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Hannah Davidson is here to deny you! (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chelsea Prescott fires up the jets.

Abby Mulholland keeps her eyes on the prize.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh (30) and Davidson get caught in a tangle.

Gwen Gustafson rolls hard to the hoop.

Can’t catch Avalon Renninger, can’t beat the Wolves.

The action was hoppin’, and the camera was clickin’.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball teams invaded Langley Friday, rolling to a varsity win while dropping a razor-thin decision in the JV game.

Also making the trip down Island was wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, who left his Oak Harbor home behind for a night of hoops.

The pics above are courtesy him, but are just a smidge of what he snapped.

To see everything Fisken shot, and possibly purchase some glossies, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2019-2020/GBB-2020-01-17-at-South-Whidbey/

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Avalon Renninger scored Saturday as CHS girls soccer won for the first time in the playoffs. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sophia Martin scored twice in a 4-0 rout of Mount Baker.

Mollie Bailey stands around like a pro.

The Coupeville High School soccer goaltender had relatively little to do Saturday, which is a great thing, indicating her teammates were dominating what would turn out to be a landmark win.

Sparked by a pair of goals from sophomore Sophia Martin, the Wolf booters filled the nets at a pace not previously seen this season, torching visiting Mount Baker 4-0 in a district playoff play-in game.

The victory, which lifts CHS to 3-12-2 on the season, is the first playoff win in program history.

It also propels the Wolves into another loser-out postseason battle, this one coming Monday, when Coupeville travels to Bothell to face Cedar Park Christian, which sits at 8-6 on the season.

Win there, and the pride of Central Whidbey moves into double-elimination territory, needing one win in two games to advance to bi-districts.

To see the district tourney bracket, pop over to:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3117&sport=11

Regardless of how Monday plays out, the Wolves made program history Saturday, and did it twice.

There was the win, yes, but Coupeville had to make a big step before getting there.

They had to score in the playoffs, something no CHS girls soccer team had done.

Over the last decade, the Wolf booters had played eight postseason bouts, three against Vashon Island, three against Meridian, and one each against Lynden Christian and Charles Wright Academy.

Along the way, while frequently forced to play on artificial turf, Coupeville had been outscored 22-0.

Jump forward to Saturday, and the Wolves were free to romp once again on the natural grass which covers Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field.

They were still missing injured starters Genna Wright and Eryn Wood, but got Natalie Hollrigel and Sophia Martin back in uniform, and that paid dividends.

Moments after dropping a rival player on her rear on the opposite side of the field, ever-elusive Mallory Kourtuem set up a magical moment in time in front of Baker’s goal.

Sucking the defense to her, the CHS senior shielded the ball from her defender, then banged a quick shot into the middle of a mad scrum of players.

It wasn’t just a wild shot, but a pass with a purpose, as Kortuem’s laser landed exactly where she wanted it to be – on Martin’s toe.

Making a bang-bang play, the Wolf sharpshooter punched the ball into the left side of the net, burying the orb into the back of the net before the Mount Baker goalie could move.

Without probably knowing it, the CHS duo had made history, possibly bringing a sigh of sweet relief from their coach, Kyle Nelson, as he paced the sideline.

The Wolf head man had entered the afternoon well aware of Coupeville’s postseason scoring drought, something he was intent on ending.

Whether or not his players knew of their tango with history, they kept up the pressure on the field, thoroughly controlling the flow of the game.

Audrianna Shaw missed (but just barely) on a shot which slid to the left of the net, before Martin banged a shot which tore off a chunk of the cross bar but somehow refused to flop into the net.

She got her revenge a few moments later, however, connecting on her second goal of the day, spinning and chopping the ball over the goalie’s shoulder.

With the celebration in full effect, the Wolves were lights-out the rest of the way.

On offense, Coupeville tacked on a pair of second-half goals, with Anna Dion singing the net with her second score in as many games, before Avalon Renninger blew out the back of the net with a long bomb.

Her team-leading sixth goal of the season, it gives the exuberant Wolf senior 12 scores for her stellar career, which puts her fifth on the CHS girls career scoring list.

Plus it made Grandma and Grandpa Renninger, the most-faithful fans in town, very happy, so there’s that, too.

And Bailey?

She was content to be the loneliest girl in town, fielding just a handful of scattered shots, none of which came close to being halfway-dangerous.

Most of Bailey’s time was spent watching her defenders flex their biceps.

First exhibit: fierce frosh Nezi Keiper parking a Baker girl on her butt after administering a hip check which could be heard all the way up in the press box.

As the Wolf booters celebrated history in the moments after the game’s conclusion, Coupeville volleyball ace Maya Toomey-Stout, a big fan of big hits, wandered by, nodding her head approvingly.

“Hell yeah!!!” she said, and then she smiled.

It was a sentiment shared by one and all in Wolf Nation.

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Despite a loss Thursday, Mallory Kortuem and her CHS girls soccer teammates are still very much alive in the playoff hunt. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hunt goes on.

Nine games into a 15-game regular season, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team is still looking for its first win.

A 6-2 loss Thursday at Granite Falls drops the Wolves to 0-5 in North Sound Conference action, 0-7-2 overall.

South Whidbey (5-0, 8-0), which knocked off King’s (4-1, 6-3) in other Thursday action, winning 2-0, controls the race for a league crown at the halfway point of the conference schedule.

Cedar Park Christian (3-2, 6-3), Granite Falls (2-3, 4-5), and Sultan (1-4, 1-6-2) would currently claim the other playoff berths, but Coupeville is just a game off of the #5 seed.

The Wolves play three of their final five league games at home, including a huge rumble with Sultan Oct. 15.

Thursday night CHS got both of its goals from Avalon Renninger.

That gives the senior captain five scores on the year and 11 for her career.

Renninger joins Mia Litttlejohn (35), Kalia Littlejohn (33), Lindsey Roberts (17), and Genna Wright (17) as the only Wolf girls to score in double digits during their time on the soccer pitch.

She’s scored in each of her four seasons, raising her yearly goal totals from one to two to three and now five and counting.

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Carolyn Lhamon pushes the ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“How you doin??”

Wolf goalie Samantha Streitler denies Mount Vernon Christian.

Tia Wurzrainer dances with the soccer ball.

Avalon Renninger fires the ball into play.

Sophia Martin drops some wicked kung fu soccer skills.

Saturdays are for soccer.

The Coupeville High School girls have run the pitch the past two weekends, offering their best performances of the season.

Along for the ride this past Saturday was paparazzi to the stars John Fisken, who offers up the pics seen above.

To take a gander at everything his cameras captured, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Soccer/GS-2019-09-28-vs-MVC/

While you’re there, if you should happen to purchase any pics, a percentage of each transaction goes to help fund scholarships Fisken awards each spring to CHS student/athletes.

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Natalie Hollrigel and the CHS defense stepped up impressively in the second half Saturday, keying a Wolf comeback against a highly-touted rival. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Vegas odds-makers are not happy.

But Kyle Nelson is.

Blowing up pregame predictions, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team stormed back from two goals down Saturday, against a team which hadn’t been scored on in four straight games, and forced a 2-2 draw.

The tie, coming against a Mount Vernon Christian team which arrived on Whidbey boasting a 5-1 record, and having outscored foes 27-2 across the last five games, felt like a win as the Wolves exited the pitch.

Seeing his team dominate play, especially in the second half, reinforced Nelson’s belief his squad shouldn’t solely be judged on its 0-5-2 record.

With one or two exceptions, Coupeville has been highly-competitive in all of its games, while playing without its top scorer and starting goaltender for much of the season.

With Genna Wright likely gone for the season (she injured her knee in the season opener) and Mollie Bailey returning to the net Saturday — but just for a half — it’s required everyone on the roster to step up.

And the growth Nelson was hoping to see in a relatively young team is arriving.

“We’re finally getting to where we want to be,” he said.

“Our play in the middle third of the field has been solid, and now, after getting in some more practices, and working on our play in the final third, we’re seeing definite progress.”

Mount Vernon Christian hadn’t been touched since a season-opening loss to Cedar Park Christian, and the Hurricanes came out looking like a team intent on winning its sixth-straight game.

Two goals midway through the first half, the second off of a penalty kick which caught a gust of wind and shot over Bailey’s shoulder, staked MVC to a 2-0 lead.

Without Wright as the tip of its spear, Coupeville has struggled to score at times this season, amassing just five goals through its first six games.

But this time the Wolves broke through, as sophomore Eryn Wood beat a pair of defenders, then popped a shot into the right side of the net with three minutes to play in the opening half.

Her first high school goal, it gave the Wolves a genuine spark heading into the locker room, and it showed when CHS returned to the pitch.

Coupeville owned every second of the game’s second 40-minute stretch, peppering the Hurricane goalie with shot after shot, while Bailey’s backup, Samantha Streitler, only had to turn away a shot every 20 minutes or so.

But as many shots as the Wolves were firing, Mount Vernon was doing a nice dance of “dodge the tie,” with its goaltender deflecting shots on both sides of the net.

Her luck finally ran out thanks to her teammates love of physical defense.

Or maybe extra-physical, as the Hurricanes twice wiped out Wolf sophomore Sophia Martin as she careened towards the goal, ball on her foot.

The first time, the ref shrugged his shoulders and walked away with nary a whistle, but the second time the bodies hit the floor, a yellow card came out and Coupeville was awarded a penalty kick.

Taking the in-close shot was the ever-stone cold Avalon Renninger, who slightly arched one eyebrow, let the smallest of smiles slip to just the corner of her mouth, then drilled the snot out of the ball.

It curved past the flailing MVC goalie, found the back of the net, tied the game up, and made a little history.

It was Renninger’s team-leading third goal of the season, and the ninth of her four-year career.

That breaks a tie with big sis Sage, and moves the younger sister into sole possession of fifth-place on the CHS girls soccer career scoring list.

Not content for just a two-goal comeback and a tie against a strong non-conference foe, the Wolves kept their collective foot jammed on the gas pedal, driving it through the floorboards.

But, despite two sizzlin’ Renninger shots, packaged around a booming ball off the foot of Audrianna Shaw, it wasn’t to be.

With the game in stoppage time, the most-irritating of all time in a soccer game since only the ref knows how long he’ll let the “last two minutes” go on, MVC made its first sustained run in nearly 38 minutes.

A ball took a bad hop (for Coupeville) and a Hurricane shooter got away just long enough to fire off one final shot in a bid to drive a stake through the heart of Wolf Nation.

Streitler was in place to make the nab, but she never had to, as the ball sailed harmlessly past on the right side, and the final whistle mercifully tweeted.

Since it was a non-conference game (and soccer…), players exchanged handshakes instead of taking things to overtime and/or penalty kicks.

But, from the way they walked off the field, it was hard not to feel like the Wolves were the better team on this day, regardless of record, and the true winners.

It keeps alive a remarkably successful run against Mount Vernon Christian, as Coupeville girls soccer has gone 5-1-2 against the Hurricanes across the last decade.

Something to keep in mind, because if CHS drops back from 1A to 2B next school year, as expected, they would rejoin their old stomping grounds, the Northwest League.

The current first-place team in that league? MVC.

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