Pair of locals make debuts in Alliance of American Football

Ex-Murphy star Taniela Tupou and ex-Meadowdale standout Connor Hamlett begin play in new pro league.

The Alliance of American Football made its debut over the weekend, and Taniela Tupou made a solid start in his attempt to get back to the NFL.

The Archbishop Murphy High School graduate was a contributor in the San Diego Fleet’s inaugural AAF game, a 15-6 loss to the San Antonio Commanders on Saturday in San Antonio.

Tupou, who’s played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons, started at defensive tackle for the Fleet and finished with five tackles and a sack. All the players in the AAF are hoping to use the league as an avenue to the NFL.

Meadowdale High School graduate Connor Hamlett, a tight end with the Arizona Hotshots, had one target and no catches in the Hotshots’ 38-22 victory over the Salt Lake Stallions. The Stallions are coached by Everett High School graduate Dennis Erickson.

Baker finishes fifth at Four Continents

Kamiak High School graduate Jean-Luc Baker and his partner Kaitlin Hawayek placed fifth in the ice dancing competition at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Sunday in Anaheim, California. Baker and Hawayek finished with a score of 189.87, while fellow American duo Madison Chock and Evan Bates won with a score of 207.42. Baker and Hawayek won the event last year against a weaker field that didn’t include teams competing in the Winter Olympics.

EvCC men’s hoops moves up rankings

The Everett Community College men’s basketball team climbed three spots in the latest NWAC coaches poll. The Trojans (8-0 league, 16-7 overall), in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, jumped from seventh into a tie for fourth. Everett also remained in the top spot in the NWAC RPI rankings.

Edmonds (6-2, 15-7) finished just outside the top eight as one of three teams that also received votes. The Tritons rank fifth in RPI.

EdCC seeking women’s soccer coach

Edmonds Community College is seeking a new women’s soccer coach. Adam Fenster, who guided the Tritons to a 9-7-2 record and a berth in the Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship, stepped down after one season in charge. The school hopes to have a new coach in place by March. 1. For more information, visit the Edmonds Community College athletics website at www.edcc.edu/athletics.

Mensing, Rogers earn All-Academic honors

Glacier Peak High School graduate Sadie Mensing and Lynnwood High School graduate Kelsey Rogers were each selected to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team. Mensing, as senior guard at Central Washington University, has a 3.78 grade-point average in mechanical engineering technology. Rogers, a sophomore forward at Western Washington University, has a 3.25 grade-point average in biology. Players must be in at least their second season at the school and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.20 to qualify for the team.

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