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New Group at Saint Martin’s Makes A Stand Against Violence

  By Gail Wood With the recent public focus on professional athlete’s involvement in domestic violence, Stephen Mahnken sometimes felt a little uneasy about telling someone he was an athlete. Mahnken, an outfielder and a pitcher on Saint Martin’s University’s baseball team, wanted to help change that perception of male athletes. So, he joined SAVE, […]

Even With All-League Center Out, River Ridge Girls Basketball Coach Still Optimistic

  By Gail Wood With her right hand in a cast, Savannah McGill found herself in a new role as she sat on the bench. Instead of leading scorer and top rebounder, McGill, one of two returning starters on River Ridge High School’s girls basketball team, was now a cheerleader, an encourager yelling support. In […]

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Yelm’s Darren Harris Shooting for Third State Wrestling Championship

  By Gail Wood At the same moment, it was Darren Harris’ worst nightmare and most inspirational moment in wrestling. Nearly two years ago, Harris, then a sophomore at Yelm High School, lost in the 4A state finals, placing second. He called it his worst moment because he placed second, not first. But that moment […]

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Family Involvement Brings Magic to Ballet Northwest’s Nutcracker

  By Katie Doolittle ‘Tis the season for Ballet Northwest to delight us with their annual production of “The Nutcracker.”  Two hundred dancers, ranging from age eight through adulthood, will once more delight audiences with their seemingly effortless performance. Is it magic? Yes, magic born of discipline and hard work. Certainly, the dancers and directors […]

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Geoff Nelson and Morris Miller Go the Extra Mile as South Sound YMCA Coaches

  By Gail Wood Both Geoff Nelson and Morris Miller have progressed beyond playing catch with their son in the backyard. They became their coach. Or to be more precise – coaches. By volunteering for the South Sound YMCA, Nelson and Miller have coached their kids in flag football, basketball, T-Ball, baseball and soccer. They’ve […]

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Joe de Jesus – Dentist By Day, Dancer By Night

  By Emily McMason Dr. Joe de Jesus is Olympia’s own Clark Kent. He’s got the glasses. He’s got the dark hair. He’s got a respectable daytime job. He wears a disguise (well, in his case, a costume). But only seasonally. You, and especially your children, may know him as Dr. de Jesus, local orthodontist. […]

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Maggie Blomgren – The Girl Behind the Bird

By Taylor Tryon, Tumwater High School Intern to ThurstonTalk The Thunderbird, Tumwater High School’s mascot, is a symbol of school spirit, dedication, and tradition – everything a mascot should be. You’ll find the notorious Bird roaming around the stadium (or lately the halls of the school), pumping up the super-fans in The Nest, and cheering on THS […]

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Dick Nichols, Larry McMillan Team Up Again on KGY to Announce Tumwater’s Playoff Game

  By Gail Wood They’re back. After a two year absence, Dick Nichols and Larry McMillan, the voice of South Sound sports for 32 years, will announce Tumwater’s 2A semifinal playoff football game at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Tacoma Dome for KGY 95.3 FM “I’m excited about doing it,” McMillan said. “Obviously, our history […]

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Capital High School Freshman Naomi Reyes Never Backs Down from a Challenge

  By Lauren Frasier, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk The challenge – two fall sports, three practices, all while handling her first year of high school.  To Naomi Reyes, it’s just daily life. A lifelong competitive swimmer, Reyes also decided to turn out for Capital High School’s cross country team this year. “I’ve always […]

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Spurr Scores a Pair but Oly Town Artesians Comeback Falls Short

  Submitted by Oly Town Artesians In front of a raucous full house at Olympia Indoor Soccer, Willie Spurr scored the first goal for the Oly Town Artesians in Western Indoor Soccer League play and notched his second goal of the game as the Artesians mounted a fourth quarter comeback but fell to the Tacoma […]

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