Champions reload: 'Power team' will be more grounded this year
A year ago, the Cascade Champions graduated 11 players and were left with several question marks moving into the offseason. One of the biggest losses was Ivan Spencer, who was the Champions' most versatile player. Between punt returning, lining up at receiver and leading the Cascade backfield, Champion coach Jake Tyre was tasked with replacing his top-producing player from last season...
Champs return to Class 2A and renew area rivalries
Two years ago, Cascade High School was given a notice the school would be moving up in classification from 2A football to 3A--and perhaps the most brutal district in the state, featuring perennial powers CPA, Giles County and Marshall County. In 2015, the Champions will get to see some familiar competition...
Spencer steps down; Lady Champs coach pursues 'dream' at Ole Miss
Chad Spencer has been around Cascade basketball for the past eight years. As of last week, Spencer has handed over his whistle for a position on the Ole Miss women's basketball coaching staff. "This is a tremendous opportunity. Growing up when I first got interested in coaching, the SEC was the Mecca of women's basketball at the college level. I found myself intrigued watching the SEC. To me, it's the best league in college sports," Spencer said...
Cascade's Gardner on All-State team
After leading Cascade to an improbable finish in the Class AA baseball tournament that left the Champions as the third-best team in the state, senior Sam Gardner earned all-state honors for his efforts as the Champion ace pitcher. Gardner finished with an 8-2 overall record and a 0.94 ERA. He struck out 100 batters while walking just 22 in 67.1 innings pitched...
Another full day of Eaglette team camp
Chuckey Doak vs. Watertown (8 a.m.), Carter vs. Grundy Co. (9 a.m.), Shelbyville vs. Giles Co. (10 a.m.), Smyrna vs. Culleoka (11 a.m.), Carter vs. Moore Co. (12 p.m.), Shelbyville vs. Briarcrest (1 p.m.), Giles Co. vs. East Magnet (2 p.m.), Cascade vs. Station Camp (3 p.m.)...
Cascade pitcher Carter will join Hart at Motlow
Cascade pitcher Summer Carter spent the first two years of her career as a Lady Champion pitching to catcher Heather Hart. Despite Hart having her career cut short due to back-to-back season-ending knee injuries, Carter will be joining Hart on the Motlow Lady Bucks' roster next season...
Effort to the end: Cascade's state run closes with 11-inning heartbreaker
MURFREESBORO -- Cascade's amazing postseason run ended in heartbreaking fashion Thursday as the Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish edged the Champions 6-5 in an 11-inning winner's bracket final of the TSSAA Class 2A State Baseball Tournament at Blackman High School...
Victory puts Cascade one more win away from 2A title game
MURFREESBORO -- When the postseason began nearly three weeks ago, not many would have considered the No. 5 seeded Cascade Champions as much of a postseason threat. Those very same Champions (28-12) are now just one win away from a Class 2A state championship appearance...
Cascade scores first state tournament win behind Gardner
MURFREESBORO -- Cascade ace Sam Gardner probably could have called it a night after six innings of shutout baseball against Lexington (23-15) in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament on Tuesday evening -- but he didn't. Facing a high pitch count, Gardner returned to the mound in the top of the seventh and finished the Champions' 2-0 win over the Tigers...
STATE BOUND: Gardner's amazing night propels Champs' sectional win
It was a night and a postseason for the ages. Two weeks ago, the Cascade Champions played their first game in the postseason, starting as the number five seed in the District 12-AA Tournament. After the dust had settled two weeks later, the Champions are headed to the TSSAA Class 2A State Tournament...
REGION CHAMPS; Cascade trounces CPA, will host substate
NASHVILLE -- The Cascade Champions have known for a while they have a special team. Now some of the top talent in the state is getting the message as well. In Wednesday's Region 6-AA title game, the Cascade Champions (25-12) avenged a 7-1 District 12-AA championship loss from a week ago and claimed the school's first title since moving up to Class 2A with a 7-2 win over the CPA Lions (27-10)...
Cascade beats CPA 7-2 to claim region title
Look for more details in Thursday's Times-Gazette.
Gardner's effort lifts Champs; Win sends Cascade into region rematch with CPA
CUNNINGHAM -- Brandon Bassham knew his team was special coming into the 2015 postseason. Now the Champions are just two games away from making it a really special year. "We'd love to win Wednesday and play at home on Friday, but this at least assures us a Friday and gives us a chance to be seven innings from really making this a special year. It's already been a great ride. I told them lets take it from a good year to a really great and special year," he said...
Cinderella runs continue for Viqueens, Champs
At the beginning of the 2015 baseball and softball seasons, not a lot of people would have given much credit to the Community Viqueens and Cascade Champions advancing to region play after a stellar district tournament showing. Community qualified for a Region 5-A berth after defeating the Moore County Raiderettes, 4-2, in the consolation finals of the District 9-A tournament last week...
CPA coasts off early momentum, downs Cascade
NASHVILLE -- In the District 12-AA title game, the CPA Lions jumped No. 5 seed Cascade early and never let up in the 7-1 win. From the first inning, the Lions took an early control and never let go of the momentum. "Any time you play for a gold trophy, you hope you can bring your A-game and your emotion. All three times we've played them they've come out early and kind of smacked us in the mouth," said Cascade coach Brandon Bassham...
Lady Champs can't overcome errors
SPRING HILL -- The Cascade Lady Champion suffered a disappointing end to the 2015 season on Tueday evening at Spring Hill. Despite scoring the game's first run, Cascade committed a crushing six errors in the field that allowed the Lady Raiders to coast to the 9-5 win over the Lady Champions...
One run sends Champs to 12-AA title showdown
SPRING HILL -- On Friday night against Spring Hill, senior Sam Gardner carried the team through seven innings before turning the ball over to fellow senior Chandler Monajjem to close out the game in relief work. On Monday night, Gardner picked up Monajjem and preserved his one-run lead for the victory over Marshall County, sending Cascade (23-11) to the District 12-AA title game on Tuesday evening at CPA...
Champs shock Raiders in 9th
SPRING HILL -- With two outs, two strikes and a one-run lead on Friday night over Spring Hill, Raider designated hitter Bryson Thomas scorched a game-tying RBI double to the center-field fence off Cascade ace Sam Gardner. Though Gardner lasted seven stellar innings, the Champions (22-11) were eventually forced to turn to relief work on the mound in the top of the eighth inning...
Page gets back at Lady Champs
Just two days after claiming an 11-1 win over the Page Lady Patriots, Page got its payback with an 8-0 win over the Lady Champions in the District 12-AA tournament. The Lady Patriots hammered starter Summer Carter for 12 hits and knocked in eight runs, four of which were earned in the defeat...
Champs tame Tigers in 12-AA
LEWISBURG -- Heath Presley got plenty of offensive support in Thursday's District 12-AA tournament opener at Marshall County. He didn't need much, though. The Champion senior twirled a four-hit gem and struck out nine in Cascade's 6-2 victory over the Tigers in the opening round of the District 12-AA tournament...