Todd Beamer tennis clinches SPSL title; Jefferson cross-country falls short

The Todd Beamer Titans clinched at least a share of the South Puget Sound League South Division championship with a pair of wins earlier this week. The Titans won a hard-fought match over Curtis on Monday, 3-2, and swept Graham-Kapowsin on Tuesday, 5-0.

The wins moved Beamer to 13-0 on the season with just one match to play against second-place Puyallup (12-1). The match was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed because of rain. A win over Puyallup would mean an outright South Division title, and a loss would mean sharing the championship with the Vikings.

“(The SPSL South) title has a lot of importance for me,” said senior No. 1 singles player Kyle Christensen. “It’s nice to end my last year on a good note. It means Beamer is keeping up a good tennis reputation in the league. We’ve been solid for the last couple years.”

Christensen won both his matches Monday and Wednesday in impressive fashion. The senior has lost only one match this season and beat John Turk on Monday, 6-0, 6-0, and beat Brady Morrison on Tuesday, 6-1, 6-0.

The tennis postseason kicks off Wednesday at Kent-Meridian High School for the North Division and at the Sprinker Tennis Center for the South. The tournament will run through Saturday with final matches being played at Sprinker with berths into the West Central District being decided. Districts will be played in the spring.

Cross country

For the first time in seven years, the Thomas Jefferson girls cross country teams can’t call themselves South Puget Sound League champions. The Raiders have claimed the past six SPSL division championships, but this year that title goes to the Tahoma Bears. The Bears finished the 2007 season with a perfect 7-0 record with a win over Kentlake Tuesday. Tahoma handed Jefferson their first SPSL loss in seven seasons earlier this season.

The Raiders did claim second place with a 6-1 record after sweeping away Federal Way and Decatur Tuesday. Jefferson downed Federal Way, 19-44, and Decatur, 15-50.

Camryn Patrick led a solid TJ contingent that had six of the top-seven finishers over the 2.75-mile course. Patrick finished two seconds ahead of Federal Way’s Jasmine Johnson in a time of 16:45. Jefferson’s Vanessa Bennum (16:53), Cassidy Robey (16:56), Lacey Printz (17:30), Rosemary Angeles (17:42) and Jody Baughman (17:54) finished third through seventh.

On the boys’ side, the Decatur Gators swept TJ and Federal Way to end their regular season with a 5-2 record. Tahoma won the North with a 7-0 record.

Justin Englund and Justin Helm again led the way for the Gators.

Englund outleaned Helm at the finish line as both runners finished the course in 14:04. Jefferson’s Jeff Baklund ended up third right behind the Decatur runners in 14:06. The threesome finished close to a minute in front of the fourth-place runner, Decatur’s Brock Lintlemann (15:00).

Next up is the SPSL sub-district meet at Spanaway Lake Park on Oct. 20.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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