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Mary Milnes is one of five freshmen on this year’s Coupeville High School girls soccer team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“I enjoy the speed of soccer, the game never slows down.”

Coupeville High School freshman Mary Milnes may play other sports — she competed in multiple events in middle school track and field — but life on the pitch has her heart.

“Soccer is my favorite sport; I have played since I was five and have never stopped since,” Milnes said.

Her journey through the beautiful game has taken her to a team in Colorado Springs, as well as squads on North, South and Central Whidbey.

Milnes has suited up with club teams North Whidbey Select, South Whidbey Select and Rush Pikes Peak, before landing her latest gig playing defender and midfielder for the Wolves.

Pulling on the CHS jersey gives her an opportunity to suit up with buddies from off the field, something she appreciates.

“One of my good friends – Katelin “Ratlin” McCormick — is on my high school team,” Milnes said. “She and I enjoy playing soccer together.”

Milnes, who enjoys reading and spending time with friends when she’s not kicking a soccer ball, hails the team aspect of the sport as one reason it appeals so much to her.

“As an athlete I enjoy being able to work on a team,” Milnes said. “For me, that is one of the best parts about soccer.”

No matter how many years she has put in on the pitch, the fab frosh is always looking to highlight her strengths while still tweaking certain aspects of her game.

“As an athlete I think one of my strengths is my experience with the game,” Milnes said. “I would like to work on my one-on-one defense.”

As she’s progressed in the game, the rising star has benefited from strong coaching, something she embraces.

“When I lived in Colorado I had a coach who constantly challenged me,” Milnes said. “She always encouraged me and my teammates to work harder and play better.

“She was a tough coach to have, but overall improved my soccer game.”

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Genna Wright and Coupeville soccer kicked off a four-game road trip Saturday in Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, that didn’t go quite the way everyone expected.

After four years of drilling Chimacum on the soccer pitch during their Olympic League days, Saturday’s non-conference tilt seemed like a good bet to land in the win column for Coupeville.

But it wasn’t to be.

Shocking the world, the host Cowboys snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Wolves, dismantling the visitors 5-0.

The unexpected loss, a complete reversal from a well-executed win Thursday against Sultan, drops the Wolves to 1-3-1 on the season.

From 2014 to 2017, Coupeville’s female booters swept every game they played against Chimacum, outscoring the Cowboys 35-9.

The contests in that series played out one of two ways, with five games decided by a single goal and five decided by five or more goals.

Saturday’s bout joined the list of blowouts, just with the wrong team dominating.

It was the third time in five games Coupeville has been shut out this season.

The Wolves, who sit at 1-1 in North Sound Conference play, return to action next Tuesday, Sept. 18, when they travel to Bothell to face Cedar Park Christian (3-2, 1-1).

The loss at Chimacum marked the start of four straight road games for CHS, which doesn’t play at home again until Sept. 27.

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Kiara Contreras flies into action. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Snack Shack employees calmly await the halftime rush.

Natalie Hollrigel showcases her dribbling skills.

Coupeville legend Ethan Spark (left) and current stars Sage Downes (center) and Alex Jimenez are riveted by the on-field action.

Volleyball aces Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Emma Mathusek invade the paparazzi game.

Wolf spikers show support for their pitch sisters.

Genna Wright is a goal-scoring machine.

And, she has her own fan club.

The goals came in bursts, and so did the pics.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad romped to a 6-0 win over league rival Sultan Thursday, and photo bug John Fisken was on hand to capture both the frantic on-field action and the more laid-back off-field shenanigans.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


When you land there, remember, any purchases help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes. So, circle of life kind of stuff.

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CHS soccer snipers (l to r) Mallory Kortuem, Lindsey Roberts and Avalon Renninger scored two goals apiece Thursday night. (Photo by CoupevillePaparazzi.com)

The first one was nice, the second one even sweeter.

Doubling their pleasure, Wolf gunners Mallory Kortuem, Avalon Renninger and Lindsey Roberts scored two goals apiece Thursday as the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad thrashed visiting Sultan 6-0.

The runaway win, coming on a night when the CHS defense never allowed the Turks to take a single meaningful shot on goal, lifts the Wolves to 1-1 in North Sound Conference play.

They sit in a tie for third place in the six-team league, just a game out of first place, with eight more conference games left on the schedule.

Coupeville is 1-2-1 heading into a non-league game Saturday at Chimacum.

That meeting with their former Olympic League rival kicks off a stretch of four straight road bouts, as the Wolves don’t play at home again until Sept. 27.

Perhaps anticipating the two-week separation from many of its fans, Coupeville put on a fireworks display before leaving town.

The Wolves controlled the flow of the game — absolutely, positively and without any doubts — firing bursts of shots at the Sultan goalkeeper.

To her credit, she knocked down several, including punching away one wicked Genna Wright sizzler from in close, but the Turks had too many holes in their defense to keep the Wolves fully at bay.

Renninger broke the seal on the goal a little over 10 minutes into the contest, turning on a dime and bashing a frozen rope while sliding between two defenders.

After that, Roberts, a senior captain making one final run on the CHS pitch, took over.

First, she notched her debut goal of the young season, lighting up the scoreboard with a eye-popping run right through the heart of the defense.

Dodging at least four rivals on her charge, she juked the Turk defenders out of their spikes.

Deftly tapping the ball between her feet as she slid through the maze like the star of the ’80s arcade game Centipede hurtling downward to rob a player of yet another quarter, Roberts finished things off by drawing the goalie out of the box, then bashing the ball under her leg.

Showing off a different side of her game, Roberts set Kortuem up on the next goal, sliding the ball between defenders, then stepping back and nodding in approval as her teammate slapped a shot into the corner of the net.

Putting a final punctuation mark on a first half to remember, Roberts pounded her second goal of the night, and 15th of her career, with a little over six minutes to go before the break.

Taking a ball from Ema Smith, Roberts faked with one foot, then dropped the hammer with the other, proving she can kill with every part of the body.

While the second half featured a little less offense, as the Wolves pulled back the reins a bit and gave younger players valuable field time, both Renninger and Kortuem found time to pop in second goals of their own.

Renninger’s came on another laser shot from the top less than two minutes into the half, while Kortuem closed out the scoring after emerging with the ball from a scrum of players in front of the net with a little under six minutes to play.

While Coupeville scored seemingly at will, the Turks were firmly held in check by the Wolf D.

CHS goalie Sarah Wright spent more time admiring the sunset than having to deflect shots, with the few times she touched the ball coming mainly when she chased down wayward shots which rolled out of bounds.

That was largely due to the efforts of her defenders, as Tia Wurzrainer, Natalie Hollrigel, Mary Milnes, Maddy Hilkey and Co. constantly frustrated Sultan’s would-be shooters, roughing them up, stripping the ball, and otherwise being very unaccommodating.

The stellar play on both sides of the field brought a smile to coach Kyle Nelson’s face.

After the game, he spent a few moments talking with former soccer manager Sebastian Wurzrainer, who was gazing a bit wistfully at the shiny new press box after years of battling rabid bees while working the mic in the old, ramshackle hut that stood atop what is now the road stands.

Once he was caught up on Wurzrainer’s college life, the Wolf pitch guru returned to marinating in the victory.

“I told the ladies, we’re new to this league, and this was a statement win,” Nelson said. “It gives us an idea of where we belong.

“It’s still early and there is always room for growth and things to work on, but we are showing great improvement.”

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Don’t even think about invading Sarah Wright’s lair. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Eryn Wood slides into attack mode.

With James Wood backing him up, Mason Grove lunges for a winner.

Maya Toomey-Stout crushes a spike.

Coupeville defenders Natalie Hollrigel (left) and Tia Wurzrainer clamp down on a pesky King’s gunner.

Maddie Vondrak gets crafty at the net.

Drake Borden stretches to his full potential.

Tiger Johnson plays aerodynamically.

Using a handy elbow to clear some space, Mallory Kortuem makes a run on the pitch.

No rest for the weary.

With three of Coupeville’s five fall sports programs playing at home Tuesday, paparazzi John Fisken was almost too busy to drink any Diet Coke.


In between sips of his sweet, sweet nectar, the photo bug snapped pix at volleyball, soccer and tennis games, and the photos above are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:

Boys Tennis — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Tennis-2018-2019/BT-2018-09-11-vs-U-Prep/

Girls Soccer — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Soccer-2018-2019/GS-2018-09-11-vs-Kings/

Volleyball — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball-2018-2019/VB-2018-09-11-vs-Anacortes/

And when you go, remember, purchases help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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