October 25, 2012

Puget Sound Announces Top-10 Female Loggers Of All-Time

During last summer, the Puget Sound Athletic Department asked fans to help us identify the 10 most outstanding female student-athletes of the past 40 years. Hundreds of fans voted through our website, LoggerAthletics.com, and helped the department choose the top-10 female Loggers of all-time.

While Alice Bond was one of the top vote-getters, Logger Athletics decided to keep the list at 10 student-athletes and honor Bond (now deceased) as the Logger legend that she is. Bond is the namesake of the Alice Bond Award, which is given to the top female student-athlete every year at Puget Sound. She pioneered the women’s athletics program prior to the Title IX legislation from 1947-76.

The top-10 female Loggers of all-time span six different sports and all four decades in the history of women’s athletics at Puget Sound. Below is a list of the former student-athletes honored as the top-10 in Puget Sound history in alphabetical order.

Sue Bendl-Gregory (Swimming) 1986-90
Dana Boyle-Solof (Cross Country, Track & Field) 1998-2002
Andrea Egans-Roelen (Volleyball) 1992-95
Cathy Flick-Pollino (Volleyball) 1984-87
Angela French (Cross Country, Track & Field) 1976-81
Cortney Kjar (Soccer) 2002-05
Janece Levien (Soccer) 2005, 2007-09
Heather Paulsen-Mairs (Softball) 1993-97
Sarah Rudolph-Cole (Swimming) 1983-86
Keely Running-Teske (Basketball) 1989-93

This list includes Players of the Year at the conference and national levels, national champions of both the team and individual varities, over 50 All-American selections and owners of school records that still stand today.

The Loggers will honor these ten amazing women this weekend in conjunction with the Homecoming & Family Weekend activities. They will be honored between sets two and three at Friday night’s volleyball game against Willamette and again during the Homecoming football game against Pacific Lutheran.

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.