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   Allison Wenzel juggles academics, music and athletics, and is the one CHS senior girl still on target to play a sport in all 12 seasons. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Keeping limber helps Hunter Downes as he joins Wenzel in the chase of perfection.

Season after season, the Wolves have been able to rely on Hunter Smith.

   Setting a strong example for lil’ sis Maya, Cameron Toomey-Stout has tackled every challenge which has come his way. (Beth Stout photo)

The Class of 2018 is committed.

As of the first day of basketball season Monday, four Coupeville High School seniors remain on target to complete the ultimate athletic mission – play a sport in all 12 seasons of their prep careers.

If Allison Wenzel, Hunter Downes, Cameron Toomey-Stout and Hunter Smith are able to stick the landing, the Class of 2018 would beat the Class of 2016 and 2017, combined.

Last year, Tiffany Briscoe and Lauren Grove were the only Wolves to complete the journey, while, two years ago, Jared Helmstadter was a lone hero.

Now, of course, pulling off the 12-for-12 run at CHS is a mix of skill, commitment, a love of basketball and a bit of luck.

If it wasn’t for an off-season leg injury which erased her entire junior volleyball campaign, Kyla Briscoe would also be on this list.

Downes, for one, has hurt himself numerous times, but, unlike Briscoe, he has always done it DURING the season, keeping his streak alive.

And you can’t underestimate the role basketball plays in any Wolf hitting the 12-for-12 run, as that’s the only sport the school offers in the winter.

Just off the top of my head, I can name at least two current CHS seniors who miss the list only because of a decision to skip a basketball season. One did it as a sophomore, while the other is electing not to play as a senior.

For now, though, the focus is firmly on the four-pack chasing perfection.

At a small school like CHS, you need athletes to play more than one sport. It’s a matter of bodies.

Wenzel, Camtastic and the Hunters have been at the forefront, giving their time and sweat season after season while also juggling academics and extracurricular activities.

They are upholding tradition, while setting the bar for young athletes coming up behind them.

Call them iron men or iron women, they have earned our praise.

 

The breakdown for each athlete, through winter 2017:

Hunter Downes – Football (4 seasons); basketball (4 seasons); track (2 seasons); soccer (1 season)

Hunter Smith – Football (4 seasons); basketball (4 seasons); baseball (3 seasons)

Cameron Toomey-Stout – Football (4 seasons); basketball (4 seasons); baseball (2 seasons); track (1 season)

Allison Wenzel – Volleyball (4 seasons); basketball (4 seasons); track (3 seasons)

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   Wolf senior Allison Wenzel picked up a ton of new swag during her trip to the state volleyball tourney. (Susan Wenzel photo)

Another step on the ladder to success.

As Cory Whitmore goes about the business of building a volleyball dynasty in Coupeville, the second-year coach has guided the Wolves to new heights.

Back-to-back Olympic League titles, with CHS winning all 27 sets in conference play this season, and year #2 capped by a trip to the 1A state tourney.

The visit to Yakima, in which the Wolves found themselves trapped in the “Group of Death,” was Coupeville’s first trip to the big dance since 2004.

And, while CHS fell Friday to sixth-ranked and undefeated Castle Rock, and defending state champ Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), Whitmore, once he recovered from the emotionally-draining adventure, came away pleased.

“We are very happy to have had this great experience to cap off a fun season with a fantastic group of student/athletes,” he said. “They worked extremely hard to get to this point and we are very fortunate to have took the season to the last possible week.”

Coupeville closed the season at 13-5, tying the ’04 squad for the most wins in a single season.

Castle Rock:

The Rockets, who split four matches on their way to taking home a 6th place trophy, made off with a 25-8, 23-25, 25-8, 25-9 win.

One of Coupeville’s biggest strengths this season ended up backfiring a bit on them, as its service game wilted a bit under pressure.

“In all but the second set, our serving was a struggle,” Whitmore said. “We were attempting to be too aggressive and so lost our consistency.”

That second set, though, was the high-water mark for the Wolves in the tourney.

“We were able to find their weak points, which kept their offense out of sync and we we able to turn their offense into ours,” Whitmore said.

Coupeville’s back row defense, led by Hope Lodell and Payton Aparicio, who both scraped the floor for 13 digs apiece, was a particular standout.

Emma Smith paced the Wolves at the net with four kills, while Kyla Briscoe, Mikayla Elfrank and Aparicio notched two apiece.

The Wolves, who are normally an ace-firing beast at the service stripe, never truly got untracked, with Aparicio and Ashley Menges each hitting on two.

Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls):

The Eagles came into the tourney flying high – defending champs, undefeated (having not dropped a single set) and top-ranked, only to crash to the court hard Friday afternoon.

Picked apart by fourth-ranked King’s, which would go on to win its third state title and first since 2009, Lakeside was not happy entering the day’s second match.

Coupeville felt the full brunt of that anger.

The final score was 25-12, 25-10, 25-16, though the Wolves put up a decent fight.

“In all three sets we came out flat but competed hard,” Whitmore said. “We served much more consistently than versus Castle Rock, allowing our defense to slow down their very strong and balanced offense.”

Elfrank smoked three kills, with Smith, Katrina McGranahan and Aparicio each recording two.

Menges connected on three service aces, with Coupeville’s back row players spreading out the digs.

Lodell (7), Aparicio (7), Menges (6), Lauren Rose (5) and Briscoe (4) all chipped in to a solid group effort.

In the four years of the 1A Olympic League, the Wolf spikers have jumped from one win to six to 11 to 13.

As Whitmore looks ahead to his third season at the helm (never too early to plan), he knows losing seven seniors hurts.

But having a solid base of younger varsity stars — current juniors Emma Smith and Menges, as well as sophomores Scout Smith and Maya-Toomey-Stout and freshman Chelsea Prescott — plus a JV squad which went 12-1, bodes well for the future.

“We set a goal to make it to state and with the milestone achieved, this group can hold their heads up high, knowing that they left all they had out there on the court through four-plus years of hard work and dedication,” Whitmore said.

“I’m so proud of what this group of seniors have accomplished in their time with Coupeville volleyball,” he added. “And very much look forward to next season with a group looking to follow their legacy.”

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   Coupeville cheerleader/band member Mckenzie Meyer slows down just long enough to get a hug from mom Sarah. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Wolf spikers Ashley Menges (left) and Scout Smith swing by to support their classmates.

Security has been alerted that these three scamps are in the stadium.

Daniel Olson disappears into the Drum Zone.

Steve and Wendi Hilborn enjoy a night on the prairie.

   The snack shack hums along with (l to r) Kyla Briscoe, Connie Lippo and Katrina McGranahan running things.

The CHS Musician of the Year, Allison Wenzel, lays down a funky beat.

Yes, Ben Olson is taking requests. Thanks for asking.

   Kathy Bayne (right) magically appears, bearing beverages for all, to the delight of Tami (left) and Payton Aparicio.

Sometimes there’s more action off the field.

Whenever he hits a game, like he did Friday night when he prowled the sidelines as Coupeville football played, John Fisken likes to swing his camera around to the audience as well.

The pics above, a mix of fans, snack shop operators and CHS band members, remind you why life under the Friday Night Lights is a prep sports experience like none other.

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   CHS cross country runner Henry Wynn got an unexpected “Senior Night” Friday morning. (Photo courtesy Susan Wenzel)

As the end of fall sports approaches, we’re deep into Senior Night festivities.

For one Coupeville High School athlete, though, there was a very realistic chance of going unrecognized.

While Wolf tennis, soccer and volleyball have all had events, and football and cheer hold theirs before tonight’s game against Chimacum, Henry Wynn is a man alone.

CHS doesn’t have an active cross country program of its own.

That means Wynn, younger brother Sam, a freshman, and junior Danny Conlisk train and travel with South Whidbey during the regular season, then break off on their own for the postseason.

After competing as a mini three-man squad at last week’s Olympic League Championships, the trio are scheduled to run Saturday at the district meet.

But, since there is no “real” team and no home meets, Henry Wynn’s senior status was likely to slip by when the school honored its athletes.

That’s when a band of his friends, fellow athletes and fans stepped in and decided to throw their own Senior Night festivities, surprising him at school Friday with a poster, flowers and a ton o’ candy.

The idea of “no Wolf senior left behind” sprang from a CHS track teammate who wanted to make sure Wynn knew “how proud they are of Henry for doing what he wanted and liked to do, even though Coupeville doesn’t have a team for it.”

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   CHS track stars (l to r) Henry Wynn, Thane Peterson and Allison Wenzel spent four days working with UW coaches. (Photo courtesy Susan Wenzel)

A trio of Wolves took the next step in their evolution as track stars.

Coupeville High School seniors Allison Wenzel and Henry Wynn and sophomore Thane Peterson recently attended a four-day camp at the University of Washington to hone their skills.

The camp, run by U-Dub coaches, gave high school athletes insight into several components of being successful.

They each trained in specific events, while also getting advice on stretching, personal fitness and wellness, mindfulness, treating and preventing muscle injuries and health and nutrition.

The hunt for scholarships and what it’s like to be a college-level athlete were also addressed.

Wenzel used the camp to work on javelin and discus, while Peterson joined her in discus and Wynn was schooled in short distance running.

It was Peterson’s first trip to the UW camp, while Wenzel and Wynn were making their second visit.

The Wolf athletes came away impressed with what they gained from the camp.

Allison said she highly recommends it!,” said mom Susan Wenzel.

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