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   Like his siblings before him, Kody Newman made a big splash at the state tennis tourney.

You know their name, cause athletic success is their game.

Few, if any, Whidbey Island families have had the kind of sustained excellence that Mike and Pam Newman’s children have brought to South Whidbey High School.

Jenny, Caitie, Riley, Lindsey, Hayley, Carlie and Kody have combined to win four state tennis titles, pour thousands of points through the basketball hoop, tear up the soccer pitch and generally be the gold standard for Falcon Nation.

While his older siblings left big shoes to fill, Kody, who will be a junior at SWHS this fall, has stepped right up.

Right out of the gate he made a splash at the state tennis tourney, finishing fourth in 1A as a freshman, winning three of four matches at the big dance.

As a sophomore hoops star, he torched Coupeville for a game-high 21, burying five treys.

For his next act, though, he’s going to mix things up a bit.

Newman, who’s played tennis, basketball and soccer since hitting high school, is headed to the baseball diamond next spring.

And, in a move sure to send shock waves through the net community his family has ruled, he may also switch up fall sports.

“I haven’t decided if I’m doing tennis again,” Newman said. “Or trying something new and play football.”

A talented natural athlete who lives for competition (“my life is sports,” he said with a laugh), Kody draws big rewards from his efforts.

“With sports I can always forget about my problems,” Newman said. “It’s just me and the ball, everything else is gone.

“I’m not thinking about my grades or drama around school, I’m thinking about why that jump shot didn’t go in, or how I can improve on bunting in baseball,” he added. “It’s very relaxing and can always make me happy!”

While he enjoys all his activities, if he had to choose one, the siren call of the hardwood is hard to ignore.

“My favorite sport is basketball,” Newman said. “I grew up playing with my siblings and it was a way we could all connect.

“I would rebound for my brother and sisters and they’d do the same so we could all improve.”

Having that chance to work on his skill-set, to take what genetics have given him and fine-tune his strengths while shoring up any (minor) weaknesses, drives Newman.

“I think that my desire to always get better and being open to constructive criticism is my best attribute,” he said. “I love getting feedback from people to always improve.

“I’d love to work on getting my vertical higher, because, with being shorter, it’s hard to get rebounds or block shots.”

As he’s progressed in all of his sports, Newman has had a string of coaches who have made an impact on him, both as an athlete and person.

He reels off an impressive list — “Mike Washington, Travis Tornga, Henry Pope, Ernie Merino, Tom and Karyle Kramer, Cj Baker and Josh Coleman” — then adds praise for others, as well.

“All the other coaches I’ve had, including Little League and Parks and Rec, and, of course, all my teammates,” Newman said. “Especially Lewis Pope for always teaching me moves and always being supportive!”

And don’t forget about his biggest fans, who have given him legends to aim for, and plenty of support as he finds his own path to success.

“Most importantly, my siblings and family for coming to all my sporting events and pushing me to do better.”

Newman has his eyes set on playing college ball, but his immediate future revolves around helping the Falcons fly high while competing against King’s and Archbishop Thomas Murphy in the always-tough 1A/2A Cascade Conference.

“I hope to make the playoffs again for basketball and hopefully help the baseball team go back to state,” he said.

In the few moments when he’s not living the athletic life, Newman, who wants to be a fire fighter, enjoys his science classes and spending time with family.

“I like spending time at the beach wake boarding with my brother, or playing beach volleyball with my sister or going to the pool with my girl friend,” he said.

While sports and life may take him away from his home in the future, the southern part of the Island, where he has grown up and grown into a star, will always be special.

“I love South Whidbey because everyone is kind to each other and it’s just an all round great community to be in.”

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   Dakota Eck made a name for himself in football, basketball and soccer during his days at CMS. (John Fisken photos)

   His mom, Cheridan, has been a beacon of joy as a cheer coach, Zumba instructor and advocate for all things healthy.

   Dakota’s energetic lil’ sis, Aubrey, delivers one final kick before she and her family head off on a new adventure.

Dakota Eck is headed to the big show.

A three-sport athlete for the Wolves during his time at Coupeville Middle School, Eck won’t be making the jump to CHS this fall with his classmates.

Instead, he’ll be attending classes at Edmonds-Woodway, a 3A school which competes in Wesco alongside Oak Harbor.

The change is due to a family move, as Eck, mom Cheridan, the former CHS cheer coach, and lil’ sister Aubrey are relocating.

It’ll be a big switch, as the last WIAA classification numbers shows EWHS with 1,216 students, or, basically, just about a thousand more than Coupeville.

During his time at CMS, Dakota was a key member of several teams, playing for Wolf football and basketball squads.

He also played rec soccer for many years, and was the captain for his pitch team this year.

Aubrey’s enthusiasm meter as a junior cheerleader never dipped below 100, as she spent much of her time immersed in her mom’s cheer world.

Cheridan, a former Sonics dancer and someone who was always at the forefront of health and well-being, both as instructor and participant, led the CHS cheer program for several years.

As the trio heads off to the big city on a new adventure, we here at Coupeville Sports wish Dakota, Cheridan and Aubrey all the best.

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   CHS junior William Nelson was named a First-Team All-Conference soccer player for the third straight season. (John Fisken photos)

Uriel Liquidano was also honored by Olympic League coaches.

Still perfect.

Coupeville High School junior midfielder William Nelson was named a First-Team All-Conference player by Olympic League soccer coaches for the third consecutive year, an honor he shares this time around with senior defender Uriel Liquidano.

The duo hauled away their fair share of awards at a season-ending banquet Tuesday, also being honored as Captains.

Nelson was named the Player of the Year, while Liquidano copped Most Inspirational.

Freshman Aram Leyva (Rookie of the Year) and goaltender Dewitt Cole (Most Improved) rounded out those honored by coach Kyle Nelson.

Varsity letter winners:

Jaschon Baumann
Laurence Boado
Dewitt Cole
Nick Dion (4-year player)
Hunter Downes
Zach Ginnings
Mason Grove
Brandon Jansen
Uriah Kastner
Teo Keilwitz
Aram Leyva
Uriel Liquidano (4-year player)
Zack Nall
William Nelson
Axel Partida
Brian Roberts
Josh Robinson
Mathew Shreffner
Ethan Spark
James Wood

JV participation certificates:

Chris Cernick
Jonathon Johnson
Jonathon Partida
Simon Socha

Manager awards:

Maddy Hilkey
Ashley Menges
Peytin Vondrak

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Dewitt Cole clears the goal. (John Fisken photos)

   Die-hard soccer dads Kelly Keilwitz (left) and Robert Wood stay dry on the covered bleachers.

   Meanwhile, team managers Ashley Menges (left) and Peytin Vondrak stay dry, and warm, nestled away in the press box.

Hunter Downes (4) leads the charge through the raindrops.

Loyal to the end.

The weather was miserable and the final score equally so, but the photos turned out pretty good.

Shooting between the rain drops (and lightning warnings) paparazzi John Fisken clicked away at Thursday night’s Coupeville High School boys soccer playoff game.

The pics above are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot (purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:


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   Uriel Liquidano is one of four seniors on the CHS boys soccer squad. (John Fisken photo)

“Not our finest game.”

With his team buffeted Thursday by a quick Bellevue Christian squad, a harsh reffing crew and the constant threat of thunder and lightning, the season did not end the way Coupeville High School boys soccer coach Kyle Nelson would have liked.

By the time things were done at Oak Harbor Stadium, the Wolf booters had absorbed a 5-0 loss, leaving them one-and-done in the district playoffs.

Coupeville finishes 4-11-1, while BC (6-8) advances to play Vashon Island in another loser-out game.

Thursday’s game was frustrating all around.

With the day morphing from blazing sun to stormy doom ‘n gloom, there were two 45-minute delays because of lightning — one right before the game was scheduled to start and another deep in the first half.

Officials decided to skip a halftime break to try and keep things going.

Those same refs called the game extremely tight, benefiting Bellevue Christian, which relied on speed, and not Coupeville, which was ready to rumble in the trenches.

The Wolves, who received just one yellow card all season, were handed multiple warnings Thursday, with Bellevue Christian getting seven free kicks to none for Coupeville.

BC got on the board less than a minute into the game, scoring off of a header set up by one of those free kicks.

The Vikings tacked on two more goals in the first half, one off a corner kick, the other on, yep, a free kick.

With the game in hand, Bellevue tossed in two more scores in the second half to pad the final margin.

Coupeville had several shots on goal, but couldn’t get one to find the back of the net.

The playoff tilt marked the end of the run for CHS seniors Zack Nall, Uriel Liquidano, Nick Dion and Brandon Jansen.

Final season scoring stats:

Aram Leyva – 6
Ethan Spark – 6
William Nelson – 4
Zack Nall – 3
Hunter Downes – 2
Uriel Liquidano – 2
James Wood – 2
Laurence Boado – 1

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