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Skylar Parker (left) and Ryanne Knoblich will not play at home next Monday after all. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

Here one second, gone the next.

A late-season addition to the Coupeville High School girls’ basketball schedule has fallen by the wayside.

The Wolves were set to welcome Lummi Nation to Whidbey Monday, Jan. 30 for non-conference varsity and JV games.

Now, thanks to the crush of the postseason, those games are gone with the wind.

Lummi, whose varsity girls’ squad sits at 12-2, starts playoff action Feb. 1.

With four regular-season league games left to play and a week to go, the Blackhawks needed to reclaim the Jan. 30 date, and are now scheduled to host conference rival Tulalip Heritage that night.

After Coupeville and Lummi plugged the game into the schedule, CHS officials originally moved Senior Night festivities to that night, to separate them from ones for Wolf boys’ basketball players and cheerleaders.

Now, all three Coupeville programs will honor their seniors Feb. 7, when La Conner comes to town.

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Frankie Tenore and Co. do not get to ride the bus all day and night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No hacking and coughing for you.

Tuesday’s Coupeville High School girls soccer road trip was cancelled, thanks to poor air quality in Granite Falls.

It’s the latest in a string of contests preempted in Washington state by smoke from forest fires.

No definitive word on whether the non-conference game will be rescheduled, though odds are not great with the end of the regular season in sight, and both schools putting a priority on playing league games first.

For now, Coupeville’s booters head back to the practice field, with their next and possibly final clash set for next Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Wolves host La Conner at 4 PM in the first half of a home doubleheader.

Senior Night festivities for both the CHS girls and boys will be held between games, before Coupeville’s boys face off with the Braves.

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Coupeville High School cross country runners were denied a chance to compete Wednesday. (Jackie Saia photos)

No luck for middle school harriers, either.

No one runs today.

Two cross country races scheduled for Wednesday were cancelled, for different reasons, sidelining teams from both Coupeville High School and Middle School.

The struggling Washington State ferry system upended CHS, derailing a four-team meet on Orcas Island.

Coupeville’s harriers had already made the bus trip from Central Whidbey to Anacortes but were unable to continue on to the San Juan Islands with no ferries leaving the dock.

Similar news awaited Mount Vernon Christian and Concrete, as the Samish was grounded due to “a lack of qualified crew.”

The meet has been tentatively rescheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 28, depending on boat availability, said Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith.

Meanwhile, the middle school crew was headed to the Clinton ferry, which is operating today, only to have their meet in Sultan called off due to poor air quality.

“Those darn fires still causing havoc,” said CMS running guru Elizabeth Bitting.

“We had loaded the bus and were ready to get athletes on,” she added. “But good thing, because our bus then had to go pick up the high school team at the (other) ferry terminal.”

Both Wolf teams hope to get back into action Saturday, when they travel to Shoreline for the King’s Roller Coaster Trail Run.

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Andrew Williams and associates will practice Tuesday, instead of playing their season opener as originally planned. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No games for you.

Tuesday is the first day of classes for Coupeville High School students, and home games for Wolf girls soccer, volleyball, and boys soccer were on the schedule.

That shifted Monday, as Auburn Adventist Academy cancelled its planned trip to Whidbey Island.

The news pushes back season-openers for volleyball and girls soccer to Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Wolf spikers host Friday Harbor, while the booters go island-hopping to face the same school.

Of the three CHS teams affected by Tuesday’s cancellations, the one which has the longest gap in its schedule is boys soccer.

That squad is now set to open its season Sept. 13 on the road at Mount Vernon Christian.

No reason was given publicly for the Auburn Adventist cancellations, and it remains unclear if the non-conference bouts will be made up.

“I may or may not reschedule depending on our schedule availability,” said Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith.

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Longtime Coupeville tennis guru Ken Stange won’t have a chance to coach this fall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The rackets remain unstrung, and the courts are empty.

Coupeville High School has cancelled its boys tennis season due to a lack of players, Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Thursday afternoon.

It will be the third-straight non-season for the Wolf netters, as the program has been beset from all sides.

Friday Harbor, which was Coupeville’s most reliable tennis opponent, cancelled its fall sports programs at the height of the pandemic.

During that lost season, many Wolf tennis players migrated to soccer, helping save that program from its own cancellation.

The biggest stumbling block for the netters might simply be Coupeville’s move back to the 2B classification in 2020.

At the 1A level, boys soccer is played in the spring. In 2B, those booters join the girls in playing their season in the fall.

With football, cross country, tennis, and soccer all vying for male athletes in the same season at a small school, someone is likely to lose out.

So far, that’s been tennis.

Coupeville is the only one of seven schools in the Northwest 2B/1B League attempting to field four male sports teams in the fall.

The other NWL schools offer:

Friday Harbor — tennis, football, soccer
La Conner — cross country, football, soccer
Concrete — football, cross country
Mount Vernon Christian — cross country, soccer
Orcas Island — cross country, soccer
Darrington — football

While boys tennis sits idle, girls tennis remains strong, and the CHS courts should once again be filled with aces and overheads next spring.

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