Girls basketball: Union 58, Skyview 40

first_img Skyview led 12-3 after the first quarter, but Union responded with a 9-0 run in the second to pull within one. The game was tied 20-20 at half.In the second, it was all Union.“We got it together after the first,” Midland said. “We said, ‘this is it, we can either let them have it, or we can take it.’ ”Johnson praised Mikelle Anthony’s contributions. Anthony, a junior, joined the team two weeks ago off the cheer squad and has provided much-needed depth, Johnson said. She played as a freshman and opted not to play her sophomore year.Union coach Gary Mills credited Lewis’s play as crucial to the team’s ability to pull away. Share: Share: The Columbian Published: January 30, 2019, 10:38pm Mills, a first-year head coach, has worked at Union since the school opened in 2008 and served as an assistant coach in the girls and boys program. But it carries extra meaning for him to know his team is responsible for a banner in the Union High School gym.UNION 58, SKYVIEW 40SKYVIEW — Michelle Winters 3, Alexis Perez 0, Maddie Hendricks 9, Ava Harman 2, Remington Riley 2, Tanariea Deloney 2, Skylar Groesbeck 4, Kazz Parks 10, Emily Norton 3 Mikelle Anthony 6. Totals 16 (4) 5-10 40.UNION –Alexis Raymore 8, Marina Morningstar 2, McKenna Vega 0, Toryi Midland 14, Lolo Weatherspoon 4, Abbey Kaip 11, Mackenzie Lewis 18, Lily Caplice 0, Kaneyl Carpenter 1, Caitlyn Leake 0. Totals 23 (7) 6-10 58.Skyview 12 8 8 12–40Union 3 17 18 20–58 Girls basketball: Union 58, Skyview 40 Mackenzie Lewis scored 18 points and Toryi Midland added 14 to lead the Union girls basketball team to a program-first 4A Greater St. Helens League title on Wednesday at Union High School behind a 58-40 win over Skyview.Union finished tied with Camas at 7-1 atop the league standings. The two teams will officially share the league title, but play a tiebreaker for bi-district seeding on Friday at 6 p.m. at Evergreen High School.“It’s exciting,” Midland said. “We’re celebrating because this is big, never done before in school history, so it feels good to put a banner up on the wall.”The Storm were led by Kazz Parks’ 10 points. Parks and Remington Riley, Skyview’s top leaders this season, played, though not at 100 percent, according to Storm coach Brett Johnson. Camas PapermakersSkyview Storm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO Tags By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

9 Reasons You Need a Consolidator

first_imgWritten By: Steven Hartman, Sky Bird Travel & Tours  Are you using an airline consolidator when booking airfare for your customers? When attending a trade show, you may have seen booths set up for consolidators and have been curious about what they do, however, you continued past them to visit an airline carrier, vacation company, or maybe even the bathroom. Or perhaps you are new to the travel industry and have never even heard of a consolidator. Regardless, there are many benefits to finding fares through a consolidator. For starters, how about making more money? Here are 9 reasons why you should register and work with a consolidator:  Earn Higher CommissionsMore money?  Absolutely! Consolidators have contracts in place with the airlines who then provide unpublished and net fares to pass along to travel agents. As opposed to going through other means, a consolidator could help lower the fare cost. This gives you the chance to pass along the savings to your customer and still pocket a high commission. On top of higher commissions, consolidators can often make changes to a ticket without the passenger incurring an additional cost.  The Ability to Market Fares in AdvanceMany consolidators use the power of email blasts and social media to advertise new fares/low fares to destinations all over. You can use these fares to entice your customers to book their trip. Have your clients told you the destinations on their bucket lists? When you tell them about a great low fare, you could be providing the first step in planning their dream vacation.  Better Positioned to CompeteConsolidators help level the playing field. With access to countless net fares and unpublished fares, a home-based agent or brick-and-mortar agency has the ability to give their customers great fares often with a more personalized focus on customer service. Large agencies use consolidators to enjoy the same benefits of net fares direct from the airlines.  90+ Air Carriers at Your DisposalConsolidators make it their job to network and develop trusted relationships with air carriers in order to secure contracts. They can then pass along affordable seating options, various routes, and special deals and promotions the airline client prefers to advertise. Beyond net fares though, travel agents can utilize an established relationship with any number of air carriers from all over the world. Airlines like Virgin Australia, Etihad, and Brussels Airlines work with consolidators to make their routes more accessible to US-based travelers.  24/7 Customer ServiceFor the consolidators offering 24/7 customer service, a travel agent has peace-of-mind when booking. If weather delays, cancellations, or emergencies come up, they have a direct connection to the airlines beyond every other traveler experiencing such a delay.  Consolidators Need YouSimply put: without travel agents there are no consolidators. Consolidators depend on their airline connections and low net fares to stay in business with travel agents. A good consolidator is invested in ensuring the success of the travel agent.  Comprehensive Vacation PlanningThere are many agents who plan cruises, tours, etc. but send their customers to find flights. By going through a consolidator, you can often get a better fare for international flights, take the commission for booking it, and create a comprehensive package for your client. Many consolidators can help you with the back-end work so you can concentrate on selling.  Complex ItinerariesThe power to book on reputable international carriers in order to make the trip more affordable is a huge cost-savings benefit to the consumer. For multiple segments, multiple origins, and stopovers, a consolidator can offer a seamless travel experience and make any complex itinerary easier. Even gap years, which may need to be booked well in advance and includes immense pre-planning and long-term stays, can be managed by a consolidator.  Group RatesSports teams. Church groups. Wine clubs. Imagine trying to get airfare for 25 people or more! It is quite a daunting task, but an experienced consolidator makes the process easier and secure a lower fare for the group. Because of the volume of business, any rules and restrictions given to the consolidators by the airline when booking groups can benefit the customer. A good consolidator will keep track of your group from booking until they return home. How do you choose a consolidator? You do not need to work with any single one so you can register with a few and see which one you like the best.  Low net fares, a customer service department willing to help you every step of the way, longstanding relationships with airlines, and experience are all key factors when finding the best airline consolidator.last_img read more