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By Walker Orenstein

West Seattle is facing a reloading test more difficult than usual this year.

After losing Sam Helliger to graduation -- the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association and Class 3A state player of the year -- West Seattle is going to have some trouble staying on top.

Hellinger was a lockdown pitcher while also hitting .416 in May 2013 when he was named to The Seattle Times all-area team. The unanimous Metro League MVP pitched a complete game with no earned runs against Mount Si last season to send the Wildcats to the state championship game for the first time in school history.


The Wildcats lost the championship, finishing second in state, but Hellinger was drafted in round 39 by the Mariners last year.

“Sam earned everything he got because he worked so hard,” said West Seattle coach Velko Vitalich. Vitalich has coached the Wildcats for 27 years and was named coach of the year by the Northwest Baseball Umpires Association in 2012.


04/15/2014
SLIDESHOW: Bouncing back; West Seattle baseball tries to recreate last year’s magic without familiar faces
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Walker Orenstein

West Seattle ballplayers warm up with throwing drills.

Friday, April 11
Baseball
West Seattle 5, Nathan Hale 0
Jake Magera threw a three-hit shutout for the Wildcats on Friday, striking out seven and walking only one in earning the win.
Larry Jensen hit 2-for-3 with one double and one run scored and Morgan McCullough hit 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run and one double.

Boys soccer
Chief Sealth 5, Rainier Beach 1
Yael Pina racked up one goal and three assists to lead Chief Sealth to a 5-1 victory over Rainier Beach this past Friday.
Devin Oxford added one goal and one assist for the Seahawks.
Oxford scored the first goal in the 14th minute on a Pina assist, then Pina struck unassisted for a goal in the 44th.
Luis Medina scored the next goal on a Pina assist and Abdallah Abo knocked in Oxford's assist in the 62nd minute.
Aldan McMurray capped off the Wildcats' scoring in the 68th minute on Pina's third assist of the afternoon.

04/15/2014
Sports Roundup 4-15-14

Seattle Lutheran scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning Saturday to turn a close 4-3 baseball game against Seattle Christian into a 15-3 rout.

The Saints of West Seattle improved their overall record to 8-1 with the non-league win under sunny skies as the Warriors of SeaTac fell to 7-2.
"I thought it was just a total team effort," said Seattle Lutheran head coach David Sleighter. "The guys all hit and we had guys give themselves up for bunts and it all added up."

Everything added up the best for Saints freshman J.J. Young, who blasted five doubles in five at-bats and also threw the first four innings for the win on the mound.

Young struck out seven and left when his team had the 4-3 lead.
"J.J. played spectacular," said Sleighter. "He's just a freshman, and that guy can hit and he pitched good, too."

Young was pleased as he left the Seattle Christian diamond.

"I kind of hit the ball and didn't think about anything," he said.
SCS head coach Chris Fox was not overly disappointed with the loss.

04/14/2014

Thursday, April 10
Girls lacrosse
Kennedy 15, Curtis 3
Eileen Bruns scored seven goals for the Lancers in Thursday's win.

Wednesday, April 9
Boys soccer
Tyee 6, Evergreen 1
Tyee toppled Evergreen in Seamount League action Wednesday.
Foster 6, Highline 0
The Pirates pounded the Bulldogs in Wednesday's match at Foster.
Mt. Rainier 4, Kent-Meridian 1
The Rams were winners Wednesday.
Kennedy 1, Hazen 1
Kennedy Catholic battled the Highlanders to a 1-1 tie Wednesday.
Boys lacrosse
Blanchet 13, Kennedy 8
The Lancers were defeated in a lopsided game Wednesday.
Baseball
Auburn-Riverside 5, Mt. Rainier 1
The Rams stopped the Rams on Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 8
Girls lacrosse
Gig Harbor 13, Kennedy 10
The Lancers were outgunned by Gig Harbor this past Tuesday.
Baseball
Highline 0, Lindbergh 0
The Pirates and Eagles were both scoreless when action was stopped Tuesday and it was still an unofficial game.

Monday, April 7
Fastpitch
Tyee 1, Evergreen 0
The Totems topped Evergreen in a 1-0 game on Monday.
Kennedy 15, Hazen 0
Kennedy clobbered the Highlanders this past Monday.
Mt. Rainier 12, Auburn 2
The Rams were big winners Monday.
Baseball

04/14/2014
SLIDESHOW: Highline Roundup for 4-11-14
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Photos by Kurt Howard

Naji Haji of Foster climbs the back of Highline's Vincente Aquino on a header.

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Seattle Lutheran scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning Saturday to turn a close 4-3 baseball game against Seattle Christian into a 15-3 rout.

The Saints of West Seattle improved their overall record to 8-1 with the non-league win under sunny skies as the Warriors of SeaTac fell to 7-2.

"I thought it was just a total team effort," said Seattle Lutheran head coach David Sleighter. "The guys all hit and we had guys give themselves up for bunts and it all added up."

Everything added up the best for Saints freshman J.J. Young, who blasted five doubles in five at-bats and also threw the first four innings for the win on the mound.

Young struck out seven and left when his team had the 4-3 lead.

"J.J. played spectacular," said Sleighter. "He's just a freshman, and that guy can hit and he pitched good, too."
Young was pleased as he left the Seattle Christian diamond.

"I kind of hit the ball and didn't think about anything," he said.

SCS head coach Chris Fox was not overly disappointed with the loss.

04/12/2014
SLIDESHOW: Seattle Lutheran rallies past SCS
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Suzanne Tennant

Seattle Christian’s Nate Wallom, #11, pitches against Seattle Lutheran during Saturday’s game.

Thursday, April 10
Boys soccer
Ingraham 1, West Seattle 0
The Wildcats were blanked by the Rams in Metro League action played Thursday.

Wednesday, April 9
Baseball
West Seattle 4, Nathan Hale 0
Ben Wexler threw a one-hit shutout for the Wildcats on Wednesday, striking out six and walking only two.
Spenser Elder hit 1-for-2 and scored two runs.
Boys soccer
Tyee 6, Evergreen 1
Evergreen took a beating at the hands of the Totems on Wednesday.

Tuesday April 10
Boys soccer
West Seattle 1, Franklin 0
Akili Kasim earned the shutout for the Wildcats in Tuesday action and Brian McMonigal scored their only goal on a Max Sadow assist.
Chief Sealth 1, Nathan Hale 0
It was Sam Orlin who scored a shutout for the Seahawks in their 1-0 game Tuesday.
Angel Huaringa struck for the lone Chief Sealth goal in the 61st minute on a Patrik Maltas assist.

Monday, April 7
Baseball
Chief Sealth 13, Seattle Prep 3
Chief Sealth blasted Seattle Prep by 10 runs in this past Monday's action.

04/11/2014

By Gerardo Bolong

In sunny, 70 degree weather, the Highline Pirate softball team toiled to fine tune its skills in a three-inning, 15-run mercy rule 18-0 home win against inexperienced and outgunned Foster on Mon., April 8, at Moshier Park.

The Pirates sailed to a 5-1 league record and a 6-2 overall record with their only league loss being a 12-1 defeat by league leading Kennedy Catholic (6-0, 8-0) at Chelsea Park with a Tuesday home encounter with Lindbergh before Spring Break. Highline will then return to action on Wed., April 16, hosting the Lancers.

With little experience, particularly on the pitching mound, the visiting Bulldogs were victims of Nicole Jacobson's no-hot shutout featuring seven strikeouts. Foster placed two runners on base. One batter was hit by a pitch before reaching second base in the first inning while the Bulldogs' other runner walked on six pitches before stealing second base, only to be wiped out on a game ending catcher Brooke McElwain throw to third baseman Lauren Gower for the tag out on an attempted steal in the third inning.

04/09/2014
SLIDESHOW: Pirates work on adaptibility
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Photos by Gerardo Bolong

Highline first baseman Jordan Sharp throws the ball to home.

Optic yellow shoes ablazing, Adama Kante booted three goals to lift the Tyee boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Lindbergh Friday.
"He's stepped up big for us," said Tyee head coach Allen Rider of his senior midfielder, who is joined on the team by his brother, senior forward Hemidou Kante.

Led by Adama Kante's hat trick, the Totems ran their Seamount League record to a stellar 3-0-1 with the win at Highline Memorial Stadium.
Tyee is coming off a playoff season last year, and seems destined for another one in spite of taking heavy losses to graduation.

"We're having our struggles," Rider said. "We lost a lot of guys, but we're just working together and getting out the kinks."

Adama Kante's first score came with 28:30 to play in the first half from up close, and he found the left side of the net from the far right side to make it 2-1 in favor of the Totems with 11:20 to go before intermission.

Kante upped the lead to 3-1 with 31:10 remaining in the second half.
The shot was partially stopped by the Lindbergh goalkeeper, but it continued to roll and went over the goal line even though it didn't reach the actual net.

04/08/2014
SLIDESHOW: Tyee & MR soccer
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The ball gets compressed on the head of Tyee Jose Garcia.

By Greg McCorkle

The Seahawks came back to the SWAC with the hopes of getting a two game sweep of the Raiders from Nathan Hale. Sealth got that ball rolling two days earlier with a resounding 7-2 victory on the Raiders turf, and with the return to their home diamond the Seahawks were confident in their ability to put another “W” in the score sheet.

Stealth’s ace right hander Blaine Steel was on the mound for the game. Steele controlled the game in the first two innings allowing no hits or runs as he kept the Raiders batters off balance. But the Hawks lumber could fair no better. Their only hit came from a double by Sealth right fielder Lee Lee in the second and he was stranded and got no further.

As the bottom of the Hale rotation came around they began to find some wiggle room in Steele’s delivery and started making contact. By the time Sealth got out of the third they found themselves down 3-0. The Seahawks bats started to come to life but just couldn’t pull the trigger and again left points on the bags.

04/05/2014
SLIDESHOW: Raiders get the best of Sealth 7-2
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Greg McCorkle

Sealth right fielder Lee Lee beats the throw for a double early in the game. The Raiders beat the Seahawks 7-2.

Thursday, April 3
Boys soccer
Kennedy 8, Evergreen 0
Kyle Peterson and Aron Rosel scored two goals apiece for Kennedy Catholic in Thursday's win and the shutout was split by Leyton Thommasen and Will Prothero.
Tennis
Hazen 6, Foster 1
The Bulldogs were buried by the Highlanders on Thursday.
Track and field
Kennedy-Evergreen-Tyee-Hazen
Kennedy dealt Tyee a 128-11 defeat on the boys side Thursday and edged out Evergreen, 76-66.
Evergreen lost when compared to Hazen, 79-49, and Tyee lost to the Highlanders, 122-5.
On the girls side, JFK was a 120-20 winner over Evergreen and defeated Tyee, 125-18.
Hazen downed the Wolverines, 132-14, and topped Tyee, 125-18.
Foster-Highline-Renton-Lindbergh
The Foster girls lost to Lindbergh by only a 65-61 score Thursday and Renton ran past the Pirates, 107-27.
In boys action, Lindbegh was a 116-24 winner over Foster and Renton topped Highline, 116-25.

Wednesday, April 2
Baseball
Foster 9, Hazen 6
The Bulldogs bumped off the Highlanders on Wednesday.
Highline 18, Renton 1
The Pirates plastered Renton in Wednesday's game.
Mt. Rainier 13, K-M 2
The Rams routed the Rams on Wednesday.
Lindbergh 2, Tyee 1

03/04/2014
Highline Roundup for 4-4-14
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Photos by Suzanne Tennant

Kennedy’s Jake Degagne, #7, controls the ball during Thursday’s game against Evergreen. Kennedy won with a final score of 8-0.