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LACEY - When Kelsey Russell sits back and watches film of the 2008 Class 2A state title game, it still gives her chills.
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Harold "P. Wee" Sanders hadn't planned to live in Lacey, attend River Ridge High School, play football or develop a friendship with Jonathon Witt.
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LACEY - A year ago, North Thurston's Lawyer Tillman was an unknown, untested running back coming into his junior season.
TUMWATER - Beautiful Reed didn’t anticipate either of her shots finding the back of the net.
Even in a lopsided win against Mark Morris on Thursday, River Ridge coach Steve Schultz saw room for improvement. The Hawks won by a score of 31-6, and it could have been an even bigger win.
Photo gallery: River Ridge vs. Mark Morris
LACEY - The idea of "Blood, Sweat, Tears" as a team motto for 2010 came to River Ridge coach Steve Schultz at the end of last season.
YAKIMA - In the biggest game of the state tournament, the River Ridge Hawks did what they've done best all season.
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YAKIMA - Tom Kelly felt a little anxious. Just when the Pullman Greyhounds cut what had been an 11-point River Ridge lead to three in a Class 2A state tournament quarterfinal Thursday, the Hawks coach called a timeout and switched things up.
• Gallery :River Ridge vs Pullman 2A Girls Basketball
YAKIMA - For a team that won two third-place trophies the past three seasons, losing an opening-round game at the state tournament is something out of the ordinary for the River Ridge boys.
YAKIMA - The top-ranked River Ridge Hawks survived - barely. It's not often a team shoots 19.7 percent from the field and wins, but River Ridge did in its 47-44 come-from-behind win over Lynden on Wedensday in the first round of the girls 2A state tournament.
• Gallery: River Ridge 47, Lynden 44
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