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Andrew Aparicio and other Coupeville netters won’t play in April and May, as planned, after Friday Harbor cancelled all fall sports. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One rival steps down, and Coupeville High School loses 12 games and matches off its schedule.

Due to what the San Juan Islander is terming a “significant surge in positive COVID cases in the San Juan Island community,” Friday Harbor High School will not play fall sports, which begin this week.

That move affects four Coupeville teams, with boys tennis being hurt the most.

Friday Harbor is the only other Northwest 2B/1B League school to play the net game, so Coupeville’s entire six-match schedule for this pandemic-shortened season is lost.

That sends the Wolf netters to the sideline, though they can join cross country or football.

Coupeville’s volleyball, football, and girls soccer squads are also affected by the reduction in foes.

The loss of Friday Harbor cuts Coupeville’s soccer schedule from nine to six games, trims volleyball’s campaign from 12 matches to 10, and slashes football from four games to three.

Soccer loses road games April 9 and May 1, and a home tilt April 20, while volleyball was scheduled to host Friday Harbor April 10, then travel April 24.

CHS football is set to open at home against La Conner this Saturday, April 10.

With Friday Harbor’s departure, the Wolf gridiron squad will then sit until April 30, when they travel to La Conner for a rematch. They close their season May 8 at home against Concrete.

With NWL schools only playing league foes during the 2020-2021 school year, it’s unlikely any of the cancelled games or matches will be replaced.

And before you ask, Coupeville can’t call up its Whidbey neighbors, as tempting as that would normally be.

The leagues which Oak Harbor and South Whidbey are currently in played fall sports first, and are now playing spring sports.

CHS and the NWL opted to open with spring sports — all played outdoors — as prep sports teams tentatively returned from a year-plus absence.


To read more about the surge in cases on Friday Harbor, pop over to:

ALERT: Surge in cases on San Juan Island; here’s what to do (sanjuanislander.com)

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Alita Blouin and other Coupeville High School fall sports athletes begin practice in the next few days. (Brian Vick photo)

We’re ready to … fall … into a new sports season.

In the jumbled Age of Coronavirus, the schedules are a little out of place, with fall sports coming on the heels of spring sports this time around.

Also, with everything compressed into a short time frame, one season begins even as another hasn’t finished.

The final spring sports contests hit next Saturday, April 3, with the first day of practice for at least one Coupeville High School fall sports squad beginning a week before.

Fall sports contests run April 7 to May 8, with winter sports starting practice during the last week of the improvised fall sports season.

Looking ahead to the first cross-over event, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith exudes the laidback calm of a young Matthew McConaughey.

“It will be an interesting transition as our first week of practice overlaps our last week of competition,” he said.

“Our coaches have worked hard at creating a practice schedule that will benefit both seasons, so our multi-sport athletes can finish strong as well as begin to transition to their next season.”


The first day of practice for CHS fall sports teams:

Boys Soccer — March 29 (2:30-4:30 PM) @ Ebey Practice Field
**Coach — Robert Wood — rwood@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Boys Tennis — March 30 (2:30-4:30 PM) @ CHS tennis courts
**Coach — Ken Stange — kstange@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Cross Country — March 29 (2:30-4:00 PM) @ CHS gym
**Coach — Elizabeth Bitting — ebitting@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Football — March 27 (8:00-10:00 AM and 2:00-5:00 PM) @ CHS gym
**Coach — Marcus Carr — mcarr@coupeville.k12.wa.us

Girls Soccer — March 29 (2:30-4:30 PM) @ Ebey Practice Field
**Coach — Kyle Nelson — knelson@coupeville.k12.wa.us)

Volleyball — March 29 (6:00-8:00 PM) @ CHS gym
**Coach — Cory Whitmore — cwhitmore@oupeville.k12.wa.us


As the season progresses, expect changes to the schedule. To stay on top of things, try these sites:

Coupeville High School:

Coupeville School District 204 Calendar (tandem.co)

Northwest 2B/1B League:

Coupeville – Team Home Coupeville Wolves Sports (coupevilleathletics.com)


CHS will livestream four of its six fall sports, with football, volleyball, and both soccer teams getting the camera treatment.

To watch varsity games, check out High School Sports Online – Stream Live & On Demand (nfhsnetwork.com), which requires a subscription fee through their site.

JV volleyball matches will be streamed through Justgame Web Services (justagamelive.com), which requires an app download and a $4 fee per match.

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Logan Martin dances on the tennis court. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Xavier Murdy punches a return.

Andrew Aparicio goes low, sending a screamer flying back.

Longtime CHS coach Ken Stange schools his players.

Martin flicks a winner.

Aparicio stares down the world.

Murdy keeps his eye on the ball.

Racket in one hand, mask in the other.

While adapting to the ongoing pandemic, Coupeville High School tennis players and coaches have been back on the court, taking part in practices.

As the Wolf netters worked on their approach shots and backhands, ever-lurking photo whiz kid John Fisken snagged the pics seen above.


To see everything he shot, pop over to:


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CHS net guru Ken Stange and his boys tennis squad nabbed their second-straight Best Sportsmanship award from the Emerald City League. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They still like us.

For the second-straight year, the ultra-exclusive, private school-dominated Emerald City League bestowed its Best Sportsmanship award to the Coupeville High School boys tennis team.

The award is a testament to longtime Wolf net guru Ken Stange, and the lessons he has imparted to his players.

CHS competes in the North Sound Conference for every sport except one, and that’s boys tennis, as South Whidbey is the only other school from that six-team league to heft rackets.

So the two Whidbey schools linked up with the ECL, widely considered the toughest 1A tennis league in the state.

The other schools involved include Eastside Prep, Bear Creek, Overlake, The Bush School, Seattle Academy, and University Prep.

Despite being one of only two public schools in the league, and the farthest trip for the Seattle-based private schools, Coupeville has held up well.

The Wolves finished in fourth-place in 2018, and, with a very-thin roster this year, which forced a number of forfeits at #2 singles, still won three league matches.

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Coupeville senior Mason Grove made a stand for public schools Saturday, winning a match at the Emerald City League postseason tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The season started on windy, rain-spattered outdoor tennis courts in Coupeville, and wrapped up on swanky, dry indoor courts in Redmond.

Six CHS netters made their final stand Saturday at the Emerald City League tournament, which doubles as Bi-Districts.

Facing off with foes from state title contenders like Seattle Academy and University Prep, none of the Wolves advanced, but one did make a dent in the armor of the private schools.

Senior Mason Grove, who bounced between singles and doubles this season, went out swinging by himself, but not before taking down a Bear Creek player in a third-set tiebreaker.

That sent him on to the double-elimination portion of the tourney, but also threw him headlong into battle with two of the best players in the region.

Fellow Wolf singles player Drake Borden almost made it through the first round as well, winning the first set of his match.

His opponent, also from Bear Creek, came back to take the second set however, then won an epic 12-10 tiebreaker to eliminate Coupeville’s #1 player.

Both Wolf doubles duos went down in the first round, bringing an end to the 2019 season.

Saturday was the final action for four Wolves, as Grove, James Wood, Zach Ginnings, and Thane Peterson graduate next spring.

Borden, a junior, and Andrew Aparicio, a sophomore, can return for another run at postseason glory next year.

Coupeville and next door neighbor South Whidbey are the only public schools playing in the ECL, an eight-team, private school dominated league widely regarded as the best 1A tennis conference in the state.


Complete Saturday results:


Drake Borden:

Lost to Bouke Spoelstra (Bear Creek) 1-6, 6-3, 12-10


Mason Grove:

Beat Robert Jiang (Bear Creek) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
Lost to Tyler Wurzer (University Prep) 6-0, 6-0
Lost to Josh Davydov (Seattle Academy) 6-0, 6-2


James Wood/Zach Ginnings:

Lost to Nicholas Arron/Mattias Keaunui (University Prep) 6-0, 6-0


Andrew Aparicio/Thane Peterson:

Lost to Sammy Yang/Declan Vail (Overlake) 6-0, 6-2

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