Whidbey Examiner


Coupeville athletes find success throughout 2012

January 3, 2013 · 3:02 PM


The Cascade Conference and Coupeville High School came to an agreement to allow the Wolves to play a partial league football schedule in 2012, dropping the larger schools.

Coupeville’s Dalton Engle signed a letter of intent to play college football for Montana Western University.


In the girls basketball district playoffs, the Wolves lost 48-22 to Nooksack Valley and were eliminated; coach Jackie Bykonen would later resign after two years as the coach of the Wolves. The boys also were ousted, losing 68-23 to Meridian to finish the year 0-19.

Coupeville High School graduates finished up successful winter seasons. Jason Bagby (Yakima Valley Community College), Hunter Hammer (Everett Community College), Megan Smith (Peninsula Community College) and Ashley Manker (Peninsula Community College) all played college basketball. The King brothers, Kyle (Eastern Washington University) and Tyler (University of Washington) competed in indoor track. Lily Doyle (Vassar) and Rachel Weinstein (University of Redlands) participated in swimming.

Coupeville seniors Katie Smith and Cassidi Rosenkrance received honorable mention honors in Cascade Conference girls basketball, while senior Mitch Pelroy and sophomores Gavin O’Keefe and Nick Streubel were honorable mention choices for the boys.


CHS’s Anthony Maggio made the Northwest Prep Report and Washington Preps.com top 100 prospects among offensive linemen for the class of 2013.


Coupeville’s Kaida, co-owned by Sandi Smith and John Schisel, won Best in Show over 1,100 dogs at the Wichita Kennel Club Sunflower Cluster Dog Show in Kansas.

Christine Fields of CHS shot the top score to win medalist honors in the Cascade Conference girls golf championship match.


The Coupeville soccer team, coached by Paul Mendes, opened the district playoffs with a 1-0 win on Nathan Lamb’s goal over Meridian. However, the Wolves fell 1-0 to Cedar Park Christian of Bothell at tri-district.

The Nooksack Valley High School baseball team scored four late runs to come from behind and defeat Coupeville, coached by Willie Smith, 6-3 in the district pay-in game.

Despite McKayla Bailey’s home run, the Coupeville fastpitch team, coached by David King and Jackie Calkins, was eliminated from the playoffs 20-5 by Meridian.

In CHS tennis, coached by Ken Stange, singles player Emily Burchfield and doubles partners Amanda d’Almeida and Lexi Blanchette won district tennis titles.

Coupeville graduate Kyle King won Eastern Washington University’s first Big Sky Conference 10,000-meter championship. He also received Big Sky all-academic honors. Tyler King placed 28th in the 5,000 at the Pac-12 championships.

Coupeville siblings Austin and Christine Fields qualified for the state 1A golf tournament where Austin placed 36th and Christine eighth.

Mitch Pelroy (300 hurdles, 100, 200) and Larry Hurlburt (400) of Coupeville qualified for the state track meet where Pelroy placed eighth in the 200.

Denny Zylstra retired after 50 years of coaching softball at Coupeville, Oak Harbor and Skagit Valley College.

A handful of CHS spring athletes received all-Cascade Conference honors, including two first teamers, Taylor Phillips (soccer) and  and Austin Fields (golf). Second team honors went to Ali Trumbull (fastpitch), Hailey Hammer (fastpitch) and Mitch Pelroy (track).


Dalton Engle, Mitch Pelroy and Cassidi Rosenkrance were named Coupeville High School’s Athletes of the Year.

In the Deception Pass Challenge triathlon, Coupeville’s Adam Osborn finished ninth, Amanda d’Almeida 26th and Nathan Lamb 27th.

Coupeville, fielding its first Legion baseball team in 10 years, finished the summer with a 7-5 win over Snohomish and an 8-9 record.


The Coupeville High School parents group hosted the Race the Reserve which attracted over 250 runners. Coupeville’s James Steller won the half marathon and Laura Luginbill finished 28th, best among Coupeville women. In the 10K, Joshua Duyman placed ninth and Madison Tisa-McPhee 11th to lead local runners. Greg Maher won the 5K and Sara Sherman was sixth.


The Coupeville High School football team, led by first-year coach Tony Maggio, upset rival South Whidbey 18-13 to secure a playoff spot. In the playoffs, the Wolves fell to Meridian 34-6.

Defeating Sultan 3-1 in soccer, the Wolves picked up new coach Dan d’Almeida’s first win. Later in the month Coupeville was ousted 6-0 by Lynden Christian in the district playoffs.

After 25 seasons of coaching, Coupeville High School volleyball coach Toni Crebbin resigned. The Wolves finished the year with two losses in the district tournament.


Fall high-school athletes were honored by the Cascade Conference, and representing the Wolves were second team volleyball selections Bessie Walstand and Hailey Hammer.

Coupeville athletes began practicing for the winter season, and the girls basketball team was under the direction of first-year coach David King, a long time volunteer with the program.

Coupeville athletes competing in fall collegiate sports were Evan Ameluxen-Coleman (Pacific Lutheran University soccer), Megan Thierstein (Oak Hills Christian College, Bemidji, Minn., volleyball), Kyle King (University of Oklahoma cross country) and Tyler King (University of Washington cross country).


Swimming for the North Whidbey Aquatic Club at the Pacific Northwest Swim Senior Short Course Championships, Coupeville senior Cole Weinstein finished sixth in the 1,650 free (16:19.65), seventh in the 400 IM (4:09.32), 10th in the 200 fly (1:57.79), 12th in both the 200 breaststroke (2:11.67) and 200 IM (2:00.42) and 23rd in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.02).


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