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Thanksgiving gets boost with CMS food drive

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Students from Cashmere Middle School sort groceries as part of a canned food drive meant to help the city's food bank this holiday season.

Thanksgiving gets boost with CMS food drive
Students at Cashmere Middle School are working hard to make sure nobody in town goes hungry this Thanksgiving.

A group of about two dozen children have planned, promoted and organized a food drive, which will seek to gather non-perishables as well as toiletries from every class in the school.

The children have divided duties, which include collecting, sorting, accounting, and promoting. The class that has the most food in will get a prize. All the items collected are reviewed to ensure they haven't expired. The entire bounty will go to the Cashmere Food Bank Nov. 21.

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Coaches' wives, couple of netters make for upbeat pair
The lone volleyball fanatic in a family of soccer lovers, Juan Sanchez found a kindred spirit when a coworker at a Wenatchee middle school introduced him to Maria Villasanos, the coworker's cousin, seven years ago.

A onetime two-year Pateros High School volleyball player and a middle-school coach -at a different Wenatchee school and of a different grade than Sanchez-the two hit it off, began dating and a couple of years later, married.

Now the two netters are getting their payback on the booters. Most of Sanchez' nieces - children of the soccer fanatics - are snubbing their parents' favorite sport in favor of volleyball.

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Budding writer making her mark one rhyme at a time
Twelve-year-old Vivian Link has been writing since second grade, and judging by one of her teacher's coats, she didn't take long to make an impact.

The teacher keeps one of Link's poems in a coat pocket. Link wrote it when she was in third grade, about four years ago. Every year, she wonders about it, and every year she finds it. And she finds what she finds so good, that back into the pocket it goes, where it's safe and where she can find it next year

Before it goes into the pocket, she shows her current third-graders a paper Link wrote as an example of what a third-grader is capable of writing.

A fan of Shel Silverstein, Link said she prefers poetry to prose, and the ocean to pretty much anything else when it comes to finding her muse. She also said she prefers memorizing her poetry to writing it down.

"If I forget 'em, I just start over, and it's way better," she said.

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Cashmere's Knishka to play for Fresno State
This Bulldog can't wait to become a Bulldog.

Cashmere High School senior Breanne Knishka has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Fresno State University, a Division I NCAA school.

The mascot of FSU is a bulldog, too.

"It's one step closer to actually playing," Knishka said of signing the letter. "It's really cool."

The roots of the relationship between Knishka and FSU start miles away from both Fresno and Cashmere, in Greeley, Colorado.

Jamie White was the head coach of Northern Colorado University, and she hoped to get Knishka to play for UNC. Then, this April, White resigned at UNC to take the Fresno State job.

"They [UNC] were recruiting me for a couple of years and then she [White] switched to Fresno, so she just kept recruiting me there," Knishka said, adding that she first caught White's staff's eye at a showcase tournament.

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Community tutors students for better grades
The lady at the edge of the classroom smiled.

"It doesn't matter if you are a mathematician or if you know science or if you are a wiz at history," said volunteer Traci Frederick, eyeglasses and sweater giving her a very teacher-like look nonetheless. "It only matters if you enjoy working with kids."

Frederick does, and that's why she and other grownups have made a habit of spending some time in Shelly Milne classroom on the second floor of Cashmere Middle School.

Frederick, Brett Stoffel, retired teacher Julie Ryan, college kid and future teacher Scott Ream, and other grown-ups work side by side with middle-schoolers on topics like writing, math, science, and social studies. The sessions aren't your typical I-talk-they-listen tutoring session.

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Fire families: Larson men do it their way
Like father, unlike son.

Dave Larson said he retired earlier this decade from the Cashmere Fire Department after 25 years because he got tired of going on aid calls and finding his friends in distress.

"I lived in Cashmere all my life," he said. "And I know a lot of people, and it started to bother me all the time, when you're working on your friends. I was on the aid crew and it's tough to always go to your friend's house."

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Schools & Sports

Season ends early for soccer team
After years of consecutive league championships and a string of playoff runs, Cashmere's soccer team closed its 2014 season with a 1-0 loss to league champ Cascade in districts.

Kodiak senior, Charlee Odegard-Behla scored the game's only goal three minutes away from the end of regulation.

"Not the result we wanted but it was the type of game we thought it would be, a hard-fought battle," said Cashmere head coach Dennis Tronson, who praised the performance of his team, particularly the defense.

"[Cascade's] Maddy Parton, player of the year in the league, she had one shot," Tronson said, "and it was from 30 yards."

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Netters lower curtain on season of upswings
The Bulldogs' volleyball team has plenty to smile about as it sits on the sidelines for this year's state playoffs.

The team won more games, seemed more organized and communicated better than in recent years and, with a few exceptions, remained fairly competitive throughout.

"We worked together as a team, and trusted each other, "said junior Sam Steele. Teammate Hannah Knight agreed.

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Cashmere runners post good marks at state
All three Cashmere runners participating at the state cross country meet came back from Pasco with personal records on 5K races.

Jonathan Mangas finished 23rd with a time of 16 minutes, 59 seconds. Last year Mangas finished 34th with a time of 17:10.8 minutes.

Mangas' time was the fastest for a Cashmere runner at state since 2010, when Roman Velazquez clocked in at 16 minutes, 57.1 seconds, according to an email from coach Jeff Kenoyer.

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Football season ends with loss at Lakeside
Cashmere High School's football team closed its 2014 campaign with a 49-41 nonleague road loss to the Lakeside Eagles.

The loss was Cashmere's third in a row, and it offset a good offensive effort by players like Jadon McCabe, who had two touchdowns and rushed for 235 yards on 48 carries against the Eagles.

Mason Elliott went 8-for-18 with one interception and 130 passing yards.

"We are still plagued by the same old problem," Head Coach Phil Zukowski said. "Can't tackle anybody. Pretty much all season."

Lakeside showed a knack for the big play, needing 43 offensive plays to Cashmere's 102.

"They scored on a 32-yard pass, a 57-yard run, a 25-yard run, a 54-yard pass, a 65-yard run," Zukowski said. "When you score that quick, you get to give the ball back to the other team and we are a ball-control team, and they are a quick-score team."

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Cashmere yields Bronze Shoe to Chelan, 35-21
Cashmere closed out its league schedule with a 35-21 loss at Chelan in the 2014 Bronze Shoe.

The boys in black played with "tremendous heart," Cashmere Head Coach Phil Zukowski said.

"They played hard, they played great fundamental football; unfortunately, we just missed too many tackles," he said.

Cashmere struck first on a 1-yard rushing TD by Jadon McCabe, and held leads of 7-0, 14-7 (18-yard TD catch by Cooper Green) and later 14-13 before halftime. The Bulldogs then took a 21-13 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 44-yard TD run by Mason Elliott, but gave up 22 unanswered fourth-quarter points.

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