2013 Sports Wrap | Islanders add hardware to trophy case

The Mercer Island High School volleyball team celebrates its first state championship after beating Holy Names Academy Nov. 16 at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash.  - Joseph Livarchik/Mercer Island Reporter
The Mercer Island High School volleyball team celebrates its first state championship after beating Holy Names Academy Nov. 16 at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash.
— image credit: Joseph Livarchik/Mercer Island Reporter

As quick as it came, 2013 flew by, but not without leaving memorable moments for the Mercer Island community. The Islanders added some hardware to their trophy case this past year, with some of the experiences familiar and others brand new. Here’s a look at some of the Mercer Island highlights in sports from 2013.

Winter Sports

The Mercer Island boys basketball team finished their season with a 22-4 record and won the KingCo regular season and tournament titles. In the postseason, the Islanders advanced as the no. 3 team out of the SeaKing District tournament. They lost a 56-55 heartbreaker to Timberline in the regional tournament.

A year after not advancing out of the KingCo tournament, the girls basketball team went 11-2 in the KingCo conference and upset top-seeded Everett in the district tournament to make an appearance at the state championship tournament in Tacoma. The Islanders finished the season 21-9.

The boys swim and dive team won the KingCo title and reclaimed the SeaKing title. For the second year in a row, the Islanders took second place at the state championships behind Lakeside, losing by three points at the state meet.

After falling to the Wildcats the year before in the KingCo tournament, the Mercer Island wrestling team beat Mount Si to win KingCo title and finished fourth at the 3A regional tournament. The Islanders had five wrestlers go on to compete in the 25th annual Mat Classic.

The Mercer Island gymnastics team finished in fourth place at the 3A KingCo championships, with four members of the team going on to individual competition in the 3A state meet at the Tacoma Dome.

Spring Sports

The boys lacrosse team finished the season with a 20-4 overall record. After beating Bainbridge in the state semifinals, the Islanders fell to Bellevue in the state title game. The girls lacrosse team finished the season with a 12-3 overall record and 7-0 in league play. They lost to Lakeside in the state semifinals.

The Mercer Island baseball team finished its season with a 13-11 overall record. The Islanders beat Liberty in the KingCo tournament before falling to Mount Si and eventually were eliminated by Bellevue. The Mercer Island fastpitch team finished in fourth place in KingCo, advancing to the SeaKing district tournament for the first time in over a decade. After beating Seattle Prep in the consolation bracket, the Islanders were eliminated by Bainbridge.

The MIHS boys and girls tennis teams finished the state tournaments with state team titles in hand. The girls team won the state title for the fifth straight year, while the Islander boys earned their third straight title.

The boys soccer team finished the season with a 7-5-5 record and made the postseason. They fell to Juanita in the first round of the KingCo tournament.

The Mercer Island girls track team finished in second place overall at the KingCo track and field championships, and the boys team finished in sixth place. At the state track meet, the girls team finished in 14th place, while the boys team tied for 27th overall.

The girls water polo team finished in fifth place at the state tournament. They beat Auburn Riverside and Lakes before losing to Newport. The Islanders finished the tournament with a win over Bainbridge.

The girls golf team won its sixth-straight KingCo title, going undefeated in league matches for another season. Mercer Island’s Madison Pearson represented the Islanders in the state tournament

Fall Sports

On Nov. 16, the Mercer Island girls swim and dive team held off Lakeside and Bainbridge Island to capture its fifth consecutive 3A state championship at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Islanders had six team members named to the 3A KingCo girls swim first team and four members named KingCo 3A scholar athletes.

Also on Nov. 16, the Mercer Island volleyball team won its first-ever state championship, beating Holy Names Academy 3-2 at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. Led by the duo of senior Sarah Lindquist and sophomore Jemma Yeadon, the Islanders finished the season undefeated in KingCo play with a 14-0 conference record and a 22-2 record overall.

The boys water polo team faced Bellevue in the state championship game Nov. 16 at Curtis Aquatic Center in University Place. Despite clawing back from a six-goal halftime deficit, the Islanders fell to the defending state champion Wolverines. Four Islanders garnered all-state honors.

Mercer Island football finished their season with a 4-3 conference record, tied for third place with Juanita in the KingCo standings. Owning the tiebreaker over the Rebels, Mercer Island reached the postseason and traveled to Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner for a district matchup with Bonney Lake. Despite a spirited effort, the Islanders fell to the Panthers 44-20.

The boys cross-country team finished 9th at the SeaKing District 2 meet. Junior Dylan Lesko advanced to compete in the 3A WIAA state championships for Mercer Island. The girls cross-country team just missed making a state berth, placing fifth at the SeaKing District meet. Sophomores Alexa Bauman and Cecelia Rosenman represented Mercer Island at the state meet.

The girls soccer team finished 8-3-3 in the 3A/2A KingCo conference, behind Bellevue and Liberty for third place, and 11-5-3 overall on the season. The Islanders made the KingCo playoffs, eventually falling to Liberty. Senior Kiana Chang was selected to the 2013 3A/2A KingCo All-Conference First Team, while senior Suri Johnson was selected to the All-Conference Second Team. Michele Day, Katie Rorem, Jamie Mounger and Hayley Snyder garnered All-Conference honorable mention. Mercer Island head coach Terry Ryan was selected as the 2013 3A/2A KingCo Coach of the Year.

Athletes recognized for high marks

The Dairy Farmers ofWashington/Les Schwab Tires Scholastic Award program named the Mercer Island High School boys cross-country team 3A Academic State Champion for the 2013-14 fall season for highest grade-point average in the sport. The 10-member team had an average GPA of 3.88.

The girls swim and dive team, with a 3.71 GPA, and the football team, with a 3.36 GPA, were finalists in the statewide competition. The girls  cross-country and soccer teams and the boys tennis and water polo teams earned the Outstanding Team Award with a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0, while the volleyball and boys varsity golf team earned the Distinguished Team Award with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.


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