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The program for the first-ever game played at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field. (Program courtesy Randy Keefe)

You can know the name without knowing all the facts.

My family moved to The Rock in 1989 and I made my writing debut in the Whidbey News-Times in early 1990.

From the first time I stepped foot on Coupeville’s football field (it wasn’t used for soccer back then), I knew it was called Mickey Clark Field.

It was only later, though, as I learned more about the history of Cow Town sports, that I got a better image of who the man was, and how he impacted the town and its young athletes.

And yet, until this morning, when I stumbled upon a pristine program from 1975 while leafing through memorabilia which Wolf legend Randy Keefe needs to get back at some point, I could not have told you with any certainty when the field debuted.

But then boom, nestled inside basketball clippings and programs, there was the football program you see in the photo above.

Coupeville football opened the 1975 season with road games at Langley and Concrete, before making its home debut Sept. 19 against Chimacum.

It was that night, 43 years back, when the dream became a reality.

According to the program, a pre-game flag-raising ceremony was conducted by the honor guard of the Sea Explorer Ship Whidbey, while the band performed under the direction of Leonard Denham.

Once the game reached the halftime break, CHS Athletic Director Bob Barker acted as Master of Ceremonies, while John Weber, Chairman of the School Board, and Joanette Wells, President of the Coupeville High Associated Students, gave presentations.

Topping things off, the Wolfette Drill/Dance Team, under the direction of Michelle Peel, performed as well.

The program paid tribute to a number of groups and individuals who made the field a reality, from the Lion’s Club, Puget Power, Central Electric, Vaughn and Wilson Construction and Chuck Jamison to the school’s vocational shop class.

But the man of the hour was an unassuming, hard-working coach and volunteer, and there’s a page in the program devoted to answering the question “Why, Mickey Clark Field?”

It reads:

For a period of twenty-five years Mickey coached boy’s softball teams, transporting them up and down the island to their summer league games.

He, along with John Syreen, started the little league baseball programs in Coupeville.

Mickey coached the high school basketball team for a season when they found themselves without a coach.

For a period of ten years he was the official Island County referee.

As county referee he officiated all the league football and basketball games for the Island County League teams, consisting of the Coupeville, Langley and Oak Harbor High Schools.

Mickey was instrumental in initiating and has directed a program that has probably saved the life of many a community youth – the Lion’s Club Swim Program.

For eighteen years, two nights a week, he was busy directing a popular and successful Peewee Junior Basketball league, sponsored by the Lion’s Club.

Most recently, Mickey headed the football bleachers building program for the Lion’s Club.

For the thousands of hours and sincere interest in our children — this is why Mickey Clark Field.

So, now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

And, for the completists out there, we wrap up this trip down nostalgia lane with a look at the first Wolf athletes and coaches to ever play on the field:

 

Wolf football roster:

Larry Ankney
Mike Ankney
Randy Blindauer
Chris Ceci
Charlie Cook
Ray Cook
Mike Dunn
Foster Faris
Gary Faulconer
Mike Gordon
Kevin Haga
Chuck Hardee
Randy Keefe
Pat Leach
Frank Mueller
Tim Pool
Jeff Rhubottom
Marc Sem
Don Sherman
Bill Stone
David Suder
Lee Suder
Jeff Thomas
Charlie Toth
Wayne Trumbull
Ed Weber
Steve Whitney
Fred Wyatt

 

Coaches:

Pat Lippincott
Greg Simon

 

Cheerleaders:

Teresa Coupe
Lisa Keeney
Sherri Knoll
Kathy McClane
Jan Sem
Jill Whitney

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Former Coupeville athletes Nick Streubel and Madeline Roberts reunite after a Central Washington University football game. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

The Big Hurt is a two-timer.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel earned his second-straight First-Team All-Conference nod Wednesday, as he and 19 of his Central Washington University football teammates were honored.

The Wildcats, who earned a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, but were snubbed when the NCAA DII playoff bracket was revealed, claimed three of the league’s big awards.

Quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the Offensive Player of the Year, guard James Moore was the Offensive Lineman of the Year and running back Michael Roots was the Newcomer of the Year.

Streubel, a red-shirt junior offensive lineman, was a unanimous pick after playing a major role for one of the most-prolific offenses in DII football.

Central, which averaged 47.7 points while going 8-3, rushed for 2,999 yards on the season.

The Wildcats averaged 272.64 rushing yards per game, with two different backs rambling for 1,000+ yards.

Next up for Streubel is the announcement of the All-Region team, where he will be looking to repeat as a First-Team pick.

 

To see the complete All-GNAC team, pop over to:

http://www.gnacsports.com/football/news/2018-19/11579/top-shelf-hennessey-berry-lead-football-all-conference-team/

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Makana Stone had a team-high 11 points and 10 rebounds on opening night Saturday, but Whitman College fell just short of a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three former Wolves, three different states, all united by the experience of college sports.

Coupeville High School grads Kailey Kellner and Makana Stone kicked off new basketball seasons Saturday, in New York and Oregon, respectively.

Meanwhile, Nick Streubel rumbled on the gridiron back in Washington state, as he and his team capped their regular season run.

How things went down:

 

Kailey Kellner:

D’Youville College used a 22-15 third-quarter surge to claim a win on opening night in Aurora, New York.

The Spartans turned a two-point halftime deficit into a five-point advantage, then held on to bounce host Wells 74-69.

Kellner, a sophomore, came off the bench to score four points, snag a rebound and dole out an assist in 11 minutes of action.

 

Makana Stone:

Down by 10 heading into the fourth, Whitman College almost made it all the way back in La Grande, before falling 52-49 to Eastern Oregon.

Stone, a junior, topped the Blues with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals.

She nailed a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers to spur Whitman on, with the final one cutting the lead all the way down to 48-45.

Unfortunately, that was the last field goal of the night for the Blues, as they could only scrape out four free-throws in the game’s final five minutes.

Eastern Oregon, which went 31-2 a season ago, didn’t do much down the stretch, either, but netted a pair of jumpers to keep the margin at three until the final buzzer.

 

Nick Streubel:

Central Washington University couldn’t hold on to a late lead, surrendering the tying and go-ahead touchdowns in the final six minutes in Ellensburg.

Nabbing a 42-35 win, visiting Azusa Pacific earned a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.

The squads, which split a pair of games this season, both finished 7-1 in league play, 8-3 overall.

It was the second straight league title for CWU, which went 8-0 last season to claim sole ownership of the title banner.

Now, Streubel, a red-shirt junior, and his teammates await the reveal of the 28-team NCAA DII football playoff bracket. That goes down Sunday afternoon.

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Shane Losey played four seasons for Coupeville High School football. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

All-Conference lineman Ryan Labrador clears running room for Andrew Martin.

The season ended not with a tackle or a screen pass, but with deviled eggs and All-Conference certificates.

Coupeville High School football brought an end to the gridiron season Thursday with an awards banquet, as the Wolves put a final stamp on the 2018 campaign.

First-year head coach Marcus Carr handed letters to 19 players, while also hailing those who played four years of football, and those who were previously honored by the North Sound Conference.

 

All-Conference 1st Team:

Dane Lucero (Defensive Line)
Sean Toomey-Stout (Running Back, Defensive Back, Special Teams)
Alex Turner (Linebacker)

 

All-Conference 2nd Team:

Gavin Knoblich (Tight End)
Ryan Labrador (Offensive Line)
Shane Losey (Linebacker)
Matt Stevens (Defensive Line)

 

Four-Year Awards:

Chris Battaglia
Matt Hilborn
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Jake Pease
Alex Turner

 

Varsity letter winners:

Isaiah Bittner
Brian Casey
Cam Dahl
Miles Davidson
Matt Hilborn
Dawson Houston
Gavin Knoblich
Ryan Labrador
Derek Leyva
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Andrew Martin
Gabe Shaw
Ben Smith
Matt Stevens
Gavin St Onge
Gavin Straub
Sean Toomey-Stout
Alex Turner

 

Certificate of Participation:

Chris Battaglia
Jake Pease
Keahi Sorrows

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Nick Streubel hangs out with the parental units at an earlier game. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

Nick Streubel went all the way to Missouri to deliver a beat-down.

The Coupeville High School grad and his mates on the offensive line blew up everyone in sight Saturday, as Central Washington University shattered school records left and right in a 74-28 drubbing of host Southwest Baptist.

The non-conference victory lifts “The Big Hurt” and the Wildcats to 8-2 on the season.

Central closes the regular season next Saturday, Nov. 10 at home in Ellensburg.

Beat Azusa Pacific for the second time and the Wildcats (7-0 in league play) would complete a second-straight undefeated march through the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

After that, Central should return to the NCAA DII football playoffs. Last season the ‘Cats fell 34-31 in an overtime classic to eventual national champion Texas A&M-Commerce.

Saturday, playing across the country in Bolivar, MO, Central, with Streubel and his fellow linemen clearing the way, shattered several rushing records.

The Wildcats set new marks for rushing touchdowns (nine), yards (514) and yards per rushing play (9.3 yards).

Central also broke its record for total touchdowns in a game, tacking on a touchdown pass and a pick six to turn things up to 11.

Overall, the ‘Cats piled up 667 yards of offense, which is third-best in school history.

Surprisingly, one record which didn’t fall Saturday was for total points, as Central scored 75 against Fort Lewis back in 2002.

Streubel, a three-sport star, urban legend and internet phenom back in his Coupeville days, is a red-shirt junior at CWU. He was an All-Region pick for his play on the offensive line last year.

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