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A Successful fall season for Puyallup's athletes
A successful fall season for Puyallup's athletes
Posted on 12/13/2018

Approximately 1,800 student athletes participated in fall sports this season, nearly 20 percent of the secondary student body.

On Monday, December 10, Director of Instructional Leadership, Athletics, Health & Fitness Jim Meyerhoff presented the Fall 2018 Athletic Accomplishments to the Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled meeting. There was a lot to celebrate.

The celebrations began with the Puyallup Athletic League and the junior high fall athletics. Glacier View and Kalles junior high volleyball teams tied for the league championship with records of 9-1. Kalles Junior High football team placed first with a perfect record of 6-0.

The success was not only in competition for the athletes, it was also in the classroom. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) together with Dairy Famers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires recognizes and rewards teams that maintain a high collective academic standard by having an average team grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher. The Distinguished WIAA Academic Award was awarded to 12 teams for having a team GPA average of 3.00 – 3.49. Fifteen teams had a team GPA average of 3.49 – 4.00 awarding them the Outstanding WIAA Academic Award.Taylor Koch and Heather Hopkins

A few of the highlighted individuals from the board meeting included Taylor Koch from Emerald Ridge High School who was awarded SPSL Champion in girls golf. Rogers High School sophomore Heather Hopkins won the girls diving state championship. Puyallup High School Vikings football quarterback Jacob Holcomb has been named SPSL Offensive Most Valuable Player, Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year, and he recently was awarded Gatorade Washington State Player of Year.

Four teams won SPSL championships and five teams went to state. Thirty students qualified to go to state, and 26 students received an honorable mention.

The district’s unified athletes also had a successful fall season. Five students were awarded a Silver Medal, four students took home a Bronze Medal; and two unified teams received medals, one a Bronze Medal, and the other team a Silver Medal.

SPSL awarded two Coaches of the Year Awards. Congratulations to the Puyallup High School football coaching staff and Co-Coach of the Year, Puyallup volleyball coach Tony Batinovich.

The Puyallup School District is proud of the accomplishments of all the athletes and coaches this fall season. For a detailed list of the accomplishments click here.

WIAA academic awards infograph