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Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Sam Bliss stuggles to get free from his Skyline opponent’s grasp during a critical match Thursday at Mercer Island High School.

Wrestlers take down Skyline

In a close, regular-season wrestling meet, the slightest mistake, movement of an arm or lifting of the head too high can mean the loss of a match, the meet or even a shot at the league championship. The Islanders capitalized on Skyline’s mistakes during two dramatic match victories Thursday to win their regular season opener in an upset 42-36.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Sam Bliss stuggles to get free from his Skyline opponent’s grasp during a critical match Thursday at Mercer Island High School.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Georgia Gier pulls down an offensive rebound against Mount Si while being double-teamed. Gier led all players during the game with 16 rebounds.

Girls struggle, start 1-2: Little mistakes cost team wins

Islander senior Georgia Gier opted out of playing her final season of volleyball to concentrate on basketball. Gier proved that she still knows how to give a thunderous spike, swatting a shot into the back court during the second quarter of the game Wednesday night against Mount Si. But the play was a microcosm within the game, as Gier was promptly called for traveling on the ensuing uncontested lay-up. The Islanders ultimately lost 55-41.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Georgia Gier pulls down an offensive rebound against Mount Si while being double-teamed. Gier led all players during the game with 16 rebounds.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Don Papasedero

Papasedero named assistant of the year

Mercer Island coach Don Papasedero is known for many things. He has been the Mercer Island High School girls golf head coach, assistant girls basketball head coach and a teacher at the high school.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Don Papasedero
Govier leads by example: Senior visited state finals with two different teams

Govier leads by example: Senior visited state finals with two different teams

With the increasing competition for college scholarships and athletic fame, the three-sport athlete at the high school level is becoming an endangered species. But one athlete at Mercer Island High School is on pace to earn her 12th varsity letter this spring, one for every season she has been an Islander.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Govier leads by example: Senior visited state finals with two different teams

Islander competes in Baja 1000 race

Far from the glamour of LeMans and the pageantry of Indy, a thousand miles of “race track” snakes through dusty towns and endless stretches of nothing. This is the TECATE-Score Baja 1000 - a race disguised as a party in the desert of Baja, Mexico. For Indy 500 veteran and Island resident Dominic Dobson, it’s a very interesting couple of days at the office.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Football awards for 2006 season

The Mercer Island football team recently had its awards banquet and the following awards were presented to the team members.

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Islanders Murray Longbotham pushes for the finish in the 100-yard Butterfly event versus Issaquah at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Islandl ast Tuesday.

‘Heave and believe’: Sophomore breaks 31-year-old school record in a six-dive meet, boys take two

Nearly half of Mercer Island was still without power last week when the Islander boys swim team took on the swimmers from O’Dea High School at Mary Wayte Pool. But one sophomore, Beau Riebe, electrified swim and dive fans Thursday as he broke the 31-year-old school record for a six-dive meet.

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Islanders Murray Longbotham pushes for the finish in the 100-yard Butterfly event versus Issaquah at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Islandl ast Tuesday.
Islanders Murray Longbotham pushes for the finish in the 100-yard Butterfly event versus Issaquah at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Islandl ast Tuesday.

Island sports year in review for 2006: Tragedy, tenacity and triumph

The 2006 calendar year on Mercer Island was one of the more unusual sports years in recent memory. At the high school, the name Mahony meant greatness, an Islander went pro, two teams shocked the state by making it to the championship finals, and Island golf fans said good-bye to a good friend and coach. Other notable Island happenings included Mercer Island residents playing in the Super Bowl, an MIHS graduate going pro and the Rockers winning another title.

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Islanders Murray Longbotham pushes for the finish in the 100-yard Butterfly event versus Issaquah at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Islandl ast Tuesday.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Courtney Hammond races for the United States’ National ski team.

Olympic dreams for Hammond

The year 2006 was one to remember for a young ski racer from Mercer Island, who is now taking the skills she acquired in the Cascade Mountains across the globe.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Courtney Hammond races for the United States’ National ski team.

Gier, Lilly lead Mercer Island to third in San Diego: Senior breaks school record for rebounds in a game

For the first time in five years the Mercer Island High School girls basketball team entered a tournament over winter break. The result was a third-place overall finish in its bracket, Georgia Gier setting a new school record for rebounds in a game, taking her game to the next level and the emergence of freshman guard Hannah Lilly, as she earned all-tournament honors.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Boys take second in Calif.: Islanders lose to tourney host, return to face Skyline tonight

Boys take second in Calif.: Islanders lose to tourney host, return to face Skyline tonight

There is nothing like a home-court advantage. That idea is taken to the extremes in high school basketball when the opponent has to travel 1,000 miles.

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Boys take second in Calif.: Islanders lose to tourney host, return to face Skyline tonight
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Kristen Shibuya performs her beam routine at Issaquah High School Thursday.

Measuring stick for MI

For most gymnastic teams in 3A KingCo the league schedule doesn’t really start until they face perennial powerhouse Issaquah. Both Mercer Island and Sammamish visited the team that has won the state title three of the past five years on Thursday, and both used the meet to measure where they stand.

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Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Kristen Shibuya performs her beam routine at Issaquah High School Thursday.
Boys take two, move into second place

Boys take two, move into second place

What a difference a “year” makes.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Boys take two, move into second place
Girls go cold in KingCo

Girls go cold in KingCo

The gymnasium at Newport High School Friday night felt more like a refrigerator than a basketball court thanks to on-going construction. But the Islanders were the ones who were cold on the hardwood this week as they dropped two in-league games.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Girls go cold in KingCo
From start to finished: Boys knock Bellevue from KingCo title hunt

From start to finished: Boys knock Bellevue from KingCo title hunt

Matt Schut’s jump shot following the opening tip between Mercer Island and Bellevue gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead. As a joke, the Mercer Island student body began chanting “It’s all over.” But the chant was prophetic as the Islander boys never trailed during the game, soundly defeating their biggest rival 47-36, and knocking the Wolverines out of the 3A KingCo title picture.

  • Nov 24, 2008
From start to finished: Boys knock Bellevue from KingCo title hunt
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Chloe Snethen drives against a Newport defender earlier this season.

Girls basketball shocks Bellevue: First win against Wolverines in nine years; Chow scores 21 points

It wasn’t snowing in hell last Wednesday, but it was in Bellevue. The Mercer Island girls basketball game at Bellevue High School took place despite many school activities and game cancellations last week and the result was a rare Mercer Island 63-60 win over the Wolverines.

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Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Chloe Snethen drives against a Newport defender earlier this season.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander basketball fans try to throw some voodoo at Bellevue.

The boys, and girls, are back: Sports Beat

I dragged myself into work on Sunday afternoon. My heart was heavy from the Seahawks’ loss to the Bears, my mind full of “what ifs?” and my stomach full of pork rinds, spicy meatballs and bean dip. For some reason, close losses sometimes hurt more than a stomachache.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander basketball fans try to throw some voodoo at Bellevue.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Murray Longbotham wins the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.15

Seniors shine at final home meet

Senior Kristen Shibuya entered the Mercer Island High School gymnasium Thursday night, along with five other Islanders, for her final home meet of her career.

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Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Murray Longbotham wins the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.15
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Sam Bliss is taken off his feet during his match against Newport. Despite holding a 12-5 lead

Win against Bellevue puts team back on track

While the loss to Issaquah two weeks ago all but ended the Islanders’ shot at the 3A KingCo regular season title, the postseason tournaments still loom large and the team did a good job of getting back on track with a 45-30 victory over Bellevue Wednesday.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Sam Bliss is taken off his feet during his match against Newport. Despite holding a 12-5 lead

Boys swim dominates:Team stays undefeated in league meets, takes second in New Mexico

The Mercer Island boys swim team has dominated other Washington state teams for the past 14 months, including a 111-58 win over Bellevue Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool. The Islanders took it to another level Jan. 13 at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, besting 14 other high school teams from the Western United States. The Islanders finished second to only the host team.

  • Nov 24, 2008