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James Wood is one of five seniors on the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The only action Tuesday was on the sidelines.

Denied a chance to play a final match in front of their home fans when The Bush School ran out of players, the Coupeville High School boys tennis team still gathered at the courts.

Basking in the glow of their forfeit win, the Wolves nine-man roster sipped hot chocolate provided by coach Ken Stange and held Senior Night festivities under cloudy skies.

Five of Coupeville’s nine players graduate in spring 2020, and Tuesday was about saying farewell to James Wood, Mason Grove, Koby Schreiber, Thane Peterson, and Zach Ginnings.

The Wolves still have the Emerald City League tournament this weekend (or next week, if rain hits Sammamish as expected), but Senior Night, even in a slightly different version, offered Stange a chance to honor his team as one.

“It’s been a pleasure working with my Fab 5 from the Class of 2020,” the Wolf coach said in his prepared remarks. “The five of you gave me a combined 17 seasons.

“There were many road trips and ferry rides, and quite a few important discussions about where to eat after the match.

“Tons of practices … sun, wind, rain. Wins and losses and new doubles partners, mixed in with some Around the World and Sitting Duck, or is it Sit and Duck?

“Nonetheless, these are the memories I have – the memories we share. Thank you for the memories.

“More importantly, thank you for trying hard and for enjoying yourselves.”

Schreiber, Grove, and Ginnings played all four years for CHS, with Peterson putting in three seasons and Wood ruling the court the past two years.

All will depart with a solid cache of memories.

“The people on the team and especially our coach have been amazing,” Peterson said.

“In the past few years we have been faced with teams that have much more skill than we do, but I have found that even if we lose I still had a lot of fun in the match.”

That was a sentiment echoed by his fellow seniors.

“I’m grateful for all the amazing help and support I’ve gotten from teammates, coaches, friends, and family,” Wood said. “As it was only my second year playing tennis, I’m proud to say I have had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a long time.

“It opened up the reality of all the fun games there are out there, and I couldn’t have done it alone,” he added. “This year was one to remember.”

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Zach Ginnings teamed up with James Wood Monday to play #1 doubles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove had the day’s closest match, fighting hard at #2 singles against a state powerhouse.

They’ll do Senior Night without a game.

The regular season came to an unexpectedly early end Monday for the Coupeville High School boys tennis team, as the Wolves earned an odd split.

On the court, CHS fell 5-0 to state title contender Seattle Academy at the Amy Yee Tennis Center.

Off the court, the Wolves accepted a forfeit win from The Bush School, which was supposed to return to Whidbey Tuesday to finish a match postponed by rain.

Bush, citing a lack of players, regretfully declined to make the trip.

With the split, Coupeville finishes at 3-11 in Emerald City League play, 4-11 overall.

The Wolves will still hold Senior Night festivities Tuesday at 4 PM, but then will return to practice, and not a match.

The Emerald City League tournament is up next, with play starting Saturday at Sammamish High School.

 

Complete Monday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden lost to Josh Davydov 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Mason Grove lost to Mack Dougan 6-3, 6-4

1st Doubles — James Wood/Zach Ginnings lost to Will Nordin/Dmitri Vladimir 6-2, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Andrew Aparicio lost to Spencer Bryant/Eli Podell 6-0, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Thane Peterson/Logan Martin lost to Rhys Fiebig/Hudson Lennard 6-3, 6-0

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Thane Peterson exits the court Friday in Bear Creek, having won at #2 singles, lifting Coupeville to a 3-2 win. (Ken Stange photo)

Drake Borden stormed to a win at #1 singles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a winning streak.

Garnering a sweet bit of revenge for a loss earlier in the week, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad eked out a 3-2 win Friday at Bear Creek.

The win avenged a loss to the same team, by the same score, Wednesday afternoon on Whidbey.

Coming on the heels of a win Thursday against Friday Harbor, it also gives the Wolves their first winning streak of the season.

CHS sits at 2-10 in Emerald City League play, 3-10 overall heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Wolves travel to Seattle Academy Monday, then host The Bush School Tuesday for Senior Night.

The ECL championships are set for Saturday, Oct. 19.

Friday’s road win came down to #2 singles, where Thane Peterson punched Coupeville’s ticket with a straight-sets win.

 

Complete Friday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Drake Borden won 6-4, 6-3

2nd Singles — Thane Peterson won 6-3, 6-3

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove won 6-1, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio lost 2-6, 6-4, 12-10

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Logan Martin lost 6-1, 6-2

JV:

3rd Singles — Koby Schreiber lost 6-2, 6-0

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Logan Martin won on his birthday, teaming for a win at #3 doubles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

His partner, Miles Davidson, blasts a return.

Logan Martin gave himself a nice birthday present.

On the day the Coupeville High School sophomore turned 48 (at least according to his Facebook profile), he teamed with fellow first-year tennis player Miles Davidson to record their first win of the season.

Cruising to a victory at #3 doubles, the duo was part of a cake walk of a day for the Wolf netters, who took longtime foe Friday Harbor out to the shed for a paddlin’.

Winning the non-conference home match 5-0 Thursday, Coupeville lifts its record to 2-10 heading into the final run of the Emerald City League season.

The Wolves return to ECL action Friday, when they travel to Bear Creek, before playing at Seattle Academy Monday, and closing Tuesday at home against The Bush School.

The Tuesday match will be Senior Night, then Coupeville plays in the league tourney Saturday, Oct. 19.

Facing off with Friday Harbor, the Wolves mixed up their lineup a bit, yet still cruised, losing just three games across six total matches.

 

Complete Thursday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Mason Grove won 6-1, 6-0

2nd Singles — Thane Peterson won 6-0, 6-1

1st Doubles — James Wood/Zach Ginnings won 6-0, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Drake Borden/Koby Schreiber won 6-1, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Logan Martin won 8-0

JV:

4th Doubles — Andrew Aparicio/Peterson won 8-0

 

To see, and purchase, more CHS tennis photos, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Tennis-2019-2020/BT-2019-10-09-vs-Bear-Creek/

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Zach Ginnings teamed with James Wood Monday afternoon, winning in straight sets at #1 doubles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This has a familiar ring to it.

When I tell you the Coupeville High School boys tennis team fell 3-2 to visiting Bear Creek Wednesday, you’ll probably respond, “I’ve heard that score before. A lot.”

And you have.

With a thin roster, the Wolves have battled for their life in their second season in the Emerald City League, the toughest 1A tennis conference in the state, and don’t have a lot of wins to show for it this time around.

But when you look at their 1-10 record, also take a moment to realize nearly half their matches have been decided by the slimmest of margins, that familiar 3-2 score.

Wednesday the wins came at #1 singles and #1 doubles, but the third win proved elusive.

Things should get a lot better Thursday, as the Wolves get a one-match reprieve from the ECL, hosting Friday Harbor in a non-conference rumble set to tip off at 3:30 PM.

If we can believe the record-keepers, Friday Harbor has spent much of its season playing themselves, and only themselves.

They currently show a 0-1 record, with that loss coming by a margin of … 3-2.

 

Complete Monday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden won 6-2, 6-0

2nd Singles — Mason Grove lost 6-2, 6-2

1st Doubles — James Wood/Zach Ginnings won 6-2, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Thane Peterson/Andrew Aparicio lost 6-1, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Logan Martin lost 6-1, 6-3

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