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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
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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.
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                                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
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                                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.
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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 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
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                                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.
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                                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.
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                                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.

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                                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.

Witnessing a historic sports moment was a memorable experience

A quick weekend trip to California was unforgettable.

Mercer Island Islanders boys soccer player Emil Talerman, left, pursues a through ball before Interlake goalie gains possession of the ball in a game featuring rivals on April 11 at Interlake High School. Mercer Island has won eight of their past nine games. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography)

Islander soccer squad is peaking at the right time

Mercer Island boys soccer team has won eight of its past nine games.

Mercer Island Islanders boys soccer player Emil Talerman, left, pursues a through ball before Interlake goalie gains possession of the ball in a game featuring rivals on April 11 at Interlake High School. Mercer Island has won eight of their past nine games. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography)
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls and boys track teams competed at the coveted Eason Invitational on April 21 at Snohomish High School.
                                Islanders’ senior Kayla Lee (pictured) earned first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.35. Mercer Island athletes who competed at the Eason Invitational consist of Christian Avilez, Alex Benson, Hatcher Childress, Michael Deal, Charles Fischer, Alex Pritchard, Ty Thomas, Jeffery Tian, Eli Yen, Maggie Baker, Gretchen Blohm, Eliza Crenshaw, Ella Hensey, Susie Lepow, Katie McCormick, Chloe Michaels, Faith Osei-Tutu, Maya Virdell and Kendra Watson.

Islanders compete at the Eason Invitational in Snohomish

Kayla Lee captures first place in the 400-meter dash.

  • Apr 25, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls and boys track teams competed at the coveted Eason Invitational on April 21 at Snohomish High School.
                                Islanders’ senior Kayla Lee (pictured) earned first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.35. Mercer Island athletes who competed at the Eason Invitational consist of Christian Avilez, Alex Benson, Hatcher Childress, Michael Deal, Charles Fischer, Alex Pritchard, Ty Thomas, Jeffery Tian, Eli Yen, Maggie Baker, Gretchen Blohm, Eliza Crenshaw, Ella Hensey, Susie Lepow, Katie McCormick, Chloe Michaels, Faith Osei-Tutu, Maya Virdell and Kendra Watson.
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls track team earned a 84-65 victory against the Liberty Patriots on April 5. The Islanders improved their overall record to 5-0 with the victory. Islanders athletes earning first place in their respective events consisted of Gretchen Blohm (200, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay), Margaret Baker (400, 800 relay, 1600 relay), Chloe Michaels (1600, 3200), Maya Virdell (300 hurdles, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay), Eliza Crenshaw (400 relay, 800 relay), Katie McCormick (400 relay, high jump), Ella Hensey (1600 relay, long jump), Faith Osei-Tutu (shot-put) and Aleksandra Kogalovski (pole vault). Crenshaw (pictured) competes in the 800-meter relay against Liberty.

Islanders girls track team remains undefeated

Mercer Island girls track squad improves overall record to 5-0.

  • Apr 20, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls track team earned a 84-65 victory against the Liberty Patriots on April 5. The Islanders improved their overall record to 5-0 with the victory. Islanders athletes earning first place in their respective events consisted of Gretchen Blohm (200, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay), Margaret Baker (400, 800 relay, 1600 relay), Chloe Michaels (1600, 3200), Maya Virdell (300 hurdles, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay), Eliza Crenshaw (400 relay, 800 relay), Katie McCormick (400 relay, high jump), Ella Hensey (1600 relay, long jump), Faith Osei-Tutu (shot-put) and Aleksandra Kogalovski (pole vault). Crenshaw (pictured) competes in the 800-meter relay against Liberty.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured first place at the Burlington Invitational golf tournament on April 16. The Islanders, who compiled 355 total points (low score wins in golf) edged out second place Sammamish by 28 strokes. Mercer Island golfers Ella Warburg and Gihoe Seo tied for second place individually, with each golfer shooting a 79 on the 18-hole course. The Islanders have won all four golf tournaments they’ve competed in during the 2018 season thus far.

Mercer Island wins Burlington Invitational

Islanders girls golf team continues its winning streak.

  • Apr 19, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured first place at the Burlington Invitational golf tournament on April 16. The Islanders, who compiled 355 total points (low score wins in golf) edged out second place Sammamish by 28 strokes. Mercer Island golfers Ella Warburg and Gihoe Seo tied for second place individually, with each golfer shooting a 79 on the 18-hole course. The Islanders have won all four golf tournaments they’ve competed in during the 2018 season thus far.
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                                Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo player Annie Ritcey, who is one of the team captains, unleashes a pass during a game during the 2018 season. The Islanders have just one loss thus far.

Islanders girls water polo program is thriving in the pool

Mercer Island girls water polo team has compiled five victories thus far.

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                                Mercer Island Islanders girls water polo player Annie Ritcey, who is one of the team captains, unleashes a pass during a game during the 2018 season. The Islanders have just one loss thus far.
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                                Mercer Island Islanders defender Reis Kissel, left, dribbles the ball upfield while being guarded by Interlake Saints midfielder Andre Garone, right, in a matchup between KingCo 3A teams on April 11 at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Mercer Island defeated Interlake 2-1 in the contest.

Islanders conquer Saints in rivalry showdown on the soccer field

Mercer Island survives Interlake rally in the second half.

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                                Mercer Island Islanders defender Reis Kissel, left, dribbles the ball upfield while being guarded by Interlake Saints midfielder Andre Garone, right, in a matchup between KingCo 3A teams on April 11 at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Mercer Island defeated Interlake 2-1 in the contest.
Islander teammates Alex Seidel and Sabrina Kwan pose in front of the pool where they competed in the NCAA D3 National Swimming and Dive Championships.

Islanders compete at NCAA championships

Two MIHS teammates raced in A finals for the NCAA D3 National Swimming and Dive Championships.

  • Apr 9, 2018
Islander teammates Alex Seidel and Sabrina Kwan pose in front of the pool where they competed in the NCAA D3 National Swimming and Dive Championships.