Sports briefs: Federal Way athletes sign with community colleges

• Several recently-graduated seniors from Beamer, Federal Way, Decatur and Thomas Jefferson have signed to play sports at area community colleges recently.

In volleyball, Federal Way’s Monica McConnaughey will play at Lower Columbia and Beamer’s Allysa Adams and Rebekah Young will suit up at Highline. In softball, Beamer’s Riley Jewett-Chan will play at Highline. In baseball, Federal Way’s Austin Weber will play at Pierce, Decatur’s Zach Jacobs and Beamer’s Mac Gridley will play at Lower Columbia and Beamer’s Jeff Apigo will play at Skagit. In basketball, Federal Way’s Brittany Barrington will compete at Bellevue, Decatur’s Alexis Cole will play at Highline and Jefferson’s Keryn Knight will play at Green River. Beamer’s Jessica Sanchez will play soccer at Highline.

• Federal Way High School graduate Shane Elliot is a national champion. Elliot and the rest of his Oklahoma Wesleyan University baseball teammates won the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Conference World Series last month. Oklahoma Wesleyan beat North Greenville (S.C.) University in the best-of-three series in Mason, Ohio. Elliot, a junior outfielder, hit .266 with two doubles, one home run and 12 RBIs. Oklahoma Wesleyan finished 39-28 on the season.

• The Washington Premier F.C. Girls ‘95 squad has advanced to the United States Youth Soccer National President’s Cup. The tournament begins July 8 at Des Moines, Iowa. The team’s roster includes Decatur’s Sierra Shugarts and Gabriela Pelogi from the Federal Way Public Academy. Both are scheduled to graduate in 2014. WPFC earned the spot after rolling through the Region IV President’s Cup tournament in Utah last weekend. The team outscored its opponents 17-2, winning all six of its matches.

• Federal Way Public Schools is seeking nominees for the fourth Athletic Hall of Fame class. The district honors past employees who have made a major impact on the district’s athletic programs. Nominees will be evaluated on the following categories: a minimum of 10 years served in the district, no longer coaching or deceased, coached his/her sport for 30 years and has made a significant impact on the district’s or school’s athletic program.

The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the All-City Gymnastics Meet at Todd Beamer High School on Jan. 25, 2012. Each Hall of Fame member will receive a plaque and have his or her name inscribed on a special banner at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Nominating forms are available at Memorial Stadium, the Educational Service Center (ESC) or by contacting Greg Flynn at The deadline for nominations is Aug. 30.

• Qwest Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC, is now officially renamed CenturyLink Field. The announcement and unveiling of the new logo was Thursday. CenturyLink bought Qwest earlier this year.

“Although the name of this facility will change; the history, tradition and spirit of the 12th Man and the Sounders FC supporters will never change,” Seahawks, Sounders and FGI President Peter McLoughlin said.

Qwest Field was originally called Seahawks Stadium when it opened before the 2002 NFL season. It was renamed in 2004 when Qwest Communications bought the naming rights for $75 million for 15 years. The adjacent Qwest Field Event Center will be renamed as well.

• The Todd Beamer High School boys basketball team is hosting a summer camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 through June 30. The camp is for boys and girls entering second through 12th grade.

The camp will include individual fundamentals, passing, shooting, ball handling, rebounding, team strategies and work ethic. The camp is $85 per camper at the door.

For more information, contact Winston Bell at

• The Federal Way High School wrestling team will host their third annual wrestling camp from June 27 to July 1, from 9 a.m. to noon each day at Federal Way High School. The camp is for students 5 years old through middle school.

The cost is $70 per student with discounts given to families with multiple participants. Partial scholarships are available for families who qualify. All students who register on time will receive a camp T-shirt. Funds raised will support the Federal Way wrestling team. For more information, email Eagle head coach Travis Mango at



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