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Jacquelynn McCarthy

Something for you, something for her.

Coupeville’s Seaside Spa and Salon is hosting a virtual auction Nov. 1-3 to help raise funds for employee Jacquelynn McCarthy.

The spa, which just celebrated its 14th anniversary, is owned by Aaron Wiley.

McCarthy, an esthetician, is locked in a battle with Carney Complex and is headed towards her third open heart surgery.

It’s an extremely rare disease, with only several hundred documented cases worldwide since 1985, in which tumors repeatedly grow on a person’s heart.

The auction, which begins this coming Sunday, will allow people to bid on items and services from a ton of businesses such as Ciao and Pickles Deli.

The money raised will go to help Jacqui during her recovery.

After the surgery, she will need to take substantial time off of work and will continue to undergo extensive testing in Seattle, which entails frequent trips off-Island.

With no family in the area to help, this gives all of Whidbey an opportunity to step up and act as a second family for the outgoing, extremely well-liked Jacqui.


The auction:



Other ways to help Jacqui:




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Lincoln Kelley is ready for a socially-distanced half marathon. (Photo courtesy Shawna Kelley)

They made it work, and it paid off.

Despite not being allowed to hold an in-person event, thanks to the ongoing pandemic, the parents behind the annual Race the Reserve fundraiser still brought their race home.

Switching to a virtual format, organizers were able to raise $9,500 after expenses.

That money will go towards a safe, alcohol and drug free graduation party for the Coupeville High School Class of 2021 next spring.

Race the Reserve, which normally happens in August, brings runners to Ebey’s Prairie, where they can choose between competing in a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon.

While runners competed on their own this time, they were still gifted a race bib, T-shirt, medal, and swag bag as in years past.

In addition to the $9,500, Race the Reserve also raised money for a scholarship.

The details and dollar amount of that award will be announced later this month, said race organizer Deb Smith.

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A time before masks. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Call it the never-ending story – whenever I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

Coupeville Sports is largely a one-man operation — though John Fisken and others provide an invaluable service by letting me use their photos — and, as such, it ebbs and flows with my moods.

I’ve been chugging along at it for eight years-plus now, from August 15, 2012 until today.

Though, from time to time, I have fallen off the rails.

Such as when I recently took a six-week sabbatical from late Aug. through the first days of Oct.

I was battered by the darkest timeline we all seem to be enduring, and perplexed by a lack of easily-available sports stories in the age of coronavirus.

So, I went off, and cleared some land at my sister’s.

While yelling a lot at the ungodly amount of dead, but still ferocious, blackberry canes which the former owner of the property allowed to run wild.

I also launched a side gig at https://flatbuttfilmfest.com/, where I post five new 100-word film reviews each morning, cause that sorta, kinda, keeps alive the video store days of my misbegotten youth.

And then, bam, without really meaning to, I returned to Coupeville Sports Oct. 2, and, in the blink of an eye, have published 21 articles in a week.

Since I’ve averaged three stories a day on here since 2012 — this is article #7,919 (not kidding) — that tracks.

Who knows where we go from here.

There are still no actual games until Jan., or at least that’s the plan right now.

COVID will have a lot to say about that, and there are side wrinkles, as the winner of the Governor’s office could change how the state deals with the pandemic, and what is opened or closed.

I also might wake up tomorrow and find out the movie blog is being bought for big bucks by Jeff Bezos, and then I get my indoor/outdoor swimming pool, with waterfall connecting the two sides.

Probably not going to hold my breath on that one…

But, the point is, no promises really. Cause none of us has a freakin’ clue going forward.

The one guarantee – as long as I’m writing Coupeville Sports, I will try and make it the best it can be.

And this is where you, the reader can help.

Do you know a student (of any age) at a Whidbey school (Coupeville, Oak Harbor, or South end) who has artwork or writing they’d like to see published?

Send it to me at davidsvien@hotmail.com and we can make it a reality.

Have a story idea — doesn’t necessarily need to be sports — or want someone to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame?

Let me know.

Lastly, this blog, from article #1 to article #7,919 to article #10,000(?) has always been, and will always be, free to read.

No paywalls, ever.

I understand why many sites have gone that route, but I made my choice in 2012.

If you choose to read for free, good on you.

If you like what I’m doing and want to help, however, the easiest way is to click on the link below.

Should you choose to do that, for $5 or for the full price of that mythical indoor/outdoor pool with waterfall, even better on you!



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A golfer lines up a putt while helping raise money. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s embrace of Bennett Boyles and his family continues.

The former hoops star, who fought valiantly against brain cancer as a middle school student, remains a vital part of Wolf Nation, his memory held aloft by those who knew and loved him.

Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Bennett Boyles. (Photo courtesy Lucienne Rivera)

One of the best public tributes to Bennett is the annual memorial golf tourney named for him, now in its fourth year.

Spearheaded by CHS grads Mitch and Marc Aparicio, and sponsored by their business, Penn Cove Brewing Company, this year’s event raised $15,000.

Mitch Aparicio commands his ball to “get in the freakin’ hole!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

That’s up $6,000 from a year ago, and especially nice to see at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made putting on the tourney considerably more difficult.

The money will go towards scholarships for the CHS Class of 2022, which Bennett would have been a member of, and to support patients and their families through the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

Playing for Bennett are, l to r, Helen Taylor, Molly McPherson, Sarah Flay, and Aaron Wiley.

There were 84 golfers at this year’s event, with a team made up of Todd Melnick, Robert Tercero, Lucas Horrobin, and Jeremy Amundson claiming the team title.

They combined to shoot a 54, holding off two teams tied at 61 strokes.

The other big winner was Coupeville teacher Jackie Saia, who drilled a 75-footer to claim victory in the putting contest.

Jackie Saia, sharpshooter.

Todd Melnick, Brenden Hansen, Shawn Blouin, and John Fish claimed awards for being “closest to the hole,” while Maria Reyes, Melnick, and Lucas Horrobin smashed the longest drives of the day.

Konni Smith gets ready to crank it.

Many people contributed to make the tourney a success, led by the event’s sponsors:



Whidbey Island Business Consulting, LLC



Cascade Custom Homes
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Ron Telles



Benito (Papa) Rivera
China City
Greenbank Cider Company
Windermere Property Management
Windermere Real Estate



Humphrey Sign Company
McPherson & McPherson Law
Penn Cove Taproom
Porter Whidbey Insurance
Salon Blue
Seaside Spa and Salon
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation
Whidbey Weekly and Printing


Raffle Prizes:

Callen’s Restaurant
China City
Cozy’s Roadhouse
Ebey Academy
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Madrona Blossom
Orlando’s Bar and Southern BBQ
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Pizza Factory Coupeville
Prima Bistro
Seaside Spa and Salon
Tyee Restaurant
Union Tavern
Vail Wine Shop
Whidbey Golf Club
Willowood Farm
Wicked Teuton Brewing Company

Tim Grove (left) and Shawn Blouin enjoyed their day on the links.

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Former South Whidbey High School football coach Mark Hodson.

A Whidbey Island gridiron legend and his family are in need.

Mark Hodson, a South Whidbey High School social studies teacher, led the Falcon football program to great success through two tours of duty.

Sunday, he and his family returned from a day at the lake to find their Freeland home a complete loss after a fire.

The Hodson home on Spinnaker Drive was fully involved when firefighters from multiple departments arrived on scene.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS reported neighbors “were actively using garden hoses to help as much as possible.”

Firefighters from South and Central Whidbey stations used interior and exterior extinguishment tactics to keep the fire from spreading to nearby houses, but the Hodson home was a complete loss.

With the family gone, no one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Friends of the Hodson’s have set up a GoFundMe to help the family of six, which has been left with little more than the clothes on their backs.

To help out, pop over to:


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