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Good Start to the Playoffs
Highline 5 Whatcom 0
Team Advances to Semi-Finals
Nov. 9 – Rayna Santiago was still a little sore but she was ready to play after missing two games with back issues. And play she did, scoring twice in the first nine minutes of the match to get the Thunderbirds a quick lead that would never be threatened. Whatcom did tighten its defense after Highline’s initial flurry and was still in the contest, trailing 2-0 at halftime. It was in the second half that the T-Birds blew the match open. A header by Alyssa Andrews at 47 minutes off a well-placed corner by Kaiti Hamilton was followed by Cassidy O’Dell fighting her way past a Whatcom defender and delivering a perfect cross that Hannah Anderson headed in at 55 minutes. And for the capper, Taylor Mitchell scored from the goal crease at 71 minutes off a well-deserved assist by Sophia Leer.
Highline (16-0-1) moves on to play Walla Walla (18-0-2) in the semi-finals on Nov. 15 at 3pm at the Starfire Soccer Complex. Highline and Walla Walla are ranked #3 and #2 respectively in the latest NWAC Coaches poll. The winner will advanced to the championship match on Nov. 17.
Four Goals Against Whatcom
Rayna Santiago about to score her second goal against Whatcom at 9 minutes, assisted by Abby Carmel.
Hannah Anderson at 55 minutes off a cross from the right corner by Cassidy O’Dell.
Alyssa Andrews with the header at 47 minutes from a corner by Kaiti Hamilton.
Taylor Mitchell from point-blank range at 71 minutes, assisted by Sophia Leer.
Falling to Pierce
Nov. 8 – The Thunderbirds traveled to Pierce College, ranked #2 in the latest NWAC Coaches Poll, and fell to the Raiders in four sets (29-27, 16-25, 22-25, 20-25. Alicia Nguyen led Highline with 18 kills with Kiki Troy recording 38 assists and April Talaiga with 36 digs. Pierce had three players in double-figure kills, led by Kava Durr with 14. Hattey Smith had 38 assists and Ainslee Eberle had 25 digs. The loss leaves the team at 16-5 for the season and 8-2 in league play, with a playoff spot secured with two matches left in the regular season.
April Talaiga (center), here in action against Tacoma, had 36 digs against Pierce.
Report from Head Coach Chad Beatty
Nov. 9 – Ten Thunderbirds took the mat for the first time on Saturday at the Clackamas Open in Oregon City, OR. Washington’s Team finished with three place winners; 2 finalists, John Sowers (157), & Hayden Henry (184) and a 3rd place finisher, Kai Olson (197). Gerardo Suarez (141) and Jeramias Sandoval (149) made it to the consolation-semifinals but didn’t have the opportunity to finish their tournaments before reaching their match limit for the day. Austin Cleland (141), Wyatt Schrader (149), Nico Torres (174), Ta-Tes Boulby (184), and Anthony Rawson (184:Unattached) completed very well their first event of the year, too. Considering all of the uncertainty surrounding who would be the torch barrier of the program the team fought hard and is already looking forward to making adjustments in order to avenge their losses. The Thunderbirds compete again next weekend in Forest Grove, OR at the Mike Clock Open.
One and Done in the Playoffs
Wenatchee Valley 2 Highline 1 (double overtime)
Nov. 6 – For most men’s soccer teams in the Northwest Athletics Conference, a 7-4-1 league record and a trip to the playoffs would be considered a very successful year. But by the high standards the Highline program has set over past years, the 2-1 first round loss to Wenatchee Valley in double-overtime can only seem a disappointment. It was a hard-fought contest that saw Wenatchee Valley take the lead at 46 minutes after a scoreless first half on an unassisted goal by Luis Navarrete. Highline’s Cris Garfias-Lozano tied the score on a penalty kick at 78 minutes. That ended the scoring through the end of regular time and the first overtime. The match ended when with a couple of minutes left in the second overtime midfielder Alex Medina of Wenatchee Valley took advantage of a scramble in front of the Highline goal and scored the game winner. And with that goal Highline’s season was over.
The loss marked the final matches for the sophomores, led by Alex Weaver, Gauoussou Doucoure, Nestor Quijada, and Augie Estrada. Head Coach Steve Mohn will need to replace such standouts but after playing this year with a freshman laden roster gaining valuable experience, Highline should be bringing back an abundance of match-tested players for the 2020 season.
Freshman David Avila will be a key returnee for the Thunderbirds.
Preparing for the 2019/20 Season
The Women’s Basketball team is practicing in preparation for the upcoming season. Head Coach Daimen Crump will be working with a freshman laden team along with key returnees Alani Sinclair (5 ppg, 5.4 rpg.) and Tori Allen (8.4 ppg., 6.8 rpg). The team will have almost a month of practice before scrimmaging in the Centralia Jamboree (Oct. 12) and the Bellevue Jamboree (Nov. 9). The regular season gets underway on Nov. 15 with the T-Birds taking on Shoreline in the Tacoma CC Titan Classic. League action begins on Jan. 8, 2020 with a home game against Green River.
Head Coach Daimen Crump
Tipping Off the New Season
The Highline Men’s Basketball team, with Che Dawson in his 16th year as head coach, prepares to get underway for the 2019/20 season with a full state of scrimmages, non-conference, tournament, and conference games. After an instrasquad game on Oct. 24, the men will host the Seattle Mountaineers on Oct. 30. The non-conference part of the schedule kicks off on Nov. 15 with the team taking on Clackamas at the Tacoma CC Titan Classic tournament. Conference action begins with the new year as the T-Birds hosts Green River on January 8, 2020.
Che Dawson begins his 16th year as Men’s Basketball Head Coach
A Sunday Morning Reunion
Oct. 20 – this year’s Highline Women’s team (with six new members) got a chance to meet last year’s team to play a few sets and have lunch together as the team hosted its first ever alumni match on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Boeing Employee Tennis Center. In the process the current team got a chance to pick up some tips, both in tennis and being a college student. With a young team, the T-Birds will be anchored by Mikyla Olsen, who won the #3 Singles Championship at the 2019 NWAC Tournament.
The 201819 and 2019/20 teams, with Head Coach Laura Rosa and Asst. Coach Makoa Rosa.