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Seventh graders take league title
The Mercer Island seventh grade Eastside Traveling League basketball team won its third league championship under head coach Brad Chase and assistant coach Dave Samp by beating Newport 43-38 during the championship finals.
The Islander team also beat Bellevue, 56-53, and Eastside Catholic, 59-51, during the tournament despite a No. 7 seed to enter the tournament.
Mercer Island finished league play with a record of 12-5, and 15-5 overall.
Adam Jelinek, Jeff Lindquist, Connor Creswell, Nick Sotelo, Cameron Ogard, Erik Stefanchik, Parker Scott, Chandler Briscoe, Michael Lewis, Scott Vojik, Justen Altaras and Quinn Snell filled out the roster of players.
Cloud Nine Islanders place second in league
The Cloud Nine Islanders nearly pulled the most improbable upset of their season in the championship game of the Seattle Rotary fifth grade Winter Basketball League.
After defeating Style Blue by a score of 38-34, the Islanders advanced to the championship game on March 11 against Style Black, a team the Islanders had lost their two previous meetings by margins of 29 and 18.
In the championship, the Islanders quickly found themselves in a 14-2 hole after one quarter.
It didn’t get much better in the second quarter as Style Black built a 30-8 halftime lead. But the Cloud Nine boys went on a 33-12 run to come within one point at 42-41 with time remaining in the fourth quarter.
But Style Black all-stars held off the scrappy Islanders and won the game, 50-46.
The loss marked the end of a strong season for the Cloud Nine Islanders, who finished the season with an overall record of 26-12.
The team consists of coach Don Maclane, coach Steve Stenberg, players Daniel Marinello, Peter Welch, Nate Schuler, Keegan Ogard, Karl Maclane, Jacob Stenberg, Christopher Lawler and Daniel Sims.
Islanders second in Seattle Rotary league
A team of Mercer Island third- and fourth-graders placed second in the Seattle Rotary winter basketball league. Missing two regulars during the playoff tournament held March 10, the Islanders still managed to battle their way to the championship game. Trailing by as many as 12 points early in the championship game, the Islanders staged an impressive comeback and rallied to within two points in the fourth quarter before losing 34-32. Including the playoffs, the Islanders team finished the Rotary league season with a record of 8-2. Team members included: Michael Bantle, Brandon Lawler, Josh Stenberg, Jack Counihan, Patrick Nielson, David Emanuels, Harrison Goonewardene and Nick Taylor. The team was coached by Bill Lawler and Steve Stenberg.
March first at national trampoline, tumbling meet
Taylor March, a fifth-grade student at Lakeridge Elementary won first place in level 9 division at the Winter Classic National trampoline and tumbling meet hosted by USA Gymnastics in Lubbock, Texas on February 23-24.
March is a member of Gymnastics East trampoline and tumbling team in Preston, Wash.
Girls spring soccer at MIBGC
The Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club is now registering for spring soccer teams. The teams have one practice and one game per week at Islander Middle School (Mercer Island), Island Park Elementary, Tyee Middle School in Bellevue or Odle Middle School in Bellevue.
Registration ends today or when the programs are at capacity.
A registration fee of $80, plus current annual membership, is required.
Register online at www.mipositiveplace.org or contact MIBGC at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 232-4548 for more information.
The spring soccer program will conform to the standards of the Washington State Youth Soccer Association.
The spring soccer program is a recreational league designed to teach the fundamentals of soccer. The older divisions will play in a cooperative league with the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club.
Rotary Run signups
Registration for the 35th annual Mercer Island Rotary Run Day on March 25 can be found at www.mercerislandhalf.com or register on the day of the race in front of the Farmers New World life building.