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Bulldogs remain unbeaten

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Mason Elliott pitching for the Bulldogs against Castle Rock. Cashmere overcame the pesky Rockets to remain undefeated in its last four games. (See story page 6)

Newcomer Fitzpatrick seeks city council appointment
Wanting to bring his generation's views to city council, 25-year-old Nathan Fitzpatrick seeks an appointment to city council, replacing John W. Bryant.

Fitzpatrick, who works for his father downtown at Fitzpatrick Surveying, is one of three candidates for the position, along with David Hobbs and David Sherman.

The remaining city council members will interview the three hopefuls in mid-April and then make a choice. Bryant resigned last month.

Fitzpatrick, a Cashmere High School graduate from 2007, said he wants to counter the impression that people his age don't care about politics.

"I took an interest because I wanted to be a voice for this generation and the youngers," he said. "And just kind of get involved in the decision-making and things that go along with city council."

If appointed, Fitzpatrick would be the second twenty-something on council, next to Derek Knutsen, 29.

This is the first time Fitzpatrick runs for office or applies for a public service spot. If appointed, this would be his first time in a leadership position since high school, he said.

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Cashmere grad among top D-III pole vaulters in the nation
For Joe Green, there simply is nothing like it.

"I tell you what, man," he said. "It's one of my favorite feelings ever."

A pole vaulter since the seventh grade, the Whitworth University junior and Cashmere High School grad loves like a cat does a ball of yarn the feeling he gets when he lets go of the pole, falls to the mat, and he gets to see the bar staying put.

His junior season of outdoor track has given him plenty of chances to experience that feeling. Green is ranked the No. 3 pole vaulter in the nation among Division III NCAA schools.

For a while there, he leaped even higher. He was the No. 1 pole vaulter last week, for about 12 hours. Schools throughout the nation enter the scores from their track meets at different times, so by the end of the weekend, he was back to No. 3.

Not that he minds. The top 20 move on to Nationals, so he's in good shape to qualify and erase the memory of last year, when he finished 22nd.

"It was kind of disappointing," he said. "But this year it's going to be a different story."

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New pastor at Dryden church
After 35 years in southern Oregon and 12 years as the associate pastor for one of the area's largest Baptist churches, Travis Connick finally got his shot at being the leader of a congregation, a scant 400 miles away.

Connick, 35, became the new pastor at Dryden's Mid-Valley Baptist last month, moving from a flock of 1,400 people to another that's about 10 percent of that.

The new flock may be small, compared to his old Oregon group, but the church is young and vibrant, with a lot of young families, he said.

"There's more activity at a larger church but there's more responsibility at a smaller church," he said. "And there's an opportunity to have a greater impact in a community."

Despite the differences between his old and new flocks, he said he feels right at home in the Upper Valley, and for good reason. When he was a child growing up in Medford (Ore.), he said, pear orchards surrounded the area.

He arrived in Dryden last December, after hearing about Mid-Valley's need for a new pastor.

"We came here the day after Christmas and taught here that Sunday and really had a good connection with the people here," he said. "They offered me the job the first of the year."

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Cashmere Baptist Church to bring Last Supper to life
They are her friends, they are her neighbors, and some of them are her relatives. Yet the sight in front of Patty Herres eyes is anything but commonplace.

It's her friends, neighbors and relatives, all rehearsing a re-enactment of the most famous meal in history, the Last Supper, right in front of her eyes.

"The first time they had their costumes on, and they went up and sat, it was like, I can't even describe it, it was just like, 'whoa!'" she said.

The Living Last Supper will occur April 18 at 7 p.m at Cashmere Baptist Church, 103 Aplets Way. Admission is free.

A cast of about 13 men and a crew of six women have been working for a couple of months on the performance. Some volunteered for their roles, while others, like Alex Campbell, had their roles imposed on them by a higher authority.

"My mom asked me if I would be Jesus," Campbell said, before adding that his grandma also did some lobbying.

All the others accepted their assignments with gusto. Only one required a little extra attention.

"Pastor Bob [Bauer} said, 'your part is kind of the evil villain, are you okay with playing that?'" said Toby Johnson, who plays Judas Iscariot. "Because everyone else is like, 'Sure, I'll play that,' but he was like, 'are you willing to be the bad guy?'"

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On swan song year for coach, the toughest challenge yet
Sharmen Dye, perhaps wisely, hedges her bets. It could be horrible, she said, or it could be great.

There's no hedging on one aspect: It will be tough.

The 2014 Caribou Trail League varsity volleyball season offers four teams the shot at one playoff berth. One team is Cashmere, which Dye coaches. Another is Omak. Between the two teams, they won 11 games last season.

The other two teams are Cascade and Chelan. Between the two, they won 39 games last season. Chelan has played in three of the last five state championship games. Cascade has played in one: Last year, when they beat the Chelan Goats 3-1.

The rest of the schedule is all nonleague games that don't count toward getting that berth.

"It's going to be challenging for us as a program," Dye said.

Dye is trying to put on the best face on a tough break. She calls the nonleague schedule an interesting experience and emphasizes the fact that children still get to play, and the program is still alive, despite the leaguewide upheaval.

"At least we are getting to play," she said, later adding, "as a coach, it's not ideal but you have to roll with it."

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Baseball beats Castle Rock; league play begins this week
After losing the first game of the preseason, Cashmere has strung four wins in a row, including a come-from-behind victory against previously unbeaten Castle Rock April 4.

Cashmere yielded a run in the top of the third before coming back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a one-out two-run single by Jonathan Modrell. A squeeze bunt by Trey Evans scored Modrell for the third run of the frame.

Mason Elliott got the win in relief of Bryan McNair. Elliott went four innings, giving up a lone earned run, on three hits and three walks and a hit batter. He also struck out a hitter.

McNair went three innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, a walk and two hit batsmen. McNair struck out two.

The pitchers worked in and out of jams all day long, with Castle Rock leaving 12 runners on base, Cashmere head coach Jeff Carlson wrote in an email.

Modrell led hitters with a 2-for-2 day, with three runs batted in and a run scored. Justice Frazier went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Connor Badgley went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Parker Landdeck went 1-for-four with a stolen base.

Cashmere kept busy on the basepaths, stealing five bases.

"Our speed throughout the lineup was a real factor in this game," Carlson wrote.

Earlier in the week, Cashmere thumped Mount Baker 8-2 in a game played at Wenatchee Valley College. Cashmere scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-0 lead.

Elliott pitched five innings of one-hit ball, giving up a walk and striking out seven. Landdeck pitched one inning in relief, giving up two unearned runs, a walk and striking out one. James Bauscher pitched a shutout seventh.

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Bulldogs showing improvement; beat Manson
The Cashmere Bulldogs' boys soccer team earned their first winning streak under head coach Juan Valle, defeating Manson 4-1 at home April 5.

Cashmere has now won two in a row after an 0-4 start. The win against the Trojans doubled the number of wins Cashmere had last year.

All four of Cashmere goals came from 18 yards or farther, a fact that perplexed an otherwise pleased Valle.

"I don't worry too much about the goals," Valle said. "I worry more about defending the ball. We defend well and then our attack will take care of it on its own. But our guys, they've got a foot and they get anxious."

Cashmere's Micah Haney tied the game at 1 with six minutes left in the first half, and the Bulldogs dominated the rest of the way.

Eight minutes into the second half, Cashmere took the lead, with another rocket, this time from Marco Urrutia. Manson threatened with a few counterattacks, but the Bulldogs' moves created more danger. Jorge Espinoza had a goal nullified with 16 minutes left, and then Jessy Hondel -in his first game back from suspension- fired a shot that went wide of the goal from about 19 yards out. The shot was just a prelude of what was to come.

Valle shouted at Hondel from the sideline, "Why are you taking shots like that?" Hondel just raised one hand as if to say "my bad."

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Cashmere splits double-header
In a way, the first game of the softball doubleheader against Royal never really ended for the Cashmere Bulldogs.

The team scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of that first game, falling one run shy of tying it. Royal won that game 8-7.

"If we had had a couple of more innings, we would have had it," head coach Bob Van Lith said.

He's probably right, because when the second game started, the Bulldogs just kept on scoring, taking a 10-1 lead en route to a 10-3 victory over the Knights.

"It took us a while to wake up," Van Lith said of the Jekyll-and-Hyde doubleheader.

In the first game, Cashmere batters swung at balls out of the strike zone and could not get their bats going, he said.

Morgan Mongeon took the loss, pitching five innings and giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Reliever Cassidy Boyd pitched two innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

Mongeon went 4-for-4 with three stolen bases. Kandace Brunner went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one run batted in. Haley Robertson went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.

The second game showed what the team is capable of, Van Lith said.

"It's what I wanted to see, what we should have been doing," he said. Not only did the bats get hot early and often, but starting pitcher Sydnee Mongeon -Morgan's sister- went the distance despite battling a cold, and centerfielder Zelia Zahir made a catch on a deep flyball that even impressed the Royal coaches.

"It was a little scary, to be honest," Zahir said. "I just knew I had to make a play to get the out, and I knew we needed it this time, needed to win this game."

The team needed a little time to click, Zahir said, and that's why the two games were so different.

"This is our second home game, we haven't played a lot yet," she said. "We just needed to get in a rhythm."

In the second game, Sydnee went seven innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Boyd went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a stolen base. Zahir went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two stolen bases. Morgan went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, two RBI and three stolen bases.

The team will just keep getting better, Zahir said. Van Lith agreed.

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Cashmere Baseball shuts out Royal Knights
Behind a strong outing by staff ace Mason Elliott, Cashmere High School's baseball team defeated the Royal Knights 3-0, in the Bulldogs' preseason home opener.

Elliott pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and a walk and striking out seven. He was also among the Bulldogs' top hitters for the game, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a run batted in and a run scored.

"Mason was dominant on the mound," Cashmere's head coach Jeff Carlson wrote in an email. "He had great command of all three pitches, fastball, curveball and changeup. He needed only 75 pitches to get the shutout."

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Basketball to play league foes three times each
Cashmere's basketball teams will get real comfy with Omak, Cascade and Chelan.

Each team will face the Bulldogs three times each this season and next. And that may just be the beginning.

"That's the position we are in, it's not ideal for athletic directors, players or coaches," Cashmere boys' head coach Levi Heyen said. "Playing them three times is a difficult challenge, not to mention the fact that we are going to play them in the postseason. It takes away the element of surprise."

The nine league games means the team will have 11 nonleague games. So far, the teams know nine of its 11 nonleague opponents. The other two will face Cashmere during a Christmastime tournament in Spokane.

Nobody is excited about playing one another three times, Heyen said, but the alternative is even worse.

"If you played each other twice, you would have to pick up 14 nonleague games, which is pretty much impossible," he said.

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