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Coupeville High School spiker Jill Prince leads off a series of portraits featuring people waiting for volleyball to happen. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The camera clicks while the world waits.

Today’s collection of John Fisken pics features those moments in between volleyball action at a Coupeville High School match.

Toss in some pandemic masks, and there’s a new layer of melancholy to the (in)action.

Slap some subtitles on this stuff, ship it to the art house theater, and the French critics will go bonkers.

We’re makin’ art here, folks!

Is that the Guggenheim on line two??

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Carolyn Lhamon, as the Masked Photographer, leads off a look at CHS volleyball fans, coaches, and players. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Who was that masked man? And woman? And child?

Volleyball is the one Coupeville High School fall sport played indoors, and the ongoing pandemic requires all involved to cover up at games.

Wanderin’ photographer John Fisken, between clicking action on the court, snagged these pics of fans, coaches, and players modeling different face wear.

To see many more photos, from every sport currently being played — some with masks, many without, pop over to:



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Sarah Stuurmans may be a Wolf mom now, but she can still rip up the volleyball court like back in the old days. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s the fashion must-have of the season.

While outdoor high school sports fans can go sans masks these days, you still need that fabric accent when you come inside gyms for volleyball matches.

As Coupeville played its home opener Tuesday — with varsity and JV both winning against visiting Mount Vernon Christian — wanderin’ photographer John Fisken captured the many looks of Wolf fans.

Some went for basic black, others for wilder prints, but all stayed loud ‘n proud while doing their share to blunt the spread of Covid.

The Maddie Georges fan club holds down the top row.

The old school photographers keep a watchful eye on the new-school photo whiz kids coming for their crown, one snap at a time.

Kacie (left) and Katie Kiel, Wolf volleyball alumni of note.

Jennifer Menges eyeballs daughter Ashley – once a top Wolf player, now in charge of things as Coupeville’s JV coach.

Aimee Bishop (left) and Barbi Ford, somehow keeping everything involved in CHS athletics working night in and night out.

Tami and Mitch Aparicio celebrate their anniversary by watching niece Lyla Stuurmans burn up the joint.

Nothing is official until they say it’s official.

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The 2021-2022 school athletic year begins Friday when Coupeville football hosts Klahowya. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A new high school sports season kicks off in 100 hours.

Coupeville football is first up, opening Friday, Sept. 3, with a home non-conference matchup against former Olympic League rival Klahowya.

Kickoff is set for 6 PM.

As the gridiron squad and other Wolf teams begin fall sports, here’s the answer to the most-asked question.

What about masks?

Athletes don’t have to wear them currently, while Coupeville fans face a split decision.

Masks are required for spectators at indoor fall events, such as volleyball matches.

However, it’s a different matter for football, boys and girls soccer, boys tennis, and cross country, all of which play on the windswept prairie.

That was confirmed Monday by The Man himself.

“At this point we are not requiring masks for outdoor activities for spectators,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

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Embrace your mask, Wolf fans. It’s staying, at least for indoor events. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 dominates the news, fans will still have to wear masks at some games, but most high school athletes won’t.

That’s the quick take-away from new regulations released Wednesday night by the Washington State Department of Health.

Under the guidelines, masks won’t be required for athletes, regardless of vaccination status, in any outdoor sports or “moderate-contact” indoor sports such as volleyball.

The only sport Coupeville High School plays which is considered a “high-contact” indoor sport is basketball.

Unless things change by the time winter rolls around, hardwood players can still escape the use of masks if they are vaccinated, or agree to regular testing.

Cheer, which is considered “a high aerosol-generating activity” has similar requirements to basketball — athletes can go mask-less if fully-vaccinated, or they participate in testing.

Screening testing for unvaccinated athletes who want to compete without a mask must be performed twice weekly, using a molecular or antigen test.

Masks will be required for everyone in weight rooms, however, regardless of vaccination status, and physical distancing must be practiced.

The DOH terms weight rooms “high-risk indoor settings,” saying “they are often poorly ventilated, crowded and used by athletes from sports of multiple contact levels, as well as PE students.”

While most athletes won’t be required to wear masks during competition, they will continue to do so on bus trips.

Schools are required to follow the CDC order for “all riders and drivers to wear a mask on buses or other public transportation, regardless of vaccination status.”

Masks are recommended for indoor practices, and during competition, will be required for “all coaches, athletic trainers, and other support personnel in K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status.”

Referees will get some leeway this school year.

If they are fully-vaccinated, refs do not need to wear masks when “actively officiating” indoors, but must pop them back on in down times, such as talking with coaches, or between quarters.

Unvaccinated referees must wear face coverings at all times when officiating, unless they participate in screening testing.

Last, but not least, all spectators attending indoor K-12 sporting activities, regardless of vaccination status, have to mask up.

Audience members should be seated in “family units,” according to DOH regs, and those small groups should be spaced at least three feet apart.

That seems to imply fans will only be required to wear masks for volleyball and basketball, and not for soccer, cross country, football, tennis, softball, baseball, and track.

Though, as with all things pandemic, things can and likely will change at a moment’s notice.

Stay tuned.


To peruse the complete “K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year,” pop over to:

Click to access 820-105-K12Schools2021-2022.pdf

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