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COVID-19, still the biggest story as 2020 ends. Here, a mask-clad Taylor Brotemarkle goes through a basketball practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, we’ve seen better years.

In the Age of Coronavirus, there’s little suspense as to what was the biggest story of 2020.

No Coupeville High School sports team has played a game since the Wolf girls basketball team fell to Meridian February 11 in a loser-out playoff game.

Even with the arrival of the first vaccines, that probably won’t change for awhile.

Spring sports were cancelled, fall sports were postponed, and winter remains a question mark.

But, in between the two times I tried to walk away from the blog this year, there were other stories which arose.

So, since the “retirements” turned into “vacations” both times, I’m still here to take a look back at what was what.

20 stories to define 2020, in fairly random order:

 

20 — Geoff Kappes named Principal at CHS, replacing Duane Baumann, who circles back around to rejoin the school as Special Services Director.

 

19 — Former Wolf spiker Ashley Menges, a 2019 CHS grad, hired as Wolf JV volleyball coach, replacing Chris Smith, who moves off-Island.

Ashley Menges makes the transition from player to coach.

 

18 — Jim Waller, my high school journalism teacher, retires from the Whidbey News-Times, ending his second run as Sports Editor at the newspaper.

I am now the “elder statesman” of Whidbey sports journalism, which will give a lot of people, myself included, the cold sweats.

 

17 — Island Greens, the reasonably-priced nine-hole golf course which welcomed thousands of duffers to Clinton, sold and (seemingly) shut down.

After 33 years, no more tee shots. (Photo property Island Greens)

 

16 — Coupeville grad Kyle King, a five-time state champ during his high school track and field days, runs the marathon at the US Olympic Team Trials.

He finishes a very-respectable 47th out of 222 runners, with his fastest mile coming late in the race.

 

15 — Seventh-grader Savina Wells makes her hardwood debut for Coupeville Middle School and outscores the other team by herself.

Dropping in 20 points through three quarters, while also cleaning the boards and running the point, she paces the Wolves to a 41-15 rout of Northshore Christian Academy.

Savina Wells leads the charge. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

14 — Ally Roberts caps her college equestrian career with a regional championship in Advanced Western Horsemanship.

While COVID prevents her from attending nationals, she exits Western Washington University with her degree — the biggest award of them all.

 

13 — Coupeville loses a pair of legends, as Larrie Ford and Jack McFadyen pass away.

The former was a Hall of Fame coach with CHS track, the latter one of the most loyal fans Wolf athletes have ever had.

Jack McFadyen with his grandkids. (Photo courtesy Carmen McFadyen)

 

12 — Wolf grad Nick Streubel closes his football career at Central Washington University with a pair of honors, being named to the All-Super Region team, and to his school’s All-Decade squad.

 

11 — Lauren Grove, one of just two athletes in the CHS Class of 2017 to play a sport in all 12 seasons, is badly-burnt in a grease fire.

In her recovery fight, and her willingness to share the painful journey with others at lauren (@the.burnt.bitch), she remains one of the strongest women I know.

 

10 — Maya Toomey-Stout, Scout Smith, and Sean Toomey-Stout tabbed as CHS Athlete of the Year winners. It’s the second-straight time Sean takes top honors.

Scout Smith wheels ‘n deals. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

9 — College sports are calling, as Mica Shipley (Eastern Washington University – cheer), Mallory Kortuem (Western Washington University – track), Ja’Tarya Hoskins (St. Martin’s – track), and Ben Smith (Culver-Stockton – football) find their next destinations.

 

8 — CHS boys basketball avenges a series of losses to its personal boogeyman, finally taking Port Townsend down.

With sophomore sensations Xavier Murdy and Hawthorne Wolfe banging away for 22 and 21 points, respectively, the Wolf varsity romps to a 79-66 win at home, a sign of good things to come.

Brad Sherman has a word with his team.

 

7 — Call ’em the comeback kings. The Wolf JV boys basketball team pulls off several stunning come-from-behind wins, but two stand out.

Trailing Granite Falls by three points headed to the final frame, Coupeville explodes for a 56-42 win as Daniel Olson dumps in 13 of his game-high 26 over the final eight minutes.

The most-satisfying victory, however, might have come against arch-rival South Whidbey, when the Wolves scored 27 fourth-quarter points to nail down a 70-63 win.

Going Olson one better, Murdy nets 14 in the final quarter.

 

6 — Coaching jobs start multiplying, with Chris Smith (baseball, volleyball, boys basketball), Erin Locke (middle school volleyball), and Luke Samford (cross country) all leaving Whidbey.

Meanwhile, Kyle Nelson is still hanging around as Wolf girls soccer coach, but lets go of his boys soccer gig.

 

5 — After years of being one of the smallest schools in 1A, Coupeville officially moves back to 2B and its old stomping grounds in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

COVID has delayed the transition, but some day it will become reality on the playing field as well.

Mollie Bailey (32) and Audrianna Shaw will move from 1A to 2B.

 

4 — End of an era, as longtime CHS teacher/coaches Randy King and Ron Bagby retire, along with registrar Marie Bagby.

 

3 — CHS grad Makana Stone caps a splendid four-year run of basketball excellence at Whitman College, graduating as the #2 rebounder and #5 scorer in program history.

She plays in 110 games for the Blues, including making a record 92 starts, and earns All-American and All-Region honors to go with the Northwest Conference MVP award.

Makana Stone, swishin’ hoops and dazzlin’ folks in Jolly Olde England. (Photo property Loughborough University)

 

2 — Not content to stop with America, Stone moves to England.

Six games into her first season at Loughborough University, she’s been tabbed twice as the Women’s National Basketball League Player of the Week, and has made the Team of the Week four times.

 

1 — COVID. It was, and is, a whole thing. But tomorrow is another day.

They will be back in action at some point. Believe it.

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Kyle King (left) and lil’ bro Tyler look fast even when standing still.

Kyle King celebrated Leap Day by going for a run with some of his friends.

Of course, said run just happened to take place on one of the biggest stages possible, as the Coupeville grad competed Saturday in Atlanta at the US Olympic Team Trials.

The former Wolf, a five-time state track and field champ in his days at CHS, finished 47th in a field of 222 runners, covering a 26.2 mile marathon course in 2:18:20.

King stayed strong throughout the race, throwing down his fastest leg in mile 18, which he ran in 4:58.

The top three finishers Saturday qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, with those spots going to Galen Rupp, Jacob Riley, and Abdi Abdiraham.

It’s the fourth-straight time Rupp has made it to the biggest sporting event in the world, having previously competed in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016).

King, a 2008 Coupeville grad, qualified for the US Team Trials off of a stellar performance at the Eugene Marathon in April 2019.

The marathon dream he was chasing was a big one, as only one former Coupeville resident has made an Olympic team.

That came way back in 1920, when Eldon Jenne competed in the pole vault in Antwerp.

In real life, King is a Captain in the Marine Corps, currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, where he’s an inspector/instructor.

He trained for the trials with a group of other local runners, “The Good Boys Run Club,” four of whom also made the trip to Atlanta.

Prior to the team trials, King ran at the Armed Forces Summer Games in China, where he claimed 8th out of 84 runners.

His recent exploits continues a life-long tear of running success.

While running for dad Randy at CHS, Kyle won state titles in the 3200 three straight years (2006-2008), added the 1600 crown in 2007, and ran a leg on a triumphant 4 x 400 relay unit in 2006.

After graduation, King competed as an NCAA D-I scholarship athlete at two schools – Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

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Kyle King (bottom left) continues to prep for running the marathon at the US Olympic Team Trials.

The work never stops.

As he prepares for next month’s US Olympic Team Trials, marathoner and Coupeville High School grad Kyle King continues to put in miles.

The former Wolf, a five-time state track champ during his CHS days, is a Captain in the US Marine Corps, currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

While there, King is training with the Good Boys Running Club, and he and one of his running mates competed Saturday at a high-end 10K.

The event was the USATF Cross Country Championships, held at Mission Bay Park in San Diego.

Competing against a collection of the best runners in the nation, King finished 16th out of 68 runners, crossing the line in 32 minutes, 38 seconds.

Good Boys teammate Garret Lee claimed 32nd, while Anthony Rotich of the Nike/US Army team won the race in a crisp 30:36.

With the top three finishers, and four of the first seven across, the Army team also won the team title.

The Olympic Team Trials are February 29 in Atlanta, Georgia, and King would need a top-three finish there to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The fourth and fifth-place finishers will be alternates for Team USA.

Whether he makes it to Japan or not, the 30-year-old runner remains a legend in local running circles.

While running for CHS, he won three-straight state titles in the 3200 from 2006-2008, added the 1600 crown in 2007, and ran a leg on a triumphant 4 x 400 relay unit in 2006.

After graduation, King ran as an NCAA D-I scholarship athlete at two schools – Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

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Coupeville grad Kyle King (second from right) ran the marathon at the Military World Games in Wuhan, China.

He’s the fastest man America had in country.

Coupeville grad Kyle King beat out his two running partners from Team USA Sunday, claiming 8th out of 84 runners in the marathon at the 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China.

King covered the 26.2 mile course at the event, which is similar to the Olympics, in two hours, 16.56 minutes, which tops his time of 2:18.04 at the Eugene Marathon in April.

That race qualified him for the Team USA trials for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The 2008 CHS grad is slated to make his bid for the US Olympic team Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

King, who is a Captain in the Marine Corps, is currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

While there, he works out with “The Good Boys” Run Club, a group made up of runners training for the Team USA trials who live and work in the area.

His two-week trip to China gave him a chance to run against some of the best from around the world.

Leche Shumi of Bahrain won the marathon, with runners from Tanzania, Rwanda, Mongolia, Poland, and King hot on his trail.

During his days on Whidbey, King won five state track and field titles, tying him with Natasha Bamberger as the most-decorated athlete in CHS history.

He won the 3200 three straight years (2006-2008), added the 1600 crown in 2007, and ran a leg on a triumphant 4 x 400 relay unit in 2006.

After graduation, King ran as an NCAA D-I scholarship athlete at two schools – Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

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Coupeville brothers Kyle (left) and Tyler King both ran at the Eugene Marathon in April. Now Kyle is headed to the USA Olympic Team Trials. (Photo courtesy Tyler King)

Right on time.

A century after Coupeville native Eldon Jenne pole vaulted at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Cow Town has a second athlete in the mix.

This time around it’s Kyle King, who is pursuing a spot on the USA men’s marathon team which will compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The 2008 Coupeville High School grad punched his ticket to the Olympic Team Trials, which will be held Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta.

The top three finishers there comprise the USA team, with the fourth and fifth-place finishers designated as alternates.

The Tokyo Olympics are July 24-Aug. 9, with the men’s marathon set for the final day of competition.

King qualified for the Team USA trials with his performance at the Eugene Marathon April 28, where he finished in two hours, 18.04 seconds.

He’s one of 181 male runners who have hit a qualifying time – 2:19 in a marathon or 1:04 in a half marathon.

The pack is currently led by Galen Rupp, who ran a 2:06.07 at the Prague Marathon.

Rupp is trying to make his fourth-straight Olympics team, having competed in Beijing (2008), London (2012), and Rio de Janeiro (2016).

He claimed a silver medal in the 10,000 meters at London and a bronze in the marathon in Rio.

King is a busy guy these days on multiple fronts.

He’s a Captain in the Marine Corps and is currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

“I’m an inspector-instructor,” King said. “Basically I run a small active duty site support staff for a reserve artillery battery that is stationed here.”

Three days a week he’s up and out on the road at the crack of dawn to train with others in the area who will also be at the Olympic trials.

“Got a pretty cool crew I work with out here,” King said. “No Instagram yet, but we’re starting “The Good Boys” Run Club.

“Group of five of us all training for the trials, all have outside jobs, so we get together and run three days a week at 0545 to workout before work.”

Along with his training, King plans to run in the San Jose Half Marathon Oct. 6, then is off to China for the Armed Forces Summer Games.

He’ll be in Wuhan for two weeks, with the marathon going down Oct. 27.

Then it’s back to training for the biggest race of his already well-distinguished career, a 26.2 mile event which will pit him against the best the USA has to offer.

During his days on Whidbey, King won five state track and field titles, tying him with Natasha Bamberger as the most-decorated athlete in school history.

He won the 3200 three straight years (2006-2008), added the 1600 crown in 2007, and ran a leg on a triumphant 4 x 400 relay unit in 2006.

After graduation, King ran as an NCAA D-I scholarship athlete at two schools – Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

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