Garfield Survives Late Run By Beamer

Garfield Survives Late Run By Beamer
By Steve Dion

Thursday- December 22nd 2016 Girls 3A/4A Metro/NPSL
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Todd Beamer 10 8 17 22 57
Garfield 21 14 5 20 60


Garfield Sophomore Samaiyah Tolliver

A Thursday night non-league showdown featured Garfield and Todd Beamer heading into a brief holiday break before the hoops season continues.

The Lady Bulldogs had the upper hand in an tempo-contest during the first half completing their buckets in transitions and closing quarters strong. Tamia Mobley recorded 11 of her 13 points in the first two quarters including a mid-range jumper at the halftime buzzer which put her team up by 17 heading into halftime. The Titans countered with strong post play by Darion Brown who led Todd Beamer with 19 in the ballgame. Would the Titans rally in the final two quarters of play?

Garfield whose intensity carried them in the early stages of the ballgame began to play into Beamer’s favor as the game progressed as the Titans forced turnovers and created fastbreak opportunities to cut the lead down to 5 heading into the final quarter of play.

Beamer’s run continued throughout the fourth until they cut Garfield’s lead down to a single point with 5:21 to play. Points were at a premium the rest of the way and Garfield led by a pair with under 30 tick on the clock. They were able to control the ball enough to force the requisite amount of free throw attempts to eventually dash Beamer’s hope of sneaking in a late win.

The Final Score
Garfield 60, Todd Beamer 57.

Top Performers:
Samaiyah Tolliver- 14 points

Todd Beamer
Darion Brown- 19 points

Final 4A Girls Power Rankings

Final 4A Girls Power Rankings
By Steve Dion

With the 2015-2016 season in the books, here are the final top ten rankings for the 4A Girls classification!

1) Central Valley (28-0):
It is scary to think how good this team will be the next two seasons after a 28-0 record and a championship trophy with a team primarily composed of freshmen and sophomores.

2) Snohomish (22-4):
After starting 0-3, the Panthers rattled off 22 straight wins to propel themselves to the title game as the best representative to challenge the Bears.

3) Moses Lake (25-1):
It’s a shame the Chiefs met eventual 4A champ Central Valley in the quarterfinals riding an undefeated record. However, a fourth place finish in the state is nothing to be disappointed with.

4) Bothell (24-3):
The Cougs’ consistency earned them a trip to the final four and a strong sense of optimism heading into next season.

5) Todd Beamer (25-3):
The Titans did a remarkable job to retool after losing key pieces from the previous season to play basketball in March.

6) Lewis & Clark (18-7):
The battle-tested Tigers held their own in a loaded GSHL and were one of a small group to take Central Valley to the wire.

7) Skyview (20-6):
Perennial GSHL powerhouse added to their run of quality seasons falling just shy of 20 wins; a clear indication of their top ten recognition.

8) Kentlake (21-7):
The sharpshooting Falcons posting a 21-7 record was validated by a trip to Tacoma with a handful of gutsy wins the ticket to get them there.

9) Bellarmine Prep (17-8):
The thrill of advancing to the sweet sixteen was met with a tough departure in the regional round. A league title and a deep playoff run earn the Lions the ninth spot.

10) Chiawana (21-3):
The Riverhawks are worthy of including in the top ten in 4A given their ability to make the best teams in the classification earn everything against them.

Player Stats
Central Valley vs. Todd Beamer

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4A Central Valley Bears
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Mady Simmelink 1-8 0-1 2-4 5 0 0 4
3 Michaela Laabs 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
4 Hailey Christopher 1-7 0-0 4-4 5 3 4 6
10 Lexie Hull 5-12 0-1 5-7 9 3 3 15
15 Camryn Skaife 3-5 3-5 0-0 3 0 2 9
20 Katie Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
22 Kalle Crouch 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3
23 Tomekia Whitman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
24 Lacie Hull 4-13 1-6 9-9 9 0 4 18
41 Kate Sams 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0

4A Todd Beamer Titans
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Briawna Kelly 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
5 Makenna Woodfolk 3-9 0-2 4-4 6 1 4 10
10 Jahpera Mceachin 2-8 2-7 0-0 3 1 2 6
11 Sophie Afework 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
20 Eboni West 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
22 Bria Rice 0-9 0-4 4-6 7 1 4 4
23 Lexus Oden 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1
25 Nia Alexander 4-15 1-6 0-0 4 1 4 9
32 Avery Miller 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
33 Darion Brown 1-3 0-0 3-4 5 1 3 5
34 Makenzie Bond 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 2

Friday- March 4th 2016 Girls 4A Semi-Finals
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Central Valley 17 8 12 18 55
Todd Beamer 14 4 11 8 37

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Player Stats
Todd Beamer vs. Skyview

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4A Skyview Storm
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Riley Friauf 4-10 0-2 1-2 4 2 1 9
5 Sydney Friauf 2-6 1-3 0-0 6 1 1 5
10 Hanna VanNortwick 3-9 2-5 0-0 2 1 4 8
11 Remington Riley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
24 Kirsten Johnson 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 0
30 Ashlee Comastro 3-6 1-1 3-7 7 0 3 10
32 Madison Lord 1-4 0-0 1-4 11 2 1 3
4A Todd Beamer Titans
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Briawna Kelly 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
5 Makenna Woodfolk 4-11 0-1 2-4 3 0 3 10
10 Jahpera Mceachin 0-3 0-3 2-2 4 0 3 2
22 Bria Rice 2-9 0-3 0-0 7 2 3 4
23 Lexus Holden 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0
25 Nia Alexander 5-12 1-3 0-2 2 0 3 11
33 Darion Brown 3-7 0-0 0-0 4 0 3 6
34 Makenzie Bond 3-5 0-0 1-6 1 0 1 7

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Todd Beamer Escapes Past Skyview in Quarterfinals

Todd Beamer Escapes Past Skyview in Quarterfinals
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 3rd 2016 Girls 4A State
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Skyview 6 6 11 12 35
Todd Beamer 16 3 14 7 40

Todd Beamer Titans

Todd Beamer took control of the contest from the tip scoring in double figures before Skyview could register any points. Nia Alexander and Bria Rice led the charge with turnovers in Skyview’s back-court leading to easy buckets. Skyview eventually cobbled together a response to cut the lead down and give themselves a chance to talk things over at halftime and make a run down the stretch.

The Storm did exactly that by controlling the glass and challenging Beamer’s field goal attempts in the paint. The trio of Ashlee Comastro, Madison Lord, and Riley Friauf willed Skyview within one possession until Nia Alexander put the game on ice. Beamer’s leading scorer buried a three with the shot clock expiring pushing the Titans lead out of reach. Beamer advances to the semis on Friday.

The Final Score
Todd Beamer 40, Skyview 35.

Top Performers:

Todd Beamer
Nia Alexander- 11 points

Ashlee Comastro- 10 points, 7 rebounds

West Central District 3: First Round Recap


West Central District 3: First Round Recap by Nic Beckman

West Central District 3 playoffs got underway with eight home games for the top seeds as 16 teams from the SPSL and Narrows leagues vie for the 6 WCD3 state tournament seeds. Home court advantage was evident as 7 of the 8 host teams came away with wins.

The top two seeds in the SPSL continued their dominance. #1 seed Federal Way had the Tornados of Yelm blow into the Eagles nest. After a close first quarter 17-12, coach Jerome Collins’s Eagle team pulled away. Behind the 19 points of Ferron Flavors and a 29-10 third quarter, Federal Way still undefeated with a comfortable win moves on. The Final Score FW 78 Yelm 41.

The #2 seed Curtis Vikings, undefeated in league play until a 63-61 loss to Federal Way at the ShoWare in the SPSL tournament championship defended their home court. Coming off a 66-63 win over Kentwood, the Vikings faced another SPSL Northeast foe in Kentlake. Aushanti Potts-Woods with 27 and Glenn Jordan with 19 combined for more than the Falcons could total as a team. The Final Score Curtis 83 Kentlake 45.

Narrows #1 seed Bellarmine matched up with SPSL South Spanaway Lake. The Lions 18-3 on the season with an unblemished 12-0 league record under the direction of head coach Bernie Salazar represented for their league with a home court opening round win over the Sentinels. The Final Score Bellarmine 75 Spanaway Lake 65.

The #2 seed out of the Narrows coach John Kiley’s Olympia Bears at 18-3 on the season and 10-2 in league play, had the Todd Beamer Titans in the house for first round action. The Bears continue on their quest to the Dome getting a 20 point win over Beamer. The Final Score Olympia 70 Todd Beamer 50.

Emerald Ridge travelled north to Kentwood to face the Conquerors. Jason Cassens and the Jags were up 12-11 after the first quarter, but coach Blake Solomon’s Conk’s were ready for the challenge. Kentwood with four players in double digits would be led by Darius Lubom with 20 and Rayvaughn Bolton with 12 as Cassens with 10, was the only Jaguar to reach double digits. The Final Score Kentwood 58 Emerald Ridge 41.

Coach John Callaghan’s Wolves of South Kitsap crossed the bridge to come play the Vikings in Puyallup. Daniel Tomkiewicz with 9 second quarter points to lead all scorers at half with 11, saw his team down 34-30. The Viks were paced by Jaden Vollmen and Tony Gutierrez each with 9. Tomkiewicz would add 8 3rd quarter points and tie the game at 42. SK down 1, 44-45 heading into the final period. Coach Scott Campbell turned up the Viking pressure and held the Wolves without a point in the quarter until 3:24 remaining. By that time Puyallup was up 54-45, Tony Gutierrez in his first game back from a quadriceps injury hit 6 of the Puyallup 13 3’s enroute to game high honors with 23. South Kitsap’s Daniel Tomkiewicz finished with 22 and Eric Wattree added 16. The Final Score Puyallup 59 South Kitsap 55.

Kent Meridian facing rival Kentridge was able to overcome an 11 point halftime deficit to tie it at 57 at the end of regulation. But Mahlik Hall with 23 and Romaine Jackson with 18 for the Royals were not enough to get their team over the hill. The Chargers held home court with a 12 -7 overtime period, Joran Ticeson led the Chargers with 19. The Final Score in OT Kentridge 69 Kent Meridian 64.

The Blazers of Timberline after finishing third behind Bellarmine and Olympia in Narrows league play, had to go to Thomas Jefferson for their first round match-up. The Raiders of the SPSL Northwest behind leading scorer Darius Anderson were unable to defend their home court. Timberline gets the only visitor win on the night. The Final Score Timberline 52 Thomas Jefferson 48.

Friday night will see winners bracket match ups Federal Way vs Timberline at 6pm, followed by Olympia vs Kentwood at 7:45pm at Auburn Mountainview HS. Bellarmine vs Kentwood at 6pm and Puyallup will face Curtis for the third time this season at 7:45pm at Mt. Tahoma HS. Winners will move on for #1 through #4 seeds.

On the loser out side of the the bracket, Yelm vs Jefferson at 6pm, then Beamer vs Emerald Ridge at 7:45pm will be played at Stadium HS. Spanaway Lake vs Kent Meridian 6pm and South Kitsap vs Kentlake at 7:45pm are playing at Auburn HS. The winners all working for the final 2 seeds from the West Central District 3 heading into the state regional round the final week of February.

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 4A girls classification!

1) Central Valley: 15-0 (13-0)
The Bears have won all games by double digits with the exception of their meeting with Lewis & Clark; also in the top 10.

2) Moses Lake: 16-0 (8-0)
Leaders of the Big 9 once again which may be the strongest league in the state top to bottom.

3) Bothell: 16-1 (12-1)
Edged Woodinville in a thriller on Friday night to maintain breathing room in the race for the KingCo Crown.

4) Todd Beamer: 15-2 (6-0)
Put the Lynnwood loss behind themselves quickly with two wins in the next four days.

5) Skyview: 12-4 (8-0)
The GSHL will hinge on what the second round with Camas next Tuesday. Storm took round one 51-40!

6) Camas: 15-2 (8-1)
See above.

7) Lewis and Clark: 12-3 (12-1)
Hot on the heels of top ranked Central Valley are the sneaky Tigers.

8) Kentlake: 13-4 (5-0)
A Kent team inevitably finds itself within the top 10. The Falcons have taken the torch as the town representative.

9) Chiawana: 14-2 (9-0)
Have strung together an 11-game win streak after a few bumps in the road in early December.

10) Inglemoor: 12-4 (9-3)
Can still surpass Bothell for a league title with a strong finish and some help from other teams.

On the Bubble
West Valley

Lynnwood Demonstrates Dominance in King Showcase

Lynnwood Demonstrates Dominance in King Showcase
By Steve Dion

Monday- January 18th 2016 Girls 4A/3A SPSL/Wesco
ShoWare Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Todd Beamer 14 5 11 8 38
Lynnwood 18 22 11 11 62

Lynnwood senior Mikayla Pivec

One of the more intriguing matchups in the King Showcase on Monday was between defending 3A champs in Lynnwood and the Todd Beamer Titans. The Royals are firing on all cylinders once again this season and appear to be a front-runner to hoist the hardware once again in March. Beamer has demonstrated their strength among the 4A classification thus far which made Monday an interesting test for where they stand among the best in state.

Nia Alexander led the Titans early and was countered by Mikayla Pivec who netted ten points in the first quarter alone en route to her game-high 21. Beamer’s ability to continue engaging in a shootout with the high-octane Royals was thwarted in the second frame when a 16-2 run assisted in breaking the game open before halftime. Kelsey Rogers’ defensive prowess played an integral role in starting the series of stops that led to transition buckets.

The lopsided score plateaued in the second half as Todd Beamer was only outscored by three points in the final two quarters. Pivec had matched TBHS’ scoring total into the third quarter at 21 points until she was rotated out of the game with a win heavily intact. Jordyn Edwards finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Kelsey tallied 9 in the points and rebounds column. Titans center Makenna Woodfolk ended with 9 points and a dozen rebounds. Lynnwood is locked in and will be tough to take down in the final stretch of the season.

The Final Score
Lynnwood 62, Todd Beamer 38.

Top Performers:
Mikayla Pivec- 21 points, 9 rebounds

Todd Beamer
Makenna Woodfolk- 9 points, 12 rebounds

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Titans Prove Might Over Lancers

Titans Prove Might Over Lancers
By Steve Dion

Saturday- December 12th 2015 Boys 4A/3A SPSL/SeaMount
Highline College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kennedy Catholic 12 10 15 12 49
Todd Beamer 18 12 14 15 59

Todd Beamer junior Stef’fun Singleton

Patrick Kennedy recorded a double-double for Todd Beamer in their win over the Kennedy Catholic Lancers. The senior wing scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Titans led nearly the entire contest. Beamer opened the game on a 7-0 run the first 90 seconds to which Kennedy called a timeout to gain their composure. KCHS rallied in the second quarter to cut the TB lead to 8 points at the break by getting into the bonus early in the second quarter and knocking down freebies from the charity stripe. Amari McClemore demonstrated his athleticism when the 6’0 wing followed a missed shot with a putback slam.

The Titans held their largest lead in the fourth quarter of 19 points, but Kennedy closed on a 9-0 run to end the game with a 10 point deficit. James Jolly from the Lancers led all scorers with 15 points. The game was in the balance early in the fourth quarter, but Gio Jackson put the game on ice with a 6-0 run of his own to put Beamer over the top. SPSL prevailed in this invitational format contest against a representative from the SeaMount League.

The Final Score
Todd Beamer 59, Kennedy Catholic 49

Top Performers:
Todd Beamer
Gio Jackson- 16 points
Patrick Kennedy- 11 points, 10 rebounds

Kennedy Catholic
James Jolly- 15 points, 6 rebounds

Stockton Sinks Late Triple to Send Bullpups to 4A Championship

Cleveland Returns to Title Game for Third Consecutive Season
By Steven Dion

Friday- March 6 2015 Girls 4A State
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Gonzaga Prep 5 9 19 8 41
Todd Beamer 12 8 13 6 39

Gonzaga Prep Oona Harrington

The final girls game of Friday night was a 4A semifinal with Todd Beamer and defending champions Gonzaga Prep to determine Inglemoor’s opponent in the title game. Occasionally, the Hardwood Classic features games that are wars of attrition and this particular matchup played out as such. A half dozen lead changes, four ties, and a heroic three-ball in the final seconds were the ingredients to determine the representative in the 2015 final from the bottom half of the bracket.

The defending champs rolled out to a slow start by only recording five first quarter points and submitting a seven point in the process. Todd Beamer grabbed the largest lead of the game early at 14-5 with Quinessa CaylaoDo heating up for what would become a monster game. With only four Bullpups recording points in the contest, the combination of Laura Stockton, Otionta Gildon, Tayler Drynan, and Oona Harrington would need to improve the 22% first half shooting percentage in addition to back-to-back single digit quarters. At intermission, Beamer led 20-14.

As Coach Mike Arte has shown many times in his coaching tenure with GPrep, halftime adjustments and the ability to instill composure in close ball games was demonstrated once again. The Pups strung together the highest point total of the game in the third to bring the score to a 33-33 tie heading into the final frame. The crowd at the Tacoma Dome started gravitating its attention to what was shaping up on the north court.

A tense fourth quarter with minimal scoring came down to a one point lead for Todd Beamer after a tough turnaround in the paint by Nia Alexander with under thirty seconds remaining. CaylaoDo recorded 20 of TBHS’ 39 thus far and the Titans were one possession away from a state berth.

Stockton has the ball at the top of the paint…works the ball to the wing…the ball is passed to an open Lauren Weir in the corner but is tipped…Stockton recovers…ball back to the wing and Stockton twice more…clock is dwindling. Stockton hoists one up from the top of the key with a defender closing fast. Nothing but net. The Gonzaga sideline erupts. Beamer quickly inbounds the ball to set up a desperation shot but it is intercepted and a Bullpup is running the ball and clock to zero in excitement. The basketball is in the hands of Laura Stockton. Ballgame. Gonzaga Prep to its back to back state final.

The Final Score: Gonzaga Prep 41 Todd Beamer 39

Top Performers:
Gonzaga Prep
Laura Stockton-13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists

Todd Beamer
Quinessa CaylaoDo-20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists

Undefeated Richland Advances to 4A State Final


Saturday March 8th 2014 4A Boys Basketball
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Todd Beamer 12 8 21 20 61
Richland 14 19 22 20 75

Undefeated Richland Advances to 4A State Final
By Colin Caruso

In the nightcap 4A boys game, the undefeated Richland Bombers faced off against the 22-4 Todd Beamer Titans. Outside of Nathan Streufert for the Bombers at 6’7”, Beamer had a complete size advantage in this matchup. This did not bother the Bombers, as they put together a nice 10-2 run in the first and took a 14-12 lead into the second.

Beamer struggled offensively throughout the second; their one on one mentality resulted in a lot of misses and no second chance opportunities. On the other side of the floor, Richland found no problems putting the ball through the hoop. Bomber Steven Beo had a great first half with 11 points, and Richland went into the locker room feeling good with a 13 point lead.

Beo took over to start the third quarter. He hit three straight three pointers for the Bombers, pushing their lead to 19. But Beamer would not let the game get out of hand. They continued to battle and clawed their way back to a ten point deficit on threes from Quadir Williams and Bogdon Bliznyuk. Fouls began to plague both teams late in the quarter, as Raybonne Freeman for the Titans and Nathan Streufert for the Bombers both gathered their fourth. Richland extended their lead to 14 going into the fourth.

The 14 point lead ballooned to as many as 20 for the Bombers, who were not bothered at all by the Beamer press. Beamer could not get back into this one; too many miscues on offense and phenomenal shooting from the Bombers. Richland took this one with ease, 75-61, and will face the Garfield Bulldogs for the 4A state final.

Top Performers:
Todd Beamer
Charles Frazier – 13 points, 8 rebounds

Steven Beo – 29 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Jacob DeVries – 18 points, 8 rebounds
Nathan Streufert – 8 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists

Beamer Fever Advances to State Semis


Thursday March 6th 2014 4A Boys Basketball
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Gonzaga Prep 14 14 10 11 49
Todd Beamer 12 4 19 22 57

Beamer Fever Advances to State Semis
By Colin Caruso

In one of the bigger size mismatches of the day, the Todd Beamer Titans faced off against the Bullpups from Gonzaga Prep to secure a spot in the 4A state semifinal. Beamer started the game on a strong 8-2 run, utilizing their size and strength to get shots close to the hoop. But Gonzaga Prep answered with a 12-4 run to close the quarter with a two point lead 14-12.

The Bullpups made up for the size differential with a higher level of intensity. Gonzaga Prep added a 7-0 run on top of their 12-4 run in the first to take an early nine point advantage, 21-12. Beamer seemed very stagnant on the offensive side, too much standing around and not enough screening and cutting. Gonzaga Prep took a 28-16 lead into half.

Beamer finally adopted their diamond full court trap to start the second half, which completely stifled the Bullpup offense. Beamer’s length was in the passing lanes on every possession and they started the quarter on a 15-2 run to take their first lead since the first quarter. Gonzaga Prep recaptured their lead on back to back threes, but Beamer was back in the game, trailing by just three going into the fourth 38-35.

Beamer closed the three point lead in a hurry, and the teams repeatedly exchanged leads down the stretch. The Titans snagged the lead by two on a Bogdon Bliznyuk three with two minutes to play. Quadir Williams added two free-throws for Beamer, extending their lead to four. Sam Dowd answered for the Bullpups with two free-throws of his own, trimming the lead to two with one minute to play. The Titans answered with a Charles Frazier layup, a defensive rebound, and two more Quadir Williams free-throws to take a six point lead. Another miss for the Bullpups led to two more free-throws for the Titans, extending their lead to eight with less than thirty seconds to play. But a quick two and a turnover for the Titans led to a three pointer by Brendan McClary. The Bullpups were within three with just 22 seconds remaining. Frazier hit one from the line to extend the lead to four, and Williams added two more from the stripe to take a six point lead with ten seconds to play. The Titans put together a great comeback, winning 57-49 and advancing to the state semifinal.

Top Performers:
Gonzaga Prep
Sam Dowd – 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Brendan McClary – 12 points, 4 steals

Todd Beamer
Quadir Williams – 18 points, 6 rebounds
Trey Burch Manning – 15 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Jefferson (OR) Barely Hangs on to Defeat Beamer


Monday Jan 20th 2014 4A Boys Basketball
Garfield High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Jefferson (OR) 24 24 5 14 67
Todd Beamer 11 11 21 17 60

Jefferson (OR) Barely Hangs on to Defeat Beamer
By Colin Caruso

In the final game of the Unity in the Community Showcase, the Todd Beamer Titans hosted the Jefferson Democrats from Oregon. Unfortunately for Root Sports they did not televise this game, as this was by far the most entertaining matchup. Jefferson has one loss on the year, to the mighty Rainier Beach Vikings. Beamer also had one loss entering this contest, to the Lincoln Abes.

Jefferson began this contest unconsciously hot from long range. Back to back 24 point quarters with a total of eight three pointers made put the Beamer Titans in a big hole. Also, Beamer couldn’t get past the two towers for the Democrats, both standing over 6’9″ and turning away most shots at the rim. Jefferson led convincingly 48-22 at the half.

The Beamer staff decided that after the first half it was time to put into effect the terrorizing Beamer full court press. Todd Beamer is an interesting team in that they have five or six players who all hover around the 6’4″ and 6’5″ range who all move well. Their diamond press proved extremely challenging for the Democrats, who only put up 5 points in the third quarter.

By pressing with your best players, you also risk the occurrences of random fouls far away from the basket. This began to hurt the Titans, as their leading scorer in the contest and captain Trey Burch-Manning fouled out. This put a cap to the fantastic comeback for Todd Beamer, who once came as close as four points late in the fourth quarter. But Jefferson held on while only scoring 19 points in the second half to a 67-60 win.

Top Performer:
Silas Melson – 25 points

Todd Beamer’s Stifling D Smothers Inglemoor


Saturday Dec 14th 2013 4A Boys Basketball
Highline CC 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 7 4 7 15 33
Todd Beamer 8 20 12 13 53

See game recap below

Todd Beamer’s Stifling D Smothers Inglemoor
By Colin Caruso

The Todd Beamer Titans gave the Inglemoor Vikings a long Saturday afternoon, allowing just 11 points in the first half to the Vikings, and forcing nine steals. The first quarter was close, with Beamer taking the slightest one point lead into the second. But with a veteran team with the likes of Trey Burch-Manning and Bogdon Bliznyuk, you knew the Titans were going to start heating up.

The Beamer 1-3-1 press in the second quarter was stifling. They forced turnover after turnover and the Vikings could not seem to figure the press out. After a 20-4 second quarter in favor of the Titans, the game was fully in Todd Beamer’s hands.

Beamer came out in the second half still hot from the second quarter, but slowed the game down as the third quarter winded down. In the fourth, Lynnwood was finally able to break the 10 point mark in a quarter, scoring 15 against the Titan reserves. Beamer showed a great defensive performance in this game. Don’t be surprised if you see them playing late in February like they did last year.

Top Performers:
William Luckett – 9 points, 8 rebounds

Todd Beamer
Trey Burch-Manning – 16 points, 8 rebounds
Bogdon Bliznyuk – 12 points, 8 rebounds

Central Valley holds off Todd Beamer in Overtime, Books their Ticket to Tacoma

Saturday- Feb. 23 2013 4A Boys Regionals
Rogers High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Todd Beamer 7 16 15 15 2 55
Central Valley 16 14 15 8 8 61

Todd Beamer Junior Quadir Williams

Central Valley holds off Todd Beamer in Overtime, Books their Ticket to Tacoma
By Colin Caruso 

In this winner to Tacoma, loser out contest, the Todd Beamer Titans clashed with the Central Valley Bears in the 4pm game at Rogers High School.  The Central Valley band kept the crowd enthused during timeouts and halftime; they brought great energy from Spokane.

Central Valley jumped on Todd Beamer immediately following the tip-off.  The Bears started the game on 10-0 run, sprung by two three pointers from senior Austin Rehkow in the first three minutes of the contest.

Todd Beamer was caught off guard by the run; Central Valley played with more energy and completely controlled the glass, recording six offensive rebounds in the quarter.

The Titans began their comeback mid-way through the second, sparked by back to back baskets by junior Michael Stansberry.  Beamer’s outside looks began to fall, and Central Valley’s three point looks were just inches off.

Beamer took the momentum into the locker room down seven, 30-23.

Beamer continued to chip away at the Central Valley lead in the second half.  A layup by Stansberry cut the Bears lead to just three, but the Bears responded with a quick layup of their own and a three by Rehkow to extend the lead back to eight.

In the final quarter, Beamer again came out with great intensity, led by Burch-Manning who converted on two quick baskets to cut the lead to three with five minutes to play.

Titan senior Juwan Flowers continued the run and added two free-throws and a three pointer with 1:33 remaining to give Todd Beamer their first lead of the contest, 53-51.  Bears junior Adam Chamberlain answered from the line, hitting a pair of free-throws to tie the game at 53.

Todd Beamer would have one more shot at the buzzer in the fourth, but it fell short to send the game to overtime.

The Titans scored first in overtime with 3:10 to play on a put-back by Burch-Manning as he was fouled, unfortunately he did not convert on the free-throw.  That basket turned out to be Beamer’s final points.  Central Valley finished the game on an 8-0 run, four points from Rehkow and three points from junior Beau Byus to close out the Titans in overtime, 61-55.

Top Performers:
Todd Beamer
Trey Burch-Manning (19 points, 7 rebounds)
Juwon Flowers (14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds)

Central Valley
Austin Rehkow (21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists)
Beau Byus (16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Girls- Mount Rainier jumps on Todd Beamer early, wins West Central District Title by 18

Monday- Feb. 18 -3A- West Central District
ShoWare Ctr. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Todd Beamer 2 9 11 11 33
Mount Rainier 14 10 11 16 51

Girls- Mount Rainier jumps on Todd Beamer early, wins West Central District Title by 18
By Colin Caruso 

In the 4A Girls West Central District championship game, the Todd Beamer Titans were matched up against the #1 ranked Mount Rainier Rams.  Mount Rainier dominated the first, not allowing a basket until 14 seconds left in the quarter.   Offensively, junior Brittany McPhee was able to completely control the game, leading the Rams with 10 points in the quarter to take a 14-2 lead into the second.

The Beamer offense opened up in the second, scoring nine points and reaching double digits on the game.  Jordan McPhee led all scorers in the quarter with six points on two three pointers, and Mount Rainier took a 13 point lead into the half, 24-11.

Brittany McPhee had another strong quarter in the third, with seven points and two rebounds.  Todd Beamer began to execute better offensively, only turning the ball over twice in the quarter and matching Mount Rainier’s quarter total with 11 points.  Mount Rainier led 35-22 heading into the fourth.

The 11 point lead for the Rams at the end of three was extended to as many as 20 points in the fourth.  Todd Beamer was forced to double team Brittany McPhee, which opened up passing lanes and shooters.  Brittany still scored seven points in the quarter off the double team, and Mount Rainier won the district title 51-33.

Top Performers:
Todd Beamer
Nia Alexander (13 points, 7 rebounds)
Quinessa Caylao-Do (12 points, 4 steals)

Mount Rainier
Brittany McPhee (26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals)
Jordan McPhee (13 points, 2 steals)

Todd Beamer handles Tahoma,
wins by 18

Friday- Feb. 15 -4A- West Central District
Mt. Tahoma 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tahoma 13 10 12 20 55
Todd Beamer 16 15 20 22 73

Todd Beamer handles Tahoma, wins by 18
By Colin Caruso 

The crowd was ready for this matchup between the Todd Beamer Titans and the Tahoma Bears, with a trip to regionals on the line.  Both teams executed well offensively in the first quarter, running half court sets against man to man defense that resulted in baskets.  Tahoma junior Coleman Woot filled up the stat sheet for the Bears in the quarter, with four points and six rebounds, but they trailed after one 16-13.

Beamer began their full court press in the second, trapping the Bears and forcing three early quarter turnovers.  The Titans extended their lead to as many as ten in the second behind eight points from sophomore guard Charles Frazier.  But Tahoma cut that lead to eight at the end of two, 31-23.

Coming out of the break, Todd Beamer continued to put offensive pressure on Tahoma, with back to back threes by Juwan Flowers to extend the Titan lead to 12.  Bogdon Bliznyuk contributed to the Beamer pull-away, scoring six points and pulling down five rebounds in the quarter.  Tahoma had a difficult time controlling their defensive glass in the quarter, allowing four offensive rebounds and six points off second chance baskets.

The game opened up offensively in the fourth, with the teams combining for 42 points.  Beamer pulled in front by as many as 21, and ended up closing out the contest by 18, 73-55.

Top Performers:
DeShon Williams (22 points, 7 rebounds)
Coleman Woot (12 points, 13 rebounds)
Paul Lorenger (9 points, 8 rebounds)

Todd Beamer
Trey Burch-Manning (19 points)
Bogdon Bliznyuk (19 points, 7 rebounds)
Juwan Flowers (13 points, 6 rebounds)