GATOR SKATER IS JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMP
Annie Wright junior Clare Jeong won the 1,500-meter title at the U.S. Junior Long Track Speedskating Championships on Feb. 1-3 in Roseville, Minn. She also placed second in the 1,000- and 3,000-meter races, and second in the 500-meter Junior ‘B’ Finals to be declared the overall Junior (18-and-younger) National Champion at the event. As an all-around champion, she will lead the U.S. Junior National Team to compete at the Junior Long Track World Championships on Feb. 22-24 in Collabo, Italy. Jeong will compete in all four events (500-meter, 1,000-meter, 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter) plus the Team Pursuit and Mass Start.
Jeong had earlier placed first in the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter at the American Cup on Jan. 19-20 in Roseville, and placed second in both events the same weekend at the Junior World Cup. She is currently the fastest skater in the entire U.S. Junior age group.
VIKINGS, TIGERS PLACE WELL AT DISTRICT MEET
Curtis placed third and Stadium placed fifth at the 4A bi-district swim meet on Feb. 2 at Curtis High School.
The Tigers were boosted by freshman Josh Maclurg’s win in the 100-yard breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of one minute and 2.71 seconds. Maclurg also teamed with Noah Willers, Logan Rysemus and Andrew Lackman to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in three minutes and 16.06 seconds, another state time. Rysemus swam another state-qualifying time in placing second in the 200-yard individual medley, and Lackman took second in the 50-yard freestyle in a state-qualifying 22 seconds. Willers notched state times in taking fourth in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, and Nick Riggio took sixth in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Vikings were led by Brian Woodbury, who tallied a state time in winning the 100-yard butterfly and an All-American Consideration time of 51.35 seconds in winning the 100-yard backstroke. Woodbury also teamed with Eddie Na, Sam Melin and Riley Hess to swim a state time in their third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Na, Hess, Jason Mukai and Yongwoon Kim placed second in the 200-yard medley relay in a state time of one minute and 43.35 seconds.
Gig Harbor placed first with 294 points – 32 points ahead of the Vikings – while Stadium tallied 209 team points. The 4A state swim meet is set for Feb. 15-16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Preliminaries are on Feb. 15 at 6:15 p.m., with the finals on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
UPS TRACK STARTS INDOOR SEASON
The Puget Sound track & field teams started their indoor season on Feb. 2 at the University of Idaho’s Vandal Collegiate in Moscow, Idaho.
Freshman Stadium High grad Jon Lee highlighted the day, winning the triple jump in his Logger debut while fellow freshman Stadium grad Chris Lee finished second. Jon Lee leaped 13.56 meters for the win, while Chris Lee posted a mark of 13.37 meters. Freshman Cameron Braithwaite took third in the long jump with a jump of 6.53 meters. Senior Matt Klein, the reigning 5k NWC champion, placed ninth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8 minutes and 59.33 seconds. The Logger women also had some newcomers highlight the day. Allanah Whitehall was the Loggers’ top finisher on the track in her Logger debut, as she came in tenth in the 60-meter dash. Elizabeth King had an impressive debut on the pole vault as she took eighth with a three-meter vault. Maggie Rowe was the top finisher for the Logger women, placing seventh in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.5 meters. The Loggers will head up to the University of Washington on Feb. 9-10 to continue their indoor season at the Husky Classic.
PLU BASEBALL STARTS WITH SPLIT
Getting an early start to the spring season, Pacific Lutheran won the opener and dropped the second game of a doubleheader at home against Concordia on Feb. 4.
The Lutes won 4-0 in the opener, as Max Beatty, Trevor Lubking and Chris Bishop combined on a two-hitter. Beatty left after just two innings, and Lubking relieved him with six solid innings, allowing just one hit and no walks with five strikeouts. The Lutes wasted no time in getting on the board, as Curtis Wildung grounded out to score Drew Oord in the bottom of the first and Chris Bishop followed with a single to score Dominick Courcy. Bishop added a sacrifice fly to score Courcy in the sixth, and Jacob Olsufka singled to plate Nicholas Hall in the seventh, completing the scoring.
But the Lutes fell 4-1 in game two, as Clay Trushinsky’s fourth-inning single scored Oord to account for their only run. Collin Nilson picked up the loss in pitching three innings and allowing two runs on three hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Lutes were set to travel down to the Arizona Desert Classic on Feb. 7-10, with their opener against Hardin-Simmons on Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m. in Anthem, Ariz.
TITANS SPLIT WITH RAIDERS
The Tacoma Community College women’s basketball team outlasted Pierce College for the second time this season, while the Raiders’ men got revenge for an earlier loss against the Titans on Feb. 2.
The TCC women topped the Raiders 57-49, led once again by a stellar game from Angie Sanchez, who scored a game-high 26 points. The Titans were extremely efficient in the first half, shooting 61 percent from the field as they built a 31-23 lead. Patrice Polk added 15 points for the Titans on 7-for-10 shooting, while Diana Ramirez had eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds for TCC. Mackenzie Lancaster had 11 points for Pierce, while Kawehi Hagi and Carli Elwin added 10 points apiece for the Raiders.
The win puts the Titans in fourth place in their division with a 6-3 record, as they were set to host Grays Harbor on Feb. 6 before traveling to play Centralia on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.
The Raiders men topped TCC 78-72, as Tyrell Lewis was dominant in putting up a game-high 29 points and 17 rebounds for Pierce. Jibreel Stevens came off the bench to lead the Titans with 16 points, going 4-for-4 from three-point range. Darius Johnson-Wilson had 15 points for the Titans and Demetrius Smith added 12 points. Braydon Kuiper added 15 points off the bench for the Raiders.
The Titans – who sit in third place in their division with a 6-3 record – were to host Grays Harbor on Feb. 6, and then faced a road game at Centralia on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.