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A golfer lines up a putt while helping raise money. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s embrace of Bennett Boyles and his family continues.

The former hoops star, who fought valiantly against brain cancer as a middle school student, remains a vital part of Wolf Nation, his memory held aloft by those who knew and loved him.

Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Bennett Boyles. (Photo courtesy Lucienne Rivera)

One of the best public tributes to Bennett is the annual memorial golf tourney named for him, now in its fourth year.

Spearheaded by CHS grads Mitch and Marc Aparicio, and sponsored by their business, Penn Cove Brewing Company, this year’s event raised $15,000.

Mitch Aparicio commands his ball to “get in the freakin’ hole!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

That’s up $6,000 from a year ago, and especially nice to see at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made putting on the tourney considerably more difficult.

The money will go towards scholarships for the CHS Class of 2022, which Bennett would have been a member of, and to support patients and their families through the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

Playing for Bennett are, l to r, Helen Taylor, Molly McPherson, Sarah Flay, and Aaron Wiley.

There were 84 golfers at this year’s event, with a team made up of Todd Melnick, Robert Tercero, Lucas Horrobin, and Jeremy Amundson claiming the team title.

They combined to shoot a 54, holding off two teams tied at 61 strokes.

The other big winner was Coupeville teacher Jackie Saia, who drilled a 75-footer to claim victory in the putting contest.

Jackie Saia, sharpshooter.

Todd Melnick, Brenden Hansen, Shawn Blouin, and John Fish claimed awards for being “closest to the hole,” while Maria Reyes, Melnick, and Lucas Horrobin smashed the longest drives of the day.

Konni Smith gets ready to crank it.

Many people contributed to make the tourney a success, led by the event’s sponsors:



Whidbey Island Business Consulting, LLC



Cascade Custom Homes
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Ron Telles



Benito (Papa) Rivera
China City
Greenbank Cider Company
Windermere Property Management
Windermere Real Estate



Humphrey Sign Company
McPherson & McPherson Law
Penn Cove Taproom
Porter Whidbey Insurance
Salon Blue
Seaside Spa and Salon
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation
Whidbey Weekly and Printing


Raffle Prizes:

Callen’s Restaurant
China City
Cozy’s Roadhouse
Ebey Academy
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Madrona Blossom
Orlando’s Bar and Southern BBQ
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Pizza Factory Coupeville
Prima Bistro
Seaside Spa and Salon
Tyee Restaurant
Union Tavern
Vail Wine Shop
Whidbey Golf Club
Willowood Farm
Wicked Teuton Brewing Company

Tim Grove (left) and Shawn Blouin enjoyed their day on the links.

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Local golfers are keeping the memory of Bennett Boyles (center) alive, while raising money for WhidbeyHealth. (Konni Smith photo)

Registration is open for the 4th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors the memory of a young Coupeville athlete who fought valiantly against brain cancer, is staged by the Penn Cove Brewing Company, with proceeds benefiting WhidbeyHealth.

This year’s event, which will be staged using social distancing guidelines as the world deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is set for Saturday, Sept. 19.

Play begins at 1 PM at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

The format calls for a four-person shotgun style of play, and you can register as a pre-made team or as a single player.

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



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Bennett Boyles (Photos courtesy Lucienne Rivera, Pat Kelley, and Konni Smith)

Never forgotten. Always loved.

Three years ago today Bennett Boyles battle with cancer ended.

He didn’t lose, as he fought with everything he had. But his body reached its breaking point.

Facing off with cancer is something no one should have to endure, much less a 12-year-old with his life stretching out in front of him.

Having lost family members to cancer, I know the mix of sadness, of anger, and of disbelief.

In his fight, in the way he faced an unyielding foe, Bennett touched many lives.

His fellow classmates, who are now sophomores at Coupeville High School, have never forgotten him.

They are carrying Bennett with them through every step of their school journey, from messages on the rock outside the school, to honoring him when they play basketball, a sport he loved.

When Hawthorne Wolfe launches a three-ball and the orb slips through the net without a ripple, Bennett is there with Hawk, his name written on the shoes which carry Wolfe up and down the court.

As we watch Xavier Murdy, and Grady Rickner, and Logan Martin, and Wolfe in action, it’s very easy to imagine Bennett out there, once again running the court with his friends.

That his classmates and coaches and friends and family and teachers and strangers alike embrace his memory, celebrate his life and accomplishments, keep alive everything good, binds our community together.

We will not forget Bennett.

There is anger, and there is sadness, and those are justifiable, and a lot of that will never fade.

But there is love and there is hope, and that is what Bennett means to Coupeville.

Every time a basketball net snaps, he’s here.

Every time we show kindness and grace to someone else, he’s here.

Every time we celebrate his soaring spirit — and it was there, firmly in place, long before his health problems — he’s here.

When the CHS Class of 2022 walks to the podium to receive their diplomas, when players like Hawk and X celebrate their Senior Nights on the basketball court, he will be there with them.

As a community we carry Bennett with us every day, and that will never change.

Never forgotten. Always loved.

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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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