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   After this season, South Whidbey’s athletes will no longer call the 1A/2A Cascade Conference home. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

And it’s gone.

Coupeville’s old stomping grounds, the 1A/2A Cascade Conference, is no more.

The league, fractured by defections and forfeits, will cease to be at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

In its place, the league’s (soon to be) five 1A schools are striking out on their own and forming the North Sound Conference, which begins play in fall 2018.

South Whidbey, King’s, Cedar Park Christian, Sultan and Granite Falls, which is dropping from 2A back to 1A next year, will form the new league.

Cedarcrest and Archbishop Thomas Murphy, which were the only remaining 2A schools in the Cascade Conference after Lakewood bailed, are now free agents seeking new homes.

Four years ago, the Cascade Conference was an eight-team league.

After Coupeville left to join the newly-formed 1A Olympic League, Cedar Park Christian took its slot.

Things began to fracture shortly after, though, with every league team except King’s refusing to face ATM on the football field, which generated national media attention.

When a “super” league, which would have combined the Cascade Conference, Wesco South and the Northwest Conference for football only, fell through, Lakewood took all of its programs and bounced to the 1A/2A/3A NWC.

This past season, league schools returned to playing ATM in football, with the exception of South Whidbey.

Trying to rebuild their gridiron program, the Falcons asked for permission to play a non-conference schedule against smaller schools.

After losing to fellow 1A schools Coupeville and Chimacum to open the 2017 football season, South Whidbey won seven straight games against B schools and a Canadian program new to football.

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Sebastian Davis, seen here last season, pushed a top foe hard Monday, getting himt o cramp-up in the second set. (John Fisken photo)

   Sebastian Davis, seen here last season, pushed a top foe hard Monday, getting him to cramp-up in the second set. (John Fisken photo)

Monday was throwback day.

The Coupeville High School boys’ tennis team hit the road — for the fourth time in four matches — and went down Everett way to reacquaint themselves with their former Cascade Conference mates at Archbishop Thomas Murphy.

To no one’s surprise, a ritzy private school has managed to build an impressive tennis program in three short seasons, a fact the 2A Wildcats reminded the Wolves to the tune of 5-0.

The non-conference loss dropped Coupeville to 2-2 on the season, with both of their losses coming against top-level competition.

The Wolves (1-0 in league play) will now pick up pursuit of their first 1A Olympic League title, playing five of their final six regular season matches against league foes.

The first of those matches, however, has been postponed.

Coupeville was supposed to make its home debut this Wednesday, Sept. 30 against Chimacum, but that match has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the season.

Monday’s match, if nothing else, featured the return of the coolest-sounding high school tennis player in all the land.

Priever Pretorious may play for ATM and not Coupeville, but was there ever a name that sounded more like a mysterious tennis assassin?

No, no there was not. Well played, parents.

Monday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Sebastian Davis lost to Houston Schmutz 6-2, 6-3

2nd Singles — Connor McCormick lost to Ryan Castillo 6-1, 6-3

1st Doubles — John McClarin/Joseph Wedekind lost to Priever Pretorius/JT Burtsche 6-1, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Joey Lippo/Lilan Sekigawa lost to Parker Sand/Trent Maier 6-2, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Jared Helmstadter/Grey Rische lost to Luke Van Hollebekke/Josh Palafina 6-4, 6-3

JV:

4th Doubles — Jimmy Myers/Garrett Compton won 6-2

**Only JV score reported**

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Fields

Christine Fields lets fly with a shot. (John Fisken photo)

Locked and loaded.

Swinging into mid-season shape, Coupeville High School senior Christine Fields earned co-medalist honors during a three-team golf match at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club Monday.

Fields, the lone Wolf to tee it up, did battle with her training partners from South Whidbey and the rich school interlopers from Archbishop Thomas Murphy.

She carded a 34 in modified Stableford scoring over 12 holes.

Fields, a three-time state meet veteran who placed fifth in 1A as a junior, has three regular season matches left.

She travels to ATM April 23, then wraps up her final campaign with stops at King’s May 4 and Sultan May 6.

After that comes her final trek through the high school postseason, kicking off with the Cascade Conference meet May 11.

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CJ Smith got the start Saturday and pitched well, but was betrayed by a leaky defense. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

   CJ Smith got the start Saturday and pitched well, but was betrayed by a leaky defense. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

Cameron Toomey-Stout was an offensive machine for the Wolf JV in their doubleheader.

Cameron Toomey-Stout was an offensive machine for the Wolf JV in their doubleheader.

When the Coupeville High School baseball squad is good, it’s very, very good.

And when it’s not, well … that’s when the agonized screaming begins in earnest.

There were more lows than highs Saturday, as five errors on “very routine plays” allowed a chunk of unearned runs to scamper home in a 10-4 non-conference loss at Archbishop Thomas Murphy.

The defeat, coming to their former Cascade Conference nemesis, dropped the Wolves to 2-3.

“What’s been very frustrating, and especially this game, is that we make great plays in the field but can’t seem to make the routine plays,” said Coupeville coach Willie Smith. “When we begin to have a more consistent approach and consistent belief in our abilities then we will begin to play to the high level that we have shown we can play at.”

There were moments to make any coach’s heart swell with pride, such as Aaron Curtin making a spectacular dive at third, coming up firing to gun down the runner at first by half-a-step.

The Wolves also put together a Josh Bayne to Aaron Trumbull to Carson Risner relay from right center to first to home to nail a Wildcat at the plate and got a nifty play from Hunter Smith, who threw out a runner from deep in the hole at shortstop.

But those were overwhelmed by a missed fly ball and multiple booted balls in the infield, which allowed ATM to stay alive and eventually open a large lead.

The Wolves answered with eight hits of their own and seemed to be mounting a come-back in the top of the seventh before it sputtered out.

Bayne walked and stole second, Cole Payne singled, then Curtin unloaded a scorching two-run triple.

Kyle Bodamer followed with an RBI single, but the three-run rally died there as a ground-out and a bam-bam play at third ended the day.

JV heads to the border:

The Wolf young guns went their own way, heading out to Blaine, where they were swept 5-4 and 10-3 in a doubleheader.

In the opener, Coupeville got strong pitching from Jonathan Thurston and had the tying run at second in the seventh before falling just short.

The night-cap featured a stellar catch from Jacob Zettle, who snagged a deep drive to right to end an inning.

Josh Poole, Jimmy Myers and Nick Etzell shared pitching duties in game two, while Joey Lippo (three hits, four runs scored) and Cameron Toomey-Stout (four hits, two RBI, two runs) paced the day’s offense.

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Freshman William Nelson lays down a crisp volley.

   Freshman William Nelson, seen here in practice, split a pair of doubles matches in his high school debut at ATM. (John Fisken photo)

Having traveled to Everett Wednesday for its season-opener, the Coupeville High School boys’ tennis squad was beset by issues on all sides.

First, host Archbishop Thomas Murphy decided on a whim to play a different format than in years past, which forced Wolf tennis coach Ken Stange to juggle his lineup right before his players could take the courts. Then, the Wolves had to play ATM, with its roster full of imported stars.

Led by a former South Whidbey netter now sporting the colors of the private academy, ATM rolled to a 5-0 victory in the varsity match.

But, there will be a second chance.

“Next time we play them it will be at home, and I’ll be able to have my players play in their familiar spots,” Stange said. “I have to get Kyle (Bodamer) onto the singles court!”

Even in a whitewash loss, Stange came away happy with the effort put out by his singles players.

“One bright spot was Aaron Curtin’s match. They battled hard, both hitting shots in excess of 100 mph. It was a bit sloppy, but very exciting,” Stange said. “Sebastian (Davis) pushed hard at #2 singles. He should find some improvement as the season progresses.”

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Aaron Curtin lost to Houston Schmutz  6-3, 6-3

2nd Singles — Sebastian Davis lost to Ryan Castillo 4-6, 6-1, 10-5

1st Doubles — Loren Nelson/Connor McCormick lost to Priever Pretorius/Sebastian Tank 6-1, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Grey Rische/Jared Helmstadter lost to Cole Brandt/Joe Damitio 6-1, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Kyle Bodamer/Joseph Wedekind lost to Payton Johnson/JT Burtsche 6-2, 6-4

 

JV:

Joey Lippo/William Nelson lost to Josh/Luke Van Hollebeck 6-2

Jimmy Myers/Ethan Marx lost to Connor Sand/Jared Martin 6-4

John McClarin/Nick Dion beat James Cox/Jack Glenn 6-3

Garret Compton/Geoffrey McClarin lost to Parker Sand/Trent Mosier 6-3

Brian Shank/Aiden Crimmins lost to Peter Humphrey/Gavin Gaule 6-0

Nick Etzell/Lippo lost to Brett Bean/James Poirier 6-0

Rische/Helmstadter beat Liam McDonald/Andrew Hoover 6-1

W. Nelson/Davis (C) beat Daniel Damiio/Tim Shur 6-0

McCormick/L. Nelson (C) beat Jared Martin/Dylan Kelley 6-4

Myers/Marx (C) beat Josh Hagen/Bobby Zheng 6-1

J. McClarin/Wedekind beat Jordan Smith/Vivec Moolayhil 6-0

Compton/Dion beat Brian Bader/Jason Alberts 6-0

Crimmins/Shank lost to Jorge/Jason 6-2

G. McClarin/Etzell beat Edward/Kenneth 4-0

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