Archive for the ‘Girls Soccer’ Category

   Josh Robinson gets ready to launch a charge up-field. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   The catcher is ready, but she’ll never get her mitt on the ball, as Lauren Rose smokes yet another hit.

Jacob Smith powers into the lead during a tense relay leg.

Freshman phenom Genna Wright makes an offering to the sun gods.

Jake Hoagland delivers pain unto an innocent baseball.

   Wolf runners Mallory Kortuem (foreground) and Natalie Hollrigel push hard for the finish line.

Ben Smith fights with a rival for possession of the ball.

   International superstar McKenzie Bailey finds multiple ways to stay warm on a chilly prairie while watching lil’ sis Mollie play softball.

The games will return.

Yes, today is the third consecutive day without a Coupeville team playing, as a rain-soaked spring break plays out.

But Friday, weather permitting, brings the return of Wolf softball, and Saturday is slated to see softball, baseball and soccer all take the field.

Until then, a smattering of photos, drawing from all the various spring sports, to remind you of what it looks like when athletes are actually in action.

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Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A memorial service for Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker will be held Saturday, Feb. 10.

It will be at the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge Hall (63 Jacobs Road) and run from 2-4 PM.

Manker, who coached both girls and boys soccer, was a noted “goalkeeper whisperer,” working with the Wolf net-minders over the years.

He passed away suddenly Jan. 26.

Manker, who was born in Petaluma, Calif. May 4, 1968, is survived by wife Patti Manker, son Garritt Manker (Talisa), daughters Ashley Bailey (Eric), Amanda Smith (Ryan), stepchildren Riley, Tim and JT Quinn and grandchildren Adeline, Sawyer and Lillie.

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   Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker (left), here with Jennifer Spark and Troy Cowan, passed away Thursday. (Photo courtesy Kali Barrio)

   Manker was an assistant with both the girls and boys teams at CHS, specializing in working with goalkeepers. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School assistant soccer coach Gary Manker passed away suddenly Thursday.

A gentle giant who worked extensively with the Wolf goalkeepers, he coached with both the CHS boys and girls teams.

As the news swept through a close-knit soccer community, many of his players remembered Manker fondly.


Lauren Grove:

Although I never had Manker as a “coach,” I did have the opportunity to work with him in goal on a couple occasions.

He was really encouraging and I could tell that he had a passion for soccer and wanted to teach us goalies valuable skills.

So sad to hear of his passing. Coupeville was lucky to have him and he’ll definitely be missed.


McKayla Bailey:

Honestly I was so sorry and saddened to hear about this.

He was such an amazing coach and a great person all around.


Julia Myers:

Manker was one of the most amazing and influential people throughout my high school career.

I don’t think high school soccer would have been the same without him; he truly made it what it was.

He supported me and all of the girls continuously in everything we did.

He taught me so much in the years he was my coach, and I’m so thankful.


Mckenzie Meyer:

Manker was an amazing coach. He pushed us to work hard but it always was worth it.

He was so supportive and always encouraged us no matter what. He will be missed.


Sarah Wright:

Never playing soccer before I didn’t really have any idea what I was doing, but Manker was always really encouraging and an awesome coach.

I didn’t know him super well, as he was busy during our season and couldn’t always make practice, but I could tell that he knew a lot about soccer, and loved to coach and help young athletes not only grow as players, but also as people.


Joel Walstad:

Coach Manker was one of the most encouraging coaches I’ve ever had. He was always positive and looked on the bright side.

He took me under his wing, and showed me what it took to be a goalie. He was truly one of a kind.

Coupeville lost a great man. My thoughts and prayers are out to his family.


Brian Roberts:

Not only was he my coach, but he was like a father figure to me.

He did not just teach me drills and soccer skills, he taught me life skills and helped me train to be stronger physically and mentally.

He was always there before and after practice to talk about home stuff and what he could do to help.

He never gave up on me even when I wanted to quit soccer for good; he got me to play and continue to love the sport.

He has massively helped me grow as a player and as a person.

Because of him I was able to overcome some of the hardest points in my life and for that I am forever grateful.

He may not be physically on the field with us but will forever be in our hearts. R.I.P Coach Manker.

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   Genna Wright was the only freshman in the 1A Olympic League to make the All-Conference soccer squad. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   With two goals and a team-high six assists, sophomore Avalon Renninger had plenty to celebrate.

The streak lives.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad landed three selections on this year’s Olympic League All-Conference squad, marking the fourth-straight year the Wolves have reached, or topped, that figure.

Of the league’s four schools, only Klahowya and CHS have hit that trifecta, or better, each year.

This time around, it was senior midfielder Sage Renninger, junior forward Kalia Littlejohn and freshman forward Genna Wright who got the nod.

It was the second time the two older players have been tabbed by league coaches (Renninger was also All-League in 2016, Littlejohn in 2015), while Wright was the lone 9th grader to crack this year’s roster.

The All-Conference honors were just the tip of the iceberg, though, as the Wolf booters gathered Tuesday to hand out awards at a season-capping banquet.

Renninger picked up Player of the Year honors from CHS coach Kyle Nelson, while Lauren Bayne (Most Inspirational), Natalie Hollrigell (Most Improved) and Wright (Rookie of the Year) also took home hardware.

Letter winners:

Knight Arndt
Mollie Bailey
Lauren Bayne
Anna Dion
Maddie Hilkey
Natalie Hollrigel
Mallory Kortuem
Kalia Littlejohn
Avalon Renninger
Sage Renninger
Lindsey Roberts
Ema Smith
Megan Thorn
Genna Wright
Sarah Wright
Tia Wurzrainer
Lily Zustiak

Participation certificate:

Aurora Cernick


Chris Cernick
Ashlie Shank

Also, after extensive video view, Nelson released the updated, tweaked and 100% official stats for the 2017 season.


Littlejohn 15
G. Wright
Roberts 6
S. Renninger
A. Renninger


A. Renninger 6
G. Wright
S. Renninger
S. Wright

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   Maggie Crimmins kicks off our parade of CHS fall sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ben Smith

Savannah Smith

Aurora Cernick

Tiger Johnson

Megan Thorn

Dewitt Cole

Heidi Meyers

Before every new high school sports season begins, photo day is a time-honored ritual.

John Fisken hoists his camera and madly clicks away, getting a pic of every girl and boy who will be in uniform for the Wolves — or at least every one who remembers to show up for photo day.

Then he’s nice enough to send them my way.

As the season progresses, I sprinkle those portraits across the top of numerous stories.

But, without fail, especially during a busy season like fall, with volleyball, tennis, soccer, cheer and football, there will be some which haven’t seen the light of day.

So, today, I offer up a mixture of portraits, which, for whatever reason, haven’t had their moment in the spotlight until now.

Sort of spring cleaning, just in late fall.

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