Casey Olson

TENNIS PREVIEW: Jefferson in search of third-straight unbeaten season

The tradition of tennis at Thomas Jefferson High School just keeps rolling along. The Raider girls finished last season with a perfect 10-0 record to claim the program's second-straight South Puget Sound League Central Division championship.

Thomas Jefferson senior striker Brandon Madsen led the SPSL in goals last year with 20 and also led the Raiders to the school's eighth state championship.

SOCCER: Defending state-champion Raiders looking to defend title

It’s pretty obvious to anyone in the know, that the best high school soccer in the state is currently played in Federal Way. That was evident last year when the Thomas Jefferson Raiders won a state record, eighth 4A championship with a win over Union in the final.

Thomas Jefferson senior striker Brandon Madsen led the SPSL in goals last year with 20 and also led the Raiders to the school's eighth state championship.

BASEBALL PREVIEW: Decatur hoping for a return to state tournament; Beamer also loaded

Baseball at the four high schools around Federal Way is the best it’s been in a long time this season. The rosters at Decatur, Federal Way, Beamer and Jefferson feature some of the best individual talent in the area and playoff berths for all four aren’t out of the question.

Todd Beamer senior Trey Burch-Manning drives to the basket against an Issaquah defender during Saturday's third/fifth game at the 2014 Class 4A Hardwood Classic inside the Tacoma Dome.

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

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.

Todd Beamer senior Trey Burch-Manning drives to the basket against an Issaquah defender during Saturday's third/fifth game at the 2014 Class 4A Hardwood Classic inside the Tacoma Dome.
Federal Way High School graduate Travis Ishikawa is having a standout spring for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

BASEBALL: Ishikawa having standout spring for Pittsburgh Pirates

Federal Way High School graduate Travis Ishikawa is making a push to be on the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day roster, which is a little bit of a surprise for the 30-year-old.

Federal Way High School graduate Travis Ishikawa is having a standout spring for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Beamer sophomore Quinessa Caylao-Do averaged 11.1 points a game this season for the Titans

Beamer highlights All-City Girls Basketball Team

The 6-foot-2 Huff was a force in the middle of the Titans’ offense and defense. Huff was a first-team, All-SPSL South selection after leading Beamer in scoring and rebounding. Huff averaged 13.5 points a game and had a high game of 25 points during a win over Bellarmine Prep at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament. Huff also had 24 during a loss to Mount Rainier in the SPSL Championship game.

Beamer sophomore Quinessa Caylao-Do averaged 11.1 points a game this season for the Titans

J.R. Celski wins silver medal at World Speed Skating Championships

Federal Way's J.R. Celski ended up with an overall silver medal at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships last weekend in Montreal.

Todd Beamer senior Trey Burch-Manning drives to the basket against an Issaquah defender during Saturday's third/fifth game at the 2014 Class 4A Hardwood Classic inside the Tacoma Dome.

BASKETBALL: Beamer finishes in fifth-place at 4A State Tournament

The Todd Beamer boys basketball team picked up the school's first-ever state tournament trophy Saturday. It just wasn't the trophy they had hoped to be holding after advancing into the semifinals after a win over Gonzaga Prep in the quarterfinals Thursday of the Class 4A Hardwood Classic State Boys Basketball Tournament inside the Tacoma Dome.

Todd Beamer senior Trey Burch-Manning drives to the basket against an Issaquah defender during Saturday's third/fifth game at the 2014 Class 4A Hardwood Classic inside the Tacoma Dome.

BASKETBALL: Beamer advances into state semifinals, will take on unbeaten Richland

For the first time in school history, a Todd Beamer basketball team won a game at the state tournament.

Beamer senior Bogdon Bliznyuk finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds during the Titans' win over Kentridge in the West Central/Southwest District Championship Saturday in Pacific Lutheran University.

HARDWOOD CLASSIC: Beamer boys will open Thursday with Gonzaga Prep at Tacoma Dome

The 2014 4A Hardwood Classic Boys State Basketball State Championships open Thursday inside the Tacoma Dome. The Todd Beamer Titans will take on Gonzaga Prep at 7:15 p.m.

Beamer senior Bogdon Bliznyuk finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds during the Titans' win over Kentridge in the West Central/Southwest District Championship Saturday in Pacific Lutheran University.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Beamer blows by Bothell, will play at State Tournament

Basketball is a team game and the Todd Beamer Titans exemplify what a team is.

Beamer sophomore Quinessa Caylao-Do averaged 11.1 points a game this season for the Titans

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Arlington ends Beamer’s season for the second year in a row

For the second year in a row, the Arlington Eagles proved to be the roadblock the Todd Beamer Titans couldn't get over.

Beamer sophomore Quinessa Caylao-Do averaged 11.1 points a game this season for the Titans
Decatur junior Isaiah Diggs won the 138-pound Class 3A championship Saturday night inside the Tacoma Dome.

MAT CLASSIC: Decatur’s Diggs, Beamer’s Carpio and TJ’s Pleasants win state titles

When the lights were the brightest, so to speak, Decatur junior Isaiah Diggs, Beamer junior Arian Carpio and Thomas Jefferson freshman shined. The Federal Way school district trio, in front of thousands of fans inside the Tacoma Dome, wrestled to state championships at Mat Classic XXVI Saturday night.

Decatur junior Isaiah Diggs won the 138-pound Class 3A championship Saturday night inside the Tacoma Dome.
The Pac-12 Women's Swimming Championships

Aquatic Center will host Pac-12 Swimming/Diving Championships starting Wednesday

The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center will be a very busy place over the next couple of weeks.

The Pac-12 Women's Swimming Championships
Beamer senior Bogdon Bliznyuk finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds during the Titans' win over Kentridge in the West Central/Southwest District Championship Saturday in Pacific Lutheran University.

BASKETBALL: Hardwood Classic berths on the line Saturday for Beamer boys, girls

Puyallup High School will be Todd Beamer South Saturday afternoon. Both the Titan boys and girls will be playing at Puyallup with coveted berths into the Class 4A Hardwood Classic inside the Tacoma Dome on the line.

Beamer senior Bogdon Bliznyuk finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds during the Titans' win over Kentridge in the West Central/Southwest District Championship Saturday in Pacific Lutheran University.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin greets Decatur seniors Dom Cooks (glasses) and his twin sister

Federal Way student with inoperable tumor receives outpouring of love during early graduation

There were dozens Kleenex boxes lining every row of the bleachers inside the Decatur High School gymnasium Thursday night.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin greets Decatur seniors Dom Cooks (glasses) and his twin sister
Decatur senior Christian Aragon will be one of six seniors and 11 overall Gators wrestling at this weekend’s Mat Classic state championships inside the Tacoma Dome. The Gators are a favorite to win the Class 3A team title.

MAT CLASSIC PREVIEW: Decatur seniors hope to lead Gators to first team title

There are nine gold banners strewn across the gymnasium at Decatur High School, each one representing a state team championship.

Decatur senior Christian Aragon will be one of six seniors and 11 overall Gators wrestling at this weekend’s Mat Classic state championships inside the Tacoma Dome. The Gators are a favorite to win the Class 3A team title.

STATE SWIMMING/DIVING: Federal Way’s Anderson hopes to make a splash at state

There were plenty of expectations for Thomas Anderson when he entered Federal Way High School as a freshman this fall.

Beamer sophomore Nia Alexander finished with 21 points for the Titans during their win over Kentridge Saturday.

BASKETBALL: Beamer boys and girls headed to Regional Tournament

The Todd Beamer boys and girls basketball teams are both headed to the Class 4A Regional Basketball Tournament.

Beamer sophomore Nia Alexander finished with 21 points for the Titans during their win over Kentridge Saturday.

LITTLE LEAGUE: Federal Way National hosting final Majors tryout Saturday

Federal Way National Little League is still taking registration and conducting tryouts for Majors (12-under) level baseball and ability assessments for AAA level (9-11) play.