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Senior Emma Smith delivered 12 bone-rattling kills Tuesday, sparking Coupeville volleyball to a win over 2A Anacortes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Scout Smith never stopped running.

The play was dead, it was over, it was done, it was finito, it was time to brush it off, take a deep breath and move on … except Scout Smith never stopped running.

Sprinting from one side of the court to the other, using every last stretched-out inch of her slender frame, she threw out one curled-up fist at the last millisecond and spun the volleyball over her head as she crashed through the bench on the way to the stands.

Improbably, impossibly, the ball rolled through the air, found the outstretched fingertips of one of Smith’s teammates, and flopped over the net, dropping to the floor with a soft plop which sent the Coupeville High School gym into delirium.

It was one small play, one small point, but in the blink of an eye, as a dead play turned into one more magical moment for a hyped-up Wolf volleyball squad, one thing was certain.

There was no freakin’ way Coupeville was losing Tuesday night.

Playing on coach Cory Whitmore’s birthday, the Wolf spikers put together one of the most electrifying team performances in program history, stunning 2A Anacortes 27-25, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23.

The non-conference victory, which came backed by a fan base which collectively lost its mind (and possibly, their voices) as they stamped until the bleachers cried uncle, lifts Coupeville to a pristine 2-0 on the season.

“I’m so excited to see us play this way,” Whitmore said. “We played to our strengths, rolled with every punch, and then immediately came back and won points almost every time playing the way we wanted to play.”

The key was six Wolves on the floor firing as one, “digging like crazy, serving consistently, getting on a roll, feeling it, and pouring it on.”

Whitmore ran eight players through his rotation against Anacortes, and every single one had at least one play that stands as a “that’s the way you do it” moment.

From Zoe Trujillo stepping off the bench midway through the match, and immediately getting a kill on her very first play, to Scout Smith, who doled out a team-high 22 assists (and never stopped running), the Wolves attacked from all angles.

But you have to step back, gaze in wonder at what Emma Smith accomplished, and know this match, right here, right now, is the one she could show to college coaches.

One she can tell her irrepressible niece about, again and again, as Aunt Emma’s biggest little fan gets old enough to appreciate the stories.

One she and longtime running mate Ashley Menges — seniors who have lived and breathed volleyball for half their lives and are off to a fantastic start to their swan song — will remember long after they have retired their knee pads, but are still best friends.

It was a night when Menges was on fire, when Maya Toomey-Stout was hoppin’ and poppin’, spraying daggers and takin’ names, when super sophomore Chelsea Prescott had the biggest plays of her career, when Hannah Davidson and Emma Mathusek played inspired ball.

But it was also the night Emma Smith strode into the gym a star, and exited as a legend.

It wasn’t just her 12 kills, but the fact every last one came at a major turning point.

That she used her height, her jumping ability, her fast fingers on blocks and tips, and, in the end, a right hand that smote the volleyball like Thor’s hammer connecting with the heads of so many Frost Giants.

“That’s my granddaughter and don’t forget it!!” bellowed Coupeville football legend Steve Smith, his buttons popping with pride.

“The best night of my life!!!” exclaimed mom Konni Smith, as she danced out of the gym.

Emma was feeling that confidence,” Whitmore said, wearing a smile just a fraction smaller than that of his player’s mom. “Her play, both with her kills and her serving, was infectious, and everyone fed off of it.”

It was a match where both teams came full-tilt, making few errors and forcing their rivals to earn every point they won.

Anacortes, which had a size advantage, delivered heavy hits and tried to control the pace, but Coupeville was not in a mood to crack.

Almost every set featured the two squads taking turns putting together runs, and the stage was set right from the first moments.

The Seahawks jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, only to lose the lead when Scout Smith cracked off a run of five straight points on her serve.

Once ahead, Coupeville jammed its foot through the floor boards, stretching the lead out to as far as seven points, with Emma Smith slicing off body parts with a variety of wicked shots while stalking the net.

A nice run at the service stripe from Prescott, a monster mash of a spike off the fingertips of Menges, and the first set was turning into a run-away.

Until Anacortes rediscovered its groove, turning a 19-12 deficit into a 24-23 lead.

With the ball in hand and set point on tap, the Seahawks were unbeatable and … Emma Smith just killed someone. For really real.

Rising up and over the net with a single bound, nostrils flaring, eyes full of lightning, the Wolf senior smashed a winner which tore through the heart of the Anacortes defense, slamming into the floor and leaving a permanent dent.

Pity the poor janitor who has to buff that one out.

With both teams saving a set point, the first frame was finally settled when Prescott came flying up the middle of the court, following her own serve.

Bringing a furious end to a brief rally, the future (and present) of Wolf sports walloped a winner between two Seahawk defenders, sending her teammates jumping in a team-wide display of unbridled joy.

While the second set went to Anacortes, Coupeville hung tough, peppering its share of big hits and artful tips, and very little air went out of the gym.

And why not?

Mere seconds into the third set, Emma Smith was back to going medieval on the ball, Toomey-Stout was hanging in mid-air, firing from every angle and Mathusek and Scout Smith were keeping every ball in play.

Even the ones they shouldn’t have been able to reach.

Trujillo smacked a winner from the left side on her first swing of the night to stretch Coupeville’s lead to 14-9, Anacortes fought back to within 16-15, and then the gunfighter went to work.

Returning to the service line with a vengeance, Emma Smith fired off a string of winners, with one particularly nasty serve peeling three layers of skin off the Anacortes player who tried, and failed, to return the ball.

And her running mate? Right by her side, being awesome in perfect stride.

Menges closed the third set with an emphatic spike, going airborne on the right side and lashing the ball off the line on the left side, then the two seniors combined to slam the door in the night’s final set.

Control of the fourth frame veered madly, as Coupeville went up by three, then down by five, before things got knotted up at 20-20 when Emma Smith whacked a sizzling line-drive off of someone’s scalp.

Not to be outdone, Menges and Toomey-Stout followed up with big hits of their own, before three Wolves teamed up to stuff the final shot of the night from Anacortes.

The ball started to come across the net, met the combined resistance of the Wolves, and flopped backward, hitting the ground and rolling away as the celebration rippled across the court, through the CHS bench and to every layer of the gym.

Afterwards, after the cheers had quieted and the fans had departed, the Wolf players walked out, some solo, others in groups, all bouncing, all alive with the moment, flush with new, positive memories which will stay with them for the rest of their prep careers, and far beyond.

Sitting sprawled on the floor, waiting for her dad, assistant coach Chris Smith, to finish up, Scout Smith had finally stopped running.

She looked a little tired, a little jazzed, and a lot happy.

It was a good look.

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   Freshman Mollie Bailey had two hits Friday against 2A Lakewood. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“We stepped out of our weight class tonight and we learned some valuable lessons.”

Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan was philosophical after watching his squad get clubbed 20-5 Friday by visiting Lakewood.

While the non-conference loss to a large 2A school drops the Wolves to 11-5 on the season, it could actually benefit Coupeville in the long run.

As CHS preps for the district tourney, getting the chance to face off with dynamic, successful teams like Lakewood (which is 13-4) will harden them for the job ahead.

“We played a good team that is offensively sound,” McGranahan said. “We didn’t play our best defense, but, in our defense, they did hit the ball hard.

“They were a good team and we may have lost even if we played error-free, but, if you give a good team a few cracks they will exploit it,” he added. “The bright spot, and it is what I hope the team takes away from this game, is how we kept trying to battle back.”

Trailing 10-0 headed to the bottom of the third, Coupeville rallied to score four in the frame, then came back to get a final run in the fifth.

Both successes were set up by strong play from freshmen like Chelsea Prescott, Mollie Bailey and Coral Caveness, which bodes extremely well for the future.

“A lopsided loss like this hurts,” McGranahan admitted. “But I hope we can bounce back and realize that this loss, though it hurts, will make us a better team for districts.”

Coupeville has two more regular-season games to go, at home May 9 against 2A Sequim and on the road May 11 at 2A Port Angeles.

After that, the Olympic League champs head to Lacey May 18-19 for the West Central District 3 tourney, from which two of four teams advance to state.

While the Wolves couldn’t keep up with the booming bats of Lakewood Friday, the Wolves did chip away for nine hits.

Bailey (1B, 2B) led the way, while Scout Smith also whacked a double.

Caveness, Lauren Rose, Katrina McGranahan, Chelsea Prescott, Veronica Crownover and Hope Lodell added singles.

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   Nanci Melendrez teamed with Jillian Mayne Friday to push their 2A foes hard in a narrow loss. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No one can accuse the Coupeville netters of not swinging for the stars.

By the time the season is done, the Wolves, who rep a 2B-sized school masquerading as a 1A, will have played almost half of their matches against 2A foes.

Facing much-deeper, more battle-tested squads, Coupeville has seen its win/loss record take a bit of a hit.

But learning under fire should hopefully benefit the Wolves in league and postseason play.

Friday, CHS ran into another 2A buzz-saw, falling 6-1 to host Olympic in Bremerton, but the Wolves came away with one huge bright spot at #1 doubles.

Seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger continued their stellar run, picking apart their big school rivals for a quick, straight-sets win.

“They’ve found a new, higher level,” said Coupeville coach Ken Stange.

The Wolves, 4-6 overall, have a key week coming up.

For one, they play only 1A schools, and two of the matches will be against Olympic League foes.

CHS, which is 2-0 in conference action, travels to Chimacum (2-1) Tuesday, then after a non-conference home match with South Whidbey the next day, ambles to Silverdale Thursday.

The finale to the week pits the Wolves against Klahowya (0-3) for a match-and-a-half.

The two teams need to finish the final three bouts from a rain-delayed match (the team score is tied 2-2), then play their regularly-scheduled match.

Complete Friday results:


1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Marissa Nemeth 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Breanne Nemeth 6-0, 6-1

3rd Singles — Zara Bradley lost to Jamie Frei 6-2, 6-4

1st Doubles — Sage Renninger/Payton Aparicio beat Sydney Troy/Brooklyn Haro 6-1, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger lost to SarahAnn Polsin/Emry Bohlman 6-0, 7-5

3rd Doubles — Maggie Crimmins/Kameryn St Onge lost to Kaylani Riley/Ryleigh Barrett 6-1, 6-1

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Nanci Melendrez lost to Alexis Valenzuela/Nicole Barber 7-6(7-5), 6-4


5th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-3

6th Doubles — Megan Behan/Elaira Nicolle lost 6-2

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   Andrew Martin, seen here throwing the javelin in an earlier meet, set a PR Thursday in the shot put. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Catherine Lhamon set PR’s in both the 1600 and 3200.

No fear, ever.

Despite repping one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, the Coupeville High School track team more than held its own with the big boys (and girls) Thursday afternoon.

Facing off with three 2A schools at Silverdale Stadium, the Wolves came away with nine wins and 22 PR’s.

In team scoring, the CHS boys beat both Port Angeles (71-68) and Kingston (90-53), while falling to host Olympic (80-60).

Coupeville’s girls, who swept the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, beat Kingston (94-53), tied Olympic (73-73) and lost to Port Angeles (99-51).

While a host of Wolves had impressive afternoons, junior Lindsey Roberts and sophomore Mallory Kortuem led the way as three-time winners.

The duo combined with Ashlie Shank and Maya Toomey-Stout to win two relays, while also each nabbing first in an individual race.

For Kortuem, it was the 400, while Roberts cruised to a win in the 100 hurdles.

Other Wolf champions included Ryan Labrador (Shot Put), Allison Wenzel (Javelin), Chris Battaglia (Javelin), Jacob Smith (400) and Ariah Bepler (High Jump).

Coupeville spread out its PR’s across a broad range of athletes, with 18 different Wolves setting a personal best in at least one event.

Catherine Lhamon (1600, 3200), Henry Wynn (100, 200), Kylie Chernikoff (Discus, Javelin) and Ethan Clavette (100, Discus) topped CHS with two PR’s apiece.

Complete CHS results:


100 — Maya Toomey-Stout (5th) 13.76; Ja’Tarya Hoskins (7th) 14.44

200 — Zoe Trujillo (10th) 32.18

400 — Mallory Kortuem (1st) 1:05.66; Natalie Hollrigel (5th) 1:12.11

800 — Lucy Sandahl (5th) 2:47.62; Hollrigel (7th) 3:01.70

1600 — Catherine Lhamon (3rd) 6:06.99 *PR*; Sandahl (5th) 6:11.60

3200 — Lhamon (4th) 12:41.10 *PR*

100 Hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (1st) 16.34

300 Hurdles — Mckenzie Meyer (4th) 58.28; Hoskins (6th) 59.93 *PR*; Lauren Bayne (7th) 1:06.12

4 x 100 Relay — Roberts, Kortuem, Ashlie Shank, M. Toomey-Stout (1st) 53.28

4 x 200 Relay — M. Toomey-Stout, Shank, Kortuem, Roberts (1st) 1:53.63

4 x 400 Relay — Shank, Roberts, M. Toomey-Stout, Hollrigel (2nd) 4:41.77

Shot put — Emma Smith (3rd) 27-08.50; Kylie Chernikoff (8th) 24-01; Shank (9th) 22-11.25 *PR*

Discus — Chernikoff (4th) 79-00 *PR*; Wenzel (5th) 78-01; Hannah Davidson (7th) 72-02; E. Smith (8th) 68-01; Abby Parker (9th) 63-09; Willow Vick (14th) 53-00 *PR*; Raven Vick (16th) 40-07

Javelin — Wenzel (1st) 92-02; Davidson (2nd) 88-07 *PR*; Bayne (3rd) 85-00; Parker (6th) 72-09; Trujillo (8th) 71-01; R. Vick (9th) 68-01; Chernikoff (12th) 60-03 *PR*

High Jump — Bayne (3rd) 4-08; Hoskins (5th) 4-02; Cassidy Moody (6th) 4-02

Pole Vault — Meyer (3rd) 6-06; Kortuem (6th) 6-06 *PR*

Long Jump — Hoskins (8th) 12-04.50; Trujillo (17th) 9-04

Triple Jump — Trujillo (10th) 22-05


100 — Jacob Smith (3rd) 11.68; Henry Wynn (4th) 12.14 *PR*; Ethan Clavette (18th) 13.57 *PR*

200 — Wynn (3rd) 24.13 *PR*; Kyle Burnett (12th) 27.13

400 — J. Smith (1st) 52.37 *PR*; Burnett (6th) 1:01.27 *PR*

800 — Danny Conlisk (2nd) 2:09.45

1600 — Conlisk (2nd) 4:54.15 *PR*

3200 — Jakobi Baumann (4th) 13:11.01

110 Hurdles — Baumann (8th) 21.89

300 Hurdles — Baumann (8th) 51.62

4 x 100 Relay — Wynn, Jean Lund-Olsen, Sean Toomey-Stout, Cameron Toomey-Stout (2nd) 46.20; Ruck, Thane Peterson, Andrew Martin, Clavette (7th) 54.66

4 x 400 Relay — J. Smith, Ariah Bepler, Wynn, Conlisk (2nd) 3:43.66

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (1st) 40-01.75; Chris Battaglia (2nd) 38-02 *PR*; Keahi Sorrows (4th) 37-06.50 *PR*; Martin (15th) 27-08 *PR*

Discus — Battaglia (3rd) 105-08; Labrador (7th) 87-02; Peterson (10th) 84-05; Sorrows (11th) 81-03; Clavette (20th) 63-01 *PR*; Martin (27th) 51-06

Javelin — Battaglia (1st) 130-04; S. Toomey-Stout (10th) 112-01; Martin (12th) 109-09; Bepler (13th) 108-04; Luke Carlson (14th) 107-07

High Jump — Bepler (1st) 5-08

Pole Vault — Burnett (5th) 7-06; Peterson (5th) 7-06 *PR*

Long Jump — S. Toomey-Stout (2nd) 18-05 *PR*; C. Toomey-Stout (3rd) 18-01; Ruck (21st) 13-04

Triple Jump — Baumann (6th) 33-05.25 *PR*

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   Coupeville sophomore Derek Leyva knocked in his 16th goal of the season Tuesday at Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Game by game, he’s chipping away at a record.

Coupeville High School sophomore Derek Leyva banged home his 16th goal of the season Tuesday, scoring for the eighth time in 10 games.

His tally wasn’t enough to save the Wolves against a very-good 2A school, as Coupeville fell 6-2 at Port Angeles, but it did get him one score closer to toppling his cousin.

Abraham Leyva, who graduated in 2016, owns the Wolf boys single-season (20) and career (45) scoring records, but Derek is making a bid for history in his first year at the school.

He has five regular season games left, and, most likely, at least one playoff contest, as he makes a run at the single-season scoring mark.

Coupeville, which also got a goal from James Wood Tuesday, his second of his sophomore campaign, is off for six days now.

The Wolves, 4-4-2 overall after the loss to Port Angeles, close the regular season with five straight 1A Olympic League contests.

That final stretch starts next Monday, Apr. 16, when CHS (3-1 in league play) travels to Klahowya (4-0) to face the three-time defending league champs.

After that comes back-to-back games against Port Townsend (1-3), a road clash with Chimacum (0-4), then Senior Night Apr. 30 against Klahowya.

The Olympic League has not posted playoff brackets yet for 1A, but, in previous years, the top three teams made the postseason.

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