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Thursday, Dec. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com For Tyler Speaks to have a successful college basketball career, he knows what he has to do. "I want to (play in) com- munity college first so I can get bigger and stronger and then transfer to a Division I or II school," the Shelton High School senior said. Speaks, 17, began play- ing basketball in third grade through the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department. He said he's stuck with the sport for a simple reason. "I love it," Speaks said. "It is relaxing for me and I'm passionate about it." The highs and lows Speaks of basket- ball drive Speaks' passion for it, he add- ed. At 6 feet 4 inches tall, Speaks is one of the tallest Highclimbers this season, but he said he's not strong enough to play at a Division I or II school yet. "Being stronger will help with my game and my moves," Speaks said. "I've been lifting weights at 5 a.m. most morn- ings." Although the Shelton boys team hasn't had much suc- cess during the three years of Speaks' career there, he said he doesn't mind. "I'm just happy to play," Speaks said. "The winning and losing will come. My goal is to play in college, so that keeps me going." Speaks is looking into play- ing for Pierce College in Lake- wood next year, but said his dream school is playing at ei- ther Ohio State or the Univer- sity of Washington. "Growing up, they've been my two favorite teams," Speaks explained. "Both also reach March Madness (the NCAA Tournament) pretty consistently." Although Speaks knows he wants to play basketball at the college level, he said playing professionally would be nice, but is a stretch. "I could maybe play over- seas if I decide I want to," he said. While in college, Speaks plans to study engineering. He said he'll most likely go into electrical engineering. "I just want to help out the community and engineering is something I'm interested in," he said. The 3.6 GPA student is taking physics this year, which will help give him a base of knowledge when he begins his engineering class- es, he said. When Speaks isn't in school or playing basketball, he said he enjoys fishing in the sum- mer and hunting in the fall. "This year, I shot my first big buck," he said with a smile. "It was a 2-by-3 black doe." RI 12 inch IIOB ...that we use the finest materials and craftsmanship on all the jobs we do. Or that we've been serving Western Washington for over 55 years. You Know that you've got her covered and that the roof over your heads will give years of trouble free protection from the elements while increasing the value of your home. RE-ROOFING REPAIRS ,ROOF CLEANINGS SKYLIGHTS & SOLAR TUBES VINYL WINDOW REPLACEMENT HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING DECKS CALL NOW for your FREE ESTIMATE! 0% Financing Available O.A.C. 427-8611 1131.111/. Kamilche Lane,. Just off Hwy 101 I I I I