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Mercer Island LAX coach leading state in wins

August 21st, 2014 at 3:07 pm by Joseph Livarchik
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Earlier this month, Mike Loveday of updated his all-time winningest high school lacrosse coaches list, adding two names from Washington state. The first name appearing on that list from Washington was Mercer Island head coach Ian O’Hearn with 230 wins, with Issaquah head coach Brandon Fortier right behind him at 228. Both coaches have been at their respective helms since 2002, with O’Hearn compiling an all-time record of 230-56.

Mercer Island and Issaquah both tied with Bellevue for first place in the Division I KingCo standings with division records of 11-1. Mercer Island finished its season with an overall record of 18-2, while Issaquah went 17-3.’s all-time winningest coaches list compiles the winningest lacrosse coaches throughout the country, with a minimum of 200 wins. For the complete list, see the original post at

Mahony, York tabbed US Lacrosse All-Americans

July 25th, 2014 at 1:43 pm by Joseph Livarchik
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Islanders Peter Mahony and Chase York were among 17 Washington state prep lacrosse players recently named All-Americans by US Lacrosse. For York, it was his second consecutive year earning All-American honors.

Mahony and York helped lead Mercer Island to a 19-3 record in 2014, tying for first place in the KingCo division and reaching the quarterfinals of this year’s lacrosse state tournament, where the Islanders fell to Eastside Catholic. Mahony committed to play lacrosse at Yale, where he will study this fall, while York signed on to play lacrosse at Loyola of Maryland.

Other Eastside selections included Bellevue’s Hank Bethke and Eric Hael, Eastside Catholic’s Colin MacIlvennie and Ross Komenda, Inglemoor’s Jacob Cartwright and Emily Sokol, Interlake’s Camille Sullivan and Issaquah’s Suzy Emerson.

For the complete list of Washington All-Americans, see the original post at

Washington Prep Lacrosse posted articles with the 2014 Washington girls and boys high school lacrosse All-Conference teams, with both featuring members of the Mercer Island High School lacrosse teams.

Representing the Mercer Island girls team was Holly Waggoner, earning the Alki Conference’s first-team honors. For the boys, Peter Mahony, Chase York and Benji Rothenberg were named to the KingCo All-Conference first team, while Brett Bottomley and Evan Condon earned second team honors. Devlin Conway and Kieran Coles earned honorable mention.

Here are links to the original posts by Mike McQuaid on the girls and boys All-Conference teams.

Three MIHS girls LAX players selected to compete at national tournament

April 15th, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Joseph Livarchik
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Three Mercer Island girls lacrosse players were selected to the 2014 Washington U-19 girls regional lacrosse team, which will compete at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament over Memorial Day weekend May 24 and 25 in Bel Air, Md.

Katie Harris, Hannah Paborsky and Holly Waggoner will join the roster of 25 girls representing Washington’s U-19 team, which will play to defend its divisional title from last year’s national competition.

For the original post and to see the complete Washington State U-19 girls regional lacrosse team roster, go to


Islander Named Conference Carolinas Men’s Lacrosse Player Of The Week

March 19th, 2014 at 2:37 pm by Joseph Livarchik
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Islander Daniel Shields, a senior playing lacrosse at the University of Mount Olive, has been named Conference Carolinas Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week, the University of Mount Olive posted on its website yesterday.

Daniel Shields, who helped University of Mount Olive outscore its opponents 43-9 in a pair of wins last week, has been named Conference Carolinas Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week. The award is Shields’ first this season.

A senior attack from Mercer Island, Wash., scored nine goals in two games as the Trojans posted a pair of 17-goal wins. In Mount Olive’s 20-3 victory over Alderson-Broaddus, Shields scored the first goal of the game and three of his five goals during a run that gave the Trojans a 16-0 lead. He added four goals in the Trojans’ 23-6 win over Ohio Valley. Shields had a goal and an assist during a 10-0 run that broke a 2-2 first period tie.

For the season, Shields is tied with his brother, Matt, for the team lead with 23 goals. He also has eight assists for 31 points.”

Read the entire post online at the University of Mount Olive website.

Boys lacrosse preseason All-Conference teams named

March 18th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Joseph Livarchik
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The Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association announced its 2014 preseason All-Conference Teams for boys high school lacrosse, with four members of the Mercer Island boys lacrosse team earning a spot on the KingCo Pre-Season All-Conference first team.

Seniors Peter Mahony and Chase York, as well as juniors Evan Condon and Benji Rothenberg all garnered first team nods. Mercer Island and Bellevue each boasted four of its team members on the KingCo first team, while Skyline had two and Issaquah and Eastlake each had one. Bellevue also had two team members make the All-Conference second team, while Issaquah had three.

Twenty-one NCAA lacrosse commits are among the 114 student-athletes from 58 state high schools on the first and second teams, which recognize expected top performers heading into the 2014 high school lacrosse season.

The lists include the largest state representation from Eastern Washington high schools with 13 student-athletes from eight high schools in Spokane, Wenatchee and the Tri Cities represented on the Pre-Season All-Conference teams.

In total, 66 seniors, 35 juniors and 13 sophomores were named to the 2014 boys Pre-Season All-Conference first and second teams from across Washington state.

Mercer Island, Bellevue High School ink regional lacrosse ranking

March 6th, 2014 at 11:44 am by Joseph Livarchik
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Bellevue High School, which has appeared in several national and regional prep lacrosse rankings this spring, has caught the attention of another prominent national online lacrosse magazine. But this time, the Wolverines aren’t the only boys high school lacrosse team from Washington state on the list.

In its first regional ranking of the 2014 season, Inside Lacrosse ranks both the two-time defending state champion and rival Mercer Island High School among the top 10 boys high school programs in the West among its Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Regional Rankings for Week 1 of the high school lacrosse season.

The early-season ranking lists Mercer Island as No. 10 behind No 6. Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), 7. Kent Denver High School (Englewood, Colo.), 8. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) and 9. Bishop’s School (La Jolla, Calif.)

Bellevue, which beat Mercer Island 14-11 in last spring’s Washington State Division I boys title game to capture its second consecutive state championship, ranks No. 5 behind top-ranked St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco, Calif.), 2. Cheery Creek High School (Greenwood Village, Colo.), 3. Arapahoe High School (Centennial, Colo.) and 4. Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, Calif.).

Mercer Island opens its 2014 season against Lakeside, Friday, March 14 in an 8 p.m. home start at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island.

Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse West Regional Rankings: Week 1

1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 1-0
2. Cherry Creek (Colo.)
3. Arapahoe (Colo.)
4. Torrey Pines (Calif.)
5. Bellevue (Wash.)
6. Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
7. Kent Denver (Colo.)
8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.)
9. Bishop’s School (Calif.)
10. Mercer Island (Wash.)

Read the full Inside Lacrosse story at Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse West Regional Rankings: Week 1

Mercer Island football has bye week in Week 2 of season

September 4th, 2013 at 10:19 am by Megan Managan
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Thanks to some unfortunate timing, the Mercer Island football team will only play eight games this season, one less than usual.

The Islanders were originally scheduled to play a non-conference opponent in the second week of the season, but after the original team wasn’t available, the Islanders started looking for a new team to play. 

Making things more complicated, observance of Yom Kippur, which begins on the evening of Sept. 13 would have moved week 2′s game to either Thursday, Sept. 12 or Saturday, Sept. 14.

Unfortunately, this close to the beginning of the season, few teams were available on Friday, let alone available to play on a Thursday or Saturday during the regular season.

Despite one less game this season, the team will kick the season off this Friday with a 7 p.m. away match against Redmond. Mercer Island will play it’s first home game on Friday, Sept. 20 – homecoming – against Lake Washington.

ROOT to broadcast Washington high school football games

August 20th, 2013 at 11:47 am by Megan Managan
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Its been a while since there’s been much of any high school sports news to blog about, but things are going to start kicking into high gear faster than I can believe.

Once again this fall, ROOT Sports is going to be broadcasting a football game of the week, starting Sept. 7 with the big match up of Bellevue vs. Skyline.

Mercer Island is not one of the teams with a game featured, but ROOT will also show the playoff games, as well as the state championships.

Here’s the press release:

ROOT SPORTS™ announced today that a second season of the High School Football “Game of the Week” will return this fall and will feature new presenting sponsor, Papa Murphy’s. The season kicks off on Saturday, September 7th with a clash of titans when 3A State Champions, Bellevue High School, takes on 4A State Champions, Skyline High School, at Husky Stadium. Following the Saturday opener, High School Football on ROOT SPORTS will move to its usual Thursday night schedule and will include nine regular season games along with WIAA District Playoffs and 3A and 4A Championship games.

The slate of games will be known as the ROOT SPORTS High Football “Game of the Week” presented by Papa Murphy’swill feature teams from throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area. Games will air on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm PT and will be shown throughout ROOT SPORTS Northwest’s five state region. Each game of the week will have a debut airing, as well as at least one replay.

“We were very pleased with the response to our inaugural season of High School Game of the week and are excited to continue the endeavor. This season promises to be exciting with a line-up that includes KingCo, SPSL, Seamount, Narrows, Cascade, Evergreen and Metro schools,” stated Mark Jorgensen, ROOT SPORTS Senior Vice President/General Manager.

Brad Adam will provide play-by-play and work with analyst, Jason Stiles. Adam has been with ROOT SPORTS since June 2000, and in his current role provides the sights and sounds before and after every Mariners game as the Host of Mariners Pregame and Mariners Postgame. Stiles joined the ROOT SPORTS team following a successful football career; he has worked as a Pac-12 and high school analyst, and will serve in the same capacity for Big Sky Conference football this season.

Please see the complete high school football telecast schedule below.

2013 High School Football Game of the Week Telecast Schedule

All times listed are Pacific and subject to change

Date                                                        Opponent                                                     Time

Saturday, September 7                    Skyline at Bellevue                                          9:30 p.m. *

Thursday, September 12                   Tahoma at Bethel                                            7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 19                   Federal Way at Graham-Kapowsin               7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 27                       Newport at Issaquah                                        10:30 p.m. *

Thursday, October 3                        Auburn at Kentlake                                          7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 10                       Kings at Cedarcrest                                         7:00 pm

Thursday, October 17                       Redmond at Woodinville                                    7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 24                       Bainbridge at Odea                                          7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 31                       Kennedy at Lindbergh                                       7:00 p.m.


MIHS sports this week May 20 through May 25

May 20th, 2013 at 8:53 am by Megan Managan
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This week is the state tournament for most spring sports at Mercer Island High School. I’ll post updates and changes as the week goes on, if there are any.
Varsity Girls Golf @ State Tournament Practice Day:
        Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland  WA;
Varsity Girls Golf @ State Tournament
        Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland WA; 7:30 am
Varsity Boys Lacrosse vs. Lakeside @ First Round State Tournament:
        MIHS Stadium; 7:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 – school dismisses at 2:05 pm
Varsity Girls Golf @ State Tournament
        Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland WA; 7:30 am
Varsity Girls Tennis travel to State Tournament:
        Tri City Court Club and Kamiakin HS, Kennewick WA  
Varsity Boys Tennis travel to State Tournament:
        Tri City Court Club and Kamiakin HS, Kennewick WA 
Varsity Track travel to State Tournament:
if win on Tues 5/21, Varsity Boys Lacrosse vs. Issaquah @ State Tournament Quarter Final:
        Issaquah HS Stadium; 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 24 – Un-needed Weather Make-up Day — NO Students, NO Staff
Varsity Girls Tennis @ State Tournament:
        Tri City Court Club and Kamiakin HS, Kennewick WA; 8:30 am
Varsity Boys Tennis @ State Tournament:
        Tri City Court Club and Kamiakin HS, Kennewich WA; 8:30 am
Varsity Track @ State Tournament:
        Mount Tahoma HS, Tacoma WA; 9:00 am
Varsity Girls Tennis @ State Tournament:
        Tri City Court Club and Kamiakin HS, Kennewick WA; 8:30 am
Varsity Boys Tennis @ State Tournament:
        Tri City Court Club and Kamiakin HS, Kennewick WA; 8:30 am
Varsity Track @ State Tournament:
        Mount Tahoma HS, Tacoma WA; 9:30 am
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