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Coupeville senior QB Dawson Houston came out firing Wednesday as Wolf football opened fall practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gavin Straub, ready to lay some fools out.

Joven Light tracks an incoming ball.

Scott Hilborn slides between the rain drops.

Ben Smith gets hyper-focused as he hauls in a catch.

Led by Houston (middle), the Wolves run through offensive plays.

Timothy Ursu sprints for freedom.

Josh Upchurch anchors the line.

The rain returned, and so did football.

With liquid sunshine splashing down on the prairie Wednesday, the Coupeville High School football team opened fall practice, effectively kicking off a new school sports year.

The Wolves opened with two practices on day one, and the pics seen above came from the morning session, as wanderin’ cameraman John Fisken avoided the rain drops.

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Andrew Martin (left) and Ben Smith join CHS coach Gabe Shaw, Sr. in catching a few rays at a football camp in Tenino. (Photo courtesy Shaw)

The Wolves set up in their home away from home. (Alia Houston photos)

Up and at them early, Wolf players prepare to head to the field.

Senior QB Dawson Houston (left) catches a ride to Tenino with some of his younger teammates.

A different week, a different camp.

Following in the footsteps of Coupeville High School basketball and volleyball teams, most of the Wolf football squad is currently in Tenino, taking part in the T90 Team Camp.

The event has drawn 10 teams, with R.A. Long, Shelton, Adna, Rainier, Concrete, Lindbergh, NW Christian, and Goldendale joining Coupeville and the tourney hosts.

The four-day camp features 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills and scrimmages, while also providing a team bonding experience.

Coupeville begins fall practice Aug. 21, with the season opener set for Friday, Sept. 6 at home against Port Townsend.

The Wolves gridiron program has stepped away from the North Sound Conference for a season, and will play a nine-game independent schedule this year.


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Ben Smith goes strong to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chris Cernick dances the ballet of the opening tip.

Eyes scanning the floor, Tony Garcia waits for the play to develop.

The family of CHS boys varsity coach Brad Sherman comes out to support him.

Andrew Aparicio lines up a free throw.

Jonathan Partida gets his game face on.

Sage Downes flies high to deny a rival.

Tucker Hall (11) and Grady Rickner (13) trap a ball-handler.

It’s not spring, but it’s cleaning time.

As we wait for the snow and ice to recede enough for the girls basketball playoffs to begin, here’s a collection of boys basketball pics I never got around to using during the regular season.

If nothing else, it’ll give you an idea of what a basketball game looks like, should the weather ever let another one be played this winter.

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Ben Smith nailed several big fourth-quarter shots Saturday, helping the Coupeville C-Team topple South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)


A day after Coupeville’s JV boys basketball squad lost to South Whidbey, the Wolf C-Team swept in and got some payback.

Playing at a tournament in Granite Falls Saturday, the Wolves put on a defensive clinic in the second half, toppling a Falcon squad which featured 9 of its school’s 14 JV players, including the leading scorer from Friday night.

Coupeville’s own seven-player team took a hit in the nightcap, losing its top player to an early injury and eventually falling to the tourney hosts, but CHS coach Scott Fox came away pleased with the day-long excursion.

“Got the monkey off our backs!”, he said. “We put together a great win against South Whidbey!

“Team played awesome defense in the second half.”

The Wolf C-Team, now 1-7 on the season, returns home to host Oak Harbor Monday. Tip-off is 5 PM.

How Saturday played out:


South Whidbey:

The game was a tale of two very different halves, as the Wolf comeback kings stormed from behind to net a 28-16 win.

Jaylen Nitta tossed in four of his game-high 14 points in the opening quarter, but Coupeville found itself in a 12-5 hole at the first break.

Things didn’t get much better, though not necessarily all that much worse either, during a second quarter which was brutal for lovers of offensive play.

The Falcons garnered the only points of the frame with a lonely field goal, but, as they went to the locker room up 14-5, little did they know they would never, ever hit from the field again.

Perhaps inspired by a Lombardi-style speech from their coach, or just revived by the intermission, the Wolves attacked ferociously once play started back up.

With Nitta running wild, dumping in six more points in the third, CHS used a 10-0 run to turn their deficit into a one-point lead.

After that, it was time for “Big Game BenSmith to take over, as he rifled in a pair of shots from way outside in the fourth, keying a 13-2 surge to nail down the win.

South Whidbey’s only second-half points came courtesy two free throws, as the Falcons failed to hit a single field goal after the halftime break.

Nitta finished with 14 points to lead the way, while Smith (6), Chris Cernick (3), Jonathan Partida (3), and Tony Garcia (2) also scored.

Brayden Coatney and Andrew Aparicio rounded out the plucky Wolf squad, coming strong on defense alongside their teammates.


Granite Falls:

Nitta went down early, and without their leading scorer, CHS fell 43-22.

After trailing 13-2 at the first break, the Wolves cut the lead back to seven by the half, and were still within single digits until the game slipped away in the fourth quarter.

While Granite had a 10-6 advantage in players, Partida, in particular, didn’t back down.

Nailing a trio of three-balls, he scored in every quarter while tickling the nets for a season-best 15 points.

Coatney, Aparicio, and Garcia chipped in with two apiece, while Cernick swished a free-throw to cap the Wolf scoring.

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Jaylen Nitta flies high enough to singe his hair on the gym ceiling lights. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Brayden Coatney fires a pass under the hawk-like gaze of clock guru Joel Norris.

Tony Garcia would just like you to get open, now.

CHS senior sports stars (clockwise, from bottom left) Lindsey Roberts, Emma Smith, Ashley Menges and Ema Smith show their support for Coupeville’s boys basketball C-Team.

Chris Cernick towers over the competition.

Nitta gets his team running, while Cernick and Jonathan Partida (right) give chase.

“And just where do you think you’re going?!?!”

Ben Smith gets down ‘n dirty.

It’s their turn in the spotlight.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball C-Team had sole possession of the big gym Thursday, hosting Mount Vernon and attracting wandering paparazzi.

The action photos seen above, with a cameo from Wolf female athletic stars in the crowd, come to us courtesy John Fisken.

To see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some glossies for the grandparents (or for yourself) pop over to:


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