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Page B-6 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 13, 2014 Track: Versatility is team's strength continued from page B-1 Sells said he expects the dis- tance runners and throwing team to be talented, adding that the relay teams should do well, too. "John Johnson has carried his head coaching duties from cross- country to assistant duties in track very well," Sells said. "He brings a strong distance team with him." Despite how strong Sells ex- pects certain areas of the team to be, he said one weakness could be the number of athletes who've never competed before. "This is not always a weakness because some kids really rise up and compete well," he added. "You never know what to expect with a new sea- son." Sells highlighted one newcomer to the team, senior Donnell Porter from CHOICE Alternative School. "He turned out for the team for the first time," Sells said. "He's got great potential and I'm excited to see how he does." Sells said the Highclimbers should perform well in the 3A Nar- rows League this spring. "We will be competitive in league competition as well as invitation- als," he added. Soccer: Coach says turnout impressive continued from page B-6 One aspect of the game the team will have this season is a junior varsity squad. This hasn't been pos- sible for the past three or four years, but 27 boys turned out for the team this year, which gave Hol- loway enough for two rosters. "I'm excited to possi- bly have a junior varsity squad this year," Hollo- way said. Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton junior keeper Juan Ipaez kneels on the ground to stop a goal during practice March 6. Hungry for playoffs By EMILY HANSON emi(y@masoncoun com The Shelton boys' soc- cer team received a taste of postseason play last spring. Now they're hungry for more this season. "We made playoffs with a team of juniors last year and have a lot of experience this year," head coach Isaiah Her- rera said. "The ability to play the way these guys do is exciting. They find each other on the field without talking. They pass knowing their team- mate i there. They have an instinct for the game." Fifty boys turned out for the team this season and 17 were chosen for the varsity squad. Among those 17 are 10 returning seniors: Noel Castro, Kevin Loza, Kenny Zacarias, Jona- than McCullough, Jesus Nunez, Jesus Jimenez, Ryder Phelan, Brad Goodwin, Francisco Lo- pez and Hector Iturrib- arria. "These guys have a taste for the end goal af- ter making playoffs last season," Herrera said. Last spring, the High- climbers made it to the first round of the 3A West Central District III playoffs. It was the first time the team had made the postseason in 12 years. Herrera said the Highclimbers will rely on their experienced de- fense to reach the post- season again. One weakness the team has is that its top two scorers graduated last spring. "Losing the scorers will affect competitive- ness-because we have younger guys who want to lead," Herrera said. "It's nice that they're competing to be starters in the game." Four of those younger players are three fresh- men and one new sopho- more who are showing talent and promise dur- ing practice, Herrera said. "Every single one of thm has talent to start," he said. Herrera is familiar with all of the teams the Highclimbers will play in the 3A Narrows League and said he doesn't see have less experienced scorers as a huge obsta- cle for the team. "The kids are so com- petitive already, it'll transition into games," Herrera said. "I know everybody's excited and ready to play." ,00VGREEN DIAMOND R00sOURCE COMPANY DUCKS ,ill t]-i