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+ Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-7 By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncoun com Both the Shelton boys and girls cross-country teams per- formed well enough at last week's 3A Narrows League Championship to advance to the Westside Classic -- the 3A West Central District III Championship. "Our presence at the West- side Classic for the third straight year is a result of the consistent hard work that this group of kids is happy to do," head coach John Johnson said. On Oct. 22, the girls team earned 78 points at the league championship at Fort Steila- coom State Park, enough to finish third among six league teams. The boys team took sixth place among eight teams with 137 points. "I was thrilled with the rac- ing from both varsity squads," Johnson said. "It was, by far, the best effort of the season. It was a very wet day and there were some puddles on the course. A few sharp cor- ners were dicey with the mud, but we didn't have anybody go down during the races. The athletes really showed some courage out there." He said the athletes dug a little deeper into their strength and were rewarded. Among the racer, senior Darius Burke was the fastest, finishing the 5,000-meter race in 17 minutes, 12.49 seconds for ninth place in the boys di- vision. Among the girls, sophomore Anika Parker earned the high- est placing, finishing eighth with a time of 20:53.16. "Being in attack mode when you are really hurting is a very difficult thing to do," Johnson said. "We are getting much better at staying focused for the entire 17 to 20 minutes of discomfort and suffering that is cross-country racing." Johnson said the district tournament will be a fun day. "More than likely, course conditions will be less than ideal, so some technical skill will be needed to negotiate the mud and steep hills," he said. "We will be resting more this week, just trying to lose the fa- tigue that we carry with us for much of the season, so that will help us feel good about getting out well in a fast start." He added that some break- through performances from this group of athletes are possible. NMHS team By EMILY HANSON emi /@masoncounty com It's been at least 10 years since North Mason sent a girls cross-country team to the Westside Classic. Come Saturday, that will change. On Oct. 23, the girls team took sixth among eight teams at the 2A Olympic League Cham- pionship at The Ce- dars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim with 134 points, enough to advance to the classic, which is the 2A West Central District III Championship. "It's been a great sea- son for our girls," head coach Bill McCarty said. "They ran well with our top four girls all in the top 25. All but one of them had a personal re- cord and they're all super excited." The Westside Classic will be at American Lake Golf Course in American Lake. As she has all season, senior Caitlyn Mead led the team, taking 12th place in 21 minutes, 24.92 seconds. Just be- hind her was her sister, junior Joanna Mead, in 13th place in 21:27.42. The boys team took eighth place among nine teams with 178 points. "On the boys side, we just couldn't get every- one healthy and despite personal records for three of the runners, we fell short on advancing to districts," McCarty said. Junior Jeremiah Lam- bert led the boys with a 15th-place fmish in 17:28.59, fast enough to advance to districts. McCarty said he en- visions the Mead sisters and Lambert competing well enough at districts to continue on to the 2A IAA State Cross-coun- try Championship the following week. "I would love to see the whole girls team go on and you never know what is going to happen, but those three have the best chances," McCarty sa~d. Mary M. Knight senior Miranda Sowle sends the ball back toward the net Oct. 21 during the Lady Owls' home match against Wishkah. Journal photo by Emily Hanson By EMILY HANSON emity@masoncounty com Miranda Sowle put on a clinic last week. The Mary M. Knight senior connected on 30-of-33 serves Oct. 21 during the Lady Owls' home match against Wishkah. The Lady Owls won 25-5, 25-4, 25-13. "Miranda had a beautiful night," head coach Kitty Brehmeyer said. Sowle made 15 serves in a row in game 1. Her 16th attempt hit the net. In game 2, Sowle made 14 serves in a row. Wishkah earned a point on a Lady Owl error on the 15th attempt. In game 3, Sowle lost her stride, hitting the net on her second serve attempt. Sowle had four aces and also handed out seven assists. "I'm very excited about how I played," Sowle said. She added that she hasn't had that many serves in a row since junior high, when she served all 25 points in one game. "Not only did Miranda get the four aces, but her team rallied behind her quite well," Brehmeyer said. The girls looked real good." Brehmeyer said she has seen Sowle's serving percentage that high before, but not her number of serves in a row. The victory fell right in the middle of a two-week, five-match stretch, during which Mary M. Knight went 2-3. On Oct. 14, Lake Quinault defeated the Lady Owls 25-19, 25-17, 25-19. Mary M. Knight then beat Oakville 25- 9, 25-23, 25-9 on Oct. 15. Following the victory against Wishkah, Centralia defeated the Lady Owls 25-18, 25-16, 25-16. "It was a rough night," Brehmeyer said about the Centralia game. "No matter how hard the girls tried, they continued to make individual errors that led to frustra- tion on the floor." Senior Jessica Jimenez led the team, serving 13-of-13 with four digs, while Sowle served 13-of-15 with two aces, three kills and five assists. Finally, on Oct. 23, Naselle defeated Mary M. Knight 25-23, 25-17, 25-16. "The entire team stepped it up," Breh- meyer said. "All girls were mentally ready to play and it showed in their hustle. They also worked hard and supported each other throughout the match." Sowle served 16-of-18 with three aces, four kills, five assists and six digs, while senior Ashlin Fries served 8-of-9 with sev- en digs. "Naselle is a hard-hitting team, but we had great digs and good ball control," Breh- meyer said. "We never let up our intensity. Even though we lost the match, the girls played well and with heart." The Lady Owls (8-6) were scheduled to play their final regular season match last night at Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey. The 1B Southwest District IV tourna- ment is scheduled to begin Tuesday, but Mary M. Knight's first match has not yet been scheduled. By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncounty com Seven of the eight Shelton girls swimmers at last week's 3A Narrows League champi- onship have advanced to the 3A West Central District III Championship. "The girls were pleased with most of their swims, from what I saw," co-head coach Chad Youngquist said. "We have not yet reached our potential, though, and I see us dropping much more time at districts." Individually, three swim- mers advanced from the league championship Oct. 23 and Fri- day at Mount Tahoma to dis- tricts. Senior Hannah Womer took third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.75 seconds. Womer also finished the 100- yard breaststroke in second place with a time of 1:15.06. "Hannah Womer was our best performer overall," Youngquist said. "She dropped significant time and is looking better going into districts." Junior Bobbi Hanner fin- ished the 50-yard freestyle in ninth place in 28.23. Junior Megan Jacobsen also advanced individually. She fin- ished the 100-yard freestyle in fifth place in 1:00.56. The three girls will join Han- nah Oliver, Becky Gonella, Na- tasha Howard and Ivie Redman for the relay events at districts. "We need to tighten up our turns and practice our high- speed technique," Youngquist said. To accomplish those goals, he said the team will swim with bungie cords for speed work and watch videos of the relays to help work on flip turns. The district championships start Nov. 7 and continue Nov. 8 at Hazen High School in Renton.