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Ryan Pang (pictured on the far right) poses for a photo with teammates Sam Schroerlucke, Chris Groer and Ross Duncan in Miami. Photo courtesy of Ryan Pang

Pang competes at ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships

Mercer Island tennis coach partakes in an experience of a lifetime.

 

The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim team earned a fifth-place finish at the Class 3A state swim meet on Nov. 10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
                                The 200 IM relay team consisting of Alexandra Williams, Grace Olsen, Cayla Prophater and Elie Bailey captured fifth place. The 200 free relay squad of Annie Pearse, Julia Williamson, Hailey Vandenbosch and Bailey finished in sixth place. The 400 free relay quartet of Pearse, Prophater, Vandenbosch and Williamson captured sixth place as well. Prophater earned fourth place in the 200 IM and third place in the 500 free. Sophia McGuffin registered a third-place finish in diving and Pearse finished in fifth place in the 100 free. Photo courtesy of Allison Nelson

Islanders earn fifth place at Class 3A state swim meet

Mercer Island swim team performs well at state swim competition.

  • Nov 14, 2018

 

Mercer Island senior midfielder Jackie Stenberg, right, tries to keep the ball away from Bonney Lake midfielder Summer Kober, left, in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Nov. 6 at Mercer Island High School. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Islanders cruise past Panthers in first round of state playoffs

Mercer Island pitches shutout against Bonney Lake.

 

The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim team earned third place as a team at the Class 3A SeaKing district championships on Nov. 3 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. The 200 medley relay team consisting of Alex Williams, Grace Olsen, Cayla Prophater and Julia Williamson captured fourth place. The 200 free relay team of Ellie Bailey, Annie Pearse, Williamson and Olsen earned fifth place. The 400 free relay team of Hailey Vandenbosch, Prophater, Pearse and Bailey captured fifth place.
                                Islanders’ junior Sophia McGuffin earned first place in the diving portion of the meet. Bailey earned eighth place in the 50 free and 10th place in the 100 free. Sophomore Grace Lennington captured 10th place in the 500 free. Senior Chloe Mark earned ninth place in the 200 free and sixth place in the 500 free. Olsen finished in ninth place in the 200 IM and sixth place in the 100 breaststroke. Pearse registered a third-place finish in the 50 free and third place in the 100 free. Prophater finished in fifth place in the 200 IM and third place in the 500 free. Mira Tang captured ninth place in the 100 back. Vandenbosch earned 10th place in the 200 free and ninth place in the 100 fly. Williams finished in sixth place in the 100 back. Williamson earned ninth place in the 50 free and eighth place in the 100 free. Sophomore Katie Williamson finished in fifth place in the 100 back. Photo courtesy of Allison Nelson

Islanders girls swim team earns third place at districts

The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim team earned third place as a team at the Class 3A SeaKing district championships on Nov. 3 at Mary… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2018
The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim team earned third place as a team at the Class 3A SeaKing district championships on Nov. 3 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. The 200 medley relay team consisting of Alex Williams, Grace Olsen, Cayla Prophater and Julia Williamson captured fourth place. The 200 free relay team of Ellie Bailey, Annie Pearse, Williamson and Olsen earned fifth place. The 400 free relay team of Hailey Vandenbosch, Prophater, Pearse and Bailey captured fifth place.
                                Islanders’ junior Sophia McGuffin earned first place in the diving portion of the meet. Bailey earned eighth place in the 50 free and 10th place in the 100 free. Sophomore Grace Lennington captured 10th place in the 500 free. Senior Chloe Mark earned ninth place in the 200 free and sixth place in the 500 free. Olsen finished in ninth place in the 200 IM and sixth place in the 100 breaststroke. Pearse registered a third-place finish in the 50 free and third place in the 100 free. Prophater finished in fifth place in the 200 IM and third place in the 500 free. Mira Tang captured ninth place in the 100 back. Vandenbosch earned 10th place in the 200 free and ninth place in the 100 fly. Williams finished in sixth place in the 100 back. Williamson earned ninth place in the 50 free and eighth place in the 100 free. Sophomore Katie Williamson finished in fifth place in the 100 back. Photo courtesy of Allison Nelson
A Mercer Island based tennis team, representing the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pacific Northwest Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 40 Over 3.0 Men’s National Championships on Oct. 28 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The Mercer Island team, which is based out of of the Mercer Island Country Club, defeated a squad from San Francisco, California 3-2 in the title match. Members of the Mercer Island squad consisted of John Whipple, Bernard Hensey, Brian Rogers, Christopher Loiselle, Christopher Martin, Dean Martin, Dean Winston, Jeff Omara, Richard Aylen and Ryan Flynn. Photo courtesy of the United States Tennis Association

Mercer Island tennis team wins national title

Team based out of Mercer Island Country Club dominates at coveted tournament.

  • Nov 6, 2018
A Mercer Island based tennis team, representing the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pacific Northwest Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 40 Over 3.0 Men’s National Championships on Oct. 28 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The Mercer Island team, which is based out of of the Mercer Island Country Club, defeated a squad from San Francisco, California 3-2 in the title match. Members of the Mercer Island squad consisted of John Whipple, Bernard Hensey, Brian Rogers, Christopher Loiselle, Christopher Martin, Dean Martin, Dean Winston, Jeff Omara, Richard Aylen and Ryan Flynn. Photo courtesy of the United States Tennis Association
The Mercer Island Islanders boys water polo team earned a 19-1 win against Kennedy on senior night on Nov. 1. Mercer Island seniors pictured include Jacob Goldfarb, Tyler Robinson, Peter Davis, Cole Brittain, Will Cero, William Lacrampe, Leif Gullstad, Julian Rizza and Nate Robinson. Photo courtesy of Dawn Friedland

Mercer Island water polo team dominates Kennedy

Islanders dominate on senior night.

  • Nov 6, 2018
The Mercer Island Islanders boys water polo team earned a 19-1 win against Kennedy on senior night on Nov. 1. Mercer Island seniors pictured include Jacob Goldfarb, Tyler Robinson, Peter Davis, Cole Brittain, Will Cero, William Lacrampe, Leif Gullstad, Julian Rizza and Nate Robinson. Photo courtesy of Dawn Friedland
Mercer Island Islanders freshman Kai Zettel (pictured) earned 36th place with a time of 17:01.2 at the Class 3A Sea-King District II championships on Oct. 25 in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Jay Na

Making an impact on the trails

The future is bright for Mercer Island freshman cross country runner Kai Zettel.

Mercer Island Islanders freshman Kai Zettel (pictured) earned 36th place with a time of 17:01.2 at the Class 3A Sea-King District II championships on Oct. 25 in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Jay Na
Mercer Island Islanders senior cross country athlete Maggie Baker advanced to the Class 3A state meet for four consecutive seasons from 2015 through 2018. Photo courtesy of Jay Na

A pillar of the program

Mercer Island senior Maggie Baker advances to the state cross country meet for fourth straight year.

Mercer Island Islanders senior cross country athlete Maggie Baker advanced to the Class 3A state meet for four consecutive seasons from 2015 through 2018. Photo courtesy of Jay Na
The Mercer Island Islanders boys golf team won the KingCo 2A/3A tournament on Oct. 15 and 3A SeaKing golf tournament on Oct. 23. The Islanders will compete in the Class 3A state golf tournament this May. Photo courtesy of Tyson Peters

Coming through in the clutch on the links

Mercer Island Islanders boys golf team dominates postseason tournaments.

The Mercer Island Islanders boys golf team won the KingCo 2A/3A tournament on Oct. 15 and 3A SeaKing golf tournament on Oct. 23. The Islanders will compete in the Class 3A state golf tournament this May. Photo courtesy of Tyson Peters

Mercer Island conquers its rival in the pool

Islanders defeat Wolverines for second time during 2018 season.

  • Oct 30, 2018
Mercer Island junior Carter Burr (pictured) catches a pass in the flat from quaterback Clay Dippold in the first quarter of play against Bellevue. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island, 47-0, on Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Wolverines cruise to a victory against Islanders

Mercer Island finishes the 2018 season with an overall record of 6-3.

Mercer Island junior Carter Burr (pictured) catches a pass in the flat from quaterback Clay Dippold in the first quarter of play against Bellevue. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island, 47-0, on Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders girls soccer team captured a 1-0 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines on Oct. 25 in the regular season finale for both teams. Jackie Stenberg (pictured) scored the lone goal of the game between rival schools. The Islanders finished the 2018 regular season with an overall record of 15-0-1. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ault Justus

Islanders earn victory against Wolverines in rivalry matchup

Mercer Island finishes the 2018 regular season with 15 wins.

  • Oct 27, 2018
The Mercer Island Islanders girls soccer team captured a 1-0 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines on Oct. 25 in the regular season finale for both teams. Jackie Stenberg (pictured) scored the lone goal of the game between rival schools. The Islanders finished the 2018 regular season with an overall record of 15-0-1. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ault Justus
A Mercer Island-based women’s tennis team, which represented the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest section, earned a national title at the USTA League Adult 40 Over 3.5 National Championships on Oct. 21 at the Arlington Tennis Center in Arlington, Texas. The Mercer Island team defeated a Cornelius, North Carolina squad 3-2 in the championship match. Members of the championship roster included Carol Gregory, Nancy Smith, Susie Harrington, Diane Panteleakos, Cindy Paborsky, Suzy Skone, Heidi Martin, Hilary Benson, Molly Fort, Ildi Koves, Shawn Wood, Kelly Everson and Leigh Perks. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ong/USTA

Mercer Island tennis team wins national title

Championship squad trains at Mercer Island Country Club.

  • Oct 25, 2018
A Mercer Island-based women’s tennis team, which represented the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest section, earned a national title at the USTA League Adult 40 Over 3.5 National Championships on Oct. 21 at the Arlington Tennis Center in Arlington, Texas. The Mercer Island team defeated a Cornelius, North Carolina squad 3-2 in the championship match. Members of the championship roster included Carol Gregory, Nancy Smith, Susie Harrington, Diane Panteleakos, Cindy Paborsky, Suzy Skone, Heidi Martin, Hilary Benson, Molly Fort, Ildi Koves, Shawn Wood, Kelly Everson and Leigh Perks. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ong/USTA
Islanders player Leif Gullstad (No. 12) makes his fourth steal of the game in a matchup against the Ballard Beavers on Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of Dawn Friedland

Mercer Island loses close contest to Ballard

Islanders lose in home contest against Beavers.

  • Oct 24, 2018
Islanders player Leif Gullstad (No. 12) makes his fourth steal of the game in a matchup against the Ballard Beavers on Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of Dawn Friedland

The epitome of a legend

Paul Allen will always be remembered for saving professional football in Seattle.

Islanders water polo team loses to Bellevue, Roosevelt

Mercer Island remains optimistic despite recent defeats.

  • Oct 16, 2018
The Mercer Island Islanders boys tennis team’s No. 1 doubles team consisting of Chris Elliot and Kevin Chen finished the 2018 regular season undefeated. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Dynamic duo dominates at the net

Mercer Island Islanders No. 1 doubles team goes undefeated in regular season action.

The Mercer Island Islanders boys tennis team’s No. 1 doubles team consisting of Chris Elliot and Kevin Chen finished the 2018 regular season undefeated. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Moscow Spartans football players Omari Grinyaev, Michael Levenshtein and Mercer Island head football coach Ed Slezinger pose for a quick photo prior to the start of Mercer Island’s football practice on Oct. 9. Grinyaev and Levenshtein will be in Washington observing the Islanders football programs practices, meetings, workouts and games through Oct. 22. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Islanders football program hosts Russian players

Players from the Moscow Spartans football team make trip to Mercer Island.

Moscow Spartans football players Omari Grinyaev, Michael Levenshtein and Mercer Island head football coach Ed Slezinger pose for a quick photo prior to the start of Mercer Island’s football practice on Oct. 9. Grinyaev and Levenshtein will be in Washington observing the Islanders football programs practices, meetings, workouts and games through Oct. 22. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Mercer Island senior running back Jack Clayville (pictured) has been one of the most prolific players on offense for his team throughout the 2018 season thus far. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 5-0 in early season action. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Keeping their eyes on the prize

Formidable schedule awaits Mercer Island football team toward the end of the season.

Mercer Island senior running back Jack Clayville (pictured) has been one of the most prolific players on offense for his team throughout the 2018 season thus far. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 5-0 in early season action. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders volleyball team lost 3-2 to the Bellevue Wolverines in a matchup between rival squads on Oct. 2 at Bellevue High School. The Islanders overall record is currently 4-5 thus far during the 2018 season. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Wolverines prevail in epic matchup against Mercer Island on the volleyball court

Islanders nearly snap Bellevue’s undefeated streak.

The Mercer Island Islanders volleyball team lost 3-2 to the Bellevue Wolverines in a matchup between rival squads on Oct. 2 at Bellevue High School. The Islanders overall record is currently 4-5 thus far during the 2018 season. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography