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B2 Mercer Island Reporter Wednesday, September 2, 1998 __________~____________________._.___._._.._.__———————————————— Matt Brashears/Reporter file photo Lexie Richards has put up some huge offensive numbers for the girls basketball team, leading the team in scoring the last two years. Her 19.2 scoring average last season lead all Kingco 3A Conference players. Seniors. . . — Continued from page Bl “We get a lot of respect and support from the community and that’s real- ly nice. I think that’s part of the rea- son Mercer Island has so many good athletes,” basketball player Tyler Besecker said. “I'd say at a lot of our games, we have more support than a lot of other schools, which makes us work harder because you know that if you lose a game, you’re letting not only your team down, but your com— munity down.” “Everyone’s raised on sports on Mercer Island that’s the way the Mercer Island community is,” state swimmer Spencer Driscollsaid. “‘They’ve got the Little Dribblers for basketball, summer swimming and tennis programs, Little League baseball and the same thing in soccer and with football camps," Driscoll said. “Just to be a part of the suc— cessful sports at Mercer Island High School is an honor to participate not necessarily to be a champi- on.” Many in the Class of 1999 are not only extremely dedicated to their sport, but also very serious academ- ically. The combination of the two — enhanced by the school’s strong coaching staff -— has made for a tal- ented, well-rounded athlete. “It’s just a really good group of kids who are dedicated and have put forth a lot of time, but mostly every- one has a positive attitude,” soccer player Cara Hanelin said. “There’s a difference between be- ing a great athlete and champion,” basketball player Prasse-Fr‘eeman said. “We have a lot of great athletes, but the fact that we have great drive, dedication and perseverance, will make us champions. Every athlete has potential — but our class has max- imized it.” What has also helped many of the Matt Brashears/Reporter file photo Timmy Chung has been one of the top swimmers in the state since arriving on the scene as a freshman. athletes in the class are parents who’ve encouraged them and provided the fi- ‘ nancial means to pay for clinics and year-round involvement. “Our parents encouraged us to do sports, so that we wouldn’t miss out on our future,” said tennis play— er Karen Intrachat, who has been on back-to-back third—place state dou- bles teams. “They wanted us to have more of a social life, just get us in the active mood, and maybe just get us out of the house.” “They put their kids in sports pro- grams early and put them in clinics or summer camps and club teams or with personal trainers,” track runner Kelsey Ternes said of the Island’s parents. SO WHAT LEGACY will be left by what many consider one of the most athletically-talented classes ever at Mercer Island? As expectations grow for their final year, many be- lieve the two preVious years’ suc- cesses will be surpassed as the lead— ers of those teams have gained more state-level, big-game experience than any previous class. “I’m really looking forward to this year and the upcoming successes of our athletic program,” Florsheim said. “Most of the teams’ successes will depend on this class.” “There are going to be memories built in this year that we are never going to find anywhere else in the world or in our lives,” soccer player Katie-Jay Scott said. “We’re so close and we have a relationship that start- ed back in eighth grade and it’s just grown ever since then. “We rely on each other and wish e‘aich other good luck when we need it and we’re there for each other, and that’s why I think our class is going to be the most successful.” Rowing family. . . Continued from page Bl rrence.” However, his first recreational rowing experience with Jamie —- a 6-foot—1, 165—pound senior on Dartmouth University men’s varsity team — almost felt like his last. “I had visions of jumping in the lake and swimming to the shore and letting Jamie row back to the crew house him- self,” Dale Peschel said. “Jamie has to adjust his expec- tations and skills to my level when we go out and row together because I’m not at the same level as other national rowers with whom he competes. But it’s not about com- petition. it’s about spending time as a family, with my son. I learn a lot from Jamie when I row with him.” When you’re ready for a privately built home... one that’s yours alone in what you want. Our talented or designers, and craftsmen will personally value-design and build the it simple, so your work of art won’t be work. It will be a pleasure? every detail... you’re ready for. First Edition Homes. 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The father and son duo have raced together three or four times, highlighted by their first-place finish two years ago at the Falcon Fremont Four Miler, winning the men’s open double shell competition. “For a 50—year—old to push himself like he does is amazing; it’s inspiring," said Curtis Peschel, who has won l0 medals in his six years of competing. “As a fam- "The best part of doing things 'with my dad and brother is watching them succeed.’ well.” I think is cool, is watching my dad get into it and do Contributing heavily in the family’s success has been their mother, Anne, who not surprisingly, is also the trio’s biggest cheerleader. “She’s our cheering section,” said 5-foot—ll, I70- irstEdith —— Jamie Peschel ily, I feel good and connected. Rowing with my dad has brought us together. 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