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’ifiififfiSPORTS Wednesday, March 9, 1994 A protege beats his Eventually, the mentor steps down from the mantel and Mercer Island’s legendary basketball coach, Ed Pepple, isn’t quite ready to leave his ledge, but he’ll share it for awhile. Certainly Pepple didn’t move aside without a fight. The young, after all, have to earn their position of respect. Last Friday night, Sam Moscatel climbed up and grabbed a seat next to his guru, leading his . g ' . Toby Therrien The Press Box Issaquah Indians to a stunning 69-61 victory and eliminating his alma mater Mercer Island 15- landers from the WesKing Dis- trict tournament. Moscatel played for Pepple, coached with Pepple, and now he can finally say he’s beaten Pepple. Sam can finally say he’s beaten the best. “I don’t like to lose to any- body,” Pepple said in between hugs and handshakes from Sam’s seemingly endless line of relatives. “But when it’s over, it’s over. “I’m just happy for Sam,” he said. “It certainly proves that he’s an outstanding coach. He’s done a magnificent job with Issaquah. He’s taken a program that was nowhere and has them one game away from the state tournament. That’s a terrific ac- complishment.” In just two short seasons, Moscatel has taken an Issaquah program that was shackled in obscurity and brought it to the edge of greatness. Certainly there is still room to climb. The Indians, after all, lost by 12 to Newport on Saturday and fell one game short of the state tour- nament, Pepple’s'perennial playground. If anyone can appreciate a victory over Mercer Island, it’s Moscatel a member of The Team to Beat in 1983 and ‘84. He made a trip to the state final as the Islanders’ captain in 1984, where Mercer Island lost an epic 59-56 battle against Juanita. Can it be all the more gratify- ing after coming up short in three previous games against The Master? After swallowing an embarrassing 24—point loss just six weeks ago? “It’s my first one and it’s a sweet one. I’m happy,” said Moscatel, a Cheshire cat grin pasted wide across his face on Friday. “It has nothing to do with Ed versus Sam. Or Mercer Island versus Sam. “Its importance lies with these 12 or 14 kids who have worked hard all year to get where they. are. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about Ed and me. It’s about the kids.” The Indians were moving on. The Islanders were stuck with the quicksand feeling of elimina- tion. The defending state champi- ons had been knocked from the mantel. ‘ “Defending state champs we never get caught up in that. You guys talk about that kind of stuff,” Pepple said to the report- ers gathered in his sights. “If we had everybody back that we had last year then we’d be de- fending state champions. This team was not the team that won the championship last year. If you’re going to defend the state championship, then you’ve got to do the same things to defend it that you did to win. We didn’t.” Mercer Island didn’t have a true point guard.,a ball handler who would have helped settle the offense against the intense defensive pressure of Redmond and Edmonds-Woodwa’y. The Is- landers lacked the baseline strength to compete with the power of Redmond and Issaquah. Without key pieCes, they would live and die by their shooting touch. . r “It wasn’t because the kids didn’t try. They gave it their best shot,” said Pepple. “The * responsibility for that is on my shoulders. If the coach doesn’t get the most out of their ability, then that’s his responsibility.” The state champion Heartbreaking loss to leavestheperchtohisproteges. By Toby Therrien Mercer Island Reporter he Islanders have gorged themselves many times at the bountiful boys’ basketball table created by their menacing full- court pressure defense. In January, they feasted on the Issaquah Indians before walking away from the table with a bloated 24-point victory. In a rematch last Friday night, though, the Indians used a little inside help from their coach, Sam Moscatel, to master Mercer Island’s press. Issaquah lobbed, dribbled and raced through the heart of Mercer Island’s full-court spread. Scoring in seemingly endless bunches, the Indians held off the Islanders’ desperate second-half charge to score a shocking 69—61 WesKing District boys basketball victory inside Bellevue High School’s overflowing gym. Moscatel should know Mercer Island’s press better than any basketball coach in the state — except, of course, for its founder, Ed Pepple. Moscatel learned Pepple’s pressure tactics while playing for the Islanders in 1983 and ‘84. Later, he taught the defense as Pepple’s longtime assistant. For the past two seasons, though, he’s been on the other side of the press. Like the finest of mechanics, Moscatel monkied with his setup and finally found the right combination. He finally found the secret. “No. We got lucky,” Moscatel offered while standing near the door of Issaquah’s amplified lockerroom. “We did a good job against it tonight,” he finally admitted. “The first time we played them they annihilated us. That’s all they did. They got basket after basket off their press. “We made a few adjustments and tonight it worked out. We put a guy in the corner and we put a guy up top. We had to shoot the gap to get the guy in between the middle. And it worked.” Moscatel sounded pleasantly Isaurprised. And why wouldn’t he e? It was Moscatel’s first win over his mentor in four tries since taking over the coaching reins at Issaquah two seasons ago his first victory over the winningest high school basketball coach in Washington’s history. It put Issaquah on the verge of qualifying for this week’s Class AAA state tournament, something that had happened just once before in the school’s history, back in 1985. And it dealt a monumental blow to the usually invincible Islanders, who failed to show for the state tournament for the first time in four years — a tournament they won just a year ago. WITH THEIR SEASON on the line, trailing Issaquah by 12 points and looking completely unsettled midway through the third quarter, the Islanders engineered one of their patented comebacks. “Up 12 or 13, you begin to think the game is over,” Moscatel said, “but I kept telling our kids that it wasn’t. I kept saying, ‘They’re going to make a run at you.’ And they did.” It started with a sputter. Frozen along the baseline with nowhere to pass, Terik Brown reluctantly turned around and lofted a shot over the outstretched 6-foot-9—inch frame of Issaquah center Bjorn Magnussen. Long minutes ran off the clock in an end-to—end shuffle. With two minutes left in the period, Jason Cooper scored on a baseline fade-away jumper and a pair of free throws, netting four of his uncharacteristically low six points. Then Markus Hallgrimson ended the quarter with a bomb, dribbling up the right sideline and launching a 25-foot shot that dropped in the net just as the buzzer sounded. Mercer Island Andrea Marchese Mercer Island sophomore Sailesh Katara takes the ball to the hoop during Mercer Island’s 6961 WesKing District loss against the Issaquah Indians last Friday night. The loss kept Mercer Island from the state tournament for the first time in four years. Markus Hallgrimson Matt Schreck Up with opl alking Volksmarching a growing sport for all ages By Jane Meyer Mercer Island Reporter You just might spy a lepre- chaun or two, peering out from bushes along a path. But what you’ll see for sure are walk- ers by the hundreds on the north end. of Mercer Island this week— end, many of them wearing o’ the green, for the seventh annual Mercer Island St. Patrick’s Day Walk, sponsored by Insteps, the Mercer Island Volkssport Associ- ation. The St. Paddy’s Day volksmarch is an annual rite of spring that attracts hundreds and sometimes thousands of walkers, depending largely on the weather, according to Helen Stanwell, president of the Mercer Island Volkssport Association. Volksmarching is the second fastest growing sport in the US, Stanwell said. Walkers go at their own pace but keep track of their mileage to earn pins, medals or patches when, they complete a bike. The sport of volksmarching, German for “people walk,” began in southern Germany and started in the US. in Texas in 1976. The American Volkssport Association (AVA) was formally recognized in f 1979. Volksmarching is catching on all over the country, but it’s particularly big here:' There are more volksmarchers in Washing ton than in any state but Texas. The local group, the Mercer Is— land Volkssport Association, is, one of 60 clubs in the state. Char- r tered in 1987, membership has grown from a core group of six or eight to about 100 members. Monthly meetings are held at the Community Center at Mercer View; a board led by StanWell and including Jim Peterson, vice president, Harriet Dolbeck, secre- tary, and Dave Sorocco, treasur- Andrea Marchese Members of the Mercer Island Volkssport Association do a trial walk of the route of this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day walk that begins on Mercer 15' land. Take a walk this weekend The seventh annual Mercer Island St. Patrick’s Day Walk will be Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13. Sponsored by the Mercer Is- land Insteps and the Mercer Is- '. land Parks and Recreation De- partment, the 10 kilometer walk starts at Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 SE. 36th Street. Start time is from 8 am. to 1 p.m.; finish time is 4 pm. The trail, rated 2 (moderately easy) by the Evergreen State er, directs the club’s activities. Also a community service or- ganization, the Mercer Island Volkssport Associatiou has given money back to the community to fund specific projects. Last year the club gave $2,000 to the Mercer Island Road and Trails Board to health benefits of Volksmarching has a number of Volkssport Association, takes walkers across the East Chan- nel bridge and on a loop through the Mercer Slough Park, includ- ing a new section of boardwalk trail recently opened in the park. Leprechaun hat pins are available for $2.50. Water and restrooms are available at the start/finish. Water is available atacheck point. . For more information, call James Peterson at 232—8980. a print the new trails brochure and maps of the trails on the Island. -‘ASIDE FROM THE obvious walking, appealing characteristics: —- Please see ‘Volksmarch’ on B2. . Jason Cooper Kincaid top at NAIA national meet lent his freestyle stroke to the winning 200 medley relay squad and three second-place relay teams. Gradual improvement has paid off quite handsomely for Marc Kincaid, a freshman freestyle swimmer at the , University of Puget Sound this past winter. , Kincaid overcame injuries and a bout with overtraining to come on strong late in the season, leading UPS to a second-place finish at the NAIA national championship meet at the Federal Way Aquatics Center last weekend. Kincaid finished second in the IOU-yard freestyle and the 200 freestyle, an event he picked up just this year. TheMercer Island High School grad also Marath n Training lips Fran Call me because I’ve had a lot of injuries,” Kincaid said of his freshman season, which included a bad back and shoulder problems that kept him out of the water for a week over the Christmas holidays. being overtrained two weeks before the District II championship meet three weeks ago. “Everything in my bedy hurt,” Kincaid explained, “and 5 fall trailed 48-41 as the fourth quarter began. , Brown instantly cut the lead to two points, as only he can. The 6-foot junior sank another soft shot from the left baseline. Then he pulled in a long rebound, dribbled the length of the floor, and pulled up for a three-point shot from the left wing. Just like that it was a two-point ballgame. And just like that it disappeared. RAGING ALONG the baseline, Magnussen scored six straight points in the next two minutes. When Mitch Gregg tipped in a shot from the left post, Issaquah had again padded its lead to 10 points, 56-46. Matt Schreck temporarily stopped the bleeding with a three— pointer from the left corner, but the Indians rattled in seven of the ‘ next nine points and held a 63-51 advantage when Pepple called timeout with 2:33 remaining. Overplaying on defense, the Islanders were getting beat long. “If you don’t stay disciplined when you’re pressing then you get heat,” was Pepple’s assessment. Moscatel had the Indians prepared. When the holes opened, Issaquah attacked, lobbing passes over the top or quickly penetrating through the middle. When they didn’t get easy buckets, the Indians went to the free-throw line after being fouled by the recovering Islanders. And once they were under their own backboard, the towering Indians took full advantage of the Islanders lilliputian lineup. Magnussen scored nine of his team-leading 17 points in the decisive final quarter. Dave Corbett, at 6-6, scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. While the 6-7 Gregg led Issaquah with 16 boards. The Indians left the door open, though, by missing 12 of their 23 free throws in the fourth quarter. But Mercer Island continued to struggle from the field. Hallgrimson, who finished the night with 11 points, pulled up for two jump shots immediately after Pepple’s timeout, including a three-pointer from the top of the key that made the score 63-56. The Islanders then missed their next seven shots — their last seven shots of the season. Mercer Island sank just 21 of 73 shots from the floor for a dismal 28.8 percent. It was the Islanders’ second District performance in a row under 30 percent from the field. “We’re probably not as good a shooting team as people think we are,” Pepple said. “A lot of it has to do with not always using good judgment in our shot selection. If we’re shooting well, you better lock the gym doors. But we really — Please see ‘Basketball’ on 82. swimmer “It’s been a littleharder for Then he was diagnosed as w Please see ‘Kincaid’ on 82. Week six 0 Training runs: Four runs - two five~mile runs, a six-mile and a nine- mile run, totaling 25 miles. 0 Suggested route: For a 6.5 mile run, start at the southend shopping center and run north on Island Crest Way. Run down (east) on SE. 53rd Street, turn right (south) and go around the south end, then turn right (east) on SE. 72nd and back to the shopping center. 0 Running tips: After. a run, walk and stretch for three to five min— utes. Change out of damp clothes, including socks. Drink fluids. And mark your chart of accomplishments. 0 Want to run? For a group training run, meet at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 14 at the corner of Mercerdale Field. 0 Race info: The Mercer Island Half Mar— athon is on Sunday, March 27. For information call the race hotline, 236-5323, Ext. 920.