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l8 .— ’tl III .11] l’~ 0— nd on has SPORTS The Islander bench huddles against the rain and 50 degree temperatu warmth’s sake at Thursday’s water polo match, played outdoors at nig Sammamish, 18-9, at the cold, wet Samena By Ethan Fowler Mercer Island Reporter ed by defending state singles champion junior Katie Cunha, Mercer Island High School’s nationally-ranked girls tennis team continued itsiseason shutout streak, cruising past Newport 9—0 yesterday in a matchup of Kingco 3A Conference unbeatens. The Knights were the last team to beat Mercer Island, in 1994. Cunha and the rest of her talented teammates showed little mercy on the Knights as they dominated most’of the matches with their patented strong, steady play. Cunha got the rout going for the 5—0 Islanders when she downed Newport senior Becky Mate 6-] , 6—0 at No. 1 singles. “I was a little sore, but that’s all right,” said Cunha, who missed four months of training during the winter due to a joint problem in her left foot. “I’m not complaining, but I think I’m pret— ty much back; it’s just ‘a matter of get- ting back in shape and going full speed again." -» From Mate's perspective, Cunha, the 50th’ranked playgr nationally in the USTA 16’s junior rankings, is al— ready back. “She hits it harder than anyone around here,” said Mate, who dropped to 5-1 with the loss, “It’s definitely a learning experience”, But, Mate wasn’t the only player learning on the courts. Both Islander freshmen Lindsey Adams and Jeannie McIntosh learned how to overcome nerves and a bit of overconfidence to capture the two closest matches on the day. Adams broke a narrow 5—4 first set lead before pulling off a 6-4, 63 win over Newport junior Leshya Wig at No. 2 singles, while McIntosh rallied from 21 AH second set deficit to win 6—3, 7~5 over senior Kali Heimbigner at No. 5 singles. Please see Tennis on 32 v WWme‘mmm-mmmwmws w. . Molly McIntosh backhands a return during over Newport on Monday. The victory was Matt Brashears/Mercer Island Reporter Malika Bennett, sophomore, long jumps in Thursday’s girls track vic- tory over Skyline and Interlake at Islander Stadium. Matt Brashears/Mercer Island Reporter res, waiting to be substituted in for ht. Mercer Island easily defeated Swim and Recreation Club in Bellevue. r Soggy tracksters slosh to victory By Ethan Fowler Mercer Island Reporter Carolyn Robbs’ stunning fall on the final hurdle in the BOO—meter race. Darienne Dey’s narrow win over long— time rival Monica Moore in the 800. Loren Brandrup’s fourth—place finish in the first javelin competition he’s ever entered. ' They are some of the many memo- table images from the rain-soaked home opener for the Mercer Island High School boys and girls track meet at Islander Stadium on Thursday after- noon. They are the reason the tri—meet between Mercer Island, Interlake and Skyline will be remembered longer than most. The Islander girls track team led the way as they scored 93 points to beat Skyline (50) and Interlake (42) to improve to 4-2 on the year, while the boys registered their second win of the season. The Saints’ boys won the meet with 86 points, followed by M1 (63) and Skyline (29). her 6—1, 60 victory over Newport’s Tiana Peter the 46th in a row for the Islanders who are ranke Girls water polo soaks Sammamish in the rain By Ethan Fowler Mercer Island Reporter A very good team knows how to raise its level of play when the situa- tion arises. The Mercer Island High School girls water polo team is one such team as they have proved against Sammamish. The Islanders (13—2) essentially toyed with first-year Sammamish in their 18-9 crushing on Thursday night in rainy conditions at Samena Recreation and Swim Club in Bellevue. When Mercer Island wanted to score, they did. When they needed a turnover they caused one. And although the Islanders weren’t as sharp as they were last weekend, April 18—19, when they handed eight- time state champion Bainbridge its first in-state loss ever, MI took ad- Senior Chris Shim, left, spoons hot food into his mouth as he and his vantage of Sammamish’s inexperi— ence to score numerous easy rebound goals. The Totems (3— l) were so over- matched by Mercer Island that before 90 seconds had elapsed they found themselves down 3—0 as Ashleigh Jacobs, Kirty Strand and Jane Humphries all scored easy goals. Unfortunately for Sammamish, the Islanders were only getting started. Goals by Heather McClure, Rebecca Youngs, Laura Guyman and Jenny Lampe quickly pushed the lead to 7- 0 with three minutes remaining in the second quarter. It got so bad for the Totems that Meg Ederle yelled out— loud to her teammates, “What are we doing?” But Ederle’s query didn’t go with- out notice as senior teammate Ali Please see Water polo on B2 Matt Brnshears/Mercer Island Reporter son in No. 3 singles action in Mercer Island’s 9—0 win d nationally and are the defending state champions. Matt Brashears/Mercer Island Reporter teammates huddle in the infield at the start of a race. Their unofficial mascot, the flamingo, also braved the cold, rainy day. The victory for the boys team had an added significance as it marked the first time since 1990 that the Islanders had won at least two meets in one sea- son. Robbs’ amazing finish in the 300 hurdles was the true highlight of the meet, though. The sophomore had held a comfortable lS-meter lead the entire race and was running strong before her right trail foot hit the last hurdle caus- ing her to hit hard on the artificial sur- face before, limping and falling across the finish line. - “I’ve never fallen in a race before and that’s too bad because I felt really strong,” said Robbs, who landed on herlefihipandrighthandtowintherace in 50.57 seconds, beating teammate Cheryl Crow (53.09). “(Coach Derrick) Lovelace said attack it and I bit it. I was pretty surprised I even got to the fin- ish line.” Like Robbs, Darienne Dey also turned ina strong finish. In the 800, in contrast to most races where she ends up winning decisively down the stretch, Dey was pushed the entire race by Moore, before finally overtaking her by a single step at the finish. The sopho— Please see TYack on 82 Wednesday, April 29, 1998 M1 baseball loses despite McElreath ’s fifth homer By Ethan Fowler Mercer Island Reporter here will be no more sneaking up on opponents for the Mercer Island High School baseball team. Instead, for the rest of the sea— son, skills ——-not surprises —- will < have to carry the Islanders to victo— ry. Mercer Island (1 1—2, 12—3) found this out on Friday afternoon when they lost 43 to defending state cham- pion Newport in Bellevue in a match— up of the top two teams in the Kingco 3A Conference. With the loss, the Islanders’ nine-game winning streak was stopped by the same team they started the winning string against on March 31 with a 2-1 victory. “We know we’re going to have the bull’s eye on our back the rest of the year, but I like it. When you have to play good baseball because you know people are shooting for you, it forces you to play better every game," said Ml’s junior pitching ace Scott Robertson, who suffered his first loss of the year to drop to 6-1 despite giy~ ing up only one earned run in his 87— pitch (60 strikes) complete—game ef— fort. And due to Mercer Island currently boast— ing one of the school’s best sea- sons in at least 20 years, the Islanders will be finding more and more games sim— , ilar to Friday’s against Newport McElreath The Knights (10-3, 11—4) were hungry and rested when they played the Islanders, the new—found league lead- ers who had been the doormats for so many previous years. Newport, winners in their last nine straight games, capitalized on every op portunity the Islanders granted. The Knights scored three of their four runs on errors by Mercer Island junior third baseman Sean White to take a 44) lead through five innings. But while the Knights’ scrappy offense was pulling out clutch hits, ,6-foot—6 ju- nior hurler Taylor Grant was keep- ing the Islanders’ potent offense off- balance as he mowed through the MI line—up inning after inning, allowin g only two hits through five innings. However as strong as Grant ap’ peared to be, Mercer Island finally was able to solve the lanky left-hander in the top of the sixth inning as Gustavo Perez. and Robertson started off the inning with singles up the middle. Grant then served up one his worst pitches of the game to the hottest hitter in the league, Ian McElreath. The Islander senior shcxtstopbroughtmanyoftheMl faith— fultotheirfeetwlmhesmashedGrant‘s 0-1 pitch barely over the right center— field wall 365 feet away for his Eastside leading fifth home run of the season and third in two games. _“(Grant) grooved it down the plate and I was looking fastball," said McElreath, who was 2vfor—3 on the day. “I thought it might just hit into the gap or into the fence. 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