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Erin Locke is leaving Coupeville Middle School. (Photo courtesy Locke)

Coupeville Middle School is in the market for a new volleyball coach.

Erin Locke has resigned her position as a teacher at the school, and will also let go of her duties as a spiker guru.

Her departure becomes official when approved by the school board at its next meeting, set for Tuesday, May 26.

Locke shared CMS volleyball coaching duties with Sarah Lyngra, and was also an assistant wrestling coach at Oak Harbor High School.

A 2018 graduate of Eastern Washington University, Locke taught PE and English as a Second Language for Coupeville.

She came to CMS with a strong sports background, having been a championship-level wrestler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor.

Vibrant and outgoing, Locke built a strong fan club among her students, and continued to provide them with leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic school shutdown, posting music-infused exercise videos to social media.

She’s leaving Whidbey to accept a position which moves her closer to family.

“I accepted a position as an ELL teacher in the Bremerton School District and will be moving there in the fall,” Locke said.

“This is one of the hardest things I have ever done, because I love Coupeville and our community so very much, but Bremerton is a few hours closer to my family and someone very special to me. So, very personal draw.

“This has been a hard decision, but I am excited for what’s to come.”


Locke sent out the following video to her students, which she is allowing us to share:


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CHS legends Marie and Ron Bagby are both retiring. (Ashley Heilig photo)

2020 is turning into a farewell tour for longtime Wolves.

On the heels of Randy King announcing his retirement as a Coupeville High School teacher, Ron and Marie Bagby are joining him in exiting the building.

The retirements of the husband/wife duo, who have both worked for the school district for decades, are included on the agenda for the next school board meeting, set for Tuesday, May 26.

Ron Bagby, who coached football, basketball, and track and field at CHS, after arriving in Cow Town from the wilds of Forks, was currently a PE teacher at the school.

Marie Bagby, née Grasser, is a graduate of Coupeville who was the school’s first big-time female basketball star, starting a legacy continued by younger sister Marlene.

Playing for the Wolves between 1976-1980, she rang up 321 points, and still sits as the #34 scorer all-time in program history.

Marie operated as the registrar for her alma mater, while all four of her children – April, Ashley, Mike, and Jason – followed her path as Wolf athletic stars and CHS grads.

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Cole White shows off a nimble touch with his dribbling skills. (Morgan White photo)

The weather is getting nicer, allowing young basketball players a chance to spend more time outside.

While outdoors, Wolf hoops stars can work on their dribbling skills, honing their handles with a little guidance from videos put together by local coaches and players.

This week’s edition of the Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge offers tips on working the ball in and out, with both hands, as well as perfecting crossovers.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills and post your own response videos on social media.


Skills 5 and 6:


Skills 7-9:

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Coupeville High School/Middle School Athletic Director Willie Smith. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Anything is possible.

When school sports return, there is a chance 6th graders at Coupeville Middle School will be allowed access to the same athletic opportunities currently afforded to Wolves in 7th and 8th grade.


The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association passed an amendment Monday which allows 6th graders to participate in all WIAA sports with the exception of football.

Previously, they only had the chance to try cross country and track, which were used as test sports for the idea.

The amendment, one of 18 to be OK’d, received the absolute minimum “yes” votes needed for approval in a 32-21 tally by members of the WIAA’s Representative Assembly.

To be implemented, the plan must be approved at the local level by school officials (principal, superintendent, and school board), while also garnering a thumbs-up from a school’s league and district.

Coupeville High School/Middle School Athletic Director Willie Smith is all for 6th graders hitting the field and court, though he acknowledges there could be issues which prevent the change.

“We would be interested in having our 6th grade participate fully,” he said. “However, our middle school league is a bit all over the map.

“Mostly because some schools don’t have sixth grade on the same campus, and are not 6-8 … so there is no definitive plan as of now.”

While CHS was part of the North Sound Conference the past two years, CMS plays in the Cascade League, which includes South Whidbey, King’s, Granite Falls, Lakewood, Northshore Christian Academy, and Sultan.

With the high school moving down from 1A to 2B for at least the next four years beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, it’s bouncing over to the Northwest 2B/1B League.

CMS is expected to remain in the Cascade League, and currently fields teams in volleyball, boys soccer, cross country, girls and boys basketball, and track.

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Logan Martin and other boys basketball players will have a shorter shot clock to work with next season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Change is coming.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Monday its Representative Assembly passed 18 amendments, covering a broad range of sports.

The first change which jumps out is the decision to allow 6th graders to participate in all WIAA sports with the exception of football.

That amendment passed by the absolute skin of its teeth, getting the minimum “yes” votes needed in a 32-21 thriller.

Track and cross country were used as test sports for the idea, with Coupeville Middle School among those who participated.

With WIAA approval, if just barely, now the decision lands in the hands of local administrators.

For 6th graders to compete, there has to be school (principal, superintendent, school board), league, and district approval.

It’s unknown at this time if CMS, which fields volleyball, boys soccer, cross country, girls and boys basketball, and track teams, will go all in on the new status quo.

Another amendment lowers the shot clock for high school boys basketball from 35 to 30 seconds, making it uniform with the girls game.

That decision didn’t seem to induce any panic in Coupeville High School coach Brad Sherman.

“I’m confident our guys can get a good look in 30 seconds,” he said with a big smile.

The shot clock vote passed at 50-3, while an amendment to allow contact at only one practice during two-a-day football workouts went through with a 27-7-1 tally.

That change won’t alter how CHS football approaches practice.

“Our normal two-a-day consists of offense in the morning and defense in the afternoon,” said Wolf head coach Marcus Carr. “We never tackle during offensive periods, that is install.

“During defensive practice we install the defense and we have a tackling progression circuit we conduct. So this will not impact us that much.”

In fact, the amendment just puts into words how many high school gridiron teams already operate.

“It’s about keeping the players as safe as possible by limiting contact and my staff and I are fully onboard with that,” Carr said. “We have the equipment necessary to teach safe proper techniques/tackling without beating ourselves up.”

While 18 amendments passed, five failed, and none crashed harder than a plea to allow high school basketball teams to schedule 24 regular-season games instead of 20.

That idea was snuffed out by a 31-4 vote.

The WIAA Representative Assembly is made up of 53 school administrators pulled from all nine of the state’s districts, with 35 from high schools and 18 from middle schools.

An amendment needed a 60% approval rate to pass, and most go into effect beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.


To see everything passed, and read more about each amendment, pop over to:


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