Road warriors nipped!!

Genna Wright tallied her second goal of the season Tuesday, but Coupeville fell in a league game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was there, then it was gone, but they want to get it back.

Playing on turf in Bothell Tuesday, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad had a close game slip away, causing the Wolves to fall 3-1 to host Cedar Park Christian.

The loss drops CHS to 1-2 in North Sound Conference play, 1-4-1 overall.

Coupeville came out strongly in the first half, with Genna Wright rifling home a goal to knot things at 1-1 headed into the break.

That tally, her second of the season, moves the Wolf sophomore into a four-way tie with Mallory Kortuem, Avalon Renninger and Lindsey Roberts atop the team scoring chart.

The Wolves scoring touch went cold after halftime, however, while Cedar Park broke through with a go-ahead goal and then an insurance score.

“We just were not able to convert on a number of chances in the second half,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson.

The two teams will clash again Oct. 11 on Whidbey, and Nelson is already looking towards the match-up.

“Should be a good game when we host them later in the season.”

The Wolves, who are in the midst of a four-game road trip, return to action Saturday, when they face Mount Vernon Christian in a non-conference rumble.

After that, seven of the final eight games on the regular-season schedule are league affairs.

Maddie Georges, seen here during basketball season last year, had an impressive volleyball debut Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything is a little crazy on opening day.

That first game of the season offers a heady mix of emotions for young players, and Tuesday was all that and more for the Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads.

Playing visiting Sultan in a CMS gym packed to the rafters, the Wolf spikers picked up some valuable lessons, introduced the world to some new stars and got their first taste of action against someone wearing a different uniform.

While the Turks ultimately won three of four matches, dropping only the 8th grade JV tilt, the day was an important step forward on the way to future success for the Wolves.


8th grade varsity:

Coupeville led in two of three sets, but couldn’t keep its momentum going and fell 25-17, 25-12, 15-12.

The Wolves jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the opening frame, behind a pair of superb tips from Vivian Farris and a thunderous ace off the hand of Lucy Tenore.

But Sultan got lucky on the next play, when a return of another Tenore missile blooped over the heads of all six Wolves and bit the very last flake of paint off the back line.

That unexpected winner seemed to immediately change the flow of play, with the Turks taking advantage and rolling all the way out to a 22-12 lead before Tenore made it back to the service stripe.

Once she got there, the hard-hitting Wolf went back to dropping lasers, and aided by a Jordyn Rogers tip which froze the Turks on one play, ran off four straight points.

Sultan recovered, though, closing out the first set, then running away with the middle frame.

CMS fell behind early and could never get back in the set, despite the play of Taygin Jump and Alita Blouin, who both flew all around the court, trying to dig balls off the floor.

While the third set was merely for fun, with Sultan having already clinched the match, it featured strong serving from Tenore and Ryanne Knoblich.

Tenore rattled one ace off a Sultan player’s chin, while Knoblich lashed back-to-back frozen ropes for winners on her first two serves as a CMS spiker.


8th grade JV:

Coupeville’s brightest moment, as the Wolves rode wicked serving from the likes of Maddie Georges and the Battlin’ Lucero twins, Allie and Maya, and ran away with a 25-17, 25-20 victory.

Trailing 4-1 in the early going, CMS turned things around quickly after Hayley Fiedler smacked a serve which curved upward as it sailed over the net, catching a helpless Turk right under the chin.

The Sultan receiver staggered backward, almost went to the floor once, twice and then three times, but surprised the crowd (and herself) by staying on her feet.

Though, if we’re being honest, the Turks were a bit gun-shy after Fiedler’s KO, and probably more so after Georges zinged one of her serves off of the noggin of a different would-be returner.

“Mad Dog,” a standout basketball player for CMS, didn’t play volleyball as a 7th grader. One match into her first season of spikes, sets and kills, and it would be hard to picture her not playing varsity the rest of the way.

Just to make sure Sultan would be extra-twitchy on the bud ride home, Allie Lucero made it a three-pack, launching a serve off yet another Turk’s face, then bumping fists with her sister, both issuing a slight nod, one killer recognizing another.

With Coupeville’s service game clicking on all cylinders, Georges lashed an ace right down the middle of the court, to seal the deal on set one. The Turks, simply happy not to be plastered in the face again, seemed almost relieved.

They shouldn’t have been, because the beast which lurks in the heart of the easy-going Maya Lucero re-surfaced in the second set, as she tattooed a serve off of … yes, you guessed it, a rival player’s chin.

Throwing band-aids in the air for everyone to enjoy, the rabid Wolves gave Sultan no chance to get a rally going.

When the serves weren’t landing immediately for winners, and that was few and far between, CMS benefited from hustle plays from Trinity McGee and Cypress Socha.


7th grade varsity:

The day’s first match was also the most one-sided, as Sultan cruised to a 25-7, 25-6 win behind uncannily good serving for first-year middle school players.

While the Turks might be young, there is little doubt their 7th graders have been playing volleyball for some time now.

Every Sultan player who stepped to the service line did it with purpose and intent. The Turks, to a player, served overhand, and did so with speed, power, and accuracy, picking apart the Wolf receivers.

In a match with very few rallies, three Wolves did make their presence known, however.

Katie Buskala stopped one Sultan tear with a beautifully-placed return which split two Turks as it found pay-dirt, then she served up Coupeville’s lone ace a few plays later.

Grey Peabody consistently got her hands on the ball play after play, and lofted a nice hit at the net which skidded for a winner, while Ava Mitten stood tall during the longest rally of the match.

Playing in front of mom Aleshia (McFadyen) Mitten, herself a former Coupeville volleyball ace, Ava smashed one return to keep the rally alive, then lobbed a second shot over the net to win the point.


7th grade JV: 

Peabody and Mitten were again front and center, as the two teams played a close set before Sultan eked out a 25-19 win.

Other Wolves who came through with big hits for winners included Brenna Silveira and Kaitlyn Leavell, while Peabody put together two strong runs at the service line.

New Coupeville Middle School football coach Brett Casey (in red) has 14 players on his opening day roster. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The young guns are set to kick-off.

After scrambling to fill a roster, Coupeville Middle School football now boasts 14 players as it hurtles into its season opener.

The Wolves, who have a new head coach in Brett Casey, host Sultan at 3:45 PM Wednesday afternoon.

That kicks off a five-game schedule in which CMS plays home-and-away series with Sultan and Langley, as well as a home game against King’s.


The schedule:

Sept. 19 Sultan
Sept. 26 @ Langley
Oct. 4 @ Sultan
Oct. 10 King’s
Oct. 17 Langley


The roster:

Dominic Coffman
William Davidson
Nathan Ginnings
Nicholas Guay
Sam Hester
Scott Hilborn
Alex Murdy
Kevin Partida
Mike Robinett
Owen Shelly
Josh Upchurch
Timothy Ursu
Chris Villarreal
Jesse Wooten

Overlake overload!!

Wolf senior Jaschon Baumann teamed with Tiger Johnson to play Monday’s closest match. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Over and done with.

Until next time, at least.

Missing a key player after Mason Grove injured his shoulder pre-match Monday, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad absorbed a methodical beating at the hands of host Overlake.

The ritzy private school Owls cruised to a 5-0 win in Redmond, dropping the Wolf netters to 1-2 on the season.

Coupeville, which is running the gauntlet this season by playing as a member of the Emerald City League, the top 1A tennis conference in the state, returns to action Wednesday with a home match against Bear Creek.


Complete Monday results:



1st Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Gavin Ybarra 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles — Drake Borden lost to Anath Iyer 6-1, 6-1

1st Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Jacob Burke lost to Nachiket Kermarkar/Zander Gillett 6-1, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost to Evan Lauer/Vignav Ramesh 6-4, 6-2

3rd Doubles — James Wood/Koby Schreiber lost to Sammy Yang/Yosup Cho 6-1, 6-1



4th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Andrew Aparicio lost to Noah Wilson/Rohan Chatterjee 8-0

5th Doubles — Sinclair/Aparicio lost to Brandon Marcus/Yohan Cho 8-1

Deb Sherman is one of many Coupeville Elementary School teachers to appear in a lip-syncing video. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cop karaoke, your moment in the spotlight is up.

The other rage sweeping the nation over the past few years has been teachers and support staff lip-syncing to “What Does the Teacher Say?,” a twist on the Ylvis hit “What Does The Fox Say?”

Now, Coupeville Elementary School has jumped in with their version, and, as in all things, Coupeville 1, Rest of the World 0.