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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

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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Coupeville senior Ashley Menges (left) and junior Lucy Sandahl both captured Most Inspirational awards at Tuesday’s volleyball banquet. (Ema Smith photo)

Maya Toomey-Stout is a rare athlete.

“The Gazelle,” among her many, many skills, has the ability to generate an often eye-popping amount of power on the volleyball court, all while coming back down to Earth.

Hitters usually generate their court-exploding spikes moving forward, leaping into the fray, their power surging out in front.

And Toomey-Stout lashes like a wild woman when she explodes from deep on the court, propelling herself towards the net like an avenging angel.

But she also can do what most can not, which is to elevate in the air to a ridiculous height, hang there for an eternity, and then reach over her head, snagging a wayward volleyball.

When she does, Toomey-Stout rarely flicks or stabs at the ball, but instead whips her hand in a loop, generating almost as much power – and as many put-aways – when she’s seemingly helpless, as when she’s clearly attacking.

That rare ability to be a sniper in any and all circumstances has netted “The Gazelle” the shrieks of die-hard fans, as well as big props from coaches near and far.

Toomey-Stout, a junior, was a First-Team All-Conference pick this season, and Tuesday she bounded away with the varsity MVP award.

Closing out his third season at the helm of the Wolves, CHS coach Cory Whitmore (with an assist from JV guru Chris Smith) doled out awards and letters as their squads enjoyed a final banquet.



Emma Smith (1st Team)
Scout Smith (2nd Team)
Maya Toomey-Stout (1st Team)


Varsity team awards:

MVP — Maya Toomey-Stout
Most Inspirational — Ashley Menges
Most Improved — Zoe Trujillo
Spirit of a Wolf — Emma Mathusek


JV team awards:

MVP — Raven Vick
Most Inspirational — Lucy Sandahl
Most Improved — Izzy Wells


Varsity letter winners:

Hannah Davidson
Emma Mathusek
Ashley Menges
Chelsea Prescott
Emma Smith
Scout Smith
Maya Toomey-Stout


Participation certificates:

Noelle Daigneault
Anya Leavell
Ivy Leedy
Jaimee Masters
Abby Meyers
Abby Mulholland
Lucy Sandahl
Zoe Trujillo
Kylie Van Velkinburgh
Raven Vick
Willow Vick
Maddie Vondrak
Izzy Wells
Eryn Wood

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Shane Losey played four seasons for Coupeville High School football. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

All-Conference lineman Ryan Labrador clears running room for Andrew Martin.

The season ended not with a tackle or a screen pass, but with deviled eggs and All-Conference certificates.

Coupeville High School football brought an end to the gridiron season Thursday with an awards banquet, as the Wolves put a final stamp on the 2018 campaign.

First-year head coach Marcus Carr handed letters to 19 players, while also hailing those who played four years of football, and those who were previously honored by the North Sound Conference.


All-Conference 1st Team:

Dane Lucero (Defensive Line)
Sean Toomey-Stout (Running Back, Defensive Back, Special Teams)
Alex Turner (Linebacker)


All-Conference 2nd Team:

Gavin Knoblich (Tight End)
Ryan Labrador (Offensive Line)
Shane Losey (Linebacker)
Matt Stevens (Defensive Line)


Four-Year Awards:

Chris Battaglia
Matt Hilborn
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Jake Pease
Alex Turner


Varsity letter winners:

Isaiah Bittner
Brian Casey
Cam Dahl
Miles Davidson
Matt Hilborn
Dawson Houston
Gavin Knoblich
Ryan Labrador
Derek Leyva
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Andrew Martin
Gabe Shaw
Ben Smith
Matt Stevens
Gavin St Onge
Gavin Straub
Sean Toomey-Stout
Alex Turner


Certificate of Participation:

Chris Battaglia
Jake Pease
Keahi Sorrows

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Wolf cheerleaders, seen here at the preseason jamboree, were ready to rock from day one. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

BreAnna Boon’s first season is in the books.

The Coupeville High School cheer coach capped her first time running things on the Wolf sidelines with a season-ending banquet Tuesday night.

Boon honored seniors Julie Bucio and Moira Reed with four-year awards, while handing out letters to 15 girls who stayed loud ‘n proud while cheering on football this fall.

Now, the coach and her athletes head indoors for the start of basketball season.


Letter winners:

Ashleigh Battaglia
Julie Bucio
Kim Castro

Coral Caveness
Emily Fiedler

Kaley Grigsby
Ja’Kenya Hoskins

Ja’Tarya Hoskins
Isabel Hucke
Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Moira Reed
Mica Shipley
Emma Somes
Bella Velasco

Melia Welling

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   Freshman Kylie Chernikoff was a beast on defense in her high school hoops debut, claiming Most Improved. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Sophomore Scout Smith brought home a varsity letter plus two awards from Monday’s season-ending basketball banquet.

   Wolves (back, l to r) Lindsey Roberts, Sarah Wright and (front) Ema Smith show off their All-League awards. (Amy King photo)

One last run through the league, with honors.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball squad finished a four-year sojourn in the Olympic League, during which the Wolves went 33-3 in varsity play, by landing three players on the All-League team.

Lindsey Roberts and Sarah Wright were tabbed as First-Team All-Conference players when league coaches voted, while fellow junior Ema Smith received Honorable Mention.

The Wolves also claimed the league’s Sportsmanship award, while Port Townsend senior Kaitlyn Meek was MVP.

For CHS, the All-League honors were just the tip of the iceberg when coaches David and Amy King handed out awards Monday at a season-capping banquet.

Roberts, who led Coupeville in scoring and rebounding this season, took home Leader of the Pack, while she and senior Mikayla Elfrank, were honored as team captains.

Sophomores Scout Smith (varsity) and Tia Wurzrainer (JV) claimed the Wolf Paw Award while seniors Kyla Briscoe and Allison Wenzel copped Four Year Participation honors.

Amy Briscoe, who shepherded daughters Tiffany and Kyla through four years of CHS hoops, while also serving as de facto team mom, also took home some hardware.

The King’s bestowed the first P.O.S (Parent’s Outstanding Support) Award on her.

Other team awards:

Most Improved (JV) — Julia García Oñoro

Most Improved (JV) — Kylie Chernikoff

Most Improved (V) — Scout Smith

Most Improved (V) — Chelsea Prescott

Most Inspirational (JV) — Avalon Renninger

Most Inspirational (V) — Mikayla Elfrank

Best Defense (JV) — Tia Wurzrainer

Best Defense (V) — Allison Wenzel

Best Offense (JV) — Mollie Bailey

Best Offense (JV) — Ashlie Shank

Best Offense (V) — Lindsey Roberts

Varsity letters:

Kyla Briscoe
Hannah Davidson
Mikayla Elfrank
Chelsea Prescott
Avalon Renninger
Lindsey Roberts
Ema Smith
Scout Smith
Allison Wenzel
Sarah Wright

Varsity Participation:

Maddy Hilkey
Nicole Lester
Ashlie Shank

JV Certificates:

Mollie Bailey
Kylie Chernikoff
Julia García Oñoro
Maddy Hilkey
Nicole Lester
Ashlie Shank
Genna Wright
Tia Wurzrainer


Heidi Meyers
Maddie Vondrak

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