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Sean Toomey-Stout and teammates will play an independent, non-league schedule this fall, one of several changes for the Coupeville High School and Middle School football programs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There are big changes coming to Coupeville’s high school and middle school football programs.

Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith released the following letter Thursday to address the new direction, and he and the CHS coaching staff, led by Marcus Carr, will host a public meeting to follow up.

That meeting is 6:30 PM Wednesday, May 29 in the CHS Commons.

Smith’s letter:

I would like to take this opportunity to go over the state of our middle and high school football programs and hopefully, address some concerns and questions that our students and community may have.

Our middle school football program has ended; and while many may think that’s a bad thing, I actually see it as an opportunity.

More and more, the direction that youth football is moving is in a direction we’d like to pursue as a school.

The NFL, WIAA (governing body of interscholastic activities/athletics in Washington), and many current and former football players are all moving to a new youth program which we are excited to pursue: flag football.

The beauty of flag football is that we can get all kids out, regardless of size, ability or gender.

It takes away the stigma of contact and pigeon-holing kids into positions based on size or skill level.

Each kid gets an opportunity to play every position: quarterback, receiver, lineman, etc.

We want boys and girls playing and we are looking to start this program, grades 3-8 by next fall.

It is a great lead-up game to tackle football and kids get to learn football without worrying about getting tackled or put in a position just because they are big or small.

At Coupeville High School, we have seen a dramatic decline of participation over the past 7-8 years.

While some of this can be attributed to the concussion element, I believe it is also due to the lack of a consistent football coaching staff during that time.

The constant coming and goings of our head coaches has led to an uncertainty, apathy, and non-interest in the program.

However, I truly believe that our head coach, Marcus Carr, and his staff are committed to rebuilding our program and see it come back to the healthy, strong program it once was.

In part, this is why I’m writing this article: Coach Carr and I want our community to come to meet him and his staff, learn more about them as community members as well as learn about their commitment level, philosophies, and coaching methods.

We have taken two big steps, in our minds, to help address the safety concerns of our community.

First, I appealed to and was allowed by our current league, the North Sound Conference, to pursue an independent football schedule rather than participate in our league.

I did this based on the fact that we have low numbers and a young group of returning players.

As I stated earlier, the safety of our kids is paramount in our scheduling of games and Coach Carr and I truly believe that moving to an independent schedule was vital in beginning to revitalize our program.

I have been able to create a full schedule, weeks 1-9, with teams that are going through what we are, are smaller schools (or new programs), and will provide our kids with an opportunity to be successful each and every game.

It is not an easy schedule; we are not throwing in the towel on our kids or program, and it will require our kids to work in the off-season, and be committed just like any other season.

It is a great opportunity for our kids and community to feel success in a program that needs to feel success and in spite of our low numbers and youth, has a genuine chance at being a very good football team.

Secondly, we have purchased (thanks to a generous donation by the Coupeville Booster Club) an item that we believe, will add some safety and peace of mind for our program.

It is a product called Guardian Caps and is a shell that goes over the helmet and has shown to help in the reduction of concussions.

In researching this product, and I want be completely clear, it does not, nor can any product, guarantee 100% protection against concussions or head injuries.

It does, however, offer added protection to the head, especially when hitting the ground.

We will be using these during our practices, and in discussion with Bremerton High School who used them this past fall, it did help with kids’ confidence as the season progressed.

They have been shown to reduce the number of concussions in a season, which is what drew us to the product, and they are used by a number of colleges, high schools, and youth programs throughout the nation.

Coach Carr, his staff, and I would like to invite the community, parents, students, and any other interested parties to a meeting on Wednesday May 29 at 6:30 in the High School Commons.

You will get to ask questions of our football staff and myself, learn more about how our football staff instructs tackling and blocking, as well as learn about the training they receive in order to become a football coach.

 

2019 CHS football schedule:

Friday, Sept. 6 — Port Townsend (6 PM)
Friday, Sept. 13 — @ Vashon Island (6 PM)
Friday, Sept. 20 — @ Friday Harbor (6:30 PM)
Friday, Sept. 27 — La Conner (7 PM)
Saturday, Oct. 5 — @ Kittitas (3 PM)
Friday, Oct. 11 — @ Northwest Christian (Lacey) (7 PM)
Friday, Oct. 18 — South Whidbey (7 PM)
Friday, Oct. 25 — Anacortes (TBD)
Friday, Nov. 1 — @ Interlake (7 PM)

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CHS football coach Marcus Carr has had a huge positive effect since his arrival in town. Now, we need to help him and his family. (Photo courtesy Carr)

Coupeville High School coaches have banded together to support the family of Wolf head football coach Marcus Carr, and we can all help.

Carr’s wife, Deborah, was in a bad car accident coming home from work Mar. 23, and has had to have extensive surgeries.

While she is recovering from her injuries, others are stepping up to provide meals for the family of six.

CHS cheer coach BreAnna Boon, using the Meal Train web site, has set up an easy way for people to sign up to provide meals, or purchase gift cards which can be used for food.

Since they joined Wolf Nation a year ago, the Carr family has had a huge impact on the CHS football program and local student/athletes.

If you can help at all, please take a look at:

https://mealtrain.com/y262gk

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Former Coupeville athletes Nick Streubel and Madeline Roberts reunite after a Central Washington University football game. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

The Big Hurt is a two-timer.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel earned his second-straight First-Team All-Conference nod Wednesday, as he and 19 of his Central Washington University football teammates were honored.

The Wildcats, who earned a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, but were snubbed when the NCAA DII playoff bracket was revealed, claimed three of the league’s big awards.

Quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the Offensive Player of the Year, guard James Moore was the Offensive Lineman of the Year and running back Michael Roots was the Newcomer of the Year.

Streubel, a red-shirt junior offensive lineman, was a unanimous pick after playing a major role for one of the most-prolific offenses in DII football.

Central, which averaged 47.7 points while going 8-3, rushed for 2,999 yards on the season.

The Wildcats averaged 272.64 rushing yards per game, with two different backs rambling for 1,000+ yards.

Next up for Streubel is the announcement of the All-Region team, where he will be looking to repeat as a First-Team pick.

 

To see the complete All-GNAC team, pop over to:

http://www.gnacsports.com/football/news/2018-19/11579/top-shelf-hennessey-berry-lead-football-all-conference-team/

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Makana Stone had a team-high 11 points and 10 rebounds on opening night Saturday, but Whitman College fell just short of a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three former Wolves, three different states, all united by the experience of college sports.

Coupeville High School grads Kailey Kellner and Makana Stone kicked off new basketball seasons Saturday, in New York and Oregon, respectively.

Meanwhile, Nick Streubel rumbled on the gridiron back in Washington state, as he and his team capped their regular season run.

How things went down:

 

Kailey Kellner:

D’Youville College used a 22-15 third-quarter surge to claim a win on opening night in Aurora, New York.

The Spartans turned a two-point halftime deficit into a five-point advantage, then held on to bounce host Wells 74-69.

Kellner, a sophomore, came off the bench to score four points, snag a rebound and dole out an assist in 11 minutes of action.

 

Makana Stone:

Down by 10 heading into the fourth, Whitman College almost made it all the way back in La Grande, before falling 52-49 to Eastern Oregon.

Stone, a junior, topped the Blues with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals.

She nailed a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers to spur Whitman on, with the final one cutting the lead all the way down to 48-45.

Unfortunately, that was the last field goal of the night for the Blues, as they could only scrape out four free-throws in the game’s final five minutes.

Eastern Oregon, which went 31-2 a season ago, didn’t do much down the stretch, either, but netted a pair of jumpers to keep the margin at three until the final buzzer.

 

Nick Streubel:

Central Washington University couldn’t hold on to a late lead, surrendering the tying and go-ahead touchdowns in the final six minutes in Ellensburg.

Nabbing a 42-35 win, visiting Azusa Pacific earned a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.

The squads, which split a pair of games this season, both finished 7-1 in league play, 8-3 overall.

It was the second straight league title for CWU, which went 8-0 last season to claim sole ownership of the title banner.

Now, Streubel, a red-shirt junior, and his teammates await the reveal of the 28-team NCAA DII football playoff bracket. That goes down Sunday afternoon.

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Shane Losey played four seasons for Coupeville High School football. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

All-Conference lineman Ryan Labrador clears running room for Andrew Martin.

The season ended not with a tackle or a screen pass, but with deviled eggs and All-Conference certificates.

Coupeville High School football brought an end to the gridiron season Thursday with an awards banquet, as the Wolves put a final stamp on the 2018 campaign.

First-year head coach Marcus Carr handed letters to 19 players, while also hailing those who played four years of football, and those who were previously honored by the North Sound Conference.

 

All-Conference 1st Team:

Dane Lucero (Defensive Line)
Sean Toomey-Stout (Running Back, Defensive Back, Special Teams)
Alex Turner (Linebacker)

 

All-Conference 2nd Team:

Gavin Knoblich (Tight End)
Ryan Labrador (Offensive Line)
Shane Losey (Linebacker)
Matt Stevens (Defensive Line)

 

Four-Year Awards:

Chris Battaglia
Matt Hilborn
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Jake Pease
Alex Turner

 

Varsity letter winners:

Isaiah Bittner
Brian Casey
Cam Dahl
Miles Davidson
Matt Hilborn
Dawson Houston
Gavin Knoblich
Ryan Labrador
Derek Leyva
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Andrew Martin
Gabe Shaw
Ben Smith
Matt Stevens
Gavin St Onge
Gavin Straub
Sean Toomey-Stout
Alex Turner

 

Certificate of Participation:

Chris Battaglia
Jake Pease
Keahi Sorrows

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