In high school sports, one of the most important elements for a program’s long-term success doesn’t even take place at the high school level. Getting kids to take up sports at a young age is becoming more of a prerequisite than a luxury.
There isn’t a team in the state that wants to face the Mercer Island boys swim team. Last week’s results didn’t help that fact. The Islanders crushed the second-place team from the 2006 state swim meet, Kennedy High School, 135-35 during a double dual-meet at Mary Wayte Pool on Dec. 4.
Mercer Island High School teacher and resident Brett Ogata has had many coaching roles as an Islander. But the one that he took last spring with Skyline High School as the football team’s offensive coordinator fulfilled a dream.