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July 24, 2014 at 4:00 AM

MI boys soccer coach to lead U12 team on trip to China

A group of 16 young soccer players from Mercer Island will experience the trip of a lifetime when they embark upon an 11-day stay in China, starting later this week by mixing soccer and a cultural experience. The trip, which begins Friday and runs through Aug. 4, is the brainchild of part-time Mercer Island resident Wei Zhang,…

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Comments | More in Soccer | Topics: Colin Rigby, Mercer Island, youth soccer

November 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Final

I say it every year, and this one is no different: We’ll know who the real No. 1 volleyball teams in the state for each classification Saturday night.

But I’ve still got my final rankings for you in Class 4A, 3A and 2A.

I’m a big believer in that old adage about there being no sure thing, especially in high-school sports. But I’d have to say Bellarmine Prep and Southridge are the very clear favorites in 4A and 3A, respectively. I’ve had them ranked No. 1 all season. But there are some other quality teams in both fields, and there’s usually an upset or two (or three or more) along the way.

I don’t think Kentwood played its best against the Lions in the championship match of the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament. Newport has been on a roll and you can never count Mead out — even without longtime coach Judy Kight. Snohomish is playing very well right now, too, and Emerald Ridge is dangerous.

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Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep, Kentwood, Mercer Island

November 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 9

Upsets? Sure, there were a few in the Washington prep volleyball world over the past week. Shockers? Not really, in my book.

There are few sure things in high-school sports as far as I’m concerned.

But probably the biggest eyebrow raiser came in the championship match of the KingCo 3A tournament, where unranked Mount Si knocked off No. 2 Mercer Island, 3-2. The Islanders, whose only other loss of the season came against Newport (now ranked No. 2 in 4A), had beaten the Wildcats twice in league play by 3-0 counts.

But as Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote said when she called to tell me about the upset Saturday night, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!”

As you might recall, I had the Wildcats ranked No. 2 to start the season (with MI third), thanks largely to hard-hitting Lindsay Carr, but they struggled early on. The Islanders had been consistent all season, and I’m betting they go into the Sea-King District tournament all fired up. I’m taking a big-picture approach to them in this week’s rankings and only dropping them a few spots to No. 5.

Mount Si remains on the watch list, and watch out! I would have loved to have found a spot for them. Instead, I rewarded Eastside Catholic for the Metro League championship (and second win of the season over previously ranked Seattle Prep). The Crusaders jump in at No. 7.

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Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Mercer Island, Mount Si, Newport

September 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 3

I am finally back with some updated state high-school volleyball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. Thanks for your patience.

And, yes, I am calling these the Week 3 rankings even though I was unable to update them in week 2. It’s the third week of the regular season, so I think that makes the most sense.

I have been out of the volleyball loop recently and admit I don’t have a real good grasp on how to size up teams just yet. Tournaments are often not the best gauge this early, because some coaches juggle their lineups just to get kids some playing time, for one thing.

I do still pretty comfortable with the No. 1 teams in all three classifications — Bellarmine Prep (4A), Southridge (3A) and West Valley of Yakima (2A). All remain intact.

You’ll find the biggest change for any of the three comes in 3A, where Mount Si — which I had at No. 2 to start the season — falls completely out of the top-10, for now at least. The Wildcats are going through some growing pains, and some physical pains as well. They lost to surprising Interlake recently and were up and down at the Kent Classic — where Bellarmine Prep beat Central Catholic of Oregon in the title match, 25-21, 25-16. Both are nationally ranked.

Mercer Island climbs a notch to No. 2.

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Comments | More in Rankings, Volleyball | Topics: Kennedy Catholic, Kentwood, Mercer Island

September 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A state volleyball rankings — Week 1

OK, so I got the dart board out and managed to come up with the first state high-school volleyball rankings of the season for 4A, 3A and 2A.

When all is said and done, we’ll see if I managed a bulls eye or two, although I very well might miss the board in a lot of areas.

Last year, I correctly pegged the 3A and 2A champions in Prairie and West Valley of Yakima, but was off-target in 4A, where I went with Jackson over Mead and Bellarmine Prep. Instead, they finished in reverse order as Bellarmine beat Mead in the title match and Jackson finished third.

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Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Bellarmine Prep, Jackson, Mercer Island

August 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

MI to host Emerald City Volleyball Invitational

Mercer Island, which lost just one match last season en route to a fifth-place showing at the 3A state tournament, is hosting the Emerald City Volleyball Invitational on Friday, Sept. 6. You can find the schedule here. The invitational, which offers a jamboree format, also includes Skyline, Roosevelt and Life Christian.

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Comments | More in Volleyball | Topics: Emerald City Volleyball Invitational, Mercer Island

February 13, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Video: Mercer Island boys beat O’Dea to clinch spot in regionals

O’Dea led for much of the game, but No. 2 Mercer Island came through down the stretch to take a 44-42 victory over the Irish in the Sea-King 3A District tournament at Bellevue College. Kaleb Warner scored all seven of Mercer Island’s points in the fourth quarter and led the Islanders with 12 points….

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Comments | More in Boys basketball, Video | Topics: Mercer Island, O'Dea, Sea-King district

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