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Lillian Stanwood (left) is a Coupeville soccer star with a positive attitude, talent for the game, and big hopes for her future on the pitch. (Photo courtesy Amanda Stanwood)

Remember the name Lillian Stanwood.

She’s a young soccer star on the rise, one who already has a classy attitude and a deep desire to take her game as far as possible.

Stanwood, who will be a 7th grader at Coupeville Middle School in the fall, currently plays select soccer for Northwest United.

Along with other Central Whidbey booters such as Genna Wright and Chayse Van Velkinburgh, she spent the weekend in Mount Vernon, playing in the 25th Skagit Firecracker tournament.

Stanwood competes with a team which is an age group above her own.

While her squad didn’t capture a title over the weekend, the young Coupeville star got plenty of time on the pitch.

When she wasn’t playing, she demonstrated the kind of support for other players which will benefit her greatly as she progresses in the game.

“(When she wasn’t playing) she went to the lower bracket games to cheer on her fellow club members without being prompted,” said mom Amanda. “She’s an amazing young lady and constantly displays what team support should look like.”

Stanwood has big dreams for the future, which may start as early as this fall.

With the school’s football program being shuttered, Coupeville Middle School is reportedly preparing to launch a boys soccer program in its place.

So far there hasn’t been word of a similar program for Wolf girls, so Stanwood may try out for the boys team if school officials agree.

She’s also considering playing basketball for CMS (if it doesn’t conflict with her select soccer schedule), but life on the pitch is what drives her.

“She eats, breathes, and sleeps soccer,” her mom said. “She dreams of going to the University of Washington to play, in hopes of someday playing for Reign FC.”

Like I said, remember the name Lillian Stanwood.

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Coupeville’s Chayse Van Velkinburgh scored four goals while playing with his select soccer squad at the annual Skagit Firecracker tourney. (Photo courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

He’s a goal-scoring wizard, he is.

Coupeville 2nd grader Chayse Van Velkinburgh exploded the nets at the 25th Skagit Firecracker soccer tournament in Mount Vernon.

Whidbey’s answer to Ronaldo peppered rival goalies all weekend, smacking four goals into the back of the net to spark his select soccer squad to a stellar performance.

Van Velkinburgh plays for U9 Northwest United, and he and his team played up a bracket at the tourney, competing in the U10 division and claiming 2nd place.

NWU fell 2-0 to the ISC Gunners in the first round, but then came back strong to dropkick Titans FC 9-6 and Shoreline Sports 3-1.

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Coupeville’s Genna Wright (on right) helped her select soccer team win a tourney title this weekend. (Photo courtesy Christine Wright)

She’s a winner, every step of the way.

Genna Wright, who is wrapping up her sophomore year at Coupeville High School, is one of the school’s top athletes.

A ferocious goal-scorer on the soccer pitch and the #1 singles player for the Wolves on the tennis court, the youngest in a family full of athletic stars is carving out her own successful trail.

Wright’s latest accomplishment came this weekend, as she helped lead her select soccer squad to a title at the 25th annual Skagit Firecracker in Mount Vernon.

She and her Northwest United teammates finished 3-0-1 while playing in the U18 division.

After opening with a 7-1 rout of the FSC Gunners Friday, NWU nipped the Irish Gators 3-2 the following day.

Wrapping things up Sunday, Wright and Co. fought to a scoreless tie with Bremerton Force, then rebounded to beat the same team 1-0 in the tourney title game.

The toe which produced the lone goal in the finale?

It belonged, of course, to the very-efficient Wright, who knocked in the game (and title)-winning score.

Coupeville High School coach Kyle Nelson has to be happy with the way his top goal scorer is playing during the “off-season.”

When Wright returns to kick off her junior season this fall, she will start play in a tie as the #3 goal scorer in CHS girls history.

With 17 goals to her credit across two high school seasons, she sits even with Lindsey Roberts, who just graduated.

After she eases ahead of her former teammate, Wright can turn to chasing down the only Wolf girls ahead of her on the career chart.

That would be the now-departed Mia and Kalia Littlejohn, who punched in 35 and 33 goals in their CHS careers, respectively.

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Whidbey warriors (l to r) celebrate their tourney title. (Dawn Hesselgrave photos)

Whidbey warriors (l to r) Malia Hansen, Mia Littlejohn, Kalia Littlejohn and Jenna Cooley celebrate their tourney title. (Dawn Hesselgrave photos)

The best girls under 16 team in all the land.

The best girls under 16 team in all the land.

The will to win is strong in these two.

Powered by its one-two combo of Wolf sharpshooters in sisters Mia and Kalia Littlejohn, the NWU GU16 select soccer squad romped to its third straight win Sunday afternoon, claiming a title at the 21st annual Skagit Firecracker tourney in Burlington.

NWU bounced Snohomish United GU16 2-0 in its final game to cap a 3-0 run through the tournament.

The squad, which boasts four players total from Whidbey, had opened play with a 4-0 drilling of Gala FC Friday.

It then pulled out a heart-stopping 2-1 win over Snohomish Saturday when Kalia Littlejohn slipped a penalty kick past the goalie with less than 30 seconds to play.

Snohomish rebounded to beat Gala FC 3-0 late Saturday to give itself a shot at the title.

Then reality hit like a Littlejohn bomb smacking into the back of the net.

The CHS duo were joined by longtime traveling companion Malia Hansen and newcomer Jenna Cooley to rep Whidbey on the tourney title-winning squad, which is otherwise made up of off-Island players.

Mia Littlejohn was one of Coupeville High School’s top scoring threats last year, winning the award for the team’s top new player.

Kalia, who starred for the CMS volleyball and basketball squads, is expected to join her sister on the pitch in the fall, when she’ll be a freshman and Mia will be a grizzled vet as a sophomore.

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