Posts Tagged ‘Micky LeVine’

Step to Izzy LeVine on the mat and you’ll regret it. (Photos courtesy Sean LeVine)

Casteel High School rules the wrestling world.

The youngest is making her mark.

Former Whidbey Island resident Izzy LeVine, sister of Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famers Micky and Jae, rules the wrestling mats in Arizona these days.

Now a freshman at Casteel High School in Chandler Heights, the young woman who told me I should write about her and not her sisters back when she was in elementary school, continues to soar.

Her latest achievement?

Winning four of five matches Wednesday to claim 2nd place in the 120-pound division at the Fierce Filly Showdown.

Izzy’s wins all came by pins, and she helped Casteel claim the team title from a field of 14 schools.

Her recent run of excellence comes on the heels of a standout performance at the Jerry Benson Tournament in Buckeye, Arizona earlier in the month.

Casteel topped 30 other teams at that event, with Izzy going 5-1, again claiming all of her wins by pins.

The LeVine family, which is headed up by parents Sean and Joline, lived in Coupeville for 14 years.

Mom and pops both worked for the hospital, dad coached highly successful girls’ soccer squads, and Micky and Jae both earned CHS diplomas.

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Izzy LeVine, queen of the wrestling mat. (Photos courtesy Sean LeVine)

You can take the LeVine family out of Washington state, but you can’t stop them from being awesome athletes.

A 14-year stint in Coupeville, with both parents working for the local hospital while two of three daughters graduated from CHS, made for an impressive run.

I used to sometimes refer to big sis Micky as “Two Fists,” after she once offered to punch any fool from Tacoma who was dumb enough to try and rough up her Whidbey Islanders soccer teammates on the pitch.

And middle (wild) child Jae, who danced down court after hitting three-balls as a young hoops star, then KO’d big, bad Klahowya on the high school softball diamond, has the biggest heart of any athlete I’ve ever written about.

They, along with paramedic dad Sean, a soccer guru who led Whidbey Island girls teams which routinely walloped big city squads, are all in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

Meanwhile, mom Joline is a shining supernova in the medical world, and one of the nicest people in the world.

Or, more appropriately, the entire universe.

A family move to Arizona a while back deprived Wolf Nation of ever inheriting Micky and Jae’s lil’ sis, the irrepressible Izzy.

She’s the one who once gave me a rock at a softball game when she was in elementary school, then told me I should write about her, and not worry about her sisters.

So, here we go.

And while Izzy won’t rep the red and black like her siblings, the youngest LeVine is making so much noise at her new home that it has echoed all the way back to Whidbey.

Hanging out with one of her biggest fans, dad Sean.

A strong soccer player when she lived on The Rock, Izzy also now throws down on the wrestling mat, beating both boys and girls.

Saturday, the Casteel Junior High School 8th grader hit the big time, winning the 115-pound weight class at the Arizona Junior High & Middle School State Championships.

Wrestling in Queen Creek, Izzy opened with a bye, thanks to her strong record in previous tournaments, then closed with a pair of wins by pin over female grapplers.

After toppling her first foe in the second round, she blitzed her rival in the championship match in a brisk 46 seconds.

Izzy is the first girl in CJHS history to win a state title for the school.

Her title continues a trend of mat dominance, as both the Casteel Junior High and High School wrestling teams are 88-0 in regular season matches since the schools opened in 2015.

Saturday’s tourney drew a large field, with a combined 57 schools and wrestling clubs participating.

Next up for Izzy, who has primarily been thumping boys during the eight tourneys she’s grappled in over the past six months, is her school’s regular season.

That’s co-ed, and LeVine, who will wrestle at 111 pounds, is on the Casteel varsity, having beaten all the boys in her weight class.

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Jenn Spark had the mightiest leg in Wolf Nation. (Photos 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.


And there’s no goalie on my team…

Which is fine, because as much as I wanted to find a spot for Julie Myers or another netminder, the team of former Wolf booters I ended up with can score at such a prodigious rate, we might not need anyone in net.

Like with a lot of sports during this whole “9 for 9” thing, there’s an easily-named second squad out there full of talented young women, but (often brutal) cuts had to be made.

It’s why they pay me the big bucks.

What? I’m not getting paid at all, you say????

Oh well, these nine queens of the pitch still deserve all the praise they get.

Micky LeVine rumbles in the open field.

Amanda d’Almeida — Athletically-gifted from day one, but became a team leader and star by outworking everyone else. If you watched just her when she was in action on the pitch, you would never know if her team was ahead or trailing, as she played with the same intensity and passion in every moment.

Mallory Kortuem — State track champ speed, and tough as they come. She moved all over the field and dominated play whether she was in the backfield or allowed to run free on the attack. Never tooted her own horn, yet every thing about how she played, and the way she carried herself — calm, composed, confident — screamed superstar.

Micky LeVine — They called her “Two Fists.” Well, I did, so almost the same thing. A scrapper who could get you goals, but also a compact-sized enforcer who would brawl down in the trenches if you ever tried to mess with one of her teammates.

Kalia Littlejohn — The smoothest of silky-smooth supernovas, she was electric on the pitch. Had the razzle and the dazzle, and could flat-out embarrass any defenders dumb enough to think they could corral her when she was locked on the net.

Mia Littlejohn — A machine. Holds the program record for career goals, but actually spent the first part of her run in a Wolf uniform as a skilled set-up player, dishing assists left and right with quick, beautifully-aimed passes which split defenders like a knife slashing through melted butter.

Avalon Renninger — Arguably the most-underrated player on this list. Finished as the #5 scorer in program history, and got most of her goals by being in the right place at the right time, or working her tail off to win 50/50 balls. And yet she was happiest when celebrating her teammates goals. A perfect role model for young players.

Lindsey Roberts — Second-biggest leg of the last decade, trailing just the next young woman (and even then, only by a smidge). Could wreck folks while playing defense, or could batter the back of the net when she let fly with lasers while on the attack. Heck, if they had put her at goalie, the athletically-gifted Lou probably would have been all-world there as well.

Jenn Spark — The leg. Even when she was injured, even when she had to wear a bulky brace, she could smush the very life out of a soccer ball like no other Wolf before or after her. Launching rockets from midfield — including a couple which splashed home for scores — she kept rival teams on their heels at every moment.

Genna Wright — The #3 scorer in program history, and that’s even with a lost season to injury, and a cut-down senior year thanks to the pandemic. Opened her career as an explosive scorer who would run foes into the ground, closed as a wily vet — all done with grace, style, and class.

Kalia Littlejohn gets dynamic.


Up next: We head to the track oval.

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Loren Nelson (John Fisken photos)

   CHS teammates Loren Nelson (red) and Connor McCormick find themselves on opposite sides of the battle for once. (John Fisken photos)

Micky LeVine

   Back from college, former Wolf star Micky “Two Fists” LeVine returns to kick some fanny on the pitch.

Kyle Nelson

CHS boys’ soccer coach Kyle Nelson (17) proves he can kick as well as coach.


“I’m coming for all the goals! All of them!!”

Hunter Downes

   “I am the law.” CHS quarterback Hunter Downes gets a view of the game from the other side of the ball.


McCormick looks for a little help as Zack Nall closes in on him.

Tanner Kircher

Tanner Kircher’s power lies in his silky, flowing locks.

Sean LeVine

   The “old man” can still gun it in the open field. Whidbey Islander coach Sean LeVine may be sore tomorrow, but he’s on fire today.

They came, they saw, they played a little soccer.

Well, actually a lot of soccer.

Memorial Day weekend kicked off in style in Oak Harbor as the North Whidbey Soccer Club held its 11th annual “Rock On! 3v3” tourney Saturday and Sunday.

A ton of current, former and future Coupeville High School players took part, from Micky LeVine to Abraham Leyva to Jake Mitten and far beyond.

The tourney featured fast-paced, high-scoring play, with action taking place on a field 40 yards long by 30 yards wide.

Each team played with three players and there were no goalies.

Bouncing back and forth from field to field to capture a little taste of everything was wanderin’ photo man John Fisken, who provides us with the pics seen above.

To see more (and possibly purchase some, thereby keeping him clickin’ away) pop over to:


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Paul Messner

   Paul Messner (top) is joined by fellow Hall of Fame inductees (l to r) Daniel McDonald, Micky LeVine, Jaime (Rasmussen) Burrows and Mike Bagby.

Big in the moment.

The five legendary athletes who comprise the 22nd class to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame made their marks by playing their best at crunch time.

Whether running wild on a football field, legitimizing soccer at a school with little history on the pitch or lifting their team to a groundbreaking hoops win, all five stepped into the spotlight and soared.

So, today, we welcome them to their new home (after this they’ll reside at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab) and offer a round of applause.

Say hello to Paul Messner, Daniel McDonald, Jaime (Rasmussen) Burrows, Mike Bagby and Micky LeVine, then bask in the afterglow of their athletic excellence.

Our first inductee, McDonald, was a superb multi-sport athlete, but he goes in to our Hall as a football player.

In particular, we’re honoring him for his senior season in 2001, when he was the only Coupeville player to be named First-Team All-Conference in the Northwest A League on both offense and defense.

A hard-hitting defensive back, McDonald was also the featured back in an explosive offense.

With fellow Hall o’ Famer Brad Sherman gunnin’ away at the quarterback spot for nearly 1,500 yards, McDonald crashed through the line for another 1,184 yards on the ground.

His 14 touchdowns accounted for nearly half of Coupeville’s 31 end zone visits that season (Brian Fakkema added eight TD’s, while Matt Helm tossed in three) and McDonald’s consistency was his hallmark.

He broke 100 yards rushing in seven of nine games (topping 150 five times), with a high of 199 against Concrete.

After high school, McDonald went on to play college ball quite successfully, just like our second inductee.

Bagby, who joins dad Ron and sister Ashley in the Hall (and yes, Jason and April, I know you’re both still out there), was your prototypical three-sport star at CHS, then played college basketball for two different schools.

For his induction, I’m turning the mic over to Bagby’s former teammate, current CHS assistant football coach Ryan King:

I played football with him for two years, I played baseball with him for one year and watched him on the court for two.

Mike was a very gifted athlete and was a great leader. He excelled in every sport and def was a big part in both basketball and football.

Mike was our QB when we went to the playoffs in 2005.

He played a huge role and I saw him improve as a QB from his junior year to his senior year.

He was a play-maker. He knew how to win and knew how to lead a team.

He was also one of our DB’s and always came up with the big plays when we needed it.

In basketball he was our Kobe; he was the guy who could take over a game and we would think there were times he couldn’t miss.

Taking over games was a specialty of our third inductee.

Messner excelled in multiple sports, but he goes in as a football player, because, like McDonald, he had a season for the ages.

For the guy many now know as Santa Claus, for his epic beard and smile, 1965 was the best of times and worst of times.

A senior captain for the Wolf gridiron squad, Messner abused rival tacklers in the first four games of the season, rolling to 185, 208, 223 and 154 yards on the ground.

Toss in long kickoff returns (he took one to the house for 90+ yards and six points) and huge tackling totals (he amassed 30 in just the first two games) and Messner was one of the best players in the state, not just on the Island.

Unfortunately, an injury early in game five basically brought his season to a finish on the spot, and Coupeville, which was 3-1 and ranked #7 in state polls, stumbled to the gate without their play-maker.

Still, 50 years later, what is remembered is not the end, but the month-long tango with the record book danced by Messner. It was a short run, but one that still echoes down through the decades.

That’s the same sort of impact employed by our fourth inductee, Burrows, who is being immortalized for a moment in time.

Jump to March 2, 2000, and the Coupeville High School girls’ basketball team, which has never won a game at the state tourney, enters the fourth quarter against Freeman trailing 37-26.

Then, history was made.

The Wolves roared back to life with a 20-5 fourth-quarter run, capped by Burrows, normally a defensive spark-plug, stepping up at crunch time to score her team’s final four points.

First, she took the ball, pump-faked the world and spun down the baseline for the biggest basket of her career.

Second, in the moment we’re honoring, she softly dropped in two pressure-packed free throws with just seconds to play, icing the 46-42 win and launching the most successful multi-year run in school history in any sport.

And third, she cracked her trademark laid-back grin, then went on with her life, letting others have the spotlight while she moved on to bigger and better things like becoming a super-successful mom.

“It is a fond memory and one that I will treasure forever,” she told me for a story about the 1999-2000 team. “It holds a special place in my heart because of my teammates and our spectacular coaches, who put so much into helping us succeed as a team and as individuals.”

Succeeding as an individual while sacrificing for team was what our final inductee did every day she stepped on the pitch.

Whether playing for the Wolves or select squads like the Whidbey Islanders, LeVine, who joins dad Sean in the Hall, could do it all.

She could score, she could pass, and, while she’s but a mighty mite, there might have been no tougher player in Cow Town.

“Two Fists” got her nickname (I like nicknames…) when she responded to a teammate being roughed up in a badly-called, dangerous game by challenging the offending rival players AND the blind ref to take it outside.

Of course, in typical Micky fashion, five minutes after the game she was sitting on top of a garbage can at Baskin-Robbins, ice cream in hand, smile covering her face.

Soccer has a very short history at CHS (and no real record book), but LeVine is assured a spot on the program’s Mount Rushmore, front and center.

She brought skill, class and guts to the pitch for all four years, and her impact, like that of her fellow inductees, will be felt for years to come.

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