Lexus wins AAU regional baseball tournament

The Lexus All-Stars baseball team, all 10-year-old Mercer Islanders, went 5-0 to win the AAU Regional Championship Baseball Tournament July 16-17 in Bremerton, Wash. Lexus was dominant during all five games. The team never trailed and outscored its opponents from Washington and Oregon by a combined score of 62-8.

Lexus began the tournament with back-to-back shutouts, 5-0 and 11-0. Alex Emanuels, Connor O'Brien, Sean Casey, Brian Higgins, and Jamie Lungmus combined to earn 11 strikeouts, allowing only seven hits. During the first game, Jordan Morris doubled and scored twice and Higgins singled in two runs to pace the offense. Higgins and Matt Orehek hit long home runs to break open the second game.

ALexus scored in every inning against the host team Bremerton Mini-Blue Jackets. Lexus only allowed a solo home run, a double and three infield hits en-route to a 19-4 victory. Logan Barton-Rowledge, Steen Swedstedt, Casey and Orehek all clubbed RBI-doubles, with Lungmus and Morris each scoring three runs.

Against the Vancouver, Wash., Smoke, Lexus scored 10 runs in the first inning and six in the second inning. Three pitchers allowed only two hits and one run, to garner the 16-1 mercy-rule victory. Orehek blasted his second home run of the tournament, as well as a double Glenn Sherman was 3-for-3 with three RBI; Morris belted a three-run home run and seven players scored two runs.

During the championship game, a re-match of the first game against the Mukilteo Galaxy, Kyle Huber ignited the offense by going 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Emanuels pitched two no-hit shutout innings to lead Lexus to an 11--3 win and the tournament title.

For the tournament, Huber and Orehek were the offensive leaders. Huber hit .750 and scored nine runs. Orehek hit .500 with two home runs and two doubles. Morris, Higgins and Barton-Rowledge all hit over .550 and slugged over .850. Lungmus and Casey set the table with on base percentages of .692 and .667, and combined to score 15 runs. As a team, nine-of-the-11 players hit over .450 and all 11 had on base percentages over .380.

The nine Lexus pitchers had a cumulative earned run average of 2.09. Four pitchers -- Casey, Emanuels, Higgins and Lungmus -- combined to pitch 14 innings without allowing any runs, striking out 10 and giving up just five hits. O'Brien pitched three innings, allowing only one run and striking out four. On defense, Lexus made just one error for the entire tournament.

In the tournament Skills Competitions, Morris won the base-running title, while Higgins and Barton-Rowledge took second in the Home Run Derby and Throwing Accuracy Competition, respectively.

The tournament victory advances Lexus to the AAU Washington State Championship in August and the AAU National Championship in Portland, Ore., over Labor Day weekend.

Boys soccer team sweeps four tournaments

The Premier Eastside FC Red team swept all four of the boys 11-and-under soccer tournaments they entered this summer. The boys brought home gold medals from the Snohomish United Cup, the Firecracker Tournament in Burlington, and the Diadora Cup and the Crossfire Seattle Challenge, which are both held in Redmond. The boys are coached by Dan Strom.

The team outscored its opponents 186-3, enroute to a perfect 21-0 record. The team's next challenge will be to play the 12-and-under division in Spokane August 12-14. The team will compete this fall in the WSYSA District III Gold Titanium Division. The team includes Mercer Island's Charlie Devine, Jordan Morris and Matt Orehek.

New coaches, open gyms for girls basketball

The Mercer Island Girls Basketball Booster Club Board has hired seven non-parent coaches for the upcoming middle school select program. The club expects to hire one more coach before the start of the season to give each team, grades 5-8, a coach and an assistant coach.

These coaches will be holding open gyms for all Mercer Island girls going into grades 4-12 between Aug. 17 through Sept. 18. These gyms are to help prepare middle school girls and high school girls for the upcoming basketball tryouts and season.

North Mercer open gyms and coach: (all girls, grades 4-12 welcome at each open gym) Aug.17, 5-7 p.m. with David Michaelis, (eighth grade); Aug. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. with Michaelis; Aug. 24, 5-7 p.m. with Holly Echeverria and Tana Ross (fifth grade) and Michaelis; Aug. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Echeverria, Ross; Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m. with Karen Greytak and Dawn Wilson (sixth grade); Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. with Michaelis; Sept. 10-11.

In addition, there will be a ``Tune-Up for the Tryouts'' on Sept. 10-11 from 1-4 p.m. at the high school gym for grades 4-8. The new website, will have all the information posted soon.

Mudville Youth/IBC 2006 team season tryouts

Mudville Youth Baseball and Island Baseball Clubs are co-sponsoring the following premier teams: 13-and-under Sandy Koufax, 14-and-under Sandy Koufax and 15-and-under Mickey Mantle.

Tyrouts for each team are held at Island Crest Park.

The 15-and-under Mickey Mantle tryouts are Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2-5 p.m. The 14-and-under Sandy Koufax tryouts are Saturday, Aug. 20, 1-5 p.m. The 13-and-under Sandy Koufax tryouts are Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with make-up tryouts being held Saturday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. for 15-and-under Mickey Mantle and Sunday, Sept. 11, 12-4 p.m. for the 13- and 14-and-under Sandy Koufax.

Go to to pre-register and for coach contact information.

Tryouts are not required for Island Baseball Club Pony 14-and-under Cascade and 16-and-under Colt teams.

Online registration will run from December, 2005 through Feb. 1, 2006.

MI boys help team to place in lacrosse tourney

Four Mercer Island boys, members of the Seattle Starz Lacrosse Club, attended the recent Sonoma Shootout Lacrosse Tournament in Sonoma, Calif.

Islanders Hap Giraud, Conner Beckwith and Conner Rafferty contributed to a solid defensive effort that earned the boys spots on the all-star team. Islander Steven Taylor, playing mid-field, helped strengthen the defense while also contributing to the offensive efforts that placed the Starz in the fifth position at the end of the tournament. Giraud garnered further honors by winning the Goalie Shootout Competition.

Coached by Steve Wisman, the Starz team faced select teams from Texas, California, Arizona and Oregon.

``The level of play is high at this tourney every year,'' said Wisman. ``This Starz team held their own and helped place Seattle Lacrosse on the map with their play.''

Sixteen members of the 13-and-under Starz team traveled to the tournament this year. Team members represent middle school teams from the Puget Sound area, including Bellevue, Issaquah, Seattle and Bothell.

``Lacrosse has come such a long way in recent years that we can get quality players from many areas,'' said Wisman. ``Mercer Island has a strong lacrosse tradition, so it was no surprise the Islander contingent contributed significantly to the success we had in Sonoma.''

Volleyball scholarships for Highline College

Highline College has volleyball scholarships available for the 2005-2006 school year. Players should contact John Littleman or Andrea Tinney at the college at 206-878-3710 ext. 3336 or by email at

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