JOHNSON BECOMES FIRST LOGGER TO RECIEVE D3FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICAN
Junior wide reciever AJ Johnson is the first Puget Sound student-athlete to earn an All-American honor from d3football.com. D3football.com All-American honors began in 1999.
Johnson, a native of Tacoma and graduate of Lincoln High School, is also the first Logger football student-athlete to earn an All-American honor since Tony Puz in 1998 (NAIA).
By the end of the 2018 season, Johnson set the Puget Sound single-season record for receiving yards with 1,096. He led the Northwest Conference in both receiving and receptions (92), and he ranked second in touchdown catches (12).
Johnson, along with four other teammates, was named to the All-NWC First Team. He played a vital role in Puget Sound setting several single-season program records in 2018, including passing touchdowns (40), completions (321), and total points (350).
LANGE COMES UP BIG FOR UPS AGAIN FOR SIXTH LOGGER WIN
Jamie Lange notched her third consecutive double-double to lead the Puget Sound women’s basketball team to a 67-44 win over Caltech in the final day of the Pacific Northwest Tournament hosted by Pacific Lutheran.
Lange came away with 17 points and a season-high 19 boards for the Loggers (6-2). Prewitt nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds against the Beavers (4-5).
Lange and Prewitt were both named to the Pacific Northwest All-Tournament Team.
Puget Sound got off to a sluggish start Sunday. The Loggers shot 16.7 percent from the floor in the opening 10 minutes, and they trailed Caltech at the end of the first quarter, 12-8. Puget Sound kicked it into gear in the second quarter to claim a 28-21 lead at halftime, and the Loggers never looked back.
Puget Sound freshman Georgia Lavinder scored a season-high 12 points Sunday by shooting 4-for-8 from 3-point range.
The Loggers left for Hawaii on Monday, Dec. 17, to compete in the Street Shine Invitational in Honolulu. Puget Sound takes on Whittier on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Chapman on Thursday, Dec. 20.
UPS’ PREWITT REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS IN LOGGERS’ WIN
SeniorElizabeth Prewitt eclipsed 1,000 points for her collegiate career as the Puget Sound women’s basketball team handled Nichols, 61-39, in the first game of the Pacific Northwest Tournament hosted by Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Prewitt entered the game needing 20 points to reach the millennium mark. After scoring seven points in the first half, Prewitt netted 14 points in the first six minutes of the third quarter.
Prewitt provided the game’s first points of the second half by draining a 3-pointer. Later in the third quarter, Prewitt hit another trey while drawing a foul, and she capitalized on the four-point play. Prewitt’s milestone basket was a 3-point shot from the corner with four minutes left in the third quarter.
Prewitt is the first Logger since Alexis Noren ’17 to join the 1,000-point club.
All in all, Prewitt scored 21 points in 23 minutes against the Bison (3-7). Jamie Lange notched her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Loggers (5-2). Puget Sound held Nichols to just 23.1 percent shooting from the floor, and the Loggers forced 15 turnovers. Puget Sound dominated the glass, 49-31.
PLU’S SALISBURY NETS SECOND NWC WEEKLY HONOR
The Northwest Conference office released its weekly award winners on Monday, Dec. 17, with Pacific Lutheran University women’s basketball student-athlete Madison Salisbury claiming NWC Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Salisbury wins the honor after earning MVP honors at the Pacific Northwest Tournament for the second consecutive season. The sophomore guided the Lutes (6-2) to a pair of blowout wins, topping California Institute of Technology 89-56 before steamrolling Nichols College 92-39 to extend PLU’s win streak to five games.
The Puyallup native averaged 16.0 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game during the tournament while also collecting four steals, three blocks, and three assists. Her impressive numbers came despite averaging just 19.5 minutes of court time over the course of the two days. Salisbury scored a tournament-high 22 points in the victory over Caltech while also finishing in double figures the Nichols game that saw the Lutes score the opening 29 points of the contest. Salisbury was previously honored as NWC Player of the Week on Dec. 3.
Pacific Lutheran is back on the hardwood on Thursday, facing InterAmerican University in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
PLU WOMEN MAKE IT FIVE STRAIGHT WITH BLOWOUT OF NICHOLS
The Pacific Lutheran University women’s basketball team continued to roll on Sunday, Dec. 16, collecting the opening 29 points and never looking back in a blowout 92-39 victory over Nichols College in the final game of the Pacific Northwest Tournament inside Olson Gymnasium.
The Lutes (6-2) were on fire to start the game, withKristin Sturdivan draining a three for the first of 29 consecutive points for the home squad. The Bison (3-8) misfired on their first 10 shots of the game and committed eight turnovers during the Lute scoring binge while PLU collected six steals during that stretch. When the dust settled on the opening quarter the Lutes held a comfortable 32-4 advantage before taking a 59-14 lead into the halftime break.
PLU held at least a 45-point buffer the entire second half to cruise to the squad’s fifth consecutive victory and close out the Pacific Northwest Tournament undefeated for the second consecutive season. Madison Salisbury was named the Tournament MVP for the second straight year while Emma Janousek joined her on the six player All-Tournament Team.
“We’re excited to see our continued improvement and balanced play,” said PLU ead coachJennifer Childress. “Today everyone’s hard work over the past two months was evident in our transition and tempo of play.”
It was a true team effort on Sunday with all 14 Lutes to see action, scoring at least a point. Sturdivan led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds whileKatie Taylor added 12 points off the bench, shooting a perfect three-for-three from the field. Janousek, MacKenzie Cooper, and Salisbury all chipped in 10 points. Janousek led the team with six assists while Salisbury had six rebounds and three steals in just 18 minutes of work.
PLU collected 15 steals on the day and forced 22 Nichols turnovers, leading to a 32-7 advantage in points off turnovers. The Lutes outscored the Bison bench 44-24 while limited Nichols to shooting just 23.7 percent (14-for-59) from the field.
PLUNGE INTO 2019 AT THE COOLEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the seventh annual Polar Bear Plunge at Point Defiance Marina boat launch. The event is presented by BECU and supported by Bloodworks Northwest.
Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit and go knee deep, waist high or all the way in. The Cub Plunge is for those who want to enter the water from the launch ramp. It begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Polar Bear Plunge at noon for people who want to jump off the docks feet first. Costumes are welcome but not required, though participants need to have protective footwear.
The event is free and takes place rain or shine at the Point Defiance boat launch, located at 5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park. For the safety of participants, life jackets will available and lifeguards will be stationed on the docks.
Daring folks who jump in can warm up afterward in heating tents, sip free hot drinks, and purchase treats from the snack bar. Changing tents will be available.
In addition to a year’s worth of bragging rights, participants receive a Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium coupon good for $3 off general admission. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for $5 while supplies last.
Parking is limited nearby, but a shuttle bus will transport participants from the Owen Beach parking lot to and from the Plunge between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Plunge continues to be wildly popular with more than 1,000 people in attendance and 350 taking the plunge off the boat ramp or docks in recent years. Those brave enough to jump into Puget Sound ranged from small children to the more mature, from costumed to fully clothed.
Bloodworks Northwest representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the life-saving benefits of blood donations and encourage participants to turn out for upcoming blood drives and typing events. From 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, Bloodworks will hold a community blood drive in celebration of National Blood Donor Month at STAR Center: To register, go to http://www.bloodworksnw.org.
Point Defiance Marina has anchored the northeast side of Point Defiance Park since 1944, when it replaced the original boathouse pavilion of the early 1900s. While down at the waterfront stop by to browse the gift shop, rent a boat or sign up for a boating or fishing class.
Volunteers are always needed to serve refreshments or set up and take down after the event. For more information, visit PointDefianceMarina.comor call (253) 591-5325.
Healthy Plunge guidelines:
·Anyone with a history of heart problems should talk to their healthcare provider before participating in the Polar Bear Plunge.
·Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol does not warm you up; it accelerates hypothermia.
·Don’t stay in the water longer than 15 minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in the water than in air. Puget Sound water temperature is around 45 degrees this time of year.
·To keep warm, wait until immediately before entering the water to remove any extra clothing worn over your swimsuit or plunge outfit.
·Don’t forget to bring dry clothes, a towel and protective footwear.
·Service animals only are allowed in the water with participants. All other animals must stay on shore.
Polar Bear Plunge
What:Join the crowd and splash into Puget Sound on New Year’s Day
When:11:30 a.m., Jan. 1
Where:Point Defiance boat launch, 5912 Waterfront Drive, in Point Defiance Park