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   Coupeville grad Brendan Coleman helps with brandings at an Ellensburg ranch. (Photos courtesy Marci Ameluxen)

   Coleman with parents Marci Ameluxen and Ed Coleman and his trusty steed Zans Turn Please.

Brendan Coleman has reached the end of one trail.

The Coupeville High School grad wrapped up his run as a college rodeo star in late April, competing in team roping at the semi-regional meet in Hermiston, Oregon.

Coleman, a senior at Central Washington University, finished 5th, narrowly missing a chance to advance to regionals.

Coming on the heels of a 3rd place finish at his final home meet in Ellensburg a week earlier, the performances helped him finish ranked in the top 12 in the Northwest region.

That covers Washington state, Oregon and western Idaho.

During his time at CWU, Coleman was a team roper for all four years, first as a heeler, then this year as a header.

He was team treasurer the last two years and has been active in the Ellensburg ranching community, helping with weekend brandings and competing in jackpot ropings.

Coleman, who was a member of the 2010 Central Whidbey Little League juniors baseball team which won a state title, graduates in June with a degree in construction management.

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   Coupeville grad Brendan Coleman and his trusty steed are tearing up the college rodeo circuit. (Jack Tisa photo)

He’s a little older, but just as successful.

Coupeville’s Brendan Coleman will forever be known for being part of the 2010 Central Whidbey Little League juniors baseball squad which won a state title.

But these days, the lanky former Wolf is earning his oohs and ah’s in the rodeo ring, where he has blazed a successful trail at Central Washington University.

Coleman, a 2014 Coupeville grad, is currently in his fourth year as a team roper for the Wildcats, while also serving as the CWU rodeo treasurer.

Last summer he went three-for-three, reaching the finals in every rodeo he entered and winning a crisp $650 along the way.

Keeping his hot streak alive, Coleman and his faithful steed, Zan’s Turn Please, teamed up with another CWU rider and horse duo to make it to the short round during the first college rodeo of the season in October.

Competing in Ontario, Oregon, they helped the Central men’s team finish third in the team standings.

Coleman is staying on top of his game with appearances in weekend events sponsored by the Kittitas County Roping Club, and will return to college rodeos in March.

Once back in the ring, CWU will compete in rodeos in Walla Walla, Ellensburg, Asotin and Hermiston over a two-month period.

When he’s not riding, Coleman is busy in the classroom and is on target to graduate next fall with a degree in Construction Management.

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   CHS grad Nick Streubel hangs out with his parents after a Central Washington University football win. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

   He’s like a Greek god, he is. (Photo property of Central Washington University football)

The accolades continue to pour in for Nick Streubel.

The Coupeville High School grad, now a red-shirt sophomore at Central Washington University, was named Friday as a First-Team selection to the NCAA D-II All-Super Region 4 football squad.

With that selection, he remains eligible to pick up votes when the national All-American team is tallied.

Friday’s regional honors come on the heels of Streubel previously being honored as a First-Team pick by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

With Streubel helping anchor the Wildcat offensive line, CWU averaged 466.4 yards and 39.4 points per game this season,

Central went undefeated in league play, finishing 11-1 after a playoff loss in double overtime.

The Wildcats landed 15 players on the Region 4 team, with nine earning First-Team honors.

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   CHS grad Nick Streubel (left) was an All-Conference lineman on a Central Washington University football team which won a league title and finished 11-1. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

It was there. Then it wasn’t.

Unable to hold on to a three-touchdown lead, and unable to stop the best quarterback in NCAA D-II football on the (disputed) final play of regulation, Central Washington University saw its season end Saturday afternoon.

The undefeated Wildcats, roaring behind an offensive line which includes Coupeville grad Nick Streubel, built a 28-7 halftime lead on visiting Texas A & M-Commerce, but couldn’t stick the landing.

Luis Perez, the front runner for the Harlon Hill trophy (the D-II version of the Heisman) tossed a game-tying “touchdown” on the final play of regulation, then his defense stood tall in a 34-31 win in double overtime.

With the loss, Central finishes 11-1 and joins Fort Hays State as the second #1 seed to be knocked out of a wild-and-woolly playoffs.

Of the remaining eight teams with national title hopes, only three (#1 seeds Indiana, PA and West Alabama and #2 seed Minnesota State-Mankato) were supposed to still be alive at this point.

Central, making its first trip to the playoffs since 2009, was coming off a bye week and looked phenomenal in the first half.

Sparked by a defense which picked off Perez three times before the break (he had just six interceptions against 38 touchdowns entering the day), the Wildcats dominated.

While he doesn’t have the eye-popping numbers of his Texas counterpart, Central QB Reilly Hennessey held his own in the early going.

He opened the scoring on a 10-yard sprint to the end zone, then came back to fire a five-yard TD strike to Christian Stafford.

After Perez got Texas on the board with a 56-yard scoring bomb right at the end of the first, Central responded with back-to-back scores early in the second.

Hennessey tossed another short TD pass, this one a 3-yarder to Kyle Self, before Austin Pernell followed his line in on a 1-yard scoring run.

Up 28-7 at the half, Central was rolling.

The second half, however, wouldn’t be quite as peachy, as the Wildcats forced their fans to chew some fingernails down the stretch.

Texas sliced away at the lead, getting a third-quarter score on a run, then tacking on a fourth-quarter TD on a Perez pass.

Still, it looked like Central would hold tough. Up 28-21, the ‘Cats had Texas facing a fourth-and-seven from the CWU 37 with under a minute to play.

If Perez was ruffled, though, he didn’t show it, pegging a 16-yard strike to the left to keep his team’s season going.

After another pass pushed the ball all the way down to the two-yard line, Central’s defense stiffened. The Wildcats flattened Perez on a run from the four, and pushed Texas to another fourth down.

A & M passed its final test, partially due to the lack of instant replay.

The game-tying four-yard TD pass was ruled a catch on the field, despite some legitimate question from viewers as to whether the receiver truly had the ball.

If this was the NFL, I would bet money the call would have been overruled and Central would be celebrating.

Instead, they were off to overtime, where the two teams traded possessions starting at the 25-yard line, and, eventually, dueling field goals.

Overtime #2 started with Central in possession of the ball, but Hennessey was almost picked twice and the Wildcats, who would have been facing a very long field goal, went for it on fourth-and-15, but failed.

Perez, who finished with 394 yards on 41-65 passing, handed the ball off three straight times, setting up All-League kicker Kristov Martinez.

The Texas booter split the uprights from 38 yards out, putting the (sour) cherry on top of the sundae.

While the loss was disappointing, it shouldn’t take away from the season Streubel had.

The former Wolf three-sport star returned from an injury which cost him last year and was an All-Conference First-Team offensive lineman as a red-shirt sophomore.

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   Coupeville grad Nick Streubel was named a First-Team All-Conference pick for his play anchoring the offensive line for Central Washington University. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

High school, college, it matters not — The Big Hurt and awards just go together.

Having recovered from a devastating injury last season, Central Washington University red-shirt sophomore offensive lineman Nick Streubel was rewarded Wednesday when he was tabbed as a First-Team All-League selection.

The Coupeville High School grad, an All-League and All-State player in his prep days, was one of 10 Wildcats honored by Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches.

Central Washington rolled to an 11-0 mark, captured its first league title in five seasons, and is a #1 seed heading into the NCAA D-II playoffs.

The Wildcats nabbed four special awards, in addition to their All-Conference picks.

Senior linebacker Kevin Haynes was the Defensive Player of the Year, senior Bo Banner was the Defensive Lineman of the Year and junior transfer quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the Newcomer of the Year.

Topping things off, CWU head coach Ian Shoemaker was hailed as the Coach of the Year.

In a league dominated by juniors and seniors, Streubel was one of only four sophomores to be named as a First-Team player.

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