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Snow is still falling in some areas, but spring soccer is on the horizon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Want to be the next great soccer star in Coupeville?

If so, it’s time to kick-start your parents into signing you up for Central Whidbey Soccer Club’s spring season.

Registration, which just opened, closes Mar. 22.

First practices are Mar. 25, with games beginning Apr. 13.

The club offers teams at five age levels – U6, U8, U10, U12, and U15.

For more info on things such as how you tell where the cutoff for age groups is, or to register, bounce over to:


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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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   Katelin McCormick, a freshman this year, got her start on the pitch thanks to the Central Whidbey Soccer Club, as this flashback pic proves. (Wendy McCormick photo)

Do it, for the kids.

Have a lot of soccer knowledge? Or just the basics, but you want to help shape the destiny of Central Whidbey’s young booters anyway?

Old pro or first timer, the Central Whidbey Soccer Club is in desperate need of coaches.

“If we don’t get coaches for our U-8 coed, U-10 boys, U-12 boys, and U-12 girls teams, there are going to be a lot of very disappointed young soccer players,” said Michelle Cernick.

The soccer club, which has been a vibrant part of Coupeville’s sports scene, almost shut down this year because of a lack of volunteers. But a small, but determined group of parents rallied to revive it.

Now the players are in place, and the first games kick off Saturday, Sept. 8.

But, with just two coaches currently in place, things are once again dicey.

If you’re interested in helping out, and want to get that nice, warm glow in your chest in return, drop an email to president@centralwhidbeysoccer.com.

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Former Coupeville High School track and soccer star Marisa Etzell is studying abroad in Australia. (Photo by Dawn Spilsbury Pucci)

Four down, three to go.

Former Coupeville High School athletic supernova Marisa Etzell, she of the fleet feet on the track oval and soccer pitch, is out to conquer every continent.

Etzell, currently a junior at Pacific Lutheran University, is spending a chunk of time in Australia, operating as a student abroad.

As she enjoys her time Down Under and experiences continent #4 on her check list, she’s documenting her adventures on a blog.

Want to keep up to date with one of the most talented, selfless, remarkable young women on the planet?

Of course you do.

So, here you go, a handy, dandy link to Marisa’s words and pics, as they arrive by carrier pigeon from the land of Crocodile Dundee.

Well … I’ve just been informed that’s not how the internet works at all. Apparently no carrier pigeons, just a bunch of tubes and … what, still not right?

Maybe just ignore me, and pop over here:


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   Want to be a rock star like Avalon Renninger? Start by playing youth soccer today. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Want to scratch an itch to play on the pitch? You’re in luck.

The Central Whidbey Soccer Club has risen liken a phoenix in recent weeks, installing a completely new board of directors who are hitting the ground running.

“Everyone has come in with some fresh ideas and everyone is very enthusiastic about the future of the club,” said new CWSC President Reese Cernick.

First up on the agenda is registration for the fall season, with sign-ups starting July 1 and running through Sept. 6.

Games will be played Sept. 15-Nov. 3.

The league is offering a mix of girls, boys and co-ed teams this season. The lineup:

U6 Co-Ed (Birth year of player – 2013)
U8 Co-Ed (Birth years 2011-2012)
U10 Girls (2009-2010)
U10 Boys (2009-2010)
U12 Girls (2007-2008)
U12 Boys (2007-2008)
U15 Co-Ed (2004-2006)

Cost is $75 per player.

CWSC is also in urgemt need of coaches, with openings for both head coaches and assistants.

For more info or to register, pop over to:


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