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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).
Photo courtesy of Martha Phelps
                                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.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                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.
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                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
Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
                                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.