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Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A memorial service for Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker will be held Saturday, Feb. 10.

It will be at the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge Hall (63 Jacobs Road) and run from 2-4 PM.

Manker, who coached both girls and boys soccer, was a noted “goalkeeper whisperer,” working with the Wolf net-minders over the years.

He passed away suddenly Jan. 26.

Manker, who was born in Petaluma, Calif. May 4, 1968, is survived by wife Patti Manker, son Garritt Manker (Talisa), daughters Ashley Bailey (Eric), Amanda Smith (Ryan), stepchildren Riley, Tim and JT Quinn and grandchildren Adeline, Sawyer and Lillie.

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   Wolf track stars Lucy Sandahl (8) and Mallory Kortuem are back to kick off spring sports. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Die-hard Coupeville High School spring sports fan? Gas up the car and get ready to enjoy ferry life.

All five Wolf teams have more road games than home contests during their final spin through the Olympic League, with softball getting the shortest end of the stick.

The CHS sluggers, who went 19-5 last season and came within a strike of making the state tourney, are scheduled to play 12 of 20 regular-season games away from their home field.

Baseball (11 of 20 on the road), girls tennis (9 of 17) and boys soccer (8 of 15), have it slightly better, while track, as usual, spends 98.2% of its season away from home.

The Wolves do host one high school track meet (Mar. 28 vs. Port Townsend, Klahowya and Chimacum), which will be the first one to go down in front of the school’s new grandstand.

Boys soccer gets to debut the new stadium, when it hosts 2A non-conference foe Olympic Mar. 10.

Will there be cake to celebrate the debut of the shiny new grandstand? We can only hope!

Another milestone is set to arrive May 7, when the Wolf softball squad plays its final regular-season game.

Chimacum is the foe that day, and the bout is the last regular-season conference game in any sport Coupeville will play against a 1A Olympic League opponent.

After a four-year run in their current league, the Wolves jump to the new six-team North Sound Conference with the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

As you peruse the schedules below, remember, weather, ferries and other assorted problems can, and will, likely rip them to shreds at some point.

For up-to-date info, try either http://www.olympicleague.com/ or http://coupeville.tandem.co/

Varsity schedules (* = Olympic League game):


Sat-Mar. 10 Lynden Christian — 1:00
Wed-Mar. 14 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Thur-Mar. 15 Sequim — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 17 @ South Whidbey — 1:00
Mon-Mar. 19 @ Bremerton — 4:00
Fri-Mar. 23 North Mason — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 24 @ Vashon Island — 1:00
Mon-Mar. 26 @ Sultan — 4:00
Wed-Mar. 28 @ Klahowya (*) — 3:30
Fri-Mar. 30 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 2 @ Friday Harbor — TBD
Sat-Apr. 7 Cedarcrest — 1:00
Wed-Apr. 11 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 16 @ Sequim — 3:30
Thur-Apr. 19 @ La Conner — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 20 Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Wed-Apr. 25 @ Port Townsend (*) — 3:30
Fri-Apr. 27 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 30 @ Klahowya (*) — 3:30
Wed-May 2 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00


Sat-Mar. 10 Olympic — 1:00
Tue-Mar. 13 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:30
Fri-Mar. 16 @ Sequim — 3:45
Wed-Mar. 21 @ North Mason — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 24 Klahowya (*) — 3:00
Tue-Mar. 27 @ Port Townsend (*) — 6:15
Fri-Mar. 30 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 2 Vashon Island — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 7 Forks — 3:00
Tues-Apr. 10 @ Port Angeles — 5:00
Mon-Apr. 16 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 20 @ Port Townsend (*) — 6:15
Tues-Apr. 24 Port Townsend (*) — 6:00
Fri-Apr. 27 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:30
Mon-Apr. 30 Klahowya (*) — 5:30


Mon-Mar. 12 Port Angeles —  4:00
Tue-Mar. 13 @ South Whidbey — 3:30
Thur-Mar. 15 @ Sequim — 3:15
Thur-Mar. 22 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Mon-Mar. 26 @ Olympic — 4:00
Tues-Mar. 27 Granite Falls — 3:30
Fri-Mar. 30 Kingston — 3:15
Mon-Apr. 9 North Kitsap — 3:15
Wed-Apr. 11 @ North Mason — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 13 Chimacum (*) — 3:15
Sat-Apr. 14 @ Friday Harbor — TBD
Mon-Apr. 16 @ Sequim — 4:00
Tue-Apr. 17 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Tues-Apr. 24 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Wed-Apr. 25 South Whidbey — 3:30
Thur-Apr. 26 Klahowya (*) — 3:15
Thur-May 3 Chimacum (*) — 3:15


Sat-Mar. 17 @ South Whidbey — 1:00
Fri-Mar. 23 North Mason — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 24 @ Vashon Island — 1:00
Wed-Mar. 28 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:15
Fri-Mar. 30 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 2 @ Blaine (Doubleheader) – 1:00
Fri-Apr. 6 Meridian — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 7 Forks — 1:00
Wed-Apr. 11 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:15
Sat-Apr. 14 @ Friday Harbor — 12:00
Thur-Apr. 19 @ La Conner — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 20 Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 21 @ Lynden Christian — 4:30
Wed-Apr. 25 @ Port Townsend (*) — 4:15
Fri-Apr. 27 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 30 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:15
Wed-May 2 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00
Thur-May 3 @ Sequim — 4:00
Mon-May 7 Chimacum (*) — 4:00


Thur-Mar. 15 @ Island Jamboree (Oak Harbor) — 3:30
Thur-Mar. 22 @ North Mason with Port Townsend, Olympic — 3:15
Wed-Mar. 28 HOME MEET with Chimacum, Port Townsend, Klahowya — 3:15
Thur-Apr. 12 @ Olympic with Port Angeles, Kingston — 3:15
Sat-Apr. 14 @ Cashmere Invitational — 12:00
Wed-Apr. 18 @ Sequim with North Kitsap, Olympic — 3:20
Thur-Apr. 26 @ Sequim with Port Angeles, Port Townsend — 3:20
Sat-May 5 @ Olympic League Championships (North Kitsap) — 10:00
Mon-May 7 @ JV Championships (Kingston) — 3:15
Fri/Sat-May 18-19 @ Districts (Renton) — 3:25/10:00
Fri/Sat-May 25-26 @ State (Cheney) — 10:00

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   Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker (left), here with Jennifer Spark and Troy Cowan, passed away Thursday. (Photo courtesy Kali Barrio)

   Manker was an assistant with both the girls and boys teams at CHS, specializing in working with goalkeepers. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School assistant soccer coach Gary Manker passed away suddenly Thursday.

A gentle giant who worked extensively with the Wolf goalkeepers, he coached with both the CHS boys and girls teams.

As the news swept through a close-knit soccer community, many of his players remembered Manker fondly.


Lauren Grove:

Although I never had Manker as a “coach,” I did have the opportunity to work with him in goal on a couple occasions.

He was really encouraging and I could tell that he had a passion for soccer and wanted to teach us goalies valuable skills.

So sad to hear of his passing. Coupeville was lucky to have him and he’ll definitely be missed.


McKayla Bailey:

Honestly I was so sorry and saddened to hear about this.

He was such an amazing coach and a great person all around.


Julia Myers:

Manker was one of the most amazing and influential people throughout my high school career.

I don’t think high school soccer would have been the same without him; he truly made it what it was.

He supported me and all of the girls continuously in everything we did.

He taught me so much in the years he was my coach, and I’m so thankful.


Mckenzie Meyer:

Manker was an amazing coach. He pushed us to work hard but it always was worth it.

He was so supportive and always encouraged us no matter what. He will be missed.


Sarah Wright:

Never playing soccer before I didn’t really have any idea what I was doing, but Manker was always really encouraging and an awesome coach.

I didn’t know him super well, as he was busy during our season and couldn’t always make practice, but I could tell that he knew a lot about soccer, and loved to coach and help young athletes not only grow as players, but also as people.


Joel Walstad:

Coach Manker was one of the most encouraging coaches I’ve ever had. He was always positive and looked on the bright side.

He took me under his wing, and showed me what it took to be a goalie. He was truly one of a kind.

Coupeville lost a great man. My thoughts and prayers are out to his family.


Brian Roberts:

Not only was he my coach, but he was like a father figure to me.

He did not just teach me drills and soccer skills, he taught me life skills and helped me train to be stronger physically and mentally.

He was always there before and after practice to talk about home stuff and what he could do to help.

He never gave up on me even when I wanted to quit soccer for good; he got me to play and continue to love the sport.

He has massively helped me grow as a player and as a person.

Because of him I was able to overcome some of the hardest points in my life and for that I am forever grateful.

He may not be physically on the field with us but will forever be in our hearts. R.I.P Coach Manker.

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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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