Jack Porter exits the season sporting a rather impressive shiner. (Jeff Porter photo)

Peyton Caveness is just hanging around. (Stephanie Pulliam photos)

Jon Roberts, master of sunscreen.

Pressure, what pressure? You’re looking at the most laid-back dugout in the biz.

Alex Smith is not sure about the whole “taking my picture” thing.

Landon Roberts gets limbered up.

“I throw strikes, son. It’s kind of my thing.”

They ran into the big boys.

Central Whidbey Little League soared through the Minors baseball season in style, winning tournaments and racking up win after win.

All-Star play turned out to be a bit different, however, as Coupeville’s diamond men went two and out at the district tourney.

Facing big city squads from Burlington and Anacortes, Central Whidbey got roughed up a bit, losing 27-1 Friday and 18-5 Sunday.

CWLL put up a fight in its finale, though, rapping out 10 hits.

Landon Roberts led the way with three singles and two RBI, while Peyton Caveness and Johnny Porter added a pair of base-knocks apiece.

Chase Anderson, Seth Woollet and Jordan Bradford rounded out the hit parade, each collecting a single.

Caveness was also a force on defense against Anacortes, making a spectacular diving catch while on the run in center.

In the opening game of the double-elimination tourney, Central Whidbey had a tougher time scraping out hits, finishing with three, one each from Caveness, Roberts and Anderson.

Levi Pulliam, Mike Robinett, Alex Smith, Jack Porter, Gabe Reed and Aiden O’Neill rounded out the All-Star roster.

While the season ended prematurely, Central coach Jon Roberts sees a bright future ahead for the program.

“Coaching, we made some mistakes that we will learn from and will return next year with most of the team intact, as we were a very young 9-10-11 team.”

   “Hold this, and hold this and … yeah, hold this, too!!” The life of a basketball mom. (Photos courtesy Sherry Roberts)

   CHS hoops stars (l to r) Ema Smith, Lindsey Roberts, Kailey Kellner and Avalon Renninger beat the heat at a 3 v 3 tourney in Spokane.

Renninger locks down the ball-handler.

Roberts uses all of her impressive wingspan to deny an entry pass.

And she’s slicin’ ‘n dicin’ the defense. Kellner swoops in for a bucket.

So, more than a few teams showed up, is what they’re saying.

Reppin’ their new shirts.

No rest for the basketball mom.

Mere seconds after returning from a four-day trip to Ocean Shores, where she helped CHS coaches David and Amy King at a summer hoops camp, Sherry Roberts was right back behind the wheel.

This time, she trucked official daughter Lindsey, as well as “adopted” daughters Kailey Kellner, Ema Smith and Avalon Renninger to Spokane.

The quartet invaded the blazing heatscape of Eastern Washington to play at Hoopfest, the largest outdoor three-on-three basketball tourney “on the Earth.”

Playing as the C-Town Hoopers, the Wolves stormed back Sunday to win the consolation bracket in their division.

After opening with narrow losses to LAWPI (14-13) and Bouncer’s (14-8), Coupeville’s best drilled the Trailer Park Girls (18-7) and the Bounty Hunters (11-3).

And they weren’t the only players with a Coupeville connection, as 1991 CHS grad Sean Dillon brought his three-point shooting skills and family to the event.

Playing as Chillin Like Dillons, that squad featured Sean’s wife Becca, son Ethan and Dalton Palkovitz.

By the time things were done, Sherry Roberts had fetched drinks and food, held phones, chauffeured, hollered and screamed to support her girls and snapped a ton of pics.

“Heat was BRUTAL; so were the roads they played on,” she said. “But Hoopfest was a blast.”

   Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim was one of seven Wolves who attended a summer hoops camp in Bellingham. (John Fisken photo)

Put in the work in summer for success in winter.

That’s the mantra for the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad, which took the court under first-year head coach Brad Sherman at a hoops camp this weekend.

Getting maximum effort out of the seven players who attended, the Wolves played eight games in two days in Bellingham, before injuries curtailed efforts to keep playing Sunday.

Sherman, the former CHS star who is returning to lead the program he once played for, was joined by Hunter Downes, Kyle Rockwell, Ariah Bepler, Mason Grove, Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim, Ethan Spark and Jered Brown.

“The kids showed a tremendous amount of heart this weekend,” Sherman said.”Our final two games today (about 70 minutes of basketball), we played with five guys against schools who had a bench full of subs.

“Our guys never quit and never stopped pushing when it would have been easy to.”

Coupeville’s never-say-die attitude drew praise from other coaches and bystanders.

“Highlight of the weekend for me — against likely the best team at the camp in a lopsided game, a collegiate-level official had been sitting watching our team and made a point of telling me that several people had commented on our teams sportsmanship and attitude in the face of adversity,” Sherman said.

“There is no greater compliment and it made me proud as a coach, and should make our players and parents feel proud as well.”

Heart and soul!!

Central Whidbey coaches with their daughters. (Paula Peters photo)

“They went out hitting and never gave up!”

Playing with a very young team, the Central Whidbey Little League majors softball squad fought until the final out, ending its season Saturday in the district playoffs.

While North Whidbey advances, having topped Central in back-to-back games, the Coupeville contingent showed consistent growth from day one to closing night.

The Thunder got strong pitching from Gwen Gustafson and a pair of doubles from McKaela Meffert during the district playoff clashes.

“Couldn’t ask for more honest heart and soul,” said team mom Paula Peters.

On a side note, the team’s brain trust — manager Mike Peters and coaches Lark Gustafson and Aaron Lucero — had a chance to work with daughters Sofia Peters, Allie and Maya Lucero and Gwen Gustafson 

“Very cool these gents could coach their daughters,” Paula Peters said.

   Central Whidbey hurler Gwen Gustafson unleashes thunder and lightning. (John Fisken photos)

Players stand at attention during the opening flag salute.

“You dare to run … ON ME????????”

   Coaches (l to r) Aaron Lucero, Lark Gustafson and Mike Peters join the pregame festivities.

   Adrian Burrows, daughter of legendary former CHS hoops star Jaime Rasmussen, shows off the same killer glare her mom once used to ruffle foes.

Little League playoff action is booming.

As June rolls to a close, Central Whidbey’s softball and baseball squads are returning to the diamond for All-Star action, and photographer John Fisken is likely to be on the scene.

The photos above come from a game Friday between CWLL and North Whidbey at Volunteer Park in Oak Harbor.

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