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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

High School Sports
Flashback: Tara Davis, Rainier Beach, Class of 1990

Tara Davis excelled in multiple sports at Rainier Beach and UW.
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Sports: Basketball, track and field.

High-school rewind: The 5-foot-10 forward led the Vikings to four state trophies in basketball — fifth, second, second and fifth — and was a Converse All-American as a senior. In track, Davis won Class 3A — at the time called AA — state titles in the 300 hurdles (1987), the long jump (1989) and triple jump (1989, 1990). Her jump of 38 feet, 11-1/2 inches in 1990 was a 3A triple-jump state record at the time. On the soccer field, she was an All-Metro League defender.

After high school: Davis went to Washington on a basketball scholarship, and showed she could excel in multiple sports at the college level. After a successful four-year basketball career, Davis joined the track team as a fifth-year senior and ended up winning a Pac-10 title in the long jump. After college, Davis spent one year coaching at Renton High School before the formation of the American Basketball League. Davis played for the Seattle Reign in 1996-97 and the New England Blizzard in 1997-98. After the league folded, she played a year in Israel.

After athletics: Davis worked as a financial consultant for Smith Barney, but is taking some time off to spend more time with her son.

Tara Davis
: Davis, engaged to be married this summer, lives in Bellevue with her fiancé, Darryl Lewis, and their 3-year old son, Lake.

Fast forward: Now 31, Davis still loves basketball and plays for the P&P Lady Express, a team of former college and professional players that takes on college teams. Despite her athletic success at Rainier Beach, Davis is still bothered by three state-tournament losses — the championship losses to Bainbridge in 1988 and Lakeside in 1989, and the first-round shocker to Bainbridge in 1990. "I'm still bitter," she said. "I remember it like it was yesterday, especially the one my senior year. We had a 20-point lead. We felt like we were clearly the best team in the state. That one hurt. ... It still does."

— John Boyle


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