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Spring sports approach, which means Maya Toomey-Stout is about to return to action. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can see the end from here.

The upcoming spring sports season, which kicks off March 2, is the finale for both the 2019-2020 school year, and for Coupeville’s two-year run in the North Sound Conference.

When a new school year rolls around in the fall, CHS will have dropped down a classification, from 1A to 2B, and will be off to rejoin old-school rivals in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

But, before we get there, five Wolf teams still have a season to play, with one squad — the softball sluggers — seeking to exit with back-to-back league titles.

As you peruse the schedules below, know that Mother Nature will undoubtedly wreak havoc with them at some point.

So, use them as a jumping off point, but also keep an eye out for changes, which you can find at a couple of places.

School website — http://coupeville.tandem.co/

League website — http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.0.0.200

In the varsity schedules below, asterisks indicate a league game, and to the surprise of almost everyone, four of the five Wolf spring teams have more home games than road trips.

And, while track and field is the only sport which will spend more time on the bus than hanging out in its own grandstand, the program has three home meets, which is still pretty dang good.

 

BASEBALL:

Tues-Mar. 17 — @ Friday Harbor (4:00)
Fri-Mar. 20 — Lynden Christian (TBA)
Sat-Mar. 21 — Overlake (1:00)
Mon-Mar. 23 — Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Wed-Mar. 25 — Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Fri-Mar. 27 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (3:30)
Mon-Mar. 30 — Chimacum (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 1 — University Prep (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 6 — King’s* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 8 — @ King’s* (6:00)
Fri-Apr. 10 — King’s* (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 13 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 15 — South Whidbey* (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 17 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 20 — @ Sultan* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 22 — Sultan* (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 24 — @ Sultan* (4:00)
Mon-Apr. 27 — @ Granite Falls* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 29 — Granite Falls* (4:00)
Fri-May 1 — @ Granite Falls* (4:00)

 

BOYS SOCCER:

Mon-Mar. 16 — @ Mount Baker (4:30)
Thurs-Mar. 19 — Meridian (TBA)
Sat-Mar. 21 — Nooksack Valley (TBA)
Tues-Mar. 24 — @ King’s* (7:00)
Fri-Mar. 27 — @ Sultan* (7:00)
Tues-Mar. 31 — Cedar Park Christian* (6:45)
Fri-Apr. 3 — South Whidbey* (6:45)
Tues-Apr. 14 — @ Granite Falls* (6:00)
Fri-Apr. 17 — King’s* (6:45)
Tues-Apr. 21 — Sultan* (6:45)
Fri-Apr. 24 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (6:00)
Tues-Apr. 28 — @ South Whidbey* (6:00)
Thurs-Apr. 30 — Granite Falls* (6:45)

 

GIRLS TENNIS:

Tues-Mar. 17 — Oak Harbor (3:30)
Thurs-Mar. 26 — @ King’s* (3:30)
Thurs-Apr. 2 — Anacortes (3:30)
Fri-Apr. 3 — Bear Creek (3:30)
Tues-Apr. 14 — @ South Whidbey* (3:30)
Tues-Apr. 21 — @ Granite Falls* (3:30)
Thurs-Apr. 23 — Port Angeles (3:30)
Tues-Apr. 28 — King’s* (3:30)
Thurs-Apr. 30 — South Whidbey* (3:30)
Fri-May 1 — Friday Harbor* (3:30)
Tues-May 5 — @ Friday Harbor* (3:30)
Thurs-May 7 — Granite Falls* (3:30)

 

SOFTBALL:

Tues-Mar. 17 — @ Friday Harbor (4:00)
Fri-Mar. 20 — Lynden Christian (4:00)
Thur-Mar. 26 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Tues-Mar. 31 — Granite Falls* (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 2 — Sultan* (4:00)
Tues-Apr. 14 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 18 — @ Meridian (1:00)
Mon-Apr. 20 — @ Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 22 — Granite Falls* (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 24 — Sultan* (4:00)
Tues-Apr. 28 — @ South Whidbey* (4:00)
Sat-May 2 — Forks (1:00)
Sat-May 2 — Forks (3:00)
Mon-May 4 — Cedar Park Christian* (4:00)
Wed-May 6 — @ Granite Falls* (4:00)
Fri-May 8 — @ Sultan* (4:00)
Tues-May 12 — South Whidbey* (4:00)

 

TRACK:

Thur-Mar. 19 @ Oak Harbor Jamboree (3:30)
Thur-Mar. 26 — @ King’s (4:00)
Sat-Mar. 28 — HOME (11:00)
Thur-Apr. 2 — HOME (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 16 — @ Granite Falls (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 18 — @ Lil Norway (11:00)
Thur-Apr. 23 — HOME (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 30 — @ Granite Falls (4:00)

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Sign your child up now for Central Whidbey Little League action. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Time to think about the spring.

Central Whidbey Little League is hosting an “Early Registration Day and Skills Camp” Saturday, January 18.

The event runs from noon to 2 PM at the Coupeville High School gym, and is open to children ages 5-15 who live in Central Whidbey (Coupeville and Greenbank).

All age groups (T-Ball, baseball, and fastpitch softball) are included in the skills camp.

Parents are encouraged to register their children at the league’s site — https://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/ — or at the skills camp.

If you get registered by Jan. 18, you save $10.

A second registration day (at full cost) and skills camp is set for Feb. 22.

For next Saturday’s event, players are asked to wear athletic clothing and “good gym shoes.”

It’s recommended they bring their baseball and softball gear, if they have it, though some will be provided for those in need.

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Registration for a new season of Central Whidbey Little League softball and baseball action kicks off December 1. (Jackie Saia photo)

Spring is right around the corner.

Must be, as the promise of a new season of baseball and softball action is upon us.

Registration for Central Whidbey Little League opens Sunday, December 1, and you can save $10 through an “Early Bird” special if you sign up before Jan. 15.

For more info and to get in ahead of the crowd, pop over to:

https://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/Default.aspx?tabid=945573

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Denny Zylstra, planning some shenanigans.

Denny Zylstra is one of the true big-timers in the history of Coupeville athletics.

His runs as an athlete, coach, and die-hard supporter have been well-documented, and he has been a member of the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame for some time.

Today, though, thanks to Charlie Burrow, we have a story about a young Denny which I hadn’t previously heard.

One day in the spring of 1958, the Coupeville High School baseball team was returning from a game in Port Townsend aboard the PT-Keystone ferry.

The players were still in uniform because the county stadium where we played in downtown PT didn’t have showers – the team suited up at the Coupeville school, then went by bus to Keystone and walked aboard the ferry.

At that time the PT ferry dock was further north than the current dock and only about a block from the stadium, so CHS saved having to pay the fare for the bus by having the team walk aboard.

Anyway, at some point after we departed PT, someone dared Denny Zylstra (CHS ’58), the team’s leading pitcher, and prankster, to jump off the ferry while it was underway.

He said he’d do it for $35.

So, when enough pledges were raised from players and supporters to meet his price, he began to strip off his uniform preparatory to making the plunge.

But, unfortunately (or, fortunately for Denny) a member of the ferry crew who’d gotten wind of the proceedings intervened and warned us that if he jumped, they’d be calling the sheriff and Denny would be arrested when we arrived at Keystone.

So much for that idea.

PS — Don’t remember who won the ball game.

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Scott Hilborn, who will be a freshman at Coupeville High School this fall, rumbles for yardage in a middle school game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The younger brother is ready to make a big name for himself.

As he preps for his freshman year at Coupeville High School, Scott Hilborn is among the most-anticipated athletes headed towards their fall debut.

A standout football and baseball player during his middle school days, he has the same talent and drive which made older brother Matt a CHS star in the same sports over the past four years.

While his older sibling has graduated, Scott is ready to start writing his own success story.

“I really enjoy the opportunity to compete against others,” he said. “And, in addition, it helps me stay in shape.”

That, and farm work, as he gets plenty of time in the barn when at home.

Parents Steve and Wendi Hilborn own Penn Cove Farms, which makes Matt and Scott throwbacks to the olden days in Coupeville, when many top athletes toiled on local farms.

When he’s not knee-deep in the manure, the younger Hilborn enjoys math class, and proving himself on the diamond and gridiron.

He’s been at baseball longer, with his dad as his coach throughout little league play, and would give that sport the edge when it comes to picking a favorite pastime.

“Baseball is my favorite sport,” Hilborn said. “Just because I have been playing it since I was little and I just started football.”

When he steps back and takes a look at his skill-set, he sees strengths, but also wouldn’t mind a sudden growth spurt.

“I think I excel at agility and hand/eye coordination,” Hilborn said. “However, my size is really holding me back.”

But, while he might not be a tree topper heading into his freshman year, don’t sleep on him any time soon.

Having watched him play a couple of years, I’m here to tell you his speed, his tenacity, his strength (farm work, good for every Coupeville athlete!), and his intangibles make him one to watch.

If he has half the career his brother did, Scott Hilborn will walk away from high school with his fair share of praise and awards.

But, trust me, he wants more than just that.

“My main goal in high school is just to be better than my brother,” Hilborn said.

And then he went right back to work.

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