Champs on the prowl for next team leaders

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
After graduating the bulk of its guards a year ago, junior Chay Chumley will be tasked to lead the Cascade in the upcoming season.
T-G File Photo by Chris Siers

Mike Edmondson is searching on his roster for his next set of “go-to” players.

A year ago, seniors Jaden Chumley, Seth Gardner and Hayden Edmondson led the Champions in just about every statistical category.

Edmondson also became a 1,000-point scorer in his senior season.

But after the three graduated, it left a big void on the Champions’ roster.

Though young at the guard position, Cascade will lean on the efforts of Chay Chumley, Jake Vincent and Brandon Heath to carry the team, while leaning on the experience and depth in the post.

“That’s our strength—our post play. We lost tremendous guard play with Seth, Hayden and Jaden. That’s going to take time to replace. But our post play, we’re deep. We can play six in the post. Our guards is where we have to get better,” Edmondson said.

While the guards have big shoe to fill, Edmondson says he’s pleased with the three guards so far, but adds that depth is needed to develop behind them.

“Chay is playing well and Brandon Heath and Jake Vincent. They’re going to have to carry us for a while until the others develop,” he said.

“They all got minutes. Brandon got some meaningful minutes in some big games. Chay played lots of minutes. He’s definitely the leader of that group. And Jake wants to shoot the ball. He will do well. He just has to build the confidence to do it during the games.”

Over the last four seasons, Cascade has had to play up in classification in one of the most difficult Class AA districts in the state, featuring Page, Giles County, CPA, Marshall County and Spring Hill.

No more.

Cascade will participate in the newly designated District 8A, featuring teams a little closer to home.

Teams on the new district slate include Cornersville, Moore County, Huntland, Eagleville, and Fayetteville.

With the Class AA scheduling in the rear-view mirror, the Champions take aim at their new district in a hope for a deeper push into the postseason.

Cascade finished out last season in the Region 6-AA semifinals at Camden Central.

Edmondson and the Champions hope to build on a 21-9 record from a season ago.

Cascade opens the regular season this afternoon at 5:30 at Franklin County against Warren County.