SEATTLE AND PORTLAND 7’s TAKE TITLES AT TACOMA AROMA RUGBY
Hundreds of players, family and fans filled up the Portland Avenue Playfields on Saturday, July 26 for the 38th annual Tacoma Aroma 7’s Rugby Tournament. Fourteen men’s clubs and six women’s clubs competed for the championship and entry into the USA Rugby Championship Series. Tacoma was represented by the Tacoma Nomads, Tacoma Sirens and the Old Boys. The men’s championship was claimed by the Seattle OPSB and the women’s title went to the Portland Oregon Rugby Sports Union.
TACOMA’S VAN GARDEREN FINISHES FIFTH AT TOUR DE FRANCE – TOP AMERICAN
Following the 21st and final stage of the Tour de France, Tacoma native Tejay Van Garderen finished in fifth place out of 164 international riders. Van Garderen was the highest American finisher, coming in 11 minutes and 24 seconds behind winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. The next-closest American rider was Christopher Horner, who finished in 17th place and 44 minutes, 31 seconds behind.
The 25-year-old Van Garderen is a member of the international BMC Racing Team. This season is proving to be the best yet for Van Garderen, who finished second in the Tour of Oman, third in the Volta a Catalunya and sixth at the Tour of the Basque Country. There are 10 events remaining on the 2014 UCI World Tour.
TACOMA’S RINGO CLAIMS SILVER MEDAL AT JUNIOR OLYMPICS
Twelve-year old Kelee Ringo is making a name for himself on the national track and field stage. The sixth grader from Baker Middle School competed at the National Junior Olympic Meet on Sunday, July 27. Ringo, a member of the Cheetah Track Club of Tacoma, finished second in the 11/12 year old 100-meter dash with a finals time of 12.43 seconds and finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.37 seconds. Ringo has clocked personal-best times of 12.01 and 55.56 this season in the 100 and 400.
“Kelee is one of the humblest and hardest working young men I have coached, and it has been a pleasure coaching him over the past four years to prepare for this past weekend’s event,” said coach Brandon Ervin. “His hard work and dedication showed that he deserved to represent the City of Tacoma, Cheetah Track Club and the State of Washington. He is truly an angel sent from above.”
PACIFIC LUTHERAN NAMES GLASOE NEW SOFTBALL SKIPPER
Puyallup native and former Pacific Lutheran softball assistant Lance Glasoe will take the reins as PLU’s softball head coach, PLU athletic director Laurie Turner announced July 23.
Glasoe returns to PLU after a six-year stretch as pitching coach for the University of Washington softball team, where he coached a pair of All-American pitchers in Danielle Lawrie and Kaitlin Inglesby. He was an assistant coach on the 2009 NCAA Div. I National Championship Husky team, with University of Washington claiming National Coaching Staff of the Year honors that season. During his time at UW, the Huskies advanced to the Women’s College World Series three times.
"I am thrilled to welcome the caliber of coach that Lance is to the PLU community," Turner said. "The breadth of his coaching experience at the high school level and at one of the top Division I programs in the nation, not to mention his previous PLU experience, make him an outstanding selection."
Glasoe served as the Lutes’ pitching coach under former PLU head coach Rick Noren from 2006-08, following softball head coaching stints at Sumner and Bonney Lake High Schools. While at Sumner, Glasoe led the Spartans to three consecutive state finals appearances and won two league championships.
Glasoe will look to bring some stability to a program that won the NCAA Div. III national title in 2012 but will now have its third head coach in as many years. Since 1981, the PLU softball program boasts a 909-386-2 overall record (.702 winning percentage), a 466-149 Northwest Conference record, 16 NWC titles and three national championships (NAIA titles in 1988 and 1992 and the NCAA title in 2012). Last season, the Lutes finished with a 16-24 overall record and placed sixth in the conference standings with a 13-15 mark.
"I’ve worked with softball players at a lot of different levels, and I hope to use that experience to help our players get better at every level and make PLU a destination program in the Northwest," Glasoe said. "I’m excited to get to know the team. I know a few of the players already, but I look forward to getting to know everybody and preparing for the season."
PLU BASKETBALL NABS NATIONAL ACADEMIC HONORS
The Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball team claimed several academic honors this week as the National Association of Basketball Coaches awarded the Lutes with a 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Award, while a trio of Lute players were named to the NABC Honors Court.
As a team, PLU was one of 125 colleges and universities among every NCAA and NAIA level to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the season.
PLU players Andrew Alness, Kevin McCrossin and Austen Wilson each qualified for the Honors Court, among a total of nearly 900 student-athletes from 335 colleges and universities. To qualify for the award, students must have achieved at least junior academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.
TACOMA VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS STILL NEEDED
The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. A comprehensive training program, starting Aug. 21, is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive.
For students, retirees or former athletes looking to re-connect with a sport, officiating high school and middle school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams. Registration is due no later than Aug. 7, so time is running out.
For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit http://www.tpcvob.com or contact Marc Blau at (253) 677-2872 or email@example.com.July 30, 2014 at 12:18PM