North Thurston Schools Gymnastics Team Hosts Final Meet Before Post-Season


Jhe North Thurston Public Schools Joint Gymnastics Teams comprised of athletes from North Thurston, Timberline and River Ridge High Schools held their final meeting of the regular season on Saturday, February 5 as local teams prepare for competition in post-season. Olympia Secondary School, Sumner and Bonney Lake also joined the meet which was held at the Black Hills Gymnastics Center in Lacey.

North Thurston Senior Randi Tait took first place in the individual all-around category. Olympia High School took first place in the team category (168.45), slightly ahead of Team NTPS which scored the highest team total for the season (168.1). Olympia will then compete in the WIAA District 4A competition. Team NTPS moves to Sub-District 3A event in Puyallup and hopes to compete against a grassroots team with strong gym experience from Tait and Timberline co-captain Adyson Belmont and North Thurston’s Bella Burton .

NTPS head coach Shannon Brigham thinks his side look solid as they head to the sub-districts. “We hope to qualify for districts and state as a team,” Brigham said after the game. “I am delighted with my team. Bella (Burton) broke the NT school record on floor this season and Randi broke three NT records this season. Senior Adyson Belmont of Timberline is also another strong contender for State this year, as she holds three of Timberline’s school records, Bar, Beam and All-Around.

Randi Tait and Olympia Junior Jadan Lacy Roberts won this year’s WIAA Athlete of the Week award for South Sound gymnastics athletes. Tait joined Team NTPS last year and had the opportunity to represent her school. “I love high school gymnastics and my biggest highlight this year was winning the WIAA Athlete of the Week award,” Tait said. “I’ve never had more fun in a high school sport than this season competing for NTHS.”

Olympia is moving into the districts with one of their strongest and most talented teams they’ve had in years. Head coach Maggie O’Connor is positive about her team, which went undefeated in tag team competition. “This year the girls have overcome so much and it has made us an even stronger team,” O’Connor remarked. “We’re delighted with the SPSL Championship tie and have our eyes set on this year’s title, Go Bears.”

Results by team

  • 4th Lake Bonney 160.35
  • 3rd summer 166.9
  • 2nd NTPS 168.1
  • 1st Olympia 168.45


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