R.J. Noll, Manhattan College Soccer
Photo Courtesy: Stockton Photo
– 2015 Yelm High Graduate R. J. Noll makes headlines in his college soccer debut
“Despite a heroic eight-save performance from freshman R.J. Noll (Yelm, Wash. / Yelm) in his collegiate debut, Manhattan dropped a double-overtime heartbreaker to Temple by a 1-0 count in the season opener for both teams at Gaelic Park, quoting the Manhattan [Riverdale, NY] College Athletic Department.
“Yelm junior running back Brandon Thompson participates during a preseason scrimmage Friday at Yelm High School.
Thompson is expected to carry a large load for the Tornados this season.” Tony Overman, McCatchy Staff photographer
– “Yelm High School football’s offense rests on the legs of Brandon Thompson”
“A sly smile and a simple “yes” were very telling about what running back Brandon Thompson thinks he might be able to accomplish this season for the Yelm Tornados.
That was Thompson’s only response to a question regarding whether he can top last season’s fantastic numbers, where he racked up more than 1,200 yards and 10-plus touchdowns.
In 2015, the offense will still run through Thompson as it did the previous season. Tornados coach coach Jason Ronquillo gave an emphatic, ‘Oh, yeah’ when that question was raised.
‘His intelligence is really high. He has a high football IQ,’ Ronquillo said. ‘His flat speed is — he’s the fastest kid on the team. He’s very athletic.’
‘You don’t get a Brandon Thompson very often.’
Thompson will be key to Yelm improving on a 4-6 record last season that ended with a lopsided loss to North Thurston, 43-28, in the playoffs,” by Jeffrey Giuliani, Tacoma News Tribune.