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Harteau claims South title; Dicerson's 45 outscores Sentinels
By CASEY OLSON
Todd Beamer sophomore Vince Harteau made the most of his first appearance at the South Puget Sound League South Division Wrestling Tournament. Harteau won the 119-pound league championship Saturday at Emerald Ridge High School. As a freshman, Harteau was unable to participate in the postseason because of an injury.
Harteau will be one of 12 wrestlers from the Federal Way school district to qualify for Saturdays Regional Tournament at Inglemoor High School in Bothell, including seven from Beamer. The Region II Tournament will feature wrestlers from the KingCo League. The top-four placers in each weight class advance to the Mat Classic State Championships Feb. 17-18 inside the Tacoma Dome.
Harteau beat Bethels Kyle Willard in the final Saturday at Emerald Ridge with a take down in overtime. Harteau won the match 9-7.
Other district qualifiers were Beamers Tommy Fraychineaud (third at 103), Trevor Simpkin (fourth at 103), Corey Obungen (third at 125), Cole Bixenman (third at 152), Peyton Lane (second at 160) and Nick Koubele (second at 189), Federal Ways Trung Phan (fourth at 140) and Landon Steiger (fourth at 171), Decaturs Marcus Loera-Sanchez (third at 119) and Spencer Kabelac (fourth at 140) and Jeffersons Eric Nishimura (third at 135).
Regular-season champion Emerald Ridge won the team championship over Rogers and Puyallup
Federal Ways Salena Dickerson didnt need much help Saturday night. The Eagle senior outscored the Spanaway Lake Sentinels all by herself during a 72-43 win by Federal Way. Dickerson poured in a career-best 45 points to up her state-leading season average to 26.6 points a game.
The win moved the Eagles to 13-5 in the South Puget Sound League South Division and into a tie for second place behind 18-1 Bethel. The Eagles can assure themselves a berth into the West Central/Southwest District Tournament with wins in their final two regular season games. Federal Way hasnt played at districts since 1998.
The Eagles will be the only Federal Way girls basketball team in the postseason, however. Beamer (7-11), Jefferson (6-12) and Decatur (4-14) were eliminated from contention. The SPSL Tournament kicks off Feb. 16 at Puyallup High School.
Saturday, Dickerson hit five three-pointers, grabbed 10 rebounds and had eight steals against Spanaway Lake. Spanaway Lake (5-13) led 33-32 in the third quarter, but Dickerson keyed a big finish by Federal Way, scoring 16 in the fourth quarter.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com