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MIHS sports this week Jan. 22 through Jan. 26

January 22nd, 2013 at 8:32 am by Megan Managan
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Next week will be the final week of the regular season for most winter sports, which means the playoffs are just around the corner. Here’s a look at this week’s schedule:
Boys Swim/Dive vs. Kennedy Catholic:  Mary Wayte Pool; 3:30 pm
Wrestling @ Interlake:  Interlake HS Gym; 6:00 pm    (make-up match from Tues 12/18)
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball @ Mount Si:  Mt. Si HS Gym; JV 5:45 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball @ Mount Si:  Mount Si HS Gym; 3:45 pm
C Girls Basketball vs. Bishop Blanchet:  PEAK; 3:45 pm
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 — school dismisses at 2:05 pm
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball @ Mount Si:  Mt. Si HS Gym; JV 5:45 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
C Girls Basketball @ Mount Si:  Mount Si HS Gym; 3:45 pm
JV Boys Basketball vs. O’Dea:  MIHS Main Gym; 7:30 pm
Soph Boys Basketball vs. Roosevelt:  MIHS Main Gym; 5:45 pm
Gymnastics @ Mount Si:  Mount Si HS Gym; 7:00 pm
Wrestling vs. Bellevue:  MIHS Main Gym; 7:30 pm – Senior Night
Boys Swim/Dive @ Roosevelt:  Evans Pool; 3:30 pm
Quad Basketball @ Bellevue:  Bellevue HS Gym
        JV Girls 3:30 pm
        JV Boys 5:00 pm
        Varsity Girls 6:30 pm
        Varsity Boys 8:00 pm
Soph Boys Basketball vs. Redmond:  MIHS Main Gym; 3:45 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball vs. Bellevue: North Mercer Gym; 3:45 pm
C Team Girls Basketball vs. Bellevue:  PEAK; 3:45 pm
JV Wrestling @ KingCo Qualifier:  Bellevue HS Gym; 9:30 am
JV Boys Swim/Dive @ KingCo Invitational:  UW Pool; 1:00 pm
Boys Dive @ KingCo Qualifier:  Juanita Pool; 2:00 pm

MIHS winter sports team maintain rankings

January 21st, 2013 at 3:39 pm by Megan Managan
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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.

MIHS wrestling match make up

January 16th, 2013 at 1:27 pm by Megan Managan
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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.

MIHS sports this week – Jan. 14 through Jan. 19

January 14th, 2013 at 4:49 pm by Megan Managan
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Another busy week, and hard to believe teams are well into the second half of the season now. Highlights this week include home games all around for the basketball teams, with a quad night on Friday against Interlake.
Updates and schedule changes will be posted if there are any.
JV Boys Basketball vs. Seattle Prep:  MIHS Main Gym; 7:30 pm
Soph Boys Basketball @ Ballard:  Ballard HS Gym; 7:00 pm
JV Girls Basketball @ Skyline:  Skyline HS Gym; NEW 4:00 pm
C Girls Basketball vs. Holy Names:  PEAK; 3:45 pm
Boys Swim & Dive @ Skyline:  Boehm Pool; 3:15 pm
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball vs. Sammamish:  MIHS Main Gym; JV 5:45 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball vs. Sammamish:  North Mercer Gym; 3:45 pm
C Girls Basketball vs. Seattle Prep:  PEAK; 3:45 pm
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 — Early Release For Finals at 12:15 pm
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball vs. Sammamish:  MIHS Main Gym; JV 5:45 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 – Full School for Finals
Varsity/JV Wrestling vs. Mount Si:  MIHS Main Gym; JV 6:00 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
Gymnastics @ Liberty:  Interlake HS Gym; 7:00 pm
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 – Early Release For Finals at 12:15 pm
Boys Swim/Dive @ Garfield:  Medgar Evars Pool; 3:30 pm
Quad Basketball vs. Interlake:  MIHS Main Gym
        JV Girls 3:30 pm
        JV Boys 5:00 pm
        Varsity Girls 6:30 pm
        Varsity Boys 8:00 pm
Soph Boys Basketball @ Inglemoor:  Inglemoor HS Gym; NEW 6:00 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball @ Interlake:  Interlake HS Gym; 5:15 pm
C Girls Basketball @ Interlake:  Interlake HS Gym; 3:45 pm
Wrestling @ Jaguar Invitational:  Emerald Ridge HS; 9:15 AM
JV Gymnastics @ Ballard:  Ballard HS Gym; 1:00 pm

Mercer Island boys basketball ranked in top 5 in state

January 9th, 2013 at 1:32 pm by Megan Managan
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After continuing their impressive undefeated run in conference play last week, the Mercer Island boys basketball team is once again ranked in the top 10 for 3A teams.

The Score Czar lists the Islanders as the No. 2 team in the state, while the Tacoma News Tribune ranks MI as the No. 4 team in the state.

Mercer Island is 7-0 in KingCo and 12-1 overall. The team travels to play Juanita in a KingCo game on Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.

MIHS sports this week Jan. 7 through Jan. 12

January 7th, 2013 at 8:32 am by Megan Managan
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Another busy week for Mercer Island athletes. This Thursday, the gymnastics team will celebrate it’s seniors during the 7 p.m. Jan. 10 meet against Newport and Interlake. On Saturday, Jan. 12 some of the top wrestlers and teams will be at MIHS for the Jack Reynolds Tournament of Excellence. See this weeks sports section to learn more.


Varsity, JV & C Girls Basketball vs. Newport:  MIHS Main Gym
C Team 3:45 pm
JV 5:45 pm
Varsity 7:30 pm
Soph Boys Basketball vs.Newport:  PEAK; 3:45 pm


Boys Swim & Dive vs. Bainbridge Island:  Mary Wayte Pool; 3:30 pm
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball vs. Lake Washington:  MIHS Main Gym; JV 5:45 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball vs. Lake Washington:  North Mercer Gym; 3:45 pm
Wrestling @ Lake Washington:  Lake Washington HS Gym; 7:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 — school dismisses at 2:05 pm

Varsity/JV Girls Basketball vs. Lake Washington:  MIHS Main Gym; JV 5:45 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
C Girls Basketball vs. Lake Washington:  PEAK; 3:45 pm
JV Boys Basketball @ O’Dea:  O’Dea High School Gym; 6:00 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball @ Kennedy:  Kennedy HS Gym; 3:30 pm


Boys Swim & Dive vs. Bellevue:  Mary Wayte Pool; 3:30 pm
Varsity Gymnastics vs. Interlake and Newport:  MIHS Main Gym; 7:00 pm
Varsity/JV Wrestling @ Liberty:  Maywood Middle School; JV 6:00 pm, Varsity 7:30 PM


Quad Basketball @ Juanita; Juanita HS Main Gym
JV Girls 3:30 pm
JV Boys 5:00 pm
Varsity Girls 6:30 pm
Varsity Boys 8:00 pm
Soph Boys Basketball @ Eastlake:  Eastlake HS Gym; 3:45 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball vs. Juanita:  North Mercer Gym; 3:45 pm
C Girls Basketball vs. Woodinville:  MIHS Main Gym; 3:45 pm


Wrestling @ Jack Reynolds Memorial Tournament:  MIHS Main Gym; 9:00 am
Boys Swim @ Kentridge Invitational:  King County Aquatic Center; time TBA
JV Gymnastics @ Roosevelt:  Roosevelt HS Gym; 11:00 am

Mercer Island boys ranked No. 2 by Score Czar

January 2nd, 2013 at 10:44 am by Megan Managan
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If you’ve never checked out the Score Czar’s site you should. The site has kept rankings and scores for the past several seasons for football and now has basketball as well.

The latest rankings run through Dec. 30 and place Mercer Island as the No. 2 team in the 3A classification. Rainier Beach is No. 1 and Mountlake Terrace is No. 3. Bellevue is the only other KingCo team in the top 10, ranked No. 10.

While the site’s blog says the rankings are based on just the few games played prior to the Christmas break, it still gives a rough idea of where teams stand.

Information is available for both Washington girls and boys basketball teams, as well as high school teams from Oregon and Idaho, and NCAA rankings.

Check it out here.

MIHS sports this week – Dec. 31 through Jan. 5

December 28th, 2012 at 10:00 am by Megan Managan
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Mercer Island High School students go back to school next week, and welcome in a new year with several sporting events. There are no contests Monday through Wednesday with the holiday, but things begin to pick up again on Thursday.
Updates and schedule changes will be posted if there are any.
Frosh Boys Basketball vs. Kennedy Catholic:  North Mercer Gym; 3:45 pm
Quad Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Bellevue: MIHS Main Gym
        JV Girls 3:30 pm
        JV Boys 5:00 pm
        Varsity Girls 6:30 pm
        Varsity Boys 8:00 pm
C Girls Basketball @ Bellevue:  Bellevue HS Gym: 3:45 pm
Soph Boys Basketball @ Bothell:  Bothell HS Gym; NEW 4:30 pm
Frosh Boys Basketball @ Bellevue:  Bellevue HS Gym; 5:15 pm
Varsity Wrestling @ Panther Classic:  Snohomish HS Gym; 10:00 AM

Lacrosse continues to grow in Washington

December 21st, 2012 at 2:34 pm by Megan Managan
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Lacrosse as a high school sport in Washington is only continuing to become more popular, as seven new teams will begin playing this spring.

Below is a press release from Washington High School Lacrosse. The new league alignments for the 2013 season are at the bottom.

The high school lacrosse season for boys and girls in Washington state gets underway in early March with the addition of seven new school teams in Spokane, Vancouver and Gig Harbor.

This spring’s expansion marks the first time in the four decades of high school lacrosse in Washington state that seven varsity teams have been added in a single season in boys or girls play.

“The demand for lacrosse participation opportunities in our high schools continues to expand for boys and girls – specifically in Eastern Washington,” said Dave Low, President of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse.

In Spokane, Gonzaga Prep and Lewis & Clark High School, along with combined programs at University-Ferris High Schools, and Mt. Spokane-Mead High Schools will begin Washington state play for the first time in 2013. Gonzaga Prep and University-Ferris have had established teams playing neighboring Idaho high schools throughout the past decade.

With the addition of the Inland Empire schools, a total of eight individual boys and girls Eastern Washington high school teams from Spokane, Wenatchee, Selah and Tri Cities will see prep lacrosse action in the spring.

In the Vancouver area, Camas High School and Union High School will also begin play this spring.  The two boys teams join King’s Way High School along with a girl’s team at Evergreen High School to round-out lacrosse play in SW Washington.

Gig Harbor and Peninsula High Schools, which have fielded a combined boys varsity team since 2010, will elevate its girls junior varsity team to varsity play in 2013 to round-out the new additions.

“As a sport, we are thrilled with the acceptance of lacrosse in Spokane, Camas and Gig Harbor schools,” said Low.  “As lacrosse continues its unprecedented growth at the youth and high school levels in Washington state, US Lacrosse is committed to working side-by-side with local schools to help them accommodate their students’ interest in playing the sport on campus,” he said.

Since 2010, US Lacrosse along with the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association has facilitated the start-up of 23 new high school lacrosse teams (16 boys and seven girls) throughout Washington state, bringing the 2013 season total to 166 individual boys and girls high school teams.  At the high school level, lacrosse has expanded at a double-digit average annual growth rate over the past decade with 4,000 student-athletes attending some 200 WIAA schools playing the sport.

In 2013, as a means to more accurately reflect the interest of high school students playing lacrosse for their school sponsored or school club teams, all boys high school teams in Washington state will directly reflect the name of the individual schools of their student-athletes.  Girls teams representing multiple high schools will continue to be referenced by their club name.

The complete 2013 Washington State High School schedule for boys and girls lacrosse is available

Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association

Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association play gets underway on Friday, March 8 with two games as Division I state champion Bellevue High School visits Bainbridge High School for a 7:30 p.m. start at Bainbridge Stadium and Newport-Sammamish High School takes on Seattle Prep in a 7 p.m. start at Newport High School.

New in 2013 are schools playing boys lacrosse in Spokane and Vancouver, Washington.

In Spokane, Gonzaga Prep opens at home against Lewis & Clark High School on Wednesday, March 13 in a 7 p.m. start, while Mt. Spokane-Mead opens against Ferris-University on Thursday, March 14 in a 5 p.m. start at Mead High School.

Throughout the past decade, Gonzaga Prep has been a regular in the North Idaho Lacrosse League championship tournament making five title-game appearances since beginning play in 2003.  The Bullpups have three NILL titles to their credit, most recently in 2011.

The Spokane schools will join the Division II Eastern Washington Conference that includes the Wenatchee High School program.  Along with Selah and Richland High Schools, a total of eight high school lacrosse programs are now in place in Eastern Washington.

In Southwestern Washington, Camas and Union High Schools will begin Division II play in 2013.  The two will join the Division II Central-South Conference along with Selah and Richland.

Union High School opens against Camas High School also on Wednesday, March 13 in a 5 p.m. start at Pacific Middle School in Vancouver, Wash.

Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association

Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association play gets underway on Monday, March 11 with Mercer Island taking on Garfield in an 8 p.m. start at Mercer Island High School, Overlake facing Forest Ridge in a 5 p.m. start at the Overlake School in Redmond, and Puyallup (Puyallup-Emerald Ridge High Schools) taking on Mukilteo (Kamiak High School) in Mukilteo.

State champion Bainbridge High School opens their 2013 girls varsity season against the Overlake School on Wednesday, March 13 with a 6:30 p.m. start at Bainbridge Stadium.

New in 2013 is a girls varsity program from Gig Harbor and Peninsula High Schools.  Since 2010, the two have combined to field a boys team and in 2012 fielded a combined girls team at the junior varsity level.

The season concludes with the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship on Friday, May  17 at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

The Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship in Division I and II takes place Saturday, June 1 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association – Varsity

Boys Division I 

King East Conference
Eastlake High School
Issaquah High School
Skyline High School
Snohomish High School
Woodinville High School

King West Conference
Bellevue High School
Bothell-Inglemoor High Schools
Lake Washington High School
Mercer Island High School
Sammamish-Newport High Schools 

Metro Conference
Bainbridge High School
Bellarmine Preparatory School
Eastside Catholic School
Kamiak High School
Lakeside School

South Sound Conference
Auburn Riverside High School
Curtis High School
Emerald Ridge-Puyallup High School
King’s Way High School
Tahoma High School

Boys Division II 

Skagit Conference
Burlington-Edison High School
Friday Harbor High School
Lynden High School
Providence Classical Christian School
Sehome-Ferndale High Schools

Cascade Conference
Everett High School
Meadowdale High School
Monroe High School
Shorecrest High School
Stanwood High School

KingCo Conference
Ballard High School
Garfield High School
Liberty High School
Mt. Si High School
Redmond High School
Roosevelt High School

Metro Conference
Blanchet High School
Highline High School
Kennedy Catholic High School
Nathan Hale High School
Overlake School
Seattle Preparatory Academy
Vashon High School

Olympic Conference
Klahowya Secondary School
North Kitsap High School
Peninsula-Gig Harbor High Schools
Port Angeles High School
South Kitsap High Schools
Stadium High School

Central-South Conference
Camas High School
Richland High School
Selah High School
Union High School

Eastern Conference
Ferris-University High Schools
Gonzaga Preparatory School
Mt. Spokane-Mead High Schools
Lewis & Clark High School
Wenatchee High School

Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association – Varsity

Peninsula Conference
Bellarmine Preparatory School
Curtis High School
Peninsula (Peninsula-Gig Harbor High Schools)
Klahowya Secondary School
North Kitsap High School
Stadium High School

Alki Conference
Bainbridge High School
Ballard High School
Garfield High School
Holy Names Academy
Kennedy Catholic High School
Mercer Island High School
Seattle Preparatory School

Nisqually Conference
Bethel High School
Evergreen High School
Graham-Kapowsin High School
Lake Tapps (Lake Tapps High School)
Puyallup (Rogers-Puyallup High Schools)
Spanaway Lake (Spanaway Lake High School)
Tahoma High School

Snoqualmie Conference
Bellevue High School
Bellevue East (Sammamish, Interlake, Newport High Schools and International School)
Eastside Catholic School
Forest Ridge School
Issaquah High School
Lake Sammamish (Lake Washington, Eastlake, Juanita, Redmond High Schools)
Overlake School

North Sound
Lakeside School
Mukilteo (Kamiak High School)
Nathan Hale High School
Roosevelt High School
Snohomish (Snohomish-Glacier Peak High Schools)
Wenatchee (Wenatchee High School)

Eight MIHS lacrosse players will play for NCAA teams

December 17th, 2012 at 3:55 pm by Megan Managan
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Washington Prep Lacrosse had an article earlier today about eight members of the Mercer Island girls and boys lacrosse programs who have committed to play lacrosse at NCAA schools next year.

Here’s a link to the original post by Mike McQuaid.

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — An unprecedented eight Mercer Island High School lacrosse standouts in 2012 have committed to play the sport at NCAA schools following graduation.

For Mercer Island, the six boys and two girls that have committed to play at the NCAA level is a single-year high-water mark for any Washington state high school in the four-decade history of prep lacrosse play in the state.

Leading the way with an NCAA Division I commitment to play for 2012 men’s national champion Loyola of Maryland is Islander junior defenseman Chase York.

Following his upcoming junior and senior years as an Islander, York plans to enroll at Loyola for the 2014-15 academic year. He will join a Greyhounds squad that finished its 2012 ECAC schedule at 6-0 (18-1 overall) on the way to capturing the NCAA Men’s Division I championship with a 9– 3 win over the University of Maryland.

Last spring, York helped his MI team advance to the semifinals of the 2012 Washington Lacrosse State Championship Tournament. As a sophomore, he had three goals and 27 ground balls in 14 regular-season games with the Islanders.

Other Mercer Island boys to commit to Division I programs are junior midfielder Peter Mahony, who will enter Yale in the fall of 2014, while senior midfielder Hayden Reisman will enroll at St. Johns and senior attackman Grant Priesler will enroll at Marquette this coming fall.

Division III boys commitments include seniors Justin Rorem and Lorenzo Powell. Rorem, an attackman, will enroll at Kenyon College in Ohio while Powell, a midfielder, will enroll at Centre College in Kentucky.

On the girl’s side, senior midfielders Tyler Sherper and Saffron Snethen will play at the Division III level. Sherper has committed to play at New York’s Colgate University, while Snethen will play at North Carolina’s Mt. Olive College in the fall.

“Our program has been going this direction for the past decade,” said Mercer Island boys head coach Ian O’Hearn, whose Islanders have played in the Washington state boys championship game 10 times since 2001, while taking the title in five of those years.

Since beginning high school play in 1993, over 70 Mercer Island boys and girls have gone on to play either NCAA or club lacrosse at the collegiate level following graduation.

“We’ve been doing a better job of exposing our kids to the opportunity of playing with NCAA schools and giving them the exposure they need to be recognized at that level,” said O’Hearn who, despite his on-field success and the visibility that his student-athletes are getting this year, is still not convinced that he has the best boys team in the state for the upcoming spring season.

“A lot of teams in Washington state have this many kids that can play at the NCAA level,” said O’Hearn. “It’s just a matter of getting them exposure and their willingness to travel out of state to attend school.”

Among those that will play at the Division I level, Mahony will join a Yale midfield unit that helped the Bulldogs advance to the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament following a second-place Ivy League finish and a 4-2 conference record (11-5 overall).

As an Islander sophomore last spring, he scored 22 goals, tallied an assist and grabbed 54 ground balls in 14 regular-season games for MI.

Following graduation this spring, Reisman will step into a midfield role at St. Johns. In 2012, the Red Storm finished with a 3-3 BIG EAST Conference record (8-7 overall). As a junior last spring, Reisman finished the regular high school season in Washington state with 20 goals, six assists and 43 ground balls.

Marquette commit Priesler, who as an Islander senior this spring is expected to play a key role at attack, will join a Golden Eagles squad that is in its first year of NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse play on the Milwaukee, Wis. campus. Priesler finished the 2012 high school regular season at MI with 27 goals, 20 assists and a single ground ball.

Neither Rorem or Powell saw varsity action for the Islander boys in 2012.

For the girls, Sherper finished the regular season with 54 goals, 15 assists and 17 ground balls, while Snethen had 19 goals, five assists and 11 ground balls.

After winning the 2011 Washington Lacrosse State Championship, the Islander boys finished 14-6-0 during the 2012 regular season and 2-1-0 in the post season before falling to rival and eventual state champion Bellevue High School in the Division I semifinals.

The Islander girls won their conference in 2012 with a 9-3-1 record before falling to eventual state champion Bainbridge High School in the state semifinals.  They have been to the state title game twice, winning the Division II crown in 2009.

Historically, over 100 student-athletes from Washington state high schools have gone on to play lacrosse at the NCAA level with another 100 playing for college clubs. A historical list of student-athletes from state high schools that have played at the collegiate level is available at

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