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Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Chris Morris blocks a Sammamish defender from clearing out a deep ball during the game at Islander Stadium Thursday.

Soccer moves into second

The Mercer Island boys soccer team knew that there was very little room for error following its losses to Newport and Mount Si to start the season. That focus has led to a 3-0-1 record during the past two weeks, including two big wins against second place Bellevue and a comeback against Sammamish last week.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Chris Morris blocks a Sammamish defender from clearing out a deep ball during the game at Islander Stadium Thursday.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander second baseman Joey Scalzo dives back to the bag on a pick-off attempt against Issaquah Thursday at Island Crest Park.

Baseball team is learning how to win

Changing the attitudes of players on a squad such as the Mercer Island High School varsity baseball team is not easy. Ridding the players mind of losing thoughts before they step on the diamond can be difficult after a decade of sub .500 seasons. But those attitudes and habits have to change before the record will improve. Coach Brian Potoshnik is changing his players habits in hopes that the team’s 1-6 record will be different come May.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander second baseman Joey Scalzo dives back to the bag on a pick-off attempt against Issaquah Thursday at Island Crest Park.

Tennis beats Newport, loses to Skyline:Mercer Island girls still in season title hunt, need Newport win against Spartans

The focus of the Mercer Island girls tennis team last week was the battle against the defending 3A KingCo champion, Newport Knights. The Knights knocked off Mercer Island last year to take the regular season title from the Islanders for the first time in over a decade. The Islanders beat the Knights at Newport 6-3. But the combination of very little pre-season practice and a two-day event against Newport left the Islanders drained. Skyline took advantage with a 7-2 victory at Mercer Island Thursday, putting the 3A KingCo title in jeopardy.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Judo tourney brings 200 athletes to MI

The Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club’s gym was transformed into a martial-arts arena Saturday, as about 200 competitors from Washington and Oregon attended the Evergreen State Open Judo Championship.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Former Islander White debuts with Mariners

Sean White, a 1999 Mercer Island High graduate, made his debut with the Seattle Mariners Wednesday at Safeco Field against the Oakland Athletics. White pitched… Continue reading

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Leandro Kimura battles a Mount Si player for possession of the ball during the Islanders’ 2-1 victory.

‘A win is a win:’ Soccer squeaks by…Saints?

Most sports fans would think that a 4-3 score between Mercer Island and Interlake High School would be a baseball or softball game. It would also be a typical water polo final or a low-scoring lacrosse contest. But when an Islander soccer team vying for the 3A KingCo title blows a comfortable three-goal lead at halftime to the second worst team in 3A KingCo, eyebrows raise and jaws drop among the Islander fans in the stands.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Leandro Kimura battles a Mount Si player for possession of the ball during the Islanders’ 2-1 victory.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island junior Chris Black pitched six innings for the high school baseball team

Consistency blacked out: Outstanding pitching performance by MI junior is wasted by fielding errors

Mercer Island junior Chris Black has been one of the most consistent starters for the high school baseball team. That consistency was on display Thursday night as Black baffled Liberty hitters for six innings and no earned runs at Island Crest Park. But the problem Thursday was the defense behind the right handed junior. Mercer Island gave up five unearned runs during the game, dropping its sixth in-league game in a row 7-5.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island junior Chris Black pitched six innings for the high school baseball team

Thursday, April 19

3:30 p.m. Girls golf at Mount Si

  • Nov 24, 2008

Softball struggles with commitment: Spring break vacations lead to game forteiture

A lot has been made during the past three years of the carousel that is known as the Mercer Island fast-pitch softball head coaching position. But on April 10 it wasn’t the coach that cost the team a forfeit against Sammamish.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander A.J. Ellis goes after a loose ball against Bainbridge earlier this season. Ellis is becoming a big offensive threat for Mercer Island.

MI boys lacross play best in the West

The Mercer Island boys lacrosse team traveled to California to play a four team tournament against the West Coast’s best in high school lacrosse, including the California and Oregon state champions, and returned with a win and two losses.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander A.J. Ellis goes after a loose ball against Bainbridge earlier this season. Ellis is becoming a big offensive threat for Mercer Island.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Bill Heglar was hired as the new Mercer Island High School head football coach on Thursday. Heglar coached at Bellevue High School and Interlake High School in 3A KingCo during his 39 year career. He has won more than 150 games.

Heglar named football coach: Former Bellevue coach takes over Mercer Island High School program

Next year, every 3A Washington high school football team will take aim at the Islanders’ biggest natural rival, Bellevue High School — the defending state champions.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Bill Heglar was hired as the new Mercer Island High School head football coach on Thursday. Heglar coached at Bellevue High School and Interlake High School in 3A KingCo during his 39 year career. He has won more than 150 games.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Katie Stadius takes a shot against Shorewood on Friday at Mary Wayte Pool. Stadius scored four of the team’s 15 goals during the contest.

Water polo’s ups and downs: Team scores 35 points in two games, then takes fifth place in annual Curtis tournament

The Mercer Island girls water polo team has been about as steady as the sports yellow ball sitting on top of a whirlpool. A loss to rival Newport before spring break lit a fire under the team. The renewed spirit of competition led to 35 goals in two games last week against Roosevelt (20-8) and Shorewood (15-5). But an uncharacteristic fifth-place finish at the annual Curtis Tournament raises questions about Mercer Island’s continued dominance in the sport.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Katie Stadius takes a shot against Shorewood on Friday at Mary Wayte Pool. Stadius scored four of the team’s 15 goals during the contest.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter From left

Islanders gain ground: Tie Newport, beat Issaquah

Forrest Marowitz is in his first year as the starting varsity goalkeeper with the Mercer Island High School boys soccer team. The sophomore follows a long line of outstanding keepers that have helped the Islander program establish itself as a force, not only in 3A KingCo, but in the state. Marowitz, and the defense in front of him, proved that they will be hard to get a shot past come the 2007 post season, as they shutout Issaquah and league-leading Newport last week.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter From left

Inaugural Hall of Fame for Mudville baseball

Mudville Youth Baseball Club presents their inaugural Kick-off and Hall-of-Fame Celebration, honoring current and former youth players in the Mercer Island community. The event will take place on May 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Community Center at Mercer View on Mercer Island.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Monique Schreiber looks for a shooting lane against Bellevue April 25. The Islanders out-shot Bellevue 40-3.

Islander onslaught: Girls lacrosse hammers Bellevue 20-0

The Mercer Island girls lacrosse team came into the season with the mantra “16 strong,” meaning that every player was important to the success of the team. It may have seemed like all 16 Mercer Island players were on the field at once to Bellevue on Wednesday, as the Islanders came away with one of the most lopsided victories, 20-0, in the history of the program.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Monique Schreiber looks for a shooting lane against Bellevue April 25. The Islanders out-shot Bellevue 40-3.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Chris Black dives back to the first-base bag during a 15-7 loss to Newport Wednesday.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Chris Black dives back to the first-base bag during a 15-7 loss to Newport Wednesday.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Tracey Tomlinson watches a tee shot against Newport.

Girls golf loses KingCo on final day of season: MI sets school record for wins, but is downed by Skyline 227-232

The Mercer Island girls golf team lost for the first time all season in KingCo play during the final day of the regular season Monday, 227 strokes to 232, as Skyline took the league title. A decline in its team score during the final weeks of the regular season made Islander coach Don Papasedero nervous heading into the final meet.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Tracey Tomlinson watches a tee shot against Newport.

Softball players need to light the torch

Three years ago a group of seniors walked away from the Mercer Island softball team for various reasons. Many senior athletes choose not to play a sport during their final year of high school to concentrate on academics or to prepare for college. But these seniors, a majority of them starters on the team, left at a critical time. They unknowingly started a chain reaction that has put the Mercer Island High School softball program in the worst place imaginable.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Tennis prepares for KingCo: Girls finish season with one loss

One loss during a grueling week kept the Islander girls tennis team from the 3A KingCo title for the second consecutive year. But that one loss to Skyline is all that Mercer Island has had to endure this season as they prepare for the post season.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander A.J. Ellis elevates to elude a Roosevelt defenseman in order to score one of his three goals on the night on Wednesday at Islander Stadium. Mercer Island’s game against Skyline  on Tuesday will be featured on Comcast On Demand.

Taking aim at a fifth title: Islanders start playoff run Friday at Islander Stadium

Every Mercer Island boys lacrosse fan knows how good Greg Mahony is. His quickness, shot selection, endurance and overall athleticism has allowed him to lead the Islanders during his senior season. But now the nation is taking notice.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander A.J. Ellis elevates to elude a Roosevelt defenseman in order to score one of his three goals on the night on Wednesday at Islander Stadium. Mercer Island’s game against Skyline  on Tuesday will be featured on Comcast On Demand.