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Alana Mihill is ready to rumble. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 2-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.


They’re building back.

After a two-decades absence, during which time a handful of runners trained and traveled with either Oak Harbor or South Whidbey, Coupeville High School cross country roared back to life in 2018.

Guided by coaches Natasha Bamberger, Luke Samford, and Elizabeth Bitting, the Wolf harriers have spent three seasons building their numbers, while establishing a home course, and sending two runners to state.

While other CHS programs have six more seasons in the books during the Coupeville Sports days, cross country still offered me more than enough athletic stars to form a mythical nine.

Danny Conlisk zips for the finish line.

Danny Conlisk — A two-time state champ in track, he’s one of two Wolves to make it to the big dance in cross country during the rebirth of the CHS harrier program.

Mitchell Hall — Speedy front-runner who is Coupeville’s fastest active boy.

Catherine Lhamon — Arguably the most-accomplished Wolf harrier in the modern era, she went to state as a junior, then went undefeated during a pandemic-altered senior season.

Claire Mayne — Plucky and determined, and never afraid of running in the middle of the pack, elbows swinging to fend off larger competitors.

Alana Mihill — Running with Lhamon, or by herself, a hard-working competitor who attacked the trail with a quiet fieriness.

Helen Strelow — Rock-solid running ace, one of the most-reliable runners Coupeville cross country coaches have had on their rosters.

Aidan Wilson — One of Coupeville’s quickest on the trails, until soccer’s move to the fall pulled him away from cross country.

Henry Wynn — Never got the chance to be part of the new CHS program, graduating mere months before its rebirth, but joined Conlisk in training and traveling with South Whidbey in the years beforehand.

Sam Wynn — The younger brother followed in big bro’s footsteps, pounding away to great success on the trails.

Catherine Lhamon, the face of Coupeville’s cross country rebirth.


Next up: We head to the sidelines to honor Wolf cheerleaders.

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CHS grad Sarah Wright was off to a strong start as a college softball player.

Their seasons have ended too soon.

Seven Coupeville High School grads (and one Oak Harbor alumni whose mom is my former co-worker) saw spring college sports seasons prematurely end.

With most of the nation shutting down athletic events at every level as part of the fight to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s the new reality.

The status of each:


Ally Roberts – Senior
Equestrian – Western Washington University


After winning a regional championship in Advanced Western Horsemanship, she was set to compete in the national semifinals in West Virginia later this month.

A top-two finish there would have sent her on to nationals.

That’s no longer the case, though, with both postseason events now scrubbed from the schedule.

“Really sucks, that’s for sure,” Roberts said. “But just happy with how the season went for my team and I.”


Danny Conlisk – Freshman
Track and Field – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


After a successful spin around the track during indoor season, the two-time state champ was on his way to the outdoor season, but it’s been cancelled.

A statement released Friday by the NCAA indicates all student/athletes competing in spring sports will be granted an additional season/semester of eligibility.


Sarah Wright – Freshman
Softball – Sewanee: The University of the South


Like Conlisk, the former Wolf star will be granted a do-over, even though she and her diamond teammates had played 40% of their schedule.

Sewanee was 2-14 on the season when the rest of its 40-game season was scrubbed.

Wright was in the top three on her team in eight offensive categories:

.244 batting average (#2)
41 at bats (#3)
10 hits (#2)
2 home runs (#1)
7 RBI (#1)
16 total bases (#2)
.390 slugging percentage (#2)
.311 on base percentage (#3)

She also had a .915 fielding percentage as Sewanee’s catcher, with 39 putouts and four assists.


Makana Stone – Senior
Basketball – Whitman College


The Blues were in Brunswick, Maine preparing to play Friday in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA national championships, but never got the chance when the tourney was cancelled.

Whitman finished a very-successful season at 26-3, with Stone, the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, having also been selected to play in the Beyond Sports Women’s Collegiate All-Star Game.

That game, featuring the best D-III players in the country, was set for March 21, but has also been cancelled.

Stone closed her senior season with 409 points, 225 rebounds, 37 assists, 26 steals, and 26 blocks, while shooting 166-316 (52.5%) from the floor and 74-96 (77.1%) from the free-throw line.

During her four years as a Blue, the former Wolf star played in 110 games, including making a program-record 92 starts.

She finishes as the #5 scorer (1,337 points) and #2 rebounder (837 caroms) in Whitman women’s basketball history.


CJ Smith – Sophomore
Hunter Smith – Sophomore
James Besaw – Freshman
Joey Lippo – Freshman
Baseball – Green River College


The one sport where some hope lingers.

The Northwest Athletic Conference has chosen, so far, to cancel all games through April 13.

Green River, which is 3-4, has had 19 games scrubbed, though 16 remain, for now, on the schedule.

At the time of the shutdown, Hunter Smith was hitting .333 with eight hits (including a pair of doubles), seven walks, five runs, and two RBI.

Besaw is also hitting at a .333 clip, with five hits, while playing error-free ball at first base for the Gators.

CJ Smith is 1-0 in two games as a relief pitcher, having tossed a team-high 7.1 innings while holding opposing batters to a .125 batting average.

The CHS grad has faced 24 batters, and the only other Green River pitcher with a better mark has only squared off with three rivals.

Lippo hasn’t been given much to do at the plate yet, but is playing error-free ball in the outfield, including a strong throw to Hunter Smith to help nail a wayward runner.

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A two-time state champ for Coupeville, Danny Conlisk is currently running indoor track for an NCAA D-II school. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s passed the halfway point.

Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk competed in his fifth collegiate track meet Saturday, running at the Ted Nelson Classic in Mankato, Minnesota.

The former Wolf star, now a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has an eight-meet schedule for the indoor part of the season.

Then, after a month-long break (from competition, not training) Conlisk and the rest of the Hardrockers head outside, where it’s hopefully warmed up a bit.

Saturday, the CHS grad competed in two events, running the 400 and carrying the baton as part of the 4 x 4 crew.

Conlisk and his relay squad claimed 3rd, combining to run the event in three minutes, 28.13 seconds.

The Hardrocker freshman also finished 20th (out of 42 competitors) in the 400, hitting the line in 52.80 seconds, just off his college PR of 52.40.

He was second in his heat.

SDSM&T returns to action next weekend, when the ‘Rockers head to Brookings, South Dakota for the SDSU Indoor Classic, which runs February 14-15.

After that, Conlisk and Co. have the Stinger Open Feb. 22 at Black Hills State University, then the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 28-29 in Colorado Springs.

The first outdoor meet is Mar. 27.

During his time at Coupeville High School, Conlisk set school records in the 100, 200, and 400, while winning state titles in the last two events.

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Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk flies by while competing in a college track meet. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Every day a new adventure.

Running in his fourth indoor track meet as a collegiate athlete Saturday, Coupeville grad Danny Conlisk vied in three events, including one he hadn’t tried since his middle school days.

Now a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, an NCAA D-II school, the former Wolf ran in the 60, 400, and 4 x 400 at the Myrle Hanson Memorial Open at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

Running the second leg in the relay, he helped his Hardrockers squad to a 3rd place finish, as they combined to hit the line in three minutes, 33.96 seconds.

Conlisk also claimed 4th in the 400, finishing in 53.18, and 10th in the 60 in 7.37.

The last time he ran the short race was back in his days at Coupeville Middle School.

Saturday’s race attracted five schools, with Black Hills welcoming SDSM&T, MSU Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and Dickinson State to town.

The Hardrockers get right back at it next weekend, as they travel to Minnesota State University-Mankato Feb. 8 for the Ted Nelson Classic.

Before beginning his collegiate career, Conlisk built himself quite a legend in Cow Town.

During his days at CHS, he ran cross country and track, made it to state in both sports, and won a pair of state titles in track.

Wander into the gym foyer and you’ll also see the name Conlisk all over the track and field record board, as he set school-bests in the 100, 200, and 400 as a senior.

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CHS grad Danny Conlisk is now running track for an NCAA D-II school. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Three meets in, and he’s getting faster.

Coupeville High School grad Danny Conlisk, who’s now a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, continues to tear up the track during his first collegiate season.

Saturday, Conlisk and his Hardrocker teammates were in Spearfish at Black Hills State University for the Dave Little Invitational.

While there, the former Wolf ran in the 200 and the 4 x 400, setting a college PR in his solo event.

Conlisk finished 7th in the 200, hitting the line in 24.03 seconds.

He also ran the second leg on an all-freshman relay unit which claimed 4th place in the day’s prime team-up.

The Hardrockers were competing against five other schools Saturday, with MSU Billings, Rocky Mountain College, Chadron State, and Dickinson State joining SDSM&T and the meet hosts.

Conlisk and Co. return to the same track next Saturday, February 1 for the Myrle Hanson Memorial Open.

During his time in Coupeville, Conlisk was a two-time state champ, winning titles in the 200 and 400 as a senior.

He holds CHS records in the 100, 200, and 400.

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