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Shelton girls tennis face Gig Harbor page B-6 SHS girls golf loses 2 By EMILY HANSON emi@masoncounty com Although the Shelton girls golf team earned its second highest score of the season last week, it wasn't enough to win the match. "It was such a cold, wet day," head coach Lama Mar- tinson said. "Those are rough condtions to play in. Despite that, we scored our second highest score of the season." Olympia defeated Shelton 78-63 April 3 at Tumwater Valley Golf Course. "I saw some really good shots today from all the girls," Martinson said. Rilee Villanueva and Kerry Johnson both scored 21 points on the nine-hole, par-36 course. The girls each shot 51 and earned the medalist award for the match. Lexi McHargue contrib- uted nine points, while Ka- tie Evans scored seven. Fe- lisity Brush rounded out the team's score with five points. "Hopefully, we will get those kind of shots more con- sistently when the weather warms up and we get into our league season," Martin- son said. The match came two days after the Shelton girls scored their previous second best score. On April 1, Capital de- feated Shelton 99-62 at Alderbrook Golf Course in Union. "We seemed a little off today," Martinson said. "Some of our girls are right there ready to break out and put up some good scores for us." Villanueva led the team with 19 points while John- son and Madi Ball scored 15 each. McHargue contrib- uted eight points and Evans rounded out the team's score with five points. The Lady Highclimb- ers (0-4) compete at 3:15 p.m. against Wilson at A1- lenmore Golf Course in Ta- coma. Thursday, April 10, 2014 -Mason County Journal - Page B-1 Highclimbers offense comes alive page B-3 Journal photos by Emily Hanson Shelton senior forward Francisco Mendiola-Lopez attempts a shot on North Thurston senior keeper Connor Hawthorne on April 2 at Highclimber Stadium. Climbers trounce Rams Sheton boys soccer scores five goals in first half By EMILY HANSON emi/@masoncounty, com Shelton boys soccer head coach Isaiah Herrera had a family reunion last week. He and the Highclimbers defeated his brothers on the field April 2 at Highclimb- er Stadium. Herrera's brothers, Matthew and Richard Herrera, are the head and as- sistant coaches, respectively, for North Thurston. Shelton improved on a 5-0 halftime score to defeat the Rams 6-1. "It's a little weird because we all played together at North Thurston," Herrera said. "I even coached my young- est brother, Matthew, his senior year at North Thurston." Despite how strange Herrera said it was to coach against his brothers, he said it was good to get the win.* - "It's a point of pride, even for the (Shel- ton) players because Richard was our junior varsity coach three years ago," he said. "The guys want to win." The Highclimber offense dominated the first half, knocking in five goals past North Thurston senior keeper Connor Hawthorne. Shelton senior forward Kenny Zac- arias scored in the fourth minute, while freshman forward Jose Flares scored in the fifth. Junior forward Juan Vega scored in the 20th and 26th minutes of the game. His second goal was off an assist from se- nior forward Ryder Phelan. In the 29th minute, junior midfielder Mackenzie Deacon found the back of the net. "The first half was an excellent game," Herrera said. Vega said Shelton passed the ball well in the first half. see SOCCER, page B-5 Shelton sophomore midfielder Alex Raymundo jumps high to head a corner kick. Shelton fastpitch holds Lincoln to one run By EMILY HANSON emity@masoncoun com Despite the ease with which the Shelton fastpitch team de- feated Lincoln last week, head coach Kim Goldsby said the game was tough. "It is really difficult to play our first two league games against teams who field per- haps one to two seasoned players and are struggling on nearly every pitch, offensive- ly and defensively," Goldsby said. Shelton defeated Lincoln 20-1 in five innings on March 31 in Tacoma. Goldsby used three pitch- ers. Morgan Mitchell started for the Lady Highclimbers. In two innings, she struck out three batters and allowed one walk. Kennedy O'Connor took over for two innings. She also recorded three strikeouts, but allowed one hit and one walk. Winning pitcher Taylor Hitsman finished the game with one strikeout. "We moved girls around to different positions through- out the game, did not swipe too many bases other than to work on our timing for delayed steals, batted our quicker players from the left side or, in Lindsey Corey's case, from the right," Goldsby said. Shelton worked on its de- fensive alignment throughout the contest, she said. "It's really challenging to hit the ball hard and to the gaps when the pitcher is of- ten not close to the strike zone," Goldsby said. "It is criti- cal to stay focused, work on technique and base running awareness." At the plate, Kelsey Al- baugh led the Lady Highclimb- ers. She went 3-4 with three runs, two RBI and a home run. Aurora Gouley and O'Connor both went 2-3 with three runs. O'Connor had four RBI, two doubles and two stolen bases, while Gouley knocked in two and stole four bases. Corey, Mattie Mecham and Loretta LaClair went 2-2. Co- rey had three runs, three RBI and four bases, while Mecham had two runs, an RBI and one stolen base and LaClair scored two runs with two stolen bas- es. Finally, Cassie Crabtree went 1-2 with three runs, an RBI, one double and one stolen base. "These types of games are paramount to learn from the other team's weaknesses and to step up our game and still be respectful of our opponent," Goldsby said. "Each player on our team stepped up and met challenges and hopefully worked on their individual goals for the game." The Lady Highclimbers (4- 2) play next at 4 p.m. April 14 against North Thurston at Mason County Recreation Area. I