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Jacob Martin, a leader by example. (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.


They hit harder, they ran faster, they had a chip on their shoulder.

The nine Wolf football players who made my cut as the best from the blog era often played different positions, but each one left it all out there on the field.

No dancing around on the sidelines, very little chirping at the refs or rivals — just a willingness to put in the work, and a desire to be as good as they could be.

Lathom Kelley, a bad-ass with a huge heart.

Josh Bayne — Could score every time he touched the ball, and his tackles? In the words of coach Chris Tumblin — “Josh had one tackle on a receiver, folded him in half like a cheap hooker who was punched in the gut by her pimp. He had to sit out for awhile and wait for his liver to start working again.”

Wiley Hesselgrave — Old school attitude in a new school body. The ultimate lunch box player, he attacked relentlessly on both sides of the ball, and then, when it was over, quietly walked over, took off the pads, and moved on to the next stage in his life.

Lathom Kelley — A wrecking ball. Dude has no quit, not then, not now, not ever. An utter delight to watch as he wrecked fools on both sides of the ball.

Jacob Martin — A leader and captain who led by example, the guy who did all the dirty jobs without a complaint. Like his younger brother, Andy, (who missed this list by an extraordinarily-thin whisker), a gamer who earned respect from teammates and foes alike.

Hunter Smith — Owns multiple program records on both sides of the ball after rampaging as a receiver with ever-sure hands and a defensive back with … ever-sure hands. His biggest moment, however? Working relentlessly behind the scenes to make sure a teammate received proper credit for an interception Smith was originally, and incorrectly, credited with.

Nick Streubel — “The Big Hurt” anchored both lines, was an All-Conference lock, and went on to a super-successful college gridiron career. And then there was that one time when Wolf coaches gave him the ball on a rushing attempt, and he dragged nine Chimacum defenders, screaming, into a mud puddle the size of Alaska. Legendary.

Cameron Toomey-Stout — As a freshman, he was less than 100 pounds, yet had no fear. As a veteran, he would line up opposite his younger brother and the pair would race each other down-field for the honor of ripping the ball returner in half. Also a fantastic receiver, even when he was being triple-teamed.

Sean Toomey-Stout — The Natural. In a sea of hard workers, he goes beyond, which is why he’s currently on the U-Dub roster. Earned worldwide viral fame for racing a deer on a touchdown run, and if you say he ever missed a tackle in four years, well, you’re lying.

Jake Tumblin — He’s not stumblin’, he’s rumblin’, cause he’s Jake Tumblin! So fast, so explosive, all the talent, but an even bigger heart. Wanted it more than everyone else, and never stopped working.

Wiley Hesselgrave will devour your soul.


Up next: Back to the hardwood for the best girls players.

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Coupeville cheerleaders Emily Clay (left) and Katie Kiel share some love after a 2012 cheer camp. (Pam Headridge photo)

In the beginning, Coupeville Sports had no photos.

I’m a writer, not a photographer, and when I started the blog in mid-August of 2012, several of the early stories ran without a single pic.

I also didn’t put people’s names in bold type yet, and there were a LOT of exclamation points … so, total freakin’ anarchy.

Things changed for the better after I latched on to Shelli Trumbull, the first photographer willing to toss me glossy pics with no money coming back.

In other words, she was a saint.

As we wander through a pandemic-ravaged land in 2020, let’s hop in the time machine and go back to 2012, where it all began.

Jerry Helm is the king of the (hoops) world. (Sherry Roberts photo)

Madison Tisa McPhee shares soccer Senior Night with dad Jack. (Robert Pelant photo)

An orange a day fueled the stars of the future. (Wendy McCormick photo)

Sebastian Davis, man of mystery and intrigue. (Photo courtesy Davis)

Homecoming fever sweeps the town. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

Landon Roberts supports his team. (Sherry Roberts photo)

Cheerleaders Julia Felici (left) and Mekare Bowen hang out with their biggest lil’ fan. (Rosa Felici photo)

Nick Streubel and much-cleaner sister Amanda marinate in the Port Townsend mud. (Nanette Streubel photo)

Wiley Hesselgrave brings the gun show to town, while Dalton Martin plays it cool and calm. (Melissa Losey photo)

Kole Kellison knows a good breakfast is the key to a great day. (Robert Pelant photo)

The LeVine family grab a group pic after a mud race. From left to right, Sean, a suspiciously clean Izzy, Joline, Jae, and Micky. (Photo courtesy Joline LeVine)

“What’s that? A bear going after pic-a-nic baskets in my park?!? No sir!!!” (Photo courtesy Jodi Crimmins)

Volleyball legends, the early days. (Amy King photo)

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Former Wolf Nick Streubel earned another college football award Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

At this rate, they’ll never stop giving him awards.

Coupeville’s Nick Streubel has graduated from Central Washington University, and played his final football game for the Wildcats two months ago, but he keeps getting pulled back in to be honored.

Tuesday afternoon The Big Hurt was named as an All-Super Region Four player, joining three of his teammates.

Streubel was tabbed as a Second-Team pick for his work on the offensive line, while running back Michael Roots was a First-Team selection.

Defensive lineman Billy Greer and defensive back Tyren Sams were both named to the Third Team.

With Streubel anchoring the Central Washington line at center, the ‘Cats offense piled up more than 5,500 yards, while scoring 58 touchdowns.

Roots was a big beneficiary of the team’s blocking, rumbling for 1,515 yards on 219 rushing attempts, and Central won its third-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.

Streubel was the face of CWU football during his senior year, appearing front and center in much of the school’s advertising.

During his days in Coupeville, he was a three-sport star, playing football and basketball, while competing as a thrower during the track season.

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Coupeville’s Nick Streubel was named to Central Washington University’s All-Decade football team. (Amanda Jones photo)

One more honor? Sure, why not?

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel wrapped his collegiate football career at Central Washington University in mid-November, but accolades continue to roll in.

All-Conference and All-Region honors already safely stashed away, The Big Hurt was named Tuesday to the CWU All-Decade team by the CWU Crimson Committed Facebook page.

The page, launched in 2012 by Chris Pribbernow, is at the forefront of Wildcat athletics.

Streubel was tabbed as a First-Team pick, joining former All-Americans James Moore and Mike Nelson on the offensive line.

During his run in a Wildcat uniform, The Big Hurt was a three-time First-Team All-Conference selection and was tabbed as the Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Back in his CHS days, Streubel was a standout in three sports — football, basketball, and track and field.

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Former Wolf Nick Streubel, here with his sister and niece, continues to collect college football awards. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

Don’t go, we have more awards.

Coupeville’s Nick Streubel has already graduated from Central Washington University and played the final football game of his stellar collegiate career, but the honors continue to flow in.

The former Wolf was recently tabbed as an All-Conference player for the third time, while also being named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Now the red-shirt senior has been named for the second time to the All-Super Region 4 team.

Streubel, who anchored Central’s line at center as the Wildcats won a third-straight league crown, was a First Team selection, while teammate Tyren Sams, a defensive back, made the Second Team.

With the All-Region honor tucked away, The Big Hurt is eligible now for All-American status.

After playing football, basketball, and track and field during his Coupeville High School days, Streubel spent six seasons on the CWU gridiron squad.

He red-shirted his freshman season, then later missed a year with a medical red-shirt after breaking his hand into about a zillion pieces.

Through it all, Streubel was a standout when on the field, and ended his career as a captain and the face of Wildcat football, adorning much of the team’s branding this season.

Central rolled up 504.7 yards of total offense per game this season, best in their league, and ninth-best among all NCAA D-II teams.

Streubel and Co. also surrendered just 13 sacks all season.

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