Memorable prep moments

2004 provides several big accomplishments for local athletes.

Listed below are some of the more memorable individual and team accomplishments from Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school athletics from 2004.

OHHS girls swimming

Oak Harbor senior Missy McIntyre captured her fourth consecutive state title in the 100 breaststroke and third straight state title in the 50 freestyle in November.

A year after breaking the state’s oldest swim record in the 100 breast, she broke her own record at the WesCo North District meet, setting a new mark at 1 minute, 2.02 seconds.

2004 was also a big year for McIntyre outside of her high school performances. She competed in the 2004 US Olympic Trials and committed to swim for one of the most prestigious programs in the country at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2005.

Sophomore Kyrie Russell also placed at the state meet, taking 10th in the 100 breast and 13th in the 100 butterfly. The high finishes of McIntyre and Russell netted Oak Harbor a 16th place overall finish in the state.

CHS volleyball

For the fourth straight year and the fourth time in school history, the Coupeville volleyball team advanced to the class A state tournament in Yakima.

The Wolves, who captured the Northwest A district title, entered the state tournament as the state’s number-one ranked team — the highest ranking ever acheived by CHS volleyball.

Despite the ranking and a first-round win over Zillah, Coupeville was eliminated after three matches, losing first to rival La Conner and then to Freeman in the consolation semifinals.

The Wolves finished the season at 12-3 overall.

OHHS wrestling

The Oak Harbor wrestling team sent three wrestlers to state and all three came back with medals.

Senior Tony Nicolas grabbed the highest finish for the Wildcats at 145 pounds, taking third place overall.

Karlson Miller (103) finished sixth and Chris Wichers (140) took seventh, helping Oak Harbor to a 23rd place overall finish.

OHHS volleyball

For the first time in 11 years the Oak Harbor volleyball team advanced to post-season play.

The Wildcats, who finished second in the WesCo North at 7-1, earned a second seed in the district tournament. The tournament didn’t go as planned, however, as WesCo South number-three seed Jackson upset the Wildcats in the first round placing them in the losers’ bracket. OHHS went on to win one more game before bowing out to Kamiak in the third round.

Oak Harbor finished the season with an impressive 13-4 overall record.

OHHS boys swimming

The Oak Harbor boys swim team compiled one of its most successful seasons ever, finishing ninth at the state meet.

Kyle Ciminski took fourth in the 100 breaststroke at state and set a new school record of 1:01.17 in the event. Ciminski and Jason Hunter also won district titles in the 100 breast and 200 individual medley respectively, becoming the first male swimmers since 1993 to do so.

The 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams took fifth and eighth respectively at state.

OHHS football

Despite many pre-seaon poll predictions, the Oak Harbor football team made it to the post-season for a third straight year.

The Wildcats took second in the WesCo North behind Stanwood before losing a tough first-round district playoff game 51-28 at Bethel.

OHHS ended the season at 6-4, just one win shy of making a third straight trip to the state tournament.

CHS boys soccer

It may have been the first ever season for the Coupeville soccer program, but that didn’t stop them from finding success.

The CHS boys team went 9-8, playing together for the first time. They advanced to the first round of the district playoffs before losing a close 2-1 contest to Mount Vernon Christian.

CHS returns all its starters to next year’s team.

OHHS boys tennis

Senior Scott Donnell broke a five-year drought, becoming the first Oak Harbor boy to go to state since Mark Manucal in 1999. Donnell lost out in two matches, but finished the year with an impressive 22-4 overall record.

OHHS cross country

Oak Harbor senior Kelly Garcia became the first male runner from Oak Harbor to make it to the state cross country meet since 2000, finishing 112th overall.

His time of 17:08 placed him in the top 4 percent of all runners in Washington and was his second fastest 5K ever.

OHHS girls basketball

The Wildcat girls basketball team came up two games shy of making its third straight and third ever trip to the state tournament, losing out 60-50 to Monroe in the district tournament.

After dropping its first-round game to Edmonds-Woodway, OHHS had to win three straight to nab one of two state spots. They defeated Everett before almost pulling off a hugecomeback against Monroe. Down by 20 at halftime OHHS got within four points in the fourth quarter before the Bearcats pulled away. The Wildcats ended the season at 13-11.

CHS track and field

The only two Coupeville track and field athletes who advanced to the state meet also made the first trips of their high school careers.

Senior Mike Daly finished 15th in the shot put with a toss of 41-feet,-7 1/4 inches.

Lexie Black, who had never thrown a shot put prior to the 2004 season, finished in ninth place with her throw of 31-feet-4 inches.

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