Posts Tagged ‘Ashlie Shank’

The real world has taken Ashlie Shank away from Coupeville, but she will always be a part of Wolf Nation. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Shank, back in the day, hanging with (l to r) Brisa Herrera, Emma Smith and Sarah Wright.

Not everyone gets the finish they deserve.

Ashlie Shank should be four days away from her first basketball practice at Coupeville High School, a season away from bouncing at the line with her relay teammates, stalking track and field glory, months from walking with them at graduation.

It’s the way it should be. But sometimes real life intrudes on the fairy tale.

You can’t fault her father, Dr. Jim Shank, for accepting a promotion and moving on to a far bigger school system. It’s the life of a Superintendent, especially one who truly makes a difference at each landing spot.

But I feel for Ashlie, who arrived in Coupeville as a middle school student and began her high school journey with the CHS Class of 2019.

Over the course of her time here, as two of her older siblings, brothers Matt and Brian, graduated from CHS, the youngest child in the Shank household made remarkable strides.

She found a band of friends, or, more realistically, sisters, and Ashlie grew into a more-confident young woman, in the sports world and outside of it.

On the basketball court, her quiet intensity paid off, as she became a go-to player for the Wolf JV – one who could, and would, step up and drill a game-winning shot at the buzzer.

Take a sec and go relive the moment at https://coupevillesports.com/2015/12/11/klahowya-you-got-shanked/

Her hustle, her work ethic, her commitment, was rewarded with a varsity jersey during her junior season, when she became a swing player.

If the Shanks hadn’t moved across the country, Ashlie would walk through the CHS gym doors this coming Monday intent on winning a full-time varsity slot. And it would have been one she earned.

In the track and field world, she made it to state in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200, winning respect from her teammates and coaches along the way.

At one point, I polled CHS coaches on the best athletes they had worked with, and this is what one had to say:

I feel that Ashlie Shank is the most underrated athlete that I coached.

This girl was a sleeper and for some reason it seemed that no one expected much from her, but she expected so much from herself and worked so hard to get to where she was before she left.

She was very consistent in her times and she continued to bring them down by working hard, harder than some of the best athletes on the team.

She was essential to her relays and amazing on her own. She knew how to push herself and find new limits every day.

I wish she could have stayed so I could’ve seen her senior season but I wish her the best for her senior year.

Other than writing about her on-field exploits, I had one other interaction with Ashlie during her time in Coupeville.

It came before a soccer playoff game at Oak Harbor’s stadium, when we both ended up in the press box during pre-game warm-ups.

It wasn’t a long conversation, but it reinforced my positive impression of Miss Shank.

She came across as a bright, well-spoken young woman, highly intelligent, fiercely loyal to her friends, with a good sense of humor and a quiet strength at her core.

What I witnessed in person matches what others have said about her, and what I observed from afar at her games.

I have no doubt Ashlie will do well, wherever she is, another winner from a family which has my admiration and respect for how they conduct themselves, and what they accomplish.

Still, a part of me wishes she could have had the chance to end her high school days where she started them. Shoulder-to-shoulder with her sisters from other mothers.

So today, I want to do something, I want to make a small gesture, to let Ashlie know how much of an impact she made while she was on Whidbey Island.

How impressed we were, and are, with the strong, intelligent, highly-motivated young woman who graced Cow Town for a few years.

To remind her that even when life takes you away, you will not be forgotten.

Induction into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, with a rare few exceptions, isn’t usually granted until after you graduate.

Today, we’re making an exception.

In the end, her diploma will likely come from another school, it’s true.

But, after today, when you scroll to the top of the blog and peek under the Legends tab, you’ll find Ashlie Shank’s name right where it belongs.

One of us. Always and forever.

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   Coupeville shot put ace Keahi Sorrows is headed to the district track and field meet May 18-19. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Wolves (l to r) Lindsey Roberts, Lucy Sandahl (in front), Natalie Hollrigel, Mallory Kortuem and Maya Toomey-Stout will compete in multiple events.

The wait was worth it.

After competing in the Olympic League finals, the Coupeville High School track and field squad had to wait a full week to see what the Nisqually League could throw down.

The two leagues link up May 18-19 for the West Central District 3 Championships, the final meet before state, and several Wolves were on pins and needles.

Those who finished in the top three at the OL meet knew they were district-bound, but those who finished #4 had to wait, as their times or distances would be compared against the NL #5 finisher.

With the NL meet wrapping up Saturday, the news is great for Wolf Nation, as all 10 of Coupeville’s #4’s top their NL counterparts.

All total, 26 Wolves (14 girls, 12 boys) are headed to districts, with the CHS girls represented in 17 events and the boys planning to compete in 14 events.

The top two finishers in each event at districts advance to the state meet in Cheney May 25-26.


Coupeville’s district qualifiers:



100 — Maya Toomey-Stout

200 — Lindsey Roberts

400 — Mallory KortuemM. Toomey-Stout

1600 — Lucy Sandahl

3200 — Catherine Lhamon

100 Hurdles — RobertsJa’Tarya Hoskins

300 Hurdles — Hoskins

4 x 100 Relay — Kortuem, Ashlie Shank, M. Toomey-Stout, Roberts

4 x 200 Relay — Kortuem, Shank, M. Toomey-Stout, Roberts

4 x 400 Relay — Shank, Natalie Hollrigel, Sandahl, Lhamon

Shot put — Emma Smith; Kylie Chernikoff 

Discus — Allison Wenzel; E. SmithHannah Davidson

Javelin — Lauren BayneWenzel

High Jump — BayneHoskins

Pole Vault — Kortuem

Long Jump — Cassidy MoodyHoskins

Triple Jump — Bayne



100 — Jacob SmithJean Lund-OlsenHenry Wynn

200 — J. Smith; Danny ConliskWynn

400 — ConliskWynn

110 Hurdles — Jakobi Baumann

300 Hurdles — Baumann

4 x 100 Relay — Cameron Toomey-Stout, J. Smith, Sean Toomey-Stout, Lund-Olsen

4 x 400 Relay — J. Smith, Wynn, S. Toomey-Stout, Conlisk

Shot Put — Ryan LabradorKeahi SorrowsChris Battaglia

Discus — Ariah BeplerThane PetersonBattaglia

Javelin — S. Toomey-StoutBattaglia

High Jump — BeplerBattaglia

Pole Vault — Peterson

Long Jump — S. Toomey-StoutC. Toomey-Stout

Triple Jump — Bepler; C. Toomey-Stout

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   Nicole Lester dropped in four points and was a force on the boards Tuesday against Klahowya. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

For two quarters-plus Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad was locked in a war with visiting Klahowya.

But then it all slipped away.

A 16-0 third-quarter run by the Eagles, spurred by a shutdown press defense, lifted the visitors to a 41-27 win in a game that felt a lot closer than the score might sound.

The loss drops the Wolf young guns to 2-3 in Olympic League play, 6-9 overall.

Coupeville, which led after the first quarter, knotted things at 16-16 on the opening play of the second half.

Maddy Hilkey cranked up a jumper from the left side and hit nothing but net, causing local fans to lean forward in anticipation.

Even after Klahowya netted a layup and free throw to edge out in front, the Wolves countered with their own freebie off of the fingertips of Avalon Renninger.

With the deficit just a bucket at 19-17, anything seemed possible.

Except it wasn’t.

Frustrated by the Eagles, who launched a back-court trap on them, the Wolves went through an extremely rough stretch for several minutes.

CHS turnovers piled up, with Klahowya turning many of them into breakaway layups, and what was a close game turned into a 35-17 rout as the third-quarter clock headed towards 0:00.

Renninger finally stopped the bleeding, hitting a silky runner in the paint off of a ball tipped her way by Hilkey, and the Wolves showed some grit down the stretch.

Coupeville closed the game on a 10-6 surge, scoring the final two buckets in both the third and fourth quarter.

Better yet, that late run featured four different Wolves — Renninger, Nicole Lester, Ashlie Shank and Genna Wright — banking home buckets.

Wright’s came on a put-back off of a rebound, nice payback after she got her head yanked clean off her neck by a rabid Eagle on a previous play.

So blatant it caused dad Ron to bellow “Hey now!” from the stands, it, nonetheless, failed to generate a foul call from refs who were letting the clock run out as they apparently had dinner reservations they needed to make.

Shank paced the Wolves with eight points, while Renninger (7), Lester (4), Hilkey (4), Wright (2) and Mollie Bailey (2) also scored.

Tia Wurzrainer, Kylie Chernikoff and Julia García Oñoro also saw floor time for Coupeville, with each playing tough defense down in the trenches.

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   Wolf frosh Genna Wright snagged four rebounds and pilfered two steals Saturday at Meridian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Just gonna put this out there — you score one point in the first 16 minutes of a high school basketball game, you’re not likely to win.

That being said, the Coupeville JV girls hoops squad picked up the scoring pace in the second half Saturday at Meridian, refusing to exit quietly.

While the host Trojans finished with a 45-13 win, the young Wolves, who are missing a chunk of players due to injuries and driver’s ed classes, still boast the best record by a CHS basketball team this winter.

Now 6-8, Coupeville’s second squad returns home Tuesday to play Klahowya in an Olympic League tussle.

Saturday, the Wolves fell behind 14-1 after one quarter and 25-1 at the halftime break, with a solitary free throw from Nicole Lester the only thing dropping for Coupeville.

CHS was much more competitive in the second half, tossing in five points in the third and seven in the fourth.

Ashlie Shank paced the Wolves with six points and two steals, while Maddie Hilkey (three points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists) and Mollie Bailey (three points, four boards) joined the fight.

Genna Wright (four boards and two steals), Lester (three boards, two steals), Tia Wurzrainer (two rebounds), Julia García Oñoro (a rebound and a steal) and Avalon Renninger (a blocked shot) also played.

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   Wolf freshman Mollie Bailey piled up four rebounds, a steal and a block Wednesday in a JV game which came down to the final minute. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a game full of swings, the final one went the wrong way.

Unable to hold on to a late lead Wednesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad fell 27-23 in a very-psychical game on the road at Chimacum.

The loss drops the Wolf young guns to 2-2 in Olympic League play, 6-7 overall.

That they were still fighting for a win on the game’s final plays was an accomplishment in itself, as CHS was undermanned once again.

With several varsity players in question due to health concerns, three JV players — Ashlie Shank, Maddy Hilkey and Avalon Renninger — had their time carefully parceled out so they could swing up and join the first unit.

Since the Wolf JV only had eight in uniform to start the night, that left coach Amy King the task of being creative in putting together lineups.

It worked, mostly, as the Wolves hung tough in the first quarter, snatched the lead away in the second, then held on to the advantage until late in the game, when tired legs betrayed them a bit.

Not helping matters was a rival with a reputation for bringing the heat.

“We always know going to Chimacum is going to be a physical and rough game, and tonight was exactly that,” King said.

The Cowboys sprung a 1-3-1 trapping defense on the Wolves, but CHS responded strongly, getting good looks at the basket.

Unfortunately, not enough of those shots dropped.

Tia Wurzrainer carried Coupeville early, knocking down a lay up off of a steal and a “nice little jumper.”

With their own defense set to high intensity, the Wolves held Chimacum scoreless in the second quarter, using a 6-0 mini-run to turn an 8-4 deficit into a 10-8 lead at the half.

Wurzrainer was again the woman on the spot, dropping in a third bucket, while Avalon Renninger put a rebound back up and in to spur on her team.

Shank, smartly using what time she was afforded on JV, was a whirlwind, going off for a team-high eight points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Four of those points came on free throws, including three on the same trip.

Fouled while shooting a three-ball, Shank drilled all of her resulting freebies, repeating a rarity she had also accomplished the night before against Port Townsend.

In a game where both teams struggled at the line (Coupeville was a modest 7-16, while Chimacum was an ungodly 1-16), Shank was the exception.

She finished a flawless 4-4, while the other players on both teams combined to go 4-28.

Up by six headed down the stretch, the Wolves couldn’t keep it going, though, and the Cowboys used a final 13-3 run to steal the win away.

“Going into the fourth, I’m not sure what happened,” King said. “Our defense slowed down and we started to panic. We threw the ball away, threw up shots that weren’t needed and didn’t block out on rebounds.”

Wurzrainer finished with six points to back Shank’s eight, with Renninger (5), Nicole Lester (2), Mollie Bailey (1) and Genna Wright (1) also scoring.

Renninger hit the boards hard for nine rebounds, while Julia García Oñoro and Hilkey chipped in with two rebounds and an assist apiece.

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