Cooper, Wilson and Cameron Phillips will hold down and lead the defensive effort for the Cadets.
“We as a team have set very high goals and expectations for ourselves, goals we believe to be very tangible,” Faulkner said. “We plan to play as far into the postseason as possible and hopefully win some recognition and a name for ourselves as a contender at a higher level than previous teams fielded by Cascade. We truly do have the squad to turn some heads this year.”
The Patriots welcome Steven Bushre to the program as he takes over the reigns from Michael Poynter this season.
“The transition has gone pretty well so far,” Bushre said. “The players have great attitudes and are extremely coachable. This has made it much easier on me. We graduated eight starters last year and so it is going to be a transition for everyone. We are going through it together.”
Bethesda finished the 2012 season with a 6-7-3 record. The Patriots went 3-2-2 down the stretch before bowing out in the sectional opener to eventual champion Tri-West.
But the Patriots will have a harder road ahead of them than last season as they lost eight seniors off that team.
“We only have a few of the same players so the momentum is going to come from the hard work we have put in this summer so far,” Bushre said. “This is really a fresh start for some new players and everyone has a chance to prove themselves. We are transitioning to a new system, positions, and responsibilities as well as increased playing time for several players.”
Bethesda only has one senior this season, so while they are rebuilding, many young players will quickly gain valuable varsity experience.
Senior John Mlagan will captain the Patriots from between the pipes this year and while he lacks some experience at that position, Bushre believes he’s the right candidate for the job.