The 2018-19 Islanders opened the season with two weekend wins against 4A Issaquah and Eastlake.
In the Friday night quad-game finale, MI prevailed 70-57 against the Issaquah Eagles. The Islanders stepped up their defense in the second half, and consistently found 6'-8" sophomore David Pickles in the low post for 11 second half points. Junior Joe Gormley displayed a deft shooting touch from beyond the arc and led all scorers with 18.
With a short turnaround time, the Islanders tipped off against the Eastlake Wolves on Saturday night. In a hard-fought contest, MI prevailed 64-59 in Overtime. Eastlake took a two point lead into half-time, and stretched their advantage to eight with about 4 minutes left in regulation. The Islanders stepped up their defensive intensity to force turnovers and executed on each possession and tied the game at 54 at the buzzer on Junior Nate Wenzel 's clutch rebound and stick back. In Overtime it was all-Islanders as Senior Will Lee tallied 6 of his 13 points and Junior Adam Parker scored four of his game-high 24 points. The young, athletic Eastlake squad was led by sophomore Casey Jones 15 points (13 in the second half).
The Islanders go on the road this week for their first conference game against rival Liberty on Tuesday, and clash with out of conference state-ranked Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday.
Mercer Islander Varsity 2018-19
Welcome to another season of exciting Islander basketball! After a season where the team battled through injuries and adversity to claim a third place Kingco finish and a berth in the district tournament, the boys in maroon and white are back at it again with a more seasoned squad of competitors who will vie for the Kingco title and a berth to the state tournament once again. Along the way, the Islanders will focus on competing with each other in practice and improving each day. Our emphasis this season will be to live the Islander Way, focusing on our core values as a program and letting the results take care of themselves.
Departed from 2018 are captains Griffin Emanuels and Ethan Eason along with fellow grads Giovanni Cervantes-Rocha and Reid Martinez. This group will be missed for their leadership and commitment to the program, but they have set the stage for the 2019 season, which returns 8 lettermen from last season. The team is led by captains William Lee (senior) and Teague Conder (senior). William returns for his third letter, while Teague is back for his second. Both players finished last season in the starting backcourt, which provides a steadying force this season. These two veterans are surrounded by a vast group of hungry competitors, both veterans and newcomers, who are anxious to make their mark on the Varsity floor.
In the front court, the Islanders will boast a deep group of hard-working forwards who will need to anchor the team on the offensive and defensive ends. Rainer McDonald, returning for his third letter, brings experience to the group. David Pickles, a sophomore returning starter, will work alongside juniors Nate and Luke Wenzel, who got some experience last season. Forward James Kirkmire, a senior up from the JV, rounds out the group.
On the perimeter, the Islanders will feature a group of four juniors in returning lettermen Joe Gormley, Adam Parker and Lukas Varney, in addition to transfer student Nigel Seda. All four athletes bring great defensive qualities to the team with their length and athleticism. On the offensive side, they each bring a unique skill set that will prove important for the squad.
In addition to the experience provided by Lee and Conder, the Islander backcourt features two young newcomers who will begin the season swinging between Varsity and JV, in sophomore Tyler Butson and freshman Chris Clark. Both guards help to push our veterans in practice and are quickly gaining the trust of teammates and coaches.
The strength of this Islander team lies in its experienced backcourt and the talented young players who have the opportunity to emerge as the season unfolds. The coaching staff expects to see growth and maturity throughout the season. Offensively, the ball will pop around the floor and the defense will be more aggressive due to the length, depth and overall athleticism of the team. With a tough early season non-league schedule and a challenging holiday trip to Palm Springs, the squad will be tested early, preparing themselves for the stretch run. By season’s end, this Islander squad will be poised for an opportunity to win the Kingco banner and move on to the districts and state.
|Fri. Nov. 30||Issquah||8 pm||MIHS||Win 70-57|
|Sat. Dec. 1||Eastlake||7:15 pm||MIHS||Win 64-59 OT|
|Tues. Dec. 4||Liberty||7:15 pm||Liberty|
|Fri. Dec. 7||Marysville-Pilchuck||7:15 pm||MP|
|Tues. Dec. 11||Juanita||7:15 pm||MIHS|
|Fri. Dec. 14||Interlake (1999 State Champs Reunion)||8 pm||MIHS|
|Tues. Dec. 18||Sammamish||7:15 pm||SHS|
|Fri. Dec. 21||Lake Washington||8 pm||LW|
|Wed. Dec. 26||Cimmeron-Memorial, NV||7:30 pm||Cathedral City HS, CA|
|Thurs. Dec. 27||Urspring, Germany||2:00 pm||Rancho Mirage HS, CA|
|Fri. Dec. 28||Great Oak, CA||4 pm||College of the Desert, CA|
|Sat. Dec. 29||TBA (Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational)||TBA||TBA|
|Sat. Jan 5, 2019||Newport||7:15 pm||NHS|
|Tues. Jan. 8||Bellevue||7:15 pm||MIHS|
|Fri. Jan. 11||Liberty||8 pm||MIHS|
|Fri. Jan. 18||Juanita||8 pm||JHS|
|Tues. Jan. 22||Interlake||7:15 pm||IHS|
|Fri. Jan. 25||Sammamish||8 pm||MIHS|
|Tues. Jan. 29||Lake Washington (Senior Night)||7:15 pm|
|Fri. Feb. 1||Bellevue||8 pm||BHS|
|Sat. Feb. 2||KingCo Tie-Breakers (if necessary)||TBA||Sammamish High School|
|Tues. Feb. 5||KingCo Tournament||TBA||Sammamish High School|
|Thurs. Feb. 7||KingCo Tournament||TBA||Sammamish High School|
|Sat. - Sat. Feb. 9-16||Sea-King District Tournament||TBA||TBA|
|Fri. - Sat., Feb. 22-23||State Regional (Round of 16)||TBA||TBA|
|Wed. - Sat. Feb. 27- Mar 2||State Tournament (Final 12)||TBA||Tacoma Dome|
If Varsity at 8 pm, then JV at 5 pm; and if Varsity at 7:15 pm, then JV at 5:40 pm.
MI Alumni Game 2018 - Kicks off 2018-19 Season
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Islanders and Seniors Griffin Emanuels (Co-Captain), Ethan Eason (Co-Captain), Giovanni Rocha and Reid Martinez. The team battled all season and finished in third place in KingCo with a record of 8 wins, 6 losses, and played a challenging non-conference and playoff schedule to finish the year with an overall record of 12 wins and 12 losses.
Congratulations to the following Islanders for KingCo honors:
Senior, Griffin Emanuels, 1st Team 2A/3A All KingCo and named Defensive MVP for KingCo 2A/3A for the second consecutive year;
Senior, Giovanni Cervantes-Rocha, and Junior William Lee, both named 2A/3A KingCo Honorable Mention.
|Tues. Dec. 3||@ Libery (League Game)||7 :15m||Liberty HS|
|Fri. Dec. 7||@ Marysville -Pilchuck||7:15pm||MP|
Triple-bill of MI basketball this week at Liberty and at Marysville-Pilchuck, as the Freshman team sees its first action at Liberty (3:45 pm tip), and at MP (4 pm tip), and the JV (2 wins last week) is also in action at Liberty and Marysville-Pilchuck. The JV tip at 5:40 pm both road games. Beat the traffic and come out and support all of our Islanders on the road this week!
Islander Tradition -- MI Varsity Maroon and White Scrimmage - Sat. Nov. 24, 2018
LITTLE DRIBBLERS -- Registration Still Open
The Little Dribblers program has a rich 50-year history of connecting generations of passionate Islander hoopsters. Open to players of any ability, the program is run by MIHS Head Coach Gavin Cree and his high school players. Get your boys on the court each Saturday as they are coached and mentored by the MIHS high school players. All proceeds go to benefit MIHS boys’ basketball. All 5th - 8th grade select players are automatically registered.
Dates: December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd; January 12th at Mercer Island High School
January 26th and February 2nd at Islander Middle School
2nd, 3rd and 4th graders 9:00 am - 10:00 am
5th and 6th graders 10:00 am - 11:00 am
7th, 8th and 9th graders 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thanks to the generous contributions of our MI basketball community, including your membership with the MI basketball booster club, scholarships are available for the upcoming Boys Basketball Select Season. Stay tuned for tryout dates in the Fall.
Our scholarship application form is below. If you are interested, please download the form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 1691 Mercer Island, WA 98040
Mercer Island Boys Basketball Booster Club
P.O. Box 1691 Mercer Island, WA 98040