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“I’m just sayin’ Geno Auriemma would make a really good middle school basketball coach. We have some bake sales, and we get that salary paid, son!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This is your moment. Seize it.

There are not one, but two, Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball coaching positions open as the season rapidly approaches.

Kassie O’Neil bounced up to the high school, accepting the JV girls’ gig, while Kristina Forbes is resigning due to other obligations.

That leaves the CMS girls hoops program without any coaches, with the season set to start Jan. 23.

It’s basically a six-week job, with the eight-game campaign wrapping up Mar. 9, and you would have the chance to help shape the future of Wolf basketball.

Are you a former Coupeville basketball player looking to give back to where it all started? Bam!

Maybe a semi-retired coach who still gets that itch to be on the sideline? Boom!

Or just someone who has always longed to take the “seven seconds or less” offense and put it in the hands of 12-year-old girls, creating a gym-rattling, mind-fracturing attack guaranteed to blow up the scoreboard and exhaust the refs???

As mentioned before, this is your moment.

Seize it and let Haylee Armstrong and Tenley Stuurmans become the Steve Nash and Shawn Marion of the prairie.


PS — Athletic Director Willie Smith is also looking for middle school track and cross country coaches, as well as a high school girls soccer coach.

We’re just talking about basketball because it’s God’s chosen sport.


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Coupeville High School athletic legend turned Wolf coach Megan Smith prepares to become Mrs. Bennett Richter. (Dina Ginn photos)

Two empires unite.

Coupeville High School girls basketball coach Megan Smith and Wolf football guru Bennett Richter were wed Saturday, and we have pics.

They’re shot by Dina Ginn, come to us courtesy of the former Ms. Smith (now Mrs. Richter), and continue a tradition started when Megan’s brother Ian wed in 2013.

That tradition?

As shown here and at https://coupevillesports.com/2013/06/29/ian-smith-weds-thousands-of-women-cry-in-the-streets/ it’s apparently my burning desire to be Coupeville’s answer to People magazine.

Coupeville’s new head football coach joins the family.

Tasty treats, artfully plated.

CHS Athletic Director (and proud papa) Willie Smith walks the bride in.

Welcome to a woodsy wonderland.

The “I do” portion of the festivities.

Smoochy-boochies makes it official.

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Want to play sports or participate in activities for Coupeville High School or Middle School? Get thee to a computer. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Do a little work now, and a lot less work later.

That’s the plan, as Coupeville High School and Middle School launch a new online program for parents to register their children for athletics and activities.

The schools are partnering with Final Forms, an online forms and data management service.

All parents and students will be required to use the program starting this fall, but things are being launched now to ease the transition.

“It replaces all of our hard copies and will make communication between the athletic department, coaches, families, and students much more streamlined and instantaneous,” said CHS/CMS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

The program covers all Wolf athletic programs, as well as activities such as robotics and drama.

Final Forms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, erasing the need to enter the same information more than once.

Information can be verified online at any point, with signatures required once per year, as well as after updates.

“Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork,” Smith said.


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Coaches across District 1 and 2 are rejoicing like Coupeville’s Megan Smith. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hope burns eternal.

Two days after the Washington Interscholatic Activities Association yanked half of the state basketball tournament allocations reserved for District 1 and 2, a new path has opened up to potentially restore those berths.

Two months ago, when allocations were originally designated, both teams who reached the final of the District 1/2 tourney were assured spots in the 16-team state championships.

Sunday, without prior notice or any public explanation, the WIAA gave away two of those slots — meaning only the winner of next week’s tourney would advance to the big dance.

The District 1/2 tourney features Coupeville, La Conner, Friday Harbor, and Auburn Adventist.

Tuesday, the District Directors for District 1 (Don Beazizo), District 2 (Pat McCarthy), District 4 (Tim Graham and Tim Trimble) and District 6 (Dave Cullen) devised their own compromise, however.

The winners of the District 1/2 tourney — to be held in Coupeville Feb. 15 and 17 — automatically advance to state.

Under the new plan, the losers of the title game will get a chance to play for a state berth.

The District 1/2 runner-up on the boys side will travel to play the lowest-seeded team advancing from the District 4 tourney Sunday, Feb. 20.

Tipoff will be no later than noon that day.

In girls action, the second-place team will travel to face the lowest-seeded District 6 team either Feb. 19 or 20.

The winners of those new loser-out games earns a state tourney berth.

Having state tourney slots yanked away at such a late date, with no explanation, was a dagger in the back and earned a blistering response from area Athletic Directors.

Tuesday’s news was greeted in a much different manner.

“This is a great testament of what happens when a group works together to make a difficult situation right and when they put kids’ well-being at the forefront of decision making,” said Coupeville AD Willie Smith.

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Dan the Man – the five-star janitor who makes the CHS gym sparkle. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)


With both varsity Coupeville High School basketball teams posting winning records this season — including the Wolf boys being a flawless 11-0 — the stands have been packed.

Even living in the Age of Coronavirus, with mask requirements in place, locals and off-Islanders alike have shown up for games.

When he’s not clicking action pics, wanderin’ photographer John Fisken often swings his camera towards the stands, as you can see in the photos above and below.

Mike Etzell (left) debates strategy with Rusty and Donna Bailey.

Their sign game is on point.

Wolf cheerleaders get ready to get loud.

Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith, perhaps pondering anniversary gifts for wife Cherie, checks in with daughter Megan.

Welcome to Murdy Country, where hoops hotshots Xavier and Alex bring out the fans.

The benevolent rulers of Murdy Country – Sandi and Jim.

Erin Straub (left) and Courtney Simpson-Pilgrim bask in the glow of an undefeated season.

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