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9/25/2013 4:09:00 PM
Shoe Rivalry Runs Deep
Matt Baide
Staff Writer

The Battle of the Shoe has a history dating back to 1953. The Lippincott shoe is what is on the line at each football game between the Chelan Goats and the Cashmere Bulldogs. It doesn't matter if you played in the first battle or the most recent, it is a rivalry that has remained strong throughout the years.
"It's a huge rivalry with Cashmere," Chelan Physical Education Teacher and former player Joe Harris said. "The shoe is something that when you think of small towns and traditions, it is certainly engrained in our community."
Harris remembers the Battle of the Shoe well. He played defensive back and flanker for the Goats during his time playing football. He played on the 1978-'79 team that beat Cashmere 28-7 in Cashmere.
"We hadn't won in a number of years and to bring the shoe home was a pretty exciting moment," Harris said. "I can still remember the guys in the huddle."
"We used to have two weeks that we identified in the fall sports, one was homecoming and the other was the Cashmere game," Harris said. "The Cashmere week was big if not bigger because of school pride and school culture."
Former player and now Chelan realtor Skip Boyd played quarterback and kicker for the Goats when he played. He ended up going on to play at the University of Washington as a kicker. He played the Bulldogs three times in his career, with Cashmere earning two wins and Chelan winning one of those contests.
"It was great, that was the ultimate thing was to win the shoe and beat our rival," Boyd said. "There's always a lot of celebrating. It was the ultimate in high school football at the time."
"The only thing I really remember was that it was a tough game and a huge rivalry," Boyd said. "Both communities supported their teams tremendously. We always had a packed house, whether it was here or Cashmere. It was something that everybody always looked forward to."
When Boyd's father played, the game was always played on Armistice Day, Nov. 11. It was the last game of the year before there were state playoffs, so the game was the big game and the culmination of the football season.
"It was the last game of the year, there was no state playoffs, it was like the playoff game for them," Boyd said.
There used to be a lot of extracurricular activities that heated up the rivalry on the side. Boyd said he remembers that Cashmere used to have a car bash, where they would destroy a car with Chelan written on the side. Boyd said Chelan used to have a burning of Cashmere before the game, where they would get apple boxes and walk down to the baseball field. People would give speeches and then they would light the fire. Somebody chained the Cashmere bus to a post one time, according to Boyd, all fueling the shoe rivalry.
Even with the extracurricular activities, these two teams still have a great respect for each other.
"The magnitude of the game is still there because it is Cashmere and you are going to get fired up for playing Cashmere," Harris said. "I became friends with the guys at Cashmere and that is what makes the rivalry a little bit more intense because you don't want them to get the one up on you. And after the game, we are still friends.
"The neat thing about the shoe is that it is a conversation piece amongst Chelan and Cashmere folks," Harris said. "I've still got some very good friends in Cashmere and we still talk about our shoe games. I think that it is common ground for both schools that it is an important piece of football and the culture that goes around with your school."
Chelan enters Friday's contest with a 1-2 record, coming off a 27-18 loss to Okanogan. Cashmere comes into the contest at 2-1, coming off a 40-6 win over Omak. While Cashmere holds the overall advantage in the rivalry, Boyd thinks that Chelan is on the rise in the rivalry.
"For a long time Cashmere has had the upper hand on this rivalry," Boyd said. "And the last few years our kids have really come back and made it back into a real rivalry. It's a game that the kids always want to win. Everybody looks forward to this game."
Harris thinks that the Battle of the Shoe is still as strong as it has been, but there is a lot more going on for students these days. Even still, the game is still important to the school and the community.
Boyd feels that this year's team is solid and he expects this team to go to Cashmere on Friday and play well.
"They are confident and I think they will go down there and play a tough game and I think they'll win," Boyd said. "It's usually a close game, they have beat us bad and we have beat them bad. I expect this to be a real close game again...I predict that Chelan will win. I say Chelan wins by a touchdown."
Game time at Cashmere is set for 7 p.m. this Friday.

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