November 25, 2008 · Updated 3:07 PM
Fellows places 30th in Olympic qualifier
Mercer Island High School graduate Donnie Fellows placed 30th overall during the Olympic Qualifying race in New York City. His time of two hours, 18 minutes and 45 seconds was nearly 11 minutes better than his previous best. More than 100 athletes competed in the race.
Empey to compete in the Olympic qualifier
Islander Susan Empey qualified for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Trials Marathon to be held in Boston on April 20, 2008. She finished the Eugene Marathon in a time of 2:46:27 in April. Empey, who did not run competitively in college, has been a steady sub-3:00 performer in the marathon over the past six years. She broke through in April 2007, however, posting an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 2:46:27 at the inaugural Eugene Marathon. Empey ran the 2005 Boston Marathon with her mother, Sarah.
Empey graduated from Santa Clara University in 1990. She lives on Mercer Island, Wash., with her husband, Gordon, and their two children, Megan and Peter.
The Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. will host the 2008 U.S Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials one day prior to the city’s signature event, the Boston Marathon.
Seventh graders play well at Thanksgiving
The seventh grade Mercer Island Select Cascade basketball team had a busy and successful thanksgiving break. During the Mount Si Wildcat Shootout, the team breezed to wins in the first three games by an average of 15 points. Then the team took second place in a closely contested championship game, losing by one point in the final seconds. Seeking vindication, the team won the championship of the Plateau Classic Basketball tournament on Nov. 25. Brian Rauzi led the team with an average of 13 points per game. Zach Bucklin added over 10 points a game. But the difference in all the contests was an overwhelming dominance on the boards by Rauzi, Bucklin, Sam Miller and Carson Sherman. The Cascade Select team includes Zach Bucklin, Alix Ernst, Josh Lee, Risley Lesko, Sam Miller, Josh Peck, Eytan Raphaely, Brian Rauzi, Carson Sherman, Steen Swedstedt, Zach Taylor and Nate Umlauf. The team is coached by Joseph Phillips.
Eight grade boys win Wildcat Shootout
The eighth grade Islanders won the Wildcat Shootout Tournament at Chief Kamin Middle School in Snoqualmie. The championship game went into overtime and was won by a final score of 36-34 against Cedarcrest. The Islanders won four of five games during the tournament. The championship victory came after losing their only game to Cedarcrest. The Mercer Island players included Alex Robbs, Stefan Peterson, Quinn Snell, Dylan Sullivan, Aaron Hanan; in the back row, Daniel Cohen, Brent Tsang, Coach Patrick McLane, Ken Ng, Charlie Meyers, Shawn Sprinkle and Cameron Ogard, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.