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The Mighty Chihuahuas 3-on-3 lacrosse team

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Islanders Sean and Tess Johnston recently competed in the 2008 USA Taekwondo Junior Olympic Championships, held in Detroit, Mich. Sean Johnston won gold in the 12- and 13-year-old boys blue belt forms competition and silver in the sparring event. Tess Johnston won the 8- and 9-year-old girls blue belt sparring competition. The siblings train with Coach Lionel Lee at Yi Sport Taekwondo in Seattle.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Mighty Chihuahuas 3-on-3 lacrosse team
Islander Hugh Miller is currently on the senior Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour. Miller won seven national titles earlier in his career with the PBA.

Miller sets senior PBA circuit on fire | MIHS graduate won fame and fortune during his career as a professional bowler

Two things have been constant in Hugh Miller’s life — Mercer Island and bowling. And while he has drifted away from each at one time or another, he has returned to both.

Islander Hugh Miller is currently on the senior Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour. Miller won seven national titles earlier in his career with the PBA.

Thundering impact on HS sports?

There has been a lot of fallout from the move of the Seattle Sonics NBA franchise to Oklahoma City. And yes, while there is a chance that turncoat Howard Schultz might be able to bring the team back with his public-relations-stunt of a lawsuit, most sports fans will feel the void this November.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Mercer Island Country Club swimmer Andy Wingerson

Shore Club run comes to an end

The Midlakes Swimming Championship marked the end of an era and many coaching tenures for Island clubs at the King County Aquatic Center on Saturday.

Mercer Island Country Club swimmer Andy Wingerson
The 11U baseball took second at the District 9 baseball tournament. Team members

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11U baseball team finishes second at district tourney

  • Sep 9, 2008
The 11U baseball took second at the District 9 baseball tournament. Team members
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Yankee Stadium, Fenway and Cooperstown: The baseball trip of a lifetime | Column

For most people, the vacation of a lifetime has a destination of Italy, France, or for Islander Paul Allen, maybe outer space. For me, the person who has taken two vacations since starting at the Reporter in 2001, it was the baseball trifecta. Following the Midlakes Championship meet and quickly filing my story, I rushed to the airport with my brother-in-law for a red-eye to New York to see Yankee stadium, Cooperstown and then over to Boston for a game at Fenway Park.

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The Mercer Island U-10 Little League team celebrates its first state title.

First state title for the Mercer Island Little League baseball

The Mercer Island 9-10 Little League baseball All-Stars capped an undefeated playoff tournament by capturing the Mercer Island Little League’s first Washington state championship on July 27.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Mercer Island U-10 Little League team celebrates its first state title.

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MI Girls Basketball (MIGB) is offering free clinics in August for girls in grades four through eight. Fourth, fifth and sixth-grade clinics will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 7-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the MI Boys and Girls Club. The clinics will be run by the fifth and sixth-grade select team coaches. At the clinics, MIGB will be introducing Jennie Rondel as the new fifth-grade coach. Coach Rondel played college basketball at Santa Clara University and coached Lake Washington High School varsity girls basketball team last season. Also running the clinics will be sixth-grade Select coaches Matt Price, former MIHS men’s varsity player and record holder, along with Dawn Wilson. Both have been coaching MIGB for the last two and three years, respectively.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Mercer Island resident and Eastside Catholic baseball player

Eastside Catholic’s Boyd earns spot on Washington Nationals scout team

Matt Boyd, a Mercer Island resident and Eastside Catholic baseball player, has had a busy year with numerous regional all-star team selections, helping to guide the Crusaders through an undefeated league schedule and verbally committing to play at Oregon State University. What’s next? His senior year of high school.

Mercer Island resident and Eastside Catholic baseball player

Heglar resigns as Islander head football coach | John Williams named interim coach for 2008 season

Islander head football coach, Bill Heglar, resigned on Thursday, taking the athletic director’s position at Kentlake High School because of a lack of teaching opportunities at Mercer Island High School.

Sports briefs | Mudville Baseball NW 18U wins Triple Crown National title

Mercer Island’s only 18U select team, Mudville Baseball NW (42-19, 5-2) has captured the 2008 Triple Crown National 18U Championship defeating the No. 1 seed, Lone Peak Knights of Alpine, Utah, 6-1 in the championship game. After a 1-2 start in the Round Robin portion of the event, Mudville made the necessary offensive and defensive adjustments, winning four straight games in four days to capture the national championship at Supliezio Field, home of the National Junior College World Series. Mudville struggled initially in the seeding rounds to qualify in the double elimination event. Mercer Islander Cam Wilson won the only game of the Round Robin play, defeating the Newcastle Blue Sox (CO) 11-2. Wilson struck out six and walked two, not allowing an earned run.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Seattle Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez breaks his bat on a swing during a game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Ibanez is valuable on and off the field

One of the often cited minuses of trading Raul Ibanez is that he provides the intangibles of the “great clubhouse guy” for the Seattle Mariners.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Seattle Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez breaks his bat on a swing during a game against the Los Angeles Angels.
John Williams took the Mercer Island High School football team’s head coaching job after former coach Bill Heglar abruptly resigned.

Williams is new football head coach

Less than a month before the Mercer Island High School football team plays its first game of the 2008 season, interim head coach John Williams is still trying to put names with faces.

John Williams took the Mercer Island High School football team’s head coaching job after former coach Bill Heglar abruptly resigned.
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Free basketball

  • Sep 9, 2008
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Rachel Godfred

Markwith, Godfred swim around Island, raise $4,000 for charity

Some athletes have swam around the Island for charity. Some have attempted the feat as a school project. Some have done it for a challenge. For Rachel Godfred and Sara Markwith it was all of the above.

Rachel Godfred
Participants from the 2005 Escape from the Rock Triathlon enter the cold waters of Lake Washington for the start of the race.

Escape from the Rock triathlon on Mercer Island, Sept. 7

The 12th annual Escape from the Rock triathlon will take place Sept. 7, beginning at Luther Burbank Park.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Participants from the 2005 Escape from the Rock Triathlon enter the cold waters of Lake Washington for the start of the race.
BU-17 MIFC Xtreme team photo: top row

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MIFC Etreme wins Mayors Cup

  • Sep 9, 2008
BU-17 MIFC Xtreme team photo: top row
Islander Sean Sussex (right) won five individual state titles.

Mercer Island High to induct seven into Hall of Fame

The first game of the 2008 football season on Sept. 5 will be special. Not because of the team’s new coach, the opponent or the action on the field, but for the halftime activities. The Mercer Island High School Hall of Fame will induct six new members during the halftime ceremonies, including four giants of the Islander basketball community and two of the most decorated swimmers in school history.

Islander Sean Sussex (right) won five individual state titles.

Massmann named boys water polo coach

Former Mercer Island High School boys water polo player and 2005 high school graduate Adam Massmann was selected to be the new boys water polo head coach.

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Mercer Island 12U United boys soccer team. Pictured from left

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United boys 12U takes Monroe

  • Sep 9, 2008
The Mercer Island 12U United boys soccer team. Pictured from left