8-12-14: Student athletes claim multiple state championships
8-12-14: Student athletes claim multiple state championships
Posted on 08/12/2014

Call it a triple crown of sorts.


The Puyallup High School Vikings won three state championship titles last spring, dominating the field and the links in Class 4A baseball, fastpitch, and boys golf.


All eyes were on the Puyallup High baseball team during the state championship game in Pasco. The team culminated an undefeated 28-0 season on May 31 by beating South Kitsap 7-1.


Just hours later, the high school’s girls fastpitch team also won a state title after a 4-2 finish against Walla Walla. Earlier the same day, the team beat Woodinville in the semifinals in Spokane.


The boys golf team also showed that it’s the best in Washington state this year, clinching first place as a team and finishing the tournament on May 29 with three of its players landing in the top five medal spots.


Hundreds of people lined Meridian Street in downtown Puyallup, many of them wearing purple and gold T-shirts, to cheer state championship Puyallup High School athletes in a “Parade of Champions” on June 7.


The parade was sponsored by the City of Puyallup and several local businesses and followed Mayor John Knutsen’s proclamation of June 2014 as “Puyallup High School Champions Month” in the City of Puyallup. See photo slideshow of parade.


Individual student athletes also excelled in various spring sports, including track and field. Eric Simpson, a senior last year at Rogers High, took the state title in both the 110-meter and the 300-meter hurdles.


Rogers High also placed second in the 4 x 100-meter team relay at the track and field state championship. Students Tyree Fort, Ceth Edwards, Kyler Ooley, and Simpson combined for the second-place team relay finish.


ShaRaya Quinn, a senior last year at Emerald Ridge High, won second place in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.


SPSL South Division Coaches of the Year this spring are:

  • Rogers High boys track coach Danny Carlson.
  • Puyallup High girls tennis coach Brooks Hazen.
  • Puyallup High girls track and field coach Ken Fleisch.
  • Puyallup High fastpitch coach Tony Batinovich, who was also named the Tacoma News Tribune Coach of the Year.
  • Puyallup High baseball coach Marc Wiese, who was also honored as the Pacific Coast Baseball Coach of the Year.
  • Puyallup High boys soccer coach Matt White.


See more spring sports photos.


See school-by-school spring sports season highlights




Puyallup High baseball team photos courtesy of Darica Hegland, Rogers High track photo courtesy of Rachel Martin, Emerald Ridge track photo courtesy of Jim Meyerhoff, fastpitch game photo courtesy of Bailey Plumb, and golf photos courtesy of Glenn Halverson.