Sage Renninger is part of a talented group of freshmen making an impact for the Wolf girls' soccer squad. (John Fisken photos)

   Sage Renninger is part of a talented group of freshmen making an impact for the Wolf girls’ soccer squad. (John Fisken photos)

Jared Helmstadter and the CHS boys' tennis team are coming off their first win of the season.

   Jared Helmstadter and the CHS boys’ netters are coming off their first team win of the season after bouncing North Mason.


Freshman phenom (and the team’s starting setter) Lauren Rose launches another potential ace.

Senior Matt Shank is a two-way terror for the first-place Wolf gridiron squad.

Senior Matt Shank is a two-way terror for the first-place Wolf gridiron squad.

Klahowya is setting the pace.

As the first month of the new 1A Olympic League wraps, the biggest of the four schools has the best overall record, with its girls’ soccer, volleyball, football and boys’ tennis teams being a combined 18-8.

Coupeville is 7-11, Port Townsend 5-14 and Chimacum 2-16 as we turn the calendar into October.

Three things to note.

One, I’m only counting the four sports Coupeville plays.

All three of the other schools run cross country (so why don’t the Wolves bring their program back?!?!) and Klahowya and Port Townsend have girls’ swim teams.

But, this is Coupeville Sports, not The Redhawk Review, so, if the Wolves don’t play it, we’re ignoring it.

Two, Klahowya has been much busier, with almost ten more matches/games than any of the other schools.

And three, none of the four schools have played each other yet in volleyball or soccer, with much of the early success or failure for each school coming in non-conference events.

But that actually makes the success of the best program out there, the Klahowya girls’ soccer squad, even more impressive.

The Eagles, who went to state as a 2A program the past five seasons, are 7-1 and have outscored their opponents 34-8 so far.

With McKenzie Cook (http://coupevillesports.com/2014/09/08/know-your-foe-klahowyas-mckenzie-cook/)and Izzy Severns (http://coupevillesports.com/2014/09/11/know-your-foe-klahowyas-izzy-severns/) leading the way, Klahowya has been thumping on 2A schools as a warmup for league play.

Current standings in all sports, starting with the one ruled by Cow Town:


Coupeville 3-1 overall, 2-0 in league
Port Townsend 2-2, 1-1
Klahowya 1-3, 1-1
Chimacum 0-4, 0-2


Klahowya 7-1
Coupeville 3-2
Chimacum 0-5
Port Townsend 0-6


Klahowya 6-0
Port Townsend 2-2
Chimacum 1-3
Coupeville 0-4


Klahowya 4-4, 2-0
Coupeville 1-4, 0-1
Chimacum/Port Townsend 1-4, 0-1

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Clockwise, from left, are Dalton Martin, Skyler Lawrence and Grey Rische.

Clockwise, from left, are Dalton Martin, Skyler Lawrence and Grey Rische.

Wolf Nation was not born in a day, but huge chunks of it apparently were.

Today might not be the single biggest blizzard of birthdays involving CHS athletes — Aug. 13 had five, headed up by all-world Valen Trujillo — but Oct. 1 has got some sparkle to it.

At least three young guns all popped into the world on this day, and little did anyone know they would all one day be starring for the red and black.

Dalton Martin started as a football player, morphed into a tennis ace and has brought the heat on the basketball court and track oval.

Grey Rische is a man for all seasons, playing tennis (where he often teams up with brother Jared Helmstadter for doubles), basketball and track.

And Skyler Lawrence is a standout on the basketball court (where I have yet to see another player pull a rebound away from her grasp … ever) and as a track thrower.

The trio share several things beyond a birthday and a school.

All three are hard workers, both in athletics and the classroom, seem to have a genuine sense of joy when they’re playing and stand as solid citizens.

Oct. 1 was very, very good to Wolf athletics and we wish the trio much cake and well wishes. You guys (and gal) deserve nothing less.

Big win, big loss!!

Jenn Spark

  Wolf defensive ace Jenn Spark had to be taken to the ER after suffering an MCL injury in the final two minutes of Tuesday’s win. (John Fisken photo)

Whidbey Islanders unite after th egame.

Whether they wear Oak Harbor or Coupeville colors, they’re all Whidbey Islanders in the end. L to r, Scott Rosenkranz, Becca Pabona, Jacki Ginnings, Erin Rosenkranz, Paige Waterman, Kenzie Perry, Micky LeVine, Jacalyn Hefflefinger, Sean LeVine.

It was two minutes of ecstasy and agony.

A scoreless duel between the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer squad and visiting Mount Vernon Christian took two huge swings in the waning moments Tuesday night.

First came the joy of senior Micky LeVine burying her third goal of the season into the back of the net, off an assist from fellow captain Erin Rosenkranz, to lift the Wolves to a thrilling 1-0 non-conference win.

Then came the stab through the heart, as junior defensive ace Jenn Spark, owner of the hardest-kicking leg in all the land, went down, badly hurt.

A three-hour visit to the nearby ER at Whidbey General later, it’s believed to be a sprained MCL, and not a blown one, as originally thought.

Either way, CHS coach Troy Cowan would prefer not to relive the moment.

“Let me start by saying the CHS Lady Wolves community needs all hands on deck with prayers and positive thoughts,” Cowan said. “When the referee waved me on to the field, I knew it had to be serious because Jenn is ferocious and tough as nails; simply put, she is a “warrior”.

“The early diagnosis, thankfully, is a sprained MCL, and with any luck she will only be off the pitch for a few weeks,” he added. “Jenn is one of those players that you CANNOT replace, but it’s next woman up. Please pray for Jenn and for a quick recovery.”

Leading up to the final two minutes, Coupeville, which improved to 3-2 with the win, dominated the match in every category.

The Wolves rained down shot after shot, only to see the MVC goalie barely escape time and again.

“Overall, the girls played really well,” Cowan said. “We spent a lot of time in practice this week on winning those all-important 50/50 balls and checking all the way to the ball.

“Don’t have all the numbers in front of me right now, but would speculate we won probably 85-90% of all free balls,” he added. “The girls really focused on winning the ball and maintaining possession, very proud of their efforts.”

On their own half of the field, the CHS defense, led by goaltender Julia Myers, was lights out.

“Once again our defensive unit stands tall and played some incredible soccer,” Cowan said. “Jenn, Jacki (Ginnings), Christine (Fields), Ivy (Luvera) and Mckenzie (Meyer) all stood up today and said, “not today” and absolutely controlled the pitch with sheer determination and hustle and sweat.

Jacki and Ivy were awesome!!!,” he added. “Both used speed, ball control and an iron will to carry the ball into our offensive end of the pitch and help provide an offensive push.”

Coupeville was the far more aggressive team, with freshman Mia Littlejohn playing “like a caged animal tonight” and leading the attack.

“Her aggressiveness is extremely refreshing, but cost us a few runs by getting caught in an offside position,” Cowan said. “I told Mia, keep playing aggressive, just play smart Wolves soccer and mark that last defender.

Mia is an incredible athlete and outstanding soccer player,” he added. “She is very smart and will learn from this match and be even stronger for our next match.”

Cowan also credited Sage Renninger, Rosenkranz, Ana Luvera and Lauren Bayne for doing “a great job of controlling the pitch,” while saving his biggest praise for LeVine.

With a group of her GU18 Whidbey Islanders select teammates from Oak Harbor High School cheering her on, LeVine lit up the net at crunch time.

“Two-Fist LeVine played one of her finest matches and was instrumental all night,” Cowan said. “She just has a knack for being our spark; I don’t always understand it and find myself asking, where did she come from, but Micky is a powerful catalyst that sparks a  lot of offense.

“She is a very dangerous weapon and can be deceptive because of her size, but dynamite comes in small packages too!”

Joey Lippo teamed with fellow Wolf frosh William Nelson to grab the deciding win Tuesday. (John Fisken photo)

Joey Lippo teamed with fellow Wolf frosh William Nelson to grab the deciding win Tuesday. (John Fisken photo)

The freshmen came through with the clincher.

With Tuesday’s home match against non-conference foe North Mason knotted at 3-3, William Nelson and Joey Lippo were the last Wolves standing.

Even though no one told them how important their #3 doubles match was until later, the duo were on-point, drilling their foes in straight sets and lifting the Wolves to their first team win of the still-young season.

William and Joey, my fab frosh duo, have gelled and are playing more like a single player, as opposed to a doubles team,” CHS coach Ken Stange said. “This should bode well as we finish the season, and as they move toward their sophomore campaign.

“If I can keep them together as a pair, they could do some serious damage in the coming years.”

The 4-3 victory improved Coupeville to 1-4 heading into a road match against a combined Chimacum/Port Townsend squad Thursday.

Using balance across the boards, the Wolves won two singles matches (Sebastian Davis, Kyle Bodamer) and two doubles matches, while surviving missing half of their top doubles duo.

Loren Nelson was out sick, but Jimmy Myers vaulted up from the JV and combined with Connor McCormick for a win.

While Stange was impressed with all of his winners (“Sebastian played extremely consistent tennis and Kyle was on and off the court before I could even watch more than a few points”), he gave the biggest props to a duo that barely came out on the short end of the stick.

Joseph Wedekind and John McClarin split sets at #1 doubles before falling in a dramatic 10-8 tiebreaker. The Wolves had the lead at 8-7, but couldn’t find a final shot to put the match away.

“Even though they lost, John and Joseph provided the day’s most dramatic match,” Stange said.

“After last season, I watched those two young men play tennis almost every day, rain or shine. They even tried taking up court space during the girls’ season,” he added. “They then played all summer long. I really admire their effort and work ethic.”

Complete results:


1st Singles — Aaron Curtin lost to Beau Eddy 6-3, 6-3

2nd Singles – Sebastian Davis beat Danny Plankenhorn 6-0, 6-3

3rd Singles – Kyle Bodamer beat Blake Manke 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles – Joseph Wedekind/John McClarin lost to Erik Villar/Steven Settlemeir 4-6, 6-1, 10-8

2nd Doubles – Grey Rische/Jared Helmstadter lost to Cole Tilten/Tanner Hill 6-3, 6-3

3rd Doubles – William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Jared Curtis/Brad Billington 6-2, 6-2

4th Doubles – Connor McCormick/Jimmy Myers beat Nick Vatour/Justin Rock 6-1, 6-0


Alex Schmakeit/Jeremiah Pace beat Zack Gamblin/Aiden Wielander 6-1

Ethan Spark/Ethan Marx beat Dalton Emmerick/Christian Kluseman 6-0

Lilan Sekigawa/Nick Dion lost to Tanner Hall/Levi Handyside 6-2

Nick Etzell/Spark beat Dalton Emmerick/Christian Kluseman 6-0

**The Wolf duos of Garrett Compton/Geoffrey McClarin and Brian Shank/Aiden Crimmins had their matches called midway through, when North Mason had to leave to catch a ferry.

Ready to unleash the power. (John Fisken photos)

Ready to unleash the power. (John Fisken photos)

Scout Smith

Scout Smith displays textbook form.

8th grade coach Sadi Foltz watches the action unfold.

8th grade coach Sadi Foltz watches the action unfold.

Kalia Littlejohn (15) and Lindsey Roberts celebrate.

Kalia Littlejohn (15) and Lindsey Roberts celebrate by catching some sweet air.

The stars of tomorrow are busy blasting spikes today.

26 girls are on the rosters for the Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads this season, and the Wolves are several matches into play.

CMS will hit the road for three straight road matches over the next week, before returning back to Whidbey for a home match against Northshore Thursday, Oct. 9.

The rosters:

7th grade
(Coach Dan Pullen):

Ashleigh Battaglia
Hannah Davidson
Emma Mathusek
Jillian Mayne
Scout Smith
Emma Somes
Maya Toomey-Stout
Zoe Trujillo
Raven Vick
Willow Vick
Melia Welling

8th grade
(Coach Sadi Foltz):

Veronica Crownover
Tomasa Cruz Herrera
Savannah Gilcrease-Wolfe
Gabriella Halpin
Madeline Hilkey
Nicole Laxton
Kalia Littlejohn
Ashley Menges
Jasmine Nastali
Moira Reed
Lindsey Roberts
Ashlie Shank
Emma Smith
Jessica Wood-Hagen
Sarah Wright


Kathryn Morales Bernal
Melissa Otto


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