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Thole twins headed for success in gymnastics, wrestling

April 3, 2017

Stillwater’s new head wrestling coach was just what they needed to succeed. “Our new coach knew how to push us physically and mentally, which helped us make our way to state,” Kevin said.

A lot of people think that being able to play a sport well comes down to genetics, but in this case it isn’t just Kevin or Lauren’s own genetic. The Thole siblings are both headed for success.

Kevin is a key player on the wrestling team and was a premier asset at their state tournament. On the flip side, Lauren is in largely the same spot as Kevin for the Gymnastics team. As both teams are set up for success, one can only ask if the Thole duo are any key to it all.

“He’s kind of a quiet guy,” Head Coach Rich Keller said. “Well that’s kind of a lie because he can get pretty loud. What I meant is that he isn’t one to talk a whole lot. He’s also one of the hardest workers I know on the team. Most of his teammates know that when they’re paired with Kevin, they’ll be in for a tough workout.”

We come to the other’s meets when we’re able to do that. We try to keep the competition between us two healthy and alive, so we naturally try to support each other.”

— Kevin Thole

It is also apparent that Kevin is a central part of the social side of the team. “He’s usually the one who is hosting all the gatherings and after-practice parties with the team and all that. He’s very likeable, and he talks to his fellow wrestlers very respectfully and kindly all the time. One of the funniest and wittiest kids I’ve met, too!” Keller said.

It’s understandable that not only do athletics run in the family for Kevin and Lauren, but personality and work ethic does as well. Her friends and teammates say a lot of the same things about Lauren that Rich talks about Kevin.

It is not quite so clear to many people from an outside perspective, but there is also a type of sibling rivalry that pushes the athletic duo further and further.

“We always brag to each other and rub it in the other’s face whenever we do really well at one of our events or get a high ranking,” Kevin said. “We always tease each other by saying things like how our sport is better than theirs or how we have a higher rank in our sport.”

The two would not ever think of trying to hurt one another, however. “Even though we want to beat each other out competitively, we help each other out and get better,” Lauren said.

“We come to the other’s meets when we’re able to do that. We try to keep the competition between us two healthy and alive, so we naturally try to support each other,” said Kevin. They are brother and sister, after all. 

Behind the scenes, not everything is picture perfect. Because Kevin and Lauren both play different sports, the scheduling for both creates conflict. “It doesn’t often happen at home, but between driving and carpooling for the two of us, it can make things really tough,” Lauren said. “We even get into fights between us two every now and then.”

Past the occasional fighting, the two are both headed for success in life and both are looking towards a promising future.

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7 Responses to “Thole twins headed for success in gymnastics, wrestling”

  1. Conner Cole on April 6th, 2017 11:16 am

    I thought the quotes in this story were all put together and mixed in well. The writer also did a good job of making the whole story interesting and informational.

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  2. Hannah Boardman on April 24th, 2017 12:43 pm

    I liked this article because it showed really good perspectives of the twins. It showed their sports side as well as their fun competitive sides. I wish you would have included more about Lauren and her gymnastics but other than that it was good!

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  3. Emmanuel Kamara on April 25th, 2017 11:27 am

    I love the story and how to include the important role the Thole siblings play in other to help their sport teams improve. Also i love the way the story started with a really great attention getter, great job keep up the good work.

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  4. Tiana Meador on April 26th, 2017 1:10 pm

    This was not too lengthy and got to the point quickly- which is perfect. I would definitely look into improving the photostory however, gathering more unique angles on a better camera, shooting horizontally and avoiding blur. Good job!

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  5. Owen Landrud on April 26th, 2017 3:40 pm

    Certain types of stories do not require in depth analysis and lengthy paragraphs in order to get the point of the article across to the reader. This story does that very well, it is concise and it gets straight to the point without losing any necessary details

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  6. Sophie Begin on April 28th, 2017 12:03 pm

    I thought the article was very well written overall. I liked how the quotes gave insight to both of their character. The article described how they both want to make each other better and push each other through healthy competition. I enjoyed how they took that angle on the story. I thought the fact and quotes paragraphs flowed nicely and it was enjoyable to read.

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  7. Jesse Zelaya on May 8th, 2017 10:15 am

    I like how interesting this story is. It’s very unique story seeing how they’re siblings and both in different highly competitive sports. The wuot s are nice because you get quotes from lauren, Kevin, and secondary sources.

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