PREP SPORTS WRAP: Beamer boys run by Garfield in non-leaguer, 65-63; FW sweeps Puyallup
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
December 5, 2011 · Updated 6:13 PM
The Todd Beamer Titans picked up a huge win Saturday night against the most storied boys basketball program in state history. The Titans (3-0 overall) downed the Garfield Bulldogs, 65-63, in a non-league game in Seattle.
Senior wing Thomas Rhodes led four Beamer players in double figures with 24 points. Sophomore Juwan Flowers finished with 13 and Luscious Brown and Trey Burch-Manning both added 11 points each.
Garfield has won the state championship a record 11 times and were also the runners-up five times.
The win over Garfield came a day after the Titans won their South Puget Sound League South Division opener over Emerald Ridge Friday in overtime, 66-65. Beamer had three players in double figures during the victory. Brown finished with 16 points, Rhodes had 15 and Flowers chipped in 14 points for the Titans.
Beamer jumped out to a 14-11 lead in the first quarter, but Emerald Ridge came back to tie the game at 25-25 at halftime. The game was back-and-forth during the second half before ending in a 59-59 tie at the end of regulation.
Federal Way — After an 0-2 trip to Vancouver last week, the Eagles opened their SPSL South season with an 87-51 blowout of Puyallup Friday night.
Federal Way had five players in double figures, led by 18 points from D'Londo Tucker. Sophomore DeeShawn Tucker finished with 16, Malik Montoya and Deonte Anderson both finished with 13 points and B.J. Blake had 12 for the Eagles, who led 48-29 at half.
Jefferson — The Raiders suffered a 66-53 loss to Kentridge Friday night at home in their SPSL North opener. Jefferson got a career-high 20 points from Jacob Thoreson and 14 from Daryon James during the contest. Kentridge led 28-17 at half.
Decatur — The Gators lost a non-leaguer to the Newport Knights Friday at Auburn Riverside, 55-49.
Decatur was up by four points midway through the fourth quarter, but couldn't stop Newport's post Isaac Dotson, who finished with 12 of his 26 points during the fourth.
"We were playing without our starting post Chris Castro and that hurt our ability to battle Dotson in the paint," said head coach Kevin Olson.
Decatur was led by 15 points from Jeff Bartley, 12 by Markus Rawls and nine from Dom Hunter.
Federal Way — The defending SPSL South champion Federal Way Eagles kicked off their 2011-12 league season with a 61-40 win over the Puyallup Vikings on the road.
Senior point guard Darah Huertas-Vining had a huge game for Federal Way. The returning first-team, all-leaguer finished the night with 26 points. Raven Benton finished with 14 for the Eagles. Benton is also a returning first-team, All-SPSL South pick.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 16-7 lead and held a 31-21 advantage at halftime. Federal Way used a 15-5 fourth quarter to put the game away.
Beamer — The Titans were beaten up by one of the better teams in the area Friday night. Emerald Ridge took a 19-3 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the SPSL South win in Puyallup.
The Jaguars got 23 points from Taylor Buie. Beamer () was led by the eight points of Megan Anderson and seven each from Meghan Graf and Liesa Young.
Jefferson — The Kentridge Chargers broke open a tied game at halftime by outscoring the Raiders 20-5 during the decisive third quarter. The Chargers cruised to a 56-43 SPSL North win Friday night in Kent.
Jefferson got 10 points from Jada Piper and nine from Christy Kullberg. Kentridge was led by the 15 points of Courtney Williams.
The Todd Beamer Titans were beaten up by the Curtis Vikings Thursday afternoon in their SPSL Central Division opener in University Place, 142-41.
The Titans picked up only two wins during the dual meet and both came from senior Dylan Chase. Chase blazed to a 22.45 in the 50-yard freestyle and swam a 50.59 in the 100 free.
The Decatur Gators finished in third place at the prestigious Timberline Wrestling Tournament Satuday in Lacey. Centralia won the team title with 196 points and Timberline was second with 172.5. There were a total of 16 teams wrestling in the tournament.
The Gators got a pair of second-place finishes from Nick Lindholm at 132 pounds and Nick Karis at 160. Lindholm lost to Timberline's Joshua Beam in the championship and Karis lost to Centralia's Preston Churchill in the final.
Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at email@example.com or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.