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The middle school hoops schedule has been ripped up, leaving 8th grade players like Carolyn Lhamon with less games than expected. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Never write anything down in ink.

Exactly a week before Coupeville Middle School girls basketball players begin practice for a new season, their entire schedule has been blown up.

League athletic directors had to make the change after discovering several schools wouldn’t be able to field teams at all levels.

King’s Junior High, which CMS was originally scheduled to play twice, will not have an 8th grade team. Northshore Christian also won’t have an 8th grade squad, or a JV team for that matter.

After some fiddling, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith and his compatriots have pieced together a new schedule which will work, though be unbalanced.

The Wolves plan to field a 7th grade varsity, an 8th grade varsity and one combined team for JV play.

Under the new schedule, the only CMS team to still have a complete 10-game schedule is the 7th grade varsity.

The JV will sit out against Northshore, while the 8th grade varsity is left with just eight games.

It could have gone as low as seven, but AD’s shaved off Coupeville’s second game against King’s and replaced it with a second game against Lakewood.

The new, we’re pretty sure this is real, schedule:

 

Tues-Feb. 5 — South Whidbey
Thur-Feb. 7 — @Lakewood
Tues-Feb. 12 — @Granite Falls
Thur-Feb. 14 — King’s (**No 8th grade varsity**)
Wed-Feb. 20 — @Sultan
Thur-Feb. 21 — @Northshore Christian (**7th varsity only**)
Tues-Feb. 26 — Granite Falls
Thur-Mar. 5 — @South Whidbey
Tues-Mar. 12 — Lakewood
Thur-Mar. 14 — Sultan

 

All home games tip at 3:15 PM.

Mondays and Tuesdays, the 7th grade varsity plays first, followed by a two-quarter JV game, then the 8th grade varsity.

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8th grade varsity plays first, then JV, then 7th grade varsity.

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Gwen Gustafson and Co. will soon be back for another season of wheelin’, dealin’ and droppin’ buckets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You have six weeks to get your affairs in order.

And to figure out where your laminating machine is hidden.

We’re in the thick of high school basketball right now, but Coupeville Middle School girls hoops is on its way.

The first day of practice arrives Jan. 22, and the first game hits Feb. 7 – hence the six-week warning.

The 10-game schedule (ready to be printed out, laminated and attached to your frig):

Thur-Feb. 7 — South Whidbey
Tues-Feb. 12 — @King’s
Thur-Feb. 14 — Sultan
Wed-Feb. 20 — @Granite Falls
Thur-Feb. 21 — Lakewood
Tues-Feb. 26 — @Northshore Christian
Tues-Mar. 5 — @South Whidbey
Thur-Mar. 7 — King’s
Tues-Mar. 12 — @Sultan
Thurs-Mar. 14 — Granite Falls

All home games start at 3:15 PM.

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Ty Hamilton leads off a final collection of CMS boys basketball portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Nick Guay

Alex Murdy

Ryan Blouin

Chris Villarreal

Kevin Partida

Logan Downes

Nathan Ginnings

Alex Clark

Andrew Williams

It’s a wrap.

The Coupeville Middle School boys basketball season reached its conclusion Thursday, and now we’re here to tie up all the loose ends.

We have a final collection of portraits, which means everyone who was present on picture day has finally had their mug slapped on the internet.

And here’s the final varsity scoring totals, as best as I could track:

 

7th grade:

Logan Downes – 114
Cole White – 40
Ryan Blouin – 30
Nick Guay – 22
Zane Oldenstadt – 19
William Davidson – 16
Quinten Pilgrim – 5
Mikey Robinett – 3

 

8th grade:

Alex Murdy – 61
Dominic Coffman – 36
Mitchell Hall – 36
Ty Hamilton – 35
Alex Wasik – 28
Kevin Partida – 17
Levi Pulliam – 13
Josh Upchurch – 3

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Nick Guay sizes up a free throw Thursday during the CMS boys hoops season finale. (Morgan White photos)

Andrew Williams gets ready to rocket a pass cross-court.

Noted ball-hawk Cole White lunges for the steal.

You always want to end the season on a positive.

Regardless of your final record, if you can exit on a high note – be it a big win, a highly-competitive loss or just overall improved play, it has a strong chance to carry over to future seasons.

So consider Thursday night a roaring success for the three Coupeville Middle School boys hoops teams, which all closed with a bang against visiting Granite Falls.

How it played out:

 

7th grade varsity:

The most successful Wolf team provided the biggest finale moment, using a 19-7 run in the fourth quarter to smash open a nail-biter and run away with a 43-28 win.

The victory, the second-straight for Coupeville’s young guns, lifts their final record to 4-6.

The game was a tightly-played, and low-scoring, affair through the first two quarters, with the visitors clinging to a 10-9 lead at the half.

Things took a change after the break, however, as the Wolves started to knock down shots from behind the arc, picked up the pace, and threw the Tigers back on their heels.

A 15-11 surge in the third quarter, fueled by a pair of three-balls from Ryan Blouin, plus treys off the fingertips of Cole White and Nick Guay, changed the entire flow of the game.

Once it had the lead, CMS didn’t let up, pouring on the offense in a torrid fourth quarter.

The Wolves got all their points in the final frame from three players – Logan Downes, who banked in eight, Guay, who popped for seven, and Blouin, who kicked in four.

The buckets were set up by Coupeville’s stingy defense, with White making off with three straight steals and Zane Oldenstadt dominating his rival big men in the paint.

“Boys played well tonight!,” said Wolf coach Greg White. “It was a tight game until the fourth.

Zane played great defense on their giant post – it was a true team effort tonight,” he added. “It was a fun one to end on!”

Downes paced the Wolves with 14 points, while Blouin and Guay had season-highs, swishing home 13 and 10, respectively.

White and William Davidson added three apiece, while Oldenstadt and Mikey Robinett were rock-solid on defense.

 

7th grade JV:

Coupeville’s least-experienced squad didn’t get the game win, but they did score several moral victories.

First, after falling behind 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Wolves rallied to win a 4-3 battle in the second, and final, frame.

Also, Alex Clark netted his first bucket of the season, a big moment for both the player, and his coach.

Alex had a huge smile!,” Greg White said. “Justin (Wilkinson) and Andrew (Williams) also played really tough defense.

“Even though our scoring was limited, I thought it was a much better showing for our JV squad.”

Robinett tossed in Coupeville’s other basket, while Quinten Pilgrim, Timothy Nitta and Chris Villarreal all saw floor time.

 

8th grade varsity:

Playing their final middle school game, the Wolves came dangerously close to nabbing a season-closing win.

But, in the end, Granite Falls escaped with a 24-23 triumph, leaving Coupeville to finish 1-9 on the season.

The Wolves had one of their strongest performances of the season at the free-throw line, with four players combining to net eight shots at the charity stripe.

Alex Wasik, who showed tremendous growth as a player from game one to game 10, led the Wolves with seven points, notching at least a point in every quarter.

Ty Hamilton was hot on his heels, pouring in six, while Alex Murdy flicked in five, Dominic Coffman and Mitchell Hall swished two apiece and Josh Upchurch sank a free throw.

Rounding out the roster were Kevin Partida, Levi Pulliam and Jesse Wooten.

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William Davidson netted three points Tuesday as the Coupeville 7th grade basketball team blasted arch-rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a beautiful day for a rivalry game.

Dodging the rain Tuesday, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball teams trekked down-Island to face South Whidbey for the only time this season, returning with a split of the varsity games.

How things played out:

 

7th grade varsity:

This one was over after just one quarter, as Coupeville bolted out to a 17-6 lead en route to a run-away 32-15 win.

The victory lifts CMS to 3-6 heading into its season finale Thursday at home against Granite Falls.

The early run was sparked by an unexpected offensive explosion from Nick Guay.

The Wolf guard, who had rattled home five points across the first eight games, torched the nets Tuesday for seven in just the first quarter.

With five other Coupeville players adding a bucket apiece in the opening frame, Greg White’s scrappy band of marauders set Langley back on its heels, and never let up.

While the offense cooled off a bit after that, the Wolves continued to add to their lead up until the final buzzer.

Logan Downes topped Coupeville with eight points, running his season scoring total to a crisp 100, while Guay (7), Zane Oldenstadt (6), Cole White (4), Ryan Blouin (4) and William Davidson (3) also scored.

 

7th grade JV:

A lack of offense stifled Wolf hopes, as they fell 15-2 in a two-quarter game.

Mikey Robinett knocked down Coupeville’s lone bucket, which came after a scoreless opening frame for he and his teammates.

Quinten Pilgrim, Timothy Nitta, Andrew Williams, Chris Villarreal, Alex Clark and Justin Wilkinson rounded out the Wolf roster.

 

8th grade varsity:

The Alex & Alex combo was clickin’ for Coupeville, but it wasn’t enough.

Despite 11 points from Alex Murdy and 10 rebounds from Alex Wasik, the Wolves fell 44-28 and drop to 1-8 on the season.

“The guys played well,” said CMS coach Dante Mitchell. “We had a little comeback and brought the deficit down to like 13 but just couldn’t pull thru.

Alex Wasik was a monster for us on rebounds!”

Wasik and Dominic Coffman each kicked in five points apiece, with Coffman draining a three-ball, in support of Murdy.

Levi Pulliam netted four, Ty Hamilton banked in two, Kevin Partida split the net for a free throw and Jesse Wooten and Josh Upchurch also saw floor time for the Wolves.

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