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"Local athletes excelling in collegeAs the Boise State football team beat the University of Texas El Paso in the Humanitarian Bowl, former Decatur standout Wes Nurse got into the action with five tackles in the game. Nurse finished the season with 31 tackles, including five for a loss of a total of 21 yards. He also had an interception return for 32 yards. Decatur graduate Kevin Lowsma, who did not play in the bowl game, played in six games this year for the Broncos and finished the season with three receptions for 15 yards. Federal Way High School graduate Jamie Minkler, a junior playing soccer at the University of New Mexico, also had a big year. Minkler, a defender, started every game and was named Most Valuable Player on her team. She was also named to the Mountain West Conference, second team, scoring her first career goal and an assist this season. Minkler is a business and marketing major with a 3.8 grade point average, which earned her All-Academic Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference honors. On the basketball court, former Federal Way High School teammates Jodie Kaczor and Ruth Taylor are teaming up again, this time for Western Washington University. Kaczor is averaging more than 10 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. Taylor is averaging nine points and five rebounds per game for the Vikings, who are 6-3 and ranked 21st in the NCAA Division II Top 25 poll. Ski and snowboardSki and snowboard lessons through Pierce County Parks and Recreation at Snoqualmie Summit on Sundays for all ages run Jan. 28 through Feb. 11. Bus transportation is available with pick-ups in Federal Way, Tacoma, Puyallup and South Hill. Cost is $90 for six lessons and transportation, does not include cost of lift tickets. Call: (253) 798-4739.Fun RunThe Federal Way Track Club is hosting a 2-mile fun run at 9 a.m. on Jan. 27. The run starts at the main parking lot located at the center of Celebration Park (South 324th and 13th Ave South in Federal Way) The course for the run is an out and back loop on the BPA Trail. The run is open to all ages at a cost of $5 per entry. Shirts are available for an additional $10. Money raised goes to the Federal Way Track Club, a non-profit youth track and field program. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the central parking lot. For more information, call Darryl Genest at (253) 839-4964.YMCA sportsRegistration is still open for YMCA Winter Youth Sports season at the Federal Way Norman Center. Leagues are open to boys and girls from the age of 3 through adult. The season runs Jan. 15 through March 23. The Federal Way Norman Center YMCA is at 33250 21st Ave. S.W. For details, to volunteer or to register, call (253) 838-4708.Saturday, Jan. 6Gymnastics: Port Angeles InvitationalWrestling, Jefferson at Decatur InviteTuesday, Jan. 9Boys Basketball: Federal Way at Decatur, Jefferson at Curtis (both 7:30 p.m.)Girls Basketball: Decatur at Federal Way, Curtis at Jefferson (both 7:30 p.m.)Boys Swimming/Diving: Rogers at Federal Way, Jefferson at Decatur (Time: TBA)Wednesday, Jan. 10Gymnastics: Decatur, Kentridge, Emerald Ridge at Auburn; Kent Meridian, Rogers, Capital at Jefferson (both 7 p.m.)Wrestling: Jefferson at Decatur, Emerald Ridge at Federal Way (both 7:30 p.m.)Thursday, Jan. 11Boys Swimming/Diving: Rogers at Jefferson, Decatur at Puyallup, Federal Way bye (Time: TBA)Gymnastics: Federal Way Kentwood at Puyallup (7 p.m.)Wrestling: Spanaway Lake at Jefferson, Federal Way at Curtis, Decatur at Emerald Ridge (all 7:30 p.m.) "