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It took 12 years, but I finally killed the “car that wouldn’t die.”

They might throw a parade.

Arguably the worst car in Coupeville, the one every store owner was afraid to see enter their parking lot — in case it never exited — is no more.

It took me 12 years of use and major abuse, but I finally killed the “car that wouldn’t die.”

One final scream (from me or the car?) as the power steering departed for the great junkyard in the sky, and we finally reached the point where no mas was truly no mas.

12 years, though.

From the tail end of my video store life, through doing yard work on a 25-acre chunk of rock-encrusted property, a return to the dish pits of my youth, and then a full embrace of eking out a living pounding out thousands of stories here at Coupeville Sports.

Let’s be honest here.

I have no car repair skills and put that car through the wringer, and yet it endured. How we’ll never know.

It was the car covered in moss, dirt and rust.

The one which lost chunks of paint off the hood, chunks which flew across and hit oncoming traffic like kamikaze birds.

Until I covered the hood in bumper stickers, which then, little by little, chipped away and flew free across the prairie.

At one point those stickers advertised the Whidbey Examiner, from back in the days when it still operated as a scrappy independent newspaper and I wrote a gazillion stories in return for … yeah, pretty much those stickers.

The passenger side mirror? Sheared off while exiting a bank drive-in after a long day of work. I’m pretty sure the wall was attacking me…

The front of the car? Mangled by a major collision with a deer (who definitely attacked me, flying down a hill, spearing me, then sticking his tongue out at me as he wobbily bounded away to tell his buddies the story).

Which is why the licence plate was strapped on with weed eater cord for years. As you do.

The driver’s seat? It broke a year or two back, making me adept at working on my inner core when taking turns.

Yet that hunk o’ junk endured. Until it didn’t.

With a new school year just weeks away, that puts me in a spot.

Writing a blog, especially one focusing on small town sports, is not a way to get rich quick (or ever), but my readers have been hugely supportive over the past six years, enabling me to use my writing to pay my limited bills.

As I try and scrape together a few bucks to replace the dead hunk o’ junk with a slightly-more-working hunk o’ junk, if you want to help keep Coupeville Sports alive ‘n kicking, maybe check out my GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/replace-the-hunk-039o-junk

Any help is appreciated as I try to reclaim my standing as the car owner most likely to give shop owners the cold sweats when I pull into their lot.

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Chelsea Prescott and her Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball teammates have been given a second chance to advance to regionals, if they can raise money for travel expenses. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

So, the season might not be over just yet.

The Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball squad, which finished 2nd at the state tournament, has been offered a chance to advance to regionals after Columbia Basin bowed out.

The state champs, who edged the Wolves 2-1 in a best-of-three series, won’t have enough players available to make the trip to Portland, Oregon for the July 23-28 event.

The winner at regionals advances to the World Series in Longview, WA Aug. 10-27.

With Columbia Basin down, Coupeville, which posted a 17-2 record this season, is next team up, provided it can finance the trip.

Parents and coaches are scrambling, with just a couple of days to raise funds to cover travel expenses, and launched a GoFundMe Tuesday night after the news broke.

If you’d like to help the Wolves play on, pop over to:

https://www.gofundme.com/5tvx6bs

The players you would be supporting are:

Drake Borden
Johnny Carlson
Scott Hilborn
Gavin Knoblich
Ashton Leland
Xavier Murdy
Daniel Olson
Chelsea Prescott
Cody Roberts
Andrew Score
Sage Sharp
Ulrik Wells
Hawthorne Wolfe

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Danny Conlisk hangs out with mom, and faithful fan, Dawnelle.

We need to make Danny Conlisk run out of town.

And by that, I mean, I’m calling on all Wolf fans out there to support the easy-going whirlwind of the track oval, and help him, his mom, and his sister make it to the national Junior Olympics.

Conlisk, who will be a senior at Coupeville High School this fall, ran strongly in the 400 at regionals Saturday and punched his ticket to the biggest meet of the year.

Only issue is nationals, which run July 23-29, is held in Greensboro, North Carolina.

But we’re going to make this happen.

So, I have taken it upon myself to engage in some participatory journalism, by launching a GoFundMe for Conlisk.

The money raised would pay for plane tickets for Danny, mom Dawnelle, and sister MaryBeth, as well as a rental car when the trio is on the ground.

Why help Conlisk, you ask?

Because he’s a class act in every way, a young man who has used running to shape his world and open up multiple new doors for himself.

From a quiet kid entering high school, he has emerged as a leader, a four-time (and counting) state meet participant, a strong student and a member of the Coupeville School Board.

When Danny comes bolting down the backstretch, serene look on his face as he blitzes past rival runners, his teammates lose their minds.

They do it because he’s developed into a killer on the oval, but even more so because he is such a good guy, and that’s something you can’t fake for too long.

Look beyond the ripped tape and the timers checking their stats, and all you need to know about Conlisk is on display as he seeks out and shakes the hand of each rival after his races, win or loss.

The quiet kid, who has become a stellar young man, is class, pure and simple.

He makes Coupeville look good, and we have a chance to put him on a national stage, where the whole USA can see Cow Town’s finest up close and personal.

How can you say no to that?

Spoiler: you can’t.

 

To help Danny and Co. make the trip to Carolina, pop over to:

https://www.gofundme.com/fly-danny-fly

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Landen Miller (GoFundMe photo)

A fundraiser has been started to help Landen Miller’s family.

The 33-year-old Coupeville High School grad, a father of five, died Monday after a rollover car crash on South Ebey Road.

Miller worked in the ER at the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, and could often be spotted at Central Whidbey Little League games involving his children.

During his time at CHS, he played tennis and baseball for the Wolves before graduating with the Class of 2002.

“Great kid, hard working, always a smile, very quiet demeanor but impactful with his play,” is how former Wolf baseball coach Willie Smith describes Landen.

To help Miller’s wife, Alicia, and their children, and read much more about Landen’s impact on the local community, jump over to:

https://www.gofundme.com/miller-family-memorialsupport-fund

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   Marisa Etzell (left) fights for a ball during her playing days on the soccer pitch. (John Fisken photo)

A heart exam gave Marisa Etzell a new lease on life. Now she wants to return the favor.

The former Coupeville High School soccer and track star has launched a GoFundMe, with the money raised benefiting the Nick of Time Foundation.

It was a routine exam from that foundation in 2011 which found Etzell had a hole in her heart.

With that knowledge in hand, she was able to quickly move forward and have a procedure done to deal with the issue.

Etzell’s fundraiser, which is closing in on reaching a third of her goal, will allow others to receive the same screening she did.

To read more and offer a helping hand of your own, pop over to:

https://www.gofundme.com/running-to-save-lives

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