District tourney up next for tennis players — in the spring

The Federal Way school district will be well-represented at the West Central District Boys Tennis Tournament in the spring.

The South Puget Sound League South Division champion Todd Beamer Titans ended up second in the team standings during last week’s SPSL sub-district tournament at the Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway. Kentridge won the league title with 42 team points, compared to 30 by the Titans. Jefferson ended up sixth, Federal Way seventh and Decatur tied for 12th.

A total of 14 players from the four Federal Way high schools qualified for May’s West Central District Tournament.

A pair of Federal Way singles players finished in the top-six at the SPSL Tournament. Todd Beamer senior Kyle Christensen ended up third after beating Kentridge’s Matt Overland in the third/fifth match Saturday in an exciting three-setter, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Federal Way’s Jake Stewart ended up sixth after losing to Kentridge’s Garrett Ballou in the fourth/sixth match, 6-0, 6-0.

Christensen rolled into the semifinals after beating Puyallup’s Michael Pinkard in the quarters, 6-2, 6-2. But Puyallup’s Scott Sullivan earned a berth in the championship with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Christensen in one semifinal.

Stewart had to fight through the loser’s bracket to earn the berth to districts, winning three-straight, three-set matches before the loss to Ballou.

On the doubles’ side, Jefferson and Beamer will bring a pair of teams to districts. Joe Lee and Branden Muraki finished third and Derek Moore and Makoa Rosa ended up sixth for TJ. Beamer’s Sean O’Bryan and Corey Zalewski finished fourth and Mike Johnson and Chase Friedrich ended up seventh.

Lee and Muraki beat O’Bryan and Zalewski in the third/fifth match Saturday, 6-2, 6-2. Both teams lost in the semifinals with O’Bryan and Zalewski dropping a three-setter to the Emerald Ridge team of Greg Medlock and Tony Rowley, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Federal Way’s Brian Shaw and Max Ward finished eighth and Decatur’s Alex Khudoliy and John An were ninth.

Girls Swimming

The Todd Beamer girls swimming team was more than impressive Saturday at the South Puget Sound League championship meet at Rogers High School. The Titans brought home six titles, including two individual wins from Eryn Murphy.

Murphy cemented her status as the best sprint-distance freestyler in the league with impressive swims in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Murphy won both races in automatic state-qualifying times. In the 50, she swam a 25.57 and won the 100 in 55.78.

Beamer’s other individual wins came from Jessica Soria in the 100 butterfly in a state-qualifying time of 1:00.18 and Rachel Kim in the 100 backstroke, also in a state-qualifying time of 1:00.42.

Beamer also won a pair of relays on Saturday. The Titans swam a 1:54.87 to beat Kentridge in the 200 medley relay and carded a 1:43.57 to win the 200 free relay over second-place Federal Way (1:47.48).

Decatur also picked up a pair of individual titles at Rogers. Katie Matulic won the 200 individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 2:11.53 and Angela Hanson led a Federal Way school district sweep in diving with 289.05 points. Beamer’s Laura Schrader finished second with 284.40 and Decatur’s Jacqueline Robinson-Hamm was third with 258.00 points.

The West Central District Meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Rogers High School and the state meet will be Nov. 9-10 at the King County Aquatic Center.

Girls Soccer

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders moved into second place in the North Division with an impressive 2-0 win over Decatur Thursday. The victory moved the Raiders to 7-1-4 and sit only behind the 10-0-1 Tahoma Bears with two matches remaining in the regular season. The loss dropped Decatur to 5-3-4 in the North – good for fourth place.

Jefferson got a quick goal from Sara Byrne in the first minute of action at Federal Way Memorial Stadium on a pass from Amy Pate. Pate tallied the second goal of the game in the 61st minute on an assist from Victoria Walsh. Megan Hilby picked up the shutout in net for the Raiders.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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