Tacoma Community College’s men’s basketball team won its third straight game of the season and is ranked third in the NWAACC.
In their 81-70 win against Seattle Community College on Dec. 11, the Titans were led by Chris Holmes’ 18 points and 10 rebounds. Holmes, who has committed to Central Washington University, also picked up four fouls and did all his damage in just 20 minutes of play.
Jarell Canaday-Banks scored 15 points and had six assists for the Titans.
Jordan Coby, playing his first game after having suffered a broken hand in the preseason, scored 12 points.
Kevin Davis and Brandon Magee took down eight and six rebounds, respectively, and the Titans held Seattle to a 28 percent shooting percentage in the first half. The Titans were able to pressure Seattle into 16 turnovers and had 12 second-chance points.
The Titans shot 47 percent for the game.
The Titans travel to Mt. Hood for a tournament this weekend and play in a holiday tournament at Clackamas Dec. 28-30, before returning for a home game against Lower Columbia Jan. 3 at 8 p.m.
PUGET SOUND SWIMMING
Coach Chris Myhre called the University of Puget Sound swimmers’ recent performance at the Husky Invitational “about as good as I can recall in the 20 years we have been attending this meet.”
The Avida Sports Performance Rankings agree. The Logger men’s team appeared at No. 2 in this week’s ranking behind Kalamazoo.
The weekly performance ranking rates teams on two metrics – a team’s rate of improvement over their season-best times and their overall ranking among other NCAA programs.
“It is always gratifying when others take note of our athletes’ hard work and subsequent success,” Myhre said. “We are ranked right up there with some of the perennial powers of D3 swimming, and that feels pretty good. It has been a solid start.”
The Loggers were led by a record-breaking performance from freshman Derek Frenzel in the 200 fly. Teale Kitson and Jere Jeremikj also turned in solid performances.
Tracy Wormwood led the women’s team to a No. 3 ranking behind traditional powers Stevens and Emory. Wormwood had a pair of top-five finishes at the Husky Invitational and posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200 breast. Kenzie Kitson also posted the 24th best time this season in the 200 back.
Both Logger teams will head to Arizona for their winter training trip in early January and compete at the Citrus Classic Invitational on Jan. 8 in Mesa, Ariz.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
Rector, King MVPs
Michael Rector and Ben King of Bellarmine Prep were named the Narrows League’s 4A Most Valuable Players.
Rector and Bellarmine quarterback Sefo Liufau, who was also named to the first team, led the Lions’ offense all the way to the state semifinals. King, a linebacker, was the leader of the Bellarmine defense.
Kendall McNeil, a running back from Stadium, was named to the first team backfield, as well.
Other Tacoma players recognized on the all-league first team were: Paul Lundsford (offensive lineman, Bellarmine); Desi Morrow (offensive lineman, Stadium); Calvin Chandler (defensive back, Bellarmine); Syndreck D’sio (linebacker, Mt. Tahoma); Bryce Plancich (linebacker, Bellarmine); Andrew Duchesne (defensive lineman, Stadium) and Zach Fuller (defensive lineman, Bellarmine).
Tacoma Baptist’s boys wrestling team finished in second place at the recent Decatur tournament against a field of 14 larger schools.
Caleb Nolta won in the 135-pound weight class. Jimmy Denis finished second in the 112 class; Howie Herdle was second in the 130 class; Steven Irving was second in the 140 class and Andrew Talen was second in the 189 class.
Decatur won the event with 236 points, followed by Tacoma Baptist. Kentlake, Cascade-Everett, Auburn Mountainview, Shorecrest, Skyline, Sumner, Kennedy and Kent Meridian filled out the top 10.