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Go for a run tonight and get a new support group. (Photo courtesy David Ford)

Want to get out and run, but don’t want to go alone?

Head out to Coupeville every Wednesday and Saturday and join a new low-stress, high-benefit running club created by David Ford.

There’s no cost for the Coupeville Running Club, and you don’t have to be a record-busting pro to join.

The group will run (or walk) a 5K every Wednesday night at 6 PM (starting today, July 24), with a five-mile run at 7 AM Saturday mornings.

If you want to take part in tonight’s inaugural Wednesday run, everyone is meeting in the Coupeville Elementary School parking lot at 6 S. Main.

The run itself will go north on the Kettles, hook onto Sherman, then follow a set course back to the school, where things will be capped with two laps around the track.

A post-run beer at the Penn Cove Tap Room, where everyone talks about how they could win the Boston Marathon right now, today, is optional.

Runners are encouraged to show up a bit early for the first Wednesday run (Ford will be at the school at 5:30), so groups can be put together based on average running times.

Side note – no headphones (encouraging you to interact with your fellow runners) and no dogs.

For Ford, this is a chance to encourage others, as well as himself.

“This is my effort to bring a subset of our community together to spend some time enjoying each other’s company while pounding the pavement,” he said. “This group will also provide some accountability on my quest to lead a somewhat healthy lifestyle.

“What’s in it for you? Whatever you make of it!”

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Today and yesterday, the football players of 1986. Mitch Aparicio (1) is joined by clockwise from top right, David Ford, his brother Marc, Rusty Bailey, Jay Roberts and Brad Trumbull.

   Today and yesterday, the football players of ’86. Mitch Aparicio (1) is joined by clockwise from top right, David Ford, Marc Aparicio, Rusty Bailey, Jay Roberts and Brad Trumbull.

What was your dad doing 30 years ago this fall?

Probably being a bad-ass, that’s what.

Going through piles of paperwork found at the bottom of a filing cabinet deep in the darkest heart of the CHS gym complex, I stumbled across a stat sheet for the 1986 Wolf football team.

Many of the names are fixtures in the local community, fair-haired lads who grew up to sire Cow Town athletic stars of the present day.

What better time to put their youthful exploits out on the internet, where they can be received with much hootin’ and hollerin’ by their progeny?

The ’86 squad, which celebrates a 30-year anniversary this fall (if the players care) is one of four Wolf gridiron squads to make it to the state playoffs in the modern era.

While they didn’t win a league title like the ’74 or ’90 teams, the ’86ers do have the distinction of coming the closest to a state win of any of the four CHS football teams.

They fell 21-15 to Naselle Nov. 15, 1986, losing by less than a touchdown.

By contrast, ’74 lost 12-0 to Willapa Valley, ’87 was rolled 34-7 by Mossyrock and ’90 was thumped 34-14 by Rainier in their state playoff battles.

Not having come to Whidbey Island until ’89, I never saw the ’86 squad play in person, though I frequently bump into many of the team’s players in modern times.

Looking just at the stark black and white of the stat sheet, it was an impressive team, one which outscored foes 201-95 on the season.

You might hang around for a quarter (the Wolves held a slim 45-40 edge in first quarter play), but then Coupeville would put you down with a vengeance.

The second quarter was where the massacre generally went down, with the Wolves drilling opponents 61-13.

There was little hope of a comeback after halftime, as the third (41-23) and especially the fourth (54-19) were almost as brutal on teams not wearing red and black.

Or was it still red and white back then?

The ’86 squad was fairly well balanced, gaining 1,106 yards on the ground and 1,386 through the air.

They were also, apparently, a fairly rough crew. Or just not great at avoiding the watchful eye of the ref.

One of the few places where they lose the statistical battle is on penalties, where they racked up 80 miscues, giving back 728 yards, almost 250 more than their foes (63-489) did.

Call them the Raiders-lite.

The stats from 30 falls ago:

Offense:

Passing:

Brad Brown 91 completions in 197 attempts
Tom Conard 3-7

Receiving:

Steve Konek 26 receptions for 516 yards
Chad Gale 24-346
David Ford 11-132
Mitch Aparicio 11-107
Dan Nieder 8-105
Rick Alexander 8-79
Jay Roberts 1-37
Rusty Bailey 1-27
Marc Aparicio 3-25
Brown 1-7
Jeff Sobieski 1-2
Tony Ford 1-0

Rushing:

Mi. Aparicio 94 carries for 522 yards
Alexander 74-413
Brown 52-220
Alan Weddel 18-65
Gale 2-27
Aaron Hall 6-11
Bailey 3-6
Conard 3-0
David Cox 2-(-2)
Rick McCormick 1-(-5)

Defense:

Tackles:

Konek 38
Alexander 34
Mi. Aparicio 31
Nieder 27
John Beasley 26
Weddel 25
Morgan Roehl 24
D. Ford 23
Cox 17
Roberts 16
Chip Perkins 12
Ma. Aparicio 11
Bailey 10
T. Ford 9
Scott Losey 8
GT Wolfe 6
Brown 5
Jason Jones 5
Kevin King 5
Conard 4
Eric Gunter 3
Andrew Bird 2
Gale 2
Hall 2
Sobieski 2
Nick Zustiak 2
Don Gullick
1
Steve Lewis
1
McCormick
1
Brad Trumbull
1

Assists

Beasley 38
Mi. Aparicio 30
Alexander 27
Konek 25
Weddel 23
Roberts 20
Perkins 18
Nieder 17
Cox 16
Losey 14
Ma. Aparicio 14
D. Ford 13
Bailey 10
Roehl 7
Wolfe 5
T. Ford 3
Gunter 3
McCormick 3
Sobieski 3
Gale 2
Gullick 2
Jones 2
King 2
Bird 1
Brown 1
Theron Wofford
1
Zustiak
1

Interceptions:

Konek 7 (tied for CHS single-season record)
Nieder 7 (tied for CHS single-season record)
Alexander 2
Mi. Aparicio 2
Ma. Aparicio 1
Bailey 1

Special Teams:

Kickoff returns:

Weddel 8 for 140 yards
Mi. Aparicio 4-67
T. Ford 3-29
Brown 1-12
Gale 1-11
Alexander 2-10
Hall 1-8
Sobieski 1-7

Punt returns:

Brown 4-53
Mi. Aparicio 2-42
Trumbull 1-7

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Fathers and sons (who became fathers). Top (l to r): Tony, Larrie and David Ford.

   Fathers and sons (who became fathers). Top (l to r): Tony, Larrie, David Ford. Bottom, Sandy Roberts, Jay Roberts and family, Jon Roberts and daughter Lindsey.

So, today is Father’s Day.

It’s also the 52nd consecutive Sunday I’ve inducted a class into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, which is kind of amazing in itself. So yay, me.

How to tie together these two milestones, you ask?

With a six-pack of honorees, as we present a unique class — two longtime, influential local coaches and the athletic sons they guided into manhood, where the sons have returned the favor to the next generation.

Today, two families, fathers and sons, as these hallowed digital walls welcome Sandy, Jon and Jay Roberts and Larrie, David and Tony Ford.

After this, you’ll find them at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

The four sons are part of a golden age for Wolf male athletes, guys who played three sports a year in the ’80s while also putting in time in the classroom and in the community.

They were among the leaders (along with classmates like Mitch and Marc Aparicio) during the Reagan years, a time when CHS routinely went to state in almost every core sport on a yearly basis.

Jon Roberts is the only one of the four to bag a Male Athlete of the Year Award, but the competition was cutthroat those years.

Or he’s just the best athlete of the bunch…

Let the family fightin’ begin!!

While Jon has his best in class award, it’s Jay’s name that sits up on the big board in the entrance way to the CHS gym.

Part of a quartet that set a school record in the 4 x 100 in ’86, he, along with Bill Carstensen, Tony Killgo and Rick Alexander, own the longest-standing track record in CHS history.

Both Roberts boys are matched by the Fords, who could grow better mustaches back in the day (though maybe not as lush as the Aparicios) and were rock-solid athletes in every sport.

Adding to their legends, three of the four (Jon, Jay and David) have gifted their alma mater with athletically-gifted children, as well.

David’s youngest, Jordan, shattered the school record in the pole vault this spring and was a three-sport letterman who played like his dad and uncle, with grit and determination.

Jay’s progeny, former softball slugger Madeline and current volleyball spiker/horse ridin’ sensation Ally, have carved a super-successful path, while Jon’s oldest, Lindsey, is the next great Wolf superstar.

As a freshman, she lettered in soccer, basketball and track, going to state in the latter two sports.

And, oh yeah, became the first female athlete in school history to win three medals at one state track meet, though the question remains — is Lindsey’s speed from dad, who loathed cross country during his one season as a runner, or from mom Sherry, who beat her husband into the Hall?

A lot of the success enjoyed by the Roberts and Ford boys, and their children, started with the guys they called dad.

Sandy Roberts and Larrie Ford might not be in the state record books like former Wolf football coach Sid Otton, but they are the very personification of what small town sports coaches should be.

They were there, always, wherever someone was needed, to guide, to inspire, to teach, to pat you on the back or kick you in the butt, depending on what the situation called for at the moment.

Larrie Ford’s greatest work might have come on the track oval, where he put in many years working with Wolf athletes, many of whom speak of him with deep respect, admiration and love.

A quality guy through and through, who always had time to talk to the press (he’s a personable guy with many a story to tell), he laid the groundwork for successful seasons, and, more importantly, successful lives.

He may have retired from working for CHS a few years back, but his impact will continue to be felt for decades.

And you can easily say the same for Sandy Roberts, who coached a ton of basketball (both at the junior high and high school levels) and who, to this day, continues to sprinkle wisdom onto current little league sluggers like grandson Landon.

Like papa Ford, papa Roberts is one of the nicest guys you could hope to meet, a huge smile and a firm handshake always waiting for everyone in his path.

And I’m not just saying that because he gave me a cushion to ease the agony of sitting through multiple games every week on the horrifyingly rock-hard bleachers in the CHS gym.

Though that certainly didn’t hurt his cause.

As we celebrate another Father’s Day, it just feels right to do it by honoring these six, sons and fathers all rolled into one.

May they, and their proud family legacies, continue to soar high as honored members of Wolf Nation.

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Jordan Ford works up an appetite playing sports year-round. (Photo courtesy Aimee Bishop)

Jordan Ford works up an appetite playing sports year-round. (Photo courtesy Aimee Bishop)

Ford flies high in the pole vault. (Barbi Ford photo)

Ford flies high in the pole vault. (Barbi Ford photos)

Seahawks

Like the majority of his family, he loves him some Seahawks.

Most times, you transfer to a new school and no one knows who you are at first.

Not quite the case with Jordan Ford.

When he starts his senior year at Coupeville High School at the end of August, the three-sport athlete, who’s coming from Kentwood, will be providing another link in a long line of family members who have worn the red and black as Wolves.

Both of his parents — David and Barbi (Messner) Ford — are Coupeville grads, as are about ten billion other family members, from grandfathers to aunts to cousins.

In his immediate family, he has former CHS Athlete of the Year winners like cousin Breeanna Messner and longtime Wolf coaches like grandfather Larrie Ford.

Now, thanks to his dad relocating for work with Boeing, Jordan will get to write another chapter in his family’s long and illustrious love affair with Coupeville.

“I wanted to go to a smaller school and be close to family,” Ford said. “I’m not worried about the transition; I get along with everyone.

“It will be special to carry on the family tradition at Coupeville,” he added. “They all loved growing up in town. I hope to make them proud.”

First up is a return to football, which he last played as a freshman. Then comes his favorite sports, basketball and track.

“Pole vault in track is my favorite because of the adrenaline rush and not many people do it. I like to fly,” Ford said. “I am better at basketball though, and you’ll see that I play 100% at all times.”

He’s already attended summer camps with both the Wolf boys’ hoops squad and the football team, making the transition to a new school easier.

“Luckily, I was able to go to camp with both teams at Central, so I have met quite a few of the guys,” Ford said. “My goal is to have fun and be part of a team.”

He’ll bounce between wide receiver and safety, and is already hard at work getting back into the flow of the gridiron game.

“Although I haven’t played since my freshman year, I am really looking forward to competing and being part of the team,” Ford said. “I have great hands as a receiver with fairly good speed with a good vertical.

“I need to work on learning the plays and being the new kid.”

When he’s not playing sports, Ford enjoys hanging out with his extended family and playing video games.

As he’s grown as both an athlete and a young man, that family has always been there to support, encourage and help shape him.

“I would have to say that my mom and dad have had the biggest impact on who I am,” Ford said. “They have set a good example on how to live life with the priorities of family, hard work and they loved growing up in Coupeville.

“Of course, I plan on following in their footsteps but hope to outshine whatever my dad did for Coupeville sports!,” he added with a huge laugh.

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