Posts Tagged ‘Sylvia Hurlburt’

Jason Knoll fires up his trombone. (Robert Bishop photo)

The photos keep droppin’ and poppin’.

During the slowdown created by the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve taken some time to wander back through some of the 20 billion pics which have graced Coupeville Sports.

Today we stroll into 2014, the third year of the blog, and come away with what you see here – the snaps which I think best capture the feel of that year.

Sylvia Hurlburt (left) and Makana Stone, just hangin’ out. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sarah Wright gets an Orange Crush for hammering a homer over the fence. (Joe Lippo photo)

Chris Battaglia (74), about to straight-up murder a kid. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Anthony Bergeron eyeballs mom Avis Mitchell on Senior Night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Colin Belliveau (with sign) and Mitchell Losey get rowdy. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lauren Rose, 0.7 seconds from stealing the ball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville seniors (and coach Tony Maggio) bring The Bucket home. (Shawn Walstad photo)

CHS tennis coach Ken Stange strikes a pose with Wolf netters (l to r) Allie Hanigan, Sydney Aparicio, and Micky LeVine. (Photo courtesy Stange)

Cameron Boyd (center) smiles through the pain of a broken tooth, while teammates Jared Dickson (left) and Brett Arnold join him in celebrating a rivalry win over South Whidbey. (Sylvia Arnold photo)

Tiffany Briscoe, a rebounding machine. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Win or lose, mom is always there for you. (Pat Kelley photo)

Ben Olson wants the ball, thanks. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Future Wolf Ty Eck drops the boom. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Madeline Strasburg is jumped by teammates after belting a home run to straight-away center. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Soccer stars Micky LeVine (left) and Julia Myers enjoy a post-game shake with their biggest fan, Izzy LeVine. (Joline LeVine photo)

Current CHS freshman Gwen Gustafson leads the cheers back when she was a Wolf Buddy. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jae LeVine (in red) gets a big hug from Lauren Grove after a dynamic play on the volleyball court. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hunter Downes gets a cup check. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

After pitching three games in one day, Wolf softball sensation McKayla Bailey (center) gets sweet lovin’ from lil’ sis McKenzie and mom Donna. (Robert Bishop photo)

Read Full Post »

   CHS track guru Randy King unleashes a voting tsunami. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“It’s good to be the king, baby!”

Randy King’s fan club stays up late.

When I went to bed Tuesday night, the battle in the 2nd annual CHS Coach Supreme poll was a very-close, three-person tussle.

By the time I emerged from my covers Wednesday morning, the Wolf track guru had emerged as a solid winner, holding off the combined forces of softball coaches Kevin and Justine McGranahan.

King, who has the most seasons of any active coach at the school, covering past stints in basketball and football and his current run in track, follows in the wake of Ryan King (no relation), who won the poll in its inaugural season.

Despite the fact I’m 99.99% certain he didn’t cast a single vote for himself, Randy loyalists got their man a totally prestigious, and totally imaginary, award.

He finished with 1,024 votes, which accounted for 22.82% of the 4,487 cast.

Rounding out the top five were Kevin McGranahan (605), Justine McGranahan (580), track assistant Sylvia Hurlburt (400) and volleyball head man Cory Whitmore (363).

There was a field of 30 coaches in the poll, covering everyone who was a head or assistant coach at Coupeville High School during the 2017-2018 school year.

Read Full Post »

   Skyy Lippo has been active on the ballet stage for most of her 18 years. (Photos courtesy Connie Lippo)

The early days of a dance queen.

The company and the dancer are both hitting milestones.

When Whidbey Island Dance Theatre stages its annual production of The Nutcracker in Dec., it’ll be the 25th anniversary for the holiday staple.

At the same time, Coupeville High School senior Skyy Lippo, who is dancing the lead role of the Faerie Queen, is capping her own 12-year run in the ballet.

Lippo, who has “danced pretty much since she could walk,” has spent her entire school life chasing her dream.

Over the years, she’s progressed from being a bumblebee buzzing around in the background to taking center stage.

Last year, the production shifted the Rat King role to being the Rat Queen for Lippo.

Now, in her final Nutcracker — at least as a high-schooler — she’s settling in to the lead performance, which in most previous years has gone to a pro dancer.

As Lippo has progressed from bit roles to starring parts, she’s also risen in the company and currently occupies a dance captain position.

After graduation, she plans to continue pursuing dance while attending college. Lippo is undecided on a career, but is entertaining thoughts of training to be an EMT or nurse.

The thought of her leaving Whidbey and not being in a future production of The Nutcracker is an idea which will take some getting used to for all involved.

“I don’t think we can let her graduate,” WIDT President Dierdre Sherman said with a laugh. “She really is the backbone of this company and I greatly appreciate all she brings as dance captain and as a dancer!”

It’s a feeling shared by many who have worked with Lippo during her days as a dancer.

“I don’t have enough positive ways to describe Skyy,” said Head Ballet Mistress Katelyn Lodell. “She’s hard working, mature beyond her years, and always brings light into the room.

“I’ll never forget watching her as a baby flower and her beaming smile,” she added. “So excited to watch her as faerie queen!”

When they look back at her career, Lippo’s former dance instructors do so with great pride.

Skyy has been a blessing beyond words to me personally as her teacher, choreographer and director,” Jamie Pitts said. “I’ve so appreciated her helpful and organized nature and her willingness to push herself herself physically and emotionally in everything we have worked on together.

“She is a poster child for current and future dancers and has been a gift to her company girls as their captain.”

Lippo was a student in the first modern dance class Amy Jo Lehman taught after returning home for college, making this an especially emotional performance for her former instructor.

“Baby Skyy is all grown up! She made it so easy for all of us,” Lehman said. “She’s the heart and soul of the studio and the company and she represents the epitome of hard work.

“I’m sure there were years where she didn’t get cast in the roles she was hoping, or got criticism in class that stung, but she pushed through and didn’t let it faze her, only motivate her,” she added. “Now look at her — she’s developed into such a beautiful, strong, confident, amazing dancer.”

The Nutcracker runs over two weekends, with performances Dec. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.

For more info and to buy tickets, pop over to:


Read Full Post »

   Your bookshelf isn’t complete without a copy. (Book cover photo by Sylvia Hurlburt)

A little more than three cents a page.

That’s all it costs to own a permanent piece of Coupeville Sports history.

As we head towards the five-year anniversary of this blog, I’m jumping the gun by two months by publishing “Bow Down to Cow Town: Small Town Sports, Big Time Stories.”

It’s 294 pages (in handy 5 x 8 standard paperback book form) of big wins, tough losses and (somewhat) introspective looks at the athletes and coaches who have called Cow Town home from 2012-2017.

All for the low, low price of $9.95 on Amazon (there’s a permanent link on the top right of this blog and another one at the end of this article).

I’m not going to list everyone who appears in the book by name, as it’s a ton.

But there are big appearances from everyone from Jae LeVine to Lathom Kelley, Bob Rea to Kacie Kiel, Willie Smith to Sylvia Arnold and just about everyone else you can think about.

Every word written by me on a computer powered by three hamsters on a treadmill while camped out on the shores of Penn Cove.

Want to help keep me, and Coupeville Sports, going?

Buy a book, heck, buy a couple books.

One for yourself, one for grandma, one for the relatives in Pennsylvania, maybe even one to put under that wobbly table leg to get it to stay steady.

Most important thing? Buy it.

Cause every time you buy a copy, a cow gets its wings … and it’s a little easier for me to pay rent. So, there’s that, too.

To buy my book, pop over to:


Read Full Post »

Lauren and Lauren (Sylvia Hurlburt photos)

   When a Lauren (Rose), on left, meets a Lauren (Grove) in the paint. (Sylvia Hurlburt photos)

Tiffany Briscoe

Senior co-captain Tiffany Briscoe (second from right) and family.


Grove gets a shout-out from her rabid fan club.

Kaela Hollrigel

  Senior cheer captain Kaela Hollrigel (left) hangs out with mom and lil’ sis Natalie.


Kailey Kellner gets mobbed.


One of the hand-crafted signs which welcomed fans to the gym Saturday night.

Lauren Grove

   Lauren Grove with (most of) her family. Younger brother Mason was on the road with the CHS boys’ hoops squad.

Skyler Lawrence

Skyler Lawrence (left) caps a 4-year CHS hoops career alongside her sister.

First came the sniffles and photos, then another win.

The Coupeville High School girls’ basketball squad thumped Port Townsend Saturday, meaning all four players honored on Senior Night will graduate having never lost a varsity league game.

As Lauren Grove, Kailey Kellner, Tiffany Briscoe and Skyler Lawrence (plus senior cheer captain Kaela Hollrigel) received their tributes, living legend/former CHS cheer captain/school track record holder Sylvia Hurlburt clicked away.

The photos above are courtesy her.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »