Puyallup parade to celebrate state champions

High school athletes honored for triple titles

Staff writerJune 4, 2014 

Puyallup pitcher Jacob Heglund gets tackled by catcher Brendan Illies and the rest of the team after closing out the 7-1 victory against South Kitsap in the 4A final in Pasco, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Puyallup ended the season with a 28-0 record.

JOE BARRENTINE — Staff photographer Buy Photo

Some now consider Puyallup the city of champions, and local business owners want to celebrate their triumphs Seahawks-style.

Three Puyallup High School sports teams took home state titles last weekend − fastpitch, baseball and boys golf − and a handful of individuals around the school district outperformed their peers in track and field. 

The city is co-sponsoring a victory parade on Saturday in honor of the athletes, complete with military vehicles and old firetrucks.

Chris Johnston, event organizer and owner of Sparks Deli, said the parade will be similar to the one held in February for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks on a much smaller scale.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The parade route begins at West Main Avenue downtown and ends at South Meridian and Fifth Avenue Southwest. 

The Puyallup City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to co-sponsor the event, waiving any associated fees.

During the meeting, Mayor John Knutsen presented a key to the city to Eric Fredericks, who will be the Puyallup High School principal as of July 1.

The city also declared June "Puyallup High School Champions Month" in front of a council chambers packed with student athletes.

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