Cascade High School is turning to a familiar face to lead its girls basketball program next school year.
Dave Roberts, a longtime history teacher at the school, is returning to the team for his third stint as head coach, Bruins athletics director Michael Washington confirmed.
Roberts previously led Cascade from 1999-2007 and again from 2014-2016. He replaces John Barhanovich who spent four seasons with the Bruins and compiled a 7-72 record, which included a league win in his first season that snapped a 41-game conference losing streak for the program. Barhanovich had previously coached Cascade in the 1990s.
Roberts takes over a program that’s struggled to find success in recent years, winning just two games over the previous three seasons while building another lengthy conference winless streak that has reached 31 games. Cascade hasn’t posted a winning season since at least 2006.
Roberts led the Bruins to their last state tournament appearance in 2001.
Cascade is slated to start its first season as a member of the Wesco 3A/2A as the school drops from Class 4A to 3A when the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s new reclassification cycle begins next school year.
WIAA passes 18 new amendments
The WIAA announced Monday that its Representative Assembly has passed 18 new amendments, 16 of which will go into affect at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
Of the passed amendments, two of the biggest in-game changes come on the hardwood. The shot clock in boys basketball will be reduced from 35 to 30 seconds. Girls teams were already playing with a 30-second shot clock. And the 10-second backcourt violation rule has been added to girls basketball, a rule already implemented in boys basketball.
On the gridiron, the number of players on the field is shrinking for the state’s smallest schools. Football programs at the 1B level will now play six-man football after playing eight-man previously. Darrington is the only local school that fielded an eight-man football team last season.
Also of note, high school volleyball teams will get the opportunity to beef up their schedules this fall. Squads can schedule up to 18 regular-season contests now on top of a jamboree. Programs were previously limited to 16 games in the regular season.