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Academics, sports, photography, artwork – Coupeville’s Helen Strelow was just born talented. (Photos courtesy Nicole Strelow)

Buy a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork and help support Coupeville High School seniors.

Fans attending Tuesday’s Senior Night Wolf basketball games (5:15 girls, 7:00 boys) will have a chance to participate in a silent auction to claim ownership of a painting by Coupeville student Helen Strelow.

The CHS senior created the piece, entitled “The Reserve,” for last summer’s Race the Reserve event.

A limited series of prints were awarded to top finishers in each of the day’s races.

Now, the original artwork can be bid on, and you can get into the Helen Strelow business early, before the prices likely skyrocket in the coming years.

The painting in question is a watercolor and watercolor gouache painting on cold pressed watercolor paper.

The original artwork is 11″ x 15″ and comes in at 14″ x 18″ with a black frame with white matting.

A certificate of authenticity will be included.

The silent auction, like Race the Reserve, benefits Coupeville’s senior class, with all money raised going to the Class of 2023’s graduation festivities.

Strelow is a standout student, photographer, artist, and athlete who has advanced to the state meet twice as a cross country runner.

As a junior, she won the girls individual title at the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships, then came back around as a senior to lead the Wolf girls to the big dance.

It was the first time CHS had sent an entire team to the state cross country meet since the 1980’s.

Strelow, whose younger brother Thomas is also a Wolf harrier, also plays tennis and is expected to be Coupeville’s #1 singles player this spring.

In her spare time, she also recently finished a commissioned piece for The Cove, the snazzy coffee cafe located on the Coupeville Wharf.

After graduation this spring, Strelow plans to attend Montana State University, where she will work towards an art degree.

Expect many more people to be impressed by her accomplishments and talent in the coming years.

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Coupeville High School basketball fans showed their support for those battling cancer. (Brad Sherman photo)

They scored big buckets, and big bucks.

Coupeville High School basketball teams won three of four games Friday night during their first home games in two weeks.

Making the night even sweeter, the Wolves, and their fans, raised nearly $1,000 for cancer research.

Taking part in their annual Coaches vs. Cancer event, this year renamed Coupeville vs. Cancer, CHS brought in $955 thanks to fundraising efforts.

The money was donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded by legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano.

“A job well done.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith ponders the many things on his schedule. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Friday night will be an impactful one in the Coupeville High School gym.

Wolf basketball teams, playing at home for the first time in two weeks, host Friday Harbor in bouts which will have a big impact on potential playoff seeding for the varsity squads.

Things kick off with the girls’ varsity playing in the CHS gym, and the JV boys across the hallway in the middle school gym, with 4:00 tipoffs.

The boys’ varsity and girls JV teams inherit the floors at 5:30ish.

But the games are just a part of the events.

Youth cheerleaders perform at halftime of the varsity boys’ game, capping several weeks of preparation.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, the focus will be on the annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser, renamed Coupeville vs. Cancer this year.

Raffle tickets ($1 or donation) will be sold, offering supporters a chance to win goodie baskets made by the CHS cheer team. There will be drawings at halftime of both varsity games.

T-shirts and silicone bracelets commemorating the night will be available for donation. Any extras after players and coaches receive theirs, will be offered for free.

There will also be a poster in the entranceway to the gym that fans can write on to honor those “that are fighting/have fought/have lost” the cancer battle, said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

This year’s event is focusing on all forms of cancer, with pens representing all the cancer awareness ribbons available at the sign-in table.

All money raised will be donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded by legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano.

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Heidi Mayne and her family hang out at the Coupeville Wharf.

Heidi Mayne makes Whidbey Island a better place.

Since the US Navy brought her and husband Donald to The Rock, the duo, and their five children, have been among the best and brightest we have.

Some of her offspring have worked their way through Coupeville schools, such as Claire, a CHS senior coming off her second trip to the state cross country meet.

And others have found their niche in Oak Harbor’s academic system, where they’ve been able to more actively pursue their love of art and music at larger schools with more classes.

The Maynes are sort of equal opportunity parents, bestowing gifts on multiple teachers in multiple towns.

But ultimately, and probably because this blog is called Coupeville Sports and not Wildcat News or some such nonsense, I tend to view Heidi as a Wolf Mom first and foremost.

Now she’s also a talented music instructor and certified nursing assistant, with previous stints as a science teacher.

Her children come by their big brains naturally.

But a Wolf Mom through and through she is, from volunteering at activities like Race the Reserve to supporting both her own children and their teammates in various pursuits.

And now, we, the rest of Wolf Nation, can help support Heidi and her family, as she battles HER2+, an aggressive form of breast cancer.

As she undergoes treatment, she has had to stop working at WhidbeyHealth, and end, for now, teaching piano.

Heidi’s fellow nurses started a meal train for the family, and all the spots filled up in rapid order.

Now, they have launched a GoFundMe to help the Maynes with expenses and emotional support.


To read more and donate, pop over to:


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Ramon Booker

Once a Wolf, always a Wolf.

Former Coupeville student/athlete Ramon Booker is in need as he recovers from a brutal car accident.

Ramon, who played football and basketball during his time on Whidbey, suffered a shattered kneecap Nov. 6, as well as a broken hip, neck, and nose.

“Statistics say he should not be alive, but by God’s grace he is still with us, and we are very, very grateful for that!” said mom Crystal Booker.

Ramon, who lives in Idaho, has progressed from the ICU to a rehabilitation hospital, where he’s receiving help to regain mobility and be able to walk again.

He’s expected to miss a minimum of three months of work as he fights his way back to health, which will create a financial hardship.

To help, his mother has launched a GoFundMe where those near and far can help out.

“On behalf of Ramon, myself, family, and friends, we THANK YOU ALL in advance,” Crystal Booker said.

“We assure you that no donation whether big or small will go without a grateful and thankful heart!”


Ramon’s GoFundMe:¬†


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