PREP SPORTS WRAP: TJ tennis dominates first two rounds of SPSL Tourney

Decatur volleyball players Kendall Jensen (left) and Alishia Wilson attempt to block a spike by Lakes
Decatur volleyball players Kendall Jensen (left) and Alishia Wilson attempt to block a spike by Lakes' Keilani Afalava during Wednesday night's SPSL 3A matchup at Decatur. No scores were reported.
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The South Puget Sound League Central Division champion Thomas Jefferson boys tennis team dominated the first two rounds of the SPSL Tournament, which was played Saturday at Auburn Riverside.

The Raiders tallied 12 team points during the first two rounds to double Federal Way and Auburn Riverside, who both have six. Jefferson had a total of three singles players advance into the SPSL crossover matches, which were scheduled for Monday at Kent-Meridian (after press time).

Kainoa Rosa dominated his second-round match, 6-0, 6-0, Vivek Ramanujan won  6-2, 6-2, and Jun Park won a three-setter over Beamer’s Jimmie Stone, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

The Raiders also had three doubles’ teams advance with second-round wins. Joe Lee and Alex Lee won 6-0, 6-1, Tyler Hamashima and Richard Ban picked up a 6-2, 6-4 victory, and Russell Stelzer and Zach Martin won 6-3, 6-3.

In other singles’ action, Federal Way’s Mitch Stewart dominated a Curtis player, 6-0, 6-0. As a freshman last year, Stewart lost in the Class 4A state title match. Beamer senior Joseph de la Cruz beat Auburn’s Stephan Borer, 6-1, 6-1, and Federal Way’s Alex Lewis beat Auburn Riverside’s Brett Davis, 6-1, 6-2.

The Raiders clinched another perfect season Thursday with a 4-1 win over Beamer. Jefferson (15-0 overall) also finished unbeaten last year to win the SPSL Central Division.

Girls Soccer

The Todd Beamer Titans (9-0-1) remained unbeaten in the SPSL South with a 3-0 win over Federal Way (2-6-1) Thursday afternoon at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The Titans tallied three goals in the second half, including a pair by junior Jenny Hoefel. Senior Jasmine Brilliante got the scoring going when she took a pass from Hoefel in the 60th minute to make it 1-0. Hoefel followed with goals in the 61st and 78th minutes. Meghan Graf picked up the shutout in goal for the Titans.

Jefferson (3-5-2) pulled out a 2-2 tie Thursday against the Kentridge Chargers on a pair of goals from  Lindsey Dahl. The senior has 13 goals on the season in 10 matches.


The Federal Way Eagles beat Decatur in a rugged, five-set, non-league contest on Oct. 3, 25-27, 25-18, 24-26, 28-26, 15-7. The Eagles were led by 21 assists, eight kills and four aces by Luaipou Lologo and 11 kills from Autisia Westerlund. Brittany Dike finished with nine kills and three blocks, Televise Lologo had 12 digs and Shirley Ili had 13 assists.


The Todd Beamer Titans and their head coach, Malcolm Neely, got the best of Thomas Jefferson and his wife, TJ head coach Wendy Neely. The Titans won 100-82 Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center.

Beamer won all three relays, including the first event of the night, the 200-yard medley relay. Beamer’s Michelle Rah, Leah Freeborn, Ryann Probstfield and Taylor Wintler in a blazing 2:03.78.

Rah also won the 100 butterfly in 1:03.12 and the 100 backstroke ion 1:03.43 and Wintler took the 50 free in 27.22 and 100 free in 1:02.04. Freeborn won the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.79 and the 500 free in 6:31.82 and Liz Wiley won diving with 156.10 points.


The Jefferson boys rolled over Beamer Thursday, 81-61, at Riverbend. The Raiders were led by the threesome of A.J. Seo, Ryan Hagen and Ean Van Bramer, who all shot matching 38s. Beamer’s Nate Smith also finished with a 38 for the Titans.

In their final match of the regular season, the Decatur Gators beat Bonney Lake at Twin Lakes Thursday, 81-54. Kaden Pigg earned medalist honors with a 38. Decatur’s Jacob Jones and Spencer Clapp both finished with 39s.

On the girls’ side, Federal Way lost to Auburn Riverside, 62-43. The Eagles’ Emily Victor earned medalist honors by shooting a 47 at Northshore.


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