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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 Highclimbers start to think football Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton incoming freshman Vicente Castro moves past incoming sophomore Allen Million on June 10 during spring football practice on the Oakland Bay Junior High School practice field. By EMILY HANSON The two days of prac- emily@masoncouncom tice were the first outdoor practices for Highclimb- Matt Hinkle is encour- ers. The team will meet aged by the large turnout again from 3:30 to 5:30 for spring football prac- p.m. June 23 and 24, with tices, gear going out to players The Shelton head coach June 23. saw 120 athletes hit the After that, the team Oakland Bay Junior High will attend the New West- School practice field last minster Team Camp on week. June 25 through 28 in "That's a solid num- New Westminster, Brit- ber," Hinkle said. "We had ish Columbia, and the a lot of returners because Wenatchee Team Camp we were pretty young last on July 20 through 24. year. The experience fac- "We'll be working on toris exciting." skills in every position, The Highclimbers prac- getting a lot of reps in," ticed without pads June Hinkle said. "I'm excited 9 and 10, learning funda- about the commitment mental skills, level and the work ethic of "We're getting the kids the boys." thinking football a bit, He added that he's ex- working on fundamental cited to see how the team's skills and getting to know efforts play out over the each other," Hinkle said. course of the summer. Softball: Season to continue through July continued from page B- 1 Duncan led the Outlaws at the plate, going 3-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI, while Brandon Chaney went 3-4. Crump went 2-3 with a double, two runs and two RBI and David Brotche went 2-3 with two runs and an RBI. Tin Lomax also went 2-3 with an RBI and a sac- rifice RBI. Stevenson and Robin Ruel both went 2-4. Ste- venson had a triple, a double, two runs and an RBI, while Ruel hit a double and scored one run. The Cascade League plays through the Shelton Parks & Recreation Department's co-ed adult soft- ball league. Cascade games are played at 6:15 and 7:15 ev- ery Tuesday and Thursday night at MCRA and Callanan Park until July 17. Playoffs are scheduled to begin July 22. Basketball: Programs serve three purposes continued from page B- 1 "The one place we're extremely young is at point guard," he said. "We've got young guards used to the junior varsity speed. That's why it's good so many of the girls here are varsity players." The spring practices and summer schedule have three purposes, Leth said. The first is to ensure the girls aren't just sitting around when they could be practicing their skills. The second is to teach the new girls the plays. The final purpose is to get the new athletes and the experienced athletes ac- climated to each other. "Without this, I don't even want t6 know what our team would look like," Leth said. After the summer basketball league is over at the end of June, the team will have one more op- portunity to bond and work on skills. From July 14 to 17, the varsity team will attend camp at Whitworth University in Spokane. "We've got young guards used to the junior varsity speed" Aaron Leth, She/ton head girls basketball coach NM volleyball prepares for summer league By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com The North Mason vol- leyball team is preparing early for the fall. The Lady Bulldogs be- gan spring practices June 2 in order to be ready for the summer league they'll play in. "Spring volleyball is to get them excited about fall volleyball," head coach Kanoe Lilly said. "They can get to know the new freshmen and get excited for the incoming seniors." The team has five re- turning incoming seniors practicing in the spring: Mikaela Shumaker, Quin- cy Satran, Samantha Leaptrot, Marissa Horton and Jennifer Beattie. Lilly said the five are strong leaders. Shmnaker and Satran played club volleyball for the Kitsap County Olym- pic Prairie U18 team Nova. While the spring season is designed to get the girls ready for the fall, it is also preparing them for the Kitsap County summer league the team will begin competing in June 24. Games will begin at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Kitsap Pavilion. Lilly described the Kitsap County summer league as a friendship tournament that goes un- til the end of July. With school now on summer break, the team will practice from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Wednes- Journal photo by Emily Hanson North Mason incoming senior Quincy Satran makes a pass June 9 during spring volleyball practice. day. The team has many in- coming freshmen joining its ranks this fall. Lilly said at least 12 incoming freshmen are attending the spring practices. "They'repretty confi- dent," Lilly added. "The middle school team last year was pretty strong, so they've sent us very com- petent players, which is nice." She said she likes what she's seen from the Lady Bulldogs so far. "The freshmen seem really excited to be part of the high school team and I see the seniors wanting to be leaders and to help," Lilly said. The seniors' willin- gess to help will extend into the .team's youth skills camp next week. Beginning at 10 a.m. on June 18, 19 and 20, the team will host elementa- ry and middle school stu- dents at the camp. Lilly said the seniors will be in charge of teaching the middle school students who attend. Finally, Lilly has ar- ranged a special skills camp for the high school girls. The Northwest Univer- sity volleyball team will be attending a retreat at Tiger Lake the first week- end of August and has asked Lilly for use of the North Mason gym. In ex- change, the college team will put on a skills camp for the Lady Bulldogs, Lilly said. 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