Dick Hannula Amateur Athlete of the Year-Detail

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Dick Hannula Amateur Athlete of the Year-Detail
Dick Hannula Amateur Athlete of the Year-Detail

Jamie Lange
Sumner High School / University of Puget Sound

    By Nick Dawson

    Being a two-sport athlete in college is rare, and it is significantly more infrequent to be a standout in more than one.
    At the NCAA Division I level, names like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson - both accomplished professional football and baseball players - come quickly to mind. But even those two take us back at least a couple of decades.
    Dual-sport athletes at the NCAA Division III level are a more common occurrence, but even at that level to be accomplished enough to set records and earn postseason accolades in two sports is unusual.
    Not so unusual, however, for University of Puget Sound soccer and basketball standout Jamie Lange. Her success on the field and the court makes her a slam dunk as the 2019 Dick Hannula Female Amateur Athlete of the Year.
    Lange was an accomplished student-athlete at Sumner High School before matriculating to Puget Sound, where she has compiled a long list of awards and other honors.
    The 6-0 junior center had her second consecutive stellar season for the Logger basketball team in 2018-19. Lange averaged 17.1 points and a league-leading 11.6 rebounds in earning Northwest Conference Player of the Year accolades, in addition to being named to the all-conference first team for the second consecutive season. She was at the center of the team's 19-6 overall record, including a 12-4 mark and a third-place finish in the very competitive Northwest Conference.
    The postseason honors continued to flow in when she received D3hoops.com All-West Region first team honors. Jamie was also named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year at UPS for 2018-19.
    During the season, Lange eclipsed 1,000 career points, and with 1,150 through three seasons should finish in the Top 5 should she continue at her current pace. A lot of that scoring came as a result of a .521 career shooting percentage, a mark that puts her second on the Puget Sound career list.
    Fifth on the program's all-time rebounding list with 787, Jamie is easily on pace to move to the top of the list by the time she's finished at the Tacoma school.
    None of that is surprising considering Lange's long frame and athletic low post presence on a basketball floor, but some might be surprised to see how effective she is between the pipes for the Puget Sound women's soccer team.
    In each of the past two seasons she has earned the coaches' nod as Northwest Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year while leading the Loggers to a share of the 2018 conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.
    Jamie finished second in the conference in 2018 with 132 saves and a .892 save percentage while compiling a 0.74 goals against average and seven shutouts. Her outstanding junior campaign was built on the foundation of a sophomore season where she truly shone for the first time at the collegiate level. Her 0.57 goals against average, eight individual shutouts and three shared shutouts was outstanding by any standard for one of the top regional powers in NCAA Division III women's soccer.
    Following the conclusion of the season, Lange's success in the classroom was rewarded when the exercise science major was selected to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women's Scholar All-West Region second team.
    Already one of the greatest two-sport athletes in University of Puget Sound athletics history, Jamie is poised to leave an indelible and nearly unmatched mark as a Logger.
    Dick Hannula Amateur Athlete of the Year-Detail
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