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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 e n ,) l/ h ;r ,~. e .., n d d 1- ), (- d )r d d st li- e ~t. Vl :a E :a VI A 3.- 2 k4 :a 9- 3- !4 :a 4 ;a 3t :a )r M :a i4 ;a M 'A -3- ~2 M ~a B- 3- !4 ;a 4 [a E (a )r dames played from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. twice weekly at Lake Limefick Goff (ourse By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Debbie DeLong needed a way to play pickleball this sum- mer. DeLong lives in Puyallup and has played the sport in Lakewood three days a week since February. But she owns property at Mason Lake and felt like she needed to hit the courts while in Mason County. And that's what led her to the adult pickleball program through Shelton Parks and Recreation. "I need to get my pickleball fix," DeLong said July 3 during her first time playing at Olym- pic Middle School through the Shelton Parks and Recreation program. This summer, the program started with games at Olympic Middle School. This week, the group moved to playing from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thurs- days at Lake Limerick Golf Course on the outdoor courts. Delong was introduced to the sport in January while in Arizona. "I fell in love with it," she said. "I love the competition, the camaraderie and the exercise." DeLong added that she's still learning the techniques and appreciates the insight she's received from the players of the adult program. "We do rally scoring here," Chris Brotche, the default per- SPORTS BRIEFS Ken Roberts hits a shot near the net July 3 while playing pickleball and Recreation program. son in charge, said. "Every- 12 and 20 players," Brotche time someone serves, someone said. "If everyone showed up, makes a point. It speeds the we'd have more than 20, but games along." that rarely happens." On July 3, the group, whichShe said pickleball began included more than 12 players, in Washington and although competed in doubles on three she was born and raised in the courts, state, she didn't hear about the Along with the rally scoring sport until 2012. rules, the group rotates courts. According to usapa.org, When the game on court No. three dads -- former Wash- 1 reaches 11 points, the other ington Lieutenant Governor court games end and playersJoel Pritchard, Bill Bell and rotate to alternate courts. The Barney McCallum - invented winners move up a court while pickleball in 1965 while living the losers move down a court, on Bainbridge Island as a new Players also switch partners, summer game for their children. "We usually have between "It's really, really popular," at Olympic Middle Journal photo by Emily Hanson School through the Shelton Parks Brotche said. "As it grows, I'm hoping parks and rec will start a beginner's class so people can learn the game." When the pickleball pro- gram first started in Shelton about 10 years ago, it was limit- ed to senior citizens. Now, Ter- ry Gregg said any adult player who shows up is welcome. "During the winter, we look for players because the snow- birds go south," Gregg said. He said the group plays mostly doubles to keep the inju- ry rate low. More injuries such as rolled ankles occur when people play singles. "For anyone with a ping- pong, badminton or tennis background, the learning curve is pretty quick," Gregg said. Pickleball is played on a 10-foot-by-14-foot court with a 36-inch net. Air traveling through the wiffle ball slows it down, Gregg said, which makes the game easier to play. He said there are two rea- sons why the program has been so successful in Shelton. "People get along together and are looking for a fun way to get some conditioning in," he said. Football skills camp runs jsobotka@sheltonschools.org. next week Huff 'n' Puff Trail The eighth annual Shelton Youth Football Skills anniversary run"- ": aturoay Clinic is set for next week. Shelton High School football coaches and players will To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the opening teach children in grades second through eighth football of the Huff 'n' Puff Trail, the Shelton Harriers are skills from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 28 through 31 at the having a half-marathon Saturday. Oakland Bay Junior High School practice field. The 13.1-mile race begins at 8 a.m., with registra- The skills to be worked on include stances, catch- tion starting at 7 a.m. at the trail. ing, blocking and throwing. For runners who don't want to run the whole race, The clinic is non-padded, but cleats are recom- a team relay can be formed. mended. Awards for the top three men and women finish- The cost is $30 per child or $50 per family, ers will be given out after the race. Cake will also be Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m. July 28. available after the race. For more information, contact SHS assistant foot- Donations will benefit the Shelton High School ball coach James Sobotka at 402-3272 or by email at cross-country team. continued from page B-1 The cross-country sea-that she's still working with "I'm looking for jobs son wrapped up near win- her College of Idaho coach, in that area," she said. She also competed on ter break each year and "I took some time "I don't know if I'll go to the cross-country teamthen in January, indoor off, but I'm in training grad school. I'm not sure and said that being antrack began and outdoor again," Johnson said. "I yet." athlete for two sportstrack finished in May.haven't set a specific goal. With her father, John was a little difficult, es- "It's really hard train- Right now, I just want to - Johnson, coaching cross- pecially at first, ing," Johnson said. get faster and see where country and track and "You just have to get Johnson graduated that takes me." field at Shelton High used to it and learn to with a bachelor of sci- With a minor in coach-School, Johnson said it juggle your time," John- ence degree in exercise ing, Johnson said she would be difficult for her son said. "It's also tough science this spring, hopes to coach cross- to be a coach in the area. mentally to compete soShe said she plans to country and track and "I'm trying to go out of much." continue competing andfield, the area," she added. Fair's run canceled The 2014 Mason Area Fair Run was canceled Tuesday. An article in the Mason County Journal's Mason Area Fair special section stated that the event was scheduled to take place Saturday at the fairgrounds. Organizers said they apologize for any inconve- nience. Compiled by sports reporter EmilY Hanson quadriceps. This group of four Once you have gotten a referral, muscles at the front of the thigh call (360) 426-5903 to schedule is known as the "quadriceps an appointment at SHELTON femoris." The "rectus femoris," PI-IYSIChJL, THERAPY & which stretches from the pelvis SPORTS MEDICINE. The to the kneecap, works to flex the skilled therapists at our office hip and extend the knee. The three located at 2300 Kati Ct., Suite B "vastus muscles," which run from have been examining, diagnosing, the thigh bone (femur) to the and treating sports and other kneecap, are responsible for knee debilitating injuries for over 32 extension. The innermost vastus years. Let us create a personal muscle (vastus medialis) also helps treatment program to restore and stabilize the kneecap, which is maintain your mobility. New important because, if the kneecap patients are welcome, and we moves laterally, it can produce offer same-day appointments.P.S. sheer forces that can damage the Women's pelvises predispose them cartilage that lines the back side to knee problems because they of the kneecap. To help avert orient their thigh bones at sharper injury to the kneecap, leg raises are angles to their knees, compared recommended to strengthen the with men. quadriceps. ,m~ I ~ Ill I i! iI: li l I:: i i I I