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LOGGERS’ ALICIA BURNS NAMED NWC TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

UPS senior sprinter Alicia Burns was awarded Northwest Conference Athlete of the Week honors after a busy weekend Saturday, March 29. Burns set a Peyton Scoring Meet record of 2:19.86 in the 800 meters and clocked a NWC qualifying mark of 1:00.02 in the 400-meter dash. She ran the third leg of the women’s 4x400 meter relay that finished with the first sub-4:00 time for the Loggers since 1996 (3:59.17). Burns owns the fastest 800-meter time in NCAA Div-III this season at 2:14.94.

TACOMA NATIVE VAN GARDEREN TAKES THIRD AT TOUR OF CATALONIA

Tejay van Garderen finished in an impressive third-place at the seven-stage, 727.7 mile Tour of Catalonia road bicycle race, which completed Sunday, March 30 in Catalonia, Spain. The 25-year-old Tacoma native is a member of the international BMC Racing Team. He finished seven seconds behind Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez and three seconds behind Spain’s Alberto Contador. Van Garderen was the mountainous fourth stage winner (103 miles) and is becoming a force to be reckoned with internationally. He recently finished second at the 568.9 mile Tour of Oman in February.

TCC TITANS BASEBALL SETTING TORRID PACE WITH 15-1 SEASON START

Tacoma Community College is staking its claim as the team to beat in the 39-school Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. The Titans have rattled off 10 straight victories since dropping its lone loss of the season at Walla Walla. Head coach Ryan Mummert recently notched his 100th win as the Titans’ skipper in a 5-3 win over Bellevue CC. Mummert is now 104-45 in his fourth year at TCC. Freshman Pitcher Justin Vernia has been lights-out on the mound so far this season, compiling a 4-0 record and a 0.36 earned run average with 24 strikeouts in 24.2 innings of work. The 6-1 right-hander has walked just 5 batters and surrendered only 15 hits.

FIRST TEE ENROLLING FOR SPRING LIFE BUILDING CLASSES

The First Tee of South Puget Sound has been using the game of golf to help develop life skills for area youth since 2011. The program has expanded from two to eight golf courses and is open to boys and girls ages 7-17. Since its inception, First Tee has served over 9,500 youth throughout the South Puget Sound on the golf course and in the classroom. First Tee’s national school program is now in 35 Tacoma public schools and offers an avenue for all children, especially at-risk youth, to play the game of golf. Registration has begun for the six-week spring session, which begins April 28. Contact Program Director Ryan Kallenberger at (253) 777-7597 for more information and visit http://www.thefirstteesps.org.

RAPHAEL COX SIGNS USL PRO SOCCER CONTRACT WITH HARRISBURG ISLANDERS

Former Stadium Tiger and Tacoma Tide midfielder Raphael Cox has signed with the Harrisburg (Penn.) Islanders of the USL Pro league. Cox was originally drafted by Real Salt Lake in the fourth-round of the 2009 MLS Super Draft and appeared in six games for Salt Lake before being released. Cox has since played for the Tacoma Tide of the USL Premier Developmental League and the Atlanta Silverbacks and Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. Harrisburg plays in the USL Pro League, which is considered the third-tier of American Professional Soccer. A 2008 first-team PAC-10 selection as a Washington Husky, Cox continues his quest to return to the MLS.

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