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LUTES PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH, UPS SIXTH, IN NWC FOOTBALL

The Northwest Conference office released its preseason football coaches’ poll on Monday, Aug. 27, with Pacific Lutheran University picked to finish fifth in the conference standings.
 
The Lutes (4-4, 4-3 NWC in 2017) collected 25 points to secure the fifth spot in the preseason poll. Defending champion Linfield College (9-2, 7-0 NWC) sits atop the poll with 49 points and seven of the eight first place votes. George Fox University (703, 5-2 NWC) collected 40 points to slot No. 2 while Whitworth University (8-2, 5-2 NWC) is picked third with 39 points and the remaining first place vote.
 
Pacific University (4-4, 4-3 NWC) sits fourth with 30 points while the University of Puget Sound (3-6, 2-5 NWC) sits sixth with 20 points. Lewis & Clark College (2-7, 1-6 NWC) is seventh with 13 points with Willamette University (0-9, 0-7 NWC) rounding out the poll in eighth with eight points. 
 
PLU opens the lid on the 2018 season on Sept. 8 with a showdown in Thousand Oaks, Calif. against California Lutheran University. The Lutes’ home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 1 p.m. The Loggers will open their season on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, followed by their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 8, against Redlands at 1 p.m.

UPS LOGGER FOOTBALL HAS DIFFERENT EDGE THIS SEASON

For the better part of eight years, Puget Sound football has been heralded for its aerial prowess and ability to put points on the board in a hurry. But a dynamic shift is on the horizon.

Three Logger defenders earned All-Northwest Conference honors in 2018, and the trio returns in 2018 along with experienced depth. Defensive backs Zackary Teats and Jason Clayton were the nation’s top two leaders in passes defended per game last year, as both earned a spot on the All-NWC Second Team.

Senior defensive lineman Todd Blakely was an All-NWC Honorable Mention after he finished the 2017 season with 42 tackles, 10 of which were behind the line of scrimmage. Defensive lineman Braden Ash, a junior, is back after leading the Maroon and White with six sacks last fall.

Keanu Songcuan will continue to be a hard hitter for the 2018 Loggers. He matched Ash’s 12.5 tackles for a loss last season, as both finished fourth in the NWC in the category.

The Logger offense will lean more on the ground game than it has in years past. Vance Wood and Duncan Varela are poised to get a bulk of the carries this fall. Wood finished the 2017 campaign with five rushing touchdowns, and Varela averaged a whopping 8.2 yards per carry before an injury cut his freshman season short.

The improvements both on defense and in the ground game might make one overlook the Loggers’ passing game. However, presumed starting quarterback Nik Bernhardt has plenty of weapons. The senior signal caller has wideouts Collin HeimbachMichael Zabran, and Tacoma’s own AJ Johnson as serious threats in the passing game.

Heimbach grabbed touchdown catches in three different games last year, and he broke out with six receptions for 83 yards in a game against George Fox. Zabran’s size and shiftiness will remind Logger fans of former slot receiver Kevin Miller ’16. Johnson battled through injuries in 2017, but in his seven games played he finished with at least five receptions five times. 

All-NWC honoree Zack Losack and four-year starter Jared Polonitza anchor the offensive line for Puget Sound.

Dwight Jackson, Johnson, Losack, and Teats are the 2018 team captains. Puget Sound’s home-opener is Sept. 8 against Redlands.

This year’s Homecoming game is a big one, as Puget Sound welcomes crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran to Baker Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29. Puget Sound will honor its 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees during halftime of the Homecoming game.

PUGET SOUND MOURNS LOSS OF JEROME CRAWFORD

Puget Sound mourns the loss of legendary football student-athlete Jerome Crawford, who passed away earlier this month.

In April 2018, Puget Sound announced Crawford as one of six new inductees for the Puget Sound Athletics Hall of Fame. Crawford played for the Loggers from 1965 to 1968, amassing several program and NCAA records during his Puget Sound career.

As a Puget Sound student, Crawford was a leader of the Black Student Union. His undergraduate experiences prepared him for law school at the University of Washington. After practicing law, Crawford returned to the classroom to earn a master’s in education and he taught locally.

Crawford still holds the NCAA record for punts returned for a touchdown in a single game (three vs. Whitworth, 1967), and he holds several Puget Sound records for his special teams prowess.

Crawford will be officially inducted into the Puget Sound Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 28.

PLU PICKED TO FINISH FIRST, UPS SECOND, IN WOMEN’S SOCCER

The two-time defending Northwest Conference Champion Pacific Lutheran University women’s soccer team will again head into the regular season as the conference frontrunner, earning the top spot in the NWC’s preseason coaches’ poll released on Tuesday, Aug. 28
 
The Lutes (17-3-2, 13-2-1 NWC in 2017) secured seven of the nine first place votes and 63 total points to sit atop the preseason poll. Crosstown nemesis University of Puget Sound (13-4-3, 11-3-2 NWC) claimed the remaining two first place votes and sits second with 55 points. Whitworth University (12-6-2, 11-3-2 NWC) is close behind in third with 53 points.
 
Linfield College (9-9-2, 7-7-2 NWC) and Willamette University (13-4-3, 10-4-2 NWC) round out the upper echelon of the league, both tying for fourth with 38 points. George Fox University (8-9-2, 6-8-2 NWC) was picked sixth with 31 points followed by Whitman College (2-16-2, 2-12-2 NWC) in seventh (18 points) and Lewis & Clark College (3-14-3, 2-12-2 NWC) in eighth (15). Pacific University (1-15-4, 1-12-3 NWC) rounds out the poll in ninth with 13 points. 
 
The Lutes secured their second straight NWC title last season before smashing Whittier College 4-0 for the program’s first ever NCAA Division III Tournament win. PLU tied California Lutheran University in the second round but was eliminated in penalty kicks.
 
Pacific Lutheran opens up the 2018 season down in Texas, facing Trinity University on Friday, Aug. 11. The Lutes home opener weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 7, against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, followed by a match against Calvin College the next day. The Lutes open their NWC title defense at home on Saturday, Sept. 15, against Whitworth University.

Puget Sound opens up the season also against Trinity in Texas, before hosting Calvin College on Friday, Sept. 7, followed by Mary Hardin-Baylor the next day. The Loggers will open NWC league play at home against Whitman on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Whitworth the following day.

GIO AND PADILLA SET FOR BATTLE AT THE BOAT MAIN EVENT

Following quite a bit of shuffling Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti now finally knows who he will be facing in the main event at Battle at the Boat 117. The undefeated Cabrera-Mioletti will go up against Carlos Padilla in a 10-round junior lightweight bout on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Emerald Queen Casino. 

This is an excellent matchup,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “We had a handful of fighters agree to face Gio, but ultimately, each one pulled out before everything was finalized. Gio is undefeated and word is out about him and what he can do inside that ring, which is great, but it also makes it extremely difficult to find opponents who are willing to step up and fight him. Carlos has fought for an interim world title and has been in the ring against some of the best fighters in the world. It should make for an exciting night of boxing.” 

The 131-pound contest is scheduled for 10 rounds and highlights the six-bout card, which also includes an intriguing semi-main event between fan favorite Jorge Linares and Seattle’s Shae Green. 

Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cabrera-Mioletti brings a perfect 12-0 record with three knockouts into the contest, while Padilla sports a 16-7-1 mark, winning 10 of his fights by knockout.

Cabrera-Mioletti has looked razor sharp during his last three fights. He is coming off of back-to-back triumphs over previously undefeated fighters in Elijah Pierce and Ray Lampkin, Jr. He also registered a victory over former Global Boxing Union world lightweight champion Tyrone Harris. 

Gio has all the tools to be a star in this sport,” Halquist said. “He’s well on his way to accomplishing just that. He’s a once in a generation type boxer for this area. Fight fans really should come out and watch him now because this kid is headed towards great things.”

Cabrera-Mioletti bested Pierce, who entered their fight with a spotless 8-0 record with 7 KOs, in his last fight on June 9, flooring Pierce for the first time in his career in the first round before going on to be named as the 97-92, 97-92, 100-90 winner on the judges’ scorecards. The win came after Cabrera-Mioletti defeated a then 11-0 Lampkin by second-round TKO. 

Padilla enters the bout with an impressive resume of his own. The 29-year-old Padilla fought Emanuel Lopez for the interim World Boxing Association world super featherweight title in 2015, entering the contest with a 15-1-1 record. 

Since that fight he has fought a pair of undefeated fighters in Austin Dulay (10-0) and Miguel Flores (17-0) and a trio of one-loss boxers in Ladarius Miller (14-1), Billel Dib (20-1) and Guy Robb (17-1). 

Highlighting the undercard will be a five-round bout in the 138-pound weight division between Linares (4-1) and Green (1-0-1). A second five-round contest, this at 147 pounds, will be contested between Yakima’s Andres Reyes (7-3-1) and Portland’s Sean “Beast of War” Gee (4-8). 

Undefeated 138-pounder Cris Reyes (3-0) will look to stay perfect when he faces Keith Wolf (0-1) in a four-round clash. Rounding out the card will be a 142-pound matchup between Andres Garcia Albaca (debut) and Luis DeAlba (debut) and a 127-pound fight between Juan Gomez (1-0) and Marco Flores (1-1). 

Battle at the Boat 117 will feature the VIP experience with third Row Seats being discounted to $75 per ticket. All fans seated in in the VIP section (rows 1-3) will have an exclusive access point and a dedicated server to help create a true VIP experience. 

Battle at the Boat 117 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions. For more information, please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the Battle at the Boat Facebook page.

Battle at the Boat 117 Card

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

10 Round Main Event – Junior Lightweight

  • Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti (12-0-0, 3 KOs) vs. Carlos Padilla (16-7-1, 10 KOs) 

Five Round Bouts

  • 138 pounds: Jorge Linares (4-1-0) vs. Shae Green (1-0-1) 
  • 147 pounds: Andres Reyes (7-3-1), vs. Sean Gee (4-8-0)

Four Round Undercard Bouts

  • 140 pounds: Andres Garcia Albaca (debut) vs. Luis DeAlba (debut)
  • 138 pounds: Cris Reyes (3-0-0) vs. Keith Wolf (0-1-0)
  • 127 pounds: Juan Gomez (1-0-0) vs. Marco Flores (1-1-0)

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