MIHS hoops teams hit the hardwood tonight

Northwest Yeshiva also competes in league tourneys.

Mercer Island High School (MIHS) boys and girls basketball teams will compete in the semifinals of the 3A KingCo tournament tonight.

The fourth-seeded Islander boys will take on top-seeded Bellevue at 7 p.m. at Bellevue. The championship game is set for 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Lake Washington. MIHS has already qualified for districts, which will occur from Feb. 10-17.

The boys defeated Interlake, 70-58, on Feb. 3 at home in a tourney opener. Leading the way for MIHS were Nick Mautone (22 points, four treys), Will McDonald (19 points, five treys) and Tristen Cruzen (15 points).

On the girls’ side, the second-seeded Islanders will host third-seeded Liberty (Renton) at 7 p.m. tonight. The championship game will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Lake Washington. The girls Islanders have also already solidified a district spot.


In Northwest Yeshiva High School (NYHS) results, the fourth-seeded local boys defeated fifth-seeded Concordia Christian Academy, 85-70, on Feb. 1 in the opening round of the Sea-Tac League tournament. On the girls’ side, fifth-seeded NYHS beat 12th-seeded Concordia Christian, 53-11, on Feb. 1 in their league tourney.

For the district-bound boys, Evan Kaufthal amassed 30 points, Sam Chernicoff had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Joe Benoliel had 10 points and Leon Varon had nine points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

The boys will next face top-seeded Muckleshoot Tribal High School in the semis at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Muckleshoot. The championship game is slated for Feb. 8 at a time and place to be determined. Class 1B tri-districts are Feb. 10-17.

For the girls against Concordia, Rose Clayman and Paulina Gamel led the scoring with 18 and 14 points, respectively, followed by Leah Menashe with eight points and Jenna Kaufthal with six points.

NYHS’s girls will next take on ninth-seeded Summit Classical Christian School in a loser-out game at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Seattle Hebrew Academy. The winner advances to the 1B tri-district tourney.