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William Nelson was a four-year star in tennis and soccer during his days at Coupeville High School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)


That was the trademark of William Nelson, and it was a trait he displayed on the tennis court, the soccer pitch and in the classroom.

Before he graduated last spring, the long ‘n lanky one was money in the bank for Coupeville High School sports teams.

Need a big play, or maybe just a small, but very significant, one?

Nelson was the go-to guy, never prone to thumping his chest or screaming about how great he was, just the ultimate cool professional who did his job (and everyone else’s) game in, game out.

There was a moment, a very brief moment, during a super-tense match as seniors, when he and lifetime doubles mate Joey Lippo tapped tennis rackets with 2% more enthusiasm than normal after winning a tough point.

It was the equivalent of another player ripping their jersey in half, then mooning the fans while sprinting around the court, waving a flag, screaming “U-S-A, U-S-A!!!”

Most times, Nelson was content to slightly arch an eyebrow or smile a half-smile after he had decimated his foes.

He knew he had reached into their chest cavity, ripped out their heart and shown it to them, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom“-style, and they knew it, too.

So, half-smile, nod and move on to the next thing on his to-do list.

If he had only played one sport, either soccer or tennis, Nelson would likely still be receiving induction into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

But, since he played both, and excelled so thoroughly in two very different worlds, it’s a slam dunk.

So, after this, when you travel up to the top of the blog and peek under the Legends tab, you’ll find Nelson there, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Wolf greats of yore.

And there is little doubt he deserves the honor.

As the heart and soul of the CHS soccer squad, Nelson was a four-time First-Team All-Conference player as a midfielder.

He combined deft moves, smooth speed and a willingness to get down and dirty while scrapping, and could be a solid goal scorer, a superb set-up man for other Wolf gunners, or a bit of both.

More more than most players, Nelson was quick to adapt his game to fit best with the skill sets of his teammates.

As players came and went during his four-year run on the CHS pitch, he adjusted how he played to better mesh with each new star, and never seemed to care whether his name was the one in the spotlight, or theirs.

What mattered most to Nelson, or at least that’s how it always seemed from the outside, was putting his team in a position to win.

He was an ideal captain, well-respected, a leader both by action and words, and his calmness carried over to many of his running mates.

Nelson wasn’t a pushover, at all. Exactly the opposite.

Try and elbow him, or kick him, or mess with his teammates, and he subtly responded, making sure you didn’t do it twice, while rarely drawing the wrath of the officials.

His quiet toughness carried over to the tennis courts, where he and Lippo (who will likely join him in the Hall o’ Fame in short order) perfectly synced up for a four-year run as doubles partners.

Two tall players with rock-solid hitting styles, who held their emotions largely in check while picking apart foes, they came within a point of making it to state as seniors, while anchoring the Wolf lineup day after day, year after year.

Longtime Coupeville tennis coach Ken Stange described Nelson as “silky smooth” and “pretty unflappable.”

Will and Joey played so many big matches through the years,” he said. “And they often drew a crowd when they played, which says a lot because tennis usually does not draw a crowd.”

Matinee idol, big game ace, serene superstar – they all describe Nelson.

And now you can add Hall o’ Famer to the list.

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After scoring 24 goals, CHS sophomore Derek Leyva was named the Olympic League boys soccer MVP. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Their final season in the Olympic League was a major success.

After three years of garnering third-place finishes, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad surged to second-place in 2018, then made its longest playoff run in a decade.

CHS bounced five-time state champ Bellevue Christian from the postseason, then pushed Vashon Island and Klahowya hard in playoff losses.

With a solid core of young players (its top two scorers are only sophomores), the Wolves are primed for future success as they head to the new North Sound Conference next year.

And one of those sophomores, Derek Leyva, is still making headlines after being selected Olympic League MVP.

It’s the first time a non-Klahowya player was honored as the top boys soccer player in the four years of the conference.

Making his debut in 2018 with CHS, Leyva scorched the nets for 24 goals, a single-season record for the Wolf boys program.

He shattered the previous mark of 20, set by cousin Abraham Leyva in 2016.

Also pulling down big honors from league coaches were senior William Nelson and sophomore Aram Leyva, who were tabbed as First-Team All-Conference players.

It was Nelson’s fourth time to receive the honor.

Those awards, and team honors, letters and certificates, were handed out Thursday night as the booters kicked off Coupeville’s spring sports banquet circuit.

Derek Leyva was also named the team’s Player of the Year, while Uriah Kastner (Most Improved), Nelson (Most Inspirational) and Sam Wynn (Rookie of the Year) received varsity awards.

JV players Dawson Houston (Most Inspirational) and Ben Smith (Most Improved) were honored, as well.

“This was a great season for us with plenty of records and firsts in quite a few years,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson.

Varsity letter-winners:

Chris Cernick
Dewitt Cole
Hunter Downes
Sage Downes
Pedro Gamarra
Uriah Kastner
Teo Keilwitz
Aram Leyva
Derek Leyva
William Nelson (4-year letter winner)
Axel Partida
Josh Robinson
Ethan Spark (4-year letter winner)
James Wood
Sam Wynn

JV certificates:

Zach Ginnings
Dawson Houston
Alex Jimenez
Jonathan Partida
Ben Smith
Simon Socha


Peytin Vondrak

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   Senior captain William Nelson scored Saturday as Coupeville soccer shocked Bellevue Christian 3-0, nabbing its first playoff win in six years. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The last time the Coupeville High School boys soccer team won a playoff game, Sam Wynn was in third grade.

Jump forward six years, almost to the day, and the Wolves, with a big boost from their fab frosh, have tasted postseason glory once again.

Wynn banged home the first goal, the only one which truly mattered, then William Nelson and Aram Leyva added insurance scores, and Coupeville bushwhacked Bellevue Christian 3-0 Saturday at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

The playoff win, the first for the Wolves since a 1-0 win over Meridian way back on May 2, 2012, lifts CHS to 7-7-2 on the season.

More importantly, it propels them into the double-elimination portion of districts, two wins away from a trip to the state tourney.

Coupeville travels to Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma Tuesday, May 8 to face Nisqually League champ Vashon Island (12-1-3). Kickoff is 6 PM.

Win or lose, they play again May 10 at Orting High School.

That game will pit the Wolves against either Charles Wright Academy (8-1-1) or their Olympic League nemesis, Klahowya (13-2-1).

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Saturday, Coupeville faced two obstacles, one physical, one mental.

Bellevue Christian came in at 9-5 and carried the legacy of a program which has won five state titles.

The bigger stumbling block was Coupeville’s own postseason troubles.

Five straight playoff losses, four in which they didn’t score. The worst of them came just a year ago, a 5-0 loss to none other than BC.

None of that mattered Saturday, however, as the Wolves dictated play, frustrating the Vikings so badly their coach was tagged with a yellow card at the end.

Wynn rattled home his fifth goal to open the scoring, before Nelson punched in his eighth to stretch the lead out.

Wolf goalie Dewitt Cole played his heart out in the net, with the highlight being “an awesome save to keep the game at 2-0,” according to CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

Wolf sophomore Aram Leyva beat the Viking netminder, his 12th goal of the season and 18th of his career, to round out the scoring, while cousin Derek Leyva collected two assists with a pair of pretty passes.

The three-goal assault gives Coupeville 62 on the season, the most any Wolf boys soccer team has scored in a single season.

As he marinated in the moment, Kyle Nelson was a happy man.

“Finally made that breakthrough in the playoffs,” he said. “Great team game. Everyone did their part for the victory.

“Onward into districts!”

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   The student bodies of schools Coupeville faced at the Science Olympiad state meet. Almost all claim 500+ more students than CHS. (Mckenzie Meyer photo)

Mckenzie Meyer (left) and Anna Dion work on a project. (Neil Rixe photo)

They’re standing up for small schools everywhere.

Despite having just a fraction of the student bodies that their competitors do, the Coupeville High School Science Olympiad squad soared Saturday at the state meet.

While Camas, with 2,063 students to pull from, walked away with the team title, the Wolves finished 17th, one slot better than last year.

With a hair over 300 students, CHS also faces another hurdle.

Most of the other schools at state are staffed by students who focus 100% on Science Olympiad, while Coupeville’s competitors balance academics with other pursuits like track, soccer and drama.

Seven of the eight Wolves who claimed a Top 10 finish at state either are currently playing a sport or preparing for next weekend’s drama production.

Madison Rixe, who led Coupeville with three Top 10 finishes, is a prime example, juggling track, drama and Science Olympiad in addition to her normal classwork.

Coupeville’s Top 10 finishes:

Disease Detectives – Mckenzie Meyer (9th)

Herpotology – Anna Dion and Madison Rixe (8th)

Mission Possible – Meyer and Dion (8th)

Helicopters – Rixe and Luke Carlson (10th)

Rocks and Minerals – Rixe and Jakobi Baumann (9th)

Towers – William Nelson and Baumann (10th)

Write it, Do It – Carlson and Josh Robinson (10th)

Fermi Questions — Nelson and Seraina Weatherford (10th)

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   Coupeville booters Hunter Downes (3) and William Nelson celebrate a goal Monday afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Forget black and white stripes, these refs are fashion forward in their thinking.

   But are they as ready to hit the runway as CHS assistant coach Luke Pelant? I think not.

   CHS football star Cameron Toomey-Stout, with hand raised, challenges Pelant to a Zoolander-style runway walk-off. Yes, I’m sure that’s what’s happening. Well, pretty sure. OK, maybe .05% sure… 

Back on the pitch, Sage Downes is busy sacrificing his noggin for his team.

It’s not going to get any easier.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad is off to a crisp start this year, but Monday marked the start of a four-game swing through the toughest part of the regular-season schedule.

And while the Wolves battled, they began their brush with their own murderer’s row by falling 3-1 to visiting Vashon Island.

The loss drops CHS to 4-3-1 on the season, while the Pirates climb to 6-1-2.

Next up for the Wolves is a home game Saturday against Forks, which is 6-0 and has outscored foes 32-1 this season.

Spartans goalie Gabriel Terrones opened the year with five straight shutout wins before surrendering a single, solitary score to Elma.

After that, Coupeville faces road rumbles with Port Angeles (6-2) and Klahowya (5-2-1).

Monday the Wolves got their lone goal from senior captain William Nelson.

It was his third tally of the season and the 34th goal Coupeville has notched.

With the game played under sunny skies, wanderin’ camera clicker John Fisken swung by Mickey Clark Field and spent some quality time plying his trade.

The pics seen above are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot (purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:


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