Beamer cross country teams run away with meet

Beamer junior Taylor Kartes overtakes freshman teammate Sara Mussa during a meet Wednesday at Celebration Park against Rogers and Spanaway Lake. Kartes won the girls race in a school-record time of 19:58.  - Casey Olson/staff photos
Beamer junior Taylor Kartes overtakes freshman teammate Sara Mussa during a meet Wednesday at Celebration Park against Rogers and Spanaway Lake. Kartes won the girls race in a school-record time of 19:58.
— image credit: Casey Olson/staff photos

The Todd Beamer Titans cross county teams rolled over Rogers and Spanaway Lake Wednesday afternoon at Celebration Park.

The Beamer girls downed Rogers, 21-20, and beat Spanaway Lake, 15-41, over the 5,000-meter course. The Titan boys beat Rogers, 15-48, and Spanaway Lake, 15-50.

Beamer sophomore Taylor Kartes out-kicked teammate Sara Mussa in the final 100 yards to win the girls individual race in a time of 19:58. The time was a Beamer course record over the 3.1-mile course at Celebration Park. Mussa finished just a second behind Kartes.

On the boys’ side, Beamer’s Keegan Claxton won the individual race in a time of 17:22.

“They have put in a lot of training this summer and are ready to be in the top-three in the league with Emerald Ridge and Curtis,” said Beamer coach Scott Haines.

The Titans have been solid during the early season. Beamer recently competed in the 3-Course Challenge in Seaside, Ore., which included 3,000 runners and over 100 teams. The Titan girls ended up second overall and the boys finished third as a team. Kartes and Mussa both earned silver medals in the respective divisions and junior Jacob Wittman earned a podium visit by finishing seventh overall in his race.



The Decatur girls golf team remained unbeaten in South Puget Sound League play with a 71-33 win over the Curtis Vikings at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club Tuesday afternoon.

It was the Gators’ big twosome of Stacey Blunt and Amanda Beyke who dominated the field. Blunt, who played at last year’s state tournament as a freshman, earned medalist honors with a 2-over par, 38. Beyke, a freshman who won the 14-year-old state championship last year, fired a 42. Decatur’s Samantha Zeeb also shot a 61.

On the boys’ side, Jefferson picked up a big win over Auburn Riverside Tuesday at Riverbend Golf Course, 92-89. The Raiders were led by the even-par 36 of Charles Lee. Quinn Hildebrandt and Erik Jarvey both shot 37s.



Jefferson (8-2) has lost only two matches this season, but they have both been to the unbeaten Kentridge Chargers. Kentridge (10-0) downed the Raiders Wednesday, 4-1. Jefferson’s only win of the day came from Kainoa Rose at No. 2 singles. He beat Sahil Diwan, 6-0, 6-1.

The Raiders did pick up two wins earlier in the week when they beat Kentlake, 4-1, and also downed the Falcons, 3-2, in a make-up of a postponed match on Tuesday. Jefferson dominated the doubles’ matches against Kentlake, winning all six points.

Decatur fell to 3-6 in the SPSL South with a 5-0 loss to Puyallup Monday. The Vikings are unbeaten (10-0) in the South Division.



All four Federal Way school district schools were swept Tuesday in SPSL action and all fell to 0-2 in league play.

Kentridge downed Federal Way, 25-20, 25-6, 25-17. The Eagles got three blocks and 14 assists from Trisha Paulino, four blocks from Paulina McKenna and seven kills and three blocks from Danielle Tanielu.

Kentwood beat Jefferson, 25-9, 25-16, 25-10, despite five kills from TJ’s Rachelle Eckert.

In South Division play, Bethel needed four games to beat Beamer, 25-20, 21-25, 25-12, 27-25. The Titans got four kills and 14 assists from Alex Schultz, eight kills from Ericka Duffy, 12 assists from Samara Smith and nine kills from McKenna Grotefend. Rogers swept Decatur, 25-3, 25-6, 25-18, Tuesday.


Girls soccer

Jefferson and Federal Way played to a 1-1 tie Tuesday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Raiders (2-3-2) opened the scoring with a goal from Kenna Friedman on a pass from Jasmine Sharpe in the 15th minute. But Federal Way’s (2-3-1) Joanne Packer came back and tied the game in the 44th minute.

Beamer remained undefeated on the season with a 4-1 win over Curtis Tuesday, while Decatur lost 3-1 to Emerald Ridge. The Gators’ lone goal came from Rachel Markey in the 67th minute.

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