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Page B-4 - Mason County Journal - continued from page B-3 That's not the point here, though. The point is that the Shelton fans voiced their enthusiasm. I haven't thought they cared in at least two years, and frankly, didn't think they cared a whole lot until Speaks was called for travel- ing. Shelton games can usually be described as quiet. I've covered games where I could hear the shoes scuffing against the gym floor. Fans sit on the bleachers and don't make a spectacle. At best, they can be described as re- spectful of all athletes playing. At worst, they can be described as nonchalant. In comparison, the crowd at the North Mason boys basketball game Dec. 2 was rowdy. A group of high school students stood in their section of the stands and made themselves heard. They chanted, "You can't do that" when Klahowya players were called for fouls. They cried out "boo" when Bull- dogs were given what they consid- ered bad calls, with one student leading the group and directing them: "One more time!" The Bulldogs have a voice in their gym. The Shelton contest was the first time in many games when I thought the same of the High- climbers. Being respectful is an admi- rable quality. I'm not saying fans should be belligerent and outrightly rude to the opposing team's players. But it would be nice to hear a more vocal crowd supporting Shelton's efforts. I hope Dec. 3's game will not prove to be an anomaly. Thursday, Dec. 11,2014 Highdimbers work to correct little things By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, com Shelton nearly had the game. With 8 seconds remaining, the High- climbers led 55-53 against Hoquiam on Dec. 3 in the Mini Dome. With the crowd standing and cheer- ing, Hoquiam downed one more shot to tie the game at 55. But after the dust settled in overtime, the Grizzlies came out on top, 70-64. "If we can put that second half in the first half, we won't have a problem," Shelton first-year head coach Derrick Pringle said. He said the Highclimbers came out flat in the first half. At halftime, Ho- quiam led 31-18. But Shelton outscored Hoquiam 24- 14 in the third quarter to close to within three points of the Grizzlies. A 3-point shot from junior Kevin Scott with 2 minutes, 15 seconds left in the third quarter gave Shelton a 39-37 advantage. From there, the teams traded the lead until overtime. Senior Mitchell DeAndre led the Highclimbers with 24 points, while se- nior Trenton Woodard scored 11 points. Drew Cruse contributed 10 points. Pringle said he told the Highclimb- ers during halftime to be the team they'd been Dec. 1, when they played at Clover Park. "Clover Park was a whole lot better (than Hoquiam) and we played phe- nomenal defense," Pringle said. "I told them to be the team from (Dec. 1). I told them if we could do that at Clover Park, we can play with anybody." Clover Park defeated Shelton 75-56. "Both games were lost in the last 4 minutes," Pringle said. "Clover Park is a good team, it was a good judging stick for the direction the program is going." Against Clover Park, senior Ty- ler Speaks led Shelton with 20 points, Shelton senior Tyler Speaks attempts home game against Hoquiam. while Cruse scored 13 and Woodard added 10. Shelton finished its week with an 83- 74 loss Friday night at Aberdeen. Shelton came back from a 15-point deficit to take the lead late in the game. "They played hard for 32 minutes, but three key turnovers cost us the game," he added. Speaks again led the team with 20 points, while Woodard scored 18, DeAn- dre contributed 13 and Cruse added 10. "The team is exactly where I want it to be as far as playing with the freedom to create scoring opportunities and play Journal photo by Emily Hanson a layin Dec, 3 during the Highclimbers' very well on defense," Pringle said. "We are starting to play as a unit and that is most important right now." He said Shelton needs to continue to correct the little things -- limit turn- overs, made better passes -- and take care of every possession. "These boys have been through a lot the past three years and they are finally coming together as a family and team," Pringle said. "I'm very proud of them af- ter this first week." Shelton (0-3) plays at 7 p.m. tomor- row at home against Capital in the Mini Dome. a By EMILY HANSON emi y@masoncountF com Two Sheitenwrestlers Saturday reached the cham- pionship round of their first tournament of the season. C rcia and junior James Bragg both pla-c l second at the John Birbeck Invitational. : ia, at 170 pounds, went 3-1, while Sragg, at 195, went aider their respective championship matches. ,rvin:: e the finals with two great wins early in :the tournamerit, head coach Chris Lacy said. "Irvin al- added a lot of technique this season." He said Bragg -- who began wrestling for the first time three weeks ago -- was impressive in both of his matches. "James is like a sponge and learns very quickly," Lacy added. "He also hits his techniques with a lot of authority." Three other Shelton wrestlers finished among the top five in their weight classes. Junior Michael Hackler (182) went 2-1 for third, while senior John Parson (220) went 2-1 for third. a great day," Lacy said. Senior Benny Olivas was Shelton's last wrestler to place at the tournament. Olivas took fifth in the 160-pound weight class. "Benny wrestled great in all of his matches," Lacy said. "We wrestled four very talented and experienced athletes. He was dominant from the neutral position and earned many high level takedowns." While the boys wrestled at Timberline, assistant coach Chris Frazier supervised the girls wrestling team at the Jump On In Tournament on Saturday at Yelm. ways seems to come out on top in scrambles and has "Michael was giving up nearly 10 pounds at 182," Amy Gilliland wrestled at 125 pounds, while Lindsey Lacy said. "His best match of the day may have been Corey competed at 140 and Isabel Del Bosque at 155. his loss in the semifinals. Michael was very aggressive All three girls went 0-2. and explosive." "The girls wrestled better in their second matches He said Parsons was successful as a youth wrestler, and all got better," Frazier said. but hasn't competed in six years. The Highclimbers wrestle at 7 p.m. tonight against "we are very fortunate to have him back and he had Wilson in the Mini Dome. II I1 IHIII:,&TINi :' N,, We del,ver " " " 1 - = v -- I)) We carry kerosene. Located at Sanderson I@ Industrial Park (tl