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It was about this time last year when the emerging novel coronavirus pandemic led to the cancelation of spring high school sports. The Yelm High School fastpitch team was well-positioned to have … more
The Rainier baseball team’s fourth-place finish at the 2019 WIAA State 2B Tournament was its best result ever, and the program looked prime to get back on the diamond in the spring of 2020 and … more
Nisqually Valley-area track and field athletes started practice this last week following the longest offseason in recent history. Competition also began this week. Athletes were hungry as they got … more
The Yelm Tornados’ 28-7 win against the North Thurston Rams on Friday night marked the program’s first undefeated season since 1938 and secured them top status in the 3A South Sound … more
Yelm cross country runners had another good finish last week against fellow South Sound Conference runners, this time at Timberline for another one-on-one meet Friday, March 12. The Tornados held … more
The Yelm Tornados (4-4) caught fire early Tuesday night at home against the River Ridge Hawks (0-8) and didn’t let up, scoring four goals in the second half for a 6-1 blowout. Junior forward … more
Even the top Washington state cross country runners get the occasional bout of imposter syndrome. Just ask Selena Niemi.Shortly before every race, like clockwork, the nerves resurface. Heading up … more
Yelm Tornados -- 15, 22, 6, 0 Timberline Blazers -- 0, 0, 6, 0   Yelm (5-0) scored five first-half touchdowns and ultimately held a young Timberline team (1-3) to 144 yards Friday night at … more
The Yelm Tornados (4-4) caught early fire Tuesday night at home against the River Ridge Hawks (0-8) and didn’t let up, snapping four goals in the second half for a 6-1 blowout.  Junior forward … more
Rainier quarterback Mike Green threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns and the Mountaineers took a 32-7 win over Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Friday night in Pe Ell.Rainier (2-2) got back on track after … more
Rainier junior Selena Niemi won out her third-straight meet last week at a meet at Morton-White Pass. Her time of 21 minutes, 1 second in the 5,000-meter race was about 2 minutes faster than her … more
The Onalaska Loggers were looking for a victory after pulling into a tie Thursday against Rainier, but they couldn’t outpace the Mountaineers in the fifth set.  Rainier (4-4) had a 2-0 lead … more
One minute.  That’s all Yelm needed Wednesday to score twice and overcome a 3-point deficit. The quick rally kept the Tornadoes undefeated with a 29-19 non-league, cross-river win at home over … more
Sometimes, the bad comes with the good. On the good side, Tenino senior Brienna Dell erupted for five goals and eclipsed 100 career goals en route to a 5-0 victory over Hoquiam at home … more
The Yelm High School volleyball team returns six seniors and some strong juniors to a 13-girl roster this year, and the team is looking to make the most of a shortened six-week season. As of late … more
In a quadruple-header nightcap held in Montesano Saturday, Napavine let the momentum from last week’s thrilling win carry into Saturday’s matchup with Rainier, as the Tigers drubbed Rainier for a … more
Saturday’s cross country race between Olympia and Yelm at LBA Park was remarkable for a number of reasons. The first was its rarity. Rarely do the 3A Tornados get the chance to measure themselves … more
A flurry of Adna penalties and turnovers spelled defeat for the Pirates and offered Rainier all the opportunity it needed as the Mountaineers took a 34-6 victory at home Friday night in Southwest … more
When runners took off Thursday at Onalaska for a 2B regular cross country meet, Mountaineers head boys coach Rob Henry wasn’t sure what to expect. His eight runners had prepared for months leading … more
The Yelm Tornados bested the Capital Cougars in a one-on-one, 2.1-mile open meet Wednesday in Olympia. The event was the first conference competition of the season for both teams. It had been … more
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