Coupeville senior Bryce Payne reached base twice Friday, accounting for 50% of his team’s offense in a 12-0 loss. (Karen Carlson photo)

And we’re done with that.

The schedule gets easier from here, as the Coupeville High School baseball squad wrapped a three-game series with Cedar Park Christian, easily the most dominant team in the new North Sound Conference.

The Eagles have advanced to the 1A state semifinals two years running, finishing second in 2017, and they seem primed for another run.

CPC put the finishing touches on a sweep of a young, rebuilding Wolf squad Friday night, rolling to a 12-0 win in five innings.

Outscored 34-3 by the Eagles across three games this week, Coupeville heads to the weekend sitting 0-3 in league play, 0-5 overall.

The Wolves will get a break from conference action, with their next three games coming against non-league foes Chimacum, University Prep, and Friday Harbor.

The first game in that stretch, a match-up with a former Olympic League rival, goes down Monday in Coupeville. First pitch is 4 PM.

After that three-game set, the Wolves play 12 straight league games in April, with series against King’s, South Whidbey, Sultan, and Granite Falls.

None of them should present as big a challenge as Cedar Park, a deep, talented, state tourney-tested team.

Friday night, starting pitchers Daniel Olson and Ben Hann dueled through a scoreless game for an inning and a half, and then the Eagles bats started poppin’ big time.

CPC scored five in the bottom of the second, with the big blow a three-run tater off the bat of Jensen Lavering.

After that the Eagles tacked on one more run in the third, before closing with six in the fourth, spraying the ball in all directions.

Coupeville’s offense was largely curtailed by Hann, who limited the Wolves to singles by Gavin Knoblich and Bryce Payne and walks from Payne and Matt Hilborn.

The Wolves best shot came in the top of the third, when they had runners at second and third with two outs. It wasn’t to be, though, as Hann whiffed Jake Pease to end the uprising.

The Eagles finished with 11 base-knocks, getting three from Michael Doyle and two each from Brandon McClean and Lavering, who also collected four RBI.

One bright point for Coupeville was an error-free day in the field.

A strong defense, led by senior captain Teo Keilwitz, carried Coupeville High School soccer to a 2-0 win Friday night under the lights. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You want pretty? Probably should have gone to a different game.

Want a victory, garnered by any means necessary? Then you were at the right stadium.

Playing under the lights Friday night, and missing three starters, including their leading scorer, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad gutted out a 2-0 win over visiting Sultan.

And, in the end, the W, especially with it coming in a league game, is what mattered most.

“We got a win in a game that was a hard fight, and we were able to take advantage of Mother Nature a bit, so that was good,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

“The guys worked hard and deserved the result.”

The win lifts Coupeville to 1-1 in North Sound Conference play, 3-3 overall.

The Wolves sit in third-place in the five-team league, a game off of King’s (2-0, 3-1-1) and a half-game back of South Whidbey (1-0, 4-0).

Sultan (0-1, 0-5) and Cedar Park Christian (0-2, 0-3) round out the standings.

Friday’s clash, played in a persistent, though not overpowering wind, fell on the chippy side.

Sultan has always been a soccer program which seems to pride itself on being physical, and the Wolves got into mini-scraps with the Turks more than once.

A few yellow cards were waved in the air before the clock ran out Friday, but Coupeville dodged any red cards, while controlling play on both sides of the field.

Starting goaltender Dewitt Cole carried a shutout into the second half, while facing only one truly legitimate shot on goal.

The Wolf defense, anchored by scrappers like James Wood, Teo Keilwitz, and Owen Barenburg, kept the Turks bottled up all night, refusing to give their goalie much to worry about.

Until he came down wrong on his leg after a brief bit of action in front of the net and had to exit the game about 10 minutes into the second half.

With his senior goalie stuck on the bench the rest of the way, Nelson turned to freshman Miles Davidson, who entered the game with PA announcer Eryn Wood giving him a rousing intro.

Once on the field, the man known simply as “Turducken” played lights out, making several scrambling saves and putting in a solid half-hour of scoreless ball.

Coupeville had collected both of its goals in the first half, thanks to Sage Downes and Aram Leyva.

Downes slashed in from the left side five minutes into the game, slapping a ball past Sultan’s flailing goalie for his fourth score of the season.

While that would be the only goal the Wolves would really need, Leyva tacked on a bit of insurance right before the half.

The junior captain was awarded a penalty kick in stoppage time and promptly blew the ball past the over-matched Sultan net-minder, who waved at the orb weakly as it shot past his head doing 75 MPH in a 50 zone.

It was Leyva’s sixth goal of the season, and 25th of his career.

The Turks one really good shot (in an 80-minute game) came 15 minutes in, when a sudden, unexpected hole opened in the Wolf defense.

With the ball on his foot, a Sultan player ripped a liner at Cole, only to see the ball clang off the bar and skitter away.

That was the first, last, and only time the Turks would get a clear look at the net, thanks to a Wolf defense which imposed its will.

With starters Derek Leyva, Xavier Murdy, and Chris Cernick unavailable for duty, Nelson gave quality field time to young guns like Aiden Burdge, Dakota Eck, and Andrew Aparicio, and they all responded strongly.

Friday’s win was the last time Wolf fans will see their team play on its home turf for almost a month.

Coupeville’s next five games, which include four league contests, are on the road, and the Wolves don’t return to Mickey Clark Field until Apr. 19.

Emma Smith crushes it. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Discus lobber Chris Battaglia attempts to twist his body a full 360 degrees.

Chris Ruck gets some air as he soars to slap hands with Jaschon Baumann.

Coupeville AD Willie Smith tries to remember where he left his sunscreen.

Track star turned soccer manager extraordinaire Natalie Hollrigel challenges Wolf mom Sherry Roberts to a smile-off. Spoiler: it was a tie.

Ja’Tarya Hoskins comes flying through the hurdles.

“Oil! I hit oil!!!”

Wolf track legend Jacob Smith swings by his old oval, while also spending some quality time with mom Deb.

Tiger Johnson launches his body into the stratosphere.

A thousand moving parts.

The year’s first home track meet was hardly a one-person show, as athletes, coaches, Athletic Directors, parents, fans, even a former Wolf legend or two, all milled about Thursday at Mickey Clark Field.

Working his way through the crowds, with just his cameras to clear some space, John Fisken snapped away, and the pics above are courtesy him.

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And, when you do, remember that a percentage of any purchases comes back around, helping fund scholarships for two CHS senior student/athletes.

Coupeville senior Jakobi Baumann kicks it into high gear Thursday while running the hurdles during a home track and field meet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf runners (l to r) Alana Mihill, Lucy Sandahl, and Catherine Lhamon cruise together through the 1600.

Jean Lund-Olsen has places to be, and wants to get there quickly.

Small, but mighty.

As devoted track and field mom Sherry Roberts noted, the Coupeville High School squads might not have the deepest rosters, but what they have is a ton of talent.

Making sure the world knows, the Wolves dominated at their first home meet Thursday afternoon, taking first in the girls competition, and second in the boys standings.

The CHS girls, carried by seven wins, including two relay victories, racked up 76 points, edging South Whidbey (69.5) and Granite Falls (64.5), while La Conner (19) brought up the rear.

Emma Smith (shot put), Catherine Lhamon (1600), Maya Toomey-Stout (100), Mallory Kortuem (400), and Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles) went to the top of the medal stand, while the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 squads couldn’t be caught.

Both of those relay units feature Toomey-Stout, Roberts, and Kortuem, with the Hoskins sisters, Ja’Tarya and Ja’Kenya, each popping up once in the mix.

Over on the boys side of things, South Whidbey used its depth to overcame seven individual Wolf wins, capturing the team battle 108.5-79.

Granite (32.5) nipped La Conner (29) to claim third.

Jean Lund-Olsen and Sean Toomey-Stout were the main men for Coupeville.

The former swept to wins in the 100 and 200, setting PR’s in both events, while the latter triumphed in long jump and triple jump, while tying teammate Chris Battaglia for first in the javelin.

Rounding out the Wolf winners were Ryan Labrador in the shot put and Danny Conlisk in the 400.

The win was especially sweet for Labrador, who was celebrating his 18th birthday.

Coupeville racked up 41 PR’s on the day, with 20 athletes nabbing at least one.

Megan Behan, Chris Ruck, Brian Casey, Tiger Johnson, Mikaela Labrador, and Elijah Okaruru topped all Wolf competitors, each hauling in 3 PR’s.


Complete Thursday results:



100 — Maya Toomey-Stout (1st) 13.37; Mikaela Labrador (11th) 16.48 *PR*

200 — Lindsey Roberts (2nd) 27.86

400 — Mallory Kortuem (1st) 1:02.50

800 — Lucy Sandahl (2nd) 2:46.78

1600 — Catherine Lhamon (1st) 6:11.11; Sandahl (2nd) 6:14.90; Alana Mihill (3rd) 6:43.01 *PR*

100 Hurdles — Roberts (1st) 16.18; Ja’Tarya Hoskins (3rd) 18.80

300 Hurdles — Ja’Tarya Hoskins (3rd) 55.68

4 x 100 Relay — M. Toomey-Stout, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Kortuem, Roberts (1st) 52.35

4 x 200 Relay — Roberts, Kortuem, Ja’Kenya Hoskins, M. Toomey-Stout (1st) 1:50.82

Shot Put — Emma Smith (1st) 32-10.50 *PR*; Aurora Cernick (4th) 20-04 *PR*; Megan Behan (7th) 19-02 *PR*; Raven Vick (8th) 18-02 *PR*

Discus — Smith (2nd) 73-10; Willow Vick (5th) 65-01 *PR*; Behan (9th) 58-05 *PR*; R. Vick (10th) 56-05 *PR*; Cernick (13th) 51-02 *PR*

Javelin — R. Vick (2nd) 88-02; Smith (4th) 72-10 *PR*; W. Vick (6th) 61-08 *PR*; Behan (8th) 59-00 *PR*; Cernick (11th) 50-04; Mihill (11th) 50-04 *PR*; MLabrador (17th) 43-08 *PR*

Long Jump — Ja’Kenya Hoskins (7th) 12-07; M. Labrador (11th) 11-06.25 *PR*



100 — Jean Lund-Olsen (1st) 11.36 *PR*; Danny Conlisk (2nd) 11.49 *PR*; Lucious Halstead (12th) 13.14 *PR*; Tiger Johnson (14th) 13.20 *PR*; Chris Ruck (16th) 13.33 *PR*

200 — Lund-Olsen (1st) 23.41 *PR*; Halstead (6th) 26.48 *PR*; Ruck (12th) 27.97 *PR*

400 — Conlisk (1st) 51.99; Johnson (6th) 59.22 *PR*

110 Hurdles — Jakobi Baumann (4th) 19.86

300 Hurdles — Baumann (6th) 50.76

4 x 100 Relay — Lund-Olsen, Johnson, Sean Toomey-Stout, Conlisk (2nd) 45.30

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (1st) 40-00; Keahi Sorrows (2nd) 38-01.50; Chris Battaglia (3rd) 38-00.50; Brian Casey (9th) 31-06 *PR*; Logan Martin (12th) 30-05; Elijah Okaruru (15th) 26-05.50 *PR*

Discus — Battaglia (2nd) 110-00; R. Labrador (4th) 101-09 *PR*; Sorrows (5th) 99-02; Martin (6th) 92-04 *PR*; Thane Peterson (8th) 86-04; Okaruru (13th) 77-07 *PR*; Casey (14th) 77-02 *PR*

Javelin — Battaglia (1st) 127-06; S. Toomey-Stout (1st) 127-06; Baumann (12th) 76-09.50 *PR*; Okaruru (15th) 68-06 *PR*; Casey (17th) 64-09 *PR*

High Jump — Koa Davison (2nd) 5-06 *PR*

Pole Vault — Johnson (4th) 7-00 *PR*

Long Jump — S. Toomey-Stout (1st) 20-03.75 *PR*; Ruck (7th) 15-04 *PR*; Baumann (9th) 15-00 *PR*; Liem Solow (14th) 13-08.75 *PR*

Triple Jump — S. Toomey-Stout (1st) 38-07 *PR*; Baumann (3rd) 34-04.75


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Opposing teams, beware, Coupeville catcher Sarah Wright is coming to kill all your softball dreams. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hit ’em hard, hit ’em fast, and bury ’em a mile deep.

Delivering an emphatic message to the rest of the league, the Coupeville High School softball squad delivered a knockout punch Thursday in its North Sound Conference opener.

Powered by a first inning three-run home run off the bat of senior catcher Sarah Wright, a cannon shot which sailed over the center field fence and was last seen taking out a passing 747, the Wolves decimated visiting Cedar Park Christian 13-2.

The five-inning win, called early thanks to the mercy rule, lifts CHS to 1-0 in league play, 3-2 overall.

It also gives the Wolves a huge shot of confidence as they prepare for a week-long, four-game road trip.

Coupeville hits Granite Falls next Tuesday, Mar. 26, then swings by Sultan Mar. 28, before wrapping things with a doubleheader Mar. 30 in which it’ll face Fife and Forks.

The first two are league games, the second two non-conference tilts offering a chance to dance with some heavy hitters.

All the big bats Thursday belonged to the Wolves, who jumped on Cedar Park early, then never let up, ringing up runs in each of the four innings in which they came to the plate.

With freshman hurler Izzy Wells in fine form, flinging seven strikeouts while surrendering just three hits, everything was clicking for Coupeville.

“So, good start to league play,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan. “We took control from the first at-bat and never looked back.

Izzy controlled the hitters and we just played a good solid softball game.”

The tone of the game was set in the first inning, a frame in which Wright wrote a perfect script both in the field and at the plate.

She closed the top of the inning by popping up from behind home and unleashing a wicked shot into the glove of Wolf third-baseman Chelsea Prescott, who slapped the tag on an Eagle who had leaned the wrong way at the wrong time.

Sparked by the defensive gem, Coupeville came out swinging in its half of the inning.

Lead-off hitter Scout Smith lashed a scorcher across the infield which crawled up the CPC second baseman’s glove and shot off to frolic in wide open spaces.

Two passed balls later, she was camped out at third, to be shortly followed by Prescott earning a walk and strolling down to first.

At that point the Cedar Park pitcher stepped back and let a gush of air out of her lungs, her shoulders sagging.

Course, she could have just waited a nanosecond, because Wright would have knocked all the air out of her lungs free of charge.

Launching the ball away from that strange thing hanging in the sky (we were later told it was the sun, but this is spring, and the sun never shines during spring sports…), the senior slugger had all day to stroll the base-paths.

If the ball ever landed, and that is still in question, it most likely hit somewhere up around Ebey Bowl, took a hard bounce or two, then landed in front of a startled cow.

The game went on for another hour or so, but it effectively ended the moment Wright’s home run left the park.

From there it was a romp, as the Wolves stretched the lead out to 8-0, gave back two runs just to make the appearance of playing fair, then slapped on another five-spot to close the afternoon.

Coupeville plated four runs in the second, after getting runners on base the old-fashioned way, thanks to Nicole Laxton being plunked for the 11,798th time in her career, Wells reaching on an error, and Smith walking.

With the bags juiced, Emma Mathusek whistled a two-run double into the deepest, darkest part of left field, a resounding shot which had inside-the-park grand slam written on it until the ball skidded under the fence.

That forced the ump to signal a ground-rule double, sending Smith back to third and forcing Mathusek, flying around second, to come to a skidding stop, followed by a few hops back to the bag, where she perched, epic grin washing across her face.

Smith made it home a moment later, anyway, alertly darting in on a passed ball, while Mathusek tapped home when Wright ripped a hot shot off the third-baseman’s glove.

Three straight singles, coming off the bats of Laxton, Wells, and Smith, delivered the lone run in the third inning, before CHS sent nine batters to the plate during a five-run fourth.

Chloe Wheeler came off the bench to eke out a bases-loaded walk to pick up an RBI, followed by Coral Caveness smoking an RBI single into an impossibly-small gap between Cedar Park’s second-baseman and first-bagger.

Not to be outdone, Wells roped a two-run single which skidded down the third-base line, frantically hugging fair territory all the way.

The game’s final run is the kind which brings a smile to a coach’s face, as two of his players stayed alert and took advantage of opportunity, instead of being lulled to sleep by a big lead.

When a third strike made a run for freedom, skidding off the CPC catcher’s mitt and heading out for a stroll, the batter, Smith, took off like she was running the 100 at the Olympics.

Hurrying to make the play, the Eagles failed twice.

The throw was late to first, with Smith bending away from the tag, while Caveness broke for home once the ball was launched and scampered home to score.

That left Ms. Unflappable to close out the game from the pitcher’s circle, and Wells exited in style, ripping off back-to-back swinging strikeouts, before inducing a tepid game-ending grounder to Prescott.


JV gets some work:

A day after bonking Concrete’s varsity, the Wolf JV got to play a quick three-inning scrimmage with Cedar Park, which used a mix of varsity and JV players.

While CPC was up 8-5 when the game was called, it doesn’t go down as an official loss since it wasn’t a complete game.

Wolf sisters Heidi and Abby Meyers, who held down second and short, were the stars of the scrimmage, gobbling up everything that came their way.

Also of note was the season debut of Marenna Rebischke-Smith, returning to hold down first-base after recovering from a broken leg she suffered during winter cheer season.

Coupeville generated all its scoring in the bottom of the first, and might have gotten more if JV games didn’t have a restrictive five runs per inning rule.

The Wolves sent 10 runners to the plate, with lead-off hitter Lily Leedy kicking things off with a walk, then ending them with a two-out RBI single.

In between, CHS got base-knocks from both Meyers sisters, with Heidi belting a stand-up double, Morgan Stevens, and Mollie Bailey.

Audrianna Shaw, who had Coupeville’s only base-hit in the final two innings, walked in the first, as did Ivy Leedy, though she got her base thanks to being nailed by a wayward pitch.

Which, in honor of ball-magnet Laxton, is known as “getting Nicoled.”


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