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   Luke Pelant (left), hangs out with coach Paul Mendes during the 2013 CHS boys soccer awards banquet. (Photo by Robert Pelant)

One by one, the former Wolves return.

Luke Pelant is the latest Coupeville High School grad to return to his alma mater, only this time as a coach and not a player.

He is joining the boys soccer team as an assistant coach to Kyle Nelson, in a move which will be official when the School Board gives its approval.

Pelant had an illustrious soccer career at CHS, capped by a senior season in 2013, when he was a captain, was named the team’s MVP and was tabbed as an All-League player by Cascade Conference coaches.

He also received the US Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award that year.

After high school, Pelant attended Washington State University, where he studied marketing.

During his time as a Wolf, he played for legendary soccer coach Paul Mendes, an international pitch star who capped his career in Coupeville.

A leader during his time on the field for the Wolves, Pelant is looking forward to helping shape a new generation of players.

“I just love the game so much,” he said. “I want to be around it more and hopefully bring more players to love it as much as I do.”

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Samantha Shulock (John Fisken photo)

   OHHS grad Samantha Shulock has been hired as an assistant girls soccer coach at Coupeville High School. (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville High School’s newest soccer coach vividly remembers what it was like to be a player.

“I still have the players perspective fresh in my mind and can make that connection between coach and player,” said Samantha Shulock.

The 2008 Oak Harbor grad, who went on to play college ball after high school, has joined Troy Cowan’s staff as an assistant this year.

She replaces Nicholas Dziminowicz, who departed after a year in the position to focus full-time on his work with premier teams through Northwest United.

Shulock, who made her Wolf debut Thursday during a four-team jamboree on her old field at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium, played for 15 years.

After hanging up the purple and gold at OHHS, she went on to play two years at Skagit Valley College, then wrapped her career with a stint on the women’s club soccer team at Washington State University.

Back on Whidbey, she couldn’t resist the siren call of the pitch.

“I recently moved to Coupeville and saw this as the best opportunity to stay involved in soccer,” Shulock said. “Overall I’m here for the girls.

“My goal is they feel like they played the best season they could have and continue to learn about the game.”

She’ll work with the players on both sides of the ball, though says “defense has always been my comfort zone.”

One lesson she’ll try and pass on is how important it is for each Wolf to rely on the player next to them.

“This is a team sport; support is key,” Shulock said. “Any game is meant to be fun and if you want to take it to the next level you need to make sure it makes you happy every time you step onto the field with your teammates.”

As the Wolves prep for their regular-season opener (Sept. 8 at home vs. South Whidbey), their newest coach is counting down the days.

“I’m excited to be a part of it,” Shulock said. “I see myself in a lot of the girls and hope I’m a positive influence on each one.

“I’m coming in completely from the outside with no ties to this community,” she added. “My best wishes are always with the girls and their families and that every soccer experience is a positive one.”

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Megan Meyer (right) is joine dby fellow Hall o' Fame inductees (top to bottom) Bob Barker, Arik Garthwaite, Corinne Gaddis and Noah Roehl.

   Megan Meyer (right) is joined by fellow Hall o’ Fame inductees (top to bottom) Bob Barker, Arik Garthwaite, Corinne Gaddis and Noah Roehl.

Old school and new school meet.

The five-person group headed into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame today, the 37th class inducted into these hallowed digital walls, is a mix of different generations.

But one thing links the three men and two women who, after this, will be found at the top of the blog under the Legends tab.

They all had a sizable impact on AND off the field. And continue to do so.

So, with that, we formally welcome Corinne Gaddis, Noah Roehl, Arik Garthwaite, Megan Meyer and Bob Barker.

We kick things off with Garthwaite, who is being honored for his play on the hardwood.

One of the most dominant scoring machines CHS has ever seen, he was a four-year varsity player, topping 100+ points in every season, capped by an eye-popping 423 as a senior.

That’s the second-best single-season mark put up by a Wolf boy in the past 25 years, and, by the time he was done, Garthwaite had scorched the nets for 867 points in his stellar career.

Not bad for a guy who actually focused more on the other side of the court.

“Defense and yelling at the refs were my strong suits,” he once told me with a laugh.

As a junior he helped the Wolves get off to a 12-0 start, then delivered even more fireworks a year later.

During Garthwaite’s senior season in 1997-1998, he blitzed Mount Vernon Christian for 32 and helped Coupeville upend powerhouse King’s in an upset he still treasures.

A gym rat during his days as a Wolf — “Pete (Petrov) had a key to the gym and he and I would play there at night quite a bit. The janitor was pretty cool about it.” — he still remembers what it was like to make the joint rock.

“That gym was electric when we played and always packed,” he said. “I talked to a few guys on each team that we played against and that was always the first thing they mentioned. It was just SO loud, they would say.”

Our second inductee, Roehl, is being honored for his play — he was a standout football and basketball player who took home a CHS Male Athlete of the Year award — but also for the work he has done since graduation.

Keeping alive the memory and work of his father, the late Tom Roehl, Noah has been the driving force behind his family’s charity work.

Through their popular football and basketball alumni games, the family has raised funds for college scholarships year after year and kept a great man’s legacy rolling.

While everyone in the Roehl family chips in, it is Noah who is the face of the franchise and makes things hum.

His dad would be very proud.

Up next are Gaddis and Meyer, two highly accomplished, supremely sweet-natured young women who continue to wow the world every day.

Injuries were the only thing which could slow the fleet-footed Gaddis down (she still finished 8th at the 1A state meet in the long jump and 6th in the 4 x 100 as a sophomore), but they also gave her a larger purpose.

Once she left Cow Town for that other rural chunk of land, Pullman, she aced her way through her days at Wazzu, becoming an athletic trainer and being chosen as a highlighted student during commencement.

These days, she’s helping athletes of all ages and talents, spreading the gospel of Gaddis everywhere she goes, epic grin greeting everyone she meets — perfect proof you can be awesome in high school and somehow find a way to still ramp it up afterwards.

Her path is sort of similar to Meyer, who, for me at least, will always be the little girl who we used to stick in the rolling cart that we parked under the drop slot at Videoville.

And yes, she would grab people’s hands as they dropped their movie in the slot, and yes, it was glorious.

Once she hit high school, Meggie Moo was a tennis player and a cheerleader, and it’s the latter, where she was a captain when CHS was a competition cheer squad, that earns her entry to the hall.

After high school, however, is where the stupendous Miss Meyer has shone most brightly, though, bopping around the globe, a world traveler who has spent most of her time abroad helping others.

I worked at Videoville for 12+ years, from Megan’s first day of preschool until her sophomore year of high school, and there has never been a moment, then or now, when she was not one of my favorite people in the universe.

She is one of the most genuinely lovable people I have ever known. Her mere presence causes the heavens to open, the sun to shine and small animals to dance with little children.

Seriously.

That’s sort of the reaction most of Barker’s former athletes have when you bring him up.

During his time at CHS, he put in 31+ years, working as a teacher, coach (boys and girls basketball and baseball) and athletic director.

Along the way he guided the 1969-1970 Wolf boys to the first district title ever won by a Whidbey Island hoops team, then took that team to state, another first in program history.

He coached some of the most talented athletes in school history — Jeff Stone, Corey Cross, Marlene Grasser, Sherry Bonacci and Jennie Cross just to name a few — but is revered for treating all of his players equally.

And more so, for being the kind of coach who truly impacted lives far beyond the athletic stage.

Bonacci, who grew up to marry fellow Athlete of the Year Jon Roberts and produce a daughter (Lindsey) who is right on track to duplicate her parents feat, speaks for many of Barker’s former students and players.

“He is AMAZING!! ️Neatest man ever … all-around amazing! LOVE HIM!!,” Sherry Roberts said. “He is truly one of those three or four people in my life who have had the greatest impact on me.

“I would truly not be who I am today without his help and guidance and belief in me. What a wonderful man!!”

Sounds like a Hall of Famer to me.

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Haley Marx (left)

Haley Marx (left), still smilin’ at Wazzu.

With dad Steve.

With dad Steve.

Haley Marx puts sunshine in the world.

The former Coupeville High School athlete (a team captain in both soccer and basketball), Homecoming royalty and Senior Class President was rarely without her smile.

Through big wins and tough losses Marx remained as upbeat as they come. The smile never flickered and it always seemed very genuine.

Her teammates gravitated to her and she never shied away from being a leader, on or off the court.

Supremely sweet to all around her, yet tough as steel in the heat of athletic battle, she remains one of my favorites of recent years.

Haley was always easy to root for during her time in the red and black, and I doubt anything has changed.

These days she’s repping Wazzu colors and turns the big 2-0 today.

Marx may be gone from Cow Town, at least for the moment, but she’s never forgotten.

Happy birthday, Haley! May your special day be as awesome as you are.

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Corinne Gaddis, the early years. (Photo courtesy Ellen Christensen)

Corinne Gaddis, the early years. (Photo courtesy Ellen Christensen)

Gaddis

   Gaddis (right), modern day, with sisters Hannah Christensen (left) and Brandy Moe.

Gaddis with dad Jack.

With dad Jack at a Mariners game.

If there’s a special glow in the sky this morning, it’s because the Earth knows what’s up — today a legend was born.

Corinne Gaddis was one of the best athletes to ever cruise through the hallways at Coupeville High School.

Pick a sport, any sport and she would kick your butt at it, while beaming one of the greatest smiles to ever grace Cow Town.

How good was she?

When Gaddis graduated, the town got together and, realizing no one was ever going to match her awesomeness, went and tore the whole school down and built a new one just to give those who followed her a chance at a fresh start.

True story.

But once she was done blazing around the track oval at CHS (back when the Wolves could still host home track meets) and dropping the hammer on the basketball court, Gaddis didn’t stop being awesome.

She went on to graduate from Washington State University and is now a teacher and athletic trainer at Tahoma High School.

Corinne is following in the footsteps of mom and step-dad Ellen and Erik Christensen, teachers of great renown at Oak Harbor High School.

Undoubtedly she is making the duo, and her dad, Jack Gaddis, even prouder of her every day.

The bright, brilliant ball of fire that captivated Coupeville is now out in the real world, spreading knowledge and joy to a new generation.

The kid who hung out at Videoville (in the brief moments when she wasn’t busy with book learnin’ and athletic conquests) is 26 today.

While I haven’t seen Corinne in person in a while, I have no doubt she remains as effervescent and sweet-natured as she was as a teen.

I’m confident in this because I have never, ever seen a photo of her where her sunny smile didn’t pour out of the frame and envelop the universe in a virtual hug.

Corinne Gaddis has always been one of those truly special people whose mere presence makes those around her happier.

Brilliant. Amazing. Genuine.

She’s all that, and so much more.

Happy birthday, Miss Gaddis. May your smile continue to light the world for a very long time.

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