Shaun Scott

Gordon Gibson, left, pictured with his father Graeme, right, will compete at a professional jiu jitsu competition titled, Fight2Win on Sept. 14 at the Seattle Center. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Gibson will compete in professional jiu jitsu event

Mercer Island middle schooler Gordon Gibson is thriving in the sport of jiu jitsu.

Gordon Gibson, left, pictured with his father Graeme, right, will compete at a professional jiu jitsu competition titled, Fight2Win on Sept. 14 at the Seattle Center. Shaun Scott/staff photo
The Eastside Lions varsity rugby squad (pictured) earned third place at Nationals in Kansas City this past May. Photo courtesy of Hugh Gladner

Eastside Lions rugby club is thriving on the Eastside

Lions varsity squad earns third place at nationals.

The Eastside Lions varsity rugby squad (pictured) earned third place at Nationals in Kansas City this past May. Photo courtesy of Hugh Gladner
Mercer Island Islanders senior boys lacrosse player Donnie Howard competed on the Russian National lacrosse team at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships from July 12-21 in Israel. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Howard partakes in an experience of a lifetime

Mercer Island senior Donnie Howard competes in 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships.

Mercer Island Islanders senior boys lacrosse player Donnie Howard competed on the Russian National lacrosse team at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships from July 12-21 in Israel. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Cecilia Sommerfield, left, and Emily Guedel, right, competed at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics from July 26-29 in San Jose, California. Sommerfield and Guedel will be freshman during the 2018-19 school year at Mercer Island High School. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Competing against top-caliber competition in California

Mercer Island athletes compete in water polo Junior Olympics.

Cecilia Sommerfield, left, and Emily Guedel, right, competed at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics from July 26-29 in San Jose, California. Sommerfield and Guedel will be freshman during the 2018-19 school year at Mercer Island High School. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Sound Publishing sportswriter Shaun Scott poses for a quick picture with members of the Bellevue Christian Vikings football team following a weight training session on July 19 at Bellevue Christian School in Bellevue.
                                Photo courtesy of Todd Green

An undoubtedly memorable experience

Working out with the Bellevue Christian Vikings football team was formidable test.

Sound Publishing sportswriter Shaun Scott poses for a quick picture with members of the Bellevue Christian Vikings football team following a weight training session on July 19 at Bellevue Christian School in Bellevue.
                                Photo courtesy of Todd Green
Mercer Island senior football player John Majewski hauls in a pass during a player led team workout on July 18 on Mercer Island. The Islanders, who finished with an overall record of 7-4 during the 2018 season, are looking to build on last year’s sensational season on the gridiron.
                                Shaun Scott, staff photo

Islanders looking to build on a stellar 2017 season

Mercer Island football team is putting in the preparation.

Mercer Island senior football player John Majewski hauls in a pass during a player led team workout on July 18 on Mercer Island. The Islanders, who finished with an overall record of 7-4 during the 2018 season, are looking to build on last year’s sensational season on the gridiron.
                                Shaun Scott, staff photo

Going outside of the comfort zone

Sound Publishing sportswriter Shaun Scott discusses his affinity for hot yoga.

Dennis Black, who was an assistant coach with the Skyline Spartans boys basketball team during the 2017-18 season, is the new head coach of the Mercer Island Islanders girls basketball team.
                                Photo courtesy of Andrea Hegarty

Islanders girls basketball program has a new leader

Dennis Black is the new Mercer Island Islanders girls basketball head coach.

Dennis Black, who was an assistant coach with the Skyline Spartans boys basketball team during the 2017-18 season, is the new head coach of the Mercer Island Islanders girls basketball team.
                                Photo courtesy of Andrea Hegarty
Mercer Island Islanders 2018 graduate Spencer Luce will play football for Azusa Pacific University in California this fall.
                                Shaun Scott, staff photo

Long snapper Luce will play college football at the Division-II level

Mercer Island Islanders grad Spencer Luce is a detail-oriented football player.

Mercer Island Islanders 2018 graduate Spencer Luce will play football for Azusa Pacific University in California this fall.
                                Shaun Scott, staff photo
Gillian d’Hondt celebrates after watching her team win the Class 3A state basketball title in March of 2017 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

State-champion coach resigns from position

Gillian d’Hondt departs after three seasons of leading the Islanders girls hoops program.

Gillian d’Hondt celebrates after watching her team win the Class 3A state basketball title in March of 2017 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo team earned fifth place at the state tournament on May 26 at the Curtis Aquatic Center in University Place. Photo courtesy of Debby Fry Wilson

Islanders girls water polo team earns fifth place at the state tournament

Mercer Island will return 10 varsity players to the roster in 2019.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo team earned fifth place at the state tournament on May 26 at the Curtis Aquatic Center in University Place. Photo courtesy of Debby Fry Wilson
Photo courtesy of Debby Wilson
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo team will compete at the state tournament from May 24-26 at Curtis High School in University Place.

Islanders girls water polo team earns berth at state tournament

Mercer Island defeats Puyallup in regional playoff game.

Photo courtesy of Debby Wilson
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo team will compete at the state tournament from May 24-26 at Curtis High School in University Place.
Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                Mercer Island player Grace Fujinaga, who scored three goals in the state title game, carried the ball upfield while being chased by Bainbridge Island player Maggie Sweeney (left).

Mercer Island nearly defeats Bainbridge Island in lacrosse state title game

Bainbridge wins girls lacrosse state championship by the slimmest of margins.

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                Mercer Island player Grace Fujinaga, who scored three goals in the state title game, carried the ball upfield while being chased by Bainbridge Island player Maggie Sweeney (left).
Andy Nystrom, staff photo
                                Mercer Island infielder Cole Miller, right, tosses the ball to first baseman Justin Ho for an out in the top of the second inning against the Redmond Mustangs in a KingCo 3A playoff baseball game on May 3 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mercer Island, which trailed by four runs early in the game, earned a 7-6 comeback win.

Islanders register comeback triumph on diamond

Mercer Island baseball team advances to KingCo 3A title game.

Andy Nystrom, staff photo
                                Mercer Island infielder Cole Miller, right, tosses the ball to first baseman Justin Ho for an out in the top of the second inning against the Redmond Mustangs in a KingCo 3A playoff baseball game on May 3 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mercer Island, which trailed by four runs early in the game, earned a 7-6 comeback win.
Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                Mercer Island Islanders senior first baseman Justin Ho slides safely into third base against the Juanita Rebels in the KingCo 3A championship game. The Islanders defeated the Rebels 11-1 on May 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Mercer Island wins KingCo 3A baseball tournament

Islanders clinch berth in the Class 3A state tourney.

Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                Mercer Island Islanders senior first baseman Justin Ho slides safely into third base against the Juanita Rebels in the KingCo 3A championship game. The Islanders defeated the Rebels 11-1 on May 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Tessa Guerra has scored 31 goals thus far this season. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 10-1 thus far during the 2018 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Guerra believes team camaraderie will propel Islanders to the promised land

Tessa Guerra has scored 31 goals in 11 games.

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Tessa Guerra has scored 31 goals thus far this season. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 10-1 thus far during the 2018 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Photo courtesy of Melissa Bakh
                                Mercer Island eighth grader Finn Friedland is adept at stopping opposing team’s offenses from scoring in water polo from the goalie position. Friedland will be a freshman at Mercer Island High School during the 2018-19 school year.

Friedland attains a coveted honor in the pool

Mercer Island middle school student is a brick wall between the posts.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Bakh
                                Mercer Island eighth grader Finn Friedland is adept at stopping opposing team’s offenses from scoring in water polo from the goalie position. Friedland will be a freshman at Mercer Island High School during the 2018-19 school year.

Witnessing a historic sports moment was a memorable experience

A quick weekend trip to California was unforgettable.

Mercer Island Islanders boys soccer player Emil Talerman, left, pursues a through ball before Interlake goalie gains possession of the ball in a game featuring rivals on April 11 at Interlake High School. Mercer Island has won eight of their past nine games. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography)

Islander soccer squad is peaking at the right time

Mercer Island boys soccer team has won eight of its past nine games.

Mercer Island Islanders boys soccer player Emil Talerman, left, pursues a through ball before Interlake goalie gains possession of the ball in a game featuring rivals on April 11 at Interlake High School. Mercer Island has won eight of their past nine games. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography)
Photo courtesy of Debby Wilson
                                Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo player Annie Ritcey, who is one of the team captains, unleashes a pass during a game during the 2018 season. The Islanders have just one loss thus far.

Islanders girls water polo program is thriving in the pool

Mercer Island girls water polo team has compiled five victories thus far.

Photo courtesy of Debby Wilson
                                Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo player Annie Ritcey, who is one of the team captains, unleashes a pass during a game during the 2018 season. The Islanders have just one loss thus far.