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By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, corn In a racing field of about 1,400 runners, the Shelton cross-coun- try team kicked offthe rust Satur- day at the Capital Invite. Sophomore Anika Parker and junior Lindsey Goldsby both earned medals at the invite by fin- ishing among the top 20 runners in their grades. Runners at the in- vite were divided into grade divi- sion for the races. Parker finished 13th in the sophomore division with a time of 15 minutes, 53.86 seconds, while Goldsby took 17th among junior girls in 15:59.68. "Both of these girls raced well and will be leading the charge for our women's team," head coach John Johnson said. For the boys, senior Darius Burke was the fastest. He took 34th among senior boys with a time of 13:16.58. "We had quite a few under- class athletes get their first taste of competitive distance running Saturday, which is always an eye- opener in terms of how difficult the racing actually is," Johnson said. "Everybody is relatively healthy and looking forward to our first 5,000-meter race next Saturday at the Fort Steilacoom Invitational." Johnson said overall that the meet had mixed results. "We have some work to do, but with five weeks until the start of the championship season, we have time," he said. The Climbers will begin run- ning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Steilacoom. "That event will serve as our 3A Narrows League Champion- ship preview," Johnson said. "We will race that course again for the league championship on Oct. 22." Lady Highclimbers win first match of season By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com The Shelton volleyball team started its season with success last week. The Lady Highclimbers placed at the Centralia Tournament on Saturday. "It was a long, but good day for us," head coach Steve Beck said. Centralia placed first in the tournament, defeating Shelton 2-0 in the championship match that night. In the morning round, Shelton defeated Eatonville and Aber- deen 2-0 and then tied 1-1 with Centralia. Later that day in the play- offs, the Lady Highclimbers then beat Toledo and W.F. West-Chehalis 2-0. "This put us immediately against Centralia for the cham- pionship," Beck said. "The first set was close. Twice we were at game point, but we ended up los- ing that set. The final set against them caught us a little emotion- ally drained, flat-footed and tired, thus a second-place finish." Beck said a tournament this early in the season gives the team the opportunity to experi- ment with different positions, try things in the flow and confusion of a match and learn to deal with the stress of competition. "Georgette played well and very aggressive as our libero, Ki- ara Budge played great defense and hustle from the setter posi- tion and Kennedy O'Connor had a super day as our kill leader," Beck said. "She really hit the ball with power and control," He said the team needs to de- velop a little more offense out of other positions and needs to pick up its floor defense. The tournament came a~er Shelton defeated Mount Tahoma in three games 25-14, 25-12, 25- 14 on Sept. 11 in Tacoma. Beck said the Lady Highclimb- ers had serving problems in the first game, including seven ser- vice errors. The girls served well in the following two games. "Mount Tahoma struggled passing the ball off serve-receive, making serving a key to success," Beck said. "We made relatively few unforced errors hitting, block- ing or on defense. We were not re- ally powerful, but controlled and consistent." O'Connor made nine kills, while Budge had 15 assists and eight digs. Beck said he saw strong hustle and communication on the floor, another key to success. "I thought it was a fine start," he said. The Lady Highclimbers (1-0) play at 4:45 p.m. today at Wilson. continued from page B-1 was out way too far from the goal," Deacon said. The team's second de- fensive error resulted in North Mason's tying goal. "One defender let someone sneak in the back and didn't mark (cover) her," Deacon said. North Mason sopho- more Alyson Stites scored on Shelton's error. Despite the tie, Shel- ton controlled the ball for most of the game. The Lady Highclimb- ers attempted 22 shots on goal. North Mason junior keeper Maddie Lewis made 19 saves. In comparison, McDou- gall made eight saves for Shelton. "McDougall saved our bacon on a number of shots," Deacon said. James said Lewis played excellently as keeper. Although she didn't start last year, Lewis was the starting keeper for most of her freshman season with the Lady Bulldogs. Because the game was played in Shelton, it followed 3A Narrows "(}ace we get everybody straightened out on the new $etap | think we wi|! do very wei|," Dan Deacon, Shelton girls soccer coach League rules, which state tiebreakers are not done outside of playoff games, Deacon said. The Lady Bulldogs (0- 0-1) play at 3:30 p.m. to- day against Klahowya at Silverdale Stadium. Shelton falls at Yelm The Lady Highclimb- ers followed their tie with North Mason with a loss to Yelm. On Saturday, Yelm won 3-0. "We struggled with injuries and are still Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton senior midfielder Madison Jacoby fights for control of the ball against North Mason sophomore Marissa Covarrubias on Sept. 10 at Highclimber Stadium, adapting to the new 3, 5, 2 configuration," Deacon said. "Once we get every- body straightened out on the new setup, I think we will do very well." Shelton (0-1-1) plays at 7 tonight against Cap- ital at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 0 17 .S remalnln in ame continued from page B- 1 Once the sprinkler heads were covered, play resumed. North Mason athlet- ic director Mark Swof- ford said Monday that a fuse overheated in the mechanical room, causing the light mal- function, while the sprinklers were still on the summer water schedule. Neither team scored in the third quarter. "I don't think neces- sarily it was a distrac- tion, but it took us a bit to get rolling (in the third quarter)," Dixon said. Head coach Jeff Bev- ers, with a grin on his face after the team's vic- tory, said the game had it all. "Never had the sprin- klers come on during a game before," he said while chuckling. "We've had the lights go out before. Sometimes it's hard to have a smooth opening." He said the technical difficulties probably dis- tracted the teams a bit. "But both teams played well and made adjustments," Bevers said. Outside of the field malfunctions, Bevers said playing Elma was hard. The Eagles opened scoring with a 27-yard touchdown off a North Mason fumble with 8:52 left in the first quarter. Three dead-ball per- sonal fouls against Elma on North Ma- son's next drive aided the Bulldogs down the field. North Ma- son junior quarterback Matt Becker sprinted to the end zone on an l 1-yard rush to tie the game. North Mason se- nior Daniel Burggraaf kicked in the PAT to give the Bulldogs a nar- row 7-6 lead. With 1:44 remain- ing in the first quar- ter, Elma pulled ahead 12-7 after another touchdown and failed PAT. By halftime, the Bulldogs had estab- lished a 21-12 lead with a 3-yard touchdown rush from Dixon and a 32-yard touchdown pass from Becker to Burggraaf. Elma began its comeback at the begin- ning of the fourth quar- ter with an 18-yard touchdown 20 seconds into the quarter. They converted the PAT and pulled to within two points. Leading 21-19, Dix- on scored on a 32-yard rush for the Bulldogs to pull ahead 27-19. With 5:30 remaining in the game, Elma tied the score at 27. "Seeing the kids tak- ing the ball down the field in the last five minutes after giving up the lead to score was a moment to see," Bevers said. Dixon said the Bull- dogs tend to be a fourth- quarter team. "The best things that happen to us are in the fourth quarter," he said. Dixon scored the game-winning touch- down on a 7-yard rush with 17 seconds remain- ing to play. He said when the teams were tied, he just tried to remain calm. North Mason junior fullback Cole Rhinehart rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries, while Becker added 72 yards on 14 carries. Becker completed 2-of-5 passes for 54 yards. Burggraaf re- ceived both passes. Altogether, the Bull- dogs accumulated 354 yards in total offense. North Mason begins its 2A Olympic League schedule at 7 p.m. to- morrow at home against Port Angeles at Phil Pugh Stadium. 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