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After putting in the work, Coupeville junior Mallory Kortuem currently has the second-fastest time in the 400 of any 1A girl. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If the track season ended after the first meet, Coupeville High School would have two new state champions.

Now, of course, this is mid-March and the big showdown in Cheney doesn’t happen until the end of May.

So, simmer down, David.

But, that being said, as of this moment, the Wolves have the top time among all 1A athletes in two different events.

Danny Conlisk (200) and Jean Lund-Olsen (100) currently sit in the top slot, while Mallory Kortuem (400) and Lindsey Roberts (100 Hurdles) sit in 2nd in their respective events.

Overall, CHS has 13 athletes (nine girls and four boys) currently residing in the 1A Top 10 in at least one event, with eight of those Wolves popping up in two different categories.

As I admitted above, it’s early, with a lot of schools across the state yet to taste competition for the first time.

But here, in the moment, Coupeville is kickin’ fanny and takin’ names, so let’s celebrate the early success.

 

1A Top Ten performances (through 12:09 PM, Mar. 17):

 

GIRLS:

100 — Maya Toomey-Stout (4th) 13.78

200 — Lindsey Roberts (5th) 28.89; Ja’Kenya Hoskins (9th) 29.80

400 — Mallory Kortuem (2nd) 1:03.97

800 — Lucy Sandahl (7th) 2:56.64; Catherine Lhamon (8th) 2:57.13

1600 — Lhamon (6th) 6:09.32; Sandahl (9th) 6:15.88

100 Hurdles — Roberts (2nd) 16.37; Ja’Tarya Hoskins (7th) 18.41

Shot Put — Emma Smith (7th) 30-10

Javelin — Raven Vick (8th) 82-03

Pole Vault — Kortuem (7th) 6-06

Long Jump — M. Toomey-Stout (5th) 15-05; Ja’Kenya Hoskins (7th) 15-02

 

BOYS:

100 — Jean Lund-Olsen (1st) 11.55

200 — Danny Conlisk (1st) 23.78

400 — Conlisk (2nd) 51.28

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (10th) 39-06

Javelin — Sean Toomey-Stout (6th) 140-09

Long Jump — S. Toomey Stout (3rd) 19-09.50

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Ja’Kenya Hoskins comes flying round the curve. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lindsey Roberts (left) and Emma Smith kicked off their senior seasons with wins and photo ops.

Sit down, Tom Cruise. Don’t let the door hit you, Will Smith. Only one action hero can save the world this summer, and his name is Chris Ruck.

Taking a day off from college life, former Wolf Makana Stone swings by to cheer on the next gen stars.

Koa Davison elevates.

Maya Toomey-Stout shows off that gazelle-like speed.

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but Keahi Sorrows still wants that discus to fly far, far away.

Landon Roberts for the win.

Spikes scraping the oval. The thud of a discus hitting the turf. A click of the camera.

All sounds which indicate track and field has returned to claim center stage on the spring sports scene.

Thursday brought the season-opening Island Jamboree to Oak Harbor High School, and with it came intrepid photo whiz kid John Fisken.

The shots above, which capture Coupeville stars of today, and yesterday, are but the tip of the iceberg.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Track-2018-2019/Track-2019-03-14-Jamboree-at-OHHS/

And remember, a percentage of any purchases helps fund scholarships for two CHS senior student/athletes.

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Lindsey Roberts is one track season away from lettering 12 times as a high school athlete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were there, every season, without fail.

As we head into spring sports, 22 Coupeville High School athletes – 13 girls and nine boys – are set to complete a run as three-sport athletes during the 2018-2019 school year.

The list is headlined by Lindsey Roberts, the only Wolf senior to complete a perfect 12 for 12 career, with four seasons of soccer, basketball and track to her credit.

That’s down from last year, when Allison Wenzel, Hunter Downes, Cameron Toomey-Stout, and Hunter Smith graduated after playing a sport in every possible season of their high school days.

Roberts, though, can accomplish something none of those four did.

Barring a major injury or a sudden desire to go on a walkabout mid-season, Forrest Gump-style, she’ll finish as a 12-time letter winner, as well.

The last Wolf to do that was Hailey Hammer, who graduated in 2015.

At a small school like CHS, putting bodies in uniforms is a major need.

Those who are brave, determined, able to avoid serious injury, and willing to play basketball, Coupeville’s lone winter sport, are the backbone of the school’s athletic program.

In the seven years of writing Coupeville Sports, I’ve monitored the numbers, and we’re currently on our best streak, having hit 22 or more three-sport athletes for the third straight year.

Nine freshmen accomplished the feat in 2018-2019, while seven juniors and four sophomores matched them.

After a year in which four seniors capped a 12 for 12 career run, it was a little odd that only two 12th graders, Roberts and Dane Lucero, went 3 for 3 this school year.

 

The yearly numbers:

2012-2013 — (18 three-sport athletes)
2013-2014 — (23)
2014-2015 — (20)
2015-2016 — (17)
2016-2017 — (23)
2017-2018 — (22)
2018-2019 — (22)

 

Coupeville’s three-sport athletes for 2018-2019, with grade and sports: 

Andrew Aparicio – 9 – tennis, basketball, soccer
Mollie Bailey – 10 – soccer, basketball, softball
Miles Davidson – 9 – football, basketball, soccer
Mason Grove – 11 – tennis, basketball, baseball
Gavin Knoblich – 11 – football, basketball, baseball
Ivy Leedy – 10 – volleyball, basketball, softball
Lily Leedy – 9 – soccer, basketball, softball
Dane Lucero – 12 – football, basketball, baseball
Alana Mihill – 9 – cross country, basketball, track
Abby Mulholland – 9 – volleyball, basketball, tennis
Xavier Murdy – 9 – football, basketball, soccer
Chelsea Prescott – 10 – volleyball, basketball, softball
Avalon Renninger – 11 – soccer, basketball, tennis
Lindsey Roberts – 12 – soccer, basketball, track
Chris Ruck – 11 – cross country, basketball, track
Audrianna Shaw – 9 – soccer, basketball, softball
Ben Smith – 10 – football, basketball, soccer
Scout Smith – 11 – volleyball, basketball, softball
Sean Toomey-Stout – 11 – football, basketball, track
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 9 – volleyball, basketball, softball
Izzy Wells – 9 – volleyball, basketball, softball
Tia Wurzrainer – 11 – soccer, basketball, tennis

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CHS basketball players (l to r) Ema Smith, Scout Smith, and Lindsey Roberts were tabbed for All-Conference honors. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They made a strong first impression.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team beat preseason predictions, finishing third in the new six-team North Sound Conference.

Proving the best of the four scrappy public schools, CHS pushed back as hard as anyone against the twin private school juggernauts who ruled the roost.

The Wolves took Cedar Park Christian to the final moments in the second meeting between the teams, and did what it could to contend with league champ King’s.

Based on their play, and their refusal to back down, league coaches tabbed three Wolves for All-League honors, led by senior Lindsey Roberts earning a First-Team distinction.

A four-year varsity vet, she led Coupeville in scoring for the second-straight season, and wrapped her career as the #18 scorer in program history.

Fellow senior Ema Smith and junior Scout Smith, Coupeville’s other two varsity captains, were honored as Second-Team All-League picks.

Both Smith girls had big seasons, with Ema topping the team in nailing three-pointers, while Scout ran the point for the Wolves and sealed a key win at Sultan with a pair of late free throws.

In addition, junior Avalon Renninger shared the NSC Sportsmanship Award.

The coaching staffs from each league team picked one player from their squad to be honored.

The league awards were just the start Thursday as CHS coaches David and Amy King capped their seventh season with a team banquet.

 

Team awards:

 

Four-Year Varsity:

Lindsey Roberts

 

Four-Year Participation:

Nicole Laxton
Ema Smith

 

Varsity Captains:

Lindsey Roberts
Ema Smith
Scout Smith

 

JV Captain:

Mollie Bailey

 

Most Improved:

JV:

Alana Mihill
Morgan Stevens

Varsity:

Ja’Kenya Hoskins

 

Best Offense:

JV:

Audrianna Shaw
Izzy Wells

Varsity:

Lindsey Roberts
Ema Smith

 

Best Defense:

JV:

Ja’Kenya Hoskins

Varsity:

Tia Wurzrainer

 

Hustle Award:

JV:

Kiara Contreras

Varsity:

Tia Wurzrainer

 

Most Inspirational:

JV:

Mollie Bailey

Varsity:

Avalon Renninger

 

Wolf Pride:

Alana Mihill

 

Coaches Award:

Nicole Laxton

 

Varsity letter winners:

Hannah Davidson
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Nicole Laxton
Chelsea Prescott
Avalon Renninger
Lindsey Roberts
Ema Smith
Scout Smith
Tia Wurzrainer

 

Varsity participation certificates:

Mollie Bailey
Anya Leavell
Izzy Wells

 

JV participation certificates:

Mollie Bailey
Kylie Chernikoff
Kiara Contreras
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Anya Leavell
Ivy Leedy
Lily Leedy
Alana Mihill
Abby Mulholland
Audrianna Shaw
Morgan Stevens
Kylie Van Velkinburgh
Izzy Wells

 

Manager:

Heidi Meyers

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In her final home game, four-year varsity vet Lindsey Roberts torched Sultan for 16 points in a Coupeville playoff win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The end of the road is always there, and no one can avoid it forever.

When the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad was eliminated from the playoffs Thursday, it capped the prep hoops career for three Wolf seniors.

And while Ema Smith and Nicole Laxton played with pride, hustle, and grit, always, honoring themselves and their program, it’s hard to argue the third departing player won’t leave the biggest hole.

Lindsey Roberts was that rare player who played varsity basketball, and never as a bench-warmer, from day one to her finale.

She was a key contributor as a freshman on a team which went to state, led Coupeville in scoring as both a junior and senior, and helped the Wolves win two league titles and narrowly miss out on a third.

It’s easy to spotlight points, since that’s the most concrete stat we have, and, hey, the team who scores most wins the game.

In that respect, Roberts goes down as one of the greats, finishing with 448 points, tied with Vanessa Davis for #18 on the CHS girls career scoring chart.

One less injury here, a few more playoff games there, and she might have been the 14th Wolf girl to crack 500 points.

But I think the fact she didn’t reach 500 almost marks Roberts as a better player.

She was always willing to do whatever was necessary for team success, and fit her game to mesh with those around her.

Need her to rebound? To defend?

To sprint the floor and haul in full-court baseball passes from Sarah Wright?

To look for her teammates with crisp, effective feeds?

She was your go-to girl.

Lou played a complete game, always, and her points were a bonus.

While she could be your give-me-the-ball Michael Jordan, which she showed in several big-time performances including this year’s home playoff game against Sultan, she was also willing to be Scottie Pippen.

That is a rare quality, and one which truly marks Roberts as one of the best Wolves hoops fans have witnessed.

A young Roberts welcomes teammate Lauren Grove to the floor for a game in which a win sent the Wolves to state.

Her freshman year, she ran the floor with senior Makana Stone, who was wrapping up a career in which she scored 1,158 points, third-most in school history.

After that, Roberts shared the ball with gunners like Kailey Kellner (#30 all-time on the girls scoring chart), Mia Littlejohn (#35), Ema Smith (#48), and Mikayla Elfrank (#49).

A lot of their buckets? Set up by Roberts crashing the boards, hustling down floor to create mismatches for the defense, and looking for an open teammate to feed when her own shot wasn’t there.

The Wolf teams Roberts played for achieved success in great part because she was a rock.

She didn’t scream or holler, at least that I could ever see from my perch in the stands, but she had an air about her which made other players gravitate to her side.

Perhaps it’s because she learned while shadowing Stone, the most serene superstar I have ever written about.

Roberts was remarkably similar to her close friend, leading by example, NEVER showing up her teammates, always embracing them.

Lou being Lou.

I’ve known Lindsey’s extended family for a very long time, even working with her aunt, Stephanie, for many years at Videoville, and have seen Lou grow from a precocious young child into a confident young woman, on and off the court.

That being said, I probably have exchanged a mere handful of words with her over the years.

I already feel like I’m invading the lives of the teenage athletes I cover just by writing about them all the time, and hesitate to infringe more than that.

But there are times when you want to say something a little more, and, since I struggle with social interaction, using writing is much easier.

There’s still much more ahead for Roberts.

Track season, should better weather ever arrive, is where Lindsey truly dominates.

After that comes college (she’s Wazzu-bound, cause she’s too smart to waste time at U-Dub) and what will likely be many, many years of success in the real world.

High school sports, while they have been important to her, are just a small stepping stone as Roberts conquers the world.

But, as she moves forward from one well-earned highlight to another, I just want to say thanks.

Basketball is my favorite sport, so while Roberts has also stood tall in soccer and wowed the crowds in track, her hoops exploits have always been the first to catch my attention.

From a chipper freshman to a seasoned senior, she wore her uniform with pride, honoring her family, her school, her town, and most of all, herself.

Others with deeper knowledge of the intricacies of the sport can break down for you how Roberts, and her game, truly compares to other Wolf greats.

But, while many writers settle for facts, I have based my entire scribbling career more on emotion.

Write the legend, build the myth, celebrate the extraordinary.

Even as I am almost completely sure she would roll her eyes at being told in person she was extraordinary, that’s what Roberts has been every step of the way during her hoops career.

I hope she enjoyed her four years on the floor as much as those of us who watched her play did.

Players come and go, and a few, a very few, burn brightly enough where we can honestly say they won’t be forgotten.

Lou is forever.

Off to state! Roberts was the last active player from this 2016 photo.

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