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Capital City Marathon Running Strong for 34 Years Thanks to Volunteers

  Submitted by Katy Johansson for Capital City Marathon If you’ve lived in this community for any length of time, you’ve likely encountered your fair share of runners – particularly this time of year, when they take over sidewalks, street shoulders, trails and bike lanes on Saturday mornings. You probably even know their inspiration for […]

Yelm’s Darren Harris Wins Third State Wrestling Title

  By Gail Wood With a wide grin, a jubilant Darren Harris raised both his arms above his head and pointed three fingers on each hand. This was his moment to celebrate, to savor his third state championship. In his final match as a Yelm Tornado, Harris, a senior and four-time state qualifier, put an […]

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River Ridge Boys Basketball Team On A Playoff Roll

  By Gail Wood In basketball, the typical reaction of a starter being benched is frustration. It unplugs, not inspires. But nine games into River Ridge High School’s season in boys basketball, coach John Barbee, with his team struggling through a 5-4 start, juggled his lineup. Thayer Murphy, a backup guard, became a starter. Mack […]

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Olympia High School’s Boys Swim Team Wins Academic State Championship Award

  By Gail Wood Show Mel Smith a good swimmer and he’ll show you a good student. In his 38 years as a swim coach, Smith has found that the two go hand-in-hand. That was true of his Olympia High School’s boys swim team this season. With a line-up of “A” students, Smith’s team has […]

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Liz Colon & Katie Sisson – Two Athletes, One Team, A Shared Dream

  Submitted by Chris Jenkins What does it take for high school athletes to break into the ranks of collegiate athletics? How about two athletes from the same team? Two volleyball players from North Thurston High School have the answer. Elizabeth (“Liz”) Colón recently accepted the top merit scholarship and an athletic scholarship to play […]

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Kim Hille Makes Sure Tumwater High School’s Dance Team Includes Fun and Winning

  By Gail Wood With the precision of Olympic pair ice skaters, they gracefully spin and turn across the gym floor, dancing to a jazzy, upbeat song. Each of the 24 dancers move at the same time as if they’re programed by a computer to perform simultaneously. Their arms point upward. Several pirouette then do a graceful, […]

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Mike Edwards Hits His Stride in 2015 Match Game Bowling Tournament

  Submitted by Drew Robertson On January 24 and 25 2015, Olympia’s best bowlers came together for the 35th Annual Match Game tournament. It is a scratch bowling tournament, open to men and women in Thurston County. The tournament opened on Saturday with 57 bowlers converging on Westside Lanes for the first three-game set of qualifying, each hoping […]

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Shayla Smothers Helps Black Hills Win Basketball Games with Her New Role as a Scorer

  By Gail Wood As the only returning starter, Shayla Smothers knew she’d have to become her team’s go-to shooter. Standing in at 6-foot, Smothers, a senior and a three-year starter for Black Hills High School’s girls basketball team, had the size and the shot to fill that role. She hasn’t disappointed. After averaging about seven […]

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Saint Martin’s Athletics Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

  By Gail Wood Friday, February 13 marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of Saint Martin’s University’s annual Athletics Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor celebration. The event is part of the Saint Martin’s Homecoming 2015 festivities scheduled throughout the weekend for alumni. Inductees of the Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor are invited to a get-together […]

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Capital’s Mason Manning Makes His Dreams Come True With Hard Work

  By Gail Wood Whether he’s at left tackle, blocking a blitzing linebacker, or in a chemistry class, working on an assignment, Mason Manning approaches a challenge with the same mindset. All out. As an athlete or as a student, Manning always makes an all-out, pedal-to-the-metal effort. And as a result, this 6-foot-5 ¾, 270-pound, […]

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