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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page B-1 SHS volleyball competes at league tourney page B-4 North Mason football prepares for playoffs page B-6 LL Mary M. Knight eighth-grader Jason Kenyon runs back a kickoff return Saturday during the Knight Wishram. The Knight Owls lost their final game of the season 56-32. For thestory, see page B-6. Journal photo by Emily Hanson Owls' home game against Lyle- ATHLETES ON TO STATE North Mason girl snags last state slot By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncountg com Caitlyn Mead will represent North Mason cross-country at the 2A WIAA State Championship this weekend. The senior snagged the final state slot Saturday at the 2A Westside Classic -- the West Central Dis- trict III Championship -- at American Lake Golf Course in Ameri- can Lake. She finished the 5,000-meter race in 21 minutes, 21.28 Mead seconds, fast enough for 30th place. "Caitlyn Mead made the cut at No. 30. Sadly her sister, (junior) Joanna, fin- ished just behind her in 31st and didn't make it," head coach Bill McCarty said. "They were running 29th and 30th un- til the last 100 yards when they were passed, ending up in 30th and 31st." Caitlyn Mead will compete at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. As a team, the North Mason girls ad- vanced from the league tournament last month to districts, but didn't run well enough to advance to state. "Myself and assistant coach Amy Al- len couldn't be prouder of the girls team, as they bonded and got closer and more team-like as the season progressed," McCarty said. "They supported and en- couraged each other and really seemed to have a great time as a team. I think the coolest thing I heard was when Jo- anna Mead found out she was 31st and see BULLDOGS, page B-5 By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com It took all of Darius Burke's resolve to reach the 3A WIAA State Boys Cross- country Championship. But the Shelton senior dug deep Sat- urday at the 3A Westside Classic -- the West Central District III Champion- ship at American Lake Golf Course in American Lake -- to place among the top 25 boys and advance to state. Burke finished the 5,000-meter race in 17 minutes, 0.38 seconds, fast enough for 19th place. "Darius was in the 26th place with 500 meters to go and was offthe back of the state-qualifying pack," head coach John Johnson said. "Darius was able to summon all of his resources to get back on the pack and showed a ton of resolve to get into position to kick his way to the state championship." He was the only Shelton runner to qualify for state. "As a coach, participant and fan of the sport, it was brilliant to watch Darius dig deep and find something more," Johnson said. "The kids are re- ally hurting at that point in the race. Some of them actually run themselves into unconsciousness. It takes a hungry athlete to push through the pain, but a state berth is worth it." Burke will race at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. "It will be a fun weekend," Johnson said. "The state meet can really bring out the best in a kid and Darius is re- laxed, confident and in great shape., Although the boys team didn't ad- vance to state with Burke, Johnson said they gave solid efforts and enjoyed the experience of competing at districts. % it was b[iHiaat ta watch #arias dig deep and find something more" John Johnson, SHS head cross-country coach "We weren't good enough to advance on the guys side this year and we knew that going in," Johnson said. "It is just an awesome group of young men; really enjoyable to coach. We are building for the future." The Shelton girls-team was disap- pointed with its performance, Johnson said. Although the girls finished third at the 3A Narrows League Championship the week before, the Shelton girls took 13th place among 14 teams at districts and didn't advance to state. "They are a much better team than the results indicate," Johnson said. "They didn't race well when it mattered most this year." Junior Courtney Burke led the girls, finishing in 21:31.49 for 38th place. Only the top 25 runners advanced in- dividually. "Looking ahead to next season, we return every girl," Johnson said. "I need to look at what I'm doing as the head coach, from the summer program to the training sessions to the race plans. This is the best team of young women runners we have ever assembled and developed here, so we will all be talk- ing about what we can do to help them accomplish their goals." Shelton senior 6th at districts By EMILY HANSON emi y@masoncounty, com Justin Demattos has a busy winter and spring ahead of him. The Shelton senior has to stay in top tennis shape after finishing sixth at the 3A West Central District III Tournament last week. Demattos went 3-2 at the tournament. Demattos His sixth- place finish put him in the No. 1 alternate slot to the 3A WIAA State Boys Tennis Championship, which won't be played until May 29 and 30 at the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick. Although Demattos original- ly thought the top seven play- ers at districts qualify for state, he said he was OK with being the first alternate. "The top five guys were sol- id, Demattos said. "I played the No. 1 and No. 5 guys and got killed both times. Sixth isn't bad in singles, especially because I didn't expect to play singles at all this year." In the first round of districts --Friday at Sprinker Tennis Center in Spanaway -- De- mattes defeated Andre Judd of Lakes 6-2, 6-2. see CUMBERS, page B-5