Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

High schools

West Seattle plays a 3:30 p.m. home game against Eastside Catholic on Wednesday as Chief Sealth travels to Blanchet, Lindbergh to Evergreen, Kennedy Catholic to Renton and Hazen to Foster.
Mount Rainier plays host to Thomas Jefferson in a 4 p.m. makeup game and Highline entertains Tyee in a 7 p.m. clash.
Mount Rainier goes to Decatur at 4 p.m. Thursday and Seattle Lutheran hosts Evergreen Lutheran at 6:30 p.m. at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
West Seattle will be home playing Ballard at 3:30 p.m. Friday as Evergreen hosts Foster, Tyee hosts Renton, Kennedy goes to Lindbergh and Highline to Hazen.
Chief Sealth hosts Nathan Hale at 4 p.m. that day.
Highline goes to Safeco Field to play Nathan Hale at 12 p.m. Saturday and Seattle Lutheran plays a 10 a.m. double-header at Mount Rainier Lutheran.
Kennedy entertains Tyee at 3:30 p.m. Monday as Highline hosts Evergreen, Foster entertains Lindbergh, Chief Sealth goes to O'Dea and West Seattle to Franklin.
Mount Rainier visits Todd Beamer at 4 p.m. Monday before turning around to host the same team at the same time Tuesday.

Sportswatch For the week of April 1-7

Monday, March 30
West Seattle 25, Garfield 0
West Seattle blasted Garfield in a Metro League game Monday.
Bainbridge 8, Chief Sealth 1
The Seahawks took a loss in Monday action.
Evergreen 23, Tyee 0
The Wolverines were big winners against the Totems on Monday.
Kennedy 18, Mt. Rainier 4
Kennedy Catholic prevailed in Monday's matchup of non-league close geographic rivals.
Highline 11, Renton 0
The Pirates cruised past the Indians in Monday's game.

West Seattle 4, Nathan Hale 3
West Seattle edged out Nathan Hale Monday.
Ballard 11, Chief Sealth 10
Chief Sealth lost a close game to the Beavers of Ballard on Monday.
Highline 19, Renton 0
Highline's Pirates posted a lopsided win over Renton in Monday action.
Tyee 16, Evergreen 0
The Tyee Totems trounced the Wolverines on Monday.
Sammamish 12, Foster 3
Foster fell to Sammamish in a Monday non-league game.
Decatur 16, Mt. Rainier 1
Decatur delivered a decisive defeat to the Rams Monday.

Boys soccer
Bellevue Chr. 5, Highline 1

Sports Roundup for 3-30-15

Friday, March 27

West Seattle 4, Fife 0
The Wildcats blanked the Trojans at Fife Friday.
Hazen 8, Evergreen 1
The Wolverines took a loss to the Highlanders in Friday action.
Foster 38, Tyee 7
Foster racked up 38 runs to overwhelm the Totems' seven on Friday.
Kennedy 8, Highline 7
The Lancers slipped past the Pirates on Friday.
Tahoma 10, Mt. Rainier 0
The Rams were 10-runned by the Bears Friday.

Boys soccer
SCS 2, Vashon 1
The Warriors were winners against Vashon Island on Friday.
Hazen 4, Foster 2
Hazen outgunned the Bulldogs in Friday's action.
Mt. Rainier 2, Decatur 1
Mount Rainier grabbed a close win over the Gators Friday.
Kennedy 7, Renton 1
The Lancers routed Renton in a Friday match.
Lindbergh 2, Evergreen 1
The Eagles edged Evergreen on Friday.
Ballard 2, Chief Sealth 0
Chief Sealth was blanked by Ballard Friday.
Eastside Catholic 4, West Seattle 0
The Wildcats also took a shutout loss Friday.

Kennedy 8, Highline 2
The Lancers outslugged the Pirates on Friday.
Tyee 16, Foster 6
Tyee topped Foster by 10 runs Friday.


Sports Roundup

Thursday, March 26
Kennedy 15, Foster 3
Kennedy Catholic cruised past the Bulldogs in Thursday's game.
TJ 5, Mt. Rainier 4
The Rams were edged by the Raiders Thursday.

Kentwood 11, Mt. Rainier 1
Mount Rainier was swamped by Kentwood in Thursday's rain makeup game.

Mt. Rainier 5, Kent-Meridian 0
The Rams swept all five matches from the Royals on Thursday.

Track and field
Foster posted a 72-63 boys victory over Highline this past Thursday, but the Highline girls emerged as 81-37 winners over the Bulldogs.
Foster also took a 106-39 boys loss compared to Renton and lost to the Indians, 91-37, on the girls side.
Lindbergh carried the day against the Evergreen/Tyee co-op team Thursday.
The Eagle boys defeated Evergreen, 102-42, and Tyee, 132-5.
On the girls side, Lindbergh edged Evergreen, 62-49, and won, 89-9, over the Totems.
The Lancer girls won, 84-66, over Hazen, but the boys took an 84-53 loss.


West Seattle baseball team sent a signal to the league Friday after a 15-5 mercy-rule win over Cleveland Friday afternoon. They’re in the hunt.

It was the Wildcats’ (3-1-1) second mercy-rule win this season following last week’s 12-0 drubbing of Rainier Beach. But West Seattle head coach Velko Vitalich isn’t ready to judge his team’s real strength.

“Rainier Beach and Cleveland are inexperienced teams, and they’re trying to establish programs,” Vitalich said.

West Seattle starter Jamie Maples struck out five in two innings of work. With a secure lead, Vitalich sent relievers Jordan Paskett and Daniel Kemp to finish the last four innings. Vitalich said he was conserving his pitching rotation for a crowded upcoming schedule.

“We have a game Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. All hard games. So we’ve got to space out the pitching and see how that goes. Trying to save some arm,” Vitalich said.

Cleveland pitcher Jack House had control problems all afternoon, and the Eagles had trouble fielding any sharply hit ball.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle pulls off second mercy-win of the season
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Anastasia Stepankowsky

West Seattle's Kit Lui (15) slides into second base. Lui was called safe on the play.

By Gerardo Bolong

Positive feelings and strong play softball claimed the field for the Seattle Christian Warriors.

Stealing and picking up extra bases virtually at will, Nisqually 1A Seattle Christian used solid hitting and alert base running to complete an unbeaten and un-scored upon non league part of the spring softball season by defeating visiting 3A Seattle Prep 9-0 on Thurs., March 26.

"This was a good preseason," said Warrior head coach Rick Ronish. "They've played well and I love the chemistry. They've done everything we asked them."

With spring break and a one week InterSCession for students coming up on the calendar, Seattle Christian will not return to game action until April 14 with a league opener against Bellevue Christian on the field at the Hidden Valley Sports Park.

Under the glowing sun and azure skies at SeaTac, Seattle Christian tallied what would be enough runs to win in the initial inning.

Warrior softball prospers
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Gerardo Bolong

Warriors undergo pregame batting practice.

By Gerardo Bolong

BELLINGHAM - Mount Rainier High School graduate Kiana Gandy finished her sophomore year on the NCAA Division II Western Washington University women's basketball team by showing good growth as her role on the team increased.

She played in all 30 games, averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Her total of 100 rebounds was fifth on the team while she led or tied for Viking game-high rebounds three times. She also was fifth in blocked shots. Her strongest continuous stretch of play was when she scored in double figures in five of six games, shooting 24-of-44 games from the field.

"Last year, I was more of a defender," she said. "This season, I became more offensive minded, stepped up and had higher expectations," Gandy said. "I'm driving, penetrating and looking more for open people while also getting other people open. I've become more of a shooter and more well-rounded. My strength conditioning also helped."

SLIDESHOW: Gandy grows skills at Western
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Gerardo Bolong

By Paul Moseley

Sonya Elliott announced yesterday that she will not return to coach the West Seattle High School girls basketball team. Elliott joined as Wildcat head coach in 2010 and finished that first season with a 3-16 record. In the years since, she has built a regional powerhouse, finishing this season with a 23-6 record, undefeated 17-0 conference record and a Metro League championship.

Elliott earned her second Coach of the Year Award this year, and had five players honored with All-Metro recognition. Among her All-Metro stars is her daughter, Senior Charli Elliott, who has played for her mom all four years of high school.

Elliot said she will return to writing, modeling and managing her clothing business. Elliott is the author of Back On the Court and owns Full Court Designs which promotes the PeaceLoveBasketball logo.

Sonya Elliott announces she will not return to coach Wildcats
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Paul Moseley

Wildcat Head Coach Sonya Elliott directs her team in the victorious 2015 Metro League Championship game.

By Ed Shepherd


It's important, in many ways, for many things, and, in sports, a team wants to play enthusiastically from the start. That trait breeds confidence and direction, like for Kennedy Catholic in its game against Highline in boys soccer -- a 3-1 win over the Pirates at Highline Memorial Tuesday.

The 3A Lancers improved to 2-0 in the Seamount League while the 2A Pirates dropped to 1-1, as these teams compete for the league title throughout the season but then play in separate 2A and 3A state tournaments.

Before the game's start versus the Pirates, it was the Lancers' players huddled together, kneeling. Maybe, just doing a prayer, but, together, at any rate, pumping each other up in the huddle. And, same thing at halftime, no kneeling then, but more cacophony of sounds being shouted.

"Energy, energy, energy," exclaimed one player at halftime, the Lancers up, 2-0, at the break after the first 40 minutes of play.

"Let's go, start the second half, strong," shouted another.

"No letdown,' said another, "One goal and they're back in it."


Special to the Times-News

If freshman Jordan McPhee's performance for the Seattle Pacific University women's basketball team against Humboldt State is any indication, the 2014 Mount Rainier High School graduate is well on her way to athletic excellence in her new surroundings.

McPhee came through with a huge game against Humboldt State in the NCAA Division II Women's West Regional in a 77-62 defeat of Humboldt State on Fri., March 13, at the Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

She played 16 minutes while shooting 2 of 3 from standard field goal range and 1 of 2 from beyond the arc. McPhee also shot 6 of 8 from the free throw line and totaled seven rebounds with two blocks and two steals.

Seattle Pacific's stellar season ended at 22-7 the next night in a 90-76 semifinal loss to Cal Poly Pomona, but McPhee's career appears to be well on its way toward the athletic leadership and achievement accomplished in her four years at Mount Rainier High School.

McPhee starts anew at SPU
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Gerardo Bolong

Jordan McPhee works on basics at Royal Brougham Pavilion.

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