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Bennett Boyles’ family. (Photos courtesy Penn Cove Brewing Co.)

Tourney winners “The Whidbey Golf Boys.”

Local golfers and business owners combined recently to honor the memory of Bennett Boyles and raise $10,000+ in his name.

The fifth edition of a memorial tournament for a young Coupeville basketball star who bravely fought cancer will benefit both the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

The tournament drew 87 players, with “The Whidbey Golf Boys” taking top honors.

That foursome consisted of Arik Dahlen, Mike Lacey, Dan Phillips, and Ryan Bryne.

The tourney was organized by Mitch and Marc Aparicio, with the support of their employees at the Penn Cove Brewing Company.

 

This year’s sponsors:

Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro
Brown Lantern Ale House
The Captain Whidbey Inn
Cascade Lumber, Inc.
Ciao
Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools
Farmstrong Brewing
Fort Casey Inn
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Greenbank Cidery
Hierophant Meadery
The Home Depot
Honeymoon Bay Coffee
Island Aesthetics & Dermatology
Kapaws Iskreme
Madrona Blossom
Misfit Island Cider Company
People’s Bank
Pilates Collective
Porter Whidbey Insurance, Inc.
Red’s Construction
Benito Rivera
Savi Bank
Seaside Spa & Salon
Spyhop Public House
Sunshine Drip
Ron Tellis
Mike Tenore
Steve Thompson
Swinomish Casino & Lodge
Train Wreck Bar & Grill
Tyee Restaurant & Motel
Walton Beverage
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation
WIBC, LLC
Windemere

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Four years after this pic was snapped, Joey Lippo (far right) is a college golfer. (Photo courtesy Mitch Aparicio)

Joey Lippo is the master of more than one kind of stick.

Fresh off a summer baseball season in a wood bat league, the Coupeville High School grad has returned to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Only this time he’s hitting campus as a two-sport athlete, and not just a diamond dandy.

Lippo, who will be a sophomore on the Owl baseball squad next spring, will also rep UMPI, an NCAA D-III school, in golf.

He can play both since the links season runs in the fall.

“I decided to add golf to my resume in college because I’ve always loved playing golf with my dad and grandpa,” Lippo said. “And I thought it would be fun to play with my friends this fall.”

UMPI kicks off a seven-match regular season Saturday, Sept. 11, and things wrap up with the league championships in early Oct.

During his freshman baseball season at UMPI, Lippo led the Owls in at-bats (57), while tying for second in hits (15), RBI (7), and stolen bases (2).

He was third in total bases (17), runs (8), and batting average (.263) among regulars.

Lippo played baseball for the Lynnwood Llamas this summer in the Cascade Collegiate League, helping them finish 16-6 and win the league’s postseason title.

Back in his Coupeville High School days, Skyy’s twin brother played tennis, basketball, and baseball.

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Bennett Boyles 

Registration is open for the 5th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors a Coupeville Middle School student who passed away in 2017 just shy of his 13th birthday, is put on by the Penn Cove Brewing Company.

Bennett, a basketball player and member of Coupeville’s Class of 2022, waged a remarkable battle against autoimmune encephalitis, in which the immune system attacks the brain.

Even while undergoing frequent radiation treatments in an attempt to slow the growth of inoperable tumors on his brain stem, his smile never wavered.

Former hoops teammate Hawthorne Wolfe has worn Bennett’s name on his basketball shoes as he has pursued their mutual hardwood dream, and the CHS boys basketball program left a seat open in his honor during a cancer fundraiser.

Penn Cove Brewing owners Mitch and Marc Aparicio have used the golf tourney to pay tribute to their fellow Coupeville native, while raising money for several charities.

Even with the pandemic affecting things in 2020, the tourney pulled in a record 83 players, with money raised being split between the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

This year’s tourney is set for September 25th, with a 1:00 PM shotgun start at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

Proceeds from the 2021 event will go to support patients and families through WhidbeyHealth’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services, and to provide scholarships to Bennett’s graduating class.

 

For more info, and to register or arrange sponsorship, pop over to:

https://bennett-boyles-memorial-golf-fundraiser.com/

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Jeff Stone

He shoots and scores.

Coupeville basketball legend Jeff Stone still has the magic touch, but these days he’s tearing up the golf course and not the hardwood.

The man who still holds CHS basketball game, season, and career scoring records 51 years after graduation, was at the front of the field May 29-30 at Whidbey Golf Club’s Mountain Mist Men’s Invitational.

Stone won low net at the tourney, winning a $750 purse, while Nick Krantz captured the low gross title.

Darren Justus came out on top in the chipping contest, with the “closest to the hole” competitions being won by Chris Robinson, Michael Lacey, Lucas Horrobin, and Thomas Kidd.

Back before putting together a long, successful run as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Oak Harbor High School, Stone was a standout three-sport athlete at CHS.

His biggest impact came on the basketball court, where he went on to be a college player.

Stone’s marks of 48 points in one game, 644 in a season, and 1,137 in a career still stand as the best in the 104-year history of Wolf boys hoops.

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A golfer lines up a putt while helping raise money. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s embrace of Bennett Boyles and his family continues.

The former hoops star, who fought valiantly against brain cancer as a middle school student, remains a vital part of Wolf Nation, his memory held aloft by those who knew and loved him.

Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Bennett Boyles. (Photo courtesy Lucienne Rivera)

One of the best public tributes to Bennett is the annual memorial golf tourney named for him, now in its fourth year.

Spearheaded by CHS grads Mitch and Marc Aparicio, and sponsored by their business, Penn Cove Brewing Company, this year’s event raised $15,000.

Mitch Aparicio commands his ball to “get in the freakin’ hole!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

That’s up $6,000 from a year ago, and especially nice to see at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made putting on the tourney considerably more difficult.

The money will go towards scholarships for the CHS Class of 2022, which Bennett would have been a member of, and to support patients and their families through the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

Playing for Bennett are, l to r, Helen Taylor, Molly McPherson, Sarah Flay, and Aaron Wiley.

There were 84 golfers at this year’s event, with a team made up of Todd Melnick, Robert Tercero, Lucas Horrobin, and Jeremy Amundson claiming the team title.

They combined to shoot a 54, holding off two teams tied at 61 strokes.

The other big winner was Coupeville teacher Jackie Saia, who drilled a 75-footer to claim victory in the putting contest.

Jackie Saia, sharpshooter.

Todd Melnick, Brenden Hansen, Shawn Blouin, and John Fish claimed awards for being “closest to the hole,” while Maria Reyes, Melnick, and Lucas Horrobin smashed the longest drives of the day.

Konni Smith gets ready to crank it.

Many people contributed to make the tourney a success, led by the event’s sponsors:

 

Diamond:

Whidbey Island Business Consulting, LLC

 

Platinum:

Cascade Custom Homes
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Ron Telles

 

Gold:

Benito (Papa) Rivera
China City
Greenbank Cider Company
Windermere Property Management
Windermere Real Estate

 

Silver:

Ciao
Humphrey Sign Company
McPherson & McPherson Law
Penn Cove Taproom
Porter Whidbey Insurance
Salon Blue
Seaside Spa and Salon
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation
Whidbey Weekly and Printing

 

Raffle Prizes:

Callen’s Restaurant
China City
Cozy’s Roadhouse
Ebey Academy
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Madrona Blossom
Orlando’s Bar and Southern BBQ
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Pizza Factory Coupeville
Prima Bistro
Seaside Spa and Salon
Tyee Restaurant
Union Tavern
Vail Wine Shop
Whidbey Golf Club
Willowood Farm
Wicked Teuton Brewing Company

Tim Grove (left) and Shawn Blouin enjoyed their day on the links.

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