When Geneva Thompson was competing for Metropolitan Gymnastics, her club team based in Kent, at the 2016 Nationals last year, the Puyallup High senior took a fall. But she has worked hard to rebound from her mistake.
Brooke Nelson’s breakout freshman season with the Bonney Lake High softball team shocked the state. But this season it’s not necessarily about Nelson repeating her mind-boggling freshman campaign — it’s more about Bonney Lake advancing deeper in the playoffs.
It was a tough junior season for triple jumper Omari Gregory. After being ruled ineligible after transferring into Rogers High earlier in the year, all Gregory could do when it came to postseason was watch. Now he’s ready to make up for lost time.
When Jason Silbaugh left Lakes High to become the head coach of Bonney Lake football as well as the throwing coach for the Panthers’ track and field team, the goal for the entrenched coach was a simple one when he approached his on-campus recruitment.
Matthew Gretler and Robby Pogue are two players the Bonney Lake High baseball team has come to rely on over the players’ careers. But it has been more than the pair’s prowess with the bat and glove that has pushed the Panthers to perennial league contenders.
The Rogers High softball team is going through some changes this season as four key players have departed the program, leaving only a few spots open on the roster. In steps, three talented freshman — Raigan Barrett, Rachel Wicker and Gracie Dawes — are looking to help build up the new core of the program.
After more than a decade of domination in the 4A SPSL, no team has been able to overtake the league crown from the Puyallup High baseball team. But the new-look SPSL might be Puyallup’s toughest challenge yet with the additions of Sumner and South Kitsap.
Perhaps no wrestler inspired more than Puyallup senior Brooklyn Bartelson after the senior brought home her first state championship at Mat Classic XXIX, marking five consecutive years that a Bartelson won the 120-pound bracket.