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Ivy Rudat is one of 33 Coupeville Middle School athletes signed up for cross country. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Here we go again!!!!”

A new season of middle school cross country kicks off Thursday, and Coupeville coach Elizabeth Bitting couldn’t be more excited.

“Would you take a look at the roster!” she said. “It’s a big one!! This warms my heart.”

While the roster may ebb and flow a bit before the first meet, Bitting is currently expecting 33 athletes for the first day of practice.

The highlight for the Wolves arrives Oct. 12, when CMS hosts its first-ever home middle school meet at Fort Casey Park.

For anyone wondering, Coupeville’s coach is a perfect hype machine for the event.

“The course is, of course, magnificent, beautiful, breathtaking, jaw dropping, the most scenic in the league!

“But I am biased,” Bitting added with a big smile.

 

The roster as it sits now:

 

GIRLS:

8th grade:

Tirsit Cannon
Lydia Price
Ivy Rudat

 

7th grade:

Amelia Crowder
Ari Cunningham
Olivia Hall
Alexandra Lo
Emma McFadden
Laken Simpson
Mikayla Wagner
Mary Western
Marin Winger
Devon Wyman

 

6th grade:

Hailey Goldman
Ellie Marshall
Allie Powers
Sage Stavros
Maci Wofford
Camilla Wolfe

 

BOYS:

8th grade:

Zach Blitch
Kenny Jacobsen
Axel Marshall
Dylan Robinett

 

7th grade:

Isaiah Allen
Beckett Green
Johnny Jacobsen
Roger Martinez-Moreno
Nathan Niewald
Max Ohme

 

6th grade:

Avery Eelkema
Ossian Merkel
Cyrus Sparacio
Andre Volanos-Gerber

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Elizabeth Bitting (left) and Paige Spangler, always ready for a run. (Photos property Spangler)

They’re ultra-committed.

On a day when the heat and humidity in Coupeville sapped most folks, Wolf cross country coaches Paige Spangler and Elizabeth Bitting couldn’t be stopped.

The duo overcame the weather Thursday, pounding their way through an ultra-marathon.

Darkness comes, and they’re still going strong.

Averaging 5.2 miles every four hours across a 24-hour span, Bitting and Spangler ran a 50K, which breaks down to 31.2 miles.

They kicked things off at 5 AM, finishing the sixth and final leg at the Coupeville pier as midnight approached.

The finish line!

As Spangler and Bitting prep for the start of the school running season — the former is the high school coach, while the latter heads up the middle school program — they lead by example.

Spangler is training for the Chicago Marathon, which goes down Oct. 9.

 

If you’d like to help the Wolf harrier coach with expenses, pop over to:

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Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith is super-excited about the return of middle school sports. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two on deck, one off the schedule.

Coupeville Middle School is offering cross country and volleyball this fall but has discontinued its boys soccer program and is directing interested players to local rec leagues.

Practice for CMS runners begins Sept. 1, with the spikers hitting the court Sept. 12.

The fall season plays out through the end of Oct., then is followed by basketball in the winter and track in the spring.

With middle school volleyball, the plan is to have players in grades 6-8 divided across three teams by talent level.

Matches played Monday or Tuesday will operate with level one playing first, followed by two and three.

The schedule flips and goes 3-2-1 when matches are contested on Wednesday or Thursday.

Both sports welcome back returning coaches, with Elizabeth Bitting mentoring the harriers and the duo of Cris Matochi and Katie Kiel calling the shots for volleyball.

 

Schedules for the young Wolves:

 

CROSS COUNTRY:

Sat-Sept. 17 — @ Westling Invitational (South Whidbey) — (10:00)
Wed-Sept. 21 — @ Sultan (3:30)
Sat-Sept. 24 — @ King’s Invite — (12:00)
Thur-Sept. 29 — @ Granite Falls — (3:30)
Fri-Oct. 7 — @ Hole in the Wall (Lakewood) — (3:30)
Wed-Oct. 12 — HOME meet (Fort Casey) — (3:30)
Wed-Oct. 19 — @ Cascade League Championships (South Whidbey) — (3:30)

 

VOLLEYBALL:

Thur-Sept. 29 — @ Langley — (3:30)
Mon-Oct. 9 — Lakewood — (3:15)
Wed-Oct. 5 — Sultan — (3:15)
Mon-Oct. 10 — King’s — (3:15)
Thur-Oct. 13 — @ Granite Falls — (3:15)
Tues-Oct. 18 — @ Northshore Christian — (3:30)
Thur-Oct. 20 — @ Sultan — (3:15)
Mon-Oct. 24 — Langley — (3:15)

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With a new cross country season on the horizon, Coupeville Middle School is offering a free summer running clinic. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

It’s a sneak preview of what’s to come.

Coupeville Middle School students headed into grades 6-8 are invited to participate in a free running clinic which will give athletes and parents a feel for what the upcoming cross country season will look like.

There are actually two clinics available, with one going July 18-20 and the other July 22-23.

Each day’s events will begin at 8:30 AM, using a variety of locations.

The clinics begin at the school track behind Coupeville Elementary School and will conclude with a visit to Fort Casey to walk, then run the middle school cross country course.

“If you have a friend who you think might be interested, invite them to come!” said CMS cross country coach Elizabeth Bitting.

“Parents, grandparents, caregivers are welcome to join and walk/run/jog the same routes,” she added. “I hope to see you soon!”

 

Questions? Contact Bitting at ebitting@coupeville.k12.wa.us.

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Elizabeth Bitting leads off a look at CHS spring sports coaches. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They are the guiding lights.

As spring sports play out, the men and women who have stepped up to be coaches at Coupeville High School are at the forefront of things.

In the pics above and below, a look at some of the often-unsung superstars who keep Wolf sports humming along.

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