Evergreen State Open Judo Tournament

The Evergreen State Open Judo Tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

The event is hosted by the Mercer Island and Emerald City Judo Clubs at the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club at 2825 West Mercer Way.

The tournament is for children 5-years-old and older and will host competitors from Washington, Idaho, Oregon as well as British Columbia, Canada.

For details and directions, call 232-4548 or e-mail

Little Islanders

basketball and soccer

Introductory clinics in youth basketball and soccer will be available at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club for 5- and 6-year-olds.

The clinics will run on Thursdays April 21 through May 26 with basketball from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and soccer from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

The clinic will emphasize fun and skill development in a non-competitive environment. Qualified instructors will introduce the fundamentals of youth sports.

A fee of $55 plus a current annual membership to the Boys & Girls Club is required. Registration is available at

For more information, call Meredith Cutting at 232-0930.

Mercer Island

Rotary Run

The 33rd annual Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon will take place Sunday, March 20. Last year, 2,300 people participated in either the half marathon, 8K Classic, 3 mile walk, or Half Mile Kids' Dash.

This year's event features the Virginia Mason Half Marathon Run and Walk, the Swedish Medical Center 8K Classic Run and Walk and the Mercer Island Reporter Half Mile Kids' Dash. Individual participants and teams are welcome.

A team is a group of five or more of all ages and levels of fitness. The top team fundraiser receives up to eight round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines to anywhere the airline flies in the continental United States.

The top individual fundraiser receives two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines to anywhere the airline flies in the continental United States, along with great prizes from REI.

All proceeds from the Rotary Run Day directly benefit colon cancer awareness and local and international charities supported by the Mercer Island Rotary Club.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and help build goodwill and peace throughout the world.

Rotary Run:

Kids' Dash participation

The Mercer Island Reporter Half Mile Kids' Dash will have a start time of 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 20. Open to kids 10 and under, the kids' dash is a half-mile out-and-back course starting and finishing at the half marathon and 8K start/finish line, at 3003 77th Ave. S.E., the Farmer's New World Life Insurance building. Each child receives a commemorative T-shirt, ribbon and goodie bag. Cost for the kids' dash is $10 per entrant.

Find out more and/or sign up online at or , at area running and exercise facilities or in person on race day.

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Volunteers needed

More than 3,000 participants are expected this year and officials need at least 300 volunteers to assist in the event.

Volunteer positions of all types are available to those wishing to participate in this worthy cause and festive event.

Contact Sam Sullivan at 230-9435 or for information on the run/walk or volunteering.

New programs for the 2005 season at MIBGC

The Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club will offer new programs this year: Girls-only T-ball for ages 5 and 6, and girls-only coach-pitch for ages 7 and 8 with an optional machine pitch league.

For specific details regarding these and any programs the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club offers, go to or call Meredith Cutting at 232-4548.

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club summer Skyhawks sports camps

The Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club is offering summer Skyhawks sports camps for ages 3-14. Sports include soccer, Tiny-Hawk soccer, baseball, basketball, Mini-Hawk, golf, football, tennis, lacrosse and cheerleading. Registration is now open and space is limited.

For more information, contact Donna Eken or Meredith Cutting at 232-4548 or visit the club's Web site at

Seeking Islander

girls golf history

Mercer Island High School girls golf head coach Don Papasedero is seeking statistical information on previous teams and student golfers.

Papasedero is compiling a statistical history on the program dating back to its start in the early 1980s.

Anyone with information about teams, seasons or individual player statistics can reach Papasedero at 230-6347 or e-mail at

Islander Middle School wrestling awards

The 2005 Islander Middle School wrestling team held its annual banquet Feb. 10 and the following awards were given:

  • Most improved sixth grader: Tristan Coles
  • Most improved junior varsity: Nate Beckett
  • Most improved varsity: James Kashima

Most inspirational:

  • varsity - John P. Bruckner
  • junior varsity - Hap Giraud
  • sixth grader - T.J. Blackburn

  • Outstanding varsity wrestler: Fred Crothmel
  • Next great Islander Middle School wrestler: James Kashima
  • Coaches award: Sam Oh
  • Best muscles: John P. Bruckner and Eric Bauer
  • Appreciation recognition: John Frazier, John Bliss, Tim Knebel, Ann Meisner, Mary Jo Bruckner, Pat Rock, Deanna Haaland and Bruce Dearborne.

The 2005 IMS wrestling team captains were Eddy Page, Crothmel and Bruckner.

Guest speakers at the banquet included Alex Faith, Chris Pothoven, Parker Faith, Jesse Johnson and Mercer Island High School wrestling coach Paul Jackson.

Tempest named to All-District II first team

Lehigh University junior and Mercer Island High School graduate Kevin Tempest has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II first team.

The honor is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), whose schools are in the region.

To be eligible for the award, individuals must be at least a sophomore, as well as a starter or key reserve on the team with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.93. CoSIDA District II consists of schools in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

In the classroom, Tempest boasts a 3.93 GPA as a chemistry major in Lehigh's College of Arts and Sciences. He has been selected to the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll multiple times for his hard work in the classroom and has also captured Dean's List recognition at Lehigh.

On the court, the swing man has seen action in 16 games and is averaging 1.1 points per game. He has connected on two three-point field goals, has handed out two assists and has pulled down eight rebounds. As a sophomore, Tempest registered a career-high of 13 points in the season's two biggest games, versus arch rival Lafayette and again in the NCAA tournament against Florida A&M.

Tempest will now move onto the national ballot, where he will have a chance to be voted an Academic All-American, going head-to-head with other district winners from around the country.

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