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J ] L I! ' !L J ........... : ......... Program combines skills, entertainment Shelton elementary school students to perform with Harlem Globetrotters By EMILY HANSON emily@rnasoncounty.com The Players in Progress (PIPs) combine basketball ball-handling skills and enter- tainment to dazzle crowds at halftime shows. And on Monday, 56 PIPs from three schools get to show off their talent during the Harlem Globetrotters' perfor- mance at 2 p.m. at the Key Arena in Seattle. "PIPs is a national program and they asked if we wanted to perform with the Harlem Glo- betrotters. How could I pass that up?" said Kenn Clark, physical education teacher at Evergreen Elementary School. Clark has coached the pro- gram since October, when he started the group in Shelton. The Shelton PIPs group is the only one in Washington. "I'm learning as I'm going," Clark said. "PIPs uses basket- ball skills to put on a perfor- mance at halftime shows." He said the program starts with children learning basic ball-handling skills of drib- bling and passing, plus doing the figure 8 of moving the ball between the legs. Because the age range for PIPs participants is kinder- garten through fifth grade, the trick is modified for skill level. Kindergarteners roll the ball on the floor between their legs, while the older children dribble it. "We throw in a few ex- Photo courtesy of Kem Clark Evergreen Elementary School fifth-grader Lainie Wallette, left, and fourth-grader Clark lead the Players in Progress group through practice. tra skills they don't do dur- ing games such as spinning the ball on a finger and the rocking chair maneuver: The ball starts behind them, they bounce it between their legs to the front and then back again," Clark said. "We'll be broken into two groups," Clark said. "One will perform before the game and the other will perform at halftime." Clark said he wanted to start the program in Shelton because he'd worked with PIPs in Albuquerque, N.M., before moving to Mason County and the program encourages bas- ketball skills. "If nothing else, it gets the ball into everyone's hands," Clark said. "All 60 kids get to use the ball and develop basic skills they'll need for later on." The Shelton PIPs l have practiced for 90 minutes every Tuesday since October. Clark is assisted in the practi Evergreen Elementary fifth-grader Lainie W and fourth-grader Clark. "These two kids have tles and control every1 Clark said. "They blo whistle and the kids st es by 3chool llette Derek whis- hing," v the .rt do- ing whatever skill they're posed to do." He said he choose group's leaders by lookin[ good behavior and obser who the other children looking at to follow in e practices. "They were also chosen cause they know the rou| are confident and able to everyone," Clark said. When the call to per: with the Harlem Globei ters, a comedic basket team that plays exhibi games, came in in Novem Clark told the group and t first reaction was: "We're going to perfor Seattle!" "Then we went through the Harlem Globetrotters Clark said. "A few knew, most didn't." He said the children are cited about the performan( "We don't exactly do the Harlem Globetrot do, but there's an elemen it in our performances," said. "We do some of the s they do, but we really f( on the ball-handling sk It does entertain a bit m though." One benefit of being in PIPs program, Clark said that the children are learn that practice and hard pay off. "They're realizing if the3 ally work at something, they'll improve and they're applying it to their schoolwork," Chrk said. ] The children are also le Lrn- ing the life lesson that it's OK to make a mistake, he add,d. "We focus on life lesso]s," Clark said. "We're teaching the children that we're g(4ng to make mistakes and aen move on from them." Page B-4 - Mason County Journal- Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 Mason senior. Hunter was one of three North Mason wrestlers to win their weight division at a sub-regional tourna- ment Saturday at Port Angeles High School. Six Bulldog wrestlers advanced to regionals, which start Saturday at Hockinson High School in Brush Prai- rie. Hunter (145 pounds), and fellow seniors Matt Zink (113 pounds) and Chase Davis (195 pounds) all took home first-place finishes. Junior Ty- ler Grewell finished second (160 pounds), while junior Mark "1 don't think the re will be as tou( will be fol Phillips (126 pounds) didly," McC and senior Victor Mc- "The next Intosh (182 pounds) close and nabbed third-place time was a] finishes, match." North Mason fin- For their f ished in fourth place up, Hunter with 217 points. Madison by "The guys wrestled to win the really tough," North ship at 145. Mason head coach "I think Bill McCarty said. Hunter wa "Some things didn't bit at the e go as we'd hoped, but just kept o] I am not disappointed it. I think at all with my wres- expected to tlers." minute tak Hunter squared off Hunter ju, against Olympic High having it." School freshman Logan The to Madison in the sub-re- wrestlers gional finals, gionals ad "The first time they regionals. wrestled each other, "The bigg Grant lost pretty han- pointment gional tournamenl h for us as it others." Bill McCarty, NMHS hd wrestling coa rty said. gan Grewell beca time was the referee and the third clock were off and overtime body really knew real final score," ] rst match- Carty said. defeated Grewell, a sen ecision7-6 took fourth at champion- pounds. McCarty said this time, thinks all six B ahead a dogs can advance ad and he Mat Classic XXVI," l bringing WIAA State Chs (Madison) pionship wrestl: get a last- tournament Feb. down and and 22 at the Taco t wasn't Dome. 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