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After a standout career at Coupeville High School on the soccer pitch and track oval, Mallory Kortuem will run in college, as well. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a non-pandemic world, Mallory Kortuem would be running for a state title next weekend.

The Coupeville High School senior, who holds four school track and field records, finished 2nd in the 400 last spring and would have been the odds-on favorite to wear the 1A girls crown this year.

While schools being shut down by COVID-19 prevented her from making a triumphant return to Eastern Washington, it’s not the end of Kortuem’s track career, however.

She has signed a letter of intent to run for Western Washington University, an NCAA D-II school, and will receive a partial scholarship.

The Vikings compete out of the 11-school Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which also includes Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University.

Kortuem knows she’ll be running in the 400 for WWU, which has indoor and outdoor track seasons. After that, things are wide open.

“I am planning on trying the 200 as well, and I might be put on a 4 x 400 team,” she said.

“I have also been interested in trying the 800, which I would have tried this year, but I did not get the chance,” Kortuem added. “All I know for sure by the coaches is the 400.”

Mom Heather smooches the youngest of her three superstar children.

In between practices and meets, the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer will study kinesiology, and may go into graduate school after her time at Western.

During her time at CHS, Kortuem was a standout soccer player as well as track and field star.

She departs holding school records in the 400 (58.02) and pole vault (8-10), while also being part of record-setting 4 x 100 (50.54) and 4 x 200 (1:46.13) relay squads, with all of those marks set during her junior campaign.

Kortuem earned four state meet medals through her junior season, one of just seven girls in CHS history to reach that mark since the school opened in 1900.

A college track career begins with putting pen to paper on your letter of intent. (Photo courtesy Kortuem)

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Mallory Kortuem commands the soccer pitch. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

She sort of snuck up on me.

As her high school career has played out, Mallory Kortuem has been the quiet assassin, piling up records and awards while seeming content to reflect the spotlight onto her teammates.

The Coupeville High School senior, who should be enjoying one final trip around the track oval this spring, has never been one to scream and beat her chest in public about her accomplishments.

But dang, Mallory.

If you step back and look at the entire run of her prep days, it’s more than just merely impressive.

The youngest of Alex and Heather Kortuem’s children is legitimately one of the best athletes to ever pull on a Wolf uniform, ever. End of story.

That Mallory has always seemed like a super-quality person away from the pitch and oval as well, just makes it easier for those of up in the stands to hail her as one of the greats.

Momentarily at rest, Mallory hangs out with Sherry Roberts (left) and mom Heather Kortuem.

So, without further ado, we welcome her today to the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

It’s not quite the same as getting to stand on the podium in Cheney in late May, hailed as a state champ, a path she seemed destined for before the coronavirus pandemic split the world into a billion pieces.

But, I hope it means something to her, at least a little.

As she goes forward into the world, ready to reach new goals and captivate her ever-growing legion of fans, Mallory can know that here on the blog she’ll live on in local lore, forever a prairie phenom.

Pop open the Legends tab up at the top of the page, and you’ll find her, a blur of speed and toughness, momentarily at rest.

Mallory has been at the forefront of two Wolf programs during her days at CHS, and it never seems like there was a moment where she was a raw rookie.

She always seemed like a grizzled vet, her cerebral skills matching her physical gifts, whether she was a new-to-the-scene freshman or an about-to-depart senior.

Put her on the soccer pitch and she could control a game from any position.

She had a deft touch with the ball and a wicked leg, and showed off an uncanny ability to spin around defenders and leave goalies grasping at air when she got to play up front.

If Wolf coaches had used Mallory in a traditional scoring position her entire career, I have little doubt she would be up at the top of the all-time CHS scoring list with players like Mia and Kalia Littlejohn and Genna Wright.

Instead, she spent a lot of her playing days on the backside of the field, using her speed to corral breakaways and her toughness to knock potential scorers off the ball.

As a defender, Mallory took no crap from nobody.

Kortuem fights off a rival.

I’m sure there were opposing players who looked at her slender build and thought they could bully her.

They quickly changed their minds.

Mallory not only wasn’t afraid of getting in close and scrapping with rivals, she seemed to derive a considerable joy out of beatin’ the snot out of them, then leaving them eating the grass as she sprinted away with the soccer ball.

Dirty? Never. Willing to back down? Let’s capitalize that NEVER.

Upholding the tradition set down by scrappy Wolf ballhawks like Micky “Two Fists” LeVine, there was no bend, no break in Mallory’s game.

Her team might win. It might lose. But she was going to make sure you remembered her long after the final score faded into memory.

But, as good as she was on the pitch, Mallory has made an even-bigger splash in the world of track and field.

Entering what was supposed to be her senior season, she had already splashed her name all across the school’s record board in the CHS gym.

Mallory currently holds four school records, tying her with fellow Hall o’ Famer Maya Toomey-Stout for top honors.

Speed demons Kortuem and Maya Toomey-Stout. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

And those records have come in a variety of events, from the 400 and pole vault to running legs on super-quick 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay units.

In the pole vault, her top mark of eight feet, 10 inches is almost two-and-a-half feet above what any other Wolf girl has ever reached.

Meanwhile, in the 400, an event in which Mallory finished 2nd at state as a junior, she passed Makana Stone, proving I was completely, 1000% wrong when I thought that record would live for decades.

With four state meet medals entering her senior campaign, Miss Kortuem had a chance, pre-pandemic, to finish as one of the most-decorated CHS female track stars of all time.

But even if spring sports don’t start back up, and she doesn’t get the chance to chase Lindsey Roberts (eight medals), Stone (7), and Natasha Bamberger (6), it will take absolutely none of the luster off of her brilliant run.

You can only control what you can control, and when that control was left in Mallory’s hands, she never failed to impress.

One of the best, ever. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Mallory Kortuem have seven state meet medals between them. (Konni Smith photo)

They’re chasing history, one race at a time.

When a new track and field season starts a week from today, six Wolves will step into the first day of practice having already won at least one medal at the state meet.

Five of those CHS athletes are seniors, with one a sophomore.

Leading the pack of potential returnees is Mallory Kortuem, who’s snagged four medals, including a 2nd in the 400 last season.

Earn some more hardware in Cheney this May, and the quicksilver sprinter/relay ace can finish her prep career as one of the most-decorated CHS female athletes ever.

Tied with Sylvia Hurlburt and Lauren Grove currently, Kortuem is hot on the heels of Yashmeen Knox (five medals), Natasha Bamberger (6), Makana Stone (7), and Lindsey Roberts (8).

Should she finish atop the podium at the state meet — Alma Manzo of Conell, who nipped her in the 400, has graduated — and Kortuem would exit with an even-bigger moment.

There have been nine state champs from CHS, but only two female winners.

Bamberger won four track titles and a cross country crown in the ’80s, with Amy Mouw claiming the 800 title in 2003.

While Kortuem is on the cusp of immortality, she has some company, with fellow seniors Maya Toomey-Stout and Jean Lund-Olsen entering their final campaign having already collected three state meet medals apiece.

Wolf 12th graders Sean Toomey-Stout (2) and Ja’Tarya Hoskins (1), and 10th grader Ja’Kenya Hoskins (1) also boast shiny hardware of their own.

As a new track and field season comes hurtling towards Wolf fans, athletes, and coaches, a look at the all-time CHS state meet medal count, covering the modern era of 1963-2019:

 

Tyler King (11) — Two state titles, five 2nd, two 4th, one 6th, one 8th
Kyle King (10) — Five state titles, two 2nd, one 4th, one 5th, one 6th
Lindsey Roberts (8) — One 2nd, three 3rd, one 4th, two 5th, one 6th
Makana Stone (7) — Two 2nd, two 3rd, one 4th, one 5th, one 6th
Natasha Bamberger (6) — Four state titles, one 2nd, one 3rd
Danny Conlisk (6) — Two state titles, two 2nd, two 5th
Chad Gale (6) — One 2nd, three 3rd, one 4th, one 6th
Jacob Smith (6) — Two 2nd, one 3rd, one 4th, one 5th, one 7th
Bill Carstensen (5) — One 3rd, three 4th, one 6th
Jon Chittim (5) — Three state titles, one 2nd, one 7th
Yashmeen Knox (5) — One 4th, one 6th, two 7th, one 8th
Jeff Fielding (4) — One state title, one 2nd, two 5th
Lauren Grove (4) — Two 3rd, one 5th, one 6th
Sylvia Hurlburt (4) — Two 3rd, one 5th, one 6th
Mallory Kortuem (4) — One 2nd, one 3rd, two 5th — **ACTIVE**
Dalton Martin (4) — One 2nd, one 5th, two 8th
Brian Miller (4) — One 3rd, one 4th, one 5th, one 6th
Ed Cook (3) — One 2nd, one 5th, one 6th
Hunter Hammer (3) — One 6th, two 8th
Kyra Ilyankoff (3) — One 2nd, one 3rd, one 4th
Janiece Jenkins (3) — One 5th, one 6th, one 8th
Jean Lund-Olsen (3) — One 4th, two 7th — **ACTIVE**
Amy Mouw (3) — One state title, one 2nd, one 8th
Pete Rosenkranz (3) — Two 2nd, one 3rd
Madison Tisa McPhee (3) — One 3rd, one 5th, one 8th
Maya Toomey-Stout (3) — One 3rd, two 5th — **ACTIVE**
Jennie Cross (2) — One 2nd, one 6th
Joe Donnellon (2) — Two 2nd
Corrine Gaddis (2) — One 6th, one 8th
Kit Manzanares (2) — Two 8th
Steven McDonald (2) — One state title, one 4th
Andrew Moon (2) — One 3rd, one 5th
Jay Roberts (2) — One 3rd, one 4th
Sean Toomey-Stout (2) — One 5th, one 7th — **ACTIVE**
Rick Alexander (1) — One 3rd
Brandy Ambrose (1) — One 5th
Allyson Barker (1) — One 8th
Tina Barker (1) — One 4th
Ariah Bepler (1) — One 5th
Mark Bepler (1) — One 4th
Sally Biskovich (1) — One 4th
Mitchell Carroll (1) — One 5th
Jana Engle (1) — One 5th
Marisa Etzell (1) — One 3rd
Jordan Ford (1) — One 8th
Tony Ford (1) — One 5th
Matt Frost (1) — One 8th
Joy Hack (1) — One 3rd
Kevin Hack (1) — One 3rd
Alicia Heinen (1) — One 6th
Erin Hickey (1) — One 5th
Devin Hopkins (1) — One 5th
Jai’Lysa Hoskins (1) — One 5th
Ja’Kenya Hoskins (1) — One 3rd — **ACTIVE**
Ja’Tarya Hoskins (1) — One 5th — **ACTIVE**
Larry Howard (1) — One 5th
Chris Hutchinson (1) — One state title
Tony Killgo (1) — One 3rd
Brianne King (1) — One 6th
Kim Kisch (1) — One 6th
Judy Marti (1) — One 6th
Bob McClement (1) — One 3rd
Cassidy Moody (1) — One 8th
Mitch Pelroy (1) — One 8th
Jess Roundy (1) — One 6th
Todd Smith (1) — One 6th
Joe Tessaro (1) — One 6th
Cameron Toomey-Stout (1) — One 7th
Alan Wedell (1) — One 4th
Rich Wilson (1) — One 4th
Henry Wynn (1) — One 5th

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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

 

Manager:

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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