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Shelton-Mason County Journal i %: %:':::[ . . ii 49 compete in Hershey meet wrestlerShelt°n By EMILY HANSON emily@masoneounty.com two weeks ago. On June 7, the top two finish- ers of each event advanced to the next level of competition. "Public/ty and orgamza- tion went well," Shelton.Parks and Recreation Director Mark Ziegler said. "Plenty of volun- teers were on hand to assist with the meet." Ziegler said he thought the weather might have kept some of the participants from showing up. Despite rainy weather, 49 local children competed in the Hershey Track and Field meet The next tier of the Hershey Track and Field meet is the Washington State Meet at 9 a.m. on June 30 at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma. See Hershey results on page C-4 headed to nationals Dennis seeks sponsors By EMILY HANSON em, ily@masoncounly,com ................................... 3 4 4 ournal DnOIO oy Emily Hansor Ben Solano pitches for the Mason County Youth Baseball Association Colt-Palomino team during a game against Maltby on Sunday at Mason County Recreation Area. YoungColt-Palominos drop 4 Team has doubleheader at MCRA Sunday By EMILY HANSON emil y@maso ncou nty.co m, The Mason County Youth Baseball Asso- ciation Colt-Palomino team lost four games last weekend. On Saturday, the Colt-Palominos (0-8), a team for players ages 15-19, lost both games of a doubleheader to a team out of Lacey. "The Lacey team was an older group of boys, with the youngest being 17," assistant coach Paul Drinkard said. "Our youngest players are 14. All things considered, we played really well on Saturday." Drinkard said the Lacey team expected to throw a no-hitter against the Colt-Palo- minos in the first game, but Jake Beck had two hits toward the end of the game. These two hits compelled the team to move Beck to the lead=off spot for its games the next day. "We were really impressed with how the Colt-Palominos played," Drinkard said. "In the second game, we were ahead for the first four innings." With players from Shelton, Northwest Christian and Capital high schools, the team is made up of boys who started playing to- gether three weeks ago. "These guys haven't played together so they have a different process to work with," Drinkard said. "It's a learning process for US." On Sunday at Mason County Recreation Area (MCRA), the Colt-Palominos lost 9-2 and 14-4 to Maltby. "Maltby had one big inning in each game that crushed us," Drinkard said. "Otherwise, we held our own." He said he and the other coaches were im- pressed with the boys' ability to stay in the games, despite the score. "The teams we're playing against have been together for about a month anda half more than we have been." Drinkard said. The Colt-.Palominos are scheduled to play a doubleheader against Mount Lake Terrace at 1 p.m. on Sunday at MCRA. Bayshore Golf Course offers scenic views By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com With a freshwater creek on one side and Oakland Bay on the other, thinks golfers choose Bayshore for the how different the course is. "I like to think we're the best nine-hole course in the county," he said. "We're a little unique. We have nine holes but one has two Bayshore Golf Course provides lo- greens. It's also an easy course to calgolfers with distinctchallenges ................. beginners to "We're the only course in Wash- ington state that I know of where you can hit a ball into the salt wa- ter, not that you'd want to," owner and PGA head professional Brian Davis said. "The land of the course is unique. We have a freshwater creek and the salt water bay. On a sunny day, it's very scenic." The course has nine holes on 49 acres for a par 36. For golfers playing 18 holes, par is 72. With five other course options in Mason County, Davis said he play but it's still a test for experi- enced golfers." Davis said his favorite hole on the course is No. 4, which is along the Oakland Bay shoreline. "(Hole No. 4) looks right on the water and on a nice day with a high tide, it's gorgeous," he said. Bayshore Golf Course officially opened in 1948. Davis, along with three associates, purchased the course in January 2001. Davis, PGA professional Scott Alexan- der, PGA professional Daryl Ma- theny and Kevin Sargent bought the course because they felt it was a good investment. "Membership was struggling at that time and buying the course worked out for both par- ties," Davis said. "I've been a PGA pro for close to 30 years and I've always dreamed of owning my own course." Davis said business went well for the first few years of ownership but when the economy soured. things got more difficult. "It has been a challenging time for the golf industry," he said. "It started off well, but when the economy tanked, any business that dealt with discretionary funds took a big hit." To help offset the economy, Bayshore ran a membership deal last winter. "It added 400 members," Davis said. "It was a marketing deal and we now have a lot of traffic and it's helping." Bayshore offers lessons to new golfers and 'is also the home course for the Shelton girls' golf team. "We used to be home for both the boys and girls when one was in the fall." Davis said. "Then they moved both to the spring and I couldn't quite handle both teams. I chose to keep the girls' team be- cause I have a good relationship with (head coach) Lorna (Martin- son) and my daughter was a junior or senior on the team at the time." Davis said he thinks Alder- brook Golf Course. where the Recent Shelton gradu- ate Johnathen Dennis could have taken the spring off af- ter wrestling season ended in February. At Mat Classic XXIV, which ended on Feb. 18 at the Tacoma Dome, Dennis took fourth place in the 4A division at 182 pounds. This was an accom- plishment a lot of wrestlers Johnathen w o u l d Dennis have been happy to end their high school career with. Dennis aimed higher, however. On May 12, Dennis' hard work paid off when he won the state freestyle wres- tling championship at 182 pounds in Centralia. Though Dennis took fourth at Mat Classic, he earned it the old-fashioned way. "I was working really hard," he said. "Also, I was injured at state (in Febru- ary)." With his freestyle cham- pionship, Dennis earned a place on Team Washington and will be attending the USA Wrestling National Dual Meet Tournament Sunday through JuIy 1 in Oklahoma City. Throughout the rest of late winter and into early spring, Dennis competed in freestyle wrestling, driving himself to tournaments in the area and paying the en- trance fees. "It takes a loŁ of hard work," Dennis said. "People usually slack off after sea- son so I focused on my car- dio and conditioning." When asked if he was excited to go to the tourna- ment, Dennis grinned and said: "Oh, yeah." In an effort to find spon- sors to help with the cost of attending the tournament, Dennis wrote a letter which states: ............ dual meet tournament where each state sends its absolute best wrestlers to compete at each weight. Winners of this tournament often go on to wrestle in college and then compete for gold in the Olympics. It is my dream to be the best and the rea- son that I train tirelessly throughout the year." To qualify for Team Washington, Dennis said wrestlers had to finish in ei- ther first or second place at the state freestyle tourna- ment. Dennis has been compet- ing in freestyle for the past two years and said the dif- ference between freestyle wrestling and high school wrestling is in the rtiles and the pace. "In freestyle, you throw your opponent down as hard s you can," Dennis said. "It's a lot quicker pace and that's why they wrestle it in the Olympics." Dennis said he plans to See Bayshore on page C-3 See Dennis on page C-3 Shelton-Mason County Journal- Thursday, June 21,2012 - Page C-1