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Coupeville coaches line up Friday night to honor senior athletes. (Bob Martin photo)

Lights at the CHS stadium blazed for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to honor the Class of 2020. (Holly Lee photo)

Gone, but not forgotten.

Senior athletes at Coupeville High School, like those all across the state, lost their spring sports seasons when the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down.

Friday night, for 20 minutes and 20 seconds, the Class of 2020 was reminded that their sacrifices are not going unnoticed.

CHS coaches lined the parking lot in front of the elementary school, while keeping proper distance from each other.

Then the lights of the stadium behind them blazed on, lighting up the night from 8:20 to 8:40, as cars drove by amid much honking and some hootin’ and hollerin’.

It was part of a state-wide effort, spurred by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and athletic directors.


Video courtesy Willie Smith:

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High school stadiums across Washington state will light up this Friday to honor senior athletes. (WIAA photo)

So, it’s back on.

This Friday, April 17, schools across Washington state plan to honor senior athletes who had spring sports erased by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At 8:20 PM (20:20 military time for the Class of 2020), schools including Coupeville will fire up their stadium lights and let them burn for 20 minutes.

The event was previously announced, then bumped by worries it would violate Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay at Home order.

The thought was it would happen in May or later.

Apparently, things are OK now, as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is leading the promotion of the event.

But, and we want to stress this, in the words of Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith, this is “a drive-by event, not a come and sit at the stadium event.”

Senior athletes and their families, or supporters, are invited to swing past the CHS stadium (behind the Elementary School on S. Main) between 8:20 and 8:40, honk, then go back home.

While staying in your cars!

Mark the moment, honor the seniors, but be freakin’ responsible.

PS — Idle too long in your car, or get out and mill about, and guys in HazMat suits will tase you, bro. Seriously.

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Coupeville’s stadium will light up April 17 to honor senior athletes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)


This event has been postponed at all sites until the Governor’s Stay at Home order is lifted.


The lights will blaze one more time for Coupeville High School senior athletes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced school closures and cancelled spring sports, but the Wolves and their counterparts across the region will still be honored.

And it’s going to come in a unique fashion, as schools plan to turn on their stadium lights Friday, April 17.

The event starts at 8:20 PM (20:20 military time), and lights will remain on for 20 minutes.

During this time, seniors and their families are encouraged to drive by and honk, while remaining in their vehicles at all times.


PS — If you leave your vehicle, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, wearing a Hazmat suit, will tase you, bro. 

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

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   Teo Keilwitz, cheering at Friday’s CHS basketball games, got up early Saturday to join his teammates at a Science Olympiad competition. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Smaller, maybe. Smarter, definitely.

Competing against rivals with much-larger student bodies, Coupeville High School claimed 13th out of 24 teams Saturday at the Raisbeck Aviation High School Science Olympiad Invitational.

The Wolves claimed Top 10 performances in 10 categories, with Jaschon Baumann and Harris Sinclair nabbing second-place in “Game On.”

That event is based on a team’s ability to craft an original computer game using Scratch, a program created at MIT.

Other CHS Top 10 performances:

Herpetology (5th) — Madison Rixe and Anna Dion

Helicopters (5th) — Rixe and Luke Carlson

Rocks and Minerals (5th) — Rixe and Jakobi Baumann

Material Sciences (6th) — Sofia Hassapis and Maka Sorrows

Towers (7th) — William Nelson and Jakobi Baumann

Write It, Do It (7th) — Carlson and Josh Robinson

Astronomy (8th) — Sinclair and Sorrows

Chem Lab (9th) — Sinclair and Ricky Rebischke-Smith

Hovercraft (9th) — Teo Keilwitz and Robinson

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Danny "Shaman" Savalza (left) and Tim Quinn, ready to explode out of the locker room and rock the house.

  Danny “Shaman” Savalza (left) and Tim Quinn, ready to explode out of the locker room and rock the house.

Savalza's heir -- Jake Tumblin.

Savalza’s heir — Jake Tumblin.

The passing of the torch.

The passing of the torch.

And then the man, the myth, the legend rode off to college.

And then the man, the myth, the legend, rode off to college.

The Bow Down hat lives on forever.

Even as the man who wore it prepares to graduate Friday, the legacy of the shaman has been preserved.

Danny Savalza, who led the Coupeville High School student cheering section clad in his unwashed thrift store dress and giant hat, passed on the responsibilities of his post to senior-to-be Jake Tumblin at the senior awards ceremony Thursday.

Now it will be up to Tumblin to fill the king-sized shoes of the master. May he wear the crown well.

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