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Softball has the most-recent state tourney team win among Coupeville High School sports programs, thanks to the play of Mollie Bailey and friends. (Karen Carlson photo)

It’s been awhile.

The last time a Coupeville High School boys team won a game at the state tournament, in any sport, Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

The day was May 23, 1987 and the Wolf baseball team beat White Swan 2-0 as it wound its way to a 3rd place showing.

Since then, nada.

After beating White Swan, the ’87 CHS diamond men fell 14-7 to Morton, beginning what now sits at a 33-year streak without a team win in a state tourney game for Coupeville’s male athletes.

And I stress the word TEAM, as CHS sports programs where the athletes compete as individuals, have produced big success in that time, topped off by state champs in track and cross country.

Take a look at sports where success hinges on a team, however, and Wolf boys are in a long dry spell.

Wolf baseball (0-5), football (0-2), basketball (0-2), and soccer (0-2) have made it to the big dance multiple times in the past three decades, but none have won since ’87.

That has given the CHS girls a chance to play catch-up, and they have in a big way.

The ’87 baseball win was the fourth state tourney triumph by a Wolf boys team, while the Coupeville girls have now won 16 times.

The first victory came courtesy of the girls basketball squad in 2000, with the most recent W captured by the 2019 softball sluggers.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the first CHS team to make it to state, in any sport, the 1970 boys basketball team, it’s well past time for modern-day Wolf boys to recapture past glory.

Until they do, the stat sheet speaks for itself, and it tells us this — CHS girls rule the school.


State tourney history for CHS team sports (compiled by WIAA):



First trip: 1973
Most-recent trip: 2014
Total trips: 9
State tourney wins: 2
Schools beaten: Kittitas, White Swan
Best finish: 3rd in 1987


Boys Basketball:

First trip: 1970
Most-recent trip: 1988
Total trips: 5
State tourney wins: 2
Schools beaten: Columbia (Burbank), Montesano
Best finish: No trophies


Boys Soccer:

First trip: 2009
Most-recent trip: 2010
Total trips: 2
State tourney wins: None
Schools beaten: None
Best finish: No trophies



First trip: 1974
Most-recent trip: 1990
Total trips: 4
State tourney wins: None
Schools beaten: None
Best finish: No trophies


Girls Basketball:

First trip: 1998
Most-recent trip: 2016
Total trips: 7
State tourney wins: 7
Schools beaten: Freeman, Onalaska, Overlake, Winlock, River View, Cascade Christian, Zillah
Best finish: 6th in 2002



First trip: 2002
Most-recent trip: 2019
Total trips: 3
State tourney wins: 5
Schools beaten: Cle Elum, Royal, Okanogan, Napavine, Deer Park
Best finish: 3rd in 2002



First trip: 2001
Most-recent trip: 2017
Total trips: 5
State tourney wins: 4
Schools beaten: King’s, Freeman, Toutle Lake, Zillah
Best finish: No trophies

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Chayse Van Velkinburgh dreams of scoring soccer goals while hanging out with dad Dustin. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fresh off a basketball doubleheader, a pack of CMS girls pulled double duty, also competing in a volleyball tourney. (Jennifer Marzocca photo)

Everywhere a Coupeville kid, keeping busy and honing their athletic skills.

Look around this weekend, and it wasn’t just the high school basketball teams which were busy.

A pack of Coupeville Middle School girls played a basketball doubleheader Saturday with their SWISH squad, and if you scroll down a few stories, you’ll see how they did.

Spoiler: they did very, very well.

Then, right after basketball was done, most of that same basketball team hit the road for Puyallup, where they played as part of a club volleyball team Sunday.

Chloe Marzocca, Mia Farris, Lyla Stuurmans, Jada Heaton, Taylor Brotemarkle, Madison McMillan, and Katie Marti all play for the Whidbey Volleyball Club U-13 squad.

That team played three matches Sunday in pool play, then bounced out a team in bracket play before their weekend came to an end.

“Overall, not bad. Definitely room to grow. Hard working girls,” said team mom Jennifer Marzocca.

Skip over to the soccer pitch, and another local progeny was hard at work.

Chayse Van Velkinburgh, who attends Coupeville Elementary School, suits up for Northwest United U-10.

Playing two games this weekend, he scorched the nets for six goals and dealt out three assists, while also finding time to pop over and anchor his squad as both a defender and goalie.

To very little surprise, Van Velkinburgh and Co. won both games, coming out on top 5-2 and 8-1.

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Coupeville senior Maya Toomey-Stout was a First Team All-Conference pick for the second-straight season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Scout Smith was a Second Team All-Conference pick at setter.

Hannah Davidson closed her prep volleyball career by being tabbed an All-Conference player.

It was one of the most successful seasons in program history.

The three Coupeville High School volleyball teams combined to go 33-10 this fall, with the varsity hitting record-setting highs.

The top Wolf squad started 12-1, while claiming both its fourth-straight top-two league finish and 10+ win season, all under coach Cory Whitmore.

With 14 wins at season end, the 2019 varsity spikers tied the 2004 team for the most victories in a single season by a Coupeville volleyball squad.

That excellence was honored Thursday, as the Wolves put a final bow on the season with a team awards banquet.

Topping the achievements were three All-League selections, as North Sound Conference coaches praised CHS seniors Maya Toomey-Stout, Scout Smith, and Hannah Davidson.

Toomey-Stout landed First Team honors for a second-straight season, while her teammates both were Second Team picks.


Team awards:



MVP — Maya Toomey-Stout
Most Inspirational — Scout Smith
Most Improved — Lucy Tenore
Spirit of a Wolf — Zoe Trujillo



MVP — Maddie Georges
Most Inspirational — Kylie Chernikoff
Most Improved — Ryanne Knoblich



MVP — Ryanne Knoblich
Most Inspirational — Jill Prince
Most Improved — Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson


Varsity letter winners:

Hannah Davidson
Emma Mathusek
Chelsea Prescott
Lucy Sandahl
Scout Smith
Lucy Tenore
Maya Toomey-Stout
Zoe Trujillo
Raven Vick
Willow Vick
Maddie Vondrak


Participation certificates:

Alita Blouin
Kylie Chernikoff
Vivian Farris
Maddie Georges
Gwen Gustafson
Taygin Jump
Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson
Ryanne Knoblich
Anya Leavell
Ivy Leedy
Allie Lucero
Maya Lucero
Jaimee Masters
Heidi Meyers
Abby Mulholland
Jill Prince
Jordyn Rogers
Jessica Ross-McMahon


And a cinematic look back at the year, thanks to Brian Vick:


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Maddie Vondrak eyes the action as Zoe Trujillo operates above the net. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Is it Thanksgiving, cause Hannah Davidson brought the stuffing.

Vondrak has sweet treats for her fervent fans.

Emma Mathusek directs traffic.

Maya Toomey-Stout abuses the volleyball.

Davidson delivers a zinger.

Trujillo charges into the fray, keeping her candy handy.

Mathusek gets some love from her spiker family.

And now I’m caught up.

Probably. Maybe. Possibly.

As we wrap up the fall sports season, and begin the pivot to winter and basketball, I’m shaking loose the final photos I have stashed away.

There’s a couple more still hanging round, but they’ll pop up as the final awards banquets are held.

For now, eight glossy John Fisken snaps from a volleyball season in which the 2019 Wolves tied the program record with 14 wins.

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Chelsea Prescott floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maddie Vondrak (left) and Scout Smith get pumped-up during pregame introductions.

Hannah Davidson plays Tip War with a feisty rival.

Zoe Trujillo administers a no-fly zone for incoming volleyballs.

Why yes, since you asked, Lucy Sandahl did bring enough candy for everyone.

Ignoring the pain of a black eye, Smith prepares to launch a blistering attack.

Emma Mathusek rolls out, ready to be amazing.

Maya Toomey-Stout warms up her spike-happy hands by gettin’ some love from her teammates.

The action ends, but the photos never do.

The Coupeville High School volleyball season wrapped a few days back, but I continue to work through a backlog of pics.

So, here’s another batch dedicated to a Wolf varsity squad which tied the program’s all-time single-season win record, rolling up 14 victories this fall.

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