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Going outside of the comfort zone

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

 

Mercer Island resident Anna Bolger (far right) earned a third-place finish in the 14-17 year-old age group at the Spartan Race Chicago Super and the Spartan Race Chicago Sprint on June 23-24 at the Richmond Hunting Club in Chicago.
                                Bolger clocked a time of 3:19:35 in the Spartan Race Chicago Super and a time of 2:08:57 in the Spartan Race Chicago Sprint. The Super, a Spartan Signature Race, included 8-10 miles of 24-29 obstacles for racers to tackle at the Richmond Hunting Club. The Sprint event consisted of 3-5 miles and 20-23 obstacles. The courses features miles of technical terrain, steep elevation and obstacles to push competitors to their limits.
                                Photo courtesy of Flora Goodman/Elevate Communications

Bolger takes third at Chicago races

Mercer Island resident Anna Bolger (far right) earned a third-place finish in the 14-17 year-old age group at the Spartan Race Chicago Super and the… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2018

 

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.

 

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
The Mercer Island Little League softball all-star majors team, which is comprised of players between 11-12 years of age, competed in the Little League Softball Division Washington District 9 all-star tournament from June 19-21 in Duvall. The MILL all-stars had an overall record of 1-2 at the tournament. They registered a win against Bellevue but suffered losses to Kirkland and Redmond.
                                Members of the team included Annabel Little, Grace Cartwright, Joey Lurie, Poppy Walker, Ashlyn Powell, Katherine Montpellier, Sophia Pacecca, Neve Kelley, Shannon Rogan, Erica Kierstead and Addie Bergman. The team was coached by Kevin Kelley (head coach) and assistants Paul Rogan and Allan Montpellier. Photo courtesy of Cindi Pacecca

Mercer Island softball team competes in all-star tournament

Softball team registers a 1-2 record at district all-star tourney.

  • Jun 27, 2018
The Mercer Island Little League softball all-star majors team, which is comprised of players between 11-12 years of age, competed in the Little League Softball Division Washington District 9 all-star tournament from June 19-21 in Duvall. The MILL all-stars had an overall record of 1-2 at the tournament. They registered a win against Bellevue but suffered losses to Kirkland and Redmond.
                                Members of the team included Annabel Little, Grace Cartwright, Joey Lurie, Poppy Walker, Ashlyn Powell, Katherine Montpellier, Sophia Pacecca, Neve Kelley, Shannon Rogan, Erica Kierstead and Addie Bergman. The team was coached by Kevin Kelley (head coach) and assistants Paul Rogan and Allan Montpellier. Photo courtesy of Cindi Pacecca
The NPSA Titans 06 boys soccer team, which is coached by Jack Sturgess, captured first place at the Skagit Firecracker tournament in their division on June 17 in Burlington.
                                The Titans roster consisted of Aidan Rodey, Nick Chou, Kyler Anderson, Wyatt Acker, Lucas Shelton, Kai Kinoshita, Tanner Jones, Georgios Devekos, Atsufumi Nakanishi, Yusuf Ashmawi, Kousei Fujita, Colby Duenas and Ben Lamperti. Photo courtesy of Tom Acker

Titans earn first place at tourney

Local soccer team performs admirably in June tournament.

  • Jun 19, 2018
The NPSA Titans 06 boys soccer team, which is coached by Jack Sturgess, captured first place at the Skagit Firecracker tournament in their division on June 17 in Burlington.
                                The Titans roster consisted of Aidan Rodey, Nick Chou, Kyler Anderson, Wyatt Acker, Lucas Shelton, Kai Kinoshita, Tanner Jones, Georgios Devekos, Atsufumi Nakanishi, Yusuf Ashmawi, Kousei Fujita, Colby Duenas and Ben Lamperti. Photo courtesy of Tom Acker
Avid swimmers spanning six states partook in the Mercer Island marathon swim on June 8. The distance, which covered 20 kilometers, saw 10 competitors complete the swim around Mercer Island in Lake Washington.
                                Participants included Daniela Klaz (Maine), Marcy MacDonald (Connecticut), Chris Greene (Georgia), Cindy Werhane (Oregon), Rijl Barber (Oregon), Wendy Van De Sompele (Washington), Jessi Harewicz (Washington), Suzie Dods (California) and Kim Rutherford (California). Klaz finished in first place with a time of 6:15.28.The swimmers (pictured) began their journey near the fishing dock at Luther Burbank Park at 8 a.m. on June 8 as they headed toward the east channel bridge. Photo courtesy of Liz Rosen

Swimmers partake in Mercer Island marathon swim

Individuals from multiple states make trip to Mercer Island for the event.

  • Jun 19, 2018
Avid swimmers spanning six states partook in the Mercer Island marathon swim on June 8. The distance, which covered 20 kilometers, saw 10 competitors complete the swim around Mercer Island in Lake Washington.
                                Participants included Daniela Klaz (Maine), Marcy MacDonald (Connecticut), Chris Greene (Georgia), Cindy Werhane (Oregon), Rijl Barber (Oregon), Wendy Van De Sompele (Washington), Jessi Harewicz (Washington), Suzie Dods (California) and Kim Rutherford (California). Klaz finished in first place with a time of 6:15.28.The swimmers (pictured) began their journey near the fishing dock at Luther Burbank Park at 8 a.m. on June 8 as they headed toward the east channel bridge. Photo courtesy of Liz Rosen
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
Sparkle Squad. Katie Metzger/Staff photo

Mercer Island’s Sparkle Squad is here to cheer

The unified cheer group is made up of 13 mentors and nine students withintellectual disabilities.

Sparkle Squad. Katie Metzger/Staff photo

United Bid prevails: World Cup may be coming to Seattle in 2026

2018 Cup begins Thursday in Russia

The Mercer Island Islanders girls 800 relay and 1600 relay teams captured first place at the Class 3A state track and field meet on May 26 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
                                The 800 relay team consisting of Maya Virdell, Maggie Baker, Gretchen Blohm and Kayla Lee earned first place with a time of 1:42.86. The 1600 relay team of Virdell, Baker, Blohm and Lee cruised to a first place finish with a time 3:51.56. Shorecrest finished in a distant second place with a time of 3:57.80. Lee (pictured in the 800 relay) ran the anchor leg on both relay teams.
                                Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Islanders relay teams earn first place at state meet

Mercer Island 800, 1600 relay teams finish in first place at the state track meet.

  • Jun 8, 2018
The Mercer Island Islanders girls 800 relay and 1600 relay teams captured first place at the Class 3A state track and field meet on May 26 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
                                The 800 relay team consisting of Maya Virdell, Maggie Baker, Gretchen Blohm and Kayla Lee earned first place with a time of 1:42.86. The 1600 relay team of Virdell, Baker, Blohm and Lee cruised to a first place finish with a time 3:51.56. Shorecrest finished in a distant second place with a time of 3:57.80. Lee (pictured in the 800 relay) ran the anchor leg on both relay teams.
                                Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders boys tennis team compiled 25 team points, earning the Class 3A state championship on May 26. Lakeside finished in second place with 17 team points. In the Class 3A singles tournament, Islanders player Christian Anderson captured third place and teammate Chris Elliot finished in fourth place. The Islanders doubles squad of Kevin Chen/Jack Mattox registered a fourth place in the Class 3A doubles tournament.
                                Photo courtesy of Steve Mattox

Mercer Island boys tennis team wins Class 3A state championship

Islanders earn a state title.

  • Jun 8, 2018
The Mercer Island Islanders boys tennis team compiled 25 team points, earning the Class 3A state championship on May 26. Lakeside finished in second place with 17 team points. In the Class 3A singles tournament, Islanders player Christian Anderson captured third place and teammate Chris Elliot finished in fourth place. The Islanders doubles squad of Kevin Chen/Jack Mattox registered a fourth place in the Class 3A doubles tournament.
                                Photo courtesy of Steve Mattox
Mercer Island Islanders junior boys lacrosse player Stew Vassau, who plays midfielder, was named to the 2018 Washington State High School All-American team.
                                Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson

Vassau named to 2018 Washington State All-American team

Islanders junior earns a coveted honor.

  • Jun 4, 2018
Mercer Island Islanders junior boys lacrosse player Stew Vassau, who plays midfielder, was named to the 2018 Washington State High School All-American team.
                                Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson
Mercer Island Islanders junior boys lacrosse player Glen Mahony, who plays the attack position, was named to the 2018 Washington State High School All-American team.
                                Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson

Mahony named to 2018 Washington State All-American team

Islanders junior earns a coveted honor.

  • Jun 4, 2018
Mercer Island Islanders junior boys lacrosse player Glen Mahony, who plays the attack position, was named to the 2018 Washington State High School All-American team.
                                Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson
Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                The Bellevue Wolverines boys lacrosse team earned a 8-6 victory against the Mercer Island Islanders in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association 3A state title game on May 26 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Bellevue finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 17-2. The Islanders finished with an overall record of 16-7. Mercer Island player junior Donnie Howard, left, tries to maneuver around Bellevue player in the title contest.

Wolverines defeat Islanders in rivalry contest in championship game

Mercer Island boys lacrosse team finishes the 2018 season with 16 victories.

  • May 27, 2018
Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                The Bellevue Wolverines boys lacrosse team earned a 8-6 victory against the Mercer Island Islanders in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association 3A state title game on May 26 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Bellevue finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 17-2. The Islanders finished with an overall record of 16-7. Mercer Island player junior Donnie Howard, left, tries to maneuver around Bellevue player in the title contest.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf squad finished in third place at the Class 3A state tournament on May 23 at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane. The Islanders, who finished with a total of 70.5 team points, finished 21 points behind first place Bellevue. Mercer Island golfer Gihoe Seo captured third place individually with a total of 151 strokes at the two-day tournament.

Islanders earn third place at Class 3A state golf tournament

Mercer Island golfer Gihoe Seo captured third place individually.

  • May 25, 2018
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf squad finished in third place at the Class 3A state tournament on May 23 at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane. The Islanders, who finished with a total of 70.5 team points, finished 21 points behind first place Bellevue. Mercer Island golfer Gihoe Seo captured third place individually with a total of 151 strokes at the two-day tournament.
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 Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                The Mercer Island Islanders 1600 relay squad consisting of Maya Virdell, Gretchen Blohm, Maggie Baker and Kayla Lee earned first place with a time of 3:52.75 at the Class 3A District II championships at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle. Lee (pictured), who ran the fourth and final leg of the relay, was well in front of all other competitors down the stretch. Holy Names finished in a distant second place with a time of 4:00.44.

Mercer Island 1600 relay team wins a district title

Islanders finish in first place.

  • May 19, 2018
Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                The Mercer Island Islanders 1600 relay squad consisting of Maya Virdell, Gretchen Blohm, Maggie Baker and Kayla Lee earned first place with a time of 3:52.75 at the Class 3A District II championships at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle. Lee (pictured), who ran the fourth and final leg of the relay, was well in front of all other competitors down the stretch. Holy Names finished in a distant second place with a time of 4:00.44.
Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                The Mercer Island Islanders 800 relay squad consisting of Eliza Crenshaw, Maggie Baker, Kayla Lee and Gretchen Blohm captured first place with a time of 1:42.80 at the Class 3A District II track championships on May 18 at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle. Ballard finished in second place with a time of 1:44.20.

Islanders quartet cruises to a district title in the 800 relay

Mercer Island relay team earns first place.

  • May 19, 2018
Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                The Mercer Island Islanders 800 relay squad consisting of Eliza Crenshaw, Maggie Baker, Kayla Lee and Gretchen Blohm captured first place with a time of 1:42.80 at the Class 3A District II track championships on May 18 at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle. Ballard finished in second place with a time of 1:44.20.