Islander girls soccer summer camp in July

Mercer Island middle school and high school girls are invited to join the Mercer Island High School girls' soccer team coaches for a week of training at the annual Islander Girls' Soccer Summer Camp.

Two guests, former University of Portland standout, U.S. Women's National Team and WUSA player Michelle French; and Jimmy Gabriel, who was a former Everton FC, Scottish National Team player and longtime Seattle Sounder soccer player.

The coaches will focus on all aspects of the players' game, preparing them for the fall club and high school seasons.

The camp will be held Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29. Incoming 6-8 graders' camps will be 10 a.m. to noon and incoming 9-12 graders' camps will be at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Islander Stadium. A fee of $110 per player is required.

For more information and a registration form, contact Julie Stillman at or coach Bryan Mazza at

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp is sponsored by the Mercer Island High School Girls Soccer Booster Club.

Ed Pepple summer basketball camp

Mercer Island High School varsity head basketball coach Ed Pepple will host his annual summer camp in the Mercer Island High School gymnasium in two separate sessions.

The first session is June 24-25 and June 27-28. Players in grades 3-6 will participate from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Players in grades 6-8 will participate 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The second session is June 29-30 and July 1-2. Grades 3-8 will participate from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and grades 9-12 will participate from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

For registration information contact the program's coordinator Tom Newhof at 232-9349, by e-mail at or the Mercer Island basketball web site at

`Play hard, have fun' girls basketball camp

Mercer Island High School varsity head coach Jamie Prescott will host her annual summer camp in two separate sessions.

The first session is June 27-29 at the Mercer Island High School. Players in grades 3-6 will participate from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Players in grades 7-12 will participate from 6:30-9 p.m.

The second session is August 8-10 at Islander Middle School. Grades 3-6 will participate from 9-11:30 a.m. and grades 7-12 will participate from 12:30-3 p.m.

Each session will cost $50. For e-mail registration, please send players name, address and e-mail address to, or by mail, please send same information and check to MI Girls Basketball, P.O. Box 1036, Mercer Island 98040.

Mercer Island Wrestling Half-Day Commuter Camp

The 2005 Mercer Island Half-Day Commuter Wrestling camp will take place July 18-21 from 9 a.m. until noon. The camp will teach techniques that are effective at the college level from the neutral, top and bottom positions. The camp will also cover academics, strength training and healthy eating habits. A fee of $60 is required.

The camp will take place at the Mercer Island High School gymnasium.

For more information, contact Paul Jackson at 232-1613 or e-mail at

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club signups

The Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club is now registering for the following programs:

? 2005 fall tackle football for youth ages 8-14.

? Summer baseball leagues, all games no practices. T-ball 5-6 year olds, rookie machine pitch 7-8 year olds, mustang player pitch 9-10 and bronco 11-12.

For more information check the Web site at or contact Donna Eken or

Lexus team takes third at baseball tournament

The Lexus All-Stars took third in the seventh annual North Seattle Super Bash Baseball Tournament over Memorial Day weekend May 27-30 at the Lower Woodland baseball complex in Seattle. The 12-team tournament consisted entirely of All-Star and ``select'' teams of 10-year-olds from throughout Western Washington.

With all 11 players from Mercer Island, Lexus went 2-1 on Saturday and Sunday, beating the Renton All-Star team 12-7, and the North Seattle All-Stars B team 17-3 in four innings. After a close loss to perennial powerhouse West Seattle to close out pool play, Lexus exploded against a different pool-winner, Riverview, during the quarterfinals, winning 26-0 in four innings behind 23 hits and flawless defense.

Lexus played against the North Seattle All-Stars A team during the semifinals. Lexus took an early lead and stayed ahead the entire game until North Seattle tied the score during the sixth inning at 7-7. Lexus had a runner at third during the bottom of the sixth, but could not score, forcing extra innings. In a relentless back-and-forth baseball battle, both teams had runners at second or third in three consecutive innings, only to come up empty thanks to spectacular catches of line drives, thrilling double plays, three runners thrown out at home, and running catches of long outfield drives. A slow infield dribbler scored the deciding run for North Seattle in the ninth inning.

In the bronze medal game, Lexus destroyed the Tacoma Fireballs, 13-3 in four innings.

Matt Orehek led the way for Lexus, hitting .875 for the tournament (14-for-16), with Brian Higgins hitting .632. The team overall out-hit opponents .456 to .270, with 25 extra base hits to the opponents' eight. Four Lexus hitters, Orehek, Higgins, Logan Barton-Rowledge and Jordan Morris, slugged over .700. Sean Casey was the key lead-off hitter, getting aboard 13 times and scoring 11 runs. All 11 players hit over .333 or had on-base percentages over .420 in six games. The team committed only 15 errors (to their opponents 17). Alex Emanuels, along with Casey, Higgins, Orehek and Jordan Morris, led nine pitchers in holding opponents to just 33 runs in 39 innings.

The Lexus team consists of Islanders Barton-Rowledge, Casey, Emanuels, Higgins, Kyle Huber, Jamie Lungmus, Morris, Connor O'Brien, Orehek, Glenn Sherman, and Steen Swedstedt. They are coached by Russ Barton, Patrick Casey, Pete Higgins and Mike O'Brien.

Mercer Island Power wins Everett baseball tourney

The Mercer Island Power, a Mercer Island 9-and-under team consisting of 11 Island residents, bounced back from a loss on the opening day to win first place in the 9-and-under division of the Heroes of Everett Baseball Tournament held at Phil Johnson Fields over the Memorial Day weekend.

After a 27-0 win in the opening game on Saturday, the Power's bats cooled off in a 4-2 loss to Xstream, a team from Bellevue. Mercer Island came back strong on Sunday with a pair of victories, starting with a 14-3 win over the Seattle Pony All-Stars followed by a 13-3 win over a West Seattle All-Star team.

The Power defeated team Xstream in a rematch for the championship 8-6. Xstream rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to tie the score at 5-5 in the top of the fourth inning. The Power rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for an 8-6 victory. The Mercer Island team received a strong pitching effort throughout the tournament from Nate Schuler, Sam Peterson, Jacob Stenberg and Christopher Lawler. On the hitting side, Kalen Hopkins and Keegan Ogard led the way with eight RBIs each during the tournament.

MI boys basketball wins Reno tournament

The Mercer Island boys varsity basketball team won the Reno Memorial Weekend Tournament. A total of 214 basketball teams from the West Coast converged in Reno, Nev., for the event.

Mercer Island's first game was against Carson Valley, Nev., as Mercer Island won the game 85-48. Kael Kristof led the Islanders with 15 points and Carter Newhof had 13.

Mercer Island defeated the Creswell Bulldogs of Oregon 49-19 during its second game. Kristof (10 points) and Newhof (13 points) again led the Islanders in scoring.

Mercer Island defeated West Valley of Yakima, Wash., 67-51 to advance to the championship game. David Kelley led the team with 16 points while Kramer Aspiri had 13.

The Islanders beat defending champions Sierra Express of California for the tournament title 61-53, but had to play catch up after a dismal first half.

Mercer Island was behind at the end of the first quarter by three points, but that margin expanded by the end of the half 38-30. Mercer Island turned it around during the third period and pulled ahead 44-43. Mercer Island put the defending champions away by outscoring their opponents 17-10 in the fourth quarter.

Aspiri led the way for the Islanders in scoring with 16 points while Yannick Mathews contributed 13.

The team's head coach for the tournament was Kevin Flood.

Other Mercer Island players include: Sophomore Trevor Fulp; Junior Jacob Gottlieb; Junior Grant Hope; Junior Deven Lewis; Junior Carson McKenzie.

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