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Not a surprise: Titans capture SPSL South soccer title
The inevitable happened Tuesday night the Todd Beamer girls soccer team clinched the South Puget Sound League South Division championship. The Titans moved to 11-0-0 in the South and 13-0-0 overall with a 1-0 win over Rogers. Puyallup sits in second place with a 7-3-1 record and both teams have three matches remaining in the regular season.
Its the second year in the row that the Titans have captured the SPSL South championship. Beamer finished undefeated last year. The Titans have been more than dominating this season. Beamer has outscored opponents 57-2 and has eight players with more than one goal. Holland Crook leads the Titans with 14 goals and Brittany Orr has 13 and seven assists. Orr tallied the only goal of the night against Rogers in the first minute of play.
Beamers defense has been led by the play of goalkeeper Maia Kurnik, who has posted 11 shutouts.
It looks like Beamer will be taking on the Tahoma Bears in the SPSL Championship game, which will be played on Oct. 31. Tahoma leads the North Division with a 10-0-1 record.
Jefferson (6-1-4) remains in third place in the North with a 6-1-4 record after tying second-place Kentwood Tuesday, 1-1. Kentwood took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Abby Brauer in the ninth minute, but TJs Mallory Murray tied the game in the 35th minute with an unassisted goal.
Decatur (5-2-4) got back in the win column Tuesday night with a 2-0 win over Kentridge after a 4-0 loss to Kentwood last week. The Gators got a pair of second-half goals from Sarah Isaac and Kaelyn Kanesta got the shutout in goal.
For the first time since 1990, the Thomas Jefferson volleyball team will be playing in the postseason. The Raiders qualified for the South Puget Sound League Tournament with a 3-0 sweep of the Federal Way Eagles Wednesday night, 25-18, 25-19, 25-13.
The win improved Jefferson to 6-7 on the season and with only one match remaining on the schedule, the Raiders sit two wins in front of Kent-Meridian for the fifth and final berth from the North Division. The SPSL Tournament gets underway at Bethel High School on Oct. 27 with seeding into the West Central District Tournament on the line. All 10 teams playing will advance to the district tournament, which will be held Nov. 2-3.
Kentwood (13-0), Kentlake (10-3), Kentridge (9-4) and Tahoma (9-4) occupy the top-four spots in the SPSL North. The Raiders will play the fourth-place team from the SPSL South Division in their opening game Oct. 27.
Against Federal Way, the Raiders got 16 assists from Justine Beer, seven kills from Morgann Green, four aces from Tonya Johnson and six kills from Katelyn Nugent. The Eagles were led by 11 assists from Trisha Paulino and five kills from Marisa Ventura.
All six of the Raiders wins this season have come against three teams in the North Division two each over Kent-Meridian, Federal Way and Decatur. Jefferson takes on Tahoma Tuesday in their final regular season. Federal Way hosts Decatur.
Decaturs Stacey Blunt and Beamers Broc Johnson both sit in a tie for third place after the first rounds of the South Puget Sound League tournaments at the Gold Mountain Golf Course Wednesday afternoon.
Blunt sits just four strokes back of first-place Li Rui from Kentwood. Blunt fired a first-round 78 on the girls side. Johnson carded an opening-round 70 and sits five strokes back of Chris Cho from Kentridge.
The top-40 individual finishers after the first day will play again Tuesday at Gold Mountain with spots in the state tournament on the line. State will be played in the spring in Bellingham. The second-round was supposed to be played Thursday, but nasty weather caused the postponement.
On the girls side, Jeffersons Courtney Tappon fired an 86 (tie for 11th) and teammate Jayme Carbon shot an 88 (tie for 13th) to make the cut. Beamer will be represented in the second round by Kaylah Scott (91, tie for 17th) and Adriano Dulce (98, tie for 28th). Federal Way qualified Pichaya Promsatit (93, tie for 19th) and Kelsey Heyd (100, tie for 34th.
On the boys side, Jeffersons Keenan Darrow (73, ninth), Erik Jarvey (75, 12th), Brian Brown (76, tied for 13th), Kramer Thompson (77, tied for 15th), Sean Carroll (78, tied for 22nd) and Brent Brown (79, tied for 28th) all qualified for the second round. Also advancing were Beamers Tyler Collins (74, tied for 10th) and Decaturs Taylor Roberts (79, tied for 28th).
The Raider girls ended up seventh as a team with 626 strokes and Federal Way was seventh with 626. Kentridge won the SPSL title with 552 strokes. Decatur and Beamer didnt post a team score because they didnt have the required six players.
Jeffersons boys finished fourth with 471 strokes, Beamer was seventh with 489, Decatur was eighth with 494 strokes and Federal Way was 14th with 563. Kentwood won the league title with 453 strokes.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com