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Golden Gators: Decatur girls clinch SPSL Central golf crown
By CASEY OLSON
The Decatur girls golf team clinched the South Puget Sound League Central Division title Thursday with a 62-45 win over the Auburn Riverside Ravens at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club.
The victory ended the Gators regular season with an 11-1 record. Auburn finished second with two losses and the Thomas Jefferson girls finished with a 9-3 record.
The Gators were again led by Jenna Rochelle and Sidney Solomonson. Rochelle earned medalist honors with a 5-over par 40, followed closely by Solomonsons 43. The pair both played at the Class 4A State Championships last spring as sophomores.
State-qualifying berths will be on the line today at the SPSL Medalist Tournament. The top-17 individual finishers after the two-day tournament at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Gorst will earn invitations to state.
On the boys side, Jefferson finished up in second place in the Central with a 10-2 record. Auburn Riverside won the league at 11-1.
No Federal Way school district volleyball team will be making an appearance in the postseason. The SPSL South regular season ended Thursday.
Decatur finished with the best record of the four Federal Way schools at 4-6, which was good for a tie for sixth place with Curtis. Emerald Ridge won the league with a perfect 10-0 record. Jefferson finished 2-8, Beamer was 1-9 and Federal Way finished 0-10 in league play.
The race for the SPSL South championship is coming down to the wire for the Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team. The Raiders could have clinched the title last night (after press time) with a victory over the winless Spanaway Lake Sentinels. Jefferson entered the game with an 11-1-0 record and had already clinched a berth into the SPSL Playoffs on Nov. 2.
But the remaining three postseason spots are still up for grabs with four teams fighting for the berths with two regular season games remaining. Curtis leads the way with a 9-2-1 record, followed by Beamer (8-2-2), Emerald Ridge (8-2-2) and Federal Way (7-3-2). The top-four teams from the SPSL South advance and the regular season ends Friday.
Beamer and Federal Way also played a huge game last night. Beamer could have clinched a berth with a win over the Eagles. Federal Way, the defending SPSL South champions, would have to win its final two games and get some help to make the playoffs.
Jefferson moved to 11-1-0 with a 1-0 win over Rogers Thursday night. The Raiders got another goal from junior Mel Hicks on a pass from Brittany Creek and Ellen Yates and Liz Fitch combined on the shutout in goal. The goal was Hicks 14th on the season.
Decatur moved to 6-5-1 with a 6-0 victory over Spanaway Lake Thursday. Jolina Amarino and Jordann Gilmer both tallied two goals each.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com