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Wolf grad Dante Mitchell (right) is back in the gym. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mitchell is joined on the NWMS bench by former Coupeville High School girls’ soccer coach Troy Cowan (far left).

The coaching life continues.

Coupeville High School grad Dante Mitchell, son of legendary hoops guru Avis Mitchell, is back on the bench at North Whidbey Middle School.

It’s the second season at NWMS for Dante, who both played and coached in Coupeville.

On the hardwood, he threw down buckets alongside twin brother DeAndre, before later putting in time as a basketball coach for Coupeville Middle School.

The photos above come from North Whidbey’s opener against Stanwood.

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   CHS will have three new head coaches next school year, after changes in the boys basketball, cheer and girls soccer programs. (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville High School has three open head coaching positions, though only one job has been officially posted.

The agenda for this Monday’s school board meeting, which is now available to the public, includes a request to not renew the supplemental contract of girls soccer coach Troy Cowan.

That job is expected to be posted shortly.

The school board already voted to not renew cheer coach Cheridan Eck’s contract at its Nov. 28 meeting, and the job was posted Dec. 12.

The position remains unfilled.

A third coach, Anthony Smith, confirmed he has been told he will not be returning to the boys basketball program.

Action on his contract is expected to happen at the school board’s April meeting, and the job would be posted afterwards.

Soccer and basketball hiring decisions are made by the school’s Athletic Director, Willie Smith, while cheer is an activity at CHS and falls under the purview of Principal Duane Baumann.

School officials declined to issue any public statements on any of the coaching changes.

Anthony Smith coached basketball for six seasons, while Eck ran the cheer program for five and Cowan headed the pitch squad for the last four years.

“I was given a great opportunity,” Anthony Smith said.

His words were echoed by Cowan, who released the following statement:

I was surprised, but the decision wasn’t mine.

I had a fantastic four-year run and am very thankful to Mrs. (Lori) Stolee for the opportunity and Mr. Baumann, who supported me and all of the staff at CHS.

I am extremely thankful for the wonderful relationships I developed with the players and the best fans on the Island!

I tried to change the culture and bring a new and positive approach to the program.

I’m proud of the accomplishments and the growth that I saw in the program, but unfortunately, I came up a bit short.

I honestly enjoyed every minute I spent with the Lady Wolves and will cherish them dearly.

I hope this new direction the school wants to take the program helps them put that first banner in the rafters.

I honestly wish the girls all the luck and hope they achieve their full potential.

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Kirsten Pelroy (John Fisken photos)

Kirsten Pelroy, ever on the attack. (John Fisken photos)


Wolf soccer guru Troy Cowan (red shirt) gets all Vince Lombardi on his squad.


Sage Renninger (17) and Bree Daigneault make for a deadly duo on the pitch.

Jenn Spark

Sonic boom in three, two, one, as Jenn Spark drops the hammer.


It’s all about the fancy footwork for super sophomore Lauren Bayne.


The most stylish team on the pitch.


   Kalia Littlejohn (21) fends off South Whidbey (and GU18 Whidbey Islanders) sharpshooter Kendra Warwick.

Soccer is back in season and that means two things — dazzling moves on the pitch and cameras clicking.

As the CHS girls’ booters played Thursday in South Whidbey, travelin’ photo man John Fisken (and his many, many cameras) were on hand to catch all the action.

The photos above are courtesy him.

To see more of his work, and possibly purchase some, thereby helping to fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes, pop over to:


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Mckenzie Meyer was one of ? freshmen to letter in 2014. (John Fisken photos)

  Mckenzie Meyer was one of three freshmen to letter in 2014, joining Mia Littlejohn and Sage Renninger. (John Fisken photos)

Marisa Etzell scored ? goals during her senior season on the pitch.

Marisa Etzell scored four goals during her senior season, second-best on the Wolves behind Micky LeVine, who punched in six.

Senior Christine Fields helped to anchor a tough defense that weathered the loss to injury of two key players in Jenn Spark and Jacki Ginnings.

  Senior Christine Fields helped anchor a tough defense that weathered the loss to injury of key players in Jenn Spark and Jacki Ginnings.

It was good to be a Luvera.

The senior duo of Ana and Ivy Luvera each picked up an award Saturday as the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer team closed its best season in program history.

Having finished second in their inaugural season in the Olympic League, the Wolves, who combined a strong core of seniors with a fast-rising group of freshman gunners, had much to celebrate at their awards banquet.

Ana ran away with the Coaches Award, while Ivy received the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Joining them in copping hardware were senior Erin Rosenkranz (MVP), freshman Mia Littlejohn (Rookie of the Year) and freshman Lauren Bayne (Most Improved).

Rosenkranz and fellow seniors Julia Myers and Marisa Etzell were tabbed as First-Team All-Conference players, while the Wolves received the Olympic League’s sportsmanship award.

Varsity letters went to Bree Daigneault, Etzell, Christine Fields, Jacki Ginnings, Micky LeVine, Littlejohn, Ana Luvera, Ivy Luvera, Mckenzie Meyer, Myers, Sage Renninger, Rosenkranz and Jenn Spark.

Bayne, Kirsten Pelroy, May Rose, Tai Rose, Hanna Seiffert and Ashley Smith received Certificates of Participation.

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McKenzie Meyer unloads a bomb. (John Fisken photos)

McKenzie Meyer unloads a bomb. (John Fisken photos)

? Luvera

Ana Luvera shoots the ball ahead.

Ivy Luvera

Ivy Luvera dances up-field with the ball.

Bree Daigneault glides into action.

Bree Daigneault glides into action.

It was the best season in program history.

While a playoff loss to Vashon Island stung, it doesn’t negate what came before, as the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer team finished 6-7-1, claiming second place in its first year in the Olympic League.

From seasoned seniors like Micky LeVine and Jacki Ginnings to impressive freshman such as Mia Littlejohn and Lauren Bayne, the Wolves were a talented, entertaining bunch.

In the moments after the playoffs, CHS coach Troy Cowan reflected on his second season at the helm of the Wolf program:

The Wolves played hard and never quit, which has been a common trait all year!

Captain and four-year varsity starter Erin Rosenkranz played extremely well; she was our spark plug today.

When we were able to make runs, Erin was the catalyst that would initiate our offense and get the ball to her teammates.

I am very proud of Erin and honored to have coached her for the past two seasons. She is a remarkable young lady.

Julia Myers played fantastic.

She has just grown leaps and bounds this year and I couldn’t be happier with her play all season. She was animated, vocal and led the team with her positive attitude.

I don’t have all the stats from the season totaled yet, but I do know Julia has at least 86 saves, while supplying five shut-outs for CHS.

Having seen some great goalkeepers, I am confident when I say Julia Myers is the BEST goalkeeper in our conference; Julia is the ultimate team player!

We have spent the entire season tweaking, interchanging, training and re-training our defense.

When any team loses their two top defensive players (Jacki Ginnings and Jenn Spark) to injuries, it can and will cause some serious issues, but we didn’t panic. 

We made adjustments, moved some players around and stayed true to our philosophy of playing defense inside-out.

Led by four-year varsity starter Ivy Luvera, our defense stayed strong and had an outstanding season. 

Christine Fields, Mia Littlejohn and Mckenzie Meyer were the backbone of our team and had spectacular seasons. 

Ana Luvera, Micky LeVine, Marisa Etzell, Bree Daigneault and Sage Renninger are the hardest working, committed and offensively minded players I have worked with.

These fine young ladies did everything I asked and more.  Couldn’t be prouder of them and am extremely thankful for the time and dedication they gave to the program and to each other.

The future of CHS girls’ soccer program is bright!

We have some young, talented players that are hungry for time on the pitch and that are eager to learn and perform.

Jennifer Spark is our only captain now and she is up to the challenge.

Jennifer is recovering from MCL/ACL surgery, but made the LONG trip for our first district HOME match and made it on to the field, albeit sitting in a wheelchair.

Jennifer and I talk frequently and we are both optimistic and excited about next season.

Kirsten Pelroy, May Rose, Tia Rose, Lauren Bayne and Ashley Smith all made huge strides in improving their play and will be impact players next season.

I also need to mention our foreign exchange student, Hanna Seiffert.

Hanna was a real treat; she has a great sense of humor and played hard for the Lady Wolves.

Nicknamed, the “German Missile” by Coach Gary Manker because of her deceptive speed and explosive style of play, she will be missed.

On the bus driving 90 minutes to our “home” match, I told the girls how lucky we were.

Oak Harbor’s soccer team was probably home in bed, South Whidbey’s girls’ soccer team was probably doing the same, but Coupeville’s soccer team was on the pitch still playing!!!

Today, right now, CHS is the BEST soccer team on the Island and that says a lot!

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