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Bulldogs grappler invited to ORCA Duals By EMILY HANSON

Though the wrestling season ended nearly two weeks ago, one Bulldog has more grappling ahead of him. North Mason senior Zac Joaquin has been selected to represent Washington state along with 11 other state champions in the Eighth Annual Oregon versus California versus Washington Senior All-Star (ORCA) Dual. “The competition pits Washington’s best against teams from Oregon and California,” head coach Tony Coppinger said. Joaquin will compete on Saturday, March 10 at Southern Oregon

University in Ashland, Ore. Joaquin said he thinks it’s very cool he was chosen for this team. “It’s a great honor to be on that team,” Joaquin said. “I think Zac how I do will have Joaquin to go by how hard I practice.” Coppinger said several wrestlers from throughout the state apply to be on the ORCA team, but only a few are chosen. “Joaquin will be training for the next few weeks for the two-day com-

petition,” he added. For the most part, Joaquin will be training alone, he said, but he added that his brother, Pedro Joaquin, and his friend Rene Miguel will be helping him. Joaquin wrestled at 113 and finished this season in third place at state. Last year, he was a state champion and the year before, he took fifth. He also has four regional titles. “Joaquin was an easy choice to fill the 113-pound weight class,” Coppinger said. “His teammates will be — among others — fourtime state champ Drew Templemen from Orting along with Joey Palmer from Lake Stevens who is going to

Oregon State to wrestle.” Coppinger said Joaquin’s other teammates will be Grant Steen from Graham Kapowsin, Nicco Moreno from Moses Lake, Kyle Lanoue from Central Kitsap, Kayden Del Toro from Curtis, Andrew Cunningham from Bonney Lake and two-time state champion Shannon Maris from Orting. “This team is loaded and should do well,” Coppinger said. “After high school, Joaquin is planning on wrestling in college along with teammate Miguel, who is a twotime state placer most recently placing third at 120 at Mat Classic.” Highline Community College in Des Moines has sent coaches to talk

with Joaquin, and Coppinger said there is a strong program there. “Hopefully, we can package the two together and they can continue their education and wrestling careers together, as they are good friends,” Coppinger said. “I am sure going to miss having them in the wrestling room. You just can’t replace what they brought day in and day out. They both have tremendous work ethic, a desire to be the best and a willingness to make sacrifices to reach their goals.” Joaquin said he is really looking forward to the ORCA Duals. “I’m not so proud of my performance at state so I want to go out there and show them how good I am,” Joaquin said.

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Brett Bielec, left, a 2007 North Mason graduate and senior at Central Washington University, hits for the Wildcats during the baseball team’s series at Cal State Monterey Bay earlier this season. Kasey Bielec, No. 17, a 2011 North Mason graduate and freshman at CWU, runs home for the Wildcats during the baseball team’s series at Cal State Monterey Bay earlier this season.

BaseBall Brothers

Former Bulldogs play together at Central Washington University By EMILY HANSON


ith four years between them, the Bielec brothers never thought they’d get to play baseball on the same team. This spring, however, Brett Bielec, a senior at Central Washington University, and his younger brother Kasey, a freshman at CWU, are playing on the same team for the first time in their lives. “I love playing with Kasey,” Brett Bielec said. “Absolutely love it. He and I’ve never had a chance to play together before. There hasn’t been any better feeling than having my brother out there with me.” Brett Bielec graduated from North Mason High School in 2007 and went to Tacoma Community College for two years. He tore a ligament in his right shoulder his freshman year, but he was awarded a hardship waiver, commonly known as a

medical redshirt. The injury, which gave him a fifth year of eligibility, is why he can now play on a team with Kasey Bielec, a 2011 NMHS graduate and a true freshman at CWU. “Brett playing at CWU definitely had an impact on me choosing this school and was one of the big deciding factors for me,” Kasey Bielec said. Head coach Desi Storey said he’s glad to have the brothers on his team. “They both play great with a real passion for the game,” Storey said. “Brett’s one of the team leaders. For the most part, the team looks to him for guidance. Kasey fits in real well as far as temperament goes.” Brett Bielec plays in the outfield for the Wildcats while Kasey Bielec plays at second and third base. “My career’s had its ups and downs,” Brett Bielec said. “I love the teammates I’ve had and Ellensburg but baseballwise, we’ve had two disappointing seasons.”

Kasey Bielec said he loves playing for the Wildcats. “The camaraderie with my teammates is great,” Kasey Bielec said. “It’s fun to play with Brett, too. There are not many words to describe it. I’ve never gotten to play with him before.” Both brothers have been playing baseball since they were young and on little league teams and though both said playing professionally has always been the goal, Brett Bielec has focused on another goal. He is majoring in career education with a minor in middle-school math. “My plan is to be an eighth-grade math teacher,” Brett Bielec said. “I always thought being a teacher would be great fun. A year and a half ago, I really decided toward that decision.” As for playing professionally, Brett Bielec said he is not the type of person who ever doubted he could make it that far. “As it looks now, it doesn’t seem a possibility,” he said. “It’s one of those things

where it’s a goal you work for but I’m happy with the career I’m leaving behind.” Kasey Bielec hasn’t settled on a major yet, though he’s thinking about exercise science or clinical physiology. “Having a job involved with sports would be a good fit for me,” Kasey Bielec said. “Pro baseball has always been a goal of mine but it’s going to be tough being at a division two school.” Kasey Bielec said there are not many words to describe how he feels about baseball. “It’s the feeling you get when you’re at a baseball park with a bunch of guys who are like your brothers,” he said. “It’s so hard to describe.” Brett Bielec said their parents have been the brothers’ biggest inspiration. “There is no way we would be where we are, as close as we are and loving the game the way we do if not for them,” he said. As for which brother has the hardest swing, both claim superiority, stating: “I definitely hit farther than my brother.”

Second-year NM fastpitch coach looks to improve By EMILY HANSON

in the Hillsboro This spring, Fusare begins her Thunder Select second season as the Lady Bulldogs’ Organization be- softball coach. fore attending “I’m happy with how last season Molleigh Fusare has been Northwest Uni- ended,” she said. “We had to work around fastpitch her whole life. versity in Kirland out some kinks and started 0-5. We “I grew up in a baseball family to earn her mas- turned things around, played well with two older brothers and a baseter’s degree. in the playoffs and made it to the ball-coach dad,” she said. “I was When she state tournament.” a bat girl and announced with my graduated, FuFusare said she’s hoping the Molleigh mom. I fell in love with the sport.” sare was hired as team can start off at a more comFusare Fusare grew up playing fastpitch an English teach- petitive level this season. and even started for four years at er at North Ma“We had 11 girls play at state Linfield College in McMinnville, son High School last year and of those 11, four Ore. last fall and is now an English and graduated,” Fusare said. “We have After college, Fusare coached Spanish teacher. to change our strategy this season Page BH-6 - Belfair Herald section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 1, 2012

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because the two main pitchers last year were seniors. What we can do in the circle is going to be a huge factor in how we do this season.” Fusare said she loves the competition of fastpitch. “I love the fact that the game is not a direct comparision to baseball; it has its own features,” she said. She is also hoping to inspire other girls to develop the same love for the sport. “I plan to coach a long time,” Fusare said. “I can’t imagine leaving softball and I think my playing days are over.”

Her ultimate goal for her coaching career at NMHS is to replicate the past success of the program. “It’s a team sport and a team effort, though, so the girls have to be willing to commit to the level of competition that success requires,” Fusare said. This season is a special one for Fusare, as she is expecting a daughter on June 21. “She’ll really be able to say she’s been around the sport since she was born,” Fusare said. She added that her pregnancy should not affect the season at all.

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Endicott misses finals By EmiLy HaNSoN

Shelton senior Indi Endicott narrowly missed qualifying for the finals at the state swim meet last week. Endicott competed in the 50-freestyle at the 4A Boys State Swim/Dive Championship held at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. On Friday, Feb. 17, Endicott participated in the preliminary round, finishing with a time indi of 23.25 for Endicott 17th place. “Indi missed finals by eleven-one hundredths of a second,” head coach Chad Youngquist said. “His time was slightly slower, but he was swimming much faster than he ever has. His splits were about seven-one hundredths faster for the 25 in warm-ups than he normally goes and he looked very good.” Youngquist said Endicott was a half-body length ahead of the swimmer next to him for the first length of the pool. “As he approached the turn, he swam way too close to the wall for his turn,” he continued. “Endicott came out of the wall with a soft push and a deep angel and ended up at the other guy’s hip. The other guy beat him by seven-tenths of a second.” Stadium senior Mateu Siquiera finished the preliminary round ahead of Endicott in 16th place with a time of 23.04. “Indi was capable of making finals, but the 50-free does not allow for any miscalculations of any kind,” Youngquist said. “It is a very scary race from that perspective.” Prior to the state meet, Youngquist said Endicott improved tremendously for such a short period of time. “I am pretty pleased with how well he did to get here,” Youngquist continued. “I am pretty sure he is disappointed with the end result, but what he did was not an easy thing to do.”

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Shelton senior Johnathen dennis holds Chiawana senior C.J. Edrington in the start position during his fourth match at 182 at mat Classic XXiV on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tacoma dome.

Climbers place at Mat Classic Johnathen Dennis takes 4th, Ty McCullough 6th at state By EmiLy HaNSoN

Two senior Shelton wrestlers brought home medals from Mat Classic XXIV last weekend. The state wrestling tournament began well for the Highclimbers on Friday, Feb. 17, with senior Ty McCullough winning his first-round match. McCullough, at 113, defeated Curtis High School junior Manny Cuevas by decision 9-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. At 132, senior Adam Coffman was not as successful in the first round. Coffman lost to Spanaway Lake senior Taylor Mercier with a 3:28 fall to move down to the consolation bracket. Junior Malachi Conklin, at 138, also struggled in the first round. Conklin lost by a 3:43 pin to Lake Stevens senior Kinsey Johnson to move down to the consolation bracket. Seniors Colby Barber and Johnathen Dennis both found success in the first round. Barber, at 170, took down Edmonds-Woodway senior Zach Perez by decision 11-6 in the first round to advance to the quarterfinals while Dennis, at 182, pinned Puyallup senior Jeremy Misailegalu with a 3:09 fall to also advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, McCullough secured his place for the second day of Mat Classic with a 3:55 fall over Union High junior Cody Hershel. “I feel like I’m having a good tournament,” McCullough said at the end of the first day. “My first match was definitely

Knight Owls win district title By EmiLy HaNSoN

The Mary M. Knight boys’ basketball team made history this week. On Monday, Feb. 20, the Knight Owls won the District IV Boys’ Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history. MMK won the title by defeating Taholah 60-41 at Montesano High School. “We played with patience on the ball for the most part,” head coach Tim Diggle said. “We fell apart a bit in the third quarter and they hurried our shot but we slowed it down in the fourth quarter. We wanted to go our pace. Let them beat us, not us beat ourselves.” The Knight Owls were close with Taholah for the first quarter, going into the second with a 13-11 lead. In the second quarter, MMK exploded, scoring 18 points while holding Ta-

holah to three. Diggle said he felt the Knight Owls were Friday: o v e r l y MaryM.Knight...60 confident Taholah ....... 41 g o i n g into the Tomorrow: game and Mary M. Knight u n d e r e s vs. Mt. Rainier t i m a t e d Christian, their op7 p.m. at ponent for Timberline the first quarter. “ W e were a little slow at the beginning but we picked the pace up and played really well,” senior Eric Johnson said. “We didn’t fall under pressure and we moved the ball like we wanted to.” Johnson and junior Nick Dierkop led the Knight Owls with 14 points each. Freshman Chase Robecker See MMK Boys on page C-2

my hardest. Cuevas was a lot stronger and better with his hips.” Hershel head-butted McCullough, during their match, McCullough, resulting in a blackened left eye, which McCullough had difficulty opening by Friday evening. “My eye won’t bother me at all tomorrow,” he said. While Coffman won his second match — against Woodinville sophomore Everett Bingisser — with a 3:21 fall, he lost out of the tournament in his next round when MarysvillePilchuck senior Cristian Mendoza pinned him after 4 minutes and 16 seconds. Conklin’s tournament ended after his second match when he lost to Inglemoor junior Gabe Seward by decision 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Barber lost to Eastlake junior Eric Harper by decision 8-4, dropping down into the consolation bracket. In the consolation bracket, Barber lost his first match by major decision 13-4 to Spanaway Lake junior Zack Bickford, ending his tournament. The quarterfinals were difficult for Dennis as well. He lost to Lake Stevens senior Ryan Olliges by decision 5-3 to drop down to the consolation bracket. Once there, Dennis defeated Tahoma junior Austin Perry by decision 3-2 in overtime to advance to the second day of the tournament. Dennis said because he placed third at regionals he started with a tough placement at Mat Classic. “My quarterfinals opponent was ranked second in state and if I had made it to the semifinals, my opponent there See SHS Wrestling on pageC-4

Senior NM wrestlers medal at state Zac Joaquin and Rene Miguel take 3rd, Brian McCarty finishes 7th By EmiLy HaNSoN

In the quarterfinals, Joaquin and Miguel again found success. Joaquin won over Toppenish junior Carlos Hernandez by major decision 9-1 while Miguel defeated Toppenish sophomore Steven Martinez by decision 10-4. McCarty won his first consolation bracket match, taking down North Thurston junior Marcus Ulloth by decision 4-1. Davis lost out of the state tournament after his first consolation-round match, losing to Mt. Baker junior Tyrel Cronk by fall after 34 seconds. With Joaquin and Miguel advancing to the semifinals of the championship bracket and Davis out of the tournament, McCarty was the only Bulldog to wrestle a third match on Friday. McCarty advanced to the second day of the tournament with a 12-2 major decision victory over Interlake senior Jake Wilson. The second day of Mat Classic XXIV, Saturday, Feb. 18, opened tough for all three Bulldogs. Joaquin lost by decision 5-0 to Klahowya sophomore Brian Burchett in the semifinals while Miguel lost by decision 7-6 to Deer Park junior Jake Konzal. McCarty also lost his first match of the second morning, with an 11-4 major decision defeat to Cedarcrest junior Carlos Toledano. Miguel said his coaches helped him recover his concentration for the tournament after his loss to Konzal. “Some of the other coaches told me to cry for five

After two days of wrestling against the best athletes in 2A wrestling, three North Mason seniors came home with medals. Mat Classic XXIV started off well for North Mason on the first day, Friday, Feb. 17. At 113, senior Zac Joaquin, a defending state champion, won his first-round match against Squalicum freshman Zach Wallace with a 1:34 fall. Senior Rene Miguel, at 120, also won his first-round match. Miguel won by decision over W.F. West junior Denver Parker 8-4. While both Joaquin and Miguel advanced into the quarterfinals of the championship brackets, senior Brian McCarty and sophomore Chase Davis had tougher starts. At 145, McCarty lost by decision 16-11 in his firstround match against Lynden junior Ryan Meggison while Davis, at 195, lost to Cheney junior Cameron Schlotter by fall 1 minute and 40 seconds into his match. See Bulldogs on page C-6 Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Page C-1

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While Curtis junior Manny Cuevas, left, braces himself against the mat, Shelton senior Ty McCullough tries to force him down during their firstround match at 113 at Mat Classic XXIV at the Tacoma Dome on Friday, Feb. 17. McCullough won by decision 9-4.

SHS Wrestling Continued from page C-1 would have been a three-time state champion,” he added. After his loss in the quarterfinals, Dennis said he reset his goal to be in the top three. McCullough and Dennis both advanced to day two of Mat Classic, but the morning started off rough for McCullough. In the semifinals, he lost to senior Michael Nguyen of Evergreen High School in Vancouver by a 3:27 fall to drop down to the consolation bracket. McCullough then lost to Snohomish sophomore Gino Obregon by fall after 3 minutes and

29 seconds. Dennis won two consecutive matches on Saturday morning. In the first, Dennis defeated Chiawana senior C.J. Edrington by decision 6-3 and in the second, he defeated Central Valley senior Kurt Beck by decision 3-2. McCullough’s final match was the consolation round for fifth place. There, he lost by major decision 8-0 to Curtis senior Eddie Cuevas for a sixth-place finish. “I’m not disappointed at all,” McCullough said. “I had a big improvement this year since the last time I was here.” This was McCullough’s third appearance at Mat Classic but his first time placing. “I’d say there’s not really a better way to

finish my senior season than placing,” he said. Dennis’ last match was a rematch against Olliges for third place. In this second match-up, Olliges pinned Dennis in the third round after 3 minutes and 23 seconds. Dennis finished at fourth place. “I couldn’t really put pressure on my left knee in my last match because I burst a sack and it’s swelling a lot,” Dennis said. “I came short of my goal but overall I’m happy. I had a pretty good season.” This was Dennis’ first appearance at Mat Classic. Head coach Chris Lacy was not available for comment by press time. As of press time, the team’s banquet had not yet been scheduled.

Mat Classic XXIV Tacoma Dome Friday, Feb. 17-Saturday, Feb. 18 Third-place match 182: Ryan Olliges (LKST) p. Johnathen Dennis (SHEL), 3:23. Fifth-place match 113: Eddie Cuevas (CURT) md. Ty McCullough (SHEL), 8-0.

Shelton assistant head coach Rodger Garrick, left, speaks with junior Malachi Conklin, center, after he lost his first-round match at 138 while head coach Chris Lacy comforts him.

Shelton senior Colby Barber is declared the winner of his first-round match at 182 against EdmondsWoodway senior Zach Perez at Mat Classic XXIV on Friday, Feb. 17. Page C-4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, February 23, 2012

Shelton head coach Chris Lacy comforts senior Adam Coffman after he lost his firstround match by pin to Spanaway Lake senior Taylor Mercier at Mat Classic XXIV on Friday, Feb. 17.

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Shelton bowlers knock down CK Lady Highclimbers headed to districts this Saturday By EMILY HANSON Journal photo by Emily Hanson

In its final match of the regular season, the Shelton girls’ bowling team knocked down Central Kitsap 7-0. “I was really pleased,” Curt Snyder, head coach, said. “It was a critical match for Central Kitsap but not for us, so it was kind of fun to see the girls bowl so well against them.” The match was critical for Central Kitsap because they were tied for second in the 4A Narrows League with Mt. Tahoma, Snyder explained. The Ewart sisters, Danielle and Mishawn, each scored 178 in game one to lead the Lady Highclimbers. Mishawn Ewart’s score improved to 179 for game two while Danielle Ewart’s score fell to 147 in game two. The second highest scorer in game two was Caitlyn Borys with 159.

Shelton’s Caitlyn Borys follows through on her swing during the Lady Highclimbers’ match against Central Kitsap on Monday, Jan. 23 at West Side Lanes in Olympia.

Borys scored 152 in game one, behind Brittany Smith with 158 and Lindsey Cox with 161. Smith scored 157 in game two while Cox scored 146. As of press time, the results of the league tournament at All-Star Lanes in Silverdale on Tuesday, Jan. 24 were not yet available. Snyder said these results are not very important for the future of the team. “Being the number one team in the 4A Narrows League, the team has an automatic berth to districts,” Snyder said. The district tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Pacific Lanes in Tacoma. “The only time we did not advance out of districts was when I was obligated to buy the team breakfast because of a high score earlier in that season,” Snyder said. “We had a big breakfast and then everybody bowled sluggish. Consequently, I am never buying them breakfast again and as a result, I believe the team will do well at the district tournament to advance to the state tournament.” Snyder said he wanted to thank the community for supporting his team this season. For more information, see page C-4

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Caleb Schlauderaff, No. 72, keeps his eyes on his opponent during the Jets’ game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 9, 2011. This was the only game Schlauderaff started for the Jets during his first season with the team.

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After one season with the Jets, Caleb Schlauderaff is still a regular guy By EMILY HANSON


aleb Schlauderaff started in one game for the New York Jets in his first season with the team, but it wasn’t the kind of start most people would expect. “I was on the jumbo offensive line and we started the game [against the New England Patriots on Oct. 9, 2011] with a jumbo package,” Schlauderaff said. Though he normally plays guard, he started the game as the tight end for the play package, which features multiple tight ends. It was a position Schlauderaff wasn’t known for. “It’s kind of cool but it has an astrix next to it,” Schlauderaff said. Schlauderaff, a 2006 Shelton graduate, was drafted to the Green Bay Packers last spring as the 179th pick in the sixth round. After suiting up for the Packers for the team’s four preseason games, Schlauderaff was traded to the Jets on Sept. 3. “The trade caught me off guard,” Schlauderaff said. “I got a call at 5 or 6 from the Jets letting me know they

traded for me.” just take whatever books someone recommends me.” Though he wasn’t expecting it, Schlauderaff said he had a great time with the Packers and then a great A new place time with the Jets. Schlauderaff wasn’t completely new to living in a “I look at it with a positive attitude,” he added. “I got larger community than Shelton. After graduating from to play for two great teams.” SHS, Schlauderaff went on to play for the Utes at the Per his NFL rookie deal, Schlauderaff’s four-year, University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He received a $2.15 million contract with the Packers rolled over to full-ride scholarship to the university. the Jets, he said. During college, Schlauderaff was a redshirt freshDuring the season — of which he played in six man before starting in 10 of 13 games in 2007 and all games for the Jets — Schlauderaff lived in New Jersey. 13 games during the 2008-2010 seasons. He graduated “It was living right in the middle of everything comfrom Utah in spring 2011 with a degree in exercise pared to living in Shelton where you’re an hour from physiology. Seattle and two hours from Portland,” Schlauderaff “It’s a hard adjustment to make from playing in colsaid. lege to playing in the NFL,” Schlauderaff said. “Those Living in a large city didn’t provide for that exciting guys are there for a reason and there’s no margin for of a life, Schlauderaff said. He said that when he wasn’t error. You’ve got to be on your game every play because at practice or playing, he didn’t do a whole lot. if they sense weakness, they’ll take advantage of it.” “One thing people don’t understand is it’s a 60-hour After taking to the field for four weeks with the week,” he added. “During the season, it’s work, work, Packers and 17 weeks with the Jets, Schlauderaff said work and we travel every weekend.” the player he was in college and the player he is now In his spare time, Schlauderaff said he would read are not comparable. a lot. See Schlauderaff on page C-4 “I like a little bit of everything,” he said. “I usually Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, January 26, 2012 - Page C-1

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Climbers receive awards at banquet By EMILY HANSON The Shelton football team officially put its season to turf with the team banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 15. “I thought the kids improved as the sesaon progressed,” Matt Hinkle, head coach, said. “The tail end of the season was weighted differently with the hardest games happening then.” Hinkle then spoke of a few things the team accomplished. He said junior running back Ralph Kinne broke an eight-year old record for kickoff returns while senior de-

fensive back Nic Gove tied a decades old record – set by Chris Tarrach – with five interceptions in one season. “The kids accomplished raising the competitiveness of the team,” Hinkle said. “The kids battled for the duration of the games throughout the season.” While handing out participation certificates to each player along with letters, the Highclimbers’ coaching staff announced that Kinne had been named to the Narrows League All-League second team as a running back while juniors DeShon Bell and Thomas Gettle were named to the first team

as linebackers and junior David Ajamu was named to the first team as a tight end. Hinkle called the 13 seniors this season a “great bunch collectively and as individuals.” Defensive coordinator Mike Gettle then presented T-shirts, which said: “train, prepare, win” on the backs, to players on the varsity defensive line. Finally, awards were given out to players from the c-team, the junior varsity and the varsity teams. On the c-team, Jake Henry was named Offensive Player of the Year while Logan

Selleg was named Defensive Player of the Year. On the junior varsity team, Thomas Gettle was named Offensive Player of the Year and Brian Nault was named Defensive Player of the Year. For the varsity team, Kinne was named Offensive Player of the Year – it was also announced that he rushed for 1,308 yards this season – and Gove was named Defensive Player of the Year. Cameron Dayton was awarded wtih varsity lineman of the year. See Banquet on page C-3


SHS junior takes up lifelong skills By EMILY HANSON

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Mary M. Knight junior Cody Thompson collides with Neah Bay sophomore running back Tyler McCaulley, flinging raindrops from the force of the hit during the Knight Owls’ playoff game at Tumwater Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Knight Owls’ postseason screeches to early halt Mary M. Knight shut out in first playoff game By EMILY HANSON It was a dark and stormy night. The rain poured, the wind chilled to the bone and the Mary M. Knight Owls were playing in their first postseason game in recent history. On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Knight Owls played Neah Bay in the first round of the playoffs at Tumwater Stadium. In the worst storm of the season, the Knight Owls fought hard but could not find the goal line, losing 40-0 after just two quarters. “We simply got beat,” Mike Evans, head coach, said. “The weather had a little bit to do with it because Kyle [Willey] couldn’t feel his fingers. The few times he tried to throw he said he couldn’t feel the FrIDAY: Neah Bay .... 40 laces, so that wasn’t going to work.” Without the ability to effectively throw the pigMaryM.Knight......0 skin, the Knight Owls were forced into a strictly running game against the Neah Bay Red Devils. “Neah Bay was bigger and stronger than we were so we weren’t going to win in a strictly running game,” Evans said. “It wasn’t in our favor.” Despite the Knight Owls’ inability to throw and playing a bigger team, MMK held Neah Bay to 16 points in the first quarter but with the Red Devils scoring 24 points in the second quarter in the sideways rain falling over the turf, the game was called at halftime due to the mercy rule. “It wasn’t exactly our best game but we gave it our best,” junior tight end Nick Dierkop said. “If you leave it all out there, there’s nothing to complain about afterward.” Dierkop said the conditions of the game definitely affected the Knight Owls’ performance, especially the passing game. Despite the loss, Evans said he’s happy with the season. “Last season, the team was 1-8 and this season, with essentially the same roster, we turned around to 7-1 in the regular season,” he said. “To be able to absorb having a new coach and learning new plays and to be as successful as they were, the team did a phenomenal job. I am very proud of the boys.” Dierkop said that to his knowledge, there has only been one season similar to this year’s in MMK history. See Knight Owls on page C-3

Knight Owl junior Mason Cloud punts the ball to Neah Bay on fourth and long during the second quarter of Mary M. Knight’s playoff game at Tumwater Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Danielle Ewart seems to pick up lifelong skills in all areas of life. Ewart – a junior at Shelton High – was 5-yearsold when she began bowling. “ M y w h o l e family is Danielle a bowling Ewart family,” she said. “I’ve been on leagues since I was little, my grandpa has been bowling for a long time and my 95-year-old great-grandma also bowled a long time. If the bowling alley in Shelton hadn’t burned down, she’d probably still be bowling.” Head bowling coach Curt Snyder said Ewart is leading the Lady Climbers with the highest average score. Ewart also has the thirdhighest average score in the Narrows League with a 174. “Bowling is kind of my hobby; I love it,” Ewart said. “It’s fun and it’s a social thing, too. You can just invite your friends to bowl and it’s fun.” Ewart said she wants to continue bowling after high school. “I want to do a bowling league while I’m in college,” she said. “It would be really cool if there was a bowling program for a college, but I’m not sure.” Currently, Ewart is looking into attending Central Washington University, but she said she is also researching Clark Community College in Vancouver because of the music program there. Since the fourth grade, Ewart has been playing musical instruments. She began playing the violin, the viola and the cello. In ninth grade, she took up the baritone saxophone. “My band director, [Randy] Grostick, suggested I play the baritone sax because we needed more low brass instruments,” Ewart said. “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, because the instrument is huge, but I love it now.” Though Ewart has had multiple music instructors – this year she is under the teaching of her third music director in three years – she said that she just keeps working hard. “It’s difficult with different teaching styles for the overall style of the marching band but I’ve been pushing myself to sound better.” See Athlete on page C-3

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Knight Owls Continued from page C-1 “I’m proud to be a part of it and I’m going to miss the

guys who are leaving,” he added. As of press time, the team banquet had not yet been scheduled.

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Mary M. Knight senior Jonathan Pais rushes upfield in the pouring rain during the Knight Owls’ playoff game against Neah Bay at Tumwater Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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Individual stats: MMK: K. Willey, 28 rushing yards; J. Jimenez, 19 rushing yards; N. Dierkop, 13 rushing yards; J. Pais, 8 rushing yards; A. Pais, 5 rushing yards; JJ Pais, 3 rushing yards.

Banquet Continued from page C-1 Gove was also named a team captain, along with Zac Fennel and Cody Tarver. The final award, Most Inspirational Player, was presented to senior Joe Strand – who broke his ankle during the home game against Central Kitsap on Sept. 16. Strength trainer and motivational coach

Athlete Continued from page C-1 Ewart said her love of music began when she was very young. “When I was little, music sounded cool to me,” she said. “When I watch bands or orchestras on TV it brings out emotions and I really like how music can affect people.” She said she also likes playing music because it is not a skill that every one possesses. “I like knowing I can do something that not everyone can because you can pick up an instrument and make a sound but it takes a lot of work to make it sound good,” she said. Another lifelong skill Ewart has picked up is sailing. She said she and her family have always owned a sailboat and she is in the Shelton Yacht Club with her older sister, Mishawn. The two of them even maintain a 1935 Ed Monk Sr. sailboat their father purchased for them. “My dad has always had a sailboat, we’ve been in a boat our whole lives,” Ewart said. “We bought this boat about four years ago and Dad said if we keep doing the maintenance, we can have it.” Every year, the Ewart family attends the Wooden Boat Fair in Olympia and has won the Favorite Sailboat award three of the last four years. “It’s kind of our showboat,” Ewart added. Though she said she wasn’t sure if she would have a sailboat her whole life, Ewart said she plans to stay on the water. “I’ll have something to cruise around on, a powerboat or something,” she

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Danielle Ewart, a junior on the SHS bowling team, waits for her next frame at a recent bowling match. said. Outside of bowling, playing music and sailing, Ewart said she is a normal student. “I do homework,” she said with a laugh. “I’m taking psychology, honors English and honors AP history so that gives me a lot of homework.” Ewart said she normally has a high GPA, but this year is more difficult due to the harder classes she’s enrolled in. With everything she is involved in, Ewart’s main hobby is still bowling. “The reason why the Shelton bowling team

Rich Unterseher presented Strand with the award. To wrap up the season, Hinkle took the mic again, announcing that the Highclimbers are likely returning to the 3A division. “The sign of a quality football program is one that can consistently play at a championship level,” Hinkle said. “We were there for quite a while, the last four years the wheels sort of fell off, but it looks like we’re returning to that level.”

is better is that we have our own equipment,” she said. “It’s really hard to bowl with house equip-

ment because it doesn’t fit your hand. The key to bowling well is having your own equipment.”

Athlete at a Glance Name: Danielle Ewart School: Shelton High School Grade: Junior Winter sport: Bowling Classes: Psychology, honors English and honors AP history Skills: Playing violin, viola, cello, baritone saxophone and piano; bowling and sailing

The seniors of the 2011 Shelton football team were honored at their final team banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 15. In the front, from left to right, are: Cameron Dayton, Walter Johnson, Angus Ward and Derek McClaughlin. In the back, from left to right, are: Domique Strasburg, Drew Johnson, Dylan Helser, Zac Fennel, Joe Strand, Cody Tarver, Jonathen Dennis and Jethro Wily. Being held up is Nic Gove. Journal photo by Emily Hanson

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