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Mallory Kortuem, being smooched by mom Heather, now tears up college track ovals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Faster each time out.

Coupeville grad Mallory Kortuem ran at her third college track and field meet Saturday, exiting with a college PR in the 400.

The Western Washington University freshman hit the tape in one minute, 3.31 seconds, shattering her previous best by 0.40 of a second.

Kortuem was competing at the John Knight Twilight in Monmouth, Oregon.

The meet, held at McArthur Stadium, was hosted by Western Oregon University.

With her speedy time, Kortuem claimed fifth in the 400, grabbing four points for her WWU team.

Next up for Western is a trip to Ellensburg April 16-17, for a meet hosted by Central Washington University.

During her time in Coupeville, Kortuem, younger sister of Keegan and Miranda, was a standout soccer and track star.

Mallory holds at least part of four school records (400, pole vault, 4 x 100, 4 x 200), and brought home four medals from the state track meet, including a 2nd place finish in the 400 as a junior.

She was denied a bid at a state title when the pandemic erased her senior season, but has picked right back up at being brilliant, just now as an NCAA D-II athlete.

Wolf sophomore Jill Prince blasted six kills Thursday in her varsity debut. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a clean sweep on opening night.

After a considerable pause in action thanks to the ongoing pandemic, Coupeville High School volleyball players returned to the court Thursday, and did so in style.

Playing for the first time since November 5, 2019, the Wolf spikers pounded host Concrete, taking three-set wins at both the varsity and JV level.

The twin wins kick off fall sports, which are being played AFTER spring sports this time around, and reintroduce Coupeville volleyball to its old-school home, the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Next up is two-time defending 2B state champs La Conner, which comes to Whidbey Tuesday, April 13 for a big early test for the revamped Wolves.

How Thursday played out:

 

Varsity:

Despite playing with just a seven-player rotation, with four of those girls being varsity newbies, the Wolves held on for a 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 win.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with our introduction to this new league and how the girls went out there to compete and lay a strong foundation for growth,” said CHS head coach Cory Whitmore.

“They got a lot of touches in and had to rely on themselves to get the job done,” he added. “They responded well after timeouts and that is something I’m so impressed with.”

Senior Chelsea Prescott paced her squad on opening night, collecting 10 kills, 12 digs, and six service aces.

Also piling up the stats were Maddie Vondrak (12 booming kills), Jaimee Masters (12 digs), Kylie Chernikoff (five kills, five digs), Maddie Georges (25 assists and six digs), Jill Prince (six kills), and Ryanne Knoblich (six digs, two kills, two aces).

“After nearly a year and a half of not having played, it was terrific to see them get out there and have fun while competing,” Whitmore said.

“We are excited to get back in the gym and work on some things that need tightening, make some adjustments and learn from this first game.”

While all seven Wolves to see the floor drew praise from their coach, one in particular got a little extra love for showing grit and determination.

“Special shoutout to Kylie Chernikoff, who played through a pretty rough knock to the jaw by a fellow teammate,” Whitmore said. “She took a lot of Concrete’s serves and handled them well despite being a bit battered.”

 

JV:

Former CHS volleyball ace Ashley Menges made her debut as a coach, guiding the young Wolves to a 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 win.

While the set scores were close, Coupeville was able to pull out points at crucial moments, something which bodes well for the future.

Ashley Menges

“Everyone played well,” Menges said. “And it was nice to see everyone work through the kinks, especially since we crammed so much information and practice into a short amount of time.

“I’m very proud of the girls and excited to start the season with a win!”

Sean Toomey-Stout, during his Coupeville days. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sean Toomey-Stout is pursuing a big-time dream.

Having aced a walk-on tryout at the University of Washington, the Coupeville High School grad has taken the first step towards becoming an NCAA D-I football player.

Toomey-Stout, a 5-foot-9, 193-pound redshirt freshman, is now listed as a defensive back on the Husky roster as spring practices begin.

During his time in Coupeville, he was maybe the hardest-hitting Wolf of all time, earning the nickname “The Torpedo” for his bone-crunching style of play.

Toomey-Stout was a two-way force for CHS, providing most of the team’s offense, and scaring rival teams with his defensive intensity.

“The Torpedo” drops the hammer.

A true four-year letterman, Sean first hit the high school gridiron as a special teams player, as he and older brother Cameron, AKA “Camtastic,” raced each other to be the first to cream the dude trying to return a punt or kickoff.

From there, Sean excelled as a running back and receiver, while laying waste to any foes who dared to come within 70 yards of him while he chased down ball-carriers from one side of the field to the other.

He also received national attention when videos of one of his touchdowns went viral.

In a game against King’s, Toomey-Stout followed the blocking of a wayward deer which stumbled onto the field, taking back a kick 95 yards for a score.

Videos of the play reached everywhere from Sports Illustrated to British television.

Like his twin sister, Maya, AKA “The Gazelle,” Sean was a multi-sport athlete at CHS, making a huge impact as both a basketball and track and field star.

Spring football practices at U-Dub run April 10-30, with the annual Spring Game set for May 1.

The Huskies open the 2021 season at home Sept. 4 against the University of Montana.

A Coupeville softball player works on her swing. (Jennifer Marzocca photos)

Chloe Marzocca’s mitt, perfect for the Age of Coronavirus.

“Two outs, one swing to win it all.”

Bring your bats, gloves, and masks.

After a spring lost to Covid-19, Central Whidbey Little League is back in business, with plans to play games between April and June.

There are some pandemic restrictions in place, but the hope is to get a complete season in the books.

Schedules have been set for Minors and Rookies Baseball, as well as Minors and Juniors softball, all of which can be found below.

The T-Ball season is set to run from May 10 to June 18, but the schedule is still being tinkered on.

There is a MANDATORY parent/family meeting Saturday, April 17 at Rhododendron Park (1 PM) for everyone involved in T-Ball.

CWLL is also still seeking T-Ball coaches, and umpires for Juniors and Minors Softball and Minors Baseball.

If interested, contact centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com.

 

Schedules:

 

BASEBALL – MINORS:

Mon-April 12 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-April 19 — @ South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Sat-April 24 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (11:00)
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 1 — North Whidbey 3 — (11:00)
Mon-May 3 — @ South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (2:00)
Mon-May 10 — South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — North Whidbey 1 — (1:00)
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-June 7 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

 

BASEBALL – ROOKIES:

Wed-April 21 — @ South Whidbey 1
Fri-April 23 — @ South Whidbey 4
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 3
Wed-April 28 — South Whidbey 2
Mon-May 3 — South Whidbey 1
Wed-May 5 — South Whidbey 4
Fri-May 7 — @ South Whidbey 3
Mon-May 10 — @ South Whidbey 2
Fri-May 14 — @ South Whidbey 1
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 4
Wed-May 19 — South Whidbey 3
Fri-May 21 — South Whidbey 2
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 5

 

SOFTBALL – JUNIORS:
* = Doubleheader

Mon-May 3 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 10 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 15 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 17 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 24 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Wed-May 26 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 5 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-June 7 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 12 — South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*

 

SOFTBALL – MINORS:

Tue-April 13 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 16 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 20 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 23 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 27 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 30 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 4 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 7 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 11 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 14 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 18 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 21 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 25 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Tue-June 1 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 4 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-June 8 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 11 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

Andrew Aparicio and other Coupeville netters won’t play in April and May, as planned, after Friday Harbor cancelled all fall sports. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One rival steps down, and Coupeville High School loses 12 games and matches off its schedule.

Due to what the San Juan Islander is terming a “significant surge in positive COVID cases in the San Juan Island community,” Friday Harbor High School will not play fall sports, which begin this week.

That move affects four Coupeville teams, with boys tennis being hurt the most.

Friday Harbor is the only other Northwest 2B/1B League school to play the net game, so Coupeville’s entire six-match schedule for this pandemic-shortened season is lost.

That sends the Wolf netters to the sideline, though they can join cross country or football.

Coupeville’s volleyball, football, and girls soccer squads are also affected by the reduction in foes.

The loss of Friday Harbor cuts Coupeville’s soccer schedule from nine to six games, trims volleyball’s campaign from 12 matches to 10, and slashes football from four games to three.

Soccer loses road games April 9 and May 1, and a home tilt April 20, while volleyball was scheduled to host Friday Harbor April 10, then travel April 24.

CHS football is set to open at home against La Conner this Saturday, April 10.

With Friday Harbor’s departure, the Wolf gridiron squad will then sit until April 30, when they travel to La Conner for a rematch. They close their season May 8 at home against Concrete.

With NWL schools only playing league foes during the 2020-2021 school year, it’s unlikely any of the cancelled games or matches will be replaced.

And before you ask, Coupeville can’t call up its Whidbey neighbors, as tempting as that would normally be.

The leagues which Oak Harbor and South Whidbey are currently in played fall sports first, and are now playing spring sports.

CHS and the NWL opted to open with spring sports — all played outdoors — as prep sports teams tentatively returned from a year-plus absence.

 

To read more about the surge in cases on Friday Harbor, pop over to:

ALERT: Surge in cases on San Juan Island; here’s what to do (sanjuanislander.com)