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Wolf track and field athletes won’t visit the red football field at Eastern Washington University next spring. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

There’s a new final destination.

After decades of ending the season in Cheney at Eastern Washington University, the 1B/2B/1A state track and field championships are moving to Yakima.

The decision was approved by the executive board of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association at its meeting Sunday, Nov. 13 and announced publicly Wednesday.

The state meet will now be held at Eisenhower High School’s Zaepfel Stadium, which annually hosts one of the region’s biggest track rumbles, the Holder Relays.

The change was not unexpected, as EWU officials previously informed the WIAA that renovations to the school’s football facility would include removal and relocation of its track oval.

Zaepful Stadium has hosted the state meet before, welcoming Class A and B athletes in 1994 and 1995.

The Yakima facility also hosted the 3A meet in 1981 and the Class A championships between 1976-1979.

Zaepful Stadium, named in honor of Yakima’s John Zaepfel, a longtime coach and athletic director, was renovated to the tune of $4.2 million in 2015.

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CHS female harriers excel in the classroom as well as on the course. (Helen Strelow artwork)

Our cross country runners are smarter than your cross country runners.

Coupeville High School’s female harriers qualified as a team for this Saturday’s state meet, and while the Wolves are in Pasco, they’ll receive an extra honor.

That’s because CHS girls’ cross country is an academic state champion, with its runners combining for the best GPA among all 2B schools participating in the sport.

The Wolf team, which includes Helen Strelow, Claire Mayne, Noelle Western, Reagan Callahan, and Erica and Cristine McGrath, compiled a 3.969 GPA.

Coupeville is coached by Paige Spangler.

The state champion honor is bestowed by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and Gesa Credit Union.

CHS will receive a plaque at the state meet, with runners each earning a special patch and medallion.

Other 2B schools honored for fall sports include Okanogan (boys’ cross country and girls’ soccer), Saint Georges (boys’ soccer), Liberty (football), and Asotin (volleyball).

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Coupeville senior Dominic Coffman scored four touchdowns in a 48-6 win over Bellingham. (Brent Coffman photo)

The Dominator … dominated.

Coupeville High School senior Dominic Coffman scored four touchdowns, recovered a fumble, and picked off a pass Friday as the 2B Wolves scorched 2A Bellingham 48-6.

For his efforts, the gridiron giant was honored by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, named as one of the group’s Athlete of the Week winners.

Each week during the school year, the WIAA tabs a male and female athlete from each of its classifications — 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B.

Winners receive a letter of recognition from the WIAA Executive Director, a Certificate of Achievement, and a $25 DICK’S Sporting Goods gift card courtesy of Gesa Credit Union.

Coffman doubled his season output with his four-touchdown performance, scoring in multiple ways.

He smashed into the end zone twice on rushing attempts, blowing up Bellingham tacklers on 36 and three-yard runs.

Coffman also hauled in a 50-yard scoring strike from Wolf QB Logan Downes and returned a fumble he forced for another touchdown.

It was the first defensive score this season for the Wolves, who also added a safety in the rout.

With eight touchdowns through six games, Coffman is tied with fellow senior Tim Ursu for second-best on the team, trailing just Scott Hilborn, who has hit paydirt 10 times.

Coupeville is 5-1 heading into a road trip to Leavenworth to play 1A Cascade, the best start by a Wolf football team in years.

To see the official notice hailing Coffman and his fellow winners, pop over to:


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“Whose house? Our house!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re starting to notice us.

First came some respect from the computers, and now the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is chiming in when it comes to high school football on The Rock.

Both 2B Coupeville (4-1 on the season) and 1A South Whidbey (5-0) are ranked #7 in their respective classifications in the latest RPI rankings from the WIAA.

That’s big, as the Rating Percentage Index is a key component used by seeding committees when they set up first round bracket pairings for the state tourney.

Coupeville, whose only loss came to South Whidbey, is 2-0 against fellow 2B schools, and 2-1 when playing up against 1A programs.

The Wolves host 2A Bellingham Thursday, then travel to Leavenworth the next Friday to play 1A Cascade, which is currently ranked #8 on the RPI chart.

The final two regular-season games are against 2B league rivals La Conner and Friday Harbor.

The current RPI rankings have Okanogan, Raymond-South Bend, and Napavine atop 2B, followed by Liberty (Spangle), Lind-Ritzville/Sprague, and Columbia (Burbank).

Coupeville slots in at #7, with Lake Roosevelt, Adna, and Jenkins (Chewelah) rounding out the top 10.

While Whidbey’s smaller schools are ruling the gridiron, things are not as fancy in the big city.

Oak Harbor, a 3A program, is 0-5 this season and not allowed anywhere near the RPI rankings.

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Noelle Daigneault, extremely entertaining and very deserving of taking home honors. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe reminds you there’s a line to get his photo, and it starts over there.

You can’t dampen their enthusiasm.

Coupeville High School seniors Noelle Daigneault and Hawthorne Wolfe are multi-sport stars who both have vibrant personalities.

So, it’s sort of appropriate that the duo was both honored Tuesday, taking home the Cliff Gillies¬†Award.

That honor, named for the longtime Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, recognizes student/athletes who excel in scholarship, citizenship, and participation in activities.

Daigneault was a key member of Wolf soccer and tennis teams.

On the pitch, she was a feisty, fast-talking defender who helped anchor the back line.

Pop her on a tennis court, and Daigneault was an ace, partnering with Eryn Wood to advance all the way to bi-districts.

An academic sensation, she also ruled the stage as an actress and was voted Homecoming Queen, accomplishing everything while showcasing one of the sunniest personalities in Wolf Nation.

Wolfe is one of the few CHS stars from any time period who can match Daigneault’s charisma, and he loves the spotlight.

As a senior, he helped lead Coupeville to its best boys basketball season in decades, with the Wolves winning their first league title since 2002.

The hoops squad added its first district title since 1970, then punched a ticket to the state tourney for the first time since ’88.

Wolfe went out doing what he does — raining pain on his foes from long-distance, while bobbing, weaving, and talking non-stop to fellow players, refs, and fans.

The man who lived to watch the nets flip dropped 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter of Coupeville’s finale at state, with the final three-ball giving him 800 career points.

After that, Wolfe moved to the baseball diamond, where he earned Northwest 2B/1B League co-MVP honors for his work on the mound, in the outfield, and at the plate.

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