Coupeville athletes leave their mark on 2016

Here’s a look at the imprint Central Whidbey athletes left in 2016.

January

Makana Stone sat much of the game because of fouls but stilled scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots in Coupeville’s 45-34 win over Port Townsend in girls basketball Jan. 5.

Late heroics by Hunter Smith and Risen Johnson lifted Coupeville to a 69-68 win in boys basketball over Mount Vernon Christian Jan. 9.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team came from behind to defeat Chimacum 72-65 Jan. 19. The Wolves scored 27 points in the fourth quarter and were led in the game by Johnson with 18.

After going 13 years without winning a conference title, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team, coached by David King, clinched its second straight Olympic League crown by beating Klahowya 49-33 Jan. 29.

February

Stone signed a letter of intent Feb. 5 to play basketball for Whitman College in Walla Walla. In the final home came of her stellar career the next night, Stone recorded 27 points, 21 rebounds, five steals, four assists and no fouls in the Wolves’ 56-23 win over Klahowya. The victory wrapped up Coupeville’s second consecutive unbeaten Olympic League season. Before the game, the Eagles spontaneously came over to congratulate Stone as she was being honored on Senior Night.

Coupeville graduate Kyle King helped the Marines take third in the armed services division in the United States Track Association Cross Country Nationals Feb. 6 in Oregon.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball season ended Feb. 11 when Bellevue Christian topped the Wolves 64-45 in a district play-in game.

The CHS girls basketball team whipped Seattle Christian 49-33 in the district tournament Feb. 19 to qualify for the regional playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Wolves lost to Seattle Christian in overtime in the same qualifying game a year earlier. Stone had 24 points and 20 rebounds in the win.

At the regional, Coupeville (16-6) fell to Cashmere 61-25 Feb. 27. Stone had 15 points and 13 rebounds, finishing the season with a double-double in every game.

March

Coupeville senior Wiley Hesselgrave was named to the Olympic League first team in boys basketball for the second consecutive year.

Stone, four-year letter winner, earned Olympic League Most Valuable Player honors for the second consecutive year and was selected to play in the all-state 1A/2A game. Mia Littlejohn and Kailey Kellner were also first-team selections.

As a team, the Wolves received the Olympic League Sportsmanship Award.

Coupeville graduate Cole Weinstein, a junior at Whitman College, earned first-team, all-Northwest Conference honors in the 500-yard freestyle and 800-yard freestyle relay Feb. 12-14. He received the conference’s Student-Athlete of the Week Award earlier in the season.

Stone, competing for the 1A all-state girls basketball team, helped her club beat the 2A all-stars 87-80 March 19 at King’s High School. Stone had six points, six rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

In Coupeville High School track, Dalton Martin set a school record in the discus (158-05) and Jordan Ford set a new mark in the pole vault (11-09) at South Whidbey March 31.

April

Coupeville graduate Hailey Hammer hit a walkoff home run for Everett Community College in the Trojans’ 1-0 win over Shoreline and former high school teammate Madeline Roberts April 10.

Coupeville, coached by Ken Stange, wrapped up its second consecutive Olympic League girls tennis title with a 6-1 win over Chimacum April 16. The Wolves would go on to finish unbeaten in conference play with a 5-0 mark.

Coupeville, under first-year coach Marc Aparicio, wrapped up its first conference baseball title in 25 years with a 10-0 win over Port Townsend April 29.

May

Coupeville’s Valen Trujillo won the singles title and Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger the doubles crown at the Olympic League tennis 1A tennis tournament May 10.

The Coupeville husband and wife coaching tandem of Brett and Breanne Smedley resigned to take jobs in their hometown, Vancouver, Wash. Brett Smedley was the Wolves’ head football coach for one year; Breanne Smedley led the volleyball team for two.

Coupeville senior Cole Payne was named the Olympic League’s Most Valuable Player in baseball. The Smith brothers, senior CJ and sophomore Hunter, were chose first-team pitchers and freshman Matt Hilborn was a first-team infielder. Aparicio and his coaches were selected as the Staff of the Year.

Coupeville High School’s Abraham Leyva set school boys soccer records in single season (20) and career (45) goals.

The Coupeville High School track team collected nine medals (top-eight finishes) and set two school records at the state track meet May 26-28 in Cheney. The nine medals were the most by the Wolves in 10 years and helped the girls place 12th and the boys 15th.

For the girls, Stone, Lindsey Roberts, Lauren Grove and Sylvia Hurlburt placed third in the 4×200 relay in a school record 1:46.1 and sixth in the 4×100 in 50.99. In the 4×100 preliminaries, the quartet set a new school standard, 50.66.

Stone took second in the 400 meters for her third top-four finish in her career. Freshman Roberts was fourth in the 100 hurdles. Junior Skyler Lawrence was 12th in the shot put, and Grove took 15th in the 200.

For the boys, Martin was second in the discus, eighth in the shot put and eighth in the javelin. Jacob Smith was fourth in the 200 and 11th in the 100. Ford took eighth in the pole vault. Chris Battaglia (14th, high jump), Mitchell Carroll (15th, triple jump), Danny Conlisk (17th, 800) and the 4×400 relay team of Smith, Conlisk, Henry Wynn and Jared Helmstadter (15th) also competed.

Martin (discus, 161-07) and Ford (pole vault, 12-09) set new school records during the season.

Stone was chosen Coupeville High School’s Female Athlete of the Year for the second time. She ended her career as one of the most decorated CHS athletes ever. She was first team three times in basketball (and second team as a freshman); Olympic League MVP twice; recorded more than 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 200 steals; registered a double-double in every game her senior year; played in the state all-star game; was named WIAA Player of the week twice; led Coupeville to back-to-back undefeated conference seasons and titles.

In track, she set school records in the 200 and 400 and in all three relays and missed school records in the 100 and 800 by a fraction of a second; won six individual and relay league titles; placed in the top four in the state 400 meters three times; ran on four top-six relay teams at state. She only played soccer her freshman and sophomore years but earned first-team honors as a 10th-grader.

Hesselgrave was the Wolves’ Male Athlete of the Year. The senior earned four varsity letters in football and three basketball and was an all-league, first-time selection in both sports his junior and senior seasons.

June

Coupeville graduate Tyler King earned All-American honorable mention honors by placing 23rd in the 10,000 meters at the Division I Track Championships June 8 in Oregon. The University of Washington senior was third in the 10,000 at the Pac-12 championships and ninth in the Western Preliminaries.

Coupeville’s Ben Etzell earned two pitching wins in the postseason to help St. John’s College (Collegeville, Minn.) to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament pennant (he got the win in the title game) and second place in the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament.

July

The Central Whidbey Little League 9/10 softball team placed second at the Distict I Tournament and just missed a trip to the state playoffs.

August

In the sixth annual Race the Reserve in Coupeville Aug. 13, the host town’s Andre Stone won the 5K and Helene Lhamon was the top female finisher in the 10K.

September

Coupeville junior Hunter Smith was named WIAA’s 1A Athlete of the Week after scoring three touchdowns, one on a 76-yard kickoff return, intercepting two passes and piling up over 200 all-purpose yards in the Wolves’ 41-10 win over South Whidbey Sept. 2.

Coupeville’s Henry Wynn and Danny Conlisk formed a two-man cross country team for the Wolves, the first for the Wolves in over a decade.

The Coupeville High School volleyball team defeated Klahowya 3-2 Sept. 27 to snap the Eagles’ 14-match conference winning steak the stretched over three seasons.

Mia Littlejohn scored three goals in Coupeville’s 5-1 win over Mount Vernon Christian Sept. 19, giving her 12 for the fall and breaking the school’s single season scoring record of 10.

October

The Coupeville volleyball team, coached by Cory Whitmore, defeated Port Townsend 3-0 Oct. 20 to clinch its first league championship since 2004.

November

Hunter Smith set two new school single season football records (touchdown receptions, 11; receiving yardage, 915) as the Wolves closed out their season Nov. 4.

For Coupeville, junior Katrina McGranahan was the Olympic League Most Valuable Player in volleyball and joined Valen Trujillo and Hope Lodell on first team, and Cory Whitmore was Coach of the Year. Trujillo finished her career with a school record 550 digs, and Lodell set school marks in season (110) and career (141) aces. Hunter Smith was a two-way, first-team selection in football. In soccer, Littlejohn was the conference MVP and set a new Coupeville season scoring record with 27 goals. Other Wolves receiving first-team honors were Grove, Sage Renninger and Roberts.

Greenback’s Sherry Phay set three state records (squat, 110kgs; bench press, 71.3kgs; deadlift, 145kgs) at a powerlifting competition Nov. 19 in Kennewick.

December

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team won its 20th consecutive conference game when it defeated Klahowya 35-25 Dec. 13.