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PREP SPORTS WRAP: Beamer cross country finishes impressively at SPSL Championships
The Todd Beamer cross country team had a strong showing at the South Puget Sound League Championship Meet Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park.
The Titan girls finished up in fourth place in the overall standings and the Beamer boys were sixth.
Ashley Mason led the way for the Titan girls with a seventh-place individual finish at the 16-team meet. Mason completed the 5-kilometer course in 19:26.60.
Mount Rainier's Jordan McPhee, the defending 4A state champion, easily won the girls' race in a time of 18:01.90. Tahoma's Delaney Tiernan was second in 18:36.00. Tahoma ran away with the team title with 26 points. Auburn Riverside was second with 126 points. Jefferson finished eighth (203) and Federal Way was 13th (355).
On the boys' side, Beamer got top-25 individual finishes from Haftom Tafere, Austin Jex and Blake Hansen. Tafare ended up 11th overall (16:27.0), Jex was 13th (16:31.4) and Hansen was 24th (16:55.8).
Jefferson was ninth overall as a team and Federal Way finished 12th. The Raiders were led by Yohan Gebrehiwet in 30th place and Tremaine Rambo led the Eagles with a 17th place finish in 16:41.9.
In the Class 3A SPSL Meet, both the Decatur girls and boys finished in eighth place. The Gator boys were led by a 19th-place finish from Kaden Lusink and the girls got a 22nd-place finish from Emma Dalin.
Next up is the humungous Westside Classic District Meet at American Lake Park on Saturday. The meet will feature nine different races from the 1B classification to 4A.
In the Class 4A races, the top-eight teams and the top-40 individual finishers advance to the state meet. In 3A action, the top-five teams and the top-25 individuals will run at state.
The meet kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with the Class 3A boys race. The 4A boys follow at 11 a.m., the 3A girls race at 12:05 p.m. and the 4A girls follow at 12:35 p.m.
Jefferson — The Raiders picked up their first SPSL North win Thursday night over Mount Rainier, 27-25, 25-21, 25-21. Jefferson (1-6 SPSL, 2-9 overall) got 12 kills and 10 digs from Mackenzie Mowry and five kills and 20 assists from Leone Tanielu.
The Raiders also got solid games from Kelsie Desh (10 kills), Vanessa Dannels (12 digs), Allison Pham (10 digs), Ruby Boyzo (14 digs, 4 aces) and Grace Kim (12 digs).
Beamer — The Titans (1-7 SPSL South, 4-9 overall) picked up their first SPSL South win Tuesday over Federal Way, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17. Sophie Miller finished with eight kills and 60 assists and Megan Huff had 26 kills and four aces. Chloe Mensching had 16 kills and three aces.
Thursday the Titans lost another tough, five-game match to the Bethel Braves, 25-15, 25-16, 18-25, 23-25, 15-12. The Titans were led by 22 kills and 18 digs from Huff, 51 assists from Miller and 11 kills and 12 digs from Tatiana Dixon.
Federal Way — The Eagles were swept by Spanaway Lake Thursday, 25-23, 25-15, 25-21. Federal Way (0-7, 4-11) got five kills, 10 assists and three aces, five kills and three blocks from Vai Ili and 11 digs from Vaimana Taumoepeau.
Federal Way — The Eagles (7-2-6) fell into fourth place in the SPSL South with a 3-1 loss to first-place Puyallup Tuesday.
The Vikings (13-1-1) got goals from Lindsay Hansen, Jessica Udovich and Allison Shelton. Federal Way's lone goal came from Gabriela Pelogi.
The Eagles got a 1-0 win over Rogers Thursday. The only goal of the game came from Pelogi on a pass from Sydney Slagg. University of Washington-bound goalkeeper Sarah Shimer picked up the shut out in net for Federal Way.
Beamer — The Titans got two goals each from Megan Anderson and Kiele Bowman during a 5-1 win over Spanaway Lake Thursday. The win moved Beamer to 6-5-3 in the SPSL South, which is good for sixth place. Jenny Hoefel had the other goal.
The Titans lost to Rogers Tuesday, 2-1. Hoefel tallied the only goal of the game for Beamer.
Decatur — The Gators were shut out by Auburn Mountainview Thursday, 4-0, and Enumclaw Tuesday, 1-0 in SPSL 3A action at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Emilee Gordon finished with a hat trick for Auburn Mountainview. The losses dropped Decatur to 1-8-0 in the SPSL 3A and 1-11-0 overall.
Jefferson — The Raiders lost to Auburn Riverside, 2-0, Thursday and to Mount Rainier, 2-0, Tuesday to fall to 2-13-1 in the SPSL North.