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   CHS grad Nick Streubel hangs out with parents David and Nanette after another Central Washington football win. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

Playoffs? Yes, we’re talking playoffs.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel, now a starting lineman for the Central Washington University football team, is headed to the postseason, and he even gets a week to rest up.

The Wildcats capped an 11-0 regular season Saturday with a 42-28 road win over Humboldt State, claiming their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference title since 2012.

Still coasting on the buzz from its big win, Central then nabbed one of four #1 seeds for the NCAA D-II playoffs.

CWU, which reps Super Region Four, is joined by Indiana (PA), West Alabama and Fort Hays State as top seeds, and all four get a first-round bye in the 28-team tourney.

After a week off, the Wildcats host the winner of Winona State (Minn.) vs. Texas A&M-Commerce in the round of 16.

That game will be in Ellensburg Nov. 25.

Streubel, who was a standout football, basketball and track star during his days in Coupeville, is a red-shirt sophomore for Central.

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   Wolves (l to r) Natalie Hollrigel, Genna Wright, Mallory Kortuem and Lindsey Roberts were part of a very successful soccer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They left it all on the field – heart, soul and a few body parts.

Facing a tough rival, and a transition from grass to turf, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad put up its best postseason performance in a decade Saturday afternoon.

The Wolves didn’t get what they were chasing — the first playoff win in program history — but they came as close as they ever have, falling 2-0 in a rough-and-tumble scrap with Vashon Island.

With the loss, CHS finishes its first season under Kyle Nelson at 8-9, tying the program’s single-season record for wins.

“They played good, very good,” he said. “A great effort all around and nothing to be ashamed about.

“We were the more dangerous team in the second half and had more shots on goal, but their goalie just made some fantastic saves on us,” Nelson added.

“We were very close. These two teams, another day, and I fully believe we’re the team that’s walking away with the win.”

The omens looked good for Coupeville, as it escaped a potentially dangerous situation just a few moments into the match.

Vashon was awarded a free kick after a tussle in front of the goal, setting up a shooter in a one-on-one situation with Wolf goaltender Sarah Wright.

Looking to drop an early dagger, the Pirate sniper went right, but flinched (perhaps after gazing into the fiery eyes of Wright and deciding she didn’t want to be pulverized?) and drilled the ball off the bar on the side of the net.

As the ball skittered away, Vashon’s shooter slumped, Wright pumped a fist and a deep sigh of relief ran through the pro-Coupeville crowd.

That sense of calm remained until the game’s 7th minute, when the Pirates slapped a short shot into the right side of the net on a breakaway.

Showing no panic, the Wolf defense responded by clamping down, with the rejuvenated Lindsey Roberts (in her second game back after a leg injury cost her a chunk of the year) and Co. instituting a No Shooting Zone.

It held until right before the end of the half, when Vashon got lucky on a long, airmailed shot that found a sliver of open net for the game’s second goal.

Coupeville was relentless in trying to break its postseason scoring drought, with Kalia Littlejohn roughing up fools (then staring down the refs) between runs at the goal.

She, fab frosh Genna Wright and senior captain Sage Renninger all had good looks at the net, but were denied time and again by a spry Vashon goalie.

Several times the Pirate net-minder hit the turf as a Wolf crashed through her kingdom, only to pop up and secure the ball at the last second.

The second half was a war of attrition, as the two teams exchanged body blows across the field.

The two biggest hits came very late in the game, with Renninger getting blasted in the … lower extremities … on one shot, while Wright went medieval on a rival while turning away a run.

With the Vashon shooter slicing towards her, Coupeville’s goalie charged out to meet her, slid and delivered a thunderous body-check while also hitting the ball, leaving permanent dents on both the rival player and the orb.

The ball came off the duo with such force it shot from in front of the net to almost midfield, without touching the ground, finally finding a landing spot nestled up against the bleachers.

Upon being picked up, the ball’s first words?

“Please call the cops! There’s a killer on the loose!!”

The loss was the final time Wolf seniors Renninger and Lauren Bayne will take the high school pitch, but Coupeville, which went 6-3 in Olympic League play, could return 16 of its 18 players.

“We’re young, very young,” Nelson said. “That showed at times today, with adjusting to the playoffs, but it’s a big positive going forward.”

After coaching the Wolf boys for several seasons, he added the CHS girls job this season, and, non-stop Disney sing-a-longs on the bus aside, was very glad he did.

“I had a great time,” Nelson said. “The girls were great and I enjoyed myself. I look forward to coming back.”


Coupeville rattled home 42 goals this season, the second-best mark in program history. They came from:

Kalia Littlejohn 16
Genna Wright
Lindsey Roberts
Sage Renninger
Mallory Kortuem
Avalon Renninger
Ema Smith
Knight Arndt
Lauren Bayne

Own goals by opposing teams 2

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   Coupeville girls soccer coach Kyle Nelson and his senior captains, Lauren Bayne (left) and Sage Renninger. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Goal one — score a goal.

Goal two — win a game.

While the Coupeville High School boys soccer team has been to state twice, in 2009 and 2010, the school’s female booters have yet to taste playoff victory.

At any level.

Some will argue that point, correctly stating that an Oak Harbor/Coupeville girls soccer team beat Curtis and North Kitsap in 1994, made the state semifinals and finished fourth in 3A.

But, while the top two players on that unified team, Marnie Bartelson and Amanda Allmer, were the only Wolves to play, everything else gives OHHS ample reason to claim the award as their own.

The squad wore Oak Harbor uniforms, played at Oak Harbor’s field, were coached by an Oak Harbor employee and all the bills were paid for by Oak Harbor Athletic Director Jeff Stone, as he is quick to remind us.

Since CHS started its own soccer program, footing its own bills and playing in red, white and black, and not Wildcat purple and gold, no playoff wins.

In fact, at least over the past eight seasons, the Wolves have yet to score a playoff goal.

Three losses to Meridian, two to Vashon Island, one each to Lynden Christian and Charles Wright Academy and one year with no postseason. Add it all up and Coupeville is staring at a 20-0 deficit.

The goal Saturday afternoon, when the Wolves kick off the 2017 postseason against Vashon, is to change that narrative.

As the #2 seed from the Olympic League, Coupeville will host its playoff opener, though the state’s requirements that postseason games be played on turf requires a short bus ride first.

The particulars:

What: District 3 girls soccer playoff game.

Where: Wildcat Memorial Stadium in Oak Harbor (1 Wildcat Way), which is covered and seats 3,000.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 (1 PM kickoff)

Admission prices:

$8 Adults/Non-ASB
$5 Students with ASB
$5 Sr. Citizens (62+)
$4 Elementary

At stake: Winner advances to face Nisqually League champ Bellevue Christian (a team Coupeville beat earlier this season) Oct. 31.

That game starts the double-elimination round of districts, from which two of four teams qualify for state.

Lose Saturday and your season is done.

The bracket:


Records: Coupeville is 8-8, Vashon is 8-6-1

Rankings: Coupeville is #30 in 1A on MaxPreps, #164 in the state. Vashon is #19 and #108.

Goal differential: Coupeville has been outscored 54-43, while CWA outgunned its foes 47-23.

Coaches: Kyle Nelson (CHS) vs. Scott Nicolino (Vash)

Student body: In the 2016-2020 WIAA classification counts, Coupeville had 227 students, making it the sixth-smallest 1A school. Vashon had 429.13, making it the fourth-biggest.

Mascots: Wolves (CHS) vs. Pirates (Vash)

Seniors: Coupeville has two (Sage Renninger, Lauren Bayne) while Vashon carries three (Emme Osborne, Paris Crispin, Lizzy Sutherland)

Common foes: Three (Bellevue Christian, Chimacum, Port Townsend).

Coupeville is 7-0 against that trio, with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over BC their defining game of the season. Vashon is 2-2, having lost twice to BC in Nisqually League play.

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   Coupeville senior captain Sage Renninger is headed to the soccer playoffs for the fourth straight year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let’s hear it for the Cowboys.

While the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad fell 2-0 to visiting 2A Sequim in a knock-down non-conference brawl Tuesday night, the bigger news came from a different game.

When Chimacum toppled Port Townsend 3-2, the Wolves clinched no worse than second-place in the 1A Olympic League for a fourth straight season.

That guarantees Coupeville (4-1 in league play, 6-6 overall) a “home” playoff game in Oak Harbor Oct. 28 against the #3 team from the Nisqually League — currently Vashon Island.

The Wolves can still catch Klahowya (5-0, 10-1) for the league title, but would need a bit of a miracle, since the Eagles have yet to lose in 25 conference games over a four-year stretch.

With the loss, Port Townsend (1-5, 2-8) falls into a tie with Chimacum (1-5, 1-7-1).

Even if either school were to finish in a tie with CHS at 4-5, the Wolves own tiebreakers, having won the season series against both.

Coupeville has four league games left on its schedule, starting Oct. 17 at Klahowya.

For its tune-up Tuesday, the Wolves faced down Sequim, a much-larger school, for the second time this season.

After falling 4-1 on the road back in mid-Sept., the Wolves, even playing without their top defender, Lindsey Roberts, displayed how much they have grown as the season has played out.

“Continued improvement with our defense against a tough Sequim team,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “We also had a number of great shots, making the Sequim keeper make some very good saves.”

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   With no Coupeville team to call his own, one of Cow Town’s finest suits up for North Whidbey. (John Fisken photos)

One home run coming up.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

While Central Whidbey Little League had tons of softball teams this spring, it wasn’t able to field full squads in any baseball division other than Minors.

That sent Coupeville sluggers off to find other teams to hook up with, and at least one Cow Town mercenary has landed in the playoffs.

With the 11/12 baseball playoffs kicking off Wednesday, wandering photographer John Fisken was on hand to snap North Whidbey as it faced off with South Whidbey.

At least one guy sporting NWLL’s uni calls Coupeville home, and the photos above pay tribute to him.

His name is Nathan Ginnings, and he’s the younger brother of former Wolf tennis/soccer great Jacki Ginnings.

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