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Brynn Parker and other Coupeville Middle School students were recently honored with academic awards. (Corinn Parker photo)

Online is where all the action is at.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic preventing people from hosting in-person events, Coupeville schools have taken their awards ceremonies to the internet this spring.

The latest showcase to arrive online is the Coupeville Middle School Virtual Awards Show, which you can see by popping over to this site:


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Erin Rosenkranz makes with the fancy footwork back in her Whidbey Islanders select soccer days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Modern-day Erin, killin’ it in the classroom. (Photo courtesy Kerry Rosenkranz)

She shoots and scores, one more time.

Former Coupeville soccer standout Erin Rosenkranz continues to win awards, but these days most of them come in the world of academics.

The CHS grad was honored Friday by Western Washington University, named as the school’s 2020 Outstanding Biochemistry Student.

The award is named for Professor Sea Bong Chang, who taught at Western from 1964-1972.

Rosenkranz, who competed in soccer and track and field for the Wolves, is working towards her Masters in Biochemistry.

During her high school days, Erin was a top-notch student and a stellar athlete, one who earned enshrinement in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

She is joined in the digital shrine by mom Kerry (McCormick) Rosenkranz, a top CHS cross country runner in the ’80s, and dad Scott, one of the soccer coaches who fueled a boom in the sport on Whidbey Island.

Balancing two soccer teams, as she also played for the Whidbey Islanders select squad, Erin Rosenkranz was a First-Team All-League pick during her senior season at CHS.

She also took home the team MVP award that year.

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Natasha Bamberger, Coupeville legend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Apparently Whidbey Island ends at the midway point.

The website SB Live Washington has been busy compiling lists of its picks for the best athletes to come out of each of the state’s counties, with Island County’s female stars honored Thursday.

And, despite being the smallest of the three high schools on Whidbey, Coupeville netted two of the five slots, with Natasha Bamberger and Makana Stone joining Oak Harbor grads Marti Malloy, Chalise Baysa, and Missy McIntyre.

South Whidbey High School, on the other hand, got shafted, with the most notable omission being Lindsey Newman.

You know, the fearsome Falcon who won three consecutive 2A state tennis titles from 2007-2009, scored a billion points on the basketball hardwood, and is now a professional pickleball player.

Oh, that Lindsey Newman.

But, while Falcon Nation will rightfully have its collective feelings hurt, Wolf Nation has plenty to celebrate.

Bamberger was a five-time state champ for CHS in the ’80s, winning four track titles and a cross country crown, before going on to be world-class ultramarathoner.

Stone, who just wrapped up a stellar college hoops career at Whitman College, dominated in soccer, basketball, and track and field during her time as a Wolf.

To see the full story, and vote in a poll to select the best of the five nominees, pop over to:

Here are the best female athletes to come out of Island County, Washington

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Scout Smith is one of three Wolves tabbed as the CHS Athletes of the Year. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sean Toomey-Stout is Coupeville’s top male athlete for a second-straight year.

Sean’s twin sister, Maya Toomey-Stout, shares the top female award with Smith.

Three for the win.

Coupeville High School handed out its top athletic awards Tuesday, honoring Sean Toomey-Stout, Scout Smith, and Maya Toomey-Stout as its Athletes of the Year.

All three are graduating seniors.

It was the second-straight year Sean Toomey-Stout was named the top CHS male athlete, allowing him to join previous two-timers such as Hunter Smith, otherwise known as Scout’s big bro.

Sean led the Wolf football team in virtually every stat category, then did the same for the boys basketball squad in the winter.

He was primed to end his stellar four-year run at CHS as a member of the track and field team, but was denied along with his teammates when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools and erased spring sports.

Scout Smith was a team captain for both the Wolf volleyball and girls basketball teams, running the offense as a setter and point guard, respectively.

She also led the hoops squad in scoring this season.

Maya Toomey-Stout finished her standout prep volleyball career by blasting shots to all corners of the court, raining down kills and terrorizing opponents who found themselves in the path of her incoming fireballs.

A First-Team All-Conference pick, she was to compete in track and field this spring, while Smith was returning to the softball field.

The trio were joined in being honored during an online awards ceremony by fellow seniors Hannah Davidson and Aram Leyva, who each received the Cliff Gillies Award.

That honor, named for the longtime Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, recognizes student/athletes who excel in scholarship, citizenship, and participation in activities.

Davidson was a strong contributor to Wolf volleyball and basketball teams, while Leyva was a captain and high-octane goal scorer for the CHS boys soccer squad.

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Anna Dion, co-Valedictorian of the Coupeville High School Class of 2020, earned an impressive amount of scholarships. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let it rain.

Things went digital this year, but Coupeville High School seniors still brought home an impressive collection of awards and scholarships.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shutting down schools, the annual awards night couldn’t be held in person.

Instead, the school made a collection of video presentations, which were posted online Tuesday afternoon.

The CHS Class of 2020, led by co-Valedictorians Anna Dion and Scout Smith, and Salutatorian Lucy Sandahl, graduates Saturday.

To see who earned awards and scholarships, as well as view senior realization speeches from Avalon Renninger, Xaiviar Lee, and Zara Bradley, pop over to:


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