Zoe Melendez showed up to her first day of school with no hair, no fingernails and no toenails. She had just been laid off from her job in a career she had been a part of for more than 25 years and was battling breast cancer.
Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in. I love Mercer Island, but I rarely have a reason to come back. My mom, Diane, visits Mercer Island more than I do as she takes karate classes at Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studio each week.
Seventy-three people, including initiative king, Tim Eyman, attended a public hearing on the proposed congestion reduction charge in Kirkland last week that would help fund King County Metro services.
The Mercer Island girls golf team earned a big victory on Thursday, despite a last-minute change of venue, facing down the school’s biggest rival in undefeated Bellevue and battling physical ailments.
The Mercer Island girls lacrosse team found itself in a familiar place on Friday. The Islanders trailed Seattle Prep by seven points and seemed to be falling further behind with every face-off draw.
During the last few weeks, I have been trying to figure out how to sum up the past eight years as the Mercer Island Reporter’s sports editor. Yesterday was officially my last day, and I am now at the Kirkland Reporter. I realized that I have spent a quarter of my life in the middle of Lake Washington, watching kids wrestle with broken necks, swim around the Island, win state and national titles and come back as hard-working professionals.
The Mercer Island girls tennis team officially claimed the 2009 3A KingCo regular season title last week with an in-league victory, but it came as no surprise, as Mercer Island has shut out nearly every team it has played.
The Mercer Island boys soccer team is among the best in the state. Ranked No. 4 and with a 12-0-1 record, very few teams have been able to keep pace. The only tie for the Islanders came in an early preseason game against a 4A school. But this kind of success is not new for coach Steve Newman.