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Bliznyuk leads Beamer to state, earns All-City Boys Basketball honors

Todd Beamer senior Trey Burch-Manning averaged 14.9 points this season for the Titans, who won the SPSL South and West Central/Southwest District championship for the first time. They finished fifth at the state tournament. - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Todd Beamer senior Trey Burch-Manning averaged 14.9 points this season for the Titans, who won the SPSL South and West Central/Southwest District championship for the first time. They finished fifth at the state tournament.
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Bogdan Bliznyuk, Beamer

The 6-foot-5 senior guard had an ultra-impressive season for the Titans. Bliznyuk was named the South Puget Sound League South Division Player of the Year and was also The News Tribune’s All-Area most valuable player after averaging 19.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Bliznyuk had a career-best 32 points during a win over Federal Way at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament. The victory clinched Beamer an appearance at Regionals. Bliznyuk’s best all-around game might have come during a 79-64 win over Puyallup on Feb. 4 when he finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Trey Burch-Manning, Beamer

The 6-foot-4 senior guard was a first-team, All-SPSL South Division selection by the league’s coaches after an impressive season. Burch-Manning averaged 14.7 points, 2.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game for the Titans, who finished 15-1 in the SPSL South.

Burch-Manning failed to score in double figures just once this season and finished with 22 points three times. He also had 10 rebounds during a win over Curtis on Jan. 11.

Charles Frazier, Beamer

The 6-foot-5 junior forward averaged 11.1 points and 4.6 rebounds a game for the West Central/Southwest District champions this season. During the middle of the season, Frazier tallied double figures in 15-straight games. Frazier scored a career-high 22 points twice during the season against Rogers and Spanaway Lake. He also finished with 14 rebounds during a loss to Federal Way on Feb. 6.

Malik Montoya, Federal Way

The junior guard had another impressive season for the Eagles, leading the team to a 14-3 record in the SPSL South and 18-5 overall. Montoya led the Eagles in scoring at 17.9 points a game and was a first-team, All-SPSL South selection.

Montoya scored in double figures in all but one game this season and was over 20 points nine times. Montoya’s best scoring game came during a 74-73 victory over Tahoma at the SPSL Tournament when he poured in a career-high 34 points. Montoya also scored 26 points during a loss to Beamer.

Adrian Davis, Federal Way

The 6-foot senior guard was a first-team, All-SPSL South selection after a stellar season for the Eagles. Davis averaged 14.4 points a game for the Eagles and scored in double figures in all but three games he played in this season.

In his final seven games of the year, Davis averaged 20 points a game and had back-to-back 27-point games against Curtis and Bethel.

Deonte Smith, Decatur

Smith led the Gators in scoring at 10.0 a game and was named a second-team, All-SPSL 3A selection. The sophomore started the season in impressive manner, scoring in double figures in 10 of the Gators’ first 11 games, including 23 in the Gators’ season-opening win over Highline.

But Smith finished in single-digits in seven games in a row before finishing with 10 against Lakes in Decatur’s final game of the year.

Xavier Scott, Jefferson

The 6-foot-3 junior led the Raiders in scoring at 13.0 a game and was named an honorable mention, All-SPSL North selection by the league’s coaches.

The ultra-athletic Scott scored in double figures 13 times during the season.

His best scoring game came during a 10-point win over Mount Rainier on Jan. 21 when Scott poured in 20 points.

Viont’E Daniels, Federal Way

The senior finished second on the Eagles’ in scoring at 15.9 points a game and was a second-team, All-SPSL South selection by the league’s coaches.

Daniels scored in double figures in 20 of Federal Way’s 22 games that he played in this season.

Daniels scored 27 points twice during the season, once in a 72-71 loss to Curtis on Dec. 13 and, again, during an 83-46 win over Puyallup on Jan. 3. Daniels scored 20 or more points five times.

SPSL 4A North

(As chosen by the league's coaches)

Most valuable player—Jawan Stepney, Kentridge

Coach of the year—Dave Jamison, Kentridge

First Team

Coleman Wooten, Sr, Tahoma; Derek Brown, Sr., Auburn Riverside; Marquise Prater, Sr., Auburn; Malik Sanchez, Jr., Kentwood; Rio Paul, Sr., Auburn.

Second Team Keasean Kelly, Sr., Kentridge; Terence Grady, Sr., Kentwood; DeShon Williams, Sr., Tahoma; Andrew Lenanburger, Sr., Mount Rainier; Drew Wallen, Sr., Auburn Riverside.

Honorable Mention

Auburn — JJ Ruffin. Auburn Riverside — Derek White, Mitch Wetmore. Jefferson — Xavier Scott-Hollis, Darius Anderson. Kent-Meridian — Quincy Brown, Chris Lewis, Romaine Jackson. Kentlake — Carson Stowall. Kentridge — Danny Torlai, Christoph Adams. Kentwood — Josiah Brown. Mount Rainier — Jamil Wilson-Jones. Tahoma — Grant Johnson.

SPSL 4A South

Most valuable player—Bogdon Bliznyuk, Beamer

Coach of the year—Winston Bell, Beamer

First Team

Trey Burch-Manning, Sr., Beamer; Tory Causey, Jr., Curtis; Malik Montoya, Jr., Federal Way; Marcus Harris, Sr., Emerald Ridge; Adrian Davis, Sr., Federal Way.

Second Team Viont’E Daniels, Jr., Federal Way; Aushanti Potts-Woods, Jr., Curtis; Zaequan Satterthwaite, Sr., Rogers; Bryce Bowers, Sr., Bethel; Jason Williams, Jr., Curtis.

Honorable Mention

Bethel — James Moore. Graham-Kapowsin — Justin Fjeld. Puyallup —DJ Winter, Nick Gutierrez, Dane Iverson. Spanaway Lake —Kareem Babbs, Joe Martin. Beamer — Charles Frazier.

SPSL 3A

MVP —Drake Rademacher, Sr., Enumclaw

Coach of Year—Jake Jackson, Peninsula

Sportsmanship—Auburn Mountainview

FIRST TEAM

JaQuori McLaughlin, So., Peninsula; Bryce Peterson, Sr., Enumclaw; Zac Webb, Jr., Enumclaw; Rakeem Hughey, So., Lakes; Cedric Williams, Sr., Lakes.

SECOND TEAM

Ryan Lacey, So., Auburn Mountainvew; Jimmy Ritchie, So., Peninsula; Tristan Miguel, So., Auburn Mountainview; Deonte Smith, So., Decatur; Wyatt Walstad, Sr., Auburn Mountainview.

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