TACOMA, Washington - More than 400 Puget Sound student-athletes, coaches, staff, family, and friends gathered in Memorial Fieldhouse Tuesday evening for the annual All-Sports Celebration. The Loggers celebrated a wide array of accomplishments for the 2018-19 year, ranging from Northwest Conference titles to Academic All-American honors.
Former Puget Sound volleyball student-athlete Jessica Stella '08, '10 MAT was the emcee for the evening. Stella teaches at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma. University President Isiaah Crawford was in attendance to offer his congratulations and support.
Men's soccer senior Sam Gonzalez and women's tennis senior Nicole Bouche were both honored for graduating with the highest GPA. The women's cross country team claimed the top team GPA for the second consecutive year.
Tim McDonough Award
The Tim McDonough award is presented to a male and female student-athlete who provide inspiration and leadership through involvement in the community, campus ministries and Social Justice. Logger Club members John and Jackie Wohn presented this award.
Women's basketball junior Mara Henderson is the women's recipient of the Tim McDonough Award. She has been highly involved with social justice issues through her three years at Puget Sound. She is an active leader of the Black Student Union, and she was a student leader and speaker during the Race and Pedagogy Institute this past fall. Henderson also leads student initiatives such as the Student of Color Community Initiative, Solidari-Tea, and Multi-Identity Based Union.
Football sophomore Murdock Rutledge is the men's recipient of the McDonugh Award for the second consecutive year. As he continues to be a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he quickly grew into an All-Conference student-athlete. In his second year with the Loggers, he ranked second in the conference in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Paul & Helen Perdue Award
The Paul and Helen Perdue Award is given to the male and female student-athletes who embrace the spirit of community service that Paul and Helen displayed through their lives in Tacoma and at the University of Puget Sound. Alison Paradise presented this award.
The women's recipient of the Perdue Award is lacrosse senior Becca Simon. She has spent the past several years volunteering with the Emergency Food Network, and she led a food drive at Baker Stadium this spring. She is also involved with ASUPS, and is a member of both the Green Free Review Committee and Elections Committee.
The men's recipient of the Perdue Award is football's Dwight Jackson. He has twice been nominated for the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. Jackson helps lead initiatives such as the Bryant Montessori Recess Program, Tacoma Marathon, Special Olympics Field Day, Trick-or-Can Food Drive, and he is the co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
John Heinrick Award
The next award is the John Heinrick Most Inspirational Athlete Award. This award is given to the male and female student-athletes who display the same leadership and inspiration as legendary Logger coach John Heinrick. University Trustee Emeritus Ken McGill presented this award.
The women's recipient of the John Heinrick Award is tennis senior Nicole Bouche. She stepped up her game to help lead the women's tennis team to the Northwest Conference Tournament. Bouche started the season with five consecutive singles wins against Division-3 opponents, and she seamlessly stepped in to the No. 1 slot when called upon. She was recently named to the All-Northwest Conference Second Team, and she is a member of six different academic honor societies.
The men's recipient of the John Heinrick Award is football senior Todd Blakely. He was an All-Conference honorable mention as a junior, and this year he was named to the All-Conference First Team. He also nominated for the Cliff Harris Award, which is awarded to the best small college defensive player in the country. As Blakely grew as a football player, he also grew as a student and a mentor. His studies recently took him to Orlando, where he spoke at a conference about his studies in bio-chemistry.
Dill Howell Award
The Dill Howell Award is awarded to the most improved male and female student-athletes on the court, field, or in the water. University Trustee Emerita Barbara Walker presented this award.
The women's recipient of the Dill Howell Award, junior Gabbie Berg, was the most prolific scorer in the Northwest Conference this year. After scoring three goals as a sophomore last year, Berg led the conference in scoring with 10 goals this year. Needless to say, she played a vital role in helping the Loggers recapture the Northwest Conference championship.
Men's basketball senior Gabriel Chaikin is the men's recipient of the Dill Howell Award. After playing in just 17 games through his first two years with the Loggers, he played in 26 games as a senior, and averaged 28 minutes per game. Between his junior and senior seasons, Chaikin improved his scoring by six points per game, and he improved his 3-point shooting by nearly 10 percent.
Roberta Wilson Award
The Roberta Wilson Award is presented to the female student-athlete who displays the excellence in her sport, excellence in her academics, and an unmatched determination to continue to excel in all aspects of her life. Former Puget Sound volleyball student-athlete Col. Cindy Connally present the award.
The Roberta Wilson Award winner is women's soccer senior Lura Morton. She has studied in Morocco and Qatar, and she held an internship in Washington, D.C. Morton was clutch on the field. Five of her six goals this year were game-winners, and she scored the game-winning goal at Linfield that secured the Northwest Conference title for the Loggers, and an automatic bid for the NCAA D-III Tournament.
Harry Werbisky Award
The Harry Werbisky Award is given to well-rounded male student-athlete who not only excels in athletics and academics, but also shows the determination to continue to improve in all area of his life. Physics professor and Faculty Athletics Associate for golf Dr. Andy Rex presented this award.
The Harry Werbisky Award winner is men's soccer senior and Academic All-American recipient Sam Gonzalez. He is just as dedicated to studying molecular and cellular biology as he is to helping Puget Sound compete on the pitch. Through four years with the men's soccer team, this senior started 54 out of 58 games. The team captain is a vocal leader on the field, and he often leads team workouts.
Robin Hamilton Award
To honor an individual who served the university for more than 30 years as both a record-setting coach, an administrator, and an important mentor to student-athletes, the Robin Hamilton Award was established this year. The award is presented to the male and female student-athletes who embody Robin's core tenet of the importance of strong attitude and effort leading to team achievement. University Director of Donor Relations Rebecca Harrison presented the award.
The female recipient of the Robin Hamilton award is women's soccer senior Tyla MacPherson. She continued to work and persevere through injuries, both on the pitch and in the weight room. Her drive made her teammates better. MacPherson ended her Puget Sound career with a Northwest Conference championship. She was also named to the All-Conference First Team, and received All-West Region honors.
The male Hamilton Award winner is a two-time All-Conference First Team selection and men's basketball senior Jimmy Wohrer. He quietly goes about his business, and allows for his work on the court to set an example for teammates. The four-year letter winner for the men's basketball team holds the school record for most 3-pointers made in a season, and most 3-pointers made in a career. Wohrer scored 29 points during the Loggers' upset win over nationally-ranked Whitworth. That win gave Puget Sound its second consecutive bid for the Northwest Conference Tournament.
Richard Ulrich Award
The Richard Ulrich Award is presented to the male and female student-athletes who show outstanding leadership skills and tireless commitment to their teams and Logger Athletics. Dr. Michael Bateman presented this award.
The female recipient of the Richard Ulrich Leadership Award is women's basketball senior and SAAC co-President Elizabeth Prewitt. She is also a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection. During her senior season, she eclipsed 1,000 points for her Puget Sound career, and she received an All-West Region selection from D3hoops.com. In addition to her dominance on the court, she served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee co-President, and she helped lead initiatives such as the Trick-or-Can food drive, Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Giving, Special Olympics Field Day, and more. Welcome to the stage women's basketball senior, Elizabeth Prewitt!
The male recipient of the Richard Ulrich Leadership Award is men's swimming sophomore Travis Bender. On dry land, he is often seen giving campus tours for prospective Puget Sound students. Just as the university admissions office counts on his dependability, so too does the Puget Sound coaching staff. From cheering poolside, to carrying the team banner, to spending time with recruits, this Bender does it all.
Alice Bond Award
The Alice Bond Award is presented to the Most Outstanding Female Student-Athlete. Alice Bond was the pioneer for women's sports at Puget Sound as the Director and Supervisor for women's sports from 1947 to 1976. Current member of the University's Board of Trustees and former baseball coach Brad Cheney presented the award.
This year's Alice Bond Award winner is a two-sport student-athlete Jamie Lange. She was named the Northwest Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year, and she was the Northwest Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. Lange helped lead the Puget Sound women's soccer team to the NWC title and an automatic bid for the NCAA D-III Tournament. She led the conference in saves and save percentage. She was also named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Scholar Team. Lange returned to the postseason as a member of the Puget Sound women's basketball team, where she helped the Loggers clinch a berth for the NWC Tournament. In addition to garnering NWC Player of the Year, she was also named to the D3hoops.com All-West Region First Team. She led the conference in rebounding, ranked third in scoring, and fourth in field-goal percentage. During a game at Pacific Lutheran in January, Lange reached 1,000 career points with Puget Sound.
Ben Cheney Award
The Ben Cheney Award is presented to the Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete. It is named for Lumber company owner Ben Cheney, an outstanding citizen and a great athletic booster not only for the University of Puget Sound, but the entire City of Tacoma. Brad Cheney, son of Ben Cheney, presented the award.
This year's Ben Cheney Award winner is a three-sport native of Tacoma, AJ Johnson. He became the first Logger in school history to receive a D3football.com All-American honor, as he set the Puget Sound single-season record for receiving yards with 1,096. He led the Northwest Conference in both receiving yards and receptions, and he ranked second in touchdown catches. In addition to the D3football.com honor, he was named to the All-NWC First Team. During the winter, he played in 24 out of 26 games with a Puget Sound men's basketball team that qualified for the NWC Tournament. One month after basketball season, he returned to track & field where he claimed the conference title in men's triple jump.
Ron Thomas Team Spirit Award
Named after the university's 13th president, the women's soccer team received the Ron Thomas Team Spirit Award - which reflects President Thomas' passion for Logger Athletics. - most recently playing a pivotal role in constructing the Athletics and Aquatics Center. This award is to recognize a Logger Team that embodies the "Logger Up" spirit of support, pride, and positive attitude.