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First look at MMK track and field page B-3 COLLEGE BOUND MMK senior signs with D1 school By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, com For the first time in at least 20 years, Mary M. Knight High School has an athlete moving on to the NCAA Division I level. O n Feb. 27, senior Hannah Frost signed to throw the hammer at North Dakota Frost S t a t e Univer- sity (NDSU) in Fargo. "I'm very excited to broaden my horizons and grasp this opportunity," Frost said. Although she had offers from Eastern Washington University, Fresno State and St. Martin's Univer- sity in Lacey, Frost chose NDSU because of the feel she got for the campus during a visit with her fa- ther in November. "It's like Matlock, but with 12,000 students," Frost said. "It fits my personality and I got along with the team well." The university offered Frost a room and board scholarship for four years. As a Running Start stu- dent, Frost will transfer to NDSU with an associate of arts degree from South Puget Sound Communi- ty College. She said she wants to earn a masters degree in exercise science. "Exercise science is something I can relate to," Frost said. "I wanted to work with athletics be- cause I have a passion for it and I'm interested in health." Frost caught NDSU scouts' attention with her national ranking in the hammer. She placed sev- enth at the Simplot Indoor Meet at Idaho State Uni- versity with a distance of 45 feet, 4 1/4 inches on a 20-pound hammer. The NDSU women's track and field team has won the Summit League championship six years in a row. Frost said she is ner- vous to be on her own so far from home next year. "I feel like I'll have a family once I get to know everybody, though," she said. Frost is the only return- ing senior on the MMK track team this spring. Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-1 NMHS prepares for baseball season page B-5 Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton senior Michael Sobotka runs a leg of a relay training exercise March 6 during track practice at Highclimber Stadium. Young andtalented 5t-/5 track numbers down, quality up By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, corn Although the Shelton track and field numbers are down slightly from last season, the quality of athletes remains high, head coach Doug Sells said. "This team zs so diverse," he said. "We have all body types, all talents, all personalities, all ages. There are a few great talents who lead the team naturally. We support each other very well." The team sports 38 boys and 30 girls this season, with a handful of notable returning seniors in Cody Williamson, Liz Brandenburg, Colton Hubble and Natalie Andrewski. "We have some new seniors on the team who have never turned out for track before, so I am really excited to see what they do," Sells said. see TRACK, page B-6 Dozen boys return to NMHS soccer team Junior varsity squad possible this season By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, com With eight players suited up to play soccer year-round and 12 returners from last season, the North Mason boys' soccer team is search- ing for a playoff position this year. "We've got a good core that came back with talent plus some newcomers and a couple of exchange students with experience," head coach Brian Holloway said. "We only missed the playoffs by a game last year. I think we can be in the middle of the 2A Olympic League this year. We need to be in the top five to reach the league playoffs." Among the 12 return- ers are four seniors: Alex Floathe, Mateo Hernandez, Nick Kissler and Brian Plan- kenhorn. Three juniors -- Bjorn van Dijk, Danny Wiseman and Nick Sebastian -- are consid- ered top returners. "Those guys are going to help us," Holloway said of the juniors. The varsity squad also consists of sopho- mores Austin Bullion and Miguel Sebastian, who both played varsity last season. Finally, freshman Cruz Pedro is showing, promise, Holloway said. He said the strength of the team will be its offense and in the midfield, "We've got some scorers and some guys who'll be able to feed those scorers," Hollo- way said. The team's primary weak- ness is defense. "I'll probably have to use some midfielders back on de- fense," Holloway said. "There are a couple of big guys who look like they can play de- fense." see SOCCER, page B-6