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Former Lincoln swingman Jakhai Dillingham will bring two years of big time state tournament experience with him as he begins his career in the fall as a University of Puget Sound Logger. Photo by Rocky Ross

UPS ADDS SIX TO MEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITING CLASS

First-year head coach Aubrey Shelton announced six dynamic new Loggers to the Puget Sound men’s basketball recruiting class.
“This class is full of versatility and winning players from winning programs,” said Shelton. “All six can play multiple positions, defend, and put the ball in the hoop. Most importantly, they are high-character young men who will make the Puget Sound campus a better place.”

Jakhai Dillingham – Lincoln High School
6-0 Guard
Dillingham was an intregal part of the Abes’ success the past two seasons, helping lead the team to back-to-back 20-0 regular seasons and 26-2 finishes overall, placing fifth and third in state. During his senior season, Dillingham was selected team captain. He shot a team-leading 50-percent from three-point range, and he was one of the best all-around defenders on the team.

Cal Hansen – O’Dea High School
6-5 Forward
Hansen was a four-year varsity player for the Irish, helping the team place second in state his sophomore year. This past season O’Dea went 24-6 overall, and Hansen was selected to the Second Team All-State Tournament Team. He has the potential make an immediate impact for the Loggers. Hansen has been admitted into Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program.

CJ Geathers – Tumwater High School
6-1 Guard
During his senior season, Geathers led his team in scoring (22.0 points per game), assists, and steals, and he was selected MVP of the 2A Evergreen Conference. A scoring machine, Geathers has the potential to be a big-time contributor right away for the maroon and white. A terrific student (3.9 GPA at Tumwater), Geathers is interested in majoring in biology.

Griffin Webb – Enumclaw High School
6-4 Wing
Webb helped lead Enumclaw to a 23-6 record, district championship, and a fourth-place finish in the 4A State Tournament last winter. Webb is a versatile guard who can do a little bit of everything on the court, including play and defend four positions. A relentless competitor who also excelled on the football field, look for Griffin to make immediate contributions as a Logger. Academically, Griffin is interested in majoring in business.

Jordan Alvarado – JSerra Catholic (Calif.)
6-3 Wing
Alvarado was a four-year varsity player and two-time captain who helped lead the Lions to the CIF State Playoffs the past two seasons. Alvarado is a versatile defensive stopper who is capable of shutting down four positions. Alvarado is interested in beginning his academic career with business courses.

Donovan Wilson – Archbishop Mitty (Calif.)
5-10 Guard
Wilson is a strong and quick guard who has the ability to get to the rim and shoot from three-point range. He has the potential to be an elite on-ball defender. A three-year varsity player at Archbishop Mitty, Wilson helped the Monarchs go deep into the CIF State Playoffs last season. He is interested in studying ethnic studies and sociology.

LOGGERS SHINE ON CONFERENCE, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL STAGES

University of Puget Sound’s Matt Wells competed on the national stage, while several field athletes garnered awards during the 2018 UPS outdoor track and field season.
Wells traveled to La Crosse, Wisc., for the NCAA D-III Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 24-26), where he set two personal records. During the decathlon, Wells cleared 1.99 meters in the high jump, and threw 37.09 meters in the discus, both of which are personal bests. He finished third in both events. He also won the decathlon’s 110-meter hurdles by crossing the finish line in 15.03 seconds.
Wells won the Northwest Conference title in the 110-meter hurdles for the second consecutive year. He crossed the finish line in 15.14 seconds during the championships at Linfield (April 24).
Both Wells and Brandin Porter received U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-West Region honors. Porter placed second in the men’s discus during the NWC Championships with a throw of 43.59 meters. His best mark this spring was 45.32 meters during the Ken Shannon Invitational.
Wells and Porter are two of five Loggers to earn All-NWC honors in 2018. Wells earned nods in both the 110-meter hurdles and decathlon, while Porter wrapped up his freshman season with an All-NWC honor in the discus. Jack Monaghan took third in the men’s 800 meters by timing in at 1:57.53, good for an All-NWC bid. Alvin Johnson claimed second place in the men’s triple jump for an All-NWC honor. He cleared 13.56 meters.
Alison Wise earned an All-NWC honor in the women’s 800 meters. She crossed the finish line in 2:17.58, good for third place.

FEAR HER FIGHT TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL WOMXN’S STRENGTH SUMMIT

An exceptional day has been planned for Womxn of the South Sound on Sunday, July 15. The organization known as Fear Her Fight has planned an event that is designed to help athletes harness their confidence from winning the platform, to fighting the patriarchy. This company is ran by one of Washington’s only Latina strength coaches, Maria Rodriguez, who teaches various classes at different gyms.
Fear Her Fight’s mission for its first annual Womxn’s Strength Summit is to create a space for collaboration of athletes from all sports and in all skill levels. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn, discuss, and be a boss of their own passion. With eight speakers from different narratives and messages, attendees are guaranteed to be inspired to dive into the strength community. The organization is providing resources, networking, food and tools for womxn to thrive and be architects of their fitness journeys. This event will allow these womxn to move within their potential and explore what strength means to them, knowing it does not look one certain way.
Fear Her Fight is inviting entrepreneurs, fitness influencers, and public figures and new timers with common ideals, so that we can present strength as inclusive, timeless, and universal as possible.
Fear Her Fight encourages a diverse attendance of womxn to join them for a day of community and personal growth. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a coffee hour, mimosa and breakfast bar and an opportunity to meet and greet each other before settling in for a great day. After breakout sessions and featured speakers, lunch will be provided by Chipotle. The day will conclude with several more fantastic speakers, a third breakout session, a panel Q&A period and will end with a voluntary deadlift competition.
The Womxn’s Strength Summit will take place at Northwest Strength & Conditioning at 3624 96th Street SW in Lakewood. Tickets for the event are $85 and financial assistance is available for those in need. Contact hello@fearherfight.com for more information and visit fearherfight.com/wss-2018 to learn more about the organization, as well as the event.

PLU’S GRADDY FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE

Pacific Lutheran University multi-sport athlete Machaela Graddy was featured in the July 2 issue of Sports Illustrated after wrapping up a phenomenal career on the soccer pitch and on the javelin runway.
The Eatonville native was featured in the magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” section that highlights outstanding athletic achievements from amateur athletes and has been a staple of the famous sporting periodical since 1956.

Graddy landed a spot in the magazine after winning the national title in the javelin last month at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in La Crosse, Wisc. The Eatonville native shattered her own school record at the meet on May 24 with a toss of 150 feet, 3 1/4 inches, on her second attempt of the day. That throw held up and was six inches better than the runner-up finisher, becoming the 27th Lute to win an individual national title and the first since Ryan Dirks won back-to-back titles in the men’s weight throw in 2000 and 2001.

Also an NWC champion in the javelin, Graddy was a Third-Team All-American this fall as a member of the two-time NWC champion Lute women’s soccer team. She was a three-time All-Region selection and ended her career ranking sixth all-time in both career goals (41) and points (103).

Graddy missed graduation while competing at nationals but received her degree in kinesiology on Memorial Day in a special on-campus ceremony involving five other student-athletes at the Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts.

TACOMA/PIERCE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS NEEDED

The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. Line judges are also needed for local high school matches. A comprehensive training program scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, Sunday, Aug. 26 and Monday, Aug. 27, is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive.

For students, retirees or former athletes looking to re-connect with a sport, officiating high school and middle school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams. Registration is due no later than Thursday, Aug. 9, so please contact us immediately.

For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit our website attpcvob.com and contact Marc Blau at (253) 677-2872 or mhblau@comcast.net.

TROY PETERSON BACK ON DEFENSE FOR TACOMA STARS

Federal Way native Troy Peterson will be returning to the Tacoma Stars for the 2018-19 season. Peterson appeared in all 22 regular season games last season as well as every playoff game. In those 25 games, Peterson notched five goals and six assists for a Major Arena Soccer League career high 11 points. 

One of the anchors of a tough Tacoma defense, Peterson has played in 44 games for the Stars over his two seasons, totaling 15 points. For his MASL total, he has 54 games to his credit with nine goals and eight assists.

“Troy is a steady force for us with the Stars and we are happy to have him back,” said Tacoma Stars head coach Darren Sawatzky. “You always know what you are getting with him and occasionally he scores a goal or makes a tackle that keeps you in the game. Troy epitomizes this new generation of the Stars and having his local presence for years to come will be important for us.”

The Tacoma Stars have relaunched their Legacy Memberships, and they are on sale now. Guarantee your season tickets for life by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or go to tacomastars.com. 

Stay up to date with the Stars by following them on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC) or Instagram (instagram.com/thetacomastars), and by liking the team on Facebook (fb.com/TacomaStars).

STARS RE-SIGN LEADING SCORER NICK PERERA

The Tacoma Stars announced they have re-signed their leading scorer from the 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season, Nick Perera, to a new deal. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Perera joined the Stars and appeared in 12 games after arriving via trade with the Syracuse Silver Knights.

Perera scored 20 goals to go with 10 assists in uniform with Tacoma after notching six points in three games with Syracuse. In 93 career MASL games Perera has 93 goals and 83 assists for 176 points.

“I’m very proud and excited to be playing for the Tacoma Stars this season,” said Perera. “I felt an immediate connection with the players, fans and the organization. It’s a privilege to work with such wonderful people. Special thanks have to go out to Coach Darren Sawatzky and Lane Smith for welcoming me into the Tacoma Stars family.”

Although the schedule has not been released, the Stars have announced Dec. 1 as their home opener. The MASL has again expanded the league schedule, bringing the season total to 24 contests. Tacoma is set to host 12 regular-season matches at the Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.

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