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Coupeville High School’s track and field record board, freshly updated and ready to provide inspiration to new stars. (Photo by Dawnelle Conlisk)

Time has not caught up with Natasha Bamberger.

It’s been several decades since the Coupeville supernova won her fifth, and final, state title as a runner, but school records she set way back in 1984 still stand as we careen towards 2020.

With the 2019 track and field season in his rear-view mirror, Wolf coach Randy King has updated the school’s record board, and there are many tales to be told.

The past spring was full of success, with 10 of 35 records falling.

The biggest splash came from Maya Toomey-Stout and Mallory Kortuem, who slapped their names on the big board in four events each.

Both Wolves capped their junior seasons by claiming possession of two individual marks (long jump and 100 for the former, pole vault and 400 for the latter), while helping 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay units snap previous bests.

Hot on their heels was Danny Conlisk, who shattered marks in the 100, 200, and 400 as a senior, then went out and won state titles in the last two of those events.

That trio join Chad Gale (long jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles, 4 x 1, 4 x 2) as the only Wolves who currently hold three or more school records.

Speaking of Mr. Gale, his performance in the 300 hurdles joins a 4 x 100 relay team of Bill Carstensen, Tony Killgo, Jay Roberts, and Rick Alexander, as the second-oldest records still standing.

Both marks were set in 1986, two years after Bamberger torched the joint in the 1600 and 3200.

On the boys side of the board, there are no remnants of the ’90s left, though four of 17 marks still hail from the ’80s.

The girls go in the other direction.

While Bamberger’s records are the last from the ’80s, there are still four marks remaining from the ’90s, with Jennie Cross (shot put, discus) about to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of her titanic throws.

And, in a delightful quirk of fate, all three Hoskins sisters — Jai’Lysa, Ja’Tarya, and Ja’Kenya — are on the record board, and all pop up in a different relay event.

When new names go up on the board, it inevitably means someone has to come down, and it still strikes me as odd to watch great athletes such as Jacob Smith, Lauren Grove, and Sylvia Hurlburt be removed.

While their records may have been broken, though, the passage of time and the altering of the big board doesn’t take a single bit of shine off their careers, or that of Janiece Jenkins or Kim Warder, or any of the others who once held a spot atop Wolf history.

The board exists to immortalize the big moments, and to give the next generation — and there is always, relentlessly, a new generation coming — something to aim at.

When Lauren Grove was on the cusp of her freshman year, she looked up at the record board and told me, boldly and with absolute conviction in her voice, “I will be up there.”

She made it, in multiple events. When she finished her prep track career, she walked away, head held high, exactly the way she deserved to exit.

Right now, very likely, there is another 8th grader, staring up at the new, updated numbers, and saying to themselves, or someone else, “I will be up there.”

Likely standing right behind that young girl is Maya Toomey-Stout, slight smile on her face as she savors that momentary pause between volleyball practice and going out to train on the track by herself in the fading light.

The words of “The Gazelle” are probably half-whispered.

“You have to go through me first.”

And thus another chapter begins to unfold.

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   10 who torched the nets for Coupeville girls basketball. Clockwise, from top left, Brianne King, Zenovia Barron, Makana Stone, Megan Smith, Ann Pettit, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Terry Perkins, Lexie Black, Kristan Hurlburt and Tina Lyness.

   Legends (l to r) Randy Keefe, Bill Jarrell and Jeff Rhubottom reunited for the 101st anniversary of CHS boys basketball. (Renae Mulholland photo)

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

The wisdom of The Sandlot can guide us through just about everything in life, if we let it.

That quote is something to let sink in, to marinate in for a moment, as we stand at the cusp of nailing another win for saving, remembering and honoring the sports history of Coupeville.

After months of intensive research, it’s time to ask for a favor from Wolf fans everywhere.

While Coupeville High School has record boards hung in it gym complex for track, volleyball and football, basketball doesn’t enjoy the same distinction.

Which is a shame, since basketball is the sport which is most frequently played in the gym, and it’s arguably the most successful sport in the history of the school.

Look back at the 118-year history of CHS, and the love affair with hoops looms large.

From the early pioneers on the hardwood, to the 1969-1970 Wolf boys team which remains the most dominant Coupeville team in any sport, ever, to today’s three-ball chucking stars, this is a basketball town.

And it’s long past time to celebrate that.

The 101st anniversary hoops shindig held earlier this year was an astounding success, drawing in a wide variety of former, current and future players, coaches and fans.

The night was like nothing else I have experienced in my years of writing about sports here in Cow Town.

It was a mad swirl of living history come to life, of legends who I had only known about from yellowed newspaper clippings made flesh and blood.

Seeing the CHS gym jammed to the rafters, witnessing today’s players realize they were a link in something much bigger than themselves, giving the stars of yesterday a chance to know they were not forgotten, was the biggest accomplishment I have achieved here at Coupeville Sports.

And none of it would have been possible without the help of countless others, the dreamers and the believers, people who gave of their time, their sweat and their dollars.

It was a night where Coupeville stood tall and proud, looking back with reverence, celebrating the present and making a commitment to the future.

With a little bit of help, we can put an exclamation point on that night, and provide a lead-in to a similar shindig which will celebrate Wolf girls basketball next fall.

We can raise a basketball record board, one which honors both the girls and boys hoops programs.

My plan is for a board which will list the top 10 single-season and career scoring records, as well as the single-game highs set by Judy Marti (32 in 1983) and Jeff Stone (48 in 1970).

The board would honor:

Girls – Season:

Brianne King (446) 2000-2001
Brianne King (442) 2002-2003
Makana Stone (427) 2015-2016
Brianne King (386) 2001-2002
Zenovia Barron (378) 1996-1997
Zenovia Barron (376) 1997-1998
Makana Stone (367) 2014-2015
Ann Pettit (363) 1997-1998
Amanda Allmer (331) 1994-1995
Megan Smith (327) 2008-2009

Girls – Career:

Brianne King (1549) 1999-2003
Zenovia Barron (1270) 1994-1998
Makana Stone (1158) 2012-2016
Megan Smith (1042) 2006-2010
Ann Pettit (932) 1995-1998
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby (892) 1998-02
Terry Perkins (673) 1984-1987
Lexie Black (622) 2001-2005
Kristan Hurlburt (598) 1978-1982
Tina Lyness (594) 1996-2000

Boys – Season:

Jeff Stone (644) 1969-1970
Jeff Rhubottom (459) 1977-1978
Pete Petrov (442) 1995-1996
Arik Garthwaite (423) 1997-1998
Bill Jarrell (415) 1975-1976
Mike Bagby (414) 2004-2005
Randy Keefe (398) 1974-1975
Randy Keefe (397) 1975-1976
Brad Sherman (396) 2002-2003
Wade Ellsworth (392) 1978-1979

Boys – Career:

Jeff Stone (1137) 1967-1970
Mike Bagby
(1137) 2002-2006
Randy Keefe
(1088) 1973-1976
Jeff Rhubottom
(1012) 1975-1978
Mike Criscuola
(979) 1956-1960
Bill Riley
(934) 1970-1973
Pete Petrov
(917) 1993-1997
Brad Sherman
(874) 2000-2003
Denny Clark
(869) 1960-1964
Arik Garthwaite
(867) 1994-1998

The Coupeville Booster Club has agreed to foot part of the bill, and CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith has given his blessing to the project.

Now, I need your help.

Whether you can give $1 or you want to foot the whole bill, stand with us. Be a vibrant part of the rich tapestry that is Wolf basketball.


To join the movement:


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   The shorts were shorter, the three-ball was non-existent and #35 set scoring records in the ’60s which I think we will find still stand. (Photo courtesy Jeff Stone)

It was a donnybrook.

Five sports entered the polling arena, and an hour later it was apparent we were locked in a death battle.

My little 48-hour poll to determine which CHS program deserved to get the first push in an effort to add to the school’s current record boards (track, volleyball, football) drew a lot of attention, and a fair amount of votes.

7,173 of them.

When the voting booth closed at 9 AM Friday morning, these were the final stats:

Basketball – 3,721
Softball – 3,044
Baseball – 198
Tennis – 188
Soccer – 22

That capped a battle where softball was up by 300+ votes, basketball flipped the tables to take a 400+ vote lead, softball cut the margin to a mere three votes Thursday night, then basketball put on a full-court press for the “win.”

So, what does that mean?

It does NOT mean softball or any of the other sports will not get their own record board.

My hope is to one day see glossy record boards raised for every CHS sport, a way to document the best achievements of the past while giving current Wolves something to aim at.

But, as was shown in the effort to bring football’s board up to date, there’s a lot of work involved in making these things a reality.

This poll was a way to give the people a say in which sport I direct my attention at first.

Researching 117 years of CHS history is not a simple task, especially when there is no magical “stat room” where a chain-smoking secretary of olden days faithfully filed away info.

We have to track down score books (or at least the ones which didn’t get thrown away), go through newspaper stories and be detectives.

Do all that, and then it’s time to harass the Booster Club into footing the bill for new boards and school officials into letting us hang them in the gym.

It’s a process, but one which hopefully will flow easy now that I’ve trod this path twice — once for the mammoth Wall of Fame in the CHS gym and then again with the football records.

So, I have my mission.

From Jeff Stone to Makana Stone, leave no stone unturned as we document basketball’s rich history in Cow Town.

How can you help?

First, if you have any CHS basketball info from any era — score-books, clippings, stat sheets, photos, etc. — send them my way.

My email is davidsvien@hotmail.com and my mailing address is 165 N. Sherman, Coupeville, WA 98239.

Second, take a moment to reach out to Keven R. Graves, the head honcho at the Whidbey News-Times and call upon his sense of civic duty.

Email him at kgraves@whidbeynewsgroup.com and maybe say:

We know your “prodigal son,” David, is an idiot, and he needs to stop making critical comments about the Whidbey newspapers he once happily cashed checks from.

But don’t let his lack of social skills stand in the way of the two of you continuing to work together to embrace and celebrate Coupeville sports history.

Don’t close the News-Times archives to him.

Cause, if nothing else, it’s easier to throw things at him when he’s sitting a mere five feet away from your office.

And finally, when you support Coupeville Sports, through donations, ads or purchases of my book, you keep me out of the dish pits and give me time and support to keep on writing while also accomplishing side projects like this.

Together, we can shine a spotlight on our local sports history, honor the past, inspire the present and spark the future.

A new game begins. Time for tip-off.

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Who do you have?

I need a new project.

Last summer was the biggie, as we raised the Wall of Fame in the Coupeville High School gym, honoring titles across every sport from 1900-2017.

A couple of weeks ago, the football record board in the entrance way to the gym was updated, filled in and brought to full reality, and now it can stand with pride next to the volleyball and track boards.

But now I have some empty hours to fill, so my brain wanders and wonders — which sport deserves to be next as we try and get every sport at CHS its own glossy record board?

There are five active sports (baseball, softball, basketball, tennis and soccer, with the last three having both girls and boys programs) which do not have record boards.

You could make solid arguments for all of them, so I’m turning that part of the process over to you, the readers.

There’s a poll below and you have 48 hours to make your feelings felt.

Voting is open now (no restrictions, vote as many times as your heart desires) and closes 9 AM Friday.

This is the people’s project, so you choose — which sport do I research, obsess over and agitate for, next?

I await your decision.

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   Ian Barron has gone from zero name-checks on Coupeville’s record board to a much more pleasing six. (Jon Roberts photos)

The 2016 CHS volleyball squad put up four new records.

The most electrifying running back in Coupeville High School history is finally getting his due.

Wednesday afternoon, after much work tracking down records, and much support and help from the school’s Booster Club, I got to witness the CHS football and volleyball record boards brought up to date.

It’s been one of several projects for which I’ve spent the past year harassing people day and night, and it’s a thrill to see it finished.

While volleyball only needed to be tweaked a bit, mainly to reflect records set last fall by Hope Lodell, Valen Trujillo and Co., the football board has been a sore point for some time.

It was only 50% filled in, and 48% of that featured incorrect records.

Now, that’s not an issue, as Ian Barron’s many rushing marks are finally being acknowledged, and the current generation of Wolves have legitimate records to dream about breaking.

Well done, one and all.

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