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2 Wins and a Loss at the Bellevue Tournament
Highline went 2-1 at the Bellevue Tournament (Dec. 7-9), with wins over Columbia Basin and Walla Walls sandwiching a loss to Bellevue.
Dec. 7 Highline 75 Columbia Basin 73 – David Harris led Highline with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Thunderbirds squeaked by Columbia Basin. Coby Miles (15 points), Coby Rothwell (14 points), and Ryder Kavanagh (12 points) all contributed to Highline’s balanced attack. Columbia Basin was paced by Kaden Hassett’s 17 points and Victor Clarke with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Dec. 8 Bellevue 98 Highline 91 – after being tied at halftime, Bellevue pulled away in the second half to topple the T-Birds. Bellevue benefited from big games by Ting-Jhao JIan (31 points, 10 assists) and Curtis Walker (20 points, 19 rebounds) while Highline once again showed a balanced scoring attack, with all five starters in double-figures, led by David Harris and Coby Rothwell with 20 points each. While the Thunderbirds shot a respectable 49% from the field, Bellevue hit a scorching 59% of its shots, including 53% from the 3-point arc.
Dec. 9 Highline 92 Walla Walla 87 – David Harris finished off a fine tournament performance with 31 points and five rebounds as Highline bounced back from the loss to Bellevue to defeat Walla Walla. Coby Rothwell, also with a solid tournament performance, hit for 19 points and Ryder Kavanagh added 12 points as he again contributes scoring punch off the bench. Walla Walla, with five players in scoring double-figures, was led by Damen Thacker’s 23 points.
David Harris (3) averaged 24 points and 8 rebounds as Highline went 2-1 in the Bellevue Tournament.
A Win and a Loss
Highline 59 Shoreline 52
Dec. 6, 2018 – Highline secured its first win of the season behind the one-two scoring punch of Braeanna Estabillo and Jazmina Lafitaga as the Thunderbirds defeated the visiting Dolphins 59-52. Estabillo had 18 points, including two free throws with 11 seconds left to secure the victory, while Lafitaga filled the stats sheet with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, and five steals. Shoreline was led by 18 points and 10 rebounds of Valerie Bell.
The difference in the game was Highline’s defense, holding Shoreline to 27% from the field. The Thunderbirds shot a little better, at 35%, which was enough to overcome being outrebounded 40-32 by the visitors.
Mt. Hood 63 Highline 53
Dec. 7 – Highline couldn’t overcome a cold shooting night, hitting only 27% from the field as it fell to the visiting Mt. Hood Saints 63-53. The Thunderbirds were led by Kami Jackson’s 15 points and Tori Allen with eight points and eight rebounds. Mt. Hood had three players in double-figure scoring, paced by Rachel Watson with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
With Mt. Hood shooting a respectable 48%, the T-Birds did play the Saints even for three quarters, with a cold spell in the second quarter giving the Saints a seven-point halftime lead it would never relinquish. With the loss the team stands at 1-3 with a week off before hosting the NWAC Crossover Tournament on Dec. 14-16.
Jazmina Lafitaga with two of her 15 points against Shoreline.
Kiley Kirk with the corner jumper vs. Mt. Hood.
(Nov. 17, 2018)
Report from Head Coach Scott Norton:
This past weekend was pretty tough on our team. We had 4 starters out of the lineup. Our team has been battling staph, MRSA, as well as the flu. However, we still made the journey over to Spokane for a few duals and for the Spokane Open. Highline was led by Ben Gore (184), and Kettner Fields (174). Ben ended up pinning a returning All-American. Ben has been wrestling really well this year. Kettner has also been one of the leaders on our team as well. These were the only 2 wrestlers who went deep into the tournament. We are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Break where we can get our athletes healthy and ready to go. The Thunderbirds will enter the toughest tournament to date when we compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on November 30 and December 1. It is primarily an NCAA Division 1 tournament, but we want our guys wrestling the best and getting exposure to move to a 4-year college.
Prior to the open, we wrestled North Idaho and Montana Northern. It did not go well. The only victors against North Idaho were Ben Gore 184 and Kettner Fields 174. Against Montana Northern, our only victors were Connor Rosane 184 and Evan Barger Hwt. To access the individual results follow the link to Track Wrestling.
Highline Wrestlers in the Win Against Umpqua (Nov. 2)
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).
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.
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 / Women’s Tennis
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.