Three huge days for MIHS

By Matt Phelps

The next three days are huge for Mercer Island sports teams. Three teams will attempt to get closer or take control of the 3A KingCo Division lead as they head into the final few games of the regular season.

Wrestling at Mount Si, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

The Mercer Island wrestling team stumbled out of the blocks this season as it lost a tough contest to Liberty. The team has regrouped since that night to win three consecutive matches. Those victories include its trouncing of Interlake last Wednesday 56-15, including six pin falls. But the Islanders have their work ahead of them as they travel to league-leader Mount Si at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Islanders will have to be ready for the Wildcats, as they have not lost a league match in four tries this season. If Mercer Island can defeat Mount Si, the team will take over sole possession of first place with just one match remaining during the season.

Boys swimming at (Juanita Pool) Bellevue, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

The boys swim team has been sharp during its league meets this season as it swam to a 3-0 record. The bad news is that Bellevue has done the same, and both historic swimming powers will collide at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita Pool. The Islanders have struggled outside of the KingCo Division but got back on track this week with a win over Sammamish High School, 101-85, and an impressive third-place showing at the Kentridge Invitational on Saturday with a score of 470. Bellevue also participated in the meet and finished eighth with a team score of 234.

Boys basketball vs. Issaquah, 7:30 p.m. Friday

The boys basketball team has been less than perfect at home this season. The Islanders began the year with an uncharacteristic loss at home. The team went on to lose to Interlake despite a frantic fourth-quarter comeback. If the Islanders want to get back into the race for the 3A KingCo title, they will have to defeat Issaquah at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at home. The Eagles have run the tables thus far on KingCo opponents and lead Mercer Island by two games in the standings.

Issaquah is led by 5-foot-11 point guard Garrison Carr, who leads the league in scoring and is affectionately nicknamed ``Gary Coleman'' by opposing fans. But if the Islanders can get the win Friday, there will be plenty of time left for Mercer Island to get some help in the final four games remaining in the regular season.

Other games this week

The Mercer Island girls basketball team will try to rebound from a tough loss to Liberty last Friday as they host KingCo rival Newport tonight.

The Mercer Island gymnastics team will look for more consistency at Liberty this week and continue to hope for Issaquah to stumble. The Islanders have yet to post a team score in the 170s.

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