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Malachi Somes won a league title in the 1600. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a meet so big, they break it into two parts.

The Cascade League Track and Field Championships pits seven middle schools against each other, with Coupeville right in the thick of things.

Day one went down Thursday at Lakewood, with day two set for Wednesday, June 1 at the same location.

The opening session featured a mix of prelims and finals, with Coupeville coming away with a rock-solid 30 PR’s spread among its athletes.

The biggest splash of the day came courtesy Wolf 8th grader Malachi Somes, who ran away with a victory in the finals of the 1600.

Notching a career-best time, he topped a 12-man field, holding off his closest competitor by more than five seconds.


Complete Thursday results:



8th grade:

100 (Prelims) — Amaya Schaffeld (5th) 14.52; Noelle Western (13th) 15.49; Carly Burt (21st) 15.97 *PR*; Aleksia Jump (27th) 16.72; Abbigail Bond (30th) 17.69; Brynn Parker (31st) 18.36

200 (Prelims) — Liza Zustiak (13th) 36.79 *PR*

100 Hurdles (Prelims) — Zustiak (23rd) 23.14; Frankie Tenore (24th) 23.59 *PR*

Shot Put (Finals) — Zustiak (18th) 21-08; Grier Mooney (19th) 20-10 *PR*; Tenore (27th) 14-02

High Jump (Finals) — Schaffeld (8th) 4-00 *PR*; Parker (11th) 3-10; Bond (12th) 3-08


6th/7th grade:

100 (Prelims) — Laken Simpson (8th) 14.91; Willow Leedy-Bonifas (17th) 15.85; Ivy Rudat (22nd) 16.35; Inara Maund (25th) 16.66 *PR*; Arianna Cunningham (27th) 16.95

200 (Prelims) — Simpson (4th) 30.94 *PR*; Myra McDonald (10th) 33.36; Tenley Stuurmans (14th) 35.18

400 (Prelims) — Rudat (6th) 1:18.92 *PR*; Marin Winger (10th) 1:28.28; Taylor Marrs (12th) 1:33.53

800 (Finals) — Lillian Ketterling (3rd) 3:04.84 *PR*; Mikayla Wagner (5th) 3:09.14 *PR*

100 Hurdles (Prelims) — Stuurmans (6th) 21.00 *PR*; McDonald (18th) 22.50; Ar. Cunningham (23rd) 23.58; Emma McFadden (29th) 26.42

Shot Put (Finals) — Simpson (10th) 19-06 *PR*; Leedy-Bonifas (14th) 18-06.50; Ketterling (18th) 17-01.50 *PR*; Winger (20th) 16-06.25; McFadden (22nd) 15-07.50

High Jump (Finals) — McFadden (10th) 3-08 *PR*

Ivy Rudat set a PR in the 400.



8th grade:

100 (Prelims) — Adrian Cunningham (12th) 13.83 *PR*; Easton Green (15th) 14.51 *PR*; Matthew Kuzma (17th) 15.12 *PR*

200 (Prelims) — Ad. Cunningham (5th) 29.74; Kuzma (9th) 30.86

400 (Prelims) — George Spear (7th) 1:11.19

1600 (Finals) — Malachi Somes (1st) 5:26.91 *PR*; Kuzma (10th) 6:04.38 *PR*

110 Hurdles (Prelims) — Spear (14th) 23.81

Discus (Finals) — Somes (7th) 80-05; Spear (17th) 61-11 *PR*

Long Jump (Finals) — Ad. Cunningham (5th) 15-01.50; Somes (11th) 13-01.50; Kuzma (22nd) 10-09.50 *PR*


6th/7th grade:

100 (Prelims) — Beckett Green (11th) 14.51; Roger Merino-Martinez (17th) 15.19; Wyatt Fitch-Marron (18th) 15.25; Kenneth Jacobsen (19th) 15.25; Nathan Niewald (21st) 15.62; Shiloh Sandlin (33rd) 17.26

200 (Prelims) — B. Green (6th) 30.23; Axel Marshall (14th) 32.96 *PR*; Joshua Stockdale (16th) 33.44; Max Ohme (17th) 33.63; Ethan Walling (19th) 33.89

400 (Prelims) — Stockdale (15th) 1:16.13 *PR*

1600 (Finals) — K. Jacobsen (17th) 6:37.17

110 Hurdles (Prelims) — Merino-Martinez (7th) 21.65; Marshall (10th) 22.45; Fitch-Marron (12th) 22.53; Leonardo Rodriguez (15th) 23.52 *PR*; Niewald (18th) 24.81 *PR*; Johnathan Jacobsen (20th) 25.97 *PR*

Discus (Finals) — Carson Grove (12th) 56-07 *PR*; Ohme (16th) 52-06; Marshall (18th) 51-01; Zach Blitch (21st) 45-04 *PR*; Jonah Weyl (26th) 42-11 *PR*; Sandlin (30th) 40-03

Long Jump (Finals) — Grove (11th) 12-11.50; Merino-Martinez (20th) 11-11 *PR*; K. Jacobsen (25th) 10-09; Sandlin (26th) 10-03; Edmund Kunz (27th) 9-03

Mikayla Wagner notched a PR in the 800.

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Teagan Calkins zooms to the front of the pack as a cross country runner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Teagan Calkins is ahead of the pack.

The ever-active Coupeville student/athlete, who will be an eighth-grader this fall, has spent much of her time playing ahead of her age group.

At age 12, Calkins is the youngest member of the Whidbey Island All-Star juniors softball team, which just concluded a successful four-game run at the state tourney.

While in Vancouver, she played in the outfield and caught, while being the team’s second most-productive hitter at the plate.

The youngest girl on the Whidbey Island All-Star junior softball squad, Calkins played strongly at the state tournament. (Jackie Saia photos)

It’s just the latest highlight for Calkins, who has also played soccer, cross country, basketball, and volleyball, while participating in gymnastics and taekwondo.

It’s a busy sports lifestyle, but one she plans to keep going. When she hits high school in a year, Calkins hopes to play volleyball, basketball, and softball, while also staying with taekwondo.

While she enjoys all her sports, softball and volleyball currently top the list.

“Softball because I enjoy kinda being in charge of the field, because of the positions I play, which are center field and catcher,” Calkins said. “Volleyball because I like diving and receiving a lot. I like playing libero.”

Calkins flies home with a run.

Regardless of the sport, being active and involved are big for her, and she embraces the exciting aspect of each activity.

“I like the adrenaline rush and being focused on one thing,” Calkins said. “To leave everything else behind and just focus on the sport.”

Away from competition, she enjoys math class (“I’ve just always loved math, and I’m really good at it”), and has shown a keen eye as a photographer, emulating mom Jackie Saia.

Already a star, at age six.

On the field, or court, or trail, or mat, Calkins brings energy and fearlessness to everything she does.

“My strengths are having motivation to dive to get the ball in both softball and volleyball and having good stamina,” she said.

“I’d like to work on how to play every position if I’m needed in softball, and “crashing” to stop the ball at catcher,” Calkins added. “I’d also like to work on pitching … release point, and speed, and how to do different releases for different pitches.”

To get to where she is, and to get to where she wants to be, Calkins has benefited from strong coaching, something she highly appreciates.

“Coach Fred (Farris) has coached me in softball for five years and taught me pretty much everything I know,” she said.

“When I was put in higher level volleyball camp and being the only 7th grader on an all-8th grade team, I was coached by coach Cris (Matochi).

“He was very encouraging and positive.”

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King

They’re staying on schedule.

Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King announced Wednesday that the district plans to bring back students in grades 6-8 for hybrid in-person education starting March 8.

With grades K-5 already having returned, that leaves high school students as the final group to be given the chance to leave online learning.

Current plans call for grades 9-12 to return March 15.

A decision on whether that will happen will be made March 3, King said.

“Over the past month, we successfully and safely added in-person learning at Coupeville Elementary School,” King said. “We are able to achieve everything on page seven of the K-12 Metrics & Toolkit and we have no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 occurring in our schools.

“While in-person school looks very different from how school operated prior to COVID, we are excited to share this good news for our students, staff, and families.”

Coupeville’s reopening plan, which was crafted with the help of Island County Public Health, was approved by the school board January 11.

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Follow the star.

Same great food, new place to get it.

Coupeville’s Connected Food Program is altering where high school and middle school students and parents will pickup weekly meal boxes.

Forget about coming in off of S. Main and pulling up in front of the high school entrance.

Instead, use Terry Road and slide into the lot in front of the middle school entrance.

The handy-dandy photo seen above should make the transition clear.

The change goes into affect next Wednesday, October 28.


For more info on the Connected Food Program, pop over to:


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Brynn Parker and other Coupeville Middle School students were recently honored with academic awards. (Corinn Parker photo)

Online is where all the action is at.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic preventing people from hosting in-person events, Coupeville schools have taken their awards ceremonies to the internet this spring.

The latest showcase to arrive online is the Coupeville Middle School Virtual Awards Show, which you can see by popping over to this site:


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