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I Journal photo by Emily Hanson North Mason sophomore Matt Becker drives past a Kingston guard Feb. 4 during the Bulldogs' senior night home game. II fired up North Mason boys win final games By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com The North Mason boys' basketball team ended its season on a high note last week. On Feb. 4, the Bulldogs withstood a Kingston fourth-quarter comeback to win 54-49 on senior night. 'Tge came out with fire, played great defense and limited our turnovers," se- nior Matt Duckworth said. The Bulldogs outscored Kingston 11-3 in the first quarter. At halftime, North Mason led 23-11. "Holding a team to 11 points in the first half.., you don't expect that," head coach Steve Hackett said. He said the game could have turned into a blowout if the Bulldogs had made a few more of their layins and free throws. North Mason went 4-for-8 from the free- throw line in the first half. Kingston returned from halffime to go shot-for-shot with the Bulldogs in the third quarter. In the fourth, Kingston outscored North Mason 23-16, but it wasn't enough to take the lead. Duckworth said he wasn't surprised the game ended so close. "Usually our games go down to the line in the last two minutes," Duckworth said. In the final two minutes against Kingston, North Mason went 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. Hackett praised the Bulldogs' defense against Kingston. 'That's how you put teams away: Free throws and defense," he added. Duckworth said the excitement of se- nior night and the supportive crowd helped the Bulldogs come out with the win. "It was great to play my last home game and win it here at North Mason," he added. Duckworth led the Bulldogs with 15 points, 12 of which came on 3-pointers. Junior Daniel Burggraaf netted 14 points, while sophomore Matt Becker scored 13. Becker went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. North Mason followed the victory with a 60-47 defeat of Klahowya on Friday. "It was a great ending to the season for us," Hackett said. "Our goal was to have the team playing its best toward the end of the season and we did that with a great last two weeks." Duckworth led the Bulldogs with 26 points, while Burggraaf scored 16. Burg- graaf also grabbed 20 rebounds. "I just wish we could have turned it on a little earlier so we could have made a playoff push," Hackett said. "I'm very happy for the seniors to go out with a win and look forward to staying in contact with those guys." Hackett said he hopes the Bulldogs (6-14) will work hard in the gym in the offseason. Sman00 LUBRICANTS t COMPANY We de'iverH EATIING O|LI COMPARE OUR LOW PRICES! We carry kerosene. Located at Sanderson Industrial Park 427-8084 Athlete of the Week SHS swimmer plans to join Army By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com Sean Kealy could say there's chlo- rine in his veins. The Shelton senior began swim- ming at a young age, taught by his mother, a former SHS swimmer. She made it to state her senior year on a relay team. In eighth grade, Kealy began to learn the stroke techniques for com- petitive swimming. "My mom's the reason my three old- er brothers and I all did swimming," Kealy said. "I like it because it's not so much a contact sport or a team sport. It's individual. You're only trying to beat yourself and maybe the guy next to you." He said his body type lends itself well to swimming. "I'm a skinnier, scrawny person, but it's perfect for swimming," Kealy said. "I'm stronger than I look, though." He said that when he first started swimming, he earned personal records often. "As you swim more, it happens less, but when it does, it's a bigger deal," he added. Although Kealy's been swimming his whole life, he said he's not plan- ning on competing afar high school. "I'm planning to join the Army to be a helicopter pilot," he said. "That's the way my brothers and dad did it." He said he's attracted to the Army because of the travel opportunities. "There's no other place where you get the chance to travel for free and stay in an area for free while stationed there," Kealy said. Although he will be joining the mili- tary during a time of war, Kealy said he's not worried about the dangers. "I figure if I die in a helicopter, itll be quick," he said. "It's something you don't think about." Kealy's second oldest brother in- spired his career choice. He said that brother is also in aviation and enjoys it. "I also have good enough scores on the (Armed Services Vocational Apti- tude Battery) for it," he added. "I can drive a car and have my boater's li- cense; why not fly?" Being in the military will be a fa- miliar life for Kealy, he said. "I know what I'm doing because my dad retired after 23 years and my brothers went in," he said. "I've known and lived the Army life." Sean Kealy School: Shelton High School Winter sport: Boys' swimming Role model: "My grandpa. When I was in seventh grade, I started fishing with him a lot and I've learned a lot from him." What swimmer do you admire the most?: "Michael Phelps because he shows that even though you make a mistake (smoking marijuana) it doesn't have to ruin your whole career." Kealy SCHEDULED DELIVERY S SUMMER CapitalMedical Center is kicking off a $1.2 million renovation of our Women's Services unit to enhance our high quality care and provide the most comfort for our patients and their families. We'll be modernizing the look of the entire Women's Services floor to create a softer feel, replacing the in-room modular sleeping units for patient guests, improving the comfort of our waiting area and more! We'll also be upgrading our nursery screening equipment to ensure babies are in their best health and increasing comfort for babies with new cribs. Want to know more about having your baby at Capital Medical Center? Give us a call or visit our website. online at capitalmedical.com or call 360-956-3587 CAPITAL MEDICAL CENTER Your Communi Hital 3900 CapitMaUDr. SW Ompia, WA98502 360-754-5858 1-888-677-9757 Mason County Journal- Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Page B-3