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Sports&Outdoors Defense plays tough, offense plays rough By Dean Siemon

Shelton matched their record from last season after losing to Gig Harbor on Senior Night, 54-24. The Highclimbers (2-18, 1-11 Narrows Bridge) had a tough time shooting, going 9-50 from the field and not making any of their 12 attempts from behind the 3-point arc. “You cannot go 9-50 and beat anybody,” said Mark Jensen, Shelton head coach.

SHSBASKETBALL “We could not put the little ball in the little hole.” On the defensive side, Shelton only allowed the Tides (14-6, 7-5 Narrows Bridge) to take 33 field goal attempts and forced 15 turnovers. Jensen said that he told his team after the game that they played well defensively not only in this game, but for most of the season. “I commend them,” Jen-

sen said. “It is tough to come out and suck it up every game.” But Shelton committed 22 fouls in the game. This led to Gig Harbor earning a large portion of their scoring from the foul line, converting 24-32 on the free throw line. “We put them on the line too much, mostly due to missed shots and easy transitions,” Jensen said. All of the seniors were

able to contribute in some way. Tyler Dunnington led the team with seven points, while Alex Blakley and Wesley Patterson both scored four points. Dion Moore had three points, while Jordan Carlson and Matt Vernie each had two points. Zack Deacon and Peter Francis may not have scored on offense, but they were both seen putting pressure See Shelton on page C-7

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Shelton’s Jordan Carlson (left) and Wesley Patterson (right) block one of Gig Harbor’s forwards during Friday’s final game of the season.

“Let’s go shed hunting”


Taking a walk last weekend with my three chocolate labs, I realized that my neck all of a sudden became sore. Stretching it out, I realized the reason. My ESP was on the lookout for deer sheds. These jewels of the wilderness have already started hitting the ground around Mason County and if you know where to By KELLY look they RIORDAN are not impossible to find. Some may wonder, what is a shed? Well, every year our blacktail deer and Roosevelt elk lose their impressive antlers when new antler growth starts to push off the previous year’s headgear. By losing the antlers I mean they fall to the ground, sometimes both sides at the same time. For me, it is like the Alaskan gold rush. Even better than just finding some deer racks lying around, I use this time to scout new areas and visit my regular area to see if my big buck still lurks in his domain. This is also another perfect time to get the kids off the couch and into the woods. Sure it can be a little soggy, but on our rare dry days the forest around here is beautiful. The openness due to the summer undergrowth being gone gives me the opportunity to see far beyond what I normally could. So here are some


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Shelton’s Ty McCullough goes for a pin during Saturday’s Narrows League championship tournament.

Highclimbers to regionals Shelton wrestlers compete well at Narrows tourney By Dean Siemon Shelton had four of their wrestlers with top finishes during the Narrows League championship meet at Foss High School over the weekend. Ty McCullough led the way with a first-place finish at the 103-pound weight class. After earning pinfall victories in his first two matches, he defeated South Kitsap’s Colin Bryant 12-1 in the

championship match. “He was the number one seed and he proved it,” said Chris Lacy, Shelton head coach. “The kid from South Kitsap wrestled really well, but Ty overpowered him. He earned those victories with a lot of discipline and focus.” Lacy noted that McCullough wrestled at the higher 112-pound class during the season and paid his dues to make it

into the regional tournament. “He has been our most consistent wrestler all year long.” Jonathan Dennis won five matches out of six on his way to a third-place finish at the 160-pound division. All of his matches came by decision, with his only loss to Central Kitsap’s Caleb Henden. Lacy said that while Dennis normally excels at dual meets, his per-

formance at the Narrows League tournament was impressive and possibly his best showing all season. “I was proud of his composure,” Lacy said. “He was able to bounce back and ends up with a third place finish.” Colby Barber lost in his final match to Central Kitsap’s Thomas Gillespie, 11-8, to finish fourth in the 145-pound class. Barber lost to Gillespie weeks

10 QUESTIONS Journal: How did you first get into golf? Lorna Martinson: My husband actually said I should try it because I was always pretty athletic. He took me to the driving range and away we went. Journal: What do you like best about it? LM: It is the hardest game I have ever played. It is mentally challenging, physically challenging. You have that one shot that always brings you back. It is very easy to get addicted to. Journal: What about your recent club championship? LM: It was the Alderbrook Ladies Club championship. It’s a three-day

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ago at the Central Kitsap Invitational tournament Just a huge improvement on his part, and I look forward to seeing him next weekend,” Lacy said. At 285, Taylor Gettle earned a fourth-place finish after a record of 3-2, losing to Central Kitsap’s Morgan Yarber 6-5 in a late surge in the final six seconds. “He gave up four points See Narrows on page C-8

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event. That is one of those events that always challenges me because of the threeday format. It is always fun up there. Journal: Do you have any personal goals for golfing? LM: Right now I am a five handicap. I would like to get down a stroke or two in the next couple of years. Journal: What about for SHS this spring? LM: We have some big shoes to fill with girls that we have lost. I have some girls that have some golf talent and some great attitudes. Then I have a bunch of new, young kids, and you never know. I’m really excited. Journal: What is your favorite sport outside of golf?

LM: I love basketball, but I love watching college football. Journal: Do you have any hobbies outside of golf? LM: My husband and I enjoy cooking together. I’m also a farm girl. I like to work on cars and fix things. Journal: What is your favorite TV show? LM: I would have to say “CSI.” Journal: What is your favorite food? LM: Pizza. Journal: What is the most played song/artist on your iPod? LM: I’d have to say Cheryl Crow’s “I Want To Soak Up the Sun.” - Asked by Dean Siemon, the Journal

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Shelton’s Ty McCullough goes for a pin during Saturday’s Narrows League championship tournament. By KELLY RIORDAN By Dean Siemon By Dean Sie...