Colts survive West Albany, rainstorm

SPRINGFIELD – You’ll hear a lot of coaches describe the playoffs as a “survive and advance” endeavor. In a game with sheets of rain throughout, that’s exactly what the Thurston Colts football team did. The Colts were tested for the full 48 minutes on Friday, but a late field goal block by Kodi Wardlaw allowed Thurston to escape against West Albany 13-12 and advance to the second round.

“It feels really good to move on,” said Justin Starck, Thurston head coach. “The kids showed a lot of grit and determination.”

Starck has coached . . .