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Wolf cross country runners put in summer work. (Photos courtesy Elizabeth Bitting)

Cross country endures in the age of COVID-19.

As things are currently shaping up, runners may be the only prep athletes allowed to compete this fall.

But, September’s still a long way off, and much can change.

Either way, neither the coronavirus or Whidbey’s spotty summer weather have slowed down the harriers.

While Coupeville High School looks for a new cross country coach, CMS running guru Elizabeth Bitting is keeping Wolf runners of every age busy flying across the prairie.

In week two of summer work, which just ended, Coupeville had eight runners submit mileage reports, with the group ringing up 86.6 miles.

That gives the Wolves a combined total of 201.4 miles so far.

Things get a new twist starting this week, as Bitting and Co. launch a virtual four-race series.

The Wolf coach sends out a set route to her runners, who then compete on their own and submit their times.

The deadline for race one is Saturday, July 11, with the results announced the next day.

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Jodi Crimmins

Give Jodi Crimmins an hour, and she’ll pump your brain up.

The Coupeville High School grad, once the most-ferocious basketball player to ever pull on a Wolf jersey, has traded flying elbows o’ death for outdoors learnin’.

Now a Garden and Sustainability Teacher on Special Assignment for Oak Harbor Public Schools, Crimmins enters the computer matrix next Saturday, July 11 to give an online talk, “How School Gardens Empower Young People.”

Offered by the Sno-Isle Library system, the talk runs from 9-10 AM on Zoom, and is free to enjoy for all who sign up.

During her days as a Wolf, Crimmins was a rampaging force of nature on the basketball court, ripping down rebounds and thrashing anyone who entered her danger zone.

Off the court, she remains one of the kindest human beings the planet has ever produced.

Jodi, who played basketball under her maiden name of Christensen, married fellow CHS grad Jon Crimmins, and the duo raised two more Wolves, with son Aiden and daughter Maggie also making off with diplomas from their parent’s alma mater.

An alumni of Miriam’s Espresso, Jodi is now a state Science Fellow who “provides training on environmental literacy and sustainability projects, school-wide composting systems, and outdoor learning opportunities linked to the U.S. Department of Education National Green Ribbon Schools program.”

With her help, the Oak Harbor school district earned the 2019 Green Medalist Award from Washington Green Schools.

For info on registering for Crimmins talk, pop over to:

https://sno-isle.libnet.info/event/4442059?_ga=2.268914294.682625211.1593744160-1372806721.1593744160

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Coupeville grads CJ Smith (left) and Zane Bundy are both pursuing careers in law enforcement. (Photo courtesy Charlotte Young)

Captain Cool is switching up uniforms.

Coupeville baseball legend CJ Smith, who pitched CHS to its first league title in 25 seasons during his senior campaign in 2016, is the latest former Wolf to become a first responder.

Smith has been hired by the Mercer Island Police Department.

He joins Aaron Trumbull (Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue) and Zane Bundy (Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department) as CHS grads who have made the jump to the front lines in recent months.

Smith began his new job a day after serving as the best man at Bundy’s wedding to fellow Coupeville alum Rebecca Robinson.

Captain Cool arrived on Whidbey with his family midway through his sophomore year of high school, and immediately became one of the best athletes in a Wolf uniform.

Along with younger siblings Hunter and Scout, he approached every sport the way you would expect from the offspring of two coaches.

Dad Chris Smith and mom Charlotte Young raised children who mixed natural talent with a cerebral nature.

The trio never panicked in tense situations on the field or court, had a far greater understanding of rules and strategy than most rivals, and could drop the hammer of the gods when it mattered most.

CJ was a strong football and basketball player for the Wolves, but had his best moments on the baseball diamond.

A pitcher who never betrayed a flicker of doubt on his face when on the mound, he always seemed to pitch the same with a one-run lead as with a 10-run advantage.

That serene calm helped center his teammates, and, sometimes, his coaches, with Smith reaching the mountain top April 29, 2016, when he shut down Port Townsend to clinch the Olympic League crown.

It was the first baseball title for the Wolves since 1991.

After high school graduation, Smith studied Criminal Justice and played baseball for Green River College alongside his younger brother.

Making the jump from being a starting pitcher to a relief ace, CJ stormed out of the bullpen to become Auburn’s answer to Mariano Rivera, earning accolades as a shut-down closer.

While the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled this spring’s baseball season, both Smith brothers were awarded Green River’s Campus Life Leadership Award for “outstanding leadership and achievement.”

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Coupeville grad Jazmine Franklin continues to take the art world by storm. (Photos courtesy Franklin)

It’s a win-win.

You can make a visible commitment to backing the Black Lives Matter movement, while supporting one of Coupeville’s most talented grads.

Jazmine Franklin was a student leader and standout two-sport athlete (tennis and cheer) during her days at CHS, and she continues to excel as an adult.

Her artwork is eye-catching, such as in the piece seen below.

A recent Franklin art work.

Franklin’s newest project is a series of Black Lives Matter designs, which can be ordered on t-shirts and hoodies.

She can also do custom items such as long sleeve shirts, tank tops, onesies, and toddler items upon request.

For orders or questions, contact Franklin at JZMNOriginals@gmail.com.

Three designs, one cause.

 

Current offerings:

T-shirts (Gildan200)
$15 each plus shipping

 

White lettering on:

Black
Maroon
Charcoal grey
Royal blue
Purple

 

Black lettering on:

Safety green (neon)
White
Hot pink

 

Hoodies (Gildan185)
$30 each plus shipping

 

White lettering on:
Black
Garnet (reddish maroon)
Charcoal grey
Royal blue
Purple

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Coupeville Class of 2020 grads (l to r) Aram Leyva, Sean Toomey-Stout, and Jacobi Pilgrim reunite at the Blue Fox Drive-In. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kept apart for months, back together for a moment (or two).

With the world in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, the Coupeville High School Class of 2020 missed out on spending time together this spring.

But the Wolf grads came back together one final time Monday night, courtesy of the Blue Fox Drive-In.

While that event was just for seniors and their parents, now everyone can see the videos they watched together in their reunion and farewell.

Follow the link below and you’ll be able to see this year’s torch video, the senior slideshow, and a musical tribute from Karl Olsen and Deb Lund.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8t1ii2c8bifbpf4/AABcA3lMtYPzy5iplfE1gPnGa?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR2D7MT5MlFUOUuy0Pv-1vFTmMfUMHpr24JfKK8ysgAHcVxy1lXGXTx_rtk

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