Joey Glendenning

In memory of Joey Glendenning, mom of Coupeville High School softball player Lacy McCraw-Shirron:


Joey, 44, was born March 26, 1977 in Manteca, Calif., to Jimmy and Judi McCraw.

During high school she lettered in swimming and soccer, and graduated in 1995 from Manteca High.

After graduation Joey stayed in Manteca where she began her proud life of motherhood; first in 1997 with her son Devon, followed by her daughter Lacy six years later.

They were the sole light of her life for 18 months, when in 2004, and after first meeting 11 years prior, she reunited with Ansel Glendenning.

In June 2008, Joey, Ansel, Devon, and Lacy became one family under God at a beautiful wedding ceremony in Newcastle, Calif.

Joey quickly fell in love with being a Navy wife, and she cherished the extended friends and families she met on Whidbey Island, Wash., followed by Poquoson, Va., and recently back to Whidbey again.

During these moves she spent many hours learning the art of cooking, the green thumb of gardening, and the joy of canning and preserving the fruits of her labors.

Joey shared these passion projects with her family and friends by not only gifting her jams, jellies, and all sorts of other goodies; she also would teach anyone who wanted to learn as she considered everyone a friend.

Many hours were spent over pots of simmering sauces, boiling pots of water, and the popping sound of metal lids cooling on the counter.

Joey’s three proudest moments were becoming a Navy wife with Ansel, a Navy mom with Devon and Lacy’s upcoming Class of 2021 graduation in June.

On March 31, 2021, Joey was reunited in Heaven with Jimmy, her daddy, whom she missed dearly.

Joey is survived by her endearing husband of 13 years, Ansel, their son Devon McCraw and daughter Lacy McCraw-Glendenning.

She is also survived by her mother Judi McCraw; older sister Tami De Jong; and older brother Dustin McCraw.

Her final resting place will be on the mountain, that she loved so much.

A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m., Saturday April 17 at Grace Community Church, 29470 SR 20, Oak Harbor WA 98277.

Another service in West Point, Calif., will be announced at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Joey Glendenning Memorial Fund at Grace Community Church.

Joey Glendenning with daughter Lacy and husband Ansel. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chelsea Prescott delivered a big-time performance Thursday, leading Coupeville to a straight-sets win at Darrington. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ryanne Knoblich scrapes a ball off the floor.

Back in a groove.

A match after being roughed-up by two-time defending state champ La Conner, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad was ready to rumble Thursday night.

Invading Darrington, the fired-up Wolves chopped down the Loggers, felling their foes 25-20, 25-14, 25-16.

The straight-sets victory, Coupeville’s second-straight on the road, lifts it to 2-1 on the season heading into a home clash Saturday with Mount Vernon Christian.

With a day of practice in between the La Conner and Darrington tilts, the Wolves were able to refocus, said coach Cory Whitmore.

“Much, much better showing last night against Darrington,” he said. “After a very focused and productive practice on Wednesday, I was very pleased to see our response in the immediate game following, and on the road no less.

“The goal was to keep control of the game’s energy and tempo, and remain focused from warmups through the final point, and this team did just that.”

Coupeville got something of value from everyone on the floor, but senior Chelsea Prescott was the undeniable focal point of the evening.

Combining grace with savage power, she whacked 13 kills, delivered six service aces, went low for 10 digs, and even found time to climb high for an emphatic block.

Chelsea had herself a game,” Whitmore said. “She was as focused as I’ve ever seen her and contributed basically in each statistical category.

“The game seemed to unfold out as exactly as she wanted it to,” he added. “Adding six aces to a double-double is a dominating performance.”

Strong work came from everyone in a CHS uniform, with sophomore setter Maddie Georges kick-starting the offense with nimble passing.

Maddie G. did a great job of getting Chelsea the ball on her fluid hitting routes,” Whitmore said. “But then just as impressive, Chels moved the ball around with her shots.

“Both outside attackers did a great job with Kylie (Chernikoff) also taking a lot of the serve receptions and pulling in a team-high 11 digs,” he added.

“This allowed Maddie G. to find the best available hitter in transition. Maddie Vondrak’s .308 hitting efficiency was important as well, and, as always, she sparked the team with each kill.”

Chernikoff finished with eight kills and a team-high 11 digs, while Vondrak mashed six kills of her own.

Georges doled out a season-high 27 assists to go with four digs, with Lucy Tenore (six service aces, two kills), Jill Prince (two kills), Jaimee Masters (seven digs, three aces), Abby Mulholland (two aces), and Ryanne Knoblich (four digs) all piling up stats.

Coupeville was very-efficient at the service stripe, with 17 aces (including three in a row from Masters), with just six service errors.

“I’m very happy to see that as a team, we remained fairly low-error. But, almost more importantly, we grew in our knowledge of what it meant to be focused and execute a game plan, in addition to keeping the energy high internally,” Whitmore said.

“Our leaders were big tonight in that regard, and then each player to see the court contributed about exactly what we needed from them.

“With a condensed season, it is important to have a group of quick learners, and so we will keep pushing this energy.”

Coupeville freshman Allison Nastali played strongly Thursday, sparking the Wolf JV spikers to a tense three-set road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Grit and guts.

Pushed to the edge Thursday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad rallied for a huge road win, showcasing the resolve of the young Wolves.

It was edge-of-your-seat time in Darrington, as the road warriors from Cow Town pulled out a 25-8, 22-25, 16-14 thriller.

The win lifts the CHS spikers to 2-1 on the season, heading into a Saturday match at home against Mount Vernon Christian.

A day after her 20th birthday, Coupeville JV coach Ashley Menges got a big present from her team, as they dug down deep and played the way their leader did back when she wore a Wolf uniform.

“They played great in the first set,” Menges said. “Energy was high, everyone was playing very consistent, and they played well as a unit.”

Then came a brief detour into the wrong side of town, setting up the third-set rally.

“Second set Darrington came back with a vengeance, which was expected, but we just got too comfortable,” Menges said.

“Third set was also good, coming back from being in a deficit but overall was a great game, and a great way to respond from our previous game and our practice.”

Freshman Allison Nastali drew praise from her coach, as did several of her teammates.

Allison did great being put in a new position and was very consistent on her serve!,” Menges said. “Olivia (Schaffeld) and Grey (Peabody) had some great swings in the middle as well.

“And Maya (Lucero) and Jordyn (Rogers) were very consistent on the outside attack.”

Catherine Lhamon claimed the title Thursday as Coupeville High School cross country hosted its first home meet in 30+ years. (Helene Lhamon photo)

Young and ready to run.

Featuring its deepest lineup in the three years since the program was restarted, the Coupeville High School cross country squad kicked off a new season Thursday, running in the sun at Fort Casey State Park.

Wolf coach Elizabeth Bitting sent 13 harriers to the line, with Catherine Lhamon, her lone senior, winning the girls race by almost a minute-and-a-half.

The speedy veteran covered the 3.2-mile course, which was making its debut as the new home for CHS cross country, in 25 minutes, 21 seconds.

While the Wolves returned to trail-running in 2018 after a long absence, Thursday was the first time the school has hosted a cross country meet in three-plus decades.

Afterwards, Bitting was floating on air.

“We wanted it to be perfect … IT WAS!!!!,” she said. “It truly takes a village!! And Coupeville is full of wonderful, caring and helpful people who want to be part of that village!

“Many hands and minds make a lot of work that much easier!”

Bitting praised her helpers, giving props to folks like Nicole Strelow, Amber Wyman, Holley Steller, Wendy Wasik, Helene Lhamon, Jennifer McGrath, Laurie and Randy King and CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

Also earning kudos was the course itself, especially with spectacular views of the water and wildlife set off by a genuinely sunny early-spring day.

Cristina McGrath (left) and Helen Strelow outrace a ferry. (Pete Milnes photo)

“The course had high praise from all, the scenery was breathtaking and EVERYBODY PR’d,” Bitting said. “The only thing that could have topped the day off was an appearance of a whale out in the waters … it happened, it actually happened!!!!

“The boys went first and it was such an awesome sight to see them running down the grass field of Fort Casey heading towards the light house,” she added.

“The course is very spectator-friendly and we didn’t have to go far to see the runners moving from point to point.

“All the Wolves pushed themselves and gave it their all. What a great day!”

The CHS girls attack as a pack. (Pete Milnes photo)

While Coupeville’s last home cross country meet came long before any current CHS runner was born, it’s also been a relatively long stretch of time since any of these Wolves got to compete against other schools.

Lhamon capped her junior season by competing at the state meet in Eastern Washington in November, 2019, then … nada.

After the world went wack-a-doodle, prep sports have largely been sidelined during the Age of Coronavirus, with just some off-season workouts finally being allowed.

But now cross country is back, and the hope is to have one season almost on top of another.

With the pandemic pushing the start of fall sports back almost eight months, Coupeville will run a limited four-meet season over the next several weeks.

Then, hopefully, everyone will return to running in the fall with the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

While the Wolves won’t travel to any huge races during this compressed season, they do get to host two of their four meets.

The other home event, set for May 6, is the season-ending Northwest 2B/1B League Championships.

Josh Guay (left) and Alex Bowder run in the sun. (Pete Milnes photo)

Bitting, who is training a strong group of runners at both the middle and high school levels, continues to expand on what former Wolf coaches Natasha Bamberger and Luke Samford helped build.

It’s a CHS roster made up of primarily freshmen and sophomores, with a big batch of CMS 7th and 8th graders ready to join the crusade soon.

Thursday’s meet brought Mount Vernon Christian and Orcas Island to Whidbey, with MVC, a traditional running power, claiming the boys team title.

The Hurricanes swept the top three individual spots, led by Devin Van Zanten, who hit the tape in a speedy 19:41.

Coupeville put sophomore sensation Mitchell Hall and fab frosh Hank Milnes into fourth and fifth, respectively, helping it hold off Orcas for second-place in the team battle.

Freshman Hank Milnes is a star on the rise. (Pete Milnes photo)

On the girls side, the Wolves had four of the top six finishers, but none of the three squads had the necessary five runners to officially claim a team crown.

As day faded into night, Bitting finally found a moment to unwind and deal with a possible sunburn … well, after first being harassed by the media.

You could feel the power of her smile, though, even through the internet.

“After today’s race I am feeling very accomplished for the sport of cross country!,” Bitting said. “I feel blessed to have been a part of this.”


Complete Thursday results:



Catherine Lhamon (1st) 25:21
Helen Strelow (3rd) 28:15
Cristina McGrath (4th) 28:41
Nozomi Hagihara (6th) 33:05



Mitchell Hall (4th) 20:48
Hank Milnes (5th) 23:17
Reiley Araceley (10th) 23:39
Alex Wasik (15th) 24:56
Tate Wyman (17th) 26:52
Grant Steller (18th) 26:53
Josh Guay (20th) 27:35
Alex Bowder (21st) 27:40
Alex Merino-Martinez (22nd) 28:38

Mitchell Hall enjoys his afternoon. (Pete Milnes photo)

Mask up, cheer on

Wolf Mom Alia Houston rocks a memorable face mask. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The pandemic didn’t keep them away.

The first Coupeville High School football game in 17 months brought out a fair chunk of the town this past Saturday, and the Wolf faithful was rewarded with an overtime win.

Wanderin’ photo whiz kid John Fisken snapped a ton of pics, and I’m still working my way through them all.

So here’s more glossies, mostly centering around fashionable fans clad in the snappiest of face masks.