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North Mason volleyball starts season page B-6 ili ...... / Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-1 SHS tennis doubles teams win page B-3 By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Two county soccer squads were evenly matched last week. The Shelton and North Mason girls teams played to a 3-3 draw Sept. 10 at Highclimber Stadium. It was the first game for both teams. The head coaches attributed the tie to different factors. "It really points out to the la- dies, no matter how well we play, defensive errors can tie the game," Shelton head coach Dan Deacon said. North Mason head coach Mitchell James said the Lady Bulldogs played reservedly in the first half, but won the second half. Shelton came out strong and phys- ical early in the contest, leading 2-1 at the half. Sophomore midfielder Ariana Dose scored the first goal of the game 17 minutes in, while junior forward Loryn Ziegler hit the back of the net in the 32nd minute. Between the two goals, North Ma- son junior Raven Wolfe scored in the 28th minute. "I think they definitely played bet- ter than last weekend," Deacon said, referring to the Lady Highclimbers' two games at the soccer jamboree Sept. 6 in Tumwater. James said he knew Shelton would be a physica team and thought the Lady Bulldogs responded to the game's physicality well. In the second half, James said North Mason sped the game up when Shelton tried to slow it down. Shelton opened the second half with a second Dose goal, this one in the 57th minute. In the 58th minute, North Mason junior Tegan Daviscourt broke away from Shelton defenders and found the back of the net. Deacon said this was one of the Lady Highclimbers' errors. "(Senior keeper Riley McDougall) see SOCCER, page B-5 North Mason senior running back D'Andre game against Elma at Phil Pugh Stadium. Light, sprinkler malfunctions add to home-opener's excitement By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Malfunctioning lights, randomly spouting sprinklers and feeling ill on the sideline were not enough to stop D'Andre Dixon on Friday night. The North Mason senior running back rushed for 93 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns -- including the game-winning score with 17 sec- Journal photo by Emily Hanson Dixon heads for the goal line Friday night during the Bulldogs' home m onds remaining -- in the Bulldogs' 34- The lights were eventually fixed, 27 home-opener victory against Elma. but both teams resumed play in the "It was a weird one for sure between third quarter with sprinklers continu- the sprinklers, lights and puking on ing to soak the end zone. the sidelines," said Dixon, who said he And then, with 5:48 remaining in wasn't sure why he felt sick. the third quarter, the sprinklers on the The excitement started at the end of home-team sideline sprang to life. halffime, while the teams were in their As the Bulldogs scattered to avoid three-minute warm-up period, the water, grabbing cheer boxes -- That's when the stadium lights onwooden crates that cheerleaders stand the visiting team's sideline went out. on during games -- to cover the sprin- While stadium staff spent the next 15 kler heads, the officials called a timeout. nkinutes trying to turn the lights back on, the sprinklers in the end zone near the scoreboard started spraying the field, see BULLDOGS, page B-5 FLY ON THE SIDELINE ame I ever seen Friday night was the strangest high school foot- ball game I have ever seen. And it had nothing to do with what hap- pened dm g the game. At the end of half- time, while the teams were warming up, the 50-yard line lights on the away side at Phil Pugh Stadium went out. I've never seen an entire bunch of lights go out du ng a game before. Because of safety concerns, officials delayed the start of By EMILY HANSON the third quarter un- til North Mason staff could get the lights back on. And that's when something even strang- er happened. The sprinklers in the end zone closest to the scoreboard sprang to life, shooting water onto the field. Another first for me. I couldn't help but laugh, enjoying the oddity of these two events happening during the same game. With the third quarter well under way, the end zone sprin- klers shut off -- only for the home-team sideline sprinklers to shoot water at the Bulldogs, who scattered like ants, and myself. The laughter continued. As players and coaches rushed to grab cheer boxes -- wooden crates that cheerleaders stand on during games -- from the North Mason cheerleaders to cover the sprinkler heads, I could just stand on the track, chuckling profusely as I clicked photo at r photo. rve been attending high school football games since fall 2001, with a brief break while I was in college from 2004 to 2007. During that time, I have nev- throw a player into the air so er attended a stranger game. he could block a field-goal at- I've been at a game played tempt with his body. on Halloween night when a I was at South Sound Stadi- bat flew into the press box, um in 2003 when Timberline's startling my older.sister who Jonathan Stewart -- who now was taping Timberline's game plays for the Carolina Panthers against Tumwater. -- was tackled by a Centralia She responded by scream- lineman whose helmet popped ing so loudly I heard her from off on impact. Stewart's knee the first row of the stands. She kicked the other boy in the face, also punched the bat, purely on knocking at least one tooth out. instinct. I've seen probably a dozen I've been to a game where a other strange things from running back walked into the football sidelines, but Friday end zone with four defenders night's game in Belfair takes hanging onto him, trying to the weird cake. bring him to the ground. And I loved every minute I've seen a special teams line of it.