Sports

Soccer is a thriving sport on Mercer Island

Mercer Island soccer tradition is a cornerstone of the community.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls soccer team won the Class 3A state championship in November of 2017. It was the first state title in school history for the team. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

State champs are looking to defend their title

Mercer Island girls soccer team is striving to win back-to-back state titles.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls soccer team won the Class 3A state championship in November of 2017. It was the first state title in school history for the team. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Mercer Island Islanders defensive back/wide receiver Henry Weiker (No. 8) makes a play on the ball during position drills on Aug. 17 on Mercer Island. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Islanders are looking to return to the playoffs in 2018

Starting quarterback spot is still up for grabs.

Mercer Island Islanders defensive back/wide receiver Henry Weiker (No. 8) makes a play on the ball during position drills on Aug. 17 on Mercer Island. Shaun Scott/staff photo
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

Thunder Sports Network takes the sports world by storm

Rich Hallstrom and Chris Brown co-authored Thunder Sports Network, but it’s friendship that counts.

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

Andrews soars onto the national stage

Brooke Andrews, 13, is looking to compete at the 2018 USA Diving Junior National Championships.

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
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.

  • Jul 19, 2018
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.

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
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
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
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