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Finley (left) and Lindsey Helm both won state taekwondo titles. (Photo courtesy Jerry Helm)

We rule the dojo.

Five Coupeville taekwondo athletes, including mother/daughter and father/son combos, capped their seasons recently by winning state titles.

Lindsey and Finley Helm brought home a combined four titles, while dad Jerry won an unofficial award for best roadie.

In addition, Ben Shaw and Alan and Cameron Breaux teamed up to toss another seven titles into the pot.

The Coupeville athletes, who work with Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts, picked up points throughout the season based on how they placed at tournaments.

The season ended April 27 in Eugene, OR.

How state titles broke down:


Finley Helm (Girls 1-8):

Creative Weapons
Extreme Weapons
Traditional Weapons


Lindsey Helm (Women 18-39):

Traditional Weapons


Cameron Breaux (Boys 13-14):

Creative Weapons
Extreme Weapons
Traditional Weapons


Alan Breaux (Men 30-39):

Combat Sparring
Forms and Weapons


Ben Shaw (Boys 1-8):

Forms and Weapons

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Seeded #4, Coupeville’s 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team brought home a second-place trophy Saturday after winning two of three games at the season-ending league tourney. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

The future of Coupeville basketball.

Overachievers, one and all.

Despite entering the season-ending league tournament Saturday as the #4 team, out of seven, the Coupeville 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team beat the odds.

Winning two of three, while coming dangerously close to making it three of three, the Wolves upset the #1 team and brought home a second-place trophy from the Skagit County Parks and Rec.

The opening game was a thriller, as Coupeville rallied from down six points in the fourth quarter to topple #5 Ferndale 27-26.

The Wolves, powered by strong play from Chase Anderson, Aiden O’Neill, and Johnny Porter, who was a mad dog on defense, closed on a 13-6 tear.

That set up a clash with the tourney’s King Kong, #1 Anacortes.

Coupeville struck early, snatched an 8-7 lead after one quarter, then turned on the defensive heat to hold off the tourney favorites.

Once again, things came down to the fourth quarter, and once again the scrappy Wolves stepped up and blasted their foes with the game on the line.

This time it was a 10-6 run, fueled by Anderson and O’Neill, and Coupeville headed to the championship game after a 24-18 dethroning of the big city boys.

With #1 and #2 gone, the tourney came down to the Wolves and #3 Jr. Wildcats, with the title in doubt until the final moments.

Seeking redemption for a narrow loss last week in league play, Coupeville pushed their foes until the end, but ran out of gas at the very end, falling 29-26.

Hurley Bronec opened strongly for Coupeville, tossing in a bucket to go with a 4-4 performance at the free-throw line.

He got plenty of help from his teammates, with Landon Roberts, Anderson, and Jack Porter all chipping in with a bucket of their own.

Coupeville’s defense, led by Johnny Porter, who “was throwing elbows and tearing down rebounds like a mad man” according to coach Jon Roberts, kept the game close.

Down just 17-16 at the half, Coupeville got third-quarter scoring from Camden Glover, Roberts and Anderson, but watched its deficit stretch out slightly to 25-22.

Bronec and Johnny Porter led a strong defensive stand in the final frame, while Anderson notched the final four points of the season.

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All the details worth knowing.

It’s a win-win kind of situation.

Coupeville volleyball coaches are offering young spikers a chance to sharpen their skills, while raising money to help the high school teams.

Wolf Pup Volleyball, which runs from Apr. 9 to May 28, is a series of 15 two-hour practices aimed at players currently in fifth and sixth grade.

For all the pertinent info, scroll back up and take a look at the handy-dandy photo guide.

And to register by Apr. 2, pop over to:


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Mason Grove and other Wolf hoops stars will work with Coupeville Youth Basketball players over six Saturday morning sessions. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The present is ready to shape the future.

Coupeville School District students in grades 1-6 are invited to sign up for youth basketball, which will be run by Wolf high school coaches and players.

The season runs Jan. 5-Feb. 9, with action each Saturday from 9-11 AM.

Each date will be a mix of skills development work and games, allowing young players a chance to build their confidence in a fun environment.

Cost is $20 per student, and each participant receives a t-shirt and basketball in addition to their six weekends of court action.

To register, pop over to:


For any questions, contact CHS boys varsity basketball coach Brad Sherman at bsherman@coupeville.k12.wa.us or CHS girls varsity hoops coach David King at dking@coupeville.k12.wa.us.

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As a master of taekwondo, Finley Helm needs a single finger to keep dad Jerry under control. (Photos courtesy Lindsey Helm)

Ben Shaw shares his medal-winning day with mom and big bro. (Photo courtesy Gabe Shaw)

Helm, sporting a nice collection of medals, hangs out with instructor Robert Armstrong.

Masters of the mat.

Coupeville sent a strong group of performers to Saturday’s “Battle on the Island” taekwondo tourney in Langley, bringing home a staggering collection of medals.

3rd grader Tenley Stuurmans claimed four titles, and she was joined on the podium by fellow CES students such as Finley Helm and Ben Shaw.

Helm, a 1st grader, was the only novice white belt in the room, but showed no fear and no desire to back off.

The six-year-old master of disaster claimed third-place in three events (Traditional Forms, Pro-Tech Weapons and One-Step sparring), with just six weeks of training under her belt.

Meanwhile, Shaw, a 2nd grader, made off with a first-place medal and a pair of second-place finishes while vying in Freestyle Form and Weapons events.

Stuurmans, Helm and Shaw were joined Saturday by fellow Coupeville warriors Marin Winger (3rd grade), Lydia Kelly (2nd grade), and Logan Kelly (Kindergarten).

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