Peg Loverin

If playing field hockey and basketball in college prepare you to become one of the greatest women's slowpitch players ever to step on a diamond in Tacoma, then Peg Loverin had the right training.

Loverin, a native of Hartford, Conn., and a 1967 graduate of Lakes High School, eventually ended up at Pacific Lutheran University where she was one of the school's top athletes. She played both field hockey and basketball three years and was named the school's Women of the Year in Sports in 1973, the same year that she graduated.

After graduating from high school, Loverin was bit by the slowpitch bug. She played two different stints totaling seven years with McKnight's Foods, and also saw action with Pizza Pete and New Frontier Lanes before finishing with B&I from 1976-81.

Loverin's list of slowpitch accomplishments is remarkable. She earned most valuable player or all-star honors in six tournaments in 1971 alone and helped Pizza Pete win the state title that year. She earned regional all-star honors playing for McKnight Foods or B&I from 1974-77, and in 1976 hit .585 at regionals and .500 at the national tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. In 1971, 1973 and 1976, she helped her teams finish either first or second at the regional tournament.

Loverin is a teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, and also runs a bed and breakfast.