impacts this season.

Coach Tim Frake is optimistic about the upcoming football season as he returns 10 starters from last season after finishing 3-6, and 2-3 in the district.

Cascade returns six starters to this year’s boys’ cross country team, while the girls’ team will return just one.

Cascade’s Carter Green was named to the River Valley Conference’s Elite team. Eli Green, Kaleb Topping, Ted Weber, Caden Reinke and Tanner Simon all earned spots on the North Division team. Jack Carr was honorable mention.

While a season that will certainly enter the books as one of the most unique in Cascade history didn’t end exactly the way the Cougars hoped, the 5-6 team was still left feeling thankful that it was able to have a season at all.

Four members of the Cascade softball team were honored by the coaches of the River Valley Conference with inclusion on the league’s all-conference team. Devin Simon, Claudia Noonan and Shannon Morris were all named to the North Division team, while Julia Ludwig was honorable mention.

It was an abbreviated season that began later than normal, but the Cascade softball team made the best of it during a year of seasoning, finishing with a 6-9 record and going 4-1 in the last five contests.


It’s a safe bet that televisions in Cascade will be watching a lot of Chicago Cubs baseball.

The Dyersville Whitehawks and Epworth Orioles faced off in the Championship Game of the 74th annual Cascade Semi-Pro Baseball Tournament, July 24, with Epworth coming out on top, 14-6.

Responding to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released plans on July 24 for the 2020 high school football season.

Cascade baseball’s already short season has ended after the Cougars weren’t able to put together hits at the right time in their first and only postseason game against the Monticello Panthers, July 14, 6-3, at Jenk Field in Dyersville.

All the drama at Cascade High School Monday would have made former CHS drama coach Bob Davidshofer proud, although not even he would have been able to script the final innings.

The Cascade Reds have advanced to the semifinals of the 74th annual Cascade American Legion Post 528 semi-pro tournament after defeating Balltown 4-1 July 17.

The Cougars wrapped up a shortened season with a short two-game week, but they were given a unique opportunity to size up a team they will be seeing in their first round of post-season action.

The Cascade softball team seemed to peak at the right time heading into postseason play, earning back-to-wins over Monticello and North Cedar to go 2-1 for the week and finish the abbreviated regular season with a 4-8 mark.

After splitting its two games last week, the Cascade baseball teams’ 3-4 conference record has pushed them down to third place, behind a 7-1 Camanche and a 4-5 Monticello, heading into the last week of the regular season.

Win number three proved elusive for the Cascade softball team last week, as losses to Northeast, West Liberty and Iowa City Regina left the Cougars with a mark of 2-7.

It took a total team effort for the Cascade softball team, June 26, and to a player, they were up to the task, as the Cougars wrapped up the three-game week with a 10-7 triumph over visiting Mid-Prairie.

The Cascade baseball team is a little over halfway through the short, 11-game 2020 season and is currently sitting in second place in the River Valley Conference with a 3-3 record, trailing 4-1 Camanche.

While the Cascade baseball team has so far been able to hold leads for the majority of the game, the Cougars have struggled to keep those leads when they matter the most — the last half-inning.

The young Cascade softball team let its youthful exuberance run wild in its season opener, June 15, versus Bellevue, jumping to a five-run first inning and never letting up in a 10-0 five-inning win over the visiting Comets.

Placid, formerly Pleasant Grove, baseball celebrated its third annual Day of Honor, June 21. Former and current players, coaches and fans gathered in the small town to enjoy a day-long event with some baseball games and the Wall of Honor induction ceremony.