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Emma Smith (John Fisken photos)

   Emma Smith had five kills and two blocks Thursday to spark Coupeville to a straight-sets thrashing of 2A Port Angeles. (John Fisken photos)

Hope Lodell

Hope Lodell was everywhere, racking up eight aces, eight digs and four kills.

Now this is hearsay, and if I was still masquerading as a “responsible journalist,” I probably wouldn’t bring it up.

But I’m a blogger, and not a particularly impartial one, so screw all that.

The word on the streets, and by streets, I mean rippling through the Coupeville High School gym Thursday night, was Port Angeles didn’t want to be there.

Coming from a 2A school, and a big one at that (876 students), the Rough Riders felt they were “too good” to be facing the Wolves (6th smallest 1A school in the state with 227 students) on the volleyball court.

Word is they tried to send their JV team in place of their varsity, but were turned down.

Well, guess what? That JV team might have had better luck.

Because, on this night, the red-hot and rollin’ Cow Town Express flattened the big city folks, smushing them in straight sets in a match which was never, ever close.

The 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 non-conference win lifts Coupeville to 7-2, gives them a five-match winning streak and proves once again — size ain’t nothin’ but a thing.

Port Angeles came in at 5-2 and they left badly scarred, unable to blunt a nasty Wolf service attack, and unable to compete against a team that won as a team.

“We played clean and focused; that’s what I’m excited about,” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore. “We had a nicely balanced offense, nearly everyone was in the positive on their hitting percentages and all our stats were pretty evenly distributed across the board.”

The only time Coupeville trailed in the first set was at 1-0, and the Wolves quickly corrected that.

Riding a hot streak at the service line from Hope Lodell, who was bobbing and weaving and jumping out of her shoes (like usual) as she fired BB’s, the Wolves went up 5-1 and never looked back.

Payton Aparicio lashed a scorching winner right down the line to kick-start things, and her teammates quickly followed her example.

Making her grandpa sit up proudly in the stands, Emma Smith whipped several spikes off of Rough Rider arms and legs, before Tiffany Briscoe capped the set with an especially emphatic put-away.

Mom Amy Briscoe came a bit unglued in the post-winner celebration, though little did she know she’d later top it when her daughter went skyward to stuff a Port Angeles spike.

“Was that Tiffany? Was THAT Tiffany?!,” laughed CHS softball coach Kevin McGranahan as the Briscoe clan shimmied in their seats.

The Rough Riders put together a brief rally to open the second set, lurching to a 7-3 lead before the very-calm Wolves settled right back into a groove.

A note-perfect tip off of Katrina McGranahan’s index finger, which split two defenders and skipped away for a winner, swung the momentum back to the home side.

From there, it was back to ripping serves Port Angeles could do little with (whether it was McGranahan, Ashley Menges or Valen Trujillo at the line) and big put-aways from the heavy hitters.

Rising up with a vengeance, Mikayla Elfrank ripped some flesh off of rival thighs with a laser that tattooed at least two Rough Riders.

Not to be outdone, Lodell responded quickly, going airborne, reaching far back over her head while twisting her body into a pretzel, then uncorking a blast that sent a sonic boom rippling through the gym.

In response, proud papa Mike Lodell made a sound not unlike that of a kid hitting puberty while also learning to sing heavy metal for the first time.

Putting a final stamp on the night, Coupeville closed like a boss.

With Port Angeles having crept within 23-21 in the third set, the Wolves tied the ribbon on the big-school butt-whuppin’ with back-to-back Sports Center highlights.

Elfrank exploded a winner off the back-line, making a Rough Rider in the back row swing and miss, then Lodell, twirling the ball like a gunslinger twirling her six-shooter, zipped a service ace for Coupeville’s 75th, and final, point.

As Whitmore said, the stats were very balanced.

Lodell led the Wolves with eight service aces, eight digs and four kills, while Trujillo had six aces, seven digs and a virtually flawless passing percentage.

Menges (11) and Lauren Rose (9) shared the assist load, with Smith smashing a team-high five kills and collecting a season-high two blocks.

McGranahan (four kills, five aces and a block), Briscoe (three kills, a block), Elfrank (three kills) and Menges (three aces) rounded out the attack.

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Shane Losey threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and picked off a pass during a busy Monday night of football. (John Fisken photo)

   Shane Losey threw for two touchdowns, ran for another, picked off a pass and recovered a fumble during a busy Monday night of football. (John Fisken photo)

It was a night for trying new things.

With visiting La Conner not able to field a full JV squad, Coupeville agreed to play 8-man football Monday, then went out and waxed the Braves to capture the program’s first win in three years.

Sparked by a sensational game from sophomore quarterback Shane Losey, the Wolves rolled to an 18-6 win and evened their record at 1-1.

“This was a great win for these young kids,” said CHS coach Ryan King. “It gets their confidence up and rewards them for all the work they put in this summer and at practices.

“It’s a credit to all the coaches and all the players in the program.”

The win was a perfect example of teamwork, as King called the defensive scheme and fellow Coupeville assistant Brad Sherman pulled the strings on offense.

Working with three less players than usual took a bit of time for both teams to get used to, but Losey, who split time at QB with freshman Dawson Houston, adapted well.

He opened the scoring by plunging in on a short run on the final play of the first quarter, then came back to toss a pair of touchdown strikes in the second half.

The first was a 75-yard catch-and-run to Teo Keilwitz in which the Wolf running back ended up leaving not only the defenders, but his own shoe, behind him.

With one Brave still hot on his trail, Keilwitz hit the turbo jets, shed his shoe, and still took the ball to the house.

Not content to stop there, Losey moved Coupeville down the field one more time, then rifled a picture-perfect pass into the left corner of the end zone, putting the ball right on Jacob Zettle’s fingertips for the score.

Other than a few plays (including a four-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter that knotted things at 6-6), the Wolf defense also adjusted to the different style of play.

They kept La Conner’s QB scrambling for his life most of the night and pulled off several takeaways.

Losey picked off a pass to ice the game in the fourth, after recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff.

So, basically he checked about every box possible on this night.

Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim had another fumble recovery, though the ball was jarred loose at the last second as he came dangerously close to turning it into a defensive touchdown.

Luke Carlson was a rampaging beast, in on what seemed like every other tackle, while Losey, Jake Hoagland, Ulrik Wells and Co. all chipped in with scrappy defensive play.

Coupeville stayed on the ground for much of the night, with Zettle, Keilwitz, Pacquette-Pilgrim and hard-charging Andrew Martin sharing the rushing duty.

Losey and Houston also showed a flair of holding on to the ball and grinding out yardage themselves.

One late carry from Pacquette-Pilgrim, in which he spun three defenders around as he reversed field, brought his varsity teammates to their feet for a round of sideline hysteria.

“Everyone played well,” King said. “I’m really, really proud of them all.”

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Tsunami (Photo courtesy Mimi Johnson)

   Best uniforms in the biz, and now a win for the Tsunami. (Photos courtesy Mimi Johnson)

The history-making scorecard.

The history-making scorecard.

"We're going to Disneyland!!! Oh wait, we got two more games to play? Fine..."

“We’re going to Disneyland!!! Oh wait, we got two more games to play? Fine…”

They came. They saw. They kicked some fanny.

Whidbey Island’s U12 select softball squad, which brings together players from Coupeville, Oak Harbor and South Whidbey, hit the road Saturday and earned its first win of the season.

Playing in Tacoma, the Tsunami whacked Port Angeles 16-11, erupting for seven runs in the fourth inning to blow things open.

All ten players to see action scored for the Whidbey squad.

The Tsunami, now 1-2 on the season, returns to action with two more games Sunday before heading home.

They are coached by Coupeville’s Mimi Johnson and South Whidbey’s Trevor Jones.

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Two teams enter the Thunderdome, only one exits. Spoiler: Mr. Intense, aka Aaron Curtin, made it out.(John Fisken photo)

Two teams enter the Thunderdome, only one exits. Spoiler: Mr. Intense, aka Aaron Curtin, made it out. (John Fisken photo)

This is how you break Concrete.

You chip away a little bit, then BOOM, the whole dang thing falls apart.

Taking that valuable scientific lesson into account, the suddenly-surging Coupeville High School baseball squad rode a seven-run second inning to a 10-2 non-conference win Wednesday.

The victory, the third straight for the Wolves, lifted CHS to 5-4 on the season.

Coming off of victories over Cedarcrest and La Conner, Coupeville came out a bit slowly against Concrete, falling behind 1-0 after an inning and a half.

The visitors opened the game with back-to-back walks, then got an RBI double from the cleanup hitter.

After that, though, Wolf senior hurler Aaron Trumbull went into lock-down mode and would be troubled no more.

He whiffed six, gave up just three hits from the second inning on and fielded his position flawlessly, recording four outs on his own.

With Trumbull making Concrete miss with his patented brand of off-speed delights, Coupeville coach Willie Smith flipped the switch on his hitters.

“We had a meeting of the minds and I just simply told them that they needed to change the effort and attitude or else the result of the game would not be good,” Smith said with a dry chuckle. “They responded.”

And, while they didn’t exactly tear the hide off the ball, the Wolves used a patient eye at the plate to get things going.

Overall, they eked out 10 walks on the day, including two batters who got plunked for their patience.

In the second, CHS juiced the bags with two walks and a Concrete error, then got a wicked hot chopper from Josh Bayne that brought home two runners.

Bayne, still basking in the glow of his batsmanship, promptly stole second to further rattle the Concrete pitcher.

Cole Payne slammed a two-run single back up the middle and the rout was on, with the Wolves scoring a touchdown’s worth of runs with just two measly hits in the inning.

“Not exactly smoking it, but some good at bats and taking advantage of errors on the Lion’s part,” Smith said.

Coupeville tacked on three more in the sixth, kicked off when Payne singled, then went berserk, stealing second, third and (eventually) home on a double steal.

With Trumbull and Kyle Bodamer aboard, fab frosh Cameron Toomey-Stout smoked a two-strike single into left to collect the first hit and RBIs of his short varsity career.

JV rolls:

Paced by five shutout innings from Jonathan Thurston (“his best game of the year, keeping them off balance with a mix of fastballs and curve-balls”) and stellar defense, the young guns rolled to a 9-0 win.

Nick Etzell pulled off a dandy double play, snaring a line drive before firing to first to catch a straying runner, while Josh Poole brought everyone to their feet.

“The catch of the day belonged to Josh, who ran a country mile to catch a ball in foul territory right up against the right field fence,” Smith said.

At the plate, nearly everyone chipped in for the Wolves.

Gabe Wynn bashed a double, Poole lashed an RBI single, Toomey-Stout thwacked a two-run double, Jacob Zettle laid down “a perfect sacrifice bunt” and Etzell got fancy.

The Wolf freshman laid down a bunt that turned into a two-run single as “he surprised everyone with the bunt and his blazing speed!”

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Mattea Miller brings the ball up-court under pressure.

Mattea Miller, seen here in an earlier game, and her teammates rolled to a big win Friday against a squad from a 2A school. (John Fisken photo)

Lauren Grove (right) lays down The Stare O' Death on Mt. Vernon Christian. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

Lauren Grove (3) has been locked-in on defense all season. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

For one play, Granite Falls thought it was in the game.

Visiting Coupeville Friday night, the Tiger JV girls’ basketball team kicked off the game by banking in a long, arcing three-point bucket.

That was the last time they had a chance.

After that it was all Wolves, all the time, as CHS broke the game open with a 15-0 run, closed it with a 16-2 surge and rolled to a not-as-close-as-it-might-sound 38-15 victory.

With nine of its 12 players scoring, led by eight apiece from Skyler Lawrence and Carlie Rosenkrance, Coupeville outplayed Granite in every facet of the game.

The Wolves were stronger on the boards, fought with much more ferocity for loose balls, worked the ball with crisper passing and, while they didn’t hit all their shots, nailed the ones they needed to sap Granite Falls’ fight.

Lawrence, who banged home a bucket in each of the four quarters, was a prime example.

She would not, could not, be denied when a rebound was anywhere within two zip codes of her.

If Lawrence’s fingers even grazed a ball, they would snap down on the sphere like a steel trap and the ball could not be pried back out by even the most determined of Tigers.

Five different Wolves scored as Coupeville reeled off 15 straight from midway through the first until right before halftime.

Rosenkrance hit for five during the surge, Lawrence converted a pair of offensive boards into buckets and Lauren Grove, Mattea Miller and Tiffany Briscoe banged home two points apiece.

Granite Falls finally stopped the bleeding with a desperation trey that, against all hope, stayed in the bucket.

But then, bam, the Wolves flipped the switch again, with Grove and Emily Coulter harassing the Tiger ball-handlers into a string of turnovers, shot clock violations and traveling calls.

At one point Granite failed to get a shot off on five consecutive aborted trips down the floor. With most of their shots failing to land anywhere near the rim, it might not have mattered, however.

Grove hit for five to back up the inside-outside tandem of Lawrence and Rosenkrance, while Miller netted four. Briscoe (3), Coulter (3), Jenn Spark (3), Sophia Jebrail (2) and McKenzie Bailey (2) rounded out the scorers.

Kailey Kellner, Erin Josue and Aura Corredor all chipped in with hustle and defensive intensity, with Kellner making off with a nifty steal and feed to Grove for a breakaway bucket.

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