Almost champs

By Keiona Trimmer - Staff Reporter

Megan Hagerty and Celeste Andreotti won the No. 1 doubles crown at the NWAC championships last weekend. 

The Highline women's tennis team finished second overall in its first year of competition.

For the team's outstanding performance this season, Head Coach Laura Rosa was given the  NWAC coach of the year award. 

The ladies battled neck and neck with Bellevue all through the championships. 

"Every single finals came down to Highline vs. Bellevue, and in the end Highline won four and Bellevue won five," said Coach Rosa. 

No. 1 singles player Megan Hagerty defeated Charlie Newman from Skagit Valley 8-6 in her first match. In Hagerty's final singles match, she went out strong but couldn't finish with a win as she played against Moriah Austin from Bellevue College, losing 6-2, 6-7, 6-2. Hagerty placed second overall in the No. 1 singles. 

"Megan Hagerty lost a heartbreaking final in the No. 1  position, but she was a class act and battled until the last point," said Coach Rosa. 

"Nothing can take away from her performance all season. She was our leader both on and off the court, and will be missed tremendously as she moves on next year to NCAA D2 Cal State Stanislaus."

Kenzie Hawkins had a strong day, finishing as the No. 2 singles player.

In Hawkin's first match, she handily defeated Morgan McCarthy from Treasure Valley 8-1. 

During Hawkin's second match, against Marissa Kirk from Bellevue, Hawkins gave her all, but unfortunately lost 7-5, 6-3.

No. 3 singles player Sierra Silva came out on top placing first. Silva didn't have to work too hard in her  match against Miranda Jackson from Spokane, winning 8-1. Silvia had a 6-2, 6-0 sweep in her last match against Bellevue's No. 3 singles player ,Holly Wright. 

Celeste Andreotti was the No. 4 singles champion. Andreotti won 8-1 in her first match against Brittany DeNike from Skagit Valley. In Andreotti's final match she dominated Kathleen Nolan from Bellevue, 6-0, 6-1. 

No. 5 singles player Mary Ahmed placed second. During her first match Ahmed beat Jasmine Kinkead from Treasure Valley 8-5. Ahmed lost during her last match against Bellevue's Candice Canley, 7-5, 6-1. 

"The match that stands out the most was the Championship for the No. 6 singles position," said Coach Rosa. "No. 6 finals was a grueling match that lasted over four hours."  

Sammie McElwain won the championship. McElwain beat Gabriella Barin from Treasure Valley 8-1. Playing hard in her match against Ha Nguyen from Bellevue, Ahmed won 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. 

 "Sammie created a game plan and stuck with it with more stubbornness and tenacity than most people have the capacity for and ultimately came out victorious, " said Coach Rosa. " It was a phenomenal test of both physical and mental endurance."

Hagerty and Andreotti started off by facing Spokane's Kasey Irving and Miranda Jackson, beating the pair 8-0 in their first doubles match. 

The ladies then finshed  the the championships as they also finished off Austin and Kirk from Bellevue, 7-6, 6-3. 

Coach Rosa said Hagerty and Andreotti came out confident and strong, which led to a great win.

  Finishing as the Doubles Champions of the NWAC made her a very happy and proud coach.

Silva and Hawkins didn't quite win the championship for the No. 2 doubles matchup, but did claim second place. They went up against DeNike and Rinka Kawauchi from Skagit Valley, rolling the over in a 8-1 match. 

Silva and Hawkins knew it was going to be tough facing Wright and Nolan from Bellevue.

 The pair came out strong, but ended up losing 6-4, 6-3. 

Highline's No. 3 doubles team started off strong in the beginning, but finished second, again losing to Bellevue. Ahmed and McElwain came out on top as they faced Treasure Valley's Kinkead and Taylor winning 8-0. The ladies then lost in a 6-2, 6-3 match against Canley and Takagi from Bellevue College. 

"In the end we finished second in the NWAC, but as a coach I will remember this as a perfect season," said Coach Rosa. "As a coach there is no more I could have asked from this team than what they did at the NWAC Championships."

Coach Rosa also said that she will be looking at local high schools, who have just started post-season tournament play. 

Rosa hopes to continue the T-Bird women's tennis legacy.

 Rosa hopes to continue recruiting  top players, to build on what was a historic season for Highline tennis. 

Women's fastpitch on 7-game win streak

Highline is rolling over the opposition during a seven-game win streak.

Women's fastpitch swinging for playoffs

The Lady T-Birds have one of the highest-octane offenses in the NWAC North Region.

Golf has taught Martin a lot

Sophmore Megan Martin signed up for Highline before finding out there was a golf team.

Students can thrive at native summit

Native American high school and college students are invited to the Second Annual Native Student Success Summit.

Let's be blunt

Getting busted for a drug crime can cost you your federal financial aid.

No rules against drones at Highline

For the last few years, the Federal Aviation Administration has been battling with consumers on the subject of drones.

Library fight club

Public Safety Officers responded to a possible fight involving four individuals near the library at 9:30 a.m. May 3. Officers talked to witnesses who said that those involved were most likely horsing around, Public Safety said. There is no word if injuries occurred.

Apple picking

A student reported seeing an individual stealing an iPhone in the East Lot on May 3 at 11:38 a.m. The report claimed the thief opened an unlocked car to snatch the phone. The suspect has not been found, Public Safety said.

Individual takes a nap in Building 26

An individual was found sleeping in a crawl space in Building 26 on May 4 around 7:40 p.m. The suspect woke up to the sound of Public Safety officers and bolted from the scene. Highline crews arranged for the crawl space to be blocked off to future nappers.

Suspect pulling car door handles

Public Safety officers made contact with an individual who was yanking on multiple car doors in the East Lot at 11 a.m. on May 5. The individual did not have a ID and claimed he was just waiting for a friend to get out of class, Public Safety said. There is no word if the individual faced charges or met up with their friend.

Outstanding faculty: All rise

Nominations are due May 26 for three annual awards given to Highline employees. The Highline College Foundation provides $1,500 awards to the oustanding employee of the year, the outstanding tenured faculty member, and the oustanding adjunct faculty member. The employee of the year award seeks to recognize “an employee whose performance is outstanding and whose impact on a department or the broader institution is substantial,” according to the nomating material. Only full-time tenured faculty are eligible for the second award, while the final award goes to part-time or adjunct faculty. Nominations can be made by any student, staff member, faculty member or administrator at Highline. A person may make only one nomination for each award. The nominations need to consist of written statements from both the nominator and then a second reference that gives specific emphasis to the nominee’s contribution to education at Highline.

Commencement speaker sought

Highline’s Student Government is looking for a student speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. Any graduating student is encouraged to apply for the spot. Applications can be picked up from our Student Government leaders at our Center for Leadership and Service. Completed applications should be turned in at the CLS front desk by this Friday, May 12, at 4 p.m. Selected applicants will be interviewed on May 17, between 3-5 p.m.

Explore your transfer options

The Transfer Center is hosting an informational session on Washington State University’s pharmacy program and Highline’s Respiratory Care Program, today and tomorrow. An adviser from WSU’s School of Pharmacy will be at Highline to give a presentation on how to successfully plan and apply to the program. The WSU adviser will go over admissions requirements, including prerequisite courses, required grade point average, application timeline, documents needed for applying and extra advice on getting into the program.

GlobalFest has tastes of the world

It's your last chance to vote

Redeemed by sin

Almost champs

Highline cleans up its act

New club helps Running Starters transition

There's still hope for inclusion

The band TORCH to light up Highline

Women's fastpitch on 7-game win streak

Saltwater serenity just a few strokes away

Time to prepare for graduation

Congratulations on 35 years of service

Experience art while sipping wine

Women's fastpitch swinging for playoffs

Bill expands student breakfast

Women of color unite at summit

Anthem speaks to who we are

Take mom someplace special on her day

Golf has taught Martin a lot

Don't get hooked by the phishers