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   Coupeville senior Joey Lippo had two hits Monday, including a two-run single during a seven-run rally. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two different types of foes, two different kinds of results.

When Coupeville has faced fellow 1A teams this season, they’ve blasted them.

And, when the team in the other dugout has hailed from a large 2A school, the Wolves have fought until the final batter, but taken the narrowest of defeats.

Monday it was a big-school rival, Bremerton, and Coupeville couldn’t hold on to a five-run lead, falling 9-8 on the road.

“Another tough loss in a one-run game. Again another opportunity to work on mental toughness and our resilience as a team,” said Coupeville coach Chris Smith. “We are not defined by our losses but in the manner in which we played and what we learned from it.

“We played well as a team and fairly error free,” he added. “Unfortunately, we just stranded more runners on the bases then they did.”

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 2-2 on the season, heading into another match-up with a 2A school, North Mason, this Friday at home.

Five of Coupeville’s 20 regular-season games will be against 2A schools, and while that may put a ding in its win-loss record, playing against bigger schools could help the Wolves grow as a team.

CHS has shown resiliency against their big-school rivals, and Monday was a prime example of that.

Trailing 2-0 headed to the top of the fourth, the Wolves must have found the magic elixir to rub on their bats, because they started smoking.

Raking eight hits in the inning, including a pair of singles from Jake Pease, Coupeville exploded for seven runs, forcing Bremerton to call on its bullpen.

The big blows were an RBI double from Kyle Rockwell and a two-run single off the bat of Joey Lippo, but everyone in the lineup was dialed in.

Jake Hoagland started things with a base-knock, with Gavin Knoblich, Matt Hilborn and Dane Lucero also connecting for a hit in the inning.

The share-and-share alike philosophy carried over to the bench as well, with Jacob Zettle coming in to pinch-run and promptly scoring.

Bremerton wasn’t going away though, chipping away for three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead back down to 7-5.

While the Wolves added a solitary run in the fifth, with Nick Etzell walking and coming around to score on a grounder by Hilborn, BHS was now in full come-back mode.

Four runs in the bottom of the fifth reclaimed the lead for the host team, and, after that, Bremerton’s bullpen closed out the game strongly.

Coupeville swung the bats well in the loss, with all nine starters recording a hit.

Pease led the way with three singles, Lippo added two base-knocks, and Hilborn, Hunter Smith, Hoagland, Rockwell, Knoblich, Etzell and Lucero joined the hit parade.

Smith was a force on defense as well, robbing a Bremerton hitter with a nice diving catch on a liner back up the middle.

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   Wolf goalie Brian Roberts left Friday’s game after being accidentally kicked in the face, resulting in a broken nose. (Photo courtesy Roberts)

   William Nelson and Co. are 2-1 on the season after a narrow loss at Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Derek Leyva can’t be contained.

The Coupeville High School sophomore is three games into his soccer career as a Wolf, and after torching Sequim for two goals Friday night, already has eight scores to his credit.

Unfortunately, his second-half heroics weren’t enough to save CHS on the road, as Leyva and Co. fell 4-2 and absorbed their first loss of the season.

The non-conference defeat drops Coupeville to 2-1 headed into a match-up next Thursday, Mar. 22 on the home turf of yet another 2A foe, North Mason.

After that comes a very-important stretch as the Wolves, 1-0 in 1A Olympic League play, face-off with league mates Klahowya, Port Townsend and Chimacum in successive games.

After Friday’s tilt with Sequim, a game in which they fell behind 3-0 at the break before rallying in the second half, the Wolves have played 20% of their regular-season schedule.

Leyva is already almost halfway to the Coupeville boys single-season scoring record (20 by Abraham Leyva) and is on pace to roar past both that and Mia Littlejohn’s school record of 27 in a single campaign.

The Wolves also took a fairly substantial hit during the Sequim loss, or at least goaltender Brian Roberts did.

While charging out to snare a ball, he got inadvertently kicked in the face by an incoming player, which left him bloodied.

Roberts spent the night in the ER, where it was found his nose was broken in two places.

Still, the plucky junior is ready to return to the pitch right this very second.

“No way that’s gonna slow me down!,” Roberts said. “I’m gonna try to play in our next game if I’m not hurting too bad.”

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   Hunter Smith bashed five hits, including a pair of triples, Friday in a 10-inning loss at Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Something for everyone, just not a win for the visitors.

In a game that lurched from a pitcher’s duel to an offensive show, the Coupeville High School baseball squad rallied from three runs down Friday, but couldn’t hold a late lead and fell a single tally short on the road at Sequim.

The 10-9 non-conference loss to a 2A school, which came in 10 tension-soaked innings (three longer than originally scheduled) drops the Wolves to 1-1 on the season.

CHS gets an immediate chance to bounce back, however, as it travels down Island Saturday to face South Whidbey in a 1 PM game.

Facing off with Sequim, the Wolves went down fighting until the final swing.

“Long game; the guys battled,” said Coupeville coach Chris Smith. “It hurt, but a good game.”

Despite having runners on in four of the first five innings, the Wolves couldn’t seem to break through in the early stages and trailed 3-0 headed to the top of the sixth.

Coupeville surrendered a single run in the third, fourth and fifth, while stranding their own guys on the base-paths.

The most troubling came in the third inning, when Hunter Smith ripped a one-out triple, but never got to finish the journey home.

All that changed in the sixth, however, as CHS took advantage of some wildness from the Sequim pitching staff to pile up a six-run rally.

Coupeville had one man on and two outs when it lit the fuse, thanks to a string of walks.

A bases-loaded free pass to Nick Etzell finally put the Wolves on the scoreboard, before an error on a blast off the bat of Matt Hilborn cleared the bags.

He came around to score on a Sequim balk, then Hunter Smith capped things with an RBI single.

The hometown diamond men showed some grit and resolve, however, coming right back to plate three of their own in the bottom half of the sixth, knotting things up at 6-6.

A scoreless seventh sent the game into extra frames, where Coupeville immediately grabbed the upper hand.

Hilborn singled, Lippo reached on an error, then the RBI men went to work, sending three Wolves zipping across the plate.

Hunter Smith bashed his second triple of the afternoon, while Dane Lucero and Jake Hoagland each crunched an RBI single, and CHS was back on top 9-6.

Except Sequim was just as plucky.

Refusing to lose on its home field, it rallied for three in the bottom half of the inning and the game went on in a race with approaching twilight.

Coupeville twice had opportunities after that, but stranded a pair of runners in the ninth, then saw a double play wipe out a potential rally in the 10th.

After a game where the hits rained down, Sequim got its walk-off run in the bottom of the 10th without a single base-knock, using a string of walks to cap the game with a whimper, albeit one which made the local fans happy.

While they lost, the Wolves put good metal on the ball, with eight of nine players collecting a hit.

Hunter Smith led the way, going 5-6 with two triples and three singles, while Hilborn, Lippo, Lucero, Hoagland, Kyle Rockwell, Jake Pease and Etzell all collected singles.

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   After two straight home matches to open the season, Megan Behan and her Coupeville tennis teammates hit the road Friday and travel to Langley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some days are about winning and losing, and some days are about learning.

Thursday afternoon the Coupeville High School girls tennis team got to experience the latter, as the Wolves ran into a buzz-saw in 2A Sequim.

“They’re good. No, I mean … they’re GOOD,” said a philosophical CHS coach Ken Stange as he ambled past, watching the action unfold through the chain-link fence.

The visitors, who are coached by Mark Textor, brother of Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Phyllis Textor, cruised to a 7-0 win.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 0-2, but they get an immediate chance to bounce back, as CHS travels to Langley Friday to face arch-rival South Whidbey.

Coupeville’s closest match against Sequim came at #2 doubles, where sophomores Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer fought through three tension-soaked sets before falling.

Complete Thursday results:


1st Singles — Claire Mietus lost to Isabelle Hugonoit 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Genna Wright lost to Olivia Preston 6-0, 6-2

3rd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Emily Bundy 6-2, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger lost to Jessica Dietzman/Kali Wiker 6-2, 7-6(7-5)

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer lost to Mckenna Hastings/Ashley Rosoles 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

3rd Doubles — Kameryn St Onge/Maggie Crimmins lost to Arlene Law/Amanda He 6-2, 6-3

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Eden Johnson/Amanda Dietzman 6-0, 6-4


5th Doubles — Nanci Melendrez/Megan Behan lost 6-0

6th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-1

7th Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Nastali lost 6-2

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   Showcasing her ferocious serve, Avalon Renninger teamed up with fellow sophomore Tia Wurzrainer Monday to win in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Small, but important steps.

A young, plucky and undermanned Coupeville High School girls tennis team didn’t get the win Monday, but it did flash a lot of positives.

The Wolves fell 5-2 to visiting Port Angeles, a large 2A school which carries 31 players on its full roster (double Coupeville’s body count).

But, having sunshine instead of howling wind and slashing rain on Opening Day was a good sign.

Brighter than the sun was the play of sophomore sensations Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, who romped to a win at second doubles.

While Coupeville’s top doubles duo, seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, were huge favorites and easily lived up to the hype with their own straight-sets victory, the younger Wolf aces were somewhat of an unknown entering the match.

Both Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger had strong freshman years, but they are a new pairing as a doubles team, so there might have been some kinks to work out in their first official match.

Not so.

The left-handed Renninger controlled the match on her serve, zinging low, hard shots which bit a chunk out of the court as they skidded away from the Port Angeles netters.

Her running mate was particularly deft at the net, as Wurzrainer delighted her fervent fan club with a series of crisp put-aways.

Their play brought a quick smile to the face of longtime Coupeville net guru Ken Stange as he restlessly prowled the outside of the chain link fence.

With a solid line-up of doubles duos, the Wolves should give rival teams trouble all year long.

Singles is a little more of a work in progress, as CHS deals with the loss of its top three players from a year ago to graduation.

With Valen Trujillo and Co. off to pursue new avenues in life, Wolf freshman Genna Wright got a chance to jump right into the cauldron of playing first singles on opening day.

A naturally-talented athlete and one of the most gung-ho people on the planet Earth, the fab frosh was a First-Team All-Conference player in soccer and a one-woman wrecking crew in basketball.

While she might not have the same amount of experience in tennis as she does in her other sports, Wright came out swinging Monday, making her far more seasoned foe battle mightily for every point.

At one point, the two players went back and forth on a sustained rally, before the freshman dumped a back-hand winner just out of the reach of her rival.

Walking back to the service line, head down, hat pulled low, Wright wore a giddy grin, a star of tomorrow savoring a winner today.

Complete Monday results:


1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Summer Olsen 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Hailey Horton 6-1, 6-0

3rd Singles — Nanci Melendrez lost to Kailey Droz 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Saige Hefton/Casandra Shamp 6-0, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer beat Jocelyn Reifenstahl/Emily Metzeler 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Claire Mietus/Maggie Crimmins lost to Paulina Crawford/Madison Saiz 6-2, 6-2

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Hanna Brown/Emily Rygaard 6-0, 5-3 (PA left to catch ferry)


5th Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Megan Behan trailed 3-0 (ferry)

6th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-2

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