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Bennett Boyles 

Registration is open for the 5th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors a Coupeville Middle School student who passed away in 2017 just shy of his 13th birthday, is put on by the Penn Cove Brewing Company.

Bennett, a basketball player and member of Coupeville’s Class of 2022, waged a remarkable battle against autoimmune encephalitis, in which the immune system attacks the brain.

Even while undergoing frequent radiation treatments in an attempt to slow the growth of inoperable tumors on his brain stem, his smile never wavered.

Former hoops teammate Hawthorne Wolfe has worn Bennett’s name on his basketball shoes as he has pursued their mutual hardwood dream, and the CHS boys basketball program left a seat open in his honor during a cancer fundraiser.

Penn Cove Brewing owners Mitch and Marc Aparicio have used the golf tourney to pay tribute to their fellow Coupeville native, while raising money for several charities.

Even with the pandemic affecting things in 2020, the tourney pulled in a record 83 players, with money raised being split between the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

This year’s tourney is set for September 25th, with a 1:00 PM shotgun start at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

Proceeds from the 2021 event will go to support patients and families through WhidbeyHealth’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services, and to provide scholarships to Bennett’s graduating class.

 

For more info, and to register or arrange sponsorship, pop over to:

https://bennett-boyles-memorial-golf-fundraiser.com/

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Yashmeen and Richard Wilson.

One of Coupeville’s most talented grads is in the fight of her life.

Yashmeen (Knox) Wilson, a three-sport star who has held the school’s record in the high jump for 22 years, was diagnosed in January with two forms of breast cancer.

This comes at a time when she, husband Richard (who has held the CHS boys record in the high jump since 2000), and their family are living in a hotel after their house was flooded.

Yashmeen was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage 2A/Grade 2 and Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Stage 2A/Grade 2.

She begins chemotherapy this coming Monday, and is scheduled for a double mastectomy in June.

In addition, current plans call for Yashmeen to be on Herceptin for a year and Tamoxflin for 5-10 years.

During her time at CHS, she was a standout student who also starred for Wolf volleyball, basketball, and track teams.

While she excelled in all of her sports, her legend has lingered longest in the world of track and field, as her name still sits on the school’s record board in the Coupeville gym.

Yashmeen’s best performance in the high jump — five feet, two inches in 1999 — has yet to be touched.

Of the 35 records on the CHS board (18 for the girls, 17 for the boys) her mark is one of just 10 remaining from the ’80s or ’90s.

For those who would like to help Yashmeen, Richard, and their children, there are several ways.

 

There is a meal train here:

Meal Train for The Wilson Family

 

And donations, which will be used to help with meals and medical bills, can be sent through Venmo, using @yazzy_land.

Venmo – Share Payments

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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:

GOLF REGISTRATION

 

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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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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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