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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 ason runners as me By EMILY HANSON emily@rnasoncoun corn Of the eight returners on the North Mason cross-country team, seven beat their bests times during the Bulldogs' home meet last week. Leading all of the North Mason racers, junior Jeremiah Lambert dropped 2 minutes, 34 seconds off his best time. He took fifth place in 19:05. Head coach Bill McCarty said Lambert's time was in- credible. "The course was modified slightly from last year, but is still the exact same 3.1 mile (5K) distance," McCarty said. "Instead of running around the baseball field for the be- ginning and ending of the race, we were able to run around the track." For the middle portion of the course, the runners legged it through the woods behind the school, going up and down Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear - the names as- signed to three hills of differ- ing heights and slopes. "The varsity boys finished third, but all of them had their best time on our course during competition," McCarty said. Senior Mark Phillips took ninth place in 19:46, while se- nior Corey Allen finished 10th in 19:48 and senior Ryel Velez took 12th in 19:58. Freshman Dustin John- son rounded out the team's score with a time of 21:19, fast enough for 17th place among the 21 varsity runners. Phillips dropped 43 seconds, Vel z , dropped 36 and Allen dropped 49 seconds. "Our two freshmen (John- son) and Anton Baur have no comparison of times for compe- tition, but are running really well and I expect big things from them," McCarty said. Port Townsend won the boys race with 29 points, while Klahowya took second with 42 points. North Mason finished with 53 points. For the girls, junior Jo- anna Mead dropped the most time from her previous best. She finished in fourth place in 23:16, more than 1 minute faster than last year. "In addition to Joanna, (se- nior) Caitlyn (Mead) also had her best time on our course, dropping 28 seconds from her previous North Mason competition times," McCarty said. Caitlyn Mead led the Lady Bulldogs, taking third place in 23:14. Junior Marie Garcia de Presno finished seventh in 24:47, while freshman Hailey Simonson took ninth place in 25:26. Garcia de Presno and Si- monson are both new to the team this year and therefore don't have previous times on the course. "Sadly, we were one girl short of having a scoring team due to injury," McCarty said. "After looking at the scores, if our other girl had been able to run and if she had finished anywhere but last we would have won the meet. But that doesn't take away from how well the girls ran." Port Townsend won the girls race with 26 points, while Klahowya took second with 29 points. "It was just a fantastic day for the team," McCarty said. "We may not have won, but when almost all of the athletes showed big improvements like that it makes me proud of the work and results that they are getting." The team is scheduled to compete next at the eighth annual Twilight Cross-coun- try Invitational on Saturday at Cedarcrest Golf Course in Marysville. The varsity boys race begins at 5:25 p.m., while the varsity girls will race at 5:55 p.m. Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton sophomore Ariana Dose attempts to get the ball out of the Lady Highclimbers' territory on Sept. 25 during the team's home game against Wilson. By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com Dan Deacon has noticed a pattern with Shelton girls soccer games. "We're more of a second- half team," the head coach said. "Our intensity level usually picks up then. If we could play a complete game, we would do well." This pattern was especial- ly apparent Sept. 25 during the team's 6-0 home loss to Wilson. At halftime, Wilson led 5-0. ' fe usually get less shots on goal in the second half," Deacon said. "Individually, (the Lady Highclimbers) play really well. They haven't got- ten to the point where they trust each other." Injuries have added to the team's woes. "It was a constant rota- tion of injured players, try- ing to keep the most injured out," Deacon said. "Trying to cover positions with people who are inexperienced has been difficult." Deacon said the team also needs to focus on its short- pass game. "The long-ball kicking chase is going to kill us," he said. After the game Sept. 25, Deacon told the Lady High- climbers that they were go- ing to focus on shorter passes for the rest of the season. "The only long-ball kicks allowed will be goal at- tempts," he said. After the team's 4-1 loss Sept. 23 at North Thurston, Deacon said the Lady High- climbers were still working on team unity, trust and communication. "Individually, we matched North ThurstonYs skill level player-for-player, but we were unable to combine our talent to work well as a team," Deacon said. Shelton's lone goal was an own-goal by the Lady Rams. The Lady Highclimbers (1-4-1) play at 6:30 tonight at Mount Tahoma. SPORTS BRIEFS Shelton home swim meet canceled The Shelton girls swim meet against Mount Tahoma on Sept. 25 at home was canceled. Shelton Athletic Director Jim Jud- son said the Mount Tahoma coach was ill. The Lady Highclimbers swim next at 3:30 p.m. todaTat North Thurston. wins one match Beau Eddy earned North Mason's lone match point last week. The North Mason senior won 7-5, 6-1 against North Kitsap's Robbie Hen- shaw on Sept. 25 in North Kitsap at No. 1 singles. "Beau really is developing a nice game centered around being a shot- maker," head coach Brian Barker said. "It falls a bit when he overswings. As the season goes on, he is becoming one of the better players in the league." Eddy has a 4-3 record at No. 1 sin- gles. His victory came during the Bull- dogs' 6-1 loss to North Kitsap. North Mason also lost to Bremerton last week. On Sept. 22, Bremerton de- feated the Bulldogs 7-0 in Belfair. The Bulldogs (0-6) play next at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Sequim. Shelton girls run together; boys learn to race Girls on the Shelton cross-country team stuck together during their meet last week. The team's top three girls -- sopho- more Anika Parker, junior Courtney Burke and junior Lindsey Goldsby -- finished the Sept. 24 race at Capital within 20 seconds of each other. Parker led the girls team with a third-place finish in 21 minutes, 34.88 seconds. Burke followed in 21:38.83 for fourth and Goldsby crossed the line in fifth place in 21:54.61. Junior Emily Frost took 12th place in 23:54.56 and freshman Tayler Gei- ger rounded out the team's score with a 14th-place finish in 24:19.36. The girls team earned 34 points, taking second place behind Capital with 24 points. Mount Tahoma came in third with 85 points. "Our girls looked good up front and we have some promising newcomers that are improving with every compe- tition," head coach John Johnson said. For the boys team, senior Darius Burke led the pack in 17:31.19, fast enough for fifth place. Junior Drake Adams took 14th place in 18:57.87, followed by senior Chris Frost in 17th in 19:28.16, sophomore Jake Kramer in 20:11.81 for 25th place and junior Joseph McGrew in 21:04.13 for 39th place. North Thurston won the boys race with 29 points, followed by Capital (47), Lincoln (65) and Shelton (83). Mount Tahoma took fifth place with 150 points. "Our boys are learning how to race and taking their lumps," Johnson said. The team's next event is the Shelton Alumni Shootout on Oct. 11. A location for this meet has not yet been chosen. compete in 'battle of the sexes' tourney The Alderbrook men's and ladies clubs played their annual "battle of the sexes" golf tournament Sept. 18, fol- lowed by dinner and a dessert auction to benefit the Karen Hilburn Breast and Cervical Cancer fund. The ladies edged out a victory over the men in the match-play tourna- ment, beating them by one point. In the team play competitions, first place went to Pete and Jill Skogstad and Tim Micek with a score of 112. Gerry and Kay McAvinew and Gor- don and Marilyn Keller tied for second place with Terry and Linda McMullin and Ray Monroe and Mary Lockwood with a score of 116. Fourth place went to Mike and Pau- lette Johnston and Jim Stroke and Jan Weatherly, with a score of 117. Lowest gross went to Pete Skogstad with 74 for the men and Asue Barnes with 85 for the ladies. Ron Stull took second lowest gross at 77 for the men, while Astrid Ellefsen took second low- est gross for the ladies with 85. Lowest net went to Monroe with 62 and Jan Weatherly with 68. Second lowest net went to Craig Chapman at 64 and Lana Clausen at 69. Closest to the pin on hole No. 16 went to Gerry McAvinew and Diana Hammer. The dessert auction raised $5,700. Compiled by sports reporter Emily Hanson