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And Now the Playoffs
After a 28-10 regular season record and a solid 2nd place finish in the West Division, Highline heads into the NWAC Volleyball Playoffs, taking on Bellevue in a first round match on Nov. 16 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Sophomores Adrienne Haggerty, Mahie Kaawa, Taylor Bell, and Karte McGrath will provide playoff experience, while key freshmen Alicia Nguyen, Kiki Troy, “Misiona Riberio, and April Talaiga getting their first taste of playoff action. After early exits in previous playoff matches, Coach Chris Littleman is looking for the team to advance at least the second or third round, and hopefully beyond that.
Adrienne Haggerty is one of the sophomores leading Highline into the NWAC Playoffs.
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 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.
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.
Highline’s Alex Weaver returns in goal after a very solid freshman season.
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.
Nov. 2, 2018 Highline 37 Umpqua 15
(see a full report from Head Scott Norton and photos from the meet)
Highline got its 2018/19 wrestling season off to a strong start, defeating the Umpqua Riverhawks 37-15 at the Curtis High School in University Place, WA. Following a strong start by Jacob Mendoza (125 lb), who recorded a 9-7 win, the Thunderbirds rolled behind pins by Austin Wallace-Lister (133lb); Ethan Wendell (149 lb); Patrick Wheeler (157 lb); Ketner Fields (174 lb); and Ben Gore (184 lb). Anthony Rawson (165 lb) scored a major decision in defeating his opponent 15-5.
The team gets a week to rest and practice before traveling to Moses Lake to participate in the Big Bend Dual on Nov. 9.
Highline’s Austin Lister-Wallace on his way to a pin against Umpqua.
(See the Wrestling homepage for a full report and more photos from the meet)
Highline College Softball Winter Camp 2018
December 29, 2018 8am-3pm Cost: $125 For all High School ages
see Women’s Softball page for more information
Gearing Up for the Upcoming Seasons
Women’s Softball / Men’s Basketball / Women’s Basketball
Back to Basics
The Highline Men’s Basketball team has begun practice for the 2018/19 season under Che Dawson, starting his16th year as Head Coach (251-180 overall /148-86 West Division). The team will rely on key returning sophomores David Harris (19.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg), Coby Rothwell (10.9 ppg. 5.2 rpg), and Steffun Singleton (6.2 ppg, 2.7 apg), along with nine newcomers. The team will begin scrimmaging other teams at the beginning of November before getting the regular season underway on Nov. 23 at the Skagit Valley Tournament.
Head Coach Che Dawson starts his 16th year leading the Men’s Basketball program
The Highline Women’s Basketball team begins its second year under Head Coach Daimen Crump, with six new faces joining a team that surprised everyone, except possibly themselves, by going 11-16 (7-7 in league) with a squad that sometimes could only dress seven players. This year’s team looks to build on last year with key returners including Sharon Ajaya (14 ppg), Nadija Demic (6.9ppg) and Kanani Kremers (7.8 ppg), With a year of Coach Crump’s new system behind them, they will be expected to provide leadership in bringing all their new teammates up to speed.
At the beginning of his first year, Head Coach Daimen Crump stated “This season’s mission is to set a new course, focused on creating an environment that facilitates all student athletes to establish goals, work hard to achieve them, and most importantly have fun doing it.” Now in his second year, this new course begins its next step.
Head Coach Damien Crump stressing fundamentals in the first weeks of practice.
Continuing a Strong Start
In its third year as a program under Head Coach Laura Rosa, the Women’s Tennis Team looks to continue its early program successes. Sophomores Miriam Cabrera and Danielle Mendoza return to lead the 2018/19 s team while five freshman have been added to replace those moving on, including standout sophomores Amila Gogalija, Celeste Andreotti, and Samantha McElwain. Coach Rosa will challenge the freshmen to get up to the college game, with the Thunderbirds having a challenging upcoming schedule, including a trip to California in late March 2019 that includes three matches in four days.
Head Coach Laura Rosa (right) oversees a practice session at the Boeing Employees Tennis Club.
The Highline Women’s Softball team is busy practicing getting ready for the upcoming season. Head Coach Jason Evans welcomes 11 freshman to go with seven returning sophomores for one of the most talented and deep squads in recent team history. Among the key returning players are Kiana Kingsley, who led the team in hitting last year with a .350 average, and Hailey Clark, who hit .336 with seven home runs and 36 rbis. The key to the season will be how the freshman dominated pitching staff gets up to speed playing at the college level.
Head Coach Jason Evans makes a point during practice.