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CHS grad Danny Conlisk is now running track for an NCAA D-II school. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Three meets in, and he’s getting faster.

Coupeville High School grad Danny Conlisk, who’s now a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, continues to tear up the track during his first collegiate season.

Saturday, Conlisk and his Hardrocker teammates were in Spearfish at Black Hills State University for the Dave Little Invitational.

While there, the former Wolf ran in the 200 and the 4 x 400, setting a college PR in his solo event.

Conlisk finished 7th in the 200, hitting the line in 24.03 seconds.

He also ran the second leg on an all-freshman relay unit which claimed 4th place in the day’s prime team-up.

The Hardrockers were competing against five other schools Saturday, with MSU Billings, Rocky Mountain College, Chadron State, and Dickinson State joining SDSM&T and the meet hosts.

Conlisk and Co. return to the same track next Saturday, February 1 for the Myrle Hanson Memorial Open.

During his time in Coupeville, Conlisk was a two-time state champ, winning titles in the 200 and 400 as a senior.

He holds CHS records in the 100, 200, and 400.

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Spring sports approach, which means Maya Toomey-Stout is about to return to action. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can see the end from here.

The upcoming spring sports season, which kicks off March 2, is the finale for both the 2019-2020 school year, and for Coupeville’s two-year run in the North Sound Conference.

When a new school year rolls around in the fall, CHS will have dropped down a classification, from 1A to 2B, and will be off to rejoin old-school rivals in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

But, before we get there, five Wolf teams still have a season to play, with one squad — the softball sluggers — seeking to exit with back-to-back league titles.

As you peruse the schedules below, know that Mother Nature will undoubtedly wreak havoc with them at some point.

So, use them as a jumping off point, but also keep an eye out for changes, which you can find at a couple of places.

School website — http://coupeville.tandem.co/

League website — http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.0.0.200

In the varsity schedules below, asterisks indicate a league game, and to the surprise of almost everyone, four of the five Wolf spring teams have more home games than road trips.

And, while track and field is the only sport which will spend more time on the bus than hanging out in its own grandstand, the program has three home meets, which is still pretty dang good.

 

BASEBALL:

Tues-Mar. 17 — @ Friday Harbor (4:00)
Fri-Mar. 20 — Lynden Christian (TBA)
Sat-Mar. 21 — Overlake (1:00)
Mon-Mar. 23 — Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Wed-Mar. 25 — Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Fri-Mar. 27 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (3:30)
Mon-Mar. 30 — Chimacum (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 1 — University Prep (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 6 — King’s* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 8 — @ King’s* (6:00)
Fri-Apr. 10 — King’s* (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 13 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 15 — South Whidbey* (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 17 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 20 — @ Sultan* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 22 — Sultan* (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 24 — @ Sultan* (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 27 — @ Granite Falls* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 29 — Granite Falls* (4:00)
Fri-May 1 — @ Granite Falls* (4:00)

 

BOYS SOCCER:

Mon-Mar. 16 — @ Mount Baker (4:30)
Thurs-Mar. 19 — Meridian (TBA)
Sat-Mar. 21 — Nooksack Valley (TBA)
Tues-Mar. 24 — @ King’s* (7:00)
Fri-Mar. 27 — @ Sultan* (7:00)
Tues-Mar. 31 — Cedar Park Christian* (6:45)
Fri-Apr. 3 — South Whidbey* (6:45)
Tues-Apr. 14 — @ Granite Falls* (6:00)
Fri-Apr. 17 — King’s* (6:45)
Tues-Apr. 21 — Sultan* (6:45)
Fri-Apr. 24 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (6:00)
Tues-Apr. 28 — @ South Whidbey* (6:00)
Thurs-Apr. 30 — Granite Falls* (6:45)

 

GIRLS TENNIS:

Tues-Mar. 17 — Oak Harbor (3:30)
Thurs-Mar. 26 — @ King’s* (3:30)
Thurs-Apr. 2 — Anacortes (3:30)
Fri-Apr. 3 — Bear Creek (3:30)
Tues-Apr. 14 — @ South Whidbey* (3:30)
Tues-Apr. 21 — @ Granite Falls* (3:30)
Thurs-Apr. 23 — Port Angeles (3:30)
Tues-Apr. 28 — King’s* (3:30)
Thurs-Apr. 30 — South Whidbey* (3:30)
Fri-May 1 — Friday Harbor* (3:30)
Tues-May 5 — @ Friday Harbor* (3:30)
Thurs-May 7 — Granite Falls* (3:30)

 

SOFTBALL:

Tues-Mar. 17 — @ Friday Harbor (4:00)
Fri-Mar. 20 — Lynden Christian (4:00)
Thur-Mar. 26 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Tues-Mar. 31 — Granite Falls* (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 2 — Sultan* (4:00)
Tues-Apr. 14 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 18 — @ Meridian (1:00)
Mon-Apr. 20 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 22 — Granite Falls* (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 24 — Sultan* (4:00)
Tues-Apr. 28 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Sat-May 2 — Forks (1:00)
Sat-May 2 — Forks (3:00)
Mon-May 4 — Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Wed-May 6 — @ Granite Falls* (4:00)
Fri-May 8 — @ Sultan* (4:00)
Tues-May 12 — South Whidbey* (4:00)

 

TRACK:

Thur-Mar. 19 @ Oak Harbor Jamboree (3:30)
Thur-Mar. 26 — @ King’s (4:00)
Sat-Mar. 28 — HOME (11:00)
Thur-Apr. 2 — HOME (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 16 — @ Granite Falls (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 18 — @ Lil Norway (11:00)
Thur-Apr. 23 — HOME (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 30 — @ Granite Falls (4:00)

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Former Wolf standout Danny Conlisk flies by as a college runner. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Good thing he competes indoors.

For those who thought Coupeville was cold this past week, former Wolf track star Danny Conlisk has you beaten.

The two-time state champ is now a freshman at NCAA D-II South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and Saturday he and his Hardrocker teammates were running in Chadron, Nebraska.

At the start of their meet, the outdoor temps were in the very low 20’s, which is why this is the indoor portion of the college track season, and not the outdoor.

Back in action after a month-plus break, Conlisk was one of the fastest freshmen in attendance at the Chadron State College Don Holst Open Meet.

He claimed 6th in the 400, hitting the tape in 53.71 seconds, while also placing 12th, out of a field of 24 runners, in the 200.

His time in the shorter race was 24.24.

Conlisk was the fastest freshman in the 400 field, and the fourth-fastest frosh in the 200.

SDMT competed against Black Hills State, Montana State-Billings, MSU Denver and the meet hosts.

While there was a 41-day gap between Conlisk’s first and second collegiate meets, things will be much busier from this point on.

The Hardrockers return to action at the BHSU Dave Little Invitational in Spearfish, South Dakota next Saturday, January 25, with five meets before the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 28-29.

After another break, the outdoor track season begins Mar. 27.

During his time in Coupeville, Conlisk was a standout track and cross country runner, advancing to the state championships in both sports.

He set school records in the 100, 200, and 400 as a senior last spring, then won state titles in the 200 and 400.

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Coupeville grad Danny Conlisk, a two-time state champ, ran in his first college meet Saturday in South Dakota. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a whole new world for Danny Conlisk.

The Coupeville High School grad, a two-time state champion during his days as a Wolf, made his college track and field debut Saturday.

Running in the Yellow Jacket Holiday Classic at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, Conlisk claimed a 1st in the 4 x 4 and a 2nd in the 400.

A freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, he was running on an inside track for the first time.

His school has an outdoor facility, but the Hardrockers begin with the indoor season, before moving to the traditional outdoor season in the spring.

Conlisk’s first collegiate race was the 400, and he blitzed to a time of 52.40 seconds.

“Not a bad start,” said mom Dawnelle. “He said the corners were tight. Six turns vs. his normal four.”

Conlisk closed out the meet running the second leg on a relay unit which hit the tape in 3:29.31.

The next meet for the Hardrockers arrives Jan. 18, when they travel to Nebraska for the Chadron Invite.

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Coupeville High School’s track and field record board, freshly updated and ready to provide inspiration to new stars. (Photo by Dawnelle Conlisk)

Time has not caught up with Natasha Bamberger.

It’s been several decades since the Coupeville supernova won her fifth, and final, state title as a runner, but school records she set way back in 1984 still stand as we careen towards 2020.

With the 2019 track and field season in his rear-view mirror, Wolf coach Randy King has updated the school’s record board, and there are many tales to be told.

The past spring was full of success, with 10 of 35 records falling.

The biggest splash came from Maya Toomey-Stout and Mallory Kortuem, who slapped their names on the big board in four events each.

Both Wolves capped their junior seasons by claiming possession of two individual marks (long jump and 100 for the former, pole vault and 400 for the latter), while helping 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay units snap previous bests.

Hot on their heels was Danny Conlisk, who shattered marks in the 100, 200, and 400 as a senior, then went out and won state titles in the last two of those events.

That trio join Chad Gale (long jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles, 4 x 1, 4 x 2) as the only Wolves who currently hold three or more school records.

Speaking of Mr. Gale, his performance in the 300 hurdles joins a 4 x 100 relay team of Bill Carstensen, Tony Killgo, Jay Roberts, and Rick Alexander, as the second-oldest records still standing.

Both marks were set in 1986, two years after Bamberger torched the joint in the 1600 and 3200.

On the boys side of the board, there are no remnants of the ’90s left, though four of 17 marks still hail from the ’80s.

The girls go in the other direction.

While Bamberger’s records are the last from the ’80s, there are still four marks remaining from the ’90s, with Jennie Cross (shot put, discus) about to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of her titanic throws.

And, in a delightful quirk of fate, all three Hoskins sisters — Jai’Lysa, Ja’Tarya, and Ja’Kenya — are on the record board, and all pop up in a different relay event.

When new names go up on the board, it inevitably means someone has to come down, and it still strikes me as odd to watch great athletes such as Jacob Smith, Lauren Grove, and Sylvia Hurlburt be removed.

While their records may have been broken, though, the passage of time and the altering of the big board doesn’t take a single bit of shine off their careers, or that of Janiece Jenkins or Kim Warder, or any of the others who once held a spot atop Wolf history.

The board exists to immortalize the big moments, and to give the next generation — and there is always, relentlessly, a new generation coming — something to aim at.

When Lauren Grove was on the cusp of her freshman year, she looked up at the record board and told me, boldly and with absolute conviction in her voice, “I will be up there.”

She made it, in multiple events. When she finished her prep track career, she walked away, head held high, exactly the way she deserved to exit.

Right now, very likely, there is another 8th grader, staring up at the new, updated numbers, and saying to themselves, or someone else, “I will be up there.”

Likely standing right behind that young girl is Maya Toomey-Stout, slight smile on her face as she savors that momentary pause between volleyball practice and going out to train on the track by herself in the fading light.

The words of “The Gazelle” are probably half-whispered.

“You have to go through me first.”

And thus another chapter begins to unfold.

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