Assistant Sports Editor
No matter the task at hand, Olympia girls swimming coach Mel Smith could always count on the Bears' top swimmer, Clara Heffernan.
FEDERAL WAy - Three years, three state appearances without a top-three finish.
Coach Laurie Creighton had nothing but praise for her Olympia volleyball team after the Bears placed sixth at the 4A state championships Friday in Kennewick's Toyota Center.
In what will be their biggest races, they will all want to go just a little faster Saturday at the state cross country meet.
They were the ones their coaches could always count on for the big point, the big play.
LAKEWOOD - Auburn Riverside junior Korey Krotzer shot past Olympia senior Nate Brennand a mere 10 yards from the finish line and edged Brennand by six-tenths of a second on a wet, muddy Saturday afternoon to win the Class 4A boys race at the West Central District's cross country meet, the Westside Classic at American Lake Golf Course.
TACOMA - Some people will tell you that chicken noodle soup is the best remedy for the common cold.
Olympia swim coach Mel Smith will tell you fast times in the pool equal good grades in the classroom.
OLYMPIA - It took a little longer than usual, but the Olympia High School volleyball team is still on pace to capture its third consecutive Narrows League 4A title.
OLYMPIA - To end a drought, turn up the heat.