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They teach, you learn. (Photo courtesy Gerry Oliver)

One of the most-successful college softball programs in the nation is coming to Whidbey Island.

The University of Washington will hold a skills clinic October 26 at Oak Harbor High School for local softball players ages 8-17.

Cost is $75 for a 90-minute all-skills portion, or $50 for a 60-minute pitching clinic.

For registration info, pop back up to the photo above.

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Teo Keilwitz and Anna Dion captured first place Saturday at the Science Olympiad regionals in Seattle. (Photos by Neil Rixe)

Ian Silvester (left) and Jakobi Baumann show off their 5th place ribbons.

Dion was a busy bee, placing in the Top 10 in four events. Here she’s with Maddy Andrews after they competed in forensics.

Ricky Rebischke-Smith and Madison Rixe have “The Wright Stuff.”

It was a long, but successful day.

After pulling out of the Coupeville High School parking lot at 5 AM Saturday, a group of Wolf students went on to tear up the Science Olympiad regional competition.

The Northwest Region event, held at the University of Washington, was a super-sized version, with 39 teams vying for medals and ribbons.

Repping one of the smallest schools in attendance, the Wolves claimed eight top 10 finishes, including a gold medal in “Mission Possible,” and finished 16th overall, narrowly missing out on a trip to state.

The top 13 schools advance to the big (science) dance Apr. 13.

If the event had been broken down by classification, Coupeville would be a regional champ, having finished with the best performance (394 points) of any 1A school.

But it was instead a free-for-all, pitting ginormous 4A schools and prestigious specialty institutions against the scrappy whiz kids from Cow Town.

Seven of the top 15 finishers, including regional champ Bothell, are 4A schools, while three hail from 3A and another three from 2A.

Then there’s Raisbeck Aviation High School, which had teams claim 4th and 6th in the team race.

RAHS is a ritzy aviation and aerospace-themed STEM school in Tukwila, which was tabbed as the #1 school in Washington state by US News & World Report.

To which Coupeville said, “Bring it on!”

CHS senior Teo Keilwitz and junior Anna Dion teamed up to notch the best result, taking home the gold medal for 1st place in “Mission Possible.”


Other Top 10 finishers:

Boomilever (5th) — Jakobi Baumann/Ian Silvester

Forensics (5th) — Dion/Maddy Andrews

Wright Stuff (6th) — Madison Rixe/Ricky Rebischke-Smith

Disease Detectives (7th) — Dion/Andrews

LEAF (8th) — Lily Zustiak/Dion

Fossils (9th) — Baumann/Rixe

Mouse Trap (9th) — Drake Borden/Keilwitz

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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:


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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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