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  • MMK girls basketball coach, school board president dies

    Journal Staff|Jun 13, 2024

    You would probably be hard-pressed to find someone in Matlock that didn't have a story about Mike Bateman. Bateman, 59, a life-long community member and graduate of Mary M. Knight High School who served as the president of the Mary M. Knight school board and the Owls' head girls basketball coach, died on May 29. "It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of one of our school board members, Mr. Mike Bateman," MMK Superintendant Matt Mallery wrote in a district statement. "As some of you...

  • Tupolo is 2A discus champion

    Justin Johnson|May 30, 2024

    North Mason High School junior Adrianna Tupolo became the first Bulldog to win a state girls track title in 30 years Friday. Tupolo won the discus event at the 2A state Track & Field Championship meet Thursday to Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. "Coming back from finishing 8th in the discus last year at the state championship, I knew from the beginning of this season that Adrianna was ready to put in the work to make some serious progress," North Mason girls coach Lily Campbell...

  • District champion

    May 23, 2024

  • 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...

  • Last outs at home

    May 16, 2024

  • 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...

  • Happy Moment

    May 9, 2024

  • Prep Roundup

    May 9, 2024

    Shelton baseball Shelton lost 8-2 to Columbia River in the first round of the 2A District 4 baseball tournament Tuesday at Columbia River High School in Vancouver. The Highclimbers played against Mark Morris on Wednesday at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex to try to keep the season alive. If Shelton won, the Highclimbers would play against the loser of the Tumwater-Ridgefield district semifinal game at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Recreation Complex in Ridgefield. Shelton wrapped up the regular season with a 5-3 loss against the Warriors...

  • 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...

  • Climber victory

    May 2, 2024

  • Prep Roundup

    May 2, 2024

    Shelton baseball Shelton won 8-0 against Black Hills on April 23 in Tumwater and won 15-0 on April 24 against Black Hills in Shelton in Evergreen Conference baseball games. The Highclimbers (11-7, 7-5) scheduled game against Rochester on April 27 was rescheduled to Wednesday in Rochester. Shelton wraps up the regular season at 4:30 p.m. today against Tenino in a nonleague game on senior night. Shelton girls golf Shelton lost to Rochester 38-22 in an Evergreen Conference girls golf match on April 24 at Lake Limerick Golf Course in Shelton....

  • 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...

  • 'A chance to give back'

    Journal Staff|Feb 29, 2024

    For Centralia College women's basketball coach Tiffany Twiddy, it was a chance to come full circle. "For people that know me, Skok is my tribe and my people," Twiddy wrote in a text message. "It means something to me to be able to come back home and put on an event that's positive for young hoopers." Twiddy wrote that as a college coach, she strives to see her players grow as leaders and that it's exciting to see them give back and work with Skok youth athletes. "I think all of us, coaches and p...

  • State champ

    Feb 22, 2024

  • 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...

  • Shelton High swimmers, wrestlers shine at state

    Feb 22, 2024

  • Climbers move up

    Justin Johnson|Jan 25, 2024

    Meet the new leagues, same as the old leagues. As Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s quadrennial process of reclassification of its member schools came to a close over the weekend, not much changed on the surface for Mason County’s three sports-playing high schools. After four years in 2A as a member of the Evergreen Conference, Shelton High School was returned to 3A despite an appeal to remain at the lower level, but the change will only affect the Highclimbers when pos...


    Justin Johnson|Jan 25, 2024

    The Bulldogs cast a wide net in their search for a new football coach, but it turns out the answer was just across the parking lot. North Mason High School officially made John Fullington its head football coach after the school board approved the move at its Monday meeting. Fullington has been a physical education teacher and football coach at Hawkins Middle School since 2018. "I'm very excited about this hire," North Mason athletic director Ray Bonnell wrote in an email. "We spread the net...

  • Owls soar

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    Journal Staff|Jan 18, 2024

    The Shelton High School girls soccer team had eight players earn All-Conference honors. Achaya McMullin and Tatum Dickey were named first team All-EvCo at midfielder and defender, respectively. Lydia Hanson (goalkeeper), Ashley Hermenegildo (midfielder) and Kodee Galloway (defender) earned second team honors. Amaya Carrion, Blayke Germeau and Hailey Schuffenhauer received honorable mentions....

  • A night at Bulldog Gym

    Jan 11, 2024


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