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Maya Toomey-Stout unleashes the fury. (Brian Vick photo)

Sean Toomey-Stout rumbles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The wonder twins and their wonder moms — Beth Stout (left) and Lisa Toomey.

They came into the world together, born to be stars.

When we have the conversation about the best athletes I have written about, not just today, but all-time, Maya and Sean Toomey-Stout are among the first names I would raise.

The wonder twins, “The Gazelle” and “The Torpedo,” they are up there with Makana Stone, Hunter Smith, Madeline Strasburg, Nick Streubel, Breeanna Messner, and a few others.

So, while I normally wait until after graduation to induct Wolf athletes into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, what’s going to change in 3-4 months?

The Toomey-Stout’s are golden now, and they’ll be golden in June, so why prolong the inevitable?

Throw open the doors to our hallowed digital world o’ wonder, and let Maya and Sean join older brother Cameron in the Hall.

It’s time.

From this moment on, when you look at the Legends tab at the top of the blog, you’ll see all three Toomey-Stout siblings in residence.

While both Maya and Sean still have a final track and field season to go, a swan song hopefully full of record-busting and state title-chasing, the duo have already established themselves as the gold standard.

As athletes, and as people.

Moms Beth Stout and Lisa Toomey have raised three of the finest kids to grace Coupeville, and I would regard them that way even if none of the trio had been athletes.

But dang, they have been, and their impact is undeniable.

Maya’s eye-popping power on the volleyball court, Sean’s electric, game-changing plays on the football field and basketball court, their complete and utter command of any event they compete in during track season.

And that’s just the start.

Maya was a very good hoops player herself until she let the game go to focus on volleyball, and her skills as a base thief during her little league softball days were truly uncanny.

I really believe she and her twin brother would be among the best to ever wear a CHS uniform in any sport.

Toss a tennis racket their way, say, or a soccer ball, give them a couple of practices, and be amazed.

Great genes help, yes, but what sets Sean and Maya apart from almost everyone else on their campus is their work ethic.

To find another recent Wolf athlete who worked as hard, in season and out, as the Toomey-Stout twins, you’d have to look around until you spotted … Camtastic.

Cameron set the pace for the family, and his younger siblings have lived up to his legacy.

Scan the photos from off-season training sessions in the CHS weight room and the same three faces pop up in 99.2% of the photos.

Other Wolf athletes come and go, with some reappearing on a fairly-steady basis, but the Toomey-Stouts were there EVERY DANG DAY.

They took nothing for granted, they prepared for everything, and they played their hearts out from the first day of their middle school adventure to the final days of their high school journey.

It’s Sean, his arm injured, sneaking back on to the field late in the final game of his football career, intent on anchoring his defensive unit to the end, regardless of the score or the pain.

When CHS coach Marcus Carr noticed “The Torpedo” ready to blow up the Interlake QB, and intent on accomplishing the feat with only one good arm, the Wolf gridiron guru shook his head softly, then went to retrieve his wrecking ball, a look of pride and concern mingling on his face.

It’s Maya, pushed to the limit in the final moments of her prep volleyball career, physically exhausted, mentally drained, after back-to-back epic matches, yet still finding a way to elevate and abuse the ball, until there were no more shots to make.

“The Gazelle” would have played all night, if need be. Like her brothers, she has no quit button.

That the Toomey-Stouts are great athletes is a start.

That they are top-notch students intent on using their brains, and not their brawn, to get ahead in life after their high school days, is more.

That they are kind, and caring, that they treat those around them with compassion, that they greet life with a joy which radiates outwards and touches all those they meet, is the most.

When Beth Stout and Lisa Toomey, two of the loveliest human beings I know, brought their children into the world, they made that world a better place.

And now, Cameron, Maya, and Sean continue the work of their moms, spreading love, joy, and general awesomeness.

We, as a town, as Wolf fans, have been blessed to be a part of their story, and putting them in my lil’ Hall o’ Fame is one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made.

So why wait?

Coupeville senior Mason Grove was named a Second-Team All-Conference pick for his play on the basketball court. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove exited with a flourish.

The Coupeville High School senior was named a Second-Team All-League player when North Sound Conference basketball coaches got together to discuss season-ending honors.

Grove was honored for a season in which he led the Wolves in scoring during league games, hitting for 15.9 a night against NSC foes.

His farewell present was the big news Tuesday, as the CHS boys hoops teams capped the 2019-2020 season with an awards banquet.

For CHS coaches Brad Sherman, Chris Smith, and Patrick Upchurch, the night brought an end to a successful season.

“Great banquet tonight,” Sherman said. “Good chance to thank those who do so much to make the season a possibility, and honor our athletes who work so hard.

“Plus the cake was really good.”

Wolf coaches honored their players for their commitment to the game, as well as their work with the next generation of stars.

“Through the Wolf Buddies program at the elementary school, as well as our Saturday Youth Basketball Program, the boys continue to make an impact on the youth in our community,” Sherman said. “And that’s something they should be very proud of.”

 

The awards break-down:

 

Varsity:

 

Offensive Player of the Year:

Mason Grove

 

Defensive Player of the Year:

Koa Davison

 

Heart of the Wolfpack Award:

Chris Ruck

 

Wolf Way Player of the Year:

Sean Toomey-Stout

 

Commitment to Service Award:

James Wood
Aram Leyva

 

Varsity Letter Winners:

Jered Brown
Koa Davison
Mason Grove
Gavin Knoblich
Jean Lund-Olsen
Xavier Murdy
Jacobi Pilgrim
Chris Ruck
Sean Toomey-Stout
Ulrik Wells
Hawthorne Wolfe

 

Varsity Participation Certificate:

Tucker Hall

 

JV:

 

Offensive Player of the Year:

Logan Martin

 

All-Around Player of the Year:

Grady Rickner

 

Captains:

Alex Jimenez
Daniel Olson
Grady Rickner

 

JV Participation Certificates:

Andrew Aparicio
Chris Cernick
Miles Davidson
Sage Downes
Alex Jimenez
Logan Martin
Daniel Olson
Grady Rickner
TJ Rickner
Cody Roberts
Chris Ruck

 

C-Team:

 

Captains:

Dominic Coffman
Ty Hamilton

 

C-Team Participation Certificates:

Nick Armstrong
Brayden Coatney
Dominic Coffman
Ty Hamilton
Coen Killian
Caleb Sonntag
Josh Upchurch
Alex Wasik

Stone best in the biz

Whitman College senior Makana Stone has been tabbed as the Northwest Conference women’s basketball Player of the Year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s been crowned as the belle of the (round)ball.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone has won a ton of honors during a stellar four-year run on the basketball court at Whitman College, but now she’s reached the top of the podium.

The former Wolf ace was named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year Tuesday, honored for leading her team to a league title and the #7 ranking in all of D-III hoops.

Whitman went 15-1 in league action and is 23-2 overall heading into the start of the conference postseason tourney Thursday night.

Stone, a senior, has racked up 398 points, 216 rebounds, 36 assists, 25 steals, and 25 blocks this season, and is shooting 163-304 from the floor and 69-87 at the free throw line.

While this is her first collegiate Player of the Year award, Andre Stone’s lil’ sis was previously named a First-Team All-Conference player as both a sophomore and junior.

She is joined on the 2019-2020 All-Conference First-Team squad by Blues teammate Mady Burdett, as well as Kory Oleson and Molly Danielson of Linfield, Jamie Lange of Puget Sound, and Courtney Carolan of Pacific.

Whitman’s coach, Michelle Ferenz, was honored as Coach of the Year.

They made the net pop

James Wood has tallied six goals during his CHS soccer career. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spoiler alert: a Leyva shall likely rule them all.

But which Leyva?

With the start of a new Coupeville High School boys soccer season a week away, all eyes return to our (at least partially complete) career scoring list, and the three-way battle for supremacy atop that chart.

The CHS booters debuted in 2004, and as we prep for the 2020 season, the top three scorers all hail from the same family.

The graduated Abraham Leyva tallied 45 goals in his three years on the Coupeville pitch, while his cousin Derek (38) and younger brother Aram (29) are both chasing his legacy heading into their senior season.

After a brief detour in which Derek left CHS after his junior year, he’s back attending school in Cow Town, and is eligible to play this spring, according to Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith.

That reignites a chase for the career record, though the Leyva cousins are not the only active players who can add to their totals.

There are nine Wolves who can both play this spring, and have already scored at least one varsity goal for the program.

And, a brief note of caution — as you scan the career scoring list below, no one is claiming it is 100% correct, as goal-scoring from the early seasons of the program have been surprisingly hard to track.

The local newspapers just flat-out did a horrible job of documenting who scored in the early 2000’s, so it’s very likely players such as Jon Chittim and Geoff Wacker should have higher totals.

But, until someone pops up with some reputable CHS soccer stats from a time when Shakira captivated the nation with Hips Don’t Lie, this is what we have.

 

(Semi-realistic) CHS boys soccer all-time goal-scoring chart:

Abraham Leyva — 45
Derek Leyva — 38 — **ACTIVE**
Aram Leyva — 29 — **ACTIVE**
William Nelson — 20
Ethan Spark — 17
Zane Bundy — 11
Mike Duke — 10
Micah Einterz — 10
Geoff Wacker — 10
Jon Chittim — 9
Sebastian Davis — 8
Sean Donley — 7
Sage Downes — 7 — **ACTIVE
Zack Nall — 6
James Wood — 6 — **ACTIVE**
Jeremy Copenhaver — 5
Hunter Downes — 5
Sam Wynn — 5 — **ACTIVE**
Nathan Lamb — 4
Greg Mottet — 4
Tony Sherman — 4
Evan Bailey — 3
Colin Belliveau — 3
Chris Cernick — 3 — **ACTIVE**
Pedro Gamarra — 3
Tom Rogers — 3
Jaren Tso — 3
Joel Walstad — 3
Josh Wilsey — 3
Taylor Anthony — 2
Jack Armstrong — 2
Andre Avila — 2
Will Butela — 2
Garrett Compton — 2
Tyler Harvey — 2
Uriel Liquidano — 2
JT Quinn — 2
Justin Adams — 1
Eli Berggren — 1
Laurence Boado — 1
Cameron Boyd — 1
Josiah Campbell — 1
Tony Garcia — 1 — **ACTIVE**
Zach Hauser — 1
Tanner Kircher — 1
Jason Leavitt — 1
Garrit Manker — 1
Cody Menges — 1
Xavier Murdy — 1 — **ACTIVE**
Loren Nelson — 1
Jonathan Partida — 1 — **ACTIVE**
Ehren Phillips — 1
Matt Scott — 1
Spencer Tack — 1
Zeb Williams — 1

Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Mallory Kortuem have seven state meet medals between them. (Konni Smith photo)

They’re chasing history, one race at a time.

When a new track and field season starts a week from today, six Wolves will step into the first day of practice having already won at least one medal at the state meet.

Five of those CHS athletes are seniors, with one a sophomore.

Leading the pack of potential returnees is Mallory Kortuem, who’s snagged four medals, including a 2nd in the 400 last season.

Earn some more hardware in Cheney this May, and the quicksilver sprinter/relay ace can finish her prep career as one of the most-decorated CHS female athletes ever.

Tied with Sylvia Hurlburt and Lauren Grove currently, Kortuem is hot on the heels of Yashmeen Knox (five medals), Natasha Bamberger (6), Makana Stone (7), and Lindsey Roberts (8).

Should she finish atop the podium at the state meet — Alma Manzo of Conell, who nipped her in the 400, has graduated — and Kortuem would exit with an even-bigger moment.

There have been nine state champs from CHS, but only two female winners.

Bamberger won four track titles and a cross country crown in the ’80s, with Amy Mouw claiming the 800 title in 2003.

While Kortuem is on the cusp of immortality, she has some company, with fellow seniors Maya Toomey-Stout and Jean Lund-Olsen entering their final campaign having already collected three state meet medals apiece.

Wolf 12th graders Sean Toomey-Stout (2) and Ja’Tarya Hoskins (1), and 10th grader Ja’Kenya Hoskins (1) also boast shiny hardware of their own.

As a new track and field season comes hurtling towards Wolf fans, athletes, and coaches, a look at the all-time CHS state meet medal count, covering the modern era of 1963-2019:

 

Tyler King (11) — Two state titles, five 2nd, two 4th, one 6th, one 8th
Kyle King (10) — Five state titles, two 2nd, one 4th, one 5th, one 6th
Lindsey Roberts (8) — One 2nd, three 3rd, one 4th, two 5th, one 6th
Makana Stone (7) — Two 2nd, two 3rd, one 4th, one 5th, one 6th
Natasha Bamberger (6) — Four state titles, one 2nd, one 3rd
Danny Conlisk (6) — Two state titles, two 2nd, two 5th
Chad Gale (6) — One 2nd, three 3rd, one 4th, one 6th
Jacob Smith (6) — Two 2nd, one 3rd, one 4th, one 5th, one 7th
Bill Carstensen (5) — One 3rd, three 4th, one 6th
Jon Chittim (5) — Three state titles, one 2nd, one 7th
Yashmeen Knox (5) — One 4th, one 6th, two 7th, one 8th
Jeff Fielding (4) — One state title, one 2nd, two 5th
Lauren Grove (4) — Two 3rd, one 5th, one 6th
Sylvia Hurlburt (4) — Two 3rd, one 5th, one 6th
Mallory Kortuem (4) — One 2nd, one 3rd, two 5th — **ACTIVE**
Dalton Martin (4) — One 2nd, one 5th, two 8th
Brian Miller (4) — One 3rd, one 4th, one 5th, one 6th
Ed Cook (3) — One 2nd, one 5th, one 6th
Hunter Hammer (3) — One 6th, two 8th
Kyra Ilyankoff (3) — One 2nd, one 3rd, one 4th
Janiece Jenkins (3) — One 5th, one 6th, one 8th
Jean Lund-Olsen (3) — One 4th, two 7th — **ACTIVE**
Amy Mouw (3) — One state title, one 2nd, one 8th
Pete Rosenkranz (3) — Two 2nd, one 3rd
Madison Tisa McPhee (3) — One 3rd, one 5th, one 8th
Maya Toomey-Stout (3) — One 3rd, two 5th — **ACTIVE**
Jennie Cross (2) — One 2nd, one 6th
Joe Donnellon (2) — Two 2nd
Corrine Gaddis (2) — One 6th, one 8th
Kit Manzanares (2) — Two 8th
Steven McDonald (2) — One state title, one 4th
Andrew Moon (2) — One 3rd, one 5th
Jay Roberts (2) — One 3rd, one 4th
Sean Toomey-Stout (2) — One 5th, one 7th — **ACTIVE**
Rick Alexander (1) — One 3rd
Brandy Ambrose (1) — One 5th
Allyson Barker (1) — One 8th
Tina Barker (1) — One 4th
Ariah Bepler (1) — One 5th
Mark Bepler (1) — One 4th
Sally Biskovich (1) — One 4th
Mitchell Carroll (1) — One 5th
Jana Engle (1) — One 5th
Marisa Etzell (1) — One 3rd
Jordan Ford (1) — One 8th
Tony Ford (1) — One 5th
Matt Frost (1) — One 8th
Joy Hack (1) — One 3rd
Kevin Hack (1) — One 3rd
Alicia Heinen (1) — One 6th
Erin Hickey (1) — One 5th
Devin Hopkins (1) — One 5th
Jai’Lysa Hoskins (1) — One 5th
Ja’Kenya Hoskins (1) — One 3rd — **ACTIVE**
Ja’Tarya Hoskins (1) — One 5th — **ACTIVE**
Larry Howard (1) — One 5th
Chris Hutchinson (1) — One state title
Tony Killgo (1) — One 3rd
Brianne King (1) — One 6th
Kim Kisch (1) — One 6th
Judy Marti (1) — One 6th
Bob McClement (1) — One 3rd
Cassidy Moody (1) — One 8th
Mitch Pelroy (1) — One 8th
Jess Roundy (1) — One 6th
Todd Smith (1) — One 6th
Joe Tessaro (1) — One 6th
Cameron Toomey-Stout (1) — One 7th
Alan Wedell (1) — One 4th
Rich Wilson (1) — One 4th
Henry Wynn (1) — One 5th