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  • Shelton High tennis duo preps for final state run

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|May 23, 2024

    Jayden Lovingfoss and Wyatt Wagner were paired up to play as a doubles team in ninth grade, and now they are getting ready to play in their final tennis tournament of their Shelton Highclimber careers. The duo will compete at the 2A boys state tennis tournament Friday and Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle. Both players are feeling good, but they have had a lot of time off since they last played tennis together. The duo finished 14-0...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by Matt Baide, For the Journal|May 16, 2024

    Shelton baseball Shelton’s season came to an end May 8 with a 2-1 loss against Mark Morris in the 2A District IV baseball tournament at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. Shelton ended the season 11-8 overall. North Mason softball North Mason won 8-7 against Bremerton on May 8 in Belfair and lost 9-5 against Bainbridge on May 9 in Belfair and ended the regular season with a 15-0 loss against North Kitsap on May 10 in Belfair. The Bulldogs ended the regular season 9-10 overall and 4-10 in Olympic League games. As of Tuesday, the 2A D...

  • Highclimbers host 64th Shelton Invitational

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|May 2, 2024

    The Shelton boys finished 15th and the girls finished 16th as a team at the 64th Shelton Invitational track and field meet April 27 at Highclimber Stadium in Shelton. Shelton senior Anthony Sanchelli finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 146 feet, 7 inches, and finished sixth in the shot put. Junior Benjamin Morford placed fifth in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 10 inches. Freshman Justice Bloomfield placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles. Sophomore Bennett Henry finished 10th in...

  • Next level

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Mar 28, 2024

    Shelton seniors Lelia Ollenburg, Kaylin Mutoli and Jayden Lovingfoss all signed to swim in college next year. Ollenburg is staying the closest, signing with the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Ollenburg finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly and eighth in the 200-yard individual medley at the state meet. She was also a part of the second-place 400-yard freestyle relay and third-place 200-yard freestyle relay. Mutoli signed to swim with Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California....

  • Climbers edge Elma

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Mar 21, 2024

    Shelton boys baseball Shelton baseball opened the season with a 1-0 win against Elma in a nonleague game March 12 in Shelton. The Highclimbers lost 8-1 against Olympic in a nonleague game March 16 in Shelton. Shelton (1-1) hosted Tumwater on Tuesday in the first Evergreen Conference game of the season and traveled to Tumwater on Wednesday. The Highclimbers travel to Oregon to take on Aloha at 5 p.m. in Beaverton. Shelton girls golf Shelton lost 30-15 to Rochester on Monday in the opening Evergre...

  • North Mason's Evans wins state wrestling title

    Matt Baide|Feb 22, 2024

    North Mason junior Sadie Evans won the 155-pound weight class during the 1B-2A girls state championship at Mat Classic XXXV on Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Evans is the first North Mason wrestling state champion since Zac Joaquin in 2011. "It was pretty dang good. She pinned out, I think she might have spent all of her matches, nine or 10 minutes total on the mat," North Mason assistant coach Bill McCarty told the Journal. "Obviously, a lot of pins. Regardless of that, she really...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide|Jan 25, 2024

    Mary M. Knight girls basketball Mary M. Knight won 60-17 against Wishkah Valley on Jan. 16 in Matlock but lost 47-38 against Darrington in a nonleague game Jan. 17 in Darrington. The Owls won 44-17 against Clallam Bay on Jan. 20 in Matlock and won 54-10 against Lake Quinault on Monday in Amanda Park in a 1B Coastal League game. MMK (8-7, 4-2) hosted Oakville on Tuesday in Matlock in a league game. The Owls play against Lake Quinault at 7 p.m. on Friday in a league game in Matlock. Mary M....

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jan 18, 2024

    Shelton boys basketball The Highclimbers earned a 59-37 win against the Warriors on Jan. 10 in Rochester to extend their win streak to six games. Shelton (7-5, 4-1) was scheduled to host Tumwater at Terry Gregg Court on Jan. 12, but the game was postponed due to weather. The Highclimbers travel to Tumwater at 7 tonight to take on Black Hills in an Evergreen Conference game. Shelton travels to Tumwater at 7 p.m. on Monday to take on the Thunderbirds. Shelton girls basketball Shelton lost 53-42 against Rochester on Jan. 9 at Terry Gregg Court...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jan 11, 2024

    Shelton girls wrestling The Shelton girls won the Mount Tahoma Classic girls wrestling tournament Jan. 6 in Tacoma. The Highclimbers had six girls win their respective tournaments. Shelton’s Amaya Carran won the 100-pound tournament with wins against Lake Washington’s Ela Caglar, Montesano’s Julianna Smith and Shelton’s Naima Harmon. Adell Anderson won the 105-pound tournament with wins against Interlake’s Dhruvi Neerudu, Mount Tahoma’s Aydin Harbin and Lincoln (Tacoma) Heather Johnson. Shelton’s Sofia Todd won the 130-pound tournament wi...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide, For the Journal|Dec 28, 2023

    Shelton boys basketball Shelton earned a 47-39 win against Olympic on Dec. 21 in a nonleague game at the Mini-Dome. The Highclimbers (2-5, 1-1) host Hockinson at 7 p.m. today in the Mini-Dome in a nonleague game. Shelton will play Elma at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Mini-Dome in a nonleague game. Shelton wrestling Shelton’s Ty Fleshman finished sixth in the 126-pound tournament at the Pac Coast Boys Championships wrestling tournament Dec. 21 and 22 at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield. Fleshman earned three wins to start the tournament ag...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide, For the Journal|Dec 21, 2023

    Shelton boys basketball Shelton earned its first win of the season 58-40 against Black Hills on Dec. 13 in an Evergreen Conference game at the Terry Gregg Court in Shelton. The Highclimbers lost 74-47 in a nonleague game against Mount Tahoma on Dec. 15 in Tacoma. Shelton (1-5, 1-1) hosts Olympic at 7 tonight in a nonleague game at the Mini-Dome. Shelton girls basketball The Highclimbers lost 62-34 against Black Hills on Dec. 12 in Tumwater and lost 47-36 to River Ridge on Monday in a nonleague game at Terry Gregg Court. Shelton (0-7, 0-3) is...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide, For the Journal|Dec 14, 2023

    Shelton boys basketball Shelton lost to W.F. West 54-41 on Dec. 7 in Chehalis and lost 66-42 to Bremerton on Monday in Bremerton. The Highclimbers (0-4, 0-1) hosted Black Hills on Wednesday in an Evergreen Conference game in the Mini-Dome. Shelton plays against Mount Tahoma High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Tacoma. Shelton girls basketball Shelton lost to Tumwater 58-24 on Dec. 6 at the Mini-Dome and lost 64-25 to W.F. West on Dec. 8 at the Mini-Dome. The Highclimbers (0-5, 0-2) traveled to...

  • 'Dogs run wild

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Dec 7, 2023

    North Mason junior Adrianne Tupolo scored 35 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 54-38 win against Shelton in the girls basketball version of the Mason County Cup on Dec. 1 at the Mini-Dome in Shelton. Coming off the Bulldogs' first appearance in districts in more than a decade, North Mason head coach Alex Fitzhugh said the game was "everything we could have asked for." "We've got a bunch of new girls so just keeping the ball rolling from last year's success," Fitzhugh said. "I think this is the...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide|Dec 7, 2023

    North Mason boys basketball North Mason won its opening game 62-59 to Muckleshoot Tribal School on Dec. 1 in Belfair in a nonleague boys basketball game. The Bulldogs lost 58-55 to Evergreen on Dec. 4 in Seattle. North Mason (1-1) hosts Kingston at 7 tonight in Belfair. The Bulldogs will travel to Port Angeles on Dec. 12 to play at 7 p.m. against the Roughriders in an Olympic League game. North Mason girls bowling North Mason lost 6-1 to Sequim on Nov. 30 at Laurel Lanes in Port Angeles in an Olympic League girls bowling match. The Bulldogs...

  • Climber bowlers knock off Black Hills at Westside

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Nov 30, 2023

    Shelton had its best match of the season in a 1,497-1,440 win against Black Hills on Nov. 21 at Westside Lanes in Olympia. Eight Highclimbers bowlers increased their match average, with Kaelynn Robbins leading the way with a 142 average. Alivia Holt had a 141 average and Lilah Wentworth recorded a 132.5 average. Josefina Francisco-Zacarias tallied a 129 average and Ruby Hernandez averaged 117.5. The varsity team recorded a single game team-high 663. Shelton (2-3) traveled to Fairway Lanes in...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide|Nov 23, 2023

    Shelton bowling Shelton lost to Aberdeen 1,478-1,402 in an Evergreen Conference girls bowling match on Nov. 16 at Rainier Lanes in Aberdeen. Alivia Holte led the team with a 151 average and Josefina Francisco-Zacarias bowled a 134.5 average. Kaelynn Robbins, Caitlin Foreman and Marsybel Hernandez-Zacarias each bowled on varsity. Shelton’s Kai Aronson, Hayleigh Jenkins, Sophia Stitzel and Holte each bowled new high games. The Highclimbers lost to Rochester 1,554-1,483 in a conference match on Nov. 14 at Fairway Lanes in Centralia. Shelton b...

  • Shelton swimming finishes sixth at state

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Nov 16, 2023

    The Shelton swim team had the highest team finish in school history, placing sixth at the state 2A girls swim meet Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Lelia Ollenburg, Kaylin Mutoli, Madeline Allred and Abbi Sachs finished second in 3 minutes, 52.13 seconds. The same relay team finished third in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:44.70. In individual events, Mutoli placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.21 and sixth...

  • Triumph and tragedy

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Nov 9, 2023

    The Shelton girls swim team finished second at the District IV 2A girls swim meet on Nov. 3 and 4 at the Shelton High School pool. The 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay team of Lelia Ollenburg, Madeline Allred, Kaylin Mutoli and Abbi Sachs won each race. Ollenburg won the 100-yard butterfly, dropping three seconds and setting a school record. The four swimmers are getting ready to swim at the state 2A girls swim meet at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday at King County Aquatic Center in...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Nov 9, 2023

    Shelton cross country Shelton senior Lily Bennett finished 17th at the state 2A girls cross country race Nov. 4 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Bennett finished the race in 19 minutes, 50.2 seconds. First-year student Alisha Carpenter placed 54th in 20:56. In the boys race, Shelton senior Carson Bursch finished 35th in 16:57. North Mason junior Jackson Bergdahl finished 85th in 17:49. North Mason volleyball North Mason lost to Franklin Pierce 3-0 in the District III 2A volleyball tournament on Nov. 3 at Sammamish High School to end the...

  • Bound for Pasco

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Nov 2, 2023

    Shelton senior Lily Bennett finished in fourth place at the District IV 2A girls cross country championship race Oct. 26 at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland. Bennett finished the race in 19 minutes, 58 seconds to qualify for the state 2A girls cross country championship race at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Shelton first-year student Alisha Carpenter also qualified for the state race with a 11th place finish in 20:35. Sophomore Madison Lohmeyer finished 29th in 21:55....

  • North Mason, MMK volleyball teams set for districts

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Nov 2, 2023

    North Mason is ranked No. 13 in the District 2/3 2A volleyball tournament and will play No. 12 seed Franklin Pierce at 4 p.m. on Friday at Sammamish High School in Sammamish. The Bulldogs wrapped up the regular season with a 3-2 win against Kingston on Oct. 24 in Kingston and a 3-0 loss to North Kitsap on Oct. 26 in Belfair. North Kitsap won with set scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-19. North Mason junior libero Alyssa Pomrenke had four aces and eight digs. Sophomore Mari Morris tallied two aces, t...

  • Breakthrough

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Oct 12, 2023

    Shelton earned its first league win of the season 20-6 against Centralia on Friday night at Jack Stark Field in Shelton. "I think we battled," said head coach Mark Smith. "I don't think we played the cleanest game. We left some points on the field. We were down inside the 10-yard line a couple times and couldn't get it in, missed a field goal, missed an extra point so there's some points there we had an opportunity for. To Centralia's credit, they didn't let us have them. They played hard. They...

  • Highclimber boys golf team wraps up regular season

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Oct 12, 2023

    The Shelton boys golf team fell to W.F. West 239-251 in an Evergreen Conference boys golf match Sept. 27 at Newaukum Valley Golf Course in Chehalis. Shelton's Carson Harmon earned medalist honors with a 44. Austin Covert shot a 46, and James Marbet and Zane Scott each carded a 53. Bjorn Jacot shot a 55 and Ty Anthis rounded out the Highclimbers with a 59. The Highclimbers lost 204-226 against Tumwater on Sept. 28 at Tumwater Valley Golf Course in Tumwater. Harmon led the way for the...

  • MATT'S MUSINGS

    Matt Baide|Oct 5, 2023

    The 2023 season had its ups and downs, and it came to an end in true Mariners fashion. Seattle had a three-game lead for the AL West crown at the beginning of September after winning the most games in a month in franchise history in August. Fan optimism and interest was at its peak when it's normally the time most Seattle fans turn their attention to the Seahawks. Copy editor Kirk Ericson became a big Mariners fan and we even watched some of a game in August at a bar, a loss against Baltimore....

  • Bulldogs take down Knights, Eagles

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Sep 28, 2023

    The North Mason volleyball team earned wins against Bremerton and Elma last week. The Bulldogs swept Bremerton 25-14, 25-16 and 25-19 on Sept. 21 in Belfair. Senior outside hitter Jordan Young had three aces and three kills. Junior outside hitter Adrianne Tupolo recorded two aces and 10 kills and junior middle blocker Adrianna Tupolo had eight aces, six kills and one block. Junior setter Kalli Wynn had three aces, 15 assists and two digs. "This was a great week for our varsity," Kanoe Lilly told...

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