A new season beckons

Wolf senior Dominic Coffman is ready to crush it. (Photos courtesy Nikki Breaux and Dominic Coffman)

The thermometer says summer, the calendar says fall.

Sort of.

Temps pushed 80 degrees in town Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the Coupeville High School football team from kicking off the first day of practice for a new season.

Volleyball, soccer, cross country, and tennis all begin Aug. 22, but the gridiron giants get a jump on things.

That’s because the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association requires football players to have 12 practices to be eligible for games, while all other sports only need 10.

The first official game of the 2022-2023 school year arrives Sept. 2, when Wolf football travels to Klahowya for a non-conference tilt.

With things underway, we present a smorgasbord of pics from a team camp held in Tenino several weeks back.

Sara and Tyler Hansen (Photos property Oystercatcher restaurant)

The restaurant was founded in 1998 by chef Susan Vanderbeek.

They’re looking to streamline.

After a nine-year run operating Coupeville’s popular Oystercatcher restaurant, owners Sara and Tyler Hansen are placing the business up for sale.

The last day under the current leadership is set for Sunday, Oct. 30.

The duo plan to turn their focus to their other business, The Little Red Hen Bakery, and are moving that establishment back from Front Street to Grace Street.

That storefront will be open Thursday, Sept. 1.


The Hansens released the following letter:


To Our Oystercatcher and Little Red Hen community (near and far):

Together we are approaching our 9-year anniversary since we took over the Oystercatcher restaurant.

The experience has been life changing for us; it has allowed us to put down roots in this place we call home, grow from those roots, have fun and experiment, and get to know you all – our community, fellow business owners, friends and staff that have become family.

You all have nurtured us so that we could realize our dream of the Oystercatcher, together.

With that realization has come the deep understanding that it is time for us, Sara and Tyler, to step back, refocus and devote our energy to other passions and to let someone else take the reins.

We are starting the process of listing the Oystercatcher restaurant for sale and wanted you to hear it directly from us first.

Please know that this is not a decision we came to lightly, we’ve put a lot of heart into this business and are extremely proud of what we have accomplished with our talented, dedicated and creative team members throughout the years.

Instead, we are choosing to listen to our hearts and realize this is the right time for us to step back and look ahead.

We are lucky to be working with local broker extraordinaire, Janet Burchfield, on the listing of our beloved business and feel extremely well cared for throughout the process.

If you are interested to know more, please direct all inquiries to Janet at frontstreetjb@aol.com.

As for us, we are not going anywhere.

Over the last few years we have purchased the building at 901 Grace Street, which currently contains our production bakery for Little Red Hen and upstairs the current Oystercatcher restaurant.

With this sale, we are digging down deeper in our Coupeville community and are thrilled to be able to partner, and nurture, the creative talents of the next chefs and owners of the restaurant space.

Our resolve to enrich our island community has only gotten stronger and we look forward to continuing further down the path of simply good food.

With that being said, the Little Red Hen Bakery is going back to its roots.

We’re moving our retail storefront from Front Street back up to our production bakery at 901 Grace Street – where it all started.

Our beloved breads and craft pastries will be available just mere steps from where we pull them fresh out of the oven.

The Little Red Hen Bakery at 901 Grace Street will (re)debut on Thursday, September 1, and will have plenty of open-air seating for you to sit and enjoy our craft breads, pastries and drip coffee – with more cover to come as the seasons change.

We love this community, and we want to preserve ourselves to be here for the long haul.

Sometimes you need to take a moment to slow down, to move forward with intention.

Stay tuned for Little Red Hen and Oystercatcher updates, for exciting new ventures from our longtime staff members and for special celebrations as we approach the Oystercatcher’s last day this coming fall.

We appreciate this community more than we can put in words and will be forever thankful for the opportunity you gave us with the Oystercatcher.

That has led to Little Red Hen Bakery and given us the chance to prove just how much we value this Whidbey community and want to continue to share our passion of simply good food with you all.

With love,

Sara and Tyler Hansen
and the Oystercatcher & Little Red Hen Team

Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith is super-excited about the return of middle school sports. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two on deck, one off the schedule.

Coupeville Middle School is offering cross country and volleyball this fall but has discontinued its boys soccer program and is directing interested players to local rec leagues.

Practice for CMS runners begins Sept. 1, with the spikers hitting the court Sept. 12.

The fall season plays out through the end of Oct., then is followed by basketball in the winter and track in the spring.

With middle school volleyball, the plan is to have players in grades 6-8 divided across three teams by talent level.

Matches played Monday or Tuesday will operate with level one playing first, followed by two and three.

The schedule flips and goes 3-2-1 when matches are contested on Wednesday or Thursday.

Both sports welcome back returning coaches, with Elizabeth Bitting mentoring the harriers and the duo of Cris Matochi and Katie Kiel calling the shots for volleyball.


Schedules for the young Wolves:



Sat-Sept. 17 — @ Westling Invitational (South Whidbey) — (10:00)
Wed-Sept. 21 — @ Sultan (3:30)
Sat-Sept. 24 — @ King’s Invite — (12:00)
Thur-Sept. 29 — @ Granite Falls — (3:30)
Fri-Oct. 7 — @ Hole in the Wall (Lakewood) — (3:30)
Wed-Oct. 12 — HOME meet (Fort Casey) — (3:30)
Wed-Oct. 19 — @ Cascade League Championships (South Whidbey) — (3:30)



Thur-Sept. 29 — @ Langley — (3:30)
Mon-Oct. 9 — Lakewood — (3:15)
Wed-Oct. 5 — Sultan — (3:15)
Mon-Oct. 10 — King’s — (3:15)
Thur-Oct. 13 — @ Granite Falls — (3:15)
Tues-Oct. 18 — @ Northshore Christian — (3:30)
Thur-Oct. 20 — @ Sultan — (3:15)
Mon-Oct. 24 — Langley — (3:15)

Brandon Graham

There is hope for others.

Through the hard work and dedication of family and friends, the memory of Brandon Graham and all the positives he brought into the world are treasured and remembered.

His life, the way he loved those around him and always sought out the best in himself and others, lives on.

Through the foundation they have launched in Brandon’s name, those closest to him are providing help for others who might consider taking their own lives.

The inspired work began with a highly successful luau fundraiser recently held at Coupeville’s Nordic Lodge, and will continue in the days, months, and years to come.

The Brandon Graham Foundation is sponsoring an appearance by a motivational speaker, who will meet with the youth of the community Sept. 14.

Details for that event, and a possible follow-up assembly that evening, are still being worked out.

Awash in the positivity of their opening fundraiser, organizers are taking a moment to thank the many people and businesses involved in making the luau a success.

From guest speakers Jennifer Marzocca and Tammy Joy to those who helped set up tables and auction items, to those running payment and t-shirt tables, all involved were invaluable.


Organizers thank:

Adorned by Jules
Anania Trucking
Joe and Haylee Armstrong
Kelly and Jerry Asbjornsen
Ashley’s Design
Casey Audette – NW Cabinets LLC
Barb and the boys

Karen Berg
Ashley Bindschatel
Blue Fox Drive-In
Julie Brooks – One Lash Thing
Dan Brown
Melissa Brown
The Casual House
Dana Chambers
Chris’s Bakery

A Clean Carpet Company
Dark Creek Candle and Soap
Kelly Dethlefs
Dirty Bird Studio
Ebey Academy
Irene Echenique
Flossy Nicole by Julie Savoy
Freeland Family Dentist
Front Street Grill

Tammy and Stevie Glover
The Green House Florist and Nursery
Amanda and Dylan Gunning
The Henderson sisters
Hilltop Auto Service
Home Depot
Cheri Hovander
Gary and Jen Howard
Humphrey Sign Company
Island Glass Company

Terry and Rita Jackson
Javy Javy
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Katie Johnson
Julie Natalie Imagery
Kapaw’s Iskreme
Melissa Losey
Maria Maguire
Melissa McCumber

Marcia Muchnick
Nite Owl Tattoo
Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Oak Bowl
Suzie Palmer
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Pepper Bridge Winery (John and Cheri Causey)
Pickle’s Deli
Pilgrimage Pottery by Marcia
PNW Vibe Market

Polished Studio
Regency on Whidbey
Kristi Rosen
Seattle Mariners (Dan Wilson)
Bettie Sifuentes-Hart
Silver Cloud Hotel
Silver Reef Casino
Konni Smith
Starbucks Coffee

Steve Richardson Insurance
Swinomish Casino and Lodge
Sysco Food Service
Charlie Terpening
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Thrive Community Fitness
Trevor Asbjornsen Real Estate
Alicia Turner
Grant and Colleen Van Dyke
Mike and Debbie Vescovi

Vida Integrated Health
Jim and Dee Wheat
Whidbey Coffee
Zanini’s Deli


For more info on the Brandon Graham Foundation and its work, or to donate, pop over to:


Greg Turcott enjoys a lighter moment with some of his players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s an opening on the bench.

After one season of coaching the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team, Greg Turcott has moved to the other side of the state.

The longtime hoops guru will teach and coach boys basketball at White Swan High School in Yakima.

Turcott finished 3-8 while guiding a fairly inexperienced Wolf JV team and was part of a coaching staff which went 9-9 at the varsity level under head coach Megan Smith.

During his year on the CHS bench, Turcott balanced coaching in Cow Town with teaching middle school social studies and PE in Edmonds.

Prior to his arrival at Coupeville, he had high school stints at Archbishop Thomas Murphy, Kamiak, Bishop Blanchet, and South Whidbey.

Turcott also coached Shoreline Community College when its men’s hoops squad twice led the nation in scoring.

He and wife Amy, also a teacher, have three daughters.