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In Recognition of our Outstanding Student-Athletes

It takes constant and consistent effort to keep high GPA’s, develop talents and balance the demands of a challenging practice and season schedule each semester in order to achieve both academic and athletic excellence. We recognize that effort and commitment and want to celebrate our student-athletes for their accomplishments.

Here we will celebrate the student-athletes committed to both academic and athletic excellence. The academic success of our student-athletes is a tribute to our coaches, counselors, academic support staff and the student-athletes themselves. I believe that the Islanders demonstrate the best of academic effort, however as in sport, we can always improve and push ourselves for more. Our student-athletes are competitive in all facets of their academic careers and will continue to strive to be great.  Here we will recognize those who are achieving on and off the field, and who are demonstrating the excellence that we strive for as a program.

If you would like to share an accomplishment, upcoming event, academic award or highlight a special talent, please send an email to: and type "Coach's Classroom" in the subject line. Photos and videos are welcomed.


All KingCo 3A Honors

First-team, all-league honors consisted of:

  • Devin Tamblyn (returner)
  • Hunter Johnson (wide receiver)
  • Mark Mangino (defensive end)
  • Grant Stading (cornerback)

Second-team, all-league honors included:

  • Ben Gross (offensive tackle)
  • Jack Clayville (running back)
  • Tynan Drayton (defensive end)
  • Will Mulfur (outside linebacker)
  • Cole Miller (safety, kick returner)

Players who earned honorable-mention awards were:

  • Owen Baebler
  • Isak Solberg
  • Kyle Stokes
  • Bryce Fitzwilson

*Correction from the MI Reporter article

Mercer Island Reporter:

Senior - Mark Mangino

Eagle scout RANK

Mark Mangino recently achieved Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle. Becoming an Eagle starts when a boy enters Boy Scouts at age 11 and continues often until just before his 18th birthday.  It means mastering many life skills and being able to organize and carry out a significant project (Mark’s was with the City of Mercer Island).  Mercer Island Troops can be proud of their Eagle Scouts as they are often leaders in all their activities, not just Scouts and they are well set up to perform at a high level in life after high school.

Two of his troop-mates, Henry Weiker (#8) and Connor Hanson (#26) are also Eagle’s from Troop 457.


Senior - Jaeden Pritchard


Based on athletic and academic achievement, the NFF selects one lineman and one backer (per HS) to be recognized. Congratulations to Jaeden Pritchard (OL/DL) who was nominated for this award!

Senior - Griffin Emanuels

Islander Basketball

Congratulations to Griffin for receiving KingCo honors: 1st Team All KingCo 2A/3A and named Defensive MVP for KingCo 2A/3A for the second consecutive year!

Senior - Michael Sanchez


Based on athletic and academic achievement, the NFF selects one lineman and one backer (per HS) to be recognized. Congratulations to Michael Sanchez (LB/FB) who was nominated for this award!

Junior - Ben Holers Gross


In the Personal Financial Literacy (PFL) Category:

"He is the only MI student in the event to move on (5 students competed from MI) and placed 4th in the state (more than 60 students competed in Washington)."

This is an outstanding honor and we wish him the best of luck when he travels to Atlanta this April to compete at Nationals!

Senior - Giovanni Cervantes-Rocha


Giovanni recently received All KingCo 2A/3A Honorable Mention for basketball. He previously received 2nd Team All KingCo 3A (Wide Receiver) for football. 

Junior - Cole MIller


Cole received the 2017 Team MVP "Sledge Hammer" Award! He also received 1st Team All KingCo 3A (Wide Receiver) and 1st Team (Special Teams/Receiver)


Junior - Will Mulfur

End of Season Awards

Will received the 2017 Defensive MVP "Sledge Hammer" Award. He was also featured in the MI Reporter:


Senior - Nikhil Nayar

End of Season Awards

Nikhil received the 2017 Offensive MVP "Sledge Hammer" Award. He was also named 2nd Team All KingCo 3A (Quarterback). Next year Nikhil will be playing football at the University of Idaho. Go Vandals!