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Caleb Sonntag netted his first bucket of the season Monday. (Photo courtesy Tara Armstrong)

Treasure the small moments, because they could be the start of something big.

This year’s Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad is very green, with not a lot of experience spread among its players.

But that hasn’t stopped the young Wolves and first-year head coach Patrick Upchurch from returning to the gym, day after day, intent on growing and developing.

There will be rough nights, yes, such as Monday’s 65-10 loss to visiting Cedar Park Christian.

The Eagles had more depth, more experience, and are further along in their development.

But the Wolves, who will play five games this week, including a doubleheader Saturday, showed no quit.

Six of their eight active players scored Monday, with the highlight coming from Caleb Sonntag, who netted his first bucket as a member of the CHS hoops program.

Coen Killian, Brayden Coatney, and Dominic Coffman each added a basket, while Josh Upchurch and Nick Armstrong both swished a free throw to round out the scoring.

With several players missing in action, Ty Hamilton and Alex Wasik rounded out the active roster, both seeing floor time and bringing their customary hustle and grit to the action.

The C-Team, now 0-3 in North Sound Conference play, 1-6 overall, returns to action Tuesday with a trip to Shoreline to play King’s.

After that comes a rematch with Cedar Park in Bothell Friday, then a twin-bill Saturday in Granite Falls. CHS will play both the host Tigers and Sultan.

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Nick Armstrong, seen during football season, scored six points Friday as Coupeville’s C-Team basketball squad battled South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every time out, a positive.

A fairly-inexperienced band of Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball players continue to show improvement, and Friday’s trip to Langley was no exception.

While the young Wolves fell 56-28 to host South Whidbey, it was one of their best offensive performances of the season.

Plus, a huge chunk of the points came from two guys who haven’t had much chance to put the ball in the hoop this season, always a good sign.

Friday night it was time for Nick Armstrong and Coen Killian to shine, and the duo came through, dropping in a season-high six points apiece.

Add a team-high eight points for go-go guard Dominic Coffman, six for inside enforcer Ben Smith — back in action after a sustained bout with illness — and two for Brayden Coatney, and the offensive attack was nicely-balanced.

While they didn’t score Friday, Coupeville also got strong work from Ty Hamilton, Caleb Sonntag, Josh Upchurch, and Alex Wasik.

The Wolf young guns are set to see tons of floor time this coming week, unless Mother Nature rears her vindictive head.

The C-Team hosts Cedar Park Christian Monday, travels to King’s Tuesday and CPC Friday, then plays a doubleheader in Granite Falls next Saturday.

The Wolves will face-off with both the host Tigers and Sultan that day.

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Andrew Aparicio netted a bucket off of a rebound Wednesday, as Coupeville’s C-Team clashed with 4A Mount Vernon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They knew they were in for a tough fight.

When the Coupeville High School C-Team boys basketball squad took the floor Wednesday night, they were missing two key players, and their foe was a high-flying team from a 4A school.

So, the fact the Wolves fell 61-12 to visiting Mount Vernon wasn’t the biggest surprise of the new year, is what we’re saying.

But, despite playing without leading scorer Ty Hamilton and enforcer Ben Smith, both battling illnesses, Coupeville didn’t go down easily.

“They definitely didn’t give up,” said CHS coach Patrick Upchurch. “They put up a good battle, a good fight, against a strong team.”

Mount Vernon, which is 6-1 on the season, is listed as the school’s “freshman” team, though their roster shows three juniors, three sophomores, and just two 9th graders.

The Bulldogs C-Team, which stayed home on the mainland, is made up of all freshmen, so, you had me confused from the get-go.

Which is not that hard to do.

Regardless of what grade level they sit in, Mount Vernon had a flashy, nimble point guard in junior Cads Pineda, a strong three-ball shooter in sophomore Trent Borgognoni, and a 6-foot-5 bruiser in freshman Donovan McEwan.

It’s easy to see why the Bulldogs boast a stellar record, as they zip the ball around, toss daggers from the corners, and get thousands of buckets off of crisp passes to guys cutting under the basket.

Coupeville played a far rougher form of the game, though their players, a good chunk of whom are new to the game, showed flashes of promise.

Freshman Dominic Coffman netted the first bucket of the night for the Wolves, driving around his defender and banging home a running layup.

But, even then, the score sat at 13-2 in favor of the visitors, a sign of how tough this matchup would be for CHS.

Fellow frosh Alex Murdy, a JV player popping down to help fill out the illness-depleted roster, followed Coffman’s bucket with a swooping layup of his own.

Then, Mount Vernon scored 32 of the next 34 points, stretching the lead all the way out to 45-6 two minutes into the third quarter.

Coffman prevented the refs from instituting a running clock, for a few moments at least, as he slashed to the hoop for a bucket to keep the lead below the 40-point cutoff.

The Bulldogs, however, rained down a couple more three-balls, part of the seven they hit on the night, and that triggered the running clock and one of the stupidest rules in modern high school basketball.

Once the lead hits 40, refs now order clock operators to stop adding points to the scoreboard, regardless of which team scores them.

The scorebook keeper still tallies field goals and free throws, but fans in the stands are left high and dry, lest their tender sensibilities be offended by actually knowing the real score.

It’s stupid, maybe second only to the rule which prevents middle school basketball teams from playing overtime periods to break ties.


Back in the real world, where all the buckets were fully recorded, Coffman paced the Wolves with six points, while Murdy, Andrew Aparicio, and Brayden Coatney tossed in a bucket apiece to round out the scoring.

Coen Killian, Nick Armstrong, Alex Wasik, Chris Cernick, Caleb Sonntag, Jaden Goodrich, and Josh Upchurch also saw floor time for CHS, with Cernick playing strongly on the defensive end of the floor.

The Wolf C-Team returns to action next week with three games.

They host Cedar Park Christian Tuesday, January 14, host Sultan Jan. 15 in a rescheduled game, then travel to South Whidbey Jan. 17.

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Ty Hamilton, seen here last season, scored 12 points Tuesday to pace Coupeville’s C-Team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s been a long time coming.

With wind storms tacked on to winter break, all of the Coupeville High School basketball teams have been sitting for two weeks plus.

But none have waited as long as the boys C-Team.

The Wolf young guns had been out of action 20 days before they stepped on the floor Tuesday night in Granite Falls, and the rust showed a bit at first.

A rough first half derailed Coupeville in what became a 56-28 loss, though a strong second half, when the Wolves played the Tigers virtually even, bodes well for the future.

Now 1-3 on the season, the C-Team gets right back at it in less than 24 hours, hosting 4A Mount Vernon Wednesday in a game which tips off at 5 PM.

Playing in Granite, the Wolves stumbled out of the gate a bit, falling behind 17-4 after one quarter of action, and 34-8 at the half.

Benefitting from a pep talk from coach Patrick Upchurch, Coupeville more than doubled its output, throwing down 12 points in the third, and staying within 22-20 over the final 16 minutes of action.

Freshmen Ty Hamilton and Dominic Coffman paced the Wolves, dropping in 12 and eight points respectively, while Alex Wasik tossed in four.

Josh Upchurch and Ben Smith rounded out the offensive attack with a bucket apiece, with Coen Killian, Simon Shelley, Brayden Coatney, Nick Armstrong, Jaden Goodrich, and Caleb Sonntag also seeing floor time.

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Chris Cernick had six points, six rebounds, and two blocks Tuesday for Coupeville’s C-Team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Backs against the wall, they played their best.

The Coupeville High School C-Team boys basketball squad knew it would be in for a rough night Tuesday, hitting the road to play Mount Vernon’s freshmen.

The Bulldogs attend a 4A school, while the Wolves rep a 2B-sized student body spending its final year in 1A.

Plus, Mount Vernon has been especially strong, routing teams left and right.

So, when I tell you the Bulldogs rolled to a 65-13 win, it’s not a huge surprise.

But just because they lost doesn’t mean the Wolves, who sit at 1-2 on the season, went down easy.

Sparked by the play of Chris Cernick, Coupeville put together its best stretch of the game in the fourth quarter, holding its own while being nipped just 10-9.

Chris had a good game for our team,” said CHS coach Patrick Upchurch. “He led with two blocks, six rebounds, and really aggressive defense to help lead the charge in the fourth quarter.”

Cernick, a second-year hoops player who also doubles as a soccer star, popped for six points, sharing team-high honors with Ty Hamilton.

Alex Wasik slid a free throw through the twine to round out Coupeville’s scoring.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves were Nick Armstrong, Ben Smith, Dominic Coffman, Simon Shelley, Brayden Coatney, Coen Killian, and Josh Upchurch.

While Coupeville’s varsity and JV have two games left before winter break, neither of their opponents fields a C-Team, so the young Wolves don’t play again until the first week of January.

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