The Mercer Island boys soccer team improved to 7-0-1 last week with wins against Sammamish and Mount Si, maintaining its first-place lead in 3A KingCo.
Rain, rain, go away. And don’t come back. The Mercer Island High School baseball team has had more games postponed so far this season than it has played. Despite the setbacks and delays, the Islanders finished last week with a 3-3 record in KingCo and a confidence-building sweep against Interlake to start the season.
The Mercer Island boys soccer team may have already proven that it is the team to beat — at any level. Two weeks into the season, the Islanders are 5-0-1 with three victories against 4A schools and two big in-league wins.
There is a tradition in the Mercer Island High School boys basketball program where varsity athletes are required to wear a maroon blazer on game day. The blazers are not only a symbol of the program’s proud tradition, but also the pride that each player has in playing for a high school coaching legend. The tradition also dictates that every year during the final awards banquet each graduating player stands, places his blazer on the stage and takes leave as a changing of the guard.
The Mercer Island girls tennis program is one of the most successful of any Washington high school athletic program, with 33 state titles. With that type of tradition, expectations are high. Last year, the team won the league and district titles, and Chelsea Bailey and Michelle Zemplenyi took second in state for doubles. But a 34th team state title had to wait.
The Mercer Island baseball team has been mired in a dark decade. The last time when the Islanders won the league title was 1998. But last year, the team finished at .500 and made the playoffs. This season, the playoffs will be handed to every team in KingCo and motivation will have to come from within. Only time will tell how the team and the program react.