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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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Cole White’s defense is strong, but even he can’t beat Mother Nature. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature is undefeated.

While a new round of snow didn’t batter Coupeville too badly, it left a lot more of the white stuff on the ground in Friday Harbor.

Faced with digging their way out, the Wolverines postponed their trip to Whidbey Island Thursday, erasing basketball games against Coupeville High School’s boys teams.

The girls games were already postponed after a recent positive Covid test in the CHS program.

The plan (for now) is to play all of the games Wednesday, Jan. 19 in Coupeville.

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Coupeville High School girls soccer coach Kyle Nelson will not be patrolling the sideline Thursday night after all. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mickey Clark Field will be silent Thursday night.

A scheduled home game for the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad against La Conner has been cancelled.

The official cause is “a lack of healthy players for La Conner,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

With the game being a Northwest 2B/1B League game, the schools will try to reschedule the game before the end of the season.

Barring any more twists and turns, Coupeville will be back on its home pitch this Saturday, Oct. 16 to face Sultan in a non-league game.

That will be Senior Night for the Wolves and their seven 12th graders.

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