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Wolves (back, l to r) Veronica Crownover, Nicole Laxton and (front) Mackenzie Davis, wait out a rain storm Friday at the district softball tourney in Lacey. (Kelly Crownover photo)

The rain might have been an omen.

Fresh off of beating Vashon Island in the district playoff opener Friday, the Coupeville High School softball team found itself beset by liquid sunshine.

And, while the umbrellas were finally put away and the Wolves were allowed to take the turf in Lacey, all the hits had been washed out of their bats.

After raining down base-knocks against the Pirates, Coupeville was one-hit by Bellevue Christian and fell 14-1 in the District 3 title game.

The Wolves can still punch their ticket to state, though, and all it will take is to beat a familiar foe.

Olympic League rival Klahowya, which Coupeville has beaten six straight times over the past two years, survived a loser’s out brawl with Vashon.

After winning 12-1, the Eagles will clash with the Wolves 1 PM Saturday and the stakes are simple.

Win, and you go to state (Coupeville’s last visit was in 2014, Klahowya’s in 2004).

Lose, and you hang up your uniform and prepare for your team banquet.

The two teams have similar records, with the Wolves sitting at 12-8 and the Eagles at 11-7, but their rivalry has been largely one-sided this season.

Coupeville swept to a league title by beating KSS 15-1, 9-4 and 12-7.

The Wolves have outscored the Eagles 60-22 over the past two seasons, winning all six of their clashes.

To keep that streak alive, and punch a ticket to Richland, CHS needs to hit more like it did in game one Friday, and less like it did on a wet, slick turf field in game two.

Coupeville’s only base-knock against BC came in the bottom of the second, when freshman third-baseman Chelsea Prescott launched a lead-off triple down the right-field line.

The ball curved over first base, hung in the air for a second, then bit ground just inside the chalk and skipped to the fence while Prescott sailed into third standing up.

She promptly came home on the next pitch, when the ball got away from the Bellevue catcher, but, as quickly as the Wolves launched their mini-rally, it was over.

BC scored in four of five innings, chipping away for two in the first, one in the second and another two in the third.

Coupeville’s best defensive stand came in the fourth, when Katrina McGranahan cut down the lead-off hitter on a come-backer, then ended the inning with back-to-back K’s.

The fifth inning, by contrast, was a killer, as the Vikings exploded for nine runs to turn a fairly close 5-1 game into a blow-out.

Other than Prescott’s hit, CHS only got three runners (McGranahan, Hope Lodell and Lauren Rose) aboard, all thanks to walks.

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   Jake Hoagland steps to the plate during Thursday’s playoff game in Tacoma. (Jim Hoagland photos)

   Wolf hurler Matt Hilborn, looking very much like a man who probably just stuffed his pockets full of seeds.

A bump in the road.

One bad inning Thursday brought a momentary pause to the joy ride the Coupeville High School baseball team is enjoying this season.

But it doesn’t have to be fatal.

A momentary lapse or two in the second inning allowed Bellevue Christian to pile up all the runs it would need for a 4-1 win, giving the Vikings (13-6) the district title and a berth to the state tourney.

The playoff loss, coming on a neutral field in Tacoma, snaps Coupeville’s eight-game winning streak. Only the second defeat in the last 14 games for the Wolves, it drops them to 15-5.

But hope still burns brightly.

CHS heads back to Tacoma Saturday to play Charles Wright Academy (11-6) at Curtis High School. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.

The Tarriers stayed alive Thursday by eliminating Chimacum 5-0 in a loser-out game.

Coupeville destroyed CWA 10-0 in six innings the last time the two teams faced … which was Tuesday in the opening game of the playoffs.

Recreate that magic Saturday and the Wolf baseball program returns to state for the first time since 2014.

CHS had momentum coming in to the district title game and jumped on BC for a run in the top of the first.

Playing as the visiting team, the Wolves put lead-off hitter Matt Hilborn on board thanks to a single, then brought him around to score three batters later.

Julian Welling, the human RBI machine, plunked a run-scoring base-knock and everything looked like it was clicking for Coupeville.

Unfortunately, those two early hits were almost everything CHS got off of BC pitcher Daniel Teramato.

Once he escaped the first inning, the Viking hurler limited the Wolves to just two more hits the rest of the way, using just 71 pitches to blitz through seven innings.

And it was Teramato who delivered the game’s defining offensive moment as well, cracking a two-run double to cap a four-run explosion in the bottom of the second.

Bellevue mixed in a couple of timely hits with a walk or two and a key Coupeville error, then its offense also went fairly dry the rest of the way.

Wolf junior pitcher Matt Hilborn shut down the bleeding in the second by getting all three outs via whiffs, half of his six K’s on the day.

From that point until he handed the ball to reliever Dane Lucero late in the bottom of the sixth, Hilborn limited the Vikings to just two more hits.

The problem is, after playing flawless ball in every aspect of the game in their district playoff opener, the Wolves were not quite perfect against BC.

Coupeville racked up four errors in the field, four more than it committed against Charles Wright, and left what few base-runners it had hanging out to dry.

The Wolves got a runner aboard in the third on an error, only to see him erased in a double play.

After that, CHS left a man on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

The hardest to take came in the fifth, after Jake Pease launched a lead-off double to spark hopes of a Wolf comeback.

Instead, he was taken down on his way in to third on a fielder’s choice, and then the next two batters hit the ball straight at fielders for fly outs.

Coupeville only lost the hit parade battle 5-4, with Hilborn, Welling, Hunter Smith and Pease having base-knocks, but Teramato closed strongly, retiring eight of the final nine Wolf hitters.

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   Senior captain William Nelson scored Saturday as Coupeville soccer shocked Bellevue Christian 3-0, nabbing its first playoff win in six years. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The last time the Coupeville High School boys soccer team won a playoff game, Sam Wynn was in third grade.

Jump forward six years, almost to the day, and the Wolves, with a big boost from their fab frosh, have tasted postseason glory once again.

Wynn banged home the first goal, the only one which truly mattered, then William Nelson and Aram Leyva added insurance scores, and Coupeville bushwhacked Bellevue Christian 3-0 Saturday at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

The playoff win, the first for the Wolves since a 1-0 win over Meridian way back on May 2, 2012, lifts CHS to 7-7-2 on the season.

More importantly, it propels them into the double-elimination portion of districts, two wins away from a trip to the state tourney.

Coupeville travels to Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma Tuesday, May 8 to face Nisqually League champ Vashon Island (12-1-3). Kickoff is 6 PM.

Win or lose, they play again May 10 at Orting High School.

That game will pit the Wolves against either Charles Wright Academy (8-1-1) or their Olympic League nemesis, Klahowya (13-2-1).

To check out the bracket, pop over to:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2658&sport=9

Saturday, Coupeville faced two obstacles, one physical, one mental.

Bellevue Christian came in at 9-5 and carried the legacy of a program which has won five state titles.

The bigger stumbling block was Coupeville’s own postseason troubles.

Five straight playoff losses, four in which they didn’t score. The worst of them came just a year ago, a 5-0 loss to none other than BC.

None of that mattered Saturday, however, as the Wolves dictated play, frustrating the Vikings so badly their coach was tagged with a yellow card at the end.

Wynn rattled home his fifth goal to open the scoring, before Nelson punched in his eighth to stretch the lead out.

Wolf goalie Dewitt Cole played his heart out in the net, with the highlight being “an awesome save to keep the game at 2-0,” according to CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

Wolf sophomore Aram Leyva beat the Viking netminder, his 12th goal of the season and 18th of his career, to round out the scoring, while cousin Derek Leyva collected two assists with a pair of pretty passes.

The three-goal assault gives Coupeville 62 on the season, the most any Wolf boys soccer team has scored in a single season.

As he marinated in the moment, Kyle Nelson was a happy man.

“Finally made that breakthrough in the playoffs,” he said. “Great team game. Everyone did their part for the victory.

“Onward into districts!”

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   Dewitt Cole will be in goal Saturday when Coupeville soccer kicks off the playoffs. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Defender Axel Partida (6) is one of four seniors playing for the Wolves.

One game for all the marbles.

The Coupeville High School soccer squad finished second in the Olympic League this season, its best finish in the four-year history of the conference, but now the season comes down to one 80-minute stretch.

The Wolves host Bellevue Christian, the #3 seed out of the Nisqually League, Saturday afternoon at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Win, and CHS is guaranteed at least two more postseason games.

Lose, and it’s time to turn in uniforms, hang up shin pads and prepare for the awards banquet.

Here’s the breakdown for Saturday:

 

What: West Central District 3 boys soccer playoff game

When: 1 PM, Saturday, Apr. 5

Where: Wildcat Memorial Stadium in Oak Harbor (1 Wildcat Way)

Admission:

$8 Adults/Non-ASB
$5 Students with ASB
$5 Sr. Citizens (62+)
$4 Elementary

*Photos of ASB not accepted*
*Checks not accepted*

 

Coupeville:

Season record: 6-7-2

Best game: All wins came against sub-.500 teams, so we’ll go with a 3-3 tie against Forks. The Spartans have only surrendered seven goals this season and are 10-0-1.

League finish: #2 in 1A Olympic League

Goal differential: 59-43

Common foes: Vashon Island (lost 3-1), Chimacum (beat 12-0, 9-0, 11-1)

Last meeting with BC: Lost 5-0 in 2017 district playoffs

Coach: Kyle Nelson

Mascot: Wolves

Seniors: Axel Partida, William Nelson, Ethan Spark, Hunter Downes

Last playoff win: Beat Meridian 1-0 on May 2, 2012

Last trip to state tourney: 2010

Best finish at state tourney: Eliminated in first round (2009, 2010)

 

Bellevue Christian:

Season record: 9-5-0

Best game: All wins came against sub-.500 teams, so we’ll pick the season finale where BC stayed within two goals (3-1) of Vashon Island, which is 12-1-3 and outscored foes 85-13.

League finish: #3 in 1A Nisqually League

Goal differential: 39-37

Common foes: Vashon Island (lost 6-0 and 3-1), Chimacum (beat 10-0)

Last meeting with Coupeville: Won 5-0 in 2017 district playoffs

Coach: Paul Adams

Mascot: Vikings

Seniors: Trevor Paulson, Joel Nicholson, Jack Culver, Justin Kim

Last playoff win: Beat Vashon Island 2-1 on May 6, 2017

Last trip to state tourney: 2015

Best finish at state tourney: Five-time state champion (1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999)

 

Playoff bracket:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2658&sport=9

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   Kyla Briscoe and the Coupeville girls played five teams this season which made it to the state tourney. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Do you want a team you played to win a state title, or at least do well in the season-ending tourney?

Or would you rather cheer as they flame out and crash hard on the biggest stage?

Coupeville High School basketball players get to make that choice starting this weekend, as seven Wolf foes from the past season take the court for the regional round of the state tourney.

Bellevue Christian and Orcas Island are sending both their girls and boys squads to the round of 16, while the Port Townsend, Meridian and Mount Vernon Christian girls teams punched their tickets as well.

Of those seven state-bound teams, the MVC girls (20-6) boast the best record, while the PT girls (10-11), the Olympic League champs, are the biggest shock.

The RedHawks are a modest #46 in RPI (out of 66 1A schools), but shocked Cascade Christian in overtime to earn a trip to state, their first since 2004.

The biggest bracket-buster on the boys side in 1A is #27 King’s, which surged late in the season, knocked off Cascade Conference champ South Whidbey twice in a row, and eliminated the Falcons.

For those interested, here’s what the regional match-ups look like for the seven Wolf foes.

The numbers for each team are their seed in the 16-team field, with #1-#8 already in double-elimination mode while #9-#16 face loser-out status in that first regional game.

And, no, that’s not a misprint below. It really does appear both Orcas teams will face the same school, Life Christian Academy.

GIRLS:

1A:

#8 Meridian (20-7) vs. #1 Lynden Christian (24-0)
#13 Bellevue Christian (14-9) vs. #12 Cle Elum (17-6)
#16 Port Townsend (10-11) vs. #9 Nooksack Valley (18-7)

2B:

#16 Orcas Island (10-8) vs. #9 Life Christian Academy (16-5)

1B:

#5 Mount Vernon Christian (20-6) vs. #4 Sunnyside Christian (21-2)

BOYS:

1A:

#5 Bellevue Christian (18-5) vs. #4 Royal (20-4)

2B:

#16 Orcas Island (10-8) vs. #9 Life Christian Academy (21-4)

And the brackets:

1A girls: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2530&sport=12

2B girls: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2533&sport=12

1B girls: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2532&sport=12

1A boys: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2501&sport=3

2B boys: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2515&sport=3

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