STADIUM, WILSON DOMINATE ALL-CITY MEET
Stadium won six events and Wilson won five others at the annual All-City Boys Swimming Meet on Jan. 11 at Foss High School.
The Tigers started the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, as Noah Willers, Kyle Marr, Michael Marr and Sam Hoag finished in a time of 1:49.58. Each member of that also took an individual victory, as Willers won the 100-yard butterfly, Michael Marr won the 200-yard individual medley, Kyle Marr claimed the 100-yard freestyle and Hoag won the 100-yard breaststroke. The Marrs teamed with Willers and Seamus Grant to finish the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:37.85.
Wilson, meanwhile, was helped by Alex Gayvoronski’s win in the 50-yard freestyle and second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. He also teamed with Jesse Gayvoronski, Cody Dodge and Austin Lawrence to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:37.27. Dodge won the 200-yard freestyle, Conner Schell won the 100-yard backstroke and Chris Harkness won the 500-yard freestyle for the Rams.
Foss’ Ryan Waller earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and teamed with Mitch Greer, Carlos Navarro and Ben Sipes to take fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in a district-qualifying time of 2:03.77. Greer took third in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle.
KOVAR AND OKOLI TO SOUNDERS
On Jan. 9, Seattle Sounders FC announced the signing of two stars from the Sounders U-23 to MLS contracts, midfielder Aaron Kovar and forward Sean Okoli. Kovar and Okoli are the sixth and seventh Sounders U-23s to sign with Major League Soccer clubs. They will join DeAndre Yedlin as Sounders U-23 alumni currently suiting up for the Sounders’ first team.
Kovar was the Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year in 2011 and earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors in his first season at Stanford in 2012.
“I feel honored to be part of this club,” Kovar added about signing with the first team. “I’ve been a fan since I was 10 years old going to USL games with my dad. I’m excited to be part of my hometown club, to meet all my teammates and get ready for the preseason.”
Okoli played two summers with the Sounders U-23 during his time at Wake Forest. The striker scored nearly a goal every other game for the U-23s. A native of Federal Way, Okoli graduated from Todd Beamer High School, where he scored 19 goals with 14 assists as a senior.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” said Okoli. “I can’t wait to play at CenturyLink in front of all of the fans. I am excited to help the team win games, score goals and really get my career started.”
Kovar and Okoli were the first Sounders FC Academy players to appear in a MLS Reserve League game for Sounders FC. Kovar played the final nine minutes and Okoli played the final 12 minutes in a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on May 30, 2011.
RAHEEM WINS AT EMERALD QUEEN
Zahir Raheem continued his dominance fighting under the Halquist Productions banner on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on Jan. 10 at the Emerald Queen Casino. Raheem (35-3, 21 KOs) won by unanimous decision, 99-91, 99-91, 97-93 over Bayan Jargal (17-5-3, 11 Kos) to become the new World Boxing Organization NABO junior welterweight champion.
Raheem was nearly untouchable throughout the 10 round bout as he controlled the tempo of the fight with a steady jab and a solid left hook to the body.
The first fight of the night featured heavyweights Lateef Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) and Jonte Willis (9-8-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six-round heavyweight bout. In the sixth round, Kayode earned a technical knockout victory and improved his record to 2-0 in the heavyweight division.
The main event featured a scrappy battle between junior lightweights Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs), who was fighting in the United States for the first time, and Yenifel Vicente (25-1-2, 17 KOs). After eight rounds, the judges came to a majority draw, scoring the bout 77-75, 77-75, 76-76 in favor of Rodriguez.
TITANS DEFEND HOME COURT, FALL ON ROAD
The Tacoma Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams earned solid victories over South Puget Sound at home, then fell to first-place Clark on the road last week.
The Titan women topped South Puget Sound 67-58 on Jan. 11, as Alexus Grant tallied 20 points, Tyanna Barton had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Stewart tallied 12 points, four steals and five assists. The Titans scored 26 points off the Clippers’ 20 turnovers.
The men followed with a 63-51 victory over the Clippers, as Anthony Harper notched a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Titans limited South Puget Sound to just 21 percent shooting from the field in the first half as they took a 30-15 lead.
But the road was much tougher at Clark on Jan. 13, as the women began with an 89-47 setback to the Penguins. Stewart had a team-high 13 points and Barton contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, but 33 turnovers by TCC contributed to 33 points for Clark.
The men then fell 88-75 to the Penguins, allowing Clark to shoot 60 percent from the field in the first half and take a 43-23 lead. The Titans responded by shooting 54 percent and scoring 52 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. Terrell Lewis was 10-for-16 from the field for a game-high 25 points, while Anthony Harper had 13 points, Marquis Blackwell added 12 points and Isaiah Flynn had seven points and eight assists for the Titans.
The losses left both squads with a 2-3 mark in division play, as they host Lower Columbia on Jan. 18, with the women’s game at 3 p.m. and the men following at 5 p.m.