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Mercer Island girls lacrosse players Grace Fujinaga, Annabelle Gersch and Hannah Tiscornia hold the state championship trophy following their 10-9 victory against Bainbridge Island in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association championship game on May 17. Photo courtesy of Kathy Gersch

Three Islanders girls lacrosse players named to all-state team

Mercer Island athletes garner accolades.

  • Jun 18, 2019
Mercer Island girls lacrosse players Grace Fujinaga, Annabelle Gersch and Hannah Tiscornia hold the state championship trophy following their 10-9 victory against Bainbridge Island in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association championship game on May 17. Photo courtesy of Kathy Gersch
Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez, left, and Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone, right, collaborated on a book titled, “Edgar: An Autobiography.” Martinez and Stone attended a book signing on June 12 at Barnes Noble in Bellevue. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Legendary Mariner meets a plethora of fans

Edgar Martinez visits Bellevue Barnes & Noble to promote his book.

Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez, left, and Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone, right, collaborated on a book titled, “Edgar: An Autobiography.” Martinez and Stone attended a book signing on June 12 at Barnes Noble in Bellevue. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Mercer Island resident Michael Magnussen has competed in all six of the marathon majors in the world since 2016. Magnussen clocked a time of 2:56.21 at the London Marathon in May. This past February, Magnussen finished with a time of 2:55.40 in the Tokyo Marathon. Photo courtesy of Theresa Magnussen

Running is a way of life for Magnussen

Hard work and determination pays dividends for avid Mercer Island runner.

Mercer Island resident Michael Magnussen has competed in all six of the marathon majors in the world since 2016. Magnussen clocked a time of 2:56.21 at the London Marathon in May. This past February, Magnussen finished with a time of 2:55.40 in the Tokyo Marathon. Photo courtesy of Theresa Magnussen
Mercer Island Islanders sophomore Tegan Yuasa is currently the top-ranked male 55-kilogram athlete in the sport of Judo. Yuasa will compete at the Cadet World Championships, which will take place from Sept. 25-29 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa

Yuasa earns first place in the USA Judo Elite Senior National Championships

Mercer Island High School sophomore Tegan Yuasa captured first place in the 55-kilogram category at the USA Judo Elite Senior National Championships in Las Vegas,… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019
Mercer Island Islanders sophomore Tegan Yuasa is currently the top-ranked male 55-kilogram athlete in the sport of Judo. Yuasa will compete at the Cadet World Championships, which will take place from Sept. 25-29 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa
Mercer Island senior Matthew Capone, left, dribbles the ball up field while being guarded by Juanita sophomore Andrew Taylor in a game on April 11. Capone earned first-team all-3A KingCo honors as a midfielder during the 2019 season. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Islanders athletes capture all-league honors

Bevy of Mercer Island soccer/baseball players garner recognition.

  • Jun 4, 2019
Mercer Island senior Matthew Capone, left, dribbles the ball up field while being guarded by Juanita sophomore Andrew Taylor in a game on April 11. Capone earned first-team all-3A KingCo honors as a midfielder during the 2019 season. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The Mercer Island FC Maroon girls soccer team earned a 2-1 victory against the PacNW Blue in the President’s Cup D2 championship contest May 12. Photo courtesy of Tom Hill

Maroon girls soccer team completes journey with a championship

Teamwork propels Maroon soccer team to third title in five seasons.

The Mercer Island FC Maroon girls soccer team earned a 2-1 victory against the PacNW Blue in the President’s Cup D2 championship contest May 12. Photo courtesy of Tom Hill
The Mercer Island Islanders tennis doubles team consisting of Kevin Chen/Chris Elliott earned first place at the 3A state tennis tournament on May 25 in Kennewick. Photo courtesy of MC Chen

Doubles duo attains a coveted goal on the tennis court

The doubles team of Kevin Chen/Chris Elliott goes undefeated at the 3A state tournament.

  • May 28, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders tennis doubles team consisting of Kevin Chen/Chris Elliott earned first place at the 3A state tennis tournament on May 25 in Kennewick. Photo courtesy of MC Chen
Coach Don Papasedero, Gihoe Seo, Grace Shaddle, Annelise Rorem, Katelyn Travis, Lilly Pruchno and coach Tim Okamura take a team photo with the 3A third place trophy on May 22 at Hawks Prairie Golf Course in Lacey. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Mercer Island girls golf team captures third place at 3A state tourney

Islanders’ girls golf squad rises to the occasion in final tournament of 2019.

  • May 26, 2019
Coach Don Papasedero, Gihoe Seo, Grace Shaddle, Annelise Rorem, Katelyn Travis, Lilly Pruchno and coach Tim Okamura take a team photo with the 3A third place trophy on May 22 at Hawks Prairie Golf Course in Lacey. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Mercer Island player Glen Mahony (No. 9) leaps on the back of Will Wheeler (No. 14) during the 3A state championship game against the Bellevue Wolverines. Mercer Island defeated Bellevue 14-6 on May 25 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography

Islanders win 3A state lacrosse championship

Mercer Island finishes 2019 season with 18 victories.

  • May 26, 2019
Mercer Island player Glen Mahony (No. 9) leaps on the back of Will Wheeler (No. 14) during the 3A state championship game against the Bellevue Wolverines. Mercer Island defeated Bellevue 14-6 on May 25 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders girls lacrosse team hoists the state championship trophy following its 10-9 win against Bainbridge Island on May 17. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Pure Jubilation!!

Mercer Island girls lacrosse team captures a state title.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls lacrosse team hoists the state championship trophy following its 10-9 win against Bainbridge Island on May 17. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Mercer Island Islanders senior Grant Stading (No. 19) hustles down the first-base line after hitting a grounder against the Capital Cougars. Capital defeated Mercer Island, 7-1, in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Cougars conquer Mercer Island in loser-out playoff game on diamond

Islanders finish the 2019 season with 13 victories.

Mercer Island Islanders senior Grant Stading (No. 19) hustles down the first-base line after hitting a grounder against the Capital Cougars. Capital defeated Mercer Island, 7-1, in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured third place as a team at the 2019 3A Sea-King girls district golf tournament on May 13. The third place finish ensured the Islanders varsity golf team a berth at the Class 3A state tournament. Islanders’ golfers pictured in the above photo are Gihoe Seo, Annelise Rorem, Katelyn Travis, Yumi Baston, Grace Shaddle and Lilly Pruchno. Mercer Island coaches Don Papasedero and Tim Okamura are pictured on the right. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Islanders golf team earns third place at districts

Mercer Island golfer Gihoe Seo earned second place individually

  • May 16, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured third place as a team at the 2019 3A Sea-King girls district golf tournament on May 13. The third place finish ensured the Islanders varsity golf team a berth at the Class 3A state tournament. Islanders’ golfers pictured in the above photo are Gihoe Seo, Annelise Rorem, Katelyn Travis, Yumi Baston, Grace Shaddle and Lilly Pruchno. Mercer Island coaches Don Papasedero and Tim Okamura are pictured on the right. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Mercer Island junior Maya Virdell (pictured) captured first place in the 300 hurdles at the 3A KingCo track meet at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Virdell cruises to a first place finish in 300 hurdles

Mercer Island junior continues to dominate in her best event.

  • May 14, 2019
Mercer Island junior Maya Virdell (pictured) captured first place in the 300 hurdles at the 3A KingCo track meet at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Mercer Island senior Maggie Baker (No. 5) captured first place in the 400 at the 3A KingCo track meet at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Baker registers first place finish in the 400

Mercer Island senior takes the top spot.

  • May 14, 2019
Mercer Island senior Maggie Baker (No. 5) captured first place in the 400 at the 3A KingCo track meet at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders girls 1600 relay team consisting of athletes Maggie Baker, Maya Virdell, Gretchen Blohm and Ashley Rudd, earned first place with a time of 4:07.66 at the 3A KingCo track championships in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Islanders’ quartet finishes in first place in 1600 relay

Mercer Island captures first place by a significant margin.

  • May 14, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders girls 1600 relay team consisting of athletes Maggie Baker, Maya Virdell, Gretchen Blohm and Ashley Rudd, earned first place with a time of 4:07.66 at the 3A KingCo track championships in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Mercer Island senior Matthew Capone, left, dribbles the ball up field while being guarded by Juanita sophomore Andrew Taylor in a game on April 11. Juanita defeated Mercer Island, 2-1, in a loser-out, 3A KingCo playoff game on May 7 at Mercer Island High School. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Rebels defeat Islanders in overtime

Mercer Island finishes the 2019 season with eight victories.

  • May 9, 2019
Mercer Island senior Matthew Capone, left, dribbles the ball up field while being guarded by Juanita sophomore Andrew Taylor in a game on April 11. Juanita defeated Mercer Island, 2-1, in a loser-out, 3A KingCo playoff game on May 7 at Mercer Island High School. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders pose for a team photo after clinching a berth at the Class 3A state tournament courtesy of a 10-3 victory against the Interlake Saints in the 3A KingCo championship game on May 6 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Islanders capture the 3A KingCo tournament championship on the baseball diamond

Mercer Island clinches state berth for fifth consecutive season.

The Mercer Island Islanders pose for a team photo after clinching a berth at the Class 3A state tournament courtesy of a 10-3 victory against the Interlake Saints in the 3A KingCo championship game on May 6 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Mercer Island Islanders player Glen Mahony, right, scored three goals against the Eastlake Wolves on May 1. Mercer Island defeated Eastlake 17-4. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography

Islanders cruise to a victory against the Wolves

Mercer Island clinches No. 1 seed from KingCo Conference to the playoffs.

Mercer Island Islanders player Glen Mahony, right, scored three goals against the Eastlake Wolves on May 1. Mercer Island defeated Eastlake 17-4. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
Mercer Island Islanders senior defender Julia Nordstrom, who will attend the University of Colorado (Boulder) this fall, plans on playing on the college’s club lacrosse team next season. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Nordstrom anchors the Islanders defense

Mercer Island girls lacrosse team is undefeated.

Mercer Island Islanders senior defender Julia Nordstrom, who will attend the University of Colorado (Boulder) this fall, plans on playing on the college’s club lacrosse team next season. Shaun Scott/staff photo
The Mercer Island Islanders varsity girls tennis team poses for a picture on senior day. Photo courtesy of Charlene Steinhauer

Islanders tennis squad finishes regular season with nine victories

The Mercer Island Islanders girls tennis team finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 9-4. The Islanders, who finished KingCo action with a… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders varsity girls tennis team poses for a picture on senior day. Photo courtesy of Charlene Steinhauer