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Helen Strelow closed out her stellar CHS tennis career with a strong run at the state tourney. (Jackie Saia photo)

Class and competitive fire.

Coupeville High School senior netter Helen Strelow has both traits, and so does her coach, Ken Stange.

So, it’s sort of fitting the two concluded their prep tennis careers at the same time, putting a bow on things at the 1B/2B state championships in Yakima.

Strelow battled hard in her third match of the tourney before falling 6-2, 6-3 to Gwen Gilliam of Goldendale in a loser-out match Saturday morning.

The Wolf ace, who split a pair of bouts Friday, finishes her final campaign with an 11-3 record.

Gilliam advanced to the 3rd/4th place match, where she lost 6-0, 6-4 to Liberty Linklater of Okanogan.

That was a reversal of fortune for both, as Gilliam beat Linklater in the first round of the two-day tournament.

The championship match was a family affair, with Avi Sahota of Jenkins (Chewelah), last year’s runner-up, knocking off lil’ sis Simi 6-2, 6-3 to claim the title.

For Strelow and Stange, the van ride back to Whidbey Island caps their time with the CHS tennis program.

The former graduates in a few days, while the latter is retiring after a nearly two-decade run coaching Wolf girls’ and boys’ tennis.

Ken Stange is retiring after coaching Wolf tennis since 2005. (Jackie Saia photo)

As he exited Yakima, Stange paused for a moment to praise Strelow, who provided him with the sixth, and final, trip to state during his coaching tenure.

“She is an amazing person,” he said. “Artist, scholar, athlete, and one of the kindest people anyone could ever know.

“She improved from week to week, day to day, on a consistent basis,” Stange added.

“She certainly has a spot on my all-time CHS team!”

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Coupeville High School senior Josh Upchurch capped his prep track career with an appearance at the state meet. (Photo courtesy Brittany Kolbet)

They’re set up for an awards windfall.

Coupeville High School track and field athletes have claimed three medals, including a state title, at the three-day 2B state championships in Yakima, and will add between 8-11 more during Saturday’s finale.

The big news on day #2 was Wolf senior Alex Murdy claiming the title in the long jump, smashing his PR by eight inches.

He’s the 10th athlete in school history to stand atop the podium, and the first ever to win a title in a field event.

Murdy’s big win comes a day after Carolyn Lhamon claimed a 4th place medal in the shot put and Aidan Wilson earned 5th place in the triple jump.

Coupeville is slated to compete in 11 events Saturday, all finals.

The Wolves are guaranteed medals in eight running events, after they successfully made it through all their prelims.

Three other CHS athletes — Cael Wilson (pole vault), Ryanne Knoblich (high jump), and Zac Tackett (discus) — are in field events, where all 16 competitors vie in the finals, with the top eight claiming medals.

In the prelim running events, Coupeville’s best finish was also its most controversial.

The boys 4 x 100 relay team, comprised of Tim Ursu, Tate Wyman, Aidan Wilson, and Dominic Coffman, originally didn’t make the cut.

But after a protest, and a counter-protest, the Wolves, who had the fastest time of the day, were moved back into first place and advance to Saturday’s rumble.

Barring a lineup change in the 4 x 1, Aidan Wilson is guaranteed to exit Yakima with three state meet medals in his final go-round.

The senior will be the 12th Wolf to finish with five or more for their career.

Sophomores Lyla Stuurmans (400, 800, 4 x 400) and Monroe Myles (200, 400, 4 x 400) will also take home three medals apiece in their first state meet appearance, while senior Claire Mayne (100 hurdles, 4 x 4) will collect a pair.

With 11 finals, and eight guaranteed medals on the Saturday schedule, Coupeville is also in play for its first-ever team title.

The Wolf boys sit in 4th place with 14 points.

Goldendale (22), St. George’s (20), and Raymond (17.50) hold the top three slots, with 11 of 17 events to be decided Saturday.

On the girls side, there’s work to be done, with Coupeville in 14th place with five points.

St. George’s (40), Okanogan (31), and Asotin (22) are the front runners, and six of 18 events have been scored.

Carly Burt sails over the bar in the pole vault. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)


Friday’s results:



200 (Prelims) — Monroe Myles (5th) 26.91 *PR*

400 (Prelims) — Lyla Stuurmans (4th) 1:03.18 *PR*

800 (Prelims) — Stuurmans (8th) 2:34.59 *PR*

100 Hurdles (Prelims) — Claire Mayne (4th) 17.38 *PR*

4 x 400 Relay (Prelims) — Mayne, Carly Burt, Myles, Stuurmans (3rd) 4:21.23

Discus (Finals) — Carolyn Lhamon (11th) 91-10

Pole Vault (Finals) — Burt (11th) 7-06 *PR*



800 (Prelims) — Aidan Wilson (5th) 2:02.71

4 x 100 Relay (Prelims) — Tim UrsuTate Wyman, Wilson, Dominic Coffman (1st) 44.61

Shot Put (Finals) — Josh Upchurch (16th) 36-02.50

High Jump (Finals) — Coffman (10th) 5-08

Long Jump (Finals) — Alex Murdy (1st) 20-11 *PR* *STATE CHAMP*

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Helen Strelow is alive and kicking heading into day #2 of the state championships. (Photos courtesy Brian Strelow)

She’s sticking around.

Having traveled all the way to Yakima for the 1B/2B state tennis championships, Coupeville’s Helen Strelow is giving the school van time to cool down before the trip home.

The Wolf senior split a pair of matches Friday and returns to action Saturday with a chance to finish as high as 3rd.

Strelow fell 6-1, 6-1 to Simi Sahota of Jenkins (Chewelah) in her opener, then bounced back to whack Amy Dorman of Lake Roosevelt 6-1, 6-3 in the afternoon.

With the split, the Wolf ace, now 11-2 on the season, earns a matchup with Gwen Gilliam of Goldendale.

That slugfest is a loser-out affair, with the victor squaring off later Saturday in the 3rd/4th place matchup against either Maddie Castro of Cle Elum or Liberty Linklater of Okanogan.

The top four finishers claim awards, with Simi Sahota scheduled to play older sister Avi Sahota in the championship match.

Strelow smacks a return at the swanky Yakima Tennis Club.

This is Strelow’s third appearance at a state championship event, but her first as a netter.

She twice advanced to the final run of the season in cross country, qualifying for state as both a junior and senior.

During her final campaign on the trails, Strelow was a captain as the Wolf girls made it to state as a complete team for the first time since the ’80s.


League rivals eliminated:

Friday Harbor’s Megan Mellinger and Kira Clark, who won the tri-district doubles title when Strelow won the singles crown, went two and out Friday in Yakima.

The Wolverines fell 6-2, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-0 to teams from St. George’s and Pateros, respectively.

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Carolyn Lhamon kicked off the state meet with a bang. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two medals in hand, and a third one on order.

Day #1 of the three-day 2B state track and field championships went to plan for Coupeville High School, with all three athletes in competition doing well.

Wolf senior Carolyn Lhamon led the way in Yakima, shattering her PR in the shot put by more than a foot as she claimed 4th place in a field of 16 girls.

Her throw of 36 feet, two inches tops her previous best mark of 35-00, set at the district meet.

It also left Lhamon just seven inches shy of the CHS girls record of 36-09, set way back in 1990 by Jennie Cross.

Lhamon, who finished 16th at state as a junior, becomes the 78th Wolf to bring home a state meet medal, and the 32nd girl.

Joining her in claiming hardware Thursday was fellow senior Aidan Wilson, who claimed 5th in the triple jump, narrowly missing a PR with a mark of 41-06.75.

It’s the third state meet medal for him, after he brought home a 2nd (4 x 100) and 3rd (800) last season.

Wilson is the 27th Wolf to hit the trifecta, and, with two events still left to compete in this time around, he has a chance to join an even-more exclusive club.

There are 11 CHS athletes currently in the five-medal fraternity.

While Coupeville brought 22 athletes to Yakima, Thursday’s schedule was relatively light, with Monroe Myles running in the 100-meter prelims.

The speedy sophomore, making her first appearance at the state meet for the Wolves, finished 5th out of 16 runners, hitting the line with a PR of 13.13 seconds.

That sends Myles into Saturday’s eight-woman final and guarantees her a medal.

With Lhamon and Wilson scoring Thursday, Coupeville is in the mix in the team scoring race as well.

The CHS girls, with five points, are tied with Brewster for 4th place.

With two of 18 events scored, St. George’s (28), Asotin (16), and White Swan (8) currently hold down the top three slots.

On the boys side, they’ve wrapped three of 17 events, with St. George’s (16), Chewelah (12), and Goldendale (12) in the early lead.

Coupeville, with Wilson’s four points, is 14th heading into Friday.

“They did amazing!!!,” said Coupeville girls’ coach Elizabeth Bitting. “A fun day in YAKIMA!!!”

“Yep, good stuff,” added boys’ coach Bob Martin.

And the Wolves get right back at it after a sleep, with their athletes primed to compete in seven prelims and five finals during day #2 at Zaepfel Stadium.

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Nick (left) and Josh Guay are joined by a very-chipper Phil Jump. (Dina Guay photo)

Time to hit the road.

Coupeville High School track and field athletes and coaches rumbled out of town Thursday morning at the crack of dawn, headed for Yakima.

The 2B state championships await them, with the Wolves slated to start three days of competition a few hours after arrival on the East side of the state.

Monroe Myles (100), Carolyn Lhamon (shot put), and Aidan Wilson (triple jump) are up first, with the main flurry of action set to kick off Friday morning.

As the Wolves got ready for their bus trip, pics were snapped, and cheers were unleashed.

On to glory!

Ready for an early-morning business trip. (Brittany Kolbet photo)

Alex Murdy gets a send-off from the grandparents. (Photo courtesy Sandi Murdy)

State swag for days. (Josh Guay photo)

Josh Upchurch heads to the state championships in a second sport. (Brittany Kolbet photo)

Future Wolf stars cheer on current ones. (Dina Guay photo)

Ryanne Knoblich is on her way to claim all the medals. (Mariah Madsen photo)

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