TCC MEN WIN CONFERENCE TITLE
With a 110-98 victory over Chemeketa – their fourth win in four days – the Tacoma Community College men's basketball team captured the NWAACC tournament title in Kennewick on March 6.
Dominique Williams scored a team-high 36 points for the Titans in the championship, including going 6-for-14 from the three-point line, and added five rebounds and five assists. Mark McLaughlin added 24 points and a team-high 14 rebounds and six assists, while Nate Walker was 10-for-12 from the field for 23 points while adding 12 rebounds. The Titans jumped out to a 58-42 first-half lead, shot 57 percent from the field and were 31-for-39 from the free-throw line in the game. Demetrius Smith had 11 points while Josh Lord added 10 points for the Titans.
The Titans started off the tourney with an 80-73 win over Walla Walla on March 3, with Walker leading the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds. McLaughlin had 16 points, while Smith tallied 14 points and Williams scored 10 points in the win.
They followed that up with a 59-46 win over Mt. Hood on March 4, as McLaughlin was 7-for-14 from the field for 23 points, Walker tallied 15 points and Lord added 10 points. The Titans were 19-for-23 from the free-throw line and added 25 points off of turnovers.
The Titans then beat Big Bend 77-67 in the semifinals on March 5, with Williams scoring 23 points in going 5-for-7 from the three-point line. McLaughlin had 22 points and a team-high 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Walker finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Titans finish the season with a 26-5 record, having gone 14-2 in division play.
TCC WOMEN LOSE FIRST TWO
The TCC women's basketball team advanced to the NWAACC tournament but fell in their first two games on March 3-4 to be eliminated.
The Titans fell 75-63 to Lower Columbia on March 3, as Claire Swayze led the way for TCC with 16 points, while Jasmine Scott had 13 points and a team-high 14 rebounds and Angelina Wagar-Sanchez added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Titans outrebounded Lower Columbia 49-46 and collected nine steals, but also turned the ball over 21 times to contribute to the loss.
Bellevue cruised to a 74-55 win over the Titans on March 4 in the consolation bracket despite Wagar-Sanchez going 7-for-11 from the field for a team-high 17 points. Swayze had 14 points and Sherelle Williams added 13 points for TCC, but Bellevue scored 23 points off turnovers to just eight for the Titans, and the Bulldogs held a commanding 42-26 halftime lead.
The Titans finish the season with a 12-15 overall record, having gone 9-7 in division play to place fourth.
PLU BASEBALL WINS TWO OF THREE
The Pacific Lutheran baseball team won two of three at Willamette last weekend to move to 7-5 overall and start off 2-1 in conference play.
The Lutes suffered a 9-8 walk-off loss in the opener on March 3, as the Bearcats scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth thanks in part to an error and a wild pitch. The Lutes jumped out to a 7-3 lead, as Bo Pearson was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs, Brock Gates was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Ryan Frost added two runs and two RBIs for the Lutes.
PLU rebounded with a 9-6 win in the first game on March 4, as Jacob Hoffman hit two homeruns and Brock Gates and Curtis Wildung also homered for the Lutes. Jaron Iwakami was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Lutes finished off the weekend by banging out 20 hits in an 11-4 win over the Bearcats, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after two innings. Seven different Lutes drove in runs, as Corey Moore was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Dominick Courcy was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI and Gates was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
The Lutes now host first-place Whitman in a doubleheader on March 10 at 11 a.m. and a single game on March 11 at noon.
UPS, PLU FARE WELL AT HOST TOURNEYS
The Puget Sound men's golf team won the UPS Logger Invitational golf tournament on March 1-2 at Fircrest Golf Course, placing three golfers in the top five.
Freshman Adam Bean was the tournament medalist, shooting a 151 (+9) in two rounds to win by two strokes. The Loggers' Derek Wilson shot a 153, while Ricky Howard tied for fourth with a 154. Pacific Lutheran's Dustin Hegge and Scott Zhang also fired a 154, while teammate Daron Casey shot a 155 as the Lutes placed second with a team score of 618, five strokes behind the Loggers.
PLU responded by placing second in the eight-team Lutes Invitational at the Home Course on March 3-4, with Tim Livermore placing fourth by shooting a 150 (+6). Hegge shot a 154 while Zhang finished with a 158. Puget Sound finished fifth overall, as Howard grabbed seventh place with a 155 and Nick Kelley tied for eighth with a 156. Linfield won the tournament with a team score of 607, 13 shots better than PLU.
LOGGERS BEGIN TRACK SEASON
The Puget Sound track and field teams started off the season with a quad meet against Lewis & Clark, Western Washington and Seattle Pacific on March 3.
The Logger women finished second with 44 points, led by Andrea Leiken, who set a meet record and Northwest Conference qualifying time of 58.23 seconds in taking first place in the 400-meter dash. Leiken also took second in the 200-meter dash, and Jocelyn Riordan took first in the shot put and earned a NWC qualifying mark in the javelin throw.
The Logger men scored 29 points to place third, led by Joe Cerne, who earned conference qualifying marks in the pole vault and javelin throw. Josh Seekatz finished second in the 1,500-meter run and Sean Tyree finished third in the 800-meter run to help the Loggers' effort.
The Loggers return to action by taking part in the PLU Invitational on March 10 at 11 a.m.