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Bennett Boyles (center)

Marty and June Mazdra

Two key members of the Coupeville High School basketball community will be honored Friday, as the Wolf hoops squads host Coaches vs. Cancer games.

CHS is set to play Sultan, with games at 5:00 and 6:45.

The Wolves will pay tribute to Bennett Boyles and June Mazdra, while the Turks will also have an honoree.

Donations will be accepted at the game, as well as online, with proceeds from the night going to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Boyles is a member of the CHS Class of 2022 who lost a courageous battle at age 12 with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a form of brain cancer.

He played basketball alongside many of the current Wolf players on SWISH teams, and a seat will be left open on the Coupeville boys bench for him.

Mazdra, when she’s not doing her day job as a custodian at Coupeville Middle School, is the woman with the magic pencil.

She keeps the most beautifully written, precise basketball scorebooks in the biz, and has done so for decades, beginning when she was still a student at CHS.

Diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Mazdra continues to stand tall in her fight, surrounded by family, friends, and fans.

If you can’t make it to Friday’s games in person, donations can be made online.


Bennett Boyles — Project Violet at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center



June Mazdra — The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


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Bennett Boyles

Thousands of dollars were raised last weekend at the 3rd annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament, continuing to spread the impact the former Coupeville resident has had on his town.

Put on by the Penn Cove Brewing Company, the event raises money for the WhidbeyHealth Foundation’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.

Money will also go to scholarships which the Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools will bestow on graduates of the CHS Class of 2022.

Boyles, who passed away after a long fight with cancer, was a vital part of that class.

He was a key member on Coupeville SWISH basketball teams, and one of his former teammates, Hawthorne Wolfe, continues to wear Bennett’s jersey number on his shoes while playing for CHS.

This year’s tourney was held at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor, with close to 80 duffers participating.

A team repping Savi Bank won the tourney title, edging out 16 other groups.


Tourney sponsors:

Above All Aviation
Cascade Lumber
China City
CK Electric
Graham Carpentry
Humphrey Sign Co.
Little Oaks Preschool
Penn Cove Brewing Company
PNW Carpenters Union
Seaside Spa and Salon
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation


Additional Donations:

Captain Whidbey Inn
Haggens (Oak Harbor)
Oak Harbor Golf
Pacific Indoor Tactical
Sunshine Drip
Whidbey Island Golf
Whidbey Island Kayaking



Brew Brothers
B’s Boyz
Cara and Jonas Jones/Joe Naff/Lucienne Rivera
CK Electric Services
Hansen/Brendan/Heather T.
Jensen and Joseph Price
Moch Construction
P & L General Contractors
Pacific Indoor Tactical
PNW Carpenters Union
Savi Bank
Sultans of Swing
Tee for Four
Whidbey Telecom
Who’s Your Caddy
Windermere Property Management

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This is the third year duffers tee off at the Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament. (Mitch Aparicio photo)

The early bird gets a better deal.

Registration is open for the 3rd annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament, and, if you get your ducks in a row before July 31, you’ll save some big bucks.

Cost is $100 per player until the first cut-off, then increases to $125 between Aug. 1-24, before hopping to $150 between Aug. 25 and the tourney itself, which goes down Sept. 21.

The event, held at the Whidbey Golf Club, benefits the WhidbeyHealth Foundation, and has raised $11,000 through the first two years.

Put on by Penn Cove Brewing Co. owners Mitch and Marc Aparicio, the tourney honors a late Coupeville Middle School student/athlete who courageously battled against Glioblastoma multiforme.

If you’re not a golfer, you can still help remember Bennett and help in the fight against cancer by being a sponsor or donating.

For more info, or to register, sponsor or donate, pop over to:

Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament

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Bennett Boyles (center) will be remembered Friday as Coupeville High School hoops teams host Coaches vs. Cancer games. (Konni Smith photo)

Out of sadness comes hope.

Coupeville High School’s basketball teams will pay tribute to those who have battled cancer this Friday, while also raising money for research to fight the disease.

A home doubleheader against South Whidbey Jan. 18 will be the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Night.

Girls varsity tips at 5 PM, with boys set to go at 6:45.

The Wolf girls will honor a former player and the relative of a current hoops star.

Brisa Herrera, who played her freshman and sophomore seasons at CHS, fought and beat ovarian cancer right before her graduation last spring.

Brisa Herrera was a firecracker on defense while playing for the Wolves. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Also being honored is Ronald Smith, grandfather of freshman Kiara Contreras.

Smith passed away recently at age 77 after a battle with Mesothelioma.

The Wolf boys are paying tribute to one of their own.

Bennett Boyles, who was a key part of a talented group of basketball players now in their freshman year, lost his fight against brain cancer at age 12.

While battling Glioblastoma Multiforme, Boyles remained remarkably upbeat, inspiring his classmates, teachers and the community.

The CHS Class of 2022 continues to hold Bennett close, including him posthumously in their middle school graduation last spring.

Freshman Hawthorne Wolfe, who leads this year’s varsity boys basketball team in scoring, has Bennett’s name inscribed on the shoes he wears while playing.

Never forgotten, always remembered. (Photo courtesy Molly McPherson)

The Wolves will collect donations at both games, with proceeds donated to Project Violet through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


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A golf tournament in honor of Bennett Boyles raised $8,000 to benefit cancer patients. (Pat Kelley photo)

Charity brought out the duffers.

The 3rd annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament drew a field of 80+ players, while raising $8,000 for The WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

Played at the Whidbey Golf Club, the event, run by the Penn Cove Brewing Company, honored Boyles, a Coupeville Middle School student who passed away in 2017 after an intensive battle with cancer.

The tourney was held in late September, marking what would have been the young basketball star’s 14th birthday.

Money raised goes to support local cancer patients and their families.

With 13 teams vying for the trophy, “He’s With Us,” a foursome comprised of Traci Winn, Laurie Leonetti, Maryanne Kirkland and Marty Winn claimed top honors.

The event was created, and is run, by brothers Marc and Mitch Aparicio, with Lucienne Rivera, Heather Zustiak, Helen Taylor, Shelly Russell, Tami Aparicio and Walton Beverage helping keep things moving forward.

Sponsorship came from:

Anderson Construction
Blue Mountain Electric
Cascade Lumber
China City
C. Johnson Construction
Concrete Honors & Miles
Frontier Industries
Front Street Grill
Harada Physical Therapy
Humphrey Signs
Lamport Rental
Land Title
Lango Co. Northwest
Oak Harbor Motors
Pacific Indoor Tactical
Penn Cove Brewing Company
P & L General Contractors
PNW Carpenters Union
Savi Bank
Tara Properties
VooDoo Detailing LLC
Wallin Funeral Home
Whidbey Island Bank
Whidbey Telecom

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