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Jada Heaton is ready to tear up the hardwood. (Jennifer Heaton photo)

The calendar says spring, but basketball is always in season.

Coupeville High School players, both present and future, are taking part in off-season workouts and games right now, and we have some brand-new pics to prove it.

Let every gym ring with the sound of squeaking shoes.

Skylar (left) and Brynn Parker are a dangerous duo. (Corinn Parker photo)

Heaton is joined by (l to r) Katie Marti, Bryley Gilbert, and Liza Zustiak.

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Coupeville 6th grader Tenley Stuurmans made her middle school track debut at a four-team home meet. (Photo courtesy Sarah Stuurmans)

Everything comes to those who wait.

Five days after the first middle school track meet of the season, results have appeared on the internet, and I’m here to pass them on to the world at large.

Opening day, which was April 27, featured Coupeville hosting King’s, Langley, and Northshore Christian Academy.

The first title of the season for CMS went to Easton Green, who won the boys high jump with a mark of four feet, seven inches.

Amaya Schaffeld (100), Lillian Ketterling (800), George Spear (800), and Malachi Somes (1600) captured second-place finishes for the Wolves.

Coupeville returns to action this Wednesday, May 4, when it travels to Langley for a meet which also includes Sultan and Lakewood.


Complete 4/27 results:



100 — Amaya Schaffeld (2nd) 14.91; Myra McDonald (9th) 15.66; Noelle Western (13th) 15.83; Aleksia Jump (16th) 16.33; Carly Burt (22nd) 16.46; Tenley Stuurmans (26th) 16.80; Willow Leedy-Bonifas (30th) 17.14; Abbigail Bond (37th) 17.73; Inara Maund (39th) 17.95

200 — Laken Simpson (3rd) 33.71; Marin Winger (5th) 37.36; Liza Zustiak (6th) 38.15

800 — Lillian Ketterling (2nd) 3:12.55; Mikayla Wagner (4th) 3:14.32

100 Hurdles — Stuurmans (7th) 21.86; Ava Carpenter (15th) 22.97; Zustiak (20th) 23.47; Frankie Tenore (23rd) 24.48; Emma McFadden (28th) 28.36

4 x 100 Relay — Carpenter, McDonald, Tirsit Cannon, Winger (4th) 1:04.93; Bond, Jump, Brynn Parker, Schaffeld (6th) 1:06.77; Ketterling, Devon Wyman, Wagner, Simpson (7th) 1:07.54

Shot Put — Leedy-Bonifas (6th) 19-09; Grier Mooney (7th) 19-08; Simpson (9th) 19-02; McFadden (10th) 18-04; Carpenter (13th) 17-01; Ketterling (16th) 15-10; Cannon (19th) 15-05; Winger (20th) 15-04; Ivy Rudat (21st) 15-00; Tenore (22nd) 14-08.50

Discus — Taylor Marrs (3rd) 53-01; Ketterling (9th) 42-02; Mooney (11th) 39-08; Leedy-Bonifas (12th) 38-08; Maund (17th) 32-00

High Jump — Schaffeld (8th) 3-10; Jump (10th) 3-06; McFadden (10th); Parker (10th) 3-06; Tenore (10th) 3-06

Long Jump — Burt (4th) 12-01.50; McDonald (5th) 11-09; Western (13th) 10-03; Rudat (14th) 10-02.50; Stuurmans (19th) 9-05.50; Cannon (20th) 9-05; Wagner (21st) 9-04.50; Parker (26th) 8-11; Tenore (29th) 8-07.50; Leedy-Bonifas (30th) 8-06; Maund (34th) 7-08; Wyman (34th) 7-08; Marrs (39th) 6-10



100 — Adrian Cunningham (9th) 14.40; Kenny Jacobsen (17th) 14.96; Wyatt Fitch-Marron (19th) 15.16; Beckett Green (20th) 15.17; Easton Green (30th) 16.20; Roger Merino-Martinez (31st) 16.24; Nathan Niewald (34th) 16.52; Shiloh Sandlin (37th) 17.38; Leonardo Rodriguez (38th) 17.40; Edmund Kunz (40th) 17.80; Zach Blitch (48th) 20.83; Dylan Robinett (49th) 21.79

200 — B. Green (6th) 30.97; Max Ohme (12th) 34.17

800 — George Spear (2nd) 2:44.14

1600 — Malachi Somes (2nd) 5:31.06; K. Jacobsen (13th) 6:24.49

110 Hurdles — Fitch-Marron (3rd) 21.86; Axel Marshall (7th) 22.82; Carson Grove (11th) 23.62; Spear (12th) 23.63; Merino-Martinez (13th) 25.39; Niewald (14th) 26.79; Ryan Beaston (17th) 30.05; Rodriguez (19th) 32.60; Robinett (20th) 38.55

4 x 100 Relay — Cunningham, Somes, Spear, E. Green (4th) 58.59

Shot Put — B. Green (16th) 17-08; Niewald (19th) 15-04; Robinett (20th) 15-03

Discus — Spear (11th) 59-00; Grove (15th) 53-05; Marshall (18th) 52-02; Ohme (22nd) 43-10; Blitch (27th) 40-10; Sandlin (28th) 31-09; Kunz (29th) 20-10

High Jump — E. Green (1st) 4-07; Fitch-Marron (4th) 4-01; Cunningham (6th) 3-10; Johnathan Jacobsen (6th) 3-10; Grove (12th) 3-08; Marshall (12th) 3-08; Ohme (12th) 3-08; Somes (12th) 3-08, Sandlin (17th) 3-04

Long Jump — Cunningham (7th) 13-04; Grove (14th) 11-08; K. Jacobsen (23rd) 11-02; Ohme (29th) 10-00; Merino-Martinez (30th) 9-11; Kunz (32nd) 9-07; Rodriguez (33rd) 9-05; Niewald (36th) 9-01

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Coupeville Middle School has 54 students on its track team, including 7th grader Ava Carpenter. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a deep roster.

Coupeville Middle School track and field coaches Paige Spangler and Jon Gabelein had 54 athletes turn out for the first week of practice.

There may be a few changes before the Wolves reach their first meet, which is at home Apr. 27.

But still, that’s a huge number for a town where the high school competes at the 2B level.

Proof positive that track and field is booming in Cow Town.

The CMS roster, with events where indicated on preseason sheets:



6th grade:

Arianna Cunningham (100, Shot Put, Long Jump)
Isabella De Souza Oliveira (100 Hurdles, Long Jump, 4 x 100 Relay)
Lillian Ketterling (400, 4 x 200 Relay)
Willow Leedy-Bonifas (100, Shot Put, Long Jump)
Taylor Marrs (100, Long Jump)
Emma McFadden (High Jump, Shot Put)
Laken Simpson (200, Shot Put, 4 x 1)
Tenley Stuurmans (100, 200, High Jump, Shot Put)
Mikayla Wagner (800, High Jump, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Elyse White (100, Long Jump)
Marin Winger (200, Shot Put, 4 x 1)
Devon Wyman (High Jump, Long Jump, 4 x 1)


7th grade:

Tirsit Cannon (Shot Put, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Ava Carpenter (100 Hurdles, Shot Put, 4 x 1, 4 x 2)
Inara Maund (100, Long Jump)
Myra McDonald (100, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Ivy Rudat (Shot Put, Long Jump, 4 x 2)


8th grade:

Abbigail Bond (100, High Jump, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Carly Burt (100, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Aleksia Jump (100, High Jump, 4 x 1)
Grier Mooney (Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Brynn Parker (High Jump, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Amaya Schaffeld (100, High Jump, 4 x 1)
Frankie Tenore (100 Hurdles, Shot Put, Long Jump)
Noelle Western (100, Long Jump, 4 x 1)
Liza Zustiak (400, 100 Hurdles, High Jump, 4 x 1)



6th grade:

Ryan Beaston (100, Shot Put, Discus)
Khyren Calhoun (100, Discus, Long Jump)
Wyatt Fitch-Marron (100, 110 Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump)
Beckett Green (100, 200, Shot Put)
Carson Grove (200, Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump)
Johnny Jacobsen
Edmund Kunz (100, Discus, Long Jump)
Roger Merino-Martinez
Nathan Niewald (100, 110 Hurdles, Long Jump)
Max Ohme (200, Shot Put, Long Jump)
Leonardo Rodriguez (100, Discus, Long Jump)
Shiloh Sandlin (100, High Jump, Discus)
Cody Sellers
Jonah Weyl


7th grade:

Zachary Blitch (100, Shot Put, Long Jump)
Jack Farrell
Matthew Gilbert
Chance Hart
Kenny Jacobsen (100, 1600, Long Jump)
Axel Marshall (1600, 110 Hurdles, Discus)
Dylan Robinett (100, 110 Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put)
Joshua Stockdale (100, 400, High Jump, Long Jump)
Captain Teuscher


8th grade:

Adrian Cunningham (100, High Jump, 4 x 100 Relay)
Easton Green (100, High Jump, 4 x 1)
Jacob Schooley
Malachi Somes (1600, High Jump, Shot Put, 4 x 1)
George Spear (400, 800, Long Jump, 4 x 1)

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Kierra Thayer rumbled on both ends of the floor as an 8th grader. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They closed with a vengeance.

Capping a season of huge improvement, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams went basket for basket with their next door neighbors Thursday in Langley.

The Wolf varsity, led by the red-hot long-distance shooting of Haylee Armstrong, pushed the Cougars hard, before being nipped 21-19 in what coaches from both schools termed “their best game so far.”

Haylee hit a couple of big threes, and our defense was nearly flawless, keeping South Whidbey from setting up an offense the majority of the game,” said Coupeville coach Kassie O’Neil.

Haylee Armstrong led all Coupeville Middle School players in scoring this season.

“The girls came out ready to play and kept up the same energy throughout the entire game,” O’Neil said.

“I think both of our teams brought our A-games and it was great to see two similar teams going head-to-head.”

While Armstrong was droppin’ bombs from the parking lot, Kierra Thayer anchored the Wolf defense.

Kierra had a few HUGE stuffs, denying the shooters any time they tried to get a shot up past her,” O’Neil said. “And she was there to rebound on both ends of the court.

“Her hustle during this game was the best I’ve seen from her this season.”

While Coupeville couldn’t quite nab the season-ending victory, O’Neil still came away flushed with pride in her young players.

“It was the best ending for our season. I’m so proud of these girls and the gains they made in such a short amount of time,” she said.

“I think we accomplished our big goals — they gained foundational skills, learned what it means to turn a team into family, and fostered a love for the game.”

A former Coupeville hoops star who was known for knocking down big shots at crunch time, O’Neil was pleased with a lot of what she saw in her first season being in charge.

“If I’m lucky enough to continue coaching Wolves hoops, I’ll be happy to see these girls back on the court for another couple of seasons,” she said. “It’s been a blast to witness their growth and joy, playing the sport I love.”

O’Neil’s fellow coach, Kristina Forbes, had a similar experience in her first go-round with the Wolf JV, which fell 46-11 at Langley.

“We had one main goal and that was to just play better than we did the first we played South Whidbey,” she said. “We accomplished that. These girls played their hearts out and never gave up!”

Willow Leedy-Bonifas is a fireball on the floor.

Forbes gave her whole team props, with a special shout-out for feisty guard Willow Leedy-Bonifas.

“She was not afraid to get in the face of her opponent and try for the steals!” Forbes said with a big smile.

Coupeville’s second squad was almost entirely made up of players who were brand new to competitive basketball, but they held up well against much more experienced teams such as King’s, Sultan, and Langley.

“This season was full of learning to cope with emotions, and to develop skills, bonding with their teammates and learning to trust each other on the court,” Forbes said.

“My girls have come so far from the beginning of the season till the end.

“By last night’s game the nerves seemed to be distant and all that beamed through them was determination.

“Overall, I hope that my girls had a fun season and will plan to come out next year.”

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Kierra Thayer made a strong debut for Coupeville Middle School Thursday. (Photo courtesy Will Thayer)

Every journey needs a first step.

Thursday afternoon, a day after the Coupeville High School boys basketball team completed a season for the ages with a state tourney rumble in Spokane, the campus back home was fairly quiet.

Unless you were camped out in the middle school gym for the CMS girls hoops opener, which pitted the scrappy Wolves against their archrivals from Langley.

While the visiting Cougars made off with two wins, after MUCH screaming, Coupeville’s young guns, many of whom were making their competitive hoops debut, showed great promise.

“It’ll be great to see where this group is, how much they improve, a few years down the road,” said one Wolf dad, perfectly capturing the mood in a gym crammed with bodies from one end to the other.

How the day played out:



A team comprised largely of 6th graders will present new coach Kristina Forbes with a lot of teaching moments, as the Wolves look to shape their skills.

While CMS fell 46-5, it played Langley nearly even in the third quarter, and showed flashes of genuine potential throughout the afternoon.

Now, if we could just get the refs in mid-season form … as it took them a solid two minutes and 38 seconds of action to realize Coupeville was playing with six girls on the floor.

Neither guy in the striped shirts counted the players before tipoff, apparently.

After that, the constant roar which hung in the gym air — radiating from two packs of hyped-up middle school girls going nicely berserk — made communication hard.

While the Wolves failed to score in the opening frame, they busted through when Rhylin Price knocked down a second-quarter free throw.

Coupeville’s other buckets came from Adeline Maynes, who hit a jumper in the paint, and Rosie Lay, who flipped the net with a high, arcing shot while being triple-teamed.

Laken Simpson hit the boards hard for the Wolves, while Willow Leedy-Bonifas had fast fingers on defense, poking balls free several times.

Lexis Drake, Ava Lucero, Elyse White, and Chelsi Stevens rounded out the active roster for game one, all getting valuable floor time as they begin their new journey.



Coupeville’s top squad — led by first-year coach Kassie O’Neil, herself a former Wolf hoops sensation — was competitive from start to finish in a 29-14 loss.

Langley, which won the rebounding war most of the game, used second, third, and fourth attempts to build an early lead and then hold on late.

Trailing 8-0, the Wolves broke through thanks to Kierra Thayer, who came roaring off the bench ready to inflict major damage on the Cougars.

After banking home a pair of free throws, with each shot kissing the glass before plopping through the net, the 8th grader rolled hard to the hoop for a bucket to cut the deficit back to 8-4 at the first break.

Unfortunately for CMS, Langley put together its best run in the second frame, using a 10-2 surge to largely put the game on lock-down.

Wolf point guard Tenley Stuurmans, the only 6th grader to start for the varsity, threw down Coupeville’s lone second quarter bucket.

Dodging elbows and hands to the face much of the game, the younger sister of CHS hoops star Lyla Stuurmans showed the same feistiness on defense that is a trademark of her older sibling.

Taking names and plotting revenge for future games, Tenley opened the third quarter with a sprint from end-to-end, converting a turnover into a breakaway bucket.

After that, much of the offense flowed through Thayer, who has height, speed, and an ability to go hard to the hoop with both hands.

Which should intrigue any CHS coaches scouting Wolves who will move up next season.

Another player to watch is 7th grader Haylee Armstrong, who was channeling Mia Littlejohn with her headband and the extra lil’ spicy skip in her step while dribbling.

Like that former Wolf, who tore up the CHS court for three years, her reincarnation has a bit of a rumble, a touch of New Jersey playground lingering in her soul.

Or so I think.

Armstrong has a way to go to reach the same heights Littlejohn did, certainly, but first impressions are very promising.

Thayer paced the Wolves with eight points in her CMS debut, while Stuurmans banked in four and Armstrong tickled the twines on a pair of free throws.

The charity stripe was one place where Coupeville clearly had the advantage, hitting four of five attempts while Langley finished just 1-8.

Brynn Parker, Liza Zustiak, Valeria de Jesus Merino, Capri Anter, Lucero, and Drake also saw floor time for CMS, which plays its next three games on the road.

The Wolves kick off that series of bus trips Tuesday, Mar. 8 with a trek to Northshore Christian Academy.

Coupeville’s next home game is not until Mar. 17, when King’s visits Whidbey.


Special Thanks:

Big props to Wolf players Isabella de Souza Oliveira and Sydney Van Dyke, who were running the camera, taping the game for their coaches.

In between providing frequent vocal support for their teammates and enjoying tasty cupcakes, the duo tracked down info for me, tying together uniform numbers with names.

Since I entered the gym being able to visually ID about five of these still fairly new Wolf athletes, de Souza Oliveira and Van Dyke were a huge help.

It’s appreciated, ladies.

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