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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-1 North Mason girls practice b-ball skills page B-3 Disc golfers hit the course this weekend B-4 Journal photo by Emily Hanson Derrick Pringle, the new head boys basketball coach at Shelton High School, works on a drill July 1 with incoming junior D~ Cruse during summer basketball practice in the Mini ~~' Pringle brings college-coaching experience to Highdimbers By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Derrick Pringle never played basketball growing up, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming a coach. Pringle was recently hired as the head boys basketball coach at Shelton High School, end- ing his two-year retirement from coaching. "I wanted to help restore the program," Prin- gle said July I while coaching a handful of play- ers during summer practice in the Mini Dome. "These are good kids." Pringle retired from coaching in 2012 as the head womens basketball coach at Grays Har- bor Community College. "(When I retired) my daughter was play- ing and I felt Grays Harbor was a hard place to recruit for," Pringle said. "I gave myself a time frame to accomplish my goals and after four years, it wasn't going where I wanted. The pro- gram needed someone else. It was hard to walk away because I knew it was a good group of girls." Despite his retirement, Pringle has stayed involved with basketball through his Olympia- " based nonprofit DAP Hoops. see COACH, page B-3 cancer awareness rney By EMILY HANSON IdaMae Ryen, has been together, I thought, at the According to a letter Ryen emily@masoncoun~com fighting skin cancer for the top of my head, of 28 people sent out to potential donors, past 13 years with quarterly at LakeLand Village who 1.5 million people will be di- Debbie Wheatley grew appointments, had skin cancer," Ryen said. agnosed this year with skin up in North Dakota duringIt is for these reasons that "Each year, the number ofcancer. a time when people didn'tWheatley participates in the people who experience this "This statistic includes know how damaging the sunskin cancer awareness golf increases." an estimated 450,000 skin can be. tournament each year. This Thirty teams have signed cancer cases caused from "Summer meant spend- year's tournament begins at up for this year's tourna- indoor tanning beds," Ryen ing time by pools and noon Saturday at LakeLandment, which is a few lesswrote in the letter. "A little lakes, soaking up the rays," Village Golf Course in Allyn. than last year, Ryen said. know fact is that tanning Wheatley said in an email to The tournament began "We have room for three beds cause more skin cancer the Journal. five years ago when Ryen more teams," she added. "So than cigarettes cause lung It wasn't until her cousin and her partner, LakeLandfar, this tournament has cancer. This information is was diagnosed with melano: Village Golf Course profes- raised more than $33,000 staggering. Skin cancer is ma that she thought aboutsional Randy Jensen, de- with no major sponsors." the No. 1 most preventable skin cancer, cided to put together a golf She said she and Jensen form of cancer." Wheatley herself has had tournament, are pleased with how muchFor more information, or two skin cancer removal "when Randy and I were they've been able to raise for to sign up, call LakeLand Vii- surgeries and her friend,thinking about putting this skin cancer research, lage Golf Course at 275-6100. :er clu rar ire By EMILY HANSON emi @masoncounly, com Sue LeDoux has seen hundreds of children grow up on the fields at the South Mason Soccer Park. Including her own. For the past 19 years, LeDoux has served as a board member for the South Mason Youth Soccer Club. Ten of those years have been dedicat- ed to the summer program, for which LeDoux she has been the director. "I started with my son when he was 5," LeDoux said. "I started coach- ing and then they asked if I wanted to be on the board. Then I started working with the summer program and I'm the registrar for the fall and spring programs, too." When LeDoux first started work- ing with the club, it didn't even of- ficially exist. Neither did the soccer park. "We were still playing at Mason County Recreation Area," LeDoux said, laughing as she recalled play- ing on the grass of the baseball fields. "It started with two soccer clubs and I was purely with the summer soccer program," LeDoux said. "The two clubs merged because they need- ed to get insurance." After the clubs merged to form the South Mason Youth Soccer Club, the volunteers built the soccer park on Johns Prairie road, just to the side of MCRA. LeDoux said the soccer park is the only one she knows of that was built by volunteers and has been main- tained and operated completely by volunteers. "We educate people that once they sign up, this is their grass," she said. The age groups used by the soc- cer club were started when LeDoux's daughters began to play. 'bNhen my oldest daughter was 4, I said, 5Nhy not start the program at 4?' " LeDoux said. "And when my youngest daughter was 3, I said, /hy not?' My three children have all been coaches and referees here. They like to say they're retiring with Mom." During LeDoux's years with the club, she's seen the numbers fluctu- ate from nearly 1,000 summer pro- gram participants to the 550 chil- dren on 45 teams this summer. All of the teams have business spon- sors. "It means a lot to see the kids and community," LeDoux said. "It's a huge community event for six weeks. It takes a lot of time, though." LeDoux said she knows of soccer players and board members who have started lifetime friendships at the park. "I'll miss the beard members, coaches and sponsors," LeDoux said. "They've been completely amazing. Mostly, I'll miss seeing the kids and their faces and seeing them play soc- cer. They also grow and learn to so- cialize in those six weeks." see SOCCER, page B-3