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Sports&Outdoors Shelton soccer tops North Mason, 7-0 By DEAN SIEMON Fans in Mason County were treated to a bragging-rights game last Friday night and the Highclimbers came away with a big victory over North Mason, 7-0. Shelton (2-3) had plenty of scoring opportunities throughout, with 12 shots on goal. Shelton also had six corner kicks, scoring three goals with those chances. North Mason (04-1) head coach Bob Meeden talked about how the game at Highclimber Stadium was more of a practice after playing hard against Stadium the previous night. “We were here for fun,” Meeden said. “Tonight was a chance for younger players to get a chance to play. Plus, the starters learned what

it’s like to sit on the sidelines.” “In reality, the score didn’t really matter,” Meeden said. “They didn’t give up.” For Shelton, some of their younger players were able to step up in a big way. Freshman Kaitlyn Dean scored two unassisted goals in the game, including one off a corner kick late in the first half to make the score 4-0. Sophomore Allison Hunter came from the junior varsity team and scored two goals in the second half. See Soccer on page C-5

Shelton soccer players, from left, Megan Lund, Tara Ramsey and Oak Schuetz celebrate Shelton’s first goal of Friday night’s match.


Journal photo by Greg Skinner


Journal photo by Greg Skinner

Senior lineman Jacob Holbrook is savoring every minute of this fall after missing time the last two seasons.

ANOTHER CHANCE TO PLAY Senior lineman back on the field after medical issues put him on the sideline By DEAN SIEMON During a senior year, an athlete will look to enjoy as much of his sport as possible, because it could be his last chance to represent his school and town. For one of Shelton’s senior football players, it is more important to enjoy the senior year after missing almost two seasons.

Senior lineman Jacob Holbrook was born with only one kidney. In fact, Holbrook only learned of the missing kidney during his sophomore year after the season opener in September 2007. I went 16 years of my life not knowing that I only had one kidney,” Holbrook said. “When you’re a baby, for some reason, they don’t

check if you have both of your kidneys.” When seeing doctors for an injury, it was discovered that his lone kidney was suffering from a hematoma, a blood clot that occurs from the bleeding of blood vessels. Holbrook underwent a number of surgeries that took place between September 2007 and De-

cember 2008. “They kept thinking that they could drain the blood out, thinking that would help it,” Holbrook said. “Eventually they had to go up through my leg and up a main artery and dropped some beads.” See Chance on page C-5


Olympia swims past Shelton

Journal photo by Greg Skinner

Katherine Myers competes in the 200 individual medley against Olympia on Tuesday afternoon.

Support for Owls shows in opener ll five rows of the bleachers were packed. A few pickup trucks and a dozen camp chairs dotted the home sideline. Burgers were heating up inside the concessions stand. All the ingredients were in place for the Mary M. Knight football home opener on Saturday afternoon in Matlock. Even Mother Nature cooperated, as rays of sun beamed down on the 100 or so fans. The green-clad Owls team took the field for a second straight year after a four-year hiatus from 2004 to 2007. Across the field, the boys CHRIS from WEST King’s Way, a private school near Vancouver, looked bigger and stronger. They were. As the Owls struggled to contain the Knights, the MMK faithful never wavered. The Owl cheerleaders kept the fans in the game, even when it was slipping away from the hometown boys. Near the end of the third quarter, the eight-man nonconference game was called due to the “mercy rule” after King’s Way increased the lead to 46-0. The Owls hustled back to the sideline as their coaches shouted, “Keep your heads up boys.” The game of football manifests itself in unique ways each week during fall across this country. The previous night in Issaquah, Oaks Christian High School, a California team that features the sons of Wayne Gretzky, Will Smith and Joe Montana, edged out Skyline in a nationally televised game. The star-studded contest garnered media attention all week and ESPN’s cameras were focused on the celebrity dads on the sideline. And in Seattle, the Washington Huskies pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the school’s history, upending No. 3 USC. In this tiny corner of Mason County, it’s not always about the team’s record, the result or the hype. No, there weren’t any celebrity sightings at MMK’s field on Saturday. It’s the community that makes this brand of football special. “This is great out here. We have community support like no other. Win or lose, they are out here supporting the Owls and we appreciate them 110 percent,” Owl head coach Eric Smith said after delivering a post-game talk to his young squad. Oh, and there is one other reason the Owls receive the community support. “It doesn’t hurt that we have some of the best burgers around,” Smith said. “People show up for those, too.”

By DEAN SIEMON performer,” Shelton coach Chad Shelton girls swimming suffered Youngquist said. “Those were good another loss, but there were some swims.” positives that could be drawn with After just missing state qualifying winning three of the 11 events at last season, Youngquist has set the the home meet at the Shelton High bar higher for senior swimmer KathSchool swimming pool against Nar- ryn Myers. rows League rival Olympia, who won “I anticipate that she’ll make it 113-56. this year,” Youngquist said. Senior Kathryn Myers won two The Highclimbers also took three individual races, with good runs in second-place finishes. The team of the 200-yard individual medley with Sara Meyers, Kathryn Myers, Kylie a time of 2:32.25 and the 100-yard Cochran and Kelsey Frazer finished breaststroke with a time of 1:17.48. with a time of 2:15.78 in the 200-yard She also helped the Highclimbers medley relay. In the 100-yard freeearn the victory with Sarah Myers, style, Sabrina McGlothlin finished Sydney Gaa and Emma Pridmore in with a time of 1:03.84, which was less Sports editor Chris West the 400 freestyle relay with a time of than one second from the first-place can be reached at 426-4412 4:20.78. time. See Swims on page C-5 or at chris@masoncounty. “She’s been our most consistent Thursday, September 24, 2009 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page C-1

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INSIDE: SHELTON FALLS TO SOUTH KITSAP, HOSTS BONNEY LAKE AT HOME ON FRIDAY. SEE PAGE C-5 Katherine Myers competes in the 200 individual medl...


INSIDE: SHELTON FALLS TO SOUTH KITSAP, HOSTS BONNEY LAKE AT HOME ON FRIDAY. SEE PAGE C-5 Katherine Myers competes in the 200 individual medl...