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Nezi Keiper caps her prep soccer career with another honor. (Jackie Saia photo)

Four is the magic number.

Matching the Wolf boys, the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer squad saw a quartet of players honored when Northwest 2B/1B All-Conference teams were announced Monday night.

Senior defender Nezi Keiper and senior midfielder Carolyn Lhamon were named First-Team picks, while sophomore forward Ayden Wyman and senior goaltender Anna Myles received Honorable Mention status.

There is no Second-Team roster for NWL girls’ soccer, with just four teams playing versus the nine who line up on the boys’ side of things.

Mount Vernon Christian senior forward Abby Russell was tabbed as league MVP, while her mentor, Mike Russell, won Coach of the Year.

Friday Harbor was handed the Team Sportsmanship Award.

Wolf goalie Anna Myles (in neon) was honored by Northwest 2B/1B League coaches. (Morgan White photo)

 

First-Team All-Conference:

Alexa Brown – Freshman – Midfielder – Mount Vernon Christian
Stella Carli – Freshman – Forward – Friday Harbor
Meg Carrier – Senior – Midfielder – Friday Harbor
McKenna Clark – Junior – Forward/Midfielder – Friday Harbor
Nezi Keiper – Defender – Coupeville
Carolyn Lhamon – Senior – Midfielder – Coupeville
Bella Ross – Junior – Defender – Friday Harbor
Emily Russell – Junior – Forward – Mount Vernon Christian
Elly VandenBosch – Junior – Defender – Mount Vernon Christian
Kayla Van Hofwegen – Sophomore – Defender/Mid – Mount Vernon Christian

 

Honorable Mention:

Raegen Lee – Senior – Defender – La Conner
Anna Myles – Senior – Goaltender – Coupeville
Nylah Pieples – Sophomore – Defender – Friday Harbor
Grace Van Pelt – Sophomore – Goaltender – Mount Vernon Christian
Ayden Wyman – Sophomore – Forward – Coupeville

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Freshman Brynn Parker was Coupeville’s Rookie of the Year on the soccer pitch. (Bailey Thule photo)

Seniors (l to r) Nezi Keiper, Carolyn Lhamon, Anna Myles, Gwen Crowder, and Wynter Arndt exit as winners. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They shot, and scored, on awards night.

Wrapping their season, the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer squad closed Kyle Nelson’s final go-round as coach with a shindig Thursday night.

Wolf goaltender Anna Myles was honored as team MVP, while she and fellow seniors Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper received four-year awards.

Freshman Brynn Parker was tabbed as Rookie of the Year, Edie Bittner earned Most Improved, and Keiper was hailed as Most Inspirational.

Lhamon and Keiper were also acknowledged for their work as team captains.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Wynter Arndt
Edie Bittner
Sophia Broderick
Jackie Contreras
Gwen Crowder
Bryley Gilbert
Nezi Keiper
Carolyn Lhamon
Ava Mitten
Anna Myles
Brynn Parker
Frankie Tenore
Ayden Wyman

 

Participation certificates:

Isabella Gaspio
Elizabeth Lo
Monroe Myles
Skylar Parker

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“We root for everyone!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Girls’ soccer, you’re on the clock.

With Coupeville High School boys’ basketball and football teams having broken 34 and 32-year dry spells in 2022, the Wolf female booters now have the longest active run without an appearance at the state tournament.

Founded in 2004, CHS girls’ soccer has never qualified for the big dance, making it 18 years and counting.

Every other active sports program at the school has been to state at least once since 2010 now that boys’ basketball (1988) and football (1990) are off the schneid.

Plus, wrestling and golf, sports where Coupeville doesn’t have its own program, but solo stars have trained and travelled with other schools, fit the criteria.

Grappler Alex Turner made it to Mat Classic in 2019, while duffer Christine Fields capped a four-year run of state tourney appearances in 2015.

But what about swim, you ask?

While Turner and Fields (plus her big brother, Austin) trained and travelled with other schools, they ultimately competed in CHS colors.

Swimmers like Amanda Streubel, Lily Doyle, and Rachel and Cole Weinstein did not, as they attended Coupeville schools but fully repped Oak Harbor High School in the pool.

So, no countee … in this exercise, at least.

 

Most-recent state tourney appearance:

2022 — Boys Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Track and Field
2019 — Softball, Wrestling
2018 — Girls Tennis
2017 — Volleyball
2016 — Girls Basketball
2015 — Boys Tennis, Girls Golf
2014 — Baseball
2013 — Boys Golf
2010 — Boys Soccer
Never — Girls Soccer

 

While tennis, cross country, and track (plus wrestling and golf) often qualify individual athletes to state, basketball, softball, football, volleyball, soccer, and baseball only advance as a full team.

How those programs compare:

 

State tourney appearances:

Baseball — 9
Girls Basketball — 7
Boys Basketball — 6
Football — 5
Volleyball — 5
Softball — 3
Boys Soccer — 2

 

State tourney wins:

Girls Basketball — 7
Softball — 5
Volleyball — 4
Baseball — 2
Boys Basketball — 2

 

And no, I don’t think baseball’s win total is correct, no matter what the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association web site says.

The Wolves hardball squad finished 3rd at state in 1987, but the WIAA’s online records only credit CHS with one win at that year’s tourney.

Something doesn’t add up.

That being said, one other thing to notice is that, at least on the WIAA website, Wolf girls have a 16-4 advantage in state tourney wins over their male counterparts, despite Title IX not kicking in until the 1970’s.

What’s up with that, Coupeville boys of every sport?

Maybe you’re the ones on the clock, after all.

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Defensive dynamo Nezi Keiper netted her first goal Tuesday in a season-ending victory. (Jackie Saia photo)

The wind never bothered them anyway.

Playing their season finale on a gusty afternoon, the Coupeville High School girls soccer players defended their home pitch in style Tuesday, knocking off visiting La Conner 4-0.

The victory gives the Wolves a season sweep of the Braves and lifts them to a final mark of 2-4 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-8 overall.

“A nice way to finish the season and for Senior Night,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

Sophomore Ayden Wyman continued the torrid start to her high school career, knocking in a pair of goals to pace the Wolf attack.

After rattling home four goals as a fab frosh, she notched nine scores in her second season.

That’s the best showing for a Coupeville girl since Kalia Littlejohn (15) and Genna Wright (10) hit double-digits back in 2017.

With 13 career goals, Wyman slides ahead of Avalon Renninger (12) and sits at #5 all-time on the CHS girls scoring chart at the midpoint of her run.

Her targets in the years to come?

That would be Mia Littlejohn (35), Kalia Littlejohn (33), Wright (20), and Lindsey Roberts (17).

Coupeville’s other two goals Tuesday came from seniors Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper, while Ava Mitten and Lhamon tallied assists.

Keiper, the heart and soul of the Wolf defense for four years, notched her first high school goal, while Lhamon tallied her fourth of the season, and seventh of her career.

The duo was joined by fellow 12th graders Anna Myles, Gwen Crowder, and Wynter Arndt in being honored for their many contributions to the Wolf pitch program.

 

Final season scoring stats:

Ayden Wyman – 9
Carolyn Lhamon – 4
Wynter Arndt – 1
Nezi Keiper – 1

Coupeville seniors Gwen Crowder (left) and Anna Myles (right) bowed out with a win. (Bailey Thule photo)

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Frankie Tenore and Co. do not get to ride the bus all day and night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No hacking and coughing for you.

Tuesday’s Coupeville High School girls soccer road trip was cancelled, thanks to poor air quality in Granite Falls.

It’s the latest in a string of contests preempted in Washington state by smoke from forest fires.

No definitive word on whether the non-conference game will be rescheduled, though odds are not great with the end of the regular season in sight, and both schools putting a priority on playing league games first.

For now, Coupeville’s booters head back to the practice field, with their next and possibly final clash set for next Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Wolves host La Conner at 4 PM in the first half of a home doubleheader.

Senior Night festivities for both the CHS girls and boys will be held between games, before Coupeville’s boys face off with the Braves.

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