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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK S e d h e ) S S )f n 1 0 d i- d A l- I, )f n ,y By EMILY HANSON emi!y@masoncounty corn Darius Burke lives life by one main philosophy. "Without time, you can't work or make money," Burke said. "For everybody, time is the No. 1 resource." The Shelton senior uses his time wisely. As a junior, he earned 33 college credits taking classes through Running Start at Olympic College Shelton. In June, he'll graduate about three-quarters of the way toward earning his pilot's license. Between these intensive programs, Burke also runs cross-country for the High- climbers, competes on the SHS track and field team, plays boys rugby 7s in the summer and does volunteer work for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter-day Saints, as well as for other churches. "Sometimes, I feel over- scheduled so Ill cut things out, but most of the time it's doable," Burke said. Burke began competing in cross-country as a freshman after he ran track in eighth grade. "The coach noticed me and (teammate) Chris Frost and said we should come out for cross-country," he said. "It's a lot of fun. I like running in the rain because it's more se- rene." While racing through all weather except lightning doesn't appeal to everyone, Burke said the drive to suc- ceed is what keeps him going. He said that if he doesn't race in the events with bad weath- er and terrible conditions, he's cheating himself the chance to grow as a runner and cheating his competition the chance to race against him. "I always want to get a fast- er time," Burke added. Burke said he's hoping to receive college scholarships for cross-country, track and field or both. He said he'll most likely finish his associate of arts de- gree at Olympic College and then transfer to a four-year university. His top choice in Washington is Central Wash- ington University. "CWU has a really good flight program," Burke said. "And Alaska Airlines hires right out of there." Burke took his first flying lesson before he tried driving a car. "Flying is amazing," he said. "I don't think there's anything better. You can go anywhere and see everything. You're doing something man was not meant to do." He said one of his favor- Darius Burke School: Shelton High School Fall sport: Cross-country Favorite superhero: The Flash Favorite ice cream: Cookies and cream Role model: "My grandpa. He's the kind of person I want to be. He's a really good man." Burke If you could turn Mto anything that flies, what would you choose and why?. "I'd want to stay myself, but I'd like to have wings, like (Warren Worthington III, a.k.a. Angel or Archangel) from 'X-Men.'" ite parts about flying a plane is when he glides the wing through a cloud. "It's like slicing your arm through water," he said. "It's a really cool feeling." North Mason freshman Dawn Phipps kicks the ball past a Kingston defender Oct. 27 in Kingston. Journal photo by Ron Quinn By EMILY HANSON emi @masoncoun com Postseason play has eluded the North Mason girls soccer team for nearly a decade. Except this year. On the Lady Bulldogs' senior night Oct. 28, the team defeated Port Angeles 3-2 to secure its berth to the 2A West Central District tournament, ending that streak. In 2007, the Lady Bulldogs were the 2A Olympic League champions. Every season since then, the team has failed to reach the play- offs. "Senior night at home, we were hungry to win," head coach Mitchell James said. "We had a lot of people there watching and many of the girls wanted to rely on our team making the decision whether we go to playoffs, rather than waiting on other results." Sophomore Alyson Stites, junior Raven Wolfe and junior Tegan Daviscourt scored for North Mason, As the team continues on, James predicted a stronger show- ing. "We are going to play much better now during the playoffs and go as far as we can while us- ing this as a platform to build on for 2015," he said. With just three seniors and four juniors, the team is com- posed mostly of underclassmen this season. "None of these girls have taken part in playoffs before, so this was a big thing for them," James said. "We have a very young team, so getting to the playoffs is a good experience for the younger play- ers going into next season." The victory against Port An- geles came the day after Kings- ton defeated North Mason 1-0 in overtime. Then, on Oct. 30, Port Angeles beat the Lady Bulldogs 4-0. "When we play away from home, we struggle," James said. The Lady Bulldogs (7-8-1) were scheduled to play in the first round of districts Tuesday night against Orting at North Kitsap High School. continued from page B-1 didn't make the cut, she never hesitated, she just said, 'That's OK because Caitlyn made it.' The rest of the girls all seemed the same. They were so happy for their teammate even though their season was over." North Mason junior Jeremiah Lambert qualified at the league tournament to compete at dis- tricts, but fell ill on Oct. 30. "By Saturday, Jeremiah was miserable," McCarty said. "He tried to compete, but he just couldn't breathe well enough and had to drop out shortly after the race start- ed. He is a junior, so he~l have an- other chance at it next year, but he was understandably devastated." McCarty said Lambert worked hard this season and was an ex- cellent example for the team. "Everyone on the team was really upset about it, as every- one figured he was a shoe-in for state," McCarty said. "He is a re- ally tough kid, though, and by the time we were back home, he was already determined to get back to work as soon as possible to be ready for track." continued from page B- 1 Gregg Furumasu of Hazen, the eventu- al district champion, defeated Demattos 6-1, 6:1 in the second round. From there, Demat- tos moved into the consolation bracket, where he beat Adrian Tong of Auburn River- side 6-2, 6-0 and Zack Thompkins of Prairie 6-3, 6-4. In his final match of the tournament, Demat- tos lost 6-0, 6-0 to Zay- lan Jacobsen of Sumner, the No. 5 player at the tournament. "It is very difficult to stay motivated and driven to win when you know you have to win three or four more matches to make it to state after already playing two," head coach John Perry said. "But Justin did just that and battled his way into the backside finals, where he played extremely well but was beaten by one of the most consistent play- ers I have seen in a while." Demattos was the highest-placing 3A Nar- rows League player at districts, finishing one spot ahead of Mount Ta- homa's Janrick Peros. Peros defeated Demat- tos the week before to win the league champi- onship. Demattos said he was proud of finishing ahead of Peros. "I couldn't believe it actually happened, but it felt good," he added. For Demattos to play at the state tournament in May, one of the top five players would have to drop out. He said he's heard of boys dropping out of the tournament because they sustain in- jury during a winter or spring sport or have a conflict with the spring sport championship sea- son. "I hope I have a shot at playing, but I'm not sure," Demat- tos said. He added that he plans to stay in top shape by playing tennis this winter at the Capi- tal City Tennis Center in Tumwater. "Coach Perry said he'd let me know about tennis things as he hears about them," De- mattos said. "I'm going to try to be the girls' team manager in the spring, too." The Shelton No. 1 doubles team also com- peted at districts. Dan- ny Dracobly and Troy Krumpols went 1-2 at the tournament. "Danny and Troy had a tough draw and had to play a-returning state qualifying team," Perry said. "They end- ed up winning one on the left side of the draw before being put out by a very steady Sumner team." Perry said he thought all three Shelton boys performed well at dis- tricts. "I was very proud of our guys," he added.