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Skylar Parker, seen last spring, is part of a hard-playing Coupeville SWISH basketball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Weather the storm, build for the future.

Playing without its starting point guard, the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team faced tough competition Saturday, but held up well.

The Wolves dropped a close one to “a very good Monroe team,” falling 30-25, before tiredness became a factor in a 22-10 loss to Mount Vernon.

While the losses leave Coupeville at 0-4 on the season, coach Fred Farris remains impressed by how his young, very-inexperienced team continues to show growth.

“The girls played their tails off,” he said. “It’s remarkable how far these girls have come in such a short time, especially considering all but four of the girls have essentially no experience.

“Couldn’t be prouder of their effort.”

The Wolves were without Lauren Marrs, their primary ball handler and a potent scorer, who is battling through a back injury.

Even without her talent as a distributor, Coupeville battled back from 10 down against Monroe to pull within 26-25.

Savina Wells, who paced the Wolves in scoring in both contests Saturday, had “a good look rim out” with two minutes to play, while a follow up put-back from Jada Heaton refused to stay in the bucket, going in, then popping back out.

Without Marrs in the lineup, “Mia (Farris) and Lyla (Stuurmans) were thrust into ball-handling duties and did an admirable job.”

Fred Farris also praised Madison McMillan, who “was everywhere, on the boards and on defense, and scored two big baskets during the comeback.”

Savina was her usual reliable self,” he added. “It felt like she had 2000 rebounds in the two games and really took charge when we needed her to.”

Coupeville had to bounce right back after its narrow opening loss, playing Mount Vernon less than 10 minutes after the first game ended.

“The girls were clearly gassed and Mount Vernon’s “packed in” 2-3 zone made it tough for us to get to the basket and we struggled to hit outside shots,” Fred Farris said.

“The refs let the game get too physical on both sides, and that, with a very slippery La Venture Middle School gym floor made for a very chippy second half.”

Wells paced the Wolves, dropping 12 points in the opener and another seven in the nightcap, while Brionna Blouin went for five and three.

McMillan (4), Stuurmans (3), and Mia Farris (1) also scored against Monroe.

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Reese Wilkinson (with ball) and Brionna Blouin are part of the new Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells can fill up a stat sheet.

The middle school hoops star threw down 22 points and snatched 24 rebounds across two games Saturday, as the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad played its first regular season games.

While the young Wolves — seven players, including Wells, are 7th graders — fell just short in both contests, they showed great promise.

“The games were very competitive, and all 11 girls got significant playing time,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Savina played her tail off in both games and really kept us in it.”

The Wolves stayed close, before falling 34-21 to Lynden United and 30-17 to the Mt. “Bakery” Mariners.

In the opener, Coupeville opened up a 12-4 lead, but couldn’t hold on against a withering full-court press and Lynden’s six-foot girl in the middle, who scored mainly off of offensive rebounds.

The Wolves were still within five points with two minutes to play, but a late 8-0 run by Lynden stretched the final margin out.

In the nightcap, the other team’s veterans ran Coupeville’s first-timers a bit ragged, but Farris was pleased with how his newcomers responded.

“Mt. Bakery just really outworked us,” he said. “But we got some real strong efforts from Taylor (Brotemarkle), Katie (Marti), Mia (Farris), and Jada (Heaton), who all had significant floor time for the first time in their “new sport.”

“Very proud of the fight these ladies showed today!,” Fred Farris added. “We learned a lot and have lots to work on this week.”

Lauren Marrs tossed in 13 points across the two games, including hitting a three-ball against Lynden, while Lyla Stuurmans netted Coupeville’s other three points on the weekend.

Wells had four steals and a blocked shot, Mia Farris dealt out two assists and eight Wolves had at least two rebounds.

Marrs (6), Brionna Blouin (5), Madison McMillan (3), Brotemarkle (2), Mia Farris (2), Skylar Parker (2), and Stuurmans (2), all chipped in to support Wells in cleaning the glass.

Coupeville gets right back at it next weekend, when it travels to Mount Vernon to play another double-header.

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William Davidson earned MVP honors for the first-ever Coupeville Middle School boys soccer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He froze out the competition.

William “Mr. Freeze” Davidson has a little bit of Cow Town athletic history to call his own, after being named MVP of the first-ever Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team.

The CMS 8th grader, who anchored the Wolves with his play as the team’s primary goalie, was honored at an awards banquet Wednesday night.

Also receiving awards were Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (Most Improved), Mikey Robinett (Rookie of the Year), Ryan Blouin (Best Defender), and Andrew Williams (Best Sportsmanship).

The Wolf booters finished 2-8 during their debut season, drilling Granite Falls twice, while fighting strongly against undefeated league champ Lakewood and posh private school Northshore Christian Academy.

Logan Downes led the squad in scoring, rattling home five goals.

 

The trailblazers:

Reese Cernick (Head Coach)
Michelle Cernick (Assistant Coach)
Ryan Blouin
Mason Butler
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Preston Epp
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Dane Hadsall
Tavan Hughes
Zane Oldenstadt
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Alexander Smith
Nick Wasik
Andrew Williams

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Jon Roberts is one of three CMS boys basketball coaches this season. (Photo by Ema Smith)

The seasons are a’changing.

It’s not just Daylight Savings Time, which is roaring up on us, but also the sounds of basketballs thunking against gym floors.

The Coupeville Middle School boys are the first ones to claim the hardwood, having opened practice Monday.

The 10-game Wolf schedule runs through Dec. 19, with the first game set for Nov. 13.

To peruse said schedule, pop over to:

http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.1009.10372.3.321

Greg White returns to coach, while Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson join him this time around.

Continuing a new trend started during volleyball season, the CMS hoops squads will not be divided up by grade, but by talent level.

Instead of 7th and 8th playing separately, there will be three teams — Level 1, 2, and 3 — with each squad featuring a mix of the two grades.

Two days into practice, the Wolf coaches have 26 players to draw upon.

While some may go, and some may show up late, here’s how things stand as of mid-Tuesday:

 

7th:

Jordan Bradford
Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
Carson Fields
Tavan Hughes
Jesus Madrigal
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Zander Pulliam
Landon Roberts
Nic Wasik

8th:

Ryan Blouin
Alex Clark
William Davidson
Logan Downes
JP Edoukou
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Justin Jansen
Harlan Mouw
Timothy Nitta
Zane Oldenstadt
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Chris Villarreal
Cole White

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Coupeville 6th grader Teagan Calkins zips through the leaves Wednesday at the last middle school cross country race of the season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf boys break from the line.

CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting and her ready-to-rumble girls team.

Gunnin’ it for the finish line.

A deep, and dangerous pack of Wolves.

On the attack.

Everyone ran down to South Whidbey.

From the Coupeville Middle School harriers, who closed out their season Wednesday at the Cascade League Championships, to photographer John Fisken, Langley was the place to be.

The pics seen above are a mix of Wolf girls and boys at work, but there’s a lot more to see.

To take a gander at everything Fisken’s cameras caught, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Cross-Country-2019-2020/MSXC-2019-10-23-at-South-Whidbey/

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