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Wolf spikers like Jill Prince (left) and Maddie Georges have a chance to participate in a skills camp. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Never stop working.

Success in volleyball, like any sport, comes with work put in on the court — in season and out.

With that in mind, Coupeville High School spiker coaches are gearing up for their annual in-house skills camps.

The sessions are split between incoming students in K-6 and grades 7-12.

The younger players go June 4-5, with the older stars on the floor June 13-16.

Elementary school students will be in action from 9 AM to noon, with middle and high school players going from 4-6 PM.

Cost is $20 and $30, respectively, and each player who registers by May 20 will receive a camp t-shirt.

For more info and QR codes to help with registration, check out the photos below.


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Who wants to be #28?

The Wolf Pup Volleyball program for Coupeville Elementary School students in grades 3-5 kicks back into action in mid-April, with 27 kids already signed up.

The program, run by high school coaches and players, is held every Tuesday and Thursday between April 12 and May 26.

Held at the CHS gym from 4-6 PM, the program offers a fun introduction to volleyball, with an emphasis on building skills.

“I could not be more excited to build connections with the future of the volleyball program and teach our community youth a love of the sport!” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore.

“The more the merrier, so we are happy to have more sign up if interested.”

Cost is $60, covering 14 sessions, and is due on the first day of practice.

The program is very flexible, however, so if students want to attend some sessions, but not all, no worries.

“If there is conflict in scheduling, families are welcome to adapt as needed,” Whitmore said. “This is a low-stress introduction to volleyball, and we know that spring is a very busy time.”


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Coupeville spikers (left to right) Taylor Brotemarkle, Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, and Lyla Stuurmans sport new t-shirts after winning a weekend tournament. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Heaton)

The best 8th grade SWISH basketball team in the land. (Photo courtesy Ian Somes)

It was a weekend of champions.

Whidbey Island youth teams claimed titles in volleyball and boys basketball, dominating play and sending tremors through the surrounding communities.

The Whidbey Volleyball Club U15 team, which features six Coupeville High School spikers, won an eight-team tourney in Burlington, continuing a season of excellence.

Meanwhile, Coupeville’s 8th grade SWISH boys basketball team emerged as champs from a seven-team royal rumble run by Skagit County Parks and Recreation.

Both victories bode well for the future of Wolf athletics, as athletes in both sports continue to find success in both school and non-school events.

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Emma Smith, back when she was tearing up the volleyball court at CHS. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can help send Emma Smith to the next level.

The Coupeville High School grad is currently playing club volleyball while attending the University of Washington.

Now the Huskies are looking to raise money to send two squads to the season-ending National Collegiate Volleyball Federation tournament in Phoenix, Arizona April 14-16.

U-Dub spikers need $15,000 to cover hotels, travel expenses, and entry fees, and have already topped $3,000 in a short time.

This will be the first NCVF tourney in three years, as the pandemic erased the last two national championships.

While the University of Washington funds its NCAA D-I volleyball program, club sports rely on the goodwill and bucks of Husky supporters who contribute to fundraisers.

The club volleyball program features two traveling teams, which compete in the Pacific Collegiate Volleyball Association, and a third squad which provides opportunities to beginners.

Smith, a four-year varsity player at Coupeville High School, is on the Husky B team, having been selected after tryouts which involved 150+ players.

During her time at CHS, she was an All-Conference pick and qualified for state tourneys in both volleyball and track and field.

A ferocious hitter from the middle blocker position, Smith was a team captain, a stat leader, and a ray of sunshine on the prairie.

An inductee into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, Emma kept her family’s proud athletic tradition in fine form, following in the large footsteps of aunt Joli, uncle Todd, dad Jesse, and Grandpa Steve.


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Get in on the ground floor.

Coupeville elementary school students dreaming of being the next generation of Wolf volleyball stars can get started today.

Or April 12 to be exact, when Coupeville High School coaches and players relaunch the Wolf Pups program.

Sidelined by the pandemic, the series of practices open to students in grades 3-5 is back and you can be part of it.

For all your details, jump up to the photo above.

“I’m very excited to get this started again and hopefully there won’t be any disruptions,” said CHS head coach Cory Whitmore.

Coming off of a high school season where young athletes had a huge impact for his program, Whitmore gives a lot of the credit to Wolf players getting in the gym as soon as possible.

“I think this is a huge reason why our current freshman class has excelled,” he said. “They were involved early and joined club (teams) soon thereafter because of the introduction.

“I’m hoping to build that back up.”

The program is meant to offer a boost for young players, but Whitmore also understands the need to be flexible if his athletes are pursuing more than one activity.

“I often get questions about how people are interested but their kids are already committed to other sports, hobbies, groups, etc.,” he said.

“I always tell them if their kid needs to leave early, arrive late or only make it to one of the two days a week, that is perfectly fine.”

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