Several teams from Mercer Island made the trek to the annual Spokane Hoopfest competition in late June. From Mercer Island, five teams earned first place finishes in their brackets, while another three took second overall.
On a Saturday morning, while most Mercer Island football players were still asleep, dreaming of astounding runs, passes and tackles, a group of 20 “Gridiron Moms” gathered to learn the finer points of the game from MIHS coaches Brett Ogata and Shane Keck.
The Mercer Island track and field team headed south last week to participate in the 3A state championship meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. The Islanders had six individuals competing in the meet after qualifying in the SeaKing district meet. Despite wild weather that included driving rain and high winds followed by patches of warm sun, the team competed well.
The Friends of Hoop girls basketball team recently traveled to Yakima, to compete in the Best in the West tournament against top teams from Washington and Oregon. The team won the fifth grade championship.
Mercer Islander Jennica McPherson was recently named to the 2011 All Puget Sound region team for her work with the Island Thunder Volleyball Club. She and others in the Seattle area were chosen by their coaches for their athletic achievements and giving back to the community.
For the third time the season Mount Si stopped Mercer Island, but it was the first time this year the Wildcats kept the Islanders from scoring a run. Mount Si defeated the Islanders 5-0 in the second round of the KingCo tournament on Thursday evening.
The Mercer Island baseball team secured their spot in the second round of the KingCo tournament on Tuesday evening, thanks to a 10-1 victory over Liberty.
The Islanders will now face Mount Si on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The Wildcats earned the league’s No. 1 seed going into the playoffs.