Hampton to national basketball tourney

Eve Hampton, a Mercer Island High School senior, attended the West Coast Regional Basketball Tournament this weekend in Las Vegas as a member of the Junior Sonics Varsity team.

The Seattle team took third place behind teams from Minnesota and Rancho, Calif., qualifying for the national tournament to be held in San Jose in March. The West Coast tournament was sponsored by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.

IMS wrestling beats Tolt MS; hosts Foothills

The 2005 Foothills division varsity finals was held at Islander Middle School Saturday. Eight schools competed in 18 weight classes (144 competitors) as three of the Mercer Island kids competing took first place.

The biggest surprise for the Islanders was James Kashima at 100 pounds. Kashima, who began the tournament ranked fourth out of eight wrestlers in his weight class, defeated the No.1 and No. 2 seeds to win the title. Ed Page (154 pounds) and J.P. Bruckner (heavyweight) also won titles in their respective weight classes.

Other Mercer Island competitors who placed during the meet were: Johnny Wettack, fifth place at 90 pounds; Payden Bjornestad, fourth place at 95 pounds; Nick Rorem, fourth place at 105 pounds; Sam Oh, sixth at 110 pounds; Cole Johnson, sixth place at 115 pounds; Paul Hanson, third place at 120 pounds; Rob Waller, fifth place at 125 pounds; Jason Roth, third place at 130 pounds; Graham Horgdal, sixth place at 137 pounds; Eric Bauer, fourth place at 145 pounds; Rob Coles, third place at 164 pounds and Peter Lim, fourth place in the super heavyweight division.

The Islander Middle School wrestling team finished the regular season Jan. 12 by beating Tolt Middle School. The 64-39 victory was the first for Mercer Island over Tolt in a decade.

Of Tolt's 39 points during the meet, 12 came from forfiets by the Island team.

The Islander team received pins from Barrett Bjornestad at 95 pounds (first round), Kevin Kashima at 100 pounds (second round), Coleman Hanson at 120 pounds (second round), Lucas Roth 130 pounds (first round), Lathrop Bauer at 145 pounds (second round), Chitten Page at 154 pounds (second round), James Coles at 164 pounds (first round), Gibbs Crothmel at 175 pounds (first round) and Patrick Bruckner at 250 pounds (first round).

Gorman Wettack won his match at 90 pounds with an 11-4 final score.

The victory marks a high point for a program that had just 18 wrestlers three years ago. This season, the team had 54 athletes.

The team is led by head coach Lee Thornhill and assistant coach John Frazier.

Garcias earn Scholastic All American honors

Grant and Erin Garcia have been selected as Scholastic All Americans by USA Swimming for 2004. These awards are given to individuals who achieve excellence in the classroom and at senior level swim meets.

Grant Garcia is a freshman pre-med major at Brown University. It is the third consecutive year he has earned the award.

Erin Garcia is a junior at Mercer Island High School and won the award in her first full year of elligability.

Kaestle tapped for Red Zone Player of the Year

Mercer Island football player Andy Kaestle has been nominated for the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year. The winner will be honored in a feature in USA Today in February. The award is for ``a player that goes above and beyond the call of duty. These athletes embody leadership, performance and desire and serve as examples to their teammates on and off the field.''

The players are nominated by their coaches and Kaestle is eligible to be named one of the 50 national Players of the Year.

Girls spring soccer

league at the MIBGC

The Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club will offer a girls spring recreational soccer league. Leagues are available for girls in grades 2-9. Practices will be held on the Island and games will be played both on the Island and in Bellevue.

This is a cooperative program with the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club.

Practices will begin the week of March 28 and games begin the week of April 18. Players will have one practice and one game per week.

Practice days and times are set by the coach. All players must register online at before Feb. 25.

Mercer Island baseball and softball

The Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club registration for boys and girls ages 5-12 who want to play baseball or softball has begun. Registration will remain open until Feb. 13 or until the program is full, whichever comes first.

The youth baseball and softball program is designed to teach players the fundamentals of baseball and softball while developing self-esteem, values and skills.

The program begins in late March and will run through the end of the school year. Specific league information is available on the Web site.

All baseball games and practices will be held on the Island at local schools and parks. All the softball practices will be held on the Island and games will be played both on the Island and in surrounding communities.

All baseball and softball leagues are determined by player's age as of July 31, 2005. Space is limited.

Mercer Island lacrosse program registration

Registration for the Mercer Island lacrosse program is from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at Islander Middle School. Programs include boys lacrosse for fifth- through eighth-graders, and coed programs for grades 1-4.

Bring sticks to registration to play in a clinic hosted by the high school players. Call Karen Kaufman at 230-5781 for more information.

Mercer Island girls lacrosse registration

The Mercer Island Girls Youth Lacrosse program is offering a program for fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls. Practices will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, and on Saturday mornings; begining March 1 at Islander Middle School. Registration deadline is Feb. 12. Space is limited. For information, contact Kathryn Mahony at or 232-5859.

Mercer Island Rotary Run

The Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon will take place for the 33rd year 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. 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 signup online at or , at area running and exercise facilities or in person on race day.

Rotary Run:

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 206-230-9435 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.

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