Island graduates shine during collegiate fall season

Oak Harbor graduate Clair Thiel blocks for Concordia University. Thiel, a senior, set a career block record for the Cavaliers. - Concordia Univeristy Athletic Department photo
Oak Harbor graduate Clair Thiel blocks for Concordia University. Thiel, a senior, set a career block record for the Cavaliers.
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Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school graduates provided college teams with strong performances this fall.

Here’s a look at their contributions:


Oak Harbor’s Greg Wolfe, a sophomore at Shoreline Community College, was named the NWAACC North Region 2011 Most Valuable Player.

Wolfe was also named  co-captain for Shoreline (2-16-1) and was twice named Player of the Week. He will play in the NWAACC All-Star game tomorrow at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.

Wolfe’s high-school teammate, Ryan Fakkema, scored three goals for Skagit Valley College (3-12-1) this fall.

Oak Harbor’s Carson McKole, a junior at Central Washington University who led the Wildcats with nine goals and four game-winning goals, earned first-team, all-conference recognition, becoming just the fourth Wildcat to receive the honor.She is also a two-time member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-academic team.

Coach Michael Farrand said, “Carson has been a fabulous student-athlete for us. Last year we played most of the year without her due to injury. This year she has been the most dangerous forward in our conference and one of the top players in the region.”

He added, “Carson of the best forwards Central has ever had.”

CWU finished the year 9-5-4 and collected eight conference wins, the most since joining the GNAC in 2001.

Oak Harbor’s Golf Brooks plays soccer for George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. The sophomore appeared in 12 matches, starting five for the 2-15-1 Bruins.

Coupeville provided backup goalies for two area colleges. Ashley Manker is a sophomore on the Western Division champion (15-2-3) Peninsula Community College (Port Angeles) team, and sophomore Evan Ameluxen-Coleman plays for Pacific Lutheran University. PLU (15-3) is the Northwest Conference co-champion and qualified for the first time for the Division III playoffs.

Coupeville’s Caitlin Phillips recorded two goals and an assist for the Edmonds Community College (13-7-3) soccer team and helped the Tritons reach the playoffs. Coach Jeanette Delaney said Phillips’ stats “don’t credit her for her play” and that she is “an enormously positive presence on the field.”

Kevin Flavin, a junior from Oak Harbor, started 10 matches for the Evergreen State College soccer team (5-11-2) and led the club in shots (17) and shots on goal (nine) and was second in goals (four).


Oak Harbor’s Rodrick Rumble, now playing for Idaho State University, set ISU and Big Sky Conference single-season reception records with 112 catches this fall for 1,349 yards and nine touchdowns. His yardage total is third best nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The junior wide receiver has been nominated for the Sports Network Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding FCS player.

Rumble’s high-school teammate Jake Rouser also plays for Idaho State. The junior defensive end recorded 32 solo tackles and 19 assists this season for the 2-9 Bengals. He led the team with 3.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Oak Harbor’s Marshall Lobbestael will start his ninth game at quarterback this season for Washington State University (4-7) today when the Cougars tangle with the UW in the Apple Cup. The senior has completed 179 of 299 passes this fall for 2,240 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

He tossed for a career-high 376 yards in a 31-27 win at Colorado Oct. 1.

A preseason injury ended the football career of Oak Harbor native Bryce Waller, a senior at Central Washington (4-6). After the injury he was invited by the coaching staff to become the assistant offensive line coach, and one of his players was Nick Rouser (Jake’s brother), a red-shirt freshman offensive tackle.

Coupeville’s Steven McDonald, a senior linebacker for Pacific Lutheran University, led the 6-3 Lutes in tackles for losses (11.5) and was second in sacks (six), solo tackles (34) and total tackles (48).

Oak Harbor’s Aaron Boesch, a freshman tight end at Santa Monica College, caught 24 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Josh Sayre, a red-shirt freshman from Oak Harbor, is a wide receiver for Shasta College (Redding, Calif.).


Jennie Jansen, an Oak Harbor graduate, recently received first-team, all-Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball honors.

Jansen, a junior outside hitter for Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa), led her club in kills per set (2.5) and  matches with double figure kills (14).

Jansen was a second-team, all-league choice in 2010.

Oak Harbor’s Clair Thiel just concluded her career at Concordia University (Portland) and was named to the Cascade Collegiate Conference all-academic team for the third consecutive year.

She set school career records in blocks (263) and block assists (216). This season she led the Cavaliers (15-10) in kills (227) and blocks (67). She was seventh in the league in hitting percentage (.287) and 12th in kills per set (2.57) and blocks per set (.75).

She earned all-CCC honorable mention this year and was a first-team choice in 2010.

Cross Country

Coupeville brothers Kyle and Tyler King both redshirted this cross country season.

Kyle, a senior at Eastern Washington University, has one more year of eligibility in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Tyler is a freshman on the University of Washington cross country and track teams.

Oak Harbor’s Brienna Peterson, a freshman at Central Washington, finished 85th as the Wildcats placed 10th in the Great Pacific Athletic Conference meet. Peterson is joined on the team by senior Krissy McGill of Oak Harbor who is redshirted this fall.

Oak Harbor’s Adrianna Royal, a freshman at Sacramento State University, ran for the Hornets’ this season. Sacramento State placed sixth in the Big Sky Conference meet.

Allison Duvenez, a freshman from Oak Harbor, helped Northwest Christian University (Eugene, Ore.), place third, the best finish in school history, in the Cascade Collegiate Conference meet Nov. 5. Duvenez placed 61st in the league meet for the seventh-ranked Beacons.

NCU went on to finish fourth in the national NAIA championships Nov. 19.


On the coaching front, two Oak Harbor graduates coached state championship high school teams this fall. Chauntelle Johnson led Mercer Island to its third straight state swimming crown, and Tawnya (Richards) Brewer helped Burlington-Edison win its first volleyball title.

Jay DeVries, an Oak Harbor grad, guided the North Kitsap High School tennis team to an undefeated regular season.

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