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Thursday, Oct. 16, .014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 + Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Paller, No. 14, plays at the net Oct. 7 during the Lady Highclimbers' home match against Mount Tahoma in the Mini Dome. t .I re season m; continued from page B-1 blocking errors, he added. "North 'J urston is a free, well Senior Kennedy O'Connor made skilled team," Beck said. "The North 9-of-10 serves with one ace and 11Thurston crowd is very loud and knowl- kills, edgable about the game. It was the first Sophomore Kaitlyn Paller contrib- time our team had played in that type uted with two blocks, while senior Lau- of environment. It would have been fun ren Dagle added three digs. to play just a bit better to silence that "The nerves weren't there too bad crowd a little." (Oct. 7)," Beck said. Budge led from the serve line, mak- She]ton followed the victory with a ing 9-of-9 with one ace, 13 assists and 3-0 loss Oct. 9 at North Thurston, 25- 11 digs. Lugalia was 8-of-8 serving 13, 25-11, 25-18. with 14 digs, while Matti Meacham "We struggled with the speed of served 8-of-8. their game," Beck said. "They wereO'Connor made six kills and seven fast with their offense and we haddigs, while Paller made two kills and trouble getting a blocker or digger sophomore Adrianna Eleton contrib- ready in time." uted three kills. The Lady Highclimbers' struggles The Lady Highclimbers (4-5) play with the match's pace led to many next at 5:15 p.m. Monday atLincoln. runl 5t5 cross-country team prepared for postseason By EMILY HANSON emi masoncoun com Shelton cross-country runners raced at night. While they raced, each competitor jumped over hay bales twice each lap. The 3A Narrows League Twilight meet last week was like no other meet the athletes have competed in this season. It was an opportunity for the High- climbers to run fast and they took ad- vantage of it, head coach John John- son said. As usual, the boys and girls raced separately. But at this meet, there were three flights of athletes based on ability. "It is essentially fast, faster and fastest," Johnson explained. For the boys, senior Darius Burke raced solo in the fastest division. He crossed the finish line in 10 minutes, 33.20 seconds, fast enough for 13th place. In the faster division, junior Drake Adams finished in sixth place in 10:57.42. Junior Fred Home led the High- climbers in the fast division with a time of 12:08.07, taking fourth place. "Drake Adams had a breakthrough race, crushing his 3,200-meter track personal record by 20 seconds, even with the obstacles," Johnson said. "He has put in a ton of work since June and is ready to take the next step." For the girls, sophomore Anika Parker led the way in the fastest divi- sion. She finished the race in 12:57.01 for 15th place. Freshman Tayler Geiger took 13th in the faster division in 13:56.18. Finally, sophomore Laynie MacAlevy finished the fast division race in ninth place with a time of 14:41.54. "Our top five girls ran smart races and finished within a minute of each other," Johnson said. "They are look- ing good." He said he was thrilled with the way the runners in positions 5 through 7 competed at the event. "The meet is on the track at the historic Lincoln Bowl," Johnson said. "It is a sort of steeplechase, which is the Olympic event on the track that evolved from cross-country. The con- ditions were superb for distance run- ning and the energy was awesome." continued from page B-1 to go that route because they simple look amazing through don't want to lose their high a lens," she said. "My grand- "Even if I don't play in col- school experience, but I'm still ma got me involved in pho- lege, I'd like to continue play- playing sports, so I don't feel tography. She's pretty good ing," Engel said. "I won't give like I have." at it." up." Engel said she's drawn to .Outside of soccer, school Regardless of where Engel environmental science be- and photography, Engel plays goes to school next year, she cause she's always loved being the guitar and sings. said she plans to earn a bach- outdoors and traveling. "I have really bad stage elor's degree in environmental "(Environmental science) fright so I haven't per- science, is obviously important, plus formed in front of people," Another option she's con- some jobs you can get involve said. sidering, as far as soccer is traveling, taking samples,With both of her parents in concerned, is taking a year off things like that," she said. bands, it was easy for Engel from the sport. "My biggest goal would be to to get interested in music, she Engel said she decided to be become a National Geographic said. a full-time Running Start stu- photographer." She's also recently started dent because it made too much Although Engel said she writing songs. sense not to. doesn't consider herself ex- "If I did become a song- "It saves so much money," tremely skilled in photogra- writer, it would be a side she said. "And Ill graduate phy, she finds it interesting to thing," she said. "I'd love to be with my (associate's degree), look back at life through pho- in a band, if not for the stage Why not get a two-year itead tos .......... fright. You kind of get over start? A lot of kinds don't want "You can make 'something that, though, I think." lers "(The girls) are a legitimate threat to take one of the five state-qualifying spots at the Westside C|assnc, John Johnson, SHS head cross-country coach Johnson said the race was a con- ]dence boost as the team approaches the postseason. "(Confidence and speed) are critical to our team success," he added. And now is the time when success is critical to the team continuing to compete. The Highclimbers were scheduled Lo race their final regular season meet yesterday. The postseason begins next week with the 3A Narrows League Champi- reship on Oct. 22 at Fort Steilacoom tate Park in Lakewood. "With the championship meets ap- proaching, we are happy with the way ;he team is coming together," John- ;on said. "The training has gone well md we are now asking the athletes to )e focused, confident racers." The varsity team has already met Iohnson's expectations, he said. "If I were to speculate about the hture, I would anticipate our men's to qualify for the Westside Clas- Lic, which is our district meet and tate qualifier," he added. "I believe ,ur guys will have a good race at dis- .ricts." Because the boys team lacks expe- ence and endurance training, John- said moving on to the 3A WIAA ;tate Championship will require hem "to perform over their heads." "I foresee a couple of our guys qual- lying as individuals," he said. There is more depth and talent on he girls team this year. "(The girls) are a legitimate hreat to take one of the five state- lualifying spots at the Westside 31assic," Johnson said. "It will come Lown to confidence and execution )n the day.'" up Rylee Engel School: North Mason Higl" School Fall sport: Girls soccer Favorite color;. Seafoam g "een Favorite candy: Lemonhe 'Lds Favorite soccer player: "1" avid Beckham. For his skills, of course, but he's also just gorgeous." ff you could perform withlany band, which would you choose and why?. "The Cranberries, because (Dolores O'Riordan's) voice is just th at of an angel. It's so awesome. Really rough and rugged. It's perfect."