Pierce College swept Tacoma Community College in both the men’s and women’s basketball games on Jan. 25 in Lakewood in the first of two meetings between the crosstown rivals.

The Raiders’ men emerged with a 79-69 win over the Titans, as Pierce’s Christopher Parker hit nine three-pointers and scored a game-high 33 points in the victory. Lincoln grad Isaac Barsh added 14 points for the Raiders, and Devin Matthews added 14 assists for Pierce. Anthony Harper went 8-for-11 from the field for a team-high 17 points while adding 10 rebounds for TCC, which led 32-29 at halftime. David Gethers added 11 points while Tony Chynoweth and Andre Lewis scored 10 points apiece for the Titans. But Pierce shot 63 percent from the field in the second half to overcome the deficit, and Parker nailed six of his threes in the second period.

Pierce improved to 6-2 in the NWAACC West Division and sat in second place, while TCC dropped to 2-6 to fall to eighth place in the division standings.

Haley Hutchinson led the Raiders’ women to a 67-63 win over the Lady Titans, scoring 20 points and adding 15 rebounds in the winning effort. Alyssa Simonson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals for Pierce, and Kami Hansen added 10 points and six rebounds. The Titans were led by Alexus Grant’s game-high 22 points, as she went 8-for-12 from inside the three-point line. Jordan Stewart added 13 points and Tyanna Barton had 12 points and 10 rebounds for TCC.

The loss dropped the Titans to 3-5 in the NWAACC West Division, as they sat in sixth place below Pierce, which improved to 4-4.


Several local high school girls bowlers advanced to the district tournament after competing at the Narrows League 3A/4A Championships on Jan. 24 at All Star Lanes in Silverdale.

Wilson tallied 2,951 total pins to take second place in the 3A tournament and advance to districts as a team, as Brianna Osborn led the way with 516 total pins in individual play while Shannon Bailey added 502 pins for the Rams. Mount Tahoma’s Emily Eriksen put up 476 pins to help the Thunderbirds advance to districts as a team, as they placed fourth with 2,650 pins. Lincoln’s Miriam Cabrera was the second-place individual bowler in the 3A tournament with 540 pins, and will advance to districts along with teammates Kassie Seifert and Triana Williams. Foss’ Kiersten Luedtke and Kylie Thornton also advanced to the district tournament after placing among the top eight individual qualifiers.

Stadium took fourth place in the 4A tournament with 2,321 pins and fell short of qualifying as a team, but Ali Fouch will represent the Tigers at districts after finishing among the top four individual qualifiers.

The 2A/3A and 4A West Central District bowling tournaments will be held on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. at Pacific Lanes in Tacoma.


The University of Puget Sound men’s basketball team split two games on the road last weekend to move to 5-3 in the Northwest Conference, tied with two others for third place.

Led by four players in double figures, the Loggers charged to a 10-point lead at halftime on the way to a 68-62 win at Pacific (Ore.) on Jan. 24. Nick Holden led UPS by going 6-for-6 from both the field and the free-throw line, putting up a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Erin Barber added 14 points, Rex Nelson had 11 points and eight rebounds and A.J. Maw had 11 points and eight assists for the Loggers, who shot 64 percent from the field in the first half.

Barber exploded for a season-high 33 points the following day, but it wasn’t enough as UPS fell 89-77 at George Fox. Barber was 11-for-16 from the field, 3-for-5 from three-point range and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line on the way to putting up the most points by a Loggers player all season. Nelson and Dan Cheledinas added 12 points apiece, but the Loggers shot just 34 percent collectively from the field on the night.


The Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball team got two much-needed wins in a road trip at Oregon last weekend to snap a five-game losing streak and stay in the hunt for postseason play.

The Lutes won 62-53 at Linfield on Jan. 24, as Brandon Lester hit five three-pointers for a team-high 16 points to lead the way. Terrell Williams had 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and Arvid Isaksen and Daniel Landram added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for PLU.

Lester kept his hot streak going the following day, nailing six three-pointers for a game-high 22 points in a 76-56 win at Willamette. The Lutes shot over 50 percent from the field in the game, and were 12-for-20 from three-point range collectively. Williams was 7-for-10 from the field for 18 points for the Lutes.

The wins helped PLU improve to 3-5 in the Northwest Conference, as they sat a game behind Pacific (Ore.) in seventh place.


The University of Puget Sound women’s basketball team moved into a fourth-place tie in the Northwest Conference after splitting a pair of road contests last weekend.

The Loggers used a dominant second half to earn a 76-60 win at Pacific (Ore.) on Jan. 24, shooting 53 percent from the field in the period after being tied at the break. Allie Wyszynski scored 10 of her 12 points off the bench in the second period, and Katy Ainslie led UPS with 15 points. Amanda Forshay had 13 points and Emily Sheldon added 11 points, and the Loggers were 18-for-21 from the free-throw line in the game.

The Loggers hung tough, but ultimately fell 70-58 at No. 8 George Fox the following day to drop to 4-4 in conference play, tied for fourth place with Lewis & Clark. Sheldon scored 18 points and Forshay added 14 points and nine rebounds, but UPS shot just 39 percent from the field and was outrebounded 46-34.


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