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A long-gone piece of Whidbey Island history. (Bob Barker photo)

Bob Barker is still in the game.

The former sage of the roundball remains arguably the most-successful coach in Coupeville High School history.

While he’s no longer stalking the sidelines during Wolf basketball games, Barker remains a go-to source for Whidbey history and interesting photographs from the past.

Today’s shot, of a historic (and long gone) Oak Harbor landmark, arrived with the following note:

Back in the days when I was involved in photography, I especially liked to take pictures of old buildings, old barns, old churches, covered bridges and scenes (both seascapes and landscapes without people in them).

This is an old barn that has since been torn down to make way for the expansion of the city of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.

This barn was situated behind what is now the Elks Club.

Oak Harbor was originally a Dutch community and you can see the Dutch influence in the architecture of the barn. 

This barn in its day would have to be considered the “Cadillac” of all barns.

Note the curvature of the roof. The lower portion or base of the barn was concrete and not wood. 

I wish that they had had the foresight to restore this barn as it was “one of a kind.”

I cherish this picture as it a reminder of a life that has vanished and is no more…


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As bad news sweeps the nation, step away and take a moment to marinate in some beautiful pics of covered bridges shot by legendary former CHS coach Bob Barker.

Bob Barker is the legend who keeps on giving.

The former Coupeville High School coach, teacher, and administrator resurfaced in my mailbox this morning, with a short note and some pics.

When he returned to the CHS gym two years ago during the school’s 101st anniversary of its boys basketball program, it was as close as I will ever come to seeing Elvis enter the building.

Apparently, Mr. Barker has a little bit of another icon in his makeup.

As he writes:

A number of years ago I was into photography.

I liked to take pictures of flowers, and old buildings, especially old barns.

After watching the Clint Eastwood movie “The Bridges of Madison County,” I decided I wanted to include pictures of old covered bridges.

Researching I found that within the borders of Oregon state there were (at least at that time) over 50 covered bridges.

On a three-day excursion I was able to locate and photograph well over 20 of these bridges.

What a fun trip that was.


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Jeff Stone torched the nets for 644 points in the 1969-1970 season, the best single-season performance in Whidbey Island history. (Photos courtesy Stone)

Tim Quenzer slices ‘n dices the defense.

Pat O’Grady lofts a sweet jumper.

Bob Barker (left), the coach of the 69-70 squad, reunites with Stone during the 101st anniversary of CHS hoops in 2018. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

History waits for no man.

A week from today marks the 50th anniversary of arguably the biggest moment in the 100+ year run of Coupeville High School sports.

On March 4, 1970, the Wolf boys basketball team, coached by Bob Barker, stepped on to the floor to face Ritzville in the state basketball tourney.

It was the first time a CHS team had made it to the big dance in any sport, and that game, and another the next day against Kittitas, signaled the arrival of Coupeville on the main stage.

The 1969-1970 Wolf boys hoops team is still the standard-bearer for the program, five decades later.

Even with the addition of the three-point shot and other wrinkles tossed in to the game to fire up offenses, no one has touched the numbers rung up by that squad.

Jeff Stone rattled the rims for 644 points across 24 games, including a school-record 48 in a district title win against Darrington, while the Wolves as a team dropped in 1,836 points, breaking 100 four times.

All of those numbers, and the 114 scored in a win against Watson-Groen, still stand as the best in CHS history 50 years later.

While Coupeville fell in close games in both state bouts, it finished 20-4 and remains a revered team, not only for its scoring prowess, but for its landmark achievements.

When the Wolves beat Darrington 84-62, they became the first Whidbey Island basketball team to win a district title, beating out Oak Harbor and South Whidbey/Langley in the chase for immortality.

Stone’s 48-point explosion, which came on 17-28 shooting from the floor and 14-16 from the free-throw line, has never been seriously challenged.

And his numbers could have been bigger, as Barker pulled his 6-foot-4 tower of power with a full 90 seconds left to play.

Stone’s scoring, and his team’s season of success, were big in the moment.

Fifty years later, they’re even bigger.


The 1969-1970 CHS boys basketball team:

Bob Barker (Head Coach)
Craig Pedlar
(Assistant Coach)

Pat Brown
Corey Cross
Marvin Darst
Tim Leese
Ralph Lindsay
Glenn Losey
Mike Mallo
Pat O’Grady
Tim Quenzer
Jeff Stone
Randy Stone
Jim Syreen

Bob Mueller (Manager)
Geoff Stone (Manager)

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The program for the first-ever game played at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field. (Program courtesy Randy Keefe)

You can know the name without knowing all the facts.

My family moved to The Rock in 1989 and I made my writing debut in the Whidbey News-Times in early 1990.

From the first time I stepped foot on Coupeville’s football field (it wasn’t used for soccer back then), I knew it was called Mickey Clark Field.

It was only later, though, as I learned more about the history of Cow Town sports, that I got a better image of who the man was, and how he impacted the town and its young athletes.

And yet, until this morning, when I stumbled upon a pristine program from 1975 while leafing through memorabilia which Wolf legend Randy Keefe needs to get back at some point, I could not have told you with any certainty when the field debuted.

But then boom, nestled inside basketball clippings and programs, there was the football program you see in the photo above.

Coupeville football opened the 1975 season with road games at Langley and Concrete, before making its home debut Sept. 19 against Chimacum.

It was that night, 43 years back, when the dream became a reality.

According to the program, a pre-game flag-raising ceremony was conducted by the honor guard of the Sea Explorer Ship Whidbey, while the band performed under the direction of Leonard Denham.

Once the game reached the halftime break, CHS Athletic Director Bob Barker acted as Master of Ceremonies, while John Weber, Chairman of the School Board, and Joanette Wells, President of the Coupeville High Associated Students, gave presentations.

Topping things off, the Wolfette Drill/Dance Team, under the direction of Michelle Peel, performed as well.

The program paid tribute to a number of groups and individuals who made the field a reality, from the Lion’s Club, Puget Power, Central Electric, Vaughn and Wilson Construction and Chuck Jamison to the school’s vocational shop class.

But the man of the hour was an unassuming, hard-working coach and volunteer, and there’s a page in the program devoted to answering the question “Why, Mickey Clark Field?”

It reads:

For a period of twenty-five years Mickey coached boy’s softball teams, transporting them up and down the island to their summer league games.

He, along with John Syreen, started the little league baseball programs in Coupeville.

Mickey coached the high school basketball team for a season when they found themselves without a coach.

For a period of ten years he was the official Island County referee.

As county referee he officiated all the league football and basketball games for the Island County League teams, consisting of the Coupeville, Langley and Oak Harbor High Schools.

Mickey was instrumental in initiating and has directed a program that has probably saved the life of many a community youth – the Lion’s Club Swim Program.

For eighteen years, two nights a week, he was busy directing a popular and successful Peewee Junior Basketball league, sponsored by the Lion’s Club.

Most recently, Mickey headed the football bleachers building program for the Lion’s Club.

For the thousands of hours and sincere interest in our children — this is why Mickey Clark Field.

So, now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

And, for the completists out there, we wrap up this trip down nostalgia lane with a look at the first Wolf athletes and coaches to ever play on the field:


Wolf football roster:

Larry Ankney
Mike Ankney
Randy Blindauer
Chris Ceci
Charlie Cook
Ray Cook
Mike Dunn
Foster Faris
Gary Faulconer
Mike Gordon
Kevin Haga
Chuck Hardee
Randy Keefe
Pat Leach
Frank Mueller
Tim Pool
Jeff Rhubottom
Marc Sem
Don Sherman
Bill Stone
David Suder
Lee Suder
Jeff Thomas
Charlie Toth
Wayne Trumbull
Ed Weber
Steve Whitney
Fred Wyatt



Pat Lippincott
Greg Simon



Teresa Coupe
Lisa Keeney
Sherri Knoll
Kathy McClane
Jan Sem
Jill Whitney

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   Denny Clark was one of many former Wolf greats who returned Friday for the 101st anniversary of Coupeville High School basketball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mike Bagby is ready to suit up and drop 30.

   Randy Duggan (center) catches up with his coaches, Bob Barker (left) and Craig Pedlar.

Bill Riley, born to be a star.

   Pat O’Grady, one of the stars of the 1969-1970 Wolves, still the highest-scoring team in school history.

   Jeff Rhubottom, a one-man wrecking crew in the ’70s, reunites with Coach Barker.

Barry Brown, one of the most talented Wolves to emerge from the ’60s.

   Late in his career, Coach Barker took over the CHS girls hoops job, where he coached Sherry (Bonacci) Roberts.

   As Dale Sherman (left) tells another tall tale, Kimberly (Stuurmans) Bepler (in pink) and Tami (Stuurmans) Aparicio catch up with former babysitter, and school record-holder, Jeff Stone.

Randy Keefe, forever The Man.

   Tim Quenzer, whose picture from ’69-’70 graced the cover of Friday night’s collectiable game program.

   Coach Barker informs Bill Jarrell that yes, he does still remember every basket the sweet-shooting guard scored back in the ’70s.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Friday night was a treat, watching history come to life in front of me.

As I’ve plowed through dusty newspaper archives, scrapbooks and the memories of those nice enough to put up with my questions, I have come to a greater knowledge of the history of Coupeville High School basketball.

But seeing the players and coaches of the past return for the 101st anniversary of Wolf basketball was something different.

Men who I never saw play, many of whom I had never even met before, walked into the gym and it was all suddenly very real.

The guys from the ’70s only needed a few seconds to fall back into giving each other a hard time, and you saw the teens they once were reemerge.

In a move that showed great class, the current Wolves went down the line before tip-off, shaking hands with the legends who had come back.

For a moment, Hunter Downes met Barry Brown, Mason Grove united with Randy Keefe, and the past, present and future of Wolf basketball were joined.

And then Bob Barker, a man who changed countless lives during his time as a teacher, coach and Athletic Director, entered the gym and it was as if Elvis had returned to the building.

I’ve sat through my fair share of games at CHS, in a lot of different sports, and witnessed electrifying wins and horrifying defeats.

What I witnessed Friday tops them all.

At its core, Coupeville Sports, whether through the articles or the side projects like the Wall of Fame or the basketball anniversary, is about making sure the past isn’t forgotten while the present is celebrated.

The men (and women) who have helped Wolf boys basketball endure for 101 years, deserve to be recognized, to be remembered, and to be appreciated.

A lot of people helped me pull this off, from CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, who shocked me by saying “go knock yourself out,” to Katey Wilson, who worked magic in crafting the game program, to public address announcer Moose Moran, who took my purple prose and turned it into vocal gold.

To everyone who said yes, to everyone who showed up, to the players, coaches, managers, stat keepers, time clock operators, cheerleaders and fans, YOU are Wolf basketball.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your night.

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