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Mercer IsladREPORTER A13 Wednesday, December 15, 2004 LOCAL KNOWLEDGE! Mercer Island Real Estate Tim Conway 206-954-2437 timc@johnlscott.com 3oh. L $co." REAL ESTATE Julie Pefia/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Aaron Agnew struggles with a Liberty wrestler in the 130-pound weight division during the high school match at Mercer Island. Wrestling upset by Liberty in first league meet of the year, 42-31 By Matt Phelps anyone behind," said Islander Kostya Kurland took an early 6-2 lead. His your first home meet. Liberty is rested at 27-4 and the Islanders Mercer Island Reporter Pospelov. "We have to stay ag- opponent cut that lead to 10-7 by the usually good but we were expect- would need a miracle just to get The Mercer Island wrestling gressive?' end of the second round. At the ing to win thi~ meet." back into the meet. team's hopes of retaining its 2003- ' The 140-pound weight class be- 4:28 mark, Kurland's opponent The Islanmrs took a forfeit in The Islanders turned to their 2004 3A KingCo championship gan the night as the Islanders' Dan used a spin move to thrust the the 152-pound weight class, best state competitor from last sea- took a blow Friday, as the team Rock smothered his Patriot oppo- Islander onto his shoulder blades Three Islanders fell in the 160- son, Jesse Johnson, to stop the hem- w~ upset by Liberty 42-31. Despite nent, earning a major decision 13- for the pin. pound class. Junior Chris Baker orrhaging. Johnson grabbed six almost erasing a 27-4 deficit, the 2. Rock came close to the pin dur- From there, the Islander pas- was pinned at the 4:50 marl Collin points for the Islanders by wrap- Islanders could never get back with- ing the closing moments of the sions could not exceed Liberty's Sedlacek fell behind early, battled ping his opponent up tighter than a in less than eight points of the match, but the fighting spirit that momentum, to a stalemate during the third pc- Christmas present at the 1:23 mark. Patriots. Rock's opponent showed rever- "It wasn't about energy," said riod and eventually lost 8-2. But the win only got the Islanders "This just shows that we have to berated throughout the Liberty Rock. "It was more about the little Freshman Chris Pothoven was over- within three pins of the lead. work harder as a team and not leave team. mistakes and not keeping the pres- matched by his Patriot combatant, At 145 pounds, Islander Akiva sure on. It is discouraging to lose getting pinned after 1:35. The score Please see Pinned on A14 By Matt Phelps Mercer Island Reporter The improvements of the girls basketball team this year have only been evident on the score board once. The team's Dec. 3 victory over Juanita 45-39 is the only positive the Islanders have had in the win col- umn, but the improvements are there: Crisp passes, more accurate shooting and a higher intensity on the court have given the Islanders a new direction. Despite giving up 36 flee throws to Liberty at home Dec. 7, the Islanders had three chances to tie the game before losing 54-51. "We are not used to the adren- aline of the last-second shot," said Mercer Island girls basketball head coach Jamie Prescott. "If we give up a half or a third of the free throws we win the game" Liberty made 25 free throws as the Islanders had 13 fouls during the first haft alone. Prescott screamed "Quit fouling !" at her team dur- ing the closing moments of the half. Rebekah Bartholomew of the Patriots was fouled the most, as 17 of her game-high 22 points came from the free-throw line. "We need to work on moving our feet more" said Prescott. "We Julie Pefia/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Georgia Gier (33) grabs a rebound from Liberty Jessie Simons during the girls basketball game at Mercer Island on Dec. 7. play hard for 15 to 20 seconds and held a 31-26 lead at the half. Georgia then stop moving our feet." Gier led the team with seven re- But the damage had been done. bounds and Ellie Chapman could not The Patriots scored 16 of their 26 miss from beyond the arc, as she first-half points at the charity stripe, hit three three-point shots. "We were really fired up dur- But the 14 minutes that Gier ing the first half, maybe a little too spent on the floor would come back fired up:' said Islander Jesse Paull. to haunt the Islanders during the Despite the fouls, Mercer Island Please see Girls on A15 Shoe! up to the mountains with you This past Saturday morning I was driving past TuUy's on the Island when, "what to my wondering eyes should appear?" I saw two young women walking to their car, in one hand was their "skinny double talls" and in the other hand, snowshoes. I know for a fact that is the first time I've ever seen snowshoes out- side of Tully's, or Starbucks for that matter. As they sped away, ostensibly toward the mountains, I realized they had a better plan for that day's activities than did L You see, I had de- cided not to go skiing because of low snow coverage, but with snow- shoeing they were going to find con- ditions good enough to enjoy the alpine environment. I wished right then I had been invited! Did you know that snowshoe- ing has been the fastest growing winter sport over the past five years? As a low-impact and safe form of exercise, it is ideal for anyone in- terested in an aerobic workout com- bining strength lraining with muscle endurance. Research has shown that during snowshoeing, you will burn 45 percent more calories than running or walking at the same speed. Moreover, the use of poles wilt get the upper body moving as well as your legs, so the overall condition- ing benefit is very su'ong. Simplicity is perhaps one of the biggest draws to this sport. Because snowshoes can be used in virtually all snow conditions, everyone can enjoy being outdoors. Even if the weather isn't perfect. If you can walk down the hall to your bedroom, then you should be able to snowshoe; it doesn't get much more simple than that. Nation- wide, partic- ipants walk, hike, mn and j 0 H N stroll in city p onq -NAYE et country lanes, on four-wheel drive roads, at Nordic centers, and increasingly at alpine ski areas. Many Nordic ski centers will rent you snowshoes and let you try it out on designated trails. One such place locally is the Steven's Pass Nordic Center, located five miles east of the mountain summit on Highway 2. The scenic trail system takes you along the base of Jim Hill moun- tain and into the heart of Mill Valley. qqae center offers 28 ~ of l:er- fectly groomed trails, which are shared with cross country skiers. The Cascade Depot, the on-site Nordic lodge, offers rental equip- ment, instruction, trail pass sales, food and an accessory shop. This facility is qzen Friday d-rough Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m with expanded op- erations during holidays. Call 206- 812-4510 for more information. At Snoqualmie, they have snow- Please see Naye on A14 By Matt Phelps Mercer Island Reporter ~e ill effects of the Islander ,boys basketball team's .1. last-second loss to start the season have been nonexistent. The team has bounced back with three consecutive victories, led by Alex Stuck who had a combined 33 points during the final two games last week. "I am happy with how the kids have hung in there overall:' said Mercer Island boys basket- ball head coach Ed Pepple. "I think they learned from that first game and moved on." The Islanders' highest-pro- file game of the week came against 4A power Bothell on Saturday at Seattle Pacific University. Mercer Island dis- mantled its opponent with a 21- 6 fourth quarter to win 63-53. "We started out like a house fire during the first quarter," said Pepple. Stuck led the team through the first eight minutes of play with three three-pointers as the Islanders took a 16-7 lead into the second period of play. Bothell matched Mercer Island's inten- sity and put up 16 points during the second quarter. Despite the of- fensive onslaught by its oppo- nents, a three-pointer by Islander Tom O'Bara, just before the half gave the team its nine-point lead back. But Bothell refused to give in to the Islander mystique, scor- ing 24 points during the third period to take its first lead of the game. "They made a good run at us, but the kids hung in there," said Pepple. The Bothell lead was not for lack of effort on the Islanders' part. A loose ball rolled to mid- court just after the third period be- gan. Stuck, a 5-foot-11 guard, dove for the ball and flicked it ahead to teammate Carter Newhof for an easy break-away lay-in. "I am basically just more con- fident and aggressive" said Stuck. "I think everything is starting to click." Stuck scored a game-high 17 points for the Islanders during the game. "I think he was disappoint- ed with how he played durin.g the first two games" said Pepple. "He has really stepped up of- fensively." Islander senior Noah Blakney continued his torrid scoring with 15. Ryan Iani and Kael Kristof had eight points each. The Bothell lead extended Please see Wins on A14 Thursday, December 16 7 p.m. Gymnastics at Bellevue 7:30 p.m. Boys swimming at Sammamish (Juanita pool) 7:30 p.m. Wrestling vs. Bellevue Friday, December 17 7:30 p.m. Boys basketball vs. Sammamish 7:30 p.m. Girls basketbali at Sammamish Saturday, December 18 10 a.m. Wrestling at Lynnwood High School tournament