Posts Tagged ‘awards’

   With winning teams and talented players, the future for Coupeville softball is a bright one. (Renae Mulholland photos)

The boys of summer.

Abby Mulholland (left) and Savina Wells have a chat.

“Ice cream????? Where???????”

The race is on.

Gwen Gustafson (left) and Mulholland enjoy their sweet treats.

With players repping different uniforms, it was an explosion of color.

Mariah Knoblich controls the universe, or at least the ice cream.

   Jill Prince, future Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer, was a huge star as a sixth grader.

The games aren’t done, but that’s no reason not to have a party.

While All-Star play looms ahead for many of its team, the Central Whidbey Little League took a moment Thursday to celebrate the season that was.

Ice cream and souvenirs were handed out, and softball mom Renae Mulholland was on hand to document the proceedings for us.

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   Wolves (l to r) Hayley Fiedler, Catherine Lhamon, Lauren Rose and Eryn Wood. (Cory Whitmore photo)

Four more winners for the road.

Coupeville High School volleyball coach Cory Whitmore capped a very successful four-day skills camp Thursday, honoring a pack of Wolves for their play.

Lauren Rose, Catherine Lhamon and Hayley Fiedler were tabbed for exemplifying “spirit,” the fourth core covenant of the CHS volleyball program.

Also hailed was Eryn Wood, named the top ACES Newcomer.

In all, 13 Wolves took home awards over the course of the camp.

Previously honored were:

“Attitude” — Payton Aparicio, Zoe Trujillo, Abby Mulholland

“Competitiveness” — Mikayla Elfrank, Lita Woollet, Kylie Chernikoff

“Effort” — Scout Smith, Emma Mathusek, Kiara Contreras

The skills camp, which was open to spikers headed into grades 7-12, drew more than 50 participants.

A second clinic, for athletes in K-6, is set for June 23-24.

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   CHS seniors Grey Rische and Skyler Lawrence both had successful four-year runs as athletes. (John Fisken photos)

Dependable. Always.

Coupeville High School seniors Skyler Lawrence and Grey Rische have been rock-solid, as athletes and people, the past four years, and Tuesday night they got some sweet payback.

The duo were honored by photographer John Fisken, each taking home $500 thanks to money raised by sales of pics shot by John’s Photos this school year.

This is the fourth year Coupeville athletes have received the honor, with Lawrence and Rische joining past winners Jared Helmstadter, Sebastian Davis, Julia Myers, Aaron Trumbull, Breeanna Messner and Brandon Kelley.

To be eligible, Wolves had to play at least two sports for four years, carry a 3.0 GPA and not be receiving financial assistance from a college for athletics.

By pure luck, this year’s winners share the exact same birthday — Oct. 1, 1998.

Lawrence played basketball and was a track and field thrower her entire CHS career.

As a junior, she was part of a girls basketball squad which went to state, the first time the Wolf hoops program had made it to the big dance in a decade.

She also made it to state twice in the shot put, advancing as a sophomore and junior, while winning the sub-district title in the event three years running.

Lawrence advanced to districts or further in all three of her events — shot put, javelin and discus — during her prep career.

Rische, who follows in the footsteps of his brother (Helmstadter) by winning the photo scholarship, played tennis and was a track athlete.

During his time hanging around the oval, he proved a quick learner, competing in eight different events, running the gamut from hurdles to throws to relays to races.

As a sophomore he won a javelin title at the Olympic League JV Championships, an event in which Rische made it to sub-districts three times in his career.

He also made it to sub-districts in the discus, and was a huge supporter of his Wolf teammates every moment he was wearing the red and black.

On the tennis court, Rische was a strong double player, teaming up most notably with his brother.

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   Zara Bradley shared Best Newcomer honors with Jillian Mayne Wednesday at the CHS tennis banquet. (John Fisken photo)

Quality across the board.

With three of his players having won 1A Olympic League titles this season, CHS girls tennis coach Ken Stange honored the trio at Wednesday’s season-ending awards banquet.

Senior singles ace Valen Trujillo and junior doubles partners Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger claimed MVP honors for their play.

Joining them in hauling home hardware were Tia Wurzrainer (Most Improved), Bree Daigneault (Most Inspirational) and Jillian Mayne and Zara Bradley (Best Newcomers).

Coupeville captured its third straight league title as a team, and remains unbeaten in conference matches.

With everyone chipping in to the title run, Stange lettered all 18 of his netters.

Varsity letter winners:

Payton Aparicio
Zara Bradley
Julie Bucio
Maggie Crimmins
Bree Daigneault
Fanny Deprelle
Sophie Furtjes
Jillian Mayne
Nanci Melendrez
Rubi Melendrez
Claire Mietus
Heather Nastali
Avalon Renninger
Sage Renninger
Kameryn St Onge
Valen Trujillo
Zoe Trujillo
Tia Wurzrainer

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   Keaton Farris, a former CHS student/athlete, died in the Island County Jail April 7, 2015. (Photo courtesy Fred Farris)

We live in a time where everyone seems to get an award.

Whether you win, place or merely show up, here’s a ribbon. Aren’t you special?

But, there’s a huge difference between say, rewarding a little kid for running aimlessly around a soccer field for a few hours and rewarding an institution like, say, a jail, for doing what it should have done in the first damn place.

Here’s what’s irritating me: http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/island-county-jail-wins-award-for-improvements/

When Keaton Farris, a former Coupeville High School athlete fighting mental health issues, died of dehydration and malnutrition April 7, 2015 in the Island County Jail, it was a scandal.

Don’t sugarcoat it.

People screwed up, either choosing to do the wrong thing or making terrible calls in judgement, and a young man died.

End of story.

In the two years since, there has been international media coverage, vigils, lawsuits and firings.

The Island County Jail, and those who work there, have made a public, concerted effort to fix things in the aftermath. For that, certainly, credit is due.

But an award? That the county applied for itself?

Go screw yourself.

After all the kicks in the rear, you now want a pat on the head for doing exactly what you should have already been doing in the first place?

Look, I’m glad you’ve changed things. Glad you’ve improved things.

You had NO CHOICE.

I’m just going to say this — it would have been better to make the improvements THAT YOU HAD TO MAKE and go on about business, without actively seeking a pat on the head afterwards.

The county can hang all the plaques it wants on the wall.

The only thing which really matters is our jail, which sits a mile-and-a-half from my house, a place I pass on almost a daily basis, DOESN’T KILL ANYONE ELSE.

Whether you can apply for the “award” is neither here nor there. What matters is whether you SHOULD have applied for it.

I am firmly on the side of those who say, “No.”

It’s a bad look all around, both the application and any hint of celebrating said “award.”

Someone in the Island County chain of command really should have stopped, thought for a second, and realized just that.

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