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The one on the far right is from Coupeville. The other two just wish they were. (Photo property U.S. Marine Corps)

Never stop winning.

Kyle King, a five-time state track and field champion back in his Coupeville High School days, continues to haul in awards out in the real world.

The 2008 CHS grad has been selected as the United State Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year for 2020.

First Lieutenant Mackenzie Margroum and Captain Toni Paruso, who are both swimmers, share the Female Athlete of the Year.

The award honors active duty Marines who “demonstrate the best that the Corps has to offer both in sport and the embodiment of Marine Corps values.”

King is an Artillery Officer currently serving as an Inspector-Instructor in 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, based out of Colorado.

A member of the All-Marine Running Team since 2015, the former Wolf supernova has piled up the accomplishments in recent years.

He finished 8th in the marathon at the most-recent Military World Games in China, claimed 16th at the USATF Cross Country Championships, and competed in the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Back in his Coupeville days, the middle of Randy and Laurie King’s three children — following Brianne and preceding Tyler — was one of the finest athletes to ever pull on the red and black.

During his days on Whidbey, 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.

He still holds the school record in the 3200 and 4 x 400 (with some help from Steven McDonald, Chris Hutchinson, and Jon Chittim).

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 Jonathan Partida is now a member of the United States Marine Corps. (Photo courtesy Michelle Cernick)

Partida and younger brother Kevin were part of the first CHS football team to post a winning record since 2005. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Few … The Proud … The Wolves.

Coupeville High School alumni Jonathan Partida has made the jump from one pack to another, graduating from Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego.

The 2020 CHS grad, who played multiple sports during his time at the school, now goes into infantry training.

During his time as a Wolf, Partida was part of a unique class which lost many of the traditional senior class events, as the country went through the beginning of the pandemic.

Before COVID seeped into everyday life, he was part of the first CHS football team to post a winning record since 2005.

A receiver and defensive back, Jonathan was joined on the team by younger brother Kevin.

News of Partida’s rise as a Marine has brought joy to family and friends.

“I couldn’t be more proud of him if it was my own son,” said Coupeville Middle School soccer coach Reese Cernick.

His wife, Michelle, couldn’t agree more.

Jonathan and (my son) Chris were best friends and Jonathan is like an adopted son to us,” she said.

“We love him and are so grateful to have him in our life.”

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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 High School senior Ryan Labrador received the US Marine Corp Athletic Achievement award Tuesday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Emma Smith spent much of her senior year collecting achievements and awards, and Tuesday was no different, as she was honored by the WIAA. (Konni Smith photo)

Dane Lucero joined Emma Smith in receiving the Cliff Gillies award. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Like Labrador, Ema Smith was honored by the Marines.

The awards flew fast and furious at Coupeville High School Tuesday night.

Along with the Male and Female Athlete of the Year winners being announced at the annual pre-graduation awards night, four other athletic honors were bestowed.

Ryan Labrador and Ema Smith received the U.S. Marine Corps Athletic Achievement award, while Dane Lucero and Emma Smith took home the Cliff Gillies Award.

The Marine Corps award recognizes athletes who are “exemplary young citizens and role models for younger students,” while having “exhibited the personal traits of courage, poise, self-confidence, and leadership while performing as a varsity athlete.”

The Gillies award is issued to a male and female athlete at each school in District 1, named in honor of the former Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

Gillies was the head honcho at the WIAA from 1982-93.

A longtime teacher, coach and administrator, he had a sizable impact during his time as Executive Director.

While Gillies fronted the association, it restructured the state football playoff system, developed a drug education program, and started a student scholarship/participation recognition award.

Lucero and Emma Smith were recognized for “their participation in student activities, academic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship.”

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