Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

Zara Bradley rips a winner. (Photos by JohnPhotos.net)

   It was at that moment the tennis ball realized Heather Nastali meant to inflict some serious damage.

   Making a play for the lucrative overseas market, I drop in a photo of North Kitsap’s Anna Bronchal, who hails from Valencia, Spain.

Jillian Mayne sends a ball airborne.

Claire Mietus (left) breaks down the strategy of the game for her curb mate.

Megan Behan swings into action.

The courts were back in action.

After a two-week pause, the Coupeville High School girls tennis squad finally returned Monday, facing North Kitsap in a David vs. Goliath battle.

While the Wolves were unable to topple the Vikings, who are 56-2 over the past five seasons, simply having a chance to wield a racket again was a win.

Plus, it gave photo bug John Fisken a chance to swing by and snap a bunch of pics, some of which he shares with us above.

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   A pack of ornery Wolves irritate the crud out of a Port Townsend rival. Left to right, the defensive dynamos are Sarah Wright, Allison Wenzel and Ema Smith. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kyla Briscoe (black jacket) leads the cheers from the Coupeville varsity bench.

Kylie Chernikoff looks for an opening in the RedHawk defense.

Scout Smith’s hair fakes one way, while the pass eventually went the other way.

The Wolf JV bench enjoys watching their teammates romp to a blowout win.

   It’s a battle for rebounding position and international dominance, as Finland’s Vilma Jurmu (15) battles with Spanish superstar Julia García Oñoro.

John Fisken is a busy bee these days.

Bouncing madly back and forth between Oak Harbor and Coupeville as the winter sports season winds down, he (and his cameras) have been just about everywhere.

With an early start time Friday in Cow Town, Fisken was able to hit the games between the Wolf girls and visiting Port Townsend before heading back to Navy land for Oak Harbor’s Senior Night festivities.

The pics above are courtesy him.

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   Spanish foreign exchange student Julia García Oñoro is adding to her American experience with a stint as a CHS basketball player. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

García Oñoro works on her dribbling skills during a recent practice.

“I loved this town since the day I arrive.”

Trading bustling Guadalajara, Spain for low-key Coupeville has been a big change for Julia García Oñoro, but it’s one the foreign exchange student turned basketball star is enjoying.

“It’s really nice here; it is really different from any place I’ve been before,” she said. “While I was in Spain I was always looking in Google maps and photos about Coupeville, but anyways it still surprised me, how beautiful it is.”

“My town was nothing like here,” García Oñoro added. “Alovera has a lot more people and it’s a lot dryer; well, all that area has a dry weather.

“We barely see the rain and we don’t have the same kind of trees as here and of course not that many.”

Like most foreign exchange students, García Oñoro didn’t choose her destination. But, wherever she landed, it was a journey she was anticipating.

“It was really unexpected,” she said. “One day I was with my dad in the car and he suddenly asked me if I wanted to do it. I didn’t even think about it, my answer was yes.

“I really was into the idea because the last summer I spent a month as a foreign student in England, and it was fantastic,” García Oñoro added. “And not always you have the opportunity to go and live abroad and learn another language.”

In preparation for the trip, she filled out questionnaires and wrote a letter about herself, so that prospective host families could get a feel for her as a person.

When she landed in a cow town on a rock in the middle of the water in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, it was kismet.

“I didn’t choose Coupeville, but anyways, if I had the opportunity I would probably choose it or a place similar to this,” García Oñoro said.

With the arrival of winter, she’s joined Amy King’s Wolf JV basketball team, a first-time player learning the game under a sage hoops guru.

Enjoying her first experience with American high school sports, García Oñoro is considering playing tennis or competing in track and field in the spring.

After her year in America, she’ll return to Spain to live with her mother, where she’ll finish her final year of high school.

Down the road, García Oñoro plans to study economics and international business while living with her grandparents.

That will give her an opportunity to combine further schooling with providing assistance to her grandmother and grandfather.

When she’s not in the gym working on perfecting her skills on the basketball court, García Oñoro enjoys reading. Though she admits her mind wanders at times.

“I love reading, but I can’t deny that I procrastinate a lot with it,” she said. “I always end up in my phone reading stories in Wattpad or wasting my time in Tumblr.

“Another thing I like is music,” García Oñoro added. “I can spend hours listening it or looking for new artists or songs.”

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(Dawn Hesselgrave photos)

The Americans have come to town, and they’re not leaving until they score all the goals. (Dawn Hesselgrave photos)


Spreading a bit of international love.


Just in case you forgot where they are.

San Sebastian glows.

San Sebastian glows.

Still flawless in Spain.

Pulling off its second shutout in as many days, the NWU GU16 select soccer squad, which features four Whidbey island players, rampaged to a 6-0 victory at the Donosti Cup in San Sebastian.

With all four Island girls — Mia Littlejohn, Jenna Cooley, Malia Hansen and Kalia Littlejohn — contributing with a goal or assist, or both, NWU pounded Antigua Luberri BGE, which hails from Zumaia, Spain.

Now 2-0 in the tourney, which draws 400+ teams from 20+ countries, the Washington state squad has outscored its opponents 10-0 so far.

The most electrifying goal in game two may have come from Kalia Littlejohn.

The Coupeville High School freshman-to-be awoke memories of the professional players who have trod the pitch in the stadium she was playing in, punching in her goal on a header.

Back at home on The Rock, Wolf girls’ soccer coach Troy Cowan heard the news and hasn’t stopped smiling since.

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Kalia (Dawn Hesselgrave photos)

Kalia Littlejohn joins the Wall of Fame. (Dawn Hesselgrave photos)


Dawn Hesselgrave is caught on the other side of the camera.

Kalia and Malia

   Littlejohn and Malia Hansen (left) explore a high-level professional soccer locker room.


San Sebastian, soccer (and food) mecca.


   Mia Littlejohn (left, front) enjoys the ride, while several of her teammates opt for nap time.


Kalia practices her post-goal celebration.

They’re undefeated on international soil.

Having traveled to Spain for the Donosti Cup, the NWU GU16 select soccer squad, which features four Whidbey Island players, rolled to a 4-0 win in its opener.

Coupeville High School sophomore-to-be Mia Littlejohn scored a goal in the first half, then took over in net in the second half to complete the shutout.

The Donosti Cup, held in San Sebastian on Spain’s Basque coast, draws 400 teams from 20 countries.

Players, coaches and parents raised the money for the trip with a variety of fundraisers, and the first few days in Spain were spent sightseeing and tasting the local cuisine.

San Sebastian currently has two of the world’s top ten ranked restaurants.

Mia Littlejohn is joined on the squad by lil’ sis Kalia, who will be a freshman at CHS, as well as fellow Islanders Malia Hansen and Jenna Cooley.

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