Spring Sports Summary 2018
Spring Sports Summary 2018
Posted on 06/13/2018

Rick Wells, current director of athletics, health, and fitness, presented the Puyallup School Board with a spring athletics season highlights, with the help of the incoming Director of Athletics, Health, and Fitness, Jim Meyerhoff.

Wells’s and Meyerhoff’s presentation featured team and individual highlights at the June 4 Puyallup School Board meeting at Aylen Junior High. This was Wells’s last board meeting before retiring at the end of the school year.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) awards teams in two categories based on academic performance. The Outstanding Academic Award is given to teams with a combined team grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 to 4.0. The Distinguished Academic Award is awarded to teams with a combined GPA of 3.0 to 3.49.

This spring, 22 Puyallup School District teams took home Academic Awards from the WIAA in addition to their many athletic accomplishments. Of those 22 teams, 15 earned the Distinguished Academic Award and seven earned the Outstanding Academic Award.

The Puyallup High School boys tennis team earned WIAA Academic State Champions this season by having a combined team GPA of 3.922. The PHS boys tennis team was honored by the Puyallup School Board of Directors during the June 4 board meeting.

The Board of Directors honored Karlee Stueckle, Christal Johnson, and Tanya Simora for their individual accomplishments as SPSL Champions in girls track events.

Karlee Stueckle, a senior at Emerald Ridge High School, took first place in the 300-meter hurdles. Karlee also took first in this event her junior year. Currently, Karlee holds the Washington State record in 300-meter hurdles and is the only person in Washington State history to run the 300meter hurdles in under 42 seconds, it is the fourth-best time in the nation.

Tanya Simora, a junior at Puyallup High School, earned SPSL Champion in the javelin throw. Tanya set a new state-meet record with 154 feet, 6 inches.

Christal Johnson, a junior at Puyallup High School, earned SPSL Champion in the 400-meter run. Christal set the fastest time this year in the 400-meter run with a time of 55.03.

The Puyallup High School Varsity girls fastpitch team was honored for being South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 4A champions, West Central District champions, as well as earning the WIAA Outstanding Academic Award with a combined team GPA of 3.501. The team finished the season with 19 wins and only one loss.

The Puyallup High School varsity boys baseball team also won SPSL 4A champions, West Central District Champions, and also earned the WIAA Distinguished Academic Award with a combined team GPA of 3.250. The team finished the season with 15 wins and one loss.

The Puyallup High School varsity boys soccer team earned SPSL 4A Co-Champions this spring as well as the Distinguished Academic Award with a team GPA of 3.359. The team finished the season with 17 wins and three losses.

The Puyallup High School varsity girls track team earned SPSL 4A Champions this spring as well as the Outstanding Academic Award with a team GPA of 3.528. The team finished the season with four wins and one loss.

The Puyallup High School varsity boys track team earned second place in the SPSL 4A this spring as well as the Distinguished Academic Award with a team GPA of 3.306. The team finished the season with four wins and one loss.

The Puyallup High School varsity boys track team earned second place in the SPSL 4A this spring. The team finished the season with eight wins and three losses.

Puyallup High School also earned the 2017 – 18 SPSL All-Sport Trophy and Puyallup High School also earned fifth place in the WIAA 4A Scholastic Cup standings. This is the highest placing team from the West Central District and SPSL.

The Rogers High School girls track team earned SPSL Champions as well as the WIAA Outstanding Academic Award with a team GPA of 3.616. The team finished the season with four wins and one loss.

The Rogers High School girls fastpitch team took second place in the SPSL 4A and also earned the WIAA Outstanding Academic Award with a combined team GPA of 3.553. The team finished the season with 13 wins and three losses.

The Rogers High School boys track team earned third place in the SPSL 4A and also earned the WIAA Distinguished Academic Award with a combined team GPA of 3.616. The team finished the season with three wins and two losses.

The Emerald Ridge High School boys soccer team earned third place in the SPSL 4A and also earned the WIAA Distinguished Academic Award with a combined team GPA of 3.24. The team finished the season with 10 wins, five losses, and one tie.

The Emerald Ridge High School girls track team earned third place in the SPSL 4A and also earned the WIAA Distinguished Academic Award with a combined team GPA of 3.41. The team finished the season with four wins and two losses.

In addition to the many athletic and academic awards, two Puyallup School District coaches were honored as Coach of the Year and two principals were honored as Principal of the Year from the SPSL. Each season one coach from each sport is honored as Coach of the Year.

Travis Braddock, water polo coach at Puyallup High School, earned South Division Coach of the Year.

Marc Wiese, baseball coach at Puyallup High School, was honored with SPSL 4A Coach of the Year.

Jason Smith, principal at Rogers High School earned the SPSL Principal of the Year as well as in the 2015 – 16 and 2016 – 17 school years. This year Kevin Hampton, principal at Emerald Ridge High School earned the SPSL Principal of the Year. Kevin and Jason were both honored at the June 4 Board Meeting.

Wells said in celebration of the season, “We can all be very proud of the performances of our spring athletes. Several state records were set in track and field accompanied by three state champions. In addition, one of our teams once again captured the Academic State Championship. Our PSD student-athletes certainly took it to the top this past spring.”

For a complete listing of team as well as individual highlights, please visit the Athletics and Activities Newsroom.