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Six years, 50 athletes. Jae LeVine is on the list. Who else made the cut? (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a lovely day to start an argument.

With Coupeville Sports creeping up on its six-year anniversary (the first of 6,200+ articles hit Aug. 15, 2012), this seems like an ideal time to look back at the athletes who made the biggest impact in these pages.

And rank them!

Oh no … no, no, no, you fool … are you insane? Do you just want to piss people off?

Maybe.

So, yep, defying all rational thought, here we go — two lists which encompass my slap-dash rankings of the 25 best female and male athletes to play for Coupeville High School between Aug. 2012 and July 2018.

Ultimately, it’s a work in progress. Come back tomorrow, and I may have changed my mind about more than one thing.

Even as I was preparing to hit “publish,” I was still arguing with myself over not including Christine FieldsSage RenningerHaley Sherman, Morgan Payne, Kailey Kellner, Aaron Trumbull, Marisa Etzell, Jacob Martin, Amanda d’Almeida, Zane Bundy and many, many other very deserving candidates.

Heck, return in a few years, and I’m sure the list will probably look radically different.

For one thing, there are only five active Wolves — four seniors and one junior — who crack the countdown.

Which makes sense. If you’ve put in four years, it paints a much-fuller picture of your career than what one campaign has to offer.

But there are young athletes, some only a year or two into their high school days, who will likely crack the list by the time they’re done.

Scout Smith, Sean Toomey-Stout, Mallory KortuemAvalon Renninger, Matt HilbornChelsea Prescott, and Genna Wright, to name a few, have already made a sizable impact, with plenty of action still left in their careers.

Lists like this are an ever-changing thing.

Careers will be reevaluated, legacies polished and my thought-process called into question. Probably often, and possibly, very loudly.

Wouldn’t be the first time.

So, with that out of the way, on to the arguments … I mean, lists.

PS — ** indicates active athlete

 

BOYS:

25) Gabe Wynn – Four-year varsity basketball player who also made an impact in baseball, football and tennis along the way. Plus, he’s just a good guy who always played his heart out every game.

Risen Johnson: float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

24) Risen Johnson – Brought Showtime to the hardwood, wheeling, dealing, and throwing down impossible buckets during two torrid years in a Wolf uniform.

23) Clay Reilly – Offense, defense, special teams, he could do it all on the gridiron. Same with a baseball field.

22) Joel Walstad – The youngest of three siblings, he made his own mark as a football, basketball and soccer player. Owns school record for TD passes in a season.

21) Jordan Ford – Only had him for one year, but ultimate team player in football and basketball, then shattered school record in pole vault.

20) Caleb Valko – Passionate, outspoken leader in football and basketball, he fought to the final play in every game and never backed down from anyone, no matter what fancy school they attended.

19) Sebastian Davis – Played tennis like a chess grand-master and soccer like a wild man.

18) ** Danny Conlisk – Four trips to state (and counting) as a track and cross country runner, plus he’s competing this week at the national Junior Olympics.

17) William Nelson – If he was ever nervous, I never saw it. Four years of stellar soccer and tennis for “Will the Thrill,” and he never let them see him sweat.

16) Hunter Downes – He broke QB records on the gridiron, emulated Dennis Rodman on the hardwood and cracked heads as a soccer defender.

15) Abraham Leyva – He’d be napping as game time approached, then calmly take the soccer pitch and rattle home a hat trick before halftime. Every dang time.

Dalton Martin (center), ready to unleash the magic.

14) Dalton Martin – Injuries haunted him in football and basketball, but he capped career as the first Wolf to win three throwing medals at the same state meet.

13) CJ Smith – “Captain Cool,” a three-sport standout who pitched the Wolves to their first baseball league crown in 25 years.

12) Cole Payne – The next great football star, until injuries took that (and basketball) away. Rebounded by being The Man on diamond, where he closed baseball run as league MVP.

11) Joey Lippo – A star in tennis, basketball and baseball, plus he was the second-best ballet dancer at CHS, trailing only twin sister Skyy, who is a dance lifer.

10) Cameron Toomey-Stout – Three-sport sensation who proved the doubters wrong and fully earned the moniker “Camtastic.” Best hair, best work ethic, best heart.

9) Jacob Smith – One of only two Wolf track stars (Jon Chittim in 2006 is the other) to bring home four competitive medals from the same state track meet.

8) Ben Etzell – Only Wolf to win a league MVP award in the Cascade Conference (baseball), went to state in tennis, collected 249 bruises chasing basketballs.

7) Aaron Curtin – Went to state tennis tourney in both singles and doubles, splendid basketball player, ace baseball hurler.

6) Lathom Kelley – Frequent injuries were a pain, but dude could do anything, and do it all extremely well. A truly special athlete (when healthy) and a stand-up guy.

5) Wiley Hesselgrave – Ultimate throwback to old-school athletes who just went out, did their thing, then went home. No social media, just four years of kickin’ your fanny in football and basketball.

4) Jake Tumblin – The muddier the football field or baseball diamond, the faster he ran. He’s not stumblin’, he’s rumblin’.

3) Nick Streubel – “The Big Hurt” was a man among boys in football, basketball and track and field. The anchor of both gridiron lines, he got one chance to run with the ball at the end of his junior season, and promptly busted around the corner, where it took eight Chimacum defenders to finally bring him down, a mass of bodies disappearing into a sinkhole full of mud. The only guy to emerge still in one piece? The guy in the Wolf uniform.

2) Josh Bayne – “Awesome Joshsome” broke people in half on gridiron, inspiring coach Chris Tumblin to offer the immortal “Josh had one tackle on a receiver, folded him in half like a cheap hooker who was punched in the gut by her pimp. He had to sit out for awhile and wait for his liver to start working again.” Also a terror on the baseball diamond, where he’s the last Wolf to clear the CHS fence with a round-tripper.

Hunter Smith slices ‘n dices.

1) Hunter Smith – Two-time CHS Male Athlete of the Year, league MVP in baseball, owns seven CHS football records, torched basketball nets. Consistency, consistency, consistency, in everything he did.

 

GIRLS:

25) Jae LeVine – The biggest heart of any athlete. Could have been miserable when life-long health issues forced her to give up basketball and volleyball. Instead, “Flash” held on to what was left, softball, becoming the ultimate spark-plug.

24) Kacie Kiel – Volleyball and basketball star who embraced every challenge with an epic smile. Hit one of the most cold-blooded buzzer-beating shots I’ve witnessed, forever destroying the psyche of an entire Sequim hoops team.

23) Payton Aparicio – Athlete of the Year winner, volleyball record-setter, tennis ace who made a great run at state tourney.

22) Lauren Rose – As solid as they come, “Mouse/Munchkin/Keebler Elf” was a volleyball, basketball and softball standout who was money from day one to her final swing.

21) Mia Littlejohn – Played like she was from Jersey, bumping and weaving and bobbing, then sticking the dagger in on both the soccer pitch and basketball court.

Maya Toomey-Stout, superstar rising.

20) ** Maya Toomey-Stout – The youngest athlete on our list, “The Gazelle” is the only female Wolf to qualify for the state track meet in four events in one year. Her volleyball spikes are teeth-rattling, basketball fans pray for her return, and, she seems a lock to shoot up these rankings in the next two years.

19) Allie Hanigan – Power and grace personified, a big hitter at the net in volleyball and an ace on the tennis court.

18) ** Kalia Littlejohn – A hot second away from being the CHS soccer career scoring leader, and (when she wants to be) a tornado unleashed on the basketball court.

17) ** Sarah Wright – In the argument for best Wolf softball player of all time, with a season left to really make her case. Toss in successful volleyball, soccer and basketball stints, and you have a natural born leader who combines power and skill with a giddy sense of humor.

16) Amanda Fabrizi – Volleyball standout who was severely underrated as a hoops supernova, tossing in that lil’ running hook time and again, then going full lock-down on defense.

15) Sylvia Hurlburt – Cheer captain and one of the best relay runners in the history of CHS track, a vital part of record-setting, medal-winning units.

14) McKayla Bailey – The Photo Bomb Queen, the best quote machine in the biz and also a dang good softball hurler who could bring the heat (and the power when she was hefting a bat) like few others.

13) Madison Tisa McPhee – A bolt of lightning on the track oval and in the horse-riding arena.

12) Hope Lodell – Record-setting ace machine in volleyball and a walkin’, talkin’ defensive web gem in softball. League MVP in volleyball, also wowed with her sideline gigs, walking everywhere while doing handstands, and ripping off pull-ups on the edge of the dugout during rain delays.

11) Lauren Grove – Promising volleyball player turned stellar soccer goalie. Basketball fireball who was a shut-down defender. A young woman who pointed at the track record board as a freshman, said, “I will be up there,” then backed it up in style.

Julia Myers, AKA “Elbows,” runnin’ the court.

10) Julia Myers – Overcame horrifying injuries to shine as a soccer, basketball and tennis star. “Elbows” was never better than when on the hardwood, attacking the boards and beatin’ the crud out of rivals, then quietly smirking as they crumbled in her wake.

9) Bessie Walstad – Miss Consistency, an absolute rock who anchored volleyball, basketball and softball teams for four years.

8) Hailey Hammer – 12 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. Capped prep career with movie-like, game-winning double into the fading sun on the prairie in final at-bat.

7) Valen Trujillo – Cartwheeling after runaway volleyballs or chasing down tennis balls into the corner, a beast of an athlete, who always remained the epitome of class. If she didn’t give up basketball after middle school, she might be #2 on this list.

6) Katrina McGranahan – League MVP in two different sports (volleyball, softball). Might have been three, if she had stayed with basketball.

5) ** Lindsey Roberts – Highest-ranked active player. As she enters senior season, the soccer/basketball/track sensation is coming for all the records. All of them.

4) Mikayla Elfrank – She cranked a home run to dead center field in Sequim, denting a carnival ride behind the fence, and just about killed a girl in volleyball with a spike off the face.

3) Breeanna Messner – Team, team, team —  she lived and breathed that mantra through volleyball, basketball, softball and cheer.

2) Madeline Strasburg – “Maddie Big Time” once hit the exact same basketball shot from the exact same spot — a buzzer-beating, running three-ball from just inside the half court-line, banking the ball home to end the third quarter — in back-to-back games, a week-and-a-half apart.

Makana Stone, best I’ve ever seen. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

1) Makana Stone — Soccer, basketball or track, there’s never been anything like her. Most-electrifying, jaw-dropping, compassionate killer of an athlete I have covered in 28 years of writing about sports, girl or boy, and it’s not even remotely close.

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Ian Barron

   Ian Barron, the current CHS football record board and the documents which prove the identity of the one true rushing king.

Coupeville High School is making impressive strides with its athletic programs these days.

New bleachers in the gym, a sparkling new track oval blossoming before our eyes, and, of course, the project which has consumed me for the past year-plus about to come to fruition.

Next week 112 title boards will be installed on a wall inside the CHS gym, documenting league and district titles as well as state accomplishments won by the Wolves.

Finally, the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and the athletes and teams of those eras, will get their moment in the spotlight.

But, since I like tilting at windmills, before we finish with that epic endeavor (which has only been possible with the help of a ton of people inside and outside the school) I want to raise another issue.

And that is Ian Barron.

Or, more precisely, the indisputable fact he should be at the top of the football record board which greets visitors to the CHS gym complex.

The board is what it is, an honorable attempt to finally document some Wolf gridiron history in much the same manner the track record board has done for years.

It was a good start, though an incomplete one.

Records for CHS sports are notoriously hard to find, and I give the previous football coaching staff credit for doing what they could.

But Barron’s omission, while not being intentional, is glaring.

First, because his rushing marks, both for a season and a career, are so far ahead of what is currently listed as the records, and, secondly, because it is so easy to prove.

I have in my possession a two-page letter, signed by longtime Wolf coaches Ron Bagby and Tom Roehl, which breaks down precisely what kind of numbers Barron put up.

And, with all due respect to Josh Bayne, who is currently listed as the school record holder and was a beast on the gridiron and a quality guy off the field, those slots rightfully belong to Ian.

Bayne’s marks of 1,528 yards in his senior season and 2,154 for his stellar career currently sit atop the board.

Barron blows those away, however, even though he missed all but three games as a junior after breaking his leg.

His marks:

1997 — 425 yards
1998 — 1,753
1999 — 1,087 (in only three games)
2000 — 1,448

Career — 4,713

It’s right there in black and white, documented in a letter Roehl sent to the Everett Herald when CHS coaches were nominating Barron for the All-Area football team.

There’s no question of whether Ian deserves to be on the board, just a question of whether someone will do something about it.

So, as we welcome a new coaching staff to Wolf football, I’m calling on them to join me in asking the school and the booster club to make things right.

The board is up there to honor the past, while giving current CHS athletes a target. Let’s make sure it’s the right target.

Ian Barron is the one true rushing king, and he should be recognized as such.

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Josh Bayne, seen here on the way to one of his 25 touchdowns during his senior season at CHS. (John Fisklen photo)

   Josh Bayne, seen here on the way to one of his 25 touchdowns during his senior season at Coupeville High School. (John Fisken photo)

They like to give awards to Josh Bayne.

A year after he was tabbed as the 1A Olympic League MVP during his senior season at Coupeville High School, Awesome Joshsome was back at the podium this week.

This time he was being honored as the Rookie of the Year when the Simon Fraser University football team held its awards night.

Bayne played in eight games for the Clan as a true freshman, recording 13 solo tackles and five assists from his defensive back position. He also broke up three passes, defended three others and joined in on a tackle for a loss.

Fellow CHS alumni Jake Tumblin joined Bayne in Canada this season, recording four solo tackles, six assists and a tackle for a loss during his freshman campaign.

The duo faced off twice with former Wolf teammate Nick Streubel, who plays on the line for Central Washington, giving Coupeville five current college football players.

Mitch Pelroy (Montana Western) and Joel Walstad (Midland) round out that group.

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Linda

   Clockwise, from top left, it’s Linda Cheshier, Josh Bayne and Mike Lodell along with their body of work.

They all painted masterpieces.

The members of the 17th class to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame made their names in different fields, but the trio is united by one thing — they were all artists working at the top of their games.

So, we welcome to the podium Josh Bayne, Linda Cheshier and Mike Lodell and permanently install them at the top of the blog under the Legends tab.

Our first inductee, Cheshier, spent a much smaller sliver of time at Coupeville High School than our other honorees, but her impact was huge.

After transferring to town late in her scholastic career, TC became an immediate star for the Wolves.

She was the Cascade League’s co-Most Valuable Player in volleyball as a senior and was a rock star on the basketball court.

In the photo collage above, there is a photo from early 1992, shot by camera-totin’ legend Geoff Newton, capturing Cheshier as she explodes off the court after Coupeville stunned South Whidbey.

In that game, she took over like a boss, scoring her team’s final eight points, including a pair of free throws with 20 seconds to play to ice the 42-40 home court win.

Was that her best performance?

Or was it the one that came a week later, when she poured in 17 as CHS pulled off a colossal upset, bouncing fourth-ranked King’s, which arrived on Whidbey bearing a 16-1 record?

Not only did the Wolves win, they routed the stunned Knights, smacking them 55-39.

“This was the biggest win of the season. Make that the biggest win in many a season,” jubilant Coupeville coach Phyllis Textor told me after that game.

But wait, maybe TC’s best performance was the night… Well, how long do we have? Because there was a LOT of stellar nights.

Suffice it to say, Cheshier was one of the most electrifying high school athletes I have covered in person, and we shouldn’t ever forget that.

Our second inductee has barely been gone from the hallways and fields at CHS for a hot moment — he’s currently starting as a freshman defensive back for Simon Fraser University’s gridiron squad — but it’s not too early to honor the Bayne Train.

Awesome Joshsome splashed his name all over the school’s football record board during his days as a Wolf, becoming the first-ever MVP in the 1A Olympic League last year.

With the numbers he put up, on both sides of the ball, Bayne was rightfully named an All-State player on both offense and defense, and, frankly, should have been the 1A state player of the year.

As we sit seven games into the 2015 season, during which time the ENTIRE Wolf football squad has combined to score eight touchdowns, let’s remember, Bayne scored 25 times last year.

He also hit like a Mack truck on defense, earning the following quote:

Josh had one tackle on a receiver, folded him in half like a cheap hooker who was punched in the gut by her pimp. He had to sit out for awhile and wait for his liver to start working again” — CHS stat keeper Chris Tumblin.

And, he was also an All-League baseball player, the only guy I’ve personally witness hit a home run over the left field fence at our park, bouncing the ball off of the third row of cars.

We could wait five years to induct him, like some Hall of Fames do, but really, why? He’s a lock then, he’s a lock now.

And then we get to our third inductee, and the one who has spent the most time in Cow Town.

A CHS grad, renowned street baller and father to current two-sport sensation Hope “The Surgeon” Lodell, Mike does his best work these days as one of the craftsmen who work magic with the school’s athletic fields.

Whether artfully painting the football field, putting the glow back in the tennis courts or making out-of-towners gasp when they see his impeccably-curated softball diamond, he’s the eternal whiz kid with the mega-watt smile.

His greatest moment?

Normally you get a little rain on the field — a common occurrence during spring sports — and softball games get shut down.

Not at CHS, where the heavens erupted mid-game in the type of downpour not seen since Noah (the biblical dude, not Mike’s son…) went on vacation.

When the clouds parted and everyone returned, they found, to their stunned amazement, a diamond that was holding no water. AT ALL.

The umpires gaped. The opposing team, which had been planning for a long, unfulfilled drive home, swooned.

The soaked-to-the-bones fans, who thought we were getting to leave for drier climes?

A mixture of pride in Lodell’s skill and a burning desire to dunk him in Penn Cove, as the game then restarted, and we got to stand around for another two hours in the coldest, wettest clothes ever worn.

But the Wolves won, and, even the dampest of viewers had to give it up to the man who makes diamonds sparkle in any weather.

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Mitch Pelroy (Haylee Sauer photo)

Mitch Pelroy, being awesome. (Haylee Sauer photo)

They all hit the road, but only one is heading home a winner.

Two of three college football teams boasting former Coupeville High School players on their roster fell Saturday, but the one with the graybeard came away a winner.

Montana Western and Mitch Pelroy pulled out a come-from-behind 30-23 win against Eastern Oregon in La Grande, snapping a two-game losing streak.

Now 4-2, the Bulldogs have won eight of their last ten games going back to last season, but needed a blocked punt taken back for a touchdown with less than two minutes to play to escape this week.

Pelroy, a junior, brought back a kickoff for 22 yards, which is almost exactly his season average.

He’s returned seven kicks for 155 yards (22.1 average), giving him 755 return yards over his 26-game college career.

Pelroy has also amassed 38 tackles, 10 assists, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack from his defensive back position.

Things didn’t go quite as well for Pelroy’s fellow CHS alumni, as lineman Nick Streubel and Central Washington were nipped 31-25 by Western Oregon in Monmouth. The Wildcats are 3-4 on the season.

Simon Fraser University, which carries two Wolves in Josh Bayne and Jake Tumblin, left Canada and was shut-out 19-0 in Rapid City by the South Dakota School of Mines. The Clan are 0-5.

Bayne notched a tackle in the loss, running his totals to 12 tackles and four assists. His fellow frosh has four tackles and five assists.

P.S. — Once again, a big thank you to Montana Western’s Haylee Sauer, who has been nice enough to let me use of her photos of Mitch during his college gridiron days.

To see more of her really snappy pics, pop over to:

https://www.facebook.com/hayleesauerphotography?fref=ts

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