Booters fire away!!

Michael Kelley

Matthew Kelley heads on to the pitch. (Pat Kelley photos)

Jake Mitten

No one is getting the soccer ball back until Jake Mitten (5) is ready to let go of it.


Sage Downes (far left) and Aram Leyva (17) discuss strategy.

The effort was there, just not the victories.

Despite putting up a strong effort, the North Whidbey Islanders FC-01 boys’ soccer squad, which features a number of Coupeville booters, dropped three of four games in Redmond last weekend.

Whidbey wraps its summer season in two weeks with an appearance at the Rimland Classic in Bellingham.

Playing against top-level competition in Redmond, the Islanders netted a scoreless tie against a Crossfire Select squad in the highlight of their weekend.

They had a ton of shots, many from close range, but couldn’t quite pull the trigger enough times to make a run deep into tourney play.

In the team’s three losses, Coupeville’s Matthew Kelley netted a goal off of a corner kick, while Aram Leyva notched an assist on a different score.

Fellow Wolves Sam Wynn, Michael Laska, Sage Downes and Jake Mitten all chipped in with strong play, with Wynn making a stellar impression on defense.

Wolf freshman Ryan Labrador (John Fisken photo)

Wolf freshman Ryan Labrador pauses to think about all the rival quarterbacks he’s going to pound on. (John Fisken photos)

Ryan Labrador

Labrador busts through the Lakeside line.

For a newbie, he’s already making an impact.

Coupeville High School freshman Ryan Labrador has no prior organized football experience, but Saturday, during his team’s scrimmage with Lakeside, he was already crashing through the line in pursuit of the rival quarterback.

Not bad for a guy who is still not sure what positions he’ll play this season.

“I really don’t know my main position yet, but I think it is, defense center, offense left or right guard,” Labrador said. “This is my first year ever doing football in my life; the only reason I joined is because my friends convinced me to join.”

Once he started, Labrador quickly discovered he liked his new pastime.

“I enjoy football because it’s a new sport to me and it’s fun to be with friends,” he said.

Like all newcomers he’s busy working on his game, taking part in SST training and tweaking his skill-set.

“I think my strength in football is being able to do my blocks and break through the line,” Labrador said. “The things I would like to work on is for defense just being able to get out of the stance faster and being able to break through their line.”

A movie fan who enjoys thriller, horror and Disney films, he hails PE as his favorite class.

While he is new to football, he played basketball and baseball before, and is considering playing those as well during his freshman year.

When he’s not busy with school (“My primary interest are focusing on school, working and getting passing grades”), Labrador enjoys playing video games and watching videos.

Through it all, he has always turned to one family member to help guide him through life.

“My grandpa, Keith Siversten, he majorly impacted my life being an amazing grandpa and also a teacher,” Labrador said. “He taught me manners and being a nice person and boating from crabbing to fishing.”

Batman (John Fisken photos)

Little known fact. When not fighting crime, Batman stays busy as a rampaging linebacker. (John Fisken photos)


One quick cut and he’s gone, leaving behind just a scorch mark on the grass.


A future Wolf cheer captain begins her rise to the top.


They may not know how to spell his last name, but Logan Downes is already a star, following in the footsteps of older brothers Hunter and Sage.


   “Step back, son. When I get goin’ here, no one, and I mean no one, is gonna catch me!!”

A new season kicked off Monday.

The Oak Harbor Youth Football and Cheer League hit the gridiron to start practice and travelin’ photo man John Fisken was on hand to click away.

Seven Coupeville Elementary School students are signed up for the league this season, with four football players and three cheerleaders.

Five of the seven fall in the Pee Wees category (ages 7-8) while the other two call the Midget class (9-10) home.

Pee Wee Cheer:

Taylor Brotemarker
Elizabeth Cato
Avery Miller

Pee Wee Football:

Aiden O’Neil
Emett Raye

Midget Football:

Logan Downes
Wyatt Howard

(Photo courtesy Toni Crebbin)

Members of the GU12 Whidbey Islanders celebrate winning a 6 vs. 6 tourney in Redmond. (Photo courtesy Toni Crebbin)

Wynter Arndt, seen here during the recent little league season, is now tearing up the soccer pitch. (John Fisken photo)

   Wynter Arndt, seen here during the recent little league season, is now tearing up the soccer pitch. (John Fisken photo)


GU12 Islanders after the Seattle Cup. (Crebbin photo)

The future of Wolf girls’ soccer is a bright one.

A variety of younger players who may one day put on the red and black for CHS have been busy running wild on the pitch in recent weeks.

The GU12 Whidbey Islanders team, which includes players from North, Central and South Whidbey, captured first place in a 6 vs. 6 tourney in Redmond Saturday.

It was the second straight season the squad had won the title.

That came on the heels of the Seattle Cup, where Whidbey claimed second place.

Three Islanders — Sophie Martin, Jaelyn Crebbin and Eryn Wood, will be attending Coupeville Middle School in the fall.

Martin’s dad, Ken, and Wood’s dad, Rob, are coaching the squad, while Crebbin is the daughter of former longtime CHS volleyball coach Toni Crebbin.

Another future booter is watch is Wynter Arndt, who currently plays for North Whidbey Soccer Club’s GU10 select team.

Paced by three goals and shutdown defense from Arndt, daughter of former Wolf legend Georgie Smith, her squad, which is a brand new team, advanced all the way to the semifinals of a Crossfire tournament.

Teo (John Fisken photos)

Teo Keilwitz (9) leads the Wolves out to battle. (John Fisken photos)

Ryan Labrador

Ryan Labrador (70) just wants to hug the quarterback.

Shane Losey

Shane Losey keeps his eyes locked on the ball.

eck and liquidano

   Ty Eck (1) snags a Lakeside runner, while Uriel Liquidano (right) flies in to help out on the play.

Greg Villarreal

Greg Villarreal ponders man’s fate in the vast universe … or his team’s next play.

Jacob Martin

   Always-helpful Jacob Martin (32) figures there’s no reason for the Lakeside runner to wait until after the game to take his pads off.

Seth David

Seth David checks his chin strap before going out and droppin’ a hurtin’.


CHS coach Brett Smedley (middle) lays out the game plan for his squad.

John Fisken was a busy, busy guy.

The travelin’ photo man snapped a ton of photos Saturday as Coupeville High School played a summer scrimmage against visiting Lakeside, and, while we ran a bunch that day, we didn’t use them all up.

So, as we head into a Monday morning, here’s a few more football-drenched images.

23 days until the official start of practice. Not that anyone’s counting…


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 139 other followers