Matt Phelps

Sen. Murray visits Eastside to talk about job training

Zoe Melendez showed up to her first day of school with no hair, no fingernails and no toenails. She had just been laid off from her job in a career she had been a part of for more than 25 years and was battling breast cancer.


Top county cop lives right here

King County Sheriff Steve Strachan officially conceded to longtime department spokesman John Urquhart late Thursday night in the race for a one-year term for the position.


Matt Phelps returns to Island to help his mother | On Sports

Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in. I love Mercer Island, but I rarely have a reason to come back. My mom, Diane, visits Mercer Island more than I do as she takes karate classes at Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studio each week.


Residents sound off on county’s proposed car-tab tax to limit Metro service cuts

Seventy-three people, including initiative king, Tim Eyman, attended a public hearing on the proposed congestion reduction charge in Kirkland last week that would help fund King County Metro services.

‘Congestion Reduction Charge’ | Tax to save Metro service levels

Eastsiders gather to tell County Council what they think of $20 charge to keep Metro going

Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame to induct Nicholl

Former Mercer Island High School football coach Dick Nicholl will be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame on Friday. The ceremony will take place during a NFHF luncheon that is open to the public.

Finding the words befitting of a local legend

Under the daily grind at my new Kirkland Reporter digs, I wouldn’t normally have time to go back and write a column for the Mercer… Continue reading

So long, Mercer Island

During the last few weeks, I have been trying to figure out how to sum up the past eight years as the Mercer Island Reporter’s sports editor. Yesterday was officially my last day, and I am now at the Kirkland Reporter. I realized that I have spent a quarter of my life in the middle of Lake Washington, watching kids wrestle with broken necks, swim around the Island, win state and national titles and come back as hard-working professionals.

Girls lacrosse overcomes a seven point deficit to beat Seattle Prep

The Mercer Island girls lacrosse team found itself in a familiar place on Friday. The Islanders trailed Seattle Prep by seven points and seemed to be falling further behind with every face-off draw.

UW cuts take full swimming scholarship from Longbotham

The recession is hitting everyone. But for Mercer Island High School senior Murray Longbotham, it is threatening to take away a lifelong dream.His commitment to… Continue reading

Islander girls golf team clinches 3A KingCo banner

The Mercer Island girls golf team earned a big victory on Thursday, despite a last-minute change of venue, facing down the school’s biggest rival in undefeated Bellevue and battling physical ailments.

Girls tennis takes title

The Mercer Island girls tennis team officially claimed the 2009 3A KingCo regular season title last week with an in-league victory, but it came as no surprise, as Mercer Island has shut out nearly every team it has played.

Islanders are only undefeated team left in Washington state

The Mercer Island boys lacrosse team sits alone as the only remaining undefeated team in the state, thanks to a 6-4 victory against Issaquah on Friday at Islander Stadium.

One goal, a state title

The Mercer Island boys soccer team is among the best in the state. Ranked No. 4 and with a 12-0-1 record, very few teams have been able to keep pace. The only tie for the Islanders came in an early preseason game against a 4A school. But this kind of success is not new for coach Steve Newman.

Islander girls water polo defeated Newport, 4-1

The Mercer Island girls water polo team picked up a big victory 4-1 against defending state champions and arch rival Newport on Friday at Edgebrook… Continue reading

Opening day, baseball provides memories

My first baseball game that I attended with my dad, who is not a sports guy, was to see Ken Griffey Jr. during his rookie season. The event was special for me, since it took me three seasons to finally get him to take me to a game. During batting practice, my dad whipped out a pen and told me to go and try to get Griffey’s autograph. I thought he was crazy. I went with some trepidation because I knew the chances were slim. I also figured I knew more than my dad, since I had all the Mariners’ names memorized and he didn’t know who was the starting pitcher. But I got his signature and it is one of my best memories as a kid. Not that it was Griffey’s autograph, but that my dad and I had a baseball memory to keep between us.

Girls lacrosse heading in right direction

The Mercer Island girls lacrosse program has gotten off to a good start this season, but still has a lot of room to grow.

Shields up as MI downs Bainbridge

The Shields brothers are making a big difference for Mercer Island High School boys lacrosse. A pass by freshman Matt Shields to his brother, Daniel, during the second overtime of the Mercer Island boys lacrosse game against Bainbridge Island resulted in the biggest goal of the season. The rocket shot by Daniel found the back of the Spartan goal to lift the home team to a 7-6 victory on Saturday at Islander Stadium.

Cree is new MI basketball coach

Gavin Cree has more experience than most with the Mercer Island High School basketball program. He also knows how revered his former mentor Ed Pepple is and what the expectations are for the program. He will now get his chance step onto the MIHS basketball sideline as head coach. Mercer Island High School assistant principal Craig Olson announced the decision to hire Cree Monday afternoon.

Bailey proving to be a force in singles

Going into this year’s girls tennis season, there was some question as to whether Islander sophomore Chelsea Bailey was ready to play singles during postseason play. As a freshman, Bailey and Michelle Zemplenyi dominated opponents all the way through the state tournament. But this year, Bailey is making an effective case for a singles run during May.