Rainier volleyball head coach Jill Coleman wouldn’t characterize Thursday night’s home matchup against Napavine as a representation of how her team has done overall this year, or even what they can do.
Yelm’s 4-1 loss Tuesday, Oct. 8, to Capital at home and a subsequent 1-0 defeat at North Thurston the following Thursday has the team reeling, but the squad isn’t giving up on the season.
After a 57-0 win over the North Thurston Rams last week, which saw Yelm put up a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter alone, the question has turned to if the Tornados (4-0, 4-2) can stay undefeated as they clash with the Peninsula Seahawks (4-0, 4-2) this Friday at Roy Anderson Field.
Finishing with a time of 15:05.90 in the boys varsity 3-mile race, junior Yelm runner Bryce Cerkowniak became the first athlete from his school to finish first at the annual John Payne/Curtis Cross Country Invitational.
It was by no means the result they were looking for, but the Yelm Tornados (3-4) fought hard in Thursday’s matchup against the No. 1 Capital Cougars (7-0), applying late pressure and nearly clinching the second set, but ultimately falling short in a 3-0 loss.
The Yelm Tornados (2-0 SCC, 2-2 overall) were able to stay consistent and put points on the board against the Gig Harbor Tides (1-1) Friday night, riding a solid rushing attack and the passes of quarterback Ben Hoffmann to a lopsided 42-18 win.
First year cross country runners Gabriella Willadsen and Ryan Lange have been making large strides for Yelm in their inaugural season. And as the season progresses, coaches say they expect the two to make heavy contributions as both the boys and girls teams compete for favorable spots at dis…