Cascade High School’s football team reemerged as a state power of the past four years, but getting back to the state championship game is another step.
When the Cougars play Scappoose for the OSAA Class 4A state championship game at noon Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium, it will be the second time the team reached the state championship game and the first since 1980.
Cascade coach Steve Turner was an assistant coach under Karl Elliott on Cascade’s 1980 state championship game.
“It means a lot to me,” Turner said after Saturday’s win against Banks. “I started here. I wanted to end my career here. But more importantly it’s bringing back the tradition that we had in those 80s under coach (Karl) Elliott and Mr. (Len) Federico, and there’s a lot of guys in the stands tonight that were those guys.
“It’s like we’re trying to connect the two generations. It means a lot to me. It means a lot to a lot of the people who were up in those stands. Cascade was downtrodden for quite a while, but hopefully we brought back a little pride to the community.”
South Salem’s girls basketball team is No. 2 in the first coaches poll of the season.
The Saxons won the Class 6A state championship last season and was 27-2, but graduated two players from that team.
Jesuit is No. 1 in the first coach’s poll.
Woodburn is petitioning the OSAA’s Executive Board to play an independent schedule in 2016 at its next meeting Dec. 7.
Woodburn was 0-9 this year and last won a league game in 2011.
The team played an independent schedule in 2005, going 0-9 that season.
Also petitioning to play football as independents are Oregon School for the Deaf, Rogue River, Corbett, Elgin, Glencoe and The Dalles.
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