3A SWIMMERS STATE BOUND
Wilson’s Kevin Frey headlined the local representation at the West Central District III Swim Meet on Feb. 9 at Hazen High School, winning the 200-yard freestyle to help the Rams to a seventh-place finish as a team.
Frey beat Enumclaw’s William Cooper by just over six tenths of a second in the 200 free, finishing in one minute and 50.90 seconds to advance to the state meet. Frey will also join Tyler Brubaker, Jesse Gayvoronski and Austin Lawrence in swimming the 200-yard freestyle relay at state, and Brubaker, Lawrence, Cody Dodge and Conner Schell will represent the Rams in the 200-yard medley relay.
Mount Tahoma senior Ian Pallisigui took fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly at districts – finishing in 56.26 seconds – and will also be swimming the 50-yard freestyle at state this weekend.
The state swim meet takes place on Feb. 15-16 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The 3A preliminaries are on Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m., with the finals on Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. The 4A preliminaries are on Feb. 15 at 6:15 p.m., with the finals on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
WRESTLING REGIONAL RESULTS
Bellarmine Prep will be sending two wrestlers to the Mat Classic after taking place in the 4A regionals at Snohomish High School on Feb. 9. Taylor Ladenburg led the way for the Lions, winning the 182-pound championship match 4-2 over Olympia’s Josh Newbill after earlier pinning Mason Beaver and South Kitsap’s Michael Beard. Lions 220-pounder Elliot Villars will also advance to the Dome after topping Cascade’s Blake Carrico 15-3 in the consolation bracket before falling to Lynnwood’s Manuel Vasquez to place fourth. The Lions Hunter Taylor qualified as a second alternate to state in the 170-pound bracket.
Tacoma Baptist sophomore Matt Carroll qualified for state at the 2B regionals at Chief Leschi High School on Feb. 9, pinning Willapa Valley’s Nick Betrozoff in the 113-pound semifinals before falling to Winlock’s Marco Bautista to place second. Crusader teammate David Stone took third place in the 126-pound bracket to also advance to state, pinning Adna’s Nolan Balzer in the opening round and again in the consolation finals.
The Mat Classic takes place at the Tacoma Dome, starting on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. and continuing on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.
LOGGERS START WITH SWEEP
The University of Puget Sound baseball team began its season with a bang, sweeping three games at Saint Martin’s on Feb. 9-10.
Starter Matt Robinson shut down the Saints in a 12-0 win in the opener on Feb. 9, pitching seven innings and allowing five hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. The Loggers offense started quickly, scoring five runs in the second inning as Jeff Walton and Christian Carter both homered and combined to go 6-for-10 with nine runs batted in for the game.
The Loggers escaped with a 5-4 win in the opener on Feb. 10, trailing 4-3 in the top of the ninth before Connor Savage and Kaulana Smith had back-to-back run-scoring hits to give UPS the win. Lucas Stone took the win in relief, pitching three innings and striking out six, while allowing a run on two hits.
The offense carried the day again in the nightcap, as the Loggers won 16-9 to complete the successful series. Trailing 6-2 heading into the top of the fourth, the Loggers rattled off six runs to take the lead, and scored five runs in the final two innings to put the game away. Addison Melzer was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, while Savage was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored and J.B. Eary added two RBIs for UPS.
The Loggers now head to the Swing into Spring Classic in Pasco, where they will take on Corban on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., Lewis & Clark on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m., Corban again on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. and Whitworth on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.
FRENZEL, WORMWOOD LEAD LOGGER SWIMMERS
Derek Frenzel and Tracy Wormwood each took two individual titles at the Northwest Conference Swim Championships on Feb. 8-10 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Frenzel took the NWC title in the 200-yard freestyle on Feb. 9, finishing with a time of one minute and 41.94 seconds. He bested that in his win in the 200-yard butterfly on Feb. 10, garnering an automatic qualifying time into the NCAA Championships in March with his preliminary swim and finishing in one minute and 49.95 seconds in the finals – his third career title in the event.
Wormwood made it a clean career sweep in the 200-yard breaststroke on Feb. 10, winning her fourth consecutive title in the event after she finished in two minutes and 19.42 seconds. Wormwood led three Loggers in the championship final of the 100-yard breaststroke on Feb. 9, winning with a time of one minute and 4.43 seconds.
Teale Kitson took another title in the 200-yard backstroke on Feb. 10 for the UPS men, while Melissa Norrish added a win in the 200-yard butterfly. The men’s team placed fourth with 454 points, while the women took second with 457 points.
LOGGER WOMEN FALL SHORT OF UPSET
For the second time this season, the UPS women’s basketball team fell just short of upsetting league-leading and 11th-ranked Lewis & Clark, this time falling 76-74 to the Pioneers at home on Feb. 8.
Kelsey McKinnis led the way for the Loggers with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Sarah Stewart had 15 points and Amanda Forshay added 10 points. The Loggers held an 18-13 lead midway through the first half, and a 52-48 lead midway through the second period, but each time the Pioneers were able to claw back and retake the lead. Kristina Williams led Lewis & Clark with 21 points.
The Loggers bounced back with a convincing 79-57 win over Linfield on Feb. 9, pulling away in the second half after taking a 31-27 lead at the break. Forshay led four Loggers in double figures by scoring a season-high 21 points, going 7-for-10 from the field. Emily Sheldon added 15 points and a team-high five assists, while Stewart had 13 points and eight rebounds and McKinnis added 10 points. The Loggers were 23-for-25 from the free-throw line while Linfield was just 13-for-25.
Sitting in sixth place at 6-8 in conference play and with the postseason out of the picture, the Loggers will finish the season by hosting Pacific (Ore.) on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. and George Fox on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.