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Page B-6 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Dec. 11,2014 North Mason seniorwrestler finishes first "It asn't the pre est he went By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncoun com Tyler Grewell started his senior wrestling sea- son with North Mason off right last week. Grewell, who wrestles at 182 pounds, placed first at the Aberdeen Kickoff Tournament. He was the only Bulldogs to win his weight bracket. The first-place fin- ish came two days after Grewell came away vic- torious in his first dual match of the season. On Dec. 4, Grewell defeated Port Angeles' Evan Gallacci by deci- sion 1-0. "Tyler got through his defensive battle and shook some rust offto get his win," head coach Bill McCarty said after the Port Angeles match. "It wasn't the prettiest win, but he went 6 minutes and that is a good way to start the season." As a team, the Bull- dogs finished fourth at the tournament Satur- day, but lost 49-24 at Port Angeles. "This was the first tourney of the season and there were some ner- vous kids making some mistakes, but everyone fought tough and we did a good job of correcting some of the mistakes from (Dec. 4)," McCarty said. In the tournament the Bulldogs were missing a couple of varsity wres- tiers because they were taking the SAT. Junior varsity wrestlers filled a few spots and North Mason didn't have wres- tiers for a couple of other weight classes. Grewell wasn't the only Bulldog to have suc- cess at the tournament. Niko Ramirez, at 285 pounds, took second, as 6 mi tes geo way to Bill McCarty, NMHS head wrestling coach did Cole Rinehart (170), Joe Buxton (195) and Colton Peterson (132). Colton Harmon placed third at 106 pounds. Finally, Eugene Ma- cero (145) and Jackson Odette (160) took fifth. "Most of our problems come from being such a young team and as they start to figure things out, we will just keep getting better," McCarty said. "This was a fine job by the wrestlers of moving forward and improving." Against Port Angeles, four other Bulldogs won their matches. Harmon pinned Nate Harrelson in 1 minute, 10 seconds. At 138 pounds, Jahrett Schiemer defeat- ed Branden Currie by de- cision, 7-5. Rinehart pinned Jesse Salgado in 1:46. Finally, Connor Lun- dberg, at 220 pounds, pinned Terry Spencer in 42 seconds. "This match hap- pened so early in the sea- son that we just weren't quite ready," McCarty said. "We only had 14 available practices be- fore the first match and I have a young team. All the teams have the same disadvantage, but us being a bit smaller and young hurt us a bit more." Bulldogs will compete next at the Larry Brown Invitational all day Saturday at Fife High School. Micah Santos, owner of Grapeview Furniture and Upholstery, talking about his ad in the Joumal... "l've had a lot of positive results in a short amount of timet ,, Call today and you'll see results too. 426-4412 Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton sophomore Paige Johnson guards Aberdeen senior Ericka Manwell on Friday during the Lady Highclimbers' home game in the Mini Dome, By EMILY HANSON emi /@masoncoun com Aaron Leth attributed the Shelton girls basketball team's loss Friday mainly to one aspect of the game: free-throw shoot- ing. "If we shoot free throws, we win," the head coach said. Aberdeen defeated Shelton 52- 50 in the Mini Dome. "If we'd shot 91 percent from the free-throw line (like we did Dec. 3), we would've beat them by at least 10," Leth said. The Lady Highclimbers were 15-of-35 from the line. "We as a team and coaching staff need to do more free-throw shooting," Leth said. "There's things you need to work on that sometimes you don't get to." Despite the poor free-throw shooting, Shelton had its oppor- tunities for victory. The Lady Highclimbers led 40- 39 going into the fourth quarter. With 7 minutes, 10 seconds re- maining to play, Aberdeen pulled ahead 43-42. Shelton never led again. The Lady Highclimbers had possession with 5 seconds re- maining, but a wild pass gave the ball to Aberdeen, ending the game. A mental error in the third quarter might have been the de- ciding play of the game. With 1:47 left in the third quarter, Aberdeen missed a free throw. Shelton senior Kiana Wiley grabbed the rebound, but then scored an own-basket, giv- ing Aberdeen a 36-35 lead. "We played great defense, but we try to push the ball too much," Leth said. made (Aberdeen) look good." The loss came two days after Stadium beat Shelton 64-46 in Tacoma in a game Leth described as "an eye opener." "We were outhustled in the first quarter pretty bad," Leth said. "We looked winded early on in the game and I take respon- sibility for that. We didn't come in in as good of condition as I thought we were." Despite the loss, the game had its highlights: The Lady Highclimbers had 15 steals and shot 91 percent from the free throw line -- something that Leth has not seen from the team in the past four years. This is Leth's fourth season with the team. "Although it was not the out- come that we wanted, I think it woke us up and opened our eyes to how much harder we need to work in practice," he said. Although the team lost both non-league games, Leth said the Lady Highclimbers are playing well and will see some success in the 3A Narrows League. "These are practice games for us," he added. Shelton (0-2) plays at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Capital. I By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncounly com The North Mason girls basketball team started its season on a high note last week. The Lady Bulldogs defeated two Olympic IA/2A League oppo- nents. On Dec. 2, North Ma- son beat Klahowya 47- 34. "we did a really nice job on defense for our first outing," first-year head coach Don Farrell said. "Rebounding was strong for part of the game." Senior Mikaela Shu- maker led all scores with 18 points, while senior Quincy Satran scored 15 points and sophomore Sydney Garrett contrib- uted 11 points. "we can improve on running our offenses," Farrell said. "we would have a few breakdowns, though, and we have to limit turnovers." On Friday, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Chi- macum -- another league opponent -- 48- 23, despite missing sev- eral players because of injury. "Both teams used several junior varsity players in the varsity players' absences," Far- rell said. "We were not playing to our level and our type of game in the first half." He added he was more pleased with the Lady Bulldogs' defensive and offensive performances in the second half. Satran led the team with 15 points, while Shumaker scored 11, se- nior Samantha Leaptrot added seven and Garrett contributed six points. Between the league games, North Mason faced non-league oppo- nent Sammamish, losing 60-38 on Dec. 3. "We ran into a bigger and faster team that was very efficient with their pressure, fast breaks and had a very high-shooting percentage from the out- side," Farrell said. "It was (Sammamish's) first game of the season, but I felt that they looked in midseason form. I could tell they were well coached and the players who are all multisport athletes obviously spent their summer and offsea- son working on their bas- ketball skills." The team took a hit when senior Jennifer Be- attie left the game with a knee injury. "It is a tough break as she sat out of basket- ball most of last season," Farrell said. "She will be missed as she is one of our ball handlers and a very good defensive play- er as well." Farrell said he didn't know yet how long Be- attie would be out. She sat out most of last sea- son with an injury to her other knee. Shumaker led the girls with 12 points, while Satran scored 10 points. North Mason (2-1) is scheduled to play at 3:15 p.m. at Crosspoint Acad- emy in Bremerton.