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March 25, 2015
PLU Athletics to host Youth Sports Clinic on May 2
PARKLAND – Pacific Lutheran Athletics will host its third annual Youth Sports Clinic on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in Olson Auditorium. The free clinic is available to youth in grades first through sixth and will feature five stations where PLU student-athletes will educate attendees on various sports through practice drills and interactive games.

March 10, 2015
Trio of Lutes named Northwest Conference Student-Athletes of the Week
PARKLAND -- Standout performances highlighted the weekend for Pacific Lutheran athletics, and a trio of Lutes earned Northwest Conference recognition as Student-Athletes of the Week for their respective sports.

February 13, 2015
Pacific Lutheran Athletics reveals new Lutes mascot
PARKLAND – Pacific Lutheran University unveiled a new mascot design to represent Athletics in addition to the university as a whole. The PLU mascot, Lancelute was introduced to a packed Olson Auditorium on last Friday, February 6 during the men’s basketball halftime.

February 9, 2015
PLU student-athletes host third-annual Special Olympics basketball clinic
PARKLAND -- More than 30 Pacific Lutheran University student-athletes worked together to host the third-annual Special Olympics basketball clinic on January 10 at PLU’s Olson and Memorial Gymnasiums. The clinic served as part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) community outreach efforts supporting the partnership formed between Special Olympics and NCAA Div. III with the goal of fostering a mutual learning experience between the intercollegiate student-athletes and the Special Olympics athletes.

January 16, 2015
Wien and Lyman receive Scholar All-West Region recognition
PARKLAND – A pair of Pacific Lutheran soccer student-athletes have added academic accolades to their achievements during the 2014 fall season, as Kevin Wien and Kailey Lyman each earned honorable mention NSCAA College Division Scholar All-West Region recognition.

December 18, 2014
PLU student-athletes volunteer at the 24th annual Winterfest
PARKLAND – Last weekend, PLU student-athletes volunteered their time at the 24th annual Winterfest held on PLU East Campus. The volunteers consisted of 10 PLU women’s tennis student-athletes, 20 PLU women’s soccer student-athletes, 20 PLU softball student-athletes and 35 members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

November 19, 2014
Lutes surpass halfway mark in their “Drive to 125”
PARKLAND – The Lutes collected six wins last weekend to successfully surpass the halfway point on their “Drive to 125”. Due to the efforts of PLU’s fall sports with assistance from the start of winter competition, the Lutes currently stand at 64 wins.

November 11, 2014
Capron and Ritchey claim NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors
PARKLAND -- Lucy Capron dominated the final weekend of regular-season play on the volleyball court while Dalton Ritchey ran over the Whitworth defense on the football field, and both Lutes were named Northwest Conference Student-Athletes of the Week for their performances.

November 6, 2014
PLU Baseball and Women's Basketball team up to support Special Olympics
TACOMA – Following a long week of midterms, Pacific Lutheran student-athletes and coaches from the baseball and women’s basketball teams devoted part of their mid-semester break to volunteering at a Special Olympics Bowling event at Pacific Lanes on Oct. 26.

November 4, 2014
Loreto and Sullenberger earn NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors
PARKLAND -- Rigoberto Loreto scored a pair of game-winning goals and Shanell Sullenberger established herself as one of the top swimmers in the Northwest Conference during the first weekend of the swimming season, and their respective performances earned the two Lutes NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors.

October 14, 2014
Three Lutes claim Northwest Conference weekly honors
PARKLAND – A trio of Lutes claimed Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors, as Mitchell Baldridge earned the men’s golf recognition and Kelly White and Kelsey Hathaway swept the women’s soccer honors.

September 30, 2014
Anderson and Ritchey take NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors
PARKLAND – Megan Anderson led a defensive effort that allowed the Pacific Lutheran women’s soccer team to win a pair of Northwest Conference matches over the weekend and Dalton Ritchey accounted for all five touchdowns in the PLU football team’s road win against Trinity. The Northwest Conference considered both performances worthy of recognition, naming Anderson Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and Ritchey Football Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week.

September 29, 2014
PLU Athletics kicks off 'Drive to 125' in honor of university's anniversary
PARKLAND – In honor of Pacific Lutheran’s 125th anniversary in 2015, PLU Athletics has kicked off a “Drive to 125” – an effort to notch 125 wins across all sports during the 2014-15 academic year.

September 19, 2014
“Beyond the Stat Sheet” Tumblr blog to highlight student-athlete feature stories
PARKLAND – PLU Athletics will utilize its Tumblr page, “Beyond the Stat Sheet”, as a medium to feature various student-athletes in aspects of their lives beyond their respective sport. The blog replaces the previously posted student-athlete spotlights on golutes.com, allowing for more opportunity for creative content as opposed to an identical weekly questionnaire.

September 2, 2014
Capron and Mitsui claim Student-Athlete of the Week honors
PARKLAND -- The 2014-15 athletic seasons began over the weekend for Pacific Lutheran, and a pair of Lute athletes garnered Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors for their excellent performances.

August 28, 2014
PLU SAAC earns inaugural NCAA Div. III Diversity Spotlight Initiative honor
PARKLAND – The Pacific Lutheran Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has received notable recognition for its focus on inclusion recently, with the latest honor coming from the NCAA on Thursday when PLU was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative.

August 20, 2014
Lutes claim Northwest Conference academic honors
PARKLAND – Pacific Lutheran student-athletes Alan DenAdel and Joanna Griffiths claimed First-Team All-Northwest Conference Academic honors as the conference announced its Scholar-Athlete list for the 2013-14 seasons.

May 9, 2014
You Can Play video highlights SAAC’s social justice efforts
PARKLAND –Recently, Pacific Lutheran’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) joined the You Can Play movement with the release of a video featuring PLU student-athletes and their positive stance on inclusion regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. The You Can Play project is a nationwide initiative dedicated to ensuring equality and respect for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation. It seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

May 6, 2014
Top Lute achievements honored at Athletics Awards Dessert
PARKLAND – The Pacific Lutheran Athletic Department celebrated three Northwest Conference championships, a second-place finish in the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports trophy race and numerous student-athlete achievements during the 2013-14 seasons Sunday evening at the 44th Annual Athletics Awards Dessert in Olson Auditorium.

May 2, 2014
PLU earns second consecutive runner-up finish in NWC All-Sports race
HILLSBORO, Ore. – Tying for the most team championships, Pacific Lutheran University took second for the second consecutive year in the Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports trophy race.

April 10, 2014
PLU Athletics to host Youth Sports Clinic on May 3
PARKLAND – Pacific Lutheran Athletics will host a free Youth Sports Clinic on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in Olson Auditorium. The clinic is available to youth in grades first through sixth and will feature five breakout sessions that highlight a specific sport. In each session, PLU student-athletes will lead campers through a variety of practice drills and exercises.

March 28, 2014
PLU Men's Basketball set to take on Clydesdales in PLU vs. The Plow
Pacific Lutheran University’s men’s basketball team will pit manpower against horsepower April 12 as part of the inaugural PLU Vs. The Plow event at the Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm in Puyallup.

February 26, 2014
SAAC to host Athlete Ally founder and executive director Hudson Taylor
PARKLAND - Pacific Lutheran’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting Athlete Ally’s founder and executive director Hudson Taylor on Monday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Olson Auditorium. Taylor will be presenting on the topic of inclusion. His presentation is entitled, "Allyship: Becoming a Champion for Inclusion on Your Campus".

January 29, 2014
PLU Athletics, Congregation Relations to host Lutheran Family Night
PARKLAND – Pacific Lutheran University Athletics in collaboration with the Offices of Congregation Relations, Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Admission and Enrollment Services will present Lutheran Family Night on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the PLU men's and women's basketball games.

January 23, 2014
PLU student-athletes host Special Olympics basketball clinic
PARKLAND -- More than 30 Pacific Lutheran student-athletes worked together to host a Special Olympics basketball clinic as part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee community outreach efforts on Jan. 11 at Olson and Memorial Gymnasiums.

October 14, 2013
Reintroducing the Luteatics Student Rewards Program
Lutes! Are you looking for a way to get more involved on campus? Start by supporting your fellow Lutes as they take on competitors from all around the Northwest region! Be rewarded with Lute gear by coming out and cheering on PLU athletics.

July 23, 2013
80 Lutes Named to NWC Scholar-Athlete List
A total of 80 Pacific Lutheran University student-athletes, including eight from the women's tennis team, have earned Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete honors.

July 23, 2013
Scott Named PLU Director of Athletics Communications
Tyler Scott, a 2010 Pacific Lutheran University graduate, will return to his alma mater in early August as director of athletic communications.

July 22, 2013
PLU Night at the Rainiers: Join the Fun!
PLU Night at the Rainiers is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16, and alumni, students, parents, past parents, and friends of the university are invited to join in the fun and cheer on the Tacoma Rainiers against Colorado Springs.

July 16, 2013
Men's Rowing Reclassified to Club Sport Status
In an effort to strengthen its intercollegiate athletics program in the Northwest Conference (NWC) and at the NCAA Division III national level, Pacific Lutheran University announced today that it has reclassified men’s rowing from varsity to club sport status.

May 28, 2013
New Olson Auditorium Bleachers Nearly Installed
New bleachers are nearly installed in the upper level of Olson Auditorium.

May 16, 2013
PLU Places Second in NWC All-Sports Trophy Chase
Pacific Lutheran moved up one spot from last year to place second in the 2012-13 Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy standings.

May 7, 2013
Schilling, Hatlen Named Career Achievement Honorees
Cameron Schilling and Kaaren Hatlen received the Lute Career Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Pacific Lutheran University All-Sports Dessert held Sunday night in Olson Auditorium.

April 19, 2013
Kudos to golutes.com Sports Photographer Heather Perry
Congratulations are in order for Heather Perry, an award-winning Pacific Lutheran University student who has served as the primary photographer for golutes.com throughout the 2012-13 sports year.

January 31, 2013
PLU SAAC Hosts Tacoma Area Special Olympics Athletes
As part of the NCAA’s Division III partnership with the Special Olympics organization, PLU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently hosted Metro Parks Tacoma’s Special Olympics basketball programs for a weekend of events.

November 29, 2012
Pacific Lutheran in Fifth Place in NWC All-Sports Race
With the 2012 fall sports season in the record books, Pacific Lutheran holds down fifth place in the chase for the Northwest Conference's 2012-13 McIlroy-Lewis All Sports Trophy.

October 15, 2012
Pacific Lutheran's New Fields Dedicated
A crowd of several hundred were on hand Friday afternoon to view the dedication of Pacific Lutheran University's new synthetic turf and natural turf fields.

September 28, 2012
Class of 2012 Enters PLU Athletic Hall of Fame
A trio of Weeklys and two national championship softball teams entered the Pacific Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Fame today at a luncheon held in Chris Knutzen Hall.

August 30, 2012
Football, Women's Soccer Plan Weekend Scrimmages
If you haven't seen Pacific Lutheran's new synthetic athletic field, football and women's soccer scrimmages scheduled for this weekend will provide that opportunity.

August 24, 2012
Synthetic Field Seeing Plenty of Use
Pacific Lutheran's new synthetic turf field is seeing plenty of use with outdoor fall sports teams fully into their preseason practices.

August 13, 2012
Construction Projects Nearing Completion
As summer break winds to a close on the Pacific Lutheran University campus, so too does several major construction projects involving PLU athletic facilities.

July 25, 2012
Gluing and Sewing on the New Artificial Turf Field
Who would have known? The lines you will see on Pacific Lutheran University's new artificial turf field are, it turns out, glued into the field, and the sections of turf are sewn together.

July 10, 2012
See Progress on Athletic Fields Construction
Campus photographer John Froschauer has posted some new photos of the athletic fields construction currently underway on the Pacific Lutheran campus.

June 28, 2012
Gunther Joins PLU As Head Athletic Trainer
Aaron Gunther has been named head athletic trainer at Pacific Lutheran University by Director of Athletics Laurie Turner.

May 31, 2012
Construction Continues on New Athletic Fields
Construction of the new Pacific Lutheran University athletic fields started in late April and is moving along at a brisk pace.

May 8, 2012
PLU Announces 2012 All-Sports Award Winners
The 42nd annual Pacific Lutheran University All-Sports Dessert was held in last Sunday in Olson Auditorium to commemorate the achievements of several PLU athletes and teams during the 2011-12 academic year.

May 4, 2012
PLU Places Third in NWC All-Sports Trophy Race
Pacific Lutheran moved up one spot from last year's finish to place third in the 2011-12 Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy standings.

April 26, 2012
Student-Athletes to Represent PLU at NCAA Forum
Three Pacific Lutheran student-athletes have been selected to attend the 2012 NCAA Career in Sports Forum to be held June 7-10 in Indianapolis, Ind.

April 23, 2012
PLU Plans Second Annual Youth Sports Clinic Day
The Pacific Lutheran University athletic department will host its Second Annual Youth Sports Clinic on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The clinic, which is available to all children from first through sixth grades, will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

April 13, 2012
Ground Broken for New PLU Athletic Fields
Sunny weather warmed a crowd of several hundred individuals who gathered on Friday afternoon for the new Pacific Lutheran University athletic fields groundbreaking ceremony.

February 8, 2012
Spring Sports Athletes Gear Up For Seasons
Pacific Lutheran University photographer John Froschauer documented some recent softball, track & field and baseball practices as athletes from those teams prepare for their seasons.

January 15, 2012
Bad Weather Forces Cancellation of Pitching Clinic
Because of inclement weather and a forecast calling for more snowfall, the Pacific Lutheran softball pitching clinic scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.

October 14, 2011
2011 Athletic Hall of Fame Class Inducted
The Pacific Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed a national championship team, three athletes and a coach into the fold at a luncheon held Friday afternoon in Chris Knutzen Hall.

September 26, 2011
PLU Athletics Announces Canned Food Drive
Pacific Lutheran University Athletics would like to announce the "Can We Bring It" canned food drive taking place on Saturday, October 1. PLU will be competing against the University of Puget Sound to see which school can collect the most canned food.

September 16, 2011
PLU Athletics Announces Admission Charges For Home Games
Pacific Lutheran university Athletics will now charge admission for men's and women's soccer and volleyball matches. The revenue from this will now directly benefit the PLU athletic program.

September 10, 2011
Laurie Turner Inducted Into WSU Hall of Fame
Pacific Lutheran University athletic director Laurie Turner was inducted this weekend into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

August 18, 2011
PLU Athletic Department Unveils New Logo
The Pacific Lutheran University Lutes are proud to introduce the school’s new branded athletic identity.

August 4, 2011
Rice Named Strength & Conditioning Coach
Chris Rice has been named Strength & Conditioning coach and Names Fitness Center coordinator at Pacific Lutheran University, athletic director Laurie Turner announced today.

August 2, 2011
PLU Well Represented on Academic All-NWC List
Pacific Lutheran student-athletes were listed a total of 103 times on the recently released 2010-11 Academic All-Northwest Conference list.

June 14, 2011
Nicholson Retires, Tommerup Named Replacement
Tim Tommerup knows that he has pretty big shoes to fill, but he is excited to have that challenge as he takes over as head athletic trainer at Pacific Lutheran University.

May 24, 2011
Bremond, Davis Make Mark in Weight Room
Erin Bremond, a junior volleyball player, and Sammy Davis, a senior baseball player, have earned All-America recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

May 16, 2011
Hanna, McNeill Earn Lifetime Achievement Award
Beth Hanna, the most decorated player in Pacific Lutheran University volleyball history, and two-sport athlete Conor McNeill were honored with the Lute Career Achievement Award at the school's All-Sports Awards Dessert held Sunday night in Olson Auditorium.

May 2, 2011
PLU Ties for Fourth in NWC All-Sports Standings
Pacific Lutheran finished in a fourth-place tie with Willamette, more than 100 points behind first place Whitworth, in the 2010-11 Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All Sports Trophy standings.

April 15, 2011
Youth Sports Clinic April 16th, Sign-Up Here
On Saturday, April 16th PLU will be hosting its first Annual All-Sport Youth Clinic. The clinic will run from 9am-12pm, with check in starting at 8:30, and is available to all children in 1st-6th grade.

April 14, 2011
Gift for All-Purpose Field Primes Athletic Facilities Transformation
The transformation of PLU athletic and recreational facilities came a step closer to reality with a gift of $1 million for the construction of an all-weather, multipurpose athletic field on lower campus.

March 18, 2011
Unsung Heroes Get Softball Field Ready for Play
With the incredible amount of rain seen in the Northwest this winter, the Pacific Lutheran University softball team was able to play an important three-day, six-game series this past weekend because of the hard work of student workers.

February 23, 2011
Men's Lacrosse Wins Sportsmanship Award
Pacific Lutheran has earned the 2010 US Lacrosse James Ace Adams Sportsmanship Award as presented by the U.S. Lacrosse Men’s Game Collegiate Officials Committee.

December 23, 2010
Student Athlete Advisory Committee Wins Quigg Award
Pacific Lutheran's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has garnered a Quigg Award, which will allow SAAC to expand its campaign to make students more aware of the negative behaviors associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

December 8, 2010
The Votes Are In: Mascot's Name is Lancelute
After the tabulation of more than 500 votes, Lancelute was chosen as the name for the new Pacific Lutheran athletics mascot. The new name was unveiled last weekend at halftime of a PLU men's basketball game.

December 7, 2010
Former Lute Takes Skills To New Heights
Known for his trickery on the field, former Lute soccer player Andy Hyres has taken his skills all the way to the All-Armed Services team, representing the United States Army.

November 17, 2010
Lutes Tied For Fourth in All-Sports Race
Following the conclusion of the fall sports season, Pacific Lutheran is tied with the University of Puget Sound for fourth place in the Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy race.

October 21, 2010
Frosty to Receive Washingtonian of the Year Honor
Frosty Westering won plenty of awards during his outstanding football coaching career at Pacific Lutheran University, but the award he will receive on Friday night, Oct. 29, will be different from any he has previously earned.

August 31, 2010
89 PLU Student Athletes Earn NWC Academic Honors
A total of 89 Pacific Lutheran University athletes have earned recognition on the 2009-10 Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes list as announced by the conference office.

July 28, 2010
Athletic Department Welcomes New Hires
The PLU Athletic Department would like to welcome two new additions to the staff for the coming 2010-11 year, and welcoming back Jen Thomas to her new role in the department.

July 21, 2010
Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct 2010 Class
The 2010 Pacific Lutheran Athletic Hall of Fame class, consisting of three women's soccer national championship teams and three outstanding athletes who wore the black and gold, will be the 21st in the Hall’s history.

July 9, 2010
Lutes Earn All-NWC Scholar-Athlete Honors
Lute graduates Leif Hansen and Erin Siebert were named to the 2009-10 Al-Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team July 6.

June 17, 2010
Local Lutes Hit The Weights
Championships come through hard work and determination. Yet, this cannot come solely during the three or four month season in which our PLU athletes compete; it must be practiced continuously and year-round for any results to be seen on a high scale.

June 15, 2010
World Cup or NBA Finals?
The NBA Finals are driving to a close this week just in time for soccer players around the world to strap on their boots for the World Cup. Fans will gather together respectively for both events, but for different reasons.

May 25, 2010
PLU Women Win Ultimate Frisbee National Title
The Pacific Lutheran women's ultimate frisbee team won the first-ever Ultimate Players Association (UPA) Division III College Ultimate Championships on Sunday, defeating Swarthmore College, 11-8, in Appleton, Wis.

May 11, 2010
PLU Finishes Fifth in McIlroy-Lewis Trophy Race
For the seventh time in the past eight years, Pacific Lutheran finished fifth in the Northwest Conference's 2009-20 McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy standings.

May 5, 2010
Pacific Lutheran Honors 2009-10 Student-Athletes
Derek MacLean from the men’s soccer team and Kelcy Joynt from women’s volleyball both received the Lute Career Achievement Award on Sunday night at the 40th Annual Pacific Lutheran University All-Sports Dessert in Olson Auditorium.

August 7, 2009
Wood Named Outstanding Lifter at Summer Classic
Pacific Lutheran strength & conditioning coach Chris Wood won the Outstanding Lifter Award at the 2009 YWCA Summer Classic held on June 27.

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PLU Athletics hosts Youth Sports Clinic
PARKLAND – The PLU Department of Athletics hosted a fun-filled Youth Sports Clinic on Saturday, May 3 for children in grades one through six in the surrounding Parkland and Tacoma communities.