Return to the gym!!

CHS cheer sensation Melia Welling is ready to rock ‘n roll. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kylie Chernikoff gets ready to thread the needle.

Gavin Knoblich can beat you with either hand.

The Wolves get their kicks in.

The Ruckinator has returned to the gym. Chris Ruck is back to break ankles and take names.

Mica Shipley explodes into action.

Freshman Anya Leavell fine-tunes her shot.

Winter sports are upon us.

Basketball and cheer have taken over the gyms at Coupeville High School, with the first game less than two weeks away.

Wanderin’ photographer John Fisken was out and about Thursday afternoon and captured the Wolves putting in work.

Coupeville 7th grader Logan Downes outscored Granite Falls by himself Thursday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes was so hot Thursday, he didn’t just singe the nets, he burned down an entire town.

Outscoring host Granite Falls by himself, the youngest of three brothers staked his claim to family athletic superiority and sparked the Coupeville Middle School 7th grade varsity boys basketball squad to a huge road win.

The victory was a bright spot for the Wolves, who lost two of three on the day.


7th grade varsity:

Pouring in points in every quarter, Downes rained down 19 in a 27-16 Wolf victory.

The win evens Coupeville’s record at 2-2 headed into an 11-day break.

None of the CMS hoops teams play again until Nov. 27, when they host Lakewood.

Wanting to go out on a high note, and possibly send a message to older brothers Hunter and Sage, Logan Downes went straight to scorch city.

He popped in four points apiece in each of the first two quarters, then scored all of Coupeville’s seven points in the third quarter.

Four free throws in the final frame capped Downes season-best performance, while lifting his season scoring average to 14.3 a night.

Cole White knocked down a three-ball en route to a four-point performance in support of Downes, while William Davidson and Quinten Pilgrim each banked home a bucket.

Ryan Blouin, Nick Guay and Mikey Robinett rounded out the roster for the Wolves, who outscored Granite in every quarter.

Up by just one at the first break, then four at the half, CMS put the game away with a 14-7 second-half surge.

The Wolves held Granite to just two field goals over the final three quarters of play.


8th grade varsity:

Playing without their leading scorer, the older Wolves fell 31-14.

The loss drops the 8th graders to 1-3 on the season.

CMS played without high-scoring Alex Murdy, but got a season-best performance from Mitchell Hall.

He went off for eight points and 10 rebounds, both career-highs, and drew praise from coach Dante Mitchell.

“He was killing it on the boards and on offense. He has a lot of heart!”

Ty Hamilton rattled the rims for six points to round out Coupeville’s offensive output.


7th grade JV:

The young guns came up empty in their first road game, falling 23-0 to the Tigers.

The loss drops the JV to 0-1-1 on the season.

Coupeville went just five deep in the two-quarter contest, with Justin Wilkinson, Andrew Williams, Alex Clark, Chris Villarreal and Timothy Nitta pulling iron man duty.

Stone cold beat down!!

Coupeville grad Makana Stone helped Whitman thrash its cross-town rivals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Only 3.2 miles separate Whitman College and Walla Walla University.

The difference between the current skill levels of their women’s basketball teams is a much bigger distance, however.

Powered by Coupeville grad Makana Stone, Whitman made that very clear Wednesday night, rampaging to a 107-33 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the NCAA DIII Blues to 1-1 on the season, while the NAIA Wolves fall to 1-5.

Walla Walla actually led for a bit, holding on to a 3-2 lead until Stone slashed through the paint for a layup at the 7:44 mark of the first period.

After that, it was all Whitman, as the former CHS star added a jumper and another layup as the Blues thundered out to a 25-7 lead at the first break.

If the first quarter seemed one-sided, the second frame was a massacre, as Whitman poured in 35 points in just 10 minutes of action.

Up 60-21 at the break, the Blues went heavily to their bench in the second half, coasting home while giving their starters plenty of rest time.

Playing just 19 minutes, Stone finished with 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.

She also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Whitman returns to action this weekend, playing at the Whit Classic in Spokane.

The Blues open Friday against the University of Texas at Tyler, then faces Montana Tech Saturday night.

When he wasn’t walking the line, Wolf dad Brian Vick documented the CHS volleyball season with pics and video. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf varsity, together as a team one last time at Tuesday’s season-ending awards banquet. (Jennifer Menges photo)

With all due respect to soccer, tennis, cheer, cross country and football, the fall belonged to volleyball.

The Coupeville High School spikers had the best record of any Wolf squad, went the furthest in the postseason, and, seem to be the only team with their own hype man.

Brian Vick, dad of high-flyin’ twins Willow and Raven, shot a ton of footage as the season unfolded.

Tuesday night he unveiled his magnum opus, a seven-minute tribute to the Wolf sisterhood of the traveling volleyball, at the team’s season-ending banquet.

Now, thanks to papa Vick dropping his work on YouTube, everyone in Wolf Nation can see what he put together.

And, as they watch, everyone should take it as a challenge.

We want hype videos for every CHS team going forward. Every single one, I said!


Former Coupeville athletes Nick Streubel and Madeline Roberts reunite after a Central Washington University football game. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

The Big Hurt is a two-timer.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel earned his second-straight First-Team All-Conference nod Wednesday, as he and 19 of his Central Washington University football teammates were honored.

The Wildcats, who earned a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, but were snubbed when the NCAA DII playoff bracket was revealed, claimed three of the league’s big awards.

Quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the Offensive Player of the Year, guard James Moore was the Offensive Lineman of the Year and running back Michael Roots was the Newcomer of the Year.

Streubel, a red-shirt junior offensive lineman, was a unanimous pick after playing a major role for one of the most-prolific offenses in DII football.

Central, which averaged 47.7 points while going 8-3, rushed for 2,999 yards on the season.

The Wildcats averaged 272.64 rushing yards per game, with two different backs rambling for 1,000+ yards.

Next up for Streubel is the announcement of the All-Region team, where he will be looking to repeat as a First-Team pick.


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