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Title time: Beamer track teams finish unbeaten
For the second year in a row, the Todd Beamer Titans rolled through the South Puget Sound League South Division track and field seasons without a loss.
The Titan boys snared their second-straight SPSL South title Wednesday with an 87-48 win over Puyallup in their regular-season finale. Marty Fuller and Anthony Hogan both won a pair of individual events. Fuller won the shot put (54-1) and the discus (166-6) and Hogan took home first place in the 110-meter hurdles (16.1) and 300 hurdles (44.0).
The Beamer boys also got wins from Nico Cortez in the pole vault (10-0), Duran Ward in the 200 (22.6) and Tyrone Faulkner in the 400 (53.1). The Titans also won the 400 relay (43.3) and 1,600 relay (3:37.9).
The Beamer girls dominated Puyallup, 106.5-34.5, Wednesday to also finish 7-0 on the season. The Titans won all but one event during the meet.
Taylor Kartes, a state veteran, won three individual events. The sophomore finished first in the pole vault (7-6), 800 (2:27.18) and 1,600 (5:34.87).
The Titans got two wins each from Ashley Sandoval in the shot put (30-1) and discus (105-9), Irene Devera in the 100 hurdles (16.5) and 300 hurdles (48.5) and Mercedes Sullivan in the 100 (12.59) and 200 (26.46).
Other winners were Andrea Schneider in the high jump (4-6), Emma Cortes in the triple jump (32-8 1/2) and Krystal McCall in the 400 (1:03.37).
The track and field postseason kicks off May 7 and 9 at the SPSL Championships.
The Thomas Jefferson Raider softball team did the impossible Wednesday they beat the Kentlake Falcons.
The Raiders handed the Falcons their first loss of the season in Covington, 3-0. The win moved Jefferson to 10-3 in the South Puget Sound League North Division and into second place, behind Kentlake (12-1 in the North, 16-1 overall).
The Raiders will play in the SPSL Tournament on May 9-10 at the Service Fields in Kent. The top-five finishers from the North and South Divisions will vie for seedings into the West Central District Tournament.
Jefferson erupted for three runs in the top of the first inning and the pitching of Jessica Dickson made the lead stick. Dickson limited the high-powered Falcons offense to just seven hits.
The Raiders offense was led by catcher Christie Bruin. Bruin knocked in two runs in the first and finished 2-for-3. Senior Erin Fujita ended up 2-for-3 with a run and RBI and Sara Byrne was 2-for-4 with a run.
Jefferson also dominated Tahoma on Tuesday, 13-0, in five innings. Dickson limited the Bears (6-7) to just two hits. Bruin finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Byrne was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, Jayme Carbon finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Fujita ended up 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases.
The Todd Beamer Titans ended the regular season in second place in the SPSL South with a 16-10 win over Spanaway Lake Monday. The Titans finished 11-3 in the South. Puyallup won the league with a 12-2 record.
Beamer took on Tahoma last night at the SPSL Tournament (after press time) and will play again May 10 at the West Central District Tournament.
The Titans got huge offensive games from Carson Wolbert and Justin Lee against Spanaway Lake. Wolbert finished 3-for-4 with six RBIs, a double and a home run and Lee was 4-for-5 with four runs, a home run and a double.
Jefferson (10-4) ended up in third place in the North with a 5-1 win over Federal Way Tuesday. Both teams also played last night at the SPSL Tournament. Federal Way (8-6) took on Curtis in a loser-out game and the Raiders played Emerald Ridge in a seeding game to districts.
In Tuesdays game, TJ senior Taylor Stack limited the Eagles to just five hits and allowed only one run in the sixth. Andrew Jones threw the seventh inning to earn the save.
Jefferson tallied two runs in the second, two more in the fifth and a single run in the sixth. Derek Voigt finished 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org