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r i t ! SPORTS Shelton School Board reverses rugby decision It votes to take back $30K designated to fund varsity sport By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com The Shelton School District Board of Directors voted unanimously last month to reverse the board's decision to make rugby a high school varsity sport. At its Dec. 10 meeting, the board, in addition to rescinding its move to make rugby a varsity sport at Shelton High School this spring, directed Superinten- dent Wayne Massie to develop a proce- dure for the introduction and approval of sports in the school district. "Over these last several months, there has been more discussion about rugby in this room than about on-time gradua- tion," first-year board President Brenda Hirschi said at the meeting. "I didn't buy into joining the school board to talk about rugby over and over ... We have got to get back to what's really impor- tant. I believe the past board wanted to give the students an opportunity. I don't fault them at all, but I think (funding rugby) was premature." In August, the five-member school board which then included Jim Bar- rett and Brian Major -- voted to set aside $30,000 from the district's general fund to start a two-year pilot program for varsity rugby. First-year board Vice President Jim Carnahan expressed concerns about this plan Dec. 10 after heang from the com- munity. Carnahan made the motion not to implement rugby this spring, which was then approved by four of the school board members. Sue McCausland was excused from the meeting for medical reasons. The board's decision came after it heard comments from the public and a presentation from SHS Athletic Director Jim Judson. "The entire board unanimously ap- proved something," Carnahan said at the Dec. 10 meeting. "To overrule a previous board's decision takes a momentous rea- son ... That being said, I've asked other board members: 'If you knew then what you know now, would you go ahead with it?' and only one said they would." Carnahan said the information about starting rugby as a varsity sport was still incomplete, despite Judson's report dur- ing the Dec. 10 meeting. "The process was not followed by the rugby people, as near as I can tell," Car- nahan said. He added that one component of the process was that the school's Associated Student Body (ASB) board needed rugby to submit documents to the ASB by May to be included in the ASB's budget and that didn't happen. Carnahan said the ASB tabled its decision on rugby because it needed more information. Camahan said he felt the decision to set aside $30,000 for the creation of rug- by as a varsity sport wasn't done prop- erly. "I feel like this thing was so poorly handled.., it was a giant failure of lead- ership at that time," he added. Finally, Carnahan said he thinks the decision about rugby needs to be sent back to the superintendent for one year so he can ensure that all questions are answered. Carnahan said the rugby community should then go back through the process for reconsideration. Unresolved questions During the Dec. 10 meeting, Judson answered three questions posed to him by the board after a study session Dec. 3 at the Washington State School Direc- tors' Association in Olympia. Those questions were: What criteria will be used to moni- tor and evaluate rugby as a pilot / explor- atory sport? How will district and Washing- tin Interscholastic Athletic Assocation (WIAA) eligibility requirements be han- dled? B What is the budget estimate for rugby for the 2014 spring season? Judson told the board that if rugby was a spring sport, student participa- tion would have been monitored at the end of the season. Surveys with players and coaches would have been conducted and the school would have evaluated the funding of the program to determine whether it could continue. He then explained that if rugby was implemented, it would have been recog- nized as every other varsity sport and the athletes would have been required to meet eligibility standards. Those stan- dards include students passing five of six classes for academic eligbility, and hav- ing a current physical and medical insur- ance. The athletes would have also been required to follow (WIAA) rules, even though rugby is not a WIAA-affiiated sport. This would have meant that ath- letes could not play two spring sports. During past spring sports seasons, a few rugby athletes also participated on Shel- ton sports teams, including track and field and powerlifting. See RUGBY on page B-5 Journal photo by LloycMullen Shelton School Board President Brenda Hirschi, left, and Vice President Jim Carnahan discuss rugby during the board's Dec. 10 meeting. Journal photo by Emily Hanson North Mason junior Connor Lundberg gets Dominic Perez of North Kitsap into a pin at the Hawkins Memorial Tournament on Saturday at North Mason High School. Lundberg, wrestling in the 195-pound weight class, pinned Perez 42 seconds into their match. Bulldogs 2nd at home By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com It took less than one minute for Tyler Grewell to be declared a cham- pion. On Saturday, the North Mason junior pinned Kenney Loslaben of Sultan -- his final opponent at the Hawkins Memorial Tournament -- in 44 seconds, winning the 170-pound weight class at the Bulldogs' home tournament. Seventeen teams com- peted at the tournament. "Tyler got a good hip toss and stuck the kid," head coach Bill Mc- Carty said. Although he said Grewell's final match win was impressive, McCarty added that Grewell's quarterfinal and semifinal matches were tougher. "They were both really aggressive matches," McCarty said. "Grewell had to go the whole way, wrestle tough and under control and use good clock management." Grewell won by decision 6-2 in the quarterfinals against Aberdeen's Tavo Sanchez. He then defeated Kyle Davision of Central Kitsap by major decision 10-2 in the semifinals. Grewell opened the tournament with a 3:45 pin of Port Townsend's Forrest Piatt. His championship points contrib- uted to North Mason's overall score of 142, good enough for second place. Olympic High School won the tourna- ment with 160 points, while Sultan took third with 132.5 points. McCarty said he was impressed with North Mason's showing at the tournament because the Bulldogs don't have wrestlers at 113, 120 or 285 pounds. "To miss three weight classes and still take second is impressive to me," he said. "The guys really stepped up and represented our school well." Grewell wasn't the only Bulldog to reach the finals Saturday. Junior Mark Phillips. and senior Chase Davis both took second at the tournament. At 126 pounds, Phillips fell to Sul- tan's Jamell Carroll in the finals with a 5:02 pin. After starting his day with a first- round bye, Phillips pinned Steila- coom's Christophe Frye at 32 seconds in the quarterfinals. He then pinned Clover Park's Ty- "The guys really stepped up and represented our school well," Bill McCarty, NMHS head wrestling coach ler Woods after 3:52 in the semifinals. "Mark had a reall: good day," Mc- Carty said. "In the finals, he ran into a really tough freshman from Sultan. Mark wrestled him really tough until the second round." McCarty said that during the tour- nament, Phillips wrestled cleanly and performed well. "In the finals, he just got caught," he said. At 220 pounds, Davis was pinned by Sultan's Taylor Comfort at 1:20 in the finals for second place. Davis reached the finals after a quarterfinal technical fall victory against Woodland's Nathan Cloud 16-0 and a 42-seconds semifinal pin over Aberdeen's Henry Fultz. He started the tournament with a first-round bye. "Chase wrestled really well earlier in the day," McCarty said. "Finals wasn't a good match for him. Chase wrestled a bit tentative and not with his normal aggressive style." He said Davis is usually good at picking the pace for a match. When faced with a fast-moving opponent, Davis will slow the match down and vice versa. "In the finals, unfortunately, he wrestled a little off and Comfort just thumped on him," McCarty said. Finally, North Mason had five wrestlers finish the tournament as co-third placers. Wrestlers didn't compete for third place because they were not allowed to have more than five matches in one day. Senior Kyler Hockaday at 132 pounds, senior Grant Hunter at 152 pounds, senior Morgan Grewell at 160 pounds, junior Connor Lundberg at 195 pounds and senior Tommy Marsh at 220 pounds all finished as co-third placers. The Bulldogs compete next at the Battle of the Ax Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday at Port Angeles High School. Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - Page B-1