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After missing her sophomore season with a busted ankle, Ja’Kenya Hoskins is ready to rumble. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a whole new ballgame.

As Coupeville High School girls basketball players and coaches prep for a new season, much is different.

The Wolves are in a new classification, with the school’s student body count moving them from 1A to 2B.

With that comes a move from the 1A North Sound Conference, lorded over by state power King’s, to the much-more competitive Northwest 2B/1B League.

Then, there’s the whole ongoing pandemic thing, which moved the season from winter out to spring, with a compressed 12-game schedule set to run from May 18-June 17.

On the floor, second-year Wolf head coach Scott Fox has a roster in flux, with some unexpected losses, but also some positive gains.

The return from injury of junior forward Ja’Kenya Hoskins, who broke her ankle playing dodgeball right before her sophomore campaign, is the big headline.

She’ll be joined by fellow juniors Izzy Wells, Audrianna Shaw, Anya Leavell, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh, as well as sophomores Maddie Georges and Carolyn Lhamon, all returnees from a varsity team which went 12-7 during the 2019-2020 season.

Maddie Georges slices through the defense.

Georges, a speedy point guard who tallied 86 points as a freshman, is the leading active scorer for the Wolves, as senior Chelsea Prescott opted not to play this season.

Prescott, who sits at #44 on the CHS girls career scoring chart with 249 points, is one of three varsity players who didn’t return, along with senior Mollie Bailey and sophomore Nezi Keiper.

That leaves opportunity for JV players to move up, though one who likely would have, tough-as-nails guard Alita Blouin, will miss the season with a back injury.

With player numbers down, a new wrinkle comes into play, as 2B schools can use 8th graders to help fill out its varsity and/or JV rosters.

However his lineup works out, Fox is ready for the challenge.

“We are young and don’t have the size or senior experience we had last year, but they were playing well together in the summer and fall before Covid shut us down,” he said.

“It does feel strange to be playing in May/June and with masks on,” Fox added. “We are going to compete in every game, but we have some talented schools in this league that make regular trips to the state tournament.

“Our goal is to be one of those teams, and I don’t think we are too far off.”

While all six of their league foes will bring a strong effort each time out, two stand out in particular.

“La Conner is really good!,” Fox said. “Scott Novak does a great job over there, and they have been to the (2B) state championship game a few times.

“Not far behind is Mount Vernon Christian, which is also talented and plays extremely hard,” he added. “They also make frequent state tournament runs at the 1B level.”

Getting away from private schools which often exist as “destination schools” for athletes who live in other areas is a plus for the small-town public school Wolves.

“I’m looking forward to the new league because it puts us on par with schools our size, but is still really competitive,” Fox said.

“Travel is always an issue when you’re going to Darrington, Concrete, Orcas, and Friday Harbor, but all schools in this league have to travel long distances, so it’s an equalizer.”

While Coupeville doesn’t have a lot of tall towers to clog up the middle, it does have girls who can play multiple positions, and have shown a desire to always be competitive.

Carolyn Lhamon stays calm under pressure.

“The strength of our team is our athleticism,” Fox said. “We have some real athletes out there that I want to run the court with while playing aggressive defense.

“I’d like to press more this year, but with the kids having to wear mandatory face masks, we need to be cognizant how much to push this style of play.”

With the pandemic-altered campaign sort of like an extended summer season, the young Wolves will continue to work on the small things, which can have a big payoff down the road.

“Our backbone is our defense, and I would like to improve on our transition offense from steals or missed shots,” Fox said. “We drill on this often in practice, and so far I like what I see.

“We’re looking to improve as a team, be competitive in every game, and have fun playing basketball again!”

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Freshman Ava Mitten was one of 20 Wolves to letter in track and field. (Karen Carlson photo)

Dominic Coffman (red mask) and Reiley Aracely complete a handoff during a relay. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One last lap around the oval.

Their season ended a couple of weeks back, but we’re headed back to spring sports to acknowledge the Coupeville High School track and field squad.

Longtime coach Randy King lettered 20 of his athletes, while also handing out three participation certificates.

The list, awaiting your eye-balling, can be found below.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Reiley Araceley
Aurora Cernick
Dominic Coffman
Dakota Eck
Mitchell Hall
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Ryanne Knoblich
Carolyn Lhamon
Catherine Lhamon
Logan Martin
Cristina McGrath
Erica McGrath
Hank Milnes
Ava Mitten
Abigail Ramirez
Mikey Robinett
Ben Smith
Aidan Wilson
Tate Wyman
Sam Wynn

Participation certificates:

Camryn Clark
Josh Guay
Maylin Steele

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Aidan Wilson, seen earlier in his running career, claimed three first-place finishes Thursday in Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No rust.

There was a two-week gap between the first and second meets, but the Coupeville High School track and field team hasn’t lost a step.

Traveling to Concrete Thursday, the Wolves combined to claim seven first-place finishes at a Northwest 2B/1B League meet, including sweeping both of the boys relays.

Perennial state power Mount Vernon Christian claimed first in the team standings, sharing girls honors with Grace Academy.

Coupeville finished second on the boys side, and third on the girls.

The trip to Concrete was a late addition to the schedule, as La Conner was originally supposed to host.

Kudos to the Lions for stepping up and putting on a track meet — easily the most-complex of any high school athletic competition — with little advance warning.

Down on the field, Logan Martin led the way for the Wolves, claiming titles in the shot put and discus, while Aidan Wilson was tops in the long jump.

Carolyn Lhamon (shot put) and Ryanne Knoblich (high jump) conquered all challengers in their events, as well.

The Wolf boys relay teams featured Wilson, Reiley Araceley, and Sam Wynn in both races, with Dominic Coffman filling out the lineup in the 4 x 100 and Mitchell Hall taking his place in the 4 x 4.

Coupeville returns to action March 25, when it travels to Mount Vernon.

 

Complete Thursday results:

 

GIRLS:

200 — Ja’Kenya Hoskins (2nd) 30.09

400 — Carolyn Lhamon (5th) 1:22.49

300 Hurdles — Cristina McGrath (NO FINISH LISTED) 1:04.25 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — Ava Mitten, Abigail Ramirez, Hoskins, Lhamon (3rd) 1:01.76

4 x 200 Relay — McGrath, Hoskins, Mitten, Lhamon (3rd) 2:09.22

Shot Put — Lhamon (1st) 28-07.50

Discus — Aurora Cernick (3rd) 68-10 *PR*

High Jump — Ryanne Knoblich (1st) 4-11 *PR*

 

BOYS:

100 — Sam Wynn (2nd) NO TIME LISTED

200 — Reiley Araceley (4th) 26.47 *PR*

800 — Aidan Wilson (2nd) 2:18.06 *PR*; Hank Milnes (5th) 2:39.87 *PR*

1600 — Mitchell Hall (4th) 5:29.32 *PR*

3200 — Tate Wyman (3rd) 15:54.68 *PR*

300 Hurdles — Wyman (3rd) 1:01.50 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — Wilson, Araceley, Dominic Coffman, Wynn (1st) 49.05

4 x 400 Relay — Wilson, Araceley, Hall, Wynn (1st) NO TIME LISTED

Shot Put — Logan Martin (1st) 37-10.50; Dakota Eck (4th) 31-11.50 *PR*

Discus — Martin (1st) 135-09

Javelin — Martin (3rd) 101-00 *PR*; Hall (6th) 81-06

High Jump — Alex Murdy (2nd) 5-08 *PR*; Coffman (5th) 5-02

Long Jump — Wilson (1st) 18-02 *PR*

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Ja’Kenya Hoskins takes flight. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Randy King has seen some things in his 237 years at the helm of the Coupeville High School track and field program. The whole mask thing is just another wrinkle.

Josh Guay prepares to launch.

Long distance ace Catherine Lhamon puts it into cruise control.

Dominic Coffman takes the handoff from Reiley Araceley.

The athletes have returned, and so have the photographers.

The Coupeville High School track and field team kicked off spring sports Thursday, hosting a season-opening Northwest 2B/1B League meet.

Along for the ride was masked man John Fisken, who provides us with the crisp color photos seen above.

To see everything he shot, and possibly buy some pics to support the cause, pop over to:

Track 2021-03-04 at Coupeville – John’s Photos

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After the pandemic stole away the 2020 season, Catherine Lhamon is one of the few Coupeville High School track stars with prior experience. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

From young guns to old pros.

Thanks to the pandemic, the last time Coupeville High School track and field athletes competed was nearly two years ago.

Way back on May 25, 2019, as the state tournament wrapped up, Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Logan Martin were freshmen.

Now, after a lost spring and a long wait, the duo are juniors and have gone from supporting crew to frontline stars.

Hoskins is the only active Wolf track athlete to have a state meet medal — she was part of a 4 x 200 relay squad which finished 3rd in Cheney in ’19.

Now, with all of her former relay mates having graduated, she’s likely to be running sprints and doing jumps, said longtime CHS track guru Randy King.

Ja’Kenya is back and eager to begin competing again!”

Martin, who spent many of the 650 days between track seasons working on his skills, is primed to have a breakout as a thrower.

Older brother Dalton, who won four state meet medals during his CHS days, holds the school discus record.

Now lil’ bro is coming for big bro’s best marks.

Logan has worked both last spring and this fall and winter to improve his throws, and looks destined to do extremely well,” King said.

“The discus is jumping out of his hand and he appears to have mastered a new technique in the shot put,” he added. “I expect his discus throws to have improved by over 30 feet since his freshman year.”

Logan Martin is coming for all of older brother Dalton’s throwing records.

Hoskins and Martin lead a squad which has 24 athletes as it preps for its debut in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

In this pared-down season, Coupeville is set to host the season-opening meet March 4, and the season-closing rumble April 3.

Other returning athletes include Megan Behan and Aurora Cernick in the throwing events, and cross country state meet vet Catherine Lhamon in the distance races.

On the boys side of things, the move from 1A to 2B pushes soccer from spring to fall, allowing Wolf booters to join the track squad.

That has netted the squad at least three cross country-hardened runners in Sam Wynn, Mitchell Hall, and Aiden Wilson.

“We are excited to have them out,” King said. “Kudos to Coach (Elizabeth) Bitting and Coach (Jon) Gabelein for their work with our distance runners this school year.

“They have been training for quite a while and are hitting the track season “in stride”!”

With the missed season, a fair amount of the team is made up of newcomers, some of whom intended to compete last spring before COVID shut down Washington state schools.

On the girls side, Maylin Steele (jumps and javelin), Erica McGrath (javelin), Camryn Clark (hurdles and sprints), and Cristine McGrath (jumps and hurdles) are all brand new to high school track.

The most-promising youngster may be basketball brawler Carolyn Lhamon, a sophomore who was a top-notch track performer in middle school.

Carolyn looks great in the shot put for us, and can be counted on to give a gutsy performance in the 400-meter run,” King said.

Freshman Tate Wyman and Josh Guay, sophomore Dominic Coffman, Alex Murdy, and Reiley Araceley, and senior Ben Smith are all expected to have impact for the boys team, as well.

During this pandemic spring, Coupeville will compete against league mates, and won’t have a chance to attend any invitationals or large meets as in years past.

That means the Wolves will mainly vie with La Conner, Concrete, Mount Vernon Christian, and Friday Harbor.

Darrington doesn’t field a track team, while Orcas Island is skipping spring sports and waiting until its students are back in class before competing.

MVC track, especially on the boys side of things, is a state-title-winning powerhouse in 1B, while La Conner is always tough.

But for King, who retired as a teacher last year but stayed on as the school’s longest-tenured coach, the chance to get back out to the track oval is about what his athletes can accomplish, not who they have to face.

“They have been a fun group to work with!,” he said. “Our team is young, so it will be great to see how our season develops.”

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