Highline Bears split first two games

By Tim Clinton

Resiliency is a good quality to have for a baseball team, and the Highline Bears appear to have it.
After losing their season opener to the North Sound Emeralds by an 11-2 score Friday, the Bears returned to Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center the next night and proceeded to pound Laces Baseball Club, 9-1.

Saturday's game was knotted at 1-1 before the Bears exploded for five runs on five hits in the bottom of the third.
Sam Trend-Beacon blasted a three-run home run in the rally and Cole Chambers ripped a two-run single.
The Bears never relinquished the lead from there but gradually built on it instead.

It was a different story against the Emeralds the night before.

Alec Kisena and Henry Lin of the North Sound team combined to four-hit the Highline team and rack up a total of 14 strikeouts.
Kisena struck out 10, including the first three batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning.

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Highline honors scholar athletes; Athletic Director Terri McMahan takes a bow

By Tim Clinton

It was the Highline Public Schools 6th Annual Scholar-Athlete, Coach and Community Recognition Banquet, and the last with Terri McMahan leading the way in her capacity as district athletic director.

McMahan used her impending retirement as a reason to honor those above her in the district, such as superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield.

"Some say it's self serving to honor people above you, but because I'm not coming back, I'm going to," McMahan told Tuesday's gathering at Mount Rainier High School.

Master of ceremonies Dick Fain, a Mount Rainier graduate who is now a KJR-Radio sports personality and has been the voice of the Seattle Storm for six years, chose to honor McMahan.

"Thank you for all of your time," he told her from behind the microphone.

The banquet was mostly about honoring top scholar-athletes from the Highline School District's four high schools, along with coaches of the year from each school including the four middle schools.

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Foster girls win league championship

Special to the Times-News

LAKEWOOD - SPSL 2A girls Mountain Division tennis champion Foster added to its laurels by winning the league team championship in concluding action at Clover Park High School on Sat., May 13.
Mountain division player of the year Ana Rios defeated first team Mountain teammate Aileen Nguyen in the singles final, giving the Bulldogs the top two seeds to West Central District.
First team All-Mountain players Aivy Nguyen and Cora Padilla teamed for a fifth place finish in doubles.
All-Mountain honorable mention Bulldog netters Ashley Gonzales and Lwam Woldemariam took sixth in the doubles while the unseeded pairing of Monita Keo and Tasha Hong earned seventh place to make Foster's district representation two singles players and three doubles teams.

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