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Tennis, Anyone? Get a New Swing with Local Lessons

  By Lynn West Driving by any of the fifteen public tennis courts in Thurston County these days, puddles are more evident than players. During our spring showers, take advantage of indoor courts at Capitol City Tennis & Athletic Center, the Valley Athletic Club and soon at Steamboat Island Athletic and Tennis Club. Whether you […]

Clay & Elijah Hill – Father Son Duo Committed to Tumwater Baseball

  By Gail Wood At Tumwater High School, there’s a special bond between their baseball coach and their all-league pitcher. They’re father and son. Clay Hill, Tumwater’s long-time coach, is both “coach” and “dad” to Elijah Hill, a first-team, all-league pitcher last year for the Thunderbirds. “You’ll have to ask him if it’s been good […]

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Davin Johnson and Brandon Pruett Shot Block for Olympia High School Soccer

  By Gail Wood Ty Johnson has a problem, a serious problem every soccer coach in the Narrows League wishes they had. Call it the “envious conundrum.” Who, Johnson ponders before every game, does he start at goalkeeper? Should the Olympia High School Bears soccer coach pencil in Davin Johnson, a first-team all-league goalkeeper last […]

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River Ridge on a Hot Streak with Quitugua and Carter Swinging Hot Bats

  By Gail Wood There was never any question about Devonn Quitugua’s talent on a baseball field. But after just one practice his freshman year at River Ridge High School, Quitugua quit, walking away from a game he both loved and hated – loved because he was so good at it, hated because he’d get […]

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Black Hills’ Bailey Weatherby Takes A No Ruffle Approach To Tennis

  By Gail Wood Just call Bailey Weatherby a quick learner. Two years ago as a freshman, Bailey tried out for Black Hills High School’s tennis team.  She was a rookie in the truest sense. “She had never played tennis,” said Barbara Weatherby, Bailey’s mom and biggest fan. She had never even picked up a […]

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Northwest Christian – Track Team Loaded With Young Talent

  By Gail Wood As a high school track coach, Mike Michael knows that experience is the best teacher. But shear talent, that innate ability to run, jump and throw, trumps it all. That’s the case at Northwest Christian High School, where the Navigator’s track team is loaded with young talent that has blossomed early. […]

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Claire Smith Wins State Drill Down Championship as Capital Cougarette

  By Amy Rowley The college-sized basketball court fills with more than 200 drill team members, all state qualifiers from 1A, 2A and 3A high schools. Each competitor stands ready, at attention, to receive a list of commands. The Drill Down competition occurs at the end of a long day of performances. To win this […]

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Pitching and Good Hitting Makes Tumwater’s Fastpitch Team Playoff Contenders Again

  By Gail Wood In addition to all their batting and fielding practice they take throughout the season, Tumwater High School’s fastpitch team does something special in their quest to return to the state playoffs. They eat pizza, munching and laughing together at a teammate’s house. And they go bowling together and watch movies together. […]

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Three Factors Make North Thurston’s Track Team a Tough Opponent

  By Gail Wood Bre Ellis Last spring, as Bre Ellis raced around the track, sprinting toward the finish line to break her school’s record in the 400 meters, she was pushed by a challenge. She was pushed by the “you can’t” comments she heard as a child overcoming a birth defect. Born a month […]

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Capital Cougarettes Prepare to Leave It All on the Dance Floor

  By Claire Smith, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk State. It’s a word that gets any high school sports team or organization’s blood pumping. And if there’s one team who can’t wait for their state competition, it’s the Capital High School Cougarettes. The Cougarettes have trained vigorously over the past eleven months for this […]

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