Tim Clinton
Manager Todd Coughlin, general manager Justin Moser, president Russ Pritchard and treasurer John Thomson and the semipro Highline Bears hope to fill the Steve Cox Memorial Park stands with fans this summer.

Semi Pro baseball comes to White Center as the Highline Bears roar in

It has gone by different names over the years: White Center Stadium, Mel Olson Stadium and Steve Cox Memorial Park.

But whatever you call the venerable covered ballpark on SW 102nd Street just east of Ambaum, it has a history dating back to the completion of the original wooden grandstands in May of 1940.

In decades gone by hundreds of fans used to pack the stadium to watch semipro baseball and national level men's fastpitch softball teams going by such names as Pay 'N Pak, Westside Federal and The King & His Court.

The Highline Bears are hoping to bring back the days of such high level ball and the big crowds that go with them when the Pacific International League semiprofessional baseball expansion team plays its first season at the park this summer.

"Our main goal is to bring the community together through baseball," said Bears general manager Justin Moser. "This is the community's team. We want to bring fans from West Seattle and Highline all the way through Des Moines on Friday and Saturday nights and watch a game of baseball."

Joining Moser on the brass of the team are president Russ Pritchard, manager Tom Coughlin and treasurer John Thomson.

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Jacobson hurls no-no as Pirates beat Evergreen

By Ed Shepherd

Evergreen could not get the bat to connect on the ball all game for even one hit off Highline pitcher Nicole Jacobson on Monday and all the while the Pirates connected again and again in a 13-0 girls fastpitch win at Moshier Park in Burien.

"Nicole was tough out there," said Highline coach Emily Ezpeleta, whose team won by the 10-run rule so it was only a four inning long game. "And we hit the ball well."

The Pirates moved to 2-1 in the Seamount League and the Wolverines dropped to 3-2, but still are well in the race for a playoff berth with a lot of season left to play.

So, after this game, what was Wolverines' coach Darryl Felix emphasizing to his girls about the Pirates' win?

"We went from playing three teams with not the best pitching to a stud," said Felix.

Sums things up cogently, and appreciatively, even, of this game and specifically of Jacobson's awesome mound work.

Jacobson liked her efforts on the hill?

"Yes," said Jacobson, who notched 10 strikeouts while walking two. "It went well."

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Sportswatch - For the week of April 8-14

By Tim Clinton

High schools
Boys soccer
Evergreen hosts Kennedy Catholic for a 5:30 p.m. game at Highline Memorial on Wednesday ahead of a 7:30 p.m. matchup between Highline and Lindbergh.
Foster hosts Renton at 7:30 p.m. as Mount Rainier travels to Kentwood, and Tyee goes to Hazen at 6 p.m.
West Seattle is at home playing Roosevelt at Walt Hundley on Thursday, then action resumes again next Tuesday with Evergreen battling Tyee at 3:30 p.m. at Valley Ridge.
Foster is home against Kennedy at 7:30 p.m. that day, when Highline hosts Renton. Mount Rainier entertains Kentridge at 5:30 p.m.

West Seattle hosts Garfield and Chief Sealth goes to Roosevelt at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Mount Rainier hosts Thomas Jefferson at 4 p.m.
Mount Rainier turns around to visit Todd Beamer at 4 p.m. Thursday and Seattle Christian hosts a 2:30 p.m. double-header with Cascade Christian on Friday.
Chief Sealth hosts Roosevelt at 3:45 p.m. Friday as West Seattle travels to Garfield.
Seattle Christian comes home to play Eatonvllle at 12 p.m. Saturday.

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