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                                The Mercer Island Islanders wrestling squad cruised to a 48-0 victory against the Sammamish Totems on Jan. 5. Mercer Island 126-pounder Jordan Tillinger (pictured) pinned his opponent in the third round. Eli Pruchno (138), Vinny Ricci (152), and Rina Li (120) registered pins in their respective matches. Jonah Andrews (160), Liam Farrell (170), Donnie Howard (182) and Owen Babeler (195) won by forfeit.

Mercer Island dominates Sammamish Totems in dual match

The Mercer Island wrestling squad cruised to a 48-0 victory against the Sammamish Totems on Jan. 5. Mercer Island 126-pounder Jordan Tillinger (pictured) pinned his… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders wrestling squad cruised to a 48-0 victory against the Sammamish Totems on Jan. 5. Mercer Island 126-pounder Jordan Tillinger (pictured) pinned his opponent in the third round. Eli Pruchno (138), Vinny Ricci (152), and Rina Li (120) registered pins in their respective matches. Jonah Andrews (160), Liam Farrell (170), Donnie Howard (182) and Owen Babeler (195) won by forfeit.

‘Over the Top’ is one of the most underrated sports movies of all time

There is just something about 1980s sports movies that has me hook, line and sinker. It doesn’t matter if it’s “Rocky IV,” “The Karate Kid,”… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island Islanders junior guard Angelina Barokas, left, dives for a loose ball against the Bellevue Wolverines on Jan. 3. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island 53-19 in a matchup between rivals.

Bellevue defeats Mercer Island in rivalry hoops matchup

Stingy defense propelled the Bellevue Wolverines girls basketball team to a convincing victory against Mercer Island. Bellevue, who surrendered just nine field goals throughout the… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island Islanders junior guard Angelina Barokas, left, dives for a loose ball against the Bellevue Wolverines on Jan. 3. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island 53-19 in a matchup between rivals.
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                                Mercer Island senior forward Giovanni Cervantes-Rocha, center, secures a rebound against the Bellevue Wolverines on Jan. 3. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island 61-57 in a matchup between rivals.

Wolverines defeat Islanders in rivalry contest

The Mercer Island boys basketball team played valiantly but couldn’t complete their comeback bid in the fourth quarter against the Bellevue Wolverines. Mercer Island, who… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island senior forward Giovanni Cervantes-Rocha, center, secures a rebound against the Bellevue Wolverines on Jan. 3. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island 61-57 in a matchup between rivals.
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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior swimmer Kyle Bailey competes in the 200 IM and 100 breast stroke.

Bailey leads by example in the pool for Mercer Island

When Kyle Bailey was in the eighth grade he decided he needed to pick up a different sport. Bailey, who had played soccer up to… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior swimmer Kyle Bailey competes in the 200 IM and 100 breast stroke.
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                                Nalani Ogawa, a freshman defender for the New York University women’s collegiate soccer program, captured honorable mention all-conference honors from the East Coast Athletic Conference during the 2017 season. Ogawa started all 22 games, finishing second on the team in minutes (1,691) and tied fourth in goals scored (three goals).

Mercer Island alumna captures postseason soccer award

Nalani Ogawa, a freshman defender for the New York University women’s collegiate soccer program, captured honorable mention all-conference honors from the East Coast Athletic Conference… Continue reading

  • Dec 28, 2017
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                                Nalani Ogawa, a freshman defender for the New York University women’s collegiate soccer program, captured honorable mention all-conference honors from the East Coast Athletic Conference during the 2017 season. Ogawa started all 22 games, finishing second on the team in minutes (1,691) and tied fourth in goals scored (three goals).

Kangaroos defeat Mercer Island in Gymnastics contest

The Lake Washington Kangaroos defeated the Mercer Island girls gymnastics team 159-152 on Dec. 13 in a battle between undefeated teams. Lake Washington improved their… Continue reading

  • Dec 28, 2017
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders wrestling team earned a third place finish at the Barry Knott Classic wrestling tournament on Dec. 16 at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Islanders’ wrestlers earning first place were Jonah Andrews (160) and Jordan Tillinger (126). Athletes attaining second place in their respective weight divisions consisted of Eli Pruchno (138) and Connor Hill (195). Liam Farrell (170), Connor Pettigrew (113) and Andrew Motz (132) nabbed third place finishes. Vinny Ricci (152) registered a fifth place finish.

Islanders grapplers capture third place at Barry Knott Classic tournament

The Mercer Island Islanders wrestling team earned a third place finish at the Barry Knott Classic wrestling tournament on Dec. 16 at Nathan Hale High… Continue reading

  • Dec 27, 2017
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders wrestling team earned a third place finish at the Barry Knott Classic wrestling tournament on Dec. 16 at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Islanders’ wrestlers earning first place were Jonah Andrews (160) and Jordan Tillinger (126). Athletes attaining second place in their respective weight divisions consisted of Eli Pruchno (138) and Connor Hill (195). Liam Farrell (170), Connor Pettigrew (113) and Andrew Motz (132) nabbed third place finishes. Vinny Ricci (152) registered a fifth place finish.
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders basketball team celebrates after defeating the Bishop Blanchet Braves 52-47 in the Class 3A girls state championship game on March 4 at the Tacoma Dome.

Islanders dominate the sports landscape in 2017 | Year in Review

January Meisner retires from athletic coordinator post Mercer Island High School athletics coordinator Ann Meisner announced her retirement from her position in January. Her last… Continue reading

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                                The Mercer Island Islanders basketball team celebrates after defeating the Bishop Blanchet Braves 52-47 in the Class 3A girls state championship game on March 4 at the Tacoma Dome.

Mercer Island alumni lacrosse game is on the horizon

Alumni lacrosse game is on the horizon The annual Mercer Island alumni lacrosse game will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the… Continue reading

  • Dec 18, 2017
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                                Mercer Island senior wrestler Jonah Andrews wants to advance to the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in February 2018 at the Tacoma Dome.

Mercer Island senior is determined to experience Mat Classic in final season

The past three seasons, Mercer Island senior grappler Jonah Andrews didn’t get as far as he wanted to in postseason action. Andrews, who has advanced… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island senior wrestler Jonah Andrews wants to advance to the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in February 2018 at the Tacoma Dome.
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                                The Mercer Island girls gymnastics team earned a 153-147 win against the Juanita Rebels on Dec. 7 at Mercer Island High School. The Islanders improved their overall record to 2-0 with the win. Islanders’ junior Mya Levin (pictured) captured third place in beam. Freshman Ava Motroni captured second place in vault. Freshman Ally Lavin took third place in bars, second place in floor and third place in all-around.

Mercer Island defeats Rebels in gymnastics matchup

The Mercer Island girls gymnastics team earned a 153-147 win against the Juanita Rebels on Dec. 7 at Mercer Island High School. The Islanders improved… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2017
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                                The Mercer Island girls gymnastics team earned a 153-147 win against the Juanita Rebels on Dec. 7 at Mercer Island High School. The Islanders improved their overall record to 2-0 with the win. Islanders’ junior Mya Levin (pictured) captured third place in beam. Freshman Ava Motroni captured second place in vault. Freshman Ally Lavin took third place in bars, second place in floor and third place in all-around.
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                                Mercer Island boys swim team head coach Evan Moline, who is in his second season leading the Islanders program, graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2011. The 24-year-old Moline is a graduate of Washington State University.

Islanders swim team is striving for a state title

Expectations never waver for the Mercer Island boys swim team in the pool. During the 2016-17 season, the Islanders captured third place at the Class… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island boys swim team head coach Evan Moline, who is in his second season leading the Islanders program, graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2011. The 24-year-old Moline is a graduate of Washington State University.
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                                The Mercer Island boys lacrosse fifth/sixth grade Silver squad competed at the annual Space Needle Shootout from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Silver squad finished the 5/6 tournament with an overall record 2-2. The Mercer Island team captured victories against Bellevue and the Eastlake Cardinal. They suffered defeats against the New West Salmonbellies and South Sound 24/25. The Space Needle Shootout is the largest lacrosse tournament in the Northwest with more than 60 teams in attendance.

Mercer Island Silver lacrosse squad competes at 2017 Space Needle Shootout

The Mercer Island boys lacrosse fifth/sixth grade Silver squad competed at the annual Space Needle Shootout from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at the Starfire… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2017
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                                The Mercer Island boys lacrosse fifth/sixth grade Silver squad competed at the annual Space Needle Shootout from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Silver squad finished the 5/6 tournament with an overall record 2-2. The Mercer Island team captured victories against Bellevue and the Eastlake Cardinal. They suffered defeats against the New West Salmonbellies and South Sound 24/25. The Space Needle Shootout is the largest lacrosse tournament in the Northwest with more than 60 teams in attendance.
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                                The Mercer Island boys lacrosse fifth/sixth grade Maroon squad competed at the annual Space Needle Shootout from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Maroon squad finished the 5/6 Festival tournament with an overall record 0-4. The Space Needle Shootout is the largest lacrosse tournament in the Northwest with more than 60 teams in attendance.

Mercer Island Maroon lacrosse squad competes at 2017 Space Needle Shootout

The Mercer Island boys lacrosse fifth/sixth grade Maroon squad competed at the annual Space Needle Shootout from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at the Starfire… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2017
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                                The Mercer Island boys lacrosse fifth/sixth grade Maroon squad competed at the annual Space Needle Shootout from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Maroon squad finished the 5/6 Festival tournament with an overall record 0-4. The Space Needle Shootout is the largest lacrosse tournament in the Northwest with more than 60 teams in attendance.
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                                The Mercer Island girls gymnastics team earned a 153-141 victory in the first meet of the 2017-18 season against the Interlake Saints on Nov. 30 in Bellevue.
                                Islanders’ freshman Ava Motroni took second place in all-around with a score of 31.750. Motroni also captured first place in beam. Freshman Susie Lepow earned first place in bars, freshman Ally Lavin nabbed second place in bars and junior Mya Levin finished in third place in bars. Sophomore Emery Sampson registered a second-place finish in vault and Levin collected a third-place finish in vault. Mercer Island coach Leonard Lewis and team captains Leah Wootton and Sophia Tiscornia are pictured in the above photo.

Mercer Island defeats Saints in KingCo gymnastics matchup

The Mercer Island girls gymnastics team earned a 153-141 victory in the first meet of the 2017-18 season against the Interlake Saints on Nov. 30… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2017
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                                The Mercer Island girls gymnastics team earned a 153-141 victory in the first meet of the 2017-18 season against the Interlake Saints on Nov. 30 in Bellevue.
                                Islanders’ freshman Ava Motroni took second place in all-around with a score of 31.750. Motroni also captured first place in beam. Freshman Susie Lepow earned first place in bars, freshman Ally Lavin nabbed second place in bars and junior Mya Levin finished in third place in bars. Sophomore Emery Sampson registered a second-place finish in vault and Levin collected a third-place finish in vault. Mercer Island coach Leonard Lewis and team captains Leah Wootton and Sophia Tiscornia are pictured in the above photo.
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                                Islander Middle School sixth grade student Gordon Gibson captured a first place gold medal in yellow belt in the 11-year-old nogi division at the SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships on Oct. 29 in Long Beach, California. Gibson, who has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since he was seven years old, trained for two hours a day for six days a week since July in preparation for the world championships in late October.

Gibson wins Gold medal at World Championships

Islander Middle School sixth grade student Gordon Gibson captured a first place gold medal in yellow belt in the 11-year-old nogi division at the SJJIF… Continue reading

  • Dec 4, 2017
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                                Islander Middle School sixth grade student Gordon Gibson captured a first place gold medal in yellow belt in the 11-year-old nogi division at the SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships on Oct. 29 in Long Beach, California. Gibson, who has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since he was seven years old, trained for two hours a day for six days a week since July in preparation for the world championships in late October.
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                                Mercer Island girls basketball player Claire Mansfield, left, leaps into the air while playing defense in the Class 3A state championship game in March 2017.

Mansfield is a senior leader for Mercer Island on the hardwood

Nine months ago Mercer Island girls basketball player Claire Mansfield proved pressure situations don’t faze her on the hardwood. Mansfield sunk four free throws in… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island girls basketball player Claire Mansfield, left, leaps into the air while playing defense in the Class 3A state championship game in March 2017.
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                                The Mercer Island girls soccer team won its first ever state championship courtesy of a 4-1 win against the Stadium Tigers on Nov. 18 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Mercer Island earns first-ever girls state soccer championship

Mercer Island dominated in a 4-1 win against the Stadium Tigers on Nov. 18 in Puyallup.

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                                The Mercer Island girls soccer team won its first ever state championship courtesy of a 4-1 win against the Stadium Tigers on Nov. 18 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim squad registered a fourth place finish at the Class 3A state swim meet on Nov. 11 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Islanders compiled 180 team points. Mercer Island junior Annie Pearse earned second place in the 50 free with a time of 24.36 and captured seventh place in the 100 free clocking a time of 53.83. Alexa Williams finished in 11th place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.55. Kai Williamson captured fourth place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.15. Islanders’ junior Sophia McGuffin earned fifth place in the 1-meter dive. Hailey Vandenbosch finished in 10th place in the 100 fly with a time of 59.85. Elizabeth Bailey earned 12th place in the 50-free with a time of 25.04 and 13th place in the 100 free with a time of 54.51. Chloe Mark took sixth place in the 500 free with a time of 5:13.5. Ellie Williams finished in ninth place in the 500 free with a time of 5:17.01.
                                RELAYS
                                The 200 medley relay team of Kaitlyn Williamson, Grace Olsen, Hailey Vandenbosch and Ellie Williams captured sixth place with a time of 1:52.44. The 200 free relay squad consisting of Annie Pearse, Julia Williamson, Elizabeth Bailey and Ellie Williams earned seventh place with a time of 1:40.35. The 400 free relay team of Annie Pearse, Hailey Vandenbosch, Elizabeth Bailey and Julia Williamson nabbed a fifth place finish with a time of 3:37.76.

Islanders swim team captures fourth place at the Class 3A state meet

The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim squad registered a fourth place finish at the Class 3A state swim meet on Nov. 11 at the King… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2017
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim squad registered a fourth place finish at the Class 3A state swim meet on Nov. 11 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Islanders compiled 180 team points. Mercer Island junior Annie Pearse earned second place in the 50 free with a time of 24.36 and captured seventh place in the 100 free clocking a time of 53.83. Alexa Williams finished in 11th place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.55. Kai Williamson captured fourth place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.15. Islanders’ junior Sophia McGuffin earned fifth place in the 1-meter dive. Hailey Vandenbosch finished in 10th place in the 100 fly with a time of 59.85. Elizabeth Bailey earned 12th place in the 50-free with a time of 25.04 and 13th place in the 100 free with a time of 54.51. Chloe Mark took sixth place in the 500 free with a time of 5:13.5. Ellie Williams finished in ninth place in the 500 free with a time of 5:17.01.
                                RELAYS
                                The 200 medley relay team of Kaitlyn Williamson, Grace Olsen, Hailey Vandenbosch and Ellie Williams captured sixth place with a time of 1:52.44. The 200 free relay squad consisting of Annie Pearse, Julia Williamson, Elizabeth Bailey and Ellie Williams earned seventh place with a time of 1:40.35. The 400 free relay team of Annie Pearse, Hailey Vandenbosch, Elizabeth Bailey and Julia Williamson nabbed a fifth place finish with a time of 3:37.76.