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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 […]

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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Inside Capital High School’s Girls Bowling Team

  By Lauren Frasier, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk Sports are an important part of high school life. They teach commitment, promote exercise and are an all-around fun activity to share with a group of friends. Virtually every high school has a football, basketball, and volleyball team, but Capital High School has something different […]

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Brendan Sedgwick Realizes a Life-Long Dream Playing Hockey

  By Gail Wood This is a story about a teenage boy’s love for hockey, about his goals and dreams on the ice. And this is also a story about the love of that boy’s mother, about her commitment to help her son realize that dream. Without question, Brendan Sedgwick is a talent on ice, […]

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Olympia’s Maddy Newkirk Finds a New Home, Realizes Dream Playing Fastpitch

  By Gail Wood As a freshman, Maddy Newkirk shared the same dream as many of her teammates on the Olympia High School fastpitch team. One day, she wanted to get a chance to go to college on a fastpitch scholarship. But to do that she had to make one sacrifice others chasing that same dream didn’t have […]

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With Rubadue As Their New Coach And With a Talented Lineup, Timberline Baseball Has Reasons To Be Optimistic

  By Gail Wood Rather than panic and throw his hands up in despair, worrying about their new, last-minute coach and fretting about not having their ace-in-the-hole pitcher for the entire season because of an injury, Taylor Adams is focusing on the positives. And a Timberline Blazers’ baseball team loaded with talent has lots of reason to […]

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Tumwater High School Equestrian Team Readies for Another Winning Season

  By Taylor Tryon, Tumwater High School Intern to ThurstonTalk Tumwater High School has always been known for its sports programs, most notably the “winning” football team with their five state titles. However there is another sports group at THS that deserves equal recognition despite being far less well known. The Tumwater High School Equestrian […]

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Thurston County Saints – A Good Launching Pad to College Baseball

  By Gail Wood When Michael Spencer began coaching the Thurston County Saints, a youth baseball program he started, he had a dream.  It was five years ago. Among the 13-year-olds on Spencer’s first team back in 2010, there was a pitcher and a shortstop who already showed lots of potential as he put them […]

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