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   Coupeville grad Mitch Pelroy (left) was drafted Saturday by the Rivals Professional Football League. (Photo courtesy Pelroy)

He’s Florida-bound and he’s a pro.

Coupeville grad Mitch Pelroy has taken the next step on his journey, being selected by the Atlantic Sharks Saturday during the Rivals Professional Football League player draft.

Pelroy, coming off a stellar run as a defensive back and return specialist at the University of Montana Western, reports to training camp in Miami Feb. 1.

He went on the fifth pick in round 26 Saturday, and signed a four-year, performance-based contract with the Sharks.

“The work is just beginning, but it’s a big step in the right direction,” Pelroy said. “I can technically say I’m a pro football player now.

“Trust the process, work hard and chase those dreams while I can.”

The RPFL is an eight-team league, with four teams in Florida and four in Michigan.

The Sharks will face off with the Miami Blaze, Florida Red Wolves and South Beach Silverbacks during an eight-week schedule from March to May.

Win the title and they would advance to play the best team from Michigan in the televised league championship.

For more info on the RPFL, pop over to:

http://www.rivalsnation.com/

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   CHS grad Nick Streubel hangs out with his parents after a Central Washington University football win. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

   He’s like a Greek god, he is. (Photo property of Central Washington University football)

The accolades continue to pour in for Nick Streubel.

The Coupeville High School grad, now a red-shirt sophomore at Central Washington University, was named Friday as a First-Team selection to the NCAA D-II All-Super Region 4 football squad.

With that selection, he remains eligible to pick up votes when the national All-American team is tallied.

Friday’s regional honors come on the heels of Streubel previously being honored as a First-Team pick by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

With Streubel helping anchor the Wildcat offensive line, CWU averaged 466.4 yards and 39.4 points per game this season,

Central went undefeated in league play, finishing 11-1 after a playoff loss in double overtime.

The Wildcats landed 15 players on the Region 4 team, with nine earning First-Team honors.

For the whole breakdown, pop over to:

http://www.gnacsports.com/football/news/2017-18/10059/haynes-leads-15-all-super-region-4-gnac-selections/

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   CHS grad Nick Streubel (left) was an All-Conference lineman on a Central Washington University football team which won a league title and finished 11-1. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

It was there. Then it wasn’t.

Unable to hold on to a three-touchdown lead, and unable to stop the best quarterback in NCAA D-II football on the (disputed) final play of regulation, Central Washington University saw its season end Saturday afternoon.

The undefeated Wildcats, roaring behind an offensive line which includes Coupeville grad Nick Streubel, built a 28-7 halftime lead on visiting Texas A & M-Commerce, but couldn’t stick the landing.

Luis Perez, the front runner for the Harlon Hill trophy (the D-II version of the Heisman) tossed a game-tying “touchdown” on the final play of regulation, then his defense stood tall in a 34-31 win in double overtime.

With the loss, Central finishes 11-1 and joins Fort Hays State as the second #1 seed to be knocked out of a wild-and-woolly playoffs.

Of the remaining eight teams with national title hopes, only three (#1 seeds Indiana, PA and West Alabama and #2 seed Minnesota State-Mankato) were supposed to still be alive at this point.

Central, making its first trip to the playoffs since 2009, was coming off a bye week and looked phenomenal in the first half.

Sparked by a defense which picked off Perez three times before the break (he had just six interceptions against 38 touchdowns entering the day), the Wildcats dominated.

While he doesn’t have the eye-popping numbers of his Texas counterpart, Central QB Reilly Hennessey held his own in the early going.

He opened the scoring on a 10-yard sprint to the end zone, then came back to fire a five-yard TD strike to Christian Stafford.

After Perez got Texas on the board with a 56-yard scoring bomb right at the end of the first, Central responded with back-to-back scores early in the second.

Hennessey tossed another short TD pass, this one a 3-yarder to Kyle Self, before Austin Pernell followed his line in on a 1-yard scoring run.

Up 28-7 at the half, Central was rolling.

The second half, however, wouldn’t be quite as peachy, as the Wildcats forced their fans to chew some fingernails down the stretch.

Texas sliced away at the lead, getting a third-quarter score on a run, then tacking on a fourth-quarter TD on a Perez pass.

Still, it looked like Central would hold tough. Up 28-21, the ‘Cats had Texas facing a fourth-and-seven from the CWU 37 with under a minute to play.

If Perez was ruffled, though, he didn’t show it, pegging a 16-yard strike to the left to keep his team’s season going.

After another pass pushed the ball all the way down to the two-yard line, Central’s defense stiffened. The Wildcats flattened Perez on a run from the four, and pushed Texas to another fourth down.

A & M passed its final test, partially due to the lack of instant replay.

The game-tying four-yard TD pass was ruled a catch on the field, despite some legitimate question from viewers as to whether the receiver truly had the ball.

If this was the NFL, I would bet money the call would have been overruled and Central would be celebrating.

Instead, they were off to overtime, where the two teams traded possessions starting at the 25-yard line, and, eventually, dueling field goals.

Overtime #2 started with Central in possession of the ball, but Hennessey was almost picked twice and the Wildcats, who would have been facing a very long field goal, went for it on fourth-and-15, but failed.

Perez, who finished with 394 yards on 41-65 passing, handed the ball off three straight times, setting up All-League kicker Kristov Martinez.

The Texas booter split the uprights from 38 yards out, putting the (sour) cherry on top of the sundae.

While the loss was disappointing, it shouldn’t take away from the season Streubel had.

The former Wolf three-sport star returned from an injury which cost him last year and was an All-Conference First-Team offensive lineman as a red-shirt sophomore.

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   Junior Dane Lucero is one of 18 Wolf football players to letter this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Senior QB Hunter Downes, here making the great getaway, received Offensive MVP honors at Saturday’s team awards banquet.

A season of pain ended on a positive note.

With all the many injuries sustained this year now in the process of healing, the Coupeville High School football squad gathered Saturday to toast its accomplishments.

Wolf QB Hunter Downes, who broke the school’s career touchdown passes record, was named the Offensive MVP.

Also taking home hardware were seniors Cameron Toomey-Stout (Defensive MVP) and Julian Welling (Lineman of the Year) and juniors Shane Losey (Wolf Award) and Matt Hilborn (Special Teams MVP).

Earlier, Toomey-Stout was a three-time honoree when Olympic/Nisqually League coaches voted on All-Conference teams.

Camtastic was tabbed a First-Team player at both wide receiver and defensive back, while nabbing Second-Team props as a kick returner.

Downes was a Second-Team pick at QB, with Welling earning Honorable Mention on the defensive line.

At Saturday’s banquet, CHS head coach Jon Atkins handed letters to 18 players, with a third of those wrapping up a full four-year run in a Wolf uniform.

Letter winners (* indicates 4-year player):

Chris Battaglia
Hunter Downes
(*)
Matt Hilborn
Jake Hoagland

Teo Keilwitz
Gavin Knoblich
Ryan Labrador
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Andrew Martin
Tyler McCalmont
Jake Pease
Kyle Rockwell
Hunter Smith
(*)
Cameron Toomey-Stout
(*)
Sean Toomey-Stout
James Vidoni
(*)
Julian Welling
(*)

Certificate of Participation:

Trevor Bell
Dewitt Cole
Cameron Dahl
Dawson Houston
Brian Roberts
Ben Smith
Gavin Straub

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   Coupeville grad Nick Streubel was named a First-Team All-Conference pick for his play anchoring the offensive line for Central Washington University. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

High school, college, it matters not — The Big Hurt and awards just go together.

Having recovered from a devastating injury last season, Central Washington University red-shirt sophomore offensive lineman Nick Streubel was rewarded Wednesday when he was tabbed as a First-Team All-League selection.

The Coupeville High School grad, an All-League and All-State player in his prep days, was one of 10 Wildcats honored by Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches.

Central Washington rolled to an 11-0 mark, captured its first league title in five seasons, and is a #1 seed heading into the NCAA D-II playoffs.

The Wildcats nabbed four special awards, in addition to their All-Conference picks.

Senior linebacker Kevin Haynes was the Defensive Player of the Year, senior Bo Banner was the Defensive Lineman of the Year and junior transfer quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the Newcomer of the Year.

Topping things off, CWU head coach Ian Shoemaker was hailed as the Coach of the Year.

In a league dominated by juniors and seniors, Streubel was one of only four sophomores to be named as a First-Team player.

To see the complete All-Conference list, pop over to:

http://www.gnacsports.com/football/news/2017-18/9917/gardner-wildcats-lead-2017-football-all-conference-team/

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