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Ja’Kenya Hoskins (left) celebrates graduation with sister Ja’Tarya. (Photo courtesy Hoskins family)

Her impact goes far beyond mere stats.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins, like her siblings before her, is a naturally talented athlete, to be sure.

Even with the loss of competition inflicted by a worldwide pandemic, the youngest of the four Hoskins children had a sizable impact for Coupeville High School sports teams.

She made it to the state championships as a mere freshman — running a leg on a 4 x 200 relay unit which claimed 3rd place in Cheney — then came back around to qualify for three events as a senior.

Only a 9th grader and already one of the fastest runners in the state. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Entirely denied a sophomore season by Covid, then restricted by a cut-down junior campaign, Ja’Kenya roared back into the spotlight during her final go-round.

With the state meet back in place for the first time in three years, she earned a place at the starting line in the 200, 4 x 100, and 4 x 200, capping a memorable run in the red and black.

Across what essentially amounted to 2.5 seasons of competition, Ja’Kenya competed in six different events, from sprints to relays to flinging herself airborne in the long jump.

All while looking like she was having the time of her life every day, every meet, every practice.

But Ja’Kenya was far from a one-sport athlete, as she gleefully rumbled on the basketball court — both for school and non-school teams.

Ja’Kenya touches the ceiling. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Her long arms yanking down rebounds, she would spin, hit the gas pedal, and lead mad charges down the floor, crashing pell-mell through rivals on her way to the hoop.

When Ja’Kenya was on the fly, bodies would hit the floor — often her own — and through it all, she wore a huge smile, a trail of giggles coming from her as she surveyed the damage left in her wake.

The youngest Miss Hoskins is the giddiest one of the bunch, and her enjoyment of sports, and of life, has always been a huge part of her success.

But like I said — we can look at the stats, the times and distances, the points and rebounds, and it would give us just a partial view of what makes Ja’Kenya so special.

To fully appreciate her impact, to realize why she is so well-liked and why she will be fondly remembered long after she’s moved on to conquer new worlds, you have to marinate in her personality.

To pay tribute to how Ja’Kenya is one of the sunniest, kindest, smartest, strongest young women to ever grace Coupeville with her presence.

The first time I noticed her impact was when she was boppin’ through her middle school days.

Basketball season arrived, and with it, the Ja’Kenya Love Fest began.

Every time another school would arrive in the CMS gym, the screaming and whooping would begin, as, invariably, most of her “rivals” would throw their bags into the bleachers and sprint to the other side of the floor to madly hug Miss Hoskins.

Everyone knew Kenny, and everyone loved Kenny, and she loved them back.

She seemingly knew every name, remembered every face, and embraced her celebrity, dispensing love and joy and getting it right back.

Sure, a half hour later she might be in the thick of a fight for a rebound, her windmilling elbows slicing off the head of anyone in the vicinity.

But that was just part of the game, part of being a competitive hardcourt warrior, and just about every girl who got dropped by a Ja’Kenya elbow accepted their fate blissfully.

Her energy, and entertainment value, carried over to her later years, and I also saw a different side of her when she ran the clock during high school soccer games.

Yes, the fact she had the barest concept of what a video store was — proving once and for all time that my Videoville days are truly long gone, was a wee bit disturbing.

“But I’m sure I would have loved it!” she said, and if we ever build that time machine, Ja’Kenya would surely be one of the all-time great employees in a different timeline.

Once she stopped laughing over the idea people were watching movies on something called a VHS tape…

A star is born, waving to her future fan club. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was in the press box where I came to fully appreciate how truly kind Ja’Kenya is, as she had something genuinely positive to say about everyone.

Well, except for maybe that one rival soccer player who riled her up when they hip-checked Wolf sparkplug Cael Wilson from behind, sending him sprawling.

“I will throw hands if you make me come down there!!!!,” she blurted before realizing her microphone was still in the on position and dissolving into a giggle fit.

Of course, if a riled-up Miss Hoskins had thrown open the press room door and sprinted for the field, telling her fists “Mic check! One! Two!” the reality is the rival player on the field would have probably looked up and yelled “Ja’Kenya!!!!! Remember me? From middle school?????”

You know it. I know it. We all know it.

Hard to truly be a bad-ass enforcer when everyone is your best friend.

Ja’Kenya is a positive force of nature, shooting good vibes out into the world, and all of us should try and be more like her.

In the long stretches between scoring plays (it’s soccer…) she talked about her job, how the pandemic changed school, her trip to Washington, DC with her sisters, Jai’Lysa and Ja’Tarya, even her thoughts on the universe.

Her stories are entertaining, her giggles epic, and her heart bigger than you can imagine.

Embracing challenges, reaching every goal, just being the best darn version of herself possible, Ja’Kenya is a rare gem.

This time, she’s the senior star. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All of her siblings are talented, standouts in both athletic and academic worlds, and Coupeville is blessed the Hoskins family chose this cow town to be their home.

Today we induct Ja’Kenya into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, where she joins her sisters — older brother Will played during my video store days, so he’s the lone Hoskins I never covered in person.

After this, if you bounce up to the top of the blog and look under the Legends tab, you’ll find the trio hanging out and classing up the joint.

It’s not going to be the last time someone honors Ja’Kenya.

I have no doubt she will go on to light up the real world — the one beyond her prep sports days — wowing everyone she meets with her grace and kindness, her joy and wonder.

Miss Hoskins the 3rd has a rare talent of making everyone around her feel better, of bringing light and love into the lives of others, and I hope it is always reflected back to her.

You are a truly amazing young woman, Ja’Kenya, a bright, shining star and you deserve all the props.

Ja’Kenya and Izzy Wells, forever friends. (Katy Wells photo)

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Claire Mayne was one of 16 Wolves to qualify for the state meet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spring high school sports are officially done.

Track and field, the last Coupeville High School team to be competing this school year, kicked off June with a season-capping awards banquet Wednesday night.

Seniors Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Logan Martin were honored with four-year awards, while they and 14 other Wolves received official recognition for advancing to the state championships.

Mitchell Hall (left) and Thomas Strelow duel on the oval.


State meet crew (with medals):

Reiley Araceley (2nd in 4 x 100)
Dominic Coffman
(2nd in 4 x 100)
Nick Guay 

Ja’Kenya Hoskins

Issabel Johnson 

Taygin Jump
Ryanne Knoblich
(2nd in High Jump)
Carolyn Lhamon
Logan Martin
(2nd in Shot Put, 2nd in Discus, 2nd in Hammer)
Claire Mayne
Caleb Meyer
(2nd in 4 x 100)
Ava Mitten

Mikey Robinett
Lyla Stuurmans
Aidan Wilson
(2nd in 4 x 100, 3rd in 800)
Ayden Wyman 


Varsity letter winners:

Reiley Araceley
Dominic Coffman
Cameron Epp
Preston Epp
Carson Field
Nick Guay
Mitchell Hall
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Issabel Johnson
Taygin Jump
Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson
Ryanne Knoblich
Carolyn Lhamon
Logan Martin
Claire Mayne
Cristina McGrath
Erica McGrath
Caleb Meyer
Hank Milnes
Ava Mitten
Mikey Robinett
Thomas Strelow
Lyla Stuurmans
Zac Tackett
Tim Ursu
Reese Wilkinson
Aidan Wilson
Cael Wilson
Ayden Wyman


Participation certificates:

Alex Bowder
Katie Buskala
Josh Guay
Kaitlyn Leavell
Samara Maund
Alex Merino-Martinez
Nehemiah Myles
Zane Oldenstadt
Nick Shelly
Aby Wood
Tate Wyman

Cael Wilson achieves inner bliss.

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After strong performances Friday, Aidan Wilson is guaranteed to win two state meet medals at the 2B championships. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ayden Wyman (left) and Lyla Stuurmans made it to the big dance as just freshmen.

Cheney is once more the promised land.

After the pandemic shut things down for two springs, the state track and field championships returned to Eastern Washington University, and Coupeville High School athletes are back to setting PR’s and winning medals.

Friday was a mix of finals and prelims for 2B schools, with the Wolves shining in both.

Senior Logan Martin earned Coupeville’s first medal, finishing 2nd in the shot put, trailing only Rainier standout Jeremiah Nubbe, who shattered the meet record.

Martin joins a select group, becoming the 72nd CHS track athlete all-time to win a state meet medal, and the second in his family.

Older brother Dalton earned four as a thrower — but also didn’t lose two seasons to Covid — and Logan gets a crack at a second medal Saturday in the discus throw.

Coupeville has six finals Saturday and is guaranteed to medal in at least two events — the boys 800 and 4 x 100 relay.

Wolf junior Aidan Wilson punched his ticket to the 800 final by running the fastest time of the day among 12 runners in Friday’s prelims.

If he repeats that feat Saturday, he will become the 10th state champion in school history.

Wilson will be busy, as he is also slated to run a leg in the 4 x 1, joining senior Caleb Meyer, and juniors Reiley Araceley and Dominic Coffman.

That unit finished 3rd in the prelims, despite running in ferocious rain.

“Of course, as soon as the boys team hit the track … DOWNPOUR!!,” said CHS coach Elizabeth Bitting.

“My first thought and accurate thought was, ‘Oh COUPEVILLE must be running!’ Mother Nature hates us!” she added with a big laugh.

But the Wolves, and not the weather, spoke loudest, guaranteeing Meyer, Araceley, Wilson, and Coffman will join Martin as medalists.

Saturday’s other finals feature junior Carolyn Lhamon in the shot put, Martin in the discus, and junior Ryanne Knoblich pulling double duty in the long jump and high jump.

While running events feature prelims and finals, all field events are finals, with the full field (12 boys and 16 girls this year) competing for eight medals.

Friday was a busy day for all the Wolves, with freshman Lyla Stuurmans missing out on advancing to the 400 finals by only a hair, and Ja’Kenya Hoskins wrapping up her stellar career.

The Wolf senior, who won a 3rd place medal as a relay runner her freshman season, came back around to compete in three different events in her second crack at state.

Hoskins ran in the 200, 4 x 1, and 4 x 2 Friday.

As the Wolves headed back to the hotel, with one day down and one to go at the big dance, Coupeville’s coaches were thrilled with the performances of their athletes.

“Great day today!!!,” Bitting said. “All ran, jumped and threw great! They all shined brightly!! Left it ALL on the field!

“This is state, baby!!!!”


Complete Friday results:



200 (Prelims) — Ja’Kenya Hoskins (14th) 29.09

400 (Prelims) — Lyla Stuurmans (9th) 1:06.12

4 x 100 Relay (Prelims) — Ava Mitten, Issabel Johnson, Carolyn Lhamon, Hoskins (11th) 56.15

4 x 200 Relay (Prelims) — Ayden Wyman, Stuurmans, Ryanne Knoblich, Hoskins (10th) 1:59.60



800 (Prelims) — Aidan Wilson (1st) 2:03.70 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay (Prelims) — Reiley Araceley, Caleb Meyer, Wilson, Dominic Coffman (3rd) 45.20

Shot Put (Finals) — Logan Martin (2nd) 46-02

High Jump (Finals) — Coffman (10th) 5-08

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Caleb Meyer is one of three Coupeville seniors set to compete at the 2B state championships. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s the final countdown.

High school sports in the 2021-2022 school year come to a close this weekend with state track meets.

Coupeville is sending 16 athletes, including relay alternates, to Eastern Washington University in Cheney for the 2B championships.

The Wolves will get a sendoff at CHS Thursday morning at 8:15 AM.

Competition at state kicks off that afternoon and goes through Saturday.

It’s the first state meet since 2019, with the pandemic having wiped out the big dance the past two springs.

This isn’t Wolf coach Bob Martin’s first trip to Cheney.


Who’s going for Coupeville:



Ja’Kenya Hoskins (200, 4 x 100 Relay, 4 x 200 Relay)
Logan Martin (Discus, Shot Put)
Caleb Meyer (4 x 100)



Reiley Araceley (4 x 100)
Dominic Coffman (High Jump, 4 x 100)
Taygin Jump (4 x 100)
Ryanne Knoblich (High Jump, Long Jump, 4 x 200)
Carolyn Lhamon (Shot Put, 4 x 100)
Claire Mayne (4 x 100)
Aidan Wilson (800, 4 x 100)



Nick Guay (4 x 100)
Issabel Johnson (4 x 100, 4 x 200)
Ava Mitten (4 x 100, 4 x 200)
Mikey Robinett (4 x 100)



Lyla Stuurmans (400, 4 x 200)
Ayden Wyman (4 x 200)

Issabel Johnson (right) is an alternate for two Wolf relay teams.

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Cristina McGrath flies towards the finish line. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Dominic Coffman soars above the bar.

20 athletes in 24 events.

Coupeville High School track and field will be coming in hot this week, having qualified a large chunk of its roster for the District 1/4 championships.

The final event before the state meet, the royal rumble goes down Friday, May 20 at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

Four of those Wolves — Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Caleb Meyer, Dominic Coffman, and Aidan Wilson — are set to compete in the maximum four events.

Coupeville boys need a top-five finish at bi-districts to punch their ticket to the big dance, while girls move on with a top-seven finish.

The difference is because girls events at the state meet will each have 16 competitors, while boys events will only have 12.

The reason?

There are 50 schools actively competing in 2B girls track, while just 49 boys teams meet the necessary criteria.

And that’s enough for the hard asses at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to cling to draconian rules, while ignoring the fact this is the first state meet in three years thanks to the pandemic.


Coupeville’s lineup for Bi-Districts:



200 — Ja’Kenya Hoskins

400 — Lyla Stuurmans

1600 — Ayden Wyman

3200 — Cristina McGrath

4 x 100 Relay — Ava Mitten, Claire Mayne, Carolyn Lhamon, Hoskins

4 x 200 Relay — Wyman, Stuurmans, Ryanne Knoblich, Hoskins

Shot Put — LhamonReese Wilkinson

Discus — LhamonWilkinson

High Jump — KnoblichMercedes Kalwies-Anderson

Long Jump — KnoblichHoskins

Triple Jump — McGrath



100 — Caleb MeyerDominic Coffman

200 — Meyer

400 — Meyer; Aidan Wilson

800 — A. Wilson

1600 — Mitchell HallCarson Field

3200 — Cameron Epp

4 x 100 Relay — Meyer, Reiley Araceley, A. Wilson, Coffman

Shot Put — Logan Martin

Discus — Martin

Javelin — Hall

High Jump — CoffmanNick GuayCael Wilson

Long Jump — Coffman

Triple Jump — A. Wilson

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