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Moscow Spartans football players Omari Grinyaev, Michael Levenshtein and Mercer Island head football coach Ed Slezinger pose for a quick photo prior to the start of Mercer Island’s football practice on Oct. 9. Grinyaev and Levenshtein will be in Washington observing the Islanders football programs practices, meetings, workouts and games through Oct. 22. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Islanders football program hosts Russian players

Players from the Moscow Spartans football team make trip to Mercer Island.

Moscow Spartans football players Omari Grinyaev, Michael Levenshtein and Mercer Island head football coach Ed Slezinger pose for a quick photo prior to the start of Mercer Island’s football practice on Oct. 9. Grinyaev and Levenshtein will be in Washington observing the Islanders football programs practices, meetings, workouts and games through Oct. 22. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Mercer Island senior running back Jack Clayville (pictured) has been one of the most prolific players on offense for his team throughout the 2018 season thus far. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 5-0 in early season action. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Keeping their eyes on the prize

Formidable schedule awaits Mercer Island football team toward the end of the season.

Mercer Island senior running back Jack Clayville (pictured) has been one of the most prolific players on offense for his team throughout the 2018 season thus far. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 5-0 in early season action. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The Mercer Island Islanders volleyball team lost 3-2 to the Bellevue Wolverines in a matchup between rival squads on Oct. 2 at Bellevue High School. The Islanders overall record is currently 4-5 thus far during the 2018 season. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Wolverines prevail in epic matchup against Mercer Island on the volleyball court

Islanders nearly snap Bellevue’s undefeated streak.

The Mercer Island Islanders volleyball team lost 3-2 to the Bellevue Wolverines in a matchup between rival squads on Oct. 2 at Bellevue High School. The Islanders overall record is currently 4-5 thus far during the 2018 season. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Mercer Island defeats Puyallup in water polo matchup

Islanders conquer Vikings for second time during the 2018 season.

  • Oct 2, 2018

Seahawks legend Steve Largent: ‘Football was a life-saving event’

Q&A with the Hall of Fame wide receiver

The Mercer Island Islanders boys tennis team earned a 6-1 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines in a 3A/2A KingCo tennis matchup on Sept. 25 on Mercer Island. The Islanders improved their overall record to 8-1 (4-0 league) with the victory. Photo courtesy of Anjali Patel

Islanders are dominating on the tennis court

Mercer Island defeats Bellevue in rivalry contest.

  • Sep 27, 2018
The Mercer Island Islanders boys tennis team earned a 6-1 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines in a 3A/2A KingCo tennis matchup on Sept. 25 on Mercer Island. The Islanders improved their overall record to 8-1 (4-0 league) with the victory. Photo courtesy of Anjali Patel
Mercer Island senior midfielder Emily Arron, left, puts pressure on Liberty defender Cameron Nelson, right, in a matchup featuring two of the top soccer programs in the 3A/2A KingCo Division. Mercer Island earned a 2-1 comeback victory on Sept. 25 on Mercer Island. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Islanders attain comeback triumph

Mercer Island makes statement with victory against Liberty.

Mercer Island senior midfielder Emily Arron, left, puts pressure on Liberty defender Cameron Nelson, right, in a matchup featuring two of the top soccer programs in the 3A/2A KingCo Division. Mercer Island earned a 2-1 comeback victory on Sept. 25 on Mercer Island. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Mercer Island Islanders senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson wants to see his team bring home a 3A state football championship this December. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Johnson is a big-play threat for the Islanders

Islanders are undefeated on the gridiron.

Mercer Island Islanders senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson wants to see his team bring home a 3A state football championship this December. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Islanders dominate Vikings

Mercer Island scores 17 goals against Puyallup.

  • Sep 23, 2018

Goal celebration in Mercer Island win

Mercer Island senior captain Jackie Stenberg, left, celebrates scoring in regular time while senior Jackie Gilroy joins her during the Islanders’ 2-1 overtime girls soccer… Continue reading

  • Sep 21, 2018
Mercer Island Islanders senior swim athlete Chloe Mark, who has advanced to the Class 3A state swim meet in the 500 free the past two seasons, wants to see her team finish in one of the top three spots at the Class 3A state swim meet this November. The Islanders captured fourth place at the Class 3A state meet during the 2017 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Mark is a marvelous swimmer for Mercer Island

Mercer Island senior Chloe Mark has loved swimming since she was in elementary school.

Mercer Island Islanders senior swim athlete Chloe Mark, who has advanced to the Class 3A state swim meet in the 500 free the past two seasons, wants to see her team finish in one of the top three spots at the Class 3A state swim meet this November. The Islanders captured fourth place at the Class 3A state meet during the 2017 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo

‘She likes to win and she likes to run hard’

Mercer Island’s Maggie Baker tears up the cross country course.

Mercer Island player Oliver Schaaf, (No. 5), plays defense against the Newport Knights in the season opener on Sept. 6. Photo courtesy of Michelle Kavesh

Islanders boys water polo team is striving for excellence in the pool

Mercer Island defeats Newport in season opener.

  • Sep 16, 2018
Mercer Island player Oliver Schaaf, (No. 5), plays defense against the Newport Knights in the season opener on Sept. 6. Photo courtesy of Michelle Kavesh
Mercer Island volleyball players Anika Iverson, left, and Quinn Casey, right, leap into the air against the Skyline Spartans in a non-league contest on Sept. 12 on Mercer Island. Skyline defeated Mercer Island 3-1 in the matchup. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Spartans defeat Islanders in nonleague volleyball contest

Mercer Island head coach Samantha Marziello is in her first season leading the program.

Mercer Island volleyball players Anika Iverson, left, and Quinn Casey, right, leap into the air against the Skyline Spartans in a non-league contest on Sept. 12 on Mercer Island. Skyline defeated Mercer Island 3-1 in the matchup. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Mercer Island Islanders running back Jack Clayville scored two rushing touchdowns against the Issaquah Eagles on Sept. 7. Mercer Island improved their overall record to 2-0 courtesy of their 13-0 victory against Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Stingy defense propels Islanders to a victory

Mercer Island running back Jack Clayville rumbles for two rushing touchdowns.

Mercer Island Islanders running back Jack Clayville scored two rushing touchdowns against the Issaquah Eagles on Sept. 7. Mercer Island improved their overall record to 2-0 courtesy of their 13-0 victory against Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
The view from the Little Si hiking trail summit. Photo courtesy of James Martin

Aspiring for the pinnacle on the trail

Sportswriter Shaun Scott goes hiking on Labor Day weekend.

The view from the Little Si hiking trail summit. Photo courtesy of James Martin
The Newport U18-U19 girls select soccer team captured second place at the Starfire Extreme Cup on Aug. 19 in Tukwila. The Newport squad lost 6-5 in penalty kicks to Kent United in the title game. Mercer Island athletes on the roster pictured consisted of Isabella Mancusco, MaKena French, Lucy Cleator, Lilly Pruchno, Caitlin Liang and Haley Selman. Photo courtesy of Dana Pruchno

Local soccer team earns second place at tournament

The Newport U18-U19 girls select soccer team captured second place at the Starfire Extreme Cup on Aug. 19 in Tukwila. The Newport squad lost 6-5… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018
The Newport U18-U19 girls select soccer team captured second place at the Starfire Extreme Cup on Aug. 19 in Tukwila. The Newport squad lost 6-5 in penalty kicks to Kent United in the title game. Mercer Island athletes on the roster pictured consisted of Isabella Mancusco, MaKena French, Lucy Cleator, Lilly Pruchno, Caitlin Liang and Haley Selman. Photo courtesy of Dana Pruchno

Soccer is a thriving sport on Mercer Island

Mercer Island soccer tradition is a cornerstone of the community.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls soccer team won the Class 3A state championship in November of 2017. It was the first state title in school history for the team. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

State champs are looking to defend their title

Mercer Island girls soccer team is striving to win back-to-back state titles.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls soccer team won the Class 3A state championship in November of 2017. It was the first state title in school history for the team. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Mercer Island Islanders defensive back/wide receiver Henry Weiker (No. 8) makes a play on the ball during position drills on Aug. 17 on Mercer Island. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Islanders are looking to return to the playoffs in 2018

Starting quarterback spot is still up for grabs.

Mercer Island Islanders defensive back/wide receiver Henry Weiker (No. 8) makes a play on the ball during position drills on Aug. 17 on Mercer Island. Shaun Scott/staff photo