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 By Justin Johnson    Sports    January 26, 2023 

Climbing to new heights

Gabi Munro admits having modest expectations for her senior year. "My goal was to win at least four games this season. That was my goal," Munro said. "Now, since we've made it this far as a team, we h...

 

Moving up

Danyka Squire is officially set to compete at the next level. Squire, a senior multisport athlete at Shelton High School, has signed a letter of intent to compete in softball at Clark College in...

 

On the rise

The stormy seas have settled and the Highclimbers are full sail ahead. Shaking off an 0-5 start to the season, the Shelton High School boys basketball team routed Centralia 68-40 Tuesday night at...

 

Thank you Mason County, welcome to '23

In a few days time, the calendar will again flip forward to usher in a new year. Ready or not, 2023 is here. To our faithful readers, those of us here at the Shelton-Mason County Journal would like to say thank you for your support during the past...

 

Climbers' Moore signs with Pierce College volleyball

Jaylin Moore is set to become a Raider next fall. The Shelton High School senior volleyball standout signed with Pierce College of the Northwest Athletic Conference to compete for the Raiders'...

 

A good day on the Washington coast

After a fall that included several months of lead-up to the midterm elections and a busy high school sports season, last week afforded me a chance to get away from the Journal's office for a few days...

 

Duenkel captures auditor race

A wave of post-election day ballot counts catapulted Steve Duenkel to a narrow victory in the Mason County auditor's race. Duenkel, the Republican challenger, trailed incumbent Democrat Paddy McGuire...

 

UPDATE: Duenkel surges into Auditor's race lead

WEB UPDATE: Steve Duenkel took a seven-vote lead in the Mason County auditor's race after Wednesday's second ballot count. Wednesday's tally saw 3,630 additional votes counted in the race, allowing...

 

Flying high

The mark of the best teams is that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It's the philosophy that has guided the Mary M. Knight High School volleyball team to one of its best seasons in rece...

 

In defense of the truth - it does matter

Does the truth matter? Here at the Journal it does. During much of the campaign season, the newspaper has strived to stay above the fray of acrimony that has surrounded our political discourse. We have a long history of not endorsing candidates for...

 

North Mason's Thygesen keeping sights aimed high

Goals are powerful motivators. After a summer of intense training, Kezlie Thygesen is reaping the rewards. "I have had lots of progress and worked hard during the offseason and in-season training,"...

 

Bulldogs run wild

Trailing by a point in the final minutes of the first half, the Bulldogs had a choice: put their heads down or go to work. It was an easy decision. After an underthrown pass resulted in a...

 

State rebuts Duenkel claims

Election systems in Mason County and around the state are fully certified in accordance with Revised Code of Washington requirements. Citing increasing misinformation around the certification and technical aspects of voting systems in Washington,...

 

A memorable night for the Journal staff

The Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association had its annual convention and awards gala this past weekend in Bellingham. The Journal captured 20 awards, including a second-place finish in General Excellence, which judges newspapers on their...

 

The deadly roads of Mason County

Around 8 p.m. Sunday night, Washington State Patrol and Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal accident between a car and man sitting in the road on state Route 3 near Deer Creek north of Shelton. A news memo from State Patrol says the...

 

Owls' volleyball squad steamrolls league foes

The Owls' took flight with gusto. Led by strong serving and veteran leadership from its five seniors, the Mary M. Knight volleyball team dispatched league foes Oakville and Wishkah Valley in straight...

 

Election season begins in Mason County

Welcome to the circus. This week marks the beginning of the 2022 general election season here at the Shelton-Mason County Journal. Starting with this week’s edition of the paper, the Journal will begin running a series of question-and-answer pages...

 

Feeling it

Madison Gill was feeling it. Was she ever. Gill, a senior forward for the Shelton High School girls soccer team, scored two goals in each half as the Highclimbers topped Mason County Cup rival North...

 

A return to normalcy for high school football

After two seasons filled with disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's version of Friday Night Lights feels like a return to normalcy. Perhaps that's tempting fate, but, for now,...

 

Bulldogs ready to grind for wins

The snap ended in a fumble. As did the next one. The one after that was flagged as a penalty. Under a scorching late-summer sun at Belfair's Phil Pugh Stadium, the Bulldogs kept grinding. "Our first...

 

Shelton Floor Covering claims Fuddpucker title

Dusty slides, plenty of laughs and a whole lot of trash talking. That was the 24th annual Fuddpuckers Draft softball tournament in a nutshell. The two-day, six-team event Saturday and Sunday at Callan...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    August 18, 2022

Primary certified

The 2022 primary election reached its official conclusion Tuesday when Mason County’s election canvassing board voted to certify the results. A total of 20,413 ballots were cast out of 43,369 registered voters in the county — a turnout of 47.07%...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    August 4, 2022

Four EMS levies passing safely

NOTE: This story was updated to include Wednesday's 4:30 p.m. second ballot count. Four levies supporting emergency medical services in Mason County are passing after the initial ballot count of...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    June 23, 2022

Heat Wave Coming

After a mild and wet spring, temperatures are expected to rise dramatically this weekend. On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement that temerperatures around Western Washington will reach into the upper...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    May 12, 2022

Journal columnist dies

Longtime Mason County resident and Shelton-Mason County Journal outdoors columnist Mark Woytowich died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. Woytowich wrote the Journal's popular column...

 

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