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STATE CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS

Ruben Riordan’s third-place finish helped the Charles Wright boys capture the 1A title at the state cross country meet on Nov. 3 in Pasco. Riordan finished in 16 minutes and seven seconds, and senior teammates Travis Hensley and David Goldstone finished in 16 minutes and 32 seconds to pace the Tarriers. Bellarmine Prep’s girls placed third in the 4A meet, led by senior Daryl Phill’s eighth-place finish in a personal best 18 minutes and 34 seconds. The Lions’ Hannah Derby placed 25th in 19 minutes and eight seconds, while freshman Tara Hale was 34th in 19 minutes and 14 seconds. The Lions’ boys placed 14th in the 4A race, led by freshman Jack Yearian’s finish in 16 minutes and 48 seconds. Curtis placed 15th, as senior Nicolas Basil led the way by finishing in 16 minutes and 51 seconds. Stadium senior Cameron Freshwaters closed out his high school career by finishing in 16 minutes and 56 seconds. Wilson’s Shelby Alongi capped an impressive freshman season by finishing in 21 minutes and 25 seconds in the 3A girls’ race. Charles Wright’s Bryn Mayo placed 47th individually in the 1A girls’ race, finishing in 21 minutes and four seconds, while senior teammate Sarah Dimakis placed 56th in 21 minutes and 17 seconds. Tacoma Baptist’s Tucker Boettcher placed 102nd in the 1B/2B meet, almost tying a personal best by finishing just over 20 minutes and 18 seconds.

UPS WOMEN WIN CONFERENCE AGAIN

A five-game winning streak in the last two weeks helped catapult the Puget Sound women’s soccer team to its 11th straight Northwest Conference Title. The Loggers got a big 2-0 win over Whitworth on Oct. 31, as Theresa Henle got them on the board in the 12th minute and a corner kick was later deflected in by a defender just before halftime to give Puget Sound a comfortable lead. The Loggers outshot the Pirates 33-4 in the match. The Loggers then topped Lewis & Clark 3-1 on Nov. 3, as Lauren Swanson scored off a corner by Kylie Beeson in the 48th minute to make it 1-0. Henle added to the lead with a goal in the 63rd minute, and Haley Rosenberg closed it out with a goal in the 80th minute. Puget Sound then closed out the regular season with a dominant 4-0 win at home over Pacific (Ore.) on Nov. 4, as Henle and Rosenberg tallied two goals apiece. The Loggers again provided much of the offensive pressure, outshooting the Boxers 25-3. With 13 wins, two losses and a draw in conference play, the Loggers won the title by two points over Linfield and earned another spot in the NCAA tournament, where they will take on Trinity (Tex.) on Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in San Antonio, Tex. Should they win they would play again on Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

LUTES, LOGGERS IN NCAA TOURNEY

Puget Sound won the final volleyball battle with Pacific Lutheran on Oct. 31, but it was the Lutes that emerged with the conference title as both squads earned invitations to the NCAA tournament. The Loggers, ranked 13th in Division III, topped the 14th-ranked Lutes 31-29, 25-22, 25-22, as junior Jackie Harvey – the recently named Northwest Conference Player of the Year – led the way with a game-high 12 kills and added 14 digs. Jenni Brehove had 39 assists for the Loggers, while Melissa Florant had 10 kills and 18 digs, Danielle Westerman had 10 kills and Christina Chun added 18 digs. Haley Urdahl led the way for the Lutes with 10 kills and 13 digs, and Brianne Vincent had 31 assists. Blair Bjorkman had a game-high 27 digs. The Lutes responded with a hard-fought 3-2 win at George Fox on Nov. 2 to finish with a 14-2 conference record, one game better than Puget Sound. Pacific Lutheran will take on Chapman on Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Thousand Oaks, Calif. in their NCAA tourney opener. The Loggers, who are on a six-game winning streak after a 3-0 win at Lewis & Clark on Nov. 3, will also be in Thousand Oaks to take on Colorado College in their tourney opener on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.

TITAN MEN IN PLAYOFFS

With a 2-1 win over Olympic in their regular season finale on Nov. 4, the Tacoma Community College men’s soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak and earned a spot in the NWAACC playoffs. James Glavin got the Titans on the board in the 38th minute off an assist by Wyatt Plattner and Javier Dieguez tacked on another goal in the 84th minute, as TCC held on despite a late goal by Olympic’s Justin Overton. The Titans finished third in the West Region with five wins, seven losses and a draw, and they faced a playoff matchup at Whatcom on Nov. 7 at 4:15 p.m. The winner advances to play at Walla Walla on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

TITAN WOMEN ALSO ADVANCE

Riding a three-game winning streak, the TCC volleyball team earned a spot in the NWAACC tournament on Nov. 15. The Titans handed first-place Highline their only league loss on Oct. 19, topping them in five sets, and beat Centralia in four sets on Oct. 24. They then breezed to a 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 win over Clark on Nov. 2. The Titans were set to close the season on Nov. 7 at Lower Columbia with playoff seeding at stake. They will play in the first round of the playoffs at either 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. in Gresham, Ore.

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