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Ja’Tarya Hoskins went to the state meet in both cheer and track during her time at Coupeville High School. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hoskins teamed with (left to right) Maya Toomey-Stout, Mallory Kortuem, and Lindsey Roberts to smash the CHS record in the 4 x 100.

Brilliant and talented, Ja’Tarya Hoskins can clear any hurdle you throw at her.

The recent Coupeville High School grad, a standout for Wolf cheer and track teams, will head off the Island in the fall to continue her academic and athletic pursuits.

Hoskins plans to attend Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, and will balance studying pre-law with competing for the school’s track team.

The plan is to have her run the 60 meter hurdles during the indoor season, then move on to the 100 hurdles and possibly 400 hurdles when the outdoor season begins.

With a goal of attending law school after she finishes her undergraduate degree, Hoskins chose her new school after careful deliberation.

“I selected Saint Martin’s University because it’s a smaller school kinda like Coupeville,” she said.

“I haven’t visited the campus but looking at the photos it feels like home.”

Saint Martin’s is a private liberal arts school founded in 1895 by monks from the Benedictine Order.

Started as an all-boys boarding school, it first welcomed female students in 1965.

Hoskins joins a track and field team which vies in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the same league her fellow CHS Class of 2020 grad and relay teammate Mallory Kortuem will call home while running in the 400 at Western Washington University.

Saint Martin’s athletic programs compete at the NCAA D-II level.

During her time in Coupeville, Hoskins advanced to the highest level of competition in both of her sports.

As a junior, she was a key part of a CHS cheer squad which claimed 3rd place at the state meet.

That was especially notable, as the Wolves abandoned competition cheer after the 2011 season, working as just a sideline squad for six years before returning to the blue mats in 2018.

Buoyed by their immediate success, Hoskins and her teammates went on to qualify for nationals during her senior season.

In the track world, Ja’Tarya, part of a family of successful Wolf track stars which includes older siblings Will and Jai’Lysa, and younger sister Ja’Kenya, competed in almost every event on the list.

The COVID-19 pandemic denied her a senior track season, but as a junior she teamed with Kortuem, Maya Toomey-Stout, and Lindsey Roberts to place 5th at state in the 4 x 100 relay.

The quartet hit the tape in 50.54 seconds, and they currently sit on the big board in the CHS gym as school record-holders.

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After a standout career at Coupeville High School on the soccer pitch and track oval, Mallory Kortuem will run in college, as well. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a non-pandemic world, Mallory Kortuem would be running for a state title next weekend.

The Coupeville High School senior, who holds four school track and field records, finished 2nd in the 400 last spring and would have been the odds-on favorite to wear the 1A girls crown this year.

While schools being shut down by COVID-19 prevented her from making a triumphant return to Eastern Washington, it’s not the end of Kortuem’s track career, however.

She has signed a letter of intent to run for Western Washington University, an NCAA D-II school, and will receive a partial scholarship.

The Vikings compete out of the 11-school Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which also includes Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University.

Kortuem knows she’ll be running in the 400 for WWU, which has indoor and outdoor track seasons. After that, things are wide open.

“I am planning on trying the 200 as well, and I might be put on a 4 x 400 team,” she said.

“I have also been interested in trying the 800, which I would have tried this year, but I did not get the chance,” Kortuem added. “All I know for sure by the coaches is the 400.”

Mom Heather smooches the youngest of her three superstar children.

In between practices and meets, the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer will study kinesiology, and may go into graduate school after her time at Western.

During her time at CHS, Kortuem was a standout soccer player as well as track and field star.

She departs holding school records in the 400 (58.02) and pole vault (8-10), while also being part of record-setting 4 x 100 (50.54) and 4 x 200 (1:46.13) relay squads, with all of those marks set during her junior campaign.

Kortuem earned four state meet medals through her junior season, one of just seven girls in CHS history to reach that mark since the school opened in 1900.

A college track career begins with putting pen to paper on your letter of intent. (Photo courtesy Kortuem)

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Coupeville High School will honor spring athletes such as Raven Vick (left) and Megan Behan next week. (Brian Vick photo)

Coupeville High School will award letters to many of its spring athletes, even though the COVID-19 pandemic erased the season.

That was the word Wednesday from Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith, as he laid out a plan to honor those who would have been playing.

All seniors, and all returning underclassmen letter winners will letter, while all other CHS athletes will receive certificates of participation.

“Our coaches, whom I believe have huge hearts for kids, had a very good discussion about how we can honor our spring athletes as well as honor our goals of making lettering mean something,” Smith said.

The decision was made after reviewing what other schools and districts were doing to address the situation.

“Our logic behind this decision was to honor our seniors because they, of all the athletes participating, lost the most with the cancellation of the spring season,” Smith said.

“We didn’t feel it minimized the lettering process but did reward our seniors for something that was out of all our control and was the least we could do to help alleviate at least a small part of the disappointment.

“Secondly, rather than have our coaches try to determine who would or wouldn’t letter this year, we felt using last year as a barometer for lettering our underclassman was the most fair way to do this.

“We understand there is no perfect way to do this but we felt that we could honor our athletes this way, give our seniors a little positive out of all of this, and also allow those that lettered last year to be able to do it this year.

“Again, not perfect, not ideal, but we felt it was right for our kids and programs.”

Smith has set up a schedule for May 26-29 for athletes to come to the CHS gym lobby to return uniforms, pick up team pictures, and receive their letters or certificates.

 

Girls Tennis — Tuesday, May 26 @ 2:00
Boys Soccer — Wednesday, May 27 @ 3:00
Track and Field — Wednesday, May 27 @ 3:00
Softball — Thursday, May 28 @ 3:00
Baseball — Friday, May 29 @ 1:00

 

If athletes or parents have questions, they’re asked to contact their head coaches:

Baseball — Chris Smith — csmith@coupeville.k12.wa.us
Boys Soccer — Kyle Nelson — knelson@coupeville.k12.wa.us
Girls Tennis — Ken Stange — kstange@coupeville.k12.wa.us
Softball — Kevin McGranahan — kmcgranahan@coupeville.k12.wa.us
Track and Field — Randy King — rking@coupeville.k12.wa.us

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Randy King is retiring after 42 years as a teacher and coach, the past 29 of those in Coupeville. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hangin’ out with track stars (l to r) Lauren Bayne, Lauren Grove, and Abby Parker.

UPDATE – 9:30 PM Monday:

School board agenda said “Retirement – Randy King, CHS/CMS Teacher and Coach.”

Latest word from the man himself: “I resigned from teaching, will not be in the classroom next year on a daily basis. Not sure yet about coaching.”

 

 

Randy King is bringing an end to a long, successful run as a teacher and coach in Coupeville, and the announcement of his impending retirement got everyone talking.

Now, the Wolf track and field guru, and former boys basketball coach, is having his say.

In his resignation letter he thanked “everyone in the district who has supported me and my family for the last 29 years, beginning with Superintendent Ernie Bartleson, teacher Mark Gale, and Principal Rock White, who brought us here in 1991.

“This has been an incredible experience. No one could possibly expect more support for their teaching, coaching, and family than the King family has received.

“Coupeville has continually worked to provide a caring educational community that has been challenging and innovative.

“The education that our Coupeville students have received has enabled them to go on to be successful in the widest possible array of careers imaginable.

“I have been able to work with amazing teachers, students, athletes, administrators and parents over this career. Thank you everyone for all you have given.”

King followed that up by responding to my (quite possibly) hyperventilating email in his usual calm manner:

 

Well David, I will be 65 years old this summer!

I’m finishing my 42nd year of teaching high school, 29 years here in Coupeville.

Time to let the young dogs have their say!

First, I’d like to say a big public thank you to my wonderful wife (Laurie), who has been a rock of support and really in a lot of ways made this career possible.

I’ve had a lot of fun working with the students and parents of Coupeville. It has been a great place to teach and coach.

The support that the community has shown to myself and my family has pretty much been like a fairy tale come true!

Not only the community but the staff at our schools have been inspiring to work with from the beginning right up to now!

You can’t imagine how many hours we have spent on those big yellow buses riding safely around the state. Our bus-drivers are some of my heroes!

Hours spent talking with custodians who always left my room with a thought and a sparkle.

Our athletic administration has always helped make this a great place to coach.

Also hats off to all the coaches who assisted me and taught me so much throughout the years.

My students have amazed me with their abilities from the beginning. They can go from Coupeville and be successful anyplace they wish.

The athletes who played ball for me, giving everything they had, and the boys and girls who have worked their tails off in track and field gave me such incredible pride to be associated with, it is hard to describe.

They have given me so much, I hope they were able to feel the pride that I felt in them.

I could say more but us old guys tend to talk too much.

Thanks to you for all you have done to support our student/athletes and my own personal family.

Coach King

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Randy King (left) is retiring after a long teaching/coaching career at Coupeville High School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

UPDATE – 9:30 PM Monday:

School board agenda said “Retirement – Randy King, CHS/CMS Teacher and Coach.”

Latest word from the man himself: “I resigned from teaching, will not be in the classroom next year on a daily basis. Not sure yet about coaching.”

 

 

The longest-tenured coach at Coupeville High School won’t be coming back when Washington state schools reopen.

The agenda for Monday’s school board meeting included one bombshell, as Randy King’s retirement as a teacher and coach was included on it.

King has been a CHS track and field coach since the mid-2000’s, a time period in which Wolf athletes have won 11 of the 17 state meet titles in program history.

State champs he helped produce:

2006 — Jon Chittim (200, 400); Kyle King (3200); boys 4 x 400 (Chris Hutchinson, Chittim, K. King, Steven McDonald)
2007 — K. King (1600, 3200)
2008 — K. King (3200)
2010 — Tyler King (1600, 3200)
2019 — Danny Conlisk (200, 400)

Under Randy King’s tutelage, Coupeville track regularly proved quality could beat quantity, with his teams piling up strong league, district, and state finishes despite often having far fewer athletes than many of its rivals.

The Wolf boys claimed 5th place in the team standings in the last two 1A state meets, while the CHS girls were 9th in 2019.

The high-water mark for CHS track came in 2006 and 2008, when the Wolf boys finished 4th in the team standings.

His girls teams were some of the strongest in school history, and 11 of the 18 Wolf girls track school records came on his watch.

On the boys side, 12 of 17 school records belong to King-coached athletes.

Before he began his run as track guru, King coached the CHS varsity boys basketball program for 20 seasons, ruling the sidelines between 1991-2011.

He led both his 1998 and 2002 squads to Northwest League titles, and coached four of the top 10 scorers in program history.

Mike Bagby (tied for #1 with 1,137 points), Pete Petrov (#7 with 917), current CHS boys hoops coach Brad Sherman (#8 with 874), and Arik Garthwaite (#10 with 867) all called King their coach.

King also pulled a stint as a CHS assistant football coach, and, later in his career, led middle school programs for both boys basketball and volleyball.

The spikers who he taught as young women went on to provide the core of the most-recent CHS volleyball squad to earn a trip to state.

As news of his retirement filtered out to a quarantined Wolf Nation, the response was quick and highly-positive.

“Oh man, that’s rough for sure!,” said Sylvia Hurlburt, a key part of record-setting CHS relay squads. “He’s going to be missed, but he had an amazing run!”

“Thanks Randy for all your hard work and dedication!,” said Wolf mom Dawnelle Conlisk. “Congratulations on your retirement! I agree with Sylvia!”

“You will be missed by sooo many,” said Susan Hulst, whose granddaughter Alana Mihill ran track for King. “We salute you COACH. Wishing you the best on your next adventure.”

That was a sentiment echoed by those who worked with the track guru.

“He will ALWAYS be COACH to me!!!,” said CMS cross country/track coach Elizabeth Bitting. “Congrats and enjoy retirement!!!! You deserve it!!!!!!”

Shawna Kelley has two sons, Brandon and Lathom, who were CHS track stars, and a husband, Lincoln, who coached with King.

Randy, we will miss you dearly,” she said. “We are so blessed to have had you as a teacher, a coach, co-coach, and friend.

“Enjoy your retirement and we’ll see you around the bend.”

While King’s days as a coach and teacher may be coming to an end (unless we can talk him into coming back to coach little league…), that opens up the chance he might have more time to rock the mic from the press box.

Tom Zingarelli, a former longtime coach who operates the clock at many CHS and CMS athletic events, has already put the offer out there.

“One of the best that I have ever been around!!,” he said. “I expect to see you in the booth during sports seasons – it’s warmer and drier up there!”

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