Cascade Takes Top-Ranked Western Christian to The Wire

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

DES MOINES – It's a community that has and always will love baseball, so leave it to Mitch Recker to use hardball vernacular when describing his Cascade basketball team's game Thursday afternoon.

"We definitely got a shot in at them, which is what we wanted," he said of a 52-46 loss to mighty Western Christian in a Class 2A state tournament semifinal. "But sometimes when you pitch a perfect game, you don't win."

The Cougars didn't play a perfect game, but it was plenty solid, good enough to topple most mortal teams. There's question whether this Western Christian team is mortal, with its 26-0 record and usual looking-straight-up-at size on the interior.

It was 6-foot-6 sophomore Josh VanLingen (19 points, 14 rebounds) and 6-7 senior Taylor Feenstra (14 points, eight boards) that were integral in helping the Wolfpack dig out of a 14-point first-quarter hole and finally overcome Cascade's serious upset bid.

The twin towers scored their team's final 14 points.

"I think one of the big things was how they could really pound us on the boards," said Cascade Coach Al Marshall. "They are really a good offensive rebounding team, and they got some key baskets doing that. I thought we played really well throughout the game. But sometimes when you lose, you have to give credit to the opposing team."

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