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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.

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.
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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).

Islanders track teams are starting the season off strong

Mercer Island girls track team sweeps Lake Washington, Sammamish

  • Mar 28, 2018
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).

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  • Mar 28, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys lacrosse team earned their fifth win of the 2018 season courtesy of a 14-5 victory against Lakeridge on March 23. Mercer Island player Donnie Howard (pictured) controls the ball while being defended by a Lakeridge player.

Islanders boys lacrosse team captures fifth victory

Mercer Island boys lacrosse squad remains undefeated.

  • Mar 27, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders boys lacrosse team earned their fifth win of the 2018 season courtesy of a 14-5 victory against Lakeridge on March 23. Mercer Island player Donnie Howard (pictured) controls the ball while being defended by a Lakeridge player.

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                                Mercer Island junior midfielder Dakota Promet takes a shot on goal against the Bellevue Wolverines in a KingCo 3A/2A contest on March 23 at Bellevue High School. The Islanders and Wolverines battled to a 0-0 draw.

Islanders, Wolverines battle to a stalemate on the soccer field

Rivalry showdown ends in a draw.

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                                Mercer Island junior midfielder Dakota Promet takes a shot on goal against the Bellevue Wolverines in a KingCo 3A/2A contest on March 23 at Bellevue High School. The Islanders and Wolverines battled to a 0-0 draw.
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls lacrosse team cruised to a 16-3 win against the Bellevue Wolverines on March 21 in Mercer Island. Grace Fujinaga scored a game-high six goals for the Islanders in the win. Katie Brodsky and Tessa Guerra chipped in three goals apiece as well. Mercer Island improved their overall record to 4-0 with the win. Brodksy (pictured) controls possession of the ball against the Wolverines.

Islanders girls lacrosse team remains undefeated

Grace Fujinaga scores a game-high six goals.

  • Mar 23, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls lacrosse team cruised to a 16-3 win against the Bellevue Wolverines on March 21 in Mercer Island. Grace Fujinaga scored a game-high six goals for the Islanders in the win. Katie Brodsky and Tessa Guerra chipped in three goals apiece as well. Mercer Island improved their overall record to 4-0 with the win. Brodksy (pictured) controls possession of the ball against the Wolverines.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team poses for a picture after winning the Wenatchee Invitational Tournament. Islanders golfers pictured are Gihoe Seo, Ella Warburg, Estey Chen, Katelyn Travis, Grace Shaddle, Lilly Pruchno, Annelise Rorem and Grace Gottesman.

Mercer Island golf team is determined to defend its state title

Islanders girls golf team is starting off the season strong

  • Mar 21, 2018
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                                The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team poses for a picture after winning the Wenatchee Invitational Tournament. Islanders golfers pictured are Gihoe Seo, Ella Warburg, Estey Chen, Katelyn Travis, Grace Shaddle, Lilly Pruchno, Annelise Rorem and Grace Gottesman.
Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson
                                Perfection has been exuded by the Mercer Island Islanders varsity boys lacrosse team in early season action. The Islanders have earned victories against the Eastside Catholic Crusaders, Bothell Cougars and Mount Si Wildcats in its first three contests. Mercer Island has outscored its opponents 51-19 in the process. Ben Dunbar and Glen Mahony each scored three goals apiece against Mount Si on March 17. The Mercer Island Islanders boys lacrosse varsity, jayvee and freshman/sophomore teams are pictured in the above photo.

Mercer Island boys lacrosse team is undefeated in early season action

Islanders are dominating its opponents

  • Mar 20, 2018
Photo courtesy of Maryellen Johnson
                                Perfection has been exuded by the Mercer Island Islanders varsity boys lacrosse team in early season action. The Islanders have earned victories against the Eastside Catholic Crusaders, Bothell Cougars and Mount Si Wildcats in its first three contests. Mercer Island has outscored its opponents 51-19 in the process. Ben Dunbar and Glen Mahony each scored three goals apiece against Mount Si on March 17. The Mercer Island Islanders boys lacrosse varsity, jayvee and freshman/sophomore teams are pictured in the above photo.
Greg Fuchs slides safely into home plate in a contest against the Redmond Mustangs during the 2017 season. Fuchs will be a senior on the Islanders baseball team in 2018. He will play college baseball at Oregon State University next season. Courtesy of Jim Nicholson

Dynasty in the making

Mercer Island baseball team is a powerhouse in the Class 3A division

Greg Fuchs slides safely into home plate in a contest against the Redmond Mustangs during the 2017 season. Fuchs will be a senior on the Islanders baseball team in 2018. He will play college baseball at Oregon State University next season. Courtesy of Jim Nicholson
Islander Olivia Kane connects on a hit against the Sammamish Totems in a game on March 22, 2017. Courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Positive outlook for softballers

Playoffs are the goal for the Islanders softball squad

Islander Olivia Kane connects on a hit against the Sammamish Totems in a game on March 22, 2017. Courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
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                                The Seattle Junior Hockey Association’s 14U A1 Junior Admirals squad defeated the Wenatchee Wolverines to clinch the Washington State Tier I championship on March 3. Mason Bull, who is a resident of Mercer Island, is a member of the Admirals team. The 14U A1 Junior Admirals competed in the USA Hockey Pacific District Tier I tournament from March 8-11 in San Jose, California. “This is an incredible accomplishment for our team. We’ve been working towards this goal all season and are thrilled to represent Washington at districts,” Head coach Regan Mueller said in a press release.

Hockey squad advances to districts in California

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  • Mar 12, 2018
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                                The Seattle Junior Hockey Association’s 14U A1 Junior Admirals squad defeated the Wenatchee Wolverines to clinch the Washington State Tier I championship on March 3. Mason Bull, who is a resident of Mercer Island, is a member of the Admirals team. The 14U A1 Junior Admirals competed in the USA Hockey Pacific District Tier I tournament from March 8-11 in San Jose, California. “This is an incredible accomplishment for our team. We’ve been working towards this goal all season and are thrilled to represent Washington at districts,” Head coach Regan Mueller said in a press release.
Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa
                                Mercer Island Islanders freshman Tegan Yuasa, center, earned first place in the Cadet -50 kilogram division at the USA Judo Scholastic National Championships on March 3-4 in York, Pennsylvania. Yuasa will also represent Team USA at the 2018 Cadet Pan American Championships on July 6, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Yuasa earns first place at coveted event

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  • Mar 12, 2018
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                                Mercer Island Islanders freshman Tegan Yuasa, center, earned first place in the Cadet -50 kilogram division at the USA Judo Scholastic National Championships on March 3-4 in York, Pennsylvania. Yuasa will also represent Team USA at the 2018 Cadet Pan American Championships on July 6, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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                                Mercer Island Islanders freshman Ava Motroni (pictured during district meet) competed in the vault event at the Class 3A state gymnastics on Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Center. Motroni scored an 8.500 out of 11.00 possible in the event, finishing in 36th place during the prelims.

Mercer Island’s Motroni competes at state gymnastics meet

Ava Motroni competed in the vault event at the Class 3A state gymnastics.

  • Feb 27, 2018
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                                Mercer Island Islanders freshman Ava Motroni (pictured during district meet) competed in the vault event at the Class 3A state gymnastics on Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Center. Motroni scored an 8.500 out of 11.00 possible in the event, finishing in 36th place during the prelims.
Photo courtesy of Amy Shobe
                                The Mercer Island boys swim team captured second place at the Class 3A state swim and dive meet on Feb. 17 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Islanders, who compiled a total of 374 team points, were just 23 points behind first place Bainbridge Island. Mercer Island athletes that competed at the state meet consisted of Carson Coe, Kyle Bailey, Oliver Hoff, Austin Shobe, Nate Robinson, Evan Hill, James Robertson, Jake Headrick, Killian Riley, Caleb Apodaca, Kieran Watson, Collin Ralston, Ethan Schwartz, Dan Gao, Alex Edwards, John Novak and Gabe Neale.
                                The 200 free relay team consisting of Hill, Coe, Riley and Hoff earned first place. The 400 free relay quartet of Richardson, Robinson, Hoff and Riley nabbed second place. The 200 medley relay team of Edwards, Richardson, Coe and Bailey captured second place. Richardson collected individual titles in the 100 fly with a time of 49.84 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.78.

Mercer Island swim team earns second place at state meet

The team captured second place at the Class 3A state meet on Feb. 17.

  • Feb 27, 2018
Photo courtesy of Amy Shobe
                                The Mercer Island boys swim team captured second place at the Class 3A state swim and dive meet on Feb. 17 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Islanders, who compiled a total of 374 team points, were just 23 points behind first place Bainbridge Island. Mercer Island athletes that competed at the state meet consisted of Carson Coe, Kyle Bailey, Oliver Hoff, Austin Shobe, Nate Robinson, Evan Hill, James Robertson, Jake Headrick, Killian Riley, Caleb Apodaca, Kieran Watson, Collin Ralston, Ethan Schwartz, Dan Gao, Alex Edwards, John Novak and Gabe Neale.
                                The 200 free relay team consisting of Hill, Coe, Riley and Hoff earned first place. The 400 free relay quartet of Richardson, Robinson, Hoff and Riley nabbed second place. The 200 medley relay team of Edwards, Richardson, Coe and Bailey captured second place. Richardson collected individual titles in the 100 fly with a time of 49.84 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.78.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                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.

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                                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.
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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior 152-pound wrestler Jonah Andrews captured eighth place in his weight class at the Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament on Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Dome.

Mercer Island senior attains his dream on the mat

Jonah Andrews placed eighth at Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament.

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                                Mercer Island Islanders senior 152-pound wrestler Jonah Andrews captured eighth place in his weight class at the Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament on Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Dome.
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                                Northwest Yeshiva defeated Rainier Christian 38-37 on Feb. 17 in a district playoff matchup. Tamar Jacobson (pictured) sinks a jumper against Rainier Christian. Northwest Yeshiva will face Taholah in a winner-to-state, loser-out regional playoff game at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 at W.F. West High School.

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  • Feb 21, 2018
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                                Northwest Yeshiva defeated Rainier Christian 38-37 on Feb. 17 in a district playoff matchup. Tamar Jacobson (pictured) sinks a jumper against Rainier Christian. Northwest Yeshiva will face Taholah in a winner-to-state, loser-out regional playoff game at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 at W.F. West High School.

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  • Feb 20, 2018
Photo courtesy of Craig Degginger
                                A contingent of 25 Mercer Island seniors will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Mercer Island student athletes moving on to the next level included Ethan Eason (California Institute of Technology-basketball), Nikhil Nayar (University of Idaho-football), Aksel Turk (Chadron State College-football), Spencer Luce (Azusa Pacific University-football), Ella Warburg (Wellesley College-golf), Robert Stoney (Whittier College-lacrosse), Tessa Guerra (Claremont McKenna College-lacrosse), Katie Brodsky (Arizona State University-lacrosse), Reis Kissel (Vassar College-soccer), Kendall Riley (University of Nevada Reno-soccer), Paige Robertson (Macalester College-soccer), Anna Moscovici (George Washington University-squash), Christian Anderson (Occidental College-tennis), Grace Bethards (Whitworth University-tennis), Kendra Watson (University of Rochester-track), Kayle Lee (University of Pennsylvania-track), Chloe Michaels (Whitman College-Cross Country), Adara Hamilton (Wheaton College-volleyball), Kelly Behrbaum (Cornell University-volleyball), Daniel Kavesh (Chapman University-water polo), Isabelle Knowles (University of Washington-rowing), Matt Boissoneault (Seattle University-baseball), Greg Fuchs (Oregon State University-baseball), Alex Shanks (Gonzaga University-baseball) and Jaeden Pritchard (Chadron State College-football).

Islanders athletes partake in signing day ceremony

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  • Feb 14, 2018
Photo courtesy of Craig Degginger
                                A contingent of 25 Mercer Island seniors will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Mercer Island student athletes moving on to the next level included Ethan Eason (California Institute of Technology-basketball), Nikhil Nayar (University of Idaho-football), Aksel Turk (Chadron State College-football), Spencer Luce (Azusa Pacific University-football), Ella Warburg (Wellesley College-golf), Robert Stoney (Whittier College-lacrosse), Tessa Guerra (Claremont McKenna College-lacrosse), Katie Brodsky (Arizona State University-lacrosse), Reis Kissel (Vassar College-soccer), Kendall Riley (University of Nevada Reno-soccer), Paige Robertson (Macalester College-soccer), Anna Moscovici (George Washington University-squash), Christian Anderson (Occidental College-tennis), Grace Bethards (Whitworth University-tennis), Kendra Watson (University of Rochester-track), Kayle Lee (University of Pennsylvania-track), Chloe Michaels (Whitman College-Cross Country), Adara Hamilton (Wheaton College-volleyball), Kelly Behrbaum (Cornell University-volleyball), Daniel Kavesh (Chapman University-water polo), Isabelle Knowles (University of Washington-rowing), Matt Boissoneault (Seattle University-baseball), Greg Fuchs (Oregon State University-baseball), Alex Shanks (Gonzaga University-baseball) and Jaeden Pritchard (Chadron State College-football).