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Coupeville High School girls basketball guru Scott Fox is among the coaches who will work with Wolf middle school athletes as they participate in intramurals during the pandemic. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sports, uh, find a way.

While Coupeville Middle School athletes will not compete against other schools during the 2020-2021 school year, they will get a chance to stay active.

Athletic Director Willie Smith has pulled together a plan under which CMS students in grades 6-8 will be offered a variety of intramural options, with a mix of clinics and games.

“We are trying to offer our middle school students an opportunity to experience/participate in sports that are offered by us or in our community,” Smith said.

“Our high school coaches have partnered with either our middle school coaches or are working with our community programs to provide a clinic type atmosphere with some games thrown in each week.”

In some sports where CMS does not normally field a program, the school is working with groups such as Central Whidbey Little League or the Central Whidbey Soccer Club.

There is no cost, and students can participate in more than one sport in a season.

The plan calls for each sport to run 2-3 days a week during its season, with one day devoted to games.

“It is a great opportunity for our middle school students to get out and get exposed to some new, fun activities that in a regular year, they may not get to,” Smith said. “We really want this to be successful and have great attendance.”

 

The plan (with coach contacts):

 

SEASON ONE
(March 1-April 3)

Cross Country — Elizabeth Bitting — ebitting@coupeville.k12.wa.us — (**XC starts March 8**)

Flag Football (coed) — Marcus Carr — mcarr@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Girls/Boys Soccer — John Fowler — vicepresident@centralwhidbeysoccer.com

Volleyball — Cory Whitmore — cwhitmore@coupeville.k12.wa.us

 

SEASON TWO
(April 5-May 8)

Boys Basketball — Brad Sherman (bsherman@coupeville.k12.wa.us) and Jon Roberts (jroberts@coupeville.k12.wa.us)

Girls Basketball — Scott Fox (sfox@coupeville.k12.wa.us) and Fred Farris (ffarris@coupeville.k12.wa.us)

 

SEASON THREE
(May 10-June 12)

Baseball and Softball — Gordon McMillan — centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com

Track and Field — Elizabeth Bitting — ebitting@coupeville.k12.wa.us

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Big goals, big celebrations for Sebastian Davis. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He could seemingly do it all.

Athletics, academics, or activities — if Sebastian Davis put his mind to it, he could accomplish great things.

All while making it look easy-peasy from the outside, and without making others around him feel like they were accomplishing less.

That’s a rare talent, to be overwhelmingly successful while never coming across as a glory hound.

Sebastian cycled through just about every sport at some time during his run through Coupeville schools, but there are two where he made a truly enduring impact.

On the soccer pitch, he burst onto the scene as a fully-formed, goal-scoring beast, an electrifying complement to established stars such as Abraham Leyva and Zane Bundy.

His standout season, at least in terms of stats, came during his junior campaign, when he punched in six goals for the Wolves, second-best on the squad.

Most of Sebastian’s pitch tallies were of the impressive type, as evidenced in the photo above.

He had a knack for flying in from the side, plucking the ball away from a rival player, then using a lil’ razzle-dazzle to baffle the goaltender.

The ball would go one way, the netminder the other, and, up in the CHS press box, close friend Sebastian Wurzrainer would get to softly bellow, “GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL.”

It was a good set-up.

But as much as he turbo-charged things on the soccer field, Sebastian had his best run on the tennis court.

Davis and Loren Nelson enjoy the fruits of their labors at a tennis banquet. (Wendy McCormick photo)

He made the postseason every year, for four years running, captured a league singles titles, and sits on Wolf coach Ken Stange’s list of the best-ever players he’s coached in Coupeville.

Sebastian, despite almost always having a lead role in the fall theater production, always found a way to be the star on both the court and the stage,” Stange said.

“What’s more, his did it while maintaining a ridiculously high academic standard.”

The long-time coach was most impressed with how Sebastian collected his wins.

“He didn’t have the big serve and forehand that most singles players desired,” Stange said. “But he did have amazing drive and passion for the game.

“He kept focus, ran every ball down, and played every shot like it was the shot that could win the match. That kind of attitude inspired others to reach similar heights.”

Davis and teammates (left to right) Connor McCormick, Joey Lippo, and William Nelson bagged many a tennis award. (Ken Stange photo)

As Stange noted, sports were far from the only stage on which Sebastian excelled.

He was a scholar of great note, won a ton of medals in Science Olympiad competitions, and was the leading man of choice for the CHS theater troupe.

Sebastian was the Cary Grant of Coupeville, bringing a puckish charm to his many roles on the stage, all while balancing learning his lines with his many other activities.

After high school, he went on to another well-lit stage, studying Earth and Space Sciences and Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2020.

Today, in an event which should have happened a long time ago, we welcome Sebastian to the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, inducting him into our hallowed digital shrine for his excellence as an athlete and student.

After this, you’ll find him hanging out under the Legends tab at the top of the blog.

He is proof that small towns can produce big superstars, and that those same superstars can achieve epic heights while remaining down to Earth.

Sebastian Davis — a winner in every way.

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Chris Cernick

Back at it, through rain and sleet and snow.

Coupeville grad Chris Cernick continues to work on fine-tuning his soccer skills, regardless of the weather conditions outside.

His latest chills ‘n thrills, courtesy TikTok:

 

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Chris Cernick, back in his CHS days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Keep on the grind.

Former Coupeville High School soccer player Chris Cernick is documenting his ever-increasing bag of pitch skills, as seen in the new video below:

 

@chriscernick

We only hit bangers🔥! @street_panna rainbow bicycle kick😯 #fyp#foryoupage#rainbowbicycle#bangers#soccerskills

♬ Spotlight – NCK

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Robert Wood has been named the new head coach for the Coupeville High School boys soccer program. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s a familiar face in a new place.

For anyone who follows soccer on Whidbey Island, Robert Wood has been one of those guys doing a bit of everything, helping the sport boom locally.

Always upbeat, radiating a love for the sport which he tries to pass on even to those heathens such as myself who have a limited appreciation for the beautiful game, he’s a go-getter.

And now, he’s the new boys soccer coach for Coupeville High School, bouncing up from an assistant position to replace Kyle Nelson.

Wood’s former boss is not going anywhere, but decided to focus on coaching just the Wolf girls now that both CHS soccer programs will play during the same season.

Previously, the Coupeville girls played in the fall, with the boys taking the pitch in the spring.

But, with the Wolves moving from 1A to 2B, all soccer will now be played in the fall.

Except during a pandemic…

The current plan for a return to play during COVID-19 is for spring sports to kick things off, with fall sports, including soccer, set to run from March 29 to May 8.

With the adjusted schedule, Wood and other coaches will need to adapt.

Consider the well-organized new head man ready and raring to go.

“The season will be short — six weeks — so player development isn’t going to happen,” he said. “Thus, playing time and teamwork, and enjoyment is the focus.

“Getting the kids to realize what works, what wins, what fails, and the movements/leadership required on the field,” Wood added. “Long term … there’s a noticeable lack of soccer banners in the CHS gym. It’s time to fix that!”

After slamming into state soccer powers such as King’s, Klahowya, and South Whidbey in recent years, the transition to the Northwest 2B/1B League and playing against schools with student bodies much closer to Coupeville’s should be a confidence-booster.

“Now that we’re playing in a proper league we have a great opportunity to develop a winning program and the kids should realize we’re no longer a complete underdog,” Wood said.

“(We) want to develop a long-standing, long-running, successful high school soccer program that is integrated with the community soccer club.”

Wood, a father of three — two of whom have played soccer for CHS — was deeply involved in the Central Whidbey Soccer Club.

Toss in his work as a high school coach (five years with girls and boys), as a select coach (six years with Deception FC), and running the field as a ref, and he comes to his new job with a rock-solid resume.

Soccer has been a big part of his life, from his childhood days — when he also swam, ran, skied, and played lacrosse — to his time with the United States Navy.

Wood continued to patrol the pitch, and was an avid runner, until “my legs gave out,” he said with a laugh.

Now he teaches computer software classes for the Navy, hangs out with wife Jill, the Director for the Washington State Department of Radiation Protection, and gets his soccer thrills coaching and watching his children play.

Wood (right) watches a game with fellow Wolf dad Kelly Keilwitz.

James, currently a freshman at Colorado State University, rattled home six goals across three seasons for the Wolves, while showcasing a powerful kicking leg and a scrappy on-field demeanor.

He lost out on his senior season when the pandemic shut down sports last March, but had already wrapped up a stellar run as a doubles player on the tennis court.

Daughters Eryn (a CHS junior) and Aby (a CMS 8th grader) are both athletes pulling down A’s, keeping their brother’s tradition alive.

Eryn tallied her first varsity soccer goal last season, while Aby currently plays volleyball in the fall as CMS does not have a girls soccer program.

When he’s not coaching, or trying to explain the finer points of the game to us heathens, their dad “loves to cook” and “at one point was a pretty good guitar player … until I started studying soccer.”

Intently preparing for all possibilities on the pitch is part of his game-plan, though he admits sometimes he needs to step back and just take a deep breath or two.

“I am a perfectionist, but I’m continuing to learn that not everyone is, so I can’t expect perfection,” Wood said. “I will make mistakes … oh well, let’s acknowledge that and move forward.”

What he wants from his players is not necessarily perfection, but a desire to strive for that ideal.

“Trust the process! We’re starting a program that I hope will be effective and successful long after we’ve all moved on,” Wood said. “Laying the foundation is a requirement for players in later years.

“Playing a game without your hands and without timeouts is difficult and requires mental thought and a dedication and focus beyond what they’ve given before.

“Dedication to improvement is all I ask; the wins will come as long as we move forward as a team.”

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