Islanders looking to dominate in the pool this season

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:55pm
  • Sports


Special to the Reporter

This year’s Mercer Island boys water polo squad will be led by a new head coach — Calvin White.

However, White is not new to the Islanders.

White served as the girls head coach last spring and the boys junior varsity coach in 2016. He has been involved in the local water polo community for over 30 years, calling himself “a Pacific- Northwest kid.” He grew up on Bainbridge Island playing on the Spartans very first water polo team in 1985. After his college playing days at Northern Arizona, White returned to Bainbridge to coach, leading the team to the 1994 state championship. White subsequently coached both boys and girls teams at Newport High School and served as a league referee.

As a Mercer Island coach, he would like to “improve on last year’s third-place finish at state and get the next round of varsity players ready.”

He sees this year’s team as “hard workers with brains.” He said the best surprise of the season so far was “all players who entered the water for the Lake Swim finished. That was amazing.”

Team captains Carson Coe, Daniel Kavesh, Sam Nair and Sammy Vacca will lead the core group of senior and junior returners.

“We lost some strong players to graduation, especially at goalie, but the team will be in good shape with strong defense,” Coe said.

Kavesh stated he is “looking forward to getting to know the people on the team. There will be a lot more focus on fundamentals.”

Vacca said that this year’s team has “great teamwork, competitiveness and the drive to succeed. Calvin will really push us.”

All captains concurred that the Lake Swim was not only a highlight, but really helped solidify team camaraderie. For more information about the Islanders boys water polo team, visit

More in Sports

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.

Photo courtesy of Tim Bauman
                                Mercer Island boys soccer players Reis Kissel and Hunter Bauman were named to the Washington High School first-team all-state boys soccer this past May.
                                It was the third consecutive season Kissel and Bauman received first-team, all-state honors. Reis, who played defender for the Islanders, will be attending Vassar College this fall. Bauman, who played midfielder for the Islanders, will be attending the University of Washington. Bauman (left), Islanders head coach Colin Rigby (center) and Kissel (right) are pictured in the above photo.
Islanders soccer stars earn coveted honors

Mercer Island 2018 graduates finish sensational high school soccer careers.

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… Continue reading

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.

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.

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.

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.