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Mercer Island girls select program earns top results at President Day tourney
The Mercer Island girls select basketball program took top honors during the President's Day weekend tournament hosted by Stanwood.
The Island teams, representing fifth through eighth grade, earned a cumulative 17-3 record during the tournament, with two championships.
In the fifth grade division, the team had a 2-0 record before a loss to Edmonds Sports Academy in the quarterfinals. They finished 4-1 overall to take fifth place. The team is coached by Regi Raban.
The sixth grade team, coached by James Johnson, won their division for the second consecutive year. In the title game the team faced home team Stanwood, leading to a tight match, but the Islanders pulled away at the end for a 32-22 win.
The sixth grade team includes: Macy Mounger, Annie Medlock, Aolani Calderon, Rachel Silke, Maeve Akins and Coach LJ Johnson; Front row, Kelly Behrbaum, Katie Brodsky, Tessa Guerra, Ali Kimball and Jessie Stenberg.
The seventh grade team also won the title in their division, beating Nooksack Valley, Sedro Woolley, Archbishop Murphy and Lynden on their way to the title game. The team beat Glacier Peak 46-28 in the championship game. The team is coached by Kevin Field.
The seventh grade girls team includes: Claire Johnston, Kate Daugherty, Anna Luce, Josie Blakeslee and Coach Kevin Field; Front row, Nalani Ogawa, Kailee Yan and Gracie Cannon.
The eighth grade team, coached by Ross Fernley, beat Burlington-Edison and Edmonds Sports Academy before playing Snohomish in the semifinals. They team lost to Snohomish, and finished in fourth place overall.