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Coupeville High School’s track and field record board, freshly updated and ready to provide inspiration to new stars. (Photo by Dawnelle Conlisk)

Time has not caught up with Natasha Bamberger.

It’s been several decades since the Coupeville supernova won her fifth, and final, state title as a runner, but school records she set way back in 1984 still stand as we careen towards 2020.

With the 2019 track and field season in his rear-view mirror, Wolf coach Randy King has updated the school’s record board, and there are many tales to be told.

The past spring was full of success, with 10 of 35 records falling.

The biggest splash came from Maya Toomey-Stout and Mallory Kortuem, who slapped their names on the big board in four events each.

Both Wolves capped their junior seasons by claiming possession of two individual marks (long jump and 100 for the former, pole vault and 400 for the latter), while helping 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay units snap previous bests.

Hot on their heels was Danny Conlisk, who shattered marks in the 100, 200, and 400 as a senior, then went out and won state titles in the last two of those events.

That trio join Chad Gale (long jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles, 4 x 1, 4 x 2) as the only Wolves who currently hold three or more school records.

Speaking of Mr. Gale, his performance in the 300 hurdles joins a 4 x 100 relay team of Bill Carstensen, Tony Killgo, Jay Roberts, and Rick Alexander, as the second-oldest records still standing.

Both marks were set in 1986, two years after Bamberger torched the joint in the 1600 and 3200.

On the boys side of the board, there are no remnants of the ’90s left, though four of 17 marks still hail from the ’80s.

The girls go in the other direction.

While Bamberger’s records are the last from the ’80s, there are still four marks remaining from the ’90s, with Jennie Cross (shot put, discus) about to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of her titanic throws.

And, in a delightful quirk of fate, all three Hoskins sisters — Jai’Lysa, Ja’Tarya, and Ja’Kenya — are on the record board, and all pop up in a different relay event.

When new names go up on the board, it inevitably means someone has to come down, and it still strikes me as odd to watch great athletes such as Jacob Smith, Lauren Grove, and Sylvia Hurlburt be removed.

While their records may have been broken, though, the passage of time and the altering of the big board doesn’t take a single bit of shine off their careers, or that of Janiece Jenkins or Kim Warder, or any of the others who once held a spot atop Wolf history.

The board exists to immortalize the big moments, and to give the next generation — and there is always, relentlessly, a new generation coming — something to aim at.

When Lauren Grove was on the cusp of her freshman year, she looked up at the record board and told me, boldly and with absolute conviction in her voice, “I will be up there.”

She made it, in multiple events. When she finished her prep track career, she walked away, head held high, exactly the way she deserved to exit.

Right now, very likely, there is another 8th grader, staring up at the new, updated numbers, and saying to themselves, or someone else, “I will be up there.”

Likely standing right behind that young girl is Maya Toomey-Stout, slight smile on her face as she savors that momentary pause between volleyball practice and going out to train on the track by herself in the fading light.

The words of “The Gazelle” are probably half-whispered.

“You have to go through me first.”

And thus another chapter begins to unfold.

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Maya Toomey-Stout rang up 11 service aces, nine digs, and eight kills as Coupeville volleyball rolled to a three-set win on opening night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves were dominant, collecting 29 kills and 23 aces as a team.

It was raining Thursday afternoon on Friday Harbor, but the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad avoided the liquid sunshine.

Camped in the gym where it was dry, the Wolf spikers contented themselves with lashing winners from the sky, and not dodging falling raindrops.

Racking up 29 kills, to go with 23 service aces, CHS romped to a season-opening win, nailing their non-conference hosts 25-16, 25-6, 25-17.

It might not have been a perfect day of volleyball, as the Wolves adjusted to a new lineup, but it was more than enough to get the win.

“I thought we played OK for our first outing, but the first game of the season jitters were very present,” Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore said. “Took a while to settle into our offense, but serving allowed us to establish ourselves and take the pressure off.”

The Wolves were at their most-ferocious in the middle set, when they rode a long, super-successful run at the service stripe from senior Maya Toomey-Stout and blasted Friday Harbor.

“We especially played strong in the second set, starting at the service line and controlling any balls they returned,” Whitmore said.

When Friday Harbor did get the ball in the air for a potential rally, Coupeville’s big hitters answered “No, no, NOOOO!!” most of the night.

Toomey-Stout blasted eight kills, Zoe Trujillo zinged five, Chelsea Prescott walloped three, freshman Lucy Tenore unleashed the first two of her high school career, and setter Scout Smith even added one put-away.

But the biggest basher of them all was senior Hannah Davidson, who stepped into the spotlight role Thursday, delivering 10 rock-em, sock-em kills which left Friday Harbor players quivering in their shoes.

Hannah played especially well in the middle, finishing with zero errors,” Whitmore said. “She swung hard and smart, which is what we’ll need from her.”

Smith paced the Wolves with 26 assists, while Emma Mathusek collected a team-high 13 digs, and Toomey-Stout amassed nine digs and 11 service aces.

Prescott (five digs), Raven Vick (two digs, five aces), Davidson (three aces), and Lucy Sandahl (two aces) also filled up the stat sheet for Coupeville, which returns to action next Tuesday, Sept. 17, when it travels to Anacortes.

The Wolves home opener is Sept. 21, with Chimacum coming to town.

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Coupeville ace Heidi Meyers launches a wicked serve Saturday at a jamboree in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf stars of the future are ready to blister rival JV teams today.

Libero Emma Mathusek goes low to set up her teammates, as Maya Toomey-Stout monitors the play.

Scout Smith has mad skills.

Hannah Davidson hammers the volleyball with enough fury to deflate the sucker.

New C-Team coach Krimson Rector keeps her spike-happy assassins under control.

Three times the talent, as Wolf juniors (l to r) Kylie Chernikoff, Maddie Vondrak, and Chelsea Prescott plan out a winning season.

The CHS varsity must crush you. It is their nature.

The first spikes have been pounded, the first photographs captured.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squads opened a new season Saturday by taking part in a jamboree in Oak Harbor, and their coach left the gym with a positive mindset.

“It went well for our first outing as a new team,” said CHS head man Cory Whitmore. “I’m excited about the starting point and the direction we are headed.”

The Wolves had both varsity and JV teams on the floor, and both came away with three wins apiece on the day.

“We competed well,” Whitmore said. “We have plenty to work on, and much of it will be just continuing to become familiar with players in new roles/filling positions.

“I thought that we had very consistent serving throughout the day and this is a big part of our identity.”

While Whitmore was pleased with the effort and skill shown across the board, a few Wolves had an especially strong day.

“I thought that Hannah Davidson has done a great job stepping up as a primary attacker, as we will need her to be,” Whitmore said.

Chelsea Prescott and Zoe Trujillo both showed that they will be big contributing members of the offense as well, and will continue to develop their connection with Scout Smith’s sets.”

Fab frosh Lucy Tenore, who is making the jump from middle school to being a swing player for the top team right out of the gate, had a strong debut.

Lucy did a great job filling in as our secondary middle blocker,” Whitmore said. “While she will primarily play JV this season, she showed that she is right there with our varsity-level players and will continue to grow at a fast rate.”

With a taste of live action against rival teams under their belt, the Wolves move ever closer to matches which count in the win/loss column.

Coupeville opens with road matches at Friday Harbor (Sept. 12) and Anacortes (Sept. 17), before making its first appearance in the CHS gym Sept. 21, when Chimacum comes to Whidbey.

Whitmore and Co. are just happy to be in the gym every day, no matter the circumstances.

“Very excited to get back to work at Monday’s practice, progressing toward our long-term goals.”

 

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Hannah Davidson (11) and Maya Toomey-Stout are part of a dynamic group of seniors who will lead CHS volleyball this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Emma Mathusek is another key returning player for a strong Wolf squad.

Let’s keep the good times rolling.

That’s the goal for the high-powered Coupeville High School volleyball squad as it heads into year four under the guidance of coach Cory Whitmore.

The Wolf spikers are on a streak of three-straight seasons of 11 wins or more, with a trip to state in the middle of that run.

Since Whitmore entered the gym to take the reigns, Coupeville has amassed a 35-16 mark, with back-to-back titles in the Olympic League followed by a second-place showing last season in the new North Sound Conference.

Now, as the Wolves get ready to make another run at King’s, South Whidbey and Co., they will have to do so without two key players.

Emma Smith, a First-Team All-Conference pick last season, and steady team leader Ashley Menges are no more, having swapped out spikes and sets for the lives of college freshmen.

“As a team, we have talked openly about what it’s going to take in order to make up for the loss of Ashley and Emma, and they’re excited for the challenge,” Whitmore said.

Ashley and Emma leave such an impact on the program that we’ll need a collection of players – returning and new to varsity playing time – to step up in a variety of ways.”

While the loss of the duo stings, the Wolf bench is crammed with talented, battle-hardened players.

“We are very excited to return a large core number of our players from last year’s strong season,” Whitmore said.

Leading the way are Maya Toomey-Stout (First Team) and Scout Smith (Second Team), who both earned All-Conference honors as juniors.

“They have continued to improve their game this off-season,” Whitmore said. “They will attract attention as primary setter (Scout) and as an effective outside hitter (Maya).

Hannah Davidson (middle blocker), Emma Mathusek (libero), and Chelsea Prescott (outside hitter) all contributed considerable playing time during the past season and continue to grow in their strength and confidence.”

Prescott, a junior who has played at the varsity level for most of her prep career, is the lone non-senior in that core group.

While the first five are pretty much set, the battle to fill out the roster will be an intense one.

“We’re really excited about the players that will fight to fill the vacant roles on the varsity squad,” Whitmore said. “Many players — upper and underclassmen alike — had a great off-season.

“They worked really hard to not only set themselves up for a great chance to fill empty positions and roles, but also to keep and raise the standard and lofty goals we have for the season.”

While this year’s squad should be a largely senior-dominated one, Whitmore and assistant coach Chris Smith won’t be left with a completely bare cupboard. The future is here, and it’s already ready to contribute.

“As a coaching staff, we have been very impressed with this incoming freshman class,” Whitmore said. “Not just here as practices have started, but early on in the summer.

“It has been our highest-attending group of freshman to summer functions (practices, camps, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, etc.) and this dedication and hard work early on will pay off.”

As always, the Wolves are aiming high, with plans to fight for the league title and earn a return to the state tourney.

Defending league champ King’s, which claimed 3rd place at state last year, is the mountain in their way, but the North Sound Conference offers no easy matches.

“The both exciting and frustrating thing about this particular league is we will have to bring our best effort night-in and night-out,” Whitmore said. “We will have to respect every team in order to finish in the top tier, and, having had some success last season, teams will be wary of what we can do as well.”

Breaking down the opponents, he notes King’s is “always strong and will return key players from their very successful team” while Cedar Park Christian “returns many of their players that we battled with in numerous five-set matches last year.”

“South Whidbey always reloads and is well-prepared,” Whitmore added. “Sultan and Granite Falls put together scrappy teams that don’t seem to go away.

“We can’t look past anyone, but we also talk about how we will focus primarily on our side of the net, and that right there is a strong foundation to build upon toward our goals.”

One of those primary targets is to play progressively stronger as a team as the season unfolds.

“It is always our goal to be playing our best, most cohesive volleyball, peaking at the end of the season and this goal is very much on our mind, even as we’ve just started practices,” Whitmore said.

Another area Coupeville will stress is attacking efficiency, controlling how points are scored and pushing the action hard at any opponent, regardless of record.

“We will need to focus on our ability to put the ball away,” Whitmore said. “While every opponent will have to earn their points against our aggressive defense, we will have to generate our own high-powered offense to respond.

“Again, we openly discuss our lack of height and just see this as another challenge that will take hard work and creativity to overcome,” he added.

“We will need to be efficient passing the ball in order to allow Scout to set a consistent attack coming from various places along the net. We talk about how this is built up over time and will take patience and a group effort in order to achieve.”

While the Wolves don’t have a ton of tree toppers patrolling the net, they have smart, tough, springy players who have been playing with each other over the course of multiple seasons in multiple sports.

“One of our strengths that we will rely upon this season will be our ability to rely on productive communication,” Whitmore said. “This group has a strong rapport with each other through years of familiarity, as well as experience playing with each other on various competitive sports teams.

“This experience and ability to communicate will be essential as we push toward our goals and need to make in-match adjustments against tough opponents,” he added.

Of Coupeville’s core five players, four have been to state in more than one sport, with Smith, Prescott, and Mathusek playing key roles for a Wolf softball squad which had a strong run in Richland last spring.

In addition to pegging spikes at the big dance during her sophomore volleyball campaign, Toomey-Stout has competed at the state track and field meet three years running.

That kind of experience should hopefully pay off big time when the Wolves find themselves in tense, back-and-forth brawls on the court this season.

“We will also fall back on a strong level of experience,” Whitmore said. “This group has had to compete with each other in trying situations and, like with communication, the experience will allow us to settle in during high-pressure moments.

“These competitive characteristics, matched with a strong serve, tenacious defense and a high volleyball-IQ, should allow us to be competitive no matter the team across the net.”

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Maya Toomey-Stout ran in the 100 Thursday at the 1A state track and field championships. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a 50/50 kind of day.

Coupeville High School had very little to do Thursday during the opening session of the 1A state track and field championships in Cheney, but the Wolves did advance two runners on to Saturday’s finals.

CHS senior Danny Conlisk and junior Jean Lund-Olsen both won their heats in the 100, clocking in with the exact same time at 11.05 seconds.

That put them behind defending state champ Micah Holmes of Lakeside, who hit the tape in 10.94 in the other prelim.

For Lund-Olsen, it was a PR, edging his previous best of 11.06, while for Conlisk it was just off his own school record of 11.04.

While they advanced, the Toomey-Stout twins did not.

Maya finished 11th in 12.83 (third in her heat), three slots shy of advancing.

Her brother Sean clocked in at 11.44, fifth in his heat and 16th overall.

Action heats up considerably for the Wolves Friday, as they have six prelims and two finals on the first full day of competition.

Emma Smith (shot put) and Maya Toomey-Stout (long jump) have finals, while the prelims feature Conlisk (200, 400) and Lund-Olsen (200) on the boys side.

For the girls, Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles), Mallory Kortuem (400), and the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams vie for slots in Saturday’s finals.

The state meet wraps Saturday, when Coupeville could be active in as many as 10 finals.

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