The UPS women’s volleyball team swept all four matches at the Puget Sound Tournament for a blazing start to their new season.

The Loggers beat the University of Wisconsin-Stout 25-10, 25-20, 25-16 on Sept. 2 behind 13 kills from outside hitter Jackie Harvey.

Harvey added 16 more kills in the win over UC Santa Cruz that evening, as the Loggers won a tight match 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 26-24. Senior Stephanie O’Connor added 15 kills and 23 digs for UPS.

On Sept. 3 the Loggers found themselves in another tight match but emerged with a 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 26-24 win over Whitworth. Harvey once again led the team with 13 kills and 18 digs, while Juliette Witous added 16 digs and Erika Greene had 16 digs and 34 assists.

The Loggers completed the sweep in beating Pacific Lutheran later in the day, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22. Five players recorded double-digits in digs, and Greene had 47 assists.

UPS looks to carry the momentum on the road this weekend, beginning with a game Sept. 9 in the Cal-Lu-fornia Invitational tournament against La Verne.

Despite its loss, the Lutes were impressive as well in winning three of four over the weekend. PLU won its opener 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 over Wisconsin-Stout on Sept. 2 as Bethany Huston and Allison Wood each had eight kills and Blair Bjorkman led the team with 17 digs. Huston and Erin Bremond led the team with 10 kills each in the 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 win over Whitworth later in the day.

Bjorkman added 27 more digs in the win over UC Santa Cruz on Sept. 3, as the Lutes won a tight match 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-14. Samantha North recorded 43 assists and Kelsie Moore led the team with 14 kills.

The Lutes travel to Seguin, Texas this weekend for the Bulldog Classic and begin with a match against Concordia on Sept. 9.


The Pacific Lutheran men’s soccer team won their first three games of the season from Sept. 2-5, putting up 11 goals in the process while only surrendering two.

In the Sept. 2 season opener, the Lutes won 2-1 over 13th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater on Lucas McCallum’s golden goal 37 seconds into overtime. Senior forward Spencer Augustin had given the Lutes the early lead in the 18th minute before Whitewater’s Logan Fye responded in the 26th minute with a header goal.

The Lutes won 2-0 over Carroll University on Sept. 4 as returning Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year Chad Kearns scored and Surafel Wodajo added a goal and an assist for the Lutes, who held a 14-2 shot advantage.

PLU finished the weekend with a dominant 7-1 win over St. Norbert, as Augustin and Carroll scored two goals apiece. The Lutes took 23 shots and held a 4-0 halftime lead as McCallum, sophomore forward Derek Johnson and senior midfielder Alex Schisel also tallied goals in the match.


The UPS women’s soccer team fell 2-1 at home to Cal Lutheran on Sept. 5 in their 2011 season opener.

The game was scoreless through the first half thanks in part to Loggers keeper Casey Thayer, who made five saves while Cal Lutheran took 12 shots in the half.

The Regals went on top in the 64th minute when Taylor Will scored, but the Loggers responded quickly, as freshman Robin Vieira scored 30 seconds later in her debut for UPS.

Cal Lutheran went ahead for good in the 69th minute as Kristin Cameron scored on a free kick from 30 yards out past a diving Thayer, who made four more saves in the second half.

The Loggers head on the road this weekend, facing Chapman on Sept. 10 and UC Santa Cruz on Sept. 11.


Local firefighters and police officers will step inside the boxing ring on Sept. 17 and while these real-life heroes will be squaring off against each other, the ultimate goal for both will be the same – helping at-risk children.

Brian Halquist Productions presents the annual Guns N’ Hoses charity boxing event at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.

Firefighters and police officers from around the Puget Sound area will go toe-to-toe in three-round amateur boxing matches with proceeds from the event benefitting the Pacific Northwest Amateur Boxing Association, which works with local gyms by funding programs for at-risk youth in an effort to keep them off the streets.

“It is always an exciting event. These guys go in there year after year and put on an incredible show,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “And it’s all for a great cause too.”

The card will feature a total of 13 bouts with all bouts being supervised by USA Boxing, which is the national governing body of amateur boxing in the United States.

Fighters from Pierce County will be well represented on both sides. Jeremy Prater, of the Lakewood Police Department, will face Vancouver Police Department’s Thermon Bibbens in a heavyweight clash.

Puyallup Police Department’s Kevin Williams meets Seattle Fire Department’s Rafael Garcia in another heavyweight bout, while Chandler Swain, also from Puyallup PD, tangles with Jay Robinson of the Regional Justice Center in Seattle.

Lewis/McCord Fire will have three participants on the card with David Stredick, Matt Ginger and Macus Brayant and Scott Berden of the Pierce County Fire Department faces Washington State Safety Officer Noah Norfleet.

First fight on the card will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, $40 and $75 and are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office 1 (888) 831-7655 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Registration for the RAGE Girls Volleyball League in the Puyallup and Parkland communities will be held on Sept. 17 at Puyallup High School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. League play is offered for girls in third to ninth grade in both the elementary and junior high divisions. Cost is $40 and includes a T-shirt, an instructional clinic, and seven matches.

An instructional clinic by members of the Puyallup High volleyball team will be held on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for students in third and fourth grade and from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for students in sixth to ninth grade. Volunteer coaches are also being sought. More than 400 girls participated in the league last year. For further information go to and click on Rage Volleyball League or contact Justin Luckman at (253) 298-3026 or at


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