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Knishka siblings share a court for the first time

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
Breanne at left, Cami at right, the Knishka siblings playing their second-ever varsity game together.
What does a nonleague preseason game of basketball have in common with winning a national tournament? Well, for Cashmere frosh Cami Knishka they both count as great experiences.

Knishka, whose club team won a national championship this year, took the court for the first time as a varsity member of Cashmere's high school squad last weekend on back-to-back wins over Ephrata and Brewster.

Taking the step from middle school ball to varsity made her a little nervous, Cami said, but she kept her nerves at bay after a while.

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With new hand at helm, wrestlers ready to battle
Many decisions are easy, many decisions are hard. A very few are both.

Feel free to put Patrick Valeri's decision to coach the varsity wrestling team at Cashmere High School in this last category.

Valeri, up until this year the wrestling head coach at the middle school, said he had fun working with younger children and helping build the program's pipeline of grapplers to the high school.

At the same time, Valeri said, the decision was easy.

"It's been a goal of mine, to get into high school coaching," said Valeri, who teaches at the high school. "I have been volunteering at the high school for many years to get the opportunity."

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Cashmere Cheer Squad

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
The 2014-15 basketball cheer squad. From left: Alejandra Gonzalez, Jessica Parker, Jordan O'Donnell, Kandace Brunner, Ellie York, Ravjot Shokar and Carmella Galan.

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Bulldogs are favorites to win the four-team CTL
With the memory of last year's third-place finish at state still fresh, the girls' basketball team at Cashmere High School will seek to go farther yet this season.

Led by senior Breanne Knishka and sophomore Abbie Johnson, the squad this year added frosh standout Cami Knishka -Breanne's sister, and a national champion with her club team.

Cami's face -sort of a redheaded version of her sister's- is one of eight new ones on the roster of the Bulldogs.

"Lot of shoes to fill there," Head Coach Brent Darnell said of all the seniors the team lost to graduation this past June, including Wenatchee Valley College hoopsters Lauren Johnson and Mikayla Sites.

The faces may be new but the expectations are not, Darnell said. The incoming players know what is expected of them: they learned it last year -Darnell's first as Cashmere coach.-during the JV season.

"They are not learning a new system, they are just updating a system," he said. "They are getting more information thrown at them than they had at the JV level last year. It's great because they have a foundation to build off of and they understand what the expectations are."

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Cashmere looks to compete for CTL title
The goal is not getting to the playoffs. The goal for the Cashmere Bulldogs' boys basketball team is staying in the playoffs.

The Caribou Trail League has four teams this year, so every team will qualify to districts. The top seed advances to the sidelines for a week, then faces a regional rival with a state berth on the line.

"If you get out of district, while all the other teams are working on regionals, we are off, and it's just a waiting game," Head Coach Levi Heyen said. "And then they go to the round of 16."

The oddball schedule will present the squad with that age-old question: Is it better to be sharp or fresh and rested?

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Former Cashmere booter ends year of growth at NAIA school
Dani Morseman returned home for Thanksgiving break with much to be thankful for after a year of college soccer in Salem, Oregon.

Not only did her team -the Corban University Warriors- make it to Cascade Collegiate Conference semifinals this year, losing to defending National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics champion Concordia 3-1, but the Cashmere grad held her own on her first year on the team.

A midfielder in Cashmere, Morseman remained a midfielder for the Warriors team, with a switch from attacking midfielder to outside midfielder near the season's end.

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