Cascades Mission/Philosophy Statement

Our mission is to provide a competitive opportunity for high school girls basketball players to participate in college viewing period tournaments while playing with some of the Northwest’s best players. Our players will be coached by knowledgeable, conscientious high school and college coaches with proven successful records.

We strive to develop our players towards being the best players they can be, and developing their talents within a team structure. We teach fundamenals, teamwork, discipline, defense, and competitive spirit within the team concept, and to help players understand how hard they need to play to reach the “next level.” Our Cascades Team places in nearly all tournaments each summer. We compete at the highest levels, and our players make great progress as collegiate prospects.We support our club athletes and promote them towards college programs and help them attain athletic scholarships to play basketball in college at a level where they can be successful.

Each year the teams consist of players who demonstrate more than just basketball talent. Equally important are such characteristics as player development, attitude, academic achievement,work ethic, team play, sportsmanship, and the ability to relate with teammates, opponents, officials and coaches. Our goal is to assemble the best players in the northwest in order to compete at the highest levels in the tournaments we participate in. One thing has been steadfast throughout the 33 years of the Cascades program, and that is that this club is able to assemble enough good players every year to compete at the “Elite Level,” and be successful.

This club was formerly called the “Puget Sound Cascades” and was run by Gary Wilson formerly of South Kitsap HS former assistant at PLU. Because of some issues with the NCAA, Mr. Wilson has given the ownership of the Cascades program to Prairie HS Head Coach Al Aldridge. Our staff consists of successful high school and college coaches who know and understand the game and the recruiting process.  Many college coaches have commented that our players make the most improvement during the summer because of our knowledgeable staff.

Many college coaches comment to us on the preparation we give our players for college basketball, and that “no other club” shows consistent improvement year in and year out like our club does. Coach Aldridge has won over 790 games at Prairie HS & Clark College, ranking him number one in state history with the most big school wins. He knows what it takes to get kids to the next level, and the Cascades Club players benefit from his knowledge and understanding. Prairie HS Girls Basketball and the Columbia Cascades program program has produced over 50 D-1 college players in the last 15 years, and numerous players to D-2, D-3 and NAIA schools.
Because we have a good reputation and an excellent following from college coaches, our players get the maximum exposure at the tournaments we enter. We do not interfere with the high school teams in June.

We want to enpower our young ladies.

Advantages to the Cascades Program: 33 years of success:




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