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Jenna Dickson leads off our collection of spring sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zach Ginnings

Alex Jimenez

James Vidoni

Mason Grove

Dawson Houston

Ben Smith

Ivy Leedy

Time for a little spring cleaning.

As the season winds down, I’m going through head shots snapped by John Fisken and trying to make sure 99.3% of them get used.

The eight above, covering softball, baseball and boys soccer, are ones that, for whatever reason, had yet to see the light of day.

Before you ask, there are no tennis pics because it’s a smaller team and I already used all their head shots.

And track? It’s a bigger team and no one snapped head shots, so I can’t use something I never had.

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   Wolf sophomore football player Sean Toomey-Stout prepares to lift all the weight in the room. I said all of it. (Bob Martin photos)

Raven (left) and Willow Vick prep for a new volleyball season.

The early-risers club.

The countdown has begun.

The start of fall high school sports is three weeks away — less if you’re playing football — and Wolf athletes are hard at work.

Coupeville High School’s weight room is open for SST (Sports Specific Training) Monday-Friday in August, with the action kicking off each morning at 8 AM.

Dates to keep in mind going forward:

Thursday, Aug. 10 — High School/Middle School Sports Day in the school gym (12-6 PM). Register for fall sports and get a physical if needed.

Wednesday, Aug. 16 — First day of high school football practice.

Monday, Aug. 21 — First day of practice for high school girls soccer, volleyball and boys tennis.

Friday, Sept. 1 — First game of the 2017-2018 school year, as CHS football heads to Langley to defend ownership of The Bucket. Kickoff is 7 PM.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 — First day of practice for middle school football and volleyball.

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Lessons learned!!

Julia Borges (John Fisken photo)

   Foreign exchange phenom Julia Borges teamed with Julianne Sem to put up a strong fight at 4th doubles Wednesday. (John Fisken photo)

You have to beat the best to be the best.

Of course that’s easier said than done sometimes when your opponent is a juggernaut with a decades-long history of excellence.

Facing off with perennial state power South Whidbey Wednesday, the Coupeville High School girls’ tennis squad fought hard but couldn’t match the Falcons firepower, falling 7-0 in a non-conference match.

The loss dropped the Wolves to 1-2 heading into a two-week break.

Coupeville is taking advantage of spring break and doesn’t return to action until Apr. 14, when it returns to Langley for a rematch with the Falcons.

Facing South Whidbey on a gorgeous, summer-like day, Coupeville almost pulled off an upset at first singles, where Valen Trujillo stormed back to take the second set and stretch her match to its limit.

Complete results:

1st singlesValen Trujillo lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

2nd singlesSydney Autio lost 6-3, 6-4

3rd singlesBree Daigneault lost 6-3, 7-5

1st doublesPayton Aparicio/Sage Renninger lost 6-3, 6-1

2nd doublesMcKenzie Bailey/Jazmine Franklin lost 6-0, 6-2

3rd doublesMaggie Crimmins/Kameryn St Onge lost 6-2, 6-2

4th doublesJulia Borges/Julianne Sem lost 6-0, 6-0

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Snappy dresser, snappy player. Aaron Trumbull poured in 13 and snatched 13 boards Saturday. (John Fisken photo)

   Snappy dresser, snappy player. Aaron Trumbull poured in 13 and snatched 13 boards Saturday. (John Fisken photo)

Free Ryan Griggs! Let him play against Chimacum!!

Free Ryan Griggs! Let him play against Chimacum!!

Even a man down, the Wolves survived the Hurricane attack.

Despite losing big man Ryan Griggs to a second-quarter ejection, the Coupeville High School boys’ basketball team drilled host Mount Vernon Christian 61-55 Saturday.

The non-conference victory improved the Wolves to 4-8 and marked a single-season high in wins during the four-year coaching run of CHS head man Anthony Smith.

Coupeville now heads into the thick of Olympic League play, with seven games left to earn a playoff berth.

The Wolves (0-2 in conference play) host Chimacum (2-0) Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Whether they will have Griggs, the team’s fourth leading scorer, in uniform, is a question which will be answered in the next few days.

The Wolf junior was ejected after getting tangled up with a MVC player while pursuing a ball. The referee who banished him said he thought Griggs was trying to step on the other player’s head.

Being booted from the game results in a one-game suspension for the player.

Coupeville will protest the referee call, however, said Wolf coach Anthony Smith and has the support of Mount Vernon’s Athletic Director.

“It was a good hustle play and they got tangled up. Ryan is not that kind of player,” Smith said. “Their AD praised how we handled the situation and said he would make some phone calls for us.

“The ref was a seasoned guy. I’m surprised he called it that way.”

Even without Griggs, the Wolves stayed strong, blunting every run the Hurricanes made.

Showing strong poise throughout, they put up 19, 15, 11 and 16 points across the four quarters of the game, with six players sharing the scoring load.

Junior Wiley Hesselgrave, the team’s leading scorer this season, erupted for 24 points, the best mark put up by a Wolf varsity player this year.

He added four rebounds and four steals to go with his offense, while senior Aaron Trumbull threw down 13 points and hauled in 13 boards in support.

Aaron Curtin (12), Risen Johnson (6), Joel Walstad (6) and CJ Smith (2) rounded out the scorers.

Without Griggs, the duo of Curtin and Matt Shank teamed up with Trumbull to sweep the boards clean, as Coupeville dominated the rebound game.

Coming off a blowout loss at home against Island rival South Whidbey, the victory was a nice bounce-back for the Wolves as they prepare to head into the heart of league play.

“We had some good practices, and we saw that work pay off,” Anthony Smith said. “It was a great win and should give us some confidence going forward.”

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McKayla Bailey (far right), a photo-bombing master at work. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

McKayla Bailey (far right), a photo-bombing master at work. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

"Two! I'm getting two photos online today!!"

“Two! I’m getting two photos online today!!”

McKayla Bailey is the best.

There are a lot of Coupeville High School athletes who manage to get in one or two photo bombs in their career.

Former Wolves Taya Boonstra and Hunter Hammer averaged that many a day, but they’re off in college now.

But, more than taking their place is Bailey, the junior softball-hurling sensation who also plays soccer and basketball. When she’s not busy looking for any stray camera wandering around.

Because, if there’s a camera being clicked anywhere in the vicinity of Coupeville, there’s a 72.8% chance Bailey will slide into frame at just the last moment.

That takes skill, and Bailey? She’s a stone-cold photo bomber with mad skills.

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