2018 sports year in review, part 2

Here’s a look at the 2018 Whidbey Island sports highlights for June through December.


Lorri Martin of the Island Girls bowling team finished first in singles and doubles (with Sheila San Angelo) in the “B” division of the Washington State Bowling Championships.

Jerrod Fleury was named Oak Harbor High School athletic director, replacing Nicki Luper, who resigned after 11 years.

Dejon Devroe, a junior from Oak Harbor competing for Mississippi State University, received second-team All-American honors by taking 14th in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division I outdoor championships June 6-8 in Eugene.

Oak Harbor graduate Alexandra Laiblin, a senior on the Western Washington University track team, was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-academic team for the third consecutive year.

Oak Harbor’s Anthony Steward, a senior outfielder at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, was a member of the conference’s all-defensive team, set a school single-season record with 10 triples and set school career records in triples (14) and stolen bases (23).

The North Whidbey Bat Busters, behind a no-hitter by Reese Wasinger, won the Island Classic Minor Softball Little League Tournament June 6.

The North Whidbey Major Little League Cubs won the Andy Andrade Tournament June 8.

Seven Oak Harbor High School athletes received all-Wesco first-team honors in spring sports: Donnie Kloewer (baseball, outfield), Nick Krantz (boys golf), Dorian Hardin (track, 4×100), Taeson Hardin (track, 4×100), Andrew Miller (track, 4×100), Jeff Gordon (track, 4×100) and Isaac Gomez (track, discus).

Three Coupeville High School athletes — Katrina McGranahan (softball), Hunter Smith (baseball) and Derek Leyva (soccer) — were named the Most Valuable Player of their respective sports in the Olympic League. Leyva set a new single-season school record with 24 goals.

Eleven other Wolves with all-Olympic League first-team selections: Veronica Crownover (softball, first base), Hope Lodell (softball, outfield), Emma Mathusek (softball, outfield), Lauren Rose (softball, shortstop), Scout Smith (softball, second base), Sarah Wright (softball, catcher), Matt Hilborn (baseball, pitcher/infielder), Joey Lippo (baseball, outfield), Julian Welling (baseball, first base), Aram Leyva (soccer) and William Nelson (soccer). McGranahan, Rose and Nelson were all four-year, first-team members. Smith was later named to the all-state 1A baseball team.

Payton Aparicio and Hunter Smith were named Coupeville’s Athletes of the Year. Oak Harbor’s honors went to Samantha Hines and Ozell Jackson.

The North Whidbey Little League 8-10 softball, 9-11 softball, 11/12 softball, 13/14 softball and 13/14 baseball teams and the Coupeville Babe Ruth team all qualified for their respective state tournaments. Coupeville went on to finish second at state, and the NWLL 8-10 softball team was fifth and 9-11 softball team sixth.

Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk (400 meters) and Oak Harbor’s Michael Fisken (hammer) qualified for the USA Track and Field Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships with strong showings at the Pacific Northwest finals June 23.

Oak Harbor’s Katie Bishop qualified for the national semifinals of she Pitch, Hit and Run contest.

Oak Harbor’s Trevor Haskins won a gold medal in the boys 11-12 division at the Stars and Stripes Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships July 20-22 in Reno.


Coupeville’s Pennie Rees and Cathie Harrison won two medals at the Club Crew World Dragon Boat Championships July 17-22 in Szeged, Hungary.

Oak Harbor’s Victorya White placed 12th in the 12U division at the national United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships in Dallas.


Jay Long, the “Voice of the Wildcats,” received the Dave DuVall Award from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association District 1 athletic directors Aug. 23.


After a 20-year hiatus, Coupeville revived its cross country program when the Wolves ran in a six-team meet Sept. 5.


Oak Harbor’s Alex Smith and Dallas Riddle-Stevens, coached by Eric Peterson, earned trips to the 3A state cross country meet with their efforts at the district finals Saturday, Oct. 27. Smith went on to finish 35th and Riddle-Stevens 47th at state Nov. 3.


The Oak Harbor High School volleyball team, coached by Kerri Molitor, finished third in district Nov. 10 and qualified for the state tournament.

Oak Harbor athletes earning first-team all-Wesco honors in fall sports were Hardin (football, offensive and defensive back), Aaron Martinez (football, linebacker), Ethan Pace (football, offensive line), De’Andre Bennett (football, defensive line), Leah Quidachay (volleyball, setter), Morgan Pease (volleyball, outside hitter), Krantz (tennis, singles), Micah Franklin (tennis, doubles), Ezra Franklin (tennis, doubles) and Alex Smith (cross country).

Coupeville’s first-team, all-North Sound Conference selections were Sean Toomey-Stout (football, running back, defensive back and return specialist), Alex Turner (football, linebacker), Dane Lucero (football, defensive line), Emma Smith (volleyball, middle), Maya Toomey-Stout (volleyball, outside hitter), Lindsey Roberts (soccer, forward) and Tia Wurzrainer (soccer, defender).

Oak Harbor’s Kayleigh Harper, a junior volleyball player at Western Washington University, was named to the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference first team for the third time and was later tabbed as a second-team all-American.

Tyler Adamson, a senior tackle from Oak Harbor on the Whitworth University football team, earned his third-consecutive all-Northwest Conference first-team selection.

Coupeville’s Nick Streubel, a junior guard for Central Washington, was a first-team choice for the second straight year for the Great Northwest Conference football team.

Oak Harbor’s Princeton Lollar, a freshmen linebacker at Scottsdale College, earned first-team, all-Western State Football League and all-region honors.

Sabertooth Shooting Squad (Trevor Westman, Ivan Snyder, Wesley Lohmann and Joshua Odeneal) captured the sporter team championship and Westman picked up the individual title at the Washington State Civilian Marksmanship Program Three Position Championships Nov. 18.


The first-year Oak Harbor High School girls wrestling team held its first-ever home meet Dec. 12.