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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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Jacob Schooley was one of 10 Wolves to score Monday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You win some, you lose some.

Playing at home for the first time in nearly three weeks, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball teams earned a split Monday with visiting Granite Falls.

The Wolf varsity won big, while the JV played tough, but fell short in their contest.

How the day played out:

 

Varsity:

Aiden O’Neill is a stone-cold hardwood killer.

With barely a flicker of emotion on his otherwise-inscrutable face, the CMS 8th grader tore out Granite Fall’s beating heart and showed it to the Tigers as they spiraled out of control.

Hitting three second-half three-balls, part of his game-high 13-point effort, O’Neill sparked the Wolves to a 33-16 romp after the game was briefly tied in the third quarter.

The victory evens Coupeville’s record at 2-2 heading into another home game, this one Wednesday against Northshore Christian Academy.

Monday’s marquee matchup was actually close for the first 15 minutes, with the score knotted at 4-4 at the end of the first quarter, and Coupeville clinging to a 12-10 advantage at the half.

Granite rolled in a bucket off a nice move in the paint to tie things back up at 12-12 a minute into the third frame, and then it was time for the Wolves to bring out the whuppin’ stick.

A free throw from Jayden McManus gave CMS a lead it would never relinquish, but it was O’Neill who drove the dagger home.

Or make that daggers, as he buried a pair of treys from the left side to provide the bulk of the scoring in a game-busting 9-0 run to end the period.

In between the majestic three-balls, both of which barely rippled the nets as O’Neill (ever so slightly) cocked an eyebrow, defensive dynamo Malachi Somes ripped off a gem.

Forcing a steal, then sliding past the Granite ballhandler and leaving him spinning in place, the Wolf fireball beat the crowd to the rack at the other end, slapping home a layup.

It brought the pro-Wolf crowd to its feet, and was an especially-nice late birthday present for mom Megan, who celebrated her big day over the weekend.

Granite finally stopped the bleeding, but only when a wildly-thrown three-ball somehow beat the odds, took a lucky bounce, and fell through the net to open the fourth quarter.

Not that it ruffled the Wolves in the least, however, as they promptly scored the game’s final 12 points to put a cap on a game-closing 21-4 surge.

O’Neill drilled another trey, and found time to hit a lil’ scoop shot in the paint, while Somes pulled off the “steal/spin the defender/convert the layup” triple-feature a second time during the final run.

Coupeville, which controlled the boards all game, also came up big on the glass, with McManus and Camden Glover ripping down caroms, then bouncing back up to convert second-chance buckets.

The strong finish more than made up for a somewhat-tentative first half, when the biggest play was O’Neill losing his shoe on a play, yet still playing lock-down defense while ignoring the AWOL footwear.

Chase Anderson also sank a three-ball, off of a crisp in-bounds pass, then made a pretty dish on the fly to set McManus up for a layup.

O’Neill’s 13 was a season-high for him, while Anderson (7), McManus (5), Glover (4), and Somes (4) rounded out the Wolf attack.

Easton Green and Mahkai Myles also saw floor time for CMS in the opener.

 

JV:

Coupeville’s second unit is very raw — capable of surprising their coaches with some inspired plays, but also still very much in learning mode.

That was evident in a 52-13 loss, which drops the Wolves to 0-4 on the season.

The best bucket of the game came from Captain Teuscher, who picked the ball from a Granite dribbler, then took off on a wild rampage to the other end of the floor.

With nine other guys trying to catch up, the younger brother of CHS cheer captain Bella Velasco suddenly screeched to a halt, popped up on one leg, and calmly flicked in a jumper.

Teuscher didn’t merely break the ankles of the lone defender in front of him, but pretty much flat-out shattered both the Granite dude’s entire legs with his sudden stop-and-pop move.

Other Wolf highlights included Matthew Kuzma and Jonah Weyl crashing hard on defense, and Wyatt Fitch-Marron (somewhat accidentally) invoking the spirit of the 1980’s Detroit Pistons Bad Boys.

That squad won back-to-back NBA titles by beatin’ the crud out of opponents.

While Fitch-Marron and Co. may have a bit to go before they start hanging title banners in the gym, the young Wolf guard made a big impression with his heart and hustle on defense.

In particular, we speak of one play where he (probably inadvertently) hip-checked the guy he was guarding, sending the Granite player sprawling a good five feet.

Fitch-Marron stayed on his feet, even after being at the center of the hit-and-run accident, and had a huge grin on his face afterwards — just as he should.

Plays like that speak well for the work being put in by the young Wolves and their mentors — old-school coaches Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson.

Granite may have had a huge size advantage in the day’s second game, but Coupeville’s players have no quit. And that’s a great place to start.

Riley Lawless and Myles paced the JV with four points apiece, while Teuscher (2), Jacob Schooley (2), and Joshua Stockdale (1) chipped in to the offensive effort.

Also seeing floor time were Carson Grove, Zach Blitch, Max Ohme, Kenny Jacobsen, Dylan Robinett, Ethan Walling, Jackson Waterbury, George Spear, and Beckett Green.

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Hunter Bronec, seen in pre-pandemic times, scored a team-high 10 points Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“You showed grit and that’s what it took to win.”

As the Coupeville SWISH boys basketball team celebrated another win Saturday, that was the message coach Sean O’Neill delivered to his players.

And it was a message which resonated in the afterglow of a 27-25 victory over Sedro Woolley, a triumph clinched when Aiden O’Neill drained two free throws in the final moments.

Saturday, the Wolves opened slowly, but recovered with plenty of time left to play.

Overcoming “a horrific first eight minutes in which we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn or play defense, we cleared our heads,” said Jon Roberts.

Twin terrors Hunter and Hurlee Bronec dominated in the paint, and Jack Porter drilled “a nice eight-footer” as Coupeville rallied to take a 15-14 lead into the halftime break.

Things weren’t going to be easy, however, as Sedro came out on fire to start the second, going off on a 6-0 tear.

Chase Anderson netted a three-ball for the Wolves to start the second comeback, then Coupeville clamped down on defense behind the spirited work of Landon Roberts.

Hunter Bronec paced his squad with a team-high 10 points, while Hurlee Bronec (6), Anderson (5), O’Neill (3), Jack Porter (2), and Johnny Porter (1) also scored.

Camden Glover and Landon Roberts round out the Coupeville roster, which is now 5-1 on the season heading into a bye week.

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