From the Goal Line
A Mercer Island Sports Blog
This weekend teams around the state will play in the regional basketball games.
Both the Mercer Island boys and girls will play, the girls on Friday night and the boys on Saturday afternoon.
The Mercer Island girls earned the No. 4 seed out of the district tournament and will face Everett, the No. 1 team from District 1. The Islander girls will play at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish.
The boys team earned the No. 3 seed and will face the No. 2 team from District 3/4 which will be Timberline. That game will be played on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
The games are loser out and the winner will advance to the quarterfinals of the state tournament, which begins on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Tacoma Dome.
After the boys regional games are finished the WIAA will do draws for the quarterfinals to see who plays who in the first round of games at the Tacoma Dome.
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The KingCo gymnastics meet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Roosevelt High School in Seattle.
The meet will begin with the march in at 6:30 p.m. and competition is expected to start at 6:40 p.m. The meet awards are will be handed out around 8:15 p.m.
The top two teams from KingCo will move on to the team competition at districts, while the top eight individuals in each event and top three all-around gymnasts earn spots at districts.
The SeaKing District meet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at Sammamish High School.
The first session, featuring the individual competition, will start at 4:45 p.m. The second session will be for the team competition (featuring the top five teams) starting at 7:10 p.m.
From districts the top three teams go to state, top five all-around gymnasts and top 13 individuals in each event.
The KingCo basketball tournament schedule has taken shape as teams finish up the regular season and solidify the standings.
The first round of the tournament is loser out.
Saturday, Feb. 2 @ higher seed school
Game 1 – No. 6 Interlake vs. No. 3 Bellevue 7 p.m.
Game 3 –No. 5 Liberty vs. No. 4 Juanita 7 p.m.
Game 2 – No. 6 Interlake vs. No. 3 Mercer Island 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Mount Si vs. No. 3 Liberty 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 @ Bellevue College
Game 5 — BELLEVUE vs. No. 2 Mount Si 3 p.m. (boys)
Game 6 — MERCER ISLAND vs. No. 2 Juanita 4:45 p.m. (girls)
Game 7 — LIBERTY vs. No. 1 Mercer Island 6:30 p.m. (boys)
Game 8 — LIBERTY 4 vs. No. 1 Bellevue 8:15 p.m. (girls)
Thursday, Feb. 7 @ Bellevue College
MOUNT SI vs. LIBERTY 3p.m. (3rd/4th place boys)
JUANITA vs. LIBERTY 4:45 p.m. (3rd/4th place girls)
BELLEVUE vs. MERCER ISLAND 6:30 p.m. (boys championship)
MERCER ISLAND vs. BELLEVUE 8:15 p.m. (girls championship)
The top four teams advance to the SeaKing District tournament which begins Feb. 12. The top five teams out of districts move on to the state regional tournament.
For those interested, the WIAA released the regional tournament draws earlier this week. Depending on how the teams finish out of districts will determine where they play at regionals, ranging from Glacier Peak, Bellevue College, Mt. Tahoma and University.
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Several Mercer Island teams and athletes have continued to hold rankings in the state. Here’s a look at where they stand.
The boys basketball team continues to be ranked No. 2 in the state by the Score Czar as of Jan. 15, a ranking they’ve maintained for much of the year. Rainier Beach maintains a slight lead in the 3A category.
Bellevue is the only other KingCo team ranked in the top 10 and is the No. 10 team.
The Mercer Island girl’s team has been ranked No. 23 overall by the Score Czar. Other KingCo teams in the ranking include Bellevue at No. 7 and Juanita at No. 15.
In wrestling, though the team is not ranked, several individuals are by Washington Wrestling Report.
Sophomore Taylan Yuasa is ranked No. 10 in the 106 weight class and Luke Wilson is ranked No. 4 in the 120 division. Nick Chandler earned a No. 6 ranking in the 170 weight class.
As the regular season begins to wrap up in the next couple of weeks, watch for posts about the post season layout and brackets as they become available.
Last month the Mercer Island wrestling match against Interlake was canceled because of a winter concert conflicting with the meet. The match has now been rescheduled.
Mercer Island will travel to Interlake on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for a 6 p.m. match against the Saints.
Thursday, Jan. 24 the team will host Bellevue in the final home meet of the season.