November 28, 2012

Loggers Lead Race For McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy

Forest Grove, Ore. - Puget Sound leads the Northwest Conference in the hunt for the 2012-13 McIlroy-Lewis All Sports trophy after the conclusion of the fall season. The Loggers had four teams finish in the top-3 in the final conference standings.

The Logger women's soccer team highlighted the fall conference season with its 11th straight NWC title. Both the women's volleyball team and men's soccer team finished second in the standings and the men's cross country team took third at the conference meet.

The Loggers totaled 78 points in the standings to edge ahead of Whitworth for the lead.

Whitworth follows closely behind with 76 points while Willamette University 72 points this past fall. Linfield is in fourth with 66 points. Pacific Lutheran is in fifth with 60 points, Lewis & Clark isn't far behind with 56 points and Pacific is in seventh with 50 points. Whitman and George Fox round out the standings in order with 44 points and 28 points, respectively.

The Northwest Conference All-Sports Trophy recognizes athletic excellence among Northwest Conference institutions across all fields of competition. It is named in honor of John Lewis, the baseball coach (1947-72), basketball coach (1947-67) and athletics director (1952- 72) at Willamette University; and Jane McIlroy, Linfield College's women's athletics director and physical education professor from 1950- 82 who also coached field hockey (1952-81), basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis.

Nate Backes
Seattle, Wash.
Bishop Blanchet HS

Nate Backes went on a tear last week, tallying at least one hit in all four games the Loggers played en route to a 3-1 record and a series sweep of Lewis & Clark. Backes had multiple hits in three of the four games and went 3-for-4 in the series finale against the Pioneers on April 13. In that contest he ripped a double and legged out a triple, falling just a homer short of the cycle. With the base knocks he brought in three RBIs for the Loggers while scoring two himself, accounting for five of the Loggers' 11 runs on the day. In all he tallied eight hits, five runs, and eight RBIs last week, hitting for an even .500 average. Thanks to the hot bat, he leads the Loggers in batting average, RBIs, doubles, homeruns, and is tied for the lead in hits. Backes and the rest of the Puget Sound baseball squad travel to Forest Grove, Ore., for a three-game series at Pacific this season.