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Coupeville booter Grant Steller earned Second-Team All-Conference honors. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Four for the score.

The Northwest 2B/1B League released All-Conference soccer teams Monday night, with a quartet of Coupeville High School boys earning honors.

Senior forward Aidan Wilson, who led the Wolves in scoring, was tabbed as a First-Team selection, while senior defender Grant Steller landed on the Second-Team roster.

CHS also had a pair of underclassmen notch Honorable Mention status, with junior goaltender Nick Guay and junior midfielder Cole White getting their names called.

Orcas Island senior midfielder Tommy Anderson-Cleveland was named league MVP, with Friday Harbor’s Brett Paul claiming Coach of the Year after leading the Wolverines to a state title.

The Team Sportsmanship Award went to Orcas Island.

Aidan Wilson leads the charge. (Morgan White photo)

 

First-Team All-Conference:

Austin Birkhofer – Senior – Forward/Midfielder – Grace Academy
Alden Carli – Junior – Forward – Friday Harbor
Malachi Cary – Senior – Forward – Lopez Island
Owen Conde Raggett – Senior – Midfielder – Friday Harbor
Eric Corbin – Senior – Defender – Friday Harbor
Isa Gonzalez-Rojas – Senior – Defender – La Conner
Diego Lago – Senior – Defender – Orcas Island
Lucas Millenaar – Sophomore – Forward – Mount Vernon Christian
Ben Rozema – Senior – Midfielder – Mount Vernon Christian
Luke Totten – Senior – Goaltender – Friday Harbor
Paxton White – Senior – Goaltender – Orcas Island
Aidan Wilson – Senior – Forward – Coupeville

 

Second-Team All-Conference:

Colby Border – Senior – Defender – Friday Harbor
Alex Bravo-Jump – Sophomore – Forward/Mid – Providence Classical Christian
Zia Fackethall – Junior – Midfielder – Grace Academy
Cecelia Groeninger – Senior – Defender/Mid – Orcas Island
Pedro Guerra – Senior – Forward – Orcas Island
Christian Kilvert – Junior – Midfielder – Mount Vernon Christian
Jonah Parsons – Senior – Midfielder – Friday Harbor
Cade Peterson – Junior – Forward/Mid – Grace Academy
Matthew Reeve – Defender/Mid – Providence Classical Christian
Grant Steller – Senior – Defender – Coupeville
Sam Sutton – Junior – Midfielder – Orcas Island

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Coupeville’s Aidan Wilson rampages against Friday Harbor, which won the 2B/1B boys soccer state title. (Morgan White photo)

Coupeville plays in the toughest 2B/1B boys soccer conference in the state.

Since returning to the Northwest League three seasons ago, the Wolves have seen league rivals win both state titles contested, while claiming six of eight trophies.

There was no state tourney in 2020 because of the pandemic, but Orcas Island won the crown in 2021, and Friday Harbor claimed the 2022 title Saturday.

The Wolverines capped a 15-2 season — in which one of their two losses came to Coupeville — by edging Orcas 2-1, denying the Vikings back-to-back titles.

Friday Harbor won three of four against Orcas this season, handing them all of their losses during a 16-3 run.

Earlier Saturday, Mount Vernon Christian fell 3-2 to Saint George’s in the 3rd/4th place game.

That means the NWL claimed 1st, 2nd, and 4th this season, matching last season when Orcas beat Providence Classical Christian in the final, and Friday Harbor brought home a 4th place trophy.

Saturday’s title is the first for a Friday Harbor boys’ team, with Wolverine volleyball having claimed the 2B state crown back in 1986.

Orcas and Friday Harbor clashed all season, with the Wolverines winning 1-0 in the team’s first meeting.

The Vikings bounced back to claim a 3-2 victory the second time out, earning them the NWL regular-season crown.

Friday Harbor won when it mattered most, however, knocking off Orcas 2-1 in the championship game of the bi-district tourney, before collecting Saturday’s KO.

While Coupeville was eliminated from bi-districts by Summit Atlas, the Wolves can circle Sept. 23, a day when they beat Friday Harbor 3-1 at Mickey Clark Field.

For one day at least, the Wolf booters were better than the (eventual) state champs.

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Coupeville High School soccer players celebrate their season. (Morgan White photos)

The net is closed for business.

The Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad capped its season Monday, with head coach Robert Wood handing out awards and letters to his booters.

Senior Aidan Wilson topped the honorees, earning both the Golden Boot as the team’s leading scorer and the Ballon d’Or for being the top player.

Aidan Wilson slows down for a second.

Grant Steller and Wilson were acknowledged for their work as team captains, and the duo was joined by fellow senior Cameron Epp in receiving four-year awards.

Rounding out the awards, Mason Butler was tabbed as Most Improved, while Wood doled out MVP honors to one player from each class.

That foursome was comprised of Cameron Epp (Senior), Nick Guay (Junior), Cael Wilson (Sophomore), and Andrew Milnes (Freshman).

MVP’s (l to r) Cameron Epp, Nick Guay, Cael Wilson, and Andrew Milnes, plus coach Robert Wood.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Reiley Araceley
Mason Butler
Cameron Epp
Preston Epp
Nick Guay
Dane Hadsall
Joshua Lujan
(Manager)
Andrew Milnes
Hank Milnes
Grant Steller
Matthew Ward
Cole White
Andrew Williams
Aidan Wilson
Cael Wilson

 

Participation certificate:

Alex Smith

 

Scholar Athletes (3.5 or better GPA):

Reiley Araceley (Running Start)
Cameron Epp
Nick Guay
Joshua Lujan
Hank Milnes (4.0 + RS)
Grant Steller (RS)
Matthew Ward
Cole White (4.0)
Andrew Williams (4.0)

 

Big thanks to the following:

Amy and Jesse Epp
Dina and Dylan Guay
Kyle Nelson
Willie Smith
Holley and James Steller
Greg and Morgan White

Cole White and friends will return to the pitch in 2023.

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Cameron Epp gets his head into the game. (Morgan White photo)

They hide on the internet but show up on the field.

It’s nearly impossible to find info on the Summit Atlas boys soccer squad online.

In person however, the Orcas proved to be a quick, slightly chippy group, one which bounced Coupeville from the bi-district playoffs Tuesday night.

Slipping in a pair of goals, while blunting most of the Wolf attacks, Summit Atlas came out on top 2-0 in a game played at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

The loss ends Coupeville’s season at 5-9, while the Orcas, now 4-1-1, advance to play Mount Vernon Christian Friday, Nov. 4 at Sedro-Woolley High School in a loser-out, winner-to-state clash.

CHS pitch guru Robert Wood watches the action unfold. (Morgan White photo)

Tuesday’s tilt, played on a slightly slick turf field under a hanging patch or two of fog, was one of the few times the Wolves didn’t play on natural grass this season.

That seemed to throw Coupeville off a bit at times, while Summit Atlas looked a little more natural sliding across the pitch.

The Orcas were far from spectacular, but they were efficient, they were willing to bump and grind as long as the refs looked the other way (and they frequently did), and they caught just the right angles on their goals.

There were no thunderbolts, no deftly slapped shots, just two balls — one in each half — which found a small break in the Wolf defense and ended up nestled in the back of the net.

Summit’s first score came in the game’s 11th minute, while its second hit paydirt in the 63rd.

The Orcas kept the majority of the action on Coupeville’s side of the field, allowing their goalie to spend a fair amount of time cooling his heels and hopping around in an effort to stay warm in the slightly chilly early-November air.

Aidan Wilson, who paced Coupeville in scoring during his senior season, had two decent looks at the net, but that was about it for the Wolves.

One of his shots went wide left, while a backwards header while airborne brought a roar from the pro-Wolf crowd but went up and over the crossbar.

While Coupeville’s offensive attack was a bit muted, its defense hung tough, with Preston Epp, Grant Steller, and crew fighting off several Summit charges, in addition to a collection of wayward elbows, hands, and knees.

Grant Steller unleashes a nuclear blast. (Morgan White photo)

Wolf goalie Nick Guay stood tall in the net, blocking several close-range shots and providing calm leadership for the backline.

The playoff game was the final high school soccer contest for CHS seniors Steller, Wilson, Reiley Araceley, and Cameron Epp, but Coupeville can return 12 of 16 player’s next season, including five who scored this fall.

Playing in the toughest 2B/1B league in the state — a conference which includes the defending state champs — the Wolves held up well.

Coupeville beat Friday Harbor, currently ranked #3, and held top-ranked Orcas Island scoreless for the first 30 minutes in a recent game.

As CHS coach Robert Wood and his players build back from the program being nearly shutdown after the pandemic, the Wolves are headed in the right direction.

“I’m very happy with our season, and how we played most of the time this year,” Wood said. “It’s all positive progress.”

 

Final season scoring stats:

Aidan Wilson – 10
Preston Epp – 5
Cameron Epp – 4
Cole White – 3
Reiley Araceley – 2
Nick Guay – 2
Alex Smith – 2
Cael Wilson – 2
Grant Steller – 1

A final group photo op. (Morgan White photo)

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Andrew Williams and CHS soccer host a bi-district playoff game Tuesday night in Oak Harbor. (Morgan White photo)

November kicks off with high-stakes action.

Having won a three-team tiebreaker for a playoff berth, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team hosts Seattle-based Summit Atlas Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Game time for the loser-out bi-district playoff game is 6 PM.

Unlike regular season soccer games, the playoffs require fans to pony up hard-earned cash to gain entrance.

Prices are:

Adults or students without ASB – $8
Children (5-12) – $6
Senior Citizen (62+) – $6
Students with ASB – $6

Tickets can be purchased in person or online at:

https://gofan.co/app/events/760340?schoolId=WA86277

The winner of Tuesday’s game advances to play a road rumble against Mount Vernon Christian in a loser-out/winner-to-state game.

Coupeville sits at 5-8 on the season, while Summit Atlas, which has seemingly done its best to hide athletic info from the internet, may be 3-1-1.

At least that’s what it says on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association site, though past history teaches us to take WIAA standings with a grain of salt.

Summit Atlas, which uses an Orca as its mascot, is listed as beating Rainier Christian 7-0, Sound Christian 9-0, and Crosspoint Academy 7-1.

A 6-2 loss to Auburn Adventist Academy is Summit’s lone listed defeat, while a 1-1 tie with Concordia Christian Academy likely pleased hardcore soccer fans who lust for pitch stalemates.

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