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                                The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team captured a third place finish at the KingCo tournament on Feb. 3. Freshman Ava Motroni earned eighth place in floor, 10th place in beam and 10th place in all-around. Freshman Susie Lepow nabbed sixth place on bars. Eight Mercer Island athletes, who are pictured in the above photo, will compete at the district meet including Lepow, Motroni, Ally Lavin, Carly Lightfoot, Mya Levin, Vivian Jacobs, Emery Sampson and Kaela Fukano.

Islanders compete at KingCo gymnastics meet

The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team captured a third place finish at the KingCo meet on Feb. 3. Freshman Ava Motroni earned eighth place in… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team captured a third place finish at the KingCo tournament on Feb. 3. Freshman Ava Motroni earned eighth place in floor, 10th place in beam and 10th place in all-around. Freshman Susie Lepow nabbed sixth place on bars. Eight Mercer Island athletes, who are pictured in the above photo, will compete at the district meet including Lepow, Motroni, Ally Lavin, Carly Lightfoot, Mya Levin, Vivian Jacobs, Emery Sampson and Kaela Fukano.
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders swim team captured first place at the KingCo swim and dive championships on Feb. 3 at Kamiak High School. The Islanders, who compiled a staggering 685.5 team points, dominated the meet. Skyline finished in second place with 576 total points. Newport finished in third place with 517.5 team points. Mercer Island’s James Richardson earned first place in the 100 free and 200 free. Richardson set a new meet record in the 100 free, clocking a time of 47.11. Gabriel Neale finished in first place in the 1-meter dive event. The 200 free relay quartet of Ethan Schwartz, Killian Riley, Carson Coe and Nate Robinson nabbed a first place finish. The 400 free relay team consisting of Oliver Hoff, Richardson, Robinson and Riley registered a first place finish, clocking a time of 3:11.71 which was a meet record. The Islanders will compete in the Class 3A Sea-King District meet on Feb 9-10 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

Islanders swim team earns KingCo title

The Mercer Island Islanders swim team captured first place at the KingCo swim & dive championships on Feb. 3 at Kamiak High School. The Islanders,… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders swim team captured first place at the KingCo swim and dive championships on Feb. 3 at Kamiak High School. The Islanders, who compiled a staggering 685.5 team points, dominated the meet. Skyline finished in second place with 576 total points. Newport finished in third place with 517.5 team points. Mercer Island’s James Richardson earned first place in the 100 free and 200 free. Richardson set a new meet record in the 100 free, clocking a time of 47.11. Gabriel Neale finished in first place in the 1-meter dive event. The 200 free relay quartet of Ethan Schwartz, Killian Riley, Carson Coe and Nate Robinson nabbed a first place finish. The 400 free relay team consisting of Oliver Hoff, Richardson, Robinson and Riley registered a first place finish, clocking a time of 3:11.71 which was a meet record. The Islanders will compete in the Class 3A Sea-King District meet on Feb 9-10 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.
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                                Mercer Island Islanders wrestler Donnie Howard (pictured) earned an individual championship in the 195-pound weight class at the KingCo 3A wrestling tournament on Feb. 3 at North Creek High School.

Islanders grapplers perform well at KingCo 3A tournament

Three Mercer Island wrestlers earned first place medals at the KingCo 3A wrestling tournament. Donnie Howard (195), Jonah Andrews (152) and freshman Connor Pettigrew (113)… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island Islanders wrestler Donnie Howard (pictured) earned an individual championship in the 195-pound weight class at the KingCo 3A wrestling tournament on Feb. 3 at North Creek High School.

Mercer Island dominates Lake Washington on senior night

The Mercer Island Islanders girls basketball team cruised to a 60-33 win against the Lake Washington Kangaroos on senior night at Mercer Island High School… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders cruised to a 115-61 win against the Bellevue Wolverines in the regular season finale on Jan. 25. James Richardson (pictured) earned first place in the 100 fly. Mercer Island improved their overall record to 7-0 in dual meets with the win. Mercer Island head coach Evan Moline is looking forward to the postseason in the pool.
                                “Our undefeated season has been great and it shows the true depth that we have on this team. We haven’t gone undefeated in the regular season in a few years now but we definitely aren’t done,” Moline said. “We know we have some work to do, but we are still focused on what we set out for this year, which is a state championship. We want to bring back the culture of success that I was lucky enough to experience back when I was on the team.”
                                The 200 medley relay quartet of Alex Edwards, Kyle Bailey, Carson Coe and Richardson captured first place. The 200 free relay team of Killian Riley, Nate Robinson, Oliver Hoff and Coe cruised to a first place finish. The 400 free relay team of Riley, Richardson, Robinson and Hoff earned first place. Islanders capturing first place in individual events were Colin Ralston (200 IM, 100 breast stroke), Jake Headrick (500 free) and Richardson (100 backstroke).

Mercer Island swim team finishes regular season undefeated

Islanders cruise to 115-61 win against Bellevue.

  • Jan 31, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders cruised to a 115-61 win against the Bellevue Wolverines in the regular season finale on Jan. 25. James Richardson (pictured) earned first place in the 100 fly. Mercer Island improved their overall record to 7-0 in dual meets with the win. Mercer Island head coach Evan Moline is looking forward to the postseason in the pool.
                                “Our undefeated season has been great and it shows the true depth that we have on this team. We haven’t gone undefeated in the regular season in a few years now but we definitely aren’t done,” Moline said. “We know we have some work to do, but we are still focused on what we set out for this year, which is a state championship. We want to bring back the culture of success that I was lucky enough to experience back when I was on the team.”
                                The 200 medley relay quartet of Alex Edwards, Kyle Bailey, Carson Coe and Richardson captured first place. The 200 free relay team of Killian Riley, Nate Robinson, Oliver Hoff and Coe cruised to a first place finish. The 400 free relay team of Riley, Richardson, Robinson and Hoff earned first place. Islanders capturing first place in individual events were Colin Ralston (200 IM, 100 breast stroke), Jake Headrick (500 free) and Richardson (100 backstroke).
Photo courtesy of Martha Phelps
                                The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team earned a 156-79 win against the Redmond Mustangs on Jan. 25. The Islanders improved their regular season overall record to 5-2 in dual meets with the victory. Freshman Ava Motroni captured first place in vault, beam and in all-around. Junior Mya Levin earned second place in vault, beam and all-around. Freshman Susie Lepow registered a first place finish on bars. Motroni, Levin and Lepow are pictured in the above photo.

Islanders Gymnastics squad defeats Redmond in regular season finale

The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team earned a 156-79 win against the Redmond Mustangs on Jan. 25. The Islanders improved their regular season overall record… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018
Photo courtesy of Martha Phelps
                                The Mercer Island Islanders gymnastics team earned a 156-79 win against the Redmond Mustangs on Jan. 25. The Islanders improved their regular season overall record to 5-2 in dual meets with the victory. Freshman Ava Motroni captured first place in vault, beam and in all-around. Junior Mya Levin earned second place in vault, beam and all-around. Freshman Susie Lepow registered a first place finish on bars. Motroni, Levin and Lepow are pictured in the above photo.

Islanders unveil clutch performance down the stretch against Kangaroos

The Mercer Island Islanders and Lake Washington Kangaroos boys basketball teams were tied at 46-46 with just 4:33 left in regulation in a matchup between… Continue reading

Islanders earn win against rival

The Mercer Island Islanders girls basketball team registered a 50-41 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines in a matchup between KingCo 3A rivals on Jan. 26… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2018
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                                Mercer Island 113-pound grappler Connor Pettigrew (pictured) defeated Lake Washington’s Max Reisman 13-8 on Jan. 25 at Mercer Island High School.

Kangaroos defeat Mercer Island in regular season finale on the mat

Lake Washington Kangaroos head wrestling coach Steve Becher was jovial following the final regular season dual match of the 2017-18 season against Mercer Island. Lake… Continue reading

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                                Mercer Island 113-pound grappler Connor Pettigrew (pictured) defeated Lake Washington’s Max Reisman 13-8 on Jan. 25 at Mercer Island High School.

U-17 soccer squad wins coveted tournament

The Mercer Island FC U-17 girls select Maroon soccer squad won the Premier Showcase 2 division of the PacNW Winter Classic, which was held from… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team improved its overall record to 6-0 courtesy of a convincing 139-44 victory against the Sammamish Totems on Jan. 18 in Bellevue. Mercer Island seniors Kyle Bailey, Carson Coe, Oliver Hoff, Austin Shobe, Gabe Muzio, Param Mehta and Alex Mueller are pictured in the above photo.
                                The Islanders 200 yard medley relay team of Nate Robinson, Killian Riley, James Richardson and Jake Headrick finished in first place. The 200 yard freestyle relay quartert of Hoff, Robinson, Riley and Richardson earned first place. The 400 freestyle relay team of Coe, Bailey, Shobe and Hoff registered a first place finish. Islanders’ swimmers registering first place finishes in individual events were Headrick (200 free), Caleb Apodaca (200 IM), Robinson (50 free), Bailey (100 backstroke, 100 fly), Richardson (100 free), Ralston (500 free) and Riley (100 breast stroke).

Mercer Island conquers Sammamish in dual meet

The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team improved its overall record to 6-0 courtesy of a convincing 139-44 victory against the Sammamish Totems on Jan.… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team improved its overall record to 6-0 courtesy of a convincing 139-44 victory against the Sammamish Totems on Jan. 18 in Bellevue. Mercer Island seniors Kyle Bailey, Carson Coe, Oliver Hoff, Austin Shobe, Gabe Muzio, Param Mehta and Alex Mueller are pictured in the above photo.
                                The Islanders 200 yard medley relay team of Nate Robinson, Killian Riley, James Richardson and Jake Headrick finished in first place. The 200 yard freestyle relay quartert of Hoff, Robinson, Riley and Richardson earned first place. The 400 freestyle relay team of Coe, Bailey, Shobe and Hoff registered a first place finish. Islanders’ swimmers registering first place finishes in individual events were Headrick (200 free), Caleb Apodaca (200 IM), Robinson (50 free), Bailey (100 backstroke, 100 fly), Richardson (100 free), Ralston (500 free) and Riley (100 breast stroke).
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                                The Mercer Island gymnastics squad captured a 155-146 victory against the Liberty Patriots on Jan. 18 on senior night at Mercer Island High School. Mercer Island improved its overall record to 4-2 with the win. Ava Motroni earned second place in All-Around. Junior Kaela Fukano nabbed second place on Bars. Islanders’ seniors Sophia Tiscornia, Leah Wooton and Tess Ritcey are pictured in the photo.

Islanders Gymnastics team captures victory on senior night

Mercer Island’s gymnastics squad captured a 155-146 victory against the Liberty Patriots on Jan. 18 on senior night at Mercer Island High School. Mercer Island… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island gymnastics squad captured a 155-146 victory against the Liberty Patriots on Jan. 18 on senior night at Mercer Island High School. Mercer Island improved its overall record to 4-2 with the win. Ava Motroni earned second place in All-Around. Junior Kaela Fukano nabbed second place on Bars. Islanders’ seniors Sophia Tiscornia, Leah Wooton and Tess Ritcey are pictured in the photo.
Photo courtesy of David Schiller
                                David Schiller, right, poses for a quick picture with his brother Mike at a previous Free Throws for MS fundraiser on Mercer Island.
Photo courtesy of David Schiller
                                David Schiller, right, poses for a quick picture with his brother Mike at a previous Free Throws for MS fundraiser on Mercer Island.

Mercer Island sweeps Lake Washington, Redmond

The Mercer Island boys team improved its overall record to 5-0 courtesy of a 123-60 victory against the Lake Washington Kangaroos and a 115-55 win… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island wrestling team earned a 45-6 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines and a 57-12 victory against the Juanita Rebels on Jan. 9. Islanders wrestlers capturing victories against Bellevue consisted of Connor Pettigrew (forfeit), Jordan Tillinger (decision), Andrew Motz (pin), Eli Pruchno (pin), Vinny Ricci (pin), Jonah Andrews (forfeit), Liam Farrell (forfeit) Donnie Howard (pin) and Connor Hill (forfeit). Mercer Island grapplers registering wins against the Rebels consisted of Pettigrew (forfeit), Tillinger (decision), Motz (forfeit), Pruchno (pin), Mattias Harnay (forfeit), Ricci (pin), Andrews (pin), Farrell (forfeit), Howard (pin) and Hill (injury default). Andrews (pictured) takes down Juanita grappler 160-pounder Xavier Fontenot in a dual match.

Mercer Island defeats Wolverines, Rebels in KingCo 3A double dual

The Mercer Island wrestling team earned a 45-6 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines and a 57-12 victory against the Juanita Rebels on Jan. 9. Islanders… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island wrestling team earned a 45-6 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines and a 57-12 victory against the Juanita Rebels on Jan. 9. Islanders wrestlers capturing victories against Bellevue consisted of Connor Pettigrew (forfeit), Jordan Tillinger (decision), Andrew Motz (pin), Eli Pruchno (pin), Vinny Ricci (pin), Jonah Andrews (forfeit), Liam Farrell (forfeit) Donnie Howard (pin) and Connor Hill (forfeit). Mercer Island grapplers registering wins against the Rebels consisted of Pettigrew (forfeit), Tillinger (decision), Motz (forfeit), Pruchno (pin), Mattias Harnay (forfeit), Ricci (pin), Andrews (pin), Farrell (forfeit), Howard (pin) and Hill (injury default). Andrews (pictured) takes down Juanita grappler 160-pounder Xavier Fontenot in a dual match.

Mercer Island survives Totems’ fourth quarter rally

The Mercer Island girls basketball team needed a basket. With a little under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, the Islanders led the… Continue reading

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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the 27th annual Kentridge Invitational meet on Jan. 6 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. There were 43 high schools who competed at the meet. Mercer Island compiled 698 team points. Mercer Island swimmer James Richardson nabbed first place in the 100 fly and second place in the 100 backstroke. Killian Riley registered a third place finish in the 200 free. Kyle Bailey finished in second place in the 200 IM. The 200 medley relay team consisting of Alex Edwards, Carson Coe, Bailey and Richardson captured third place. The 200 free relay quartet of Oliver Hoff, Nate Robinson, Coe and Riley tallied a third place finish. The 400 free relay team of Riley, Richardson, Robinson and Hoff registered a second place finish.

Islanders swim team captures first place at Kentridge Invitational

The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the 27th annual Kentridge Invitational meet on Jan. 6 at the King County Aquatic… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys swim team earned first place at the 27th annual Kentridge Invitational meet on Jan. 6 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. There were 43 high schools who competed at the meet. Mercer Island compiled 698 team points. Mercer Island swimmer James Richardson nabbed first place in the 100 fly and second place in the 100 backstroke. Killian Riley registered a third place finish in the 200 free. Kyle Bailey finished in second place in the 200 IM. The 200 medley relay team consisting of Alex Edwards, Carson Coe, Bailey and Richardson captured third place. The 200 free relay quartet of Oliver Hoff, Nate Robinson, Coe and Riley tallied a third place finish. The 400 free relay team of Riley, Richardson, Robinson and Hoff registered a second place finish.
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                                The Mercer Island wrestling team saw seven of its grapplers compete at the Highline Invitational wrestling tournament at Mount Rainier High School on Jan. 6. Islanders’ 195-pound wrestler Donnie Howard captured first place at the tournament, registering a 3-0 record. Mercer Island 138-pounder Eli Pruchno (pictured) registered a second place finish, compiling an overall record of 2-1. Islanders’ 160-pounder Jonah Andrews captured second place with a record of 2-1.

Mercer Island grapplers compete at Highline Invitational

The Mercer Island wrestling team saw seven of its grapplers compete at the Highline Invitational wrestling tournament at Mount Rainier High School on Jan. 6.… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island wrestling team saw seven of its grapplers compete at the Highline Invitational wrestling tournament at Mount Rainier High School on Jan. 6. Islanders’ 195-pound wrestler Donnie Howard captured first place at the tournament, registering a 3-0 record. Mercer Island 138-pounder Eli Pruchno (pictured) registered a second place finish, compiling an overall record of 2-1. Islanders’ 160-pounder Jonah Andrews captured second place with a record of 2-1.
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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