SOUNDERS MOVE TO SECOND
After a thrilling 4-3 win at Portland the week before, the Sounders U23s rattled off two shutout victories last weekend to move to second place in the Premier Development League standings.
The Sounders claimed a dominant 5-0 win at the North Sound Seawolves on June 29, getting on the board quickly in the third minute when Jamael Cox’s cross into the box found Sean Morris, who headed it in for a 1-0 lead. Despite several good looks at goal, the Sounders were unable to add to the lead until the 33rd minute, when Sean Okoli outraced the Seawolves’ defense and drove a shot past keeper Claudio Lazar to make it 2-0.
Aodhan Quinn added another goal shortly after halftime, as he was fouled in the box in the 52nd minute and converted the penalty kick to put the game out of reach, making it 3-0.
The Sounders were then able to substitute liberally, and two reserves were able to notch goals and emphasize the victory late. Darwin Jones struck in the 84th minute when he ran down a clearance from Anthony Arena, cut back across the field and hammered a shot into the net. A minute later, Troy Peterson flipped a ball to Esteban Potenciano, who drove it past Lazar to provide the final margin.
The Sounders had a much tougher test at the Washington Crossfire on July 1, as the game was scoreless heading into the final minutes. But DeAndre Yedlin found Quinn with a pass in the 88th minute, and he drove it past keeper Andrew Holte to provide the dramatic 1-0 win. Holte was tested frequently by the Sounders defense, but held firm for most of the match, collecting nine saves.
The win over Washington gave the Sounders 27 points in league play, moving them past the Crossfire and Portland and into second place behind Kitsap – who has 29 points but has played one more match than the Sounders. The Sounders will have a chance to move into first with a match at Kitsap – which has beaten the Sounders twice this year – on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Bremerton Memorial Stadium.
TROLIA HOLDING CAMPS
Curtis High School grad and former Mariners draftee Aaron Trolia will once again be holding baseball camps in the area this summer, with the first one taking place at Curtis on July 9-13.
“It’s more of individual confidence building and life lessons taught through the vehicle of baseball,” said Trolia, who will have former NFL quarterback and Lincoln grad Jon Kitna out to speak at the camp. Others scheduled to speak will be Mariners coach Scott Budner, Rainiers first base coach Brent Johnson and Rainiers catcher Brandon Bantz.
The camp will feature game situations and scrimmages, and will be held for ages 4 and older. Players age 9 and older will practice from 9 a.m. to noon each day, while those ages 4 to 8 will practice 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $125 dollars for players 4-8 years old, with a discount price of $100 if eight to 12 players sign up together. For players age 9 and up, the cost is $200, with a discounted price of $175 if eight to 12 sign up together.
Trolia, who is planning to open his own baseball facility in South Tacoma in October, will also be holding more camps in the coming weeks. There will be a camp at the Peck fields on July 16-19, as well as a camp on July 23-25 at Fircrest Park. For more information or to register visit http://www.atbaseball.com/camps.php
LUTES EARN MORE ACCOLADES
In addition to recently throwing out the first pitch at a Mariners game and being featured in the CBS Sports NCAA spring highlight show, the honors keep on rolling in for the national champion Pacific Lutheran softball team.
Senior pitcher Stacey Hagensen was recently chosen as the Northwest Conference Woman of the Year, earning her a nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Hagensen was a four-year member of the Lutes softball team, earning multiple personal awards as well as leading PLU to its first NCAA title in softball earlier this year. She has also been involved in numerous campus activities throughout her four years at PLU including Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative, student-athlete mentor, math tutor, residence hall president, ASPLU bookkeeper, orientation guide and women's Bible study leader. The NCAA Woman of the Year award, which will be announced in Indianapolis on Oct. 14, honors a graduating student-athlete who has proven herself throughout her collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
The Lutes’ coaching staff was also recently chosen as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year. Head coach Erin Van Nostrand and assistant coaches Greg Seeley, Tiffany McVay, Dena Harkovitch and Dena Slye led the Lutes to their best season in school history, culminating in the earning the NCAA Division III national crown. Pacific Lutheran went 45-11 this year, breaking the school record for wins set in 1990, and won all eight NCAA postseason games en route to the crown.
PLU SWIMMERS HONORED
The PLU women’s swimming team received recognition as an Academic All-America Team as named by the College Swim Coaches Association of America on July 2. The Lutes posted a 3.16 team grade point average for the spring semester.
“This is a nice feather in our cap, demonstrating that we are raising the bar for the program in the classroom as well as in the pool,” head coach Matt Sellman said.
The PLU women finished fifth in the 2012 Northwest Conference championship meet, improving by one spot over the previous season, while the Lutes men also moved up one spot to third place.
LOGGERS’ KNIFFIN RECOGNIZED
University of Puget Sound senior wide receiver Adam Kniffin was named to the Beyond Sports Network’s Division III Preseason All-America First Team on June 25. The honor marks the second straight season that Kniffin has been named to a preseason All-America team.
Kniffin ended the 2011 season with his second career All-NWC First Team selection and All-West Region selection. Kniffin led the Northwest Conference with 110.6 yards per game and 12 receiving touchdowns. He ranked second in Division III in receptions per game and 14th in receiving yards per game.
Kniffin also continued his record-breaking career during his junior campaign as he continued to rewrite the record books. He broke the single season school record with 95 receptions and surpassed the career mark with 187 career receptions through the 2011 season. He also finished 2011 with 995 receiving yards, another Puget Sound record, and surpassed the career mark with 29 TDs through his two-year career. As he enters his senior season, Kniffin has another Puget Sound record well within reach. He needs just 306 yards to break the receiving yards record held by Logger Hall-of-Famer Mike Bos.