Sports

Saturday, Nov. 8

Volleyball
Kennedy Catholic
The Lancers split four matches at the West Central District Class 3A tournament held at Auburn-Mountainview to fall short of this weekend's state tournament. Kennedy Catholic finished with a 25-3 overall record, but was without the talents of Shayne McPherson -- the Seamount League Most Valuable Player -- because of an ankle injury. The Lancers opened with a 3-0 victory over Kelso on Friday, Nov. 7 to set up a second match that evening with a state berth on the line. North Thurston got the best of the Lancers, however, by a 3-0 game score.
JFK rebounded to beat Bonney Lake, 3-0, the next morning but were eliminated by Prairie, 3-1.
The Lancers needed to win that much plus one more to get to state by way of the loser's half of the bracket.

Evergreen
The Wolverines were eliminated from the West Central District Class 2A tournament by a 3-2 loss to Seamount League rival Lindbergh Saturday. Evergreen had beaten the Eagles twice during the regular season.

11/26/2014
Sports Roundup

Terrell Grier of Mt Rainier pulls in a 25 yard touchdown pass in overtime as Mt Rainier pulls with in one to make the final score, 35-34, in Thursday, Nov. 6 action against Rogers.

T-Birds take soccer title

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Highline College polished off an impressive men's soccer season by taking the NWAC title Sunday, Nov. 16.
The Thunderbirds downed the Northern Idaho College Cardinals by a 3-0 score in the championship game played at the Starfire complex in Tukwila.

Highline finished with a 15-2-4 overall record including a 3-0 playoff run.

The Thunderbirds opened the playoffs with a 4-2 win over Whatcom on Saturday, Nov. 8 before downing Skagit Valley by a 4-1 score Saturday, Nov. 15 and then winning the final.

Four area graduates helped out the Thunderbirds' cause this season.

Armando Castillo is a sophomore defender from Mount Rainier and Alex Castillo is a sophomore midfielder from Mount Rainier.

Marco Manzon checks in as a freshman defender from Highline High School and Ben Clayton a freshman defender from Mount Rainier.

Scoring the three goals in the championship match in order were Brandon Madsen, Vinny Nguyen and Jacob Jones.

Nguyen was named as the NWAC tournament Most Valuable Player.

11/26/2014
Sports events worth keeping an eye on. For the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 3

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
Boys basketball

Chief Sealth is hosting a preseason jamboree in its gymnasium Saturday.
Evergreen will take on Tyee at 3 p.m. followed at 4:30 p.m. by Chief Sealth taking on Franklin.
Mount Rainier and Foster, meanwhile, will be playing in the Garfield Jamboree.
Evergreen will then go to Auburn for 7 p.m. action Monday and Highline visits Ingraham at 8 p.m.
Tuesday Foster is at Chief Sealth for a 6:15 p.m. game, with Highline hosting South Kitsap and Mount Rainier entertaining Auburn-Riverside at 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Mount Rainier journeys to White River for jamoboree action starting at 12 p.m. Saturday and Monday's schedule has Highline at Ingraham at 6:30 p.m.
Chief Sealth hosts Foster at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Mount Rainier travels to Graham-Kapowsin at 7 p.m.

Wrestling
Foster will participate in the Roosevelt Tournament that starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Pros and college
Seahawks
Seattle plays its Thanksgiving Day game at San Francisco starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Channel 5 will televise the action live.

Sounders

11/26/2014
Mount Rainier seniors lead swim and dive team at state

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

FEDERAL WAY--Mount Rainier swimmers and a diver, all seniors, led the Rams this season to the WIAA 4A Girls State Swim And Dive Championships at the King County Aquatic Center pool in Federal Way on Nov. 14-15.

All are fondly liked by coach Chris Veraya, who called this a "special" team after the district meet, after having watched these senior young ladies grow from freshmen to seniors in his last three years coaching the Rams' swim team.

"It is a special year," Veraya had said following the Rams' fourth place finish at districts a couple weekends ago, prior to state happening this past weekend.

The best placement finishes for the Rams at the state meet this season came from Rams senior captain Kristen Lemley. Individually, she notched a fourth place for the 100-yard backstroke in 59.96 seconds and an eighth place for the 200 individual medley in 2:12.32.

11/26/2014
Warriors fall in two

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

YAKIMA--Seattle Christian had only a two-and-out stay at the state volleyball tournament, but went down fighting.

The Warriors opened up the tournament played at the Sun Dome in Yakima by taking a 3-1 loss to Cedar Park Christian Friday morning, Nov. 14, then came back and lost that afternoon to Tenino, 3-0.
That sent SCS home from the tournament early, but not without playing tough.
After losing the first match against Cascade Christian by a 25-11 score the Warriors bounced back to win the second, 25-20.

Seattle Christian then lost the third game, 25-14, and the fourth, 25-17.
Tenino won the first two games against the Warriors by 25-14 scores, but SCS played close in the third and final game, only losing by a 25-22 margin.

11/26/2014

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

A season cannot be judged by the end.
Sometimes it has to be worth something more, like for the Highline Pirates volleyball team.
They made it to the West Central District 3 Volleyball Tournament for the first time in a long time, having taken place at Franklin Pierce and Washington high schools in Tacoma last weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8.

The Pirates lost their first match of the Class 2A tournament to the Liberty Patriots of Issaquah in three sets, 10-25, 9-25, 17-25. They lost their second match to the Sequim Wolves, 18-25, 4-25, 17-25, to end it's district play and season.

But don't look at the play at district, or the short stay. Look at the way the season ended up being at districts and that's getting somewhere good the Pirates have not gotten to in at least four years.
"It's the first time we've made it to districts in years," said Pirates head coach Mary Legate. "They didn't know about districts. The seniors were, like, 'We made it to districts.' They didn't know we had made it."

11/26/2014

By Ed Shepherd

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
What a game, and it all boiled down to penalty kicks -- a shootout.
Highline's Flor Aquino and Makenna Hadaller embraced the moment well, leading their Pirates team to a 3-2 victory that took until the ninth kicker to decide things in a West Central District 3 2A loser-out soccer playoff against host Franklin Pierce Saturday, Nov. 8.
"Great running play. We came back from behind twice, with tenacity," said Jeb Binns, Pirates head coach, afterward.

And the shootout? What about watching Aquino shoot that ninth shot in for the win to state?
"No, I didn't watch," said Binns. "I think, the trick was not watching the last one."
And then Binns let out a "Whooooo!"

Aquino was nervous, wasn't she, taking that last kick?
"Excited," said Aquino. "I took the last penalty kick to get us to state."

11/26/2014
For the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 3

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
Boys basketball
Chief Sealth is hosting a preseason jamboree in its gymnasium Saturday.
Evergreen will take on Tyee at 3 p.m. followed at 4:30 p.m. by Chief Sealth taking on Franklin.
Mount Rainier and Foster, meanwhile, will be playing in the Garfield Jamboree.
Evergreen will then go to Auburn for 7 p.m. action Monday and Highline visits Ingraham at 8 p.m.
Tuesday Foster is at Chief Sealth for a 6:15 p.m. game, with Highline hosting South Kitsap and Mount Rainier entertaining Auburn-Riverside at 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Mount Rainier journeys to White River for jamoboree action starting at 12 p.m. Saturday and Monday's schedule has Highline at Ingraham at 6:30 p.m.
Chief Sealth hosts Foster at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Mount Rainier travels to Graham-Kapowsin at 7 p.m.

Wrestling
Foster will participate in the Roosevelt Tournament that starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Pros and college
Seahawks
Seattle plays its Thanksgiving Day game at San Francisco starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

11/25/2014
Sportswatch: Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Good natured fun dominated the day as Evergreen edged Tyee, 72-71, in a staff/alumni fundraiser basketball game Friday.

Such was the case even after the show in the Evergreen gymnasium ended.
"We got the win," quipped Evergreen athletic director Chris Dubois while cleaning up along with Tyee athletic director John Yellam. "A dominating win."

"One point on a ghost technical, right," responded Yellam.
The "ghost" technical foul Yellam was referring to came with 1:16 to play in the game and turned a 69-68 Evergreen lead to 70-68 on 1-for-2 free throw shooting.

Evergreen added two more free throws in the waning seconds of the game, then Tyee closed the final score to 72-71 on a three-point shot with one second left.

To the winner went a silver trophy to keep for a year until the next meeting.

But this game was not so much about the game or the trophy as it was about raising funds for the athletic programs at both schools.

11/24/2014
SLIDESHOW: Evergreen tops Tyee in fundraiser
Photo credit: 
Photos by Kurt Howard

Alumni Basketball Game - Tyee @ Evergreen

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

BELLEVUE--It wasn't sweet, and it was short.

The young and willing Kennedy Catholic girls soccer team found itself against a ready, experienced, talented, Bellevue squad, as the Lancers' traits failed to quite match the Wolverines'. Consequently their season came to a close in a 3-0 loss in the first round of the WIAA 3A state tournament at Bellevue High School Tuesday.

"They are a very talented team," said Lancers coach, Doug Stamnes. "They've been together for awhile."

Kennedy's season came to a close with an 11-8 mark while the Kingco 3A champion Wolverines, who took third place at state last year and sport a 17-0 record now, move on to a second round quarterfinal Saturday.
The Wolverines carried eight seniors into the game, and it's tough to play against that reality when underclassmen littered the Lancers' roster, with the kicker being that the Wolverines' state experience is huge with their team having made it to the semifinal of the 3A tourney last season.

"We started nine freshmen and a sophomore," said Stamnes.

11/24/2014
SLIDESHOW: Kennedy Catholic girls' soccer stay at state is short
Photo credit: 
Photos by Ed Shepherd

​Warriors Isabella Responte dribbling the soccer ball in a game against Meridian of a 1A state tournament game at French Field in Kent Tuesday.

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