Gottlieb receives scholarship from UW

Former Mercer Island standout linebacker and tight end Mike Gottlieb recently received a scholarship to play for the University of Washington football team. The Islander made the Husky football team earlier this year after walking on. The freshman red-shirted this past season for the UW.

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 begin March 1 at Islander Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings. 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 as well as teams are welcome.

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

Top individual fund raiser receives two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines to anywhere thethe airline flies in 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.

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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 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 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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