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lr Page B-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 21,2014 continued from page B-2 There should be warm, sunny weather and judging from the times I've been to pick- leball recreation games, there should be a full field of players. I think this will be an interesting event. Pickleball, although invented in Washing- ton, doesn't seem to be a very well-known sport. I vaguely recall playing it in elemen- tary school gym class, All The Fun? To Advertise call 426-4412 Mason Coun but don't have any other memories of the sport until I moved here. It's a different kind of sport. According to the USA Pickleball As- sociation website, the sport was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island by three fathers who wanted to enter- tain their children with a new game during va- cation. The court is similar to a tennis court, but with smaller dimen- sions. It's played with a pickleball paddle, which is slightly larger than a pingpong paddle. And the ball is a whiffle ball, which moves slower than a tennis ball. I've so far enjoyed watching this sport and have even kicked around the idea of play- ing it sometime. So Saturday should be a fun tournament to attend. I hope to see the sidewalks of Railroad Avenue lined with spec- tators for this tourna- ment. ittenl to detail. to your vehicle. to you. AUTOMOTIVE 2033 OlympicH hw,yNor .Shekon 426-1467 Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton Kings senior varsity head coach Josh Koepp goes over plays with his team Monday night while assistant coach Ken Tupper holds the whiteboard on the practice field at Oakland Bay Junior High School. The Sheiton Kings youth football organization began practicing for the fall season Aug. 1 with about 185 boys suited up. The Kings play in the Thurston County Youth Football League again this year, with the season beginning Sept. 6. Schedules are available at tcyfi.com. By EMILY HANSON plained. "We'll do a random draw to the Shelton schools backpack emi/y@masoncoun com for partners and then separate food program. into three groups to play a round "The reason I picked the pro- Shelton will host a tournament robin tournament. The top twogram is the school has let us use unlike any other in Washington teams from each group will move one of their gyms at a reduced this weekend, to the semifinals." rate to play, so we're giving back Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday,Because Olsen, a Shelton cityto them," Olsen said. the first Shelton Outdoor Pickle- commissioner who plays the Spectators are encouraged to ball Tournament will take over sport, has never organized a pick- bring lawn chairs to set up along Railroad Avenue. leball tournament he said he is Railroad Avenue. Olsen said the "I've taken the idea from Hoop- taking advice from Mason County suggested donation from specta- lest, but I think this is the only players, tors is four cans of food, which pickleball tournament like this He said he thought of doing awill be donated to Saint's Pantry in the state," said organizer Mike tournament like this because he's Food Bank. Olsen. been looking for a way to get peo- "We're really hoping we get As of Aug. 14, Olsen said 21 ple to come to downtown Shelton lots of spectators," Olsen said. players had signed up to play. Or- for economic development. '%Ve'd sure like to make it an an- ganizers set the cap at 25 players. Players pay $20 each to partic- nual thing to bring people down- Olsen said he is confident the ipate in the tournament and O1- town." tournament will fill up. sen said he will throw in another The first four places will win "Twenty-four players works $20 to bring the total of fees to prizes donated by Mason County well for this tournament," he ex- $500. That money will be donated businesses. easy, but it's worth it' STEEL BUILDINGSt INC. 4-Car Garage with Shop 24'x 'x10' 1724 Cole Street Seattle I Enumclaw Prices do not include permit, site excavation, 360-825-7768 sales tax or concrete slabs. $19 945 Contractor's License 1-800-854-4410 t #ALPHASB117PU Micah Santos, owner of Grapeview Furniture and Upholstery, talking about his ad in the Journal... "'I've had a lot of positive results in a short amount of time/" Call today and you'll see results too. 426-4412 Mason County / continued from page B-1 most about playing at SHS was playing with my brothers," he said. Memories of Shelton "That was Although Dunnington I've been is pleased with where that." baseball has taken him, Jacob he said he has fond 23, signed Francisco memories of where he started. "What I remember the last time able to do Dunnington, with the San Giants in 2009. He pitches for the Class A South Atlantic League team the Augus- ta GreenJackets. Jordan Dunnington, 24, stopped playing base- ball after high school. In 103 games, Jacob has pitched 139 1/3 in- Advice for Climbers nings with a 10-5 re- Dunnington advised cord and a 2.78 ERA. Shelton athletes to do He has 190 strikeouts what they love. and given up 80 walks."It's definitely a He's allowed five homegrind,"he said. "But runs. He is currently there'salso opportuni- on the restricted listties. I love baseball, but with the GreenJack- it was an opportunity ets. to get a lot of my school Tyler Dunnington paid for. 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