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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 By EMILY HANSON emi @masoncounty com With less than 10 girls regularly showing up at practice, there's not a whole lot Dave Hawkins can do with the Lady Bulldogs this summer. The North Mason head girls bas- ketball coach said he's focusing on skill work during summer practices. "We've run into a numbers prob- lem," Hawkins said Monday evening during practice. "The problem with any small school is you have a limited number of kids to draw from for any sport." When athletes choose to play select soccer, volleyball or any other sport during the summer, it limits or elimi- nates their ability to focus on basket- ball, he added. Select sports are ath- letic teams available outside of school seasons. They often play year-round. "The older kids also want to work and a lot of the younger kids seem to be in- volved in select sports," Hawkins said. Still, Hawkins and his assistant coaches open the North Mason gym for the girls from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday for summer practice. "What we're trying to do is skill work: ball-handling, shooting, pass- ing," Hawkins said. "If we can't do tournaments, we need to work on our basic skills." Although Hawkins said he'd like to take the team to tournaments during the summer, the practices are aver- aging about six girls and it's not the same six each night. "It's been difficult to work on build- ing a team," he said. "But the incom- ing freshmen are learning what we do." .! Journal photo by Emily Hanson North Mason incoming senior Quincy Satran looks for a teammate to pass to Monday during summer girls basketball practice. The numbers problem is also one think both will have a really good reason why the team won't host ayear. I think teams will have a hard youth girls basketball camp similar to time defending Quincy and Mikaela." what the high school boys team does He praised incoming freshman each summer. Harley Simonson for the hard work The other reason for no youth she's put in at the practices and said camp is that Hawkins and the assis- incoming sophomore Sydney Garrett tant coaches work outside of the Bel- has improved as well. fair area and don't get summers off, "I think it's important to play in he said. the offseason," Hawkins said. "When Despite the low participation num- we come in in November, you're not bers, Hawkins said he likes what he's going to get better in the 10-day prac- seen from the girls so far. tice period before the season starts. "The upperclassmen, Quincy Sa- When you improve is June and July, tran and Mikaela Shumaker specifi- when you can come in here and shoot. cally, look more athletic," he said. "I It's fine-tuning time." occer" continued from page B- 1 She said she's nervous to leave the club. "When I started, I knew absolutely nothing, but I figured it out," LeDoux said. "I hope people will step up and help all of the programs succeed." She said she's hoping the board breaks up the responsibilities she had with the summer program into several positions within the club. That decision will be based on how many board members the club has, she said. "The board has six members right now," LeDoux added. "We're continually trying to find a way to invite new people and get new ideas." LeDoux said she'll formally an- nounce her retirement at Monday's board meeting. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the back room of the building at the soccer park. "Anyone is welcome to the meetings," LeDoux said. Finally, she said she's grateful for the opportunity to work with the club for so many years. "It's a gift that's been given to me and it made me a better mom and a better community member," she said. t 1 ¢ ) 3 ,t 5 I- 0 h I- i- n A l- )r ), t. 'a 2- ~O 9. F l- n: V- ~r 'PS to ,~d tt- )n )il )n ~d S- rt- I1- ,n~ 30 ~e. d- dd :er ~S" 'd- ler lit- al- OX i continued from page B- 1 I said it's a good sport." tor at Chief Leschi from Pnngle began studying 2003 to 2007. "It stands for Disci- basketball and attending From there, Prin- pline, Attitude and Posi- coaching clinics. In 1996, gle moved on to The Ev- tive Performance," he his family and he moved ergreen State College explained, have kids to Washington and Prin- in Olympia, where he who want to play basket- gle said he couldn't get his worked as the assistant ball, get better and try son onto a team. women's coach from 2006 to get scholarships. We "So my son got 10 to 2008. He graduated take anyone who comes friends together and we from Evergreen in 2000. through the door." played at a park with me Pringle starting coach- Through the program, coaching them,"he said."I ing at Grays Harbor in Pringle takes basketball love coaching basketball." 2008 and retired in 2012. players to camps and din- Pringle began his first Although the basket- ics, and finds leagues for offficial coaching job at ball season at Shelton them to play in outside of Chief Leschi High School doesn't begin untrl Novem- the regular season, in Puyallup as the ju-ber, Pringle has already "We try to build a team nior varsity coach for the worked withthe team. around them," he said.boys and girls teams. He He was there for the DAP Hoops offers aca- coached there from 2003 end of the summer league demic tutoring and per- to 2006, leaving as the season the Highclimbers sonal mentoring, head boys varsity coach, competed in and took the While growing up on He was the athletic direc- team to camp at the end of the East Coast, Prin- gle was an All-American football player and track athlete, but said he never played basketball. "When my kids played basketball while we lived in West Virginia, I volun- teered as the trainer when- ever I could," Pringle said. cushions between bones and other Your doctor may refer you to a "My wife volunteered measoft tissues (muscles, tendons, physical therapist to help you few times to coach. While volunteering at the YMCA, .Apple.Dell .Sony.IBM , Gateway .Compaq,HP ,Toshiba & MORE BattedesPlus°+: skin). A bursa that becomes inflamed and tilled with fluid can cause discomfort, swelling, and limited mobility. 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Bursitis is usually caused by repetitive movements or from a sudden, more serious injury. Age also plays a role. June at Eastern Washing- to win," Pringle said. "By dren played basketball in ton University. lifting their confidence, high school, he said Shel- "They're scrappy,"pushing them and teach- ton was a tough team to Pringle said of the High- ing how to do it, they can compete against. climbers. 'They get on the learn to win again." "I want to restore the floor and they fight for ev- For his first year as basketball community erything they get." coach, Pringle said hehere," he said. "I want to He said his primary wants the team to win get pride back in Shelton goal for the team is to half its games, because it used to be good. break the "We're not going "Anything more than that I want these kids to know to win" mentality, is just extra," Pringle said. they can play basketball in "These guys deserve When Pringle's chil- college if they work at it." 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