Jason McFadyen

   Wolf QB Jason McFadyen runs the offense during the last truly great CHS football season. (Photo courtesy Carmen McFadyen)

It came from the dusty "archives" -- Ron Bagby's football contract for the 1990 season.

   It came from the dusty “archives” — Ron Bagby’s football contract for his undefeated season. (Jack Sell photo)


The core of the 1990 Wolf gridiron squad. (Photo courtesy Noah Roehl)

Ron Bagby made $86.80 per game in 1990, while delivering arguably the best football season in Coupeville High School history.

That’s just one of the facts I discovered this morning, while digging through several boxes of long-buried, and mostly hand-written, Wolf gridiron records.

The boxes were recovered, Indiana Jones-style, after CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith led me through a maze of back rooms ripe with the smell of history (or maybe just unwashed uniforms).

“Don’t breathe through your mouth!!!” he giggled.

While the mass of paperwork stashed in the boxes should spur several stories, the one which immediately jumps forward is the tale of the ’90 football squad.

With the recent installation of the school’s new Wall of Fame in the CHS gym, current players can gaze upwards towards two football league titles — 1974 and 1990 — both won by teams which went undefeated in the regular season.

While CHS fell 34-14 in its 1990 state playoff opener, falling to visiting Rainier on a brutally windy prairie afternoon, that squad still looms large in Wolf lore.

Through the remainder of Bagby’s 26-year coaching career, and much shorter stints by his successors — Jay Silver, Tony Maggio, Brett Smedley and now first-year man Jon Atkins — Coupeville has never made it back to state in football.

While the school’s basketball, track, baseball and tennis teams have continued to pile up league titles and bring home state trophies, the football program has been on a bit of a dry streak.

As they aim for their own shot of glory in 2016, they can look back to ’90 for inspiration.

It was a year when Coupeville claimed 10 of the 23 spots on the All-League team, yet somehow Bagby was passed over for Coach of the Year by the Northwest B League.

Linemen Chris Frey and Mark Lester and running back/defensive back Todd Brown were All-League on both sides of the ball, while four other Wolves got the nod at one position apiece.

Matt Cross (offensive line), Brad Haslam (kicker), Todd Smith (defensive end) and Frank Marti (linebacker) joined the two-way honorees.

Concrete, which held Coupeville to a season-low in points (while still losing to the Wolves) had seven All-League picks, with Darrington (4), Friday Harbor (2) and Orcas-Lopez (2) rounding out the rosters.

The biggest surprise in 2016 is looking at an All-League sheet and seeing Darrington’s Rob Wales listed as Coach of the Year during a season when Bagby’s marauders beat the Loggers 18-8 and went (ahem) undefeated.

Moving on, the 1990 season is one of the rare ones for which I’ve actually discovered a fully-detailed team stat chart.

No poking through piles of papers, adding things up by hand, and then discovering at the last second that yes, we are missing a stat sheet for game #4 and David can feel the brains leaking out of his ear.

Now, of course, one caveat.

While the offensive stats are all there, I could find only a smidgen of the defensive ones. So, no tackles or sacks, just interceptions.

Hey, it’s a start.

The tale of the tape:

Coupeville beats Sultan 35-6
Coupeville beats Cascade sophomores 29-22
Coupeville beats Mariner sophomores 44-22
Coupeville beats Snohomish sophomores 25-6
Coupeville beats Friday Harbor 28-21
Coupeville beats Concrete 10-0
Coupeville beats Darrington 18-8
Coupeville beats Orcas-Lopez 36-0
Coupeville beats La Conner 41-22

Team stats:

Total points: 266-107 in favor of CHS
First downs: 148-71 in favor of CHS
Passing: 61-113 for 933 yards and 8 TDs
Rushing: 359 carries for 2,340 yards and 28 TDs
Total Yards: 3,273 (364 a game)

Individual stats:


Jason McFadyen 60-108 for 892 yards and 7 TDs
Frank Marti 1-2 for 25 yards
Brad Haslam 1-3 for 16 yards and 1 TD


Ben Biskovich 22 catches for 345 yards
Brian Barr 13-209
Marti 11-183
Haslam 11-62
Todd Brown 2-7


Brown 156 carries for 1248 yards
Marti 80-522
Haslam 45-273
Kit Manzanares 27-170
McFadyen 17-88
Jason McManigle 3-20
Les Hall 6-19


Marti 12
Brown 11
Biskovich 4
Haslam 4
McFadyen 3
Barr 1
McManigle 1


Haslam 22


Haslam 2


Biskovich 5
Barr 2
Haslam 2
Marti 2

Back to the pitch!!

Avalon Renninger

   Freshman Avalon Renninger gets ready to rumble with the big kids. (John Fisken photos)

Taichen Rose

May Rose unleashes her patented kick o’ death.

Mallory Kortuem

Mallory Kortuem keeps an eye on the ball while heading up-field.

Anna Dion

Crushin’ it. Anna Dion sets up the play.

Sage Renninger

Sage Renninger: “I’m a veteran. I’ll run when I feel like it.”

Mia Littlejohn

   Mia Littlejohn, who has spent the summer playing select ball, is already in mid-season form.

Ema Smith: "Guys! Guyyyyssss!!!! Stop tryin' to hit me in the freakin' face, you psychos!!"

   Ema Smith: “Guys! Guyyyyssss!!!! Stop tryin’ to hit me in the freakin’ face, you psychos!!”

Lauren Grove

The start of a new season brings a smile to Wolf goalie Lauren Grove’s face.

They can wander, but the beautiful game always calls them home.

As summer winds down, the Coupeville High School booters are back it, prepping for a new season and another run at Klahowya.

Coming off of back-to-back second-place finishes in the 1A Olympic League, the young ‘n hungry Wolves are eyeing the top prize this season.

To get there, they’ll have to put in work, which is why they were toiling away under the sunshine Wednesday, when wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken strolled by, camera in hand.

South Whidbey three-sport star Chase Barthlett. (Submitted photo)

South Whidbey three-sport star Chase Barthlett. (Submitted photo)

Know your foe and respect him, too.

When Coupeville High School opens a new football season Sept. 3, one of the players they’ll need to keep an eye on is Chase Barthlett.

The South Whidbey three-sport star is a rampaging force for the Falcons from his center and defensive end positions, and one intent on helping the forces of Langley retain possession of The Bucket.

While those of us in Coupeville obviously hope he goes home disappointed after the Island rivalry game, we can’t help but take a moment to give him props for all he’s accomplished.

Barthlett, who wants to be an All-State lineman during his final prep season, has his eyes set firmly on an extended gridiron career.

“After high school I want to play college football and then after go on to the NFL,” he said. “Of course, this isn’t a sure thing, so, if not that, then I would love to have a job in the graphic design field of work.”

On the field, Barthlett leads by example, never flinching from battle.

“My best strengths are the physical contact, cause you get to really see the fight or flight instinct in action,” he said.

Barthlett brings the same attitude to his other sports, wrestling and track.

On the mat, he’s a state meet veteran who went to Australia this summer to compete in an international tourney. While there he finished second in his weight class and his team finished third.

When spring rolls around, Barthlett runs the 4 x 100 while spending the majority of his time as a thrower, competing in the shot put, discus and javelin.

He’s been to bi-districts twice in the shot put, finishing fifth as both a sophomore and junior.

A big fan of the Will Ferrell film Step Brothers and hip-hop music, Barthlett gravitates to history class when in school.

“My favorite class has always been history,” he said. “Because you can compare so much of it to present times.”

Family and friends help keep him centered, both in sports and in everyday life.

“The people who have made an impact on me the most have been my parents and my friends,” Barthlett said. “Especially my two best friends, who graduated last year; they really brought me up and showed me how to lead.”

As he looks forward to kicking off his senior year, the Falcon senior doesn’t badmouth his team’s closest rival, instead choosing to focus on the positives he sees in his own program.

“Well, every football team has their own little things that makes them better,” Barthlett said. “But one thing that I’ve only seen at my school is even when we are down and out I’ve never seen one guy quit.

“Especially last year, when it was so easy to quit, every single one of us went back out and fought,” he added. “This year we are stronger and faster and we are ready for this year.”

Causin’ a racket!!

John McClarin (John Fisken photos)

   John McClarin, looking easy-breezy as tennis practice kicks off. (John Fisken photos)

Summer lessons have made Jakobi Baumann a lean, mean tennis machine.

Summer lessons have made Jakobi Baumann a lean, mean tennis machine.

Grey Rische

Grey Rische goes low for a volley.

Jimmy Myers

Once a young turk, Jimmy Myers is now a grizzled vet for the Wolf net squad.


The magician, Mason Grove, at work.

Joseph Wedekind: "I have to swat you. You're a tennis ball, I'm a hard-court assassin. It's just the way things are in this world."

   Joseph Wedekind: “I have to swat you. You’re a tennis ball, I’m a hard-court assassin. It’s just the way things are in this crazy, mixed-up world.”

Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the netters have migrated back to the hard-courts.

As summer winds down, the Coupeville High School tennis players have grabbed their rackets and kicked off the opening week of practice.

While the Wolves lost several key players to graduation, they return a number of talented veterans, who will mesh with bright-eyed newcomers.

All are intent on defending Coupeville’s 1A Olympic League title and adding a fresh title board to the school’s brand spanking new historical display in the gym.

As they toiled under longtime CHS tennis guru Ken Stange Wednesday, the Wolves also had to deal with a wandering paparazzi or two, who were intent on capturing their early-season work.

Save your car!!

Claire Mietus (John Fisken photo)

   Claire Mietus is one of the Coupeville High School Class of 2018 ASB officers involved in Sunday’s car wash fundraiser. (John Fisken photo)

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of dirty cars yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

No auto is too far gone in the battle against dirt and despair.

Your saviors? The 2018 ASB officers from Coupeville High School, who are bringing their hoses and scrub brushes into battle this Sunday, Aug. 28.

The school leaders are holding a car wash at Whidbey Island Heritage Bank (401 N. Main) to help fund this year’s CHS prom.

Cars will be washed from 10 AM – 2 PM.


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