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Wintery weather conditions will prevent Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Co. from playing basketball Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature strikes again.

The 2019-2020 Coupeville High School basketball season continues to be jumbled by weather-related incidents.

After twice being tripped up by wind storms, this time around it’s snow bedeviling the Wolves.

CHS was slated to send its girls squads to Granite Falls Tuesday, while the boys teams were set to welcome Cedar Park Christian to town.

With both of those rival schools closing due to the wintery weather, however, gyms everywhere will remain silent.

The games, which are North Sound Conference rumbles, will be rescheduled and the hope is to do it fast.

The girls games at Granite Falls have been bumped to Thursday.

If weather improves, the Wolf boys will play at home Wednesday.

Those games would be set for 5 PM (JV and C-Team) and 6:45 (varsity).

In a twist, the Wolf C-Team would actually play Sultan in the middle school gym, and not CPC, as that game was already on the schedule for Wednesday.

The C-Team could then possibly pick up the Cedar Park game at a later date, said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

Of course, continued snow and ice could make this all moot.

Friday, all five CHS hoops teams are scheduled to travel to Langley to face South Whidbey.

Temperatures are projected to be in the 40’s Island-wide by then.

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Breeanna Messner, back in her prairie days. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

It’s a 2-for-1 deal.

Kick in some moola to support a great cause and you can help out a prairie legend and greatly benefit homeless women in California.

Coupeville High School grad Breeanna Messner, a four-sport (volleyball, cheer, basketball, softball) star in her Wolf days, is currently living in San Diego as she prepares to apply to medical school.

In between her college days, and her next college days, Messner, one of the most talented, kindest people on the face of planet Earth, is busy working to help others.

She’s currently working on a project to create and distribute free, reusable feminine hygiene products to homeless women in the San Diego area.

The plan is to produce 150 pads, giving three apiece to 50 women.

Messner, who is doing the work herself, has launched a GoFundMe to raise the money needed to buy flannel material, towels, snap buttons, thread, Ziploc bags, and sewing necessities.

She’s raised just over half of her $1,000 goal and we, her many die-hard fans in Wolf Nation, can help her get over the top.

To read Messner’s full proposal, and/or donate, pop over to:


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Makana Stone (John Fisken photo)

   Makana Stone has jumped from high school to college, yet she’s still soaring on a nightly basis. (John Fisken photo)

Now that’s a beat-down.

With five different players hitting for double digit scoring Saturday, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad thrashed host Linfield 97-48.

Freshman Makana Stone, starting for the Blues on the same night her former Coupeville High School teammates capped a third-straight unbeaten league season, went for six points and six rebounds.

Whitman is 19-2 overall, 10-2 in Northwest Conference play and 5-0 with Stone in the starting lineup.

Things get really serious next week, when the Blues head to Tacoma Friday, Feb. 10 to seek revenge on league-leading Puget Sound.

The Loggers, who nipped Whitman 73-71 on overtime the first time the schools met, sits at 20-1, 12-0.

Saturday night the Blues jumped on Linfield quickly, turning an eight-point lead after one quarter into a 22-point bulge at the half.

Chelsi Brewer knocked down a team-high 15, while three of her teammates went for 13 apiece.

Stone has scored 119 points (5.7 a night) and snatched 118 rebounds (5.6) through 21 games.

She’s #2 on the team in rebounding and #3 in field goal percentage (49.1% on 52 of 106) among players who’ve shot the ball more than 10 times.

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Nick Streubel, AKA The Big Hurt. (John Fisken photo)

Nick Streubel, AKA The Big Hurt. (John Fisken photo)

There was a brief moment when Nick Streubel was a little guy.

A very brief moment.

Nowadays, the Central Washington University football lineman, and former Wolf legend, is a weight room-approved beast whose muscular outer layer (barely) disguises the easy-going, super-friendly guy he really is.

One of my most enduring memories of The Big Hurt, who celebrates the big 1-9 today, came after a basketball game.

Streubel, the most physically imposing specimen on the CHS campus, was hanging out on the court with teammates, family and friends and the young son of Wolf assistant boys’ basketball coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh was among the entourage.

Lifting the little boy up into the heavens, Nick balanced him on his shoulders and handed him a ball, then moved over under the basket so the super-excited kid could try and dunk the ball.

As attempt after attempt failed, Streubel, huge smile splashed across his face, held the boy aloft, encouraging him.

Then, success, and The Big Hurt swept the boy to the floor and high-fived him halfway across the gym.

Of course, there was also the time after a game in Port Townsend, one played on a field of mud that smelled like cow manure.

Streubel, covered head to toe in the gunk (and unable to shower as the team made a dash for the last ferry) spotted Coach V and took off after him, intent on giving him a full-body hug.

Bowling over teammates, mud flying everywhere while Van Velkinburgh, laughing hysterically, did his best to evade him, Streubel made the dock itself shake.

The point of this all is that Nick, while a top athlete (football, basketball, track and before high school, as a swim sensation), is a better person.

He’s just a good guy, and that has always shone through.

Parents David and Nanette Streubel (and proud big sis Amanda) raised him the right way, and Nicholas earned the respect, admiration and friendship of many in Cow Town.

Of all the athletes who have signed college scholarships during the 25 years I’ve covered high school sports on Whidbey Island, I’m pretty sure I was happiest to see him write his name on the paper.

Happy birthday, Nick.

It was an honor to cover your athletic exploits and it’s always been a pleasure to know you.

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In between ranting at computers, let's take a moment to say happy birthday to freshman QB Hunter Downes.

In between ranting at computers, let’s take a moment to say happy birthday to freshman QB Hunter Downes.

Insanity, thy name is “Debbie.”

She’s made of bits and bolts, one and zeros, and she’s an idiot. A stark, raving moron. Of that I have little doubt.

Now, the “Debbie” I speak of is the computer that sits in the corner (hopefully hanging its head in shame at the moment) at the core of http://www.scoreczar.org/.

Admittedly, she has been right far more than wrong in the past, but there are moments that make you think her operator spilled their beverage of choice all over “Debbie” and short-circuited her main frame.

How else to explain that in the newest rankings, the Coupeville High School football squad finds itself SIX spots behind a team it just bushwhacked?

That’s right, the Wolves jumped out to a 29-7 lead on Port Townsend last Friday, then, after losing their QB in the third quarter with a hip pointer, held on and made a stellar defensive stand, picking off passes left and right, to secure a 29-21 win.

The victory puts Coupeville at 3-1 overall, 2-0 in 1A Olympic League play, a game up on Port Townsend (2-2, 1-1) and Klahowya (1-3, 1-1) and two up on Chimacum (0-4, 0-2).

And yet, “Debbie” has Port Townsend ranked #17 in 1A currently (down from #10 before its loss) and Coupeville at #23 (up a measly three spots after BEATING the #10 team).


Coupeville has a better record (3-1 vs. 2-2). It’s undefeated against 1A teams, with its only loss coming to a 2A Sequim squad that’s also 3-1.

Port Townsend’s defining win this season is against Klahowya, which is ranked #32.

The Wolves have wins against teams that currently sit at #17 (guess who) and #30 (South Whidbey) and their third win was against #42 (Chimacum), which is better than Port Townsend’s other win, which came against #51 (Bellevue Christian).

If we want to keep on throwing out stats, the Wolves have outscored the Redhawks 113-104 and their quarterback, leading rusher and receiver all have better stats.

Plus, let’s go back for a second … THEY BEAT PORT TOWNSEND.

On the field, between the lines, they were the better team. They ARE the better team.

But somewhere a computer hums a merry tune and spews nonsense, even if no one with a lick of sense believes her.

To gaze at the complete 1A rankings (in which SIX teams with a .500 record also sit ahead of Coupeville) pop over to:


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