Men's soccer team undefeated
By Andrew LaChapelle - Staff Reporter
The men's soccer team is once again off to a fast start to the year and is in prime position for a deep playoff run.
The men are currently atop the West region with an 8-0-1 mark, and ranked first in the NWAC poll. The one blemish in the Thunderbirds' record is a 1-1 tie vs South Puget Sound last Wednesday in Olympia. The tie is the first of the season and relinquishes the Thunderbirds' aura of invincibility.
Since the tie the team travelled to Bellevue, where the men gutted out a 1-0 victory against the Bulldogs. The T-Birds had 14 shots on goal, while only allowing seven shots to Bellevue in a gutsy defensive performance.
The single goal scored came from forward Adama Kante while goal keeper Julian Tafolla had a flawless performance racking up three saves to his 15 for the season. Tafolla from Fife has only allowed two goals all season and has not allowed a single goal through six conference games.
The T-Birds got off to a similar start last year. But after a quarterfinal victory in the playoffs, they ultimately fell in the semifinals. Head coach Steve Mohn said he hopes to build on that run from last year
"The goal every year is to win our division, and then ultimately win a championship," Mohn said
The T-Birds will rely on their mix of veteran leadership and young talent to take them deep in the playoffs once again this year
"We've got a good group of guys back that will help tremendously when that time comes," Mohn said.
Freshman forward Ryley Johnson from Lynwood High School has emerged as a top scoring threat for the T-Birds.
Johnson is third in the NWAC in scoring with seven goals, and has accumulated 20 points along with 32 shots on goal. Johnson was voted Under Amour player of the week of the NWAC for week four of the season.
Another player emerging for the T-Birds is Tyler Black a freshman mid fielder who scored a clutch goal in Highline's game vs. Spokane earlier in the season. Black is fitting right in at Highline
"This Highline group is the easiest transition I've had as a soccer player so far" Black says. Black originally from Tacoma Black moved down to Concord Calif. to play for Clayton Valley Charter for his senior year of high school.
In October the men's soccer team has six games left in the regular season. Results from this Wednesday's game vs Pierce College were unavailable at press time.
The Thunderbirds return home to play Tacoma this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Starfire Soccer complex, 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila.
An alert Highline staff member and local public safety officers helped stop a potential suicide on campus last week.
While a staff member was working, he noticed a suspicious male wandering the East Lot around 6:25 a.m. May 25. The staff worker called Highline Public Safety who responded to find the individual running around with a rope in his hands, looking for a place to possibly hang himself.
This prompted Public Safety to contact Des Moines Police and South King County Fire and Rescue. By the time first responders came to the scene, the distraught man climbed into a tree near Building 99, ready to use the rope on himself.
First responders talked to the man, successfully convincing him to come down from the tree. After the turmoil settled the individual was transported to a nearby hospital for an evaluation.
Sgt. George Curtis of Public Safety said this was the first time he has encountered someone attempting to endanger their own life on campus.
Staff member passes out
Public Safety said the actions of the staff member who reported the incident is an excellent example of how â€śsee something, say somethingâ€ť could potentially save a life. A staff member was reported to have passed out in Building 4 at 8:10 a.m. The person was sitting in their chair when they lost consciousness, then fell out, hitting their head on the ground. Public Safety arrived but the staff member refused any medical treatment.
Late night fast food runs a no-no
A suspicious car was spotted on campus at 1:35 a.m. on May 28 by a Public Safety officer. The car was occupied by two students and parked between buildings 29 and 22.
The two students had gone to Jack in the Box and decided to eat the fast food on campus.
They were told by the officer to leave because campus was closed.
Learn all about Safe Zones
Allies of the LGBTQIA community along with faculty and staff will be hosting a Safe Zones training program, next month.
Safe Zones is a program identifying individuals in the school community who are safe and supportive allies of LGTBQIA students and faculty.
The Safe Zones training is put on by Highlineâ€™s Multicultural Affairs organization.
The program is about learning more about the queer community and to build skills to use on the Highline campus and out in other communities.
The LGBTQIA Taskforce has been working on creating a basic curriculum for the Safe Zones training that not only provides information that may seem basic or simple.
Anyone is welcome to the Safe Zones training.
The training will be June 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Writing Center, Building 26 room 319i.
Annual Vicom Portfolio Show is next week
Highline is hosting its annual portfolio show next week.
Design students will show off their work and achievements on June 5 - 6.
The show is in Building 8, Mt. Olympus room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Faculty awards nominations due
The annual vote for Highlineâ€™s Outstanding Faculty Awards has been extended June 5.
The Highline College Foundation provides two
$1,500 awards to be presented to Highline Collegeâ€™s Outstanding Faculty of the Year.
Nominations can be made by any student, staff member, faculty member or administrator of Highline. A person may make only one nomination for each award.
Further detainominations need to consist of written statements from both the nominator and then a second reference that gives specific emphasis to the nomineeâ€™s contribution to education at Highline.
Nominations need to be submitted to the Selection Committee in the Office of Instruction, Mailstop 9-2, by 5 p.m. on June 5.
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