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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 Varsity schedule: Aug. 29 -- 6 p.m. jamboree at Tumwater High School Aug. 30 -- 6 p.m. Red and Black Scrimmage at Highclimber Stadium Sept. S -- 7 p.m. vs. North Mason at Highclimber Stadium Sept. 12 -- 7 p.m. at Sumner Sept. 19 -- 7 p.m. vs. Foss at Highclimber Stadium Sept. 26-- 7 p.m. at Lincoln Oct. 3 -- 7 p.m. vs. Wilson at Highclimber Stadium Oct. 10 -- 5 p.m. vs. Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium at Olympic High School Oct. 17 -- 7 p.m. vs. North Thurston at Highclimber Stadium Oct. 24-- 7 p.m. at Mount Tahoma Oct. 31 -- 7 p.m. vs. Capital at Ingersoll Stadium Journal photos by Emily Hanson Shelton freshman Evan Rhodes, front, and freshman Rigo Lepe approach the blocking sled Monday afternoon during football practice on the Oakland Bay Junior High School practice field. 17 starters return to 5/-/5 football team By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty com Coming back from a disappointing 2013 football season, Shelton head coach Matt Hinkle has pinpointed what he believes will determine the Highclimbers' suc- cess this fall. "We still have to sur- pass that confidence barrier," Hinkle said Monday afternoon dur- ing practice on the Oak- land Bay Junior High School practice field. "We've got a lot of re- turning experience, but it's coming off a season that was tough." " Shelton finished 2-8 last year in the 3A Nar- rows League. Hinkle said the primary problem last season was that the Highclimbers didn't do a good job of having play- ers step in to fill the roles vacated by the gradua- tion of the seniors from the 2012 season. With 85 boys on the roster and 17 returning starters, that shouldn't be the case this fall. Four days into prac- tice, Hinkle said he's see- ing athletes with a good grasp of the multiple set offense and 4-2 defense Shelton will run. "The offseason prep was good," Hinkle said. "A lot of kids took advan- tage of getting into the weight room, and a lot competed in other sports, which helps with foot agility and things of that nature." Among the returning starters, senior quar- terback Jake Beck, se- nior running back Jake Henry and senior tight end Brian Nault are ex- pected to be the driving forces of Shelton's lead- ership. Also returning to the team are senior defensive end Tyler Justice, junior defensive back Michael Hackler, junior line- man Michael Huskey, junior lineman Nathan Maiava, junior defensive back Colton Paller, ju- nior wide receiver Gabe Reyna, junior linebacker Tanner Rhodes, junior linebacker Zane Vander- wal and junior lineman Brandon Young. "I think the experi- ence factor is big," Hinkle said. "Comprehensively, we have more football quality than last year." He said getting past the confidence barrier will be key for the High- climbers. "When it happens is im- portant. Hopefully, it hap- pens early," Hinkle said. Shelton football: Head coach: Matt Hinkle, 20th year Assistant coaches: Todd McPhee, James Sobotka, Chris Frazier, Eric Rehwaldt, Sean Donnelt, Tim Hall, Josh Munro and Mike Sobotka Returning senior starters: Jake Beck, Jake Henry, Brian Nault and Tyler Justice 2013 re(ord: 2-8 Shelton senior quarterback Jake Beck prepares to throw the ball while running Monday afternoon during football practice. The coach said he wants to see the High- climbers commit to the team and gain mental and physical toughness. "Success will come if they do that," he added. Another key to the of- fense's success is Beck, now in his second year as the starting quarterback. With the multiple set offense of throwing and running, it will be up to Beck to make the last-second play decision based on the defense's position. "Beck has the oppor- tunity to adjust the play at the line to get out of a bad play," Hinkle said. "That trust (with his team) is there. He was the guy last year and battled through. A year makes a big difference. You see the big picture more." Hinkle said he hopes not to rely on so many young athletes as he did last year but added there are several up-and-com- ing players. for the S ptember 4 Journal will be Name: Jake Beck Grade: Senior Position: Starting quarterback Years as starter: 2 Stats: 6', 180 lbs. How have you changed since last season? "I'm a lot more con- fident in everything I'm doing, my arm, my linemen and everything overall." How do you think you've im- proved the most? "My mind and be- ing able to focus on my job, what I need to do and to get the job done. I wasn't able to do that last year, especially at the beginning of the season." How do you think the High- climbers look so far? "I think we're looking really good. A lot of guys have hit the weight room and gotten stronger." What is one spe- Beck cific goal you want the team to accom- plish? "A goal for this team is to play to our full potential." Is there a team to beat in your mind? "North Mason, week 1. The Ma- son County Cup is ours." (Deadline for other issues will still be Mondays at 5:00 p.m.- but the Journal will be closed on Labor Day!) Mason County 227 W. Cota St. 426-4412 www.masoncounty.com