Posts Tagged ‘spikes’

Travel ball is out.

Local high school and middle school spikers are not competing right now, and Tuesday the Whidbey Volleyball Club announced it is cancelling its season.

The decision was forced on the club by the double whammy of the COVID-19 pandemic, and by a lack of gym space in which to practice.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the WVC directed players and their parents to look to a pair of mainland clubs if they still want to play.

“There are clubs (Apex and SIVA) off-Island that will still be having a season since they have their own facilities and their tryouts are this weekend,” the WVC said.

“If your child would like to tryout, please reach out to those clubs.”

WVC, which launched in 2016, is a USA Junior Olympic volleyball club which has multiple teams in different age groups, and draws athletes from all parts of Whidbey Island.

In recent seasons, numerous Coupeville spikers, including All-Conference high school stars like Emma Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout, and Scout Smith have played for WVC teams.

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Coupeville spikers headed into grades K-12, which includes stars like Maddie Vondrak, are invited to take part in a pair of June volleyball skills camps. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

When the weather gets warm, its time to go inside the gym.

Coupeville High School volleyball coach Cory Whitmore is offering two skills camps for spikers in June, and both will offer a mix of education and fun.

“The camps are offered to promote and improve the skills of volleyball players within the program and community,” Whitmore said.

“Participants will be given the opportunity to play and grow with peers, in a fun and safe environment, all the while receiving personalized instruction from the CHS volleyball team and coaching staff.”

The first camp, set to run 9 AM-noon June 8-9, is for incoming students in grades K-6th.

It will be held in the Coupeville Middle School gym, and cost is $20 per camper.

All participants registered by May 27 receive a “Wolves Skill Camp” t-shirt and should plan on bringing athletic wear (including indoor shoes) and a water bottle when they attend.

To register and sign an accident waiver and liability form, parents can jump over to:


Payment for the camp, either in cash or in checks payable to “Coupeville High School” should be brought to the first day of camp.

The second camp, set for June 10-13 (3:30-6:30 PM), is for players headed into grades 7-12.

Cost is $30, it will be held in the CHS gym, and players need to have a current physical on file with the office.

To register, pop over to:


In case of questions, contact Whitmore at cwhitmore@coupeville.k12.wa.us or call (509) 347-6301.

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All the details worth knowing.

It’s a win-win kind of situation.

Coupeville volleyball coaches are offering young spikers a chance to sharpen their skills, while raising money to help the high school teams.

Wolf Pup Volleyball, which runs from Apr. 9 to May 28, is a series of 15 two-hour practices aimed at players currently in fifth and sixth grade.

For all the pertinent info, scroll back up and take a look at the handy-dandy photo guide.

And to register by Apr. 2, pop over to:


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   With a flick of her fingers, Zoe Trujillo sends another winner away to find a new home on the opposite side of the net. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   It’s not the sound of thunder, it’s just Kalia Littlejohn kickin’ the crud out of the soccer ball.

Maddie Vondrak (far left) knows exactly where the cameraman is hiding.

Raven Vick unleashes all the fury, all the power.

Wolf defender Mallory Kortuem gets the ball out of town as quickly as possible.

   When Lauren Bayne goes for the ball, the smart rival simply backs off and says, “Yep, you got it. Just ignore me.”

   Kyla Briscoe (left) warms up Mikayla Elfrank’s hittin’ hands during pre-game festivities.

Properly warmed-up, Elfrank gets medieval on the Eagles.

The action kept John Fisken hopping.

With volleyball and soccer games going on at the same time in Coupeville Tuesday, the intrepid photo god bounced up and down S. Main, hitting every activity, camera in hand.

The photos above are courtesy him, but are just the tip of the iceberg.

To see everything he shot, pop over to the links below.

And, when you do, remember this — every purchase helps fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

Plus, if he sells some pics, he’s even more likely to make the trek up from Oak Harbor the next time the Wolves are playing.



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Katrina McGranahan (John Fisken photos)

   Katrina McGranahan contemplates a spectacular season to come. (John Fisken photos)

Maddy Hilkey

Maddy Hilkey goes low to keep a play alive.

Zoe Trujillo

Zoe Trujillo unleashes a deadly serve.

Valen Trujillo

Older sister Valen Trujillo displays textbook form.


  Wolf soccer sensations Avalon (left) and Sage Renninger pause for a family photo.

Emma Smith

Emma Smith uncorks a vicious spike.

Hilkey and LRob

  Hilkey hangs out with her fan club president, fellow Wolf athlete Lindsey Roberts.

Aimee and Mikayla

   Aimee Bishop (left), taking a brief break in her never-ending duties as CHS athletic coordinator, stops to get Mikayla Elfrank’s autograph.

The court is once again alive with the sound of spikes and digs.

Volleyball returned Tuesday night, and with its arrival came wanderin’ photo man John Fisken, who blew in the door to see what was up.

The pics above capture a mix of CHS players in (and out) of action, as well as faithful fans on hand to witness the Wolves sweep varsity and JV matches from visiting Mount Vernon Christian.

To peruse all of Fisken’s pics (purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes) pop over to:


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