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A number of Rainier High School teams are back to practice after an extended period apart due to COVID-19 restrictions in the spring and summer.  For some student-athletes, this was the first … more
Opportunity was about to show its face this fall for Idaho State sophomore Jacob Dimond. But, like all good things this year, it got pushed back due to that pesky pandemic.  Looking to a … more
Gratitude has been the name of the game for Ally Choate in recent months.  A 2017 Yelm High School graduate and former two-time league MVP with Tornado softball, Choate is entering her fourth … more
There’s two things Jeremy Burnett likely knows more about than the average Yelmite: the grounds of Yelm High School and America’s pastime. And it’s due to his deep admiration for both that … more
BEAVERS: Hickle Received the Offer Through a Phone Call on Sept. 11 From Vai Taua, the Wolf Pack’s Running Back Coach TENINO — When University of Nevada football reached out to Takari Hickle … more
TENINO — When Tenino senior Brieanna Dell received a text from girls soccer coach Kevin Schultz that read, “Congratulations” she was confused. It was the beginning of September and the team, … more
BLAZERs: Tustison Was All-League Honorable Mention in Both Soccer and Basketball for the Tornadoes as a Senior YELM — Yelm dual-sport standout Imani Tustison is taking both her soccer and … more
In his new position as head men’s basketball coach, Jonathan Willis brings a blend of coaching and student-athlete development experience to South Puget Sound Community College, according to a … more
Senior Yelm lineman Dylan Jemtegaard has his sights aimed at The Golden State. Calling it a childhood dream fulfilled, Jemtegaard announced Monday, July 20, he would be heading south to play … more
Editor’s Note: Andrew Kollar is Yelm Community Schools’ Community Relations Coordinator and former reporter at The Nisqually Valley News. He is a lifelong Yelmite who enjoys sharing his love for … more
Yelm High School teacher Dave Wasankari will make a return to coaching the boys basketball team after first leaving the program seven years ago. “Extremely excited to bring somebody that will … more
Sophie Beadle has never seen a single soccer goal on the field at her high school, let alone many others kicking around a ball. But that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing the sport and dedicating … more
After two years leading the boys basketball program at Yelm High School, Head Coach Sterling Carter announced Thursday, March 7, he will be leaving the program. “I would like to say thank you to … more
ROCHESTER — As Bodey Smith toured Linfield College’s campus, he could hardly contain his excitement. He was on the cusp of what he figured would be an offer to play baseball for the Wildcats and … more
More than a month ago, before the spread of COVID-19 ended the school year statewide and canceled athletic contests, something magical was happening at the Yelm High School softball field.  Hot … more
For Jeremiah Nubbe, there’s a lot that goes into the perfect discus throw. But it mostly starts with the form.  “Your speed, your power, your agility, being able to be flexible,” the … more
There are a few things you need to know about Yelm’s Dylan Jemtegaard in order to understand why the junior lineman’s been such a hot commodity for colleges and universities across the … more
Following last season’s second-place finish in the WIAA 3A state tournament, the Yelm Tornados are looking to leverage a strong senior class to yet again conquer the South Sound … more
During one of the largest coaching turnovers in a single season, the Yelm track and field program is also experiencing one of its largest teams ever.  Around 148 athletes have turned out this … more
The Yelm Tornados were well represented in the 2019-2020 South Sound Conference All-League Basketball Team published this week, with senior Maddie Plevyak being named conference MVP. Two other Lady … more
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