From the Goal Line
A Mercer Island Sports Blog
It’s hardly even summer yet (or maybe never will be if this rain doesn’t let up sometime), but here’s a quick look at the fall football schedule for Mercer Island High School. The team finished the 2009 season 4-6 under first year head coach Brett Ogata, who returns for a second season in the fall.
2010 Varsity Schedule (preliminary)
Home games in bold
• Sept 3: at Seattle Prep (West Seattle stadium)
• Sept 10: Newport
• Sept. 17: at Juanita
• Sept 24: Interlake
• Oct. 1: at Bellevue
• Oct. 8: at Mt. Si
• Oct. 15: Liberty (homecoming)
• Oct. 22: at Sammamish
• Oct. 29: Lake Washington
• Nov. 5/6: Playoff or Metro crossover game
Mercer Island High School quarterback Jeff Lindquist, who just finished his sophomore year at MIHS, was named one of the top seven high school quarterbacks in the U.S. and will be honored at the Steve Clarkson Super 7 retreat.
According to a press release, Clarkson, a quarterback expert, will invite the top seven QB’s in the country to a retreat in Maui in July.
The others named to the Super 7 list include:
• Kyle Boehm from San Jose, Calif. (committed to UC Berkley)
• Jerrard Randle from Hollywood, Fla. (undecided)
• Brett Hundley from Chandler, Ariz. (undecided)
• Bennie Coney from Plant City, Fla. (undecided)
• Jeff Lindquist from Mercer Island, Wash. (undecided)
• Max Wittek of Santa Ana, Calif. (committed to USC)
• Jacoby Brissett of West Plam Beach, Fla. (undecided)
The group was selected from Clarkson’s Dreammaker tour across the country from February through June where Clarkson and a team did evaluations of players, workouts and interviews.
Clarkson has long been regarded as one of the top authorities on quarterback coaching, having coached players like Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart and Jimmy Clausen.
For more information visit the Dreammaker Web site.
If you are a college ahtletics fan, be it crew, football, basketball or any of the other myriad of NCAA sports, you’ve without a doubt, seen the frezy of media acitivity about the expansion of the Pac-10.
As of now only Colorado has been added to the Pac-10 which I guess makes it the Pac-11 (doesn’t quiet roll off the tounge like before), but I, and many others believe that number will be expanded on in the coming days and weeks. Speculation is that it will become the Pac-16 with the inclusion of the Texas and Oklahoma teams.
While the changes to the conference wouldn’t happen for another season or two, it will certainly change the way schools in the area, and out of it, recruit. As programs look to gain the upper hand on their competition, isn’t it likely that they will look to where those schools recruit?
WSU head coach Paul Wulff has made a point of recruiting closer to home the past several seasons, and UW has had success finding local talent and keeping them local. While the WSU football recruiting patterns isn’t likely to get anyone in Texas excited, UW’s certainly could.
So the question, along with the million others, is will this affect who is looking at local kids? I’d think to a certain extent it could be a factor. If a local athlete is good enough to garner attention from Oregon, UW or USC, whats to say they couldn’t suddenly be getting attention from Oklahoma or Texas A&M (not that those schools don’t already have a depth of places to recruit from)? Perhaps in the next five years local recruits could see some orange or Sooners red in the stands?
At the same time this goes both ways, as a colleague pointed out. Kids at high schools in Texas, Oklahoma and other places who might get some attention from their local colleges and universities could attract West Coast recruiters as well.
So who knows what’s going to happen, expect it looks like college athletics on the West Coast will be forever changed. I won’t even start on the Gonzaga, Boise State speculation…
This press release was passed along by the OSU sports information office.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Oregon State utility player Matt Boyd has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team, Collegiate Baseball announced Wednesday morning. Boyd was selected as a utility player since he split time as a designated hitter and pitcher this past season.
As a pitcher, Boyd was dominant in 42 2/3 innings, making 20 appearances, two of which were starts. He led the Beavers with a 7-1 record and posted a 1.90 earned run average while opponents batted just .200 against him. Boyd had a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and opponents collected just 31 hits off him in 2010.
Offensively, Boyd, a native of Mercer Island, Wash., had a fine season, batting .264 with six doubles, three home runs and 19 runs batted in. He hit his first career home run while making his first career start on the mound, March 4 against UC Riverside, and a week later, drove home three runs on a double to right against Utah, send the Beavers to the victory.
His success at both positions earned the lefty All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors in just his first season in Corvallis.
He and the Beavers recently completed their 2010 campaign after going 1-2 at the Gainesville Regional in Florida. Oregon State finished the season 32-24.
This is a little outside what I usually write about on this blog, but honestly it’s too impressive to not mention.
As the Mercer Island girls and boys were busy finishing up their state tournament, the 1A girls finished at Columiba Point Golf Club in Richland, Wash. I mention this tournament because for the fourth time, in a row, Chelan High School’s Kelli Bowers has won the individual state title.
I covered Chelan and it’s surrounding vacinity during my time with the Lake Chelan Mirror and watched Bowers win. During a post state interview she said her goal was to win four in a row, one each year of her high school career. Last year she nailed it, sweeping away the competition. This year, she ended day one four strokes behind Alyssa Maine from Freeman High School, the one golfer thought to possibly challenge Bowers for the title.
Yesterday, Bowers finished the first round an 84 and followed it with a 70 Wednesday, shooting two under course par for the winning overall score of 154. Maine had an 80 the first day and a 75 today to finish just one stroke behind Bowers with a 155.
Bowers will be attending the University of Washington in the fall where she’ll be playing golf.
It might be a holiday weekend, but the relaxing barbeques are going to have to wait until Sunday as many of the MIHS teams are in the hunt for state hardware this week.
Things kick off tonight with the boys lacrosse state semi-final game against Issaquah. The game starts at 8 p.m. at Islander Stadium. The Islanders are undefeated this season, 19-0 overall and 14-0 in league. Issaquah, the two time defending state champs are 16-4 overall and 12-2 in league. In the two teams only meeting this season, Mercer Island won the game 9-7 in a rematch of last year’s state final game.
Tomorrow, members of the Islanders track team will travel to Mt. Tahoma High School for the state meet. Molly O’Callahan, Carly Andersen, Lauren Ellis, Cora Miller and Aaron Elefson are all competing at the event.
The girls 3A 3,200 race, which O’Callahan is competing in will take place on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. The boys 3A 3,200 race, which Elefson will compete in, also takes place Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Andersen and Ellis will both compete in the 3A girls javelin contest, which will take place on Friday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m.
The 300-meter hurdles race, which Miller will compete in, begins with heat 1 at 1:55 on Friday. Heat 2 will race at 2 p.m. The finals will be held on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
For a full list of the track and field state schedule, and the heat sheets for each competition visit the WIAA track and field page.
The state tennis competition starts on Friday, May 28. Jordan Smith, Max Franklin, Andrew Smith, Chelsea Bailey, Julia Schubach, Kelly Crandall, Julia Zook and Nora Tan will all play for the Islanders. You can find the various doubles and singles brackets here for both boys and girls.
The girls and boys state golf tournament will wrap up this afternoon. Here’s a look at the first day scores for the Islanders and I will be updating the final scores as soon as they become available.
Best of luck to all the MI teams!
Six members of the Mercer Island High School girls lacrosse team were named to the 2010 All-State teams for division I and division II.
The MIHS division II team earned the team sportsmanship award for division II.
Named to the division I first team included: senior Ellen Haas, who was also named to the first team last year. Named to the second team were seniors Catherine Laplant, defender, Talia Homchick, midfield and Hannah Bahn, attack.
On the division I first team from Mercer Island was sophomore defender Megan Jemley and to the division II second team was freshman Dulce Moll, who play midfield.
The Islanders will start their state baseball playoff run this weekend. For a look at the team’s KingCo tournament (which they won) check out my story in this week’s paper.
The team is heading to Centralia on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game at Wheeler Field in the first state game against Sumner (16-7).
Our sister paper, the Bonney Lake Sumner Courier-Herald has a piece online about the Spartans first trip to the state tournament in 25 years.
If Islanders (17-6, ranked 7th in state) win they will face the winner of the Colubmia River/Highline game at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Wheeler Field (essentially they would start the second game right after the first finishes).
Another win would push Mercer Island into the semifinals which would be on May 28 at 1 p.m. at Safeco Field.
Here’s a look at the state bracket, which the WIAA will update as scores become available.
For those who will be heading south for the game don’t forget tickets are $8 for adults and students with an ASB card and seniors are $6.
I’ve posted this before, but here’s another look at the KingCo 3A baseball tournament bracket. The tourney starts today, but Mercer Island won’t play their first game until Thursday against the winner of the Liberty/Sammamish game. If Liberty wins it will be the third time those two teams will play each other in two weeks.
I will update the games with team information as it becomes available.
Tuesday May 11
Game #1 4PM Liberty vs. Sammamish (Final score: Sammamish 4-1 over Liberty)
Game #2 7PM Juanita vs. Bellevue (Final score: Bellevue 5-4 over Juanita)
Thursday May 13
Game #3 4 PM Sammamish vs. Mercer Island
Game #4 7 PM Bellevue vs. Mount Si
Friday May 14
Game #5 7PM Mercer Island 4 v. Bellevue 3 (#1 to state)
Saturday May 15
Game #6 1PM Sammamish v. Mount Si
Game #7 4PM Bellevue v. Sammamish (Winner #2 to advance against Metro #3)
All games will be at Bannerwood Sports Park (Weather permitting)
This week the Mercer Island High School track and field team will travel to Eastlake High School for the 3A KingCo track meet which starts Wednesday. Last week the Islanders headed to Mount Si for the last meet of the regular season. Here are the results:
Thursday, May 6 at Mount Si HS
Team scores – 1, Mercer Island 66; 2, Mount Si 65; 3, Cedarcrest 50.
100 meters – 2, Kurtis Rosengreen 11.20. 200 meters – 7, Kyle Nakagaki 25.00. 400 meters – 2, Colin Strong 52.8; 4, Aaron Azose 53.50. 800 meters – 1, William Clausen 2:06.00; 3, Aaron Elefson 2:08.2. 1,600 meters – 1, Aaron Elefson 4:37.8. 3,200 meters – 1, Aaron Elefson 9:50.9; 2, Nicholas Ford 9:57.6. 110 meter hurdles – 2, Elliot Blasich 16.3; 3, John Hammerstrom 17.00. 300 meter hurdles – 2, John Hammerstrom 43.00. 4×100 meter relay – 3, Mercer Island (Aaron Azose, Jeff Lindquist, Reid Jackson, Christopher Caluza) 46.4. 4×400 meter relay – 2, Mercer Island (Colin Strong, Kurtis Rosengreen, Aaron Azose, Jeff Lindquist) 3:33.9. Shot put – 3, Jonathan Witz 45’09.5; 4, David Kuhn 43’03. Javelin – 2, Kennan Adams 163’03; 5, Reid Jackson 142’09. High jump – 3, Jeff Lindquist 5’06; 4, Kyle Nakagaki 5’04; 5, Elliot Blasich 5’00. Pole vault – 1, Tyler Borer 11’00; 2, Espen Platou 10’00. Long jump – 1, Reid Jackson 19’03.5; 3, Kurtis Rosengreen 18’02.75. Triple jump – 2, Kennan Adams 34’11; 4, Espen Platou 33’03.75.
Team scores – 1, Mount Si 106; 2, Mercer Island 44; 3, Cedarcrest 36.
100 meters – 2, Laura Harrison 13.10; 4, Queen Opoku 13.20. 400 meters – 2, Laura Harrison 1:02.4. 800 meters – 2, Gabi Goyette 2:36.3; 2, Laura Brindley 2:37.9; 5, Tyler Ledbetter 2:49.1. 1,600 meters – 3, Molly O’Callahan 5:40.5. 3,200 meters – 2, Haley Lepp 13:08.1; 4, Kaya McRuer 13:54.6. 100 meter hurdles – 2, Cora Miller 15.8; 5, Jordan Peralta 18.8. 4×200 meter relay – 1, Mercer Island (Julia Davis, Maddison Crothamel, Madeline Oaks, Savannah Reid) 1:58.4. 4×400 meter relay – 3, Mercer Island (Laura Harrison, Julia Davis, Jordan Peralta, Cora Miller) 5:03.5. Discus – 4, Carly Andersen 78’11. Javelin – 3, Carly Andersen 106’04. High jump – 2, Christina Travis 4’02; 3, Madeline Oaks, Carly Andersen 4’00. Long jump – 3, Queen Opoku 12’04.75.