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June 10, 1971

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1970-71 Sports Roundup: In their first year in the new Black Hills League, Shelton's Highclimbers gained a championship, a tri-championship and two second places. Shelton won its championship in track and had a successful year in several more sports. Fall brought football, and for Shelton fans, brought a welcome change. After suffering through three years with a total of four wins, the Highclimbers needed an overhaul. Head Coach Jack Stark's rebuilding program and a jump to a new league proved to be the answer and the Climbers went 8-2 for the season. One win was a disputed game with North Thurston which the Rams won on the field, but lost by the authorities' decision. Shelton, Centralia and North Thurston all had 4-1 records and tied for the league crown. In the game with state-ranked Centralia, the Climbers held a 6-0 lead until late in the final quarter when the Tigers put together a drive to win 7-6. The Climbers started to show offensive power this year, and with several backs and linemen returning, promise more of the same this fall. Bob Martin, the Highclimbers' senior linebacker, won all-league honors at the end of the season. Helping Stark with coaching chores were Mike Sims, Ron Ellis, Paul Johansson, Bill Brickert and junior high coach Harlen Buitenveld. Girls' tennis added a second place to the Climbers' list in the fall. Coach Ruth Willard's girls lost only to the champion Olympia team and compiled a 7-1 win-loss record for the season. The girls will have a good nucleus to build from next year. Cross country broke even in the win-loss department. ,The team has had rough luck in past years losing valuable material. A tough league, loss of good runners and injuries resulted in a 5-5 record for the harriers. Jon Day coached the runners over the dump course. This team will also have a good nucleus for next year, losing only a few seniors. SENIOR LINEBACKER BOB MARTIN was chosen all-league at the conclusion of the ]970 season. The captian led the team in tackles. CENTER BRUCE COLE led his Highclimbers in scoring, scoring average, rebounds and foul shooting per cent in the 1970-71 season. Wrestling had its first winning Four wrestlers went to season in three years. The regionals from subdistrict. grapplers were 8-3-1 for the Sophomore Brad Stites was season, reversing a 3-8-1 mark second at subdistrict and second from last year. Dick Wentz started at regionals, earning a trip to the his second year as [-lead Coach State Meet. In league, the and Mike Sims was his assistant. Climbers finished fourth. Only three of 12 positions on the Basketball had its ups and team were filled by seniors, downs all season. On certain promising experience for coming nights it seemed that the years. Highclimbers could not miss and VAL SPARKS played number one singles for the girls' tennis team all year. She returns next year with a host of other underclasswomen. on other nights they played poor ball. In league, they finished 8-8. Their season mark was 10-10. Head Coach Terry Gregg lost all five starters off last year's 14-5 team, including two All-Olympic League players. The team actually had the best record of any AA team in the league, but finished behind several AAA teams in the standings. It was a year in which the Climbers beat Olympia for the first time in their history. Shelton also defeated Central Kitsap twice. The Cougars later went on to nab fourth at the AA State Tournament. Swimming, only in its second year at SHS, had a 2-13 record. Lack of depth hurt the Climbers. They had just over a dozen fish to swim all of the races. Throughout the season they took more firsts than their opponents, but lost on seconds and thirds. Doug Hanna coached the team. The squad should have a good nucleus for next season, since they will lose only a few seniors. This year, Jim Kimmerly went to State in the 50 yard freestyle. Shelton's cindermen were uncontested champions of the Black Hills League for 1971. By having a perfect 8-0 record in league, the Climbers edged out Aberdeen which was 7-1. Five new school records were set during the season. The Climbers also won two other titles at the end of the season. They nabbed the team title at the Tumwater Invitational, where Rob Settle set a new record in the high jump. They also took the subdistrict title by beating every other team in the league. Several trackmen went to district, but only one made it to State. Senior Dave Knauf set a district record of 188'9" in the javelin for a first place and a trip to State. School record holders this year were Rob Settle in the high jump, Rocky Nutt in the low hurdles, George Lemagie in the 440, Rich James in the two mile and Dave Knauf in the javelin. Bill Brickert was Head Coach of the champions and Walt Clayton assisted him. It was the winningest season in history for the tennis team, which went 14-1 for the year. The netmen were second in league to Olympia with a %1 record. They also had a 7-0 nonleague mark. A1 Hopp coached the team to the winning year. Hopp, in two years of coaching, owns a 21-4 record. Senior Bob Quimby got the highest place in State of any Shelton sportsman this year. Quimby was fourth at district and ninth at State. He was stopped at State by the eventual champion. The Climbers will lose Quimby, Jim Kimmerly and Rick Stevenson through graduation. but will have several boys coming back. After losing skill, experience and depth from last year's team. Shelton's golfers had an uphill struggle in the tough new league. They managed a 6-10 mark. Coach Andy Tuson coached. The Climbers played at district where they failed to qualify for State. and also took a whack at the Tim Higgins Invitational. Top scores in matches this year were a 34 by Tim Fredson and a 35 by Rich Walker. Both are juniors and both will be back to play on the links next season. The baseball team posted a 6-15 record for the season. Several of the games were lost by one point. Ron Ellis coached for the second year. Team captain Kevin Dorcy batted near .400 for the entire season. Seniors Dorcy, Mike Johnson and Jim Densley played in the feeder game for the City-State Game in Seattle. One of the highlights of the year was in the Timberline game when Mike Nutt "hit the circuit." He had a singl% double, triple and home run all in one game. BOB QUIMBY, who played number one si went to State two weeks ago where he AL MCGEE, shown here on the right, and his Shelton Highclimbers won eight and lost two for more wins in one year than the last three combined. I| GEORGE LEMAGIE, senior 440 man, was one of five trackmen to set school records this year as the cindermen grabbed the league title. Page 10 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 10, 1971 1817 Olympic Hwy. No.-- Mt. 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