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Taking Down Tacoma in Extra Time
Highline Records First Conference Victory
Jan. 12 – Tristan Miguel scored 8 of his game high 25 points in overtime as Highline eked past the visiting Tacoma Titans 87-78. In addition to his scoring, MIguel added a team high 11 rebounds. David Harris contributed 21 points and 9 rebounds and Mahlik added 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Tacoma was led by Cameron Collins with 21 points.
After taking a 37-29 halftime lead, Highline surrendered the lead, trailing by two after Tacoma’s Travis Parker-Lopez hit a layup with a minute remaining in the second half. With both team missing scoring chances, David Harris rebounded a Tacoma miss and was fouled with 10 seconds left. He made both free throws to tie the game and the t-Birds dodged a bullet as Parker-Lopez missed a long jumper with six seconds left and Dakota Murr missed the follow-up tip in. Highline dominated the overtime, taking command in outscoring the Titans 8-2 in the first three minutes.
Edging Past Tacoma
Team Goes 2-0 in Conference Play
Jan. 12 – It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win and Highline will certainly take a 45-40 victory over the visiting Tacoma Titans. With both teams shooting poorly throughout the contest (Highline 29%; Tacoma 24%) and not being able to gain any separation, a close game came down to who would make the key plays down the stretch. With Tacoma up 40-39 with two minutes to go, it was Highline’s Kanani Kremers (11 points) from an assist by Jazmina Lafitaga who put the Thunderbirds up for good with a three-point jumper. After both team missed multiple scoring opportunities, freshman point guard Braeanna Estabillo hit two free throws with seven seconds remaining to ice the victory.
In addition to Kremers’ team high 11 points, Lafitaga pulled down 11 rebounds and Tori Allen had 7 points and 9 rebounds. Tacoma was led by the 11 points by Shawn Brown.
Highline’s Tristan Miguel hit 8 of his game high 25 points in overtime to lead Highline past Tacoma (Jan. 12).
Kanani Kremers hits the three-pointer with two minutes remaining to put Highline ahead for good in its 45-40 win over Tacoma (Jan. 12)
Boxer Open (Jan. 13, 2019)
Update from Head Coach Scott Norton
This weekend we competed at the Boxer Open. Shandon Akeo (133), Ethan Wendell (149), and Connor Rosane (184) all won their weight classes. Shandon looked dominant through the tournament. He was going from takedowns to immediate turns. In addition, Ethan Wendell pinned Garrett Russell (Umpqua) who has been ranked as high as third in the nation. Ethan led through the entire match up until the fall. He ended up winning his weight class, and is wrestling very well right now. Connor Rosane (184) also wrestled well. Connor is not 100% healthy right now but wrestled a very smart tournament. Rosane won all three matches. He is currently on his way down to 174.
At 141, Josh Franich did a great job. He pinned a wrestler from Oregon State in a head arm. Josh has been wrestling well. Unfortunately, he was caught in a tilt and rolled across his back which led to a fall.
We weighed in Kettner Fields at 166 to wrestle 174 but he is going to make an adjustment and make 165 for the Clackamas Open. Kettner only lost one match to finish 3rd.
We had a little hiccup at 184 as Ben Gore took a loss to a wrestler from Southwest Oregon. Ben went for a move that he doesn’t usually try and got taken down with it. Ben didn’t seem like himself this weekend. Sometimes, you have to work smarter vs. harder.
Some of our other wrestlers who competed were: Evan Barger (Hwt.) Dan Allen (197), Gabe Lopez (165), Garrett Cheney (157). I felt most of our team competed pretty well.
We were scheduled to wrestle Simon Frasier this Friday but the meet was cancelled because they had a scheduling conflict. We could not reschedule with them this late in the season. Highline will be in action this Sunday, Jan. 20th at the Clackamas Open in Portland.
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.
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.