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Jefferson soccer hands Decatur its first loss this year
By CASEY OLSON
The defending state champs handed the Decatur Gators their first loss of the season Friday night. The Thomas Jefferson Raiders downed Decatur, 2-1, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The win moved TJ to 4-2-1 in the SPSL South and dropped the Gators to 5-1-0.
Ron Tomyn tallied the game winner Friday to break a 1-1 tie. The senior volleyed in a pass from Tyler Hanson in the 63rd minute. The Raiders other goal was scored by Stuart Beckman in the 38th minute. Decaturs lone goal came from Dominic Dedaj in the 19th minute.
The Todd Beamer Titans took control of the SPSL South with a 5-2 win over the Curtis Vikings Thursday afternoon. The win moved the Titans to 14-3 and one game up on Puyallup (13-4) and Jefferson (12-4).
Beamer is trying to win its second SPSL South title in a row. The Titans tied with Curtis for the championship last year. Beamer played a huge game last night (after press time) against Puyallup and ends the season with games against Graham-Kapowsin tomorrow and at home against Decatur Friday.
Beamer picked up a complete game from junior Dustin Martin, who scattered five hits. Curtis scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning. Martin also finished 3-for-3 at the plate.
Jefferson dropped out of a first-place tie with a 14-8 loss to Puyallup Friday night. The Raiders came out with three runs in the top of the first inning, but the Vikings battled back to score the next seven and take control of the game. Travis Warnock finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
The young and inexperienced Federal Way Eagles jumped right back into the postseason hunt in the SPSL South with a 5-4 win over Bethel Thursday. The Eagles (9-7) moved into fourth place.
Federal Way broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the top of the seventh. Cory Nystrom picked up the win on the mound and Davis Johnson finished 2-for-4 with a triple and a run.
Jefferson and Beamer both remained in the postseason hunt by splitting games last week.
The Raiders split a double header with Puyallup on Friday, winning 7-2 and losing a 10-inning heart-breaker, 4-3. Jefferson sits 10-5 in the SPSL South, good for third place.
The Titans moved to 8-7 after a 3-2 extra-inning win over Curtis Thursday and a 10-0 loss to first-place Rogers Friday. Against Curtis, Beamer tallied a run in the top of the ninth inning. Jade Clare finished 3-for-5 with a triple, Kelsi Messling was 2-for-5 with a double and Nicole Peterson finished 2-for-4 with a double.
The TJ girls remained unbeaten in the SPSL with an 82-59 win over Auburn on Thursday.
The Raiders got double wins from Sofia Malamura in the shot put (36 feet, 2 inches) and the discus (101-4) and Stephanie Cox in the 100 hurdles (17.9) and 300 hurdles (51.4).
The win over Auburn leaves TJ with two meets remaining in the regular season. The Raiders will take on Decatur tomorrow and will end the season against fellow unbeaten, Beamer, on May 4. Beamer takes on the one-loss Federal Way Eagles tomorrow.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com