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Olivia Schaffeld delivers a kill. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Amaya Schaffeld sprints for home.

The Schaffeld sisters will shine elsewhere.

A family move will subtract two of Coupeville’s best young athletes, with Olivia and Amaya Schaffeld set to suit up in a new town this fall.

Olivia, who will be a junior, was a key player for a CHS varsity volleyball team which went 11-6 last season.

She earned Honorable Mention status when Northwest 2B/1B League coaches selected All-Conference teams, one of four Wolves honored.

Olivia racked up 69 kills, 37 digs, nine block assists, and 26 service aces during her first varsity season, finishing in a tie with Jill Prince for most block assists by a Wolf.

The elder Schaffeld was #4 on the team in kills and aces.

Her younger sister also earned a varsity letter, even before reaching high school.

Amaya was the lone 8th grader on the CHS varsity soccer squad, playing forward for the Wolf booters.

Lil’ sis wrapped things up this spring by competing in track and field, back at the middle school level.

During the season, Amaya ran the 100, did the high jump, and was part of a 4 x 100 relay team.

The Schaffeld sisters’ departure continues a recent trend of family moves trimming Coupeville rosters, with Mikey and Dylan Robinett also leaving town.

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A family move will take Wolf three-sport star Mikey Robinett from Whidbey Island to Tennessee. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s loss is Nashville’s gain.

Three-sport star Mikey Robinett, one of the most promising young Wolf athletes, won’t be wearing a CHS uniform next school year.

Instead, he and his family will be in Tennessee after a family move in the next couple of weeks takes them to Music City.

Robinett, who just wrapped his sophomore year at CHS, plays football, basketball, and track and field.

On the gridiron he had a sizable impact on both sides of the ball.

While playing defense, Robinett delivered thunderous cracks, while on offense he showed great promise as a runner.

Basketball, where a large senior class is departing, is the one sport where he’s been a JV player.

Robinett crashed the boards with intensity last season and looked to be in the mix for making the jump to the top team.

The Wolf super sophomore earned his first trip to the track and field state championships this spring, where he was an alternate for the 4 x 100 relay squad.

During the season Robinett also competed in the 200, 3200, discus, and long jump.

He’s not the only active Wolf athlete in his family either, as younger brother Dylan is a cross country, basketball, and track athlete who just wrapped his 7th grade year.

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Izzy Wells and Co. have to win a district title to make it to the state tourney, after the WIAA altered the playoff setup. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf boys face a similar path.

Just win, baby.

After an unexpected, last-second reversal from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Coupeville High School basketball teams, and their closest rivals, have no other choice.

Because claiming a district title is now the only way for teams in Districts 1 or 2 to earn a berth to the big dance.

Previously, both teams which made the championship game of the District 1/2 tourney were slated to advance to the regional round of the 16-team state championships.

That outlook had been in place since before the season started, but changed Sunday, when the WIAA cut District 1/2’s state allocations from two back to one.

District 4 was given the boys berth, while District 7 nabs the girls slot.

The District 1/2 tourney, to be held at Coupeville High School Feb. 15 and 17, retains the same setup as before, just with an increased emphasis on ending things with a win.

The #2 seeds from the Northwest 2B/1B League face Auburn Adventist in loser-out games the first night.

Two days later, the winners from those opening games return to play the NWL #1 teams for a district title and a state berth.

Heading into the final week of regular season play, the Coupeville boys and La Conner girls are each on the cusp of earning those #1 seeds.

On the girls side of things, Coupeville is a Senior Night win away from claiming the #2 NWL seed, while the La Conner boys have a slight edge over Friday Harbor in that race.


Coupeville response:

In a letter sent to WIAA decision makers, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith had the following to say.


This is what myself, my coaches, my staff, and our community feels with the decision that you’ve made regarding the allocation change at this point in the season.

From what I understand in talking about the process you used in discussing the change, it was all about the numbers, so let me speak to you about some numbers that I have.


The number of personal correspondence we received explaining the decision.

Rather, we received a forwarded email from our District Director stating that the allocations had been adjusted and distributed to District 4 (Boys) and District 7.

Nothing detailing why the decision was made, just a sheet of the allocations with scribbled notations on it.

When I go and tell our teams and community about the change and they ask why, what should I tell them?

The decision to make this change was based on what?

And none of you thought this decision important enough, at this late of a date, to give any written or verbal explanation as to the reasons you chose to make this decision?


The number of weeks to the start of our District Tournament in which we have to communicate to our athletes, coaches, and communities that we have lost an allocation.

I could also say zero since District 4 had already completed their first round by the time you made this decision.


The number of weeks that passed in which no coach, athletic director, district director, or WIAA member showed any concern about the allocations.

However, with one week prior to the majority of the District Tournaments beginning a District 6 representative brings this up.

Why? What prompted the concern after the allocations had been out so long?

Is there not a point in the season when it becomes imprudent to make a change; apparently there is not but there should be.


Is the number of our student-athletes that this directly affects.

Adding up the other three schools would increase this number to close to 100 student-athletes plus our coaches.

Our kids believed all season, that because of the allocations posted, they would have an opportunity to get two teams from our tournament to the state bracket, only to have it taken from them with one week before the start of the tournament.

While you may not think this is a substantial amount of student athletes negatively affected by this decision I would ask you to come and give them the news one week out that based on numbers they have now lost their allocation.


The number of coaches or athletic directors that have communicated with us from our District and other Districts that support this decision by the WIAA Executive Board (including those that benefitted from this decision).

They think it is absolutely ludicrous that this decision would come out this late in the season and take this opportunity away from our student athletes.


Flawed system of checks and balances as well as a philosophical approach to this issue.

This should not happen, ever to any other school or District again and if there is not a review of the system for confirmations, if there is not a cutoff date initiated to make these type of changes in a timely manner, and if there is not a switch in philosophy that puts numbers ahead of our student-athletes then you will have failed as a board.

You chose to make this about numbers rather than looking at the entire picture; your decision is narrow in focus and narrow minded.

It does not represent what you, and we, are supposed to be about and that is the well-being of the student-athletes we are put in charge of.

I sincerely hope that out of our loss changes come about to make this never happen again.

I hope that you are the type of people that will look closely at this situation, honestly assess your reasoning, and choose to put our student-athletes well-being above numbers or formulas.

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The La Conner School District has adopted a new mascot.

They’re still the Braves, but with a war eagle replacing a Native American in a headdress.

One of Coupeville’s primary athletic rivals has a new mascot.

Honoring the wishes of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the La Conner School District has replaced a Plains Indian wearing a feather headdress with a war eagle designed by a member of its alumni.

Jeanette Quintasket, a tribal member who graduated as part of the Class of 2018, crafted the image which topped 38 submissions.

When House Bill 1356 was implemented, it banned the use of Native American names, symbols, or images by public schools.

An exception could be made for school districts whose enrollment boundaries include what the law terms “Indian Country.”

The Swinomish approved La Conner retaining use of the Braves name for its sports teams, but requested the outdated logo be replaced.

The submissions were voted on by students, staff, alumni and community members.

Quintasket crafted her design with an eye on her heritage, she told the Skagit Valley Herald.

“I am Swinomish, so in our culture, the eagle is our guardian,” she was quoted as saying. “It represents our spiritual connection to our ancestors.”

The new mascot was officially approved at Monday’s school board meeting, with Quintasket honored for her creativity.

The La Conner school district and the Swinomish have a long history together, dating to the early 1900’s, when tribal children began attending La Conner schools.

Current numbers from the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction list 34% of La Conner students as Native American.

Two of five school board members are Swinomish tribal members, while Superintendent Will Nelson is also Native American.

While using the Braves name for its sports teams, La Conner also incorporates the moniker in other ways, with the district motto being “Be brave.”

District schools have worked to keep Swinomish tribal heritage as a vital part of their curriculum, with drumming, carving, and Lushootseed language classes offered to both tribal and non-tribal students.

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Prairie Perks, Coupeville’s lone drive-thru coffee stand, is NOT closing Sunday, as originally announced.

The espresso machine stays turned on, at least through the end of the year.

Prairie Perks, a drive-through coffee shop located in the parking lot next to where Coupeville’s bowling alley used to be, is NOT closing this Sunday, Nov. 7, as originally announced.

The reversal of fortune hit Facebook mere minutes ago.

“Just like that – Prairie Perks is staying put!,” the business posted at 10:39 PM Wednesday night.

“Looking forward to continuing to serve our fabulous customers through the year.”

No word yet on what 2022 will bring.

The business, owned by Mary and Robert Engle, launched in 2010.

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