Mia Littlejohn's 16 goals has her in a tie for most in the state. (John Fisken photo)

   Mia Littlejohn has scored 16 goals in six games, tying her for the state lead. (John Fisken photo)

It’s a two-woman battle, and one of the combatants is a Wolf.

Coupeville High School junior booter Mia Littlejohn is tied for the state lead in goals scored, as least according to MaxPreps.

With four hat tricks in six games (and two of those hat tricks including a fourth score), Littlejohn has rattled home 16 goals, which ties her with Cascade Christian’s Nicole Souply.

No one else on the list has more than 10 goals.

Now, there is a caveat to this, which is not every school stays on top of reporting to MaxPreps.

But, tough for them then, I guess.

Littlejohn is also second in the state in total points, with 33 (you get two points for a goal and one for an assist).

Soupley, who has played in one more game (Cascade Christian is 7-0 to Coupeville’s 4-1-1) sits with 40 points (16 goals, 8 assists) currently.

Up-the-moment Wolf stats (as seen on MaxPreps):


Mia Littlejohn 16 (tied for #1 in state)
Kalia Littlejohn 4
Bree Daigneault 1
Avalon Renninger 1
Lindsey Roberts 1


Sage Renninger 5
Daigneault 1
K. Littlejohn 1
M. Littlejohn 1
Roberts 1


M. Littlejohn 33 (#2 in state)
K. Littlejohn 9
S. Renninger 5
Daigneault 3
Roberts 3
A. Renninger 2

Saves in goal:

Lauren Grove 20


Grove 2

PS — As Coupeville prepares for its first-place showdown with Klahowya (4-0-1) Tuesday, the Wolves are now ranked #15 by ScoreCzar, the highest the nefarious computer wizard has ever placed them.

To marinate in the ranking, pop over to:


Gabe Eck holds Coupeville High School's single-game passing record with 403 yards. (John Fisken photo)

   Gabe Eck holds Coupeville High School’s single-game passing record with 403 yards. (John Fisken photo)

The Sack Kings. (Photo courtesy Tom Roehl Archives)

The Sack Kings. (Photo courtesy Tom Roehl Archives)

I have football on the brain.

Having spent a good chunk of time recently going through stat sheets, newspaper clippings and wadded-up bits of old paperwork, I have been able to pull together a pretty good approximation of what Coupeville High School’s gridiron records should be.

To see the full list, pop over to: https://coupevillesports.com/2016/09/10/roll-call-of-the-gridiron-greats/.

Then, come back here as we use today’s Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame induction, our 66th so far, to pay tribute to two of those records.

Spanning the decades, and both sides of the ball, we’re honoring a record single-game performance and a season’s worth of work by a fired-up defense.

So welcome to these hallowed digital walls former Wolf QB Gabe Eck, being honored for the night he threw for 403 yards against Chimacum, and the 1996 CHS defense, which holds the school’s record for most sacks by a team in a season.

After this, you’ll find them atop the blog, under the Legends tab.

And soon, immortalized on the school’s football record board in the gym, once the update is completed.

First up is Eck, who, although he only played one season in the red and black (he’s sporting Oak Harbor purple and gold this season) accomplished something no other CHS gunslinger ever did.

It was the night of Sept. 18, 2015, and Coupeville had jumped across on the ferry to face Chimacum.

Both teams entered at 0-2, and, after an injury to starting QB Hunter Downes, Eck, who had thrown eight passes at the high school level, was making his first prep start.

He responded in high style, completing 19 of 34 passes, spreading the ball out among five receivers as the Wolves captured their only win of the 2015 campaign, a 28-26 thriller sealed by a fourth-quarter field goal off the foot of Zane Bundy.

Hunter Smith was Eck’s main target, hauling in nine passes for 178 yards (just 24 shy of the school single-game receiving record).

CJ Smith (4-93), Ty Eck (3-82), Jordan Ford (1-28) and Lathom Kelley (2-22) also snagged aerials, with Ty Eck reaching the end zone twice and Hunter Smith once.

Coupeville kept its hosts guessing, as Wiley Hesselgrave rampaged for 152 yards on the ground, but it’s Gabe Eck’s arm which holds a place in Wolf lore.

The Wolves have had a string of strong QB’s (Bob Rea, Corey Cross, Scott McGraw, Brad Sherman, Ian Smith and Joel Walstad, to name but a few), but the highest any of them (Sherman) ever reached was 386 passing yards in a single game.

The only member of the 400-yard club walked the halls at CHS for just a year, but, until someone takes his record down, his impact outweighed his tenure.

Joining Eck’s single-game performance in the Hall is the season-long rampage thrown down 20 years ago by the 1996 gridiron squad.

While sacks are a relatively new stat (back in the ’40s and ’50s they were just tallied as tackles), all my research could find no more effective Wolf team at snaring the elusive QB than the one which played 20 seasons ago.

Led by the school’s career sack leader, Nick Sellgren, Coupeville recorded 22 sacks that season, spread among six Wolves.

Sellgren topped the charts with seven take-downs, while Joey Biller (4), Bill Marti (3), Rich Morris (3), Jason Sechrist (3) and Justin Thiesen (2) all chipped in.

While sacks are an exclamation point, interceptions (Arik Garthwaite snared a team-high four) and pass deflections (Jerry Helm poked away seven) are also important.

With that in mind, we induct the Wolf defensive unit as a whole, honoring the 21 players who make an appearance on the ’96 stat sheet:

Player Tackles Sacks Fumbles INT Deflect
Greg White 45 2 1
Mike Vaughan 25 1 1 2
Pete Petrov 43 1 1
Arik Garthwaite 26 4 1
Joey Biller 61 4 1 1
Dan Palmquist 1
Peter Charron 2
Damon Vracin 8
Jomo Bowman 8 1
Jerry Helm 36 2 7
Rich Morris 67 3 1
Bill Marti 93 3 1 1 2
Nick Sellgren 84 7 2
Dan Russell 2
Jason Sechrist 45 3 2 1
Gary Boyke 4
Justin Thiesen 36 2
Aaron Henderson 3  1
Jeremy Ratcliff 1
Matt Brown 2
Tariq Omar 1
TOTALS 593 22 6 11 20
Birthday buddies (clockwise, from left) Emma Smith, Mikayla Elfrank and Ethan Spark. (John Fisken photos)

   Birthday buddies (clockwise, from left) Emma Smith, Mikayla Elfrank and Ethan Spark. (John Fisken photos)

Birthdays, as far as the eye can see.

There’s so many possible candles on so many possible cakes today, the entirety of Whidbey Island could be a fire hazard.

The never-ending alerts on Facebook (I got it the first seven times your algorithms harassed me, Zuckerberg!) for Sept. 25 stretch out across 237 pages.

Or at least it feels that way.

Anyway, we’re here to narrow it down to the triplets, three current Wolf stars who all hit their cake day today.

Without further ado, we want to send birthday wishes out to Ethan Spark, Emma Smith and Mikayla Elfrank, who between them have a presence on what could be eight (or more) CHS sports squads.

First up (by random coin flip) is Spark, a high-octane, high-scoring soccer (and sometimes basketball and tennis) ace who inherited his dynamic kicking leg from older sister Jenn.

The rest of his talent and charisma? On loan from God.

Spark can crack a soccer ball half the length of a field, bend it like Beckham and drop it into the goal as sweetly as anyone in the biz.

With the graduation of school career scoring leader Abraham Leyva, Spark will be the leading returning goal scorer this spring, having scorched the nets for eight goals last season.

That being said, my favorite moment of his came when he was playing hoops a year or two back and wrecked a Port Townsend player so completely, the RedHawk wiped out the entire Wolf bench.

Spark, who was on a tear in the game — which Coupeville won — spun viciously to the hoop for a key basket, losing his defender in the process.

Unable to slow his roll, the RedHawk went face-first, at full speed, into the Wolf water-dispensing machine, carrying it into the stands with him as chairs (and players) went flying like bowling pins.

By the time the hapless hoopster had come to a halt, most of the CHS bench was destroyed, paper cups were blowing in the breeze, and water covered half the gym.


He knocked down the shot, then stood off to the side, eyeing the carnage with a small smile. Like a boss.

Our second birthday buddy, Smith, often wrecks people as well, but she does it by elevating to the gym ceiling and lashing spikes that cause volleyball foes to run away screaming.

A power hitter who always makes her feats of spiker destruction look elegant, Emma is also a track star on the rise, throwing the shot put and discus for the Wolves.

One of the best in the game at delivering pre-game photo ops to wandering paparazzi, Smith, who comes from a long line of Wolf greats (including grandpa Steve and aunt Joli, to name but two) was born to be a star, and she embraces her heritage.

Whether dropping on-court dance moves with her pack (volleyball and real-life buddies Maddy Hilkey and Ashley Menges) or gracing the school’s honor roll on a regular basis, Emma is as impressive as they come.

Giving her a run for her money is Elfrank, who has been a Wolf for the shortest time of the birthday trio, but has already made a huge impact.

South Whidbey’s loss has been Coupeville’s gain, as we inherited a three-sport supernova who combines boundless talent with impeccable class.

Mikayla made her debut in red and black as a softball player last spring, and has now taken her spot on the volleyball court as a junior.

Still to come — a stint as a basketball player, which bodes extremely well for a Wolf program seeking its third-straight league title.

Elfrank has raw talent for days, which makes her capable of gunning down runners with laser throws from the hole at short or tattooing folks with high-flying spikes.

But what makes her the complete deal is the joy she takes in competing, the way she meshes with her teammates, and the class she shows off the field of battle.

This trio, all of whom have several more seasons to ply their trade for CHS, are winners, both in the games they play as Wolves and in the game of life.

Sept. 25 produced a bevy of talented student/athletes, and our town hit the jackpot with these three.

So happy birthday, Ethan, Emma and Mikayla, and thank you.

(Emilee Marrs photos)

   Young Wolf athletic stars (l to r) Carolyn Lhamon, Lauren Marrs and Alita Blouin are ready for their run in the sun. (Emili Marrs photos)

Ready to conquer the new CHS track oval.

Preparing to conquer the new CHS track oval.

Two worlds collided today and everyone was just fine with it.

Athletes of all sizes and shapes hit the new track at Coupeville High School for a 5K Tutu Fun Run to support Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

The photos above, which come to us thanks to Emili Marrs, capture three Wolf soccer/basketball stars ready to rumble while dressed for success.

Going out on top!!

Mitch Pelroy, seen here last year, is wrapping up a stellar college football career. (Kirsten Pelroy photo)

   Mitch Pelroy, seen here last year, is wrapping up a stellar college football career. (Kirsten Pelroy photo)

The final run of Mitch Pelroy is going quite well.

The Coupeville High School grad, who’s playing his senior season at Montana Western, put together his second straight week of gridiron excellence.

Pelroy returned four kickoffs for 110 yards, with a long return of 44 yards, and collected six tackles, two assists and a sack Saturday as the Bulldogs destroyed Montana State-Northern 50-6.

The win snaps a two-game skid for Montana Western and lifts its record to 3-2 overall, 2-2 in the Frontier Conference.

Saturday’s performance comes on the heels of a game a week ago, when Pelroy collected 88 yards on three returns and made seven tackles against Southern Oregon.

With six regular-season college football games left in his career, Pelroy is on the cusp of breaking 1,000 career return yards.

In 32 games played from 2013-2016, he’s rolled up 934 yards in kickoff returns and 59 in punt returns, for 993 combined yards.

Pelroy has also collected 53 tackles, 14 assists, two sacks and six broken-up passes while playing in the Bulldog secondary.