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11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-1 Shelton girls face Aberdeen Shelton boys battle Hoquiam page B-6 page B-4 Swimmers qualify for post-season during after schedulechange By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, com Shelton didn't let a last-second forfeit keep it out of the pool last week. On Dec. 41 the Shelton boys swim team was supposed to com- pete at Lincoln, but the Abes had just two eligible swimmers, so that meet was forfeited to the High- climbers. Faced with the prospect of hav- ing another practice rather than a meet, co-head coaches Chad Youngquist and Rob Phelan called Timberline to see if the Blazers could squeeze another school into their already scheduled meet. They could. That's how the Highclimbers ended up swimming at Timberline against the Blazers and Steila- coom -- the third-place team at the 2A WIAA State Boys Swim Cham- ~pionship last year. "It's counted as a meet for Shelton, but not for the other two schools," Youngquist said. ,It was essentially a time trial for us." The Highclimbers made their times count. Two of the relay teams qualified for the 3A West Central District III Championship, while one individu- al swimmer also qualified. Additionally, six Shelton swim- mers qualified for the 3A Narrows League Championship. The most impressive time came from the 200-yard freestyle relay team. Zach Netzel, Jon Netzel, Luke Netzel and Harrison MacA- levy won the event in 1 minute, 39.15 seconds to qualify for dis- tricts. The team's time was about 6 seconds off of the 3A WIAA State Boys Swim Championship qualify- ing time of 1:33.50. "It was a really good competi- tion," Youngquist said. The 200-yard medley relay team -- Dalton Green, Ryan Taylor, Jon Netzel and MacAlevy -- qualified for districts in 1:53.91. MacAlevy also qualified for dis- tricts in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:21.34. League-qualifying swimmers were: Dalton Green, 2:10.45 in the 200-yard freestyle and 1:07.45 in the 100-yard backstroke; R Ryan Youngquist, 2:13.69 in the 200-yard freestyle and 1:13.03 in the 100-yard butterfly; Brayden Ordonez, 2:39.75 in the 200-yard individual medley and 1:20.84 in the 100-yard breast- stroke; Alec Dodge, 2:45.54 in the in- dividual medley and 1:07.81 in the butterfly; Jacob Schreiber, 1:14.90 in the backstroke; and Taylor Toney, 1:16.66 in the breaststroke. Journal photos by Emily Hanson TOP: North Mason freshman Trey Fisher lines up a free throw Dec. 2 during the Bulldogs' home game against Klahowya. North Mason takes out Klahowya, Chimacum By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, com The North Mason boys basketball team's Dec. 2 victory is a testament to the team's heart, Steve Hackett said. "It's a compliment to your heart when you can carve out a victory like that," the head coach added. The Bulldogs defeated Klahowya 56-52 in Bel- fair, coming from behind late in the third quarter. Near the beginning of the fourth quarter, Klahowya took a 42-40 lead and from there, the teams traded the lead until the final two min- utes. "We didn't play well at all for three and a half quarters, but we turned it on in the last couple of minutes to get out a victory," Hackett said. The Bulldogs strug- gled rebounding and shooting well. "Klahowya ran a nice zone against us and we had a hard time against it," Hackett said. "We couldn't knock down the open shots when we had them." Junior Matt Becker led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Dault b Geyer scored 14 points. Freshman Trey Fisher added 11 points. Senior Daniel Burggraaf con- tributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. The victory came one night after North Mason lost 80-76 to Hoquiam in what Hackett described as "a really good game." "It was the best of- fensive game we've since I've been a coach here," Hackett added. "When you score 76 points, you should win 90 percent of the time." Becker led the team with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven as- sists, while Geyer put up 21 points and Fisher con- tributed 12 points. "I thought the guys played really well," Hackett said. "Obvi- ously, we needed to get some stops on defense, though." North Mason ended its week with a 77-64 home victory against Chimacum on Friday. "I was very proud of our effort," Hackett said. "We played a solid 32 minutes, especially offensively. It's always nice when we can get our offense going and 77 points was very nice to see." As a team, the Bull- dogs made 11 3-pointers: Becker made five, Geyer hit four and sophomore Kevin Burrell-Briggs poured in two. Becker once again led the team, this time with 26 points, eight re- bounds and nine assists, while Burggraaf made 11 points and 14 rebounds. Geyer contributed 12 points and senior Hunt- er Hohmann added 10 points. "We still need to work on locking the other team up a little better on defense," Hackett said. "Chimacum was big. They started three North Mason senior Hunter Hohmann attempts a jump shot. guys who were 6 foot 4 or taller, so we knew we were going to have our hands full inside, but I thought we did a good job rebounding." He said defensive ad- justments made in the second half helped North Mason to pull ahead. "We are going to keep working on some defen- sive things and hopefully our offense stays hot," Hackett said. The Bulldogs (2-1) are scheduled to play next at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Crosspoint Academy in Bremerton.