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“Nothing but net!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s a prize at the end of the rainbow.

Connect on a half-court shot at half time (or from a little closer for the young ones), and a Wolf fan can make off with t-shirts, candy, and the heady buzz of a standing ovation from the fans.

Under the watchful eye of Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith, shots were fired, nets were popped, and cameras were clicked, as you can see in the pics above and below.

“You shoot like a young me. Can I say I’m proud and … no, I’m not crying … the air conditioning in here is bothering my eyes, that’s all.”

“Dame Lillard’s got nothing on me!”

“Come on baby, get in the basket. I needs me some candy!”

Taygin Jump fires the ball to Anacortes.

“If you miss it, you have to run laps around the gym. So … don’t miss it.”

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One giant-sized Alita Blouin head to rule them all. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

No more home spikes.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad is off to districts next week, but Tuesday marked the final time its five-pack of seniors suited up for a match in their own gym.

The Wolf veterans were honored before their royal rumble with La Conner, their farewell speeches garnering more than a few tears from their younger teammates.

Having played through the Age of Coronavirus and beyond, Alita Blouin, Ryanne Knoblich, Taygin Jump, Maddie Georges, and Jill Prince exit having left a sizable impact on the CHS program.

Jill Prince

Pomp and circumstance.

Maddie Georges

Taygin Jump

Soccer ace Nezi Keiper hustled over after her own Senior Night to celebrate friendship.

Ryanne Knoblich

Alita Blouin

Coupeville coaches Cory Whitmore and Ashley Menges get a photo op with their team leaders.

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Freshman Katie Marti had an impressive debut. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re a work in progress.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squads opened play Saturday with an appearance at the Oak Harbor Jamboree, and the result was a mixed bag.

The Wolf varsity, missing several players who are going through Covid quarantine procedures, dropped all six sets it played, but picked up valuable experience for younger players who made the jump up to the main team.

Meanwhile, the Coupeville JV was on fire, winning five of six sets.



While the 2B Wolves fell 3-0 to both 3A Oak Harbor and 1A South Whidbey, younger players picked up a chance to jump straight into the fire.

“We played with a very-thin group, but the amount of playing time and experience should really benefit us down the road,” said coach Cory Whitmore.

“I’m proud of each of the girls tonight for various reasons, whether it be for stepping up their leadership roles, adapting to playing next to newer teammates, playing a completely new position and/or playing a full six rotations where they had not previously done so.”

As a team, the Wolves were strong at the service line, something Whitmore has been having his team work on.

“I thought that our serving remained very consistent throughout the day,” he said. “That was a concern of ours during the first week of practices; however, we focused on it leading into the jamboree and it paid off.”

Whitmore praised the performance of freshman Katie Marti, who had to immediately step into a crucial role for the team.

“I do want to give a particular shoutout to Katie,” he said. “Having only recently stepped into a setting position, she learned the complicated rotations for a 5-1, and played all six sets, all six rotations for her very first outing in high school ball.

“This would be a lot to ask of any freshman and I thought she did a wonderful job.”

With Coupeville’s first regular season matches just days away, Whitmore and his spikers will get right back at it in practice.

“As a team, we have plenty to work on when getting back from the long weekend,” he said. “But this group has already shown a natural ability to learn at an accelerated rate, and so I’m looking forward to pushing them forward.



“It was such a great day for the JV girls!,” said coach Ashley Menges.

“They definitely make my job easy. They made a lot of adjustments throughout the day only having seven girls,” she added. “It was a lot of playing time and very good experience for them to start the season!

“Very excited for what’s to come for these girls!”


Alita Blouin keeps her eyes locked on the ball.

Taygin Jump gets artful.

Olivia Schaffeld maintains a laser focus.


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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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