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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

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.… Continue reading

  • 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.
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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.

Yuasa earns first place at coveted event

Mercer Island freshman Tegan Yuasa, center, earned first place in the Cadet -50 kilogram division at the USA Judo Scholastic National Championships on March 3-4… Continue reading

  • 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.
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                                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
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                                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.
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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.

Howard earns second place at Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament

Not even a defeat in the Class 3A Mat Classic 195-pound championship match could dampen the spirits of Mercer Island junior wrestler Donnie Howard. Lincoln… Continue reading

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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.

Northwest Yeshiva girls basketball team to compete in regional 1B playoff game

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… Continue reading

  • 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.

Kickoff to the 2018 soccer season is on the horizon

Excellence on the soccer field has been a staple of the Mercer Island region for decades. On Friday, March 2 the community will come together… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018
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                                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

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… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018
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                                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).
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                                Mercer Island 195-pound grappler Donnie Howard (pictured) captured fourth place at the Class 3A Region IV tournament in Spokane on Feb. 10.

Howard, Andrews earn berths at Mat Classic

Mercer Island 152-pound wrestler Jonah Andrews and 195-pound grappler Donnie Howard (pictured) captured fourth place in their respective weight classes at the Class 3A Region… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2018
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                                Mercer Island 195-pound grappler Donnie Howard (pictured) captured fourth place at the Class 3A Region IV tournament in Spokane on Feb. 10.

Seattle Prep defeats Mercer Island in loser-out playoff game

With just 31.1 seconds left in regulation Mercer Island Islanders boys basketball head coach Gavin Cree subbed out seniors Griffin Emanuels and Giovanni Cervantes-Rocha for… Continue reading

Rebels defeat Islanders girls basketball team in KingCo 3A playoff contest

The Juanita Rebels girls basketball team defeated the Mercer Island Islanders 53-43 in the KingCo 3A tournament on Feb. 7. Islanders’ freshman Annabelle Gersch scored… 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.

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
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                                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