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Highline's Velasco leads NWAC in scoring, eyes next season

The lack of a championship did not diminish Alex Velasco’s enjoyment of the Highline men’s soccer season.

The NWAC’s leading scorer said he will back next year to try to win one, however.

“Alex is such a blessing to be around. On the field he’s setting the standard for us all…Off the field it’s nothing but smiles and good times with Alex,” said teammate Jorge Figueroa.

Littlemans build 40 years of Highline volleyball legacy

Coaching volleyball is a rite of passage for the Littleman family.

Forty years ago Coach John Littleman coached Highline’s women volleyball team, and for the past 11 years his son, Chris Littleman, has continued the tradition.

For John Littleman he began coaching volleyball at the High School level where he took home four State Championships.

T-Birds wrap up spring seasons

Highline spring sports have come to a close on a mostly positive note, with games able to be played and not cancelled for COVID.

T-Birds enjoy success as seasons wind down

Highline’s sports teams are winding up their seasons with some wins.

In spring seasons, relocated and shortened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thunderbirds are seeing some good results, from an undefeated tennis season to solid play in basketball, soccer, tennis and golf.

Lady T-Birds try to enjoy the moment in pandemic-shortened softball season

Highline’s softball season has been like a rally that didn’t quite come together – too many outs and runners left stranded on base.

The Lady T-Birds have seen two doubleheaders cancelled because of COVID this spring. They have a record of 2-4 heading into the final weeks of the shortened season.

The ladies’ season normally played about 30 games. But due to the pandemic, fewer games were scheduled and cancellations have become part of the game.

Highline teams return to spring action

Highline sports teams were busy this week amid their COVID spring seasons.

Men’s basketball

After more than a week off because of COVID cases, the team returns to action, led by sophomore guard Micah Jessie’s 23.4 points and 3.6 assist per game.

Lady T-Birds make progress in shortened season

Highline’s women’s basketball team has to plan for games each week that might not be played.

Friday’s 50-43 win over Pierce meant that the Lady T-Birds had finally played more games than had been cancelled.

This is just one of the challenges in the Lady T-Birds’ COVID-shaped spring season.

COVID cools Highline men’s basketball

The Highline men’s basketball team was forced into a 10-day isolation period due to a positive COVID test result.

The team will now head into an isolation period where they will have to cancel two games, meaning COVID will take five of their 15 games. Highline was to play Pierce last Friday, and Tacoma on Tuesday. Friday’s game against Centralia also has been cancelled.

Soccer teams see mixed results

The Highline women’s soccer team played another close game against Centralia with a score of 2-2 on Friday, April 23.

Centralia took an early lead with Chloe Narolski scoring in the 34th minute with an assist from Talia Washington.

Volleyball team battles COVID, opponents

The Highline’s women’s volleyball team is six games into their jam-packed season with a record of 1-3, with two games being cancelled due to COVID.

The Thunderbirds season started unevenlyTheir first game was cancelled part way through due to a positive COVID test result, frustrating players who have been waiting to play since fall 2019.