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When rival quarterbacks have nightmares, it’s because they’re dreaming about being chased down by Jonathan Valenzuela. (Davin Houston photos)

Davin Houston has skills.

On the football field, the Coupeville Middle School 8th grader is a talented player, just like older brothers Dawson and Daylon.

While Davin has to wait until next year to take the field for the high school squad, he’s spent the season as part of the program.

As he learns and prepares for his own time in the spotlight, the young Wolf has also shown a nice touch with the camera, as seen in the pics above and below.

They capture Coupeville players in the aftermath of their 43-14 win at Friday Harbor, which clinched the program’s first trip to the state tourney since 1990.

Aiden O’Neill (left) and Daylon Houston enjoy the moment.

Daylon (3) talks strategy with Dominic Coffman. “So, run right over everyone. That should work great.”

Valenzuela carries a message of love to the gridiron.

O’Neill (23) and Chase Anderson, already key contributors as freshmen.

The future’s so bright, he’s gotta wear shades.

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Marquette Cunningham (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The young guns are ready for their close-ups.

First-year Coupeville High School football head coach Bennett Richter has eight freshmen on a 32-man roster this season.

Toss in two eighth graders, Davin Houston and Dylan Robinett, who are working with the team while they await the arrival of their high school gridiron eligibility, and it’s a strong group.

Five of those eight frosh have made their debut on the stat sheet already this season, led by Aiden O’Neill and Chase Anderson, who have each been involved in a touchdown celebration.

The size of the group is remarkable for a school which no longer has a middle school gridiron program and has to hope Coupeville kids travel up to Oak Harbor to participate in Whidbey’s only youth football program.

The photos above and below capture eight of the 10 young stars.

O’Neill is missing, as we already used his portrait after he snagged his debut TD catch, and Devinion Hill was apparently not part of the photo shoot from where these pics originated.

Alexander Stinnett

Ezra Boilek

Malachi Somes

Davin Houston

Zachary Neiman

Dylan Robinett

Chase Anderson

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The all-stars of the future enjoy their time in the gym. (Stevie Glover photo)

Basketball is booming in Cow Town.

A recent summer hoops camp for young hardwood stars, with current high school players working as coaches, drew a large crowd to Coupeville’s gym.

The event was put on by the Coupeville Youth Basketball Association.

CHS freshman Camden Glover imparts wisdom to his young padawan. (Kassie O’Neil photo)

Business is booming. (Morgan White photo)

Hot shots (l to r) Chase Anderson, Aiden O’Neill and Glover, ready to school the young guns. (Stevie Glover photo)

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Camden Glover (left) and Landon Roberts both had hits Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Stevie Glover)

You win some, and you learn some lessons in the other ones.

That’s always the hope for coaches, at least.

Given the chance to have sole possession of the home diamond Wednesday, the Coupeville High School JV baseball team had one of those second type of games.

Jumped on early by Mount Vernon, the young Wolves fell 13-1 in a game in which they almost matched the Bulldogs in hits but were undone by walks and errors.

The loss to a large-school foe drops Coupeville’s second squad to 3-2 on the season.

While the game was mercy-ruled after five innings, there were bright spots for the Wolves.

“Even though the score was lopsided the boys did well,” said CHS coach Jon Roberts. “They are hitting the ball well and Mount Vernon’s pitcher was a quality pitcher with several pitches.”

Aiden O’Neill paced the Wolf attack, smacking a leadoff double in the bottom of the first inning, then coming back around to collect a single later in the game.

He scored Coupeville’s lone run, scooting home on an RBI single from Camden Glover, while Landon Roberts, Johnny Porter, and Cole Hutchinson¬†also had base-knocks.

Coupeville was only outhit 9-6 in the game, but lost the walks and errors battle 15-1.

Eight fielding miscues, with three of them coming during an eight-run Mount Vernon top of the first inning, stung.

“There were about four bone head errors and four that were just youth,” Roberts said. “They are learning.”

Coupeville now heads back to the practice field to get more reps in and is scheduled for a rematch with Mount Vernon later in the season.

Up next for the JV, if the weather holds, is a road trip to Olympic Apr. 23, followed by another trek Apr. 28 to South Whidbey.

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Zane Oldenstadt reached base twice Wednesday as Coupeville’s JV drilled Lynden Christian. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Once they started bashing, they didn’t stop.

Jumping on host Lynden Christian for six runs in the top of the first inning Wednesday, the Coupeville High School JV baseball team romped to a 13-5 win in a five-inning game.

The non-conference victory lifts the Wolf young guns to a pristine 2-0 on the season.

Coming on the heels of a pitcher’s duel in the day’s varsity game, the JV hardball sluggers decided to go in the opposite direction.

Cue the runs raining down on the scoreboard, with Coupeville building a 13-0 lead, then holding on for the win.

Aiden O’Neill kicked things off in the top of the first, drawing a walk from the Lynden hurler, and that set things in motion.

Camden Glover and Yohannon Sanders smacked base hits in the first inning explosion, with Landon Roberts and Johnny Porter eking out free passes.

From there, the Wolves cruised, tacking on a run in the third, before dropping three-run rallies in both the fourth and fifth.

Lynden Christian spent much of the afternoon swinging and missing, with Wolf hurlers O’Neill, Roberts, and Cole White combining to whiff 12 Lyncs.

While the win makes the bus ride home a happier one, getting the chance to put 14 players on the field against a quality opponent is maybe even bigger when it comes to building for the future.

In addition to the guys already mentioned, CHS sent Gabe Reed, Alex Smith, Seth Woollet, Cole Hutchinson, Zane Oldenstadt, Coop Cooper, Marcelo Gebhard, and Kai Wong into action.

Cole Hutchinson takes a rip.

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