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   Mikayla Elfrank spent last spring thumping home runs, including one which dented a carnival ride in Sequim. (Photo by Jordan Ford)

   Jacob Smith and McKenzie Meyer both set school records during track season. (Deb Smith photo)

   Maya “The Gazelle” Toomey-Stout, here with brother Cameron, AKA “Camtastic,” advanced to the state track meet in four events. (Beth Stout photo)

   Spikers (l to r) Emma Smith, Ashley Menges and Toomey-Stout celebrate after CHS punches its ticket to state for the first time since 2004. (Konni Smith photo)

Departures, arrivals, births of new stars and coronations of established ones.

The sports year that was 2017 contained a little bit of everything.

And, while Coupeville High School is still seeking that elusive first team state title, there was plenty to discuss and reminisce about.

In somewhat random order, the 17 stories which defined prairie sports in 2017:

Bye, Bye, Bye” — On to the next adventure, as CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith announces the school is ending a four-year partnership and leaving the 1A Olympic League at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Will the Wolves revert to 2B and return to their old stomping grounds in the Northwest Conference or stay 1A and join South Whidbey in launching a new league born out of the steaming carcass of the Cascade Conference?

Check back at the end of Jan. for that answer.

Home, sweet home” — After two years of using temporary stands, CHS has a shiny new covered grandstand for football, track and soccer.

It was finished a couple of days AFTER football’s final home game, and that press box needs some window work, but still a big step.

Girls rule!” — Coupeville’s best teams were powered by a strong core of female athletes.

Basketball capped a third-straight 9-0 run through league play last winter, softball won 19 games and came within a strike  of advancing to state, tennis captured a third-straight league title and volleyball didn’t drop a set in winning a second-straight league crown.

The spikers made it to the big dance in Yakima, as well, the first time the Wolf volleyball program had gone to state since 2004.

Run to glory” — Coupeville junior Danny Conlisk, after training and traveling with South Whidbey, became the first Wolf cross country runner to punch a ticket to state since Tyler King won the boy’s title in 2010.

A new outlook” — Chris Smith took the reigns of the CHS baseball team in mid-season, while Brad Sherman (boys basketball), Kyle Nelson (girls soccer), Kimberly Bepler and Sarah Lyngra (middle school volleyball), Dante Mitchell (middle school boys basketball) and Emily Stevens (cheer) stepped into new head coaching positions.

Stop hurting yourself” — After a strong start, Coupeville’s football season took hit after hit, as a rash of injuries decimated the Wolves.

Top play-makers Hunter Smith, Sean Toomey-Stout, Matt Hilborn, Chris Battaglia and Andrew Martin were just the tip of the iceberg, with CHS finishing the season with more players in street clothes than at any time in recent memory.

Records are made to be broken” — While they were still upright, the Wolf football players rewrote the record-books.

Senior quarterback Hunter Downes broke Sherman’s record for career touchdown passes, while Smith, even missing the final five games of his final season, departs with at least a share of seven game, season or career marks.

Let it rain” — Wolf sophomore Mason Grove kicked off the 2017-2018 basketball season with a performance for the ages.

Playing against Port Townsend in a JV game, he nailed 10 three-balls (the school’s varsity record is seven), recording 34 points.

The only reason Grove hasn’t re-broken the record? He’s now playing varsity minutes as well, which limits his JV floor time.

The alumni are alright” — Former Wolf stars took their games to the next stage, with Makana Stone playing a major role as a freshman on a Whitman College women’s basketball squad which came within a play or two of the NCAA D-III Final Four.

She’s leading the Blues in scoring as a sophomore, while former classmate Nick Streubel, a red-shirt sophomore at Central Washington University, was a First-Team All-Conference offensive lineman on a Wildcat football team which went 11-1 and won a league title.

Toss in Ben Etzell, an All-Conference baseball pitcher at Saint John’s (Minnesota), Kailey Kellner, playing hoops at D’Youville College, and several others, and the Wolves are well-represented on the college sports scene.

Mitch is a pro” — Having finished a strong college career at Montana Western, former Wolf Mitch Pelroy was drafted by the Atlantic Sharks of the Rivals Professional Football League. He starts his new journey of being paid to play Feb. 1.

MVP, MVP, MVP!!” — Coupeville senior Hope Lodell capped a record-busting run as a volleyball player by being tabbed as the Olympic League’s most valuable player in season-ending voting by coaches.

Having moved over to replace Valen Trujillo at libero, Lodell, who owns the CHS season and career service ace records, was the glue which held the Wolves together during a 13-win season.

Last spring, Katrina McGranahan, a two-way terror in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate, was named softball MVP by league coaches. That capped an extraordinary junior year, as she was also league MVP in volleyball.

She’s a beast” — Mikayla Elfrank is one of the most electrifying athletes in Wolf Nation and she lights up the volleyball and basketball courts, as well as the softball diamond.

Last spring, she outdid even herself, though, smashing out-of-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches against Sequim, in games eight days apart in different towns.

After launching a moon shot in Coupeville, right before lightning ended play, Elfrank picked things right back up on the road.

Jumping on the very first pitch she saw, the Wolf slugger launched a ball over the center field fence in Sequim, denting a carnival ride being set up behind the fence, and earning free ice cream from the rival coach in the process.

We’re back” — After losing their grip on the title last year, Coupeville’s Red Pride, an alumni basketball team featuring a who’s-who of late ’90s stars, stormed back to reclaim honors at the Roehl Roundball Classic.

While 2016 saw an Oak Harbor squad abscond with the trophy, 2017 was an all-Wolf affair, as the championship match featured Red Pride out-dueling the Coupeville Cows, whose players mainly hail from the early 2000’s.

Our bucket (remix)” — Coupeville football, playing at full-strength, opened the 2017 campaign by drilling South Whidbey 18-0 in Langley.

It marked the first time the Wolves had beaten the Falcons in back-to-back years since the two schools started playing for The Bucket — a somewhat-battered, but deeply-valued, trophy presented to the victor of the Island rivalry clash.

New oval, same old dominance” — CHS debuted its new track and field facilities, then its athletes went out and tore up the record books.

Among the record-busters was Jacob Smith, who finished 3rd at state in the 200, topping his own record-setting time from a season before.

Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles) and Mitchell Carroll (triple jump) went a little further back, shattering school-best marks which had stood since 1999 and 1994, respectively.

And, while she didn’t bust any school record times (yet), freshman Maya Toomey-Stout became the first Wolf girl to advance to state in four events (100, 200, 4 x 100, 4 x 200) in the same season.

Joltin’ Jae is here to save the day” — One of the defining wins of 2017 came when Coupeville softball knocked off Klahowya, a particular thorn in its side. The Wolves ended up sweeping three games from the Eagles, but the first one was the dazzler.

A home run from Tiffany Briscoe and big hits from Veronica Crownover and Sarah Wright put the Wolves up 5-0 at home, but KSS roared back to take a 6-5 lead late in the game.

Enter senior second baseman Jae LeVine, AKA the woman of a thousand nicknames (The Mighty Mite, Flash, Joltin’ Jae) and the biggest heart in the game.

Delivering her third, and biggest hit of the afternoon, she ripped a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning, then danced atop the bag, flashing thumbs-up at her fan section.

Don’t call it a comeback … OK, you can call it a comeback” — The kind of win which can make a season.

Facing defending league champ Port Townsend at home Dec. 12, the Coupeville boys basketball team overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, survived a wild finish, then won in overtime.

For a senior-dominated squad which has endured some rough times getting here, exiting 2017 on top of the league standings has to be especially sweet.

Now, it’s time for all the Wolves to jump feet-first in to 2018 and write a new year’s worth of success stories.

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Jake Hoagland makes the notes sing. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf cheerleaders bring the noise and the funk.

   Fast-rising CMS hoops stars Ja’Kenya Hoskins (left) and Izzy Wells visit the gym they will one day rule.

CHS band instructor Jamar Jenkins makes sure they spelled his name correctly.

Wolf legend CJ Smith spends some quality time with mom Charlotte.

   One row, four Wolf superstars. L to r, it’s Payton Aparicio, Sage Renninger, Natalie Hollrigel and Mallory Kortuem.

   Sherry Roberts (left) and Sylvia Arnold share a chuckle … while discussing their plot to take over the world.

“Put me in, coach!”

   An injury has kept Heidi Meyers off the basketball court, but nothing can slow her roll when she’s got a tune to share with the world.

   “The Gazelle” at rest. Fleet-footed Maya Toomey-Stout slows down long enough to turn her camera on her fellow athletes.

Glossy pics as far as the eye can see.

Whenever John Fisken swings by Coupeville to shoot sporting events, he always tries to capture the full circus.

So, along with action shots of whatever game is playing out, he also is quick to nab band members, cheerleaders, fans and the like as they go about their business.

Thanks to his lightning-quick camera(s), we have a new batch of behind-the-scenes photos, which appear above courtesy him.

If you like what you see, pop over to Fisken’s site and take a gander at the other three billion photos he has stashed there.

And remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

To see more:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/

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   Emma Mathusek, seen here before a recent match, was one of many Wolf JV spikers to have a standout match Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

When “The Gazelle” is ready to graze, just pray you don’t get chewed up and spit out.

Off the volleyball court, Coupeville High School sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout is a walkin’, talkin’ slice of friendliness.

On the court, however, she will go Mafia hit man on your posterior and smile as you bleed out.

And that’s a wonderful thing.

Mixing kills that carved chunks of flesh off of rival player’s bodies as they skidded by, with serves which sucked the life out of anyone tasked with trying to return them, Toomey-Stout and Co. were unstoppable Tuesday afternoon.

Crushing visiting Sequim 25-7, 27-25, 25-11, the Wolf JV spikers smartly rebounded from their only loss of the season, improving to 7-1 under first-year coach Chris Smith.

Coupeville’s young guns are a flawless 3-0 on their home floor now, and they looked like a squad anxious to make a good impression on their fan base.

With Lucy Sandahl, Raven Vick and Emma Mathusek throwing down quality runs at the service stripe to kick things off, the Wolves roared out to a 14-3 lead in the first set and the rout was on.

Savannah Smith recorded the match’s first point, soaring above the net to stuff a Sequim player. Three points later she was back, this time burying a spike off the back corner in a manner reminiscent of big sis Emma.

With the exception of one point, a long rally on which both teams came up with miracle saves, Coupeville shut down any long back-and-forths in the opening set.

Chelsea Prescott, who knocked down a winner on a tip she launched over her head like a basketball hook shot, closed out the opening set with a couple of smokin’ aces and everything was one-sided.

Until it wasn’t.

Sequim crawled off the mat in the second set, riding a suddenly-aggressive service game to a surprise 11-3 lead.

Enter “The Gazelle” and exit any hopes of a true comeback for the visitors.

Toomey-Stout stopped the bleeding with a service ace which shot across the net, then dipped and exploded, all but tearing off a Sequim player’s foot as it impacted.

From there, it became a wild mix of Wolf aces (Vick ritually abused Sequim all night while on serve) and big hits.

In one stretch of five straight winners, Toomey-Stout, Zoe Trujillo and Maddie Vondrak took turns crushing the air out of the volleyball, each spike landing with a slightly bigger bang than the one before it.

Vondrak’s shot was a thing of rare beauty, launched at an awkward angle as she scrambled to save the ball, but landing with utter precision in the deepest, darkest corner of the court for a surprise winner.

Having battled back from a large deficit, CHS fought off two set points, with Vick dropping a bomb for a winner while trapped in the middle of the court, followed by Toomey-Stout (who else?) crunching another ace.

Whatever fight Sequim had in the second set evaporated quickly after that.

The final set was an I-see-your-spike-and-raise-you-a-bigger-spike duel between Wolf teammates Prescott, Smith, Trujillo, Vick and, especially, an exuberant (and frequently air-borne) Toomey-Stout.

On Sequim’s side of the court? Shell shock and thousand-yard stares as they prayed to make it back to the bus in one piece.

Beautiful.

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   Happy birthday, Emma Smith. The CHS junior hits the big 1-7 Monday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   And happy birthday to Mikayla Elfrank, who makes it a 2-for-1 special for Wolf spikers, turning 18 on the same day.

She’s back.

The iPad glitch which left sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout AWOL from the Coupeville High School volleyball stats has been fixed, and all is well in the universe.

As the Wolves, 3-1 on the season, prep for their first home match of the season, a titanic match-up with Klahowya Tuesday (4 PM tip), here’s an up-to-the-moment statistical overview.

Leading the way is Ashley Menges, the only Wolf to appear in the top 10 in two categories among all 1A players whose teams have reported stats to MaxPreps.

The junior setter is tied for #7 in service aces and sits #9 in assists.

Stats through 9/25 (four matches):

Sets Played:

Payton Aparicio 11
Kyla Briscoe 11
Hope Lodell 11
Katrina McGranahan 11
Ashley Menges 11
Emma Smith 11
Scout Smith 11
Mikayla Elfrank 10
Lauren Rose 8
Allison Wenzel 7
Maya Toomey-Stout 3

Kills:

McGranahan 15
Elfrank 14
Briscoe 12
Aparicio 10
E. Smith 10
S. Smith 5
Rose 1

Kill Percentage:

Rose 50.0
McGranahan 45.5
Elfrank 41.2
E. Smith 34.5
Briscoe 30.8
Aparicio 30.3
S. Smith 23.8

Hitting Percentage:

Rose .500
McGranahan .303
Aparicio .182
E. Smith .172
Briscoe .154
Elfrank .088

Digs:

Lodell 20
Aparicio 8
Briscoe 7
Rose 7
McGranahan 4
Elfrank 3
Toomey-Stout 3
Menges 2
E. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Blocks:

Elfrank 8 (#10 in 1A)
McGranahan 5
E. Smith 2
Aparicio 1
S. Smith 1

Service Returns:

Aparicio 47
Lodell 43
Briscoe 28
Toomey-Stout 6
McGranahan 2
Rose 2
Menges 1
E. Smith 1
S. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Assists:

Menges 33 (#9 in 1A)
Rose 25
S. Smith 7
Elfrank 1

Serving Percentage:

McGranahan 97.4
Rose 97.1
Aparicio 91.4
Briscoe 88.9
Menges 78.6
S. Smith 77.8
Lodell 70.6
Toomey-Stout 66.7
Wenzel 66.7

Service Points:

Aparicio 37
Menges 25
McGranahan 21
Rose 15
Lodell 10
S. Smith 7
Toomey-Stout 6
Briscoe 5
Wenzel 4

Service Aces:

Aparicio 16 (#6 in 1A)
Menges 15 (#7 in 1A)
Lodell 8
McGranahan 6
Rose 6
Toomey-Stout 6
Briscoe 3
S. Smith 3
Wenzel 2

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   Maya “I have no use for your stinkin’ stats!!” Toomey-Stout. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Gazelle is too fast for the stat-keepers.

We know super sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout has been tearing up the volleyball court for Coupeville High School this fall — she torched Chimacum for five service aces alone.

But she’s nowhere to be seen when you look at the CHS stat sheet on MaxPreps, which is a surprising (and probably completely accidental) oversight.

To make up for that, she gets to grace our first volleyball stats story with her picture.

We know you exist, Maya, even if MaxPreps tries to insist otherwise.

Free The Gazelle!

Or at least free her stats…

Anyway, as the Coupeville spikers head off to North Mason today for a non-conference match, the fourth straight road trip for the Wolves, here’s a look at up-to-the-moment stats.

Stats through 9/20 (three matches):

Sets Played:

Payton Aparicio 9
Kyla Briscoe 9
Hope Lodell 9
Katrina McGranahan 9
Ashley Menges 9
Emma Smith 9
Scout Smith 9
Mikayla Elfrank 8
Allison Wenzel 7
Lauren Rose 6

Kills:

McGranahan 11
Briscoe 10
Aparicio 9
Elfrank 9
E. Smith 9
S. Smith 5

Kill Percentage:

McGranahan 52.4
Aparicio 47.4
Elfrank 39.1
E. Smith 37.5
Briscoe 34.5
S. Smith 23.8

Hitting Percentage:

McGranahan .476
Aparicio .474
E. Smith .208
Briscoe .172
Elfrank .087

Digs:

Lodell 9
Briscoe 7
Aparicio 6
Rose 3
Elfrank 2
McGranahan 2
Menges 1
E. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Blocks:

Elfrank 7
McGranahan 4
E. Smith 2
S. Smith 1

Service Returns:

Aparicio 32
Lodell 26
Briscoe 20
Menges 1
McGranahan 1
E. Smith 1
S. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Assists:

Menges 24
Rose 21
S. Smith 7
Elfrank 1

Serving Percentage:

McGranahan 96.6
Rose 95.7
Aparicio 91.7
Briscoe 88.9
Menges 81.1
S. Smith 77.8
Lodell 70.6
Wenzel 66.7

Service Points:

Aparicio 37
Menges 25
McGranahan 21
Rose 15
Lodell 10
S. Smith 7
Briscoe 5
Wenzel 4

Service Aces:

Menges 15
Aparicio 14
Lodell 8
McGranahan 5
Rose 5
Briscoe 3
S. Smith 3
Wenzel 2

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