Fab frosh Chase Anderson, ready to make the magic happen. (Morgan White photo)

“The Magic Man” delivered.

Freshman Chase Anderson, already a grizzled vet in his second season of high school ball, smacked a game-busting RBI single in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday, lifting Coupeville to an important early-season win.

That base knock, and a stellar pitching performance from senior Scott Hilborn, sparked the Wolves to a 3-1 win on Friday Harbor.

With the victory, CHS gets to 2-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 4-2 overall.

Even more important, those first two conference W’s have come against La Conner and Friday Harbor — the other two 2B schools in the seven-team NWL.

While 1B schools Orcas Island and Mount Vernon Christian look ready to tangle with the 2B schools for the league title, Coupeville’s shot at making the state playoffs solely rests on how it does against schools in its own classification.

The Wolves play both La Conner and Friday Harbor twice more in the regular season, but a 2-0 start bodes well for the future.

Especially after CHS won a true gut-check on the road Tuesday afternoon.

Trailing 1-0 through three innings, the Wolves knotted things at 1-1 in the top of the fourth, thanks to timely hitting and some Friday Harbor miscues.

Anderson dropped a bunt, then flustered the host team badly enough to land on second base during the ensuing error-fest by the Wolverines.

The frosh phenom moved to third base on a Cole White single, only to be picked off the bag.

No worries, however, as Wolf senior Jonathan Valenzuela promptly lashed an RBI single to center, sending White scrambling home with the tying run.

Friday Harbor’s opening tally, which came thanks to an error and an RBI double off the bat of senior Geoffry Volk, was the only time the hosts dinged Coupeville ace Scott Hilborn.

Pitching the way dad (and coach) Steve taught him, the Wolf senior whiffed 10 batters across six innings of work, with most of his K’s coming at clutch moments.

With the game knotted at 1-1, and the younger Hilborn throwing heat, Coupeville surged ahead in the top of the sixth.

The Wolf hurler zipped a one-out single to center, then stole second and third to set the stage for his young teammate.

Anderson’s blow also landed in the middle of the outfield, then Coupeville notched an insurance run thanks to a walk to White and a sac fly from Valenzuela.

Desperate to get back into the game, Friday Harbor pushed hard, getting two runners aboard in the bottom of the sixth, and another in the seventh, and final, frame.

Both times Coupeville pitchers came up huge.

First, Scott Hilborn induced a grounder back to the mound to end the sixth, pivoting and plopping the ball into the waiting glove of Landon Roberts at first base.

Then, in the seventh, Valenzuela came out of the bullpen to slam the door shut, ripping off back-to-back strikeouts to open things.

Friday Harbor slipped a single into a gap, bringing the tying run to the plate, but the Wolverines were denied, their final out of the day a weak grounder to second.

All that left was the celebration, with the Wolves flexing the win all over Instagram.

Coupeville, which has a road game at MVC Thursday and a home clash against Orcas Saturday, got something from everyone in the lineup in the road win.

Jack Porter led the way, pasting a pair of hits, while White collected a base knock and a walk.

Scott Hilborn, Anderson, and Valenzuela had singles, with Coop Cooper, Roberts, Peyton Caveness, Johnny Porter, Aiden O’Neill, and Seth Woollet also seeing field time.

Vivian Farris is just here for the wins. (Jackie Saia photo)

Dangerously close.

Facing off with 1A Granite Falls Monday, the 2B Coupeville High School girls’ tennis squad came within a handful of points of toppling the Tigers.

But, for the second time in as many matches this season, the Wolves were edged 3-2 by their bigger school rivals.

The non-conference road loss drops Coupeville to 1-2 on the year, with a home match against Northwest 2B/1B League foe Friday Harbor set for this Friday, Mar. 31.

Mother Nature willing.

Monday’s match featured wins by #1 singles ace Helen Strelow and #1 doubles duo Hayley Fiedler and Vivian Farris, with all three Wolf seniors getting to a pristine 3-0 on the campaign.


Monday’s results:



1st Singles — Helen Strelow beat Blair Johnson 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Ariana Dimitrova 7-6(7-3), 6-2

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris beat Ashlee Meusling/Ava Combs 6-2, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Lucy Tenore lost to Alexa Mace/Danika Mace 6-0, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Elizabeth Lo/Emma Morano lost to Paige Buchholz/Rosaiah Ainsworth 6-2, 6-1



4th Doubles — Kaitlyn Leavell/Brynn Parker lost to Alja Rinia/Kortnei Schramm 8-2

5th Doubles — River Drake/B. Parker lost to Marjorye Garcia/Brooke Mann 8-1

“Well, hello there, my old friend.” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Softballs were flying, and bonking folks in the knee, this weekend.

Coupeville High School’s varsity diamond squad split a home doubleheader with highly rated Forks and Granite Falls, and the paparazzi were out in force to capture the moments.

The photos above and below come to us courtesy John Fisken, out there livin’ on a prayer (and a Diet Coke or two), in true Bon Jovi style.

To peruse everything he shot, pop over to:



“If we all squish together, we’ll be warmer.”

Hot dogs await hungry stomachs.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen the sun all ‘spring’.”

Seniors (l to r) Melanie Navarro, Maya Lucero, Sofia Peters, Allie Lucero, and Gwen Gustafson hang out on the windswept prairie.

Birthday girl Jada Heaton gets some love from her teammates.

Carolyn Lhamon is one of the state’s best shot put and discus throwers. (Photo courtesy Helene Lhamon)

The numbers tell a positive story.

As the high school track and field season continues to unfold, Coupeville, which has its biggest roster in decades, continues to draw notice.

The latest accolade comes from Evans Rankings, whose computer currently ranks the Wolf boys as the #3 team in 2B, while placing the CHS girls at #6.

Chewelah’s boys and Okanogan’s girls top those standings at the moment.

Plus, scan the results on Athletic.net, and you’ll find a large pack of Wolves hanging out in the upper echelons, as well.


Wolves in the Top 10 of 2B:



400 — Lyla Stuurmans (1st) 1:04.33

100 Hurdles — Claire Mayne (4th) 18.69

4 x 100 Relay — Monroe Myles, Ava MittenCarly Burt, Mayne (10th) 56.66

4 x 200 Relay — StuurmansAyden Wyman, Noelle Western, Issabel Johnson (8th) 2:05.22

4 x 400 Relay — WesternMayne, A. Wyman, Aleera Kent (6th) 4:57.81

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (3rd) 31-09.50

Discus — Lhamon (6th) 97-08

Javelin — Katie Marti (7th) 93-02

High Jump — Ryanne Knoblich (3rd) 4-10



400 — Aidan Wilson (1st) 53.08

800 — Aidan Wilson (4th) 2:07.37

1600 — Mitchell Hall (3rd) 4:48.45

3200 — Cameron Epp (6th) 10:55.11; Malachi Somes (7th) 11:04.49

110 Hurdles — Tate Wyman (8th) 18.44

300 Hurdles — T. Wyman (7th) 45.18

4 x 100 Relay — Tim UrsuDominic Coffman, T. Wyman, Nick Guay (7th) 47.34

4 x 400 Relay — Hall, Hank Milnes, Guay, Wilson (4th) 3:46.96

Discus — Zac Tackett (9th) 119-04

High Jump — Guay (3rd) 5-11; Coffman (7th) 5-08

Long Jump — Alex Murdy (2nd) 19-10.25

Triple Jump — Wilson (3rd) 40-01

“Let there be … FIRE!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Burn, baby, burn.

And click, baby, click.

The Oak Harbor Fire Department was in full-on training mode Saturday, razing a building over by the North Whidbey Help House, and wanderin’ photo clicker John Fisken was along for the soot-stained ride.

The pics above and below are courtesy him but are just the beginning of what he shot.

To see all the fiery images he captured, pop over to: