Small Town School With High Hopes
NOAH MADDOX, MTN Sports Reporter
Two years ago, the Boys Basketball program at Cascade High School was at a crossroads.
As the school moved into a new building, Cascade decided to let go of Coach Mike Edmondson, who was just one season removed from winning the schools first region title.
Two years later, Cascade is coming off the 8th state sectional appearance in school history under first-year head coach Chris Lawson.
Senior captain and leader Seth Countess, who was an important starter as a true freshman on the team that won the region tournament, leaves behind quite a legacy.
One of his goals before this season was to help set a strong foundation for the future under the new coach, but also try to reach the school’s first ever state tournament.
Despite starting very slowly, Cascade finished strong in the postseason, winning back to back road games to qualify for the sub-state round.
They then traveled to face the heavily favored Clay County Bulldogs who came into the game at 26-2.
Countess and the Champions gave Clay County their toughest game of the season, unfortunately falling just short, 64-63, in an instant classic.
However, due to the strong foundation, Cascade returns key pieces, and will have a very real chance to make the state tournament next season.