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Andrew Williams and associates will practice Tuesday, instead of playing their season opener as originally planned. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No games for you.

Tuesday is the first day of classes for Coupeville High School students, and home games for Wolf girls soccer, volleyball, and boys soccer were on the schedule.

That shifted Monday, as Auburn Adventist Academy cancelled its planned trip to Whidbey Island.

The news pushes back season-openers for volleyball and girls soccer to Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Wolf spikers host Friday Harbor, while the booters go island-hopping to face the same school.

Of the three CHS teams affected by Tuesday’s cancellations, the one which has the longest gap in its schedule is boys soccer.

That squad is now set to open its season Sept. 13 on the road at Mount Vernon Christian.

No reason was given publicly for the Auburn Adventist cancellations, and it remains unclear if the non-conference bouts will be made up.

“I may or may not reschedule depending on our schedule availability,” said Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith.

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Maddie Georges was a beast on offense and defense Tuesday, sparking Coupeville to a home playoff win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Youth will have its day. Just not today.

Facing off with an Auburn Adventist Academy squad with eight freshmen on its roster, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team bounced the visitors Tuesday, winning 56-37 in its district playoff opener.

The win lifts the Wolves to 9-7 and guarantees they will have two shots to punch their first ticket to state since 2016.

First up is a rumble with La Conner (19-1) Thursday in the CHS gym, with the winner claiming the District 1/2 title.

Tipoff is 5:15 PM.

The loser of that clash travels East, way East, to play Tonasket (15-7) Saturday in a loser-out, winner-to-state game.

Tuesday’s game, the first playoff clash for Megan Smith as a head coach, got off to a great start, hit a momentary pothole, then returned to being covered in awesome sauce.

Harassing their visitors non-stop, the Wolves forced a series of quick turnovers, bolting to a 10-0 lead before the refs could even get their whistles properly wetted.

Maddie Georges buried a three-ball from the left side to kick things off, before Audrianna Shaw and Savina Wells started throwing down points of their own.

Big sis Izzy Wells rejected an Auburn shot, with the ball bouncing right to her sibling, who covered the remainder of the court in several long strides before slapping home a layup.

Coupeville kept the ball moving on offense, with multiple passes on most plays, and finished strongly at the hoop, pushing the lead out to 20-6 by the first break.

Breaking the huddle to start the second quarter, Georges took control, burying a pair of three-balls while also pulling off her copyrighted move of drawing at least one offensive charge per game.

The fiery junior guard once again scrambled to get between the bucket and an incoming player, planted herself, then absorbed a full-body blow without the slightest hint of a flinch.

That sent her big bro (and CHS assistant coach) Alex Evans skyward, pumping both fists as he elevated off his chair, while Maddie offered a small smile of acknowledgement.

The third trey from Georges shoved the lead all the way out to 28-8 and dreams of a rout were in the air.

But then Auburn’s young guns proved to be a resilient bunch.

The Falcons, who had looked flustered all game, finally found a groove and closed the half on a 14-4 run, sparked by two three-balls of their own, plus a three-point play the hard way.

Gwen Gustafson and Shaw hit buckets down the stretch, with Shaw’s jumper moving her past 200 career varsity points, but the feel of the game had changed a bit.

Add in a quick Auburn bank shot to open the third quarter, slicing the lead back down to single digits at 32-24, and there was a slight hint of danger in the air.

Or maybe someone in the stands was eating Flaming Hot Cheetos, because those also smell like danger…

But you know who has no fear? Audrianna Shaw, that’s who.

When she wasn’t smack-talking the refs (with a smile on her face), the senior sparkplug was busy taking Auburn into the back alley and making sure the Falcons never returned.

A Shaw three-ball ripped through the net like a knife, while her razor-sharp dish inside set Nezi Keiper up for a huge bucket in the paint.

Audrianna Shaw, on the rampage.

Coupeville stretched the lead back out to 42-28 by the end of the third frame, before savagely killing all of Auburn’s remaining dreams with 10-0 tear to open the fourth quarter.

The Wolf defense was especially ferocious, with Lyla Stuurmans and Abby Mulholland blocking shots to rile up the CHS student section, while Savina Wells dropped the most-electrifying play of the game late.

Plucking the ball free, the fab frosh roared down court.

Without breaking stride, Wells weaved back and forth between three retreating defenders, spinning them in circles, before sliding through a paper-thin crack at the end, flicking the ball off the glass for a pretty, pretty bucket.

Putting together the kind of balanced attack every coach dreams of, the Wolves had three players in double figures, with eight of 11 scoring.

Shaw knocked down a game-high 13, with Georges (11) and Savina Wells (10) also hitting big.

Gustafson (6), Izzy Wells (6), Carolyn Lhamon (4), Stuurmans (4), and Keiper (2) also scored, with Mulholland, Ja’Kenya Hoskins, and Katie Marti also seeing floor time.

One win from punching a ticket to state.


All the tension, half the jersey:

La Conner’s boys survived a wild one on Coupeville’s court, upending Auburn Adventist 48-45 in the nightcap to a playoff doubleheader.

The Braves scored the game’s final four points on free throws, before the Falcons missed badly on a half-court three-ball at the buzzer.

La Conner (7-12) advances to face Coupeville (15-0) Thursday in the district title game, in what will be the third meeting this season between the teams.

The Wolves won the first two clashes 54-26 and 79-45.

Facing off with a quick Auburn squad Tuesday, the Braves led most of the game, only to fall behind by a point with less than 90 seconds to play.

But La Conner responded, with Isaiah Price netting a pair of charity shots to push his team ahead at the 1:15 mark, before Ivory Damien punched home two final daggers with just 2.3 ticks left on the clock.

The Braves defense came up big at the end, with six-foot-nine post player Josh Denton — the man, the mountain, the myth — rejecting Auburn shots on back-to-back plays.

The full-tilt bout also featured a frustrated La Conner player ripping his own jersey into two pieces — while it was still on his body — as he stormed off the court.

Good times for all.

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Abby Mulholland powers to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Middle school hoops players hype up high school stars Grady Rickner and Caleb Meyer. (Megan Somes photo)

Big games, big moments.

Six teams enter the District 1/2 basketball tournament — which starts Tuesday in Coupeville — with two teams guaranteed of punching a ticket to state.

There’s a possibility as many as four area teams will advance to the big dance, though things will have to play out perfectly for that to happen.

The setup for districts calls for four games in the CHS gym.

After that, the district title winners are state-bound, while the runner-ups hit the road for loser-out, winner-to-state games with schools in other districts.

What you need to know before tip-off:



District 1/2 basketball tourney



Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 15 and 17



Coupeville High School (501 S Main)



Tickets can be purchased two ways – online or at the door.

No regular season passes are accepted, as playoff money goes to the districts, and not the school hosting the tourney.

Ticket sales at the door are CASH only.

To purchase online, scan the barcode in the photo above, or pop over to the GoFan link at:


You select the game and date, then bring your phone with you to the game. The ticket taker will hit redeem on the screen, stamp your hand, and you’re cleared to enter.




Coupeville girls vs. Auburn Adventist (5:15) – LOSER OUT
La Conner boys vs. Auburn Adventist (7:00) – LOSER OUT



La Conner girls vs. Coupeville/Auburn winner (5:15) – WINNER TO STATE
Coupeville boys vs. La Conner/Auburn winner (7:00) – WINNER TO STATE








Team capsules:



Auburn Adventist Academy

Season record: 7-10

League: 1B/2B SeaTac

Trips to state: None

Fast fact: Eight of 11 players are freshmen

Coach: Jessie Plecker

Seniors: Caitlyn Walter

Mascot: Falcons



Season record: 8-7

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: Seven (Most recent: 2016)

Fast fact: Assistant coach Cherie Smith has worked the Wolf bench with both her husband (Willie) and daughter

Coach: Megan Smith

Seniors: Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Abby Mulholland, Audrianna Shaw, Izzy Wells

Mascot: Wolves


La Conner

Season record: 19-1

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: 13 (Most recent: 2020)

Fast fact: Only loss was 45-43 to 4A Eastlake, which is 19-2

Coach: Scott Novak

Seniors: Sarah Cook, Rachel Cram, Aubrie Sloniker, Juna Swanson

Mascot: Braves



Auburn Adventist Academy

Season record: 9-7

League: 1B/2B SeaTac

Trips to state: None

Fast fact: Was supposed to play La Conner in December, but non-conference game was cancelled

Coach: Angel Ogando

Seniors: Joshua Bruce, Stephen Ellis

Mascot: Falcons



Season record: 15-0

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: Five (Most recent: 1988)

Fast fact: Only unbeaten 2B boys team in state

Coach: Brad Sherman

Seniors: Bennett Boyles, Miles Davidson, Logan Martin, Caleb Meyer, Xavier Murdy, Grady Rickner, Hawthorne Wolfe

Mascot: Wolves


La Conner

Season record: 6-12

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: 42 (Most recent: 2019)

Fast fact: Beat Friday Harbor 48-38 Saturday in tie-breaker game to earn playoff berth

Coach: CJ Woods

Seniors: Ace Baker, Cameron Burks, Jahrel Cayou, Josh Denton, Haydin Dinnuis, Collin Joe, Quentin Kaubin, Luke Marble, Spencer Olson, Miles Sidzyik, Mason Wilson

Mascot: Braves

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Lucy Tenore and Coupeville volleyball split a pair of matches Wednesday at districts, falling a win shy of a trip to state. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s one roadblock in their way, but it’s a fairly-imposing one.

Since returning to 2B with the 2020-2021 school year, the Coupeville High School volleyball team has gone 17-9 overall, 16-5 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

But, standing in the way of the Wolves is La Conner, which is 18-0 this season and rolling to a possible third-straight state crown.

After falling to the Braves Wednesday in the District 1/2 tourney championship match, the Wolves are 0-6 against La Conner the past two seasons, 17-3 against the rest of the world.

Those other three defeats came in non-conference bouts against 1A schools, leaving the Braves as the only 2B team Coupeville has lost to since returning to the classification.

Wednesday night’s district tourney, a three-team affair held at La Conner, opened with Coupeville facing off with Auburn Adventist Academy.

The Wolves controlled things from start to finish against the only 2B school from the 1B Sea-Tac League, winning 25-15, 25-20, 25-13.

But, after a short break, Coupeville, which was playing without setter and team captain Maddie Georges, was unable to slow down La Conner’s roll.

The Braves cruised to a 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 victory to earn the lone ticket to the state tourney, which runs Nov. 11-12 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Coupeville finishes 11-6, the fifth time in six seasons the Wolves have won 11 or more matches under coach Cory Whitmore.

The only blip on that record came last season, when Covid allowed CHS to play just nine times.

Wednesday’s opening match came against a foe Coupeville had no familiarity with, but the Wolves adjusted quickly.

“It was a fun win against Auburn Adventist,” Whitmore said. “Our serve receive was very consistent and ahead of the ball the entire match.

“This allowed Katie Marti to deliver some really well-delivered sets to our hitters,” he added. “Katie got better every day this season, and, when her chance came, she was ready, and I’m proud of her patient growth.”

Marti, a freshman, stepped in for Georges, who was ill, and held up extremely well at a high-pressure position.

Katie got the ball really well to our middles (Jill Prince and Olivia Schaffeld), who hit for a high efficiency,” Whitmore said.

Lyla Stuurmans (on the outside) had a strong performance hitting edges of the ball really well,” he added. “We controlled a lot of free balls sent our way because of our well-placed and tough serving game.”

Lyla Stuurmans was one of four freshmen to play varsity this season.

The nightcap was largely what the Wolves expected, as they came hard on every ball, but had trouble with the overwhelming power at La Conner’s disposal.

“They make you really earn your points, and while our serving was still strong, they have offensive weapons to send it back,” Whitmore said. “Again, our passing was pretty strong and our energy picked up as the match went on.”

La Conner loses six seniors, though the state’s best 2B player, Ellie Marble, still has a season left to wear a Braves uniform.

By contrast, Coupeville can return its entire roster next year, as the Wolves have no seniors and played four freshmen, two sophomores, and six juniors this season.

Half of the starting lineup Wednesday — Stuurmans, Marti, and Savina Wells — are just 9th graders.

“All-in-all, happy for the girls and this season, getting back to being played in the fall,” Whitmore said.

“We look forward to the fact we don’t have one senior, and will make some aggressive moves in the off-season building upon a strong foundation of experience this season.”


Wednesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 17 digs, 5 aces
Taygin Jump — 5 digs
Ryanne Knoblich — 6 digs
Katie Marti 
— 3 kills, 11 digs, 36 assists, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 1 kill
Jill Prince — 11 kills, 1 dig
Olivia Schaffeld 
— 7 kills, 5 digs, 2 assists, 1 block assist, 1 ace
Lyla Stuurmans
— 7 kills, 9 digs, 1 block assist
Lucy Tenore — 8 kills, 3 digs
Savina Wells — 4 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces

Jill Prince led the Wolves in kills during her junior season.

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Maddie Georges and CHS volleyball are 10-5 heading into the postseason. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves need two wins in one night to advance to state.

Three teams enter, one exits with a ticket to state.

This year’s version of the district volleyball playoffs is a fairly streamlined affair, with just two matches being played.

Coupeville and Auburn Adventist Academy face off at 5 PM Wednesday, Nov. 3 at La Conner High School in a loser-out match to kick things off.

The winner returns to the floor at 7:30 to play the tourney hosts, who happen to be the two-time defending 2B state champs.

Barring a major upset, the Braves then head off to Yakima to defend their crown.

Coupeville fans already know La Conner well, but Auburn Adventist is a different thing.

The Falcons are the lone 2B school playing in the 1B Sea-Tac League, and finished third out of 10 schools this season.

Auburn handed the league’s top team, Crosspoint Academy, its only conference loss, yet was swept in straight sets by Coupeville’s Northwest 2B/1B League mate Darrington in a non-conference tilt.

With Coupeville having squashed the Loggers both times they played this season, that seems to be a positive for the Wolves.

But, it’s the playoffs, so anything goes.


What: District 1/2 volleyball tourney

When: Wednesday, Nov. 3

Where: La Conner High School (307 N 6th St.)



Adults and students w/o ASB — $7
Students w/ASB — $5
Children (ages 6-12) and Senior Citizens — $5
Children (0-5) — Free





Auburn Adventist Academy:

Season record: 10-6

League finish: #3 in 1B Sea-Tac League (only 2B school)

Sets W/L: 33-21

Coach: Lina Aiolupotea

Seniors: Online roster doesn’t list player grade levels.

Mascot: Falcons



Season record: 10-5

League finish: #2 in Northwest 2B/1B League

Sets W/L: 30-19

Coach: Cory Whitmore

Seniors: None

Mascot: Wolves


La Conner:

Season record: 17-0

League finish: #1 in Northwest 2B/1B League

Sets W/L: 51-5

Coach: Suzanne Marble

Seniors: Hannah Cook, Sarah Cook, Rachel Cram, Emmaline Keller, Aubrie Sloniker

Mascot: Braves

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