June 6 Roast to Honor Foreman's 50-Year Career

Where would Seattle Pacific University athletics be today without the contributions of Ken Foreman? Whether helping to build Royal Brougham Pavilion, numerous varsity programs, or the lives of his athletes, the SPU head track and field coach has been on the Falcon front lines for five decades.

On the evening of June 6, the Seattle Pacific community will join others from throughout the sports world in celebrating Foreman's 50 years as a coach, administrator, and leading activist for women's athletics. Tickets for the dinner and roast at the Harbor Club Bellevue, priced at $50 per plate, are available by calling 206/281-2085. For more information about the event, consult the Athletic Department web site at http://www.spu.edu/depts/athletics/.

The University is also accepting greetings and photos to be placed in a Memory Book for Foreman, and contributions to the Ken Foreman Pursuit of Excellence Endowment benefiting track and field athletes at SPU. Items should be addressed to the Athletic Department, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington 98119.

Men's Team Shocks Defending Champions In the final analysis, they didn't realize their dream of making the Elite Eight, but the 1997-98 Seattle Pacific University men's basketball team won't be forgotten. The Falcons beat both the nation's No. 1 and No. 11 teams on consecutive nights in the NCAA Division II West Regional semi-finals. Denied a true Cinderella scenario by No. 8 UC Davis in the championship game March 7, SPU finished the season with an 18-12 record.

Going into the regional, the Falcons had arguably the worst draw of any team in the entire 48-team field. As the sixth seed, they faced the nation's top offense and No. 11-ranked Montana State Billings in the first round. Awaiting the winner was the top-ranked team in the country, and defending champion Cal State Bakersfield. Both apparently underestimated the Falcon team.

SPU jumped on top of Billings early, and then pulled away in the second half to win 82-64 over their Pacific West Conference nemesis. The next night, Seattle Pacific played dogged defense in downing the Bakersfield Roadrunners and denying them a third straight trip to the Elite Eight, 62-60.

In the West Regional final for the third time in four years, the Falcons found themselves playing the home team before a raucous crowd. UC Davis, which had not beaten an SPU team in seven previous tries, throttled Seattle Pacific with its defense from the outset. The Falcons, playing their third game in as many nights, could not rally. The Aggies won their 19th straight, 80-52, and advanced to Louisville, where they proceeded to win the national championship.

Named to the all-tournament team were SPU forward Jeff McBroom and center Chuck Carter. McBroom was also named first team all-Pacific West by the coaches, while Ryan Sowards made the second team. Carter and Ajene Robertson received honorable mention.

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