Jacki G. shoots, scores!!

Jacki Ginnings

Jacki Ginnings (John Fisken photos)

Ginnings unleashes "The Crippler."

Ginnings unleashes “The Crippler.”

Jacki Ginnings is a superstar.

Whether wielding a racket on the tennis court or booting a soccer ball on the pitch, the Coupeville High School senior is electrifying, enthralling, exciting and a lot of other words that don’t necessarily start with an E.

Though she can be as intense as needed, the first thing you always notice about Miss Ginnings is the joy that radiates off of her.

She genuinely seems to enjoy her sports, especially soccer, which is enough of a passion that she plays virtually year-round with high school and select squads.

Huge smile on her face, she dives into the fray and reminds everyone in the stands that, no matter how seriously people take sports, it’s still just a game.

Jacki gets it.

She’s talented, she excels, but she always has fun along the way.

Even when the weather is brutally cold and no reasonably sane person should be playing soccer under the conditions — a fate that often befalls her Whidbey Islanders select soccer squad when they play deep into the fall.

Ginnings makes it look effortless. And she makes it look fun.

She may not scream and holler and try to get a lot of attention, but she doesn’t need to. We notice what she’s doing and we respect her for the way she plays.

As she celebrates her birthday today, we wish Jacki the best. Cause she is the best.

Let there be goals!!


Marisa Etzell knows what’s up. The Wolves can score from any direction, at any time. (John Fisken photos)


Mia Littlejohn (20) celebrates one of her team-high three goals.

Micky LeVine (John Fisken photos)

Micky LeVine, about to unleash destruction on an unsuspecting foe.

Erin Rosenkranz

Erin Rosenkranz holds her own in a battle for the ball.

It’s a three-way battle for the top spot.

Four games into a 13-game schedule, the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer squad has seen three of its players find the back of the net.

Freshman Mia Littlejohn tops the scoring chart with three goals (two against South Whidbey and one against Orcas Island), while a pair of seniors are hot on her heels.

Micky LeVine punched in a pair against Orcas, while Erin Rosenkranz netted her first of the season in the same game.

Also lurking out there, ready to break into the scoring battle, is senior Marisa Etzell, who came dangerously close to tallying a score on multiple occasions against South Whidbey.

Let the goals rain down.

Sophomore Valen Trujillo poses with her tourney shirt.

Wolf sophomore Valen Trujillo poses with her tourney shirt.

The spark plug was back and the results were promising.

With senior Madeline Strasburg back in the lineup for the first time this season, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad swept two teams Saturday and finished 8th at the 33rd annual South Whidbey Invitational.

The Wolves pulled off shutouts of Lopez and Shoreline Christian, with Kyla Briscoe going bonkers against SC.

The freshman reeled off 12 straight points at the service stripe at one point, lifting Coupeville to a 13-1 lead as it waxed Shoreline.

The tourney was a good learning experience for the Wolves (0-3 in regular play), who return to the court with a home match against Mount Vernon Christian Thursday, Sept. 25.

“Overall, we had a great tournament,” said Wolf coach Breanne Smedley. “Madeline was a spark plug, Lauren (Rose) grew a lot as she set the entire day, and our defense really started to step up when Valen (Trujillo) had to sit out of the playoff games due to knee pain.

“I’m really pleased in the direction this team is headed as we continue to work hard and play together.”

Born to run!!

Mitch Pelroy (Haylee Sauer photos)

Mitch Pelroy (Haylee Sauer photos)

Pelroy takes off on a return in an earlier season game.

Pelroy takes off on a return in an earlier game.

Can’t hold him down.

Former Wolf football star Mitch Pelroy ripped off big return yardage Saturday, doing his part to help spark the Montana Western gridiron squad to its first victory in four weeks.

The 50-30 savaging of visiting Montana State-Northern in NAIA action snapped a three-game skid and improved the Bulldogs to 2-3. They now have a bye week before returning to action Oct. 4 against Carroll College.

Pelroy was his team’s primary return man Saturday, taking back four kickoffs for 97 yards, with his longest run stretching 28 yards.

He also hauled in Montana State’s lone punt, picking up 10 yards before being taken down. He was a hit on defense as well, recording a tackle from his defensive back position.

Bulldog quarterback Tyler Hulse ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as Montana Western strolled up and down the field all day.

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King on cruise control!!

Tyler King -- even his hair looks fast.

Tyler King — even his hair looks fast.

Tyler King is running strong.

The Coupeville High School grad ran in his second event of the college cross country season Saturday, placing 12th out of 47 runners at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.

King, a junior at the University of Washington, covered the 8K course at Lincoln Park in 24 minutes, 37 seconds.

It was the first competitive race for King and his teammates since the pride of Cow Town won the UW-Seattle U Open Aug. 29.

This time around, senior Dawg teammate Aaron Nelson, an All-American last year, won the event, breaking the tape in 24:01.

He was just the third man in 23 years to successfully defend a title at the race.

The Huskies, who came in ranked 27th in the nation, were upset in the team standings, however.

Their arch-rival from Pullman, Washington State, snapped a seven-year run of titles for U-Dub, with Fresno State and Seattle University rounding out the mens’ field.

The 14th ranked Washington women, led by champion Maddie Meyers, who beat out 50 other runners, cruised to a team title for the eighth straight season.

The Huskies return to competition Saturday, Oct. 4, when they host the inaugural Washington invitational at Jefferson Park Golf Course.


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