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Ryanne Knoblich leads off a collection of CHS fall sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Snap goes the camera, capturing the portraits which define a season.

As we head into the last week of fall sports, a collection of images featuring some of the Wolf athletes still hard at work.

They come to us from John Fisken, whose work can be found at:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

Nick Guay

Sofia Milasich

Isabel Johnson

Preston Epp

Gwen Crowder

Allie Lucero

Logan Martin

Mollie Bailey

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With one flex of his chest, Xavier Murdy crushes the soccer ball’s dream of flying free. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The boys were back in town.

Thursday night brought the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad back to Mickey Clark Field for the first time in two weeks, and the occasion lured in wanderin’ photo whiz kid John Fisken.

The pics seen above and below are courtesy him.

To bask in everything Fisken shot, and possibly buy some glossy keepsakes, pop over to:

BS 2021-04-29 vs Providence – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

Ryan Blouin sweeps the leg.

Wolf girls soccer stars show support for their male counterparts.

Logan Martin elevates and denies.

Cael Wilson unleashes his full fury.

Payton Parks (left) and Abbie Martin are A-OK with having their photo snapped.

Cole White dances in the dandelions.

Sam Wynn chooses the nuclear option.

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Owen Barenburg played strong defense Thursday, but Coupeville fell 3-1 to Providence Classical Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf goalie Logan Martin had several strong saves in net. (Morgan White photo)

It was a gentleman’s brawl.

In the end, the more-physical team won Thursday, and, unfortunately that squad was not the one wearing the red and black of Coupeville High School.

Pushed around a bit by visiting Providence Classical Christian, the plucky Wolves put up a good fight, but ultimately fell 3-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League action.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-2 on the pandemic-shortened season, with two games left on the schedule.

First up is Senior Night Monday, May 3, with Orcas Island coming to Whidbey, before the Wolves cap their campaign with a trip to La Conner May 5.

Still, even after a loss, there was much to be happy about.

Starting with the fact Coupeville was out there on the field playing after being hit by the double whammy of a pandemic and the program being shut down for a week-plus when it seemed there wouldn’t be enough players to field a team.

While Providence controlled the pace of the game, and sent more than a few Wolves crashing down to kiss the grass, Coupeville didn’t go gently into that good night.

Seniors Sam Wynn and Owen Barenburg brought considerable heat to bear on the visiting Highlanders in the backfield, with both Wolf defenders crashing hard to blunt multiple scoring opportunities.

“We NEVER stopped fighting and playing, which is most commendable,” said CHS coach Robert Wood. “Good defense stopped a lot of attacks.

“Very happy with the seniors for controlling the back players and all the attacks.”

PCC, a small 1B school which hails from Bothell, is one of three schools, with Grace Academy and Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood, which join the NWL for boys soccer.

The Highlanders have the look of year-round pitch warriors, and, give them credit, they took advantage of their opportunities.

After poking a goal into the net in the 7th minute of the game, PCC added two more in the first half to take a 3-0 lead in at the break.

Staying on the attack for much of the first 40 minutes, the Highlanders laced multiple shots in the direction of first-year goaltender Logan Martin, and he made several nice saves, including one in which he sprawled out to snag a madly-curving ball.

Coupeville got a long run from Aidan Wilson, only to have his shot snuffed at the last second by the PCC goalie, but it was the Wolf defenders who had the biggest first-half plays.

On one play, Wynn, going one-on-one with his man in the deep left corner, spun his rival around, pickpocketed the ball, and was gone before the PCC player stopped spinning and fell down with a gentle plop.

The Wolves finally got on the board in the game’s 53rd minute, when Wilson converted on a penalty kick, pasting a booming shot into the top right corner of the net.

The speed-demon sophomore, who leads CHS with three goals this season, had a second PK, but the PCC goalie got an arm on the ball, and knocked it wide of the net.

While the Wolves received two penalty kicks, a person could be forgiven for thinking maybe they deserved more, as there was a fair amount of elbows and knees flying, with players sent sprawling.

The answer, likely, is to toughen up their own style of play.

“Totally bums me out when they let another team bully them,” Wood said. “Obviously we need to work on being strong against bigger players … especially on “free” balls in our own 18-yard box.

“We could play them all year long and beat them every time if we could JUST MOVE TO THE BALL!!!!,” he added. “But when you leave holes in the middle because someone is not doing their job … well … you get punished.”

With a young, resilient Wolf team at his beck and call, Wood and his crew will look to bounce back quickly, however.

“Tomorrow’s a new day … a day of rest before we focus on Orcas.”

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Volleyball ace Alita Blouin leads off a collection of Coupeville High School fall sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

I’ve just seen a face.

Or nine of them, to be exact, as we continue to wind our way through the collected portraits of Coupeville fall sports athletes.

The pics seen today rep girls soccer, volleyball, and boys soccer — the three sports I still have unused photos from.

They come to us courtesy John Fisken, and, if you want to see more of his work, pop over to John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net).

 

Cael Wilson

Mary Milnes

Maya Lucero

Nathan Ginnings

Eryn Wood

Lucy Tenore

Ryan Blouin

Nezi Keiper

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Aidan Wilson assisted on Coupeville’s goal Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

That score hit the back of the net after coming off Xavier Murdy’s foot.

Both teams got a bit lucky.

For the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad, just getting back on the pitch Tuesday was a win in itself, as the Wolves had a 10-day gap between games due to other schools cancelling.

For their opponents, Mount Vernon Christian, the luck showed up on the scoreboard, as a couple of perfect bounces on busted plays sent the hometown Hurricanes to a 3-1 win.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-1 during this pandemic-shortened season, but its next two games should arrive a lot sooner, and both will be at home.

The Wolves host Providence Classical Christian Thursday (kickoff is 6 PM), then welcome Orcas Island to Whidbey May 3.

The latter of those games will be Senior Night for Coupeville.

Tuesday afternoon, the Wolves didn’t show any rust, coming off the bus with legs already swinging.

Sam Wynn and Owen Barenburg were “hammering balls everywhere” according to CHS coach Robert Wood, and Coupeville got on the board first.

The score came at the 10-minute mark of the first half, with Aidan Wilson delivering a crisp center cross to Xavier Murdy, who promptly blasted the ball into the back of the waiting net.

It was the second goal of the season for X-Man, tying him with Wilson for the team lead in scoring, and the third of his prep career.

Mount Vernon Christian countered with a goal mere seconds before halftime, getting “a lucky deflection” to knot things up headed into the break.

The Hurricanes then took advantage of several second-half penalty kicks to surge ahead and stay ahead.

The game-busting goal actually came off of a second-shot chance after Wolf goalie Logan Martin blocked the penalty kick, before MVC salted the lead away with a late-game penalty kick which found its way into the net.

Still, the young Wolves, who were facing a Hurricane squad which is “a premier team, with quality players,” had nothing to hang their heads about.

The final score wasn’t in their favor, but the improvement they showed on the pitch certainly was.

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