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After two stellar seasons at Lower Columbia College, South Whidbey grad Ricky Muzzy (right) is joining the University of Washington’s baseball squad. (Photo from Muzzy’s Facebook page)

Hopefully Ricky Muzzy remembers me when he gets to The Show.

The former South Whidbey High School standout, who is one of the rare Falcons to get a feature story here on Coupeville Sports (back in 2014), continues to move up in the baseball world.

After two stellar seasons on the diamond at Lower Columbia College, Muzzy is officially making the jump to NCAA D-1 action, joining the University of Washington baseball program.

The Huskies announced the addition of Muzzy and Connor Blair from California’s Butte College in a Monday press release.

After graduating from SWHS in 2016, Muzzy left Freeland for Longview, where he immediately became a key player for LCC teams which won titles both of his seasons.

A middle infielder who can anchor a team at shortstop or second base, Muzzy played in 74 games at LCC, piling up 21 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs and 60 RBI.

He hit .359 during his first season, and .305 as a sophomore.

 

PS — If you want to see the moment when the spotlight first landed on Muzzy, pop over and check out my old-school article on him at:

https://coupevillesports.com/2014/04/24/the-falcons-are-alright-ricky-muzzy-explodes/

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Charlie Toth

A memorial service for Charlie Toth has been set for Friday, Sept. 1.

Toth, who graduated from Coupeville High School in 1976, played on the ’75-’76 Wolf boys basketball team which made it to the state tourney, and was an ardent supporter of my efforts as a writer.

The service is 11 AM at The Stone Chapel (22272 Foss Road NE) in Poulsbo, with a reception to follow.

There will be a general theme of Husky colors (purple and gold) as Toth was a University of Washington football season ticket holder and devoted fan for many years.

His obituary:

Charles (Charlie) Toth finished his work on Earth on Thursday, June 8 after fighting a rare, inoperable brain tumor for more than 14 years.

He was an extraordinary individual, always interested in those he crossed paths with.

Charlie was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, neighbor and friend.

He never complained about his situation, and graciously accepted and adapted to the many challenges that brain cancer threw at him.

He was very grateful for those who cared for him: his wife Val, daughter Shelby, stepdaughter Veronica, family, friends, and medical team.

His optimism consistently amazed his doctors and caregivers.

Charlie was a Northwest native, born in Seattle.

He graduated from Coupeville High School on Whidbey Island, and subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in economics from the University of Washington.

Charlie initially lived in the south campus dorms, where he met many of his longtime friends and also worked for a time as a resident advisor.

He was a lifelong UW Husky fan and Husky football season ticket holder.

Charlie began working at a very young age, washing dishes, cooking, and bucking hay.

He wanted to make sure that he never asked anyone for anything that he couldn’t do himself.

He insisted on paying his own college tuition and expenses, and at one time worked two full-time jobs (Equifax and Nintendo) in order to save money for a down payment to buy his first home.

He worked for and retired from Equifax after 26 years.

Charlie married Valen Monell on a Caribbean cruise in 1999.

They made their home in Poulsbo where they raised her daughter, Veronica, then welcomed their daughter Shelby in 2002.

He is survived by Val, Veronica, Shelby, his mother Barbara, sisters Patti, Jennifer, Melissa and Janet, brothers-in-law Vic, Mike, Randy, Bob, Roland and Terry, sisters-in-law Janelle and Dahlia, and many nephews and nieces.

His father Alex and niece Katie predeceased him.

Charlie’s kindness knew no boundaries.

Despite his illness, he volunteered at Seattle Children’s Hospital, never letting on about his own health struggles.

Charlie spoke at local schools, teaching students about the importance of personal finance and using credit responsibly.

Charlie was a Big Brother, mentoring a young man from the age of eight.

His Little Brother Jason (now 30) has stayed in touch and let us all know how much his Big Brother meant to him.

Charlie loved to travel with his family and friends, including several cruises and some especially memorable trips to London and Edinburgh.

Even in this final year, he had travel plans for this year and next, never letting his brain tumor slow him down or define him.

His friends visited the care facility many times over the past months, often bringing Charlie’s favorite foods such as sandwiches from Hitchcock Deli and the Grub Hut, and tacos from El Camion.

Most of all they brought laughter and banter, which always made for great visits.

We wish to thank UW Medicine, Duke University, Swedish Cherry Hill, Martha & Mary, CHI Franciscan Hospice House, doctors Toni Roberts and Tara Benkers, and the many other doctors, nurses, physical/occupational/speech therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturist, pastors, chaplains, and volunteers who accompanied Charlie and his family on this journey.

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   CHS track stars (l to r) Henry Wynn, Thane Peterson and Allison Wenzel spent four days working with UW coaches. (Photo courtesy Susan Wenzel)

A trio of Wolves took the next step in their evolution as track stars.

Coupeville High School seniors Allison Wenzel and Henry Wynn and sophomore Thane Peterson recently attended a four-day camp at the University of Washington to hone their skills.

The camp, run by U-Dub coaches, gave high school athletes insight into several components of being successful.

They each trained in specific events, while also getting advice on stretching, personal fitness and wellness, mindfulness, treating and preventing muscle injuries and health and nutrition.

The hunt for scholarships and what it’s like to be a college-level athlete were also addressed.

Wenzel used the camp to work on javelin and discus, while Peterson joined her in discus and Wynn was schooled in short distance running.

It was Peterson’s first trip to the UW camp, while Wenzel and Wynn were making their second visit.

The Wolf athletes came away impressed with what they gained from the camp.

Allison said she highly recommends it!,” said mom Susan Wenzel.

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Softball sensation Melody Wilkie. (Photo courtesy Debbie Wilkie)

Melody Wilkie paces around the pitcher’s circle, stops, then lets loose with another fireball.

The ball zips homeward, the batter swings and misses (by a lot) and the ball finds its destination in the waiting mitt of catcher Mollie Bailey, one more strike in what often seems like a never-ending run of K’s.

Wilkie, an 8th grader who is using her electric arm to power the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad through a winning season, is already well ahead of the curve for players her age.

Toss in a powerful bat and slick defensive moves, and she’s a fast-rising star in the tradition of Whidbey Island high school hurlers like Katrina McGranahan and Mackenzee Collins.

While she enjoyed running cross country for Langley Middle School, the softball diamond is where Wilkie’s heart truly resides.

“I started playing when I was five,” she said. “I always watched my older brother (Cody) play baseball and he was always having so much fun on the field and it really inspired me to play and be like him.

“There’s so many things I enjoy about softball,” Wilkie added.

“I love the competition and the adrenaline rush in close games; I love always having your team to back you up — they’re always there for me — and I enjoy that there’s always ways to improve.”

That constant desire to fine-tune her game, to find new ways to excel, is what drives Wilkie.

“I think for high school I will really focus on softball and working on my pitching all year around,” she said. “One of my strengths as an athlete would probably be that I always want to improve more and work harder.

“There are lots of areas I would like to improve on.”

Wilkie, who enjoys hanging out with friends and working at a local pet store when she’s not playing softball, would like to have a long, successful run in her chosen sport.

“Some of my goals as I go into high school would be to relax a little in tough situations on the field,” she said. “And I would really like to learn some new pitches as well and improve as an all-around player.

“I would really like to play softball in college,” Wilkie added. “It would be really cool to play for UW. I love watching the Huskies play and I could stay close to my friends and family and still be doing what I love.”

Spending this spring playing on a new team has introduced her to new teammates, coaches and fans, and it’s been a fun ride for the young gunslinger.

“Playing for Coupeville, I’ve made lots of new friends,” Wilkie said. “I have to give a lot of credit to Mollie. When I’m pitching, she always knows what to do and where I should pitch it.

Coral (Caveness), Kylie (Van Velkinburgh), Audrianna (Shaw) and Anya (Leavell) are always there to cheer me on and I think that has really helped me this year,” she added. “My coaches, Mimi (Johnson) and Connie (Lippo), too.”

Whether it’s hurling strikeouts, or cracking game-busting hits (“One of my best memories was my first home run. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited!”), Wilkie’s support crew is always there to cheer her on, through big wins and tough losses.

“There’s so many people that have had huge impacts on me,” she said. “My mom and my dad have always told me to never get upset when I have a bad game, just get it next time.

“Some of my best memories from playing sports would have to be playing with my friends. I love being able to cheer them on and be there to cheer them up too.”

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CHS quarterback Hunter Downes (center), with

   CHS quarterback Hunter Downes (center) pops a pose with Sean (left) and Cameron Toomey-Stout. (Photos courtesy Downes)

Husky Stadium, where dreams are made.

Husky Stadium, where dreams are made.

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Rockin’ the top knot.

He’s healthy, he’s back and he’s ready to lead the charge.

Coupeville High School quarterback Hunter Downes, who missed a chunk of his sophomore season last year due to injuries, is ready to reclaim his starting job as the Wolves welcome a new coach.

He’s been front and center during spring practices, and spent some time at the University of Washington recently, taking part in a summer football camp.

Along for the ride were some of his Wolf teammates, with the Toomey-Stout wrecking crew (Cameron and Sean) also in attendance.

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