Posts Tagged ‘John Fisken’

Coupeville teaching legend Deb Sherman hangs out with one of the grandkids during a basketball game coached by son Brad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This was an unusual task.

With sports shut down most of the year thanks to the ongoing pandemic, selecting the best photos of 2020 was both easier and harder than normal.

For one thing, with virtually no games after February, there were a LOT less pics, and pretty much every sport except for basketball was AWOL.

Still, actually getting down to 20 was once again brutal, especially when it came to cutting from about 24 down to the final group.

But I did it.

So here we go, in no particular order, the photos which stand out to me.

Makana Stone changed continents, but continues to scorch the hardwood. (Photo property of Loughborough University)

Future Wolf stars show their support for current sweet-shooting sensation Hawthorne Wolfe. (Morgan White photo)

Avery Parker proudly displays some of her pandemic artwork. (Corinn Parker photo)

Natalie Hollrigel smushes Mica Shipley for charity. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mask in place, Kylie Van Velkinburgh joins her CHS softball teammates in a return to action.

Sean Toomey-Stout gets bendy.

Greg White (left) and Larrie Ford share a laugh.

Ty Hamilton splashes home a bucket.

Chelsea Prescott yanks down a rebound.

Ja’Tarya Hoskins fires the javelin right before COVID-19 shut down sports. (Brian Vick photo)

Nick Armstrong grapples for control of the ball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sylvia Arnold hugs husband Garrett after being gifted with a restored version of her grandfather’s truck. (Photo courtesy Jerry Helm)

Ryanne Knoblich goes low during volleyball practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

A taekwondo champ comes in hot.

Jessenia Camarena claims a loose ball.

Melia Welling celebrates graduation with her mom.

Xavier Murdy slices ‘n dices the South Whidbey defense.

Mica Shipley, with a little help from Gavin St Onge, stands tall.

Lauren Grove, one of the strongest women I’ve written about, remains unbowed while recovering from a kitchen fire. Follow her example as we head to 2021.

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   Be like Julia Myers and go out and grab your reward. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t leave money sitting on the table.

If you’re a Coupeville High School senior and you fit certain criteria, you could be in the running to nab sweet, sweet cash from local photographer John Fisken.

If you do what needs to be done.

For the fifth year, Fisken will be taking a percentage of what he makes off of selling glossy pics of Wolf athletes and redistributing it to two deserving CHS seniors.

To be eligible for the cash award, which has averaged out to about $250 per student, you:

*Must have participated in at least two sports for all four years of high school

*Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

*Must NOT be getting any type of athletic scholarship from any college

*Must submit a 500-word essay, “How Sports Made Me A Better Person”

Applications can be found in the CHS counseling office and everything needs to be submitted by April 10.

Past winners of the award include Breeanna Messner, Brandon Kelley, Julia Myers, Aaron Trumbull, Sebastian Davis, Jared Helmstadter, Skyler Lawrence and Grey Rische.

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Mary Fisken’s high school senior portrait. (Photos courtesy John Fisken)


John Fisken checks out his new baby sister.


   The Fisken children, dad John L. and mom Marilyn gather right before John’s high school graduation.


Mary with her beloved Golden Retrievers, Juliet (left) and Fable.


Fable comforts her mom during her final days.

She was a fighter, until the very end.

Mary Elizabeth Fisken, 53, younger sister and only sibling of local photographer John Fisken, who provides Coupeville Sports with most of its pics, passed away Tuesday morning after a decade-plus battle with breast cancer.

A former Certified Nursing Aide, she spent her final days in the Richmond Beach Rehab in Shoreline, where she had worked for 15 years, surrounded by family, friends and former co-workers.

I met her near the end of her fight with cancer, when she attended a Coupeville High School volleyball match at which Wolf players dyed her brother’s hair pink in support of Mary’s courage.

The Wolves are dedicating their home match Oct. 18 against Klahowya to Mary’s memory, and will re-dye her brother’s hair and beard pink that night.

Mary was born July 16, 1963 in Seattle, the second child of John L. and Marilyn Dell (Lee) Fisken, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1981, a year after her brother.

Her greatest joy in life came from the time she spent with the many pets who entered her life over the years.

An avid pet owner, she was fond of always having dogs in the home.

The first which she could claim as truly “hers” was an Irish Setter named Sophie.

Later she took in a purebred Golden Retriever, Juliet, and kept one of her children, a puppy she named Fable.

They were both deeply loved during their time with Mary.

When she wasn’t working or caring for her dogs, Mary enjoyed making bead and stained glass art and working on jigsaw puzzles.

Ten years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she jumped into a long and brave fight with the disease, refusing to bend to its will.

Mary completed 10 three-day cancer walks, which she hailed as her “greatest accomplishment,” and volunteered at countless others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her father passing May 15, 2008 and her mother this summer (Aug. 8, 2016).

Mary is survived by her brother John, his wife Diane, her niece Kathryn (Fisken) Sooter (and husband Erik) and nephew Michael.

Also surviving are her cousin Nellie Scoular, who she was very close to, three uncles, Robert Jr., Brainard and Roger Lee and her beloved Golden Retriever Fable.

Memorial services are 2 PM, Saturday, Oct. 1 at Richmond Beach Rehab in Shoreline. All are welcome.

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(Photos courtesy John Fisken)

   Marilyn and John Fisken, Sr. were married for 47 years. (Photos courtesy John Fisken)


With children Mary and John, as our local paparazzi headed into graduation.


Marilyn (on right) had a long and successful bowling career.


Present-opening time.


The Fiskens wed.


John and Mary with their mom.

She served her country and she served her family.

Marilyn Dell (Lee) Fisken, who passed away Aug. 8 in Seattle, just shy of her 82nd birthday, was a friendly, outgoing woman much loved by her children.

One of those progeny is John Fisken, a man who devotes a considerable amount of his free time to snapping photos which grace the stories here on Coupeville Sports.

And, while I didn’t know his mom very well, the one time I met her, before a Coupeville High School volleyball match where the Wolves were helping to raise funds in honor of John’s sister Mary’s ongoing battle with cancer, she made an immediate impression on me.

She had been ill for some time, fighting her own battles, but she was clear-eyed and warm, a fighter herself, from way back.

As I’ve learned more about her life, my admiration for her only widens.

Marilyn was born in Clarinda, Iowa Sept. 23, 1934, the only daughter of Robert and Rubie (Holbrook) Lee, sister to three brothers — Robert Jr., Brainard and Roger.

She came to Washington when her parents obtained work at Ft. Lewis during World War II, eventually graduating from Tacoma’s Lincoln High School in 1952.

She found her own calling in the military, proudly serving in the United States Navy from 1952-1960, rising to Yeoman 2nd Class.

It was a family tradition, with two of her brothers and her son also serving in the Navy.

After leaving the military behind, the American sailor married the pride of Canada, John Ledlie Fisken, in 1961, and the duo raised two children over the course of a 47-year marriage.

Remembered by those closest to her as a “kind, generous person” who got her greatest joy from her family, Marilyn was always up to something.

An avid bowler for three decades, she transitioned into a wily bridge player in her later years.

Regardless of what activity she might be doing, she was drawn to others, and them to her.

“She was very social and loved having a house full of people,” her son said.

Preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who passed in 2008, Marilyn leaves behind a large, tightly-knit family.

John (and wife Diane), Mary, all three brothers and grandchildren Kathryn (Fisken) Sooter (and husband Erik) and Michael Fisken survive her, as do numerous nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her beloved great-niece, Nellie Scoular, who lived with Marilyn and her husband for several years.

Later Nellie was a deeply devoted live-in caretaker for both Marilyn and Mary.

Family is planning a memorial for Mrs. Fisken, set for Sunday, Aug. 28, 3 PM at Alderwood Community Church (3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd) in Lynnwood.

As befits a woman who wasn’t fussy, and loved both football and family deeply, dress is casual.

In fact, if you were to show up wearing Seahawk or Husky gear, it would be viewed as a loving tribute to a die-hard fan who wasn’t shy about her loyalties.

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Bob Martin (left) and fellow Hall o' Fame inductees (top to bottom) John Fisken, Jai'Lysa Hoskins, Jason Bagby and Grace LaPoint.

   Bob Martin (left) and fellow Hall o’ Fame inductees (top to bottom) John Fisken, Jai’Lysa Hoskins, Jason Bagby and Grace LaPoint.


The five members of the 44th class to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame can all be summed up with that one word.

Whether they were/are coaching, playing or snapping pics, this five-pack is the glue which holds/held everything together.

So, with that, we welcome Bob Martin, Jai’Lysa Hoskins, John Fisken, Jason Bagby and Grace LaPoint to these hallowed digital walls.

From this point on, you’ll find them up at the top of the blog, enshrined with their brethren under the Legends tab.

Our first inductee, Bagby, was one of the most successful athletes in Coupeville High School history, a star across three (football, basketball, baseball) sports.

Part of it was genes — dad Ron was a state champion track runner in the wilds of Forks and all of Jason’s siblings are superior athletic specimens — but a lot of it was work, skills and a burning desire to kick his opponent’s fannies.

That carried him to All-League honors, huge performances in the red and black (he was the second-leading scorer on a 16-5 hoops squad in 2009-2010) and a successful run as a college ball player.

And now, a few years down the road, he’s still a beast, as evidenced by his performances during the annual Tom Roehl Roundball Classics, where he remains a bucket-making, shot-rejecting animal with mad hops.

Our second inductee, Hoskins, offered blazing speed, big school spirit, a spine of steel and underneath the mega-grin, a willingness to get feisty.

A cheerleader and basketball assassin — she delighted in dropping the boom on foes — her greatest accomplishments came on the track oval, where she ran to state glory.

As a senior in 2013, she teamed with classmate Madison Tisa McPhee and two promising freshmen, Sylvia Hurlburt and Makana Stone, to make it to Cheney in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200, bringing home a medal in the latter event.

Over her four years of running for the Wolves, Hoskins won 47 times as a sprinter, relay runner, high jumper and long jumper, setting a true legacy of excellence.

Her ability to excel in whatever sport she picked up was matched by LaPoint, who juggled stints in cheer, soccer, basketball, softball and track.

An absolute joy as a person who was beloved by her coaches, Grace won 10 times in two track seasons — including beating future throwing state champ Angelina Berger of South Whidbey head-to-head in the javelin during her senior campaign — then went on to play college softball.

While taking the field for Evangel University in Missouri, she also found the time to put in above-average work in the classroom and beyond.

A 2015 grad with a degree in Business Administration, LaPoint took second in the nation in the Integrated Marketing Campaign competition at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference, which drew 1,800 competitors total.

Her drive for excellence is matched by our fourth inductee, Martin.

The former Marine has become an indispensable part of Wolf Nation, going above and beyond the call of duty to take on every coaching job necessary in recent years.

A key member of the CHS Booster Club, Martin has guided numerous athletes, male and female, working as a football, basketball and track guru at the high school, middle school and community levels.

As Coupeville has rebuilt its youth programs, which are hugely important to setting up success at the middle school and high school levels, I would wager there is no one who has been a bigger part of that success than him.

Of course, in typical low-key Martin style, he is likely rolling his eyes right now, and would say he’s just part of the team.

So, we’re going to toot his horn for him.

Without Bob Martin, and the countless hours he’s given to local youth athletics, some paid (way too little), a ton as a volunteer, we wouldn’t be seeing the rise in Wolf athletics we have been witnessing in the past couple years.

Every town needs that one person who steps up and carries everyone on their shoulders, inspiring other coaches and athletes alike.

Bob is Coupeville’s unsung MVP, and he deserves all our praise.

And a schedule which doesn’t make him and his 22-man roster play middle school football games against schools with 600+ students…

And then we reach our fifth and final inductee today, Fisken.

I am not a photographer — never have been, never will be, as I’m more likely to break a camera than get it to focus and am the last human alive without a cell phone.

Which is why Fisken, and Shelli Trumbull, one of our earliest Hall inductees, are so important.

Without Trumbull and her pics, Coupeville Sports would never have gotten off the ground.

And without Fisken and his glossy photos, and his willingness to put up with my constant nattering, we wouldn’t be soaring up in the stratosphere, making serious inroads on our mega-rich Canadian-funded newspaper rivals.

For a man who lives in Oak Harbor, and has a child at OHHS, he has bent over backwards to shoot sports in Cow Town, going out of his way to not only net mucho action shots, but all of the goofy side stuff that sets Coupeville Sports apart.

I can write a billion words (and do), but I need eyeballs to gravitate to those words, and nothing brings in the peepers like a really spectacular photo.

To say I owe him a lifetime supply of Diet Coke is an understatement.

Having bought a couple of 20-packs (what is up with that, Prairie Center? You’ve never heard of selling an actual case?!?), I remain a few trillion behind on that right now.

But, as we wait for me to catch up, welcome to the Hall o’ Fame, Fisken. Hope you brought your own beverage for the induction ceremony.

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