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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page B-1 Owls start season with new coach page B-3 Bulldogs play first match page B-6 Shelton senior running back Jake Mason County Cup. Henry works his way upfield Friday Journal photo by Emily Hanson at Highclimber Stadium during the h She~ton overcomes late tie, tops North Mason By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com It came down to the final few min- utes Friday night, but the Highclimb- ers came out on top. With less than half of the fourth quarter remaining, the Shelton foot- ball team found itself tied 21-21 with the North Mason Bulldogs in the third annual Mason County Cup at Highclimber Stadium. On the Highclimbers' final scor- ing drive of the game, Shelton junior fullback Tanner Rhodes rushed 5 yards into the end zone to break the tie with 5:16 left to play. With a PAT from sophomore .Cody Bragg sailing through the posts, Shelton won 28-21 in the season-opener for both teams. "We had a lot more hype and we wanted that cup," Shelton senior run- ning back Jake Henry said, Henry led the Highclimber of- fense, amassing 160 yards on 33 car- ries. He scored the first touchdown of the night on an 8-yard rush. The Highclimbers also had touch- downs from junior Colton Paller and junior fullback Zane Vanderwal. Paller returned the second half open- ing kickoff for a 78-yard touchdown. Vanderwal rushed for eight yards on two carries with one touchdown. He scored on a goal-line stand with 7:43 remaining in the first half. "I thought we were in it for basi- cally the whole game," North Mason quarterback Matt Becker said. "We just had a couple of mistakes. Tying the game definitely pumped the team up, but Shelton just wanted it more." Becker was 4-for-7 for 67 yards with two touchdown -- both to senior wide receiver Daniel Burggraaf, who also rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries. The Bulldogs' lone rushing touch- down came from senior running back Tyler Grewell on a 5-yard sprint to the end zone with 5:31 left in the third quarter. "As typical of this time of year, there were good things but some things to work on, too," Shelton head coach Matt Hinkle said. '%Ve're obvi- ously happy with the outcome and how the kids competed." Hinkle said the Highclimbers of- fense held onto the ball, knew its as- signments and played with confidence. see CUP, page B-6 FLY ON THE SIDELINE unty the North Mason Bulldogs pre- nted the Mason County Cup tro- to the Shelton Highclimbers on Friday night, there were smiles all around. We're getting this back next year, the Bulldogs announced shortly before the Highclimbers erupted into cheers, celebrating Shelton's 28-21 home vic- tory against North Mason in the third year of the rivalry game. Shelten players hoist- ed the trophy high above their heads and then I noticed something. Although they'd lost, By EMILY the Bulldogs were still HANSON smiling. And players from both teams were hugging one another, shaking hands and laughing. To me, seeing this was like watching one combined team, that just happened to be wearing different jerseys. That's what makes this game so special. Yes, the Mason County Cup is a rivalry game designed to get the county excited about both teams. Yes, both teams want to win the game, take the trophy and brag about the victory for the following 12 months. But at the root of the game is sports- manship, camaraderie and even friendship. Throughout the contest, I saw no animosity. No unnecessary roughness, no trash talk, no spite. I saw two teams playing for sake of win- ning, but not playing with the thought that winning was all that mattered. One moment in particular that sticks out to me happened in the second half when a Bulldogs player went down with what I st spect was a leg cramp. Shelton senior Brian Nault approached his opponent, to either help him stand or to help with the cramp. That's not something I see at every game. I asked Nault about it after the game, and he said he just wanted to help the Bulldogs player. That's a prime example of what this game should be teaching everyone: At the end of the day, win or lose, these are high school athletes and it's just a game. The boys should have fun and respect one another. That's what's most important. Contract changes from one, year to two-year agreement By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com The Shelton Athletic and Ac- tivities Association (SAAA) and the Shelton School District fin- ished "non-stress" negotiations last month, coming to agree- ment on a two-year contract. 'W~e've always been told the pay-to-play fee and our budgets were non-negotiable because they're not part of our contract, but we've always brought them up as issues because the stress our kids are under financially af- fects us as coaches," SAAA rep- resentative Chad oungquist said last week. '%Ve've become fundraising teams instead of coaches sometimes." This year, the school dis- trict started negotiations by informing the SAAA that the pay-to-play fee had been elimi- nated by the school board and by raising the athletic depart- ment budget. "The school board decided to pay for officials out of the district's general fund instead of ASB, so that will relieve fundraising," district Execu- tive Director of Finance Bren- da Trogstad said. She described the contract negotiations as simple and basic. "I think removing the pay- to-play fee was really appreci- ated," Superintendent Wayne Massie said. "They've been advocating for that. It was a real positive piece. Now, they don't have to do so much fund- raising and can focus energies more on kids." Massie added that the dis- trict feels all students should have the opportunity to turn out for a sport if they want to. "It's our job to try to elimi- nate those barriers," he said. The contract affects about 140 SAAA members and in- cludes athletic coaches at the middle, junior high and high schools and club and activities advisors. Human Resources Specialist Darlene Eichhorn said about 31 members are responsible for more than one activity or sport. Youngquist said the biggest change in this year's contract was Title IX adjustments. "Cheer and dance coaches were paid significantly lower than a lot of schools in the area pay," he said. "They're getting closer to being on par with oth- er programs now." The district raised the base salary for all SAAA members with this contract. "When the economy was good before 2008, we were paid significantly lower than other school districts and that's about the time the district was going to cut programs, so the SAAA decided to take pay cuts," Youngquist said. "Our pay has been restored since then." see CONTRACT, page B-5