Islanders Taylan and Tegan Yuasa recently competed at the USA Judo Junior Olympics, which took place June 24-26 in Irving, Texas, as well as the United States Judo Federation national championships July 2 and 3 at University of California, Irvine.
Athletes for Kids, a youth mentoring program that matches children who have special needs with high school athletes in East King County, was named an Expert Partner by Mentoring Works Washington.
Fifteen Mercer Island lacrosse alumni joined forces in Vail, Colorado over the Fourth of July weekend to participate in the Vail Lacrosse Tournament as members of Team TW-21. The Vail tournament is widely regarded as the most prestigious annual club lacrosse tournament in the world. Most teams in the tournament are composed of alumni from NCAA Division I-III programs and team TW-21 was the only team in the field of 18 that was composed primarily of alumni from a single high school.
Two Island Park Elementary students walked away tallying top marks in their age groups.
The Mercer Island FC Girls U15 Thunder won its division title at the Kent Cornucopia tournament, beating Kitsap County's Silver FC 2-1 in the GU15 championship final on July 10 in Kent.
The Mercer Island FC Maroon girls soccer team claimed the top spot in its GU16 division at the Kent Cornucopia tournament, which was held July 8-10 in Kent.
The Mercer Island 9-10 All-Stars took home the District 9 crown, beating Sammamish 9-1 in the championship final on July 10 at South Mercer Playfields.
Soccer and travel were two passions that helped define the late Steve Newman, the former longtime Mercer Island High School boys soccer coach who passed away in the fall of 2012.
The Mercer Island 10-11 All-Stars captured the District 9 championship, beating Eastlake 19-13 in the title game July 6 in Redmond.
Island 10-year-old Gordon Gibson was runner-up in his youth sparring division at the USA Taekwondo National Championships, which took place July 4-10 in Richmond, Virginia.
The 12U Washington Ladyhawks took home the top prize at the 2016 National Softball Association state championship tournament, which was held June 24-26 in the Tri-Cities.
Five Mercer Island High School boys soccer players recently earned all-state recognition for the 2016 spring season.
Nine Islander boys helped their Nowland Premier Soccer Academy U13 Navy team win the gold division at the 14th annual Class at the Border tournament, which took place June 24 through 26 in Vancouver, Washington.
Seattle Sounders rookie and Mercer Island native Jordan Morris is among ESPN's 2016 ESPY nominations for Best Male College Athlete.
Islander Keathley Pinney Brown recently placed third in her age division of USA Climbing's Division 1 Youth Sport and Speed Climbing competition, which took place June 18 and 19 in Bend, Oregon.
When looking for models of established, successful homegrown soccer players, people on Mercer Island don't have to look very far.
For the second year in a row, the Mercer Island FC soccer club hosted a Sounders Women match at Mercer Island High School stadium. On June 11, the Sounders Women took on the Portland Spartans in a Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) regular season match. Despite intermittent rains throughout the match, a nice crowd turned out to see the collegiate players display their soccer skills.
Mercer Island coach Brett Ogata remembers the last time the Bellevue Wolverines lost a KingCo 3A league game.
The Mercer Island girls water polo team placed sixth at the 2016 state tournament, which took place May 26-28 at Curtis High School in University Place.
The Mercer Island 10U Thunder baseball team conquered all at the Bend Elks Memorial Day Tournament, which took place May 28-30 in Bend, Oregon.