Photos by Ed Shepherd
​Runners just took off from the starting line, and,the red-shirt girls are Seattle Christian Warriors, who would finish this race in second place as a team in the 1A Westside Classic Cross Country Championships on the American Lake Golf Course.

Area runners race to state

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

That sinking feeling...
Seattle Christian School's girls team sunk into state by the thinnest of margins -- one point -- taking second over Bellevue Christian, 76-77, while the boys team made it a little more easily, finishing second, too, 62-73, over Charles Wright in the Westside Classic Cross-Country Championships 1A district meet Saturday. The action was held on the 3.2 mile course on the American Lake Golf Course south of Tacoma.
Tyee junior Alexis Sata (21:08.06) took 27th in 2A and Kennedy Catholic freshman, Lily Grassley(20:51.79) finished 20th in 3A to qualify individually.
Highline senior Kelvin Herbruger (17:13.45) 29th, goes, too, in 2A, and Tyee senior Hector Dominguez (17:08.57) qualified 27th.
And Mount Rainier's lone runner to state, in 4A, is junior Austin Regier in 23rd.
But the biggest story on this day was the Seattle Christian girls' one-point win, and how it happened was definitely against the odds.

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Sports Watch for 11-5-14

Sports Watch

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

For the week of Nov. 5-11

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Football
Mount Rainier hosts Rogers for its season finale at 7 p.m. Thursday at Highline Memorial.
Kennedy Catholic and Foster will both see playoff action on the road Friday.
The Lancers pay a visit to Oak Harbor for a 7 p.m. game and the Bulldogs of Foster go to Silverdale to play Olympic at 7:15 p.m.
Evergreen visits Ingraham for a 7 p.m. finale Friday.
Chief Sealth is at home at the Southwest Athletic Complex playing White River at 7 p.m. Friday, then West Seattle will use the SWAC field to play Highline at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Girls soccer
Kennedy Catholic opens district action Thursday, paying a 5 p.m. visit to the Greater St. Helens League champions at the Kiggins Bowl.
If JFK wins it plays for the West Central District/Southwest Washington championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner and a loss would drop the Lancers into a 12 p.m. game for the No. 2 and No. 5 berths to state.

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Photos by Tim Clinton
Highline holds a meeting before entering the second half of Friday's game.

Pirates plundered by Red Raiders

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

One big play turned the tide and another kept it going in that direction as Bellingham beat Highline, 41-14, in non-league football action Friday.
The first came with 5:10 to play in the second quarter of the game played at Highline Memorial.
The Pirates had battled the Red Raiders to a 7-7 tie and were attempting a 27-yard field goal by Jordan Santana to possibly take the lead.
But Bellingham standout running back and defensive back Tanner Aliff jumped forward to block the attempt and teammate Trent Helming picked it up and ran for a 75-yard Bellingham touchdown instead.
Jace King's kick for the extra point was good to suddenly make it 14-7 in favor of the Red Raiders.
A second big turnover sealed the deal with 8:17 to go in the third quarter.
With the Pirates down, 27-7, but driving as far as the Bellingham 47-yard line, the ball was picked off and returned 50 yards for a touchdown.
King's kick then upped the lead to 34-7.
Highline fell to 1-8 overall to go with an 0-6 Seamount League mark, while Bellingham improved to 5-4 on the year.
The Red Raiders are playing an independent schedule with all non-league games.

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