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Alana Mihill banked home five points Friday, her first at the high school level, as Coupeville’s JV thumped host Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Things started with a jolt, and ended in a sea of smiles.

Playing second Friday night, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team found itself down a coach, but never blinked.

With JV guru Amy King at the Concrete hospital, riding shotgun on injured Wolf varsity player Chelsea Prescott, her husband, David, got to pull double duty.

Coupeville’s varsity coach promptly made it 2-for-2 on the night, guiding the Wolf young guns to a 46-20 win.

The JV’s third-straight victory, it evens their record at 3-3.

Just don’t try and add the W to David King’s career record.

Amy gets the win; I get an assist,” he said with a laugh. “Coach King girl does such a great job with the JV team that it made my job easy tonight.

“Thank goodness she had everything already prepared well in advance.”

Coupeville’s second unit came out just like its first unit, runnin’, gunnin’ and shredding Concrete’s defense.

Sparked by the surprise use of a 1-2-2 press added to the mix by David King, the Wolves forced the Lions into constant mistakes, then took advantage of said turnovers.

“I think I surprised the JV’ers when I drew it up for them to run,” David King said. “They worked at it and at times got some good things out of it.

Kiara (Contreras) was a master at harassing their ball handlers all game.”

Mollie Bailey, normally the queen of the set-up game while running the point, decided to taste the joy of being a binge scorer Friday.

Playing on mom Donna’s birthday, the youngest of the “Bailey Bombardiers” dropped shots from every angle, scoring six points in the first quarter, another eight in the second and finishing with a game-high 16.

A 13-2 Wolf lead at the first break morphed into a 24-11 margin at the half and then a 31-16 bulge after three.

That set up the fourth quarter, when Coupeville melted the net with a game-closing 15-4 run fueled by hard-working role players who got a chance to shine on the offensive end of the floor.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh, a defensive hustler, knocked in four points, but it was Alana Mihill and Morgan Stevens who earned the biggest cheers.

Both scored their first high school points, with Stevens drilling a jumper from 10 feet out on the left wing.

Mihill broke through with free throws, swishing three of them, before stepping inside the key and draining a sweet lil’ jumper for her first high school field goal.

“The players on the bench, the high school players, and our fans erupted when both players scored,” David King said. “It was fun to watch both Alana and Morgan get big grins when they scored and due to the cheering.

“Their defense got a little more aggressive, as did their offensive game.”

Bailey’s 16 points paced the Wolves, with Audrianna Shaw and Izzy Wells each adding eight to the cause.

Mihill (5), Van Velkinburgh (4), Contreras (3), and Stevens (2) rounded out the scoring, with Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Abby Mulholland helping control the boards.

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Coupeville freshman Alana Mihill was a revelation this fall, embracing cross country and making an immediate impact. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

CHS coach Natasha Bamberger honors senior captain Danny Conlisk, who, after two years of training and traveling with South Whidbey, got to lead his own team. (Photos courtesy Bamberger)

Wolf runners, and their support crew, celebrate “Crossgiving” at Sunday’s awards banquet.

The coach who revived a program she once led as a runner has a special gift to remember this season. (Photo courtesy Helene Lhamon)

Revived, reborn and earning respect.

Ending a two-decade-plus exile, cross country returned to Coupeville High School this fall, and it was a smashing success.

Starting the program virtually from scratch — two returning runners, Danny Conlisk and Sam Wynn, had trained and traveled with South Whidbey last year — CHS coach Natasha Bamberger hit the ground running.

She pulled together an eight-athlete roster, fielding a full boys team while launching the very-promising harrier careers of Catherine Lhamon and Alana Mihill.

The trail runners made huge strides while training with Bamberger, who won a 1985 state title in cross country and four more in track back when she was the one wearing a CHS uniform.

Tack on a huge turnout at the middle school level for CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting, and the future of the cross country program couldn’t be brighter.

But Sunday night was about hailing the trailblazers who brought cross country back inside Coupeville schools.

In future years, as the program grows, other Wolves may join Bamberger and 2010 state champ Tyler King at the top of the podium.

When they do, they will be rightfully hailed.

But for now, and forever, the two girls, six boys, one ecstatic coach and their all-star support crew, the ones who stepped up in 2018, will live large.

It’s a feeling Bamberger captured in her awards banquet wrap-up:

“Happy Crossgiving!!”

This is how the Coupeville High School cross country family ends its first XC season – at Fort Casey with submarines, laughs and tons of kindness.

Captain Award:
Danny Conlisk

Varsity letters:

Catherine Lhamon
Alana Mihill
Danny Conlisk
Sam Wynn

Senior Awards:

Danny Conlisk
Uriah Kastner
Kyle Burnett

Runner Discovered:
Uriah Kastner

Fighter Award:
Kyle Burnett

Natural:
Sam Wynn

In the Zone:
Chris Ruck

Toughest Competitor:
Catherine Lhamon

Workhorse Award:
Alana Mihill

Alana’s first letter; she pushed the team from the first day of the summer preseason.

She made every practice and when team felt tired she’d be right out front pushing the boys!!

Best Attitude Award:
TJ Rickner

TJ has the best attitude you could ask for in a runner. Finishes the race saying coach that was so fun! Smiling ear to ear.

I want to bottle that enthusiasm!

It was a great night! They sewed coach a quilt!

Special thanks to Dawnelle, Glenda and Ken. Fitting he was at the head of the table, submarines and all!

Huge thank you Robyn Myers, SPU-Fort Casey, and for the amazing support of the Coupeville Boosters. I’m overwhelmed.

Thank you David for your support of the team. Anything I can do for you please ask.

You have done so much for this community.

Do your articles motivate? Maybe we better put you in the hot seat in the next super motivator contest!!

We could graph athlete performance and “Coupeville Sports” coverage. Haha!!

Parting words … “Summer practice starts weekdays 10 AM after the last day of school, Monday-Friday.

(Big focus eye contact and huge smile holding my breath…)

I look forward to seeing you ALL there!

Feels great to be home!

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Freshman Alana Mihill finds her moment of Zen Saturday before the start of the North Sound Conference cross country championships at Lakewood. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

CHS boys (l to r) TJ Rickner, Chris Ruck, Sam Wynn, Uriah Kastner, Danny Conlisk and Kyle Burnett.

Surrounded by a pack of King’s runners, Mihill makes a stand as a lone Wolf.

South Whidbey’s girls finished 2nd on the day.

The Wolf boys explode off the starting line.

The postseason sprint begins.

Coupeville High School cross country began (hopefully) a three-week run through championship events with an appearance Saturday at the North Sound Conference meet at Lakewood High School.

Still to come are districts Oct. 27 at South Whidbey, and (possibly) state Nov. 3 in Pasco.

Saturday’s meet, which brought all three Island teams to the same location – Oak Harbor competed in the Wesco championships, while South Whidbey joined Coupeville in the NSC throw-down – also drew in wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken.

The photos above are courtesy him, and you can see (and buy) more at:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Cross-Country-2018-2019/XC-2018-10-20-League-Meet/

And remember, purchases help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes, so circle of life and all.

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Having survived a plunge down the Hill o’ Death, Danny Conlisk (bottom left) leads the pack Saturday at the North Sound Conference cross country championships. (Dawnelle Conlisk photos)

Freshman Alana Mihill smashes her PR and claims Coupeville’s best finish of the day.

Every event the Coupeville High School cross country team attends this season is a milestone.

After reviving a program which had been shuttered for 20+ years, the Wolf harriers are attacking each new challenge with glee.

Saturday afternoon, Coupeville, with seven of its eight runners in action, was at Lakewood High School, taking part in the first North Sound Conference cross country championships.

While King’s (girls) and South Whidbey (boys) claimed the team titles, the new-look Wolves made their own splash.

Freshman Alana Mihill, running solo with Catherine Lhamon resting a leg injury, was the top Wolf finisher, claiming 16th while nailing a PR on the 5,000 meter course.

Senior Danny Conlisk went out strongly, leading for the first lap before finishing 19th with a season-best time.

Coupeville heads to the district meet Oct. 27, and it will be a short jaunt, with the race held at South Whidbey High School.

The top 36 boys and 42 girls at districts qualify for the state meet Nov. 3 in Pasco.

If they hit their times at that race, Lhamon, Mihill and Conlisk are on target to qualify for the big dance, while Sam Wynn is close to joining them.

“It would be a dream to take these four runners to state our first season as a team, and with Catherine and Alana running cross country for the first time,” said CHS coach Natasha Bamberger, herself a harrier state champ for the Wolves in 1985.

“They have trained so hard and notably come together as a very close team,” she added. “To go to state would cap off an amazing first season for Coupeville and speaks for great things to come. What a gift this season has been!”

 

Complete Saturday results:

 

GIRLS:

Alana Mihill (16th) 23:33 *PR*

 

BOYS:

Danny Conlisk (19th) 18:08.4
Sam Wynn (33rd) 19:16.4 *PR*
TJ Rickner (55th) 21:13.5 *PR*
Uriah Kastner (58th) 21:31.4 *PR*
Kyle Burnett (66th) 22:42.1 *PR*
Chris Ruck (70th) 23:53.9

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Coupeville High School cross country coach Natasha Bamberger hangs out with Danny Conlisk at Saturday’s 5000+ runner Nike Hole in the Wall Invitational. (Photo by Dawnelle Conlisk)

The Coupeville Middle School squad, 15 runners, and one coach, strong. (Photos by Morgan White)

Allison Nastali gets cheers from a teammate as she flies across the course.

The Wolves arrived at Lakewood High School early, then hung out in the fog.

“OK, here’s the plan … we’re gonna run really fast, and they’re not gonna catch us.”

There is big, and then there is BIG.

Saturday was all about the capital letters, as 22 Coupeville Middle and High School cross country runners participated in the biggest harrier invite on the West coast.

The Nike Hole in the Wall Cross Country Invitational at Lakewood High School featured more than 5,000 runners, with schools from Alaska, Oregon, California and British Columbia joining their Washington counterparts.

“The atmosphere was ELECTRIC!!!!!,” was how CHS coach Natasha Bamberger, a lifelong big-race runner, described the scene.

The day started early, with the Wolves on the bus and on the road by 6 AM.

“It was an EARLY start!,” said CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting. “We had quiet time on the ride out and most fell asleep.

“Once at the big event it was quiet and foggy, as we were the first of many schools to arrive.”

After suffering in the fall weather at their last meet, Wolf runners came prepared this time around, bringing gloves, running tights and long sleeve undershirts.

The middle school squad sent 15 runners into the heat of battle, while the CHS team numbered seven strong, just missing Kyle Burnett, who was unable to attend the event.

While the Wolves were a speck in a vast sea of runners, both Coupeville coaches were thrilled with what they saw on the course.

“It was an amazing opportunity to compete against all these schools our first year,” Bitting said. “It makes me so proud to see our runners pushing themselves, driving their elbows, extending their strides, passing runners and always having a smile on their face.

“What coach wouldn’t be proud!”

While all 15 middle school runners set PR’s, maybe the biggest story was Helen Strelow, who carved two minutes and seven seconds off her previous best.

The high school runners were just as on point, with Bamberger calling it “the team’s best race yet,” in which “every runner rose to the occasion.”

At the front of the high school pack, sophomore Catherine Lhamon smashed her PR by almost a minute and half, dropping from 22:03 to 20:35.

“My goal has been to get her under 20 for the season, which she and her mom thought would be impossible,” Bamberger said. “She is well on her way in the next couple of weeks!!

“All the way down the line again with PR’s for the team!”

 

Complete Saturday results:

 

High School (5000 meters):

 

GIRLS:

Catherine Lhamon 20:35.3
Alana Mihill 23:54.4

 

BOYS:

Danny Conlisk 18:04.00
Sam Wynn 19:44.9
Uriah Kastner 22:34.40
TJ Rickner 22:41.60
Chris Ruck 24:29.60

 

Middle School (1.7 miles):

 

GIRLS:

Carolyn Lhamon 12:05.7
Claire Mayne 12:27.5
Helen Strelow 12:33.0
Erica McGrath 13:43.7
Cristina McGrath 14:17.0
Sam McMahon 14:27.3
Allison Nastali 14:29.1

 

BOYS:

Cole White 11:07.1
Hank Milnes 11:16.4
Aiden Anderson 11:54.6
Tate Wyman 12:17.3
Justin Wilkinson 12:20.6
Hayden Harry 12:56.9
Andrew Williams 13:23.5
Alex Clark 15:31.8

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