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   Wolf volleyball coach Cory Whitmore is launching a program for Coupeville fifth and sixth graders. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cory Whitmore is a man on a mission.

In his two years at the helm of the Coupeville High School volleyball program, he’s guided the Wolves to back-to-back Olympic League titles and, this past fall, the spikers first trip to the state tourney since 2004.

Now, Whitmore, and his players, are launching their newest endeavor with the creation of the Wolf Pup Volleyball program.

Open to Coupeville Elementary School students in fifth and sixth grade, it’s a way to build the future of the program, in more ways than one.

“I really couldn’t be more excited about it,” Whitmore said. “It will serve as a small fundraiser for the high school program, but much more importantly, it will offer Coupeville kids the chance to have an introduction to volleyball, learn the basic skills and have a blast, at a much earlier age than is currently offered.

“One of the goals is to prepare players to step into the middle school program with more confidence, experience and love for volleyball,” he added.

The program kicks off Apr. 10 and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 31. Sessions go from 4-6 PM in the middle school gym.

Practice will start off with a warm-up game, then skills and drills with players participating in their age group. Each night will close with a fun, competitive game.

Cost is $40 for a 16-session season, (which breaks down to a very reasonable $1.25 an hour) and will be paid on the first day of practice.

Parents should register their children by Apr. 4 at https://goo.gl/V4tdwF.

All proceeds go to help fund the high school volleyball program.

Whitmore is also looking for anyone interested in volunteering.

“Things like organizing after-practice snacks would be great,” he said. “Donated VolleyLite balls and even some “court helpers” for practices would make things run significantly smoother for the daily routine.”

For more info, contact the coach at cwhitmore@coupeville.k12.wa.us or 509-347-6301.

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   Three-sport athlete Hannah Davidson, seen here last season, has returned to Coupeville after living in California for a year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   The move allows Davidson to reunite with former teammates and close friends. (Charlotte Young photo)

They got the band back together.

Coupeville High School’s Class of 2020 boasts some very-talented female athletes, and the roster just got deeper (and taller).

Hannah Davidson, a 5-foot-11 sophomore who plays volleyball, basketball and softball, registered and began attending classes at CHS Monday morning.

She and her family, which includes two younger brothers, moved to California midway through her freshman basketball season.

With a second family move now bringing her back to Whidbey, Davidson is immediately eligible to play, as she already participated in the required number of practices while in California.

She began practicing with the Wolves Monday, and is expected to be in uniform Wednesday for a home non-conference game against Concrete.

Since she’ll have a chance to play more than 50% of the schedule (13 of 21 regular season games remain), Davidson will also be eligible for postseason play.

She gives a rebuilding CHS varsity girls hoops squad an injection of height (she edges 5’10 junior Lindsey Roberts as the tallest Wolf), and re-enters a system she already knows well.

After playing through middle school and into her freshman year with her current teammates, Davidson also attended basketball camp with them this past summer.

During her first go-around in Cow Town, Davidson was a tower of power in all three of her sports.

She was tabbed as the MVP of the Wolf JV volleyball team as a freshman, then dominated in the four games she played on the hardwood before the move to Cali.

The last time Davidson wore a Wolf uniform, she poured in 15 points, snatched 10 boards and rejected a pair of shots in a JV win over Klahowya.

While she hasn’t had a chance to play softball for CHS (yet), she was a key member of a Central Whidbey Little League juniors squad which rolled to a 13-3 record and a league title when she was an 8th grader.

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   Wolf seniors Lauren Rose (left) and Hope Lodell were named Friday to the 1A All-State volleyball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School had two of the best spikers in the state this fall.

It’s official, as seniors Lauren Rose and Hope Lodell were named to the All-State team Friday by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

The duo received Honorable Mention nods, along with Klahowya libero Maile Lueck.

King’s, which won the state title, had the 1A Player of the Year (outside hitter Alli Hansen) and Coach of the Year (Jeff Fransen).

Rose was honored for her work as a setter, while Lodell, who exits holding CHS single season and career records for service aces, was named to the team as a libero.

As part of a stellar group of seniors — The Magnificent Seven — they led the Wolves to a second-straight Olympic League championship.

Coupeville won every set it played against conference foes this season, to the tune of 27-0, tied a program single-season record with 13 victories and advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 2004.

To see the complete All-State volleyball teams, pop over to:


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   Payton Aparicio, here delivering a blistering kill, won team MVP and “Spirit of a Wolf” awards Tuesday at the volleyball banquet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Maddie Vondrak (top) made sister Peytin proud, winning the JV team’s Most Improved.

It was a season-long celebration for the Wolves.

Payton Aparicio was a busy bee Tuesday night.

The Coupeville High School senior capped a stellar volleyball career by copping two awards, team MVP and “Spirit of a Wolf,” at her team’s awards banquet.

The shindig brought a close to the most successful season in program history since 2004.

Guided by second-year coach Cory Whitmore, CHS won a record-tying 13 matches.

It also captured a second-straight Olympic League crown (while winning all 27 sets it played in conference), advancing to state for the first time in 13 seasons.

Sophomore swing player Maya Toomey-Stout joined Aparicio as a double winner, bringing home Most Improved (varsity) and Most Inspirational (JV).

Senior Lauren Rose picked up Most Inspirational for the varsity.

In awards previously announced, Hope Lodell was the Olympic League MVP, with Mikayla Elfrank, Katrina McGranahan and Rose tabbed as First-Team All-Conference picks.

Coupeville’s JV team, which went 12-1 under first-year head coach Chris Smith (falling only to 2A Port Angeles), honored Emma Mathusek as MVP.

Lucy Sandahl shared Most Inspirational with Toomey-Stout, while Maddie Vondrak earned Most Improved.

Letter winners:

Payton Aparicio
Kyle Briscoe
Mikayla Elfrank
Hope Lodell
Ashley Menges
Katrina McGranahan
Lauren Rose
Emma Smith
Scout Smith
Maya Toomey-Stout
Allison Wenzel

Participation certificates:

Megan Behan
Kylie Chernikoff
Catherine Lhamon
Jaimee Masters
Emma Mathusek
Heidi Meyers
Charlotte Nolle
Chelsea Prescott
Lucy Sandahl
Savannah Smith
Zoe Trujillo
Raven Vick
Willow Vick
Maddie Vondrak

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Kyla Briscoe pounds home a winner. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ready to rain down terror on hapless foes.

Katrina McGranahan (left) and Mikayla Elfrank form an impenetrable wall.

Six players firing as one.

It was one of the most dominant seasons ever put together by a Coupeville High School sports team.

The 2017 Wolf spikers tied the program record for wins (13), went to state for the first time since 2004 and captured a second-straight Olympic League crown.

Oh, and CHS also won all 27 sets it played against league foes Klahowya, Port Townsend and Chimacum.

You read that right.

Merely going 9-0, and joining girls basketball as the only Coupeville varsity programs to hit that mark in league play, wasn’t enough. These Wolves needed total freakin’ domination.

For league perfection, for rewriting the record books, and for their success on the floor, in the classroom and in the community, the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame welcomes the 2017 CHS varsity spikers to our hallowed digital halls.

After this, you’ll find them hanging out at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

It’s easy to forget that, just four years ago, when this year’s seniors were freshmen, Wolf volleyball went 1-11 during the first season of the Olympic League.

It was all uphill from there, bouncing to six wins and a district playoff victory over Seattle Christian, then 11 wins and a league title, before culminating in an inspired 2017 campaign.

Coupeville twice won five matches in a row, beat a pair of large-school 2A teams (North Mason and Port Angeles) and overcame a schedule in which it played 13 of 18 matches on the road.

Its only losses in the regular season were to Bellevue Christian, which went to state, and 2A Sequim, and CHS came up big in the postseason.

After a tough brawl in a rematch with BC to open districts, the Wolves swatted Cascade Christian — the school which sent them home as sophomores — to punch their ticket to state.

Once it hit Yakima, Coupeville found itself in the “Group of Death,” wedged in with undefeated Castle Rock, undefeated defending state champ Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) and eventual new state champ King’s.

The Wolves didn’t go down easy, though, taking a set from Castle Rock and holding their own in the midst of the madhouse that is the state volleyball tourney.

Even at the end, Coupeville’s spikers displayed the kind of poise and big-play mentality which served them well all season.

This was a squad which produced a league MVP in Hope Lodell, First-Team All-Conference picks in Mikayla Elfrank, Katrina McGranahan and Lauren Rose and a record-buster in Payton Aparicio.

The latter drilled 18 service aces in a late-season match, shattering the previous school record of 13, set by Jessica Riddle back in 2010.

The Wolves were rich in seniors — Kyla Briscoe, bouncing back after missing a year from injury to become a spike-happy wild woman at the net, and always-dependable Allison Wenzel complete the Magnificent Seven.

But while their graduation will leave a hole, the future is bright.

Two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman also saw floor time for Coupeville, and the JV (12-1) and C-Team (4-0) form an especially-strong farm system.

In just two years on the job, CHS coach Cory Whitmore has taken what previous coaches set up, and kicked the program into a different gear.

His current players have held free clinics for the lil’ kids who are the future of the program, and the numbers of participants they have pulled in has been astounding.

Even as Coupeville volleyball celebrates highs it hasn’t seen in a decade-plus, there is an unmistakable feeling this is just the beginning.

But, when we get a couple of years down the line and see things play out, we’ll still be able to look back and honor the team which launched the new revolution.

Today, we induct the 2017 varsity spikers into our lil’ Hall o’ Fame, 12 young women (and their support crew) who sent a bolt of lightning through Wolf Nation.

Inducted together, as a team:

Payton Aparicio
Kyla Briscoe
Mikayla Elfrank
Hope Lodell
Katrina McGranahan
Ashley Menges
Chelsea Prescott
Lauren Rose
Emma Smith
Scout Smith
Maya Toomey-Stout
Allison Wenzel
Cory Whitmore
(head coach)
Ashley Herndon (assistant coach)
Chris Smith (assistant coach)
Kayla Rose (manager)

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