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Helen Strelow is 7-1 this season while playing #1 singles for Coupeville High School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It wasn’t really about the win or loss.

Tuesday’s girls’ tennis match between Coupeville High School and host Mount Vernon was added to the schedule at the very last second, thanks to two athletic directors scrambling.

A matchup between one of the biggest 3A schools in the state and a lil’ 2B institution of learning went about as expected, with the Bulldogs winning 6-0.

But it was the side benefits which mattered most.

Mount Vernon, after having its Senior Night cancelled, was able to bounce back and honor its 12th graders.

And for Coupeville, which wraps the regular season Friday at home against Friday Harbor, then heads to the postseason, it gave the Wolf netters a chance to fine tune their games against stiff competition.

“The good opponents will help the top kids (headed to districts),” said CHS coach Ken Stange.

Friday’s home match is Senior Night for the Wolves, with on-court action slated to kick off at 4:00 PM.

Festivities to honor Lucy Tenore, Karyme Castro, Vivian Farris, Helen Strelow, and Hayley Fiedler will go down about 15 minutes before the match.


Tuesday’s results:


1st Singles — Helen Strelow lost to Manon Duchaussoy 6-1, 6-1

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Grace Dilworth 6-1, 6-1

3rd Singles — Kaitlyn Leavell lost to Audrey Bylund 6-1, 6-1

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris lost to Samantha Stewart/Farah Briseno 6-1, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Lucy Tenore lost to Sophia Grechishkin/Kira Wilson 6-1, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Karyme Castro/Emma Morano lost to Miriam Cooksey/Mia Shackleton 6-0, 6-0

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Vivian Farris swats a winner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This happens once every decade or so.

Keeping alive its chances at claiming a share of the league title, the Friday Harbor High School girls’ tennis team toppled visiting Coupeville 3-2 Tuesday afternoon.

That snaps a 17-match win streak for the Wolves against the Wolverines, dating back to 2014.

CHS is 18-2 against Friday Harbor in the Coupeville Sports era (2012-2023), with its only other loss coming way back on April 21, 2014.

That match was also decided by the thinnest of margins, with the Wolverines pulling out a 3-2 nailbiter.

Tuesday’s loss, which came in Coupeville’s first match in 11 days, drops the Wolves to 2-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 2-5 overall.

Friday Harbor gets to 1-2 in conference action.

The two schools wrap the regular season May 12 back on Whidbey Island, when CHS holds its Senior Night.

Win or lose that day, Coupeville coach Ken Stange will notch his 12th title as girls coach, and 17th at the school since taking over the boys and girls tennis programs in 2005.

But a win in the finale gives the Wolves sole possession of the crown, and momentum heading into the postseason.

Lucy Tenore waits for an incoming serve. (Brionna Blouin photo)

Tuesday’s match, because of ferry schedules, was a somewhat-shortened affair, with rivals playing a single pro set instead of the normal best two of three sets format.

Coupeville’s biggest highlight came at #1 singles, where senior Helen Strelow ran her personal record to a crisp 7-0.


Tuesday’s results:



1st Singles — Helen Strelow beat Isabella VanderYacht 8-2

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Lucy Marinkovich 8-5

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris beat Kira Clark/Megan Mellinger 8-1

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Lucy Tenore lost to Eleanor Rollins/Ava Martin 8-5

3rd Doubles — Kaitlyn Leavell/Brynn Parker lost to Georgia Keune/Lilli Turnbow 8-0

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Vivian Farris springs into action. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Like raindrops on the prairie, photos continue to splash down.

Those seen above and below, which cover softball, tennis, baseball, and track, come to us courtesy wanderin’ camera clicker John Fisken.

To see everything he’s shot this spring, pop over to:


Wolf throwers Kai Wong (left) and Josh Upchurch (almost) hug it out.

Chase Anderson makes a perfect target.

CHS seniors (l to r) Allie Lucero, Gwen Gustafson, Sofia Peters, Melanie Navarro, and Maya Lucero catch a photo op with coach Kevin McGranahan.

Scott Hilborn deals.

Foreign exchange students Sara Omega (left) and Anna Annunziatio added high school track meets to their American experience.

Hayley Fiedler flicks a winner.

One Wolf team to beat them all.

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Brynn Parker gives her racket a pep talk. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back to practice for them.

Just as the weather finally flirts with an actual springtime feel, the Coupeville High School girls’ tennis squad finds itself with a hole in the schedule.

The Wolves have a 10-day break between matches, not wielding rackets against another team until May 2, when they travel to Friday Harbor.

Filling the gap (slightly) is this collection of photos, which come to us courtesy Brionna Blouin and John Fisken.

Wolf netters Lucy Tenore (in back) and Skylar Parker welcome their foes to town. (Brionna Blouin photo)

Helen Strelow prepares to swat a winner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Karyme Castro flicks a forehand. (Brionna Blouin photo)

Elizabeth Lo fires up the ace machine. (Brionna Blouin photo)

Hayley Fiedler (left) and Vivian Farris celebrate a successful point. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Skylar Parker chases down a runaway tennis ball. (Brionna Blouin photo)

Coupeville’s senior netters hang out with tennis guru Ken Stange. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Lucy Tenore smacks a winner. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a nail-biter that went the right way.

Sparked by a big win at #3 doubles Friday from Kaitlyn Leavell and Brynn Parker, the Coupeville High School girls’ tennis squad held off visiting Friday Harbor 3-2.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 2-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play and helps them clinch at least a tie for the conference title.

Coupeville, which is 2-4 overall, with all its losses to bigger schools, has two chances to capture the crown outright.

The Wolves can add to coach Ken Stange’s considerable stash of plaques when they travel to Friday Harbor May 2.

If not then, CHS can also do it May 12, when they welcome the Wolverines to Whidbey on Senior Night.

Friday’s clash featured wins for Coupeville’s top singles player and #1 doubles duo.

Helen Strelow ran her record to 6-0 on the season, polishing off her opponent in straight sets, while fellow seniors Hayley Fiedler and Vivian Farris fought their way to the W as well.

But it was Leavell and Parker with the statement win, going the distance and pulling out a 12-10 decision in a third-set tiebreaker.

Ready to rumble.


Friday’s results:



1st Singles — Helen Strelow beat Isabella VanderYacht 6-0, 6-2

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Lucy Marinkovich 7-5, 6-2

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris beat Kira Clark/Megan Mellinger 6-2, 7-5

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Lucy Tenore lost to Eleanor Rollins/Ava Martin 6-1, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Kaitlyn Leavell/Brynn Parker beat Jem Mukundwa/Georgia Keune 6-3, 5-7, 12-10



4th Doubles — Karyme Castro/Elizabeth Lo lost to Lilli Turnbow/Betty Furber 6-0

5th Doubles — Emma Morano/Castro beat Sophia Ramirez/Josephine Lane 6-5

6th Doubles — Lo/Morano lost to Ava Gamez/Turnbow 6-4

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