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Tracking the grads

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Stony Brook University’s magical soccer season came to an end as the Seawolves suffered a 2-0 loss to eighth-ranked Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA College Cup at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, the Seawolves end their season at 13-5-4, while Connecticut improved to 16-3-1 and advance to the third round. Decatur grad Zach Norwood plays defense for Stony Brook.

“It was a great experience for us to compete with a team of such quality as UConn,” said head coach Cesar Markovic. “Our team came out and battled. It was not our best day, but we played hard and had opportunities to tie the game late, but just couldn’t get it done.”

It was Stony Brook’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Joon Yoom — The Decatur graduate is currently swimming at the University of Southern California. Yoom recently finished up in fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke in a dual meet with Arizona State on Nov. 19. He finished 13th at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships in the 100 breaststroke.

Morris Anderson and Londen Carter — The Federal Way High School grads are currently playing basketball at Highline Community College. The Thunderbirds opened their season last Saturday against North Idaho.

Christine Kim — The Federal Way grad is in her sophomore year on the Highline Community College basketball team. Kim, a guard, had 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and seven steals in a 95-82 win over Portland CC last week.

Ashley Cavalieri — The Decatur grad is playing basketball at Highline CC. Cavalieri had 14 points and two steals in a win over Portland CC.

Kristen Woller — After playing basketball at Clark College, the TJ grad is currently at Cascade College in Portland. Woller had 10 points and six rebounds in a 79-62 loss to Northwest Christian College on Nov. 22.

Matt Diotte — The former TJ swimmer is the best sprinter on the University of Denver team. Last year, Diotte tallied four first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 frees. He posted fifth-place finishes in the events at the Sun Belt Conference Championships and earned the conference’s Performer of the Week honors on Nov. 2.

Sandy Hong — The former state champion swimmer at Decatur is one of nine returning Pac-10 scorers for the Oregon State swim team. Hong is in the all-time top-10 lists at OSU in the 1,000 free, 500 free, 1,650 free and 200 free. She placed 12th at last year’s Pac-10 Championships in the 1,650 free.

Virgil Matthews — The Federal Way grad has started all three games for the University of Montana basketball team. The senior guard is averaging 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the Grizzlies. Montana is currently 2-1 after playing at the NCAA Tournament a season ago.

Niko Nunogawa — The Decatur graduate is playing his senior year on the Saint Martin’s basketball team. Nunogawa, a 6-foot-9 forward, was an all-league performer a season ago. Currently, he is averaging 16 points and five rebounds a game for the 1-2 Saints.

Ben Henderson — The Decatur grad is wrestling for No. 2-ranked Dana College. Henderson is the starting 157-pounder for the Vikings. He finished second at the Central Missouri State Open. Henderson lost to Alex Tirapelle of the University of Illinois in the championship. Tirapelle was the NCAA national runner up in 2003.

Kyle Bressler — The two-time state champion at Decatur has earned a starting spot on the Oregon State University wrestling team as a 184-pounder.

Christina Hussong — The former Decatur state diving champion is back for her senior year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Hussong has the third-best scores in SMU history in the 1- and 3-meter disciplines. She participated in the Western Athletic Conference Championships.

Kezia Long — Former TJ basketball player Kezia Long is playing at Pacific Lutheran University. Long has played in one game for the 3-1 Lutes and had an impressive 13 points and 13 rebounds in an overtime victory over Warner Pacific.

Anwar Asadi — The freshman forward is playing at Green River Community College. Asadi, who graduated from Federal Way High School after playing two years at Decatur, is currently starting for the Gators. Asadi is currently the Gators leading rebounder and had 11 points in a season-opening loss to Bellevue Community College.

Marcus Wright — The Federal Way grad is coming of the bench for Green River. Wright had four points, three rebounds and four assists in a Nov. 19 game against Bellevue.

Elon Langston — The Federal Way grad is currently starting on the Green River basketball team as a point guard. Langston had five points three rebounds and two assists in the Gators’ opener against Bellevue CC.

Brandon Keeler — The Federal Way grad had another solid season for the Eastern Washington University football team. The strong safety had 62 total tackles and one interception for the Eagles. Eastern lost in the first round of the Division I-AA Playoffs Saturday to Northern Iowa to end the season 7-5. They tied for the Big Sky Conference championship. Keeler is a junior.

Anthony Dotson — The Federal Way grad played in 11 games for Eastern this season as a defensive back. Dotson had seven tackles. Dotson is a sophomore.

Lance Witherspoon — The Decatur grad played nine games on the defensive line for the Eastern Washington football team. Witherspoon, a sopohomore, had 10 solo tackles and one sack.

Tracking the Grads appears periodically in the Mirror. If we missed someone, email sports@fedwaymirror.com.

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