STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Lake Stevens – 28, Woodinville – 14
Union – 35, Puyallup – 28
Lake Stevens vs. Union
O’Dea – 24, Mountain View – 7
Eastside Catholic – 41, Bellevue – 3
O’Dea vs. Eastside Catholic
Lynden – 31, Fife – 0
Hockinson – 27, Liberty – 24
Lynden vs. Hockinson
Newport – 27, Lynden Christian – 14
Colville – 31, Royal – 28
Newport vs. Colville
Kalama – 47, Toledo – 27
Napavine – 32, Adna – 13
Kalama vs. Napavine
Almira-C-H – 82, Naselle – 28
Odessa – 65, Quilcene – 6
Almira-C-H vs. Odessa
Monday, Nov. 26
Rogers – 51, Kentridge – 43
No. Kitsap – 66, Clover Park – 52
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Lincoln – 55, Roosevelt – 52
Lakes – 69, Emerald Ridge – 65
Puyallup – 71, Battle Ground – 68
Peninsula – 64, Olympic – 56
Redmond – 70, Gig Harbor – 53
Bremerton – 56, Yelm – 41
Capital – 57, Centralia – 26
Eatonville – 73, Rochester – 52
Vashon – 47, Overlake – 32
Monday, Nov. 26
Sumner – 60, Cascade Chr. – 37
Bonney Lake – 50, Em. Ridge – 33
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Capital – 67, Mt. Tahoma – 38
Bonney Lake – 58, Fed. Way – 42
Yelm – 53, Spanaway Lake – 49
Gig Harbor – 51, Curtis – 40
Kentridge – 50, Bellarmine – 43
No. Thurston – 66, Steilacoom – 12
Seattle Prep – 65, Timberline – 37
Washington – 34, Bremerton – 26
White River – 87, Battle Ground – 29
Rochester – 73, Eatonville – 60
PACIFIC LUTHERAN MEN STOP RIVAL LOGGERS IN EARLY HOOPS TILT
Five Lutes finished in double figures as the Pacific Lutheran University men’s basketball team opened up Northwest Conference play with an 84-75 victory over host University of Puget Sound on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Lutes (2-1, 1-0 NWC) got off to a sluggish start, conceding seven of the opening eight points before rattling off 16 of the next 20, staking a 17-11 advantage midway through the opening half. Pacific Lutheran’s edge swelled to eight on a trey from Tyler Combs with 8:16 left in the half as the Lutes enjoyed a 35-29 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Lute lead mushroomed to 12 off a Leighton Kingma three with 12:40 remaining but the homestanding Loggers (3-2, 0-1 NWC) battled back, reclaiming the lead on a three with just under four minutes to go. A UPS technical foul put Kingma on the free throw line to tie the game, sparking an 8-0 Lute run to reestablish the lead. UPS closed to within four with 54 seconds left but PLU made five free throws in the closing 23 seconds to preserve the win to begin the rugged NWC slate.
“This is a huge first conference win for our team,” said PLU head coach Chad Murray. “I have a ton of respect for UPS and their players and they had us back on our heels in that second half. But our young guys really stepped up and made some tremendous plays. I’m so proud of how they stuck with it down the stretch.”
Combs unleashed 16 points in the opening half, finishing with 20 while Kelton Williams added 18 points, shooting an efficient eight-for-12 from the floor. Kingma added 16, going a perfect six-for-six at the charity stripe while Jordan Thomas added 12 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Conor Geiger was the fifth Lute in double figures, adding 12 points and eight rebounds.
“A handful of guys just seemed to take turns keeping us going and allowing us to come out on top,” said Murray.
The Lutes finished the game shooting 52.6 percent (30-for-57) from the floor, including a red-hot 63.3 percent (19-for-30) in the second half while limiting UPS to shooting just 38.6 percent (27-for-70) from the field.
“We’re just getting started and we were fortunate to be able to win tonight while still learning some valuable lessons,” said Murray.
PLU is back in action on Friday, Nov. 30, on the road at Linfield. UPS will also head south to face George Fox on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Lutes return home to host Portland Bible College on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The Loggers return home on Monday, Dec. 17, when they host Concordia Chicago at 6 p.m.
LOGGER WOMEN EDGE CROSSTOWN RIVAL LUTES 63-60
Madison Salisbury racked up 25 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough for the Pacific Lutheran University women’s basketball team to steal the win on Tuesday, Nov. 27, falling 63-60 to the University of Puget Sound in the Northwest Conference opener inside Memorial Fieldhouse.
It was a back and forth opening half featuring nine lead changes and five ties. The visiting Lutes (1-2, 0-1 NWC) led by as many as four on a Megan Drake free throw with 59 seconds left in the first quarter but it was quickly nullified with a Logger layup tilting the lead back to the hosts just three seconds into the second quarter. A Drake layup put PLU up 22-21 with 3:39 left in the second before the Loggers (3-1, 1-0 NWC) scored eight of the next 10 to seize a 29-24 halftime advantage.
Puget Sound’s advantage swelled to 11 points just over two minutes into the third quarter but the Lutes stormed back, holding the Loggers over the final 1:40 of the third and trailing by just two 47-45 heading into the final 10 minutes of play. PLU tied the contest at 51 on a Katie Taylor three with 6:50 to play and again at 55 with just under five minutes to play on a Salisbury layup, but the Loggers responded with the next six points and kept the Lutes at bay the rest of the way to earn the three-point win.
“It was a playoff feel game in November,” said PLU head coach Jennifer Childress. “We have a lot to be proud of and we know we have a lot of improvements ahead of us.”
Salisbury finished the night with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, hitting nine of her 12 shots from the floor. Emma Janousek added 10 points and three assists while Drake tallied eight points and eight boards.
“Madison was a warrior tonight,” said Childress. “She played such a physical game and her play in the fourth quarter was very impressive.”
PLU held a slim advantage in both rebounds (35 to 34) and bench points (18 to 17) but committed 18 turnovers to Puget Sound’s 10.
“So much of our short-comings tonight were controllable.” said Childress.
The Lutes head south to face Linfield on Friday, Nov. 30. The Loggers will travel to George Fox for a match-up on Saturday, Dec. 1. PLU will return home to host Walla Walla University on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. The next home game for UPS is a Wednesday, Dec. 5, non-league contest with Evergreen State College at 6 p.m.
THREE LADY LUTES NAMED TO ALL-REGION SOCCER TEAMS
The United Soccer Coaches released its All-Region teams this week with Pacific Lutheran University women’s soccer student-athletes Liz Griffith, Leah Magee, and Brianna Hunting all landing NCAA Division III All-West Region honors. Griffith earned First Team All-West Region honors while Magee and Hunting earned Second Team and Third Team honors, respectively.
Griffith lands on the 11-player First Team, earning All-Region accolades for the first time in her career. The Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-NWC selection was the lone NWC player to appear on the First Team. Griffith lands the award as a forward after starting all 20 games for the NWC champion Lutes (13-3-4, 12-2-2 NWC), scoring seven goals and 10 assists, including three-game winning scores. The Puyallup native led the league in assists and ranked second in points (24).
Magee earns a spot on the 11-player Second Team, earning All-Region accolades for the second consecutive season. The midfielder from Olympia was a Third Team All-Region honoree in 2017. A First Team All-NWC selection, Magee started all 20 games for the Lutes, collecting three goals and three assists. All three goals were game winners, netting the decisive dagger in victories over Whitworth University, Whitman College, and the University of Puget Sound.
Hunting is the third Lute to be recognized, earning a spot on the 11-player Third Team. The defender from Kennewick, Wash. started in 19 games for the Lutes and anchored a defensive backline that posted 11 shutouts on the season and allowed just 10 goals. A First Team All-NWC honoree, Hunting additionally found the back of the net on a penalty kick against Willamette University on Nov. 3, a Lute victory that secured a share of the team’s third consecutive conference title.
PLU claimed three of the eight NWC student-athletes earning All-Region honors. Willamette had one Second Team honoree while Whitworth and Puget Sound each had two players earn Third Team honors.
PLU SOCCER LANDS TWO ON MEN’S ALL-REGION TEAMS
Pacific Lutheran University men’s soccer student-athletes RJ Noll and Joe Sammartino continued to rake in the postseason awards, landing a spot on the United Soccer Coaches’ NCAA Division III All-West Region Team this week. Noll landed First Team honors while Sammartino was a Second Team honoree.
Noll was the lone Northwest Conference player to earn a spot on the 11-player First Team. The Yelm native was a First Team All-NWC selection this fall after netting 72 saves and five shutouts for the NWC champion Lutes (13-6-2). Noll started in 20 of the 21 games this season, logging 1,746 minutes between the posts with a 1.10 goals against average and a .774 save percentage.
Sammartino was the only NWC representative on the 11-player Second Team. The Boise, Idaho native and two-time First Team All-NWC selection finished the season with nine goals, four assists, and 22 points. Sammartino ranked second in the league in both goals and points while netting two game-winning goals.
Noll and Sammartino were among the three NWC players to be recognized as All-Region honorees with University of Puget Sound’s Luke Murdock earning Third Team All-West Region.
LADY LOGGERS HONORED WITH SEVEN NWC CONFERENCE SOCCER NODS
The Puget Sound women’s soccer team earned seven Northwest Conference honors at the end of the 2018 season. It was another successful year for the squad as the Loggers finished with a 13-6-2 overall record and earned an NCAA Div. III tournament berth.
Senior goalkeeper Jamie Lange earned NWC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, defender Kylee Roath was named NWC Freshman of the Year, and third-year coach Joe Vari earned NWC Coach of the Year.
Gabbie Berg, the conference’s leading scorer, and Tayla MacPherson joined Lange on the All-NWC First Team. Elizabeth McGraw was named to the All-NWC Second Team, and freshman Tess Carden joined Roath as an All-NWC Honorable Mention.
Lange finished the season as the NWC’s leader in saves (132) and save percentage (.892). Her 0.74 GAA ranked second in the NWC, thanks in large part to the efforts of Roath and Carden.
Berg led the NWC in scoring with 10 goals and 24 points. MacPherson earned a First Team nod for the second consecutive year, and McGraw improved her All-NWC status after being an Honorable Mention in 2017.
Vari’s third year at the helm of the Loggers resulted in a share of the NWC crown. By way of tiebreaker, the Loggers received the automatic bid for 2018 NCAA Championship. Puget Sound lost at Hardin-Simmons, 3-0, in the first round. Vari has 13 wins in each of his first three seasons with Puget Sound, and a 39-16-8 overall record.