• DIFFERENCE MAKER. Pacific Lutheran forward Emmanuel Amarh had two goals and an assist as the Lutes split a tough conference road trip last weekend and sit in second place in the conference. (Photo by Heather Perry)


The Pacific Lutheran men’s soccer team salvaged a split at Whitworth and Whitman last weekend, but has won five of its last six matches and sits in second place in the Northwest Conference.

The Lutes took a 2-1 lead early in the second half against Whitworth on Sept. 29, but the 11th-ranked and first place Pirates rallied for a 3-2 win. Forward Emmanuel Amarh got the Lutes on the board in the 24th minute with his fifth goal of the season to tie it 1-1, as junior midfielder Giancarlo Santoro was credited with the assist. Santoro collected another assist on Shane Gutierrez’s strike from 25 yards out that made it 2-1 in the 57th minute. But the Pirates answered with two goals, including one from Gig Harbor grad Robby Ubben in the 84th minute for the win. The Lutes were outshot 22-10 in the match, but PLU keeper Joe Rayburn made eight saves to keep his squad in it.

The Lutes responded with a 2-1 win at Whitman on Sept. 30, as Justin Manao put the Lutes up 1-0 with an unassisted goal in the 30th minute. After Whitman tied it midway through the second half, junior defender Jeff Piaquadio gave the Lutes the win on a goal off Amarh’s corner in the 81st minute.

Sitting at 5-1 in conference play, the Lutes now host third-place Puget Sound on Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.


The Puget Sound men took second while Pacific Lutheran took third at the Whitman Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Logger sophomore Adam Bean and Lute junior Dustin Hegge tied for third individually with a two-under 142, as Hegge shot a three-under 69 on the first day, while Bean fired a 69 on day two. Puget Sound’s Derek Wilson placed sixth with a two-day score of 143, while PLU’s Justin Lee shot a 145 to tie for eighth place. The Loggers combined to shoot a 10-over 586 as a team, five strokes ahead of the Lutes to claim second. Whitworth’s Lyle Rudnicki shot a 69 on both days to claim the individual title and lead the Pirates to a 10-stroke victory as a team over the Loggers.

The Lutes and Loggers will get together again on Oct. 14-15 for the PLU Invitational at Chambers Bay Golf Course.


Despite another solid offensive performance and a monster game from All-American wide receiver Adam Kniffin, Puget Sound fell 55-42 at home to Lewis & Clark on Sept. 29.

Kniffin’s one-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter got the Loggers on the board, and his 10-yard score in the third quarter gave Puget Sound its only lead, as the senior finished with 10 catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns.

A frenetic fourth quarter featured seven touchdowns, with the Pioneers outscoring the Loggers 28-20 to help seal the win. Kniffin’s third touchdown – a 19-yard strike from quarterback Braden Foley in the fourth quarter – brought the Loggers to within striking distance at 48-35 and was followed two minutes later by a nine-yard score from Foley to Ryan Rogers. But Pioneers quarterback Keith Welch followed less than 30 seconds later with his fourth touchdown pass to provide the final margin with just two minutes remaining in the game.

Foley finished 23-for-40 for 331 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions, while adding a rushing touchdown. Rogers had three catches for 68 yards, and Kupono Park led the Loggers’ running game with 24 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.

At 0-4, the Loggers will look for their first victory when they host Pacific (Ore.) on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.


Tacoma Community College picked up a three-set road win over Centralia on Sept. 29, winning 25-21, 25-16, 25-16 to even their regional record to 2-2 while they sit at 16-5 overall on the season.

Stadium High grad Ellen Anderson led the Titans with 10 kills, while Brandee Victorino added nine kills. Sophomore setter Taylor Brooks had a game-high 31 assists and Jayme Jacinto led the defensive effort with 12 digs. The Titans had a blistering .371 hit percentage as a team.

The Titans will look to keep the winning ways going as they travel to take on Clark on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. before hosting Lower Columbia on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and travelling to take on Pierce College on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.


Brent “Mankill” Knopp, of Burien, kept his perfect record intact following an impressive second-round stoppage of Brandon Pitts at “CageSport XXI” at the Emerald Queen Casino on Sept. 29.

Headlining a talent-rich card, the heavy-handed Knopp connected with crisp elbows in the opening stanza. In the second, both men came out guns blazing. Each fighter connected with strong blows, but Knopp’s were more powerful. After repeatedly landing strong strikes on Pitts’ head, the referee stopped the contest at 4:21 in the second of a scheduled three-round middleweight contest.

Knopp is now 4-0 with all four wins by knockout. Pitts, who is trained by 2000 Olympic silver medalist Matt Linland, falls to 2-2.

In a battle of unbeaten lightweights, Emmanuel Sanchez bested Brandon Dudley via razor-thin three-round split decision. Welterweight Jerome Jones demolished previously unbeaten Jeff Degenhardt in 11 seconds. A hard shot dropped Degenhardt and an immediate follow up forced the stoppage. In a battle of Washington natives, CageSport favorite Ryan Mulvihill of Spokane handed Seattle’s Jacob Boysen his first defeat following a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Halquist Productions returns to the Emerald Queen Casino on Nov. 3 for “Battle at the Boat 89.” More information will be available shortly at


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