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Bennett Boyles’ family. (Photos courtesy Penn Cove Brewing Co.)

Tourney winners “The Whidbey Golf Boys.”

Local golfers and business owners combined recently to honor the memory of Bennett Boyles and raise $10,000+ in his name.

The fifth edition of a memorial tournament for a young Coupeville basketball star who bravely fought cancer will benefit both the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

The tournament drew 87 players, with “The Whidbey Golf Boys” taking top honors.

That foursome consisted of Arik Dahlen, Mike Lacey, Dan Phillips, and Ryan Bryne.

The tourney was organized by Mitch and Marc Aparicio, with the support of their employees at the Penn Cove Brewing Company.


This year’s sponsors:

Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro
Brown Lantern Ale House
The Captain Whidbey Inn
Cascade Lumber, Inc.
Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools
Farmstrong Brewing
Fort Casey Inn
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Greenbank Cidery
Hierophant Meadery
The Home Depot
Honeymoon Bay Coffee
Island Aesthetics & Dermatology
Kapaws Iskreme
Madrona Blossom
Misfit Island Cider Company
People’s Bank
Pilates Collective
Porter Whidbey Insurance, Inc.
Red’s Construction
Benito Rivera
Savi Bank
Seaside Spa & Salon
Spyhop Public House
Sunshine Drip
Ron Tellis
Mike Tenore
Steve Thompson
Swinomish Casino & Lodge
Train Wreck Bar & Grill
Tyee Restaurant & Motel
Walton Beverage
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation

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Four years after this pic was snapped, Joey Lippo (far right) is a college golfer. (Photo courtesy Mitch Aparicio)

Joey Lippo is the master of more than one kind of stick.

Fresh off a summer baseball season in a wood bat league, the Coupeville High School grad has returned to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Only this time he’s hitting campus as a two-sport athlete, and not just a diamond dandy.

Lippo, who will be a sophomore on the Owl baseball squad next spring, will also rep UMPI, an NCAA D-III school, in golf.

He can play both since the links season runs in the fall.

“I decided to add golf to my resume in college because I’ve always loved playing golf with my dad and grandpa,” Lippo said. “And I thought it would be fun to play with my friends this fall.”

UMPI kicks off a seven-match regular season Saturday, Sept. 11, and things wrap up with the league championships in early Oct.

During his freshman baseball season at UMPI, Lippo led the Owls in at-bats (57), while tying for second in hits (15), RBI (7), and stolen bases (2).

He was third in total bases (17), runs (8), and batting average (.263) among regulars.

Lippo played baseball for the Lynnwood Llamas this summer in the Cascade Collegiate League, helping them finish 16-6 and win the league’s postseason title.

Back in his Coupeville High School days, Skyy’s twin brother played tennis, basketball, and baseball.

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Bennett Boyles 

Registration is open for the 5th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors a Coupeville Middle School student who passed away in 2017 just shy of his 13th birthday, is put on by the Penn Cove Brewing Company.

Bennett, a basketball player and member of Coupeville’s Class of 2022, waged a remarkable battle against autoimmune encephalitis, in which the immune system attacks the brain.

Even while undergoing frequent radiation treatments in an attempt to slow the growth of inoperable tumors on his brain stem, his smile never wavered.

Former hoops teammate Hawthorne Wolfe has worn Bennett’s name on his basketball shoes as he has pursued their mutual hardwood dream, and the CHS boys basketball program left a seat open in his honor during a cancer fundraiser.

Penn Cove Brewing owners Mitch and Marc Aparicio have used the golf tourney to pay tribute to their fellow Coupeville native, while raising money for several charities.

Even with the pandemic affecting things in 2020, the tourney pulled in a record 83 players, with money raised being split between the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

This year’s tourney is set for September 25th, with a 1:00 PM shotgun start at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

Proceeds from the 2021 event will go to support patients and families through WhidbeyHealth’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services, and to provide scholarships to Bennett’s graduating class.


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Jeff Stone

He shoots and scores.

Coupeville basketball legend Jeff Stone still has the magic touch, but these days he’s tearing up the golf course and not the hardwood.

The man who still holds CHS basketball game, season, and career scoring records 51 years after graduation, was at the front of the field May 29-30 at Whidbey Golf Club’s Mountain Mist Men’s Invitational.

Stone won low net at the tourney, winning a $750 purse, while Nick Krantz captured the low gross title.

Darren Justus came out on top in the chipping contest, with the “closest to the hole” competitions being won by Chris Robinson, Michael Lacey, Lucas Horrobin, and Thomas Kidd.

Back before putting together a long, successful run as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Oak Harbor High School, Stone was a standout three-sport athlete at CHS.

His biggest impact came on the basketball court, where he went on to be a college player.

Stone’s marks of 48 points in one game, 644 in a season, and 1,137 in a career still stand as the best in the 104-year history of Wolf boys hoops.

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King, modern day. 

Heated rival to ardent supporter — Steve King has taken the complete journey when it comes to Wolf athletics.

These days, he’s Superintendent of the Coupeville School District, a position he’s held since 2018, and he’s often front and center when various CHS and CMS teams play.

But, back in the day, the 1987 Friday Harbor High School grad was a deeply-committed Wolverine, a young man who played four years of football, basketball, and golf for one of Coupeville’s biggest rivals.

The two schools reunited in the Northwest 2B/1B League this school year, with Coupeville’s move from 1A to 2B, bringing back memories of when King was in high school.

Back in the mid to late ’80s, the Wolves and Wolverines were also league mates, and regularly clashed.

Little did anyone know that Friday Harbor’s quarterback would one day be employed by Coupeville, and that the football coach on the other side of the field would still be a CHS teacher when it first happened.

“We always played them in football and basketball, so I got to know them well,” King said. “When I first came to Coupeville as superintendent, I met Ron Bagby, and we both figured out that he had coached against me.

“I think he remembered me, and I remembered him as the young Coupeville coach that always wore shorts no matter what the weather was,” he added.

“I think I thought he was a little crazy. Ha!”

Bagby is not the only ’80s Wolf King has reconnected with, however.

“I know multiple parents and community members who I competed against in high school,” King said. “Including one of our staff members, (Maintenance/Transportation Director) Scott Losey.”

None made as big an impact as the guy he routinely squared off with on the gridiron and hardwood.

“The one Coupeville athlete that always stood out for me was Mitch Aparicio,” King said. “I don’t think he and I liked each other very much while we were in high school.

“He was the star running back and linebacker for Coupeville, and he always seemed to guard me in basketball,” he added. “I hate to admit this, but I kind of found him annoying and a little cocky when we were in high school.

“But I think he kind of thought the same thing about me.”

Given a second chance to interact, however, the two quickly found common ground.

“When I first came to Coupeville, we played golf together and had a lot of fun and good laughs sharing memories from high school,” King said. “Interesting how old rivals from different schools can actually end up being friends who have a lot in common.”

In a time before cell phones swept the nation, the superintendent, like most children his age, spent much of his time outdoors, bouncing from season to season.

Just don’t ask him to single out one sport as his favorite.

“That is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child,” King said with a laugh. “I loved them all for different reasons.

“As a very young child my dad was the scorekeeper for basketball, so I played basketball all the time,” he added. “When I was about 10, I lived on the golf course and got my first set of golf clubs and became an avid golfer. In high school, I fell in love with playing football.

“During high school my favorite sport was always the one I was currently playing.”

King had great success as a prep athlete, long hours of effort turning into achievement.

While time has gone by, the memories never fade, from the time he poured in 31 points against Darrington during a basketball game his junior season, to his final moments in each uniform.

The hardwood scoring explosion, which came before the addition of the three-point line, was eerily unique in many ways.

King wore #31, it was his 31st varsity game, the contest was played January 31, and it was the 31st time a Friday Harbor hoops player had cracked the 30-point barrier.

Back in his days as a sweet-shooting basketball star.

His final basketball game actually came on Coupeville’s court, a district tournament loss when a victory would have sent Friday Harbor to the state tourney.

“I had one of the worst games of my career in that final game in the Coupeville gym,” King said. “I took my uniform off for the last time in that locker room and there were many tears shed.

“I love walking into that gym now, but in 1987, I did not view it as a very positive place.”

A far happier memory is of his final football game, a win against Orcas Island.

“We were not going to the playoffs, but it was nice to finish my career with a win on our home field,” King said. “I remember celebrating with all of my teammates, and then how sad we all were as we took off those uniforms for the last time.

“I remember celebrating with teammates that I would never have been friends with if I was not involved with sports,” he said. “Sports, and especially football for me, taught me to accept and be friends with people who were very different from me.”

The lessons he learned as a high school athlete helped shape King in the moment, but even more so as he went on to pursue a career in education, as a teacher, coach, and administrator.

“Playing sports had such a big impact on my character development,” he said. “While I always wanted to win, I can look back now and say I always learned more through adversity and losing.

“Sports certainly helped me grow up and gave me purpose while I was in high school.”

Learning to show leadership in the huddle helped King as he chased non-sports dreams, as well.

“It helped give me the confidence and courage to commit my life to education while being both a positive leader and a good teammate,” he said.

“The other two things that come to mind is how sports gave me a strong work ethic and the ability to deal with adversity,” King added.

“Things don’t always go your way in sports, and it was good for me to learn at an early age to give my best and still be able to gracefully deal with the results even when they do not go my way.”

Those lessons were imparted by numerous coaches, with two, Ken Axelson and Burrell Osbourne, making a special impact on King’s life.

Axelson, who coached football, lit a spark in his young QB, both on and off the field.

“Coach Axelson and his wife, Mrs. (Diane) Axelson, were the two staff members who convinced me to pursue a career in education,” King said.

“Coach Axelson not only influenced me in high school, but also throughout my life as he became a high school principal, and later a superintendent. I sort of followed in his footsteps and he has provided me support and mentorship at various points in my life.”

Osbourne was King’s mentor on the golf course, with the duo coming together early in the young athlete’s life.

Burrell was a retired golfer in his 60’s and 70’s and he was actually one of my best friends growing up,” King said. “I often golfed 18 or 36 holes per day with him during the summer when I was in elementary and middle school. I loved him so much!

“I got to play on the golf team with him as coach for four years and I have great memories of many laughs and times together.

“Sadly, Burrell tragically died in a plane crash the year after I graduated from high school. I will never forget him.”

Ready for a round (or two, or three) of golf.

King followed both of his mentors into coaching, working with numerous programs in the Mount Baker school district during his time as a teacher.

He was girls golf coach for five seasons, leading the Mountaineer duffers to a state title in 2001, while also working with basketball, football, and baseball teams.

While he’s no longer coaching — being a superintendent, especially during the Age of Coronavirus, is a time-consuming profession — King remains an ardent supporter of the athletes and coaches in his district.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, working with the support of King and other administrators, has been at the forefront of restarting athletics after the pandemic shutdown.

“I am sorry that so many of our students had to sacrifice so much of their sports seasons the last two years due to COVID,” King said. “They have sacrificed so much and I don’t think there is any way we can repay them.

“I am glad we are finally getting some athletic opportunities for our students this spring.”

In good times or bad, King hopes his students always realize the opportunities sports and activities offer, and that they take advantage.

“My advice, get off your devices and get active,” he said. “Be committed to your team before yourself.

“I hope that everyone will realize that 51% of our job is to make our teammates successful and 49% of our job is to make yourself successful,” King added. “Compete with all you have, and then do your best to gracefully accept the results.

“I hope that you are grateful for your coaches, teammates, referees, bus drivers, family members, etc., who support you.”

Whether you’re a superstar or role player, playing sports, especially at the middle and high school level, can positively affect every part of your life.

King would hold himself up as proof of that.

“Being involved and participating is a major part of a student’s overall well-being, growth, and development,” he said. “Also, students who participate always tend to have more academic success as well.

“There is really only one time in your life when you can participate in organized sports, so I hope our students will take advantage of it,” King added. “They can not only build character, but they gain friendships, resilience and overall health through participation as well.”

Looking back at his own high school sports career, three decades later, King has the benefit of time to help shape his perspective.

How does he hope Friday Harbor fans (and his one-time rivals) remember him?

“As someone who absolutely loved to compete and have fun,” King said.

“I think when I was in high school, I wanted everyone to think I was really talented,” he added. “Now, I hope they remember some positive qualities, such as being a hard worker, dedicated, a good teammate, being inspirational, and always giving it my best.

“I hope they remember my positive passion.”

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