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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.
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.

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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)
Photo courtesy of Toby Swanson
                                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.
Photo courtesy of Jay Na
                                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.
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                                Mercer Island pitcher Robert Weaver surrendered just two hits in seven innings of work on the hill against the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors in the 2017 Class 3A third/fourth place game on May 27, 2017 at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Islanders defeated Edmonds-Woodway 2-1 to capture third place at the state tournament.

Islanders baseball program is absolutely dominant

Mercer Island is undefeated on the diamond.

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                                Mercer Island pitcher Robert Weaver surrendered just two hits in seven innings of work on the hill against the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors in the 2017 Class 3A third/fourth place game on May 27, 2017 at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Islanders defeated Edmonds-Woodway 2-1 to capture third place at the state tournament.
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls track team improved their overall record to 4-0 courtesy of a 89-56 win against Interlake and a 91-58 victory against the Redmond Mustangs in a KingCo 3A/2A double dual on March 29 on Mercer Island.
                                The Mercer Island boys squad lost to Interlake 76-69 and were defeated by Redmond 98-57. Islanders’ girls athletes capturing first place in their respective events consisted of Maya Virdell (100 meters, 1600 meter-relay), Gretchen Blohm (200 meters, 800 meter-relay), Kayla Lee (400 meters, 800 meter-relay, 1600 meter-relay), Katie McCormick (100 meter hurdles), Ella Hensey (800 meter-relay, 1600 meter-relay), Eliza Crenshaw (800 meter-relay), Margaret Baker (1600 meter-relay), Faith Osei-Tutu (shot-put, javelin) and Susanna Lepow (pole vault). Islanders’ boys athletes earning first place in their events were Colin Farrell (100 meters, 200 meters), Jack Clayville (110 hurdles), Mitchell Kirby (300 hurdles), Eli Yen (discus) and Jeffery Tian (pole vault). Yian (pictured) competes in the 110 hurdles in a double dual against the Interlake Saints and Redmond Mustangs on March 29.

Islanders track teams perform well on senior night

Mercer Island girls track team remains undefeated.

  • Apr 5, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls track team improved their overall record to 4-0 courtesy of a 89-56 win against Interlake and a 91-58 victory against the Redmond Mustangs in a KingCo 3A/2A double dual on March 29 on Mercer Island.
                                The Mercer Island boys squad lost to Interlake 76-69 and were defeated by Redmond 98-57. Islanders’ girls athletes capturing first place in their respective events consisted of Maya Virdell (100 meters, 1600 meter-relay), Gretchen Blohm (200 meters, 800 meter-relay), Kayla Lee (400 meters, 800 meter-relay, 1600 meter-relay), Katie McCormick (100 meter hurdles), Ella Hensey (800 meter-relay, 1600 meter-relay), Eliza Crenshaw (800 meter-relay), Margaret Baker (1600 meter-relay), Faith Osei-Tutu (shot-put, javelin) and Susanna Lepow (pole vault). Islanders’ boys athletes earning first place in their events were Colin Farrell (100 meters, 200 meters), Jack Clayville (110 hurdles), Mitchell Kirby (300 hurdles), Eli Yen (discus) and Jeffery Tian (pole vault). Yian (pictured) competes in the 110 hurdles in a double dual against the Interlake Saints and Redmond Mustangs on March 29.
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys lacrosse team registered a 12-5 victory against the Issaquah Eagles on March 30 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. The Islanders improved their overall record to 7-1 with the win. Islanders’ junior Ben Dunbar (pictured) carried the ball down the field against the Eagles.

Islanders cruise to a victory against the Eagles

Mercer Island boys lacrosse team captures seventh win.

  • Apr 3, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys lacrosse team registered a 12-5 victory against the Issaquah Eagles on March 30 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. The Islanders improved their overall record to 7-1 with the win. Islanders’ junior Ben Dunbar (pictured) carried the ball down the field against the Eagles.

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  • Apr 2, 2018
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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Katie Brodsky will play collegiate lacrosse for the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona next year.

Brodsky is the definition of a senior leader on the lacrosse field

Mercer Island senior will play collegiate lacrosse at Arizona State University.

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Katie Brodsky will play collegiate lacrosse for the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona next year.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured first place at the Whidbey Shootout at the Whidbey Golf Club on March 20.
                                The tournament, which featured 100 golfers from 15 different high school programs, was dominated by the Islanders. Mercer Island won the tournament, compiling a score of 330 strokes. Bellingham finished in second place with a distant 384 strokes. The Islanders broke the tournament record by nine strokes (Islanders set the previous record in 2017 with 339 strokes). Freshman Gihoe Seo captured first place at the tournament with a score of a 77. Ella Warburg earned second place with a score of 79 strokes. Lily Pruchno nabbed fifth place, Estey Chen registered a seventh-place finish and Katelyn Davis tallied a 10th-place finish.

Islanders earn first place at Whidbey Island golf tournament

Freshman Gihoe Seo captured first place at the tournament with a score of a 77.

  • Mar 28, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured first place at the Whidbey Shootout at the Whidbey Golf Club on March 20.
                                The tournament, which featured 100 golfers from 15 different high school programs, was dominated by the Islanders. Mercer Island won the tournament, compiling a score of 330 strokes. Bellingham finished in second place with a distant 384 strokes. The Islanders broke the tournament record by nine strokes (Islanders set the previous record in 2017 with 339 strokes). Freshman Gihoe Seo captured first place at the tournament with a score of a 77. Ella Warburg earned second place with a score of 79 strokes. Lily Pruchno nabbed fifth place, Estey Chen registered a seventh-place finish and Katelyn Davis tallied a 10th-place finish.
Photo courtsy of Jay Na
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls and boys track teams performed well in a double-dual meet against the Lake Washington Kangaroos and Sammamish Totems on March 21. The Islanders girls track squad earned a 98-86 win against Lake Washington and a 134-45 triumph against Sammamish.
                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys track team defeated Sammamish 126-47 but lost to Lake Washington 139-34. Ashley Rudd, Maya Virdell, Kayla Lee and Maggie Baker were members of the winning girls 800-meter relay squad with a time of 1:48.34. Virdell, Lee and Baker are pictured in the above photo. Islanders girls athletes earning first place in their respective events consisted of Chloe Michaels (1600 meters, 3200 meters), Lee (200 meters, 1600-meter relay), Baker (400 meters, 1600-meter relay), Rudd (300 hurdles, 400-meter relay), Virdell (400-meter relay), Eliza Crenshaw (400-meter relay), Katie McCormick (400-meter relay), Ella Hensey (1600-meter relay, long jump), Gretchen Blohm (1600-meter relay) and Faith Osei-Tutu (shot-put). Islanders’ boys athletes capturing first place in their respective events were Alexander Benson (3200 meters), Jack Clayville (110 hurdles) and Jeffery Tian (pole vault).

Islanders track teams are starting the season off strong

Mercer Island girls track team sweeps Lake Washington, Sammamish

  • Mar 28, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls and boys track teams performed well in a double-dual meet against the Lake Washington Kangaroos and Sammamish Totems on March 21. The Islanders girls track squad earned a 98-86 win against Lake Washington and a 134-45 triumph against Sammamish.
                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys track team defeated Sammamish 126-47 but lost to Lake Washington 139-34. Ashley Rudd, Maya Virdell, Kayla Lee and Maggie Baker were members of the winning girls 800-meter relay squad with a time of 1:48.34. Virdell, Lee and Baker are pictured in the above photo. Islanders girls athletes earning first place in their respective events consisted of Chloe Michaels (1600 meters, 3200 meters), Lee (200 meters, 1600-meter relay), Baker (400 meters, 1600-meter relay), Rudd (300 hurdles, 400-meter relay), Virdell (400-meter relay), Eliza Crenshaw (400-meter relay), Katie McCormick (400-meter relay), Ella Hensey (1600-meter relay, long jump), Gretchen Blohm (1600-meter relay) and Faith Osei-Tutu (shot-put). Islanders’ boys athletes capturing first place in their respective events were Alexander Benson (3200 meters), Jack Clayville (110 hurdles) and Jeffery Tian (pole vault).

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  • Mar 28, 2018