From the Goal Line
A Mercer Island Sports Blog
Yesterday, the Mercer Island boys baseball team started their away and home series against Sammamish, playing at Sammamish (they host the Totems tomorrow at 6 p.m.). The Islanders, who are currently 4-1 this season, beat Sammamish 11-3.
Mercer Island scored in every inning, with their highest being three runs in the fifth. A game highlight however came at the top of the 7th when Islander short-stop and captain Willy Reel hit a home run way out over left field. There wasn’t much Reel didn’t do at the game, ending with a 5-5 at bat/hitting record in the game, earning two RBI. Along with the homer he had a double and a triple during the game.
Ben Emanuels was 2 for 4 at bat against the Totems and Evan Thompson was 3 for 3 overall.
The win came a week after the Islanders 13-5 upset against Mount Si, considered one of the top teams in the state this season.
Mercer Island hosts Sammamish on Friday at Island Crest Park beginning at 6 p.m. See next week’s Reporter for a full series recap and pictures.
On a side note: at last night’s game Sammamish’s scoreboard was apparently not working or hasn’t been (it wasn’t electronic, but was the ‘old-school’ kind where the numbers had to be hung up by someone – so I’m assuming it just doesn’t get used). While keeping track of the score isn’t the most difficult thing in the world, several people, myself included, had to ask around during the game to keep track of what inning it was and what the score was. I know this isn’t professional or college baseball, but a scoreboard would have been a nice addition to the game.
Here is a look at the Washington high school lacrosse standings, as of Monday, March 29. The undefeated Islander boys division I team sits squarely on the top of the rankings, but are tied with Bellevue who has the same record. Mercer Island is in New York this week during the high school’s spring break, competing against some of the toughest teams in the nation.
Boys Division I
|1||Mercer Island||4||4-0-0 (0)||1.000||–||6-0-0||86||24||62|
|10||Eastside Catholic||3||0-3-0 (0)||0.000||3.5||1-3-0||19||51||-32|
|tie||King’s Way||3||3-0-0 (W3)||1.000||0.5||3-0-0||33||9||24|
|7||Seattle Prep||4||1-3-0 (L3)||0.250||3||1-4-0||27||58||-31|
|tie||Lake Tapps||3||0-3-0 (L3)||0.000||3.5||0-3-0||19||48||-29|
The Mercer Island girls division I team is currently in a three way tie for second place, all with 3-1 records. Lake Sammamish and Tacoma, who the Islanders lost to last week, and MI all sit below the undefeated Lakeside who are 5-0.
Girls Division I
|2||Lake Sammamish||4||3-1-0 (W3)||6|
|tie||Mercer Island||4||3-1-0 (W2)||6|
|tie||Seattle Prep||4||2-2-0 (L1)||4|
|10||Holy Names||3||1-2-0 (L1)||2|
|11||Nathan Hale||4||0-4-0 (L4)||0|
|tie||Forest Ridge||3||0-3-0 (L3)||0|
One last note about basketball, with a few of the MIHS players taking part in various post season games this weekend.
Hannah Lilly has committed to play as part of tomorrow nights All-State girls basketball team. She’s the only member of the girls team, who finished sixth at state this year, to play in the all-state game. It will be at Seattle Christian High School, sponsored by the state’s coaches association, with the 3A/4A game starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adult and $4 for students. Kids under 10 are free.
Also on Saturday, several players from MI will have the chance to take part in the second annual Comcast All-Star Challenge at 4 p.m., this Friday at Bellevue College. On the underclassmen navy team Haley Gullstad and Jae Shin will represent the Islanders, while Lilly will play for the senior team. On the boys side Kaj Sherman will play for the seniors, while Quinn Sterling and Brian Miller will play on the underclassmen team.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students with ASB and seniors. The games will also be available 48 hours after the event on Games Comcast’s On Demand.
Jonathan Wettack was named one of U.S. Lacrosse’s Washington High School Players of the Week for the week of March 15 – 21. The senior midfielder for Mercer Island has helped the Islanders to two wins in one week. He already has 29 points this season, with 13 goals, six assists and seven ground balls.
Last Wednesday he helped the team beat Lakeside 17-2 with seven goals and two assists, before contributed six goals and four assists in the Islanders 13-0 win over Bainbridge.
Wettack, a captain of this year’s MIHS lacrosse team, also played football for three years for MI and has maintained a 3.4 GPA.
By Linda Willams Rorem
In Saturday’s “Island Wars,” an annual event in which Mercer Island and Bainbridge Island lacrosse teams, from third grade through high school varsity, go head-to-head, Mercer Island players were victorious in all nine match-ups.
The MIHS varsity team shut out Bainbridge 13-0, as did the freshman/sophomore team, at 15-0. The junior varsity game was much closer, with MI winning, 12-10.
Other scores include: 7/8 Black (select) won 13-1; 7/8 Maroon won 11-10; 7/8 White won 7-1; 5/6 Maroon won 6-2; 5/6 White won 6-2 and the 3rd-4th grade traveling team won 5-2.
The “Island Wars’ event rotates between the two island communities, and this year Mercer Island players traveled on the ferry to Bainbridge for games that started at 10 a.m. and finished with a 4 p.m. pairing between 7th-8th grade select teams.
Mercer Island and Bainbridge Island teams have long been considered friendly rivals. In 2002 and 2003, Bainbridge beat the Islanders in the Washington State Championship; in 2004, Mercer Island topped Bainbridge. After two years in which MI reigned over Issaquah in the Championships, MI and Bainbridge faced each other again in 2007, and Bainbridge won.
Somehow it is that time of year again. It seems like we speed blasted through the last two months and suddenly, and officially this weekend, it’s springtime. That of course means spring sports season (one of my favorites, if only because we move outside once again).
In the next two issues of the Reporter (March 24 and March 31) I’ll be running our spring sports previews. There are just too many teams that trying to squish them into one issue wouldn’t do the athletes justice. Over those two weeks we’ll take a look at boys soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, girls water polo, track and field, girls golf, girls tennis, fastpitch and baseball.
I’ll also be posting the season schedule for each sport on our Web site at www.mi-reporter.com so you can keep track of who is playing where.
Joel Willits, sports editor at the Bellevue Reporter (our sister paper), put up his predictions and a look at the 3A basketball state tournament this week in Tacoma.
Joel, who will be covering the Bellevue boys this week, has predictions for both the boys and girls tournaments, but I felt like his predictions were especially dead-on for the girls tournament – check out what Joel thought here.
The Mercer Island girls will face Mount Rainier tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. A win over the Rams will pit the Islanders against the winner of the Kennedy Catholic/East Valley (Spokane) game on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
A loss to Mt. Rainier pushes the Islanders into the consolation bracket to face the loser of the Kennedy Catholic/East Valley game at noon on Thursday.
From there things get murkier, at least until we know if the team starts off the tourney with a win or a loss.
Big thanks to Barry and Kathryn Mahony for passing this tidbit along.
Caroline and her older brother Gregory Mahony, both Mercer Island High School graduates and lacrosse players recently saw each other during back to back Division I lacrosse games at Hofstra in New York. The event wouldn’t be that unusual, except the duo play for different schools, on opposite sides of the country.
Caroline, a 2009 MI grad, plays for St. Mary’s College in California, while brother Greg, a 2007 MI grad, plays for Yale University.
The siblings both played games at Hofstra on Long Island in New York on Saturday, Feb. 20, with Caroline taking the field first, followed by a scrimmage between the Hofstra and Yale men’s teams.
“This is believed to be among the first, if not the first, sister-and-brother combo from different DI schools to start back-to-back games on the same day against the same school,” their parents wrote in an email.
The St. Mary’s team lost 21-3 to Hofstra.
After last night’s win over Seattle Prep the Mercer Island girls basketball team earned their spot in the Sea-King District tournament championship game. They will take on the Holy Names Cougars Saturday night (8:15 p.m. tipoff) at Bellevue College.
The Islanders have cemented their spot in next week’s state tournament at the Tacoma Dome which starts on Wednesday. Once there is an updated bracket we’ll let you know when and who the Islanders will be facing.
Until then here’s a quick look at the two teams facing off on Saturday night.
Mercer Island finished their regular season with a 11-1 KingCo record and 20-4 overall record. Top scorers include Hannah Lilly, averaging 13.2 points per game, Hailey Gullstad, averaging 10.5 per game and Jae Shin with 9.9 per game. The Islanders are well versed at spreading the offensive duties around, so pretty much anyone can score at any time. Gullstad came out of last night’s game against Seattle Prep after she crashed into the padding behind the basket in the first minute of the fourth quarter. She sat out the rest of the game and no word on whether or not it will force her to day Saturday night off, but with four days to rest we’ll have to wait and see.
Holy Names finished their Metro season undefeated at 16-0 and have a 22-2 overall record. The Cougars leading scorers, junior guard Claire Conricode averages 14.1 per game, while junior forward Erika Johnson averages 12.1 a game. During the team’s 66-47 win over Cleveland on Tuesday afternoon Conricode had 20 points, while freshman Sophie Reichelt had 22 points, the game high.
The Cougars are tall and athletic so it should make for an exciting match up against the Islanders on Saturday. Seattle Prep had trouble slowing down the Mercer Island offense, as have many teams this season. It should make for an exciting match-up on Saturday.
The Mercer Island girls basketball team – who earned a first round bye in the district tournament – will be playing Lakeside tomorrow night starting at 6:30 p.m. at Bellevue College.
The girls, who had to top seed going into the tournament, are searching for one of the four state berths given to the KingCo and Metro league teams.
If the girls win on Friday night they will move into the semi-finals on March 2. Here’s a breakdown on the possibilities:
With a win: girls advance to 8:15 p.m. March 2 semi-final at Bellevue College. They will play either Nathan Hale or Seattle Prep (whoever wins)
With a loss: girls move into consolation bracket and play the loser of the Nathan Hale/Seattle Prep game. If the girls lose at any point after this they will be done for the season.
Also still alive in the girls tournament is Juanita, who will play Holy Names and Bellevue who goes up against Cleveland.
The championship game will be held March 6 at Bellevue College. The top four teams from this tournament advance to the state tournament in Tacoma March 10-13.