Aug 11, 2018
My 3 Mistakes in North Thurston Beefcake
I made three mistakes in analyzing this photo.
1. I thought these guys were alumni. They look well past high school age. I'd guess the one on the left as mid-30s.
The article was actually from 2013. They were all high school seniors (except for the coach). Tyler, on the right, went on to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he played baseball.
Cropping the photo halfway up the chest was not my idea.
Here's a swimmer from 2018 flashing a 1960s peace sign. He could pass for 18.
No, it's actually a school district "providing educational services for Lacey and parts of unincorporated Thurston County, Washington, including the Nisqually Tribe Reservation."
The Nisqually Tribe, numbering 588, speak a language in the Salishan family. A tribal website said that these were Nisqually youth performing, but I think they're Maori.
I imagined the North Thurston swimmers growing up on farms, driving down dirt roads to get to school.
Lacey is actually only five miles from Olympia, in a county with 242,000 people. North Thurston High School is an eight-minute drive from the State Capitol.
Lacey is the home of MMA fighter Brad "Bad" Blackburn and a lot of pro football players.