2017-18 Winter sports highlights
2017-18 Winter sports highlight
Posted on 03/20/2018

Three Puyallup teams earned South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 4A Champions this winter. In addition, two teams earned the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 4A Academic State Champions.

Director of Instructional Leadership – Athletics, Health, and Fitness, Rick Wells, presented the individual and team highlights in his summary of winter sports to the Puyallup School District Board of Directors at the March 19 school board meeting at Karshner Museum and Center for Culture and Arts.

The Emerald Ridge girls gymnastics team earned SPSL 4A Champions with 27 wins and 0 losses.

The Rogers High School girls wrestling team earned SPSL 4A Champions with an undefeated eight wins and no losses.

The Rogers High School girls bowling team also earned SPSL 4A Champions with an undefeated season of 12 wins and no losses.

Also from Rogers High School, Kristina Harris, junior, won WIAA 4A State Bowling Champion by scoring 1,236 points at the WIAA 4A state tournament held February 1 through 3 at the Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.

WIAA State bowling champ
(Kristina Harris with coach Justin Wisness)

The Puyallup High School girls basketball team attained WIAA 4A State Academic Champions with a combined team grade point average (GPA) of 3.83.

The Puyallup High School girls wrestling team also attained WIAA 4A State Academic Champions with a combined GPA of 3.67.

The WIAA recognizes teams as academic champions for earning the highest combined team grade point average in each sport for the season.

Strong performance balanced between students’ sports and studies is not new in the Puyallup School District. Student-athletes have continued this tradition of excellence by continuing to achieve high academic standards in the classroom as well as the many hours of practice after school.

This winter 20 teams in the Puyallup School District received academic distinctions from the WIAA in either the outstanding or distinguished categories.

Teams with a combined GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 earn a Distinguished Academic Award. And thirteen Puyallup teams earned the award in the distinguished category. Teams with a combined team GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 receive an Outstanding Academic Award, and seven Puyallup teams earned the award in the outstanding category.

 Team
(Puyallup High School girls basketball team)

In addition to the many academic and athletic accomplishments, three coaches have been honored by the SPSL as Coach of the Year in their respective sport.

At Puyallup High School, Casi Messineo was honored as SPSL boys swim and dive Coach of the Year. Also at Puyallup High School, Dorinda Carpenter was honored as SPSL girls gymnastics Coach of the Year. And at Rogers High School, Rico Ancheta was honored as SPSL boys basketball Coach of the Year.

Wells celebrated by saying, “I am thrilled to see so many of our winter athletic teams adding to the Puyallup School District legacy of academic excellence. Developing young men and women into well-rounded scholars, not just ‘athletes’, is what we strive to accomplish. Well done to everyone meeting that goal.”

PHS Girls Wrestling Team
(Puyallup High School girls wrestling team)

Devin Konsmo
konsmdm@puyallup.k12.wa.us