Highline Women Take First Place in Team, Singles, and Doubles
Highline Sweeps in Team Competition; Mia Rosa Wins in Singles; Celeste Parker and Mia Rosa Take Doubles Championship
From the NWAC Championship Report (May 15) : WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Highline College women’s tennis team and the Bellevue College men’s tennis team took home the NWAC Championship titles for their respective sides on Sunday at the Wenatchee Racquet & Athletic Club.
In the team format, Highline went 3-0 on the weekend, defeating Treasure Valley 9-0 and Bellevue 7-2 on Saturday before securing their first-ever team title with an 8-1 win over Spokane.
Highline’s Mia Rosa won the women’s No. 1 singles title as she went undefeated in the tournament. Rosa also paired up with teammate Celeste Parker to win the women’s No. 1 doubles championship. Bellevue took second place on the women’s side.
Highline head coach Laura Rosa and Bellevue head coach Micah Perron were named Co-Coaches of the Year on the women’s side.
Spring Beach Volleyball Clinic
Highline College Volleyball
With indoor volleyball season ending, Beach Volleyball Season is right around the corner. Highline College Volleyball is excited to Spring Beach Volleyball clinic for beginning, intermediate, and adva nced all players interested in beach volleyball or want to sharpen their beach skills for summer tournaments.
All clinics will be lead by:
Chris Littleman University of Washington Beach Coach / Head Coach Highline College Indoor
Highline Beach Coach/ Assistant Indoor Volleyball Coach Jeff McDonald.
|Session 1: May 14th (Saturday)
10:00am – 1:00pm 7th -10th Grade (0-1 year beach experience)
130pm-4:30pm 9th-12th Grade (2+ Years Beach Experience)
Session 2: May 21th (Saturday)
Three Golfers to Represent Highline in NWAC Championships
According to the Highline Thunderword, golfers Brooklyn Grant, Ashlynn Verhaaren, and Faylisa Valle have qualified to represent Highline in the NWAC Women’s Golf individual championship bracket. Read the entire Thunderword article to find out more about this and Highline’s recent participation in the Centralia Invitational.
The Women’s team finished third at the Highline Showdown (April 3-4 at the Twin Lakes course in Federal Way. The team has five events left in the 2022 season.
|Grays Harbor Invitational||April 10-11||TBD|
|Bellevue Invitational||April 24-25||Bellevue Golf Course
|Centralia Invitational||May 1-2||Riverside Golf CourseChehalis WA|
|Southwestern Oregon Invitational||May 8-9||Bandon DunesBandon, OR|
|NWAC Championships||May 15-16||Apple TreeYakima, WA|
Men’s Basketball – First Round Ouster
Team Defeated 74-59 by Wenatchee Valley in the First Round of the Playoffs
That the Highline Men’s team made it to the playoffs at all made it a good season considering its slow start and late season adversity. However, its short playoff run came to an end in losing its first round game to East Division champion Wenatchee Valley 74-59. HIghline finishes 12-16 for the season and 9-5 in league play.
Congratulations are in order for Micah Jessie, named to the NWAC West Division First Team; to Kenny Curtis , named to the Second Team, and Jalen Fayson, named to the NWAC West Division All-Defensive Team
Micah Jessie – 32.9 minutes per game
Micah Jessie – 19.3 points per gmae
Jalen Fayson – 9.3 rebounds per game
Kenny Curtis – 4.3 assists per game
Kenny Curtis – 2.1 steals per game
Micah Jessie was named to the NWAC West Division First Team.
A Rough Season Comes to an End
It was not the season that Head Coach Damien Crump and his players envisioned back as play started in November. But beyond the turnovers and poor shooting that plagued the team, it was a lack of depth throughout the season that was the biggest factor leading to a 6-14 record (3-9 in league play). The team often suited up for games with only six or seven players available, meaning they had to stay on the floor extended minutes with minimal substitution while staving off fatigue and foul trouble.
The poor season in no way diminished the play of graduating sophmore Kylie Lunday, was named to the NWAC West Division First Team and All-Defensive Team, and secured her place as one of the top players in the history of Highline Women’s Basketball. While the team struggled all season, Lundy stood out in multiple ways, with her final game indicative of her play as she finished with 21 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 blocks. For the year Lunday led the NWAC in rebounding (13.4 per game), was fourth in scoring (16.7 points per game), fourth in blocks (1.6 per game), and second in minutes player per game (35.8). Maybe most impressive is that she shot 52% from the field (15th in the NWAC) despite being constantly double- and triple-teamed as defenses collapsed in on her in the paint.
Coach Crump will be busy on the recruiting trail as he will need to replace Lunday along with graduating sophmores Patrea Topp, Catherine Sunny, and Missy Riberio.
Kylie Lunday, named to the NWAC West Division First Team and All-Defense Team, led the conference in rebounding and ranking in the top ten in points per game, minutes played, and blocked shots.
Highline Announces its New Softball Head Coach
Kristine Foley joins the Highline coaching staff in 2021. Kristine has played softball at a variety of levels since she was strong enough to hold a bat. She has coached select softball for five years, as well as high school teams, even starting her own softball organization, which currently boasts 4 teams across varying age groups.
Kristine’s coaching philosophy is centered around supporting young women and focusing on how their individual contributions and responsibilities contribute to the team. She places an emphasis on the team bond on and off the field and women supporting each other – athletically and academically.
Men’s Soccer Wins NWAC Championship
Defeats Whatcom 4-3 in Thriller
“That was about as good of a game
as it gets in a championship”
Highline Head Coach Steve Mohn
Nov. 14, 2021 – it was truly a contest worthy of a championship game, seeming to have a little of everything. A steady, wind-blown rain from a slate gray sky provided the atmosphere and the play provided the drama. There were exquisite passes, keepers making lunging saves, players slipping at key times on the wet turf, physical and at times chippy play (Whatcom with five yellow cards), shots clanging off crossbars, a penalty kick, a disallowed goal later allowed (it wasn’t offsides), comebacks by both teams, and a winning goal by Highline’s Alex Velasco, assisted by Jesus Jeronimo in the 88th minute.
The championship is Highline’s third in the last seven years, following titles in 2014 and 2017, all under Head Coach Steve Mohn.
“It doesn’t get much better than winning a championship. This one was a wild game. It never really gets old winning a championship.”
Highline Head Coach Steve Mohn
The Championship Goal
Alex Velasco (on the left) scores at 88 minutes to put Highline ahead for good in its 4-3 win over Whatcom in the championship game.
Steve Mohn Named NWAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year
(From the NWAC website)
Highline College head men’s soccer coach Steve Mohn was named the 2021 NWAC Coach s of the Year on Wednesday. According to the NWAC announcement “Mohn led the Thunderbirds to their fourth NWAC title overall. It is Mohn’s third championship as head coach and fourth overall as he was a player on the team in Highline’s first championship in 2004.
“This season, Mohn helped lead Highline to a 14-5-0 overall record, which included a seven-game winning streak to end the year. The Thunderbirds finished second in the West Region, but won four-straight playoff games to win the title. The championship game was a thriller, with Highline scoring in the 89th minute to defeat Whatcom 4-3.”
Highline’s Meredith Udovich Named 2021 NWAC Baden Women’s Soccer Player of the Year
Highline College women’s soccer player Meredith Udovich were named the 2021 NWAC Baden Players of the Year on Tuesday. From the NWAC press release, “Udovich was the conference’s best player at setting up her teammates, leading the NWAC by a considerable margin in assists with 18. Anytime Udovich had possession of the ball, there was an opportunity for the Thunderbirds to score thanks to her playmaking ability.”
Women’s Volleyball Ousted in Playoffs
Highline ran into some bad luck and inspired play by their opponents in losing to both Rogue and Bellevue in the first round,marking the end to their season. The team finishes 17-10 for the season and 10-2 in league, finishing second in the NWAC West Division.
Kylie Lunday not only led Highline with 200 kills, she led the entire league with a .401 hitting percentage. Lauren Clark, wiht 780 assists, was sixth in the league averaging 8.18 per set. Vanessa Mendez took team honors with 306 digs and 29 service aces.
Women’s Soccer Falls in Playoff Semifinals
A fine season by the Highline Women’s team ended in the semifinals with a 2-1 loss to Clark College. Overall, the team went 12-3-1 and 9-2-1 in league play, winning the NWAC West Division.
Midfielder Meredith Udovich, with 8 goals and 18 assists, was named West Region MVP. Abby Carmel, Myka Carr, and Andrea Guiton were all named to the All-Star team with Head Coach Tom Moore once again received Coach of the Year honors for the West Division.
Meredith Udovich (West Region MVP)