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All-time records tumbled...
Brother, what a year!

      Fastest high-school brother act in the nation perhaps of all time . A repeat All-American. A first-ever Division I spiker. Highwater marks in Chlorineville.
      All of them and more made sports headlines in 2003, and The Journal went along for the ride: To wit:


      Age-group hoop's Red Raiders of Shelton went three-and-oh to the throne of their own tournament in the Minidome.
      Shaking off the cobwebs after a three-week break in a hardcourt campaign already 26 games long and scarcely halfway completed, the hometown sixth-graders improved their record to 29-0.
      Coached by former Highclimber standouts Scott Eichhorn and Dale "Red" Johnson, they included Alex Dickinson, Tyler Dunnington, Jacob Dunnington, Ryan Johnson, Api Moliga, Kevin Eichhorn, Taylor Morgan and Alex Olson.
      Local softball legend Wayne "Shotgun" Clary was inducted into the Shelton- Mason County Sports Hall of Fame.
      Shelton teen Curtis Snyder made bowling history, becoming the youngest ever to roll a perfect game in the 49-year history of the Shelton Timber Bowl.
      The new titleholder, son of three-time 300 Club member Curt Snyder and grandson of longtime women's league standout Louise Snyder, didn't turn 19 till the 26th of January.
      Climber prep All-American Nick Owens led a group of five Shelton Track Club athletes in the University of Washington's first indoor meet of the season.
      The nation's top indoor weight thrower by almost ten feet at the time, senior Nick competed against some of the very best collegiate and post-collegiate weight throwers in the entire nation, including no less than the current USA national champion and last year's Pac-10 champ.
      His throw of 61-11 with the 35-pound weight placed him fourth, only a quarter inch behind Oregon's Adam Kriz last year's Pac-10 hammer and weight-throw champion.
      Nearly five dozen grade-school champions squared off in quest of advancement in the annual Elks Hoop Shoot national free-throw-shooting competition in the Minidome.
      To probably no one's surprise, one of the advancers was a North Mason kid by the name of Brett Skogstad aka the local Elks' two-time national finalist. Three years ago Brett finished sixth back in Springfield, and in 2000, before winning his third state title and making it all the way to regionals last year, he wound up third in the nation.
      Joining young Skogstad in advancement were girls' 10-11 age-group winner Teitra Marsh of Pioneer School, Hood Canal's Kyle Bonita and Deziree Wheeldon of Elma in the 8- and 9-year-olds' division and Shelton's Charlie Vernon and Sand Hill's Stephanie Hicks among the 12- and 13-year-olds.
      Two Shelton Throwers' Club athletes competed in track's WSU Indoor Classic in Pullman while a teammate went to Portland for the Great Northwest Indoor meet.
      Climber seniors Nick Owens and Kyle Cofield joined an exClimber of particular note NCAA collegiate All-American Andrea Thornton in the Wazzu donnybrook.
      Nick, only the third Highclimber ever to be named a prep All-American, copped a first and a second. Kyle placed second in two events. And exClimber Andrea won the women's open hammer.


      Two Mason County champs advanced to the state finals in the annual Elks Hoop Shoot.
      Allyn's Brett Skogstad and Shelton's Charlie Vernon made the grade by topping their respective age groups in the district shootout.
      Former Highclimber star Mike Brickert of Chelan remained paralyzed from the chest down following a late-January bicycling accident halfway across the globe.
      Shelton's late-'60s three-sport standout and former Chelan County sheriff was on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia on a 90-day deployment with the Washington Air National Guard when the accident occurred January 25.
      All-league honors befell five hoop Owls at Mary M. Knight High School in Matlock.
      Girls' head mentor Lance Valley was voted Pacific B League "Coach of the Year," 5-8 junior guard Cassandra Brehmeyer made the all-league first team for the second straight season and girls' teammates Karissa Paulson and Alison Goldy along with boys' standout Aaron Brehmeyer joined the league's honorable-mention elite.
      The Climber chlorine boys commemorated their inaugural season in the Narrows League by seizing the divisional throne by way of the first-ever unbeaten dual-meet season in the Climber swim program's 34-year history. They're coached by veterans Rob Phelan and Chad Youngquist.
      Climbers Josh McDowell, Pat Penoyar, Sun-Bom Kwon and Dexter Barnard emerged with various school-record credentials as well. Together they went 1:44.50 to wrest the dozen-year-old school medley-relay record away from '91 stars Jake Swartz, Eric Kinser, Kelly Moores and Eric Zembas. And junior Penoyar did the same in the 100 breaststroke, going 1:01.39 to put the aforementioned Kinser in the #2 spot on the all-time Climber list by almost a second and then putting an exclamation mark on it by winning the district breast title without tapering.
      Highclimber wrestling emerged from district with four regional berths. Advancing were seniors Cody Simmons, Chris Mosher and Cody Franzen and upstart ninth-grader Cody Barnhart.
      Then, despite being so sick he was practically out on his feet, state-veteran Simmons pulled off a survival feat for the ages to emerge from wrestling's regional tournament with Shelton's lone state berth.
      At the all-Washington showcase his fifth-place performance found him not only one of just a handful of two-time state placers in Climber history but #1 on the all-time Climber pins list, his four pins there at state running his career total to 22.
      Climber basketball's 10-10 boys advanced to the postseason while the SHS girls' team bowed out and they promptly moved into the double-elimination bracket of district by demolishing first-round foe Foss 89-72 after losing to the Tacoma outfit by 23 points in their regular-season meeting.
      True to form as the top high-school weight-thrower in the entire nation, Shelton's Nick Owens won his specialty in the prestigious Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho.
      Meanwhile, equally celebrated Climber teammate Alex McClary complemented him by way of a second-place performance in the boys' 1600 meters.
      The Climber chlorine boys' season to remember came to an All-American conclusion in the 4A state finals in Federal Way.
      Already sky high on account of their celebrated swim foursome's near -All-American performance in the medley relay, the Climbers came up with an even more amazing capper to their first unbeaten dual-meet season in 34 years:
      School-recordholder Pat Penoyar's 1:00.03 breaststroke mindboggler, good for Shelton's first-ever "All-American consideration" distinction.
      The closest any Climber had come before to the sport's time-honored pinnacle roughly symbolic of top-hundred status in the entire nation was late-Eighties' phenom Travis England's state-championship 51.89 fourteen winters before. And that proved nine-hundredths second shy of All-American consideration, which is the lower of two premier distinctions including the slightly faster "automatic" All-American.
      Meanwhile, Pat and relay teammates Josh McDowell, Sun-Bom Kwon and Dexter Barnard teamed for a third-place 1:40.55 performance in the medley relay that left them just two tenths of a second shy of All-American consideration as a foursome.


      Climber junior Alex McClary became Washington state's all-time fastest high-school indoor halfmiler.
      In a race in which twin brother Andrew served notice of his arrival among the middle-distance elite as well, the reigning state 800-meter runner-up smashed the old high-school standard by more than a second, going 1:52.15.
      Considering the indoor venue and the fact that it was only March, said Shelton track historian John Sells, Alex's performance is intrin-sically superior even to the outdoor 1:50.72 by which he became the fastest sophomore in state history the previous spring, when he established himself as well as Washington's third-fastest prep halfmiler of all time.
      For the second year in a row the Climber hoop boys bowed out of the postseason donnybrook two wins shy of their first trip to state in fully 26 years.
      Coach Mark Jensen's boys lost 46-58 to state-ranked Kentwood, stayed alive by holding off 14-9 Auburn 65-62 and then bowed out of the West Central District faceoff by way of a 48-56 loss to state-ranked Bethel despite 20 points from junior guard Colby Brewer and 15 from six-foot-eight senior Aaron Sawyer.
      Sawyer wound up earning all-league first-team honors for the second straight year and Brewer made the second-team list.
      Aaron finished the season with a school-record 65 blocked shots (2.7 a game) and hit 47 percent of his field goals en route to a scoring average of 14.5 points a game. He also led the team with a rebounding mark of 8.1 a game.
      Colby led the Climbers in scoring with a 14.9 points-per-game average. He shot almost 45 percent from the floor 31.5 from three-point range and also led the team in ball-thievery, with an average of just shy of two steals a game, and assists, with two per outing as well.
      Former Highclimber Shannon Beeler was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame.
      The 1998 collegiate All-American by way of Shelton was honored along with two other University of Minne-sota fastpitch greats during the hall's 2003 induction ceremony February 7 in Minne-apolis.
      The 1995 Climber grad became an NCAA Division I first-team All-American her junior year as a UM Golden Gopher. One of the most productive seasons in Minnesota softball history, it saw her set school single-season records with 14 home runs and 74 runs batted in.
      Retired coach Dick Wentz, long the patriarch of Climber wrestling, was in a state of induced semiconsciousness at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after suffering a stroke.
      The Climber dance team went to Anaheim, California, and copped third place in their division of the prep-sters' national championships.
      Coached by veteran mentor Jacki Stracke, the dancers included Katrina Colo, Kamee Metzler, Nicole Parker, Rebecca Nevinger, Cicely Visser, Lisa Roberge, Emily Ligman, Chelsi Claussen, Sarah Wheatley, Jessica Hong, Rachel Taylor, Kati Quiring, Ashley Gallington, Lacy McIntosh, Arisa Malpass, Emily Bauder, Nicole Tarlton, Jordanne Gerbing, Jenny Miser and Katie Miser.
      Climber Nick Owens stole the spotlight as Shelton hosted the annual Andrea Thornton Hammer Classic.
      The Climber senior topped the boys' field with a 226-9 throw that not only eclipsed his old personal record by two inches shy of 11 feet but broke now-Southern-Cal-full-ride-collegian Adam Midles' meet record by more than seven feet.
      Oh, yes: And it also boosted Nick's high-school national lead in the event to a whopping 26 feet.
      The Climber also won the 6-kilogram competition, getting the heavier implement out to the 205-8 mark to win by more than 50 feet.


      Climberville's baseball and softball teams launched new coaching eras the former welcoming Joe Ferris and the latter Valerie Ogg as first-year replacements at the varsity helms.
      Ferris logged victory #1 in the second week, bombing Olympic 15-6. Ogg's girls got her into the win column by way of a 2-1 shocker over league coleader Central Kitsap after two and a half weeks of near misses.
      Former national age-group champion Ted Depoe of Shelton donned USA Powerlifting's state crown in Edmonds.
      The Highclimber grad ascended the throne in the men's 242-pound weight division with a three-lift total of 1,714 pounds, a new personal record.
      Long-time local pin luminary Dennie R. Ross was named to the Shelton Bowling Association Hall of Fame.
      The hoop girls of rural Pioneer Middle School went 11-1 to claim their school's first-ever league title.
      Prep All-American Nick Owens of Shelton set an age-group national record in Richland.
      Leading the way as expected in the Tri-City Hammer Championships' assemblage of the top 45 throwers in the Northwest, the Highclimber senior rewrote the USTAF (United States Track And Field) record for boys 19 and younger with the 13.2-pound, or 6.0-kilogram, implement, launching a mammoth 224-footer on his first attempt.
      Taking his act to prep track's huge Pasco Invitational, Climber Nick uncorked a throw of 177-2 to top all 4A competitors in the discus and thus eclipse by ten inches the all-time SHS record set in 1999 by Doug Sells, a full-ride decathlete at the University of Oregon. Dropping to #3 on the list was the late Des Koch, who went on to win a bronze medal in the '56 Olympic Games.
      The Shelton Kings' pep-squad girls, pintsized versions of prepdom's Highclimber cheerleaders, belied their prepubescent standing by going to Disneyland and copping a national Power Cheer Athletics Association divisional championship.
      Members of the squad included sixth-graders Amy Harper, Samantha Hernandez, Rene Langer, Niki Neumann, Kelsey Norton, Alix Trevorrow and Amanda Sims; fifth-graders Kynzie Profitt, Amanda Swantak, Kaylee Benedict, Janice Bowcutt, Destiny DeGon and Holly Riley; fourth-grader Breanna Robbins, and third-graders Rachel McIrvin and Tia Yeck. Their mascot was first-grader Jamie Sutton. Coaches were Jeri Sutton and Jessica Plampin.


      Age-group basketball's Red Raiders of Shelton wound up 60-6 on the year among the most boastworthy records of all time in little Christmastown, where the typical season runs more like a dozen games, tops.
      The public bike and skateboard park at Lake Limerick got shut down less than a year after its much-heralded opening scuttled by an insurance company.
      Prep All-American Nick Owens won his hammer specialty and the shotput and discus events as well and took home "Male Athlete of the Meet" distinction as the hosts walked off with team honors in the boys' division of track's 43rd annual Shelton Invitational.
      Nick threw the hammer a nation-leading 230-9 and topped the discus and shot fields with marks of 173-3 and 55-51/2, respectively.
      Other top performances by the Climbers included repeat winner and all-time Climber recordholder Chelsi Claussen's wire-to-wire win in the 300 hurdles and second place in the 100 hurdles; junior Rachael Kaercher's meet-record-breaking 59.0 for second place in the 400 meters; Chelsi and Rachael's relay co-conspiracy with Climber all-time sprint recordholder Andrea Mayes and upstart frosh Rachael Forbis to the tune of a meet-record triumph in the 4x100; senior Mayes' third in the 100 and fourth in the 200; junior Alex McClary's gritty second-place performance in the mile following a three-week injury layoff, and twin brother Andrew's 50-second leg in the second-place 4x400 following unaccountably subpar outings in the mile and 800.
      Highclimber freshmen Jeremy Knowlton and Zach Corbett competed in age-group wrestling's state freestyle tournament in Vancouver. Both finished sixth.
      The Climber soccer lads under coach Brian Fairbrother wrapped up an 11-5-2 season with another postseason stint.
      Alas, Stadium beat them 5-0 on the turf and then Curtis prevailed 7-nil in a hail storm to sideline them one win shy of state.
      Eight of the Climbers earned all-league honors. First-teamers were Sloane brothers Michael and Peter, both seniors. Classmate Stephen Gardner and juniors Cesar Cifuentes and Robbie Fairbrother made the second team while senior Chris Hoxit and juniors Tyesen Robbins and Ben Small were honorable mentions.
      Three Climber baseball players were accorded all-league honors by vote of the head coaches.
      Included among the Narrows League Bridge Division elite were second-team pick Jordan Hurst (senior outfielder, .404, two homers), and honorable mentions Ty-ler Benham (senior centerfielder, .375, two homers) and Zack Gagnon (junior second-baseman, .244).
      Softball's Climber girls like their boy counterparts authors of only a two-win season came through with a trio of all-league appointments as well.
      Senior Tiffany Moulton was a second-team choice at catcher after fashioning a .360 batting average, and sophomores Kristi Scoles and Janessa Omdahl were honorable mentions at utility and shortstop, respectively.


      Track & field's Climbers barged into state with a team-championship performance at regionals, where they were fueled notably by senior prep All-American Nick Owens' PR 56-113/4 in the shot and junior basketball star Bill Richardson's 6-6 in the high jump along with upstart sophomore Chris Smith's 13-0 vault, junior twin Alex McClary's 1:53.14 in the 800, state-veteran senior Chelsi Claussen's school-recordbreaking 15.02 in the 100 hurdles, twin Andrew McClary's PR 1:53.67 in the 800 and state-veteran junior Rachael Kaercher's school-recordbreaking 58.07 quarter mile.

      THE TWINS hogged the headlines at state, of course Alex going 1:51.46 and Andrew 1:51.78 for a dramatic one-two finish in the 800 meters in what track historians said could well be the fastest twin-brother act in the history of high-school track in America.
      Other Climber state-meet notables included Nick Owens' 56-103/4 for second in the shot, Bill Richardson's 6-2 for seventh in the high jump, Chris Smith's 13-0 for tenth in the pole vault, Andrea Mayes' 12.57 for fifth in the 100 and 26.75 for eighth in the 200, Rachael Kaercher's 57.39 for fourth in the 800 (after a school-record 57.01 in the prelims), Erika Espino's 127-10 for fifth in the discus, Katrina Roberson's 9-6 for 11th in the pole vault, Chelsi Claussen's school-record 44.61 for fourth in the 300 hurdles after a subpar 15.68 in the 100 hurdles, the school-record 48.13 for second by Claussen, Rachael Forbis, Kaercher and Mayes in the 4x100 relay and the school-record 1:41.62 for second by the same foursome in the 4x200.
      In the boys' 4x400, the McClary twins and teammates Aaron Densley and Jeff Carroll went 3:26.02 in the prelims and missed the finals by just one place.
      Together, the tied-for-fourth boys and the fourth-place girls gave the Climbers and coaches Brian Brickert, Mike Fox & company runner-up honors in the battle for overall team bragging rights. That's tops in SHS history.
      Powerlifting's mighty Highclimbers, led by state-record-smashing performances by seniors Cody Franzen and Erika Espino and boasting five other individual champions as well, ran away to their sixth boys' state crown in the 19 years of mentor Rich "Coach U" Unterseher's SHS reign and wound up second overall in the girls' division.
      Blowing out all rival 198-pounders with a meet-topping performance capped by a state-record 365-pound bench press, veteran Franzen amassed a three-lift total of 1,455 pounds, winning by more than 300 and establishing himself as pound-for-pound the strongest Highclimber in the history of his sport.
      Espino, too, left an all-time state-meet record in her wake, deadlifting 420 pounds en route to the girls' throne at 181.
      Also copping state crowns for the host Climbers were senior repeat titleist Alonzo Belen (148 pounds), sophomore Kevin Farmer (132), senior Levi Mease (165), senior Salinda Gafford (114) and senior Katrina Colo (105).
      Climber golfers Amanda Davis and Chris Evans went to state but missed making the cut for the second day senior Amanda by way of a 102 at Kennewick's Meadow Springs and upstart frosh Chris by way of an 82 at nearby Canyon Lakes.
      Prep All-American Nick Owens led a three-Climber assault on the nation's pre-mier high-school track meet, the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento.
      Easily defending his best-in-the-nation status, senior Nick won the boys' hammer-throw competition by more than 25 feet with a throw of 223-9, or roughly eight feet shy of his nation-leading best with the 12-pound implement.
      Meanwhile, Climbers Alex and Andrew McClary whose respective 1:51.46 and 1:51.68 performances had swept the 800 meters at state the weekend before and established them as the fastest sibling halfmilers in state history wound up finishing fourth and eighth, Alex in 1:50.99 and Andrew in 1:55.40.
      Prep All-American Nick Owens earned a spot on the U.S. National team that will represent this country in the summer's Pan American Games Junior Championships in Barbados.
      The brand-new Climber grad qualified by placing second in the hammer in the USATF Junior Championship in Palo Alto, California.


      New grads Brittany Cahoon and Nick Owens were named winners of Shelton High School's female and male "Athlete of the Year" distinctions for 2002-03.
      Six-footer Brittany, whose reward was a full ride to play volleyball at NCAA Division I Oregon State University, won her third straight league "Player of the Year" distinction.
      The six-three, 273-pound Nick, meanwhile, on his way to a full ride at the University of North Carolina, won a junior national championship in the indoor weight throw and added state and national laurels in the hammer throw, where he later earned his second straight prep All-American distinction from Track & Field News .
      Rec softball got under way in a big way as MCRA played host to two big tournaments simultaneously one a 16-team men's slowpitch affair and the other a three-age-division National Softball Association donnybrook for the ladies.
      Big E's Lounge swept unbeaten through seven games, outscoring its opponents 107-39 and blasting 30 home runs along the way, to win the softball community's Fuddpucker 2-Pitch Tournament.


      Mason County teens Chris Evans and Caral Martinson placed fifth and third in their divisions of the Washington Junior Golf Association's state championships at Overlake, Glendale and Tam O'Shanter golf courses.
      All-Pac-Ten wide receiver Reggie Williams of the University of Washington was the kids' special guest when age-group football's Shelton Kings wrapped up their annual summer camp at the high school.
      Fifty-eight racqueteers gathered to compete and pay tribute to one of their own as Shelton hosted the annual Don Knudsen Memorial Tennis Tournament.
      Climber swim phenom Dexter Barnard vied in the age-group sport's prestigious Western Zone Championships at sun-scorched Arizona State University.
      Despite temperatures that exceeded 110 degrees poolside, the age-group All-American set personal records in five of his six events.
      Prep All-American Nick Owens of Shelton closed the book on his celebrated high-school career here by throwing the collegians' 16-pound hammer fully 205 feet and three inches to win the "Hammerama Northwest" at Pioneer School.
      It was no less than the second-furthest heave of all time by a U.S. high-schooler.


      The community learned that three of its own had earned "All-American" honors at cheerleading camp over the summer Highclimbers Liz Settle and Kara-Ann Pedrini and middle-schooler Amanda Sims.
      With dad Wendell crew-chiefing, Shelton 21-year-old Curt Fosdick won a national championship in the sport of go-cart racing.
      Auto racing's rally sport drew some 70 top names on the international scene to the Mason County hinterlands as Shelton once again hosted the Wild West International event and three-time British champion David Higgins.
      The Climber racqueteers' Zack Gagnon and Colby Brewer took a bit of the swagger out of the state's premier tennis academy, defeating Bellarmine Prep's #1 doubles team for the second straight year.


      Highclimber sophomore Chris Evans won the Northwest Junior Golf Tour Championship's ninth- and tenth-graders' division at Meadowdale and McCormick Woods golf courses.
      The state-veteran standout rebounded from a subpar 78 at Meadowdale to post a one-over-par 73 at McCormick and finish with a 151 to win by two strokes.
      After nearly two decades, 80-year-old native son Bill Batstone called it quits in the golf-whacking business and shut down his popular Batstone Driving Range.
      Shelton's Kris Asche donned the 2003 crown as season points leader in the hobby-stock class at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. Placing there were fellow townsmen Jim Petraitis, Jeff Gott, Jay Cole, Randy VanAagten, Steve Walker, Scott Miller, Joe Lambert, Lee St. Paul, Jason St. Paul and Bob Lamont .
      Climber grad Ricky Miller came back from cancer to play in the Native American Softball World Series in Salt Lake City along with fellow Skokomish Indians Eric Burfiend and Arthur Gouley.
      The Climber chlorine girls capped their season with four championship-round berths in the tough Narrows League district showdown.
      Senior Eloisa Coburn advanced in the backstroke event, classmate Tiffany Jones in diving, Eloisa and teammates Jenny Anderson, Amy Wallace and Melissa Jones in the medley relay and Eloisa, Amy, Melissa and Candice Johnson in the 4x100.
      Top-seeded Zack Gagnon and Colby Brewer were eliminated in an upset and the rest of the Climbers exited unceremoniously as well as Shelton's tennisians wrapped up their season with a district downer.
      Climber volleyball pulled out of an 11-game skid to win its last three matches.
      Climber football made the playoffs by stunning heavily favored North Kitsap 48-27 in the regular-season finale and then, boasting the third-most-productive offense in the entire state, battled eventual 4A state runner-up Ballard in the shadow of the Space Needle before bowing out 12-42.
      Nine members of coach Matt Hinkle's 6-4 Climber grid squad made all-league.
      First-teamers were senior quarterback Jeff Kieburtz, whose 25 touchdown passes represent an all-time Climber record; senior receiver Tyesen Robbins, who rewrote two all-time records (touchdowns, with 15, and total yards, 785) and tied a third (48 catches), and junior running back Isaiah Taito, who broke the all-time Climber rushing standards for single game (250 yards) and season (1,406 on 190 carries) and broke the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a season as well, with 19.
      Second-team honorees included sibling linemen Tyler (6-6, 295 senior) and Caleb (6-4, 240 sophomore) Schlaud-eraff, defensive back Bo Tinaza (5-10, 165 junior) and linebacker Jerry Riley (5-9, 180 junior).
      And honorable mentions included senior Robert Smith (5-10, 280) on the offensive line and classmate Tom Creekpaum (6-0, 158) in the defensive backfield.
      Alex McClary won the West-Central District cross-country championship and brother Andrew easily made the cut as well as Climberville's celebrated twins wrapped up matching return trips to the 4A state finals.
      There, Alex led all Western Washington runners with a seventh-place 15:47 circumnavigation of the 3.1-miler at Sun Willow Golf Course in Pasco. Andrew, seventh in last year's running of the event, got caught up in a midrace tangle of legs and never did recover, finishing 86th overall at 17:29 more than a minute and a half off his anticipated pace.
      Happily, though, both he and his brother had just agreed to accept full-ride scholarships at one of the top track and academic institutions in the land, the University of California at Berkeley.


     Four members of the Shelton Senior Bowling League participated in the seniors' state tournament in Ellensburg Billie Rodgers, Dennie Ross, Avis Ross and Donnie Applegate.
      Billie and Dennie copped matching first-place honors in the event, which drew 232 men and 142 women to the Rodeo Bowl. They thus qualified for the National Senior Championship roll-offs next June in Reno.
      ExClimber volleyball star Erika Espino capped her frosh campaign at Tacoma Community College by appointment to the NWAACC Western Division all-conference second team.
      Jacob Galloway continued to make the collegiate grade and then some as a two-sport athlete at Central Washington University.
      The six-five redhead who departed Climberville with SHS "Male Athlete of the Year" distinction in 2000 just wrapped up his third season as a starter for the Wildcat football team and quite a season it was, too.
      Leading the entire conference with six quarterback sacks and racking up 52 solo tackles as well, the 235-pound junior defensive end wound up as no less than a unanimous first-team all-Great-Northwest-Athletic-Conference selection.
      Age-group soccer's Tsunami lads of Shelton successfully defended their state championship, winning the U-19 division of the Washington President's Cup with a 2-1 title-clash flourish over heavily favored North Kitsap.

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