Posts Tagged ‘Covid’

Young fans discuss changes to the middle school girls basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Middle school girls basketball is on the move.

The new season was slated to begin this coming Monday, Jan. 24, but, with the crush of Covid-testing athletes three times a week, the Cascade League has bumped things back.

Now, Coupeville and its league mates begin practice Feb. 14, with the season running during the month of March.

The updated schedule for CMS:

Thurs-Mar. 3 — South Whidbey
Tues-Mar. 8 — @Northshore Christian
Thurs-Mar. 10 — @Sultan
Tues-Mar. 15 — @Granite Falls
Thurs-Mar. 17 — King’s
Tues-Mar. 22 — Lakewood
Tues-Mar. 29 — Sultan
Thur-Mar. 31 — @South Whidbey

All home games tip at 3:15 PM, with road contests slated for 3:30 starts.

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Coupeville High School girls basketball coach Megan Smith tries to stamp out Covid. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two down, two play on.

At least that’s the plan at the moment.

A new positive Covid test inside the program will sideline the Coupeville High School girls basketball teams Thursday, with their home games against Friday Harbor moved to Jan. 17.

The Wolf boys are still scheduled to play, however, and the change means its JV team will get to play in the high school gym, instead of on the middle school court.

Game times Thursday are 4:00 PM for JV, and 5:30 for varsity.

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Lyla Stuurmans and Co. will have to wait a bit longer to play Mount Vernon Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three matches down to two.

This week’s schedule for the Coupeville High School volleyball squad took a hit Monday, with Mount Vernon Christian scratching matches due to Covid issues.

For the Wolves, that means Thursday’s planned trip to MVC is gone, rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 20.

JV will tip at 4:00, varsity at 5:30.

Coupeville (5-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-2 overall) is still scheduled to host Concrete Tuesday on Dig Pink Night, then travel to La Conner Wednesday for a first-place showdown.

With the MVC match moved, CHS will close the regular season with four matches in as many days between Oct. 18-21.

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The 2021-2022 school athletic year begins Friday when Coupeville football hosts Klahowya. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A new high school sports season kicks off in 100 hours.

Coupeville football is first up, opening Friday, Sept. 3, with a home non-conference matchup against former Olympic League rival Klahowya.

Kickoff is set for 6 PM.

As the gridiron squad and other Wolf teams begin fall sports, here’s the answer to the most-asked question.

What about masks?

Athletes don’t have to wear them currently, while Coupeville fans face a split decision.

Masks are required for spectators at indoor fall events, such as volleyball matches.

However, it’s a different matter for football, boys and girls soccer, boys tennis, and cross country, all of which play on the windswept prairie.

That was confirmed Monday by The Man himself.

“At this point we are not requiring masks for outdoor activities for spectators,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

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Want to attend a show at Langley’s Whidbey Island Center for the Arts?

Be prepared to prove you don’t have COVID-19.

WICA’s board of directors released a letter Friday outlining a new policy for indoor shows which will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for all patrons, staff, artists, and vendors prior to attendance.

The letter:


Dear Community,

I am writing to you today on behalf of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Board of Directors to give you an update on our COVID-19 protocols.

Since the onset of COVID restrictions in March, 2020 we have consistently adhered to state and CDC guidelines to fulfill our highest priority: the safety of our patrons, staff and artists while providing access to the arts.

In addition to masking and social distancing we installed a state-of-the-art HVAC system and added an outdoor event space.

And we anticipate more changes to come as a result of COVID variant cases growing across the country.

At a special meeting on August 19th the Board of Directors voted unanimously to enact a new vaccination and testing policy for indoor activities at WICA which is consistent with the emerging policies of other performing arts organizations in our area.

Beginning October 7, 2021 all patrons, staff, artists and vendors will need to show a photo ID and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test prior to the performance.

We are developing a process to make the implementation of our new policy as smooth and easy as possible and to provide everyone with ample time to plan for this change.

We will continue to be diligent about monitoring news and developments surrounding public health and safety and our COVID plans will continue to evolve in step with government recommendations.

In the days and weeks ahead, you will receive more information on this new policy through the WICA website as well as through direct communication such as this.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy future,

Ken Pilcher

Board Chair

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts


Ticket refunds will be offered to those “experiencing any symptoms prior to attending,” or “if you have purchased tickets in advance of this policy’s notice on 8/27/21 and do not wish to either provide proof of vaccination or get tested.”

Questions can be answered by calling the WICA box office at (360) 221-8268.


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