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Former Wolf Nick Streubel, here with his sister and niece, continues to collect college football awards. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

Don’t go, we have more awards.

Coupeville’s Nick Streubel has already graduated from Central Washington University and played the final football game of his stellar collegiate career, but the honors continue to flow in.

The former Wolf was recently tabbed as an All-Conference player for the third time, while also being named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Now the red-shirt senior has been named for the second time to the All-Super Region 4 team.

Streubel, who anchored Central’s line at center as the Wildcats won a third-straight league crown, was a First Team selection, while teammate Tyren Sams, a defensive back, made the Second Team.

With the All-Region honor tucked away, The Big Hurt is eligible now for All-American status.

After playing football, basketball, and track and field during his Coupeville High School days, Streubel spent six seasons on the CWU gridiron squad.

He red-shirted his freshman season, then later missed a year with a medical red-shirt after breaking his hand into about a zillion pieces.

Through it all, Streubel was a standout when on the field, and ended his career as a captain and the face of Wildcat football, adorning much of the team’s branding this season.

Central rolled up 504.7 yards of total offense per game this season, best in their league, and ninth-best among all NCAA D-II teams.

Streubel and Co. also surrendered just 13 sacks all season.

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Former Wolf Nick Streubel earned two college football awards Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

The Big Hurt continues to get big props.

Coupeville grad Nick Streubel, who just wrapped his senior football season at Central Washington University, was tabbed Wednesday for two awards.

When Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches tallied up their votes, the former Wolf was named a First-Team All-League pick and the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Streubel, who anchored the Wildcat line at center, made the All-Conference team for the third time in his collegiate career.

Central, which finished the season on a six-game winning streak, finished 5-1 in league play, 7-4 overall, winning a third-straight league crown.

The ‘Cats snagged 11 spots on the GNAC’s First Team with Billy Greer joining Streubel as an individual winner.

The league leader in sacks, Greer was picked as the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Streubel, who has been a First Team pick three straight seasons, led an offensive line which helped Central roll up 504.7 yards per game, best in the GNAC and ninth-best in all of D-II football.

During his time in Coupeville, he was a three-sport star for the Wolves, playing football and basketball, while also competing in track and field.

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Nick Streubel, great player, better man. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

He exits as a champion.

Actually, make that a three-time champion.

Barring a surprise invite to the NCAA D-II football playoffs, Coupeville grad Nick Streubel likely played his final college game Saturday night.

Appropriately, “The Big Hurt” and crew went out with a bang, as Central Washington University throttled host Simon Fraser 51-14 in Burnaby.

The win, the sixth-straight for the Wildcats, lifts them to 5-1 in league play, earning them a third-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.

Central, having bounced back from a 1-4 start, sits at 7-4, keeping alive a slim chance it will hear its name called Sunday when the 28-team playoff bracket is announced.

Whether that happens or not, Streubel stands as one of the most successful former Wolves to ever compete at the collegiate level.

A team captain, the face of CWU football, an All-League and All-Region pick, the offensive lineman was a rock for the Wildcats every step of the way during his six-year adventure.

Streubel had two red-shirt seasons, the second due to a nasty hand injury, and graduated before this season.

With a new head coach, there was some question as to whether he would return to play a fourth, and final, season on the gridiron, but he remains one of the ultimate team players.

Anchoring the ‘Cats at center, he was hailed by his coaches for his dedication, and by ESPN announcers as a man worthy of a shot at the NFL.

He remains one of the best Wolf athletes I covered, not just for for his talent, but for his heart, his class, and the way he conducted himself on and off the field.

Talk to any current CHS or CMS athlete, and there are two names they all know. Two players they all want to be.

Nick Streubel and Makana Stone.

Transcendent athletes, and transcendent people.

The former walked off the gridiron Saturday night, while the latter just kicked off her senior season of basketball at Whitman.

Whether his playing days are done, or whether there is another game, another season still lurking around a corner, Nick Streubel long ago clinched his spot on my Wolf version of Mt. Rushmore.

And, at this point, he’s likely shaking his head, murmuring “simmer down, David.”

Too late.

Thank you, Nick.

For inspiring countless other young athletes.

I don’t know that you realize the impact you had, and continue to have.

But it is real, and it is tangible, shining through in so many conversations I have with those Wolves who are following in your footsteps.

Thank you for playing as a leader, always. For staying true to your friends and teammates, your family and yourself.

And thank you for just being a really good dude.

Most of all, thank you for letting me write about you. Even when I got all gushy.

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Coupeville senior Andrew Martin was named to the All-Conference team, despite not playing any league games. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hard-hitting, fumble-causing Sean Toomey-Stout, a contender to play in the All-State game, was also honored by North Sound Conference coaches.

Well, this is a nice bonus.

Despite not playing a single league game this season, the Coupeville High School football squad still landed two players on the All-Conference team.

The Wolves chose to step away from the North Sound Conference for a year, to give a young, inexperienced team time to build and mature.

It worked out nicely, as CHS went 5-4, claiming the program’s first winning record since 2005, but the decision seemed to deny any of the Wolves a chance to be honored by league coaches.

But not so fast.

Hoping to get his seniors consideration for the All-State game, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith approached his league counterparts and hit pay-dirt.

Not only were the AD’s in support of making sure the Wolves remained viable in the All-State process, but they turned around and voted two of them onto the All-Conference team.

Sean Toomey-Stout was named to the First Team as a Specialist, while also being honored as a Second Team pick for his play in the secondary.

Fellow senior Andrew Martin was tabbed as a Second Team player as both a running back and linebacker.

Selections to the 2A/1A/B All-State game, known as the Earl Barden Classic, will be announced later.

The All-Conference honors topped Coupeville’s season-ending football banquet Wednesday night, as Wolf coach Marcus Carr and staff honored their team.

Dawson Houston, Martin, Gavin Straub, Toomey-Stout, and Gavin Knoblich received four-year awards for playing every season of their high school career, while 25 players and two managers lettered.


Varsity letter winners:

Nick Armstrong
Isaiah Bittner
Brian Casey
Dominic Coffman
Sage Downes
Dakota Eck
Scott Hilborn
Dawson Houston
Daylon Houston
Cole Hutchinson
Alex Jimenez
Gavin Knoblich
Joven Light
Andrew Martin
Melanie Navarro
Jonathan Partida
Kevin Partida
Gabe Shaw
Breanna Silveira
Ben Smith
DJ Stadler
Gavin St Onge
Gavin Straub
Sean Toomey-Stout
Josh Upchurch
Tim Ursu
Kai Wong


Participation certificates (8th grade practice squad):

Cameron Breaux
JP Edoukou

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Nick Streubel hangs out with family on Central Washington University football Senior Night. (Photos courtesy Nanette Streubel and Amanda Jones)

“I taught the boy everything he knows about football, just saying…”

Uncle Nick, the gentle gridiron giant.

“The Big Hurt” went out by delivering a … really big hurt.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel celebrated Senior Night Saturday by leading his Central Washington University football team to a 72-17 win over Missouri’s Southwest Baptist University.

The non-conference rout was the fifth-straight win for the streaking Wildcats, who sit at 6-4 with one game left on the regular season schedule.

Central, which is 4-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, travels to Canada next Saturday, Nov. 16 to play Simon Fraser University (1-4, 1-8).

With a win, the Wildcats clinch half the GNAC title, which they will share with Western Oregon (5-1, 7-3).

The two teams split this season, with the Wolves coming out on top 36-26 in late September, before Central rebounded for a 42-41 overtime win in mid-October.

If Streubel and Co. win out and lay claim to their share of the title, it will be the third-straight year CWU has done so.

While he and his teammates are hopeful of landing a spot in the NCAA D-II playoffs, the former Wolf is nearing the end of what has been a rock-solid college career.

Thanks to two red-shirt seasons, one as a freshman, then a second due to a hand injury, Streubel spent six seasons in the Wildcat program.

A team captain and the face of CWU football this season, the anchor of the offensive line has already graduated but returned for one final go-round on the gridiron.

During his time as a ‘Cat, Streubel has been named to All-League and All-Region teams, while having ESPN announcers hype him as a guy worthy of a look from the NFL.

Way back when he was still a growing man mountain, and not yet the carved-from-granite physical specimen he has become, “The Big Hurt” was a three-sport standout at CHS.

Football, basketball, and track kept him busy, but his greatest moment came after a season-ending gridiron clash against Chimacum his junior year.

The stadium in Port Townsend had been used the night before the Wolves and Cowboys played, and the field was ripped up, mushy, and stinky.

After a game in the trenches, Streubel was given a rushing attempt as a reward for years of work, and he promptly carried at least seven screaming, sobbing Cowboys on his back, crashing forward for yardage, ending the play in the middle of a giant mud puddle.

The Wolves had to high-tail it to catch the last ferry out of town after the game, which gave no one a chance to clean up.

At the dock, Streubel, all 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds of him, coated from head to toe in mud, chased after his coaches, eventually snagging one and wrapping them in a grimy embrace.

So, basically, it’s great to see Nick do so well in college and all.

But, that said, I already witnessed him at his finest on that dock.

The man was a freakin’ legend at 17, and just keeps getting better with time.

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