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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-7 Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton junior Bobbi Hanner swims the 100-yard butterfly Oct. 16 during the LadyHighclimbers' home meet against Foss. Hanner won the event with a time of I minute, 16.1 seconds. 8 swimmers head to league championship 5145 girls defeat Foss, fall to Timberline By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com With the regular season swim schedule completed, the Shelton girls are prepared for their championship schedule. First up: the 3A Narrows League Championship today at Foss. Eight Shelton girls have qualified to compete at the meet, including senior Han- nah Womer (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke), sopho- more Becky Gonella (100-yard freestyle), junior Megan Jacob- sen (100-yard backstroke, 100- yard freestyle), junior Bobbi Harmer (100-yard butterfly, 50-yard freestyle) and juniors Logan Maddox and Ivie Red- man and freshmen Natasha Howard and Hannah Oliver (relay alternates). Co-head coach Chad Youngquist said those qualify- ing swimmers are still seeking faster times. "I'm confident Womer will get faster," he said. "We need her closer to state-qualifying times before we go to districts." Youngquist said Harmer has the potential to reach districts in the 50-yard freestyle. Redman and GoneUa haven't reached their potential yet this season, he said. "They have a fighting chance of qualifying for dis- tricts," Youngquist said. The team wrapped up its reg- ular season last week with an away loss and a home victory. On Oct. 14, Timberline de- feated Shelton 111-69. Shelton then beat Foss 109-64 on Oct. 16. "Both teams were teams we're competitive with," Youngquist said. "Both were good meets for us." The most impressive perfor- mance of the meets came from Hanner, who earned a best time in the 100-yard butterfly at Timberline. She won the event in 1 minute, 14.44 sec- onds to qualify for the 3A West Central District III Champion- ship. "It was a huge drop for her and a major change in how she swims it," Youngquist said. "Bobbi used to go way high out, go deep and then bring her hands together. That slows your tempo down. At Timber- line, she knifed straight above her shoulder, as opposed to making a cone above her head." Youngquist said he thinks the girls have been struggling mentally this season. "These two meets brought them back in focus just in time for postseason," he said. "I'm excited to see what they do, given the chance." Climbers "tune up' for races By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, corn Shelton cross-country runners used their fmal race before the postseason to "tune up," head coach John Johnson said. The boys and girls raced against Capital, Olympia, North Thurston and Yelm on Oct. 15 at LBA Park in Olympia. "It was a nice way to get some real cross-country conditions," Johnson said. "Lots of mud, bad footing (and) a deluge during the women's race." The top five Shelton girls runners finished among the top 20 racers. Among the five teams, the Lady High- climbers took third with 60 points. "I am not surprised by the girls," Johnson said. "They are gaining confidence and are a strong group of ath- letes. It has been a long road of preparation and hard work and they are ex- cited for the championship season." The boys team finished fourth among the five teams with 110 poin,t "We saw some good things from the guys," Johnson said. "It is also exciting to see some of our new guys learning how to race well. I'm stoked on the nucleus of this team and I'm confident that, with the ad- dition of our freshman class next fall, exciting times are ahead." Junior Lindsey Goldsby led the girls team with a seventh-place finish in 21 minutes, 13.9 seconds. Sophomore Anika Parker and junior Courtney Burke followed closely behind Goldsby. Parker fmished in 21:25.3 for ninth while Burke took 10th in 21:31.3. Junior Emily Frost fin- ished in 22:58.6, fast enough for 15th place, while sopho- more Laynie MacAlevy took 19th place in 23:23.4. "Emily and Laynie are emerging as our strong four and five runners," Johnson said. "Their best performanc- es of the season lie ahead." He said the girls team believes in the hard work they are doing and in each other. "Our region is very com- petitive in cross-country, so our young women will need to be at their best to attain the goals they set for them- selves this season," Johnson said. "Things are moving in the fight direction for them right now." For the boys, senior Dar- ius Burke led with a time of 17:14 for ninth place. "Darius, our No. 1 run- ner this year, had his best race of the season," Johnson said. "He is gaining con- fidence at the right time. Darius is capable of being on the line in Pasco (for the 3A WIAA State Boys Cross- country Championship on Nov. 8)." Junior Drake Adams took 27th place in 18:44, with senior Chris Frost be- hind him in 33rd place in 19:08. Junior Fred Home fin- ished in 19:33 for 42nd place and junior Joseph McGrew rounded out the team's score with a 46th place in 19:42. The team was scheduled to compete at the 3A Nar- rows League Championship yesterday at Fort Steila- coom State Park in Lake- wood. SHS volleyball snags league tourney slot By EMILY HANSON emi/@masoncoun corn A home victory last week sealed the Shelton volleyball team's place in the 3A Narrows League Tour- nament. The Lady Highclimbers defeat- ed Wilson 25-17, 25-9, 25-23 Oct. 13 in the Mini Dome, earning a position in the tournament, which will be Nov. 1 at Mount Tahoma High School. "The scores varied as it was a night I did some mixing with the lineup," head coach Steve Beck said. "Making position changes can seem simple, but often messes with communication." Senior Heather Johnson led the team, serving 18-of-19 with four aces and five kills. Sopho- more Matti Meacham made 12-of- 13 serves with four aces and nine digs, while junior Kiara Budge also served 12-of-13, but with three aces, three kills, 16 assists and 15 digs. Senior Georgette Lugalia served ll-of-12 with one ace and nine digs, while senior Lauren Da- gle served 7-of-8 with one ace and five kills ..... .! "We must reduce the unforced errors , Steve Beck, SHS head volleyball coach Shelton followed the victory with a loss two days later. Central Kitsap defeated the Lady Highclimbers 25-18, 25-21, 25-23 in Silverdale. "We played almost well enough to win," Beck said. "We must re- duce the unforced errors, free-ball passing, net touches, service errors and cut in half our hitting errors." Senior Kennedy O'Connor served 12-of-12 with one ace, eight digs and a season-high 11 kills. Lugalia served 15-of-16 with 22 digs, while Meacham served 10-of- I1 with seven digs. Budge made 24 assists and 15 digs. The Lady Highclimbers (5-6) are scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m. today against Peninsula in the .Mini Dome.. .