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Sparked by players like Matt Hilborn, CHS baseball has 76 varsity wins across the last seven seasons. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf girls basketball and coach David King are the current champs of the Coupeville Sports era, however, with 79 wins between 2012-2019.

If you’re going to Vegas, bet on Coupeville High School sports teams combining to win 69 varsity games during the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

Why 69?

Because, when you look back at the seven years Coupeville Sports has existed, the 10 Wolf varsity teams to keep win/loss records (so no track or cross country) have combined to claim 483 wins.

Which translates to exactly 69 a year.

Now, some years have been better than others, but, over time, everything evens out.

Those 483 wins — captured in basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, baseball, football and softball — have been spread out against 44 opponents.

It comes as little surprise that the biggest win totals are against Chimacum, Port Townsend, and Klahowya, the three schools with which Coupeville shared the Olympic League.

That run, from 2014-2018, accounts for four of the seven school years I’ve been writing the blog, with the first two years in the Cascade Conference and year #7 in the North Sound Conference.

Breaking it down a bit more, 433 wins came against 29 public schools, and 50 wins against 15 private schools.

That latter number includes four wins over big baddie Archbishop Thomas Murphy, but none against King’s, which has been Coupeville’s bogeyman of late.

But a new school year dawns, and the Wolves get another crack at the Knights in the second, and probably final, year of the North Sound Conference in its current incarnation.

Over the course of the last seven years, the CHS girls basketball team has the most wins, edging out softball and baseball.

The most one-sided match-up that fell in Coupeville’s favor?

It’s come on the baseball diamond, where the Wolves have beaten Port Townsend 13 times across the past seven seasons.

How it’s all broken down during the run of my blog, which stretches from Aug. 15, 2012 to today.

 

CHS varsity team wins:

Rival: Wins:
Chimacum 80
Port Townsend 62
Klahowya 52
South Whidbey 38
Sultan 29
Granite Falls 27
Friday Harbor 25
Concrete 15
Lakewood 14
La Conner 12
Mount Vernon Christian 12
Orcas Island 12
Meridian 11
North Mason 9
Vashon Island 9
Cedar Park Christian 7
Sequim 7
Bellevue Christian 6
Blaine 6
Archbishop Murphy 4
Cedarcrest 4
Forks 4
Nooksack Valley 4
Port Angeles 4
Lynden Christian 3
Seattle Christian 3
Bear Creek 2
Cascade Christian 2
Charles Wright 2
Darrington 2
Eastside Prep 2
Overlake 2
Anacortes 1
Bremerton 1
Bush 1
Deer Park 1
Eatonville 1
Flinders Christian 1
Kingston 1
Oak Harbor 1
Olympic 1
Seattle Academy 1
Stevenson 1
University Prep 1

 

By individual sport:

Girls Basketball (79 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Klahowya 12
Chimacum 11
Port Townsend 10
South Whidbey 8
Granite Falls 6
Orcas Island 5
Concrete 3
Friday Harbor 3
Meridian 3
Sultan 3
La Conner 2
Lakewood 2
Mount Vernon Christian 2
Sequim 2
Vashon Island 2
Darrington 1
Flinders Christian 1
Overlake 1
Seattle Academy 1
Seattle Christian 1

 

Softball (77 wins):

Rival: Wins:
South Whidbey 11
Port Townsend 10
Klahowya 7
Meridian 7
Blaine 5
Friday Harbor 4
Sultan 4
Concrete 3
La Conner 3
Vashon Island 3
Cedar Park Christian 2
Granite Falls 2
Lakewood 2
Lynden Christian 2
North Mason 2
Sequim 2
Archbishop Murphy 1
Bellevue Christian 1
Chimacum 1
Deer Park 1
Eatonville 1
Nooksack Valley 1
Oak Harbor 1
Seattle Christian 1

 

Baseball (76 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Port Townsend 13
Sultan 10
Chimacum 9
South Whidbey 7
Granite Falls 5
Klahowya 5
La Conner 5
Cedarcrest 4
Concrete 4
Lakewood 3
Charles Wright 2
Blaine 1
Bremerton 1
Friday Harbor 1
Lynden Christian 1
Meridian 1
Nooksack Valley 1
North Mason 1
Overlake 1
Vashon Island 1

 

Girls Tennis (51 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Friday Harbor 11
Klahowya 11
Chimacum 10
Granite Falls 6
Lakewood 6
Archbishop Murphy 3
Port Angeles 2
Sequim 1
South Whidbey 1

 

Volleyball (49 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Port Townsend 12
Chimacum 8
Klahowya 5
Sultan 5
Granite Falls 4
Cedar Park Christian 2
Mount Vernon Christian 2
North Mason 2
Port Angeles 2
South Whidbey 2
Anacortes 1
Cascade Christian 1
Friday Harbor 1
Orcas Island 1
Seattle Christian 1

 

Boys Soccer (33 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Chimacum 11
Sultan 4
Cedar Park Christian 3
Forks 3
Friday Harbor 2
Granite Falls 2
Port Townsend 2
Bellevue Christian 1
Cascade Christian 1
Nooksack Valley 1
North Mason 1
Olympic 1
South Whidbey 1

 

Girls Soccer (33 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Chimacum 10
Port Townsend 10
Mount Vernon Christian 3
Sultan 3
Orcas Island 2
Bellevue Christian 1
Concrete 1
Forks 1
North Mason 1
South Whidbey 1

 

Boys Basketball (32 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Chimacum 6
Klahowya 6
Mount Vernon Christian 5
Concrete 4
Orcas Island 3
Port Townsend 3
Bellevue Christian 1
Darrington 1
Granite Falls 1
Lakewood 1
Stevenson 1

 

Boys Tennis (32 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Chimacum 9
Klahowya 6
Friday Harbor 3
South Whidbey 3
Bear Creek 2
Eastside Prep 2
North Mason 2
Sequim 2
Bush 1
Kingston 1
University Prep 1

 

Football (21 wins):

Rival: Wins:
Chimacum 5
South Whidbey 4
Vashon Island 3
Bellevue Christian 2
La Conner 2
Port Townsend 2
Granite Falls 1
Nooksack Valley 1
Orcas Island 1

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Avalon Renninger is a vital part of Wolf girls tennis and basketball, the two most-successful CHS athletic programs during the Coupeville Sports days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The girls rule Coupeville High School.

And before you offer an argument, it’s right there in black and white.

This blog launched August 15, 2012, which means it’s been in place for seven complete school years at this point.

In that time, the 10 CHS athletic teams which keep win/loss records have combined to post 19 winning seasons, with 14 of those coming from female athletes.

That’s 73.6%, so the argument is more than done (at least at this moment in time).

Those 10 sports (we’re not counting track or cross country, which operate in their own world of score-keeping) include five girls teams and five boys squads.

On the girls side, all five sports have at least one winning season during the run of Coupeville Sports, while three of the five boys teams have yet to break .500 between 2012-2013 and 2018-2019.

The last seven years have seen Coupeville compete in three different leagues.

Two final years in the 1A/2A Cascade Conference were followed by four years in the Olympic League, then the 2018-2019 school year kicked off the 1A North Sound Conference.

The years spent with Klahowya, Port Townsend, and Chimacum in the Olympic League were the sweet spot, as CHS captured the most league wins of any of the four schools, while claiming 14 of its 19 winning seasons.

Back in the company of private schools like King’s and Cedar Park Christian this past year, the Wolves took a step back, percentage-wise, but still claimed three winning campaigns.

That was one more than CHS totaled across its final two years of being hammered by Archbishop Thomas Murphy and Co. in the old Cascade Conference.

Looking at the results, there are several things which emerge.

The two CHS programs with the highest winning percentages from 2012-2013 to 2018-2019 — girls tennis and girls basketball — only had one coach during that time period.

Ken Stange, who has also guided boys tennis to the fifth-best mark, was already in place long before I left the Coupeville Examiner to start this blog, while girls hoop guru David King was hired right as it began.

Girls tennis holds down the #1 slot, despite taking a step back the past two seasons, while volleyball and softball are rising up the rankings, with each having posted three-straight winning seasons.

Overall, counting league and non-league clashes, Coupeville has compiled a 482-667 record during my blogging days. That’s a .419 winning percentage.

Better than a lot of schools, but no one is going to call us a state powerhouse anytime soon.

As we head into a second season in the North Sound Conference, with the possible promise of a long-anticipated return to 2B a year from now, my hope is for the wins to keep trending upward.

If nothing else, that makes my job easier, and making my job easier is priority #1.

It’s not? Well, it should be.

 

Breakdown by sport:

 

Girls Tennis:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 9-3
2013-2014 6-7
2014-2015 11-3
2015-2016 10-3
2016-2017 6-3
2017-2018 7-8
2018-2019 2-7
(51-34) .600

 

Girls Basketball:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 6-16
2013-2014 10-13
2014-2015 15-7
2015-2016 16-6
2016-2017 15-6
2017-2018 8-14
2018-2019 9-10
(79-72) .523

 

Baseball:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 10-12
2013-2014 14-11
2014-2015 9-10
2015-2016 10-12
2016-2017 11-9
2017-2018 15-6
2018-2019 7-14
(76-74) .507

 

Softball:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 6-16
2013-2014 8-20
2014-2015 7-12
2015-2016 9-11
2016-2017 19-5
2017-2018 12-9
2018-2019 15-10
(76-83) .478

 

Boys Tennis:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 4-4
2013-2014 0-7
2014-2015 4-5
2015-2016 5-3
2016-2017 5-8
2017-2018 6-7
2018-2019 8-6
(32-40) .444

 

Volleyball:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 4-13
2013-2014 3-12
2014-2015 1-11
2015-2016 6-10
2016-2017 11-6
2017-2018 13-5
2018-2019 11-5
(49-62) .441

 

Girls Soccer:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 1-16-0
2013-2014 2-14-0
2014-2015 6-7-1
2015-2016 6-7-3
2016-2017 8-7-1
2017-2018 8-9-0
2018-2019 2-12-1
(33-72-6) .324

 

Boys Soccer:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 3-14-0
2013-2014 5-10-2
2014-2015 3-11-0
2015-2016 5-9-1
2016-2017 4-11-1
2017-2018 7-9-2
2018-2019 6-10-0
(33-74-6) .319

 

Football:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 2-9
2013-2014 4-5
2014-2015 5-5
2015-2016 1-9
2016-2017 3-7
2017-2018 3-7
2018-2019 3-6
(21-48) .304

 

Boys Basketball:

School Year: W/L:
2012-2013 1-21
2013-2014 3-17
2014-2015 7-13
2015-2016 9-11
2016-2017 3-17
2017-2018 7-13
2018-2019 2-16
(32-108) .229

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Gavin Knoblich, who played football, basketball, and baseball, helped guide Coupeville High School through its first year in the North Sound Conference. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Year one is in the books. Mostly.

The postseason still rages on in various locales this spring, but every North Sound Conference league contest, in every sport, has been played.

Looking back, from the early days of fall, to our current time, one thing remains clear.

King’s is still pretty good.

The private school athletic power, not surprisingly, dominated action in the first year of the new six-team league, winning 66 varsity contests across the 10 sports Coupeville plays.

OK, actually it’s 12 sports, but cross country and track don’t keep track of win/loss records, so, for the purpose of this story, they get ignored.

And sports like wrestling, swimming, or golf?

This blog is called Coupeville Sports, not Gushin’ ‘Bout Granite or Fly Falcons, Fly … so again, out of mind, out of sight.

Anyways. Back to King’s and its 66 varsity wins, which is even more remarkable since the Knights opt not to play boys tennis or softball.

Making up for that, King’s notched 10 league wins in four sports (volleyball, girls and boys basketball, baseball), while the rest of the league combined for just two total double-digit win teams across all 10 sports.

Both of those outliers came in baseball, where Cedar Park Christian won 13 games — most for any varsity team in any sport this school year — and South Whidbey claimed 12 wins.

Back to the team varsity league win totals, year one ended thusly:

King’s — 66
South Whidbey — 56
Cedar Park Christian — 51
Coupeville — 43
Granite Falls — 29
Sultan — 17

After four years of ruling the four-team Olympic League, CHS, the smallest school in its new conference, took a small step back, but held up pretty well, even with the addition of sports-orientated private schools to the mix.

All six schools are expected to return for year two of the league during the 2019-2020 school year.

After that, though, all bets are off, as new classification counts are likely to send Coupeville down from 1A to 2B in 2020-2021.

Until then, a sport-by-sport look back at how the 2018-2019 school athletic year played out:

 

Volleyball:

School League
King’s 10-0
Coupeville 7-3
South Whidbey 6-4
CPC-Bothell 5-5
Granite Falls 1-9
Sultan 1-9

 

Football:

School League
CPC-Bothell 5-0
King’s 4-1
South Whidbey 3-2
Granite Falls 2-3
Sultan 1-4
Coupeville 0-5

 

Boys Tennis:

School League
Coupeville 7-6
South Whidbey 5-8

 

Girls Soccer:

School League
King’s 9-1
Granite Falls 7-3
South Whidbey 7-3
CPC-Bothell 4-6
Sultan 2-8
Coupeville 1-9

 

Girls Basketball:

School League
King’s 10-0
CPC-Bothell 8-2
Coupeville 6-4
Granite Falls 3-7
Sultan 3-7
South Whidbey 0-10

 

Boys Basketball:

School League
King’s 10-0
CPC-Bothell 7-3
South Whidbey 6-4
Sultan 5-5
Coupeville 1-9
Granite Falls 1-9

 

Softball:

School League
Coupeville 9-3
CPC-Bothell 9-3
Granite Falls 9-3
South Whidbey 2-10
Sultan 1-11

 

Girls tennis:

School League
King’s 7-1
South Whidbey 7-1
Granite Falls 4-4
Coupeville 2-6
Friday Harbor 0-8

 

Baseball:

School League
CPC-Bothell 13-2
South Whidbey 12-3
King’s 10-5
Coupeville 7-8
Granite Falls 2-13
Sultan 1-14

 

Boys soccer:

School League
South Whidbey 8-0
King’s 6-2
Coupeville 3-5
Sultan 3-5
CPC-Bothell 0-8

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“Peace out, man.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a wrap.

The postseason continues to play out, but the final North Sound Conference regular-season title was decided last week, as softball came to a hotly-contested end.

When the dust had settled, and the last home run had cleared the fence, Granite Falls managed to blow what seemed like a pretty solid lead, with back-to-back losses throwing things asunder.

The Tigers ended up in a three-way tie with Coupeville and Cedar Park Christian, and, thanks to the magic of the tiebreaker, it’s your Wolves who will carry a #1 seed into the district playoffs.

That royal rumble goes down in Sedro-Woolley May 16 and 18, while back on Whidbey, CHS track hosts bi-districts the same days.

The other Wolves still fighting are Tia Wurzainer and Avalon Renninger, who finished second at the league tourney, and open bi-districts Tuesday. Win there and the duo return to the courts May 17.

While Coupeville baseball and boys soccer reached the end of their roads this past week, being bounced from bi-district and district tournaments, respectively, there is some consolation.

Mainly that South Whidbey also went down in both sports, falling shy of a state berth.

That had to particularly sting for the Falcon booters, who at 13-1, were shocked in back-to-back one-goal games by King’s and The Bush School.

But we’re not here to gloat at our closest rival’s misfortune (well, maybe a little bit…), but instead to close our weekly Sunday recaps of the league standings.

If you deeply care about the continued adventures of Cedar Park Christian baseball and King’s soccer, there are other media outlets sure to track their progress as they play at state.

With the remaining active Coupeville athletes, only softball will see its win/loss record change after this, and you can catch those developments in the coming game stories.

So, until fall sports arrive, a final look at league standings:

 

North Sound Conference softball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 9-3 12-7
CPC-Bothell 9-3 14-4
Granite Falls 9-3 12-7
South Whidbey 2-10 5-13
Sultan 1-11 1-14

 

North Sound Conference baseball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 13-2 20-3
South Whidbey 12-3 18-5
King’s 10-5 12-11
Coupeville 7-8 7-14
Granite Falls 2-13 4-16
Sultan 1-14 1-19

 

North Sound Conference girls tennis:

School League Overall
King’s 7-1 8-1
South Whidbey 7-1 7-4
Granite Falls 4-4 5-10
Coupeville 2-6 2-7
Friday Harbor 0-8 0-8

 

North Sound Conference boys soccer:

School League Overall
South Whidbey 8-0 13-3
King’s 6-2 10-4-1
Coupeville 3-5 6-10
Sultan 3-5 4-11
CPC-Bothell 0-8 0-11

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Lucy Sandahl and Daniel Olson root for their softball-playing classmates. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Playoff fever rages across the land.

Four of five spring sports – baseball, boys soccer, girls tennis, and track – are actively involved in postseason action, while softball is the lone activity still wrapping up regular-season play.

For Coupeville, the season came to an end Saturday night for the diamond men and the booters, as both were knocked out of their respective playoff rumbles.

Track is off to districts at Lynden Christian this coming Thursday and Saturday, with bi-districts and state still to come.

Wolf tennis hits the district tourney Tuesday and Wednesday in Granite Falls, with two singles players and two doubles teams vying to advance to bi-districts.

And softball, coming off a huge week which included an upset of Granite Falls, wraps its regular season Tuesday at South Whidbey.

Win that one, and the Wolves clinch at least a share of the league title, then get some time to rest as their district tourney doesn’t go down until May 16 and 18.

As we juggle regular season and playoff activity, and try to figure out how the softball league title battle will be decided (more on that in a separate story later today), a look at league standings through May 5:

 

North Sound Conference softball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 8-3 11-7
Granite Falls 8-3 11-7
CPC-Bothell 7-3 12-4
South Whidbey 2-8 5-11
Sultan 1-9 1-12

 

North Sound Conference baseball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 13-2 19-3
South Whidbey 12-3 18-4
King’s 10-5 12-10
Coupeville 7-8 7-14
Granite Falls 2-13 4-16
Sultan 1-14 1-19

 

North Sound Conference girls tennis:

School League Overall
King’s 7-1 8-1
South Whidbey 7-1 7-4
Granite Falls 4-4 5-10
Coupeville 2-6 2-7
Friday Harbor 0-8 0-8

 

North Sound Conference boys soccer:

School League Overall
South Whidbey 8-0 13-2
King’s 6-2 10-3-1
Coupeville 3-5 6-10
Sultan 3-5 4-11
CPC-Bothell 0-8 0-11

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