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Page B-6- Mason County Journal- Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 Owls: Postseason hopes .... still alive continued from page B-1 place, Bateman said. The coach praised the "James is calling al- most every play now," Bateman said. "He's do- ing a very good job at that. We just go over what we want to do be- fore each game and what we saw while scouting." Bateman said the vie- tory was the team's best game this season. "The team is really coming a long ways," he said. "It's just taken lon- ger than we'd like." Eighth-grader Jason Kenyon rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown, while ju- nior running back Tay- lor Diggle contributed 10 yards on four carries. Anderson connect- ed with Kenyon twice for 50 yards, including one touchdown. Senior Mathew Thompson, who primarily plays guard, had two receptions for 44 yards and one touch- down. "We opened the game up more for James and he threw all over the .Energizer .Duracell BatteriesRus. +: Washington School for the Deaf for how they played. "They're the hard- est hitting team we've played so far," Bateman said. The Owls (3-4) still have a shot at playoffs. "In league, we've only got the one loss to Naselle," he said. "Four or five teams are all muddled together in the standings. If we take care of business this week and next, we should be in." Mary M. Knight is scheduled to face Twin Valley -- the combined team between Wishkah and Quinault - at 1 p.m. Saturday at Quinault. That game could be a challenge for the Owls, the coach said. Twin Valley has 24 athletes, including 11 seniors. "Their quarterback throws and runs real well," Bateman said. "They have quite a bit of speed. Their backup quarterback is from Wishkah and they have the best nose guard I've seen. He's pretty big." He said Mary M. Knight has to work more on containment on the outside. "We'll have to put a lot of pressure on the quarterback," Bateman added. "If he has time, he'll pick you apart." Highclimbers drop homecoming game She/ton coach: Mount Tahoma will 'scratch and clew'tomorrow By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com One turnover could have de- cided the Shelton football team's homecoming game. In the fourth quarter Friday night, the Highclimbers trailed 21-14 with possession when North Thurston recovered a Shelton fumble. "That ultimately led to the Rams' next touchdown," head coach Matt Hinkle said. North Thurston defeated Shelton 28-14. "The first half, North Thur- ston controlled things pretty well, but in the third quarter, we came back to score," Hinkle said. "I thought the kids, for the most part, did a good job match- ing up with them." Senior fullback/linebacker Brian Nault, in particular, im- pressed Hinkle. "There are geed th)ngs ha##e)Hg they just haven't resulted in a (wH) yet , The cens)stensy keeps im#rovng, ' Matt Hinkle, SHS head football coach Nault led the Highclimbers offensively, rushing for 75 yards on two carries and pulling down one pass for 43 yards. He was also a defensive force for Shel- ton, making 16 tackles. "There are good things hap- pening, they just haven't result- ed in a (win) yet," Hinkle said. "The consistency keeps improv- ing. North Thurston had a cou- ple big plays. Part of those were self-induced on our part, part of it was we blitzed the wrong way." Senior quarterback Jake Beck was 6-for-17 for 77 yards. Senior running back Jake Henry rushed for 48 yards on 18 carries. He scored both Shelton touchdowns, on runs of 3 and 12 yards. North Thurston passed for 43 yards and rushed for 194. With no possibility of reach- ing the playoffs, the High- climbers are now focusing on team improvement, Hinkle said. "With the relative youth of the program, it's focusing on getting them better," he said. "They're working hard. It's a good bunch of kids and our num- bers are solid, staying at about 70 kids." Shelton (1-6) plays at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Tahoma (1- 6). "Mount Tahoma is like us, struggling a little bit," Hinkle said. "They'll have team speed and will scratch and claw for a win, just like we will." NMHS runners race faster at home By EMILY HANSON emi!y@masoncoun com Through rain, mud and slippery slopes in Belfair, North Mason cross-country runners achieved a number of Need a roof? ' I I 1 Chooseyourown I I special offer! 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"The course conditions were not ideal ... (condi- tions) made it a tough course, but the kids really went ar it and impressed me. They should be proud of how well they ran." North Mason hosted Bremerton and Sequim on Oct. 15. The NMHS boys took third place with 67 points, while the girls -- who only raced against Sequim -- took second place with 34 points. A particularly large improvement came from freshman Dustin John- son. Johnson finished the race in 12th place with a time of 20 minutes, 20.41 seconds - a 59-second drop for him, McCarty said. "Dustin is finally get- ting healthy and his hard work is paying off," Mc- Carty said. "He looks to be an impressive runner in a couple of years." Another improvement came on the girls team. Senior Caitlyn Mead shaved 33 seconds off her course time, taking sec- ond place in 22:31.98. "Our top five girls all improved their times on our course and are really looking good," McCarty said. Mead's time improve- ment came despite the fact that she wasn't feel- ing well, McCarty said. Her sister, junior Joanna Mead, closed the gap in their times, finishing 1 second behind Caitlyn. "I would be shocked if our girls didn't make it to districts," McCarty said. Illness kept a number of boys team runners off the track. "If we can get the other three boys healthy, we look to have a competitive team by (the 2A Olympic League Championship)," McCarty said. The Bulldogs compete at the league champion- ship today at The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim. The varsity boys race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., with the varsity girls com- peting at 5:01 p.m. Climbers: League tourney begins tomorrow, Saturday continued from page B-1 At No. 2 singles, Jamin Perry de- feated Kyle Caldwell 6-0, 6-2. Danny Dracobly paired with Troy Krumpols at No. 1 doubles, defeating Dan Henderson and Jasia Pearson 6-3, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Kobe Bogh and Mark Vernon beat Matt Tafaya and Daniel Kim 6-4, 6-4. Finally, Will Newman and Ethan Pentony defeated Robert Copeland and McCain Olson 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles. "We are looking forward to playing this Friday and Saturday in our league tournament," Perry said. "Hopefully, some guys advance to (the 3A West Central District III Tournament) the following weekend." Just a reminder .... Deadline for news and advertising is Monday at 5:00 p.m. 0