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Chelsi Stevens, ready to unleash holy heck on a rival pitcher. (Allison Scarpo photo)

They’re the next generation of superstar softball sluggers.

Pulling together 13 girls from across the region, the Whidbey Thunder is a 12U diamond squad which plans to play in eight tournaments over the next year.

Coached by Keasha Campbell, the team will travel across Washington state, with games slated to start in late fall/early winter.

As it preps for this new adventure, the Thunder have launched a GoFundMe to give fans a chance to support their efforts.

Money raised will help with league fees — currently $900 per player — uniforms, equipment, insurance, travel expenses, and tournament fees.

Whether the Thunder players go on to suit up for Coupeville, Oak Harbor, or South Whidbey once they hit high school, the travel ball experience should be invaluable to their growth.

“Softball has always been part of our community,” Campbell said.

“It’s the basis of many young girls’ aspirations to attend college and play big, to form lifelong friendships, and to learn a skill they will love the rest of their lives.

“The goal of our team is to support our athletes not only in softball, but also in academics, school activities, and their families.”


The Thunder roster:

Jolene Coleman
Annika Hastings
Sophia Jennings
Gretta Jones
Charlotte Lasick
Ava Lucero
Adeline Maynes
Chelsi Stevens
Kennedy Rae Strevel
Cameron Van Dyke
Sydney Van Dyke
Abby Whitney
Sophie Zeigler


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Esther Hummel

Esther Hummel was a genuinely nice person.

From back in the days when she worked at the family business at The County Deli and visited Videoville on a regular basis, to more recent times, she was always kind to all.

Esther, who had fought valiantly to overcome health problems in recent years, passed away Tuesday at age 46 after suffering a heart attack.

She’s survived by John, her husband of 25 years, and their children Dylan and Elizabeth, as well as a large, loving family and many friends here in Coupeville.

Esther’s sister-in-law Seaneen has launched a GoFundMe where the community near and far can aid the family with funeral expenses.


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Just a fraction of the high achievers in the Coupeville Class of 2023.

It could be legendary.

Coupeville High School’s Class of 2023 is currently projecting 93 graduates for next spring, which would be double the average size of recent years.

Before they get to the moment when they walk across the stage at Micky Clark Field to accept their diplomas, Wolf seniors will be at the forefront of athletics and academics at the school this coming year.

In preparation for grad week festivities, Coupeville parents are hard at work raising money to celebrate their students’ accomplishments.

Race the Reserve goes down in August, concession sales will be open at volleyball, football, basketball, and track events during the 2022-2023 school year, and the class has launched a GoFundMe.

Money raised goes to fund a drug and alcohol-free graduation night celebration for the Class of 2023.


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Wendy and Matt Mikos and their children.

Time moves on, but some people remain with you forever.

After Videoville and Miriam’s Espresso went away, I saw a lot less of most people that I worked with there.

We all found different paths — some here on Whidbey, others far away.

But we remain connected by our time spent together in the store, and while I may have seen Wendy (Frost) Mikos just a handful of times since 2006, she has never been far from my thoughts.

Wendells is one of the special ones, a warm-hearted, whip-smart young woman who was one of Coupeville’s favorite baristas as she navigated high school and college.

Yes, she once spread Crisco over every inch of my car — effectively “winning” a store-wide prank war in savage fashion.

And yet, I still snuck down to the store at 5 AM to clock her in on the computer on days when she struggled to break free from the comforts of her bed.

Wendy is one of the loveliest human beings to grace this world, so, while managers aren’t supposed to play favorites, of course I did.

The day she married her high school sweetheart, Matt Mikos, was a win for all involved.

He was always, for want of a better description, a righteous dude, and seeing them grow together, eventually building a family of six, made my heart happy.

The news of Matt’s sudden passing, at age 38, is a shock.

Wendy’s children, who range in age from 11 to nine months, have lost a huge part of their lives, as she has also.

The coming days, months, and years will not be easy to navigate, but, with the help of family and friends, I hope they find some peace.

In the moment, every bit of support from the community helps.

Wendy’s brother, Tad, has set up a GoFundMe to ease some of the immediate financial burden, and I hope, if you’re able, you consider helping.


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Sarah and Joshua Leavell

A Wolf Mom is in need.

Sarah Leavell, whose daughters Anya and Kaitlyn are scholar/athletes at Coupeville High School, has been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38 and faces an uphill battle.

While the cancer was detected early, she may require multiple rounds of chemotherapy, as well as surgery.

Along with always being in the stands for her daughter’s games, Sarah has worked for a decade at The Seaside Spa & Salon.

Her boss, Aaron Wiley, has launched a GoFundMe to allow the community to reach out and help the Leavell family, which also includes husband Joshua (and his truly remarkable beard).

“While Sarah’s team of doctors are optimistic, there is no doubt that she is facing the fight of her life,” Wiley said.

“Now, if you know Sarah, you know she has a quiet strength and determination that does not quit until the job is done.

“She lives her life like that and will be treating this cancer journey the same way. She’s not going to quit.”

The GoFundMe will help cover medical bills, gas to get back and forth to doctor appointments, and Sarah’s loss of income.

“Please help lift her spirits,” Wiley said. “Relieve some of the stress, so she can focus on what she needs to … beating cancer!”


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