The NWAC delayed all league competition to Jan. 17 for men’s and women’s basketball.
The Lady T-Birds are now 3-5 having faced three game cancellations. The team is leveraging the postponement to recover and get league-ready.
The Thunderbirds as well as the rest of the NWAC have had their conference games delayed due to health and safety concerns.
The spike in cases with the new Omicron variant has proven to be a main factor in the NWAC’s executive board and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) decision to push conference play back a couple of weeks.
“There were quite a few teams around the NWAC that had positive tests which caused some games to be cancelled right after Christmas,” said Highline men’s Head Coach Che Dawson.
Highline’s Meredith Udovich was named the 2021 NWAC Baden Player of the Year for women’s soccer.
Also, men’s Head Coach Steve Mohn was NWAC Coach of the Year.
Mohn helped lead the T-Birds to second place in the NWAC West with an 8-5 in record, 14-5 overall. Highline then went on a seven-game winning streak to win its fourth championship.
The Highline men’s basketball team dropped three straight games in its second week of NWAC play.
The team lost in a last-second thriller to the Olympic Rangers 84-83 last Wednesday in the Pavilion.
Guard Micah Jessie led the team with 22 points on 8-18 shooting. Guard Earl Lee also had a great effort off the bench with 15 points.
The Highline women’s basketball team picked up its first wins of the new season, going 2-1 last week.
Highline defeated Skagit Valley 58-50 for its first win on Dec. 1. On the road, Highline picked up another win against Olympic, 64-48 last Saturday, before falling to Peninsula last Sunday, 64-47.
Against Skagit, the Lady-T-Birds led from the first quarter onward, withstanding a late run by the Cardinals in the final quarter. Highline outrebounded Skagit 47-32, giving them 18 second-chance points. The Thunderbirds notably dominated in the paint where they scored 38 of their 58 points.
The Highline men’s basketball team won their first road game of the season 88-84 against Whatcom last Tuesday.
Guard Micah Jessie had it going early, scoring 18 of his 23 points on 7-10 shooting in the first half. Guard Kenny Curtis had 11 points and led the team with five assists in the first half. He finished the game leading Highline in all major categories with 26 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.
These efforts helped the T-Birds go into halftime with a 47-44 lead.
Highline has been able to tag a new softball coach, but the Athletic Department is still struggling to pin down a new wrestling coach.
Highline Athletic Director John Dunn has not released the name of the new softball coach, who will replace Jason Evans, who left the program after last year’s pandemic-shortened season.
Wrestling has been without a coach since Chad Beatty left the program in 2020. This year’s wrestling season has been cancelled as a result.
The Highline women’s basketball team tipped off its season this past weekend at the Tacoma Classic Tournament, losing two games.
In the Lady T-Birds’ first game last Friday, they fell to Shoreline 66-52. Highline lost to Everett on Saturday, 56-45.
In the spring the team finished with a 5-3 record. Three games were cancelled due to a positive COVID test at the start of season and the NWAC called off the championships.
The Highline men’s basketball team opened its season with a 94-71 loss to Shoreline last Friday in the Pavilion.
The T-Birds trailed throughout the first half, going into the break down 41-29. The team made a push to start the second half, taking a one point lead with 14:49 in the second half, but ultimately it was not enough.
“We turned the ball over early and failed to execute some very basic nuances to our defensive scheme. That led to the early lead,” said Head Coach Che Dawson.
The Highline men’s soccer team beat Whatcom 4-3 on Sunday to win the NWAC men’s soccer championship.
It was the team’s first title since 2017 and their fourth since 2004.
The women’s team lost in the semifinals on Friday, marking the first time since 2014 that the Lady T-Birds weren’t in the finals.