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SHS begins summer football practices page B-3 Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-1 Bulldogs hit the field for summer football page B-4 Shelton School Board eliminates pay-to-play fee Highclimber athletes no longer responsible for $60 persport fee By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Athletes for the 2014-2015 school year have had one finan- cial burden lifted from their shoulders. The Shelton School District Board of Directors voted at its June 10 meeting to remove the pay-to-play fee -- a $60 fee per athlete per sport. 'qle thought it was an eq- uity issue," said school board President Brenda Hirschi to the Mason County Journal in a phone interview Friday. "Some students can afford it and oth- ers can't. We wanted to make it fair for everyone." Shelton High School Ath- letic Director Jim Judson said the elimination of the fee will make the school's interscholas- tic programs more accessible to students. "It's a good thing," Judson said. "I'm real curious to see what our participation will look like with the removal of the fee." The school board removed the pay-to-play policy as part of a budget summary approval for the 2014-2015 school year. The board could approve the budget later this summer. Hirschi said representatives from the Shelton Athletic and Activities Assocation (SAAA requested the removal of the fee last summer, but it was re- quested too late to be included in the budget for the 2013-2014 school year. "They said this was a fair- ness issue," she said. "That some could not afford to play and even though there are scholarships, some students won't speak up. Because this is a high-poverty community, we are looking at policies to make them more fair." District Director of Finance Brenda Trogstad said the fee brought in about $27,000 in revenue each year that was used to offset transportation costs for athletes. Hirschi said she thought the district might cover the loss of revenue from its general fund. "This was something that was long overdue," she said. "In defense of other school boards, the money was just too tight. We had a bit extra this year." Chad Youngquist, the co- head coach of the boys and girls swim teams and a rep- resentative of the SAAA, said the SAAA is excited about the removal of the fee. "None of us liked the look a kid gave us when we told them how much it would cost," Youngquist said. "We would spend a bunch of time building their confidence, connecting with them, sometimes teaching them skills, and when it came down to getting them signed up, some just kind of looked away and we never saw them at practice." He said the scholarship fund for athletes didn't go very far each year, despite Judson say- ing that the fee for students on free or reduced-price lunch was $30. '%Vithout the fee, (athletes) will still have the cost of a phys- ical, uniform and ASB card, but it is much closer to a reality for many of our kids," Youngquist said. "When I announced the fee removal to my students, I saw that there was great relief and excitement from several of them. It was a very good move on the district's part." The cost of an ASB card is $35 for students at SHS (10th through 12th grades) and $20 for students at Oakland Bay Junior High School (eighth and ninth grades). "Hopefully, we'll see in- creased participation in our sports," Judson said. "We're optimistic that we'll see more students getting involved with our interscholastic activities." i, Journal photo by Emily Hanson Camco pitcher Thor Dobson pitches to a teammate June 12 during the team's game against the Outlaws at Mason County Recreation Area in the Cascade adult co-ed softball league. Camc-o hangs on for victory Outlaws score late runs to stay in the game By EMILY HANSON emi@masoncounty com The Outlaws kept it interesting for Camco on June 12. After scoring five runs in the first in- ning, it appeared Camco would have an easy victory over the Outlaws at Mason County Recreation Area as the teams played in the Cascade adult co-ed soft- ball league. But the Outlaws put up 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to keep Cam- co on its toes. "I wasn't worried, but we needed to step up our game or we were going to lose," Camco manager Chad Mentzer said. Step up its game Camco did. Down 10-9 entering the bottom of the sixth in- ning, Camco scored three runs to take the lead and the game, winning 12-10 in seven innings. Mentzer said he thought Camco's fielding problems -- the team had four errors -- were the result of early season jitters. Other than that, he said his team played well. "We were hitting great," Mentzer added. Angie Briggs and Nicole Young led Camco at the plate, each going 4-4. Briggs had a double, two runs and two RBI, while Young scored three runs and had an RBI. Sara Mentzer went 3-4 with three RBI and a run, while Jenn Clayton went 3-3 with a run. Thor Dobson and Chad Mentzer both went 2-4. Dobson hit a double and scored two runs, while Mentzer scored one run. The Outlaws trailed 9-0 entering the top of the fifth inning when their bats heated up. Erica Stevenson kicked off the come- back with a triple on a hit deep to left field as lead-off batter in the top of the fifth inning. Matt Duncan followed with a, triple on a deep drive to center to bring in Stevenson for the Outlaws' first run. Duncan scored on Chelsey Crump's double. see SOFTBALL, page B-3 Shelton girls basketball spring season .nearing end By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun corn The Shelton girls basketball team got an early jump on pre- paring for next winter's season. The Lady Highclimbers be- gan spring basketball practices in March with volunteer coach- es. Then, on June 2, head coach Aaron Leth joined the team to help prepare it for the Tumwa- ter Summer League basketball games it began playing about three weeks ago. "We basically have a new team because we lost five seniors to graduation," Leth said. So far, the Lady Highclimbers are 0-6 with four games left, as of Tuesday evening. Leth has been pleased with what he's seen on the courts, however. "We were ahead in the first three games and then lost nar- rowly in the end," he said. "We were with Tumwater (June 11) for the whole first half." Every Wednesday night, the team plays a doubleheader. Leth said that since March, 35 to 40 girls have participated in the spring practices. For the summer season, some of the girls are also playing volleyball or club fastpitch, so the attendance num- bers are down. "With spring sports, we don't get in a lot of girls because of other sports and commitments," Leth said. "It's frustrating be- cause we're trying to start our season right now." With so many seniors graduat- ing from the program this year, Leth anticipates just two return- ing varsity players in the winter: incoming senior Jessica Johnson and incoming junior Ella Pinter. see BASKETBALL, page B-3