TACOMA, Washington – Puget Sound's Most Outstanding Student-Athletes of the 2018-19 year were honored by the Tacoma Athletic Commission at Tower Lanes Thursday afternoon.
AJ Johnson (football, basketball, track & field) and Jamie Lange (soccer, basketball) were celebrated for their athletic prowess. Johnson received Puget Sound's Ben Cheney Award, and Jamie Lange is a recipient of the Alice Bond 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. 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.
Johnson 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.
Lange 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.