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Mercer Island High looks for WIAA-sanctioned lacrosse; little league registration open | Sports Briefs

Spring little league registration underway

Registration for the Mercer Island Little League softball, machine pitch baseball and T-ball continues for Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club teams. Register online at MI Boys & Girls Club homepage . Get more information by calling 232-4548.

MIHS senior named law group's student athlete of the week

Mercer Island High School senior James Kashima was named the Davis Law Group scholar athlete of the week last week for his performances on the field, as well as in the classroom.

Kashima, who has a 3.88 grade point average, has lettered in wrestling for all four years of his high school career, currently sitting at 12-2 this wrestling season and undefeated in league matches. As a member of the soccer and cross country teams, Kashima will have earned 11 varsity letters when he graduates.

As a scholar athlete Kashima earned a $100 scholarship and is eligible for the Davis Law Group scholar athlete of the year award.

Seven MI youths head to state Hot Spot competition

Seven Mercer Island youths have earned their chance to show off their basketball skills at the state Hot Spot competition at the end of March.

The Island recently hosted a qualifying competition on Jan. 24, which involves shooting from five spots on the basketball court. The competition is designed to test skills and the highest score in each age bracket is the winner.

The state competition will take place in Lakewood on March. 21.

Max Samson won the 7 to 8-year-old boy competition with the alternate being Joe Gromley. Jackie Stenberg won the girls 7 to 8-year-old competition with Nitika Kumar as alternate. In the 9 to 10-year-old boys Griffin Emanuels heads to state with Max Eastern as the alternate and Malia Pivec won the same age group for girls with Maeve Akins and Claire Mansfield as alternates.

In the 11 and 12-year-old category Black McBroom won the boys, with Josh Stenberg as the alternate and Mikayla Pivec won the girls competition with Nicole Victory as the alternate. Jacob Stenberg won the 13 to 14-year-old boy category.

MIHS one of seven schools petitioning for lacrosse to be WIAA sanctioned

Mercer Island High School, along with seven other local schools, has petitioned the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) to include boys and girls high school lacrosse as a WIAA sanctioned sport.

The proposed amendment, which will be voted on during the Representative Assembly meeting in April, would make lacrosse at the high school level a sanctioned sport, like basketball or football. Currently, lacrosse is considered a club sport, like water polo at MIHS.

The petitioners, who have pled their case to WIAA before, say the sport is continuing to grow and that it would positively influence athletes attendance and grades.

According to an amendment breakdown on the WIAA's Web site, the group asking for the amendment say there is a misconception that adding it as a sanctioned sport would be expensive. They state not all schools would participate and that equipment fees are very similar to those who play baseball or fast-pitch.

The MIHS boys and girls lacrosse season begins March 1.

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