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Cross country will join other traditional fall sports in moving to March during the 2020-2021 school year as Coupeville deals with COVID-19. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t call it a cancellation, just a postponement.

Coupeville High School won’t field any athletic teams this fall, but, unlike last spring, it’s not a permanent erasure.

Hopefully.

As the world deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has shuffled the athletic schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.

This time around, the plan is for four seasons, instead of the normal three.

But, at the same time, the WIAA made things flexible, allowing several “moderate risk” fall sports to be played in either Season 1 or Season 3.

For CHS, that’s cross country and boys tennis, and Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Friday he’s joining next-door neighbor South Whidbey in opting for the latter of the two choices.

“Obviously, we really want to get our kids and coaches going as we know how important physical activities can be, as well as the importance of building school culture that athletics can bring to our school,” Smith said.

“But, during these times, there are so many extraneous factors that continue to come into play: safety, phases of other schools/counties, opponent availability, etc. that our league and ourselves have made the decision that this is the best opportunity to get our student-athletes in the best possible scenario to get to have a season(s).

“We are hopeful and will continue to work towards workable solutions to provide our students with the most positive and successful experience we can but need to remind everyone that flexibility is going to have to be at the forefront of this school year.”

The plan now is for basketball to open the athletic year, with the first practices set for the final week of December, and games starting in January.

With seasons compressed, all sports will be allowed to play up to 70% of a normal regular-season schedule.

Playoffs and championship events are to be determined.

The proposed lineup:

 

Season 1:

No athletics offered at CHS

 

Season 2:

Boys/Girls Basketball

Practice starts: Dec. 28
Competition starts: Jan. 4
Postseason: Feb. 22-28
**Phase 4 for games**

 

Season 3:

Boys/Girls Soccer

Practice starts: Mar. 1
Competition starts: Mar. 8
Postseason: Apr. 26-May 1
**Phase 3 for games (with masks) or Phase 4 (no masks)**

 

Boys Tennis

Practice starts: Mar. 1
Competition starts: Mar. 8
Postseason: June 21-27
**Phase 3 for matches**

 

Competitive Cheer

Practice starts: Mar. 1
Competition starts: Mar. 8
Postseason: Apr. 26-May 1
**Phase 3 for competitions**

 

Cross Country

Practice starts: Mar. 1
Competition starts: Mar. 8
Postseason: April 26-May 1
**Phase 3 for meets**

 

Football

Practice starts: Feb. 17
Competition starts: Mar. 5
Postseason: Apr. 19-May 19
**Phase 4 for games**

 

Volleyball

Practice starts: Feb. 22
Competition starts: Mar. 8
Postseason: Apr. 26-May 1
**Phase 3 for matches**

 

Season 4:

Baseball

Practice starts: Apr. 26
Competition starts: May 3
Postseason: June 21-26
**Phase 3 for games (with masks) or Phase 4 (no masks)**

 

Girls Tennis

Practice starts: Apr. 26
Competition starts: May 3
Postseason: June 21-26
**Phase 3 for matches**

 

Softball

Practice starts: Apr. 26
Competition starts: May 3
Postseason: June 21-26
**Phase 3 for games (with masks) or Phase 4 (no masks)**

 

Track and Field

Practice starts: Apr. 26
Competition starts: May 3
Postseason: June 21-26
**Phase 3 for meets**

 

Middle school sports also shut down:

In a normal year, Coupeville Middle School opens with volleyball and boys soccer, then goes to girls and boys basketball, before finishing with track and field.

That will be upended this school year, but nothing official has been decided yet.

“We are waiting for directions from WIAA and our District 1 team,” Smith said. “There is a committee looking at options but nothing has been decided other than no middle school sports until at least late December just like high school.”

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Coupeville senior Sean Toomey-Stout strides out of football season, and heads towards basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One team left standing.

Coupeville High School boys tennis, girls soccer, and now football have wrapped their seasons, leaving just CHS volleyball still in action.

Plus, lone Wolf cross country runner Catherine Lhamon, who leaves her squad behind to compete at the 1A state meet next weekend.

While the Coupeville junior has one race left to run, her school’s volleyball team faces a busy week ahead.

The Wolf spikers play two more matches at the district tourney Tuesday, an event which they host.

Win at least one of those, and Coupeville moves on to bi-districts, which plays out next Thursday and Saturday.

After that, there’s the possibility of state for volleyball, while winter and basketball loom on the horizon.

As we begin to transition seasons, a last look at the league standings, through the games of November 2:

 

North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s 10-0 16-0
Coupeville 8-2 14-3
CPC-Bothell 5-5 10-8
South Whidbey 4-6 5-11
Sultan 2-8 8-11
Granite Falls 1-9 4-11

 

North Sound Conference football:

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

**CHS football played an independent schedule and had no league games.**

 

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 9-1 14-4-0
South Whidbey 9-1 15-2-1
CPC-Bothell 5-5 10-7-0
Granite Falls 5-5 9-9-0
Coupeville 2-9 3-13-2
Sultan 1-10 1-14-2


Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 12-1 12-1
University Prep 12-1 12-1
Overlake 8-5 8-5
Bear Creek 7-7 7-7
Eastside Prep 3-7 3-7
Bush 3-9 3-9
Coupeville 3-11 4-11
South Whidbey 3-11 3-11

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Freshman Scott Hilborn is part of the first CHS football team to post a winning season since 2005. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf volleyball team is a sweet 12-2 headed into its regular-season finale. (Brian Vick photo)

History was made last week, but we’re not done yet.

The Coupeville High School football team clinched the first winning season by the program since 2005, while the Wolf girls soccer squad captured its first-ever playoff win.

As we count down the final days of October, then veer into the first days of November, there’s a lot less games to play, but those that remain mean a lot more.

The Wolf booters play a loser-out game at Cedar Park Christian Monday.

Win, and two more games pop up on the schedule, with road tilts Wednesday and Saturday against yet-to-be-determined foes.

Football closes its season Friday on the road in Bellevue against Interlake, while cross country runs Saturday at the district meet in Langley.

CHS tennis has already wrapped its season, while Wolf volleyball still has a ways to go.

The spikers cap the regular season Monday in Sultan, then kick off district play with two matches Saturday in Lynden.

As we prepare for at least one more week of action-packed fall sports, a look at where we are at the moment.

 

North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s 9-0 13-0
Coupeville 7-2 12-2
CPC-Bothell 5-4 10-5
South Whidbey 4-5 5-8
Sultan 2-7 6-9
Granite Falls 0-9 3-11

 

North Sound Conference football:

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

**CHS football is playing an independent schedule and has no league games.**

 

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 9-1 12-4-0
South Whidbey 9-1 13-1-1
CPC-Bothell 5-5 8-6-0
Granite Falls 5-5 8-7-0
Coupeville 2-9 3-12-2
Sultan 1-10 1-14-2


Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 12-1 12-1
University Prep 12-1 12-1
Overlake 8-5 8-5
Bear Creek 7-7 7-7
Eastside Prep 3-7 3-7
Bush 3-9 3-9
Coupeville 3-11 4-11
South Whidbey 3-11 3-11

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CHS net guru Ken Stange and his boys tennis squad nabbed their second-straight Best Sportsmanship award from the Emerald City League. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They still like us.

For the second-straight year, the ultra-exclusive, private school-dominated Emerald City League bestowed its Best Sportsmanship award to the Coupeville High School boys tennis team.

The award is a testament to longtime Wolf net guru Ken Stange, and the lessons he has imparted to his players.

CHS competes in the North Sound Conference for every sport except one, and that’s boys tennis, as South Whidbey is the only other school from that six-team league to heft rackets.

So the two Whidbey schools linked up with the ECL, widely considered the toughest 1A tennis league in the state.

The other schools involved include Eastside Prep, Bear Creek, Overlake, The Bush School, Seattle Academy, and University Prep.

Despite being one of only two public schools in the league, and the farthest trip for the Seattle-based private schools, Coupeville has held up well.

The Wolves finished in fourth-place in 2018, and, with a very-thin roster this year, which forced a number of forfeits at #2 singles, still won three league matches.

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Josh Upchurch and his Coupeville High School football teammates are a single victory away from achieving the program’s first winning season since 2005. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf super fans Savannah Smith (left) and Aria Bowen are on the edges of their seats.

A lot will shake out this coming week.

League titles are on the line in some sports, playoff berths in others, and Coupeville High School honors seniors on four of six fall squads.

While Wolf boys tennis ended its season Saturday, with an appearance at the Emerald City League tourney, CHS cross country gets its first postseason race Oct. 26, when it runs in the North Sound Conference Championships.

Coupeville football hosts Anacortes Oct. 25, a night when the gridiron giants and Wolf cheerleaders will hold Senior Night festivities.

A win against the Seahawks, and the Wolves capture the first winning season for a CHS football team since 2005.

That leaves volleyball and soccer, with the spikers playing twice, and the booters facing what could be a very busy week.

Volleyball hosts Granite Falls Oct. 22 (it’s Senior Night and a win clinches at least second-place for the Wolves in their six-team league).

After that comes a road trip to King’s Oct. 24, in a match which will likely decide the NSC title.

Soccer travels to South Whidbey Oct. 21, then hosts Granite Falls on Senior Night Oct. 23.

With the Wolves currently tied with Sultan for the final playoff berth, there could be more games crammed into the week.

If the logjam for the #5 playoff seed remains, Coupeville hosts the Turks Oct. 24 in a tie-breaker game.

Earn that playoff berth, either through the tiebreaker or by pulling ahead during the final regular-season games, and the Wolf booters are at home Oct. 26 for a district playoff play-in game against Mount Baker.

Seven days from now, there will be a ton more clarity. We think.

For now, as you prepare for the action-packed week ahead, a look at where we are at the moment.

 

North Sound Conference volleyball:

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

 

North Sound Conference football:

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

**CHS football is playing an independent schedule and has no league games.**

 

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
South Whidbey 8-0 12-0-1
King’s 7-1 10-4-0
CPC-Bothell 4-4 7-5-0
Granite Falls 3-5 6-7-0
Coupeville 1-7 1-10-2
Sultan 1-7 1-11-2


Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 12-1 12-1
University Prep 12-1 12-1
Overlake 8-5 8-5
Bear Creek 7-7 7-7
Eastside Prep 3-7 3-7
Bush 3-9 3-9
Coupeville 3-11 4-11
South Whidbey 3-11 3-11

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