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Chayse Van Velkinburgh rules the pitch. (Photos courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

Chayse remains on the chase.

Incoming Coupeville Middle School 6th grader Chayse Van Velkinburgh is spending a good chunk of his summer pursuing his soccer dreams.

The speedy pitch king spent this weekend playing with the 2010 Rangers FC Gold, a squad which is mainly comprised of players older than Van Velkinburgh.

The team claimed 2nd place in their division at the Crossfire Select Cup in Redmond, narrowly edged out 4-3 in the championship tilt.

Van Velkinburgh, who has been playing 9 vs 9 on a shortened field, stepped up and accepted the challenge of playing 11 vs 11 on a full soccer pitch.

He crashed home a goal, while handing out three assists from his position at left wing back.

Celebrating a strong finish at the Crossfire Challenge Cup.

Van Velkinburgh plans to go full-tilt the rest of the summer, as well.

He has a two-day camp coming up on his schedule, followed by high-level tournaments the next two weekends.

Once the calendar hits August, Van Velkinburgh will try out for the Elite Player Development Program, which is run by Washington Youth Soccer.

That program is set up to “identify and select players of the highest caliber and potential on a continuing and consistent basis, which leads to increased success at the regional and national level.”

EPD fields two teams — one from the Western half of the state, and one from the Eastern.

Tryouts are Aug. 8-10, with callbacks later in the month.

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Chayse Van Velkinburgh, hard at work. (Photos courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

He’s pursuing the dream.

At home in Coupeville, Chayse Van Velkinburgh is on his way to middle school and will be a 6th grader this fall.

On the soccer field, however, he’s ahead of his age group, often playing with older teammates.

And now the sport has taken him abroad, with Van Velkinburgh spending several weeks in May learning and training in Spain.

While visiting the soccer hot spot, the young Wolf booter practiced with a U17 team in Madrid most mornings, then trained in the evening with fellow 11- and 12-year-olds.

Those latter sessions came with a Leganes program which is among the best in the region.

During his trip, Van Velkinburgh was able to play with multiple teams, offering a unique learning experience.

Taking the field with Alcorcon, Chayse “played very well on the left wing, hitting the crossbar and then forcing the keeper to make a diving save to his left,” according to dad Dustin.

“It was fun to hear people in the stands talking about the pink-haired American.”

Looking snazzy on the Spanish pitch.

Thanks to his play, the younger Van Velkinburgh has been invited to return to Spain for a week in November and train at the high-caliber Real Madrid Youth Academy.

Chayse will be joined on the trip by Thatcher Whiteaker, a former teammate who recently returned to Oak Harbor after his Navy family spent three years in Japan.

The duo currently plays for a select team in Bellingham.

The first trip to Spain — which also included a chance to watch Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Final — offered a chance to witness an extremely high level of soccer.

“Being in Madrid as they won was something else,” Dustin Van Velkinburgh said. “It’s like the entire city stopped and the only thing that mattered for two hours was that game.

“And the streets erupted afterward. The parties and singing lasted far into the night.

“The quality of soccer Chayse was exposed to has been eye opening. I’m forever grateful for this opportunity for him.”

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Wesley McGee proudly displays his certificate of promotion from 5th grade to middle school. (Angie McGee photo)

They’re moving up the street, and up in the world.

Coupeville Elementary School honored its graduating 5th graders Thursday, and the group heads to middle school this fall.

The trip is just a few blocks down S. Main Street, but it opens up a whole new world for the young Wolves.

From my perspective, it means a new bunch of athletes arriving on the scene, with a lot of names to learn.

CMS 6th graders are eligible to play volleyball, boys soccer, cross country, basketball, and track and field.

But athlete or not, all the CES grads get new academic challenges, and we wish them all the best.

Wolf superstar Nezi Keiper congratulates Jacob Meador. (Photo courtesy Keiper)

Middle school, here they come. (McGee photo)

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Chayse Van Velkinburgh, in younger days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Now sporting pink hair, Chayse is a two-sport star, tearing up the basketball hardwood and the soccer pitch. (Photo courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

Chayse Van Velkinburgh didn’t spend too much time sitting on the couch this weekend.

The Coupeville Elementary School fifth grader delivered strong performances in two sports while bouncing between different towns.

When he was in Redmond, Van Velkinburgh played in a state soccer cup game, bashing several shots on goal while leading the rampage on offense.

Take him off the pitch, and rush him back to Mount Vernon, and he played in four basketball games at the Tulip Days Tournament.

Van Velkinburgh poured in 55 points, including 17 against Lummi Island in the day’s final matchup, helping spark his team to the 5th grade title.

Most of his team’s games were actually against 6th grade squads, as they played up after several 5th grade teams dropped out of the tourney.

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Chayse Van Velkinburgh with dad Dustin. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chayse shreds the defense. (Photo courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

“All in all, it was a good day.”

Chayse Van Velkinburgh, a 10-year-old Coupeville Elementary School student, continues to play above his age group on the soccer pitch.

Saturday, mask in place, he participated in two games, while repping the uniform of two different teams.

Van Velkinburgh opened the day by suiting up for the U12 NWU Black squad, starting at left back, where he helped trigger two of his team’s three goals in a loss.

The first score came off of a long ball played from the back, while on the second tally the young supernova dropped in a pinpoint quick throw to give a teammate an advantage on a backpedaling goaltender.

“The score won’t show it, but he played really well at that level,” said dad Dustin.

Game two brought Chayse back to his normal squad, U11 NWU Black, and he propelled them to an 8-3 victory.

The younger Van Velkinburgh scored twice in his nightcap, punching in a laser from 25 feet out for one score, before getting creative for another goal.

Smartly reading the opposing goaltender, he picked off a goal kick, then lit up the goalie.

A little dribble opened things up, before Van Velkinburgh slid the ball between the opposing player’s legs to set off a celebration.

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