Sports

March of the Islanders: Girls water polo overcomes first quarter against Totems

Slow starts have plagued the Mercer Island girls water polo team this year. A slow start on Wednesday almost cost the team a win against Sammamish.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island catcher Megan Cook dives to tag a Liberty runner at the plate during an 11-1 loss April 30.

The dust settles

Mercer Island catcher Megan Cook dives to tag a Liberty runner at the plate during an 11-1 loss April 30. The Islander softball team’s winless… Continue reading

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island catcher Megan Cook dives to tag a Liberty runner at the plate during an 11-1 loss April 30.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander sophomore goalkeeper Forrest Marowitz blocks the final overtime shootout attempt by Bellevue to seal the Mercer Island victory.

Dive Forrest, dive! Shootout win gives Islanders momentum, advance to state playoffs

The Mercer Island boys soccer team advanced to the state playoffs for the third consecutive year with a 2-1 victory over Bainbridge Island at Ingraham High School on Saturday. But the game was just one of three consecutive victories during loser-out playoff contests for the Islanders last week.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander sophomore goalkeeper Forrest Marowitz blocks the final overtime shootout attempt by Bellevue to seal the Mercer Island victory.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander sophomore Haley Piper pushes to the finish during the 1

Only nine Islanders advance: Track and field thinned out at KingCo meet

While the 3A KingCo track and field championships were good to nine Islanders who advanced to districts, the meet as a whole was a step backward for the boys team.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander sophomore Haley Piper pushes to the finish during the 1

Two doubles, one single to districts for girls tennis: Carpenter and Zemplenyi take No. 2 seed

Chasing its 27th state title, the Mercer Island girls tennis team came through the 3A KingCo tournament with two doubles teams and one singles player qualifying for the district meet on May 7 at Skyline. And while the Islanders didn’t grab a No. 1 seed, the five players are one less than the limit for one team, keeping the dream of another state title alive.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Lacrosse teams advance to state semis

Both the Mercer Island boys and girls lacrosse teams will play during their respective state playoff semifinals, thanks to dominating victories last week.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Erica Hill builds ‘extended family’

Erica Hill is Mercer Island’s Hilary Swank character in “Freedom Writers.” Hill lights fires under high school students with her passions for English and running.

  • Nov 24, 2008

MI girls golf takes second at medalist tournament: Four Islanders moce on to district meet at Riverben GC

The Mercer Island girls golf team tied for the highest number of athletes, four, to qualify for districts during the 3A KingCo medalist meet on May 7 at the Snohomish Golf Course.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island senior Greg Mahony elevates and fires a shot-on-goal during the boys lacrosse championship game against Bainbridge Island at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. For the first time in three years

MI conquered by Spartans

It wasn’t the way they envisioned walking off the field at Memorial Stadium. Watching the Bainbridge Island boys lacrosse players in a pig pile at the 50-yard line. Spartan fans cheering and screaming in glee.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island senior Greg Mahony elevates and fires a shot-on-goal during the boys lacrosse championship game against Bainbridge Island at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. For the first time in three years

Girls lacrosse beat by Bainbridge in semis

During preseason play, Mercer Island girls lacrosse team coach Megan Elston called 2007 “a rebuilding year.” After all, the team had lost a lot of starters and its long-time head coach Sara Milo.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islanders Trevor Fulp

DeJa Vu all over again

For the third consecutive year, Chris Winterbauer, Trevor Fulp and Chris Bailey will represent Mercer Island boys tennis at the state tournament. But for the first time, the threesome will do it as defending champions and in Eastern Washington.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islanders Trevor Fulp
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island senior Laura Vogel placed seventh in the 400-meters.

Four Islanders move on to state meet

The Mercer Island track and field team did not have its best season this year.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island senior Laura Vogel placed seventh in the 400-meters.

One girls doubles to state

One hot day last week wilted the Mercer Island girls tennis team’s chances at the high school’s 27th state title, as the tandem of Amelia Carpenter and Michelle Zemplenyi were the only Islanders to make the state cut. The doubles team finished fourth in districts at Lower Woodland Park, qualifying them to play in the state tournament in Eastern Washington this weekend.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Soccer bounced at state tourney

Wil Nelp stood on the Renton Stadium soccer field and took off his jersey in disgust. He was frustrated, exhausted and emotional following the Islanders’ 3-0 season-ending loss to Hazen on May 15. The senior soccer player knew when he stepped to the sidelines his high school career was over.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island Katie Stadius scored both of her team’s goals during the girls water polo state finals held at the King County Aquatic Center on Saturday morning.

Tenacious D stops Island dominace

Only two schools have had their names etched into the girls’ water polo state trophy since its inception in 1990. Mercer Island had a chance to break the tie with Bainbridge Island, each taking the title eight times in the last 16 years. But an old KingCo rival spoiled the party Saturday morning at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island Katie Stadius scored both of her team’s goals during the girls water polo state finals held at the King County Aquatic Center on Saturday morning.
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islanders Chris Winterbauer

State champions: Islanders take doubles and team titles

When talking about Mercer Island boys tennis during the past three seasons, a trio of athletes have been at the heart and soul of the program through wins, losses and defections.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islanders Chris Winterbauer
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Michelle Zemplenyi returns a serve during the districts meet held at Lower Woodland Park May 15.

Girls tennis doubles: Carpenter and Zemplenyi take third at state

The doubles team of Amelia Carpenter and Michelle Zemplenyi took third place overall at the state tournament and solidified their place in the Mercer Island girls tennis program’s history.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Michelle Zemplenyi returns a serve during the districts meet held at Lower Woodland Park May 15.

Three golfers place at state

The four athletes representing Mercer Island High School in the boys and girls state golf tournaments finished their respective season strong May 21 and 22. Three of the four golfers made the cut and qualified to play in the second round.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Vogel, Merritt and Borer bring home track medals

One of the best track and field athletes in the history of Mercer Island High School finished her career last weekend.

  • Nov 24, 2008