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Select girls basketball wins title

The Mercer Island fifth grade Select Girls Basketball team won the Skyline Invitational by beating the host team, Skyline, during the championship game 19-17. The Islanders finished undefeated in five games including wins over Issaquah, Bellevue, Redmond and Eastlake. Players on the team include: Sarah Walters, Julia Blumenstein, Brooke Behrbaum, Gretchen, Peterson, Molly Bucklin, Jamie Mounger, Megan Diamond, Jessica Blakeslee, Katherine Vetter, Olivia Snell and Stephanie Silke. Coaches are Dawn Wilson and Matt Price.

The Mercer Island Girls Select sixth- and seventh-grade teams both placed third in their respective divisions.

Kirtman plays first professional game

Former Mercer Island High school standout football player, David Kirtman, played in his first professional game for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Nov. 12 at Qwest Field against the San Francisco 49ers. Kirtman was drafted by the Seahawks in 2006 and attended and played for the University of Southern California.

3A KingCo volleyball awards

The 3A KingCo volleyball awards were announced this week, and Mercer Island had two players named to the first team all-KingCo including Janelle Chow and Amanda Nield. Other Mercer Island players recognized for their contribution to the undefeated KingCo championship team were Abby Trimble, second team, Carrie Williams, second team, Liz Miller, second team, Chelsea Jurkovich, honorable mention, and Ally Bray, honorable mention.

Webster earns player of the week

University of Colorado junior Callie Webster was named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week during October. This is her first career Big 12 honor. Webster, a 5’10” libero and former Islander standout, picked up a career-high 33 digs on Oct. 3 against Missouri. It was the first time since 1995 that a Buffalo has recorded more than 30 digs in a match, and it has only happened seven other times in school history. The CU record for digs in a five-game match is 34 in 1995. Webster also recorded 18 digs against Nebraska on Oct. 6; including nine in the first game. She added a pair of aces in the contest. Webster recorded 51 digs in the week to lead the conference and averaged 6.38. She was served to 69 times and only had two reception errors for a .971 reception percentage.

Webster was named to the Colorado State Hilton Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this season.

Seifert competes in gymnastics

Catherine Seifert from Mercer Island participated in a meet at Grace Gymnastics Center in Tacoma, Wash. on Nov. 4 and placed 11th overall in Level 5 all-age divisions with an All-Around score of 34.425. On her events, she tied for ninth on vault with a score of 8.50, 30th on bars with a score of 8.65, fifth place on beam with a score of 8.7 and 26th on floor with a score of 8.575.

On Oct. 28, Seifert placed 28th overall in a meet at Newport High School with an All-Around score of 33.125. On her events, she placed seventh on vault with a score of 8.70, 52nd on bars with a score of 7.75, tied for 21st place on beam with a score of 8.3 and 15th on floor with a score of 8.375. On Oct. 13, Seifert placed eighth overall in a meet in Bellingham, Wash. with an All-Around score of 33.125.

On Oct. 13, Catherine Seifert from Mercer Island participated in a meet in Bellingham, Wash., with an All-Around score of 33.15. During her events, she placed second on vault with a score of 8.80, eighth on bars with a score of 8.00, she placed 13th on beam with a score of 7.525 and third on floor with a score of 8.825.

Jr Hoopsters returns for a second year

Last year’s successful Jr Hoopster’s camp for first through sixth grade girls returns for another season.

The eight-week camp begins on Saturday, Dec. 8 and ends Feb. 9. There is no class on Dec. 21 and 28.

This camp will concentrate on basketball fundamentals. Primary emphasis will be placed on passing, shooting, dribbling and footwork through drills and game play. There will be several contests and awards.

Goals for this camp are to have fun and to improve as a player. For the youngest players, it is a great way to be introduced to the game of basketball. For players playing in a winter league, it is a great way to increase skills to help the team. Cost is $75 per camper. All campers will receive a Jr Hoopsters T-shirt.

The MI Girls Basketball Booster Club is organizing the camp. Indiana Hall of Famer, Debra Walker-Augurson, along with MIHS girls basketball players and staff will be coaching the players.

To get camp dates and registration information, please go to Registration deadline is Dec. 4. Call Christa Lilly at 206-818-7622 or Chris Blakeslee at 206-618-3144 with any questions.

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