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Due to technical problems there will be no streaming of soccer games on Sept. 14.
Men’s Wrestling: The End of an Era
Long-time Wrestling Coach Scott Norton is stepping down after 20 years of coaching the Highline Men’s Wrestling Team. He leaves a legacy of excellence in his coaching and relationships, not only with his wrestlers but with all those who had the privilege of interacting with him at Highline and in the wrestling community. Of all his accomplishments, Scott may be most proud of giving meaning to the phrase “student-athlete.” A website posting stated it this way:
“On the mat, the Highline College Wrestling Team is very good. In the classroom, it is a juggernaut. The team, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.34, based on its 10 starters and two extra wrestlers, won the 2018 NJCAA National Academic Championship, the 4th time the program has won this award in nine years. This is more than any other NJCAA college wrestling program. The coaching staff, led by Head Coach Scott Norton and lead assistant coach Brad Luvaas, focus on academics so their student-athletes can successfully transfer and continue their athletic and educational pursuits at a four-year college or university.”
So now Highline will dust off its Wrestling Head Coach job description and look for someone who can continue Highline’s record of wrestling excellence. This description can be found at the Highline College Career page.
Bludgeoning the Bulldogs
Highline 9 Bellevue 1
Sept. 11 – Highline scored its first goal at 4 minutes and its last goal at 88 minutes, and did a lot of scoring in between at the T-Birds crunched the Bellevue Bulldogs. With the win Highline improves to 2-0-0 in league (3-2-0 season)while Bellevue stands at 0-2-0 league (1-4-1 season).
Joel Lozano got the scoring going with his first goal of the match at 4 minutes, assisted by the first of three assists by Oscar Guzman. Lozano then scored unassisted at 8 minutes. He was one of three T-Birds with two goals, joined by Guzman and Khai Brisco. Nestor Quijada, Kadir Mechehat, and Chris Gonzalez also scored. Giovani Perez got Bellevue’s lone goal at 20 minutes.
Highline next takes on Pierce College at the Starfire Soccer Complex on Sept. 14.
Oscar Guzman (left) passes to Chris Gonzalez for a first half goal against Bellevue. Guzman had three assists to go with two goals.
A Most Improbable Win
Sept. 11 – the Thunderbirds, behind the goal keeping of freshman Kate Nelson and the lone goal of the match at 88 minutes by freshman Abigail Carmel (assisted by Kaiti Hamilton), scored a 1-0 win over the Bellevue Bulldogs. Highline improves to 3-0-1 while Bellevue falls to 3-2-0.
What made the win so improbable is that on a warm, late summer afternoon the Thunderbirds played one player short for almost all of the first half. For a variety of reasons the T-Birds started out shorthanded and spent the first 45 minutes fending off a barrage of Bellevue shots as the Bulldogs dominated time of possession. Nelson, in goal for Highline, showed poise beyond a freshman in her fourth game in made a series of saves to keep the game scoreless. In all, she recorded 10 saves. As so the game remained scoreless until the 88th minute, when on a scramble in front of the Bellevue goal Carmel scored her second goal of the year. And so, playing shorthanded for almost half the match, not being able to substitute on a very warm day, and largely on the defense, Highline managed the win. Improbably.
Skyylerblu Johnson controls the ball in midfield for Highline.
Women’s Volleyball: Early Season Results
Sept. 7-8: Highline hosted its own Fall Classic Tournament and finished first by going 4-1. After losing its opener to Big Bend 2-1, the Thunderbirds then ripped off four wins in a row by defeating Umpqua 2-0, Wenatchee Valley 2-0, Pierce 3-2, and then Big Bend 3-0.
The Thunderbirds have a busy week ahead, traveling to Shoreline on Sept. 10, and taking on Skagit Valley at 5pm and then Shoreline at 7pm. The team then travels to Spokane for the Spokane Falls CC Crossover Tournament on Sept. 13-14.
Cheyenne Whitebird in the Highline Fall Classic