From the Goal Line
A Mercer Island Sports Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY, JANUARY 7
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
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
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
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
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
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
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
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
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
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.