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Mercer Island third baseman Caitlyn Barber, left, tags out Bellevue baserunner Rachel Treves, right, during a matchup between rivals on April 3 at the South Mercer playfields. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island, 35-0. Photo courtesy of Jim Nicholson

Islanders remain positive despite lopsided defeat

Mercer Island girls softball team displays character in loss.

Mercer Island third baseman Caitlyn Barber, left, tags out Bellevue baserunner Rachel Treves, right, during a matchup between rivals on April 3 at the South Mercer playfields. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island, 35-0. Photo courtesy of Jim Nicholson
Mercer Island senior forward Dakota Promet, left, and Sammamish freshman Andrew Wilbert, right, battle for possession of the ball on March 26 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Mercer Island defeated Sammamish 1-0. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography

Islanders survive Totems’ comeback bid on the soccer field

Mercer Island earns fourth victory of 2019 season.

Mercer Island senior forward Dakota Promet, left, and Sammamish freshman Andrew Wilbert, right, battle for possession of the ball on March 26 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Mercer Island defeated Sammamish 1-0. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Mercer Island High School conducted a signing day ceremony for its collegiate bound student athletes on March 19 in the Mercer Island High School commons. Athletes moving on to compete at the collegiate level consist of Stew Vassau (lacrosse-University of Utah), Cole Miller (baseball-University of Washington), Natalie Wilson (softball-Loyola Marymount University), Lina Winiski (rowing-Washington State University), Alex Kaczor (soccer-Central College), Jordan Snyder (soccer-University of Oregon), James Richardson (swimming-Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Grace Fujinaga (lacrosse-University of Pennsylvania), Donnie Howard (lacrosse-Boston University), Ryan Payne (lacrosse-Illinois Wesleyan), Brandon Wong (tennis-University of Washington), Blake Robertson (soccer-University of Puget Sound), Matthew Capone (soccer-Northwest Nazarene), Maggie Baker (track-Brown University) and Teague Conder (baseball-Whitman College).
                                Photo courtesy of Craig Degginger

Islanders signing-day ceremony features a plethora of athletes

Mercer Island High School conducted a signing-day ceremony for its collegiate bound student athletes on March 19 in the Mercer Island High School commons. Athletes… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2019
Mercer Island High School conducted a signing day ceremony for its collegiate bound student athletes on March 19 in the Mercer Island High School commons. Athletes moving on to compete at the collegiate level consist of Stew Vassau (lacrosse-University of Utah), Cole Miller (baseball-University of Washington), Natalie Wilson (softball-Loyola Marymount University), Lina Winiski (rowing-Washington State University), Alex Kaczor (soccer-Central College), Jordan Snyder (soccer-University of Oregon), James Richardson (swimming-Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Grace Fujinaga (lacrosse-University of Pennsylvania), Donnie Howard (lacrosse-Boston University), Ryan Payne (lacrosse-Illinois Wesleyan), Brandon Wong (tennis-University of Washington), Blake Robertson (soccer-University of Puget Sound), Matthew Capone (soccer-Northwest Nazarene), Maggie Baker (track-Brown University) and Teague Conder (baseball-Whitman College).
                                Photo courtesy of Craig Degginger
Mercer Island High School sophomore Tegan Yuasa, center, stands on the top spot at the podium sporting a gold medal from the USA Judo Youth National Championships on March 10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa

Yuasa wins judo gold medal at national championships

Mercer Island High School sophomore Tegan Yuasa earned a gold medal in the Cadet -50Kg division at the USA Judo Youth National Championships on March… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019
Mercer Island High School sophomore Tegan Yuasa, center, stands on the top spot at the podium sporting a gold medal from the USA Judo Youth National Championships on March 10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa
Mercer Island Islanders senior shortstop Emily Rowe is the vocal leader of her squad. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Rowe runs the show for the Islanders

Mercer Island senior shortstop is the center of the action.

Mercer Island Islanders senior shortstop Emily Rowe is the vocal leader of her squad. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Panthers Youth Rugby holds spring registration

Panthers Youth Rugby is holding spring registration for players in grades 1-12. To register, visit www.panthersyouthrugby.com. The action this spring will take place from 5-7… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2019

A coveted goal is attained

Relentless work ethic pays dividends.

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Grace Fujinaga will continue her lacrosse career at the University of Pennsylvania. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Fujinaga is a dominant force on the lacrosse field

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Grace Fujinaga hasn’t forgotten her team’s 10-9 loss to the Bainbridge Island Spartans in the 3A state title… Continue reading

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Grace Fujinaga will continue her lacrosse career at the University of Pennsylvania. Shaun Scott, staff photo
The Mercer Island Islanders varsity boys soccer team is looking forward to the 2019 season. Photo courtesy of Sophy Yang

Islanders are looking to dominate on the soccer field

Expectations never waver for the Mercer Island Islanders boys soccer program. The Islanders, which year in and year out are contenders for a state championship,… Continue reading

The Mercer Island Islanders varsity boys soccer team is looking forward to the 2019 season. Photo courtesy of Sophy Yang

Optimism remains supreme in March for baseball fans

Home opener is on the horizon for the Seattle Mariners.

Mercer Island Islanders senior point guard Will Lee earned 3A KingCo first-team all league honors for his play during the 2018-19 season. The Islanders finished with an overall record of 17-6. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Lee exudes leadership during memorable season on hardwood

Mercer Island senior Will Lee was the definition of a floor general.

Mercer Island Islanders senior point guard Will Lee earned 3A KingCo first-team all league honors for his play during the 2018-19 season. The Islanders finished with an overall record of 17-6. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Elementary school wrestlers Arabella Chapman, Alex Chapman and Briak Chapman competed at the 2019 WSWA Folkstyle state tournament on Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Connie Chapman

Elementary School wrestlers bring home medals

Northwood Elementary School students showed off their wrestling skills at the 2019 WSWA Folkstyle state tournament on Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Dome. Fourth-grader Alex… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2019
Elementary school wrestlers Arabella Chapman, Alex Chapman and Briak Chapman competed at the 2019 WSWA Folkstyle state tournament on Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Connie Chapman
A view from the bleachers at the Mat Classic state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2019. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Mat Classic is an amazing spectacle

A simply special experience at the Tacoma Dome.

A view from the bleachers at the Mat Classic state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, 2019. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Auburn Riverside defenders bring down Kennedy Catholic’s Junior Alexander during North Puget Sound League Mountain Division action in Oct. 2018 at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Photo by Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

Lawmakers push concussion awareness and best practices in sports

SB 5238 requires University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center to compile research data

  • Feb 22, 2019
Auburn Riverside defenders bring down Kennedy Catholic’s Junior Alexander during North Puget Sound League Mountain Division action in Oct. 2018 at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Photo by Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

Swinging strong at state

Mercer Island’s Rachel Ressmeyer tied for 11th on bars at the 1A/2A/3A state gymnastics championships at Sammamish High on Feb. 22. She scored a 9.1… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2019
Mercer Island Islanders senior wrestler Donnie Howard, left, battles against Yelm’s Derrick Platt, right in the Mat Classic Class 3A 195-pound championship match. Platt earned a 3-2 victory against Howard on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Sensational senior earns second place at Mat Classic

Mercer Island 195-pound wrestler Donnie Howard finishes a memorable career on the mat.

Mercer Island Islanders senior wrestler Donnie Howard, left, battles against Yelm’s Derrick Platt, right in the Mat Classic Class 3A 195-pound championship match. Platt earned a 3-2 victory against Howard on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound weight division, earned three victories at the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno

Pruchno earns three victories at the Mat Classic

Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound weight division, earned three victories at the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019
Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound weight division, earned three victories at the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state meet from Feb. 21-23 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Islanders athletes Ava Motroni (beam, vault), Emery Sampson (vault) and Rachel Ressmeyer (bars, floor, vault) will test their skills against the best gymnastics athletes in Washington at the state meet. Photo courtesy of Debra Gibbs

Three Mercer Island athletes will compete at gymnastics state meet

Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state meet from Feb. 21-23 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Islanders athletes Ava… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019
Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state meet from Feb. 21-23 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Islanders athletes Ava Motroni (beam, vault), Emery Sampson (vault) and Rachel Ressmeyer (bars, floor, vault) will test their skills against the best gymnastics athletes in Washington at the state meet. Photo courtesy of Debra Gibbs

Richardson earns top honors at state swim meet

Mercer Island senior takes pair of titles again.

Flying through the pool

Mount Si junior Nathan Harris competes in the 100 butterfly B final at the 4A state meet on Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2019