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Drake Borden shared MVP honors as CHS tennis brought its season to an end with an awards banquet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jaschon Baumann (left) and Tiger Johnson were hailed for playing all four years.

Thus endeth the fall.

Coupeville High School boys tennis put a final bow on the season Thursday, handing out letters and awards at a season-ending banquet.

First-year player James Wood led the way, copping Most Improved and Most Inspirational, while Drake Borden and Jakobi Baumann shared MVP honors.

Mason Grove and Jakobi Baumann were hailed as Captains, while Jakobi, twin brother Jaschon Baumann and Tiger Johnson received four-year awards for making the complete run with Wolf coach Ken Stange.


Varsity letter winners:

Andrew Aparicio
Jakobi Baumann
Jaschon Baumann
Drake Borden
Jacob Burke
Zach Ginnings
Mason Grove
Tiger Johnson
Thane Peterson
Koby Schreiber
Harris Sinclair
James Wood

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Coupeville super fans Michael Davidson and Charlotte Young have been busy this fall, bouncing between volleyball, football and soccer. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One photo, so many superstars. Back (l to r): Maddie Vondrak, Aria Bowen, Kylie Chernikoff, Savannah Smith. Front (l to r): Ashley Menges, Emma Smith.

To everything there is a finish.

With the North Sound Conference down to just two teams still alive in the playoffs – King’s volleyball and soccer – this is our last league standings update.

For a few weeks.

Once high school basketball games kick off, we’ll be right back here every Sunday morning.

But, until then, this is it for fall.

If you deeply care how King’s does at the state tourney, where both of its squads are the defending 1A champs, you can easily find those results elsewhere next week.

This isn’t Knights Sports.

At least not until they come through with some of that sweet, sweet private school pay-off cash to keep me in the style I dream about…


Entering this past week, there were still multiple teams from other NSC schools alive, but, one by one, they all fell.

Coupeville and South Whidbey volleyball went down, Cedar Park Christian and South Whidbey soccer fell, and the league’s football squads got bushwhacked.

Big time.

Facing off the with always-tough Northwest Conference, the gridiron squads from the NSC were swept aside in four games.

Meridian drilled South Whidbey 59-8, Lynden Christian rapped King’s 42-14 and Mount Baker made it a two-fer.

The Mountainers destroyed Granite Falls 61-0 in the play-in game, then thumped NSC champ Cedar Park 49-10.

With those wins, the Northwest Conference accounts for three of the 16 football teams headed to the state playoffs, while the North Sound Conference comes up empty in year one.

At least on the gridiron, since, as I said up top, King’s can still repeat as state champs in two sports.

To which, as public school supporters, we say … yay???



Final fall sports standings (* = league champs):


North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s * 10-0 17-1
South Whidbey 6-4 12-9
CPC-Bothell 5-5 9-9
Granite Falls 1-9 4-13
Sultan 1-9 4-11

North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell * 5-0 7-2
King’s 4-1 4-6
South Whidbey 3-2 6-4
Granite Falls 2-3 2-8
Sultan 1-4 2-7

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s * 9-1 17-2
Granite Falls 7-3 9-8-1
South Whidbey 7-3 11-8-1
CPC-Bothell 4-6 9-9-1
Sultan 2-8 6-11
COUPEVILLE 1-9 2-12-1

Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy * 13-0 13-0
University Prep 11-3 11-4
Overlake 9-3 9-3
Bush 6-8 6-8
South Whidbey 5-8 5-8
Bear Creek 2-12 2-12
Eastside Prep 0-13 0-13

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William Nelson was a four-year star in tennis and soccer during his days at Coupeville High School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)


That was the trademark of William Nelson, and it was a trait he displayed on the tennis court, the soccer pitch and in the classroom.

Before he graduated last spring, the long ‘n lanky one was money in the bank for Coupeville High School sports teams.

Need a big play, or maybe just a small, but very significant, one?

Nelson was the go-to guy, never prone to thumping his chest or screaming about how great he was, just the ultimate cool professional who did his job (and everyone else’s) game in, game out.

There was a moment, a very brief moment, during a super-tense match as seniors, when he and lifetime doubles mate Joey Lippo tapped tennis rackets with 2% more enthusiasm than normal after winning a tough point.

It was the equivalent of another player ripping their jersey in half, then mooning the fans while sprinting around the court, waving a flag, screaming “U-S-A, U-S-A!!!”

Most times, Nelson was content to slightly arch an eyebrow or smile a half-smile after he had decimated his foes.

He knew he had reached into their chest cavity, ripped out their heart and shown it to them, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom“-style, and they knew it, too.

So, half-smile, nod and move on to the next thing on his to-do list.

If he had only played one sport, either soccer or tennis, Nelson would likely still be receiving induction into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

But, since he played both, and excelled so thoroughly in two very different worlds, it’s a slam dunk.

So, after this, when you travel up to the top of the blog and peek under the Legends tab, you’ll find Nelson there, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Wolf greats of yore.

And there is little doubt he deserves the honor.

As the heart and soul of the CHS soccer squad, Nelson was a four-time First-Team All-Conference player as a midfielder.

He combined deft moves, smooth speed and a willingness to get down and dirty while scrapping, and could be a solid goal scorer, a superb set-up man for other Wolf gunners, or a bit of both.

More more than most players, Nelson was quick to adapt his game to fit best with the skill sets of his teammates.

As players came and went during his four-year run on the CHS pitch, he adjusted how he played to better mesh with each new star, and never seemed to care whether his name was the one in the spotlight, or theirs.

What mattered most to Nelson, or at least that’s how it always seemed from the outside, was putting his team in a position to win.

He was an ideal captain, well-respected, a leader both by action and words, and his calmness carried over to many of his running mates.

Nelson wasn’t a pushover, at all. Exactly the opposite.

Try and elbow him, or kick him, or mess with his teammates, and he subtly responded, making sure you didn’t do it twice, while rarely drawing the wrath of the officials.

His quiet toughness carried over to the tennis courts, where he and Lippo (who will likely join him in the Hall o’ Fame in short order) perfectly synced up for a four-year run as doubles partners.

Two tall players with rock-solid hitting styles, who held their emotions largely in check while picking apart foes, they came within a point of making it to state as seniors, while anchoring the Wolf lineup day after day, year after year.

Longtime Coupeville tennis coach Ken Stange described Nelson as “silky smooth” and “pretty unflappable.”

Will and Joey played so many big matches through the years,” he said. “And they often drew a crowd when they played, which says a lot because tennis usually does not draw a crowd.”

Matinee idol, big game ace, serene superstar – they all describe Nelson.

And now you can add Hall o’ Famer to the list.

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Hannah Davidson skies to snare a ball for the high-flying Coupeville High School volleyball squad. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sporting tie-dyed shirts for breast cancer awareness night, Wolf booters (l to r) Mallory Kortuem, Anna Dion and Avalon Renninger celebrate a goal.

Some things end, while others are just picking up steam.

Two Coupeville High School fall sports squads – girls soccer and boys tennis – brought their season to an end this past week.

Meanwhile, cross country, football and volleyball play on, with a mix of postseason and regular-season action left on the schedule.

The week ahead brings the district meet for the harriers Oct. 27, as they try and earn slots at the state cross country meet.

Meanwhile, football hosts Granite Falls Oct. 26.

The Wolves will celebrate departing players on Senior Night and still have a (faint) hope of punching their playoff ticket.

If they can’t get to the postseason, the Wolf gridiron squad is likely to get a cross-over game against another non-playoff team to wrap up the season during week #10.

Volleyball is flying high, and enters the final week of the regular season in second-place in the six-team North Sound Conference.

The Wolves have home games Oct. 23 against defending state champ King’s, and Oct. 25 against cellar dweller Sultan.

If everything goes perfectly, CHS could soar as high as sharing the league crown with King’s, but are guaranteed a slot in the double-elimination district tourney either way.


Standings through Oct. 21 (* = league champs):


North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s 8-0 11-1
CPC-Bothell 5-3 9-5
South Whidbey 4-4 7-6
Granite Falls 1-7 3-9
Sultan 0-8 3-9

North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell * 4-0 6-1
King’s 3-1 3-5
South Whidbey 3-1 6-2
Granite Falls 1-3 1-7
Sultan 1-3 2-6

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s * 9-1 14-2
South Whidbey 7-3 9-5-1
Granite Falls 7-3 8-6-1
CPC-Bothell 4-6 7-8
Sultan 2-8 6-10
COUPEVILLE 1-9 2-12-1

Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy * 13-0 13-0
University Prep 11-3 11-4
Overlake 9-3 9-3
Bush 6-8 6-8
South Whidbey 5-8 5-8
Bear Creek 2-12 2-12
Eastside Prep 0-13 0-13

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Coupeville High School tennis guru Ken Stange compares beards with Harris Sinclair. (Photos by Jackie Saia)

Wolf veterans (l to r) Jakobi Baumann, Jaschon Baumann, Tiger Johnson and Sinclair were honored Wednesday on Senior Night.

The ever-busy Baumann clan.

Tiger Johnson and the president of his fan club.

The core of a talented team which held its own against private school foes, while also winning the Emerald City League Sportsmanship Award.

They beat every expectation.

Tossed into the brutal Emerald City League, the toughest tennis conference in the state, the Coupeville High School boys proved small, rural, public schools can compete with ultra-ritzy private academies.

Capping the regular season Wednesday with a 4-1 rout of visiting Eastside Prep, the Wolves sent their seniors out on a high note and assured themselves of a winning record in league play.

Coupeville, which beat four of their seven conference foes, including sweeping two matches from arch-rival South Whidbey, finished 7-6 in league, 8-6 overall.

“We finished in fourth-place. Not too shabby,” said CHS coach Ken Stange. “We greatly exceeded my goals and expectations.

“Today was another example of our guys playing hard and gutting it out,” he added. “We had a little of everything. Easy wins, third-set tiebreakers, and a close loss.”

It was about more than just wins this season, as the Wolves also received the conference sportsmanship award.

“I’m very proud that the league coaches gave our boys the award,” Stange said. “It’s a testament to how hard the boys compete.

“Win or lose, my guys try very hard every time. They are classy and graceful. Many of the other coaches positively commented on it.”

With the regular season complete, Coupeville heads to Seattle Friday for the ECL tourney.

Jakobi Baumann and Drake Borden are slated to compete in singles, while the duos of Zach Ginnings/Jacob Burke and Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann will vie in doubles.


Complete Wednesday results:



1st Singles — Jakobi Baumann beat Clayton Johnston 6-4, 3-6, 17-15

2nd Singles — Drake Borden beat Chase Crane 6-2, 6-1

1st Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Jacob Burke lost to Max Goetzman/Julian Meia 4-6, 6-1, 10-7

2nd Doubles — Mason Grove/James Wood beat Kaiea Ly-An Yong/Steven Pei 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Jaschon Baumann/Tiger Johnson beat Sahas Srini Hasan/Taras Pylypenko 6-0, 6-0



4th Doubles — Koby Schreiber/Andrew Aparicio lost 6-4

5th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Thane Peterson lost 8-6

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