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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 Shelton senior Tyler practice. Speaks Journal photo by Emily Hanson attempts a shot Friday during 5helton boys basketball hopes to turn things around By EMILY HANSON emi /@masoncoun com Before Derrick Pringle left the locker room for the Shelton boys basketball team's practice Friday, the boys were already in the Mini Dome, with the seniors leading the stretches. That's what the first-year head coach has come to expect from the Highclimbers. "They're hungry," Pringle said. "They've been getting here before I do. They're excited. It's not going to be easy for us ... but we're taking it one game at a time." Al r last year's 0-20 season, the Climbers want to bring pride back to Shelton, Pringle said. "Our goal is to be all-in for our team, our community and our school," he said. "We l be up-tempo and push the ball. We'll pressure the ball and force turnovers. We want to let our defense be our offense." To accomplish that goal, Pringle said he plans to have the Highclimbers push down the court and score on fast breaks. Varsity schedule the Mini Dome Jan. 7-- 7 p.m. at North Thurston Dec. 1 -- 7 p.m. at Clover Park Jan. 9 -- 7 p.m. vs. Lincoln in the Dec. 3 -- 7 p.m. vs. Hoquiam in the Mini Dome Mini Dome Jan. 14-- 7 p.m. at Foss Dec. 5 -- 7p.m. at Aberdeen Jan. 16 -- 7 p.m. at Capital Dec. 8 -- 7 p.m. at Bremerton Jan. 21 -- 7 p.m. vs. Wilson in the De(. 10-- 7 p.m. at Wilson Mini Dome Dec. 12 -- 7 p.m. vs. Capital in the Jan. 23 -- 7 p.m. at Central Kitsap Mini Dome Jan. 28 -- 7 p.m. vs. Mount Tahoma Dec. 17-- 7 p.m. at Mount Tahoma inthe Mini Dome Dec. 19 -- 7 p.m. vs. Central Kitsap Jan. 30 -- 7 p.m. at Lincoln in the Mini Dome Feb. 4 -- 7 p.m. vs. North Thurston Dec. 22 -- 7 p.m. vs. North Mason in in the Mini Dome the Mini Dome Feb. 6 -- 7 p.m. vs. Foss in the Mini Jan. 5 -- 7 p.m. vs. River Ridge in Dome "It saves energy by not run- "Tyler will be our leader," ning offensive sets," he added. Pringle predicted. "I-Ie's stronger "We're going to have to tweak and more confident with the ball." our offense so everybody can He said Scott matured into contribute and be a part of it." a strong guard during the sum- The team is split about half- mer season and that sophomore and-half with returning varsity Marshall McCullongh, who players, was jtmior varsity last year, is Seniors Tyler Speaks and "lightning quick and plays good Mitchell DeAndre return from defense." last year to lead the team, along "We don't have a lot of with seniors Angus Carpenter height," Pringle said. "That's our and Trenton Woodward, who weakness. We'll have to box out played junior varsity last year. and be aggressive with the ball." Juniors Kevin Scott and Pringle said the team's main Andrew Cruse and sophomore goal is to erase the past three sea- Kobe Bogh return from varsity sons and start a strong founda- last winter, tion for the future of the program. By EMILY HANSON emity@masoncoun com Steve Hackett got bad news on the North Mason boys basketball team's fourth day of practice. Senior Matt Boka had torn his ACL and would be out for the season. The announcement after the coach was already planning for a sea- son without senior Davontea Davenport, who had injured his knee during football season and would also be out this year. "We had a meeting with the guys and I think we'll be OK," Hackett said. "Ob- viol, it's a big blow to the team, but were pretty guard heavy and hopefully they can step up and fill those holes." Both started last season and were strong defensive players. DespiSe the losses, Hackett said he's excited about the varsity team he's got in his fifth year heading the program. "They're hungry and working hard," he said. "The upper classmen are leading and the older guys are stepping up well." Even with Boka and Davenport gone, Hackett has five seniors on the varsity roster: Daniel Burggraaf, Hunter Hohm- ann, Dustin Pope, Nick Vatour and Co- rey Allen. All but Allen return to varsity from last year's 6-14 season. "I think Burggraaf and (junior Matt) Becker will be leaned on heavily and will respond well," Hackett said. "I think Corey will surprise the (2A Olympic League) a bit. He's got some athleticism." Journal photo by Emily Hanson North Mason senior Daniel Burggraaf makes a jump shot Nov. 20 during practice. Offensively, Hackett said the team will be high tempo and work to take ad- vantage of its guards. "Our goal is to be strong and aggres- sive," Hackett said. "We try to pick up the defensive pressure with the press and hopehtlly well get some easy buck- ets that way." Varsity schedule Nov. 29- North Mason basketball jamboree; time to be determined Dec. 2 -- 7 p.m. vs. Klahowya Dec. 5 -- 7 p.m. vs. Chimacum Dec. 8 -- 7 p.m. vs. Aberdeen Dec. 12 -- 7:30 p.m. at Crosspoint Academy Dec. 15 -- 7 p.m. at Klahowya Dec. 17 -- 7 p.m. vs. Port Angeles Dec. 19-- 7 p.m. at North Kitsap Dec. 22 -- 7 p.m. at Shelton Jan. 6 -- 7 p.m. vs. Sequim Jan. 9 -- 7 p.m at Bremerton Jan. 12 -- 7 p.m. at Kingston Jan. 14-- 7 p.m. vs. Olympic Jan. 16 -- 7 p.m. vs. Port Townsend Jan. 20 -- 7 p.m. at Port Angeles Jan. 23 -- 7 p.m. vs. North Kitsap Jan. 27 -- 7 p.m. at Sequim Jan. 30-- 7 p.m. vs. Bremerton Feb. 3 -- 7 p.m. vs. Kingston Feb. 6-- 7 p.m. at Olympic with a catchy display ad in 4 It's hard to believe that you're turning 80! Love, The Kids Have a Great Birthday Sony --Mom & Dad