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Running in First
Cross-Country (Oct.25)

Endalkachew Abebaw started with 41 other runners and over 8 kilometers separated himself from the pack, finishing first in the 2014 NWAC Northwest Region Cross-Country Championships.  With at time of 27:10.4, Ababew was three seconds faster than Everett's Stephen Dietz, finishing at 27.13.7.  With Colton Maddy finishing in eighth place, Hunter Printz in 14th place, and Joey Walker in 20th place gave Highline four finishers in the top 20 of the championship.

Endalkachew Abebaw

Tuning Up for the Playoffs
Women's Soccer Team Crunches Lower Columbia

Women's Soccer: Oct. 25
After playing top-ranked Peninsula to a 0-0 tie on Oct. 22, Highline got its scoring touch back in a big way against the Lower Columbia Red Devils. The Thunderbirds regularly found the back of the Lower Columbia net in cruising to a 11-0 win (box).  With the win Highline, having already clinched a playoff spot, moves into the lead in the NWAC West Division with 44 points, at 14-1-2 in league play.  Peninsula, in second place with 41 points at 13-1-2, has played one less game than the T-Birds.

The contest with the Red Devils was quickly decided as Highline had four goals in the first 12 minutes of the game.  Paige Surber started the honors off an assist by Jessi Beverlin at 2 minutes, and Adrianna McMahon finished the scoring at 73 minutes with her first goal of the year from an assist by Alexis Pryor.  In between, Madison Gale recorded four goals (17 for the year), Alexis Pryor added two goals and two assists, Annalise Miller-Wells had two goals and an assist, and Nanea Tavares contributed a goal and assist.

Highline has one more regular season game,  traveling to Tacoma on Nov. 1 before beginning post-season play.  

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Toppled By the Titans
Women’s Volleyball (Oct. 22)

One of the truisms of sports is that some teams just have your number.  Whatevery you try, it just doesn't seem to work. For Highline this year, that team is the Tacoma Titans. For the fourth time in a month Tacoma defeated Highline in straight sets, this time at 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 (box).  With the sweep, the visiting Titans solidify their hold on first place in the NWAC West Division.  Highline, at 22-12 for the season, drops to 6-3 in the West Division, tied with Clark for third place, trailing Clark and Tacoma.

One of the telling statistics in Highline's loss was an ineffective attack. The T-Bird kill percentage (successful kills minus kill errors divided by total kill attempts) was .053 while Tacoma struck at a .209 clip.  Tasi Peredo of Tacoma led both teams at .400 (14 kills, 2 errors, 30 attempts) while the Thunderbirds were led by Kristen Anderson at .278 (8 kills, 3 errors, 18 attempts).  Alexandra Toth led Highline with 19 sets while Leone Tanielu led both teams with 14 defensive digs.

With five matches left in the season before playoffs start, Highline next hosts Centralia on Oct. 29.

Big Big Win
Men's Soccer: Oct. 22

In the most important game of the year so far, against the top ranked team in the conference, with first place in the division and the possible top seed in the playoffs at stake, the Highline men's soccer team came up big, defeating the host Peninsula Pirates 1-0 behind a goal by Alex Lewis at 67 minutes (assisted by  Isidro Prado-Huerta) and the shutout goalkeeping of Greyson Raffensperger.  With the win Highline now leads the NWAC West Division at 9-1-2 with one game left at Tacoma on Nov. 1 before starting the playoffs.

It was a very physical game between two teams that really don't care for each other. Garrett Brewer and Vinny Nguyen of Highline and Caio Maciel
of Peninsula got yellow cards, and red cards were shown to Peninsula's Brodi Keefe at 74 minutes and Maciel at 90 minutes.

In its pre-game report, the sports website GoalWA wrote that "A fierce, deep-lying rivalry has existed between these two storied programs because of their insatiable desire to constantly be the best. Both programs have been in every Final Four over the past four years. Other teams know that if they want to win an NWAC Title, chances are you will have to go through either the Thunderbirds or Pirates, or in some cases, both."

Look for both of these teams deep in the upcoming NWAC playoffs and don't be surprised if they end up against each other.  

Read a report of the game from goalWA.

(For a coach's perspective of the men's matches check out the team Facebook page.)


Madison Gale tangles with Elizabeth Jackson (7) of Lower Columbia. Gale would score 4 goals
against the Red Devils, giving her 17 for the season.


Highline's Leone Tanielu (4) and Pou Lologo (8) of the Women's Volleyball team
wait for the serve from Tacoma/  Highline lost to the first place Titans in straight sets.

You Take It ...  No, You Go Ahead ... No, Please, I Insist...

Erica Davis (24) and Sofia Arnone (14) of Highline discussing who will take the free kick
against Lower Columbia.  

Congratulations to the Thunderbird  student/ athletes who made the
NWAC All-Academic Team for Fall Sports 2014/15:

  Joey Walker
Men's Soccer
  Armando Castillo  / 
Mathew Cruz  /   Klo Phillips
Women's Soccer
  Madissen Ostergaard  / 
 Adriana McMahon
Women's Volleyball 
Megan Smith  /  Danielle Tabor   Leone Tanielu  / AlexandraToth

Upcoming Events
(vs - home   @ - away)
Women' s Soccer
Oct. 22 Highline at Peninsula 1pm
Oct.25 vs L. Columbia (Starfire 12pm)
Nov.1st @ Tacoma 1pm (location TBD)

Men's Soccer

Oct. 22nd Highline at Peninsula 3pm
Nov. 1st Highline at Tacoma 2:15pm
Women's Volleyball
Oct. 22 7pm @ Grays Harbor
Oct. 24 7pm vs. Tacoma
Oct. 29 7pm vs. Centralia
Nov. 5 7pm @ Lower Columbia
Nov. 7 7pm vs. Clark
Nov. 12 7pm vs. Green River
Nov. 14 7pm vs. Pierce

Men's Wrestling

Oct. 30 Intersquad Meet
Nov. 9 Mike Clock Open
Nov. 15 Clackamas Dual
Nov. 22 North Idaho Duals
Nov. 23 Spokane Open
Dec. 4 S. Puget Sound Dual (home)
Dec. 14 SWOOC DUAL (home)
Dec. 20 Reno Tournament of Champs

Men's Basketball

Oct. 31 TBA Green/White (cancelled)
Nov.7   7pm @ Everett
Nov.11  2pmA @Wenatchee
Nov.14  7pm @Edmonds

Pre-Division Games
Nov.21  6pm vs. Peninsula
Nov.22  3pm @Yakima
Nov.29  2pm vs. Alumni
Dec. 4  7pm @Bellevue
Dec.10  8pm vs. Skagit
Dec.12-14 TBA Bellevue Tourney
Dec.16  6pm vs. Olympic
Dec.18-20 TBA Clackamas
           Crossover Tourney
Dec.30  3pm @Whatcom

Women's Basketball

Oct.25 vs Evergreen State 6pm
Oct.25 vs.Wenatchee Valley 6pm
Nov. 2 @ UPS 2pm
Nov. 8 @ Bellevue

Pre-League Games
Nov. 21-22 @ MT Hood Classic
Nov.29 vs Alumni 12pm
Dec.5,6,7 @ Bellevue Classic
Dec.10th vs Whatcom 6pm
Dec.16 @ Peninsula College 5pm
Dec.18-20 @ Green River Crossover
Dec.27-29 @ Chemeketa Tournament

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Updated Nov. 2014

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