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Playoff outlook for Mercer Island teams

October 23rd, 2012 at Tue, 23rd, 2012 at 8:45 am by Megan Managan

With the final regular season games this week (some teams have been already finished those), it’s time to take a look at the playoff picture for the fall.

I’ve included links to brackets when possible, but many are still blank, but should be updated as tournaments get closer to happening.

Boys golf

The boys golf team wrapped up the fall season with the SeaKing district meet on Monday, Oct. 23. Qualifiers will next play in the 3A state tournament in late May.

Boys tennis

The Mercer Island boys tennis team won the KingCo tournament title last week, and won the doubles title. The tennis team will take a break until the district tournament next spring.

Cross Country

The cross country team raced in the KingCo meet last week and this Thursday, Oct. 25 travel to Lower Woodland Park for the SeaKing district race.

The top five boys and girls teams advance to the state meet in Pasco on Nov. 3. Individually the top 25 runners on teams that don’t qualify also earn spots at state.

Thursday’s district race begins at 2:30 p.m. for the boys and 3:15 p.m. for the girls.

Girls soccer

With final regular season games this week, Mercer Island looks to have a hold of the No. 2 spot in KingCo.

The KingCo tournament will begin on Oct. 30, playing at the No. 2 team’s home field. The first game will be against KingCo No. 5. The winner moves on to play the winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 4 game on Nov. 1. After that the KingCo tournament champion plays Metro No. 4 on Nov. 3 to earn the district’s last spot in the state tournament as the No. 5 seed.

It’s a tough road if Mercer Island finishes as KingCo No. 2, meaning they have to win three straight games in a week.

Volleyball

The Islanders snagged the No. 1 spot going into the KingCo tournament thanks to their first KingCo regular season title since 2008.

The KingCo tournament takes place at Sammamish High School beginning Oct. 25. The Islanders as the No. 1 seed will play the winner of the match between No. 3 and No. 6 on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

If Mercer Island wins that game, they advance to the championship on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. A loss and the team faces the loser of the match between Mount Si and either No. 4 or No. 5.

The top four teams advance to the SeaKing District tournament which will begin Nov. 1. Twelve teams participate, four from KingCo and eight from Metro. Games are played at Chief Sealth High School and Sammamish High School.

The top five teams from Districts earn a spot in the state tournament Nov. 9-10 at St. Martin’s University and Timberline High School in Lacey.

Girls swimming

The Mercer Island girls swim and dive team begin their post season this weekend, looking to capture a fourth straight state title.

The KingCo championship meet takes place Friday and Saturday Oct. 26-27.

The prelims will be held on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. at the University of Washington swimming pool. The diving event will also take place on Friday, at Juanita Pool starting at 9 a.m.

On Saturday, the finals will begin, also at UW, at 3:45 p.m.

The following weekend, the SeaKing district meet will take place at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

On Friday, Nov. 2 the prelims begin at 4:30 p.m., and the finals take place Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

The state meet is Friday and Saturday Nov. 9-10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Football

With last week’s homecoming loss to Mount Si the Islanders are now tied with Juanita for the No. 3 spot in KingCo. Because the Islanders lost to Juanita earlier this year, Juanita will win the tie breaker, unless Mercer Island can beat Bellevue this Friday evening. A loss to Bellevue and win for Juanita over Interlake would end the Islanders playoff hopes.

Either way, Mercer Island will still play a cross over game on Nov. 2 against a Metro team, which has yet to be decided.

Water polo

The Mercer Island water polo team continues to have a strong season, ranked No. 2 in state. The Islanders host the defending state champions Bellevue on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Mercer Island Country Club.

This weekend the team travels to the San Diego Open in California and will return next week for the beginning of the playoffs the second week in November.

This information is hardly exhaustive and once individual brackets are available, I’ll try to post them. If something isn’t correct, let me know! Email me at mmanagan@mi-reporter.com.

I’m the sports reporter at the Mercer Island Reporter newspaper. On this blog you’ll find extra bits and pieces to stories I’ve written, behind the scene looks at teams and observations on the sports in our area. I’ll field questions here, and ask a few too. You can follow me on Twitter (@MIRsports ) or send me an e-mail.

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