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TACOMA AREA PREP SCORES

BOYS BASKETBALL

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

CASCADE CHRISTIAN – 60, BREMERTON – 47

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

FOSS – 83, MARYSVILLE-PILCHUCK – 52

WILSON – 67, TAMANAWIS, BC – 57

BELLARMINE – 77, GRAHAM-K – 35

CAMAS – 55, CURTIS – 51

KENTWOOD – 62, EM. RIDGE – 44

SUMNER – 49, SEA. CHRISTIAN – 30

ROGERS – 69, EASTMONT – 67

BONNEY LAKE – 54, KENTLAKE – 46

FIFE – 73, EVERGREEN – 30

LINDBERGH – 83, WASHINGTON – 49

FRANKLIN PIERCE – 58, FOSTER – 29

CASCADE CHR. – 65, DECATUR – 61

LIFE CHRISTIAN – 83, SO. BEND – 31

CHIEF LESCHI – 79, WILLAPA VALLEY – 72

TAC. BAPTIST – 71, SEA. LUTHERAN – 47

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

O’DEA – 69, HENRY FOSS – 66

SPANAWAY LAKE – 91, GRAHAM-K – 42

CENTRAL VALLEY – 59, CURTIS – 48

MOSES LAKE – 65, BETHEL – 36

GONZAGA PREP – 63, WILSON – 51

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

CAMAS – 65, HENRY FOSS – 53

TIMBERLINE – 74, CURTIS – 63

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

KENNEDY – 66, CASCADE CHR. – 51

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

LINCOLN – 58, EL CAMINO, CA – 43

WILSON – 79, SUMMIT SIERRA – 17

BELLARMINE – 59, FREEMONT, CA – 47

STADIUM – 63, INTERLAKE – 42

PUYALLUP – 73, KELOWNA, BC – 48

SANTA BARBARA, CA – 76, OLYMPIA – 75

COEUR D’ALENE, ID – 60, SO. KITSAP – 45

FIFE – 79, CENTRALIA – 48

WHITE RIVER – 67, CLOVER PARK – 58

FRANKLIN PIERCE – 74, YELM – 40

CHELAN – 55, LIFE CHRISTIAN – 53

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

LINCOLN – 86, SPANISH SPRINGS, NV – 63

WILSON – 83, STADIUM – 52

LOYOLA, CA – 65, BELLARMINE – 39

PUYALLUP – 69, UNIVERSITY – 59

FRANKLIN PIERCE – 57, HIGHLINE – 45

AUBURN-RIV – 61, EM. RIDGE – 49

LINDBERGH – 54, CASCADE CHR. – 46

CHARLES WRIGHT – 48, NO. BEACH – 26

LIFE CHRISTIAN – 60, OROVILLE – 44

CHIEF LESCHI – 92, CHIEF KITSAP – 32

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

LINCOLN – 66, MATER DEI CATH. – 65

WILSON – 68, PUYALLUP – 47

SPANAWAY LK – 87, FT. VANCOUV. – 28

GRAHAM-K – 59, BETHEL – 53

FIFE – 56, BONNEY LAKE – 43

CHARLES WRIGHT – 53, NW. CHRIST. – 50

CHIEF LESCHI – 78, CROSSPOINT – 59

CENTRALIA – 83, WASHINGTON – 57

UNIVERSITY – 86, STADIUM – 68

OLYMPIA – 36, WESTLAKE, CA – 38

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

LINCOLN – 70, ST. PETERSBURG, FL – 66

SPANAWAY LAKE – 97, EVERGREEN – 53

SKYVIEW – 63, CURTIS – 58

JEFFERSON – 73, WASHINGTON – 48

TAC. BAPTIST – 91, LAKE QUINALT – 11

GIRLS BASKETBALL

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

BELLARMINE – 76, GRAHAM-K – 21

PENINSULA – 49, SOUTH KITSAP – 31

TAHOMA – 50, BONNEY LAKE – 35

CASCADE CHR. – 56, BREMERTON – 20

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

ROGERS – 64, EASTMONT – 62

FIFE – 48, EVERGREEN – 24

CAPITAL – 73, HENRY FOSS – 36

FOSTER – 58, FRANKLIN PIERCE – 42

GRAHAM-K – 52, SPANAWAY LK – 36

EM. RIDGE – 41, DECATUR – 31

BETHEL – 64, TIMBERLINE – 40

LINDBERGH – 58, WASHINGTON – 56

STEILACOOM – 64, HIGHLINE – 38

RIVER RIDGE – 69, CLOVER PARK – 23

WILLAPA – 60, CHIEF LESCHI – 21

LIFE CHRISTIAN – 41, SO. BEND – 18

SEA. LUTHERAN – 36, TAC. BAPTIST – 15

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

WILSON – 53, CHIEF SEALTH – 39

PENINSULA – 58, STADIUM – 22

UNIVERSITY – 69, ROGERS – 49

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26

TAHOMA – 57, FRANKLIN PIERCE – 25

SUNNYSIDE CHR. – 59, CASC. CHR. – 31

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

CENTRAL VALLEY – 67, BELLARMINE – 31

BURLINGTON-ED – 53, PUYALLUP – 37

CURTIS – 66, WILSON – 40

CAPTIAL – 70, WASHINGTON – 30

MONROE – 49, CASCADE CHR. – 41

CHARLES WRIGHT – 60, SUMMIT – 17

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

CURTIS – 66, LAKES – 28

LINCOLN – 51, RAINIER BEACH – 46

SPANAWAY LK – 65, BREMERTON – 23

SUNNYSIDE – 66, BELLARMINE – 59

PUYALLUP – 50, PORT ANGELES – 37

SUMNER – 55, AUBURN MTN – 52

DECATUR – 45, STADIUM – 28

BETHEL – 66, TODD BEAMER – 42

BLANCHET – 57, MT. TAHOMA – 31

NO. THURSTON – 44, FIFE – 31

CAPITAL – 55, STEILACOOM – 46

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

MOSES LAKE – 53, BELLARMINE – 43

PENINSULA – 53, SPANAWAY LK – 32

ORTING – 36, WASHINGTON – 34

ELMA – 54, FIFE – 38

TAC. BAPTIST – 51, LAKE QUINALT – 43

UPS’ LANGE EARNS NWC 

STUDENT-ATHLETE HONORS

Jamie Lange averaged 16 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in Texas to earn Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week. The award was extended to a two-week period through the holiday season.

The Puget Sound women’s basketball team posted a 1-1 record in the Trinity Women’s Basketball Classic, Dec. 20-21. The Loggers lost against the host team, No. 19/13 Trinity (Tex.), 77-46, but Lange had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Puget Sound bounced back with a 77-48 win over Schreiner. Lange finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocks in the win. She leads the NWC in points per game (17.3), rebounds per game (13.0), and ranks second in blocks per game (2.2).

The Loggers resume their NWC schedule at George Fox on Friday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m. Puget Sound will host Pacific Lutheran Tuesday, Jan. 16, for a women’s and men’s doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. The Bruins are ranked No. 23 in the country in the most recent Women’s Basketball Coaches Association national poll.

WOHRER LEADS THE WAY FOR LOGGERS 

AS UPS MOVES TO 7-3 ON SEASON

Jimmy Wohrer poured in a career-high 32 points as the Puget Sound men’s basketball team closed out the calendar year with a 96-86 win over Wisconsin-Stout in the final day of the Whitworth Men’s Classic Presented by Quality Inn Oakwood on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Wohrer needed just 20 minutes on the floor to achieve his new personal best for points in a game. He shot 10-for-19 from the field, 8-for-16 from 3-point range, and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Walker Shibley-Styer netted 14 points for the Loggers (7-3), while Easton Driessen added 12. Zion Shepherd flirted with a double-double by scoring 11 points to go along with eight rebounds.

The Blue Devils (6-4) held a 41-35 edge at halftime, and it looked as though the Loggers’ shooting woes carried over from Friday night’s loss against Calvin. Puget Sound connected on just 12 of its 39 attempts (30.8 percent) from the floor through the first 20 minutes against UW-Stout, but the Loggers erupted in the second half.

Wohrer netted 26 of his 32 points in the second half, as Puget Sound outscored the Blue Devils, 61-45, through the final 20 minutes. Puget Sound shot 55 percent (22-for-40) from the floor during the period, and 50 percent (10-for-20) from 3-point range.

The Loggers excelled in taking care of the rock, committing just 11 turnovers to the Blue Devils’ 23.

Puget Sound resumes its Northwest Conference schedule at George Fox on Friday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. The men will host rival Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m.

PLU FINISHES 35TH IN FINAL 

FALL DIRECTORS’ CUP STANDINGS

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics released the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings of the fall with the Pacific Lutheran University athletic department ranking 35th in the nation amongst 450 NCAA Division III institutions.

The Lutes racked up 133 points in the fall standings as a department, tying for 35th with Brandeis University and the University of Mount Union. PLU tallied points in three sports, netting 50 points in both women’s soccer and volleyball for advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament while scooping up 33 more points for men’s cross country runner Brad Hodkinson’s performance at the NCAA Championships.

PLU is the top ranking Northwest Conference institution with Linfield College ranking 61st (86 points), Whitworth University ranking 81st (63 points), and Willamette University ranking 126th (25 points). Johns Hopkins University sits atop the ranking, netting 383 points across seven sports this fall followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (319.5 points) and Middlebury College (301 points). University of Saint Thomas and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse round out the top five, both collecting 270 points.

The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA Championships. A total of 18 teams can be scored for each institution of which four must be men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer. The first set of winter standings will be released on March 8, 2018.

PLU had a banner fall season with women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s soccer all winning NWC titles while the men’s cross country team logged a runner-up finish at the league championships.

TACOMA’S GAVRONSKI 

MOVING UP IN WORLD RANKINGS

Mike Gavronski took a major step towards realizing his goal of fighting for a world title in 2018 as the Tacoma fighter cracked the World Boxing Association’s Top 15 world rankings for the first time in his career.

Gavronski, the North American Boxing Association super middleweight champion, came in at No. 13 in the most current WBA world rankings. Gavronski (25-2-1, 15 KOs) won the vacant NABA super middleweight title on Nov. 18 after defeating Andrew Hernandez by technical decision. The championship victory marked the fifth consecutive win for Gavronski.

“We’re now part of the conversation,” said Gavronski when asked his thoughts about potentially receiving a world title shot in the near future. “It’s everyone’s goal when they get involved in boxing to eventually become No. 1, and this (ranking) is a step towards that. It actually feels terrific.”

Gavronski kicked off his winning streak on Sept. 10, 2016 by knocking out previously undefeated Jake Carr. He followed up that victory by snapping Thomas Awimbono’s 18-fight winning streak which spanned more than five years. Additional wins over Quinton Rankin and Brian Vera occurred in 2017.

“I’m not sure exactly what’s next for me. We’re still figuring that out,” said Gavronski. “I’m just going to keep working and improving, and control the things I can control.”

Gavronski is looking to join a select fraternity of former world title holders who hail from the City of Destiny. The list of former Tacoma world champions include Johnny “Bump City” Bumphus, Rocky Lockridge, Leo Randolph and Freddie “The Tacoma Assassin” Steele.

Like Bumphus, Lockridge and Randolph, Gavronski was a product of the Tacoma Boxing Club, where he won numerous amateur titles, including a pair of Tacoma Golden Gloves championships, before turning pro in 2010.

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