Big heart, big battle

Jacquelynn McCarthy

I don’t know Jacquelynn McCarthy personally.

But I do know two things.

One, she’s fighting an extremely hard battle, and seems to be doing it with great gumption and steely resolve.

And two, from what Wolf moms Aaron Wiley and Sarah Leavell say, Jacqui is an extremely lovely human being, someone greatly-prized by her friends and co-workers at Coupeville’s Seaside Spa and Salon.

Since Aaron and Sarah are straight shooters, and are actively involved in trying to help raise money for Jacqui’s health battle, it’s not hard to jump on their bandwagon.

Jacqui, who works at the salon as an esthetician (and yes, I had to look up the meaning of the word…) is locked in a battle with Carney Complex.

It’s an extremely rare disease, with only several hundred documented cases worldwide since 1985, in which tumors repeatedly grow on a person’s heart.

In short, what it means is that Jacqui, at the tender age of 36, has already undergone two open heart surgeries and is facing a third one.

Wiley is spearheading a fundraiser for Jacqui, with the hope of helping her with living expenses while she recovers from surgery, as well as getting her a car for the trips back and forth to UW Medical.

Jacqui will need to take substantial time off of work and is without family nearby to help,” Wiley said. “She needs support.

“Anything you can contribute to help take some pressure off; I know she would be grateful and pay forward when she can.”


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Coupeville grad Melia Welling is working towards joining the Air Force. (Photo courtesy Charlie Welling)

Celebrating graduation with mom. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Melia Welling is on the highway to success.

The 2020 Coupeville High School grad has smartly used her time in quarantine to prepare for the next step in life.

Welling, who was a team leader for a Wolf competitive cheer squad which finished 3rd at state her junior season, then went to nationals a year later, plans to join the United States Air Force.

She’s currently studying for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, and created an individualized workout plan to condition herself ahead of her jump into a new life.

“My workout contains a lot of cardio and lots of endurance,” Welling said. “I have currently gone from an 11-minute mile to an eight-minute mile.”

She’s always been active, playing softball in high school as well as steadily rising in the cheerleader ranks.

The latter gave her a chance to compete alongside close friends like Ja’Tarya Hoskins and Marenna Rebischke-Smith, something she treasures.

“Looking back at high school, I always just kind of go back to sports,” Welling said. “I think about going to nationals with the rest of the CHS cheer team.

“It was an awesome way to end my senior year as a cheerleader.”

While her cousin and fellow CHS grad, Mitchell Losey, went into the Army, her decision to pursue military life has been a personal one.

“I always sort of knew I wanted to do something remotely close to the military because I like structure and having a plan,” Welling said.

“I have just had my mind set on it for a while, so I have just been pushing myself forward towards the military.”

Welling plans to use her time in the military to start a law enforcement career, and has high hopes for her future.

“Looking ahead, I am hoping to be making a difference not just in my life, but in others as well,” she said.

“I am hoping to learn a lot of different things while in the Air Force, and that is what I am mostly excited about.”

Ja’Tarya Hoskins, newest member of the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The chain stays strong.

The Hoskins family has been one of the best to come through Coupeville in recent years, with each kid a standout athlete, student, and human being.

Each link in that chain — Will, Jai’Lysa, Ja’Tarya, and Ja’Kenya — can stand on their own, but they remain stronger because they link together, with family and friends.

Today I want to single one out, and that would be Ja’Tarya, now a freshman at Saint Martin’s University.

She’s off on the first step of earning a law degree, and, if COVID cooperates, she’ll be competing as a track and field athlete for the school.

If not, rest assured Ja’Tarya will find a million other ways to impress all who meet her.

During her time in Coupeville, she was at the heart of great success, most notably (at least for us here at a sports blog) for her stellar work as a multi-sport athlete.

Ja’Tarya was front and center for the Wolf cheer squad, a key member of a group which brought CHS back to the world of competitive competition.

Celebrating Senior Night with mom Benita and lil’ sis Ja’Kenya.

There had been a six-year drought since Coupeville athletes stepped on to the blue competition mats, but they found success almost instantly when they returned in 2018.

That was Ja’Tarya’s junior season at CHS, and she and her close-knit pack of teammates went from zero to 3rd place at state in what seemed like the blink of an eye.

Of course, to get there, the Wolves put in countless grueling hours of work behind the scenes. Then made it look flawless.

A year later, Ja’Tarya capped her run as a Coupeville cheerleader as the Wolves qualified for nationals in their second year back in the sport.

All of her success as a cheerleader was just a small part of her portfolio, however.

Hoskins launches a javelin into the stratosphere. (Brian Vick photo)

In the world of track and field, Ja’Tarya competed in almost every event on the list.

Her biggest moment in the spotlight came in the 4 x 100, where she teamed with Mallory KortuemMaya Toomey-Stout, and Lindsey Roberts to place 5th at state during her junior season.

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.

Left to right are Maya Toomey-Stout, Hoskins, Mallory Kortuem, and Lindsey Roberts. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Confident, assured, friendly, intelligent, kind, and strong – they all describe Ja’Tarya, who collected a long line of fans during her time as a Wolf.

For her achievements, yes, but also for the quality of her soul.

Check back in five years, ten years, or whenever, and I fully expect Ja’Tarya will have achieved great success in whatever she attempts.

When that happens, everyone here in Coupeville will be like, “Hey, we knew her when! And we told you she was gonna kill it!”

But, before she gets too famous for us, too accomplished, we can give her a little local honor while it still might mean something.

Today we induct Ja’Tarya into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, where she joins big sis Jai’Lysa, forever immortalized in our digital shrine for being the supernova she is, every day, in every way.

After this, if you stroll past the Legends tab at the top of the blog, that’s where you’ll find her hanging out.

Digitally, at least.

Out there in the real world, Ja’Tarya will be soaring to new successes, making new fans who will be as impressed with her as we are back here in Cow Town.

A bright, shining superstar lighting up the night sky.

Just the way it should be.

Gabe Shaw, seen last fall in Coupeville, now plays for an undefeated football team in Florida. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Shaw made the local paper, out in front on a run. (Photos courtesy Gabe Shaw, Sr.)

The former Wolf (wearing #72) takes out a would-be tackler.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide for anyone who gets in the way of #72.

Different state, same strong results.

Gabe Shaw spent the past two seasons wearing the red and black for Coupeville, where his play on both sides of the line last fall helped the Wolf football squad capture its first winning record since 2005.

A family move sent him across the country to Florida, however, and he’s attending school and playing ball in the deep South.

Now a junior at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Shaw is a vital part of an undefeated gridiron team.

The Blue Devils sit at a crisp 5-0 after thunking Mendendez High School 49-7 Friday night.

Clay has outscored its foes 220-68 so far this season.

Shaw, who is listed at tackle and defensive end, rocks #72 for the Blue Devils.

During his time in Coupeville, the younger Shaw also played basketball for the Wolves, while dad Gabe, Sr. was a popular assistant coach for the CHS football program.

Younger brother Ben was a taekwondo champ, and mom Rosmond kept the Shaw empire firing on all cylinders.

Green states are playing fall high school football in some form. Red states plan to play next spring. (Map created by The Columbian)

As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no consensus in America on how to handle prep sports.

One big example is high school football, where the ticket revenue which pays for most athletic budgets is generated.

Tuesday, The Columbian in Eastern Washington published the map seen above, which shows where every state sat on the issue of gridiron games through Monday, October 12.

Hours after this map hit, however, Alaska cancelled all fall sports, including football, while postponing the start of winter sports.

Like Ferris Bueller once said, “Life comes at you fast.”

So, likely before you finish reading this story, rest assured things may have changed as well…

That said, at the moment there are 32 states playing some version of fall football, while two states have plans to launch seasons soon.

But even in those states currently playing, there are variations, with shortened seasons, postponements, or some states operating on a week-to-week status.

Then there are 15 states, plus the District of Columbia, which intend to play football next spring. That includes Washington state.

There are also quirks, such as Vermont replacing tackle football with 7-on-7 touch, while Rhode Island has simply erased football in any form from the 2020-2021 school year.

Where each state stands, according to Tuesday’s report in The Columbian:


Season has started:

New Hampshire
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota


Season started late or ending early:

New Jersey


Plan to play in spring 2021:

District of Columbia
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina



Arizona — Season started Oct. 1, but Phoenix area schools don’t start play until Oct. 23.

Colorado — 79% of schools opened shortened season Oct. 9. Remainder plan to play in the spring. Some games have been cancelled after positive COVID-19 tests.

Maryland — Reversed decision to move football to 2021, allowing districts to make own choice. Some opted to play in the fall, others are undecided, and some remain committed to spring.

Minnesota — Season started Oct. 9, but multiple games have been canceled because of COVID-19.

Missouri — Part of state playing, but areas including St. Louis, are not.

Pennsylvania — Some districts started play Sept. 11. Others Oct. 2. Approximately 15 percent of state schools opting to delay play until spring.

Rhode Island — No football in 2020-2021.

Vermont — Replaced tackle football with 7-on-7 touch. Teams playing twice a week between Sept. 25-Oct. 24.

West Virginia: Season started Sept. 4, but COVID restrictions have forced frequent cancellations.

Wisconsin — Two-third of state schools started play Sept. 25. Other third waiting for spring.