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A view from the bleachers at the Mat Classic state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2019. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Mat Classic is an amazing spectacle

A simply special experience at the Tacoma Dome.

A view from the bleachers at the Mat Classic state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2019. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Auburn Riverside defenders bring down Kennedy Catholic’s Junior Alexander during North Puget Sound League Mountain Division action in Oct. 2018 at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Photo by Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

Lawmakers push concussion awareness and best practices in sports

SB 5238 requires University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center to compile research data

  • Feb 22, 2019
Auburn Riverside defenders bring down Kennedy Catholic’s Junior Alexander during North Puget Sound League Mountain Division action in Oct. 2018 at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Photo by Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

Swinging strong at state

Mercer Island’s Rachel Ressmeyer tied for 11th on bars at the 1A/2A/3A state gymnastics championships at Sammamish High on Feb. 22. She scored a 9.1… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2019
Mercer Island Islanders senior wrestler Donnie Howard, left, battles against Yelm’s Derrick Platt, right in the Mat Classic Class 3A 195-pound championship match. Platt earned a 3-2 victory against Howard on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Sensational senior earns second place at Mat Classic

Mercer Island 195-pound wrestler Donnie Howard finishes a memorable career on the mat.

Mercer Island Islanders senior wrestler Donnie Howard, left, battles against Yelm’s Derrick Platt, right in the Mat Classic Class 3A 195-pound championship match. Platt earned a 3-2 victory against Howard on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound weight division, earned three victories at the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Pruchno earns three victories at the Mat Classic

Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound weight division, earned three victories at the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019
Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound weight division, earned three victories at the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state meet from Feb. 21-23 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Islanders athletes Ava Motroni (beam, vault), Emery Sampson (vault) and Rachel Ressmeyer (bars, floor, vault) will test their skills against the best gymnastics athletes in Washington at the state meet. Photo courtesy of Debra Gibbs

Three Mercer Island athletes will compete at gymnastics state meet

Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state meet from Feb. 21-23 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Islanders athletes Ava… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019
Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state meet from Feb. 21-23 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Islanders athletes Ava Motroni (beam, vault), Emery Sampson (vault) and Rachel Ressmeyer (bars, floor, vault) will test their skills against the best gymnastics athletes in Washington at the state meet. Photo courtesy of Debra Gibbs

Richardson earns top honors at state swim meet

Mercer Island senior takes pair of titles again.

Flying through the pool

Mount Si junior Nathan Harris competes in the 100 butterfly B final at the 4A state meet on Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2019

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Mercer Island Islanders senior swimmer Killian Riley will compete in the 200 free, 100 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay at the Class 3A state swim and dive championships on Feb. 15-16 in Federal Way. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Riley rises to the occasion in the pool

Mercer Island senior Killian Riley thrives in a quartet of events.

Mercer Island Islanders senior swimmer Killian Riley will compete in the 200 free, 100 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay at the Class 3A state swim and dive championships on Feb. 15-16 in Federal Way. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Mercer Island Islanders freshman Chris Clark (pictured) drives to the hoop in the fourth quarter against the Bellevue Wolverines in the 3A KingCo tournament championship game on Feb. 6 at Newport High School in Factoria. The Islanders defeated the Wolverines 44-41. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Islanders conquer Wolverines in 3A KingCo championship game

Mercer Island fends off Bellevue fourth quarter rally.

Mercer Island Islanders freshman Chris Clark (pictured) drives to the hoop in the fourth quarter against the Bellevue Wolverines in the 3A KingCo tournament championship game on Feb. 6 at Newport High School in Factoria. The Islanders defeated the Wolverines 44-41. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the KingCo swim meet on Feb. 2 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. Photo courtesy of Jay Na

Islanders boys swim team wins KingCo swim meet

Mercer Island swim team is a dominant program.

  • Feb 5, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the KingCo swim meet on Feb. 2 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. Photo courtesy of Jay Na
Northwest Yeshiva senior Zohar Hemmet, left, dribbles the ball down the court in the final game of her high school career against Rainier Christian on Jan. 30. Northwest Yeshiva finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 4-16. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Rainier Christian defeats Northwest Yeshiva in season finale

Northwest Yeshiva finishes the season with four victories.

  • Feb 5, 2019
Northwest Yeshiva senior Zohar Hemmet, left, dribbles the ball down the court in the final game of her high school career against Rainier Christian on Jan. 30. Northwest Yeshiva finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 4-16. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Mercer Island Islanders wrestler Colin Farrell, left, registered a first place finish in the 182-pound weight division at the KingCo/Wesco 3A sub-regionals on Feb. 2. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Bevy of Mercer Island grapplers advance to regionals

Islanders wrestling team is peaking at the right time.

  • Feb 5, 2019
Mercer Island Islanders wrestler Colin Farrell, left, registered a first place finish in the 182-pound weight division at the KingCo/Wesco 3A sub-regionals on Feb. 2. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
The Mercer Island Islanders boys basketball team registered a 57-41 win on the road against the Bellevue Wolverines on Feb. 1 in Bellevue. Adam Parker (pictured with the dunk) scored a team-high 22 points against the Wolverines. The Islanders clinched the 2A/3A KingCo regular season title with the victory. Mercer Island, who currently has an overall record of 16-4, have won eight consecutive games. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Islanders earn 2A/3A KingCo regular season title

Mercer Island’s winning streak on the hardwood continues

  • Feb 3, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders boys basketball team registered a 57-41 win on the road against the Bellevue Wolverines on Feb. 1 in Bellevue. Adam Parker (pictured with the dunk) scored a team-high 22 points against the Wolverines. The Islanders clinched the 2A/3A KingCo regular season title with the victory. Mercer Island, who currently has an overall record of 16-4, have won eight consecutive games. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The Lake Washington Kangaroos girls basketball team captured a 64-53 win against the Mercer Island Islanders on senior night on Jan. 30 at Mercer Island High School. The Islanders dropped to 1-18 overall with the loss. Mercer Island seniors Sarah Gest, right, and Rio Beutelspacher, left, try to stop Lake Washington guard Rosa Smith, center, as she drives to the hoop. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Islanders lose to Kangaroos on senior night

The Lake Washington Kangaroos girls basketball team captured a 64-53 win against the Mercer Island Islanders on senior night on Jan. 30 at Mercer Island… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2019
The Lake Washington Kangaroos girls basketball team captured a 64-53 win against the Mercer Island Islanders on senior night on Jan. 30 at Mercer Island High School. The Islanders dropped to 1-18 overall with the loss. Mercer Island seniors Sarah Gest, right, and Rio Beutelspacher, left, try to stop Lake Washington guard Rosa Smith, center, as she drives to the hoop. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Mercer Island Islanders sophomore Alex Edwards has registered Class 3A state tournament qualifying times in the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle in regular-season action during the 2018-19 season. Edwards said he will focus on the 500 free and 200 IM during the postseason this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Sophomore phenom is making his presence felt in the pool

Mercer Island swimmer Alex Edwards is a dominant force in the water.

Mercer Island Islanders sophomore Alex Edwards has registered Class 3A state tournament qualifying times in the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle in regular-season action during the 2018-19 season. Edwards said he will focus on the 500 free and 200 IM during the postseason this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

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Islanders earn overtime win against Saints

Mercer Island girls hoops team captures first victory of the season.

  • Jan 24, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team is striving to advance to the district competition as a team this February. Photo courtesy of Debra Gibbs

Legendary coach Lewis is enjoying his final season leading the Islanders

Mercer Island gymnastics coach is confident in his team’s abilities.

The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team is striving to advance to the district competition as a team this February. Photo courtesy of Debra Gibbs