It seems as if 2012 passed by in just a blink, but looking back on the sports stories from throughout the year, it’s obvious a lot did transpire.
Here’s a brief look at some of the biggest sports events and news that happened in 2012.
The boys swimming team cruised to not only the regular season KingCo title, but won the KingCo meet as well. The Islanders, who had won six straight state titles, fell in the District meet and at the 3A state meet to Lakeside.
The wrestling team finished second in KingCo. The team went on to finish seventh at state, with Blake Johnson winning the 160 weight class and teammate Phil Frazier finishing second in the 182 division. Both were the highest individual finishes for the team in recent history.
The gymnastics team finished second at KingCo and went on to take fifth at the SeaKing District meet, just missing a spot to compete at the state competition as a team.
A year after traveling to Spokane in the new state basketball regional format, the Mercer Island boys basketball team headed to the same event, this time in Puyallup. The Islanders lost to Kennedy Catholic in the first game of the regional round, finishing the season. The girls basketball team did not advance out of the KingCo tournament.
The Northwest Yeshiva High School girls basketball team traveled to Spokane to play in the 1B state tournament. The team lost in the consolation bracket to end the year with a 21-5 record.
The girls golf team finished another top notch season, winning the KingCo title, and boasting an undefeated regular season record. The Islanders also won the SeaKing district title. The team went to the state tournament in Spokane and finished in third place.
The boys soccer team won the KingCo tournament and played in the 3A state championship game, falling to Bainbridge 3-2.
The boys lacrosse team won the regular season title, and made it to the state semifinals, where the team lost to rival Bellevue. It was the first time in three years and only the second in 11 that the Islanders did not participate in the state title game.
En route to another state title win, the girls tennis team won the KingCo tournament in early spring, followed by a team win at the district tournament.
The boys tennis team picked up their spring play, after winning KingCo in the fall, by winning the District title and then heading to the state tournament where they won the 3A state title.
The girls lacrosse team advanced all the way to the state semifinals, before falling to Bainbridge. The team would go on to finish fourth overall with a 12-4-1 record.
The girls water polo team finished third in the state tournament in May, beating Shorewood.
Nine track and field athletes made the trip to Mount Tahoma High School for the 3A state track meet in late May. Sophomore Eric Schulz finished in second place overall in the 800 meter race, finishing in 1:53.51. Teammate Carly Andersen won the district title in javelin and finished in sixth place at state.
The Mercer Island girls volleyball team had an unprecedented season, winning the KingCo regular season title, the KingCo tournament title and the SeaKing district title (all against league rival Mount Si) and faced the eventual 3A champions in the first round of the state tournament. The team would finished seventh at state. Mercer Island’s season record was 24-1.
The girls cross country team finished second at the KingCo meet and qualified as a team for the state with a fifth place finish at Districts in October. The Islanders finished in 10th place at the state meet.
The girls swimming team captured it’s third straight state title, winning the KingCo and District meets.
The girls soccer team, though it faced a tough post season road, advanced to the state tournament after winning three games, including two shoot outs, in a week. The team traveled to Eastern Washington for the first game, falling to Kamiakin.
The boys water polo team, which snagged a share of the league title after a win over Bellevue. The team finished in fourth place at the state tournament.
The MIHS football team finished the season with a 6-4 record, missing the playoffs by one game.
Throughout the year
Former Mercer Island High School basketball head coach Ed Pepple was inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame in May.
Mercer Island native Matt Boyd was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft in June.
Two swimmers, who are both Island natives, participated in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. High school student Hannah Weiss swam in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, while Stanford student Ethan Hallowell swam in the 50 freestyle.
Mercer Island’s quarterback, then a high school senior, Jeff Lindquist signed his letter of intent to play football for the University of Washington in February. In November, 14 students from MIHS also signed letters to play sports in college. They include: Jordan Morris, Alex Emanuels, Grant Preisler, Hayden Reisman, Justin Rorem, Lorenzo Powell, Tyler Sherper, Saffron Snethen, Kris Brackmann, Joe Rasmussen, Lottie MacAulay, Abby Elggren, Grace Wold and Meg Lindsay.
The Islander Aquathon, held at Luther Burbank Park in late July, was the site of the 2012 National Aquathon. Racers who qualified in their divisions had the chance to race at the World Championships in New Zealand in October.
Mercer Island High School graduate and freshman at the University of Southern California, Alex Wood, joined the Trojans football team as a preferred walk on and played in two games, including in the game against Syracuse when he kicked field goals for six points.
Longtime Mercer Island boys soccer head coach Steve Newman died in his sleep in October. He coached for 17 years at Mercer Island.
Chris Hansen, who plans to build a new sports arena for professional basketball and hockey in downtown Seattle was the guest speaker at the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Business Breakfast in mid-December.