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Coupeville High School football managers Brenna Silveira (left) and Melanie Navarro welcome you to Senior Night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One final rumble.

The four seniors on the Coupeville High School football team went out winners Saturday, accounting for all the touchdowns in a 29-0 thrashing of visiting Concrete.

But, before they played their last game together on Mickey Clark Field, the quartet of Alex Jimenez, Sage Downes, Ben Smith, and Dakota Eck grabbed their moment in the photo spotlight.

The pics are courtesy John Fisken, whose work can be found here:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

Alex Jimenez and family.

Dakota Eck with brother Cameron and mom Cheridan.

Ben Smith hangs out with his parents, Deb and Sherman Smith.

Sage Downes, middle child of the three reared by Ralph and Angie Downes.

The fearsome foursome prepare for their final game together.

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Wolf heavy hitters (l to r) Kylie Chernikoff, Maddie Vondrak, and Maddie Georges celebrate a big play on Senior Night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’ve been part of a renaissance.

Coupeville High School volleyball has soared in the five years Cory Whitmore has been at the helm, and Friday the Wolf coach honored four players who each have made major contributions.

Chelsea Prescott, Jaimee Masters, Kylie Chernikoff, and Maddie Vondrak were celebrated on Senior Night, as seen in the photos above and below.

Jaimee Masters and her parents, Nate and Leann.

Chelsea Prescott brings out the fan club, including parents Josie and Cory.

Bob and Joanne Chernikoff, and their super senior, Kylie.

David and Terri Vondrak jetted into town to watch Maddie, the Mad Masher, unleash missiles.

The fab four, who have each had a big impact on a soaring Wolf spiker program.

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Mollie Bailey clears the goal on Senior Night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

End of one journey, beginning of a different one.

Three Coupeville High School soccer players — two of whom had been with the program a full four years — bowed out Friday night as the Wolves faced Mount Vernon Christian on Senior Night.

Genna Wright, Lacy McCraw-Shirron, and Mollie Bailey graduate in June, but first they got a pitch sendoff.

The pics are courtesy John Fisken, and you can see some more photos from the night by popping over to:

GS 2021-05-07 vs MVC – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

CHS seniors (l to r) Lacy McCraw-Shirron, Bailey, and Genna Wright join coach Kyle Nelson.

McCraw-Shirron, with dad Ansel Glendenning and teammate Lily Leedy.

Wright and the parental units, Christine and Ron.

Bailey and mom and pops, Donna and Rusty.

One big Wolf family.

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Kylie Chernikoff was one of four Wolf senior spikers honored Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No fear.

After the pandemic forced approximately 237 changes to Senior Night plans, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad finally was able to give its four 12th graders their moment in the spotlight Friday night.

But, once the festivities were done, cold reality awaited, in the form of a third(!) meeting this season with two-time defending state champ La Conner.

The Braves are a smooth-running wrecking machine, here to ruin your evening with a series of nasty spikes and balls scraped off the floor at the last second, and they haven’t lost a league match in a decade-plus.

And yet, as fearsome as La Conner can be, and as transcendent as their star slugger, sophomore Ellie Marble, is when she’s delivering volcanic lasers from all angles, Coupeville didn’t blink.

The Wolves did eventually lose, falling 25-20, 25-13, 25-20, but they played the Braves as strongly as anyone has during a season in which La Conner has gone 9-0, winning all 27 sets played.

Coupeville is 5-0 against other teams, and has a chance to make it 6-0 when they face Orcas Island in Saturday’s season finale.

Led by seniors Kylie Chernikoff, Maddie Vondrak, Jaimee Masters, and Chelsea Prescott, the Wolves hit the floor Friday like a team ready to make some headlines.

CHS bolted out to a 4-1 lead, punctuated by Chernikoff stuffing a shot at the net, and there were seven ties in the opening set.

Vondrak, the mighty masher with the world’s most-pleasant disposition, had the play of the night, soaring high into the heavens, where she met Marble in solo combat.

Not only did David and Terri’s daughter hold her own against La Conner’s ultimate weapon, but Maddie soundly rejected the incoming spike, sending it right back in her foe’s face for an emphatic “No, ma’am, not now, not ever!”

Toss in a handful of sweet, slicing spikes from Prescott and a gorgeous running tip for a winner from sophomore sensation Jill Prince, and the Wolves were knocking on the door of ending La Conner’s flawless run.

It wasn’t to be, however, as CHS eventually fell, even while holding off two set points.

The middle set was a little more of a letdown, as La Conner jumped on the Wolves quickly and never wavered.

One play stands out, however.

The Braves made a sensational save on a ball seemingly headed for the stands, keeping a rally alive even as Wolf fans had already started to (prematurely) celebrate.

But then Prescott erupted into the air and hit the ball hard enough to cut it in half, spraying a winner right down the heart of the court with enough fury La Conner had no chance at spectacular save #2.

Cue the celebration again.

The night’s final set featured 10 ties, the latest coming at 18-18, though once again La Conner reached down late, found a slightly-different gear and did whatever was necessary to pull away.

Coupeville sophomores Maddie Georges, Lucy Tenore, and Alita Blouin, the latter playing through the pain of a back injury, showcased the grit of the next gen stars, while junior Abby Mulholland ripped a couple nice serves to keep the Braves on their heels.

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Freshman Cole White lofted a pretty, pretty goal Monday night, catching league champ Orcas Island flat-footed. (Morgan White photo)

Sam Wynn (19) and Owen Barenburg (7) were honored on Senior Night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Forget about Bend it Like Beckham. We’re more about Curl it Like Cole.

On the afternoon the Coupeville High School boys soccer program honored seniors Sam Wynn and Owen Barenburg, it was freshman Cole White who stole the show.

While the Wolf booters weren’t able to upend the Northwest 2B/1B League Champs, with visiting Orcas Island rampaging to a 10-1 win, that one Coupeville goal was a peach.

Not only was it the best scoring play of the season, but arguably one of the prettiest ever seen on Mickey Clark Field.

With an injury-riddled Coupeville squad battling the undefeated Vikings every step of the way, and Wolf goalie Logan Martin making one sweet save after another, CHS trailed just 1-0 at the mid-point of the first half.

That’s when White, heir to a legacy of prep athletic excellence crafted back in the day by dad Greg, lost his dang mind.

Blasting a shot from deep on the left side of the field, Cole was trying to set up teammates scrambling for position in front of the net.

Instead, the ball, showing a mind of its own, kept rising, kept curling, and kept increasing in speed and velocity, until it hooked right into the top right corner of the net.

The Orcas goaltender, who was otherwise lights-out, flung himself skyward, trying to track the incoming swerve missile, but had no chance as the orb came dangerously close to tearing a hole through the netting.

The play drew a low whistle and a reverent “That was sweet!” from CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, who then crafted the Curl it Like Cole movie title out of thin air, before gifting it to the media assembled in his press box.

That set off pandemonium in the stands, and on the pitch, with White mobbed by his teammates, a crush of joy hailing the young star’s first high school goal, though very likely not his last.

As fast as the euphoria washed over the gathered masses, it was dampened a bit, however.

The Vikings seemed to take the score personally, and clicked into destruction mode after that.

Sending 10 of 11 players on many attacks, Orcas rattled home four scores in an eight-minute tear, breaking up a 1-1 stalemate and carrying a daunting 5-1 lead into the halftime break.

Intent on keeping their unbeaten streak intact, the very-efficient Vikings seized every opportunity, no matter how small, and rained home another five goals in the second half to make the final score much more lopsided than probably necessary.

With the loss, Coupeville drops to 1-3 during this pandemic-shortened season, with the regular-season finale set for Wednesday in La Conner.

After that, there may be another game, however.

NWL officials are working on a plan for “playoff” games to cap the season, with contests played Friday or Saturday.

The league’s #1 and #2 teams would face-off, with #3 vs. #4 and #5 vs. #6 also on the schedule.

Coupeville is currently in fifth-place in the seven-team league, ahead of La Conner (1-4-1) and Grace Academy (0-4-1).

While Monday’s tilt with Orcas was about the soccer, it was also about paying tribute to Wynn and Barenburg, the heart and soul of the Wolf backline.

They were hailed before the game, with velvet-voiced CHS announcer Ja’Kenya Hoskins reading off their senior thank-you’s, and family giving the duo a gift certificate for dinner.

Wynn, who will be attending the University of Calgary, summed up his run as a Wolf booter thusly:

“I really got into soccer and had more fun with it because of the programs at Coupeville,” he said. “I just want to thank all the coaches and everybody who’s volunteered and fed me throughout the years.”

Barenburg, who began his soccer career at age six in South Korea, and later had a stint playing in Italy, plans to attend Western Washington University.

“I like soccer to be fun for everyone and enjoyed playing Central Whidbey Rec soccer with my friend Sam in elementary school,” he said.

“Going forward I plan to study computer science and hopefully continue playing this wonderful sport wherever I can.”

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