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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 Novice Owls ready for action Three returners expected to lead MgK track and field Journal photo by Emily Hanson Mary M. Knight junior Ashlin Fries sprints March 5 during track and field practice. said she knew of another three who were considering joining the team. "Our size is middle of the  ili i!iiii!!iiiiill Cii! i!!iiiii!!!iiiiii ili! i!!!i!iiiii I iiii! iiiii !ii!iii!ii!iiiii! iiii! iiiiiii ii!i!i:!!iiiii!iii!!:iii!i !!iiiii!i!i!ii!!!!i!ii!iZ!iiiii!i!!!! ii!i!i ii!!il  road," Brehmeyer said. "We've had a team in the low 20s before and one year, we had three." Three days into practices, Brehmeyer said it's difficult .to predict how competitive the By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty com Among the athletes on the Mary M. Knight track and field team, three have re- turned from last season to lead the Owls this spring. Juniors Hannah Frost and Melodie Snyder and sopho- more Isaiah Thompson are the only returners from last sea- son. "We're real young this sea- son," head coach Kitty Breh- meyer said. "If you have two- thirds new kids, it's a novice group." As of March 5, the team had nine athletes, but Brehmeyer Owls will be this spring. "I'm not sure how the other schools look, especially with a lot of teams (we normally compete against) moving up a division last year," she said. "It's track and field, though. A freshman can go against a freshman, or a freshman can go against a senior and they're still high school kids. It's so in- dividual that you get out what you put in." Although practices began just last week, Brehmeyer knew of a few events the ath- letes would compete in. She said she expected Frost to focus on the discus and ham- mer, while Snyder would con- centrate on throwing the jav- elin. Thompson would throw the shot and discus and might also throw the javelin, Brehm- eyer said. "The returners are in shape," she said. "Melodie is because of basketball and Hannah because she's been do- ing offseason conditioning and throwing the hammer." A few of the newcomers have shown promise in certain events. Junior Pete Toppano is a strong sprinter, Brehmeyer said. "Freshman Ethan Evans will be a distance runner," she added. "Junior Ashlin Fries should be a 400- to 800-meter runner. I'm not positive what all they'll bring to the team." The Owls have one senior, Natasha Brown-Williams, who is new to the team. "Natasha played around on the high jump at the end of last year, so I think she'll be there," Brehmeyer said. Brehmeyer, in her 21st year of coaching and assisted by Jo- clin Julmist for the third year, said the Owls are a diverse group this spring. "It looks like a fun group," she added. "They're nice kids and I think theyql build some friendships." SHS state golfers return By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun corn The Shelton boys' golf team has high-caliber performers this season, but not a lot of depth, head coach Mark Jensen said. "We have five returners, though one is out with an injury," he said. "Three of the seniors played last year with two winning letters." Senior Grant Cation played at the 3A WIAA State Boys' Golf Champion- ship along with junior Mitchell DeAn- are. Seniors Nick Guyer and Landon McGlothlin earned varsity letters last season. The five returning players team up with nine newcomers to the sport. "It looks like we have some new players who will develop to add to our depth and may challenge later in the season," Jensen said. Those first-year golfers are senior Colby Fuller, junior Tyler Speaks and freshman Connor O'Keefe. "We have potential to do very well in the 3A Narrows League with the talent that we have," Jensen said. "We hope to continue with last year's success." Bonded SHS girls' golfers set goals By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncoun corn Six of the Shelton girls' golfers return to the team from last season. The two new ones have natural swings, said head coach Lorna Martinson. "I can spend more time refining skills and actually teaching them to play the game," Martinson said. Among the six return- ers is one senior, Rilee Villanueva, who partici- pated at the 3A WIAA State Girls' Golf Cham- pionship last year. "From what I can tell, we will be much better than last year," Martin- son said. The girls are so April 29-- 3:15 I).m. vs. Lincoln at Alderbrook Golf Course May G-- 3:15 p.m. vs. MountTahoma at Alderbrook Golf Course May B -- 3:!5 p.m. vs. Timberline at hlderbrook Golf Course much more knowledge- - . able about the game and see GOLF, page B-4 NMHS tennis team's personality still evolving Two district participants return for Lady Bulldogs By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com With a new head coach this spring, the North Mason gifts' tennis team is evolving. And head coach Brian Barker expects that to continue throughout the season. "We do a tennis ladder so all the players are considered varsity," Barker said. "A player could start the season as the No. 15 player and end it as the No. 10 player, for example." Barker returns to the team as the head coach aider taking a break from coaching in 2008. The team had 19 girls try out this spring, with about 15 returning from last year. "There aren't very many freshman, but we've got a lot of juniors," Barker said. "I wish we would've had more girls out." Among those returners are three se- niors: Savannah Orlob, Madsen Dowler and Sarina Tygart. Two junior returners -- Nicole Set- tlemier and Rachel Wilson -- partici- pated at the 2A West Central District III tournament last spring. "Rachel, Nicole, Savannah and Danielle Bosch have really good skills," Barker said. "Some of the girls have a bit of training and I like that." It's early yet to determine the team's strengths, Barker said, adding that he'd need to see the girls play a match first. "I'm still learning the team's person- ality," Barker said. Despite the unknowns with coach- ing a new team, Barker said he thinks the Lady Bulldogs can be competitive in the 2A Olympic League. "I think we can be in the middle of the group," he said. LUBRICANTS COMPANY We deliver HEATIN6 OIL COMPARE OUR LOW PRICES! We carry kerosene. Located at Sanderson Industrial Park i 427-8084 . . =