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Rodeo director Julie Gray said the two-day event, which included 183 competitors from across the Northwest, was great. Spectators witnessed cowboys and cowgirls show of their best cattle- handling skills Saturday and Sunday in the annual event, held for the final time at the rodeo grounds at Sanderson Field Event Center and Fairgrounds. Gray said the Mason County Ro- deo Association is prepared to move its facilities from Sanderson Field by Oct. 1. The new rodeo grounds will be housed at the old Green Crow Log Yard just north of the Mason County Public Works building on U.S. Highway 101. "We have things scheduled for the new place for next year already, in- cluding the junior rodeo, regular rodeo, some gaming shows and other horse/ cow-related events," Gray said. The contestants were challenging one another for a piece of the $18,378 total purse payout across 10 events. Two Washington cowboys took first place in events during the rodeo. Scotty Bartels of Tacoma earned $1,848 for a first-place bull-riding score of 85 points, while Clayton Frohman of Yelm earned 29.40 points in the cow milking event for $457.60. Almost all of the other first-place cowboys traveled from Oregon for the event. Mitchell Rickman of Powell Butte, Oregon, took home $448.80 for an 80-point score in bareback riding, while Stevie Rae Willis of Terrebonne, Or- egon, won $789.38 for a 17.90 score in barrel racing. Also from Powell Butte, Charlie Barker won the saddle bronc riding with a score of 75 points, good enough for $499.20. Barker also won steer wrestling with a time of 6.70 seconds for $768. Also of Terrebonne, Russel Cardoza won team roping heeler with a time of 4.60 seconds for $710.40. He also took home first in tie down roping with a time of 8 seconds for $581.76. Kayse Winkle of Florence, Idaho, was the only winner from her state. She fmished breakaway roping with a time of 2.40 seconds for $744.72. Finally, Spencer Mitchell of Wil- liams, California, won team roping header with a time of 4.60 seconds for $710.40. Complete results can be found in the scoreboard on page B-2. Cassie Crabtree is going to make the next year count. By the end of spring 2015, Crab- tree, a 2014 Shel- ton High School graduate, will have wrapped up her only year playing college fastpitch. "I'm trying to get in as much as I can because I know this will be Crabtree my last year," she said. Crabtree received a partial ath- letic scholarship to South Puget Sound Community College in Olym- pia for the next school year. She said she hopes to play third base for SPSCC's fastpitch team. "I'm very excited, I'm ecstatic," she said. "It's the sport I love the most. I've had a lot of friends play there." Crabtree began playing baseball and soccer when she was 5, but honed in on baseball. When she was 10, she switched to softball. "Softball is where I really ex- celled," she said. "It's a team sport and I've met so many friends. I've made friends with girls from oppos- ing teams." Crabtree played fastpitch for SHS for four years and competed on two select teams, MVP from Olym- pia, and the Rochester Rivals. At the end of her senior season with the Lady Highclimbers, Crab- tree was named to the 3A Narrows League All-League First Team as a utility player. "It was definitely an honor be- cause the utility player is well- rounded and can pretty much play any position," she said. see COLLEGE, page B-3 tO on IA- U- 3T. IS on lal ~is be ed )lic in in]. for Field at She#on High School should be ready for play by spring sports season By EMILY HANSON girls and get them whatever emily@masoncoun~com they need," said club presi- dent Jason Hitsman. "The big This weekend, the Shelton thing right now is finishing the community has an opportunity to help with the ongoing ef- fort to build a fastpitch field at Shelton High School. The Dirty Diamond Club, a booster club for the high school's fastpitch team, will host its sec- ond armual softball tournament fundraiser Saturday and Sun- day at Callanan Park. ~The club is to support the field." The softball tournament will have up to seven teams playing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. "So far, this is our largest fundraiser," Hitsman said. "Last year, we made about $2,000, so we're hoping to make more this year." Shelton softball fans should then be split into two teams to be familiar with the participat~ compete against each other. ing teams. From the Shetton Hitsman said organizers Parks and Recreation adult co--..will raffle off prizes and a con- ed leagues are Brother~ Unit- cession stand will be set up to ed, Castle & Coleman, The: bring in more money for the Bomb Squad, Soundwaves booster club. Camco. Joining them is Legends, another I "All the teams each other a good time," Hitsman said. The tournament features The club'o primary focus is ensuring a fastpitch field will be ready on the SHS campus the spring. Although SHS :. has had a fastpitch team since We 1980s, according to head a round robin format so each coach Kim Goldsby, the team team will play one another once. Then, the final game Sunday will be an all-star game, where team managers from each squad will choose two male and two female play- ers. That pool of players will has never had a field on cam- pus to play on. For the past few years, the team has played its home games at Mason County Recreation Area. "This field has been a long time coming," Goldsby said. "We have had many fastpitch alumni leave this school, never having known what it was like to feel inclusive." Shelton School District Di- rector of Facilities Bob Woods said the school district has al, located $90,000 toward com- pleting the fastpitch field. "We've made really good progress," Woods Said. Last spring, Woods reseed- ed the outfield grass and said it's filling in nicely, he said. "We just need to put a yellow cap across the top of the fence to finish the outfield," he added. see FIELD, page B-3 T ~ -T :;I l ii II I