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Male Athlete of the Year 2010: Best of the rest in Federal Way

Federal Way senior forward Kelyn Rowe finished with 32 goals during the season for the Eagles. Rowe, a UCLA signee, is the Mirror
Federal Way senior forward Kelyn Rowe finished with 32 goals during the season for the Eagles. Rowe, a UCLA signee, is the Mirror's 2010 Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
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Kelyn Rowe, Federal Way

The UCLA-bound Rowe was not only the best soccer player in the state, but maybe in the country.

Rowe was ranked the nation’s fifth-best recruit after scoring 32 of the Eagles’ 49 goals on the season, including 25 in Federal Way’s final 10 games of the year.

He led the Eagles into the state semifinals. But Rowe was unable to play because he flew out to Florida with his club team, Crossfire Premier, for a national-level showcase.

In the past two years, Rowe has travelled to a half dozen countries around the world, including Argentina and Uruguay with the U.S. men’s under-18 national team and a tour of Europe with a select group of high school players.

Rowe was also pretty much automatic kicking on the football field for the Eagles. Rowe made 38-of-39 extra-points and also converted 6-of-10 field goals, including a long of 44 yards. He was named the SPSL North’s Special Teams Player of the Year after being selected as both the first-team kicker and punter for the Eagles. Rowe averaged 37.0 yards on 24 punts during the season and had a long of 68 yards. He was named the kicker on Ron Siegel’s All-Decade Washington Football Team.

Nick Tanielu, Federal Way

The junior had another monster year for the Eagles on the football and baseball fields. Tanielu led both of those Federal Way teams into the state playoffs and was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection in both.

On the baseball field, the shortstop finished second in the SPSL North in hitting with a .548 batting average.

He also led the league in runs scored with 26 in 16 games, walks with 17 and stolen bases with 12. Tanielu also had 12 RBIs, five doubles, one triple, three home runs and struck out only twice during the entire season. Teams routinely pitched around him.

Tanielu also played a solid defensive shortstop and led the Eagles to a third-place finish at the state playoffs at Safeco Field.

On the football field as a quarterback, Tanielu finished second in the SPSL North Division in passing yards with 1,130 during the regular season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder completed 51 percent of his passes and finished with six touchdowns. His best passing game came during a loss to Auburn in the first week of the season, when he completed 21 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.

Tanielu ran the ball for 225 yards and five touchdowns and also started as a defensive back for the Eagles’ defense. He had two interceptions during a win over Emerald Ridge. Tanielu was also named the first-team, All-SPSL North quarterback by the league’s coaches.

Ben Draeger, Beamer

Draeger was a three-sport standout for the Titans on the football field, wrestling mat and soccer pitch this year.

In football, Draeger was Beamer’s starting quarterback and also a first-team, All-SPSL South special teams member as the Titans’ kicker and punter. Draeger led Beamer in passing and was third on the team with 186 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Titans finished 4-6 overall in the rugged SPSL South.

On the wrestling mat, Draeger ended up in fifth place in the 160-pound weight division after compiling a 4-2 record at the Mat Classic inside the Tacoma Dome.

On the soccer field, Draeger was a first-team, All-SPSL goalkeeper after leading the Titans into the state quarterfinals. Draeger finished with eight shutouts and also had a goal and an assist.

Trenton Pinson, Federal Way

The blazing-fast Pinson starred on both the football field and track for the Eagles. He will continue his football career at Eastern Washington University in the fall.

Pinson ran for 1,108 yards and 21 touchdowns during the regular season as a running back. He averaged 125 yards a game and 7.7 yards a carry during the season and scored 22 total touchdowns.

He finished with six 100-plus yard games and his best game came Oct. 29 against Jefferson. Pinson ran for 177 on just 12 carries and set an SPSL record with seven touchdowns. Pinson also had 234 yards against Auburn Riverside.

On the track, Pinson was a part of the Eagles’ state-record setting 4x400 relay team.

The foursome shattered the 28-year-old record during a preliminary race at Star Track XXVII at Mount Tahoma High School. The old record of 3:16.09 was set by Wilson in 1982.

Pinson also finished third in the 100-meter final at state, losing a photo finish.

Cole Dickerson, Federal Way

The 6-foot-7 senior was one of the most consistent basketball players in the state after averaging 22.9 points and nine rebounds a game.

During the last three seasons, Dickerson helped the Eagles place first, second and third at the Class 4A State Boys Basketball Tournament. As a senior, Dickerson was named the South Puget Sound League North Player of the Year, The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year and the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s 4A Player of the Year.

Dickerson will take his game to the University of San Francisco next season. He signed to play for the Dons in November after a stellar junior season when he led the 2009 state champs in scoring at 17.5 points a game.

Isiah Umipig, Federal Way

The Eagle graduate is heading to Cal State Fullerton in the fall to play basketball. The 6-foot point guard was the heart and soul of Federal Way all season long. Umipig averaged just 14.1 points a game, but could have been a 20-point-a-night scorer if he wasn’t so concerned about getting his teammates involved.

His unselfish play led Federal Way to a perfect 16-0 record in the SPSL North and the state’s top ranking all season long.

Umipig also led the SPSL in assists at 7.4 a game and shot an amazing 93.8 from the free-throw line during the regular season.

Umipig came out late to the Federal Way football team after not playing the sport for two years. He intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown in a win over Jefferson. He also had a pair of rushing TDs and returned a kick for a score during the season.

Kyle McIntosh, Jefferson

The TJ graduate dominated the 145-pound bracket to win the 2010 state wrestling championship. McIntosh finished the season 37-1 and beat Kamiakin’s Pedro Mendoza in the title match, 10-7, inside the Tacoma Dome.

Ares Carpio, Beamer

The junior-to-be won the 119-pound Class 4A state wrestling championship for the Titans.

Carpio beat Rogers’ Joey Palmer in the final, 9-3. Palmer had beaten Carpio twice earlier in the postseason.

Scott Sanford, Jefferson

The TJ graduate was a rare three-sport athlete for the Raiders. In football, Sanford was the leading receiver in the SPSL North, snaring 30 passes for 591 yards and seven touchdowns. Sanford also ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns. He also had two games with over 100 yards receiving, including four catches for 156 yards with an 89-yard touchdown against Kentlake, and three catches for 149 yards and a TD in a loss to Curtis. He had two touchdown catches against Federal Way.

In basketball, Sanford started as the Raiders point guard and averaged four points a game for a team that finished 10-10 overall.

On the track, Sanford competed in three events at the state meet in Tacoma. He finished an impressive fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 38.82. The race was a personal best for Sanford and the first time he ran under 39 seconds. Sanford also finished 11th in the triple jump (42-10 3/4) and his 4x100 relay team finished 14th.

Napa Mefi, Beamer

Mefi, who transferred to Federal Way in the spring, proved to be one of the better athletes in the district during his junior year at Beamer. On the football field, the 6-footer led the SPSL South with four interceptions during the regular season and set an SPSL record by returning one of them 99 yards for a touchdown.

On the basketball court, the guard was the Titans’ second option behind Kevin Davis all season, and averaged 16.8 points and four rebounds. Tallied double-digit points in all but two games and finished with 30 in a big district win over Mount Tahoma.

Bart Wanot and Shane Clare, Beamer

The twosome both won individual state championships at the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships. Wanot won the 100 backstroke in impressive fashion. The junior had the fastest time in the state for the entire season and was two seconds off the all-time state record.

Clare, a senior, cruised to a victory in the 200-yard individual medley at the King County Aquatic Center. Clare, who will swim at the University of British Columbia, cut nearly a second and a half off his preliminary time during the final.

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