Coupeville High School cross country runner Helen Strelow won the Northwest 2B/1B League title Thursday afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

She saved her biggest moment for the brightest spotlight.

Coupeville High School junior Helen Strelow has been chasing a pair of speedy Mount Vernon Christian runners all season.

Thursday, at the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships, on her home course at Fort Casey State Park, the Wolf chomped the Hurricanes.

Hitting the line three seconds ahead of MVC’s Maddie Nielsen — her closest competitor — Strelow captured the girls individual title, the second-straight Wolf to do so.

She follows in the footsteps of Catherine Lhamon, who accomplished the feat last season as a senior.

Spurred on by Strelow’s title, the CHS girls placed four runners in the top six Thursday, also claiming the team title.

Meanwhile, the Coupeville boys, continuing their season-long war with MVC, placed second in the team results, nipped by just 31-33.

Hurricane sophomore Devin Van Zanten won the individual boys title.

With CHS coach Paige Spangler out of town, middle school cross country guru Elizabeth Bitting returned to the high school side of things for an afternoon.

“What an absolutely amazing day to have the league championship race,” she said. “Mother Nature was kind to us, the course was picture-perfect and the runners were ready!

“Fort Casey is probably my most favorite course in the area,” Bitting added. “The scenery is breathtaking, visitors to the park always cheer on all runners and our volunteers are first class!!!”

Carson Field finished 5th in the boys race.

Bitting, who coached the CHS program last season, got a chance to see many of her former runners in action, with some newcomers in the mix as well.

“Every athlete out there ran an amazing race!,” she said. “You could see the determination and drive in each and every one of them!

“What an amazing accomplishment for them! Each of them gave it their all, pushed themselves to the limits and finished strong!

“It was so awesome to see Helen kick it in high gear and overtake her opponent!”

Coupeville now advances to tri-districts, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

The top two teams, as well as the top 14 individual finishers, qualify for the state meet.

“I wish them all the very best,” Bitting said. “May they all have fast feet, big strides and lots of PR’s!!!”


Complete Thursday results (3.1 miles):



Helen Strelow (1st) 24:56
Bryley Gilbert (4th) 26:21
Cristina McGrath (5th) 26:34
Claire Mayne (6th) 26.38
Erica McGrath (9th) 32:47
Edie Bittner (10th) 38:11



Mitchell Hall (3rd) 19:02
Cole White (4th) 19:23
Carson Field (5th) 19:26
Landon Roberts (10th) 20:44
Thomas Strelow (11th) 20:57
Hank Milnes (12th) 21:01
Tate Wyman (14th) 22:30
Reiley Araceley (17th) 22:59
Alex Merino-Martinez (19th) 24:13
Nick Wasik (23rd) 29:39
Dayvon Donavon (24th) 35:40

Freshman Landon Roberts helped the Wolf boys claim 2nd in the team title race.

Katelin McCormick fires the ball into play. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was supposed to be his day off.

But the lure of a road game which became a home game for Coupeville High School girls soccer was too much, and photo clicker John Fisken ended up wandering down-Island after all.

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Mary Milnes goes nuclear on the ball.

Ava Mitten dances on the pitch.

Amaya Schaffeld unleashes a frozen rope.

Noelle Daigneault bids farewell to the soccer ball.

The heavens rumble, and the lightning cracks, when Nezi Keiper crushes the ball.

Carolyn Lhamon saunters through the defense.

Lily Leedy keeps her rival at bay.

Tenley Stuurmans gets artful with her tip game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Next gen stars, captured on film.

Wednesday’s Coupeville Middle School volleyball match brought wanderin’ photographer John Fisken to town, and the pics above and below are courtesy him.

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Ava Carpenter lets loose with a serve.

Myra McDonald connects on a return, while Wolf teammate Willow Leedy-Bonifas (18) provides backup.

Adeline Maynes shows off textbook form.

Teagan Calkins controls play at the net.

Abbigail Bond triggers the offense.

Rhylin Price keeps her eyes on the ball.

The Wolves get their celebration on.

CHS volleyball coach Cory Whitmore applauds your decision to join the booster club. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They need you!

You, and you, and even you in the back there. All of you.

The Coupeville Booster Club, which provides invaluable support to Wolf athletes, is kicking off its annual membership drive Friday, coinciding with this year’s Homecoming football game.

If you attend said game — 7 PM at Mickey Clark Field, with Cascade (Leavenworth) making the long trek from Eastern Washington to be the foe — there’ll be a booster club tent where you can sign up.

Or, you can get a jump on things and do so from the comfort of your chair, or couch, or wherever you’re currently sprawled as you read this.


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Stand tall, play big

Camryn Clark and Coupeville High School soccer put together a strong performance Wednesday against the best team in the area. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They slowed their roll.

Playing inspired defense Wednesday, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team stood toe-to-toe with the biggest baddie in the region, and rarely blinked.

Holding visiting Mount Vernon Christian to just a single goal for the first 50 minutes of the game, the Wolves made a huge statement as their season winds down.

While Coupeville eventually fell 4-0, with the Hurricanes lobbing in a pair of goals in the waning moments, it’s a huge improvement from the first two times the Wolves faced MVC.

They gave up 21 goals across those two earlier losses, but Wednesday held the Hurricanes to their third-fewest goals of the season.

Only 4A Mount Vernon and ritzy private school Cedar Park Christian have held MVC to a lower final tally as the Hurricanes have gone 10-1-1 overall, 6-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

Coupeville sits at 2-5 in league play, 4-6 overall with a road game Oct. 26 at Friday Harbor left on the schedule.

There is also a contest against La Conner which was postponed, though the chances it will be rescheduled fade as the end of the regular season hurtles towards us.

Amaya Schaffeld and Co. close their season next week.

Wednesday’s game was originally supposed to be a road trip, but a lack of bus drivers changed it into a home affair, offering Coupeville fans one more chance to see their team in person.

The Wolves responded, pestering the Hurricanes, forcing them out of their carefully-calibrated routine, and, at least once, inadvertently drilling an MVC player in the face at point-blank range.

The Hurricanes popped in a goal in the game’s fifth minute off of a sweet example of note-perfect team play, as the lead girl drew the Wolf netminder towards her, then banked a flawless pass to a trailing teammate, who smacked the ball home.

But then Coupeville clamped down, holding MVC — a team which has outscored foes 86-4 this season — scoreless over the next 45 minutes of play.

The Hurricanes didn’t break their dry spell until the game’s 51st minute, when they buried a dagger into the right corner of the net.

Two more goals came late, with the final one — a long, booming shot which went up, up, and away, then suddenly dropped into the net over Wolf goalie Maylin Steele’s shoulder — was scored in stoppage time at the very end.

Coupeville mounted a handful of its own charges at the MVC net, but were thwarted by a stellar Hurricane defense and an alert goalie.

That left most of the Wolf highlights to come from defenders such as Mary Milnes, who lowered her shoulder and made her fervent fan section proud by rocking a would-be goal scorer with a crunch which the rival felt all the way to the back of her teeth.