You, yes you, could join the umpiring ranks of Jim (left) and Joel Wheat. (Connie Lippo photo)

   You, yes you, could join an umpiring crew led by Jim (left) and Joel Wheat. (Connie Lippo photo)

Ask not what your little league can do for you, ask what you can do for your little league.

With baseball and softball on the horizon (and nice weather, as well?), Central Whidbey Little League is putting out a call for umpires.

If you have prior experience, dandy.

If not, come with a positive attitude and they’ll teach you everything you need to know about the job.

After that, you could be kick-starting a new career which one day winds up with you behind home plate in a Major League Baseball game.

Or, at the very least, you could help CWLL keep chugging along, which benefits the children of Whidbey Island.

If you’re interested, contact Jim Wheat at cwllumpire@gmail.com.


Our gym, our time!!

Audriana Shaw (John Fisken photos)

Audriana Shaw prepares to break some ankles. (John Fisken photos)

Kylie Van Velkinburgh

   Defensive dynamo Kylie Van Velkinburgh (right) gets up in the grill of a Stevens ball-handler.

Ja'Kenya Hoskins

Ja’Kenya Hoskins powers to the hoop for two.

"Little help. Guys ... LITTLE HELP!!"

“Little help. Guys … LITTLE HELP!!”

Sometimes it’s better to ignore the scoreboard.

Thursday was one of those days, as the Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball squads ran into a buzz-saw in the form of ginormous Stevens.

The school, which feeds 2A Port Angeles High School, is deep in numbers and loaded with talent, and the visitors took advantage of both to run the fairly inexperienced, thin-in-numbers Wolves off the floor.

Both games were virtual mirror images of each other, as the CMS 7th graders fell 47-8, before the “8th graders” lost 48-8.

I put quotes around 8th graders, since the Wolves have just four of those playing this season, which requires coach Ryan King to use a mix of younger players to fill out his roster.

Two of those 7th graders, Izzy Wells and Ja’Kenya Hoskins, each knocked down a bucket in the 8th grade game, while grizzled vets Genna Wright and Chelsea Prescott provided the other two.

In the seventh grade game, the scoring was also split between four Wolves, with Anya Leavell leading the way with three points.

Audriana Shaw (2), Samantha Streitler (2) and Kylie Van Velkinburgh (1) rounded out the attack.

Stevens used a mix of deep shots (four treys) and inside buckets to romp in the opener, while the nightcap was one layup after another from a confident, polished squad that moved as one.

If there was one positive on the day for King and CMS 7th grade coach Megan Smith, it was that their teams didn’t crumble under pressure, and actually played stronger in the later stages.

The Wolf teams combined to score the majority of their points in the second half, rattling home 11 of 16 after the break.

Coupeville also got scrappy play from a number of girls, with Kiara Contreras and Heidi Clinkscales leading the charge on diving for loose balls.

The games were the home opener for CMS, which drew the attention of wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, who provides the pics above.

To see all of his photos from the game (purchases fund college scholarships for Wolf student/athletes and inspire him to return to Coupeville more frequently), pop over to:


The play’s the thing!!

(Photo courtesy Mckenzie Meyer)

   Coupeville Wolf PAC Theatre Troupe members promote their new play by painting the school rock. (Photo courtesy Mckenzie Meyer)

Cary Grant is nowhere to be found, but the current generation of actors are ready for their close-up.

Taking on a play which inspired a classic film starring Mr. Grant, the Coupeville Wolf PAC Theatre Troupe is prepared to tackle Arsenic and Old Lace.

The play, which sprang from the mind of Joseph Kesserling, runs the first two weekends in March.

Show times are 7 PM Mar. 3-4 and 10-11 in the Performing Arts Center at Coupeville High School.

Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic story about two little old ladies who harbor a secret beneath their “charming and innocent” exterior — they’re stashing bodies in the cellar.

Toss in the antics of their nephews, one of whom thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and things get wild ‘n woolly.

CHS Troupe Members involved in the production include:

Jakobi Baumann as Officer O’Hara
Jaschon Baumann as Officer Klein
Desirae Bradley as Martha Brewster
Robin Cedillo
(stage manager)
Bree Daigneault
as Abby Brewster
Seth Hedges
as Mr. Witherspoon
Ja’Tarya Hoskins
(props master)
Tiger Johnson
(booth wizard)
Christian King
as the Rev. Dr. Harper
Nikolai Lyngra
as Mortimer Brewster
McKenzie Meyer
as Elaine Harper
Tamika Nastali
as Teddy
Elaira Nicolle
as Mr. Gibbs
Thane Peterson
(booth wizard)
Marenna Rebischke-Smith
as Lieutenant Rooney
Madison Rixe
as Dr. Einstein
Helen Sinclair
as Officer Brophy
Dexter Thorn
as Mr. Spenalzo
Eric Wertz
as Jonathan Brewster

The troupe is a diverse bunch, with members also participating in National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, jazz band, ASB, cheerleading, the school board and every sport played by the Wolves.

The big payback!!

Makana Stone

   CHS grad Makana Stone (left) is joined by fellow fab frosh Mady Burdett (middle) and Annissia Hughes.

Sweet redemption.

Just five days after it lost its regular season finale, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad rebounded Thursday to knock that same foe out of the playoffs.

The Blues, playing on the road in Newberg, OR, beat George Fox University 78-71 in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Women’s Tournament.

Whitman (22-4) advances to play Puget Sound (25-1) in Tacoma 7 PM Saturday.

The Loggers almost didn’t make it to the championship game, which would have been a huge shock.

They were forced to rally from 10 points down with four minutes to play against Lewis & Clark, escaping with a 61-58 win.

The winning points came on a three-point play the hard way (bucket and free throw) from Jamie Lange, the league’s Freshman of the Year, with just 10 seconds to play.

Over in Oregon, the other semifinal matched teams with identical records that had split games during the regular season.

Whitman won 82-74 in Oregon Jan. 22, before George Fox upended the Blues 65-62 Feb. 18 in Walla Walla.

Thursday’s game started in favor of the Bruins, who built a 37-33 lead at the half, before Whitman stormed back in the second half.

A 23-15 third quarter gave the Blues the lead and they never relinquished it after that.

Coupeville High School grad Makana Stone, making the ninth start of her freshman season, dropped in 10 points and snatched seven boards in 31 minutes of action.

It was the second time the former Wolf has broken the 30-minute barrier this season (she played 35 minutes against Louisiana College in Dec.) and she used her time well.

Stone scored in every quarter, tickling the twines with three silky jumpers and two layups.

She was one of four Blues to hit double digits in scoring, with Chelsi Brewer (20), Casey Poe (15) and Emily Rommel (15) also wielding a hot shooting touch.

On the season, Stone has seen action in 25 of 26 games (missing one because of concussion protocol) and has racked up 165 points and 148 rebounds.

She’s #2 on the squad in rebounding and field goal percentage and has 25 assists, 11 blocks and 13 steals on her stat sheet.

Gabe Wynn

   Gabe Wynn capped his high school hoops career by being named First-Team All-League. (John Fisken photos)

Hunter Smith

   Junior guard Hunter Smith was similarly honored by Olympic League coaches when voting was announced.

Hunter Smith and Gabe Wynn stood tall all season, and it paid off.

The Wolf duo, who opened the boys basketball season as the only returning varsity players, were called on to provide scoring and leadership for a very inexperienced squad, and they never flinched from their duties.

Their play, their heart and their intangibles were honored when Smith, a junior, and Wynn, a senior, were named First-Team All-League selections after a vote by the 1A Olympic League coaches.

Smith averaged 16.6 points a night over a 20-game season, with a high of 34 against Klahowya.

Wynn knocked down 10.3 a game, and set a school single-game record, hitting seven three-point bombs in a home game against Port Townsend.

Those honors were the biggest news as the Coupeville High School boys’ hoops squad brought an official end to the 2016-2017 season Thursday with an awards shindig.

Smith also took home the Mr. Hustle Award, while freshman Sean Toomey-Stout earned the same honor for the JV squad.

Manager Axel Partida was hailed for his stellar work keeping the Wolf teams in working order all season.

Letter winners:

Ariah Bepler
Steven Cope
Hunter Downes
Joey Lippo
Kyle Rockwell
Brian Shank
Hunter Smith
Ethan Spark
Cameron Toomey-Stout
Gabe Wynn

Certificates of Participation:

Jered Brown
Koa Davison
Mason Grove
Tucker Hall
Elliott Johnson
Aiden Juras
Gavin Knoblich
Aram Leyva
Jean Lund-Olsen
Nikolai Lyngra
Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim
Sean Toomey-Stout
Ulrik Wells