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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 Former assistant takes over as NMHS girls basketball coach By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncoun com Don Farrell might be the new North Mason girls basket- ball coach, but he's not a new face in the school gym. FarreU, 51, was the assistant coach for the past two years under former head coach Dave Hawkins. "Basket- balrs a pas- sion of mine," Farrell said. "I live in this community and I want to keep build- Farrell ing the pro- gram Dave's set the groundwork for." Hawkins left; North Mason last month after accepting a coaching position at Peninsula High School, FarreU said. Farrell has 15 years of previ- ous experience as a head coach. Before being Hawkins' assis- ecute everything they do prop- this league," Farrell said. rant, Farrell was the Klahowya erly, from arriving on time to Outside of basketball, he head girls basketball coach for practicing drills, works as a vocational rehabili- five years. He was also the head "I feel Fm not coaching if tation counselor for the state of coach for the boys and girls ju- I'm not critiquing and assisting Washington. nior high teams at Hawkins with the goal of getting better," "I work with the disabled Middle School for 10 years.Farrell said. population to get back to work FarreU said although he's Farrell grew up in Northernor get first jobs if they're stu- now the Lady Bulldogs' headIllinois, where he played bas- dents,"he said. coach, he doesn't view the pro- ketball from "the time he could FarreU said he's a believer in gram as his. walk" through high school, he team sports. "It's our program in this said. "I think they teach skills community," he said. "We can't "I plan to set high standards that will benefit our athletes in change the direction by our- for the current high schoolfuture careers in life," he said. selves." teams, but also to work with the "They teach skills (athletes) can Farrell described himself as peewees and middle school pro- use throughout life. The more a disciplined coach, meaning grams to teach what it means to prepared you are, the better off that he expects the girls to ex- play competitive basketball in youll be." By EMILY HANSON emi @masoncounty, com Don Farrell likes what he's seeing from the North Mason girls bas- ketball team. The first-year head coach said the girls are progressing as they learn three new coaches' styles. "So far, we're focus- ing on basics and condi- tioning but the girls are giving an all-out effort," Farrell said. With 20 girls at try- outs, Farrell said heql have varsity and junior varsity squads with 10 girls each, including six seniors: Mikaela Shu- maker, Quincy Satran, Jen Beattie, Samantha Leaptrot, Katie Clifford and Danni Willy. "With new coaches, everything will get better with time," Farrell said. The Lady Bulldogs went 2-17 last season. Joining him as assis- ......... tant coaches are Frank mer to work with the Lopez, a former NMHS team. girls basketball coach, "It always helps to and Stephanie Zamu- have the summer," Far- dio, a2011 North Mason rell said. "It's difficult alumna and former girls with just two weeks to basketbaUplayer, get better before you Farrell said one dif- start playing games." ficulty he's facing is that Farrell said the he didn't have the sum- team's strength is its experience. "A couple seniors have played varsity since their freshman years, but there's a learning curve, too," he said. Farrell wants the girls to improve at playing man-to-man defense and said he likes to play zone also. One aspect of the girls basketball program that Farrell likes is the in- coming freshman class. "Our freshman group is looking really good. You can tell their basket- ball IQ is pretty high," he said. "They have a knowledge of the game and they're very competi- tive with what they do." Finally, Farrell said he thinks the team's for- tunate to have Zamudio as an assistant coach. "Stephanie's played here and at the next level. Her relating to the girls will come in handy as we start to build," Far- rell said. North Mason senior toward the hoop Nov. practice. Journal photo by Emily Hanson Mikaela Shumaker heads 20 during a scrimmage at II season By EMILY HANSON emi /@masoncounOz, com Aaron Leth is more con- fident about the Shelton varsity girls basketball team than he's ever been. Beginning his fourth season as the head coach, Leth said he fully expects to see the Lady High- climbers compote at the 3A West Central District HI tournament in March. "Nothing will come easy, but we have the talent, the size and the speed," Leth said. "The great thing is the major- ity of our experience will come back next year." The varsity squad has three returning seniors from last yea~s 4-16 season: fourtb-year Twana Mach- ado, second-year Jessica Johnson and Kiana Wily, who played as a sophomore. Senior Kennedy O'Connor turned out for the first time this winter. Joining the seniors are returning juniors Aurora Gouley and Ella Pinter, plus Kiara Budge, who started six varsity games as a freshman. Leth is excited about a new Shelton athlete. Sophomore Paige John- son transferred from Ab- erdeen, where she started as a freshman. Paige Johnson is 5 feet 11 inch- es, Leth said. "All of our posts are about 5'10, but they're strong," the coach added. "I'm expecting nothing less than going to districts." He said the team has four posts who can jump and smack the backboard this season, something the Lady Highclimbers haven't had in the past three years. "That's pretty good," Leth said. "We will try to focus on using our posts this year. Well run a mo- tion offense. I want to try All The Fun? .... tn Di,,i,,# : Entertainment Listings/ To Advertise call 426-4412 Mason County to get Paige converted to a forward that can handle the ball on the perimeter." Leth said this is the strongest varsity team Shelton has had in the past four years, adding that the girls played well at summer camp. "We played North Thurston three times at camp," Leth said. "The first time, we lost by 1 point in double overtime. The second time, we lost by 2 in overtime. The third time, we beat them by 15 points. 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