Posts Tagged ‘Alumni’

Coupeville High School cheerleaders raise the roof in the Tacoma Dome in the ’90s. (Photos property Spirit of Cheer Booster Club)

Hail the present. Honor the past. Build for the future.

The only Coupeville High School sports program to own a team state title is doing all of that, with a little help from its alumni.

Wolf cheerleaders have a strong support crew, and their accomplishments are being documented through a multi-media approach.

The Spirit of Cheer Booster Club has a web site, as well as pages on Instagram and Facebook, where photos are being posted and memories immortalized.

The modern-day Wolf cheer crew works the festival circuit.

The mission?

“Coupeville cheer alumni leveraging their passion and experience to champion the next generation of cheerleaders.”

In that vein, the site offers the promise of junior cheer being offered this fall, when CHS cheer returns to the sidelines to kick off a new school year.

To follow Wolf cheer in all its forms, pop over to:




A flashback to past glory featuring Wolf legends Julia Felici (left) and Mekare Bowen.

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Katrina McGranahan, legend. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This is a shout-out to one of the true giants.

During her time at Coupeville High School, Katrina McGranahan was a stellar athlete — a volleyball, softball, and (for a brief moment at least) basketball supernova.

Blessed with natural talent, and always willing to put in work, Killer Kat was tabbed as the CHS Female Athlete of the Year.

Following in the footsteps of big bro Wade Schaef, while carving out her own brilliant path, Miss McGranahan remains a one-of-a-kind wonder who also happens to be a pretty extraordinary human being.

These days, she’s a mom to a bright-eyed lil’ boy, and has returned to her alma mater to coach the Wolf JV softball program.

Coupeville’s young guns are 5-1 while playing for Katrina, and it’s a kick to see her passing on wisdom to a new generation.

She has also stepped up in her first season and proven to be the true heir to David and Amy King by being the best quote in the biz.

I’ve watched as a first year CHS softball coach once literally sprinted away across a field to keep from answering one question from Whidbey News-Times guru Jim Waller and myself after a game.

Katrina is the exact opposite, kicking me scorebook photos and introspective insight on her team in a super-timely fashion, just like her dad Kevin, the CHS varsity diamond coach, does.

You love to see it.

It’s always great when former Wolf athletes return to coach teams in Cow Town, either at the middle or high school level.

When they prove to be ideally suited for the job, like Miss McGranahan, it’s even better.

So, thank you once again, Katrina, for all the highlights from your playing career, and now for being part of a very-strong coaching crew guiding Wolf Nation forward.

Once a superstar, always a superstar!

“You’re playing in front of the fence. I said this one is going OVER the fence…”

“I have…”



“Dang straight she does, skippy!”

“They found it down by the Clinton ferry…”

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Jazmine Franklin

End the year with a bang, start the next one even bigger.

One of Coupeville’s best and brightest, the uber-talented Jazmine Franklin, continues to kill it in the art world and you could be helping to support her fast-rising career.

When she’s not crafting eye-popping paintings, the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer can be found putting her designs to work on a wide variety of clothes, as well as mugs, masks, keychains, and more.

Franklin recently debuted three new designs with her “Heart and Head Collection,” devoted to highlighting positive mental health.

During her days at CHS, Jazmine showcased a variety of talents, from being a student leader to teaming up with McKenzie Bailey to form an award-winning tennis doubles duo.

A truly lovely human being, she is proof positive that you can come from a small town, and yet be a big success through hard work, talent, and being a genuinely kind, caring person.

As 2020 transforms into 2021, maybe take a few moments to bask in her awesomeness and give something back.


To see (and buy) Jazmine’s artwork:

JZMN Originals (myshopify.com)

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Former Wolf Cade Golden with dad Michael.

While Coupeville High School football players are hoping to play a delayed season this spring, two former Wolves just wrapped seasons in other states.

Gabe Shaw, whose family moved to Florida before this school year, was a junior lineman in the Sunshine state.

Meanwhile, Cade Golden, who suited up for Coupeville Middle School back in the day, wrapped up his prep run as a quarterback in Alabama.

Shaw, who was a crucial part of last fall’s CHS gridiron squad, which captured the program’s first winning record since 2005, now plays at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs.

The Blue Devils, who rep a 5A school, began the year 7-0 and finished 9-2, falling in their third playoff game.

Clay opened the postseason with 43-0 and 35-0 wins over Leesburg and Atlantic (Port Orange), respectively, before coming up on the short end of the stick 38-7 to Vanguard last Friday.

Shaw spent his first season in Florida pulling double duty, working as an offensive tackle and defensive end.

During his time in Coupeville, Golden flung the ball around for CMS, often targeting Jake Mitten.

After a move back to his family’s stomping grounds, the QB played at several schools, finishing his run at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama.

A powerhouse in the state, the Warriors won back-to-back 7A state titles during Golden’s junior and senior seasons.

The second of those came courtesy of one of the most stunning comebacks in recent prep history, as seen in this ESPN clip.

Golden was the backup to Thompson QB Conner Harrell, who threw for 3,400+ yards and 40 touchdowns this season, against just three interceptions.

The former Wolf completed five of six passes for 57 yards as a senior, tossing a TD against Sparkman.

While Golden might have preferred more playing time, the experience has been invaluable for his development.

“Thank you Thompson HS for an unforgettable last 2 years of HS Football,” the QB wrote on Twitter.

“I’ve learned so much that will help me in my next chapter of life. I truly appreciate and love my teammates and coaches.”

And don’t think Golden is being overlooked by talent scouts at the next level.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior (who also has a 4.0 GPA) has college offers from schools such as LaGrange College, Clarke University, Norwich University, and Sewanee: University of the South.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright is currently a sophomore softball player at Sewanee.

Golden also has Preferred Walk-On offers from at least two NCAA D-1 schools, Florida State and Tennessee.

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Former Wolf Mike Duke is the new girls soccer head coach at 3A Rogers High School in Spokane. His nattily-dressed son approves. (Photos courtesy Duke)

Duke, up to shenanigans with fellow CHS alumni Will Butela.

“I claim this soccer pitch as my own!”

One of Coupeville’s best and brightest is hitting the big time in Spokane.

Mike Duke, a 2006 CHS grad who played five sports for the Wolves and helped turn the student section into the loudest in the land for several years, has been tabbed as the new girls soccer head coach for Rogers High School.

The Pirates are a 3A team which plays its games out of the 3A/4A Greater Spokane League, a top-level conference which includes big-timers like Central Valley, Shadle Park, Mead, and Gonzaga Prep.

While it’s his first varsity head coaching gig, Duke is no stranger to imparting wisdom or to the Pirates players he inherits.

He’s spent the past two seasons as a varsity assistant with the Rogers girls squad, while also being the boys JV head coach.

Along with his jump to the top of the girls soccer program, Duke is also moving up a rung with the boys, and will be a varsity assistant this season.

Toss in his role as co-coach with the school’s unified basketball and soccer teams, time spent with special needs athletes, and working as a para educator in the behavior intervention program, and the former Wolf ace knows his current school inside out.

Duke is taking online classes and working towards getting his teaching degree, with the goal of working full-time at the Spokane school.

Part of the reason for accepting the new soccer jobs is a desire to make an impact in both education and sports.

“I really didn’t want to have these girls have to go through another coaching regime change,” he said. “If they had hired another person it would have been the third total overhaul in the past four years. Which is just crazy to think about.

“So establishing some structure as well as providing these girls with the reassurance that someone taking this job cares about them and building this program (is big),” Duke added.

“Which at this school (very diverse, very low income) is something these kids don’t get a lot of at home.”

Back in his high school days, Duke bounced from sport to sport, and found success at every stop.

After opening with a season of high school football, he departed the gridiron.

Despite being the rare freshman to get an interception in a varsity game, being moved from his middle school slots on the offensive line and at linebacker to playing wide receiver and defensive back just “didn’t agree with me.”

Duke played four seasons of basketball and two seasons of baseball, before hopping over to join the school’s inaugural boys soccer team as a junior.

While on the pitch, he was a team captain, garnered First-Team All-League honors and led the conference in goals both years.

And, just to shake things up, he also ran track during his senior year, “for funsies.”

Both during their time at CHS, and afterwards, Duke and platonic life mate Will Butela set a standard yet to matched for creating fun, whether on the soccer pitch or bouncing in the stands at Wolf volleyball games.

Since graduation, the duo has appeared in several commercials together, at one point being the face(s) of a long-running Major League Baseball promotion, while also operating a podcast as The Fun Brothers.

Starting families, and the fact they no longer live in the same town, has made it a bit tougher to create good-natured havoc, but both vow not to let the good times totally die out.

“My goal is that it (the new job) will affect it in a positive way. More content,” Duke said. “We have been on a bit of a hiatus since my fellow fun brother has a family of five and I just had a son about 10 months ago, so it’s hard to find time (and space).

“But we will ride again, I can promise that.”

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