By Tim Clinton

What a way to tune up for the playoffs.

Chief Sealth did it by breaking out the bats and beating close rival West Seattle for the first time in four seasons Friday, 12-3.

The Seahawks outhit the Wildcats, 14-7, in the Metro League baseball regular season finale for both teams.
"We didn't know what to expect," said Chief Sealth head coach Ernest Policarpio. "West Seattle and Chief Sealth is always a good game. We just hit the ball better. We won because we outhit them."

The Seahawks finished the regular season with a 12-9 record and now open the Metro League playoffs at 7 p.m. Monday against Ballard at Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.

West Seattle wound up at 4-14 and out of the playoffs, which has been a rarity under head coach Velko Vitalich.
Vitalich finds himself only four coaching wins shy of 400 for his career, all of which has been spent at West Seattle.

"It's tough to watch the playoffs when you're not in them," Vitalich told Policarpio toward the end of Friday's action at Hiawatha playfield next to West Seattle High School.



Tough defense and total team contributions boosted the West Seattle Wildcats to a 1-0 3A Metro League boys soccer against rival Chief Sealth on Mon., April 24, at the Southwest Athletic Complex.

The Wildcats improved to 5-2-5 while the home team Seahawks dropped to 4-7 in league.
"We played scrappy," said West Seattle head coach Kyle Nothstein. "There was good defense. The team kept good poise. Everybody who was on the field contributed and gave their hearts into the effort. They left everything on the field."

Both teams went at each other strongly and evenly from the beginning with quick burst attacks, but lacking good ground passing.

Chief Sealth organized its passing and spacing after relying on sideline runs to set up numerous cross passes that were not picked up for shots as it held field position.

West Seattle actually delivered the more dangerous scoring attempts despite being on its heels for long periods.

After the middle of the first half, the Wildcats got off their heels to start pouring passes into Chief Sealth territory., nearly scoring just before intermission.


By Tim Clinton

High schools
West Seattle hosts crosstown rival Chief Sealth for a 4 p.m. game at the Hiawatha playfield Friday and Ballard travels to Rainier Beach at the same time.
Kennedy Catholic, meanwhile, will be at home playing Hazen at 4 p.m. Wednesday as Mount Rainier travels to Kentlake and Thursday Mount Rainier is at home against Kentlake and Kennedy at Hazen.
Mount Rainier visits Eastside Catholic for a non-league game Saturday, also at 4 p.m.
Foster travels to Franklin Pierce for a 4 p.m. game Wednesday and hosts Fife at the same time Friday.
Tyee is at home playing Eatonville at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Highline travels to Steilacoom for a 4 p.m. game. Highline hosts Renton at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Tyee travels to River Ridge at 4 p.m.
Seattle Christian gets a 4 p.m. visit from Charles Wright on Wednesday and entertains Bellevue Christian at the same time Friday before hosting University Prep at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Warriors visit Bellevue Christian at 4 p.m. Monday.

Sportswatch 4-24-17: Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

Saturday, April 22
Ballard 4, Highline 0
The Beavers shut down the Pirates' potent offense in a non-league makeup game Saturday and rallied for four runs of their own for the win.
Tyee 10, Clover Park 0
Tyee topped the Warriors in a South Puget Sound League makeup battle Saturday.
Crosspoint 5, Seattle Lutheran 3
The Saints suffered a SeaTac B League loss to Crosspoint on Saturday.

Friday, April 21
Seattle Christian 4, Cascade Christian 1
Cascade Christian 4, Seattle Christian 3
The Warriors were victorious in one of two games against Cascade Christian on Friday.
Foss 8, Foster 5
The Bulldogs were outslugged by the Falcons Friday.
Steilacoom 16, Tyee 2
Steilacoom 19, Tyee 3
Steilacoom stole the show in a double-header against the Totems.
Lakeside 12, West Seattle 2
Lakeside got the best of the Wildcats in Friday Metro League action.
Highline 12, River Ridge 0
The Pirates routed River Ridge in SPSL action Friday.
O'Dea 6, Ballard 1
The Irish came away with the win against the Beavers.
Bainbridge 12, Chief Sealth 0

Sports Roundup 4-13-17

By Tim Clinton

Highline Pirate players took turns pounding the net in a 7-0 Friday night boys soccer rout of River Ridge.
The Pirates improved their record to 8-3-0 on the year with the win at Highline Memorial -- good for second place behind Tyee in the South Puget Sound League 2A divisional standings.

"So far so good," said Highline head coach Eduardo Millan. "It's our best season in the last four of five years. But we have a large target on our backs. Everyone is trying to chase us."

Six different players scored for the Pirates in the first half against the Hawks, and one added his second goal in the second half.

Leandro Anaya opened the scoring with 34:45 showing on the first half clock and Mario Simmons drilled the ball in from up close at the 26:50 mark.

Tommie McNeal struck from close in on the left side at 22:25 and Pedro Castro scored at 18:00 to make it a 4-0 game.
Guillermo Iraheta hit the back of the net at the 17:04 mark and Moises Guillen nailed a hard shot at 11:10 for the 6-0 halftime advantage.


By Tim Clinton

Lindbergh flew over Evergreen, 3-0, in a South Puget Sound League 2A boys soccer match Friday.
The Wolverines of White Center fell to 4-7-2 with the loss at Highline Memorial, still in the running for a postseason berth.

"We need to win the next couple of games for sure," said Evergreen assistant coach Jordan Bedinger, who led the team Friday in the absence of head coach Nana Yeboah Appiah-Agyekum.

Aside from having their head coach gone, the Wolverines were also without seven varsity players.
"We were missing a lot of our starters today because of a school field trip," Bedinger said. "A couple of JV players came up and played for us."

Evergreen still put pressure on the Eagles, and had their near misses that might have turned the game around.
"We still had a few chances that we should have made," Bedinger said.

SLIDESHOW: Lindbergh flew over Evergreen in boys soccer
Photo credit: 
Patrick Robinson

Evergreen came up short in a soccer contest on April 21 at Moshier Field vs Lindbergh who won the game 3-0.

The local semi-pro Highline Bears baseball team announced that its opening game for the 2017 season will be Friday, June 2 in White Center, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

The Bears – who were established in the fall of 2014 – are a summer collegiate baseball team that plays their games locally at Mel Olson Stadium, inside of Steve Cox Memorial Park, in White Center. The Highline Bears are part of the Pacific International League (PIL) that features nationally recognized teams such as the Seattle Studs and Everett Merchants. In the Bears’ inaugural season, they successfully met their goal of bringing a high level of baseball back to our community. In doing so they broke every league attendance record, and co-founder/manager Todd Coughlin led the team to a winning record. Going into their third season, the Bears have some things planned for fans.

Highline Bears Semi-Pro baseball will open the season June 2 in White Center

By Tim Clinton

Kela contributing at Round Rock

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela has appeared in six games for the Class AAA Round Rock Express of the Texas Rangers' organization, posting an 0-0 record with a 2.25 earned run average. The hard-throwing right-handed reliever has eight strikeouts in four innings pitched, walking only one.
Round Rock is a member of the Pacific Coast League.

Barnette makes seven appearances

Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette has made seven appearances so far for the Texas Rangers' Major League Baseball club.
Barnette has work seven innings out of the bullpen, striking out seven, walking one and posting an 0-0 record with a 4.05 ERA.

Brett back on disabled list

Highline graduate Ryan Brett finds himself back on the disabled list for the AAA Durham Bulls of the Tampa Bay Rays organization after spending the entire season there last year.
The second baseman was placed on the seven-day DL on April 4.

Conger off to slow start

Keeping Track: Where area stars meet their future 4-21-17

By Tim Clinton

Thursday, April 20
Boys soccer
Kennedy 3, Kentridge 0
The Lancers shut down Kentridge in a North Puget Sound League match Thursday.

Boys track
Eatonville 81, Highline 58
The Cruisers outpaced the Pirates on Thursday in a South Puget Sound League 2A meet.

Girls track
Eatonville 76, Highline 67
Eatonville also prevailed on the girls side.

Girls tennis
Mt. Rainier 5, Kent-Meridian 0
The Rams swept the Royals aside in Thursday action.
Foster 5, Washington 0
Foster was a winner against Washington.

Boys golf
Vashon 213, Seattle Christian 201
Vashon Island swung its way past the Warriors in Nisqually League action.

Chief Sealth 11, Evergreen Lutheran 6
Chief Sealth outslugged the Eagles in a Thursday non-league game.
Seattle Lutheran 7, Evergreen Lutheran 6
Seattle Lutheran also defeated Evergreen Lutheran in a mixed double-header Thursday.

Fastpitch softball
Clover Park 16, Tyee 2
Tyee was topped in an SPSL 2A clash Thursday.
Washington 19, Foster 2

Sports Roundup 4-21-17

By Tim Clinton

High schools
Chief Sealth visits Garfield for a 4 p.m. game Wednesday as West Seattle travels to Franklin, and Friday at the same time Chief Sealth is at home playing Bainbridge as West Seattle goes to Lakeside.
Monday's schedule has West Seattle home against Bainbridge and Chief Sealth home against Seattle Prep, also at 4 p.m.
Mount Rainier is scheduled to host Kennedy Catholic at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Foster visits Foss at the same time Friday before entertaining Lindbergh on Tuesday.
Tyee travels to Steilacoom at 4 p.m. Friday as Highline visits River Ridge then at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday Highline hosts Clover Park and Tyee entertains Renton.
Seattle Christian travels to Cascade Christian for a 4 p.m. game Wednesday and hosts the same team at the same time Friday. The Warriors travel to Vashon Island on Monday.
Seattle Lutheran hosts Evergreen Lutheran at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Southwest Athletic Complex and visits Crosspoint at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday before visiting Tacoma Baptist at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Fastpitch softball

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