Fall sports wrap up (1)
Fall sports wrap up
Posted on 12/09/2019

It was another successful season for Puyallup School District’s fall athletes. Over 1800 students in grades seven through twelve participated. The students represented the district and community remarkably.

Not only were the student athletes outstanding, our staff was too. A special award was recently presented to the staff at the Rogers Aquatic Center. The American Red Cross honored pool manager Brent McDaniel and assistant manager Kira Kaelin with their Gold Level Learn to Swim Provider. The staff at Rogers was one of just 22 pools in a 5-state region to earn the Gold Level status by training over 1000 students to swim. The Rogers staff trained over 3000 students this past year, including 900 just during the summer months. RHS staff

This is the second straight year that the Rogers Aquatic Center has been recognized with this award. We are proud of the entire staff for their work to safely train new swimmers in our community.

The student athletes devoted a great deal of time and commitment to their team and in the classroom. All three comprehensive high schools had teams that were recognized by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) for their academic achievements. To earn a Distinguished Award, the team average must be above 3.0. To earn an Outstanding Academic Award from the WIAA, the team average must be 3.5 or above. Between the three high schools, 27 of the 30 varsity teams earned an academic award, which includes fifteen Outstanding Awards. All three Girls Cross Country teams had average GPA’s of 3.75 or higher. The Puyallup High School Girls Cross Country had an average GPA of 3.880, making them the 3rd highest among all 4A schools.

The 4A South Puget Sound League is very competitive in all sports. Emerald Ridge, Puyallup and Rogers High School saw a commendable amount of success this fall.

In Cross Country, both the Emerald Ridge and Rogers girls’ teams qualified for state, with Rogers placing 10th and Emerald Ridge 16th. The Puyallup High School Boys Team qualified for state, finishing in 13th place. Individuals from Emerald Ridge and Rogers qualified in the boys races and the Puyallup girls team.

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In Football, Puyallup placed second in the South Puget Sound (SPSL) standings with a record of 7-1 and won two playoff games to advance to the state quarterfinals where they lost to the eventual state champions.

Emerald Ridge had a successful season placing third in the SPSL, hosting a playoff game vs Woodinville, who would advance to the semi-finals.

In the All-SPSL Football recognition, 12 Puyallup district student-athletes earned first-team honors.

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The SPSL Golf season is in the fall, while the district and state tournaments take place in the spring. The SPSL Tournament was held in Early October, and four Puyallup district teams along with some individuals will play in the West Central District Tournament in the spring hoping to qualify for state.

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All three high schools excelled at Volleyball this year. Rogers won the league championship, with Puyallup in second and Emerald Ridge in fourth. Emerald Ridge placed second in the SPSL Tournament as all three teams advanced to the West Central District Tournament, with Emerald Ridge and Puyallup advancing to state. At the state tournament, Emerald Ridge earned a trophy finishing in 6th place, while Puyallup finished one match away from a trophy.

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The Puyallup Boys Water Polo team won the Division II championship and advanced to the state tournament where they finished 8th.

In Girls Swimming, Emerald Ridge junior Lada DiMascolo earned two state swim medals by placing fourth in the 500yd freestyle and 5th in the 200yd freestyle events. Puyallup had two relay teams participate at state.

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Congratulations to the Rogers High School Unified Flag Football Team for their Special Olympics state championship. The Rogers team was the only team to enter the competition. We are proud of their work to get this team going and working to be better each day.

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state dive champThe Puyallup High School Unified Bowling Team participated at the Special Olympics State Games in the Traditional Bowling category. The four-person team won the Gold Medal in their event.

Rogers High School junior Heather Hopkins is the WIAA 4A State Diving Champion, for the second time. Heather completed ten dives with a score of 426 points, almost 40 points ahead of the second-place finisher. This score was a personal best and a new school record.

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Girls Soccer team was extremely successful, with Puyallup winning the SPSL title and four playoff games to advance to the state semi-finals, Puyallup faced Gonzaga Prep. The game was scoreless through regulation and overtime, which resulted in a shootout. Puyallup dominated the shootout scoring on their first four shots, and goalie Ally Larkin had some great saves to send Puyallup to the championship game.

Facing a tough Auburn Riverside squad, Puyallup scored first and went into halftime leading 1-0. The game was tied at 1 in the 60th minute following a goal by Auburn Riverside. As regulation was set to expire at 83 minutes, Meredith Udovich found Sydney Evans in front of the goal for the winning shot. Shortly after that goal time expired and Puyallup are State Champions.

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Congratulations the Puyallup Athletic League Junior High fall sports champions. In volleyball, Kalles was undefeated to win the league title. In football it was Glacier View earning the championship with their league record of 5-0. Kalles captured the regular season title and the league meet championship in Girls Cross Country.

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The Puyallup School District and Puyallup community are proud of all the student athletes.
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