Beamer girls basketball beat Bellarmine and Union, will play against Union against this Saturday. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

Beamer girls basketball beat Bellarmine and Union, will play against Union against this Saturday. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

‘Winning is all they know’: Todd Beamer, Decatur power through to girls basketball regional playoffs

Todd Beamer girls set to play Bellarmine Prep in the first round of the Hardwood Classic state basketball tournament March 8.

Todd Beamer girls basketball is leaving their competition in the postseason dust with five consecutive wins under the Titans belt.

Last week’s game against Union saw Beamer win 45-38. The Todd Beamer girls are set to play Bellarmine Prep at 10:30 a.m. in the first round of the Hardwood Classic state basketball tournament Thursday, March 8 at the Tacoma Dome.

Todd Beamer coach Corey Alexander said he is thrilled with the great performance the girls have been putting on this postseason, adding “it shows that hard work pays off.”

However, Alexander said the team is far from being done.

Looking further into postseason, Alexander said, will be another tough battle with two competitive teams.

“We’re looking forward to a good game,” he said.

Overall, Alexander said a major contributor to the team’s overall success is how they’ve learned to come together and work for one another, instead of focusing on individual goals.

“They wanted to see the team succeed,” he said.

Alexander said he has a lot of faith in the team and their future in this postseason.

“Our story is still being written.”

Decatur girls basketball has been going through postseason alongside Todd Beamer, sporting three overall wins late in the season. The Gators narrowly lost 63-54 to Moses Lake on Feb. 29.

Coach Elon Langston spoke to the team’s recent losses, saying they haven’t let it dampen their spirits.

Langston said the team’s performance was unexpected, but well-earned.

“We were expected to finish at the bottom of our division and we ended up 4th out of the entire district and top 16 in the entire 4A classification,” he said. “Nobody seen us coming but we knew deep down inside that all of our hard work over the years would finally pay off.”

Still, losing games is hard for the team, but Langston works to keep up morale for future games.

“I try my best to let them know it’s not the end of the world but I always push for us to do better and be better. A loss is only a loss if we don’t learn from it.”

Having made it this far in the postseason means more than words to the Gators, he said.

“We have been through the worst of times and now we finally get to feel what it feels like to be looked at as a winning program,” Langston said. “This season is definitely dedicated to the upperclassmen and Lady Gator alumni. For my underclassmen, winning is all they know.”


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

Beamer girls basketball beat Bellarmine and Union, will play against Union against this Saturday. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

Beamer girls basketball beat Bellarmine and Union, will play against Union against this Saturday. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

Beamer girls basketball beat Bellarmine and Union, will play against Union against this Saturday. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

Beamer girls basketball beat Bellarmine and Union, will play against Union against this Saturday. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.                                The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo. The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

The Decatur Gators lost to both Union and Bellarmine during postseason, but will play Moses Lake this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

More in Sports

Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Photo by Senad Tiric
FWPS welcomes spectators back to high school sporting events

Two passes for home game attendance will be provided to each athlete.

A Decatur High School athlete works out at a conditioning practice on Feb. 23. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Don McConnaughey, courtesy photo
Longtime Highline College coach, athletic director dies at 90

Don McConnaughey was the ‘architect of the Highline College athletic department.’

The Todd Beamer Titans football team in Federal Way during a 2019 summer practice. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
FWPS athletes to begin in-person practices Feb. 18

The North Puget Sound League, which includes Federal Way schools, will have three distinct sports seasons beginning March 8.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders sign Federal Way native Kelyn Rowe

Rowe, 29, is a Federal Way High School graduate.

Kentwood High football. FILE PHOTO
WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports in response to state guidelines

Practices scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for football, volleyball, soccer and 5 other sports

Floyd Little was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 after a 30-year wait. File photo
Jaden McDaniels pictured at a Federal Way High School game vs. Rogers High School in February 2019. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric
Federal Way’s Jaden McDaniels drafted to NBA

The FWHS graduate was drafted to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the 28th pick overall.

The Mercer Island boys basketball celebrates their 61-36 victory over Interlake in the 3A KingCo championship game on Feb. 11, 2020, at Sammamish High School. File photo
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.

In this file photo from March 2020, the Federal Way High School boys basketball team reacts in the final minutes of the state quarterfinals game against Mt. Si High School. File photo
New guidelines released for return of prep sports in WA

The new plan places counties and sports in three-tier systems. No signs of a quicker return to play.

File Photo/Kent Reporter
Emerald Downs increases horse racing purses

Betting up 67% over last year

Sports card fanatic finds a home at FW Farmers Market
Sports card fanatic finds a home at FW Farmers Market

Richard Davis, 87, sells sports cards from his 100,000 card collection at the farmers market each week.