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  • Sep 9, 2008 at 2:01PM

Soccer rebounds from losses

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 2:01PM

The Mercer Island boys soccer team beat Sammamish 2-0 behind Jed Jacobson’s two goals on Thursday night at Islander Stadium. But the two consecutive losses prior to Thursday are raising questions of focus and consistency.

Promising start for the M’s?

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 2:01PM

For starters, the Mariners have them. That much was apparent during the brief first home stand of the 2008 Seattle Mariners, management of which bet millions that a beefed up starting-pitching corps would be all the team needs to seize the American West Division title from the rival Los Angeles Angels. But for a ninth-inning home run given up by all-star reliever J.J. Putz (now on the disabled list with a minor injury) during the second of three with the Texas Rangers, the 2008 M’s would have left home for a week at 3-0. As is, the 2-1 mark kept up with the pitching-depleted Angels in a race that may proceed well into September.

Big league plays at Safeco Field

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 2:02PM

Last week might have held the best three-day stretch in the past decade for the Mercer Island High School baseball team. The Islanders defeated Interlake, beat Bellevue for the first time in over six years and lost to Lakeside. How can a loss be included in that three-day stretch? It was played at Safeco Field and was a non-league game.

Emergency readiness in one year | Could you manage on your own for a week or more?

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 3:00PM

One year from today, the Island’s new Emergency Preparedness Officer wants residents and the city to be ready for the “Big One,” the natural disaster or storm that would take out both bridges.

Homeland Security grants go to Jewish groups

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 2:13PM

Ten Seattle-area Jewish nonprofits, including Northwest Yeshiva High School on Mercer Island, have been awarded over $295,000 from the Department of Homeland Security. The agency’s Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant program will enable the organizations to do as much as they can in the coming year to shore up their emergency and security systems.

Carjacking chase ends in Town Center early Saturday morning

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 3:00PM

Three men were arrested in the Town Center early Saturday morning on suspicion of carjacking. The men were apprehended following a car chase that began in Seattle.

Making an Escape

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 1:24PM

The 12th annual triathlon at Luther Burbank Park took place Sunday.

Police Blotter

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 3:00PM

Several pieces of jewelry were stolen from a home in the 6100 block of West Mercer Way on the morning of Sept. 3. According to the police report, the homeowner left around 9:30 a.m. and returned two and a half hours later only to find her front door left open by a burglar who had smashed a side-door window to get into her house.

Abandoned Mercer Island property sold

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 11:00AM

A derelict, mid-Island property along West Mercer Way slated to be demolished by the city has been purchased. It will be fixed or torn down by a new owner. If it had not sold, it would have been the first time in more than twenty years of that a private home was to be taken over and demolished by the city.

Motorcycle fatalities surge in August | Many accidents caused by rider errors

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 3:00PM

As the warm days continue, the Department of Licensing is urging motorcycle riders to use caution when out riding. Forty-eight riders have lost their lives so far this year, an increase over this time last year.

News briefs

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

This month, the United States Department of the Treasury will introduce a new debit card option for recipients of Social Security payments and other federal benefits. Information about the new payment option will be included with regular Social Security check payments this month.

High school radio station finds new home at 88.9 FM

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 11:00AM

The Mercer Island High School radio station has a new home. For the past four years, KMIH had been teetering on the edge of its FM wavelength, 104.5, nearly pushed off by a bigger Oregon station vying for the same dial number. Because the high school-run radio station was considered a “Class D” educational station, KMIH did not have the commercial clout to defend its long-standing home in the face of competition. And so Nick DeVogel, director of the MIHS radio station, turned to professionals for help.

Mercer Island beats Lake Washington 7-6 to open football season

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 1:42PM

The Mercer Island High School football team went through some big changes during the offseason. A new head coach, realignment of the KingCo league and some dramatic changes on the field resulted in the Islanders’ first win of the season, 7-6, on Friday against Lake Washington.

Islander XC looks for new challenges

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM

Cross country is a sport that is thought of, primarily, as an individual sport. Running tests one’s endurance, speed and mental fortitude. But the emphasis on team at Mercer Island High School has led the girls squad to be a perennial state contender and the boys to push their way to the top.

Islander girls soccer is healthy and ready to win

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM

If a girls soccer player made it through the entire season in 2007 without injury, she was in the minority. Eleven out of 18 players missed time last year due to torn ACLs, twisted ankles and a litany of other ailments that made the team look like a traveling emergency room. The result was a frustrating season that saw Mercer Island miss the playoffs and slide to the bottom of the division with just five wins.

Water polo’s new era uses past success as blueprint

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM

Most high school teams change from year to year. That change can sometimes include a new coach, an extra non-league tournament, transition of talent and sometimes a new place to play home games. For the Mercer Island boys water polo team, change means all of the above.

Looking for some competition | Boys tennis loses biggest rival, challenge in Newport

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

Most 3A KingCo high school tennis seasons come down to Mercer Island and Newport. The rest of the teams play for third or fourth place. This year, the only team left of those two schools in 3A KingCo after realignment is Mercer Island.

One more chance | Volleyball looks to build on success

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

The feeling of a lost opportunity fell over the Mercer Island High School girls volleyball team following state last year. The team swept through KingCo for an undefeated season and league title. The team then placed second at the district tournament only to be sent home prior to placing at state.

Youthful golf team aims high

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM

No boys golf team in the past decade has won KingCo in three consecutive seasons. Last year’s repeat of the KingCo title was not only a great achievement for the squad, but it gave the boys a chance to make history.

Completing the dream | Girls swim striving for state title after second last year

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

The second-place finish at the state meet last year was a sign that the Mercer Island girls swim team’s climb to the top was almost complete.

Deloitte Consulting LLP promotes Mercer Island's Tom Captain

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

Islander Tom Captain, a 27-year industry veteran and a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, has been named vice chairman and global U.S. leader of Deloitte’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry group. This group provides audit, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to commercial aerospace, military aircraft, defense electronics, missile defense, land and naval platforms and space companies, along with their suppliers, investors and customers.

This Week

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM

Mercer Island High School’s first graduating class will celebrate its 50th reunion this weekend with three days of activities. For information, call (206) 232-0885 or e-mail

Escape from the Rock

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00AM

WSU program comes to Mercer Island

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 4:00PM

Washington State University King County Extension’s popular Forest Stewardship coached planning course for forest landowners is coming to Mercer Island, Sept. 17. Packed with practical information and guidance from an array of resource professionals, this course uses a hands-on approach to help landowners decide how to manage their forests for ecological, recreational and/or economic benefits. Instructors guide the class through the process of developing a written forest stewardship plan, which can be used to qualify for property tax reduction.

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