Posts Tagged ‘cupcakes’

A fraction of the athletes who have powered Coupeville Sports over the past six years.

Best part of a blog anniversary? Getting a giant cookie from your supporters.

It’s still the middle of the summer.

That was the first sentence to be published here on Coupeville Sports, way back in the Mesozoic Era, or Aug. 15, 2012, if we’re being precise.

And now, here we are, six years and 6,258 articles later.

I’ve survived being temporarily banned from the CHS press box, attacked by a South Whidbey blog which belly-flopped and floated away after publishing two whole articles, and twice flirting with bringing this whole endeavor to a premature end.

Fueled by countless tasty goodies offered up from faithful fans, transported by “the car that wouldn’t die” (until it did last week…), I endure.

And fight on, from world headquarters on the shores of Penn Cove, publishing random articles at 2 AM, while using a computer powered by three imaginary hamsters on a treadmill (Thaddeus, Leopold and Lil’ Skippy).

If you look back at the history of Coupeville Sports, it began in anger, but has (hopefully) morphed into something bigger and better over time.

I was cheesed off in Aug. 2012.

The Coupeville Examiner, where my words appeared for 15 years, through thousands of movie columns and sports stories, had just sold itself to a Canadian behemoth which already owned the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record.

Shortly after that lil’ bit of journalistic seppuku, all of my Examiner articles forever disappeared off the internet.

Having been paid very little for my freelance work (which was fine and my choice, because at the time I bought fully into the idea we were fighting the “Evil Empire”), my by-lined stories were all I had.

And then poof. They were gone, short of tracking down and buying a print copy of every back issue of The Examiner.

Whether it was a truly accidental data entry error, or an intentional, thought-out middle finger from a giant corporation, doesn’t really matter.

It was enough to goad me into launching my own news outlet, and, at least in the early days, keep me hammering away at my keyboard.

I was much chippier in the earlier days of Coupeville Sports, starting tiffs with athletes, coaches and supporters from South Whidbey, ATM and King’s, to name but a few.

Some of it was entertaining, much of it was good for fueling readership growth, but ultimately, it wasn’t the path I needed to be on.

There’s a reason other local blogs like Island Politics have vanished from the scene. If all you pump out is bile, eventually you’ll choke to death on it.

And, while Coupeville Sports was, at worst, .02% of an equal to the slimy cesspool the IP morons created in their basement/dungeon, I’ve tried to go in more of a positive, constructive direction as I (slowly) mature.

Most days, anyway…

Now we’re heading into year #7, and league #3. From the Cascade Conference to the Olympic League and now on to the North Sound Conference, at least for a bit.

Coupeville is among the smallest 1A schools in the state and there is a solid chance the Wolves will be on the move again shortly, most likely down to 2B.

For at least one year, though, it’s reunion time, as CHS links back up with former rivals South Whidbey, King’s, Granite Falls, Sultan and new foe Cedar Park Christian.

Football practice kicks off today, with all the other fall sports set to open this coming Monday. Middle school sports start soon after.

A new school year brings with it the possibility of new stars, new story-lines, new surprises.

Having gotten past a slight bump in the road recently, I am recommitted and re-energized, and, as always, deeply appreciative of my readers.

Your support, both financially and emotionally, is what drives me to keep going, documenting the ever-unfolding story of athletics on the prairie.

Coupeville Sports, from day one to wherever that finish line may be, will remain free to read. No pay wall, ever.

And while I may be the one writing the blog, it remains very much a community effort.

The more info you pass on to me, the more complete my coverage can be. If there is ever a question, “Should I tell him about…” the answer is always “Yes, you should.”

When it comes to what appears on Coupeville Sports, if you like something, say something. Maybe just as importantly, if you don’t like something, say something.

Praise or criticism, free food or angry glares, it all provides me with a compass to use as I chart our journey.

Where the path we’re blazing is going to end up, none of us know. But it should be interesting getting there.

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   After a season of rain and wind, Mackenzie Davis is just happy to see the sun again. (John Fisken photos)

Tamika Nastali dares you to run on her gun.

   Veronica Crownover (14) is about to get mobbed after blasting a home run over the center field fence.

   Wolves (l to r) Hope Lodell, Lauren Rose and Sarah Wright enjoy post-game cupcakes.

Rose might have enjoyed hers a little too much…

Freshman Scout Smith gazes into her bright future.

   Seniors (l to r) Robin Cedillo, Jae LeVine and Tiffany Briscoe hang out with coach Kevin McGranahan.

Friends forever.

Saturday was prime time.

The sun emerged, delivering a true spring-like day, the Wolf softball sluggers bashed Friday Harbor, cupcakes were eaten, flowers were given out to player’s moms and wandering photo man John Fisken made an appearance in Cow Town.

The photos above are courtesy him.

To see more of what he shot (purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:


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"My name's Ralph, I enjoy long sunsets, long walks on the beach and ... wait, you're gonna do WHAT with me now?!?!?" (John Fisken photos)

   “My name’s Ralph, I enjoy sunsets, long walks on the beach and … wait, you’re gonna do WHAT with me now?!?!?” (John Fisken photo)

(Ema Smith photo)

“Ralph! Ralph!! Speak to me, Ralph!!!!!” (Ema Smith photo)

"Get in my belly!!" (ES)

“Get in my belly, Ralph!!” (ES)

Lauren Rose

Lauren Rose, three-sport legend, five-star cupcake chef. (JF)

Sarah Wright (ES)

Wolf sophomore sensation Sarah Wright sacrifices for the cause. (ES)

Bob Martin (JF)

   As a former Marine Corps Drill Sergeant, CMS coach Bob Martin is not sure about this whole “hugging” thing. (JF)

Scout and Chris (ES)

Freshman phenom Scout Smith hangs out with proud papa Chris Smith. (ES)

Ema Smith comes out from behind the camera to entertain the crowd. (JF)

Ema Smith comes out from behind the camera to entertain the crowd. (JF)

ginsu (JF)

   Smith is joined by partner in shenanigans Lindsey Roberts. Be afraid. Very afraid. (JF)

Willie Smith (JF)

   Coupeville High School AD Willie Smith proposes a game of “Seven Minutes in Heaven” — with these cupcakes. (JF)

We went full-bore.

Saturday night brought the biggest athletic fundraiser our town has each year — the famous Crab Feed and auction extravaganza — and we had not one, but two paparazzi on the scene.

Capturing images of the Coupeville Booster Club’s shindig were John Fisken and Ema Smith, and the photos above are courtesy them.

The captions? That’s all me, and thank you for asking, I do amuse myself.

PS — To see all the photos, pop over to:


Since it’s a special event, the copyright restrictions are off and you’ll be able to right click and save on any pics at the link.

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Emily Norris and Bruce Stevens welcome you to their new establishment. (Bruce Stevens photo)

Emily Norris and Bruce Stevens welcome you to their new establishment. (Bruce Stevens photo)

Sweet treats trump sleep.

Hot on the heels of their wedding and moving into a new house, and while juggling full-time jobs at local eateries, Emily Norris and Bruce Stevens are getting into the cupcake business.

Their latest joint venture, Emily’s Sweets & Treats (two doors down from Norris’ parents business, Kapaws Iskreme, on Front Street) opens 10 AM Monday, Oct. 27.

At the moment the front door opens and the smell of fresh baked goodies (plus a whiff of freshly brewed espresso) hits the streets, it’ll be just the start for the duo.

Bruce is the executive sous chef at Christopher’s on Whidbey, while Emily is on the wait staff at Front Street Grill.

Continuing to work their first jobs, caring for a fairly new dog at home and opening a seven-day-a-week business (the shop will be open 10-4) will take commitment, hustle and hard work.

But it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up, after the building that housed the Mariti Chocolate Company for the past 17 years suddenly came available this summer.

Norris has done special orders for cupcakes in her spare time, including several events where she paired wines with her desserts for Front Street Grill and Vail’s Wine Shop.

Now, having a full-time shop gives her a chance to explore a field where she recently discovered she had a passion.

“I made a cake for my best friend on a Valentine’s Day,” Norris said. “I found I really enjoyed it.

“I made cake, I made her day, it was great!”

After taking over the location, the couple redecorated, brought in shiny new equipment (including a snazzy espresso machine) and prepared to take the plunge into being business owners of a shop that combines cuteness with streamlined beauty.

All of the baking will be done on location, with the selection growing as the business does.

Opening day you can expect chocolate chip cookies (which Norris was hand-crafting as she talked about her business venture), peanut butter cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes, scones and more.

Hot chocolate will be available to go with the edibles, and the espresso machine, with its 14 flavors of syrup sitting ready (the beans come from JennyBean Custom Coffee in Coupeville), is ready to dispense lattes, Americanos, mochas, steamed milks and the like.

The goal of the cozy little shop, and its down-home owners (Norris is a former Coupeville High School cheerleader, while Stevens hails from the land of Tom Brady), is to be an extension of your own kitchen.

Just without you having to do any of the hard work.

“We’ll have really yummy stuff,” Norris said with a huge smile as she shaped a cookie. “It’ll be like going to a friend’s house and baking something together.”

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Lauren Rose (left) and Kyla Briscoe -- best people in the world today. (John Fisken photos)

Lauren Rose (left) and Kyla Briscoe — best people in the world today. (John Fisken photos)

"Cupcakes?!?!? Did you say cupcakes?!?!?!?!"

“Cupcakes?!?!? Did you say cupcakes?!?!?!?!”

"Don't let my dad hear about the cupcakes or..."

“Don’t let my dad hear about the cupcakes or…”

Too late.

Too late.

I’m just going to say it — Lauren Rose and Kyla Briscoe may be the best people in the entire world.

What? You think just because they gave me a free cupcake at Monday’s Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball home finale, I would say something like that?

I am offended, sir! Deeply offended that you would think I could be bought for chocolate cake and frosting and … yeah, I’m busy right now.

Go away. Take your petty accusations elsewhere, so that I might focus on my cupcake.

Lauren and Kyla. Best people ever. End of story.

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