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i 2 Mercer_Island Reporter w'V—vww—www_wwwwww —. Wednesday. April 22, 1998 ields. . . Continued from page B] Athletic Supervisor, who‘s in his first year of coordinating field use for the Island. “There are conflicts out there and I’ve never heard of any fisticuffs, but'there have been a lot of verbal confrontations. When you have groups scheduled so tightly together, that's bound to happen." A concerted effort by different teams and clubs to work together for the betterment of the athletes involved has helped what could be an even more volatile situation, according to Billings. “People have been fairly flexible, but it took a lot of time in group meet- ings." he said. “There was a lot of compromise that had to be done." UNFORTUNATELY, in the process of compromising, the parties did away with are some of the most important elements to skill development practice time and game time. The Boys & Girls Club baseball teams, with more than 1,100 Island kids, were forced to cut back on both of these as were the burgeoning Island Baseball Club, whose teams doubled in size from last year. A glaring ex— ample of practice time being slashed is the newly formed MI Junior Ruth 13- year-old baseball team and Sandy Koufax l3s, who have been left with a schedule that allows for only one practice in the next two months. Both clubs fear that Island athletes will either leave Mercer Island to play for other communities or lose inter- est in baseball and softball entirely as practice and game time further di— minish. “The fields are a valuable resource to our baseball and softball programs," said Andy O‘Brien, athletic director for the MI Boys & Girls Club. "By spread- ing that resource so thin, our program quality is jeopardized.“ “We are trying to provide compet- itive baseball for 13‘s, 14’s, 15‘s and to 18 year—old teams on the Island," Haas said. “The basic philosophy is to build the high school program and build community spirit. I want to keep the kids on the Island and our high school pro— gram will be better because of it. Our 8-1 record and first in Kingco (placing) demonstrates this philosophy." Also helping this year’s Mercer Player participation on the rise 1994 Boys & Girls Club 2,060 hours 3,764 83% Youth Soccer Association 1,378 1,735 26% Parks & Recreation Dept. 1,109 1,060 -5% Mercer Island High School 767 825 8% Jewish Community Center 640 710 10 % Off-Island' 336 825 45% —-Numbers compiled by Greg Brown of the MI Parks & Rec. Dept. [996 ‘7! Island High School varsity baseball team has been the longtime coopera- tive effon between the school district and the city. The agreement, reached five years ago, gave the high school top priority over other users for practices and games. Unlike most high schools who use their own facilities, the school district uses the city-owned fields in re- turn for the Parks & Recreation Department use of the district‘s gym— nasiums. "It‘s a great situation for us,” first— year MIHS baseball coach Jeremy Briggs said. “Andy (O’Brien) and I have got together and we‘re all try- ing to work together. I feel bad for the select teams, because what it boils down to is everybody deserves the field time —— but how do you divvy it up. It would be nice if Paul Allen would cut up a corner of his property for a little ballyard." More realistic solutions to the base— ball field shortage would require some creativity and the ability to pass taxes for new fields. Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Director Gary Feroglia said areas on the Park on the Lid and lit— tle-used elementary school fields could be reshaped for select baseball teams as well as football and soccer, while Haas thinks that scheduling by Mercer Island addresses would also help. Larry Fetter, the maintenance man- ager of the Island’s park system. be- lieves the best solutions will come from better utilizing the existing ball~ fields. He suggests ideas such as adding an extra hour to the 10 pm. lights—off curfew at Island Crest Park and hav- ing teams play more games between August and September. He also thinks that teams could play games on week— days at 1 pm. whereas currently Island Crest Park is used 100 percent of the time from 3 pm. to 9 pm. Monday through Thursday. “We need to look at the long term,” Florsheim said. “We have to look at all the factors: how much work,is it going to take and the cost. because once you start adding, it’s veryhard to get (new sports) out — you gotta look at what it’s going to be like in the future." Gary Feroglia best summed up the situation: “There’s a high demand and I don’t think you‘re ever going to reach those demands. We just try to man- age the time as best we can with the groups we have because everyone is try- ing to support the other sports as best they can." Water polo. . . — Continued from page B] over three minutes remaining, but Jacobs converted 3 Heather McClure cross-cage pass into a wicked backhand that sealed the deal. In the first half. the Islanders could not capitalize on numerous scoring chances. No less than four shots de- flected off the goal posts in the first quarter and the result was a 1-0 MI lead after one period. Mercer Island's shooting contin- ued' to stall as three more quality shots found the crossbar before the teams traded goals in the second quarter. THE SPARTANS scored late in the stanza to seize the momentum go- ing into the halftime break. trailing only 2-1. Bainbridge continued its surge into the third with two more goals to tie the game at 3—3 after Williams had scored for M1. ' “If Lauren (Williams) had missed that shot and Bainbridge had scored, they Would have had the lead going into the'final quarter at home. I wouldn‘t have liked our chances," said Ribeiro. theftrst four—year water polo letterman at Bainbridge in the late 19805. “It’s a great win for Mercer Island," Bainbridge coach Steve Killpack said. "They certainly are playing well. I‘m really proud of Konrad." In the other tournament games. Mercer Island defeated a pesky Tualatin Hills, Ore. squad, 10—7 in the opener as the Islanders overcame a dismal 35 percent shooting display from the field. In the semifinal against Curtis. MI jumped out to a 5—0 lead and nev- er looked back in their 10—5 triumph. ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE THREE-DAY SHOW FACTORIA MALL APRIL 24, 25 8x 26 Quali glass, china, jewelry, books, ome decor, nostalgla. Beanie Babies, kitchenware, to 5, wood refinishing, photograp restoration 8: much moret FREE ADMISSION! Presented by Prestige Promotions «nu om Jacos field goal kicker for the last three years. ISLAND ATHLETES OF THE WEEK ASHLEIGH JACOBS, WATER POLO Mercer Island High School sophomore Ashleigh Jacobs scored three goals in the Bainhridge Invitational championship game in the Islanders 12%) loss to Chchalcm in girls water polo action on Sunday. Jacobs scored seven gouls in the tournament and leads the learn in scoring with teunt~highs in goals (2H) and assists ( 18). As a freshman. she was second in the team irt scoring with 35 goals. in— cluding four in the state final against Buinhridgc. IAN MCELREATH, BASEBALL Mercer Island High‘s Ian McElreath leads the Kingco Conference- leading Islanders with a .515 batting average and I4 runs scored. The senior shortstop also has 10 RBIs. five doubles. two home runs and has been walked six times. In Mercer Island's 13-2 win over Liberty on Monday. Mclilreath was 2-for»~i and he was 3-1'or»l with a double and a home run in the Islanders' 6—5 win over Bellevue on Wednesday. He has also been the Mercer Island football teams Mercer Island Reporter If you’d like to sponsor this weekly honor, please call Aidan Maher at 232-1215 Teammates welcome senior Brandy Evenson, left, back from home plate aft Evenson cranked a line drive for a triple, driving in Jamie Koehler, and was brought ho Softball. . . —- Continued from page Bl do to stop it. Kelli pitched a great game; we couldn’t have asked for anything more out of her.” C are O'Lcary, Kochler, Evenson, Oyler. Talia Devens, Katie Innes and Brittany Suttell each got hits to lead Mercer Island‘s seven-hit of- fense with O’Leary, Evenson and Oyler also adding runs. SOPHOMORE SHORT STOP Heidi Vandanacker led Cedarcrest‘s offense, going 2-for-3 with a dou- ble and four RBIs. while Red Wolf starter Tawnya Burnite chipped in. The freshman had six strikeouts and didn‘t allow a walk while allowing no earned runs in her four innings of two-hit work. v “I thought they played well," said Cedarcrest freshman center fielder Shy Mayberry. whose team pound— ed Bellevue 21-6 on Thursday. “They stayed together the whole time. they Catch up on Taland sports each week in the Mercer Island Reporter McElreath 7627 E ‘They didn’t lose hope and had a good attitude, but they just kind of lost it.’ — Shy Mayberry didn’t lose hope and had a good at- titude. but they just kind of lost it." In Wednesday's game. junior catcher Trish Schlaht smacked a home run and drove in five runs to power Mount Si to a 21—2 victory over the Islanders. The Wildcats (8- 2. 9-3) scored 17 runs in the first two innings. Mercer Island will have two of its best chances to get that coveted first win this week when they travel to Duvall to face Cedarcrest again on Thursday, April 23. They will then get their last shot at beating the team they beat twice last year, Bellevue, on Monday, April 27. Including: - Pooh - Barbie - Cinderella - lisa frank - Barney - Star Wars - Sesame Street , - Thomas the Tank - Looney Tunes Dinosaur Pirate ' And Many More! .. Aggy: w ., v M" Party Bag Mutt Braislicnrs/Mcrccr Island Reporter er she scored the go‘ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. me herself on a single by Julienne Oyler. Matt Brasheurs/Merccr Island Reporter Right fielder Brittany Suttell, junior, makes a throw early in the game. 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