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Bulldogs build momentum By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com North Mason head boys' basketball coach Steve Hackett said he hopes the Bulldogs' past two games will build momentum for the new year. Before winter the Bulldogs lost 57-47 Dec. 20 at home to Olym- pic. "We were down 14 at the half, but brought it back," Hackett said. "They ended up beating us, but it was a good game." Junior Daniel Burg- graaf led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while senior Matt Duckworth contributed 10 points and junior Davontea Daven- port added nine points. North Mason followed the loss with a 69-58 vic- tory at Oakville on Friday night. "We had four guys (score) in the double dig- its, so that was nice to see," Hackett said. Duckworth led with 18 points -- all 3-pointers. Sophomore Matt Becker contributed 16 points, while Burggraaf put up 15 and Davenport added 12. Although Oakville is a 1B school and North Ma- son plays in the 2A Olym- pic League, the game was one between friends for the coaches. Oakville's head boys' basketball coach is Cliff Harris, who coached the North Mason girls' team two years ago. "I went to The Ever- green State College a while back to watch a for- mer player and I saw Har- ris," Hackett said. When the coaches real: ized they each needed an- other game in their sched- ules, they decided to play each other. "It was a very physical and competitive game," Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton sophomore Kevin Scott dribbles past Aberdeen junior Cole Edwards on Saturday night during the Highclimbers' game at Aberdeen High School. Climbers pressure early, then let up By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com The Shelton boys' basket- ball team couldn't sustain its defensive pressure on the road last weekend. After leading the first quar- ter 13-8, the Highclimbers let up and fell behind, losing 57- 47 Saturday night at Aberdeen High School. "We were offto our best start of any game this season," head coach Del Sandberg said. "We won the first quarter, but gave up 23 points in the second." By halftime, the Bobcats led 31-20. The Highclimbers never caught up. "I really thought we could pressure them and play fast," Sandberg said. "The game plan was to start with a lot of pres- sure on their guards. We did that only in the first quarter." He said Shelton struggled to stop Aberdeen's dribble pen- etration. "We had to help off other people to stop the dribbler and they were able to hit their open men and make their shots," Sandberg said. Shelton junior Tyler Speaks led the Highclimbers with 21 points, while senior Colton Hubble put up 11. Sophomore Kevin Scott scored six points, with senior Andrew Quantz contributing four points. 'Te were without two varsity starters and another player, so we brought up three junior varsity players to play," Sandberg said. Sophomore Drew Cruse and freshman Kobe Bogh -- both junior varsity players -- added three and two points, respectively. "We had a young team out there at times, but these younger players need the expe- rience and it will help us in the future," Sandberg said. The Highclimbers (0-7) are scheduled to face Timberline at 7 p.m. tomorrow at home in the Mini Dome. Hackett said. "We kept our composure." At halftime, Oakville led 40-29. "I challenged (junior) Hunter Hohmann to stop their best shooter," Hackett said. "He stayed in the whole second half on defense and held the kid to two points, both free throws, in the fourth quarter after he'd (scored) 14 points in the first half." Hackett said this was an offensively strong game for the Bulldogs. "HoPefully, we can build from it," he said. "To be down at halftime and come back for the win will hopefully give us momen- tum." He said he hopes the Bulldogs use this mo- mentum to earn a couple of victories after the new year in order to get the ball rolling for the rest of the season. The Bulldogs (3-7) are scheduled to play next at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Kingston. Shelton wrestlers place at two tournaments By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com Several Shelton wrestlers fin- ished in the top five at two tour- naments during winter break. On Dec. 21, the Highclimb- ers hosted the Holiday Tourna- ment in the Mini Dome, taking sixth place as a team. "The tournament had fewer teams than normal this year, but the quality of the tourna- ment improved over last sea- son," head coach Chris Lacy said. "Union won the tourna- ment and will compete for a top spot in the 4A State Champi- onships. Kentridge, W.F. West- Chehalis and Lincoln rounded out the top four and all of those teams brought some talented wrestlers." Three Highclimbers took second place. Riley Rifle at 113 pounds, Benny Olivas at 152 pounds, and Drake Meacham at 220 pounds all finished in second for Shelton. "All three wrestled well and Page B-4 - Mason County Journal- Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 will learn from their small mis- takes," Lacy said. At 126 pounds, Gill Ramos took third place, while Michael Hackler at 160 pounds finished in fifth along with Jesus Ji- menez at 182 pounds. "Gill continues to wrestle well," Lacy said. The Shelton girl wrestlers competed in a round-robin, with Kaitlin Woods going 3-0. "Kaitlin is becoming more and more aggressive as the season moves forward," Lacy said. "Diana Silva-Torres had some tough matches, but fin- ished the day with a victory to go 1-2 for the day." Shelton boys then finished in seventh place at the Hawkins Memorial Tournament on Sat- urday at North Mason High School. There were 17 teams at the tournament. "Injuries kept us to wres- tling at only nine weight class- es," Lacy said. Olivas had what Lacy said might have been his best per- formance of his wrestling ca- reer. He won the tournament at 152 pounds. "Benny had to battle back from a 3-9 deficit in his first match," Lacy said. "Benny had tough opponents all day long and was able to overcome ad- versity in every match to win his first tournament as a High- climber." Rifle finished in second place again. "Riley would like to be get- ting more matches, but he had two byes to begin the day on his way to another appearance in the finals," Lacy said. Ramos finished in third along with Caleb Ragsdale, at 120 pounds. "Caleb really had a great day and was very close to mak- ing it to the finals," Lacy said. "He had a great pin to take third place." He said Ramos continues to plug away and wrestle tough in his matches. "Gill finished the day in third place and wrestled very well from top position," Lacy added. Finally, Hackler finished in fifth place. "Michael has been our most improved wrestler over the last couple of weeks," Lacy said. "His leg attacks and focus have really improved. Michael was competitive in every match." On Friday, the girls wres- tled at the North Mason Junior Varsity Tournament, where Woods went undefeated again. "Kaitlin continues to wres- tle very well," Lacy paid. "She is becoming more physical and confident in each match." Silva-Torres took first with a 2-1 record. "Diana is learning very quickly," Lacy said. "She is very coachable and corrects her mistakes from match to match." The Highclimbers are scheduled to compete next at two tournaments Saturday. The junior varsity will travel to the Bash at the Beach Tour- nament at 10 a.m. at North Beach High School, while the girls will compete at 10 a.m. at the Elma Girls' Tournament at Elma High School. I |