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A Washington state ferry idles in the water during happier times. (Sarah Kirkconnell photo)

Multiple workers on the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry run have tested positive for COVID-19.

The route, which is the busiest in the state in vehicle traffic, has already been running with just one boat, and not the normal two, the past two weekends.

For a complete report, pop over to the Everett Herald:

COVID-19 outbreak strikes Mukilteo-Clinton ferry workers

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Wolf hoops star Avalon Renninger finds your polls a little sour. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If either Coupeville High School basketball team hangs a league championship banner this season, it will come as a surprise to the forecasters.

The Daily Herald in Everett, the largest newspaper to cover the North Sound Conference on a regular basis, recently commissioned a poll of league coaches to determine the projected order for the league’s first hoops season.

The good news?

The Wolf girls garnered a few more votes than their male counterparts.

The bad news?

Neither team is viewed as a juggernaut.

Now, a poll like this is a bit tricky, since Coupeville played in the Olympic League the last four seasons, and not the Cascade Conference, the now-dead 1A/2A league that, at its demise, belched forth the North Sound Conference.

So, a fair amount of league basketball coaches have never stood on a sideline and stared down at a Wolf squad.

Which means, basically, this is all a lot of guess-work and ultimately means diddly and squat.

Nothing is guaranteed, and everything will be decided between the lines when NSC players lace up their high-tops and take the hardwood.

But you know me. Never miss an opportunity to toss another article out there, so here we go.

Projected order of finish, as voted by league coaches (who could NOT vote for their own teams).



Cedar Park Christian
South Whidbey
Granite Falls


**King’s received all 1st place votes, but one coach declined to vote.**



South Whidbey
Cedar Park Christian
Granite Falls


**King’s received all but one 1st place vote. The other 1st place went to South Whidbey, which won the Cascade Conference title last year while being led by the now-graduated Lewis Pope.**

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Dyllan Harris (John Fisken photos)

   Dyllan Harris flies up-field, ripping off chunks of yardage for Oak Harbor. (John Fisken photos)

AnnaBelle Whitefoot

AnnaBelle Whitefoot gets ready to tattoo the tennis ball.

Not our fight.

That was my first thought when the Everett Herald posted their polls for voters to help pick their prep athletes of the year.

They don’t care about us, why should we care about them?

From the moment Coupeville High School left the 1A/2A Cascade Conference and joined the all-new 1A Olympic League two years ago, Cow Town has been dead to the Herald.

They still report on two-thirds of Whidbey Island, running scores and such for Oak Harbor and South Whidbey.

But, in their minds, you might as well set the middle of the Island, the county seat, the heart of government and farming, on fire, and let it burn to the ground.

Course, if that happened, they still wouldn’t write about it, cause we’re dead to them.

So, when they posted their nominee list — with one girl and boy from each of the schools they choose to cover — no Makana Stone, no Wiley Hesselgrave.

Cause Coupeville is dead to the Herald.

Except, we can still be a royal pain in their ass. Just like we were a couple years back when we torpedoed one or two of their other polls.

There’s that.

And we can do it in two ways.

One, by rallying support behind Oak Harbor’s nominated athletes — AnnaBelle Whitefoot and Dyllan Harris — and maybe helping one Whidbey Island school shaft the Herald’s beloved ATM and King’s.

And, secondly, by dropping a hail-storm of emails on Herald prep sports bigwig David Krueger, just to remind him Wolf Nation is still here, no matter how much he tries to pretend we’re not.

So, let’s do this thing.

To vote for Whitefoot, jump over to:


To vote for Harris, jump over to:


To harass the Herald and ask why they refuse to cover Coupeville, send emails (by the millions) to:


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The swings looked good, but the Wolves spent most of Monday being baffled by Sultan hurler Tyler. (John Fisken photo)

   The swings looked good, but the Wolves spent most of Monday being baffled by Sultan hurler Tyler Ohlson. (John Fisken photo)

“As good as things went Saturday, they went bad today!”

Willie Smith was still smiling in the parking lot after the game, but it was the strained smile of a coach blessed with a very young team that will be incredible some days, and soul-searing on others.

After a sublime Opening Day win over Blaine, Smith’s Coupeville High School baseball squad took a step back Monday, falling 6-0 to visiting Sultan in a game that had few highlights for the Wolf faithful.

For one thing, the non-conference loss came to a Turk squad that went winless a year ago.

Last year, when the two schools shared Cascade Conference residency, the Wolves swept three from Sultan.

This time around, the only one doing the sweeping was Turk hurler Tyler Ohlson.

Using 92 pitches, he blanked Coupeville, now in the Olympic League, on three hits and a walk while striking out four.

The biggest blow the Wolves landed was a double off of the bat of senior Kyle Bodamer, but he was stranded.

Adding insult to injury, Bodamer’s last name was changed to Budnaer in the game report that currently sits on the Everett Herald’s web site.

Oh, Herald, with your never-ending love of misspelling Coupeville names, never change.

After Aaron Curtin and Aaron Trumbull combined to toss a no-hitter against Blaine, Wolf hurlers CJ Smith and Julian Welling were decent, but not quite as effective.

Smith surrendered runs in the first and second, before Sultan tacked on two more in both the fifth and seventh against Welling.

Coupeville, now 1-1 on the young season, gets a chance to get back on the winning track when they travel to Willie Smith’s alma mater, Sequim, Wednesday.

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Breeanna Messner (John Fisken photos)

Breeanna Messner, always popular with the people. (John Fisken photo)

Breeanna Messner (Robert Bishop photo)

Messner and the tools of her trade. (Robert Bishop photo)

Wolf seniors (l to r) Haley Sherman, Breeanna Messner and Madeline Roberts. (John Fisken photo)

  Wolf seniors (l to r) Haley Sherman, Messner and Madeline Roberts during their run to the state tourney, the school’s first trip in softball in 12 years. (Fisken photo)

Breeanna Messner is the Al Gore of 2014.

The recent Coupeville High School graduate took the popular vote, but was denied the ultimate crown when the people behind the throne made their selection.

Messner, a four-sport (volleyball, cheer, basketball, softball) star for the Wolves, held off Lakewood’s Kiana Smith to win the public voting for the Everett Herald’s Female Prep Athlete of the Year.

She won 506-464 to best a 23-woman field that included athletes from big-name schools like King’s and Glacier Peak.

But the Herald editors selected Lynnwood basketball superstar Jasmin Edwards, who collected 223 votes in the popular vote, as their top athlete.

It was the same on the boys side of the battle, as Garrett Stich of Snohomish topped Hunter Bingham of Monroe in polling, only to see Bingham be tabbed as the Athlete of the Year.

Coupeville’s Ben Etzell was nominated for the boys’ award.

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