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Sports&Outdoors Shelton High School hires new fastpitch coach By DEAN SIEMON Kim Goldsby was born and raised in Shelton, but was not able to play fastpitch softball at Shelton High School in her younger years. In fact, athletics were few and far between at the time. “I was a junior in high school before I played basketball,” Goldsby said.

But the newly named SHS fastpitch coach played in summer leagues since she was 12 years old, eventually playing at Olympic College, winning a conference championship in the program’s first season. For the last several years, Goldsby has been approached about taking the head coaching position.

“I did not really want to at first because there were outside influences that really prevented me,” Goldsby said. But one of the reasons for taking the position was family connection through players and coaches, and the enthusiasm she saw displayed through the hopeful Highclimbers reminded her

of when she played. “I saw the enthusiasm and that spark that they were hungry to learn the game,” Goldsby said. “It was like when I was growing up. That is why I am here.” Having played fastpitch and slowpitch softball in leagues and tours before coaching the softball pro-

gram at South Puget Sound Community College for two years, wants to use the enthusiasm from the girls to make the team aggressive against a tough Narrows League. “[The program] is rebuilding, but at the same time we have so much enthusiasm that I feel we can surprise some people,” Goldsby said.

Goldsby said she was excited to see that 33 studentathletes turned out for the first practice on Monday for the varsity and junior-varsity teams. While many show experience and skill, a few are still new to the sport. “I am having to teach some how to pitch and some how to throw,” Goldsby said. See Coach on page C-5

Crazy RV-ing and Clamming, Part I Waking up Saturday morning with the intention of jumping in my mom’s new RV and heading off to Ocean Shores for some razor clamming for the weekend with the family turned out to be an adventure all its own. As I l o a d e d the 31foot motor home with n e a r l y my entire house, my wifey came quick-stepping into By KELLY the campRIORDAN er with dramatic news. There had been a large earthquake in Chile and the possibility of a tsunami was high, even on the Washington Coast. Dropping what I was doing and super-gluing my eyes to the local news, I was in disbelief of yet another devastating natural catastrophe in our world. Talk ran through my house of canceling our trip to avoid the possible huge wave. It was decided that we would wait to see the live coverage of Hawaii and how big the tsunami was and until after the danger time had passed in our state before heading down to the low-lying coast. That turned out to be a good idea. Not because a tsunami hit or the coast was unsafe. No. We realized that my mom’s RV hadn’t seen the road since she had driven it back from the dealer lot, and I wanted to see how it would run. Along on this mini-vacation

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See Clamming on page C-2

Journal photo by Dean Siemon

Shelton senior Anthony O'Connor practices his deadlift during a weightlifting class at Shelton High School to prepare for the upcoming competition on Saturday.

SHS powerlifters continue to improve

By DEAN SIEMON

The Shelton High School powerlifting program may be rebuilding from when Rich Unterseher was the coach, but Lorna Martinson said that this year’s group of lifters shows excitement and improvement. “There is a bunch of new lifters and they have a lot of fun,” Martinson said. “They are really excited and their progress is amazing.” When school started in September, Martinson would recruit students from her weightlifting class in

P.E. to join the powerlifting team. “I joined the class and I was doing good on bench press,” said senior Anthony Wood. “Mrs. Martinson told me to sign up and I did.” Other students looked at scores from the past and felt that they could achieve similar scores, if not better. “I saw the scores from past events and I thought I would do good,” said senior Anthony O’Connor. With two events completed, the amount of weight for each lift has improved for a

number of lifters. Senior Charissa Moran has improved her bench press from 90 to 95 from January’s competition in Aberdeen to the Northwest Christian High School competition in Lacey back on February 6. “It has taken me three years to reach that,” Moran said. “I would like to finally bench 100.” Just like Wood and O’Connor, senior Thomas Blueback is a first year powerlifter and has improved since the first event of the year. At the NWCHS event,

10 QUESTIONS Journal: When and how did you first start playing racquetball? Glenn Shortem: “In college. Just a couple of friends invited me to play.” Journal: How often do you play? GS: “About two or three times a week for an hour.” Journal: What do you like best about the game?

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Blueback placed fourth in his 220-pound division. He achieved personal highs with 225 pounds at squat, 190 pounds at bench and 415 pounds in the deadlift. But Blueback, like the others on the team, is still looking to achieve more. “I am hoping to get my weights up,” Blueback said. While powerlifters compete against each other at competitions and meets, the biggest competition, many lifters have said, is within themselves. No matter what team a lifter is on, everyone shows their sup-

port and encouragement. “People can try and do their best and it is challenging in itself,” O’Connor said. “You are always challenging yourself to go higher and everyone is supportive,” Moran said. All of the powerlifters have also been recruiting their fellow classmates, including the freshmen and sophomores from P.E., as well as family in some cases. “I am trying to encourage younger guys like my younger brother, Brandon,” See Powerlifter on page C-3

WITH GLENN SHORTEM, RACQUETBALL PLAYER

GS: “Diving for the ball. It is fun flying through the air.” Journal: How has it been beneficial to you? GS: “It is a good way to stay active. It is refreshing and is a good break.” Journal: Have you recruited any family members or friends? GS: I play with my son sometimes.” Journal: What is

your favorite activity or hobby outside of racquetball? GS: “Working on computers.” Journal: What is your favorite television show? GS: “I would say either ‘House M.D.’ or ‘Chuck.’ “ Journal: What is your favorite book? GS: “The Net Force series.” Journal: What is

your favorite song or band? GS: “It would probably have to be anything from the 1980s.” Journal: If you were given $1 million, what would you do with that much money? GS: “I would buy a Ford Mustang convertible, a high-end computer system and then retire.” – Asked by Dean Siemon, the Journal

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