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‘Heave and believe’: Sophomore breaks 31-year-old school record in a six-dive meet, boys take two

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:39PM

Nearly half of Mercer Island was still without power last week when the Islander boys swim team took on the swimmers from O’Dea High School at Mary Wayte Pool. But one sophomore, Beau Riebe, electrified swim and dive fans Thursday as he broke the 31-year-old school record for a six-dive meet.

Island sports year in review for 2006: Tragedy, tenacity and triumph

  • Dec 28, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 5:39PM

The 2006 calendar year on Mercer Island was one of the more unusual sports years in recent memory. At the high school, the name Mahony meant greatness, an Islander went pro, two teams shocked the state by making it to the championship finals, and Island golf fans said good-bye to a good friend and coach. Other notable Island happenings included Mercer Island residents playing in the Super Bowl, an MIHS graduate going pro and the Rockers winning another title.

Olympic dreams for Hammond

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

The year 2006 was one to remember for a young ski racer from Mercer Island, who is now taking the skills she acquired in the Cascade Mountains across the globe.

Gier, Lilly lead Mercer Island to third in San Diego: Senior breaks school record for rebounds in a game

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

For the first time in five years the Mercer Island High School girls basketball team entered a tournament over winter break. The result was a third-place overall finish in its bracket, Georgia Gier setting a new school record for rebounds in a game, taking her game to the next level and the emergence of freshman guard Hannah Lilly, as she earned all-tournament honors.

Boys take second in Calif.: Islanders lose to tourney host, return to face Skyline tonight

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

There is nothing like a home-court advantage. That idea is taken to the extremes in high school basketball when the opponent has to travel 1,000 miles.

Measuring stick for MI

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

For most gymnastic teams in 3A KingCo the league schedule doesn’t really start until they face perennial powerhouse Issaquah. Both Mercer Island and Sammamish visited the team that has won the state title three of the past five years on Thursday, and both used the meet to measure where they stand.

Boys take two, move into second place

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

What a difference a “year” makes.

Girls go cold in KingCo

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

The gymnasium at Newport High School Friday night felt more like a refrigerator than a basketball court thanks to on-going construction. But the Islanders were the ones who were cold on the hardwood this week as they dropped two in-league games.

From start to finished: Boys knock Bellevue from KingCo title hunt

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

Matt Schut’s jump shot following the opening tip between Mercer Island and Bellevue gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead. As a joke, the Mercer Island student body began chanting “It’s all over.” But the chant was prophetic as the Islander boys never trailed during the game, soundly defeating their biggest rival 47-36, and knocking the Wolverines out of the 3A KingCo title picture.

Girls basketball shocks Bellevue: First win against Wolverines in nine years; Chow scores 21 points

  • Jan 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 5:38PM

It wasn’t snowing in hell last Wednesday, but it was in Bellevue. The Mercer Island girls basketball game at Bellevue High School took place despite many school activities and game cancellations last week and the result was a rare Mercer Island 63-60 win over the Wolverines.

The boys, and girls, are back: Sports Beat

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

I dragged myself into work on Sunday afternoon. My heart was heavy from the Seahawks’ loss to the Bears, my mind full of “what ifs?” and my stomach full of pork rinds, spicy meatballs and bean dip. For some reason, close losses sometimes hurt more than a stomachache.

Seniors shine at final home meet

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

Senior Kristen Shibuya entered the Mercer Island High School gymnasium Thursday night, along with five other Islanders, for her final home meet of her career.

Win against Bellevue puts team back on track

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

While the loss to Issaquah two weeks ago all but ended the Islanders’ shot at the 3A KingCo regular season title, the postseason tournaments still loom large and the team did a good job of getting back on track with a 45-30 victory over Bellevue Wednesday.

Boys swim dominates:Team stays undefeated in league meets, takes second in New Mexico

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

The Mercer Island boys swim team has dominated other Washington state teams for the past 14 months, including a 111-58 win over Bellevue Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool. The Islanders took it to another level Jan. 13 at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, besting 14 other high school teams from the Western United States. The Islanders finished second to only the host team.

Girls slam Totems

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

The Mercer Island girls basketball team made an emphatic statement that it is not among the cellar dwellers in 3A KingCo any more with a 74-30 drubbing of Sammamish Saturday night. But it is a long climb from the bottom to the top, as the team lost a close 47-44 game to Mount Si Friday and was blown out by Issaquah 66-51 on Jan. 17.

Boys game against Eagles looms large: Team earns two big wins by a combined 61 points

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

Two in-league wins in two days, by a combined margin of victory of 61 points, helped to reinforce the fact that the Mercer Island boys basketball team (7-1) is a legitimate contender this season. But the victories do not include one of the biggest games of the year.

Dynasty overlooked

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

Boys swimming earns eighth consecutive 3A KingCo dual-meet title

Rigby drafted by USL Timbers

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

Former Mercer Island High School boys soccer standout Colin Rigby was selected during the second round of the United Soccer League Division I college draft by the Portland Timbers Jan. 24.

Clinching a playoff berth

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:37PM

Girls basketball beats Liberty, within range of .500

IMS wins league title

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:36PM

For the first time in the Islander Middle School team’s history the school has won the Eastside Middle School league title. The varsity middle school team finished the championship meet with 122 points with Maywood and Issaquah tied for second with 97 points.

MIHS wrestles with the future

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:36PM

Mat lessons for Islanders

Faith fights for first

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:36PM

Junior takes 119-pound title, seven Islanders advance to districts

Gym moves on to districts

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:36PM

Team edges Skyline for third place at KingCo meet

Magic act: boys disappear against Bellevue

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:36PM

Wolverine Luke Sikma dominates second half to give Islanders second loss

Swim takes KingCo meet title

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 5:36PM

Every in-state boys swim team that the Islanders have faced this season has lost. Not by 10 or even 20 points, but usually by 100 points. Saturday was no different, as Mercer Island earned 418 points at Mary Wayte Pool for the KingCo championship meet title. The next closest teams were Newport at 229 and Issaquah at 203.

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