Posts Tagged ‘Ryan King’

   CHS coaches, l to r, top to bottom, Chris Smith, Ashley Herndon, CJ Smith, Justine McGranahan, Mike Etzell, Lincoln Kelley, Luke Pelant, Chad Felgar, Gary Manker.

   Bob Martin, Jordan Ford, Amanda Jones, Neil Rixe, Brad Sherman, David King, Jon Atkins, Josh Welshans, Jerry Helm.

   Steve Hilborn, Ron Wright, Aaron Lucero, Kevin McGranahan, Sylvia Hurlburt, Kyle Nelson, Emily Stevens, Greg Thomas, Cory Whitmore.

   And the trio with the most seasons as Wolf coaches — Randy King, Ken Stange and Amy King.

A new champion will arise.

And a totally imaginary trophy will be waiting for them when they do.

With last year’s top two vote-getters, Ryan King and Kristin Bridges, taking a break from coaching this year, the 2nd annual CHS Coach Supreme should be a wide-open affair.

The rules are simple — 30 coaches enter the arena (whether they want to or not) and, 48 hours later, one emerges with a chance to do their best Sally Field impersonation.

“You like me, you really like me.”

No, there’s no real trophy, or plaque, or even a commemorative t-shirt, just a warm glow in your chest from a heapin’ helpin’ of internet love cascading over you.

To be eligible, you had to be a Coupeville High School coach during the 2017-2018 school year.

No slight intended to middle school coaches, but you are being excluded this time around. The name of the “award” starts with CHS, not CMS.

Voting rules? There are none.

Vote as many times as your little fingers desire, or your internet provider allows, over the next 48 hours.

The poll goes live Monday morning at 8:06 AM, and shuts down Wednesday at 8:06 AM (or whenever I stumble from bed).

It’s the Wild West out there. If you want the “award,” work for it. If you don’t, how dare you not take my silly, imaginary award seriously??????????

He said with a grin.

And, yes, if the poll seems like it arrived a bit earlier this year, it did.

I decided to jump the coach poll up from May to April to provide a bit more room (and for your voting fingers to un-cramp) between it and the poll of polls, the 6th annual CHS Athlete Supreme.

That one, where everyone loses all sense of dignity and decorum, while fighting for … an imaginary award … returns mid-May.

I’m still debating on whether to return that poll to one vote per person after internet scamps pulled off shenanigans last year to dramatically tip the results in favor of one athlete.

We shall see.

For now, like I said, this time out is Wild West rules. May the coach with the craftiest, most dedicated fan base win.

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   Former Wolf coach Ryan King (right) has been working with Jacob Martin as he prepares to chase his college football dream. (Photo courtesy Martin)

You can take the coach out of the school, but you can’t take the coach out of the game.

For the first time in several years, Ryan King isn’t planning on being on the sidelines this coming school year.

The Coupeville High School grad, a captain on the last Wolf football team to post a winning season in 2005, has worked in recent years as a football and basketball coach for both CHS and CMS.

After finishing the middle school girls hoops season this past winter, King decided to take a break from both that sport and high school football, where he had been an assistant under Tony Maggio, Brett Smedley and Jon Atkins.

But while he’s no longer sporting official Wolf coaching gear, the lure of working with athletes is a hard one to resist, and King is reemerging as a personal coach.

This summer he’s been working with football players such as recent CHS grad Jacob Martin, who will be playing for Feather River College, and incoming Wolf senior Jake Hoagland.

The chance to impact players, and help them succeed, has driven King since he first moved from playing into coaching.

This summer’s one-on-one work has re-lit that fire.

“It’s been great; it’s really brought my love for coaching back to full-force,” he said. “There’s something there that reminds me why I’m doing this.”

King tailors his lessons to each player, based on their playing level and goals, with an emphasis on helping each of them improve their speed, skill set and attitude.

“My goal is to help them become better athletes in every way,” he said. “All athletes need one-on-one work, which they might not be able to get during a team practice, and this gives them that chance. It’s a tremendous opportunity.”

With a player like Martin, who is moving from linebacker to strong safety as he jumps up to the next level, King focuses on drills which will help the player in areas such as deep coverage and run pursuit.

“We want to work on his speed and agility, which he’ll need in college,” King said. “Jacob is a hard worker, and you can see tremendous improvement as we work.”

While football and basketball are his calling cards, King is open to working with athletes in any sport.

“Except tennis, cause I don’t know the game,” he said with a laugh. “I’d just tell them go hit the ball. I know that part!”

And while his clients so far are current or former Wolves, he would welcome working with athletes from Oak Harbor or South Whidbey.

King, who is attending school at Skagit Valley College and working at Sherwin-Williams, plans to be in the coaching biz for many years.

Whether that’s as a personal coach or coming back around to work at the school level, what drives him will remain the same.

“I love to give back to all the athletes, at whatever level and in whatever sport,” King said. “That’s why I do this.”


Cost is $10 an hour for middle school athletes and $20 an hour for high school athletes. To contact Ryan King, email him at king2233@msn.com.

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   Our first-ever Coupeville Sports Coach Supreme winner, Ryan King, passes on some of the wisdom he picked up playing in the trenches. (John Fisken photo)

Well, it’s a nice (imaginary) parting gift.

Ryan King, who recently stepped down after stints as a football and basketball coach at CHS and CMS, is the first-ever recipient of the title of Coupeville Sports Coach Supreme.

He held off Wolf JV volleyball coach Kristin Bridges and jack-of-all-trades Bob Martin to win our 48-hour poll, pulling in 4,883 votes.

Bridges (3,797), Martin (1,429) and CHS softball gurus Kevin (1,090) and Justine McGranahan (919) round out the top five.

The contest pitted 35 coaches against each other in an internet battle royale created mainly to give me tons of extra page hits (it worked) and is a companion to our annual Coupeville Sports Athlete Supreme.

That contest has run for five years now, with Nick Streubel, Amanda Fabrizi, CJ Smith, Hunter Smith and Joey Lippo taking home top honors from 2013-2017.

Like those five, King wins nothing concrete, as I’m too cheap to have an actual trophy.

But he does get a brief moment of fame, maybe a few glares from those he vanquished, and a warm feeling in his chest from knowing the internet is on his side … today.

So, he’s good.

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   Genna Wright, thoroughly enjoying every moment of her athletic career. (John Fisken photo)

The little sister can kick your fanny, too.

Genna Wright is one of the most naturally exuberant athletes to ever grace Coupeville, epic smile beaming from coast to coast every time she plays, regardless of the sport or the outcome of the game.

Truth be told, though, she has a lot more good plays than bad.

Which is only fitting, since she comes from a family jam-packed with current and former Wolf stars that include Genna’s siblings and cousins alike.

Monday, the youngest in the family firmly seized the spotlight, torching Blue Heron for 20 points in her last hoops game in a Coupeville Middle School uniform.

Popping jumpers from everywhere on the floor, crashing the boards, leading the break, Wright was a one-woman wrecking ball, sparking the Wolf 8th graders to a 56-6 romp in their season finale.

Toss in a 24-10 win for the CMS 7th graders and things came to a positive end all around.

With the victories, the young guns finished 6-4 for first-year coach Megan Smith, while the “older” crew topped out at 3-7 for departing coach Ryan King.

We put older in parenthesis, since there were only four 8th graders playing this year, requiring the CMS coaches to shuffle players around all season.

Monday, it didn’t matter much which players were on the floor for the Wolves, cause they all shot the lights out.

8th grade:

Three plays in and the game was over.

Wolf scoring ace Chelsea Prescott put a rebound back up and in, knocked down a layup off a pass from Mollie Bailey, then circled around, paused for a second to see if big brother Devin was paying attention and sliced through the defense for a third-straight bucket.

At which point Wright waved her hand, bellowed “Hold my water!” and really unleashed (metaphorical) death and destruction.

By the time she was done (for a moment), she had racked up 10 points in the first quarter alone and CMS was sitting up 24-3 at the first break.

In between Wright’s early buckets, three of which came off of steals, the Wolves got a sweet jumper from Bailey, a steal and pedal-to-the-metal layup from Heidi Clinkscales and one more eye-popper from Prescott.

Picking the pocket of a Blue Heron player, #23 spun down the left side of the court, slashed to her right at the last moment, then arm way out in front of her, dropped a scoop shot high off the glass.

The one and only shot the visitors hit in the first half was a thing of beauty, a three-ball from way behind the arc lofted by Blue Heron’s smallest, but maybe hardest-charging player.

With the game way, way out of reach, King and his squad did everything possible to not inflict any more damage than necessary.

Wright, who had 16 at the half, settled for just two jumpers after the break, instead looking to set up her teammates.

It worked, as all nine Wolves who saw action in the nightcap scored a bucket, with the biggest roar reserved for 7th grader Lily Leedy.

A plucky ball-hawk who relentlessly crashes through the defense, and made off with a string of steals Monday, she tends to be a pass-first player, but her teammates wanted to get her in the scoring column.

Playing to the moment, Leedy banked home a jump shot with 34 ticks on the clock, getting the kind of response from the fans normally reserved for a buzzer-beater.

As Leedy back-pedaled, ready to shred people on defense, her smile matched that of Wright, who ran by pumping her fist.

Prescott finished with 12 to back Wright’s 20, while Abby Mulholland drained three gorgeous jumpers en route to six points of her own.

Izzy Wells (5), Clinkscales (5), Leedy (2), Bailey (2), Katelin Painter (2) and Bella Velasco (2) rounded out the season-best scoring performance.

7th grade:

The opening game was a classic example of an afternoon where Coupeville could have won by 50, if the ball hadn’t kept taking weird spins and popping back out the hoop.

The Wolves were in control from start to finish, opening and closing with 8-0 quarters, and when Blue Heron hit shots, they tended to be of the miracle variety.

CMS opened with four different players popping for buckets in the first quarter, with the highlight being a beautifully-crafted give-and-go play run by Kiara Contreras and Kylie Van Velkinburgh.

Audrianna Shaw, who not once, but three times, blew up defenders, knocking them off their feet, and still got the foul called on her rival each time, closed the first half with a bang.

Taking the ball off the rim, she went coast-to-coast on back-to-back rampages, capping each play with a driving lay-in where she firmly banked the ball home.

Contreras became the go-to player after the break, knocking down a bank shot from the side (virtually identical to a bucket drained moments earlier by teammate Katelin McCormick), before swishing a pair of perfectly-angled free throws off the glass to cap things.

Shaw and Contreras tied for the scoring lead with six apiece, while Ja’Kenya Hoskins (3), Anya Leavell (3), Samantha Streitler (2), McCormick (2) and Adair De Jesus (2) rounded out the attack.

The trio of Leedy, McKenna Somes and Alana Mihill were constantly-buzzing bees on defense, as CMS harassed their visitors from opening tip to final buzzer.

One final note:

While CMS routed its visitors, the two schools showed genuine camaraderie.

In between games, players from both teams moved back and forth in the bleachers, waving their phones at each other and buzzing about matters big and small.

And, as the season closed, a pack of Wolves led by Hoskins descended on the Blue Heron players and started hugging people left and right.

As they did so, one of the Port Townsend girls screamed, “WE LOVE COUPEVILLE!!”

So, we got that going for us, which is nice.

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Izzy Wells (John Fisken photo)

   Izzy Wells is part of a successful group of SWISH players making the jump to middle school hoops. (John Fisken photo)

It’s going to be a short bench.

There are only four 8th grade girls playing basketball at Coupeville Middle School this season, meaning coach Ryan King will be dipping into the 7th graders to field his team.

The three girls expected to swing between teams — Izzy Wells, Kiara Contreras and Samantha Streitler — are all hoops vets who play for a successful SWISH squad, so being young shouldn’t be an issue.

While King’s numbers are limited, the 7th grade squad can count on 15 girls on their side of the program.

The Wolf girls open their 10-game schedule on the road at Chimacum Feb. 16.

Coupeville’s first home games are Feb. 23, with large-school rival Stevens making the trip to Whidbey.

The Wolf rosters as of today:

7th grade:

Kiara Contreras
Adair DeJesus
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Anya Leavell
Lily Leedy
Katelin McCormick
Alana Mihill
Abby Mulholland
Katelyn Painter
Audrianna Shaw
McKenna Somes
Samantha Streitler
Kylie Van Velkinburgh
Isabella Velasco
Izzy Wells

8th grade:

Mollie Bailey
Heidi Clinkscales
Chelsea Prescott
Genna Wright

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