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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
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                                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
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                                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.
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                                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.
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                                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
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                                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.
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                                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
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                                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.
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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior track athlete Kayla Lee captured first place in the 400 with a time of 56.16 at the Class 3A District II championships on May 18 at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle.

Lee wins district title in 400

Kayla Lee finishes with a time of 56.16.

  • May 19, 2018
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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior track athlete Kayla Lee captured first place in the 400 with a time of 56.16 at the Class 3A District II championships on May 18 at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle.
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                                Mercer Island player Grace Fujinaga, who scored three goals in the state title game, carried the ball upfield while being chased by Bainbridge Island player Maggie Sweeney (left).

Mercer Island nearly defeats Bainbridge Island in lacrosse state title game

Bainbridge wins girls lacrosse state championship by the slimmest of margins.

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                                Mercer Island player Grace Fujinaga, who scored three goals in the state title game, carried the ball upfield while being chased by Bainbridge Island player Maggie Sweeney (left).
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                                The Mercer Island FC Maroon 17U girls soccer team defeated Washington Premier FC 4-2 in the Presidents Cup state championship game on May 13 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Mercer Island squad also defeated Federal Way FC 5-1 in the semifinals on May 12.

Maroon 17U girls soccer team wins Presidents Cup

Mercer Island soccer squad wins coveted title.

  • May 18, 2018
Photo courtesy of Jordan Friedman
                                The Mercer Island FC Maroon 17U girls soccer team defeated Washington Premier FC 4-2 in the Presidents Cup state championship game on May 13 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Mercer Island squad also defeated Federal Way FC 5-1 in the semifinals on May 12.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured first place at the KingCo golf tournament on May 8 at Snohomish Golf Course.
                                It was the fourth consecutive year the Islanders have won the coveted tournament. Islanders’ freshman Gihoe Seo finished in second place overall at the tourney. Seo, senior Estey Chen, sophomore Lilly Pruchno and senior Ella Warburg will compete in the 3A Sea-King district golf tournament. Annelise Rorem and Katelyn Travis will be alternates at districts.
                                “I couldn’t be prouder of this team. All season long these girls never stopped competing against every top team in the state. To claim this victory is remarkable considering just how tough KingCo is this year. I think it is a testament to the strong senior leadership, terrific can-do attitude by our juniors and the incredible work ethic of our underclassmen,” Mercer Island head coach Dan Papasedero said.

Mercer Island girls golf team wins KingCo tournament

Islanders continue to dominate on the links.

  • May 12, 2018
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured first place at the KingCo golf tournament on May 8 at Snohomish Golf Course.
                                It was the fourth consecutive year the Islanders have won the coveted tournament. Islanders’ freshman Gihoe Seo finished in second place overall at the tourney. Seo, senior Estey Chen, sophomore Lilly Pruchno and senior Ella Warburg will compete in the 3A Sea-King district golf tournament. Annelise Rorem and Katelyn Travis will be alternates at districts.
                                “I couldn’t be prouder of this team. All season long these girls never stopped competing against every top team in the state. To claim this victory is remarkable considering just how tough KingCo is this year. I think it is a testament to the strong senior leadership, terrific can-do attitude by our juniors and the incredible work ethic of our underclassmen,” Mercer Island head coach Dan Papasedero said.

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  • May 11, 2018
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  • May 7, 2018
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                                Mercer Island infielder Cole Miller, right, tosses the ball to first baseman Justin Ho for an out in the top of the second inning against the Redmond Mustangs in a KingCo 3A playoff baseball game on May 3 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mercer Island, which trailed by four runs early in the game, earned a 7-6 comeback win.

Islanders register comeback triumph on diamond

Mercer Island baseball team advances to KingCo 3A title game.

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                                Mercer Island infielder Cole Miller, right, tosses the ball to first baseman Justin Ho for an out in the top of the second inning against the Redmond Mustangs in a KingCo 3A playoff baseball game on May 3 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Mercer Island, which trailed by four runs early in the game, earned a 7-6 comeback win.
Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                Mercer Island Islanders senior first baseman Justin Ho slides safely into third base against the Juanita Rebels in the KingCo 3A championship game. The Islanders defeated the Rebels 11-1 on May 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Mercer Island wins KingCo 3A baseball tournament

Islanders clinch berth in the Class 3A state tourney.

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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior first baseman Justin Ho slides safely into third base against the Juanita Rebels in the KingCo 3A championship game. The Islanders defeated the Rebels 11-1 on May 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Tessa Guerra has scored 31 goals thus far this season. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 10-1 thus far during the 2018 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Guerra believes team camaraderie will propel Islanders to the promised land

Tessa Guerra has scored 31 goals in 11 games.

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Tessa Guerra has scored 31 goals thus far this season. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 10-1 thus far during the 2018 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Photo courtesy of Jay Na
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls track and field squad earned third place as a team, compiling 59 team points at the 42nd annual Lake Washington All-Girls Invitational on April 28. Kamiak captured first place (87 team points) at the event.
                                The Islanders 800 relay quartet consisting of Kayla Lee, Margaret Baker, Gretchen Blohm and Eliza Crenshaw earned first place with a time of 1:45.56. Mercer Island’s 1600 relay squad of Maya Virdell, Lee, Baker and Blohm cruised to a first place finish with a time of 4:03.58. Lee captured second place in the 200 with a time of 26.31. Baker captured second place in the 400 with a time of 58.74. Islanders senior Katie McCormick (pictured) competed in the high jump.
Photo courtesy of Jay Na
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls track and field squad earned third place as a team, compiling 59 team points at the 42nd annual Lake Washington All-Girls Invitational on April 28. Kamiak captured first place (87 team points) at the event.
                                The Islanders 800 relay quartet consisting of Kayla Lee, Margaret Baker, Gretchen Blohm and Eliza Crenshaw earned first place with a time of 1:45.56. Mercer Island’s 1600 relay squad of Maya Virdell, Lee, Baker and Blohm cruised to a first place finish with a time of 4:03.58. Lee captured second place in the 200 with a time of 26.31. Baker captured second place in the 400 with a time of 58.74. Islanders senior Katie McCormick (pictured) competed in the high jump.
Photo courtesy of Melissa Bakh
                                Mercer Island eighth grader Finn Friedland is adept at stopping opposing team’s offenses from scoring in water polo from the goalie position. Friedland will be a freshman at Mercer Island High School during the 2018-19 school year.

Friedland attains a coveted honor in the pool

Mercer Island middle school student is a brick wall between the posts.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Bakh
                                Mercer Island eighth grader Finn Friedland is adept at stopping opposing team’s offenses from scoring in water polo from the goalie position. Friedland will be a freshman at Mercer Island High School during the 2018-19 school year.