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Helen Strelow returns this fall to make a run at qualifying a second time for the state cross country meet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’re going to the future.

One school year is still fading away in the background, and already some of us are looking ahead at plans for another.

Coupeville High School has released schedules for five of its six fall sports programs, with boys tennis the lone exception.

That’s because the program is twisting in the wind, having failed to field a team in back-to-back seasons.

The move from 1A to 2B stung the net program, as the transition bounced boys soccer from the spring to the fall.

That means four sports — cross country, football, soccer, and tennis — are fighting for male bodies in the same season, and there are only so many athletes to be had.

If tennis is able to pull together a team, we’ll have a schedule for you closer to the fall.

But for now, you’ll have to make do with what we have.

The first day of practice for CHS football is Aug. 17, with volleyball, soccer, cross country, and (maybe) tennis starting Aug. 22.

Games start Sept. 2, and when you go to laminate the schedules, remember the words of Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“As always, they are living, breathing, ever-slightly changing documents…”

Willie Smith scans the future, looking for schedule changes.


* = league games



Tues-Sept. 6 — Auburn Adventist Academy
Tues-Sept. 13 — @ Mount Vernon Christian
Sat-Sept. 17 — Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood
Tues-Sept. 20 — @ La Conner
Fri-Sept. 23 — Friday Harbor
Tues-Sept. 27 — Orcas Island
Tues-Oct. 4 — @ Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood (*)
Sat-Oct. 8 — Mount Vernon Christian (*)
Tues-Oct. 11 — @ Grace Academy (*)
Fri-Oct. 14 — @ Friday Harbor (*)
Tues-Oct. 18 — Providence Classical Christian (*)
Sat-Oct. 22 — Lopez Island (*)
Tues-Oct. 25 — La Conner (*) — SENIOR NIGHT
Thur-Oct. 27 — @ Orcas Island (*)



Sat-Sept. 10 — @ Sehome Invitational
Sat-Sept. 17 — @ Westling Invitational (South Whidbey)
Wed-Sept. 21 — @ Orcas Island
Sat-Sept. 24 — @ King’s Invite
Tues-Sept. 27 — @ Concrete
Sat-Oct. 1 — @ Twilight Invitational (Cedarcrest)
Sat-Oct. 8 — @ Hole in the Wall Invitational (Lakewood)



Fri-Sept. 2 — @ Klahowya
Fri-Sept. 9 — South Whidbey — THE BUCKET GAME
Fri-Sept. 16 — Sultan
Fri-Sept. 23 — @ La Conner (*)
Fri-Sept. 30 — Friday Harbor (*) — HOMECOMING
Fri-Oct. 7 — Bellingham
Fri-Oct. 14 — @ Cascade (Leavenworth)
Fri-Oct. 21 — La Conner (*) — SENIOR NIGHT
Fri-Oct. 28 — @ Friday Harbor (*)



Tues-Sept. 6 — Auburn Adventist Academy
Thur-Sept. 8 — @ Friday Harbor (*)
Tues-Sept. 13 — Oak Harbor
Thurs-Sept. 15 — @ University Prep
Sat-Sept. 17 — Ocosta
Sat-Sept. 24 — @ Forks
Tues-Sept. 27 — Mount Vernon Christian (*)
Tues-Sept. 29 — @ La Conner (*)
Tues-Oct. 4 — Friday Harbor (*)
Sat-Oct. 8 — Crosspoint
Thur-Oct. 13 — @ Mount Vernon Christian (*)
Tues-Oct. 18 — @ Granite Falls
Sat-Oct. 22 — @Sultan
Tues-Oct 25 — La Conner (*) — SENIOR NIGHT



Tues-Sept. 6 — Auburn Adventist Academy
Thur-Sept. 8 — Friday Harbor (*)
Sat-Sept. 10 — @ South Whidbey Tournament
Mon-Sept. 12 — @ South Whidbey
Tues-Sept. 13 — @ Cedar Park Christian-Bothell
Fri-Sept. 16 — @ Sundome Tournament (Yakima)
Tues-Sept. 20 — @ Darrington (*)
Thur-Sept. 22 — Orcas Island (*)
Sat-Sept. 24 — @ Forks
Thu-Sept. 29 — @ La Conner (*)
Sat-Oct. 1 — South Whidbey
Tues-Oct. 4 — @ Friday Harbor (*)
Tues-Oct. 11 — Concrete (*)
Thur-Oct. 13 — @ Mount Vernon Christian (*)
Thur-Oct. 20 — Darrington (*)
Sat-Oct. 22 — @ Orcas Island (*)
Tues-Oct. 25 — La Conner (*) — SENIOR NIGHT

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Yes, this photo of Mike Duke is from 2019, but cute babies always get page hits, so whatcha gonna do? (Photos courtesy Duke)

Modern-day Duke with soccer players from Rogers High School.

Mike Duke is kind of a big deal.

During his time in Cow Town, the 2006 Coupeville High School grad was a five-sport athlete, one of the ringleaders of the loudest student section in the land, and a future star of podcasts and TV commercials.

And now he’s getting mad props for his work as a soccer coach.

Duke currently patrols the pitch sidelines in Spokane, coaching the girls soccer squad at Rogers High School.

The Pirates play in the 2A classification of the Greater Spokane League, and Duke was recently honored as the Coach of the Year.

He was joined in being honored by two of his players, with defender JoeAnna Avila tabbed as a First-Team All-Conference pick.

Goalkeeper Lylliana Wise was named to the league’s Second-Team.

After finishing his own successful run as a high school booter, Duke moved into coaching, and has worked with both boys and girls teams.

He’s also coached unified basketball and soccer teams.

During his Coupeville days, Duke played basketball, football, baseball, and soccer, then did one season of track as a senior, just “for funsies.”

He and platonic life mate Will Butela, who are both in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, went from headlining in the CHS stands at games to operating a podcast as The Fun Brothers.

The duo has also appeared in several commercials, including a long-running Major League Baseball promotion.

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Carolyn Lhamon earned First-Team All-League honors. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three was the magic number.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad landed a trio of players on the All-Conference team Monday, as Northwest 2B/1B League coaches handed out recognition.

Junior midfielder Carolyn Lhamon and senior defender Mary Milnes landed on the First-Team, while junior defender Nezi Keiper earned Honorable Mention status.

Mount Vernon Christian teammates Abby Russell and Kylee Russell shared MVP honors, with Friday Harbor claiming the team sportsmanship award, and Coach of the Year for Kevin Cullen.

Mary Milnes was one of the top defenders in the Northwest 2B/1B League.


First-Team All-League:

Meg Carrier – Junior – Forward – Friday Harbor
Carolyn Lhamon – Junior – Midfielder – Coupeville
Lily Long – Junior – Midfielder – Mount Vernon Christian
Mary Milnes – Senior – Defender – Coupeville
Ahyram Orozco – Senior – Defender – Friday Harbor
Sage Penwell – Senior – Goalie – Friday Harbor
Elle Perkins – Senior – Midfielder – Friday Harbor
Abby Russell – Junior – Forward – MVC
Emily Russell – Sophomore – Forward – MVC
Kylee Russell – Senior – Midfielder – MVC
Hannah Van Hofwegen – Junior – Midfielder – MVC


Honorable Mention:

Delaney Cobb – Senior – Midfielder – La Conner
Karris Drake – Senior – Midfielder – La Conner
Nezi Keiper – Junior – Defender – Coupeville
Grace Van Pelt – Freshman – Goalie – MVC

Nezi Keiper’s lock-down defense was hailed by NWL coaches.

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Ayden Wyman was Rookie of the Year for CHS soccer. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The heart and soul of the defense took top honors.

Junior defender Nezi Keiper was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player Wednesday as the Coupeville High School girls soccer team closed out its season with an awards banquet.

Keiper and Audrianna Shaw shared Captain honors, with Shaw, Lily Leedy, Katelin McCormick, and Mary Milnes honored with Four-Year awards for playing every season of their high school career.

Freshman Ayden Wyman, who showed a nimble scoring touch, was tabbed Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, Noelle Daigneault took home Most Inspirational, and three Wolves shared Most Improved honors.

That latter award was shared by Maylin Steele, Ava Mitten, and Camryn Clark.

Ava Mitten dances on the pitch.


Varsity letter winners:

Sophia Broderick
Camryn Clark
Gwen Crowder
Noelle Daigneault
Nezi Keiper
Lily Leedy
Carolyn Lhamon
Sophia Martin
Katelin McCormick
Sofia Milasich
Mary Milnes
Ava Mitten
Anna Myles
Amaya Schaffeld
Audrianna Shaw
Maylin Steele
Reese Wilkinson
Eryn Wood
Ayden Wyman


Certificate of Participation:

Leni Raduenz


Nezi Keiper crunches the ball.

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Deer Park High School — nice logo, questionable in-game decisions.

How much is too much?

Two recent high school games, in different sports and different states, have showcased when teams go beyond winning big, and just win ugly.

One has drawn national attention, and the other probably should.

The first came in California, where Inglewood thrashed Morningside 106-0 on the football gridiron, with the former team leaving their UCLA-bound quarterback in the entire way as he threw for 13 touchdowns.

Up 104-0, that QB even tossed a two-point conversion pass after the last TD, cause … stats.

“It was a classless move,” was the quote offered up by Morningside’s first-year head coach, Brian Collins, whose team is 2-8.

Here in Washington state, there was an even more shocking score, as Deer Park, the #3 seed in 1A girls soccer, opened the state tourney by blitzing Royal 20-0.

The Stags reportedly also left their star player, who is on her way to play on scholarship at the University of Oregon, in the entire way, with her rattling home six goals.

The difference here is Royal, unlike Morningside, is good.

Even with the season-ending loss, the Knights were 12-8 and were one of the final 16 teams standing in 1A.

But they ran into a team in Deer Park which had no issue with recording 19-0, 15-1, 13-0, 12-0, and three separate 11-0 wins against overmatched opponents this season.

A second-hand quote on Twitter, attributed to the Royal coach, went like this:

“We needed to keep playing and we did what we could against a side that was better and clearly wanted to make a statement of some kind.

“No history here, so I don’t know, but congrats to them.”

With the lopsided win, Deer Park advances to a quarterfinal matchup with King’s, which beat La Salle 8-0 in its opener.

Two more wins, and the Stags will likely play top-seeded Klahowya for a state title.

And those Eagles make for a strong contrast with Deer Park.

While going 16-0-2, including a 5-1 win over Wahluke in its state opener, Klahowya has outscored its foes 105-4.

Deer Park, at 17-1, has rung up a 148-9 advantage.

Unlike the Stags, however, Klahowya often pulled players this season, taking an 11-9 disadvantage on the pitch, while limiting itself to a season-high of nine goals.

The Eagles have won convincingly, with their ties coming against Bellevue Christian — their state quarterfinal opponent — and 2A Fife, but have chosen not to rub it in the faces of their rivals.

Deer Park’s 19-0 regular-season win came at the expense of winless Medical Lake, so … yay for you, Stags. You really proved … something.

And that 20-0 state win?

Deer Park was up 9-0 at the half, in a sport where about 1% of teams come back from a two-goal deficit, and still felt the need to ring up 11 more scores.

That 106-0 football win, even if nearly all the PATs or two-point conversions failed, couldn’t have had more than 17 touchdowns.

While anything that starts with 100+ points being involved looks outlandish, Deer Park’s win actually involved more scoring.

Against a team which was blown out long before the ball stopped hitting the back of the net.

High school football at least has a running clock, which helps a bit.

Softball, where Coupeville beat Deer Park 14-2 at the state tourney in 2019, has a mercy rule, as well.

There is nothing similar in soccer, though most coaches, such as Klahowya’s, find a way to balance their team winning convincingly, and looking like power-mad asses.

Winning 20-0 on the soccer field, whether it’s against scrubs or a state tourney qualifier, is a bad look. Pure and simple.

Especially when Deer Park’s own Twitter claims:

Stag Athletics emphasizes the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play.

Uh huh.

Whether it’s fair or not to the young women who wear the Deer Park soccer uniforms, it makes an outsider such as myself root for them to lose.

Does that mean I have to … choke … hope for former Coupeville nemesis King’s to do well?

Well, that might be asking for too much.

But, if not before, I certainly hope Deer Park gets KO’d by former Coupeville nemesis Klahowya, a team which has shown you can be dominant while still maintaining some class.

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