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Avalon Renninger was a team captain for the first Coupeville High School girls soccer team to win a playoff game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Freshman Nezi Keiper earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Mallory Kortuem, who combines speed, toughness, and a deft touch with the ball, was named a First-Team All-League player by North Sound Conference coaches.

Mallory Kortuem made a very positive impression on folks.

The Coupeville High School senior was tabbed a First-Team All-League pick by North Sound Conference coaches, while also taking home her team’s Player of the Year award.

The Wolf midfielder/defender and her teammates were honored Tuesday night, as CHS coach Kyle Nelson closed out the season with a team awards banquet.

Kortuem’s fellow senior, defender Tia Wurzrainer, received Second-Team All-League honors and was named Most Inspirational in team awards.

Sophomore Noelle Daigneault (Most Improved) and freshmen Nezi Keiper and Carolyn Lhamon (Rookies of the Year) were also honored by Nelson.

Kortuem, Wurzrainer, and Avalon Renninger shared Captain honors, and the trio were joined by Anna Dion in receiving Four-Year awards for playing every season of their high school careers.


Varsity letter winners:

Knight Arndt
Mollie Bailey
Noelle Daigneault
Anna Dion
Natalie Hollrigel
Nezi Keiper
Mallory Kortuem
Carolyn Lhamon
Sophia Martin
Katelin McCormick
Mary Milnes
Anna Myles
Avalon Renninger
Audrianna Shaw
Eryn Wood
Tia Wurzrainer


JV certificates:

Megan Behan
Natalie Castano
Aurora Cernick
Brekyn Clark
Camryn Clark
Lily Leedy
Sam Streitler
Izzy Wells
Genna Wright



Ja’Kenya Hoskins

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Genna Wright is one of the key players who can return for Coupeville High School girls soccer next season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The end doesn’t erase the journey.

The season came to a close Monday night for the Coupeville High School girls soccer team, as it fell 6-0 in Bothell to Cedar Park Christian.

With the loss, the Wolves were eliminated from the district playoffs and finish at 3-13-2 on the season.

But, after a campaign in which it was stung by injuries, including losing offensive juggernaut Genna Wright way back in the first half of the first game, CHS can look back on the season with pride.

The Wolves, with or without key starters, were very competitive each time on the pitch, and closed with some of their best efforts of the season.

Coupeville won two of its final three games, nipping Sultan 1-0 in a league tiebreaker, then bouncing Mount Baker 4-0 to capture the program’s first-ever playoff win.

CHS coach Kyle Nelson loses five quality seniors to graduation, with Avalon Renninger, Mallory Kortuem, Anna Dion, Tia Wurzrainer, and Natalie Hollrigel departing.

Renninger tallied 12 goals in her four years in a Wolf uniform, which puts her #5 on the career scoring chart, while Kortuem finishes as the #10 all-time scorer with six goals.

The cupboard isn’t bare, however, with Wright, who punched in 17 goals through her first two seasons, set to return for her senior season.

Other top players who can returning include goaltender Mollie Bailey, midfielders Sophia Martin, Carolyn Lhamon, Knight Arndt, and Audrianna Shaw, and defenders Nezi Keiper, Eryn Wood, and Mary Milnes.


2019 goal scorers:

Avalon Renninger – 6
Sophia Martin – 4
Anna Dion – 2
Mallory Kortuem – 2
Eryn Wood – 1
Tia Wurzrainer – 1

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Coupeville goaltender Mollie Bailey recorded a shutout Tuesday, lifting the Wolves to a crucial 1-0 win at home against Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sultan tried to get rough, but Coupeville is too tough.

Avalon Renninger bled for her team, Nezi Keiper made a rival lose her cool, and Mallory Kortuem proved stronger than the prairie wind, and now the Wolf girls soccer squad is back in the playoff hunt.

Pulling out a 1-0 win against visiting Sultan Tuesday, Coupeville finally broke into the win column after several close calls.

Buffeted by injuries to key players, the Wolves have been better than their 1-9-2 record might indicate.

And now, with the shutout victory against the Turks, Coupeville moves into a tie with Sultan at 1-6 in North Sound Conference play.

With three games left in the regular season, South Whidbey (7-0, 11-0-1) and King’s (6-1, 9-4) are chasing a league title, while Cedar Park Christian (3-4, 6-5) and Granite Falls (3-4, 6-6) are holding steady in the middle of the six-team league.

Five teams make the playoffs, and Coupeville has a slightly easier schedule than Sultan, which plays South Whidbey, King’s, and CPC to wrap up things.

The Wolves travel to CPC Thursday, make a short trip to South Whidbey next Monday, then close at home Wednesday, Oct. 23 against Granite Falls.

If CHS and Sultan remain deadlocked eight days from now, the teams will play a tiebreaker game Oct. 24, and it will be at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field.

The #5 seed from the NSC hosts a district play-in game Oct. 26 against the #4 seed from the Northwest Conference, which is currently an 0-12 Mount Baker team.

For their part, the Wolf players would prefer to punch their playoff ticket without having to go through Sultan again, which took the first meeting by a similar 1-0 score.

“I don’t really want to see them anymore,” said freshman Nezi Keiper. “I’m fine if we don’t have to play them again.”

Having already witnessed Renninger bleed on the field after taking an elbow to the nose Tuesday, Keiper, fellow defender Carolyn Lhamon, and goaltender Mollie Bailey shared a laugh about something else late in the game.

At which point a frustrated Turk glared at Keiper and blurted, “It’ll be funny when I punch you in the face.”

To which I say, you picked the wrong Wolf to try and buffalo.

Keiper is a former football lineman, who bench presses 700 pounds and eats nails for breakfast.

Well, at least the first of those three things is true, but she’s also not a player likely to get pushed around on the field anytime soon, under any conditions.

With Keiper and Lhamon, and senior captain Tia Wurzrainer anchoring the defense, the Wolves kept the Turks from mounting much of an attack.

Playing with the wind in the second half, Sultan finally pushed the ball onto the other side of the field, but Bailey was there to meet them with open arms (which collected all their shots).

Sultan’s best scoring opportunity came late in stoppage time, that magical slice of the clock where only the lead ref knows how many ticks of the clock are truly left in the game.

Desperate to get a tying score, the Turks were handed a golden opportunity, awarded a free kick at the 40-yard line.

The ball was mashed on a line, with the wind flowing behind the wobbly orb, but Bailey laughed one final time, stepping in front of the shot, bouncing slightly off the ground, and snaring the incoming missile.

That closed a battle of wills, a donnybrook where the Wolves proved to be the better team on almost every play.

Coupeville had 1,001 shots on goal in the first half, but Sultan net-minder Amanda McKay played inspired ball, deflecting each Wolf attack with precision.

Renninger had a great scoring opportunity, as did Lhamon, as did Sophia Martin, as did Anna Dion, as did Lhamon again, as did Kortuem several times, as did Wurzrainer, unloading a laser from midfield.

Each time McKay was exactly where she needed to be at the very last second, and, even playing with the Whidbey wind gunning for her face, she carried Sultan into the locker room with a scoreless tie intact.

One of her teammates wasn’t quite as lucky, as she dodged the wind only to take a soccer ball to the face from three paces.

Staggered but unbowed, the Turk wobbled, weaved, then kept on playing.

Much like Renninger, the pluckiest of plucky players, the calm, cool, and eternally serene captain who got crunched in the face (fairly accidentally it seemed), and added her blood to the mix of fluids to decorate the Coupeville pitch over the years.

“I thought it was snot,” she told her dad after the game, as she moved her nose gingerly. “It was NOT!!”

Still, Renninger proved why she is among the most-revered of all Wolf athletes, anchoring her squad through the facial pain.

Afterwards, as she headed for the parking lot, her voice a mix of tiredness, pain, and pride, she remarked, “Yep, going home and doing some homework and getting some sleep. Maybe just some sleep … sleep sounds good.”

Making sure Renninger’s dreams will be pleasant, Kortuem¬†went toe-to-toe with the breeze which kept the fans in the stands bouncing around to stay warm.

Slashing through defenders, the ball on her foot, Coupeville’s speed demon cranked a wicked shot through the wind, narrowly slipping it past the outstretched fingers of McKay and into the back of the net.

Her first goal of the season, and fifth of her career, Kortuem’s crowd-pleaser came with 24 minutes to play in the game, and would be all the Wolf defense needed to secure the win.

Afterwards, as his players bounced around, awash in their celebration (and not being punched in the face), CHS coach Kyle Nelson surveyed the scene and smiled.

“A well-deserved victory,” he said. “The defense did a nice job and adjusted with the wind, doing all the right things we talked about.”

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Despite a loss Thursday, Mallory Kortuem and her CHS girls soccer teammates are still very much alive in the playoff hunt. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hunt goes on.

Nine games into a 15-game regular season, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team is still looking for its first win.

A 6-2 loss Thursday at Granite Falls drops the Wolves to 0-5 in North Sound Conference action, 0-7-2 overall.

South Whidbey (5-0, 8-0), which knocked off King’s (4-1, 6-3) in other Thursday action, winning 2-0, controls the race for a league crown at the halfway point of the conference schedule.

Cedar Park Christian (3-2, 6-3), Granite Falls (2-3, 4-5), and Sultan (1-4, 1-6-2) would currently claim the other playoff berths, but Coupeville is just a game off of the #5 seed.

The Wolves play three of their final five league games at home, including a huge rumble with Sultan Oct. 15.

Thursday night CHS got both of its goals from Avalon Renninger.

That gives the senior captain five scores on the year and 11 for her career.

Renninger joins Mia Litttlejohn (35), Kalia Littlejohn (33), Lindsey Roberts (17), and Genna Wright (17) as the only Wolf girls to score in double digits during their time on the soccer pitch.

She’s scored in each of her four seasons, raising her yearly goal totals from one to two to three and now five and counting.

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“I said it was MY FREAKIN’ BALL, woman!!” Coupeville’s Natalie Hollrigel (10) is a rampaging warrior during a jamboree Thursday in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Former Wolf soccer greats William Nelson (modeling a stylish zip-up) and Aaron Wright (in hat) stop by to see the next generation play.

Showcasing her explosive speed, Mallory Kortuem jukes a rival out of her shoes.

The Wolf faithful settles in.

Sherry Roberts (left) and Fanny Deprelle share a moment.

Fab frosh Carolyn Lhamon drops the hammer.

McKenzie Bailey doin’ what McKenzie Bailey does.

Eryn Wood makes the Earth rumble beneath her feet.

The pitch is open for business.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad made its 2019 debut Thursday at a four-team jamboree in Oak Harbor.

Joining the Wolves and the Wildcats were Anacortes and Meridian, and the second of those teams will be back on Whidbey shortly.

That’ll happen Saturday, and the trip will be a bit longer for Meridian, as the Trojans travel to Coupeville for the regular-season opener.

The non-conference tilt kicks off at 1 PM at Mickey Clark Field.

Until then, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken offers up a mix of pics from Thursday’s event, with some on the field, some off.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


And, while you’re there, remember that a percentage of any sales goes back to fund scholarships Fisken gives out at the end of the school year to CHS senior student/athletes.

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