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Beamer girls net first SPSL South tennis championship
By CASEY OLSON
The Todd Beamer Titans wrapped up their first-ever South Puget Sound League South Division girls tennis championship Monday with a solid 3-2 victory over Emerald Ridge.
I am very proud of my team, said head coach Jeff Richards. They worked hard all year and it paid off. The girls were very excited to win the schools first tennis league title. They earned it. With each match we played you could see their confidence growing.
The win ended the Titans regular season with a 13-1 record in league play. Their only loss came April 4 to rival Thomas Jefferson, who finished in second place at 12-2.
Beamer swept all three doubles matches Monday against Emerald Ridge. The Titans fell behind early after losing both of the singles matches. Beamers No. 1 player, Megan Havili, dropped her first match of the season to Alyssa Ferry, 6-3, 6-2 and Emerald Ridges Jillian Ball downed Brianne Elmquist at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2.
But the Titans rolled back in the three doubles matches, including a three-set win by Sam Bowman and Thayer Nielsen at No. 2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Next up will be the SPSL Tournament, which kicks off Thursday at Auburn, Kent-Meridian and the Sprinker Rec Center in Tacoma.
Jefferson finished up with a 12-2 record after beating Curtis and Graham-Kapowsin in its final two matches of the regular season.
The individual highlight came from Corrina Fabre. The senior set an all-time TJ tennis record with her 45th league victory during her four-year career on Friday with a three-set win over Curtis Sammie Teigen, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The previous record was held by Carol Chang, who won the state doubles championship during her career. Chang graduated in 1999.
The TJ doubles team of Claudia Miernowski and Sarah Lee also finished their careers as the all-time leaders at Jefferson in doubles victories with a 28-4 overall record together.
Decatur head coach Steve Escames regular-season coaching career also came to an end Monday with a 3-2 Gators win over Spanaway Lake. In 30-plus years of coaching both boys and girls tennis, Escame has racked up a total of 518 wins.
The Decatur Gators (8-2-0) ended the regular season in second place in the SPSL South with a 1-0 forfeit win over the Federal Way Eagles Friday night. The referee stopped the game and awarded the Gators the win after issuing a red card to a Federal Way coach midway through the first half of play.
Up next for the Gators are the Auburn Riverside Ravens at tonights SPSL Playoffs. Decatur and the Ravens will play at 8 p.m. at Tahoma High School for the SPSLs third and fourth seeds into next weeks West Central/Southwest District Playoffs.
The winner of tonights game will play the No. 2-seed from the Greater St. Helens League at 2 p.m. at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner on Saturday. The loser will play the Narrows League No. 4-seed at 10 a.m. at Mount Tahoma High School on Saturday.
Auburn Riverside finished second during regular season with an 11-1-4 record in the SPSL North. Their only loss came to Tahoma, 1-0, on April 21. The Ravens feature a solid defense and have allowed only six goals during the season, including 12 shutouts. The offense is led by John Neubauer, who has nine goals and three assists on the year.
Beamer (6-3-1) will join Decatur in the postseason for the third-straight season after rolling over Graham-Kapowsin, 13-0, in their regular-season finale on Friday. The Titans will take on the Tahoma Bears at 6 p.m. tonight at Tahoma High School for the fifth/sixth seed into districts.
Tonights game is a rematch of a non-leaguer played earlier this season. The two teams played March 14, with Tahoma (11-3-2) winning 2-1. The winner will play the No. 3-team from the Narrows League at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma. The loser will play the second-place team from the Narrows at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma.
The Titans got three hat tricks Friday night during the blowout of Graham-Kapowsin. Sean Davis, Peyton Lane and Brennen Hall all tallied three goals each. Lane finished the regular season with 13 goals and eight assists and Davis finished with 12 goals and seven assists.
The postseason kicked off yesterday for the TJ fastpitch team at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila at the SPSL Tournament (after press time). The Raiders played two games and had to win one for their season to continue. The SPSL Tournament resumes Friday at Russell Road in Kent.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com