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Melia Welling and mom Charlie join the Coupeville Class of 2020 Monday for a Senior Night at the Blue Fox Drive-In. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a chance to recapture a bit of what they lost.

The Coupeville High School Class of 2020 came back together Monday, face masks in place, to celebrate their accomplishments and have something akin to a senior trip.

The location was the Blue Fox Drive-In, where the Wolf grads watched their torch passing video and senior breakfast slideshow up on the big screen, in between some go-kart action and curly fries.

Poking his camera into the midst of the socially-distanced celebration was wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, who delivers the pics seen here.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


All pics are free to download this time around.

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This spring was to be the 30th season for Coupeville High School tennis coach Ken Stange. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic closed schools, erased spring sports, and prevented Senior Nights.

With that in mind, we’ve been giving Whidbey Island students and coaches a chance to offer those farewells online instead of in person.

Today, Coupeville High School girls tennis guru Ken Stange swings by to offer some heartfelt words.


In tennis, and in life, there are times when one just knows … knows how things are going to turn out.

Certainty. Well, almost certainty.

After 15 years at the helm of the CHS tennis program (that’s 30 seasons, if you count both the boys and girls), I’ve gotten to the point where I know if someone, or a doubles pair, is a serious threat to earn a state berth.

I knew it with Julia Sierra Castano, the Spanish Assassin.

I knew it with Aaron Curtin and Ben Etzell, and again when Aaron went to state in singles.

I knew it with Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger.

Like I said, sometimes you just know.

Some seasons, you know it’s a rebuild. Other seasons, you know there’s a deep but inexperienced team.

This year? I knew.

I knew that we had a group of new players that would learn the game from their captains, Avalon (Renninger) and Tia (Wurzrainer).

I knew we were returning all three of our doubles teams.

Jaimee (Masters), Emily (Fiedler), Eryn (Wood), and Abby (Mulholland) were primed to win buckets of matches.

I knew that all three doubles teams were pretty damn good last season, and that this season, our team would challenge for a league title.

I knew we would have competitive matches with our Island rivals, South Whidbey.

I knew that we had a doubles team, in Avalon and Tia, that would challenge for an elusive state berth.

Avalon Renninger swats a lethal left-handed shot.

This was to be our team’s return to the top.

We were going to do it with hard work and style.

It was the 2020 season, and our team was going to be the focus.

Alas, bigger problems took center stage, and our season was over almost as fast as it started.

I know that public health wins over tennis, every time, and I know that we all made our sacrifices, for the greater good.

That said, I’m still mad as hell. I’m very sad, too.

I feel badly for the ladies that were gearing up for a fun and successful season.

I feel bad for the parents, who love to come out in support of their kids, school, and community.

There are two individuals who, in my opinion, lost a little more than everyone else associated with the program.

Avalon and Tia were the heart and soul of CHS tennis.

Tia Wurzrainer keeps the rally alive.

They were two talented and caring players who continued the proud tradition of the CHS ladies’ tennis team.

They worked their butts off.

As sophomores, they were within a couple of points from clinching a state berth.

As juniors, they ran into a few buzzsaws from Seattle, prematurely ending their season.

Going into the senior campaign, they got to work.

My spine was recovered enough so I could actually hit hard balls at them, and they had Drake Borden, who was basically their personal hitting partner.

With the help from Drake and I, along with Av and Tia’s high levels of talent and work ethic, we are well on our way to a successful season.

I just knew.

Knowing that a potentially successful campaign, and a run to state for Avalon and Tia, has been lost, I’m very sad.

I love it when we have a dominant team. It’s always more fun when winning!

What hurts most about the lost season is not that we lost a chance to be dominant.

What hurts most is that my seniors, Avalon and Tia, were two of the classiest players ever to grace the courts at CHS.

They were fierce competitors and best of friends.

They mentored other players and kept their teammates accountable. They were serious about tennis while maintaining a lighthearted attitude.

Classy, pure and simple.

I’d hoped that they would place themselves at or near the top of my all-time best doubles teams, with a solid senior season and a state berth.

They are still at or near the top of my list, though.

As a pair, they were a force to be reckoned with.

As individuals, they were two of my absolute favorites who led their team with grace, class, and fun.

Tia … calm, cool, and collected.

She would probably argue with me, but I think Tia is perfect.

Kind, intelligent, intuitive, and hard working. I don’t think I ever heard a single negative word pass through her lips.

Her work ethic was second to none. Anyone would be happy to have her as a partner, me included.

Avalon … she holds a special place in my heart because she wears her heart on her sleeve. I can relate to that.

It’s completely honest.

She’s cried, she’s celebrated, and she’s worked her tail off to always improve.

Together, they made a lethal doubles combo.

Each knew how to handle the other. They had a fantastic yin and yang.

Av and Tia grew up with my daughter, Oliana. I’ve known them since they were tots.

Watching them grow and evolve from tots to adults has been a treat.

Having them as part of the tennis program has been an honor.

The competition, the conversations, the post-match meals, the road trips…all made better because of Av and Tia.

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Lucy Sandahl glides through a race last spring. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

With Washington state schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering all Whidbey Island students a chance to be heard and stay connected.

Lucy Sandahl is a senior at Coupeville High School.


These past four years running on the track and field team has impacted me in a way that I will never forget.

A lot of people think of track and field as nearly an activity but never a sport; in reality it is and so much more.

It is a place where people can feel welcomed, a place to learn and grow around people who are supportive, and above all it is a family.

We all suffer through workouts together and we all cheer each other on during our events.

I truly couldn’t have made it through the season without all of my teammates support and for that I will forever be thankful.

I would like to thank every single one of the coaches for supporting me through these long four years.

Coach (Randy) King has always been a joy to be around from our pre-practice meetings to our end of the year pasta feed.

He has truly shaped Coupeville’s track and field team into a family and one that I was proud to be a part of for four years.

Coach Bob (Martin) was always there to help motivate and show us that we had exactly what it took to be the best and how hard we had to work to get there.

Coach (Lincoln) Kelley was always there to toughen me up and tell jokes when he knew that I did not have my best race or practice.

Coach (Neil) Rixe was there through it all.

Going into freshman year I had no idea that I wanted to run distance, but I knew I’d be in safe hands with Coach Rixe.

I may not have always loved the long hard workouts like 10 x 400 repeats or ladders but I knew that he had a plan and he knew what was best.

It saddens me that I couldn’t get another shot around that track but I would love to thank my coaches for being there and pushing me to show that it’s OK not to be the best but you sure as hell have to fight for it.

Along with my coaches I would love to thank my parents through this whole process.

I could never have trained without my dad dragging me out to the Kettles or on the track and I couldn’t have made it through a single race without hearing my mom’s signature whistle while dying on the back stretch.

They have supported me through it all and I could never truly say how much that means to me.

Finally, the last people that I want to reach out and thank are the track moms.

Dawnelle Conlisk, Deb Smith, Maria Reyes, Sherry Roberts, Lisa and Beth Toomey-Stout, Heather Kortuem, and of course Nana.

There was never a meet that went by that they didn’t bring food to try and get us to eat even though we were all too nervous, a time where they weren’t cheering on everyone, or a time where they wouldn’t get me out of my head after I was beating myself up after a bad race.

They were there for every single one of us kids and it truly hurts that I didn’t get to spend one more season with them.

Now that it is all over I will be the first to say that I am in no means the best of the best but no matter the day or how my race went I was always glued to the sidelines of the track screaming and cheering for everyone and that is the thing that I am going to miss the most.

Thank you for these past four years; I’m going to miss it so much.

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Scout Smith leads off a collection of CHS girls hoops Senior Night pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Proud dads (l to r) Chris Smith, Michael Davidson, Andreas Wurzrainer, and Phil Renninger all try not to be the first one to cry.

Tia Wurzrainer

Smith and Wurzrainer are joined by Hannah Davidson (13) and Avalon Renninger.

Hannah Davidson

Wurzrainer and Smith, ready to whomp on South Whidbey.

Avalon Renninger

CHS coach Scott Fox hangs out with his team leaders.

They are the core around which success has been built.

Coupeville High School seniors Avalon Renninger, Scout Smith, Tia Wurzrainer, and Hannah Davidson have been vital parts of the Wolf girls hoops program, and Tuesday night was all about them.

Before crushing South Whidbey and finishing the regular season at 12-5, the Wolf leaders got their moment in the spotlight.

Now, on to the playoffs!

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Melia Welling leads off Senior Night cheer pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ashleigh Battaglia

Gavin St Onge

Ella Bueler

Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Dawson Houston

Mica Shipley

Ja’Tarya Hoskins

It was the beginning of the end, if not the actual end.

Coupeville High School cheerleaders head off to nationals this week, but first they honored their elder statesmen Tuesday during Senior Night festivities.

Six girls and two boys, they stand tall, putting the loud in loud ‘n proud.

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