By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– It’s been roughly 20 years since Cascade’s Carlos Huber was a student-athlete at Cascade High School. Passionate about the game, passionate about his team and passionate for his Alma Mater as he starts his second season as Head Coach of the Cougars program this Fall.
“I always wanted to come back and give something back to Cascade. Cascade was a home for me and I know it’s a home for a lot of these guys. Cascade has always been in my heart and I felt like I needed to return the favor, like the coaches did before me. I just wish I can measure up to them like the way they were,” Huber said. “Being here is not just a game, it’s not just showing up just to work with a couple of guys.
“We’re here and I’m here because I know that this school has been wonderful, not just for sports programs but for all across the board. And I think giving back is important.”
In Huber’s first year as Head Coach, the Cougars went 5-7-2 overall and 3-5-2 in the Oregon West Conference. The squad reached the 4A Play-In round before falling to Ontario, and now is coming back with a senior-heavy squad hungry for more. They’re self-motivated, described Huber, they’re eager to work and knowing the expectations coming off of last season. They want to prove that they’re here and leave their mark at Cascade High School
“We’re bonding a lot, we’re passing the ball and communicating is a big thing we’ve been working on lately. We’re trying to score as many goals as we can and try to make it to the playoffs,” said Anthony Martinez.
“Motivating ourselves to be better…this year I think we’re more self-motivated, we want to win games and we know that we’re going to win games. We’re going to have that attitude and self-motivation and communication. We definitely do have the talent this year, we just got to put it together and I think we are having coach coming off his first-year coaching, I think it’s going to be a lot better for us,” adds Sam Horne.
Horne and Martinez are two of eight seniors on the Cougars roster as they went to work Monday afternoon with a light scrimmage. Getting mentally ready for the season that’s just about to begin. Hard work, never giving up, never stop playing are the mantras Huber is instilling in them. Don’t leave any regrets as they embark on this season with the expectations put forth for them.
“They know the expectations, they knew where we were at the beginning of last year and at the end of the season and the expectations that the school has, the expectations that we have of ourselves of where we need to be at the beginning of this year,” Huber said. “Hard work and don’t give in, don’t stop playing. Just keep working and never give up.”
Cascade travels to North Bend Thursday before going to Cottage Grove (9/10) and wrapping up non-league play September 15 against Marshfield. The Cougs open OWC play September 22 against the defending 4A State Champions Philomath in Turner.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald