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Maddie Vondrak and the CHS spikers return to the court. (Brian Vick photo)

Wolf senior Drake Borden is back to chase down a few more tennis balls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything’s a bit topsy-turvy.

As sports return from a pandemic shutdown, things are being played out of order this school year, with fall sports following on the heels of spring sports, with winter sports going last.

Also, the schedules are pared down, with games against only conference foes from the Northwest 2B/1B League.

With Coupeville High School moving from 1A to 2B, there’s also another new wrinkle to scheduling, as boys soccer bounces from spring to fall, now being played in the same season as girls soccer.

In addition, the male booters have a somewhat different set of opponents from other Coupeville teams.

While they face Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, La Conner, and Mount Vernon Christian, both Concrete and Darrington don’t play boys soccer.

They are replaced, for this sport only, by Grace Academy, Providence Classical Christian, and Cedar Park Christian (Lynnwood).

While a sister school, that CPC is not the same one which Coupeville played as a member of the 1A North Sound Conference. That former foe springs from Bothell.

Then there’s tennis, which draws only a single opponent — Friday Harbor — across a six-match death rumble.

The Wolverines join the Wolves as the only NWL teams to embrace the art of the drop shot, and, as mentioned above, there are no non-conference matches to supplement the schedule this time around.

And what of ye olde annual tradition of hosting a Homecoming football game, you ask?

With no dance, limited fan attendance at games, and only two home football games (out of four total), probably best to plan for that returning (hopefully) in fall 2021.

Coaching wise, Ken Stange (boys tennis), Kyle Nelson (girls soccer), Marcus Carr (football), and Cory Whitmore (volleyball) are back.

They’re joined by Robert Wood (boys soccer) and Elizabeth Bitting (cross country), both making their debuts in new coaching positions.

The schedules for this COVID-impacted first season back:

 

BOYS SOCCER:

Wed-Apr. 7 — Friday Harbor — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 10 — Mount Vernon Christian (1:00)
Tues-Apr. 13 — @ Orcas Island — (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 16 — Cedar Park Christian (Lynnwood) — (6:00)
Wed-Apr. 21 — @ Grace Academy — (3:30)
Sat-Apr. 24 — @ Friday Harbor — (12:30)
Tues-Apr. 27 — @ Mount Vernon Christian — (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 29 — Providence Classical Christian — (6:00)
Mon-May 3 — Orcas Island — (4:00)
Wed-May 5 — @ La Conner — (7:00)

 

BOYS TENNIS:

Wed-Apr. 7 — Friday Harbor — (3:30)
Wed-Apr. 14 — @ Friday Harbor — (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 21 — Friday Harbor — (3:30)
Wed-Apr. 28 — @ Friday Harbor — (4:00)
Mon-May 3 — @ Friday Harbor — (4:00)
Thur-May 6 — Friday Harbor — (3:30)

 

CROSS COUNTRY:

Thur-Apr. 15 — HOME — (3:30)
Fri-Apr. 23 — @ Orcas Island — (3:00)
Fri-Apr. 30 — @ Mount Vernon Christian — (4:00)
Thur-May 6 — HOME — (3:30)

 

FOOTBALL:

Fri-Apr. 9 — Friday Harbor — (5:00)
Fri-Apr. 23 — @ Friday Harbor — (6:00)
Fri-Apr. 30 — @ La Conner — (7:00)
Sat-May 8 — Concrete — (7:00)

 

GIRLS SOCCER:

Fri-Apr. 9 — @ Friday Harbor — (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 14 — La Conner — (6:00)
Sat-Apr. 17 — Mount Vernon Christian — (1:00)
Tues-Apr. 20 — Friday Harbor — (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 23 — @ La Conner — (6:00)
Wed-Apr. 28 — @ Mount Vernon Christian — (4:00)
Sat-May 1 — @ Friday Harbor — (12:30)
Tues-May 4 — La Conner — (6:00)
Fri-May 7 — Mount Vernon Christian (6:00)

 

VOLLEYBALL:
**JV plays first in CMS gym, varsity second in CHS gym**

Thur-Apr. 8 — @ Concrete — (5:00/6:30)
Sat-Apr. 10 — Friday Harbor — (3:30/5:00)
Tues-Apr. 13 — La Conner — (5:00/6:30)
Thur-Apr. 15 — @ Darrington — (5:00/6:30)
Sat-Apr. 17 — Mount Vernon Christian — (5:00/6:30)
Fri-Apr. 23 — @ Orcas Island — (4:00/5:30)
Sat-Apr. 24 — @ Friday Harbor — (4:00/5:30)
Tues-Apr. 27 — Concrete — (5:00/6:30)
Thur-Apr. 29 — @ La Conner — (5:00/6:30)
Sat-May 1 — Darrington — (5:00/6:30)
Tues-May 4 — @ Mount Vernon Christian — (5:00/6:30)
Sat-May 8 — Orcas Island — (3:30/5:00)

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Logan Martin dances on the tennis court. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Xavier Murdy punches a return.

Andrew Aparicio goes low, sending a screamer flying back.

Longtime CHS coach Ken Stange schools his players.

Martin flicks a winner.

Aparicio stares down the world.

Murdy keeps his eye on the ball.

Racket in one hand, mask in the other.

While adapting to the ongoing pandemic, Coupeville High School tennis players and coaches have been back on the court, taking part in practices.

As the Wolf netters worked on their approach shots and backhands, ever-lurking photo whiz kid John Fisken snagged the pics seen above.

 

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2020-10-07-CHS-BT-SB-Practice/

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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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