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SPORTS Shelton boys swim tired By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com Four meets in eight days took its toll on the Shelton boys' swim team last week. "I think we've done too many meets in too short a time," co-head coach Chad Youngquist said. "Four meets in eight days com- bined with finals and stress about the possible pool closure and I've got tired guys." This lack of competitiv e energy led to fewer best times than usual Jan. 23 during the team's 134-52 loss at Gig Harbor. Sophomores Jon Netzel and Troy Krumpols quali- fied for the 3A WIAA State Diving Championship at a Narrows League l 1-dive meet Saturday at Lindbergh High School in Renton. Freshmen Luke Netzel and Zach Netzel qualified for the 3A West Central District III Diving Championship at the same 11-dive meet. "Gig Harbor keeps their pool really warm, too, so short races go faster but lon- ger races are like jogging in a sauna," Youngquist said. Still, several Highclimb- ers earned best times and a few qualified for the up- coming 3A Narrows League Championship. Sophomore Alex Brown-Garcia qualified for league in the 100-yard freestyle with a personal record of 59.89 seconds. He finished the event in fifth place. Senior Luke Fiedler took fourth place in the 100- yard backstroke at 1:07.12, fast enough to qualify for league. Competing as an ex- hibition swimmer, junior Corbett Johnson qualified for league in the 100-yard butterfly with a personal record of 1:15.85. See SWIMMING on page B-8 Journal photo by Emily Hanson Mary M. Knight's Matthew Thompson, No. 20, guards Elma's Cody Williams on Friday during the Knight Owls' home game against the Elma C-team. Early lead wins it In other action, Knight Owls fall to North River By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com When James Anderson stepped to the free-throw line Friday, he had one thought running through his head. "I was thinking 'I've got to make these to win,' " the Mary M. Knight boys' basketball player said. Although he said he wasn't ner- vous, he knew the outcome of the game could very well depend on his accuracy. The Knight Owls were tied at 37-37 with the Elma C-team when Anderson was fouled with about 1 minute left to play. He hit both shots and the Knight Owls took a 39-37 lead and held it to win the game. "It shouldn't have been that close, but a win's a win," head coach Joclin Julmist said. The Knight Owls started the game offwith a dominant 16-0 first quarter. Elma outscored Mary M. Knight 37- 23 the remainder of the game. "I was frustrated with the letdown," Julmist said. "I told them they've got to have pride and not let down. They don't constantly play at a high level." Julmist said the Knight Owls played well in the first quarter, but then slowed down. "We let Elma in the game, they got some confidence and it was a dogfight to win it," Julmist said. Austin Thompson led the team with eight points, and Anderson and Brent Boley put up six each. Paul Werly scored five points and Matthew Thompson contributed four. See OWLS on page B-8 Mason Counb Fly on the Sideline Journal staff Super Bowl picks a no-brainer ith the Seattle Seahawks reaching Super Bowl XLVIII, I figured everyone here at the Mason County Journal would pick them to win. And I was pretty much right. So, I decided to ask my coworkers to give me their reasons for choosing the Hawks to win. Some of those reasons were well- thought out. Editor Adam Rud- nick's reasoning was by far the most logi- cal. "Seattle's defense will be able to counter anything Peyton Man- By EMILY ning.and the Broncos HANSON do on offense," Rud- nick said. "Marshawn Lynch should be able to move the ball for the Seahawks and Percy Harvin will make a few big plays to put Seattle over the top." Rudnick is also by far the most knowledgeable football fan in the of- rice. Dave Pierik, the senior account executive from the advertising depart- ment. said he thought :be Seahawk would win, t,u . ,oua,a  a c.toe game. "From what I've seen and read, games at the level of the playoffs and Super Bowl tend to be won by the stron- ger defensive team, which works in fa- vor of the Hawks," Pierik said. "So, even though the Broncos are favored by two points, I think in terms of matchups their air game will work against them and the Seahawks will make key inter- ceptions down the stretch just when the Broncos are getting confident." He added that he doesn't think Pey- ton Manning is fast enough to outrun the Seahawks' defense. "We are likely to see Manning get sacked early and often," Pierik said. "For the morale and business climate of our region, just getting to the Su- per Bowl is great and a Seahawks win would be terrific." Advertising representative Kathy Brooks also thought of the economic climate when making her pick for the Seahawks. "Anything that can galvanize our state makes us all better," Brooks said. Reporter Gordon Weeks chose the Seahawks to win and even predicted the score: 21-10. "Due to the Seahawks' suffocating defense," Weeks added. Although bookkeeper Donna Kin- naird said she's heard this could be Mannings final year and that he'll want to go out a winner, she added that this is the year of the Seahawks. "They're the best in the NFL and I've been a Seahawk fan since day one," Kinnaird said. "It has to be my Seahawks all the way." Circulation manager Rene6 Chaplin said she's a Steelers fan but is choosing the Seahawks for the win and graphics man Will Adams chose the Seahawks because: "My heart belongs to the Pa- See SIDELINE on page B-8 ' Journal - Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - Page B-1 - i T - I