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Drake Borden shared MVP honors as CHS tennis brought its season to an end with an awards banquet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jaschon Baumann (left) and Tiger Johnson were hailed for playing all four years.

Thus endeth the fall.

Coupeville High School boys tennis put a final bow on the season Thursday, handing out letters and awards at a season-ending banquet.

First-year player James Wood led the way, copping Most Improved and Most Inspirational, while Drake Borden and Jakobi Baumann shared MVP honors.

Mason Grove and Jakobi Baumann were hailed as Captains, while Jakobi, twin brother Jaschon Baumann and Tiger Johnson received four-year awards for making the complete run with Wolf coach Ken Stange.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Andrew Aparicio
Jakobi Baumann
Jaschon Baumann
Drake Borden
Jacob Burke
Zach Ginnings
Mason Grove
Tiger Johnson
Thane Peterson
Koby Schreiber
Harris Sinclair
James Wood

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The tennis season ended Friday for Drake Borden and his Coupeville High School teammates. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One and done.

Coupeville’s first, and most likely last, season as a member of the most dangerous boys tennis league in the state came to an end Friday in Seattle.

The Wolves, competing at the Emerald City League tourney at the Amy Yee Tennis Center, had all six of their players eliminated in the first round.

#1 singles player Jakobi Baumann put up a strong fight before falling 6-4, 6-2 to Cody Clayhold of Bear Creek, while Drake Borden was bounced 6-0, 6-2 by Josh Davydov of Seattle Academy.

In doubles competition, both CHS duos also fell in straight sets.

Zach Ginnings and Jacob Burke were blanked 6-0, 6-0 by Anders and Tate Gibbons of Seattle Academy, then Tiger Johnson and Jaschon Baumann lost 6-1, 6-1 to Quinn Chow and Griffin Murch of Bush.

It was the final prep tennis match for the Baumann twins and Johnson, as all three graduate next spring.

While Coupeville didn’t get far in the postseason, the Wolves put together a better-than-expected season, finishing 7-6 in league play, 8-6 overall.

CHS claimed fourth-place in the eight-team league, trumping Bush, South Whidbey, Bear Creek and Eastside Prep.

The only ECL teams the Wolves were unable to beat were Seattle Academy, University Prep, and Overlake, a trio of schools which have combined to win a startling majority of 1A state tennis titles in the past decade.

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Coupeville High School tennis guru Ken Stange compares beards with Harris Sinclair. (Photos by Jackie Saia)

Wolf veterans (l to r) Jakobi Baumann, Jaschon Baumann, Tiger Johnson and Sinclair were honored Wednesday on Senior Night.

The ever-busy Baumann clan.

Tiger Johnson and the president of his fan club.

The core of a talented team which held its own against private school foes, while also winning the Emerald City League Sportsmanship Award.

They beat every expectation.

Tossed into the brutal Emerald City League, the toughest tennis conference in the state, the Coupeville High School boys proved small, rural, public schools can compete with ultra-ritzy private academies.

Capping the regular season Wednesday with a 4-1 rout of visiting Eastside Prep, the Wolves sent their seniors out on a high note and assured themselves of a winning record in league play.

Coupeville, which beat four of their seven conference foes, including sweeping two matches from arch-rival South Whidbey, finished 7-6 in league, 8-6 overall.

“We finished in fourth-place. Not too shabby,” said CHS coach Ken Stange. “We greatly exceeded my goals and expectations.

“Today was another example of our guys playing hard and gutting it out,” he added. “We had a little of everything. Easy wins, third-set tiebreakers, and a close loss.”

It was about more than just wins this season, as the Wolves also received the conference sportsmanship award.

“I’m very proud that the league coaches gave our boys the award,” Stange said. “It’s a testament to how hard the boys compete.

“Win or lose, my guys try very hard every time. They are classy and graceful. Many of the other coaches positively commented on it.”

With the regular season complete, Coupeville heads to Seattle Friday for the ECL tourney.

Jakobi Baumann and Drake Borden are slated to compete in singles, while the duos of Zach Ginnings/Jacob Burke and Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann will vie in doubles.

 

Complete Wednesday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Jakobi Baumann beat Clayton Johnston 6-4, 3-6, 17-15

2nd Singles — Drake Borden beat Chase Crane 6-2, 6-1

1st Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Jacob Burke lost to Max Goetzman/Julian Meia 4-6, 6-1, 10-7

2nd Doubles — Mason Grove/James Wood beat Kaiea Ly-An Yong/Steven Pei 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Jaschon Baumann/Tiger Johnson beat Sahas Srini Hasan/Taras Pylypenko 6-0, 6-0

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Koby Schreiber/Andrew Aparicio lost 6-4

5th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Thane Peterson lost 8-6

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Wolf netters James Wood (left) and Mason Grove plot strategy. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zach Ginnings goes low for a return.

Jaschon Baumann (left) and Tiger Johnson are currently living their best life, with six straight wins and counting.

Grove glides cross-court.

Everything came up aces.

Despite being the middle of Oct., Monday’s Coupeville High School boys tennis match had perfect weather.

In a season where fall rain has played less of a role than normal, the Wolves and visiting Seattle Academy enjoyed pristine conditions.

That also made life easier for wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, who swung by the CHS courts to see what was goin’ down.

The photos above are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Tennis-2018-2019/2018-10-15-vs-Seattle-Academy/

And, when you do, remember that a percentage of all purchases goes to fund scholarships for two CHS senior student/athletes.

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Tiger Johnson teamed with Jaschon Baumann Monday to upend rivals from vaunted Seattle Academy. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“I love those guys!”

Longtime Coupeville High School tennis guru Ken Stange is a bubbling volcano of emotion, and when his players truly step up and play to their absolute best, he’s as appreciative a coach as they come.

Monday afternoon he was talking about seniors Jaschon Baumann and Tiger Johnson, his #3 doubles duo, who have caught fire in the second half of the season.

Facing off with rivals from Seattle Academy, the undefeated champs of the Emerald City League and the front-runner to win the 1A boys state tennis team title next spring, Coupeville knew it would be in for a rough afternoon on its home courts.

But, thanks to a win from Baumann and Johnson, their sixth straight, the Wolves became one of the few teams to take a point from the Cardinals this fall, eventually falling 4-1.

The loss drops Coupeville to 6-6 in league action, leaving them in fourth-place in the extremely tough eight-team conference, and 7-6 overall.

The Wolves close the regular season Wednesday, when they host win-less Eastside Prep and celebrate Senior Night.

Two of the 12th graders who Stange will honor are Baumann and Johnson, a duo he has seen blossom over this season, and their careers.

Tiger and Jaschon were splendid today. They have such a love for the game, and today it showed,” Stange said. “Their season got off to a rough start, but now they’ve run off six straight, quite a few of them nail biters.

“I’ve really been focusing on the two of them having fun and enjoying the game and enjoying their final season,” he said. “It’s really paid off!”

While the Wolves dropped the other four matches, Stange was thrilled to see his netters never back down from their foes, no matter how much private school aura they might have been flashing.

“It was fun watching the guys play against the best team,” he said. “Every single one of the guys left it all on the court, so to speak.

“They tried very hard and never gave up.”

 

Complete Monday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Ezra Magaram 6-2, 6-0

2nd Singles — Drake Borden lost to Kurt Gunlach 6-2, 6-3

1st Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Jacob Burke lost to Anders Gibbons/Josh Davydov 6-2, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Mason Grove/James Wood lost to Orson Smith/Dimitri Vladimir 6-2, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Jaschon Baumann/Tiger Johnson beat Coltrane Thomas/Blake Calvo 2-6, 6-4, 10-8

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