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Spikers (l to r) Kylie Chernikoff, Maddie Vondrak, and Maddie Georges celebrate a big point. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was the most peculiar of school athletic years.

Schedules shifted every few seconds, athletes (and fans) wore masks, and some ultra-stupid temporary rule changes made you question reality.

Why were basketball teams forced to forego the opening tip — the visiting team started with the ball out of bounds this season — when seconds later, players slammed into each other in pursuit of rebounds.

But then again, why ask why during the Age of Coronavirus?

As long as teams were playing, in compressed seasons, we were ahead of where we were back in spring 2020.

With action back on courts and fields, photographers had a chance to click their cameras again as well.

What is above and below are 20 of the best pics from Coupeville’s return to live sports action.

Not every sport is represented, and the pics are not in any sort of ranked order.

But they are the ones which caught my eye (again), as I went back through things.

So there you go.


Jill Prince makes a sensational barehanded catch on a twisting pop-up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Isaiah Bittner will eat your soul.

Carolyn Lhamon comes in hot.

Three generations of Wolf softball.

Daniel Olson tip-toes along the baseline.

Mollie Bailey and Brad Sherman start a secret handshake known only to prairie royalty. (Eileen Stone photo)

Mia Farris dances the dance of her people. (Jackie Saia photo)

Daylon Houston tackles Ben Smith after the latter scored a game-winning touchdown. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Emily Fiedler, ever-nimble.

Scene of the crime.

Hawthorne Wolfe bolts for home. (Morgan White photo)

Cole White twirls through the paint. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mary Milnes keeps her rival at bay.

Maddie Vondrak drops the hammer of the gods.

Alex Murdy is mobbed after hitting game-winning free throws. (Jackie Saia photo)

Mollie Bailey crushes a pitch. (Jackie Saia photo)

“We’re outta here!” (Eileen Stone photo)

Ben Smith rumbles in the open field. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Willie needs a vacation!”

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Willie Smith is watching to make sure you follow all guidelines. Don’t make him come down there. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No concessions. Limited seating. Masks for all spectators.

As Coupeville High School moves from spring sports to fall sports during the Age of Coronavirus, there will be some fairly strict guidelines for fans attending volleyball, football, or soccer contests.

The ability to follow these rules will dictate whether events remain open to fans.


Volleyball at CHS and CMS gyms:

Varsity matches will be played in the CHS gym, JV matches in the CMS gym.

JV spectators must exit through the side doors of the gym, and not back through the main lobby, and must leave the facilities after the match.

Due to limited seating, JV spectators are NOT allowed to also attend the varsity match.

An exception will be made only for parents whose daughters play for both JV and varsity.

“With the regulations in place for six feet of distance between fans/groups, it severely limits the number of spectators allowed in our gyms,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“This is why we have to limit spectator numbers and not allow those fans that watch the JV match to be able to watch the varsity matches.

“It is simply a matter of numbers and seats, and we just don’t have the size to accommodate everyone we’d like to.”

Spectators for varsity matches should enter through the main lobby 20-30 minutes prior to start time, and go directly to the CHS gym.

Senior parents and families will be given first choice of bleacher seats behind the benches in the CHS gym.

Family groups (one household) are allowed to sit together, but must maintain six-foot distance from other spectators/groups.

Blue tape on the bleachers in both gyms will be used to maintain six-foot distances between spectators.

Cones on the bleachers indicate areas where spectators are not allowed to sit.

The “crow’s nest” in the CHS gym is limited to two individuals and is reserved for home and visiting camera operators only.

Bathrooms will be open, but no food is allowed in the facility, and concessions will remain closed.

Masks have to be worn at all times.


Football and soccer @ CHS Stadium:

Same as the gym – bathrooms open, no food allowed in, no concessions, and masks are mandatory.

Red tape will be used to divide the bleachers into six-foot sections, with red X’s marking rows where people can not sit.

Spectators are allowed to sit in groups of 10-15 (no more than two households together) but must still maintain six foot distance from other spectators.

Fans can spread out along the outside of the track, but are NOT allowed on the track.

Teams will remain on the field at halftime, with no gym or shed access.

The press box is limited to a maximum of three people — the announcer, the clock operator, and one media person.

Which means, you try and take my seat in there, you probably get tasered.

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Alita Blouin and other Coupeville High School fall sports athletes begin practice in the next few days. (Brian Vick photo)

We’re ready to … fall … into a new sports season.

In the jumbled Age of Coronavirus, the schedules are a little out of place, with fall sports coming on the heels of spring sports this time around.

Also, with everything compressed into a short time frame, one season begins even as another hasn’t finished.

The final spring sports contests hit next Saturday, April 3, with the first day of practice for at least one Coupeville High School fall sports squad beginning a week before.

Fall sports contests run April 7 to May 8, with winter sports starting practice during the last week of the improvised fall sports season.

Looking ahead to the first cross-over event, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith exudes the laidback calm of a young Matthew McConaughey.

“It will be an interesting transition as our first week of practice overlaps our last week of competition,” he said.

“Our coaches have worked hard at creating a practice schedule that will benefit both seasons, so our multi-sport athletes can finish strong as well as begin to transition to their next season.”


The first day of practice for CHS fall sports teams:

Boys Soccer — March 29 (2:30-4:30 PM) @ Ebey Practice Field
**Coach — Robert Wood — rwood@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Boys Tennis — March 30 (2:30-4:30 PM) @ CHS tennis courts
**Coach — Ken Stange — kstange@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Cross Country — March 29 (2:30-4:00 PM) @ CHS gym
**Coach — Elizabeth Bitting — ebitting@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Football — March 27 (8:00-10:00 AM and 2:00-5:00 PM) @ CHS gym
**Coach — Marcus Carr — mcarr@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Girls Soccer — March 29 (2:30-4:30 PM) @ Ebey Practice Field
**Coach — Kyle Nelson — knelson@coupeville.k12.wa.us)

Volleyball — March 29 (6:00-8:00 PM) @ CHS gym
**Coach — Cory Whitmore — cwhitmore@oupeville.k12.wa.us


As the season progresses, expect changes to the schedule. To stay on top of things, try these sites:

Coupeville High School:

Coupeville School District 204 Calendar (tandem.co)

Northwest 2B/1B League:

Coupeville – Team Home Coupeville Wolves Sports (coupevilleathletics.com)


CHS will livestream four of its six fall sports, with football, volleyball, and both soccer teams getting the camera treatment.

To watch varsity games, check out High School Sports Online – Stream Live & On Demand (nfhsnetwork.com), which requires a subscription fee through their site.

JV volleyball matches will be streamed through Justgame Web Services (justagamelive.com), which requires an app download and a $4 fee per match.

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Avalon Renninger launches a shot in pre-pandemic times. Even with Washintgon state moving into Phase 3, don’t expect local gyms to be this full anytime soon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything is fluid in the Age of Coronavirus.

Day to day, game schedules and rules can, and do, change, and school athletic directors have to remain nimble and ready for everything.

As Coupeville AD Willie Smith and his associates in the Northwest 2B/1B League continue to pull off a remarkable comeback for school athletics, the latest twist is the state moving to Phase 3, and how that affects fans attending games.

So far, all NWL athletic contests have been limited to home fans, with the exception of track and field, where fans have been barred.

That’s because schools have been working with a limit of 200 people at an event, which includes coaches, athletes, refs, officials, media, and fans.

With most track meets featuring 6-8 schools, that number fills up fast counting just participants.

Baseball, softball, and girls tennis, with just two teams playing, leave enough open slots that league AD’s opted to include home fans, something many other leagues statewide have not.

The move to Phase 3 statewide includes language which seems to indicate the number of people who can be at an event bounces from 200 to 400, raising the idea road fans might be allowed.

But it’s not that simple, as there are a lot of moving parts involved.

“Our league is still working through the process,” Smith said. “The Island schools (Orcas, Friday Harbor) are waiting to hear back from their health department on what the requirements will be.”

While all spring sports are played outside, the return of fall sports in early April present a new challenge for the NWL, with volleyball matches played in gyms.

“One thing that needs to be made clear is that indoor sports are predicated at 25% of max occupancy OR 400, whichever is less,” Smith said.

Coupeville’s high school gym legally holds 1,459 people, while its middle school gym holds 1,048.

That means the limit for each under Phase 3 is actually 365 and 262 people, respectively, not 400.

Determining how many people can legally be at a soccer or football game at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field is still under review, Smith said.

The other six NWL schools, which all have smaller student bodies than CHS, face similar, unique issues with their gyms and playing fields.

“Determining who gets in is going to be quite a task, which we are still working on,” Smith said. “We don’t have an answer yet, because it’s not quite as simple as just saying all are welcome.”

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With the pandemic restricting live access for fans, you can see Coupeville High School athletes like Hayley Fiedler online. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a tricky dance.

After a year-plus absence, high school sports are back.

But to keep them back, people will have to follow guidelines set down by the Washington State Health Department.

While there have been cases of mask scofflaws gettin’ up to no good in places like Mossyrock, which caused Naselle to cancel a road trip there, the early results from Coupeville have been positive.

Having made it through the first home contests for Wolf softball, track, girls tennis, and baseball, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith is in a good mood.

A cautious one, but a good one.

He released the following statement Wednesday:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our players, coaches, and fans that have been at our events for their support in following our safety guidelines and rules and ask for your continued support as we move forward.

As we prepare to begin traveling to games, this is just a reminder that our league guidelines prohibit any away fans attending.

With that in mind, our league Athletic Directors are working very hard to provide streaming platforms for those games which will allow our fans to watch those games.

During this time and under our current situation, it is not about politics, opinions, or taking a stand.

It IS about giving our kids the opportunity to be safe and continue to play now and through the remainder of the season(s).

Once again, thank you to all that have attended and continue to follow the guidelines and policies in support of all of our athletes and coaches.


To watch road contests (or CHS home games), try the links below.

Friday Harbor and La Conner broadcast for free, while Darrington and Coupeville charge $4 a contest.


Friday Harbor:

One link is for baseball, one for softball, but the Friday Harbor IT department hasn’t determined which is which yet, so you’ll need to check both.

Friday Harbor Tiny Radio | Facebook

Friday Harbor Tiny TV – YouTube


La Conner:

La Conner Athletics Alpha Channel – YouTube



Justgame Web Services (justagamelive.com)



Justgame Web Services (justagamelive.com)

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