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Stay home, but still get that triathlon burn.

Want to stay active in the time of coronavirus?

You can compete in one of Whidbey’s premier athletic events without coming to the Island this summer.

And let’s stress that last part, as you can take part in the Whidbey Island Triathlon but not transport any potential germs to Phase 3 Island County from your blighted Phase 1 or Phase 2 burgs.

Just sayin’.

As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, the triathlon, in its 24th year of existence, has gone virtual.

Instead of being a one-day competition on Whidbey, the event, managed by the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, is being offered July 24-August 2.

Normally, the Whidbey Triathlon consists of a half-mile swim, a 19-mile bike ride, and a 3.75-mile run.

So, not the Ironman, but still a nice, tough challenge.

This time around, there is no official race course — again, stay off of Whidbey; we have cattle prods and will use them! — which also means no awards for placing.

But, if you take a look at the event’s web site, you’ll find a variety of different ways to get that triathlon burn … without being singed by any wayward cattle prods.

That includes being able to use a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or indoor rowing machine to simulate the swim session, or a treadmill for the running leg.

For much more info, pop over to:

Whidbey Island Triathlon

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My sister has added ducks to the family farm, to the delight of my nephews. (Sarah Kirkconnell photo)

Spring break under the heat lamp. (Matthew Kirkconnell photo)

“I will name him George and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him and pat him!” (Artwork by Alistaire Kirkconnell)

It’s a dream come true for my nephews.

Lil’ ducks as far as the eye can see.

Since coming back to Whidbey Island two years ago, my sister and her husband have taught all three of their sons a lot of lessons about gardening, forestry, and living off the land.

Now, to go along with the dog and cat, the family has added 12 little chicks to the farm.

Excitement abounds, especially among the younger of the nephews, Walker and Alistaire, who are 4th and 2nd graders respectively.

The boys, and their older brother Ford, are big fans of old-school Donald Duck cartoons.

Alistaire once fell off the end of the couch from laughing too hard after Donald accidentally swallowed a bag of popcorn and set off an explosion of kernels by standing too close to the fireplace.

Which raises the question – how long until they knit their ducks little sailor outfits?

Tops only, of course, as we all know ducks don’t wear pants.

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Brionna Blouin helped spark Coupeville’s top squad to a big win Thursday in Langley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gabriella Becktell and friends play three of their next four games at home.

Right back where they want to be.

A day after being swept in Sultan, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads bounced right back into the winning column Thursday afternoon.

Facing off with their next-door neighbors in Langley, the Wolves won two of three games, ending their week on a positive note.

Now, after back-to-back road trips, CMS plays three of its next four at home, beginning next Wednesday, Feb. 26, when they welcome Lakewood to The Rock.

How Thursday played out:

 

Level 1:

Wham-bam.

Powered by the one-two scoring punch of Savina Wells and Lauren Marrs, who combined to net 29 points, the Wolves strolled to a 35-20 win.

The victory evens Coupeville’s season mark at 2-2.

CMS put the game away early, jumping out to a 9-2 lead at the first break, then pushing the margin to 19-2 after blanking Langley through the second frame.

From there, Coupeville stretched the lead to 31-10 heading into the fourth, before coasting home for the Island rivalry win.

Wells rang up a team-high 17 points, including an early three-ball and a 4-4 run at the free throw line in the second quarter.

The CMS 7th grader has piled up 63 points through her first four games, averaging just a whisper below 16 a night.

Her older running mate, Marrs, was Miss Consistency, banging away for 12 points with a variety of sweet moves, while Brionna Blouin (4) and Allison Nastali (2) rounded out the Wolf offensive attack.

Kaitlyn Leavell, Taylor Brotemarkle, Lyla Stuurmans, Skylar Parker, Mia Farris, Kayla Arnold, Desi Ramirez, Grey Peabody, Madison McMillan, and Reese Wilkinson also saw floor time as CMS was able to cycle through its full roster.

 

Level 2:

It was a nail-biter for 21 minutes, then Coupeville’s second squad pulled away to claim its first win of the season at 14-7.

The young Wolves are 1-2 headed into the Lakewood clash.

Scoring was at a premium for much of the game, with CMS netting just a single bucket in each of the first three quarters.

But while their offense was a bit muted, the Wolf defense was on point, blanking the host Cougars in both the second and third frames.

That allowed Coupeville to scrape its way back from an early 5-2 deficit, but the lead was as slim as possible at 6-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

That was when the Wolves started hitting on all cylinders, with Katie Marti, Parker, and Arnold all hitting key buckets down the stretch.

Marti outscored Langley by herself, finishing with a game-high eight points, with Wilkinson, Arnold, and Parker each chipping in with a basket apiece.

Also seeing solid floor time were Issabel Johnson, Jada Heaton, Peabody, Aby Wood, and Leavell.

 

Level 3:

Coupeville’s only loss came in the finale, as a still-developing squad fell 28-8.

Langley turned it on in the first and fourth quarters, dropping 10 points in each frame as it sent the Wolves to an 0-2 start on the season.

Heaton (4), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Aubrey Blitch (4) scored for CMS, with Alena Osborne, Shayla Town, Pamela Morrell, Kassidy Upchurch, and Gabriella Becktell also playing.

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Lyla Stuurmans fires a serve. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The battle for Whidbey Island volleyball supremacy rages on.

At the high school level, Coupeville has dominated South Whidbey this season, while at the middle school level, the girls from Langley have gotten a bit of revenge.

Facing off for the second time this season Monday, Langley once again won two of three matches, but still couldn’t solve Coupeville’s big-serving #2 squad.

How the day played out in the CMS gym (based on what I gleaned from stat sheets, since I had a family commitment and couldn’t be there in person):

 

Level 1:

Coupeville put up its strongest fight in the first set, but was swept 25-14, 25-4, 15-6.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-8 on the season, heading into the finale Tuesday at Lakewood.

Savina Wells paced CMS, racking up seven points off of her serve, while Grey Peabody backed her up with a five-spot.

Also scoring for the Wolves were Olivia Schaffeld (3), Mia Farris (3), Katie Marti (2), Chloe Marzocca (2), Lyla Stuurmans (1), and Taylor Brotemarkle (1).

 

Level 2:

Coupeville’s most-dangerous team rolled to a 25-18, 25-19 win, then dropped a third practice set 15-11.

With the season sweep of their next door neighbors, the Wolves clinch a winning season at 6-3.

Leading the way for CMS were Jada Heaton, who sparked her team to 16 points, Brionna Blouin (12), and Madison McMillan (10).

Chipping in to the team cause were Allison Nastali (5), Kaitlyn Leavell (5), Issabel Johnson (5), Laila Wenzel (3), Ava Mitten (3), and Aby Wood (2).

 

Level 3:

Like Coupeville’s #1 team, its #3 squad put together its best work in the first frame, before falling 25-11, 25-7, 15-5.

With the loss, the young Wolves sit at 1-8 headed into their finale.

Oktober Frost, owner of the best name in the volleyball biz, led the way with five points off of her serve, while Bailey Thule, Bryley Gilbert, Kaylee Clark, and Emma Garcia racked up three apiece.

Maryah Love (2), Jones Walther (1), Jackie Contreras (1), Kassidy Upchurch (1), and Gabriella Becktell (1) also scored for Coupeville.

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Mia Farris launches the Wolf offense on the attack. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lyla Stuurmans gets low to keep a ball in play.

It was a battle royal for the heart of the Island.

Or at least a rare weekend volleyball showdown for middle school neighbors.

Thanks to a reshuffled schedule brought about by reffing issues, Coupeville and Langley clashed Saturday on the southern tip of Whidbey, with the Cougars taking two of three matches from the Wolves.

How it all played out:

 

Level 1:

Coupeville’s top spikers fought hard all day, coming back to win the third set but drop the match 25-19, 25-15, 7-15.

The loss leaves the Wolves at 0-6 on the season, heading into a home match Monday with Granite Falls.

Savina Wells had the spiciest mix of serves, helping CMS win 11 points while she was anchored at the stripe, while Olivia Schaffeld (9) and Mia Farris (7) chipped in with solid work.

Also winning points on serve were Katie Marti (6), Chloe Marzocca (5), Grey Peabody (5), Taylor Brotemarkle (3), and Lyla Stuurmans (3).

 

Level 2:

Coupeville’s most-successful squad kept the good times rolling, thumping their hosts 25-13, 25-11, 16-14.

With the win, the Wolves middle franchise bounces to a spiffy 4-2.

Dropping the hammer of the gods on the Cougars was the one-two combo of Madison McMillan and Brionna Blouin, who each tallied up 18 points on serve.

Aby Wood led the support crew with 12 more, while Issabel Johnson had nine.

Rounding out the well-balanced attack were Allison Nastali (3), Skylar Parker (2), Ava Mitten (2), and Kaitlyn Leavell (2).

 

Level 3:

Langley got a bit of revenge in this one, sweeping Coupeville 25-9, 25-14, 15-4, dropping the Wolves to 1-5 on the season.

Bryley Gilbert was the top scorer for CMS, tallying up five points off of her serve, with Hayley Thomas tossing in another four.

Also scoring were Bailey Thule (3), Kaylee Clark (3), Oktober Frost (3), Kassidy Upchurch (3), Gabriella Becktell (3), Jackie Contreras (2), and Maryah Love (1).

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