From the Goal Line
A Mercer Island Sports Blog
The All-KingCo basketball teams were announced at the end of the KingCo basketball tournament last Friday night.
Named to the first team from Mercer Island was junior Quinn Sterling and senior Kaj Sherman. Brian Miller received an honorable mention, while Bellevue’s Aaron Bright was named the KingCo boys league MVP and Sammamish coach Wes Newton was coach of the year.
In the girls league Hailey Gullstad was named the MVP while Islander head coach Jamie Prescott was the coach of the year.
Named to the first team from Mercer Island was Hannah Lilly, while Kate DaPron and Jae Shin were named to the second team.
This afternoon the Mercer Island boys basketball team will take on Mt. Si in the second round of the KingCo playoffs. They outlasted Juanita in a loser out game on Tuesday. Here are some of head coach Gavin Cree’s thoughts on Tuesday night and what the team needs to accomplish today.
“At half time we felt like Juanita had outhustled us. We challenged the players to play harder and with more energy, but also to play smarter. The first half was littered with turnovers and a lack of ball movement. In the second half, we moved the ball better and were able to break down their zone a little bit easier. Juanita’s coaching staff does a great job of taking their opponents out of their comfort zone. They make you play sloppy, they have done it all year. We were able to hold on and beat them going away by 17 which was a nice accomplishment.”
On the fact that MI beat Mount Si in their last meeting:
“Having beat them last week gives us confidence going into the Kingco playoff matchup. We need to outrebound them and take care of the basketball. Any time we can do those two things, we become a very difficult team to beat. I know Mount Si will come out hungry though and we will need to exceed their will to win. That was the case last week and it will be the key this time as well.”
On standout players during the Juanita game:
“Sloan Aikens and Ben Emanuels played terrific defense on Ryon Cunnigan all night. Cunnigan averages close to 20 a game and we were able to hold him to 15 and a very low shooting percentage. Those two guys have been stoppers for us all year. They are doing a great job. It helped us to hold Juanita to 33 points.”
Here’s press release from Michael Kennett with the Washington Stealth lacrosse team. If you are heading up to the game, make sure to take donation and if you don’t have any other plans for that night, why not take in a professional sporting event and help the community out at the same time?
Everett, Wash. – On Friday, Feb. 19, the Washington Stealth will be holding a food drive and fundraiser to benefit Northwest Harvest during its game against the Calgary Roughnecks at the Comcast Arena. Northwest Harvest and its 300+ partner food banks across the state of Washington provide nutritious food to those in need, and this weekend will be another opportunity to help.
“We are excited to begin this partnership and work with the Stealth for a long time,” said Cherry Street Food Bank Manager, Matt Campbell, who is in his third year with Northwest Harvest. “We hope people will come out and support the team and help out Northwest Harvest in the process.”
Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Northwest Harvest. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The Stealth will also be making a $5,000 donation to Northwest Harvest at halftime. Fans can also bid on autographed Stealth merchandise and prize packages during the game, with all the proceeds benefitting Northwest Harvest.
The event gives Northwest Harvest a chance to further broaden its reach throughout the state of Washington. “We have food banks across the state, including a number of banks in Snohomish County,” added Campbell, “but we haven’t held too many events in Everett. The Stealth are getting noticed up there and they provide a great avenue to help out the community.”
Northwest Harvest receives no city, county, state, or federal funding for operating expenses and relies solely on contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, and other organizations.
The Stealth take on the defending National Lacrosse League Champion Calgary Roughnecks on Friday at the Comcast Arena at Everett. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at just $13 and can be purchased by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.
Now that teams have finished their regular season games the KingCo basketball bracket and schedule is pretty much set to go. Both the Mercer Island teams made the cut for the league tournament, which starts Tuesday night at higer seeded schools.
The MI boys will play Tuesday, against Juanita at MIHS starting at 7 p.m. in a loser out game.
“Tuesday’s Kingco playoff game versus Juanita is a loser out game and you can throw the records out. They are going to come in and play hard and they have some dangerous weapons. We can’t be looking ahead,” said boys head coach Gavin Cree after Thursday’s home win over Mount Si.
Sammamish will take on Liberty in the No. 4/No. 5 game at Sammamish on Tuesday. The winner of the Mercer Island/Juanita game will play Mount Si at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 at Bellevue College, while Bellevue, the No. 1 boys seed, will take on the winner of the Sammamish/Liberty game.
Mercer Island earned a bye in the first round after clinching the KingCo title, heading into the tournament as No. 1. They will play on Thursday night at Bellevue College at 8:15 p.m. against the winner of the Liberty/Mount Si game which takes place Tuesday night.
For the rest of the KingCo teams, Tuesday is the big day with Juanita hosting Interlake and Mount Si hosting Liberty. The winner of the Juanita/Interlake game will play Bellevue on Thursday evening.
The KingCo tournament will finish up on Friday, Feb. 19 at Bellevue College. The 3rd/4th place boys game will be at 3 p.m. Friday, with the 3rd/4th girls tipping off at 4:45 p.m.
The boys championship will be at 6:30 p.m. and the girls is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m.
Due to the fact this is a league tournament students will not be able to get into games free with their ASB cards (as they can throughout the regular season). Here’s the price breakdown from KingCo:
Adult/students without ASB $6.00
Students (with ASB) $4.00
Children K-8 $4.00
Senior Citizens (60 yrs +) $4.00
Monday the principals and athletic directors of the KingCo conference met and voted on whether or not to include Eastside Catholic as a 3A school next year. The bid by the Crusaders failed. The proposal needed 80 percent to pass.
Check out Sammamish/Issaquah sportswriter Kevin Endejan’s story on the meeting and vote.
Here are the week 10 basketball rankings. A few notes before diving into the rankings – The MI girls jumped up a spot to No. 3 this week, and last night were confirmed as KingCo champs again this year. Bellevue lost to Mount Si, clearing the way for the Islanders.
The Bellevue boys, ranked No. 2 this week, will likely/possibly drop next week after Tuesday night’s loss to Mount Si, who are ranked No. 6 right now. The shake-up could definitely make next week’s KingCo tournament an interesting one!
Class 4A boys
1. Federal Way (19-1)
2. Gonzaga Prep (17-1)
3. Curtis (19-1)
4. Richland (16-3)
5. Jackson (16-2)
6. Walla Walla (16-3)
7. Kamiakin (15-4)
8. Skyline (15-3)
9. Garfield (14-4)
10. Lake Stevens
Others receiving votes: Davis (15-4), Eastlake (13-5), Decatur (14-6), Bellarmine Prep (14-6)
Class 4A girls
1. Auburn Riverside (20-0)
2. Woodinville (17-1)
3. Issaquah (15-3)
4. Federal Way (17-3)
5. Chiawana (16-2)
6. Edmonds-Woodway (18-1)
7. Newport (16-2)
8. Jackson (16-3)
9. Bellarmine Prep (14-6)
10. Kentwood (16-4)
Others receiving votes: Richland (15-4), Bethel (16-4), Marysville-Pilchuck (15-5), Mount Tahoma (17-3)
Class 3A boys
1. Enumclaw (18-0)
2. Bellevue (17-1)
3. Rainier Beach (15-3)
4. Seattle Prep (14-4)
5. Lakes (15-3)
6. Mount Si (14-4)
7. Capital (16-1)
8. Shadle Park (14-4)
9. Meadowdale (14-4)
10. O’Dea (13-6)
Others receiving votes: Mead (13-5), Bremerton (11-4), Kennedy Catholic (13-6), Franklin Pierce (12-5), Foster (13-5)
Class 3A girls
1. Holy Names (17-2)
2. Kennedy Catholic (16-2)
3. Mercer Island (14-4)
4. White River (15-3)
5. Bonney Lake (15-4)
6. Port Angeles (15-2)
7. Mount Rainier (15-3)
8. Prarie (14-4)
9. Lakes (12-6)
10. Central Valley (14-4)
Others receiving votes: West Valley (12-6), Bellevue (12-6), Olympic (13-4), Yelm (13-5), Shorecrest (13-6), Capital (13-5), Seattle Prep (11-6)
Tuesday, I posted a quick blurb on this blog about the fact that two MIHS girls soccer players would be headed to play for Division I schools this coming fall. Turns out one of them was a member of another team setting an amazing precedent for girls soccer in Puget Sound.
As Issaquah Reporter sportswriter Kevin Endejan posted earlier, 16 players (the entire team) from the Crossfire ’91 team will play soccer at college next year. That roster includes Mary Hill, a senior at MIHS, who will play at Seattle University this fall.
See my story in next week’s paper after talking to Hill and her best friend and teammate Erin Bourguignon.
Here is the Week 9 basketball poll. Things are starting to cement as the post-season draws closer – at least in the top spots. Although I will say teams who lose at this point are likely to fall far, as was the case with Issaquah, who went from No. 2 in the 4A girls poll all the way down to No. 4. The Newport girls hung tough, edging up to the vacant No. 2 spot.
Bellevue is still dominating the 3A boys league, locally and across the state with a perfect Enumclaw team their only obstacle to No. 1. Tonight the Wolverine’s host the Mercer Island boys and tomorrow the Mercer Island girls, who stayed in No. 4 travel to take on Bellevue.
As the post-season gets closer – who do you think will be moving up or down as the season continues? Thoughts/comments? Let me know!
Class 4A boys
1. Federal Way (16-1)
2. Gonzaga Prep (16-1)
3. Curtis (17-1)
4. Jackson (15-1)
5. Walla Walla (15-2)
6. Kamiakin (12-3)
7. Richland (14-3)
8. Skyline (13-3)
9. Lake Stevens (13-4)
10. Garfield (12-4)
Others receiving votes: Beamer (13-5), Decatur (13-6)
Class 4A girls
1. Auburn Riverside (18-0)
2. Newport (15-1)
3. Woodinville (15-1)
4. Issaquah (13-3)
5. Federal Way (15-4)
6. Edmonds-Woodway (15-1)
7. Chiawana (16-1)
8. Jackson (13-3)
9. Kentwood (14-4)
10. Wenatchee (11-4)
Others receiving votes: South Kitsap (13-5), Richland (13-4), Mount Tahoma (16-3), Marysville-Pilchuck (13-4), Bethel (14-4)
Class 3A boys
1. Enumclaw (16-0)
2. Bellevue (16-1)
3. Rainier Beach (13-3)
4. Seattle Prep (14-3)
5. Lakes (14-2)
6. Mount Si (12-4)
7. Capital (14-1)
8. Shadle Park (12-4)
9. Meadowdale (13-3)
10. O’Dea (12-5)
Others receiving votes: Bremerton (10-4), Mount Rainier (11-5), Franklin Pierce (10-5)
Class 3A girls
1. Holy Names (15-2)
2. Kennedy Catholic (14-3)
3. White River (15-2)
4. Mercer Island (13-3)
5. Bonney Lake (13-4)
6. Port Angeles (13-2)
7. Mount Rainier (14-2)
8. Yelm (12-4)
9. Sumner (11-5)
10. Lakeside (11-6)
Others receiving votes: Central Valley (12-4), Shorecrest (11-5), Prarie (13-3), West Valley (11-4)
Two members of the Mercer Island High School girls soccer team have made verbal committments and will sign their letters of intent tomorrow to play college soccer.
Friends and co-captains Mary Hill and Erin Bourguignon have both said they plan to play next year, with Hill suiting up for Seattle University and Bourguignon for Eastern Washington University.
Tomorrow is National Signing Day, with high school seniors across the country committing, on paper, to play their sport for the college which they’ve been accepted to.
The Islanders had a historic run in 2009, finishing second at state, losing in a shootout to Columbia River. It was the first time the girls soccer team had made the state finals, and it was the first team to win a KingCo title since 2002.
I’ll be talking with both girls this afternoon for a story in next week’s paper.
Back in September of 2009 I had the chance to interview local paddle surfers Dan Eberhardt and Jeff Underwood. They organized the first ever, very successful ‘Round the Rock paddle surfing competition around Mercer Island.
This weekend there is another local race, the Pacific Northwest Outrigger Racing Canoe Association (PNWORCA) will host a 6 mile race around Lake Union, Saturday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. It’s open to all crafts, including paddle surfers. Head to their Web site for more information on the race and the club.