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Football: Beamer hires Darren McKay as head football coach

Less than a week after Beamer High opened up a search for a football head coach, the hunt is over.

The Titans filled the vacancy with a big-name hire, choosing former Gig Harbor High coach Darren McKay.

“I’m excited and happy,” McKay said. “Unless something opened up late I expected to be teaching at Gig Harbor next year and taking the year off from coaching.”

McKay marveled at the speed of the interview process.

“It moved incredibly fast,” he said
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Football: Beamer searching for a head coach

David Sundheim knows the timing wasn’t optimal, but resigning as Beamer High’s football coach was something he had to do.

“There was a family issue that came up and I was able to come through for my family,” he said. “This has nothing to do with or against Beamer.”

Sundheim, who submitted his resignation on Thursday, will join his father Pete as an assistant coach at Pinecrest High in Pinehurst, N.C.

Sundheim, who is from Virginia, completed three seasons at Beamer, compiling a record of 10-20.

Sundheim’s resignation means the Titans must begin searching for a new head coach less than two months before the season begins. Beamer athletic director Jerry Peterson said he’s already begun the process.
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4A baseball: Beamer, Kentwood, Puyallup advance to state semifinals

Where’s the best Class 4A baseball played in Washington?

That’s easy – the South Puget Sound League.

Three SPSL teams – traditional powers Puyallup and Kentwood, plus upstart Beamer – punched tickets to the state semifinals Saturday.

“Three SPSL teams in the final four,” Beamer coach Jerry Peterson said, “that’s pretty exciting.”
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Basketball: SPSL South boys, girls preview capsules


1. Curtis (23-6)
2. Federal Way (14-10)
3. Spanaway Lake (7-13)
4. Beamer (6-13)
5. Puyallup (21-9)
6. Emerald Ridge (2-18)
7. Bethel (10-13)
8. Rogers (17-8)
9. Graham-Kapowsin (1-18)
*2010-11 records

F Darius Johnson-Wilson 6-6 Sr. Curtis
Played a key role in Vikings reaching state finals last season

G D’Londo Tucker 5-11 Jr. Federal Way
Lightning-quick guard leads an attack that will push the tempo

F Braxton Tucker 6-4 Jr. Spanaway Lake
Double-double machine will emerge as one of league’s standout players

W Thomas Rhodes 6-3 Sr. Beamer
He’ll have more games with double-doubles than not

G Dom Jordan 5-9 Jr. Curtis
Experienced point guard can distribute ball and score when needed

The SPSL South is wide open this season. Want proof? None of the players selected to last year’s all-league first- or second-team return. Unlike in past seasons when there’s been a clear-cut frontrunner, expect a wild season filled with teams beating up on each other. Read more »


Football Roundup: Peninsula clinches home playoff game, Sumner freshman throws 6 TDs, plus more results

Home state play-in games in early November are starting to become the norm around Peninsula High School.

The seventh-ranked Seahawks assured themselves of another one – their third in the past four seasons – after routing Decatur, 48-3, at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.

It appears after Peninsula finishes up the regular season next week at Enumclaw, a likely playoff game against Mount Si, the KingCo 3A’s third seed, will happen in the 10th week.

“That is huge for us,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said “We love playing at Roy Anderson Field. It will be big for our seniors to play there one more time. We were locked on that tonight.”
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Football: Puyallup rolls past Beamer, 64-28

Staff Writer

The entire Puyallup Vikings offensive arsenal was on display against the Beamer Titans.
Puyallup (5-3 overall) cashed in on nearly every opportunity on offense, cruising to a 64-28 victory against Beamer (1-7) on Friday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Eight different Puyallup Vikings players scored touchdowns against the Titans.

“The score isn’t necessarily indicative of how things went. We felt pretty disjointed at times and really didn’t feel like anything came very easy,” Vikings head coach Gary Jeffers said. “We were certainly happy with the outcome and look forward to playing our great rival the Rogers Rams next week but we definitely have many things we can go home and work on from tonight.”
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Football: Emerald Ridge opens with win over Beamer

By Shaun Scott

The Emerald Ridge Jaguars defense made two defensive stands to preserve a
21-14 victory in their home opener against the Beamer Titans.

After regaining possession of the ball with 1:19 left in the third quarter, Beamer mounted a 17-play drive that came up an inch short of a game-tying touchdown.

After a 11-yard run by Shawn Priggett got the ball to Emerald Ridge’s 7-yard line, Beamer was in good shape with a first and goal opportunity. After three unsuccessful rushing attempts toward the end zone Beamer called on running back Marley Liulama, who has the size of an offensive lineman, on a fourth and one running play up the gut.

The Jaguars defense swarmed Liulama just inches before the goaline, forcing Beamer to turn ball over the on downs with 6:35 remaining in regulation.

“Down on the goal-line we knew they were just going to try to pound it. So they put their big back (Liulama) in. We had eight guys in the box and the guys just made a play,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Brian Anderson said. “That was a great series for our kids out there.”
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