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Former CHS athlete Elliott Johnson (left) is now a bass fisherman in Kentucky, and he’s headed to the state tournament in the sport. (Photo property of Boyle County High School).

From basketball to bass.

When his family moved from Coupeville to Kentucky after his freshman year, former Wolf Elliott Johnson picked up a new sport not offered at any Whidbey schools.

And now, as a junior at Boyle County High School in Danville, he’s headed to the state tourney as a fisherman.

Johnson and partner Tyler Devine finished 7th out of 87 boats at the KHSAA Region 3 bass fishing meet, hauling in 12.7 pounds of nutritionally-rich dinner.

The cut for state was the top 17, and Boyle County is sending three teams on to the big (fish) dance, best in school history.

Johnson’s teammates finished 4th (Hannah Wesley and Trey Barnett) and 17th (Cooper Kreider and Hagan Gerlach).

While she didn’t make it to state, Boyle County’s Abigail Downey pulled in the third-biggest fish at regionals, a plump lil’ thing tipping the scales at 5.1 pounds.

During his time in Coupeville, Johnson played tennis, basketball and baseball, while younger sister Stella was a standout softball player.

Mom Mimi, a CHS grad and accomplished athlete in her own right, coached multiple teams while dad Scott kept Central Whidbey Little League humming along.

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Robin Cedillo and the trout that dared to challenge her.

Robin Cedillo and the trout that dared to challenge her.

All smiles in the car.

All smiles in the car.

"It is too dang early to be out of my warm bed..."

“It is too dang early to be out of my warm bed…”

Cedillo (right), braves a rain out during softball season with teammates Emily Coulter (left) and Erin Josue.

  Cedillo (right), braves a rain out during softball season with teammates Emily Coulter (left) and Erin Josue. (Amy King photo)

Robin Cedillo is taking over the sports world.

The Coupeville High School sophomore, who played softball and was one of the peppiest of all cheerleaders for two Wolf squads during her first year of high school, is now a champion fish wrangler.

She spent part of Saturday hauling in trout with her dad, proving she is a young woman of many talents.

Bow fishies, bow before your one true queen, Miss Robin “The Smilin’ Assassin” Cedillo!

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Soccer season reaches its end, and Wynter and ? Arndt are ready for a break. (Charles Arndt photo)

  Soccer season reaches its end, and Wynter and Knight Arndt are ready for a break. (Charles Arndt photo)

? Littlejohn displays the catch of the day. (Dawn Hesselgrave photo)

Kalia Littlejohn displays the catch of the day. (Dawn Hesselgrave photo)

CHS assistant football coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh and son Chayse enjoy a light meal before their workout. (Jessica Van Velkinburgh photo)

CHS assistant football coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh and son Chayse enjoy a light meal before their workout. (Jessica Van Velkinburgh photo)

It’s a rainy, bleak, windy Whidbey kind of day, until now.

Here to save you from the afternoon blues, I arrive with a medley of sports-related photos showing the wide world of Whidbey sports.

You’re welcome.

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Gracen Joiner teaches dad Jason the art of the cast. (Tina Joiner photos)

    Gracen Joiner teaches dad Jason the art of the cast. “Give me the rod, old man, and watch a pro at work!!” (Tina Joiner photos)

"I think this thing is broken..."

“I think this thing is broken…”

"Get in my belly, fishy!!"

“Get in my belly, fishy!!”

Yep, it’s a shameless bid for page views.

Slap a cute baby doin’ stuff on the page and the eyeballs of readers are sure to follow. It’s a guarantee.

So, with that in mind, we present Gracen Joiner, son of former Coupeville High School basketball sensation Tina (Lyness) Joiner, as he busts out his already freakishly-developed fishing prowess.

The kid is a natural! A natural, I say.

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Get in my belly, fishy!!

Izzy LeVine and the catch of the day. (Sean LeVine photo)

Izzy LeVine and the catch of the day. (Sean LeVine photo)

Izzy LeVine is part of a sterling athletic tradition.

Oldest sister Micky is a star soccer play, middle sister Jae is prone to knocking down three-point bombs and then dancing around like Rocky, and parents Sean and Joline are competitive runners, while Sean also coaches select soccer.

So is it any wonder that the pint-sized lil’ sister is already winning the war against that most deadly of foes, the Coho salmon?

Athletic supremacy — it’s in her genes.

P.S. — And yes, it’s possible her dad actually caught the fish. But we’ll just ignore that part of the story for now.

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