Sports & Outdoors

Beginnings and endings for Logger athletics

The school year is at its end. With one week left, students are beginning to focus on finals and their soon-to-be freedom. For graduating seniors, the next week is bittersweet as they move on from college life and enter the real world.

But for those returning, there is much to look forward to in the athletic department. Last fall, Logger fans witnessed some highs and lows. The women’s soccer team won their 11th consecutive Northwest Conference Championship, while the Logger football team another winless season.

These facts are at odds with each other.  Whereas one team succeeds, the other fails; this has been the outcome of the last two fall sports seasons.  Both teams practice on a daily basis.

The athletes live and breathe their sports, and yet the results of games are strikingly different. And Loggers cannot help but ask why this is so. But I will leave that for speculation as Puget Sound athletes put the past behind them and look toward the start of the 2013 fall sports season.

The fall holds potential for the Logger athletics program.  Men and women’s soccer will be returning to the field.  Both teams have been practicing this spring, preparing for the upcoming season.

The Logger soccer program has always proven to be dedicated to their sport and has been comprised of a talented group of athletes, and the women’s team is currently riding a streak of 11 straight NWC titles.  With the incoming freshman class, we can only expect just as talented players to join the already strong teams.

Last fall, the Logger volleyball team received a bid to the NCAA finals for the third time in Puget Sound history and fought their way to the Elite Eight of the tournament.

The Loggers’ season came to a close with a four-set loss against Calvin. With the team remaining intact, however, volleyball fans can predict that the Loggers will once again have a chance to play at the NCAA finals this coming fall.

As for the football team, they will be beginning and ending their season in front of the home crowd at Baker Stadium.  The team has begun conditioning for the upcoming season, and with new additions coming with the freshman class, there is potential for the Loggers to break their losing streak.

Puget Sound looks forward to the new season.  It will be a fresh start for each team as well as chance for new athletes to make their mark on this campus.