NyaStrong Warriors End Season With Championship

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 3/22/22

Yelm’s own NyaStrong Warriors finished their season with a perfect 8-0 record, which included a championship victory along the way.

The group of 7- and 8-year-olds didn’t just win a …

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Yelm’s own NyaStrong Warriors finished their season with a perfect 8-0 record, which included a championship victory along the way.

The group of 7- and 8-year-olds didn’t just win a championship, but they created lifelong memories along the way.

The championship game took place on Monday, March 14 as the girls faced Puyallup Liberty. They ended up securing the win with a score of 34-10.

The second grade NyaStrong Warriors displayed a great amount of grit throughout the season, as they played four on five in seven out of 10 games. The team featured four girls who played every second of every game, showing heart and determination in every outing.

“The foundation of the program is based on two major tent poles, which are having the student athletes to run the system, and the families of student athletes being supportive of the program,” said Coach Richard Durham. “Without the parents and families, the process doesn’t happen and there is no team. There is no success without that.”

The NyaStrong Warriors accumulated a total of 236 points in their eight games, which was good enough for an average of nearly 30 points per game. Defensively, the girls allowed just 40 points all season long, which averaged out to allowing just five points per game.

“I’m very excited to win a championship and (want) to win another one,” said Treasure Morgan, who is a member of the NyaStrong Warriors. She later added that her favorite part of the season “was being tough and winning our games.”

Sariah Parker also was happy to have won the championships, but that came with the realization that the season was over.



“It wasn’t as awesome when the game ended,” Parker said. 

Ali Ferrez said it felt amazing to win the championship “because we used all of our practices and games to win it.”

“My favorite part of the season was meeting my best friends, and practicing something we love with each other,” Ferrez said.

When reflecting on their season, the girls seemed to have mindsets which are destined to lead them to success.

All the girls were in agreement when asked if their hard work was worth it, when they responded with a resounding “yes” and “heck yes.”

Going forward for the NyaStrong Warriors, the team is currently looking for more girls to join its roster for their summer tournament team. Girls in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Nisqually, Mckenna, Roy and the surrounding areas are encouraged to join if they have a love for basketball or a willingness to learn.

The girls kept on the team play for free as well.

For further details, email Durham at yelmwarriors@gmail.com.

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