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   Pedro Gamarra played in his first Coupeville soccer game Tuesday and promptly threw down a hat trick in a 12-0 win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Freshman Sam Wynn tallied his first score, helping the Wolves improve to 2-0.

The goals splashed down like raindrops.

Taking advantage of their favorite whipping boy Tuesday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad laid waste to host Chimacum, cruising to a 12-0 win.

And, yes, that’s not a misprint. It’s not supposed to say 1 or 2. It’s meant to say 12.

The lopsided win, coming in the Olympic League opener for both teams, lifts Coupeville to 1-0 in conference play, 2-0 overall.

The two schools have met eight times since the league formed in 2014, and this is the fifth time the Wolves have broken double digits against the Cowboys.

After scoring 11, 13, 10 and 11 goals across four games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Coupeville slacked off a bit last year, totaling seven, three and four.

While the Wolves won all three of those games, one finished in a 4-3 nail-biter, offering Chimacum hope it had turned a corner and would be more competitive.

That hope has been promptly snuffed out.

With several new free-wheeling, big-scoring booters joining the roster this season, the 2018 Coupeville soccer squad looks to be an explosive one.

Two of the newcomers, sophomore transfer Derek Leyva and foreign exchange phenom Pedro Gamarra, accounted for seven goals against the Cowboys.

Leyva punched in four scores, raising his total to six through the first two games.

Gamarra, who wasn’t able to play in Coupeville’s opener Saturday, tallied a hat trick in his debut, a mark matched by Aram Leyva, who also tossed in three goals.

That gives Aram, who scored six as a freshman, four tallies through the first two games of his sophomore campaign.

With the Leyva cousins, and now Gamarra, running wild to kick off the season, it’s sending tremors through rival goalies, and maybe Abraham Leyva.

Older brother of Aram, and cousin of Derek, Abraham, who graduated in 2016, holds the Wolf boys soccer scoring records with 20 goals in a season and 45 in a career.

For now…

The other two goals Tuesday came from players at radically different stages in their career.

Senior captain William Nelson notched his first score of the season, while freshman Sam Wynn connected on the first goal of his high school career.

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   Derek Leyva knocked in two goals Saturday in a season-opening win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Too early? Of course, it’s too early.

You don’t run league standings two days into a new season and … every Wolf varsity team is in first-place? Run that sucker!!!

So sure, maybe we’re jumping the gun just a bit, but what the hey, it’s not like we have a lot of rules here at Coupeville Sports World Headquarters.

Plus, this way, you can start to get used to the weirdness of seeing only two softball teams listed in the standings, since Port Townsend and Chimacum have bailed on their seasons.

Anyway, a look at some very, very, VERY early standings, reflecting Coupeville’s opening day sweep in baseball (7-3 over Lynden Christian) and soccer (4-1 over Olympic) and Chimacum’s 6-5 baseball loss to South Whidbey.

Olympic League baseball:

School League Overall
Klahowya 0-0 0-0
Port Townsend 0-0 0-0
Chimacum 0-0 0-1

Olympic League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Chimacum 0-0 0-0
Klahowya 0-0 0-0
Port Townsend 0-0 0-0

Olympic League girls tennis:

School League Overall
Chimacum 0-0 0-0
Klahowya 0-0 0-0

Olympic League softball:

School League Overall
Klahowya 0-0 0-0

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   While school officials scramble to replace six cancelled softball games, Wolves like freshman Chelsea Prescott prep for the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Rip up the schedule.

Four days into spring sports, the world of high school softball has come undone, as two of Coupeville’s three 1A Olympic League foes have announced they won’t field teams this season.

Port Townsend, which is on a 51-game losing skid dating back to 2014, and Chimacum, which has won three straight conference crowns, seemed to be polar opposites.

But now the two schools are united in their inability to piece together workable rosters.

It’s not the first time Chimacum has had to skip a season, as the Cowboys did so right before joining the Olympic League.

Last year’s team, which gave Coupeville its only regular season losses and went to the state tourney, had a senior-heavy roster.

Chimacum Athletic Director Tony Haddenham told the Peninsula Daily News Thursday night there is a “lack of adequate numbers to field a team this year.”

Port Townsend and Chimacum chose not to join together to form one team for the season. Doing so would have required the schools to combine their enrollment, pushing them into competing at the 2A level in softball.

The late-breaking decision by the RedHawks and Cowboys to not play leaves Coupeville, in its final season in the Olympic League, with just one conference rival still standing — Klahowya.

The Wolves and Eagles play three times and that trio of games will decide the league crown.

Coupeville travels to Silverdale Mar. 28 and Apr. 30, while Klahowya visits Whidbey Apr. 20.

In previous seasons, three of the four league teams have made the playoffs, so it would seem likely both the Wolves and Eagles are postseason-bound no matter how their seasons play out.

The loss of six league games, especially at this late date, made it hard for Coupeville to pull together a complete 20-game schedule, but Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith is a man of miracles.

The Wolves, who jump to the new six-team North Sound Conference next fall, have already filled five of the six cancellations and have one more possibility on deck.

Forks, which was coming to Whidbey on a Saturday, has agreed to play a doubleheader as opposed to the one game previously scheduled.

Coupeville has also added a second game against both South Whidbey and Sequim, both at home, and a home-and-away series with Port Angeles.

Smith is currently working on adding a game with Sultan, which would get Coupeville back to a full 20 games, albeit it with just three league contests.


The updated Coupeville HS softball schedule as of Mar. 2:

Sat-Mar. 17 @ South Whidbey — 1:00
Fri-Mar. 23 North Mason — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 24 @ Vashon Island — 1:00
Wed-Mar. 28 @ Klahowya — 4:15
Fri-Mar. 30 Port Angeles — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 2 @ Blaine (Doubleheader) – 1:00
Fri-Apr. 6 Meridian — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 7 Forks (Doubleheader) — 1:00
Sat-Apr. 14 @ Friday Harbor — 12:00
Thur-Apr. 19 @ La Conner — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 20 Klahowya — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 21 @ Lynden Christian — 4:30
Fri-Apr. 27 South Whidbey — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 30 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:15
Thur-May 3 @ Sequim — 4:00
Wed-May 9  Sequim — 4:00
Fri-May 11 @ Port Angeles — 3:30

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   Coupeville’s basketball players celebrated big moments, but with class, part of why both its girls and boys teams were honored for sportsmanship by Olympic League coaches. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Other coaches liked them. They really, really liked them.

Coupeville’s final season in the 1A Olympic League was capped with an unusual distinction — both the Wolf girls and boys hoops squads received the conference award for Best Sportsmanship.

Pulling off the double-win, and having their players recognized by rival coaches, brought a smile to the faces of CHS coaches David King (girls) and Brad Sherman (boys).

As the duo marinated in the moment, they took time out from their busy schedules to speak about what the award means to them as coaches, and what it means to the culture of their programs.

What does winning the award mean to you personally as a coach?

King: Being voted by the other coaches for this award validates what we are trying to do as a program.

Compete every day and no matter if we win or lose we treat the game of basketball and those involved with respect.

Sherman: It’s a nice recognition for the team.

The guys can be proud of the way they played and the class they displayed on the court this year.

To have both boys and girls recognized in the same year is really a nice testament to our Coupeville athletes and their level of character.

How is winning it a positive for your program?

King: It shows that we can be aggressive and have an attitude of playing to win or never backing down. These things are needed to develop and maintain a winning culture.

We are also able to stay true to who we are and play the game the right way.

Sherman: Sets the bar where we always want it to be in regards to sportsmanship.

Character and attitude truly matter and any time that’s recognized I think it’s a really positive thing for our athletes and our program culture.

Is sportsmanship something you have preached or encouraged?

King: The great thing about the players in Coupeville, they already come with a great attitude and we as coaches don’t have to encourage the sportsmanship side of things.

I would say the one area that we do preach about sportsmanship is not running up a score.

This is a topic that does get mentioned early on every season.

Sherman: I think we just try to set a few basic expectations of what it means to be a Wolf basketball player.

At the beginning of the year the team discussed and agreed to a few basic items – one being taking pride in the name on the front their uniform.

This just meant understanding that as a team, our actions, effort, choices and words (both on and off the basketball court) are a reflection on the team, the school, and their community.

I thought the guys did a really nice job this year in that regard, and our leaders did a wonderful job setting that example and keeping their composure no matter what the situation.

I think both programs are blessed with some great, respectful young athletes who don’t need a lot of reminders about playing with class as it’s really in their nature to do so anyhow.

How do you, as a coach, balance sportsmanship with wanting your teams to whomp on people?

King: Balancing sportsmanship and having my competitive side kick in is something I’ve had to work on as a coach.

If I wasn’t competitive I wouldn’t have played sports or coach it now.

However, there has to be a balance and teaching these athletes that it’s okay to be compassionate and at the same time having the will to win.

Sherman: I think at the end of the day the focus is to work hard and do all we can to win basketball games – but win with class, lose with class, and play with the same attitude and effort regardless.

Up by 30 or down by 30, close game, physical game … at the end of the day, you just aim to be a team that goes out there and plays hard, focuses on and respects the game of basketball, and ignores all the other stuff.

Our athletes deserve a lot of credit for that this year.

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   Freshman Kylie Chernikoff was a beast on defense in her high school hoops debut, claiming Most Improved. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Sophomore Scout Smith brought home a varsity letter plus two awards from Monday’s season-ending basketball banquet.

   Wolves (back, l to r) Lindsey Roberts, Sarah Wright and (front) Ema Smith show off their All-League awards. (Amy King photo)

One last run through the league, with honors.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball squad finished a four-year sojourn in the Olympic League, during which the Wolves went 33-3 in varsity play, by landing three players on the All-League team.

Lindsey Roberts and Sarah Wright were tabbed as First-Team All-Conference players when league coaches voted, while fellow junior Ema Smith received Honorable Mention.

The Wolves also claimed the league’s Sportsmanship award, while Port Townsend senior Kaitlyn Meek was MVP.

For CHS, the All-League honors were just the tip of the iceberg when coaches David and Amy King handed out awards Monday at a season-capping banquet.

Roberts, who led Coupeville in scoring and rebounding this season, took home Leader of the Pack, while she and senior Mikayla Elfrank, were honored as team captains.

Sophomores Scout Smith (varsity) and Tia Wurzrainer (JV) claimed the Wolf Paw Award while seniors Kyla Briscoe and Allison Wenzel copped Four Year Participation honors.

Amy Briscoe, who shepherded daughters Tiffany and Kyla through four years of CHS hoops, while also serving as de facto team mom, also took home some hardware.

The King’s bestowed the first P.O.S (Parent’s Outstanding Support) Award on her.

Other team awards:

Most Improved (JV) — Julia García Oñoro

Most Improved (JV) — Kylie Chernikoff

Most Improved (V) — Scout Smith

Most Improved (V) — Chelsea Prescott

Most Inspirational (JV) — Avalon Renninger

Most Inspirational (V) — Mikayla Elfrank

Best Defense (JV) — Tia Wurzrainer

Best Defense (V) — Allison Wenzel

Best Offense (JV) — Mollie Bailey

Best Offense (JV) — Ashlie Shank

Best Offense (V) — Lindsey Roberts

Varsity letters:

Kyla Briscoe
Hannah Davidson
Mikayla Elfrank
Chelsea Prescott
Avalon Renninger
Lindsey Roberts
Ema Smith
Scout Smith
Allison Wenzel
Sarah Wright

Varsity Participation:

Maddy Hilkey
Nicole Lester
Ashlie Shank

JV Certificates:

Mollie Bailey
Kylie Chernikoff
Julia García Oñoro
Maddy Hilkey
Nicole Lester
Ashlie Shank
Genna Wright
Tia Wurzrainer


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