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Local shooters can help support Coupeville’s Gifts from the Heart Food Bank.

Hit the target and help others.

The Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association Charity Benefit Match, which is open to the public, goes down from 9 AM-1 PM Saturday, April 20.

All proceeds from the shooting match, which features six different events, will go to Coupeville’s Gifts from the Heart Food Bank.

Participants are also encouraged to bring dry and canned food donations, which will help a food bank currently in its 17th year of operation in Central Whidbey.

And, while you’re helping feed others, if you’re a crack shot you can also walk away with a gift for yourself.

The top finishers in each event will claim an Easter ham at the awards presentation, with a limit of one ham per shooter.

Cost to enter is $1.50 per event, or you can shoot in four events after coughing up a crisp fiver.

Shooters 15 and under will compete in the junior class, while everyone else vies in the adult class.

All pistol and revolver shooting is offhand, one or two hands, with open sights for pistols and 22 rifle.

The six events:

Briquettes from 10 yards — Six briquettes, break the most without hitting the cardboard tube. Any pistol/revolver using iron sights, 22lr only.

Poker hand from 15 yards — Five shots, best hand wins. Any pistol/revolver using iron sights, 22lr only.

Shotgun pig shoot from 25 yards — Two shots, most pellets in the white center wins. Bring your shotgun and ammo.

Dart shoot from 10 yards — Six shots, highest score wins. Any pistol/revolver using iron sights, 22lr only.

Rifle shoot from 50 yards — Six shots at bulls-eye target, 22 rim-fire rifle, iron sights. Club rifles only; adults off hand and juniors bench rest

Trap shoot — Best of 10; bring your shotgun and shells.

Shooters are encouraged to bring their own pistols/revolvers (no Magnums or hot load), shotguns and ammunition, but there will be pistols, rifles, and ammo provided by the club for those in need.

The Sportsmen’s Association is located at 397 West Safari Street, which is just south of Coupeville near the corner of Highway 20 and Morris Rd.

There will be signs posted on the day of the event.

For more info, call Larry Memmer at 360-969-2588.

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CHS football coach Marcus Carr has had a huge positive effect since his arrival in town. Now, we need to help him and his family. (Photo courtesy Carr)

Coupeville High School coaches have banded together to support the family of Wolf head football coach Marcus Carr, and we can all help.

Carr’s wife, Deborah, was in a bad car accident coming home from work Mar. 23, and has had to have extensive surgeries.

While she is recovering from her injuries, others are stepping up to provide meals for the family of six.

CHS cheer coach BreAnna Boon, using the Meal Train web site, has set up an easy way for people to sign up to provide meals, or purchase gift cards which can be used for food.

Since they joined Wolf Nation a year ago, the Carr family has had a huge impact on the CHS football program and local student/athletes.

If you can help at all, please take a look at:


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Maia Sparkman, seen during her high school track days, sets off for Zambia in April to join the Peace Corps. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maia Sparkman is one of the great ones.

She was a phenomenal athlete, both at South Whidbey High School and then at Seattle University.

As a Falcon, she was a standout on the soccer pitch and a state meet medal-winning supernova in track and field, the sport she continued to pursue in college.

Now, during her prep days, I was much more combative with those who lived on the South end of the Island.

There was a moment, though, after finally listening to people wiser than myself, that I started reaching out to Falcon Nation with an olive branch, instead of swinging my computer keyboard wildly to and fro.

During that time, I wrote several feature stories on South Whidbey athletes, and Maia, showing her grace, agreed to be the first Falcon I wrote about.

In her answers to my questions, she showed herself to be highly-intelligent, very-focused, and a young woman with immense potential.

Maia didn’t have to talk to me, but she did, and I greatly appreciated it, both then and now.

Thursday night, one of my favorite former Coupeville athletes, Haley Sherman, posted a link to a GoFundMe for Maia, and, being curious, I popped over to check it out.

Once there, I discovered Ms. Sparkman has joined the Peace Corps and is off to Zambia in April to kick off a two-year adventure.

I also found that, after working two jobs after college to build up savings, she unfortunately fell prey to a scam which gutted those savings.

Her family and friends have come together to try and help Maia get back on her feet financially, and I hope the mission blossoms.

This young woman is one of the best and brightest Whidbey Island has produced during my time running Coupeville Sports, and how can you not want her to succeed when her goal in life is simply to help others?

So, take a moment, pop over to the link below to get more facts, and, if you can, hopefully help Maia, with financial aid, positive messages, or both.



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Michelle and Reese Cernick. (Photo by Helen Taylor)

Time for a little payback.

The Cernick family has contributed greatly to keep youth soccer going strong in Coupeville, with parents Reese and Michelle working as both coaches and league administrators.

The family also owns and operates Whidbey Pest Control, while children Chris, Autumn and Aurora are all current students at Coupeville High School.

A recent health scare landed Reese in the hospital for a week-plus, as doctors dealt with a potential bleed in his brain.

While he’s back home, and droppin’ hot memes on Facebook on a regular basis, he’s still very much in recovery mode and has not been able to return to work.

As the Cernick family works its way back, one way we can all help is by getting on the meal train started by family friend Lori Taylor.

Whether you’re up to contributing food, or can help out with gift cards to grocery stores such as Red Apple Prairie Center or Safeway, everything helps.

To jump on the train, pop over to:


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Do it, for the kids.

It’s a win-win.

Take part in the “Dine Out 4 Kids” program and you get tasty treats while Coupeville children reap a financial reward.

The program, which bounces around and is supported by numerous local eateries, touches down at the Front Street Grill this coming Monday, Jan. 14.

A portion of sales generated that day will be donated to the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

That organization, which has been going strong since 1997, provides “an extra measure of support” to teachers and students, providing scholarships and grants.

One of those grants can be seen at work in this vintage video featuring a number of young students who went on to be top Wolf athletes and students in later years:


For more info on the Foundation, pop over to:



Disclaimer: I’m a big promoter of the Foundation and its work, which is why I’m running this article.

Front Street Grill does not advertise with me … but probably should. Just sayin’.

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