HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT CAPS STRONG CAGESPORT 52
Richard Foster captured the vacant CageSport heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over DJ Linderman in the main event of CageSport 52 on Saturday, July 21, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
Linderman (21-15) floored Foster moments into the five-round bout, but was unable to mount much of an offensive threat the remainder of the contest as Foster controlled the flow of the fight from the middle of the first round until the end. Foster (6-3) outpointed Linderman 48-46, 50-43, 49-44 on the judges’ scorecards.
Almost one year after his last appearance inside the CageSport cage, Bobby McIntyre looked razor sharp in the 161-pound semi-main event, defeating Charon Spain by first round rear-naked choke (2:22).
McIntyre (8-5) last fought for CageSport on July 15, 2017, when he captured the CageSport lightweight championship with a stunning, first-round knockout victory over heavy favorite Julian Erosa.
Highlighting the undercard was a 135-pound thriller between Lisa Spangler and Kelly Clayton, which saw the two stand toe-to-toe the entire three rounds with each landing big shots. Spangler (2-0) remained undefeated, winning by majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28).
Tim Lewis and Cameron Sevilla-Rivera also upped their career records to 2-0 with Lewis defeating Bryce Walden (2-2) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in a 135-pound matchup, while Sevilla-Rivera made quick work of Jacob Martin, winning by first-round knockout (1:48) in a battle of 170 pounders.
Rodney Kealohi (2-1) opened up the card by registering a lightning-fast win by technical knockout, defeating fellow 125-pounder Cody Simpkins 48 seconds into the first round.
Also on the undercard, Seven Linford (145 pounds) defeated Chris Varner to win his pro debut, Jake Sebastian (155) beat Armando Best by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28) and Tyrone Henderson (150) bested Terrance McKinney by first-round technical knockout (:39) after McKinney suffered what appeared to be a broken leg.
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CageSport 52 Results
Main Events – 5 Rounds
Vacant CageSport Heavyweight Championship
Richard Foster (6-3) d. DJ Linderman (21-15), unanimous decision (48-46, 50-43, 49-44)
Semi-Main Events – 3 Rounds
161-pounds: Bobby McIntyre (8-5) d. Charon Spain (15-28), rear-naked choke (first round, 2:22)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
135-pounds: Lisa Spangler (2-0) d. Kelly Clayton (0-2), majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)
170-pounds: Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (2-0) d. Jacob Martin (5-3), KO (first round, 1:48)
135-pounds: Tim Lewis (2-0) d. Bryce Walden (2-2), unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
155-pounds: Jake Sebastian (1-1) d. Armando Best (2-8), unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
125-pounds: Rodney Kealohi (2-1) d. Cody Simpkins (1-3), TKO (first round, :48)
150-pounds: Tyrone Henderson (7-4-1) d. Terrance McKinney (4-1), TKO (first round, :39)
145-pounds: Seven Linford (1-0) d. Chris Varner (0-1), TKO (second round, 3:48)
PLU ROWER NABS THIRD CAREER ALL-AMERICA SELECTION
Pacific Lutheran University women’s rowing student-athlete Hannah Peterson was honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association on Saturday, July 21, earning Pocock First Team All-American honors.
Peterson earns First Team All-American honors for the third consecutive season. The junior was a member of PLU’s varsity eight boat and helped the Lutes win the Northwest Conference Championship for the third consecutive season. A three-time All-NWC selection, Peterson closed out the season by helping the 1V8+ finish sixth overall at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships in Lakeland, Fla. and guiding the Lutes to a seventh-place finish in the team standings. This summer, she participated in the USRowing U-23 Selection Camp.
Peterson, the PLU Athletic Department’s Female Athlete of the Year, was the lone West Coast representative on the nine-member First Team. NWC rivals Lilly Herman of the University of Puget Sound and Ryan LaVigne of Lewis & Clark College both earned a spot on the eight-member Second Team.
PLU VOLLEYBALL EARNS AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
The Northwest Conference Champion Pacific Lutheran University volleyball team was recently honored for its success in the classroom, earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award.
The Lutes were one of three NWC institutions and among 173 from the NCAA Division III level to secure the honor, joining rivals Pacific University and Whitman College. To be eligible for the award, teams must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
Pacific Lutheran far exceeded the AVCA’s requirements for the honor, boasting a 3.54 cumulative grade point average, including a PLU Athletic Department best spring GPA of a 3.71.
PLU’s success wasn’t confined to just the classroom with the Lutes hoisting their four conference title in the last six years and the program’s 10th under the direction of NWC Coach of the Year Kevin Aoki. The Lutes wrapped up the 2017 season with a 21-5 record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Lutes open up the 2018 season on Aug. 31 with matches against the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Elizabethtown College at the Puget Sound Premiere at the University of Puget Sound’s Memorial Fieldhouse.
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.