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Mia Farris (left) and Taygin Jump both played key roles for a successful CHS varsity volleyball squad. (Jackie Saia photo)

Another successful season in the books.

Coupeville High School varsity volleyball coach Cory Whitmore made it seven straight winning seasons, guiding the Wolves to a 10-6 mark this fall.

That includes a third-consecutive 2nd place showing in league play — behind just four-time defending 2B state champ La Conner — and a strong showing at the bi-district tourney.

Coupeville thunked Northwest Christian in straight sets, then put together their best performance against the Braves in a tough championship match.

Next year promises great upheaval, with La Conner coach Suzanne Marble having retired after 30 seasons, and the District 1/2 tourney set to send two teams, and not just one, to state.

While the Wolves lose key seniors, they can return four letter winners, plus several other players who were vital to the JV going 12-2 and beating La Conner under the guidance of Ashley Menges.

But the future is the future, and the present was what was honored Tuesday, as the Wolf spikers capped the 2022 campaign with an awards banquet.

Coupeville’s five All-League players — Maddie Georges, Alita Blouin, Grey Peabody, Ryanne Knoblich, and Jill Prince — were acknowledged, while both the varsity and JV handed out multiple honors.

Maddie Georges plans out her next 27 moves. (Jackie Saia photo)


Varsity awards:



Maddie Georges


Spirit of the Wolf:

Jill Prince


Most Improved:

Grey Peabody


Most Inspirational:

Ryanne Knoblich



Maddie Georges
Ryanne Knoblich
Jill Prince


4-Year Award:

Alita Blouin
Maddie Georges
Ryanne Knoblich
Jill Prince

Taylor Brotemarkle prepares to unleash a scorcher. (Bailey Thule photo)


JV awards:



Katie Marti


Most Improved:

Taylor Brotemarkle


Most Inspirational:

Jada Heaton


Varsity letter winners:

Alita Blouin
Mia Farris
Maddie Georges
Taygin Jump
Ryanne Knoblich
Madison McMillan
Grey Peabody
Jill Prince
Lyla Stuurmans


Participation certificates:

Taylor Brotemarkle
Carly Burt
Teagan Calkins
Oktober Frost
Jada Heaton
Issabel Johnson
Katie Marti
Chloe Marzocca
Grier Mooney
Aby Wood

Chloe Marzocca is part of a bright future for the Wolf spiker program. (Delanie Lewis photo)

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Freshman Teagan Calkins led the Wolf JV in kills. (Bailey Thule photo)

No one won like they did.

The Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad cruised to a school-best 12 wins this fall, including taking down previously untouchable La Conner in the season finale.

Along the way, third-year coach Ashley Menges got action for 11 girls, with 10 of them recording stats as the season unspooled.

Issabel Johnson fires off an ace. (Bailey Thule photo)


Player Kills Digs Block-Solo Assists Aces
Taylor Brotemarkle 5 62 7 66
Carly Burt 2 5
Teagan Calkins 71 20 1 42
Jada Heaton 44 7 2 13
Issabel Johnson 36 13 16 33
Katie Marti 25 18 150 88
Chloe Marzocca 3 8 1 10
Madison McMillan 26 20 29
Grier Mooney 8 2 18
Aby Wood 22 3 1 1

Taylor Brotemarkle filled up the stat sheet. (Bailey Thule photo)

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Taylor Brotemarkle kick-starts the offense. (Delanie Lewis photo)

One point.

That was all that separated La Conner and Coupeville Tuesday night, as their JV volleyball teams waged an epic battle.

In the end, the host Braves pulled out a 25-23, 22-25, 15-13 win, keeping alive their streak of dominance.

But don’t overlook the Wolves, who are getting closer and closer to knocking the league powerhouse off its throne.

Now 6-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 10-2 overall, Coupeville’s JV has forced La Conner to a hotly contested third set the last two times the schools have met.

Tuesday’s match was ultimately a one-point affair, with La Conner holding a 62-61 edge, and upset rumblings are getting louder and louder.

Next up is a rematch in Coupeville Oct. 25, and Wolf fans will want to show up early that night.

Reflecting on Tuesday’s loss, CHS coach Ashley Menges can see where her team had La Conner’s number, and where the Wolves let the Braves slip away.

“It was a night full of ups and downs,” she said. “At some points, we were really on, and other points, we were very off.

“The first set started with a lot of point breaks going our way, and they started off with great energy and execution, but once it came down to crunch time, we let one point lost equal three points lost.”

Coupeville rebounded, however, getting stronger as the match unfolded.

“The girls recovered late in the second, playing catch up,” Menges said. “But you could tell they wanted it.

“Third set, it came down to who made less errors, and who recovered better, and we were right there. Luckily, we get redemption #2 next week.”

Chloe Marzocca and Co. get a second crack at La Conner. (Delanie Lewis photo)


Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 14 digs, 3 assists, 3 aces
Teagan Calkins — 12 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces
Jada Heaton — 4 kills
Issabel Johnson — 7 kills, 5 aces
Katie Marti — 1 kill, 9 digs, 13 assist, 4 aces
Chloe Marzocca — 1 dig
Aby Wood — 2 kills

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Taylor Brotemarkle peppered Concrete with 12 service aces during a decisive Wolf win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They came ready to crack Concrete.

Roaring out of the gate Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad obliterated the visiting Lions 25-3, 25-13, 25-13.

The sixth-straight win for the Wolf young guns, it lifts them to 5-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 8-1 overall.

Coupeville was relentless from the service stripe all night, piling up 36 aces, and the winners started flying early.

Katie Marti opened things with six quick points on her serve, Issabel Johnson dropped a couple of nasty offerings Concrete had no chance of hitting, and then Taylor Brotemarkle went to work.

The Wolf sophomore stepped to the line with a 10-2 advantage and ran the lead up to 20-2 in the span of about 17 seconds.

Concrete only managed to return one of Brotemarkle’s first 10 serves, and that brief rally was quickly crushed when Aby Wood delivered a spike winner at the net.

The Wolves closed the opening set with Grier Mooney peppering Concrete’s would-be serve returners, and the rout was on.

While the second and third set were closer than the first frame, Coupeville quickly regained control each time, earning a nod of approval from coach Ashley Menges.

Teagan Calkins and Jada Heaton each cracked gym-shaking winners while patrolling the net, while Johnson also brought the thunder when Concrete managed to briefly force a back-and-forth.

Menges got solid play from across her roster, with all 10 girls in uniform contributing.

Chloe Marzocca, Carly Burt, and Oktober Frost also saw action, with Marzocca thumping a dramatic service ace on her first swing at the line.

The league victory marked the start of a busy week for the Wolves, who travel to Mount Vernon Christian Thursday, then host non-league foe Neah Bay Saturday.


Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 kill, 1 dig, 12 aces
Teagan Calkins — 3 kills, 1 dig, 4 aces
Jada Heaton — 4 kills
Issabel Johnson — 4 kills, 5 aces
Katie Marti — 2 kills, 13 assists, 10 aces
Chloe Marzocca — 1 kill, 1 ace
Grier Mooney — 4 aces
Aby Wood — 2 kills

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Grier Mooney and Coupeville’s JV spikers rolled to a quick win against Orcas Island. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were ruthless.

Knowing Orcas Island needed to get out of town by a reasonable time to catch the ferry home, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad rolled to a victory in record time Thursday night.

Playing second, after the varsity match went a full five sets, the young Wolves crushed the Vikings 25-8, 25-11.

The victory lifts Coupeville to 3-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 4-1 overall.

The Wolves get their own long trip Saturday, when they trek off to the wilds of Forks for a non-conference tilt.

Thursday’s match was all about power, as Coupeville blistered the ball and Orcas had few answers.

The Wolves rained down 18 aces, while ending most rallies with a mere hit or two.

Katie Marti, who opened the match by peppering Orcas with her nasty serve, had the put-away of the match midway through the first set.

Bounding airborne, the CHS sophomore reached back way over her head to corral a ball trying to evade her arm, then lashed a spike which bit the court with a vengeance, tearing up little chunks of wood in the process.

Or at least it felt that way.

While the CHS gym floor remained largely intact, the Wolves also got big hits from Madison McMillan and Issabel Johnson, plus a beautiful drop shot off the fingers of Taylor Brotemarkle.

Look away for a hot second to answer a question from someone else in the stands, and when you looked back, Coupeville had strung together another 4-5 points in the blink of an eye.

That brought a smile to the face of coach Ashley Menges and sent everyone ankling to the exits in record time.

On to bat country for the red-hot JV spikers!


Thursday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 kill, 1 assist
Teagan Calkins — 6 aces
Jada Heaton — 1 assist
Issabel Johnson — 2 kills, 3 assists
Katie Marti — 4 kills, 1 digs, 6 assists, 10 aces
Madison McMillan — 4 kills, 2 aces

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