Cascade Junior High Boys’ Basketball Team Ready for Season


The Cascade junior high boys' basketball teams play at Fairfield tonight at 5:30 and 6:30.

Ricky Day, Staff Writer

The Cascade Badgers junior high boys’ basketball squad is used to going to countless open gyms, practices, summer leagues, and many other basketball functions during the past two years, and now it’s time to see whether all of that hard work has paid off.

There has been a big turnout of players this season, nine of which are in the eighth grade.  These players are Carter Casavant, Ricky Day, Trayden Tait, James Lewis, Carter Otheim, Chase Leveque, Rocky Day, Brodie Ober, and Nathan Gatch.  Two seventh-grade players are Caiden Sekuterski and Daniel Mahana. There are seven six-graders with Tanner Jacobs, Ian McKamey, Trennen Tait, Tyler Lane, Austin Gatch, Sterling Byrnes, and Hal McGregor. Finally, we have six fifth graders in Bridger Lewis, Joshua Creveling, Lane Ethridge, Trent Leardini, and Reed VonStein. 

“This year’s team has the potential to be very tough,” said second-year head coach Ashley Tait.  “We have been together as a group now for two and a half years, so our eighth graders have been in the system, understand what’s expected of them, and are willing to do what it takes to win.

“Three of our eighth graders, James Lewis, Trayden Tait, and Ricky Day, had the opportunity to play for the high school team this past season,” he continued.  “I expect them to be more prepared physically and mentally than ever before, and I expect them to lead by example with their effort and intensity.”

The Badgers kick off their season tonight in a non-conference game at Class B Fairfield.  The B Team will play at 5:30 and the A Team will follow at 6:30.

“We also have a very strong group of fifth and sixth graders who are working hard to improve so that they can pick up where our eighth-grade group leaves our program after this season,” said Tait.  “There is a lot of potential in Cascade to build a successful basketball program and start competing with the traditional Class C power programs.”

The team’s goal this year is to win the district tournament in April.

Good luck, Badgers!