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Olympia’s Berghoff and Wooten Hope to Return to State Tennis Match

  By Gail Wood For Will Berghoff and Kyle Wooten, their quest to qualify for state in tennis had a similar beginning against a similar opponent. Their tennis genesis for these two Olympia High School seniors was against their moms. “I was like 10 or 11,” Kyle explained about his start in tennis. “My mom [...]

Show Us Your Moves – Dance with the Capital High School Cougarettes Dance Team

  By Claire Smith, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk The Capital High School Dance Team is a group of absolutely amazing girls and I’m blessed to be one of them. These ladies are a dedicated group of dancers from Capital High School who practice for hours so they can perform at football and basketball [...]

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Dads Play Key Role in Annual Capital-Olympia Spaghetti Bowl

  By Gail Wood At the same moment, they’ll be coach, dad and alum. In Friday night’s Bear-Cougar clash, in the annual Spaghetti Bowl where crosstown rivals Olympia and Capital meet, it will be a been-there-done-that moment for three of the Olympia coaches. Kevin Gunther, Jeff Markoff and Steve Davis, as former Bears, all played [...]

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Thurston County Youth Football League – Bigger, Better Than Ever

  By Gail Wood Finally, the anticipated moment had arrived – the football was kicked, sailing end over end down the field at Olympia’s Ingersoll Stadium to begin the game. The 41st football season for the Thurston County Youth Football League (TCYFL) had begun. Finally. But before the Olympia Bears could play the Rainier Mountaineers in their [...]

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Ultimate Frisbee: Grrrls Welcome

  By Megan Conklin The first time I played Ultimate Frisbee on an Olympia Parks and Rec League was about ten years ago. My most distinct memory of the experience is that my entire team, which was comprised of men and women ranging in age from late high school to 50-something year olds, encouraged me [...]

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Dick Nichols – The Voice of the South Sound for 50 Years

  By Gail Wood Dick Nichols is discussing his life-long passion – doing sports play-by-play for radio and explaining the “why” to his pursuit. “I don’t draw pictures or do carpentry,” Nichols said with a grin. “But one thing I can do is talk.” Every fall for over 50 years, Nichols was the Friday night [...]

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Maya Forrester Inspires Seattle Reign Players, Fans With Her Singing

  By Gail Wood At age 12, Maya Forrester did what famous singers like James Taylor, Christina Aguilera and Taylor Smith couldn’t do. She sang, without flaw, the National Anthem, bringing soccer fans and players at the Seattle Reign’s playoff game last weekend to their feet, cheering. “She’s just amazing,” said Dave Forrester, Maya’s father [...]

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Ezra Boyer Sails, Sings His Way to Success

  Recent Olympia High School graduate Ezra Boyer has a promising future. At least, that was the impression the John and Opal McGimpsey Scholarship Committee held when they awarded him $40,000 through the John and Opal McGimpsey Scholarship Fund in June 2014. Ezra will have access to $10,000 each year to be used for tuition, [...]

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Wilson and Mackison Combine Talent and Grit to Reach Junior Olympics

  By Gail Wood As a youth track coach, Drew Stevick looks for two basic things in the kids who turn out for his Olympia club team. Naturally, there’s talent – the skill that makes them athletic. Then there’s the “want to,” the having-fun desire to be at practice or at a meet. Both 8-year-old [...]

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Taking the Plunge: Local Resident Learns to Swim for 70th Birthday at Discover Aquatics

  By Gale Hemmann Donna Killelea is proof that you can do anything you set your mind to, at any age. The Olympia resident decided to take on a life-long goal for her 70th birthday: learning to swim. With the encouragement of staff at Discover Aquatics Swim School, she was able to make this dream [...]

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