Attaining perfection at any level of athletics is almost an impossible task to achieve.
The Cascade Christian Cougars girls basketball team matched the 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots when they put together an undefeated regular season. They went 20-0 overall and won the Class 1A Nisqually League championship with a 15-0 mark.
While the run the Cougars have put together in the past three months is monumental, they’ve put the regular season behind them in order to set their sights on the playoffs. The slate is wiped clean and each team is 0-0.
The Cougars advanced to the state tournament last year but lost their first two contests against Lynden Christian and Granger.
If Cascade Christian returns to the Yakima SunDome for the state tournament next month, I expect them to bring home some hardware. I simply do not see them going 0-2 again.
The roster is brimming with talent across the board. Guard Katie Rozumny, wing Kaycee Creech and post Chloe Read make up one of the most talented trios in the entire 1A classification. All three dominate their respective positions and bring an array of attributes to the table.
Creech is a scoring machine, Rozumny is the distributor, and Read gobbles up rebounds and points in the paint.
What makes the Cougars special is each player knows their role, and that translates into continuity on the court. That kind of camaraderie is immeasurable.
The Cougars haven’t forgotten what happened last March. This year, they won’t be intimidated by the atmosphere.
Earlier this season, head coach Bryan Peterson said their expectations were high.
“Obviously, our goal is to get a step or two further than we got last year,” he said. “You want to be playing on Saturday (the third day of the tournament), so you can play for a trophy.
“We were happy to get there, but we want to take that next step as a group,” he said. “We feel we can do that this year.”
I couldn’t agree more.