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Banner year for Mercer Island in the world of sports | Sports year in review
Here is a snapshot of some of the biggest sport stories on Mercer Island in 2011.
New pool operators take over
Olympic Cascade Aquatics took over operation of Mary Wayte Pool from Northwest Center in January.
Gymnastics earns postseason honors
Wrestlers win KingCo, district titles
The Mercer Island High School wrestling team won the KingCo title and district titles again this past winter, and earned a historic ninth place finish as a team in state. It was their highest team finish in 20 years.
MI boys basketball wins KingCo
After falling to Bellevue during the regular season, the Mercer Island boys basketball team beat the Wolverines to win the KingCo title in the middle of February. The team would go on to earn a spot at districts and in the first round of the state tournament.
Boys swimming wins state
For the sixth straight year, the Mercer Island boys swimming team brought home the state championship trophy. The team also won KingCo and the district meet en route to the title.
Successful 39th Rotary Run
Over 3,700 racers came to Mercer Island in late March for the 39th annual Rotary Run. Despite a slightly smaller group of runners than in years past, local runners earned top finishes. The group is preparing for a big celebration this spring in honor of the 40th anniversary.
MIHS quarterback chooses the Huskies
After much speculation Mercer Island High School quarterback Jeff Lindquist made his commitment to play for the University of Washington. He had been considering Stanford as well.
MIHS boys tennis sweeps postseason
Girls golf completes perfect season
After winning the 3A state title, the Mercer Island girls golf team finished a perfect season. The team was undefeated through the season, and won KingCo and Districts while winning the program’s first ever state title. The boys team finished third in state.
MI boys lacrosse wins state title
After five years of being so close to the title, the Mercer Island boys lacrosse team regained the trophy in late May. The Islanders, after playing in the state title game 10 of the last 11 years, beat Bellevue 5-3 to win.
Mercer Island girls tennis takes state
After a solid regular season the Mercer Island girls tennis team won the state title. The team beat the second-place finishers by just one point in the state tournament in late May.
Mercerwood Midlakes team wins third straight title
The Mercerwood Shore Club Midlakes swim team won its third straight title this summer. The A team beat the Mercer Island Beach Club by 46 points, the smallest margin of points in the last three years.
Longboarding keeps teen moving
Mercer Island longboarder Max Wippermann won the junior division of the International Gravity Sports Association’s World Championships this summer. He sped down the course in Goldendale, Wash., at a speed of 38 miles per hour. The Mercer Island High School student plans to travel and compete in the World Cup after graduating.
MIHS girls cross country wins KingCo
The Mercer Island girls barely won the KingCo title, its second straight, this fall. The team tied at the end of the race with Liberty, but won the tiebreaker to earn the title. The team took second place to Liberty at the district meet, and finished seventh at state as a team.
MIHS football makes playoff run
For the first time in a decade the Mercer Island football team earned a spot in the postseason, winning its first game against Ferndale. The playoff win was the school’s first since the 1980s. The Islanders would go on to lose in the first round of the state competition to Meadowdale.
MI girls swimming win 3A state title
After winning both KingCo and the SeaKing District meets, the Mercer Island girls swimming team cruised to another 3A state title in November.