King, Rosenkrance named Coupeville High School's top athletes for 2010-11
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
June 10, 2011 · 11:17 AM
Senior Tyler King and junior Cassidi Rosenkrance were selected as Coupeville High School’s 2010-11 Athletes of the Year.
CHS also honored seniors Kyra Ilyankoff and Ian Smith with the Cliff Gillies Award.
King concluded his career as one of the state’s most dominate 1A distance runners; he also started on the basketball team.
Rosenkrance is a multi-year letter winner and three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track.
King captured the state 1A cross country crown last fall, a first for a Coupeville boy. This spring he finished second in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the state track meet.
King was also Athlete of the Year in 2010, sharing the award with then-senior Jason Bagby.
King trained and ran with the Oak Harbor cross country team because Coupeville does not offer the sport.
Oak Harbor coach Eric Peterson said, “With his talent, hard work and determination, he stands alone; but among other athletes he is a good friend, trusted leader and great example. Tyler never shied away from hard work and always peppered practices with light-heartedness. He is truly a great leader and athlete.”
In basketball, King, a shut-down defender, was an all-Cascade Conference honorable mention choice while averaging nearly 10 points per game.
Rosenkrance earned all-Cascade Conference honorable mention in soccer, was a two-year starter at point guard for the basketball team and ran on the Wolves’ 4x400 relay team that placed third in the conference.
Coupeville girls basketball coach Jackie Bykonen said Rosenkrance is noted for her “intensity, a consistent work ethic and a positive attitude.” She added, “I wish I had four more of her on the basketball court.”
Soccer coach Mike Thornton said, “Cassidi’s strengths are her leadership on and off the field; she also leads by example. She works very hard for our soccer team and will play any position that is asked of her because she is a team player.”
The Cliff Gillies Award, presented by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, is awarded to a girl and boy at each school who excel in citizenship, scholarship and athletics.
Ilyankoff started for the volleyball team and was a three-time placer at the state track meet in the javelin.
Volleyball coach Toni Crebbin said, “Kyra always had high expectations of herself and worked hard to meet them. Through this she was an encourager to her teammates and raised the bar for everyone. She was a leader who led by example rather than by many words.”
Smith earned all-league first-team honors in football and baseball and honorable mention honors in basketball.
Football coach Jay Silver said, “He is consistent, dedicated and passionate -- the kind of kid that you would like to fill your team with. He is a great leader, great athlete, but maybe more important than all of that is that he is a great person.”Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.