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A vibrant star on the soccer pitch and basketball court, Mia Littlejohn is our newest inductee into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

You bought a ticket, she put on a show.

Across two years of middle school athletics, and three years of high school action in Coupeville, with heapin’ helpins’ of travel ball tossed in, Mia Littlejohn never failed to entertain.

She was feisty, she played at times like she had a chip on her shoulder and at other times like she had wandered in off of a playground in Jersey, and she brought the heat to all of her sports.

On the soccer field, she was a goal-scoring dervish who also could step back and set up her teammates with precision passes.

On the basketball hardwood, she was a run ‘n gun floor leader, a point guard who slashed away, charging right at the heart of the defense.

Come up on her, and she’d wheal and deal, peppering passes to all directions.

Back off, even for a split second, and Mia would turn her defender’s legs into jelly, putting some shake and bake on her moves as she filled the basket up herself.

She has an older brother, Zepher Loesch, who played with the same wild abandon, and a lil’ sis, Kalia Littlejohn, who often matched her in making the flashbulbs pop with electrifying play.

Mia never finished her run in Coupeville, opting to transfer to Oak Harbor for her senior year, where she graduated in purple and gold, instead of red and black.

But, while the move denied her the chance to add to her CHS stats, wandering up the Island should do nothing to diminish the impact she had while playing for the Wolves.

It’s why we welcome her today to the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, acknowledging Mia’s skill, her passion, and her style of play – a freewheeling, pedal-through-the-metal flow which few have matched.

After this, if you look up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab, you’ll find Miss Littlejohn rightfully perched where she should be.

Mia was already drawing “oohs” and “ahs” long before she hit the hallways of CHS.

She grabbed attention for her exploits as a middle school hoops sensation, a travel ball soccer ace, and, for a hot moment, as a key player on a Central Whidbey Little League softball squad which went undefeated and advanced to the state tourney.

Once in high school, she never slowed down, landing on the varsity soccer and basketball squads from day one.

On the pitch, she spent her freshman and sophomore seasons as a pass-first player, rolling up assists in great gobs, while still finding time to hammer home eight goals across the two campaigns.

Mia holds the single-season and career CHS girls soccer scoring records.

Mia’s junior season was something else, though, as she went on a goal-scoring blitz like none ever seen at CHS.

By the time she was done, and off packing ice on her scoring leg to get it to cool down at least a little, she had found the back of the net an astonishing 27 times.

That stands as the school single-season record, girl or boy, and is 12 more goals than any other Wolf girl has ever notched during a single year.

Selected as the Olympic League co-MVP, Mia finished her junior season with 35 career goals, a total which endures as the CHS girls top mark.

As good as she could be on the soccer pitch, I personally think basketball was her best sport.

On the hardwood, she always played with a little something extra.

Some will say it’s because basketball is my favorite sport, while soccer … isn’t.

But put her on the hardwood and Mia could be truly special at times.

She ran the point with precision, while also scoring a fair amount, finishing with 317 points in three seasons, putting her #35 on the Wolf girls all-time career scoring chart.

Not bad, considering Mia’s prep career coincided with those of the program’s #3 (Makana Stone), #19 (Lindsey Roberts) and #30 (Kailey Kellner) scorers, putting a premium on getting buckets.

Mia got her points in a variety of ways, spinning and popping jumpers while on the move, dashing into the paint to dare the big girls to try and catch her, or converting breakaways.

She was an opportunistic defender, and lived to bat balls away, to slide up behind a rival and pick their pocket, or just to jump down their throat as they came up-court, arms waving, screaming like a banshee.

That was where the Jersey in her game came to the forefront, as she made rival players crack, then danced away, big grin on her face.

Mia was always talented, but, most of all, she was entertaining, all day, every day.

When you pulled up a seat to watch her play, in any sport, there was never a doubt you were going to get your money’s worth.

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Former Wolf gridiron star Jacob Martin will be pulling on this jersey for Feather River College this fall. (Photo courtesy Martin)

Ally Roberts, and her trusty steed, continue to tear up the equestrian world while attending Western Washington University. (Jennifer Roberts photo)

It’s still the middle of summer, but fall sports are closer than you might expect.

That goes for college athletics as well, where at least five former Coupeville standouts are slated to compete at the next level in the coming months.

Nick StreubelJacob Martin, and Zane Bundy will be on the gridiron, Mia Littlejohn will be running the soccer pitch and Ally Roberts will be astride her trusty steed.

A look at what’s ahead for each:

Bundy:

A two-sport star during his days in Coupeville (soccer, football), he’s one of two kickers currently listed on the roster at Tabor College in Kansas.

The Bluejays open their season Sept. 1 against the University of St. Mary’s.

Littlejohn:

The CHS girls soccer single-season and career scoring leader is beginning her freshman year at Santa Monica College, where she plans to play both soccer and basketball.

The Corsair booters have two scrimmages in mid-Aug., then open the regular season Aug. 28 against Oxnard.

Martin:

A two-way gridiron terror during his days as a Wolf, the red-shirt freshman is headed back to Feather River College in California.

He’s aiming to use his time on the field with the Golden Eagles as a springboard to netting a D-II offer.

“I’ll be a strong safety/outside linebacker hybrid, otherwise known as “Rover,” and I’ll be a big special teams player,” Martin said. “Heads will be knocked this year!”

Feather River opens Sept. 1 against the College of the Sequoias.

Roberts:

A sophomore at Western Washington University, she’s quickly moving up in the equestrian world.

After competing on the English team last year, Roberts has been placed on the Western section squad this time around, and kicks off her season in Nov.

Streubel:

The oldest of the former Wolves, and the one with the most college championship rings.

“The Big Hurt” is on target to graduate this year, but is a red-shirt junior on the field at Central Washington University.

Streubel is coming off a season in which he was a First-Team All-Conference and All-Region pick while anchoring a very-effective Wildcat line at left guard.

CWU went 11-0, won a league title, and went into the playoffs as a #1 seed, where it fell 34-31 in an epic double overtime game to eventual NCAA D-II national champ Texas A & M – Commerce.

The Wildcats, who open the season Sept. 1 against Eastern Washington, are ranked #6 in the College Football America Yearbook preseason poll.

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Former Coupeville star Mia Littlejohn will play soccer and basketball at Santa Monica College. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The leading scorer in Coupeville High School girls soccer history has made the jump to college ball — in two sports — and is already practicing and fundraising with her new teammates.

Mia Littlejohn, who graduated from Oak Harbor this spring after playing soccer and basketball for three years at CHS, is now attending Santa Monica College.

And she’s putting in four hours of practice some days, two hours in the morning with the booters, then two hours in the afternoon with the hoops squad.

Santa Monica College, which was founded in 1929, is a two-year school which services 30,000+ full-time and part-time students.

Famous alumni include a pair of two-time Oscar winners in Hilary Swank and Sean Penn, as well as boxing champ Laila Ali, Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

The school fields teams in 16 sports. The Corsairs play in the 16-team Western State Conference, the oldest community college conference in California.

Santa Monica went 15-3-3 in women’s soccer last season, winning the Southern division of the WSC with a flawless 8-0 mark.

The Corsair booters kick off a new campaign Aug. 28 with a road game at Oxnard.

The SMC women’s basketball team was 9-17 last season.

Littlejohn earned multiple All-Conference honors in both of her sports during her three-year run at Coupeville High School, capping things by being named Olympic League MVP in soccer after her junior season.

She rattled home 27 goals that year, which is the most in school history, girl or boy.

Mia’s career mark of 35, scored between 2014-2016, stands as Coupeville’s best for a female booter, though younger sister Kalia, who will be a senior this fall, is hot on her heels with 33.

On the hardwood, the elder Littlejohn tallied 317 points in three seasons for the Wolves, which puts her 34th on the girls career scoring chart.

 

Santa Monica’s soccer team is running a fundraiser. To help out, and see Mia lead off the team video, pop over to:

http://app.eteamsponsor.com/ETS/supportUs/90805399?fund_participant_id=100634255&program=90805336&fundraiser=90805399&participant=100634253&source=facebook

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   Mia Littlejohn, who scored a school-record 27 goals last season, is transferring to Garfield for her senior season. (John Fisken photos)

   Littlejohn, a bulldog on the basketball court, was a two-time First-Team All-League pick.

The sisterhood is breaking up.

On the field, that is, not off the field.

Mia Littlejohn, who shattered Coupeville High School’s single-season soccer scoring record last year, is transferring to Garfield for her senior year.

Younger sister Kalia, a high-scoring soccer sensation herself, is remaining a Wolf and will be a junior at CHS this fall.

The older sister torched the nets for 27 goals as a junior, besting Abraham Leyva’s previous standard of 20, and was honored as Co-MVP by Olympic League coaches.

Led by Mia’s fiery attacks on the goal, Coupeville finished 8-7-1 overall, 6-3 in league play. Runner-ups to Klahowya, the Wolves set a program record for wins.

Littlejohn was a two-sport standout for the Wolves, running the point for the girls basketball squad.

A three-year letter winner and two-time First-Team All-League player as a hoops star, Mia never lost a league game during her time on the high school basketball court.

Coupeville’s girls are 27-0 in their three years in the conference, with Littlejohn’s pinpoint passes and swooping drives to the bucket a big part of their success.

While she won’t be playing for the Wolves anymore, Mia plans to stay in tune with how her lil’ sis and former teammates are doing.

“I’ll come visit for games, for sure,” Littlejohn said.

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Mia Littlejohn (John Fisken photos)

   Mia Littlejohn (back) and Kailey Kellner (front) were tabbed First-Team All-League while Lindsey Roberts was Honorable Mention. (John Fisken photos)

Ashlie Shank

   Ashlie Shank took home two honors (Best Offense and the Wolf Paw Award) from Tuesday night’s CHS basketball banquet.

Emma Mathusek

   Emma Mathusek (with ball) and Tia Wurzrainer (trailing the play) both captured Most Improved awards.

Lauren Rose won Most Inspirational and Best Chiropractor. One of those is a made-up award I just created...

   Lauren Rose won Most Inspirational and Best Chiropractor. One of those is a made-up award I just created.

They dominated the league standings, so it’s only appropriate they dominated the postseason honors.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball squad wrapped up a third straight 9-0 season in Olympic League play this year, and conference coaches honored seven different Wolves when they selected All-League teams.

Senior Kailey Kellner and junior Mia Littlejohn repeated as First-Team picks.

Meanwhile seniors Tiffany Briscoe and Lauren Grove, junior Mikayla Elfrank and sophomores Lindsey Roberts and Kalia Littlejohn were all tabbed for Honorable Mention.

The All-League honors were announced Tuesday, as the Wolf girls wrapped a very successful season with an awards banquet.

Coupeville’s varsity went 15-6, the third straight year it has won 15 or more games, while the Wolf JV finished 11-3 overall, 5-0 in league play.

Or 15-3, 9-0 if you award the JV forfeit wins for the four league games they didn’t get a chance to play when Port Townsend and Chimacum bailed on games due to a lack of players.

Awards handed out Tuesday:

Four-Year Varsity Participation:

Tiffany Briscoe
Lauren Grove
Kailey Kellner
Skyler Lawrence

Team Captains:

Tiffany Briscoe – varsity
Lauren Grove – varsity
Kailey Kellner – varsity
Mia Littlejohn – varsity
Ema Smith – JV

Managers:

Skyler Lawrence
Peytin Vondrak

Most Improved:

Emma Mathusek – JV
Tia Wurzrainer – JV
Mikayla Elfrank – varsity

Most Inspirational:

Sarah Wright – JV
Lauren Rose – varsity

Best Defense:

Maya Toomey-Stout – JV
Lauren Grove – varsity

Best Offense:

Ashlie Shank – JV
Kailey Kellner – varsity

Wolf Paw Award:

Ashlie Shank – JV
Lindsey Roberts – varsity

Coaches Award:

Avalon Renninger – JV
Tiffany Briscoe – varsity

Varsity Letters:

Kyla Briscoe
Tiffany Briscoe
Mikayla Elfrank
Lauren Grove
Kailey Kellner
Kalia Littlejohn
Mia Littlejohn
Lindsey Roberts
Lauren Rose
Allison Wenzel
Sarah Wright

Varsity Participation:

Ema Smith

JV Certificates:

Maddy Hilkey
Nicole Lester
Emma Mathusek
Brittany Powers
Avalon Renninger
Ashlie Shank
Ema Smith
Scout Smith
Maya Toomey-Stout
Tia Wurzrainer

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