Puyallup High School celebrates 3 state sports titles at pep assembly

Staff writerJune 2, 2014 

Students and staff celebrate Monday at an assembly at Puyallup High School. Over the weekend, the school won three state sports championships.

TODD MILLES — Staff writer

It was a day to heartily celebrate Monday at Puyallup High School.

Three times over.

Over their long history, the Vikings had previously only won two state team titles during the spring season - girls tennis in 1971, and softball in 1978.

They more than doubled that last week as the Puyallup boys golf team, girls fastpitch team and boys baseball squad all won Class 4A titles.

In honor of that - as well as recognizing other spring-sports accomplishments - those athletes were treated to a rowdy, standing room-only pep assembly in the home gymnasium Monday morning.

"I would not want to spend my senior year going out with any other bang than that," said Quinn Rawson, the Vikings' All-Area baseball most valuable player.

Puyallup's baseball and softball squads won their 4A titles Saturday in Eastern Washington. First it was the Vikings' baseball team, which defeated South Kitsap in the finals, 7-1, in Pasco.

Ninety minutes later, the Puyallup softball team edged Walla Walla, 4-2, in Spokane.

With that, the Vikings became part of state history as the only 4A school to win state baseball and fastpitch championships in the same season.

"They announced in between the fifth and sixth innings ... that the boys had won," Vikings' All-Area softball player of the year Marissa Miller said. "Everyone was going crazy, and I was like, 'We haven't won yet, so calm down,'"

On a back field after their win over South Kitsap, baseball players and coaches met for the final time. They finished off a 28-0 season, and hope to grab the No. 1 national ranking from USA Today in a couple of weeks.

"There was a special feeling about this whole year," Puyallup baseball coach Marc Wiese said.

It was during that last meeting that catcher Brendan Illies received a text message that the girls softball team had won, too.

For players on each team, what made it especially satisfying was that they were able to share 4A titles with their longtime coaches. Tony Batinovich has coached the softball team for 22 seasons, and Wiese has been with the baseball program for 19 seasons.

"I would rather win a state championship than go to my senior prom any day," Rawson said. "Sharing state championships with all my friends was awesome."

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