Beamer's Smith commits to Oregon State gymnastics


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Todd Beamer High School senior Tasha Smith has signed a national letter of intent to compete on the Oregon State University gymnastics team, according to Beaver head coach Tanya Chaplin.

Smith, who doesn’t compete on the Beamer gymnastics team, took first place on floor exercise at the 2003 Junior Olympic Level 10 Championships. Smith’s floor title capped off a strong performance at the 2003 Junior Olympic meet, where she also tied for fourth on vault and ended up third in the all-around. In 2002, she placed second in the all-around at the Junior Olympic championships, tying for fourth on floor and taking fifth on bars and beam.

She was hampered with an ankle injury during the 2004 season, but still managed to qualify for nationals after placing fourth in the all-around at the Region 2 meet, where she won vault and floor. Smith works out at Gym Express under the direction of coaches Jeff and Linda Lutz and Dave Hart.

“Tasha is a dynamic gymnast and a strong competitor,” said Chaplin. “Her experience and success as a level 10 gymnast will allow her to immediately compete with the nations best.”

• The White River Valley Museum is hosting a program called They Wore What? from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The program will display the museum’s athletic clothing and equipment collection, including bathing suits, historic football equipment and a turn-of-the-century woman’s mountain climbing ensemble.

The museum is located in Auburn at Les Gove Park, 918 H St. SE. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. For more information, call (253) 288-7433 or visit www.wrvmuseum.

• Kezia Long of Pacific Lutheran University was named the Most Valuable Player at the Staples women’s basketball tournament, held last month at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

Long, a sophomore from Thomas Jefferson High School, scored 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the two games for the Lutes. She was 16-of-23 from the field (69.6 percent) and 5-for-8 from the free-throw line (.625). Long also had two assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

The Lutes lost to Montana Tech on Nov. 19, 63-61, then defeated Lewis-Clark State on Nov. 20, 91-86, in overtime. The two games were the first of the season for PLU.

• The Central Washington University women’s volleyball team’s perfect season ended last month with a four-game loss to Hawaii Pacific in the first round of the NCAA Division II Pacific Region quarterfinal in LaJolla, Calif. The loss ends Central’s season 26-1. Decatur graduate Christina Null had 12 kills for the Wildcats against Hawaii Pacific.

• Shaun Bodiford, a Federal Way High School grad, led the Portland State Vikings’ football team in catches during the 2004 season with 42 catches for 640 yards and five touchdowns. Portland State finished 7-4 in the Big Sky Conference.

Bodiford originally signed with Portland State out of Federal Way, but attended Butte Junior College in California for two seasons.

• The Federal Way Boys and Girls Club is enrolling for its Elementary Basketball/Sixth-grade Winter Hoops program, which is for boys and girls in grades 3 through 6. Teams are co-ed and formed from local elementary and middle school areas. The season runs from Jan. 17 through March 18. Games are played in the surrounding Federal Way area schools as well as the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club. The program costs $55 and $60 for sixth graders — plus a $20 club membership fee.

They are also looking for basketball coaches.

For more information, contact Dolan Holt or Kyle Nearhood at (253) 941-2722 or email or

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• The Federal Way YMCA is now enrolling for the winter sports season, which kickoffs in January. The winter lineup includes, indoor/arena soccer Ages 3 to 10, youth basketball ages 6 to 11, girls and boys travel basketball ages 12 to 14, open dodge ball night on December 1 for ages 11 to 13 and U-League Team Soccer ages 7 to 9. Registration deadlines vary, but sign ups are online at

Volunteer coaches are still needed for the winter. If interested to volunteer or for more sports information, contact Sean Stolte at (253) 838-4708 or email at

• The Seattle Sounders have been relegated to a restructured USL First Division, which eliminates the old A-League name used since 1995, in a new two-tier format adopted by the umbrella United Soccer Leagues.

The Sounders will play a 28-game schedule that includes home-and-away matches against each division rival, supplemented by additional rivalry games.

The USL First Division is officially capped at 16 teams, with 12 to compete next year, including the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. Six teams will make the playoffs, and overtime will not be used in the regular season but will be used in the postseason.

Send Sports Briefs to or call sports editor Casey Olson at 925-5565.

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