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Jacob Smith hits warp speed. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 1-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.

 

We’re getting twice the picks on this one.

I went back and forth on track and field, debating between picking the best nine girls and the best nine boys, or squishing everyone together and picking the best nine overall.

In the end, I decided 18 fit better than nine, since boys and girls don’t go head to head in high school meets.

Other sports, from basketball to soccer, got 18 picks — just with different stories, one for girls and one for boys.

And, anyway, tomorrow’s big finale, when I choose the best nine athletes, regardless of sport, will pit male vs. female with just nine picks standing at the end.

But today, you get 18.

Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Mallory Kortuem celebrate at the state meet in Cheney. (Konni Smith photo)

GIRLS:

Lauren Bayne — Qualified for state in both the javelin and the high jump. Competed in 11 events across four seasons. Her best javelin throw (109 feet, two inches) was almost 10 feet better than the second-best throw by a Wolf girl during the blog era.

Lauren Grove — Qualified for state seven times — three times each in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200, and once in the 200 — winning four medals. Key part of record-busting relay units.

Sylvia Hurlburt — Qualified for state six times, claiming four medals. Strong sprinter who was a major part of relay teams which shattered school records during her time at CHS.

Mallory Kortuem — Four state meet medals, highlighted by a 2nd in the 400 as a junior. Holds school records in four events (400, pole vault, 4 x 100, 4 x 200). Denied a senior season by the pandemic, but now running for Western Washington University.

Lindsey Roberts — Won eight state meet medals, most of any girl in CHS history. Holds a share of three school records (100 hurdles, 4 x 100, 4 x 200).

Emma Smith — Arguably the most-successful Wolf female thrower of the blog era, she qualified for state in both the discus and shot put. Her best heave in the shot put — 34-05 — was 28 inches shy of tying a school record which has stood since 1990.

Makana Stone — Her seven state meet medals are second-best by a Wolf girl, fourth-best in school history. Qualified for state nine times. Holds school records in the 200 and 4 x 400. As a freshman, won her first 28 events, best start in school history by an individual athlete. That streak covered the 100 (six races), 200 (five), 400 (four), 4 x 100 (three), 4 x 200 (five), and 4 x 400 (five). Won 84 races in four seasons.

Madison Tisa McPhee — Holds school record in the 300 hurdles, and owns three state meet medals. A superb relay runner who was key to several teams which set school records during her time at CHS.

Maya Toomey-Stout — Holds a share of four school records (100, long jump, 4 x 100, 4 x 200) and claimed three state meet medals. Qualified for state 10 times across three seasons — advancing in five different events. Only Wolf girl to qualify for state in four events in one year, and did it twice. Denied a senior season by the pandemic.

A young Danny Conlisk, who would go on to win two state titles as a senior, takes the baton. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

BOYS:

Mitchell Carroll — Holds school record in the triple jump, and finished 5th at state in the event.

Danny Conlisk — Two-time state champ (200, 400) as a senior, the first Wolf to claim a title in a decade. Holds school records in 100, 200, and 400, and has six state meet medals, tied for third-best by a CHS boy.

Jordan Ford — Owns school record in the pole vault, and finished 8th at state in the event.

Lathom Kelley — Injuries prevented him from qualifying for state, but remains one of the most electrifying athletes to ever compete for CHS. Competed in 14 different events during his four years.

Jean Lund-Olsen — Qualified for state in three events across two seasons, winning a medal all three times. Denied a senior season by the pandemic.

Dalton Martin — Only Wolf thrower to win three medals at the same state track meet, finishing 2nd in the discus and 8th in both the shot put and javelin. Holds school record in the discus.

Jacob Smith — Has six state meet medals, tying him with Conlisk for third-most by a Wolf boy. Two of those medals were for 2nd place finishes.

Nick Streubel — Second-best male thrower of the blog days, he qualified for districts multiple times in both the shot put and discus.

Sean Toomey-Stout — Qualified five times for state across two seasons, claiming two medals. Denied a senior season by the pandemic.

Lauren Bayne soars. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

Up next: We wrap things up with the best overall athletes of the past nine years.

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Maya Toomey-Stout opens a can of whup-ass. (Brian Vick photo)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 2-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.

 

And this is already harder than I expected.

My first list had 33 volleyball players on it, and the cut-downs got increasingly brutal.

How do you decide between a young woman with superior skills, and one who played her heart out every step of the way? Both are valuable in their own way.

But cuts had to be made, and cuts were made.

Who was the last to fall, as I went from 10 to nine? I’m not saying, but I already want to say “sorry” to the player who fell last.

But I won’t, because then you start apologizing to #11 and #12 and on and on.

So, with that in mind, here are the nine girls I want on the floor, regardless of whether their positions fit together into a normal scheme.

One man’s opinion, and liable to change down the road, as younger players continue to develop. Never know.

And, yes, these lists are going to be in alphabetic order, and not ranked #1-#9, as I need to make at least one thing (slightly) easier on myself.

Payton Aparicio — a bright, shining star. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Payton Aparicio — A quiet assassin who could strike from any place on the floor, she morphed from a role player to a star, breaking records and winning MVP on a state-bound team.

Allie Hanigan — The epitome of grace, a tall (and lethal) weapon, who unleashed sizzling darts while stalking the net.

Hope Lodell — Perhaps the most-explosive server of the last decade, she bounded across the gym, firing off aces and ripping up chunks of the floor.

Katrina McGranahan — Big power, on her spikes and serves, and a leader by example. She was here to win, and she showed it on every point.

Chelsea Prescott — A prodigy, she was a star from day one, capable of controlling a match, or being the perfect complementary weapon.

Emma Smith — A big-hitting, big-game star who came up epic in crunch time, never more so than when she slayed the South Whidbey beast on her birthday.

Scout Smith — She had a feathery touch with her sets, and was one of the toughest athletes to wear the red and black, even playing through slamming her head off the floor, resulting in a black eye which covered half her face.

Maya Toomey-Stout — Seemingly everywhere at once, “The Gazelle” never met a volleyball she couldn’t mash the air out of, hanging in the air for an eternity before unleashing sweet Hell on her foes.

Valen Trujillo — No one sacrificed life and limb like she did, throwing her body in all directions and bouncing off the floor every other play, assuring no volleyball would get away from her.

Allie Hanigan, lethal weapon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

Next up: Baseball takes us to the diamond.

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Scout Smith is one of three Wolves tabbed as the CHS Athletes of the Year. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sean Toomey-Stout is Coupeville’s top male athlete for a second-straight year.

Sean’s twin sister, Maya Toomey-Stout, shares the top female award with Smith.

Three for the win.

Coupeville High School handed out its top athletic awards Tuesday, honoring Sean Toomey-Stout, Scout Smith, and Maya Toomey-Stout as its Athletes of the Year.

All three are graduating seniors.

It was the second-straight year Sean Toomey-Stout was named the top CHS male athlete, allowing him to join previous two-timers such as Hunter Smith, otherwise known as Scout’s big bro.

Sean led the Wolf football team in virtually every stat category, then did the same for the boys basketball squad in the winter.

He was primed to end his stellar four-year run at CHS as a member of the track and field team, but was denied along with his teammates when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools and erased spring sports.

Scout Smith was a team captain for both the Wolf volleyball and girls basketball teams, running the offense as a setter and point guard, respectively.

She also led the hoops squad in scoring this season.

Maya Toomey-Stout finished her standout prep volleyball career by blasting shots to all corners of the court, raining down kills and terrorizing opponents who found themselves in the path of her incoming fireballs.

A First-Team All-Conference pick, she was to compete in track and field this spring, while Smith was returning to the softball field.

The trio were joined in being honored during an online awards ceremony by fellow seniors Hannah Davidson and Aram Leyva, who each received the Cliff Gillies Award.

That honor, named for the longtime Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, recognizes student/athletes who excel in scholarship, citizenship, and participation in activities.

Davidson was a strong contributor to Wolf volleyball and basketball teams, while Leyva was a captain and high-octane goal scorer for the CHS boys soccer squad.

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Maya Toomey-Stout unleashes the fury. (Brian Vick photo)

Sean Toomey-Stout rumbles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The wonder twins and their wonder moms — Beth Stout (left) and Lisa Toomey.

They came into the world together, born to be stars.

When we have the conversation about the best athletes I have written about, not just today, but all-time, Maya and Sean Toomey-Stout are among the first names I would raise.

The wonder twins, “The Gazelle” and “The Torpedo,” they are up there with Makana Stone, Hunter Smith, Madeline Strasburg, Nick Streubel, Breeanna Messner, and a few others.

So, while I normally wait until after graduation to induct Wolf athletes into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, what’s going to change in 3-4 months?

The Toomey-Stout’s are golden now, and they’ll be golden in June, so why prolong the inevitable?

Throw open the doors to our hallowed digital world o’ wonder, and let Maya and Sean join older brother Cameron in the Hall.

It’s time.

From this moment on, when you look at the Legends tab at the top of the blog, you’ll see all three Toomey-Stout siblings in residence.

While both Maya and Sean still have a final track and field season to go, a swan song hopefully full of record-busting and state title-chasing, the duo have already established themselves as the gold standard.

As athletes, and as people.

Moms Beth Stout and Lisa Toomey have raised three of the finest kids to grace Coupeville, and I would regard them that way even if none of the trio had been athletes.

But dang, they have been, and their impact is undeniable.

Maya’s eye-popping power on the volleyball court, Sean’s electric, game-changing plays on the football field and basketball court, their complete and utter command of any event they compete in during track season.

And that’s just the start.

Maya was a very good hoops player herself until she let the game go to focus on volleyball, and her skills as a base thief during her little league softball days were truly uncanny.

I really believe she and her twin brother would be among the best to ever wear a CHS uniform in any sport.

Toss a tennis racket their way, say, or a soccer ball, give them a couple of practices, and be amazed.

Great genes help, yes, but what sets Sean and Maya apart from almost everyone else on their campus is their work ethic.

To find another recent Wolf athlete who worked as hard, in season and out, as the Toomey-Stout twins, you’d have to look around until you spotted … Camtastic.

Cameron set the pace for the family, and his younger siblings have lived up to his legacy.

Scan the photos from off-season training sessions in the CHS weight room and the same three faces pop up in 99.2% of the photos.

Other Wolf athletes come and go, with some reappearing on a fairly-steady basis, but the Toomey-Stouts were there EVERY DANG DAY.

They took nothing for granted, they prepared for everything, and they played their hearts out from the first day of their middle school adventure to the final days of their high school journey.

It’s Sean, his arm injured, sneaking back on to the field late in the final game of his football career, intent on anchoring his defensive unit to the end, regardless of the score or the pain.

When CHS coach Marcus Carr noticed “The Torpedo” ready to blow up the Interlake QB, and intent on accomplishing the feat with only one good arm, the Wolf gridiron guru shook his head softly, then went to retrieve his wrecking ball, a look of pride and concern mingling on his face.

It’s Maya, pushed to the limit in the final moments of her prep volleyball career, physically exhausted, mentally drained, after back-to-back epic matches, yet still finding a way to elevate and abuse the ball, until there were no more shots to make.

“The Gazelle” would have played all night, if need be. Like her brothers, she has no quit button.

That the Toomey-Stouts are great athletes is a start.

That they are top-notch students intent on using their brains, and not their brawn, to get ahead in life after their high school days, is more.

That they are kind, and caring, that they treat those around them with compassion, that they greet life with a joy which radiates outwards and touches all those they meet, is the most.

When Beth Stout and Lisa Toomey, two of the loveliest human beings I know, brought their children into the world, they made that world a better place.

And now, Cameron, Maya, and Sean continue the work of their moms, spreading love, joy, and general awesomeness.

We, as a town, as Wolf fans, have been blessed to be a part of their story, and putting them in my lil’ Hall o’ Fame is one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made.

So why wait?

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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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