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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
Mercer Island 220-pound wrestler Donnie Howard, pictured, pinned Interlake wrestler Cole Mullenix in their matchup on Jan. 17. The Islanders defeated the Saints 44-24 in the dual match. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Mercer Island grapplers conquer Interlake on senior night

The Mercer Island Islanders wrestling team earned a 44-24 victory in a dual match against the Interlake Saints on senior night on Jan. 17 at… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2019
Mercer Island 220-pound wrestler Donnie Howard, pictured, pinned Interlake wrestler Cole Mullenix in their matchup on Jan. 17. The Islanders defeated the Saints 44-24 in the dual match. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
At long last, Edgar Martinez’s waiting game is over. Photo by clare_and_ben/Flickr

Edgar Martinez finally makes the Hall of Fame

In his last year on the ballot, the Mariner legend and greatest designated hitter of all time gets the Cooperstown call.

At long last, Edgar Martinez’s waiting game is over. Photo by clare_and_ben/Flickr
Mercer Island Islanders guard Nigel Seda, left, scored a team-high 15 points against the Interlake Saints on Jan. 22. Mercer Island defeated Interlake 63-46. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Islanders cruise past Saints in 3A KingCo hoops contest

Mercer Island dominates Interlake in the first quarter.

Mercer Island Islanders guard Nigel Seda, left, scored a team-high 15 points against the Interlake Saints on Jan. 22. Mercer Island defeated Interlake 63-46. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Mercer Island resident Desiree Berry, pictured with her children Beau, 5, and Bear, 3, clinched a berth at the United States Olympic trials after clocking a time of 2:39.17 at the Cal International Marathon on Dec. 2 in Sacramento, California. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Berry takes top spot at Cal International Marathon

Mercer Island resident clinches a spot at the USA Olympic trials.

Mercer Island resident Desiree Berry, pictured with her children Beau, 5, and Bear, 3, clinched a berth at the United States Olympic trials after clocking a time of 2:39.17 at the Cal International Marathon on Dec. 2 in Sacramento, California. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Mercer Island Lacrosse Association to host a clinic in February

A free lacrosse clinic and giveaway will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Mercer Island High School stadium. The event… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the Kentridge Invitational on Jan. 12. Islanders athletes capturing first place in their respective events consisted of Nate Robinson (50 free), Collin Ralston (200 IM) and James Richardson (100 back). Photo courtesy of Carol Gullstad

Islanders swim team earns first place at Kentridge Invitational

The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the Kentridge Invitational on Jan. 12. Islanders athletes capturing first place in their respective… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2019
The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the Kentridge Invitational on Jan. 12. Islanders athletes capturing first place in their respective events consisted of Nate Robinson (50 free), Collin Ralston (200 IM) and James Richardson (100 back). Photo courtesy of Carol Gullstad
Mercer Island Islanders senior Nate Robinson is determined to lead his team to a Class 3A state title this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Robinson is the definition of a sprinter in the pool

Mercer Island senior dominates the 50 free and 100 free.

Mercer Island Islanders senior Nate Robinson is determined to lead his team to a Class 3A state title this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Mercer Island wrestler Connor Pettigrew (pictured) earned second place in his weight class at the Barry Knott Classic wrestling tournament on Dec. 15 at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Islanders grapplers compete at Barry Knott Classic

The Mercer Island Islanders wrestling team earned fourth place overall at the Barry Knott Classic on Dec. 15 at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2019
Mercer Island wrestler Connor Pettigrew (pictured) earned second place in his weight class at the Barry Knott Classic wrestling tournament on Dec. 15 at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Mercer Island Islanders senior basketball player Angelina Barokas, who was a member of the 2017 Class 3A state championship team, is one of the Islanders team captains during the 2018-19 season. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Barokas is the epitome of a leader

Mercer Island senior forward Angelina Barokas is confident on the hardwood.

Mercer Island Islanders senior basketball player Angelina Barokas, who was a member of the 2017 Class 3A state championship team, is one of the Islanders team captains during the 2018-19 season. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Sportswriter Shaun Scott and his friends Brian Walker and Tony Walker met NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 24. Courtesy photo

A memorable Vegas trip

Sportswriter Shaun Scott meets one of the best NBA players to ever lace up sneakers.

Sportswriter Shaun Scott and his friends Brian Walker and Tony Walker met NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 24. Courtesy photo
Members of the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club spent the evening of Dec. 12 volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place in Seattle. The players prepared and served dinner to more than 100 guests who enjoyed a meal of chicken satay, rice, peanut sauce, mixed vegetables, fruit skewers and a brownie sundae bar. The Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place is a shelter that serves women and children. Mercer Island boys lacrosse players Peter Davis, Paul Murdoch, Hunter Johnson, Rurger Marks and Stu Vassau are pictured in the above photo. Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson

Islanders lacrosse athletes give back to the community

Members of the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club spent the evening of Dec. 12 volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place in Seattle. The players… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2018
Members of the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club spent the evening of Dec. 12 volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place in Seattle. The players prepared and served dinner to more than 100 guests who enjoyed a meal of chicken satay, rice, peanut sauce, mixed vegetables, fruit skewers and a brownie sundae bar. The Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place is a shelter that serves women and children. Mercer Island boys lacrosse players Peter Davis, Paul Murdoch, Hunter Johnson, Rurger Marks and Stu Vassau are pictured in the above photo. Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson
Mercer Island Islanders 138-pound grappler Eli Pruchno, who is one of the Islanders three team captains, is determined to advance to the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling tournament this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Mat Classic aspirations in the mat room

Mercer Island senior wrestler Eli Pruchno is determined to attain an elusive goal.

Mercer Island Islanders 138-pound grappler Eli Pruchno, who is one of the Islanders three team captains, is determined to advance to the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling tournament this February. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Mercer Island 195-pound junior Donnie Howard earned second place at the Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament on Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

2018: The year in sports on Mercer Island

Islanders athletes display skills in their respective sports.

Mercer Island 195-pound junior Donnie Howard earned second place at the Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament on Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Mercer Island Islanders junior Adam Parker, left, looks for a teammate to pass to against the Juanita Rebels. Parker finished with a team-high 20 points against the Juanita Rebels on Dec. 11. The Islanders defeated the Rebels 56-49. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography

Islanders display grittiness in victory against the Rebels

Mercer Island hits clutch shots down the stretch against Juanita.

Mercer Island Islanders junior Adam Parker, left, looks for a teammate to pass to against the Juanita Rebels. Parker finished with a team-high 20 points against the Juanita Rebels on Dec. 11. The Islanders defeated the Rebels 56-49. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
The Mercer Island Flames U-11 girls soccer team won the Washington Youth Soccer Regional Recreational Cup on Dec. 2. The Flames finished the 2018 season with an undefeated record of 16-0. Members of the Flame roster included Sophia Kinkead, Sabina Leveque, Scout Bates, Quincey Eskridge, Ciela Turner, Ashlyn Belden, Avery Oliver, Mia Sung, Chloe Mar, Bryanna Denmarsh, Amelie Swift, Gianna Tubach, Elianna Weiss and Cate Thomas. The team was coached by David Tubach, Adam Kinkead and Scott Weiss. Photo courtesy of David Tubach

Flame earn a coveted title on the soccer pitch

Local soccer team finishes the 2018 season with a 16-0 overall record.

  • Dec 12, 2018
The Mercer Island Flames U-11 girls soccer team won the Washington Youth Soccer Regional Recreational Cup on Dec. 2. The Flames finished the 2018 season with an undefeated record of 16-0. Members of the Flame roster included Sophia Kinkead, Sabina Leveque, Scout Bates, Quincey Eskridge, Ciela Turner, Ashlyn Belden, Avery Oliver, Mia Sung, Chloe Mar, Bryanna Denmarsh, Amelie Swift, Gianna Tubach, Elianna Weiss and Cate Thomas. The team was coached by David Tubach, Adam Kinkead and Scott Weiss. Photo courtesy of David Tubach
Mercer Island Islanders senior swimmer James Richardson (pictured) captured first place in the 100 fly and 100 back at the Class 3A state swim and dive meet during his junior season. Richardson wants to lead his team to a Class 3A state championship in February of 2019 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Scott Richardson

Richardson is a rising star in the pool

Mercer Island senior is striving to lead his team to a state title.

Mercer Island Islanders senior swimmer James Richardson (pictured) captured first place in the 100 fly and 100 back at the Class 3A state swim and dive meet during his junior season. Richardson wants to lead his team to a Class 3A state championship in February of 2019 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Scott Richardson
Perfection in dual meets was attained during the 2017 season for the Islanders boys swim team in KingCo contests in the pool.
                                The Islanders picked up where they left off last season, cruising to a 105-55 win in the season opener against the Bellevue Wolverines on Nov. 29. The Islanders swim program has now won eight consecutive KingCo dual swim meets since the 2017-18 season. Mercer Island has a wealth of experience returning to the varsity roster during the 2018-19 season. Alex Edwards, Daniel Gao, Jake Headrick, Evan Hill, Gabriel Neale, John Novak, Collin Rallston, James Richardson, Killian Riley, Nate Robinson, Ethan Schwartz and Kieran Watson were all on the varsity roster last season and return this year. Islanders athletes capturing first place against Bellevue in their respective events consisted of Justin Robinson (500 free, 50 free, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay), Schwartz (100 free, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 100 back), Rallston (200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 200 IM), Riley (200 free relay, 400 free relay), Carter Whipple (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Connor Hanson (200 free relay) and John Novak (400 free relay). Photo courtesy of Scott Richardson

Islanders conquer rival in the pool

Mercer Island swim team defeats Bellevue in season opener.

  • Dec 3, 2018
Perfection in dual meets was attained during the 2017 season for the Islanders boys swim team in KingCo contests in the pool.
                                The Islanders picked up where they left off last season, cruising to a 105-55 win in the season opener against the Bellevue Wolverines on Nov. 29. The Islanders swim program has now won eight consecutive KingCo dual swim meets since the 2017-18 season. Mercer Island has a wealth of experience returning to the varsity roster during the 2018-19 season. Alex Edwards, Daniel Gao, Jake Headrick, Evan Hill, Gabriel Neale, John Novak, Collin Rallston, James Richardson, Killian Riley, Nate Robinson, Ethan Schwartz and Kieran Watson were all on the varsity roster last season and return this year. Islanders athletes capturing first place against Bellevue in their respective events consisted of Justin Robinson (500 free, 50 free, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay), Schwartz (100 free, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 100 back), Rallston (200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 200 IM), Riley (200 free relay, 400 free relay), Carter Whipple (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Connor Hanson (200 free relay) and John Novak (400 free relay). Photo courtesy of Scott Richardson
Mercer Island Islanders seniors Stew Vassau, left, and Donnie Howard, right, signed their letters of committment on Nov. 19 to continue their lacrosse careers at the collegiate level. Vassau will play lacrosse for the University of Utah and Howard will continue his lacrosse career at Boston University. Mercer Island boys lacrosse head coach Ian O’Hearn, center, is pictured with his two collegiate bound players. Photo courtesy of Don Howard

Howard, Vassau sign on the dotted line

Mercer Island Islanders seniors Stew Vassau, left, and Donnie Howard, right, signed their letters of committment on Nov. 19 to continue their lacrosse careers at… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2018
Mercer Island Islanders seniors Stew Vassau, left, and Donnie Howard, right, signed their letters of committment on Nov. 19 to continue their lacrosse careers at the collegiate level. Vassau will play lacrosse for the University of Utah and Howard will continue his lacrosse career at Boston University. Mercer Island boys lacrosse head coach Ian O’Hearn, center, is pictured with his two collegiate bound players. Photo courtesy of Don Howard
Mercer Island Islanders senior girls basketball player Angelina Barokas (pictured) dove for a loose ball against Bellevue in a game during the 2017-18 season. Barokas, who was a member of the Class 3A state championship squad two years ago as a sophomore, is determined to lead her team back to the Class 3A state tournament this March. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Mercer Island girls hoops team has high expectations

Dennis Black is in first season leading the Islanders program.

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls basketball player Angelina Barokas (pictured) dove for a loose ball against Bellevue in a game during the 2017-18 season. Barokas, who was a member of the Class 3A state championship squad two years ago as a sophomore, is determined to lead her team back to the Class 3A state tournament this March. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography