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Home of the Thunderbirds
The 2019 T-Bird Classic
~ The Original “GOAT” Tournament ~
To be held at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club Federal Way, WA
Friday, June 14, 2019
* 10:00 am Check-In *12:30 pm Shotgun Start
For Any Questions please contact:
John Dunn / Athletic Director email@example.com (206) 592-3455
Highline College P.O. Box 98000 Des Moines, WA 98198-9800
Three Singles Champions
2019 NWAC Women’s Tennis Championships
May 10-11: Highline took home three singles championships and two second place finishes in the 2019 NWAC Women’s Tennis Championships, held in Spokane. T-Bird freshmen Lexi Maison, Mikyla Olsen, and Kaylin Phan each won in singles competitions and the teams of Miriam Cabrera/Lexi Maison and Danielle Mendoza/Mikyla Olsen finished second in doubles.
Women’s #1 Singles: Miriam Cabrera 4th place
Women’s #2 Singles: Lexi Maison CHAMPION
Women’s #3 Singles: Mikyla Olsen CHAMPION
Women’s #4 Singles: Danielle Mendoza 3rd place
Women’s #5 Singles: Kaylin Phan CHAMPION
Women’s #6 Singles: Nikelle Price 3rd place
Women’s #1 Doubles: Cabrera/Maison 2nd place
Women’s #2 Doubles: Mendoza/Olsen 2nd place
Women’s #3 Doubles: Phan/Price 3rd place
End of the Season
The Thunderbirds finished off the regular season by sweeping the Pierce College Raiders 8-2 and 8-3. Kayla Smith pitched complete games for both wins. Alyssa Avilla was the hitting star of the first game with two hits, a walk, and three runs batted in. Soraya Seumalo added two runs batted in. Jordyn Judge led the offensive attack in the second game, driving in four runs. Highline finishes the season at 14-24, 12-20 in league play.
Highline’s Alyssa Avilla (20) in earlier action against Everett College.
Hosting the Highline League Match
May 5-6, 2019 – Highline hosted the Highline League Match at the Riverbend Golf Course (Kent, WA). The team finished 7th with Jenna Muller Muller finishing fourth, shooting a 163. Also competing for Highline was Paige Mellum. Alyssa Metzger, and Shylee McConnell.
Jenna Muller finished 4th in the Highline League Match on May 5-6.
A Wonderful Run
Highline Falls to Undefeated Spokane in Finals
A gritty Highline team (34-12) clawed its way into the Championship match against the undefeated and top-ranked Spokane Sasquatch (40-0) before running out of gas and falling 3-0 in straight sets. It was Highline’s seventh match in four days, and the culmination of a sparkling playoff run. After defeating Bellevue and Linn-Benton to open the playoffs, Highline lost to Spokane and moved into the losers’ bracket. The Thunderbirds, playing its best volleyball of the season, promptly won three matches in a row over North Idaho, Edmonds, and Pierce to make the finals. Ironically enough, Highline had lost to each of these higher ranked teams in the regular season, including twice to Pierce. Spokane ended Highline’s championship hopes but the loss did nothing to detract from the team’s inspired and fun playoff run (See the Volleyball season wrap-up and 2018 Volleyball Season in Photos).
NJCAA National Championships
(March 1-2, 2019 Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Highline traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa to the 2019 NJCAA National Championships. Six wrestlers participated, including Shandon Akeo (133), Josh Franich (141), Kettner Fields (165), Conner Rosane (174), Ben Gore (184), and Dan Allen (197).
Akeo, Franich, Fields, and Rosane won their first round matches. Highline didn’t do as well in the second round, although Highline Head Coach Scott Norton singled out Shandon Akeo as being very competitive and wrestling well.
In the consolation round Ben Gore tore ligaments in his elbow and had to medically forfeit out of the tournament. Dan Allen lost a close match, largely from inexperience.
Akeo and Franich moved on to the later rounds, with Franich finishing what Coach Norton called a “tremendous tournament” as Highline’s one All-American. Akeo came very close, losing in what was a controversial match with the referee not awarding him a near fall, which would have made a big difference.
Coach Norton summed up the championships by stating that “Overall, our guys competed well and did the best they could. As a team, we finished 22nd in the nation. I’m proud of their hard work and what they accomplished this year. We ended the year with six national qualifiers and an All-American.”
Highline Wrestling Head Coach Scott Norton just completed his 16th year running the very successful Highline wrestling program.
Participating in the Nationals
Left to Right: Assistant Coach Kurt Swartz, Ketner Fields, Ben Gore, Shandon Akeo, Josh Franich (not pictured: Dan Allen)
photo by Matt Thomson (Highline Thunderword)
A Winning Season But No Playoffs
Highline finished its season at 19-10 and 8-6 in conference play, just missing out on a playoff position. Moving on from Highline after completing their sophomore seasons will be David Harris, Coby Myles, Coby Rothwell, Trenten McCall, Tristan Miguel, and team manager Jason Holler. Key returnees for Highline include Noah Harper, RJ Nelson, Mahlik Hall , Nathan Yockey, and Ryder Kavanagh.
David Harris – named to the NWAC West All-Region first team and the West All-Region all-defense team.
Minutes per game: David Harris 34.7
Points per game: David Harris 19.7
Shooting Pct. (min. 60 attempts): Tristan Miguel 58.7%;
3-pt. Shoot Pct. (min 20 attempts): David Harris 38.4%
Free Throw Pct. (min. 30 attempts): Mahlik Hall 84.5%
Assists per game: Coby Myles 2.9
Rebounds per game: David Harris 7.1
Steals per game: Mahlik Hall 1.6
Blocks per game: Tristan Miguel 1.2
Sophomore David Harris led Highline in minutes, scoring, and rebounding.
Season Ends with Playoff Loss
Highline made the playoffs in Head Coach Damien Crump’s second year of rebuilding the program, losing in the first round to Peninsula. For the year, the team was 12-14 for the season and 8-6 in conference play.
The end of the season sees the departures of sophomores Sharon Ajayi, Minami Ando, Aleyah Bennett, Nadia Demic, Kami Jackson, Mahie Kaawa, Kanani Kremers, and Jazmina Lafitaga. With five returning freshmen, the coaching staff will be hitting the recruiting trail, being able to offer playing time and a program on the rise.
Jazmina Lafitaga – NWAC All-Western Region second team
Kanani Kremers – NWAC All-Western Region defensive team
Minutes per game: Jazmina Lafitaga 29.8 mpg
Points per game: Jazmina Lafitaga 11.0 ppg
Shooting Pct. (min. 60 attempts): Kiley Kirk 40.5%
3-pt. Shoot Pct. (min 20 attempts): Braeanna Estabillo 31.7%
Free Throw Pct. (min. 30 attempts): Kami Jackson 77.1%
Assists per game: Jazmina Lafitaga 2.4 apg
Rebounds per game: Jazmina Lafitaga 6.8 rpg
Steals per game: Jazmina Lafitaga 2.1 spg
Blocks per game: Alani Sinclair 0.7 bpg
Sophomore Jazmina Lafitaga led the team in minutes played, scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals.
Highline Soccer: No Repeats this Year
Men and Women Both Fall in Semifinals
Highline’s reign as defending champions, both for the Women’s and Men’s soccer teams, ended after one year as each lost in the 2018 semifinals. Ironically, these losses were against the same teams that Highline defeated for the championships last year. The Women’s team, which defeated the Peninsula Pirates 1-0 in the 2017 Championship game, lost to the Pirates in the 2018 by the identical 1-0 score. Peninsula would go on to claim the 2018 NWAC Championship. The Men’s team, which defeated the Whatcom Orcas 1-0 in the 2017 Championship game, fell 2-0 to the Orcas in 2018. Whatcom would go on to lose the title game to Tacoma.
For the Men’s team
the departing Highline sophomores leave an impressive legacy, going 28-3-4 in the last two years, scoring 107 goals while allowing only 24. They won one NWAC West Division title outright and shared a second division title, and finished each regular season top ranked in the league. And of course, to top it all off, the men won Highline’s fourth championship in 2017.
The team will have a challenge in replacing the dynamic scoring tandem of Ryley Johnson and Jason Rodriguez, along with other key sophomores including forwards Dane Evanger and Alex Velasco, midfielders Noah Runsvold and Axel Mejia, and defenders Dylan Murphy and Tucker Davidson. With 14 freshmen on its current roster, the team returns a solid core on which to reload for another run at the title.
Go to the Men’s Soccer Page for the Year in Photos and a list of All-Stars.
Highline’s Alex Weaver returns in goal after a very solid freshman season.
For the Women’s team
the two-year sophomores moving on from Highline can take pride in their numerous accomplishments. Over their two years the team went 34-2-3, scoring 198 goals while allowing only 12. They won two NWAC West Division titles, finishing each regular season top ranked in the league. And of course, to top it all off, they won Highline’s first Women’s Soccer Championship in 2017.
Those graduating and moving on from the team include West Division MVP Jewel Boland, who scored the winning goal in overtime in the 2017 championship match. All-Stars leaving include midfielder McKenzie Buell, defensive stalwarts Valeria Rios and Fiona Dawson, and goalkeeper Savannah Hutchinson. The team will be returning a core of solid freshman who saw a lot of playing time in 2018 and will be expected to provide the leadership in maintaining Highline’s winning ways.
Go to the Women’s Soccer Page for the Year in Photos and a list of All-Stars.,
Hannah Shires, with Highline’s first goal against Walla Walla in the playoff quarterfinals, is one of the key freshman returning to Highline next year.