TACOMA BAPTIST GIRLS STATE-BOUND
Tacoma Baptist mounted a strong comeback to beat Napavine 40-34 in the 2B regionals on Feb. 25 to punch their ticket to the state tournament in Spokane this weekend.
After trailing 23-15 at halftime, the Lady Crusaders battled back to tie it 30-30 heading into the fourth quarter thanks to a strong effort from center Sarah Zeitler, who finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Taylor Talen led Tacoma Baptist with 13 points while adding 10 rebounds, Savannah VanEycke had four points and a team-high 11 rebounds and Paige Narayan added eight points.
"It was a great team effort, a great victory for the program," said Tacoma Baptist head coach Josh Narayan. "That's what our goal was, to get (to the state tournament)."
Talen went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line to help close out the game in the end, and Tacoma Baptist held Napavine's leading scorer Demi Sahlinger to just 13 points, eight in the first half.
"The girls practiced hard and worked all through the summer to prepare for this," said Narayan, whose team lost in the last three seconds of a regional game last year to fall just short of the state tournament. "I believe we're peaking at the right time. They've got it in their mindset that no matter who they face, they're going to give it all they've got."
The Lady Crusaders have a matchup against Brewster, considered a favorite to win the 2B tournament, in the first round on March 1 at 12:15 p.m. at the Spokane Arena.
"They bring the heat, they are tough…they've been beating opponents quite handily," Narayan said. "We're going to go in there and not going to back down."
By Jeremy Helling
LOGGER WOMEN FALL IN SEMIS
The Puget Sound women's basketball team finished their season with a 68-55 defeat to George Fox in the Northwest Conference semifinals on Feb. 23.
Guard Kelsey McKinnis led the Loggers with 18 points, but Puget Sound shot just over 28 percent from the field. Amanda Forshay and Ashley Agcaoili each had eight points, while Erin Stumbaugh had six points off the bench and Sarah Stewart added six points and a team-high six rebounds. Keisha Gordon led George Fox with 23 points.
The Loggers finish the season with an even 13-13 record, having gone 9-7 in conference play.
LUTES SOFTBALL WINS DOUBLEHEADERS
The Pacific Lutheran softball team averaged 10 runs in sweeping all four games last weekend to begin conference play 4-0.
Stacey Hagensen and Leah Butters combined on a one-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over Lewis & Clark in the first game on Feb. 25, as Kaaren Hatlen launched a two-run homer in the first and finished with three RBIs for the Lutes. Amanda Goings was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Haley Harshaw also had two RBIs for PLU.
Lindsey Matsunaga hit a three-run homerun to fuel an 11-3 win over Lewis & Clark in game two, as Amanda Hall had a two-run double in the first and Harshaw finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI.
Harshaw and Hagensen each had three hits and three RBIs in a 9-1 win over Pacific (Ore.) in the opener on Feb. 26, as Matsunaga added another homer. Hagensen also threw a complete game four-hitter to earn her third win of the year.
The Lutes finished the weekend with a 10-5 win over Pacific, as PLU scored five runs in the fourth inning to take control. Hall was 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBIs, and Melissa Harrelson came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs.
The Lutes, at 6-4 overall on the year, host Whitworth on March 3-4 in two doubleheaders starting at noon.
TCC SQUADS HEAD TO CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY
The Tacoma Community College women's basketball team earned a spot in the conference championship tournament with a convincing 71-38 win over Green River on Feb. 25.
Sherelle Williams was 8-for-13 for 19 points and added a team-high 10 rebounds, and Angelina Wagar-Sanchez added 12 points, five rebounds and eight steals to lead the Titans. The Titans collected 26 steals and forced 37 turnovers while also limiting Green River to 26 percent shooting, including 0-for-18 from the three-point line. TCC scored 45 points off of turnovers, and also got 31 points from their bench as opposed to just 12 points for Green River. The Titans now look forward to the NWAACC tournament, as they will face Columbia Basin in the opener on March 3 at 2 p.m. in Kennewick.
The TCC men take the number-two seed into the conference tournament after finishing with an 81-78 win over Green River on Feb. 25. Mark McLaughlin led the Titans with 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Demetrius Smith added 19 points and Dominique Williams had 16 points for TCC. The Titans held on despite taking a 45-32 halftime lead and seeing Green River outscore them 46-36 in the second half. The Titans begin the conference tournament with a game against Walla Walla on March 3 at 8 a.m. in Kennewick.
HULETT'S WIN HEADLINES CAGESPORT XVIII
David "Hollywood" Hulett lived up to his billing by taking out local favorite Len Bentley in the first round of their Cagesport welterweight title match on Feb. 25 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
Headlining Halquist Productions' "Cagesport XVIII," the Las Vegas-based submission specialist impressed the standing-room-only crowd by taking Bentley to the ground within the first minute of the bout. Hulett improves to 19-10 with 11 of his wins coming by submission. Bentley, a local favorite who stepped in for Eddy Ellis on less than one week's notice, falls to 10-6.
In the highly anticipated co-feature, Cagesport veteran Ryan Mulvihill scored the biggest win of his career after using a triangle choke to submit fellow Cagesport regular Chanti "The Brooklyn Knight" Johnson at 2:50 in second round of their three-round featherweight bout.
Rising local stars Jeff Hatton and Julian Erosa both remained undefeated, submitting Corey Roska and Jerome Jones respectively.
Cagesport returns to the Emerald Queen on April 28. More information will be available at www.HalquistProductions.com.
UPCOMING TRYOUTS FOR SOUNDERS U-23s
The Sounders FC U-23 team will be holding tryouts on March 10-11 at the University of Puget Sound. The tryouts will be monitored by head coach Darren Sawatzky and his staff, and there is a $45 fee to participate. Players must be 18 years or older, as the Premier Development League allows eight over-age players to play on U-23 teams.
Tryouts will be held in two sessions; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 10. Callbacks will be held on March 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All players must register for the tryouts. To register visit soundersu23.wufoo.com/forms/sounders-u23-opentryout-registration-2012/. Registration cut-off is 3 p.m. on March 9. Questions regarding tryouts can be sent to DarrenS@Soundersu23.com or KristinR@Soundersu23.com.