Scout Smith: Rampaging force of nature. (John Fisken and Charlotte Young photos)

   Scout Smith: a rampaging force of nature. (John Fisken and Charlotte Young photos)

Scout Smith is the real deal.

As a new pack of Wolves get ready to enter the hallways of Coupeville High School, she is at the forefront of the coming athletic revolution.

A three-sport star (volleyball, basketball, softball), who also played soccer and cheered in her younger days, Smith can do it all, and she can do it all extremely well.

As she celebrates her 14th birthday today, Scout is following in the (very successful) footsteps of older brothers CJ and Hunter, and, frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if she outdoes them.

She’s got the same quiet confidence mixed with raw talent that they possess, and gravitates towards being a team leader.

Not afraid to get down and dirty on the field, Smith is that rarity, an athlete who wants the ball at crunch time and never shies away from the heat of the spotlight.

So, exactly like her brothers.

Whether staring daggers at hitters while pacing in the pitcher’s circle, or draining three-balls over outstretched arms, Scout is a killer.

Who also happens to be an extraordinarily nice person away from the arena, a vital part of a close-knit group of young women who excelled in middle school and little league sports by supporting each other and always focusing on team above all else.

You can go down a checklist with Scout, a very similar one to CJ and Hunter:

Smart, well-spoken, high character, mentally tough, hard workers who reflect extremely well on parents Chris and Charlotte, both as athletes and people.

When the Smith family moved to Whidbey during the 2013-2014 basketball season, Coupeville pulled off a major coup and the benefits to our sports teams and our community grow each day.

So, as she prepares to lay waste to high school competition, we just want to take a moment on her cake day to stop and wish the youngest family member all the best, on and off the field.

You’re a hard-court killer and a diamond thriller, Scout, and a whole lot more. Happy birthday, superstar!

Dalton Martin, track star and video phenomenon. (John Fisken photo)

Dalton Martin, track star and video phenomenon. (John Fisken photo)

The Deer Whisperer has returned.

Dalton Martin earned plenty of kudos during his athletic career at Coupeville High School, which is understandable when he’s the only Wolf in 116 years to win three throwing medals at the same state track and field championships.

But now, as he prepares to take his discus and head off to Everett Community College to pursue his college dreams, he’s making his biggest impact with a series of short, highly-enjoyable videos.

Got 17 seconds?

You can see both of his low-key encounters with very-trusting Whidbey wildlife, while getting 17 seconds away from the barrage of politically-related screaming and treason that’s sweeping the nation.

I call that a win-win.

His newest video:

And, in case you missed it, video #1:

Mitch Pelroy (Haylee Sauer photo)

   Montana Western senior Mitch Pelroy, the elder statesman of Coupeville athletes playing college ball. (Haylee Sauer photo)

L to r, top to bottom: Hailey Hammer, Ben Etzell, Monica Vidoni, Zane Bundy, Jenn Spark, Makana Stone, Dalton Martin, Nick Streubel, Jeremey Copenhaver.

   L to r, top to bottom: Hailey Hammer, Ben Etzell, Monica Vidoni, Zane Bundy, Jenn Spark, Makana Stone, Dalton Martin, Nick Streubel, Jeremey Copenhaver.

The boss has retired, but there are plenty of former Wolves ready to follow in his footsteps.

This spring brought an end to a stellar five-year run as a D-1 scholarship athlete at the University of Washington for All-American cross country and track star Tyler King.

The Coupeville High School grad, who won three state titles in his days in the red and black, was the only former Wolf competing at the highest level of college sports last year.

While his graduation leaves CHS without any D-1 athletes, the Wolves still have at least 10 former athletes aiming to play college sports this coming school year.

They are:

Zane Bundy — The life-long soccer star became a football kicker during his senior year at CHS and his booming leg drew the attention of Santa Barbara City College.

The college frosh will compete for a spot with a team which went 5-5 in 2015.

The Vaqueros open a 10-game regular season Sept. 3 at Ventura.

Jeremy Copenhaver — While not a Wolf grad, he attended Coupeville schools from kindergarten to sophomore year, before his family moved to the East Coast.

He graduated from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

The lanky soccer star is pursuing his pitch dream at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida, where the freshman will vie for time with a D-2 squad which went 2-12 last year.

Ben Etzell — The former Cascade Conference MVP will be a junior at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he has played two years of baseball for the Johnnies.

After going 1-0 with two saves as a freshman, Etzell was dominant on the mound this spring, compiling a 4-1 mark for a squad which broke the school record for wins at 32-14.

The Johnnies played six games in the NCAA D-3 playoffs, finishing runner-up in the Midwest Regional, one team away from advancing to the eight-team national championship.

Etzell tossed a complete game win at regionals, beating North Central College 8-2 in an elimination game.

Hailey Hammer — The softball slugger will be a sophomore at Everett Community College.

She battled through injuries as a freshman to play in 12 games for a 16-22 Trojan squad, hitting .300 with nine hits, including an out-of-the-park home-run.

Dalton Martin — The only Wolf to ever win three throwing medals at the same state track meet (2nd in discus, 8th in shot put and javelin as a senior), he’ll be a freshman at Everett CC this year.

By joining the Trojan track squad, he follows in the footsteps of Hunter Hammer, who preceded Martin as a standout thrower at CHS before starting his college career at EVCC.

Mitch Pelroy — With King’s graduation, he becomes the elder statesman of Wolf grads playing college ball.

He’ll be a senior at Montana Western this year, where the Bulldogs are coming off a 7-3 season in which they finished ranked #16 in the nation among all NAIA schools.

After red-shirting a year, Pelroy has played in 28 games over the past three seasons, ripping off 795 yards in kickoff and punt returns (28.4 yards per game).

As a defensive back, he’s collected 51 tackles (three for loss of yardage), and is officially credited with breaking up four passes.

Montana Western opens Aug. 27 against Dickinson State.

Jennifer Spark — A stellar defender with an explosive kicking leg, the former Wolf soccer captain will be a freshman at Tacoma Community College.

The Titans, who went 8-9-3 last season, open play at a tourney in late August.

Makana Stone — The two-time CHS Female Athlete of the Year is leaving track and soccer behind to focus solely on basketball as she heads to Whitman College as part of a superb seven-athlete recruiting class.

Stone, who averaged 19.4 points and 15.3 rebounds as a Wolf senior, earning unanimous 1A Olympic League MVP honors for the second straight year, led Coupeville to state for the first time in a decade.

At Whitman, she will join a top-tier NCAA D-3 program which went 17-8 last season.

Nick Streubel — The Big Hurt is a red-shirt sophomore at Central Washington University, which went 5-5 last season.

The lineman, who is majoring in Law and Justice and minoring in Psychology, will help the Wildcats kick off their season Sept. 3 against Portland State.

Monica Vidoni — The only former Wolf to play three sports at the college level last season, she is returning to Rainy River Community College in Minnesota for her sophomore year.

As a freshman, she played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Voyageurs, with her biggest impact coming on the diamond.

She mashed the ball to a .306 tune, cracking three home runs and two doubles as part of her 19 hits.

Vidoni scored 17 runs and collected 12 RBI for a 30-13 squad.

Bennett Boyles (Photo courtesy Pat Kelley)

Bennett Boyles (Photo courtesy Pat Kelley)


The rock outside CHS shows support for the town’s ailing hoops star.

They’re shooting for their teammate.

Adding a personal spin to the community’s ongoing efforts to help Bennett Boyles and his family, Coupeville Middle School basketball players will be scoring for two reasons this weekend.

The Wolves are sending two squads to Encumclaw for a tourney, and while there, every basket they score will go to help Boyles, their missing teammate.

The 11-year-old is in Seattle, undergoing weeks of treatment for an inoperable tumor on his brain stem.

His mom, CHS grad Lucienne Rivera, quit her job to be with him, and people near and far are stepping up to help the family pay their considerable expenses.

Ebey Academy, where teachers had the joy of welcoming Bennett on a regular basis, has been at the forefront of fundraising operations.

You can help them at: https://gobennett.givingfuel.com/go-bennett

The Wolves hoops squads, coached by Nate Barton and Pat Kelley, will be eight-men strong this weekend.

Matthew Kelley, Alex Jimenez, Jake Mitten, Connor Barton, Danny Barajas, Caleb Meyer, Logan Martin and Miles Davidson will play in a 3 v 3 tourney.

Each player is asking fans to pledge money for baskets scored, with all proceeds going to their missing brother.

The team’s goal is to raise $500 this weekend for Boyles.

“We will take Enumclaw by storm,” Pat Kelley said. “We will play fair but HARD.

“The teams we leave in our wake will fear us and know that our effort and dedication is based on the LOVE we have for Bennett and his family!”

Total baskets from the tourney will be published here on Coupeville Sports after play is done Sunday.

Pledges can either be given to players or dropped off at Ebey Academy (140 SE Terry Road in Coupeville, across from the high school).

Tiffany Briscoe (John Fisken photos)

  Wolf senior Tiffany Briscoe is super-excited to be back in the gym. (John Fisken photos)

Maddy Hilkey

   Maddy Hilkey, moments before she zapped the ball out of the air with laser bursts from her eyes.

Ashley Menges

Ashley Menges, why so serious?


A great turnout for a Tuesday, crutches and all.


   Katrina McGranahan preps the net supports to withstand the beating her laser spikes will soon be giving them.


Briscoe and new teammate Mikayla Elfrank bond.

Nicole Lester

Nicole Lester, a happy warrior.


   Lauren Rose (left) and Hilkey break up the monotony of stretching with a little high-five time.

The schedule lies.

I lit a fire under wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken by promising him three separate practices/open gyms were listed on the Coupeville schools web site for Tuesday.

Turns out only 33% of that schedule actually came true, as Wolf cheerleaders and boys basketball players were nowhere to be seen, despite what the schedule might have indicated.

But, the CHS spikers were back at it, putting in off-season work, just like they promised.

So, they get all the camera time.

All of it, I said!


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