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Northwest Hickory Players Co-Founder Rob Ahlschwede Preserves the Past

  By Kelli Samson You know how there are just some things in life that you never expect to get excited about? Maybe for you it’s ice dancing. Or barbecuing. Or kittens. For me, it’s been golf. My experiences with golf have been mainly of the mini-golf variety, which was a fun way to pass […]

Two Olympia Area Rowing Boats Headed to National Championships

  By Gail Wood The desire to push harder in practice is always linked to performance. Both Richard Hull and Kiirsten Flynn, longtime coaches with Olympia Area Rowing, saw that gumption in their teams rowing at the recent Northwest Youth Championships. As a result, two OAR teams – the boys four-man lightweight boat and the girls dual […]

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Timberline’s Jamin Rader Turns Tragedy Into Triumph

  By Gail Wood Doctors had already told Jamin Rader the terrible news – he’d probably never walk again. A strange breakdown of his immunities had resulted in an attack on his spinal cord, destroying nerves and leaving him a paraplegic. As he laid in the hospital bed, his legs useless, Jamin, a senior at […]

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Shannon Young’s Long Journey to Running the Capital City Marathon Began with a Diagnosis

  By Gail Wood Shannon Young had an excuse for not running. It hurt. Even walking to the mailbox from her kitchen hurt. That’s because Shannon had rheumatoid arthritis. But nobody knew – not even her doctors. “It took a while to diagnosis it,” Shannon said. Her legs ached. Her feet ached. Her hips ached. “The […]

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For Tumwater High School’s Boys Track Team, Grades Aren’t A Forgotten Chore

  By Gail Wood As a high school track coach, Rich Brown always wants his athletes to push themselves, to strive to get better in their events. Improvement, whether it’s cutting times in the 800 or improving marks in the shot put, is always the objective. But, the Tumwater High School track coach will tell […]

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Tumwater’s Peyton Russell Balances Success in the Classroom and on the Track

  By Taylor Tryon, Tumwater High School Intern to ThurstonTalk The life of a serious student athlete is all about finding balance between the different things in your life. Peyton Russell, a junior track star at Tumwater High School, has worked hard over the last few years to achieve and maintain this balance, while still […]

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Eight Golf Courses to Tee Up around Thurston County

  By Lisa Herrick The greater Thurston County area offers a spectacular array of golf courses from public courses with top Washington State ratings to affordable municipal courses where families can learn the game together to challenging private courses. Some of these courses consistently top players’ lists while others are gems yet to be discovered. […]

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Tumwater Reloads and Returns to the 2A District Baseball Playoffs

  By Gail Wood With only three starters returning off last year’s baseball team that placed third in state, the Tumwater Thunderbirds appeared to be in a rebuilding, win-a-few mode. But Clay Hill, in his first year as Tumwater’ head baseball coach, couldn’t help himself. “Honestly, I thought we’d do well,” Hill said. “We’ve just […]

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Ron Fowler Runs Capital City Marathon #32

  By Gail Wood Ron Fowler’s introduction to running was supposed to be brief, a 12-minute fling. After graduating from Washington State University, he headed to Air Force officer training school. Prior to leaving, he received a letter in the mail saying to be admitted he had to run 1.5 miles under 12 minutes. “I […]

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Three Generations of Swim Coaches Lead Synchro Team at the South Sound YMCA

  By Gail Wood Tori Johnson’s remarkable story about commitment begins when she was just six years old, tagging along with her mom to the Olympia downtown branch of the South Sound YMCA.  The year was 1966 and it was time for Cathy McDonald, Tori’s mom, to coach her synchronized swimming team. “My first aquatic […]

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