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Drake Borden cruised to a one-sided win at #1 singles Friday, but Coupeville fell to visiting Overlake. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It could have gone either way. Literally.

Using a late rally across the day’s final two matches Friday, Overlake flipped what could have been a 3-2 loss into a 4-1 win.

Unable to hold on to a lead in #2 singles and #2 doubles, the Coupeville High School boys tennis team watched the home match slip away, and fell to 1-4 in Emerald City League play.

“For a minute, I thought we’d pull it out,” said CHS coach Ken Stange. “We were down 2-1, but had won the first set (in the final two matches).

“If they pulled them out, we would’ve won. So close!”

Coupeville’s Drake Borden stormed to an easy win at #1 singles, his second victory in the last three days, to earn the Wolves what would turn out to be their only point.

Fellow singles player Thane Peterson and the doubles duo of Andrew Aparicio and Zach Ginnings were both a set up in their matches, but couldn’t hang on to the momentum as their bouts played out.

As long as the rain stays away, the Wolves will be busy next week, playing three times.

They travel to Bear Creek Monday, Sept. 23, host Seattle Academy Wednesday, then hit the road Friday for the short drive to South Whidbey.


Complete Friday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden won 6-1, 6-1

2nd Singles — Thane Peterson lost 4-6, 6-2, 10-6

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove lost 6-3, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio lost 6-7(3-7), 6-3, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Koby Schreiber lost 6-0, 6-2

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Thane Peterson, playing singles for the first time, won Wednesday to help propel Coupeville tennis to its first team victory this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Can’t stop them when they have all their guys.

Playing with a complete varsity lineup for the first time this season, the Coupeville High School boys tennis team bounced The Bush School 3-2 Wednesday, notching its first team win of the season.

With the road victory, the Wolves improve to 1-3 in Emerald City League play, and now head home to host Overlake Friday afternoon.

Play starts at 3:30 PM.

Coupeville was down a man through its first three matches, and had to forfeit #2 singles each time out.

That changed in a big way Wednesday, as Miles Davidson, having reached the magical number of practices, made his season debut.

With the sophomore teaming up with Koby Schreiber to play #3 doubles, Thane Peterson went solo, playing singles for the first time in his prep career.

And he made quite the auspicious debut, rolling to a 7-5, 6-1 win which proved to be vitally important to the team cause.

It was a performance which made longtime CHS tennis guru Ken Stange do a little dance.

“I was very proud of Thane,” the Wolf coach said. “He was a bit nervous, but we discussed playing one point at a time, as opposed to looking at the match as a single entity.

“Breaking it down to just playing points allows a player to shed some nerves. It makes it more like practice,” Stange added. “After a close first set, I gave him a few tips. He put them into play and romped in the second set.”

Coupeville also got big wins at #1 singles (Drake Borden) and #1 doubles (James Wood/Mason Grove) to seal the deal on the conference win.

It was the second victory this season for the Wolf tandem, and the first for Borden, who has had to face a murderer’s row of sluggers at the top of the roster in the state’s toughest 1A tennis league.

Mason and James were outstanding,” Stange said. “They too played a close first set before blowing the doors off in the second.

“They hit with easy power and were able to find the proper angles.”

Borden, who worked extensively on his game in the off-season, has been highly-competitive in his matches, while facing tournament-tested pros, but Wednesday it all came together as he won a three-set thriller.

Drake muddled through the first set,” Stange said. “He was playing someone he knew he could beat, but he was tense. He took a few deep breaths, released some muscle tension, and proceeded to play a dominant second set.

“He built a commanding lead in the third set tiebreaker before coughing up a few points to make things close,” he added. “When it came down to crunch time, Drake picked up the match point, the individual win, and clinched the team win.

“All in all, it was a good day.”


Complete Wednesday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden beat Quinn Chow 4-6, 6-2, 10-8

2nd Singles — Thane Peterson beat Arman Bali 7-5, 6-1

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove beat Griffin Murch/Anselm Aguerra 7-6(7-3), 6-2

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio lost to Dominic Lizardi/Drew Groel 6-2, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Koby Schreiber lost to Parker Holloway/David Nagai 6-2, 6-2

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Coupeville’s Koby Schreiber and doubles partner Thane Peterson put up a strong fight Monday while facing a tennis titan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No one said this was going to be easy.

Almost every match in the Emerald City League pits the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad against a powerhouse private school, and Monday’s rumble was a main event.

University Prep lives at the state tournament, when its players aren’t otherwise playing year-round, often with private coaches, on high-grade courts.

So when I tell you the Pumas bounced the Wolves 5-0 in a match played at the Tennis Center at Sand Point in Seattle, it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.

Still, Ken Stange’s CHS squad didn’t roll over, with matches at first singles and third doubles especially competitive.

Drake Borden had an especially large target at the top of the order, as his opponent finished 3rd at state a season ago.

While the loss drops Coupeville to 0-3 in ECL play, the Wolves get two more chances this week, and will shortly see an increase in their eligible players.

CHS returns to Seattle Wednesday to face The Bush School, then hosts Overlake Friday afternoon.

The Wolves, who have had to forfeit #2 singles in each match so far, has been competing with seven players in a league where there are eight varsity slots per team.

But that changes Friday, when a pair of late-comers will finally have enough practices under their belt to earn the chance to swing a racket in a competitive match.


Complete Monday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden lost to Tyler Wurzer 6-1, 6-4

2nd Singles — CHS forfeits

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove lost to Nicholas Arron/Axel Andrews 6-1, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio lost to Mattias Keaunui/Mitchell Zell 6-0, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Thane Peterson/Koby Schreiber lost 6-2, 6-3

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CHS football manager Brenna Silveira is on her way to save the day. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fab frosh Lucy Tenore and Coupeville volleyball are a shiny 1-0 on the season.

Now we’re rolling.

With the first full week of fall sports activity in the books, every Coupeville High School team has been in action.

The Wolf boys tennis squad was the first to face off with a league opponent, while CHS volleyball sits as the school’s only remaining undefeated team.

The week ahead is full of more action, most of it on the road.

Tennis and soccer are the busiest teams (with the net crew keeping an eye on the rain clouds), with three games apiece.

The booters have back-to-back league games on the road Tuesday at King’s and Thursday at Sultan, then host non-conference foe Kingston Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile tennis travels to University Prep Monday and The Bush School Wednesday, then stays home Friday to face Overlake.

All three matches are Emerald City League clashes.

Wolf volleyball has a pair of non-league matches, heading to Anacortes Tuesday before hosting Chimacum Saturday, while CHS football travels Friday to play non-league rival Friday Harbor.

As we prepare for the week ahead, a look at where we are so far:


North Sound Conference volleyball:

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


North Sound Conference football:

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


North Sound Conference girls soccer:

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

Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Eastside Prep 2-0 2-0
University Prep 2-0 2-0
Overlake 2-1 2-1
South Whidbey 2-1 2-1
Seattle Academy 1-1 1-1
Bear Creek 0-2 0-2
Bush 0-2 0-2
Coupeville 0-2 0-2

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Coupeville net ace James Wood teamed with Mason Grove to win at #1 doubles Friday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

On the court, it was a tie.

Playing tough against a high-quality private school Friday, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad split two of the four contested matches.

The difference in a 3-2 loss to visiting Eastside Prep was #2 singles, where the Wolves had to forfeit for a second-straight match while waiting for an eighth player to get enough practices in to be eligible.

While the loss drops Coupeville to 0-2 in Emerald City League play, there were positives to be found.

The Wolves picked up their wins at #1 and #2 doubles, with top duo James Wood and Mason Grove winning for the first time, while Zach Ginnings and Andrew Aparicio improved to 2-0 on the still-young season.

Mason and James played a really good team, but our guys stayed calm,” said CHS coach Ken Stange. “They didn’t hit hard all the time. I was impressed with their outing.

Zach and Andrew played a pretty good team as well,” he added. “They are relentless. Even when they’ve gotten down in a set, they bounce back. They have a good balance between them.”

While Coupeville dropped #3 doubles and #1 singles, both matches featured stellar shot-making.

Koby (Schreiber) and Thane (Peterson) got closer today,” Stange said. “They kept fighting and nearly won the second set.

Drake (Borden) ran into a ninth grader that knocks the fuzz off the ball,” he added. “Drake played well, but the EP kid is a seasoned tournament player.”


Complete Friday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden lost to Amar Kumar 6-1, 6-2

2nd Singles — CHS forfeits

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove beat Steven Pei/Max Goetzman 6-2, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio beat Chase Crain/Drew Goetzman 6-2, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Thane Peterson/Koby Schreiber lost to Zubin Oommen/Albert Chen 6-2, 6-4

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