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Taygin Jump, who will be a CHS freshman in the fall, fires up a serve during a middle school match. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jump, always right in the middle of the action.

And willing to sell out for the good of her team.

Every team needs a Taygin Jump.

The ultimate scrapper and hustler, she always has something positive to say to her teammates, and was seemingly born to collect Most Inspirational awards.

As she heads to Coupeville High School for her freshman year this fall, Jump will be a busy bee, flying right into volleyball before having to decide between track and tennis in the spring.

The exuberant young woman isn’t a one-dimensional athlete, however.

She looks forward to her language arts classes, enjoys writing and reading non-fiction, and is a huge fan of animals.

“I love animals, especially cats,” Jump said. “Though I do not have a cat of my own, because my two malamutes would eat a cat…”

She bops through a wide variety of music, depending on her mood, and is an equal opportunity film fan, watching the best of both Marvel and DC superhero films.

Most of all, Jump remains outgoing, the type of person who brings others together.

“I love hanging out with all of my friends and having a good laugh.”

That extends to her time on the court, where Jump can always be found at the heart of the action, usually providing a steady stream of chatter and vocal support to her fellow players.

“I enjoy being part of a team,” she said. “I enjoy learning and building on the skills and knowledge coaches teach me.

“I enjoy the challenges of the games and becoming a stronger person on and off the court,” Jump added. “My strengths as an athlete are team work and building the team’s spirit.”

While she enjoys every sport she’s involved in, the lure of racking up digs and spikes is irresistible.

“100% volleyball! I enjoy volleyball because there are a variety of skills and plays in each and every moment in the game,” Jump said.

“I feel each position is absolutely necessary to execute each play,” she added. “The challenge of watching the opposing team to determine what their play is and how I will help and guide my team to defend against it, is truly inspiring.”

Jump credits those who have worked to shape her game with providing a positive influence.

“Mainly my club volleyball coaches and (CHS) Coach Cory (Whitmore),” she said. “My club coaches had a huge impact on my skills. They helped me develop the skills I needed to work better as a team and individual player.

“Coach Cory lets me stay after practices and skills camps to work on my technique and encourages me to keep working hard.”

As she progresses in the game she loves, Jump continues to refine her skills, always looking to reach new levels of success.

“I would like to work on balancing academics with practices and games,” she said.

“Also, I struggle with being a stronger player; for example if someone on the court is louder than me, I won’t be as loud as I normally would.”

Jump is in it for the long haul however, and, as her career soars, so should her confidence.

Ask me what former CHS volleyball star she reminds me of, and I will say Valen Trujillo, who holds the CHS volleyball career record for digs and was a multiple All-Conference selection.

Jump, like Trujillo before her, provides a beautiful combination of hustle, passion for the sport, positive mind-set, and an unflagging ability to elevate the play of those around her.

“I believe I am a great team player, and I plan to be a CHS volleyball player my entire high school career,” Jump said.

Will the sport lead her to new heights? She hopes so, and plans to put in the necessary work to make a run at big-time success.

“It would be ideal to receive a volleyball scholarship and continue to play through college,” Jump said. “I’m also considering becoming a coach for volleyball or work my way up to playing professional volleyball.”

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Coupeville spikers (l to r) Chelsea Prescott, Taylor Brotemarkle, and Allie Lucero were honored for their play at a skills camp. (Photos courtesy Cory Whitmore)

So were Emma Mathusek, Taygin Jump, and Lyla Stuurmans.

And Abby Mulholland, Madison McMillan, and Kylie Chernikoff.

As well as Ryanne Knoblich, Skylar Parker, and Raven Vick.

They’re all aces.

Honoring the program’s building blocks of Attitude, Competitiveness, Effort, and Service, Coupeville High School volleyball coach Cory Whitmore honored 12 players during a recent skills camp.

The four-day event was open to spikers entering grades 7-12.

Taking home awards:



Chelsea Prescott
Taylor Brotemarkle
Allie Lucero



Emma Mathusek
Taygin Jump
Lyla Stuurmans



Abby Mulholland
Madison McMillan
Kylie Chernikoff



Ryanne Knoblich
Skylar Parker
Raven Vick

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William Davidson loves his discus, but sometimes he has to let it fly free. (Photos by Morgan White)

Up, up, and away.

Abigail Ramirez (left) and Taygin Jump pound for the finish line.

Landon Roberts (center) cruises over the hurdles, while teammate Jack Porter comes roaring up on the outside.

Desi Ramirez prepares to launch.

Claire Mayne (left) and Savina Wells dash for the line.

“I love to limbo!”

Even in the midst of a meet, always time for a group pic.

It’s their turn to dazzle the cameras.

Coupeville Middle School track and field athletes are two meets into a new season, and the Wolves are putting up top numbers and drawing in photographers anxious to document their razzle-dazzle work.

The pics above are courtesy Morgan White, and they offer a preview of what CMS fans can see live this coming week.

The Wolves host the second of their two home meets Wednesday, May 8, when Sultan and Lakewood come to town for a showdown starting at 3:15 PM.

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Alita “The Assassin” Blouin kick-starts the CMS volleyball offense. (Photos by JophnsPhotos.net)

Jesse Ross-McMahon fires up a serve.

Taygin Jump goes low to scrape a runaway ball off the floor.

Gwen Gustafson waits to make first contact.

Coupeville’s fans are deeply committed to the cause.

Flying in to make the play, Melanie Navarro is a star on the rise.

Lauren Marrs pounds an ace.

Team manager Nezi Keiper (left) enjoys quality time with Kaitlyn Leavell (16) and Desi Ramirez.

How long was it, you ask? Very long.

Wednesday’s middle school volleyball clash between Langley and Coupeville went on for 4+ hours, giving John Fisken time to shoot a bunch of pics, wander away to complete another job, and still get back with enough time to shoot some more glossies.

The photos seen above are a mix of 8th and 7th grade varsity matches, as he was off on the other shoot during the JV rumbles.

To see all the shots Fisken snapped during his two visits to the CMS gym, pop over to:


7th grade:


Use the coupon code EB189544962 when you purchase photos from the 7th grade game before Oct. 18, 2018 and get a 15% discount.


8th grade:


If you’re buying 8th grade pics from this game before Oct. 18, use the coupon code EB189534962 to nab the same 15% discount.

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Taygin Jump, here firing up a serve, was a rock Thursday for the Coupeville Middle School 8th grade varsity volleyball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It might still be going on.

Thursday’s middle school volleyball rumble between Coupeville and visiting Lakewood featured four matches, one stunning reversal, and a running time of well over three hours.

It was so long, I can’t honestly say I was there for the entire thing, as a Booster Club meeting plucked me from the gym midway through the day’s third match.

At which point things had already been unfolding for two-and-a-half hours, all backed by the screams of 10,000 hyped-up middle school girls trapped in one small gym.

So, here’s what I know:

I had to ankle for the exit midway through the 7th grade varsity, which Coupeville eventually lost 25-10, 25-6, 25-14.

I also completely missed the 7th grade JV, which apparently put up a spirited battle in a narrow 25-18, 25-15 defeat.

Before I bailed on the 7th graders, Jill Prince and Melanie Navarro (both 8th graders helping fill out a thin roster) delivered strong plays to send a jolt through the Wolf fans.

Navarro popped a nice shot in between two Lakewood players, triggering a return shot into the net, while Prince thumped the afternoon’s most distinctive spike.

And, with that, we’re on to the 8th grade.



One close set, one not so close set, in a 25-20, 25-7 loss to a school which funnels its players on to a fairly large 2A high school.

Maya Lucero and Ryanne Knoblich smoked impressive aces while on serve, while Prince, who was making her season debut, pulled off a play which doubled as a great recovery and a winner, all in one.

Going low to stab at a quickly-dropping serve, Prince caught the ball with the tips of her fingers and spun it back across the net while sliding to one knee.

Not only did the ball arc back across the barrier, it then flung itself to the floor between a pair of surprised Lakewood players and skipped merrily away before a rally could break out.

Ultimately the visitors were just too on-point with their own serving for the Wolves to get much going, but Lucero did put together a quality run at the line in a one-woman effort to balance things out.



Talk about a plot twist.

If you saw only the first set, you wouldn’t have believed the score of the second set. And vice versa.

Little went right for the Wolves in the opening frame, as Lakewood, lashing one laser serve after another, roared out to a 16-0 lead en route to a 25-3 win.

Heck, toss out a Lucy Tenore tip, in which she froze a rival and dumped the ball right in front of her for a winner, and we can just say nothing went right.

And then everything changed in a snap.

Powered by (high-jumping) Taygin Jump, who went on a crusade of dropping in winners with quick flicks over her shoulder, Coupeville found its mojo and roared back to win the second set 25-19.

While the Wolves couldn’t pull the match out, falling 25-18 in a tightly-contested final set, the turn-around was remarkable.

Once they got going, the CMS spikers served strongly, chased down balls they had no business getting to, and got quite efficient at smacking winners.

And it came from everyone on the floor.

Alita Blouin, who ran off four straight aces on her serve midway through the second set, also had a superb dig in which she popped the ball back into play while sprawled on the floor.

Her teammates — Gwen Gustafson, Hayley Fiedler, Maddie Georges, Vivian Farris, Jump and Tenore — all chipped in with hustle plays, before Fiedler closed out set #2 with a wicked serve.

The final set was all-out war, with Georges and Tenore firing off an assortment of dazzling serves, while Jump was a young woman in constant motion.

Locking down the right side of the floor, she continually thwarted Lakewood, using a variety of moves to drop winning shots, each one hitting like a dagger.

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