Last year wasn’t a memorable season for the Cascade Christian football team. The Cougars, who had previously competed in the past four Class 1A state championship games, lost to Kings in a winner-to-state, loser-out district playoff contest last November.
They should return to their dominant ways in 2013.
The Cougars’ program has been well-known for its work ethic, and that quality has been enhanced with the completion of the team’s new weight room this summer. It has given the team more space to hone and build their athletic talents.
Cougars tight end Mason Tobeck said his team’s previous weight room was adequate but lacked the proper amount of space in order for the majority of his teammates to work out simultaneously.
The weight room was packed with players last week as they pushed themselves through rigorous workouts in preparation for the first day of practice later this month.
Virtually every high school football team stateside possess a weight training regimen the program follows. It is an absolute necessity if a team wants to be competitive at any level in any classification.
The success of the Sumner Spartans, who went 8-3 and advanced to the Class 2A state semis last year, directly correlated with the multitude of players who arrived at Sunset Chev Stadium at 8 a.m. on summer weekday mornings for weightlifting sessions.
The Cougars’ core skill players — quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith, reciver and safety Nathan Roosendaal, outside linebacker Damon Davis, running back Jackie Wood and Tobeck all come back with a dearth of varsity experience under their belts.
That, combined with the high-level intensity of summer workouts, will translate into many victories this fall.
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