Celebrating a decade of athletic excellence
Celebrating a decade of athletic excellence
Posted on 04/27/2018

In honor of the many athletic accomplishments from student-athletes over the years, the Puyallup School District Board of Directors were presented with a report on the tradition of excellence in student-athletes over the last 10 years.

Director of Instructional Leadership - Athletics, Health, and Fitness Rick Wells and Puyallup High School Athletic Director Jim Meyerhoff presented the culminating athletic accomplishments to the board at the meeting on April 2 at the Karshner Museum.

Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, freshman could now play on high school teams as junior high students. This allowed athletes more opportunity for advancing in their sport with more frequent practices and games.

ERHS Soccer with Mount Rainier in viewWith an increase in student-athletes in the high schools, more teams were added and especially in girls sports. Girls bowling was added in 2005, girls wrestling was added in 2010, and in 2015 girls C teams were added to volleyball, soccer, basketball, and fastpitch. In recent years, the number of females participating in athletics has increased by over 150 female athletes per high school.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) were installed at all high school and junior high athletic facilities. Since the installation of these devices, they have been used in emergency situations on three separate occasions. Two years ago, one of the AEDs at Glacier View Junior High helped save a young man’s life. Puyallup School District was just one of two districts with AEDs installed at that time.

Two years ago the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) was restructured. After the North Puget Sound League was recreated, there were only five schools in the SPSL. Because of this, Bellarmine High School, Olympia High School, South Kitsap High School, and Sumner High School were added to the SPSL.

Junior highs now offer nine sports over four seasons for students to participate in. High schools now offer 26 varsity sports, including the Junior Varsity (JV) and C teams there are 59 teams per high school. Unified Sports offer 6 sports to participate in as well.

Puyallup School District teams have earned 133 SPSL championship. In a single school year there are 24 sports eligible for SPSL trophies. In addition, 22 teams earned West Central District or Regional Team Championships over the last 10 years.

PHS Bowling at Daffodil Bowling AlleyMedals are typically awarded to the top eight teams in state tournaments. In the last decade, 81 Puyallup School District teams placed in the top eight at state tournaments. 8 of those teams earned first place, 12 of those teams earned second place, and another 8 teams earned third place. Puyallup School District teams have also earned 6 medals at the Special Olympics Unified Tournaments.

Over the past 10 years, Puyallup School District student‐athletes have earned individual state championship titles in 40 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association events. Out of those 40 students, four of them earned three or more state championships. Kayla Stueckle from Emerald Ridge won five state titles in track, Jordyn Bartelson from Puyallup High won four state titles in wrestling, Kishia Mitchell from Rogers High won three state titles in track, and Eric Simpson from Rogers High won three state titles in track.

Today, with an enrollment of nearly 23,000 students, nearly one out of every four students participate in athletics in the Puyallup School District.

Supporting student-athletes is more than just filling a seat at a game or a match. It is supporting students who are dedicating themselves to their team and their school as well as their studies.

Whether you are a student, parent, or community member we invite you to attend some of the various games and matches throughout the school year in support of Puyallup students.

Please visit the athletics and activities page on the district website for more information on upcoming games and events.