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Tate Wyman, seen last spring, returns for his 8th grade season of track. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let ’em loose and get out of their way.

Coupeville Middle School track coaches Elizabeth Bitting and Jon Gabelein will have almost 40 athletes ready to attack a new season when practice kicks off Tuesday afternoon.

It’s a mixture of veterans and newbies, and, like any first-day roster, could see some additions and/or subtractions.

But, for the moment, here are the 37 athletes expected to show up on day one:

 

8th:

Aiden Anderson
Reiley Araceley
Katie Buskala
Camryn Clark
Dominic Coffman
Josh Guay
Taygin Jump
Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson
Coen Killian
Ryanne Knoblich
Carolyn Lhamon
Jovan Light
Jacob Mathusek
Claire Mayne
Trinity McGee
Cristina McGrath
Alex Murdy
Kevin Partida
Abigail Ramirez
Jordyn Rogers
Helen Strelow
Tate Wyman

 

7th:

Ryan Blouin
Alex Clark
May Crain
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Nick Guay
Erica McGrath
Hank Milnes
Allison Nastali
Timothy Nitta
Zane Oldenstadt
Desi Ramirez
Mikey Robinett
Isabella Schooley
Cole White

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Carolyn Lhamon knocked down 10 points Tuesday, helping the CMS 8th grade varsity rout Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Get out the brooms.

Pulling off a sweep for the first time this season, all three Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams swatted visiting Granite Falls Tuesday, sending Wolf coaches, players, and fans home wearing smiles.

“It was an awesome night for all the girls!,” said CMS 7th grade coach Megan Smith.

How the afternoon played out on the hardwood, while I was off working in the woods on my sister’s farm:

 

7th grade varsity:

Coupeville put Granite down hard, romping to a 19-2 lead before coasting in for a 23-12 win.

The victory snaps a three-game losing skid and lifts the squad to 2-3 at the halfway point of its season.

The Wolves took a chomp out of the Tiger defense from the start, with five different players scoring in the first half.

While the offense was clicking, the defense was in seek-and-destroy mode, as Coupeville held the visitors to a single field goal across the game’s first 14 minutes.

Granite garnered a bit of a comeback in the second half, using a 10-4 surge across the final two quarters, but it was too little, too late to catch the runaway Wolves.

Lauren Marrs paced CMS with a game-high nine points, while Brionna Blouin tossed in six, and Erica McGrath banked in four.

Skylar Parker and Reese Wilkinson rounded out the scoring with a bucket apiece.

It was the first middle school points for both McGrath and Parker.

Ava Mitten, Allison Nastali, Kayla Arnold, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Desi Ramirez rounded out the CMS roster.

 

8th grade JV:

The only saving grace for Granite was the game was limited to two quarters.

Coupeville came out on fire, jumping to an 8-0 lead at the first break, then picked up the offensive pace in the second quarter, roaring home with a 20-4 win.

The second-straight victory for the JV, it lifts the Wolves to 2-2 on the season.

CMS spread its offense out, with four different players knocking down a bucket in the opening frame, before Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson and Karyme Castro teamed up to singe the nets in the final quarter.

The duo combined for 10 points in the second period, with Kalwies-Anderson dropping in six, and Castro ruffling the nets for four.

Cristina McGrath added four points, notching a basket in each quarter, while Trinity McGee, Jessenia Camarena, and Melanie Navarro chipped in with a bucket apiece.

Claire Mayne, Abigail Ramirez, Adrian Burrows, and Jessica Ross-McMahon also saw floor time for the Wolves.

 

8th grade varsity:

Coupeville’s most-dangerous team remains perfect.

Thrashing Granite Falls to a 33-6 tune, the high-flying Wolves roll to 3-0 heading into a road trip Wednesday to Langley.

While both of the other Wolf teams held the Tigers scoreless in one quarter of their games, the 8th grade varsity went one better, tossing a pair of goose eggs onto the scoreboard.

The Wolves opened the game with a 9-0 run through the first quarter, then pulled off a 6-0 bagel job in the third frame.

The quarters when Granite did manage to score didn’t go much better for the Tigers, as they were battered by the quick, aggressive girls repping Coupeville uniforms.

Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper dominated down in the paint, racking up 10 and eight points, respectively, while Alita Blouin stung the defenders for five of her own.

Getting their first varsity points of the season, Jill Prince (4) and Trinity McGee (2) were joined by Gwen Gustafson (2) and Maddie Georges (2) in the scoring column.

Hayley Fielder, Ryanne Knoblich, Jordyn Rogers, and Jessenia Camarena rounded out the rotation, playing inspired defense and helping set up their teammate’s buckets.

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Nezi Keiper tossed in seven points Wednesday as the CMS 8th graders pounded host Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a good day to be in Sultan, unless you played for the home team.

Rampaging through town like a horde of Vikings, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams left destruction in their path, winning two of three games played on the hardwood.

How the merry mayhem played out:

 

8th grade varsity:

Coupeville hammered the Turks through three quarters, before coasting home with a 35-12 win to stay undefeated.

The Wolves got started on getting to a crisp 2-0 start on the season with a 10-4 first quarter run, then steadily pulled away.

Four different CMS players scored in the opening frame, led by Nezi Keiper, who pounded home a pair of buckets.

The attitude of sharing spread from there, as five Wolves combined to shape a 9-2 second quarter surge.

Coupeville’s most dominant seven-minute stretch was in the third, as Maddie Georges and Carolyn Lhamon tossed in four points apiece to fuel a 10-2 run, before CMS closed the fourth with a mild 6-4 advantage.

Georges paced the Wolves with eight points, while Keiper popped for seven, and Lhamon netted six.

Ryanne Knoblich and Alita Blouin both added four points to the scoring explosion, Hayley Fiedler, Gwen Gustafson, and Jordyn Rogers chipped in with a bucket apiece, and Jill Prince was a terror on defense.

 

8th grade JV:

A defensive gem, as the Wolves limited the Turks to just a single bucket in both quarters played, claiming an 8-4 win.

The game was knotted up at 2-2 after the first seven minutes, with Coupeville’s lone bucket coming off the fingertips of Jessenia Camarena, but things changed after the break.

While a 6-2 run in the second quarter might not bring back memories of the Showtime-era Lakers, it was enough to lift the JV to its first win of the season.

Now 1-2 on the still-young season, the Wolves picked up a second-quarter basket from Cristina McGrath and two buckets by Trinity McGee to seal the deal.

Claire Mayne, Abigail Ramirez, Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson, Adrian Burrows, Karyme Castro, Jessica Ross-McMahon, and Melanie Navarro rounded out the CMS roster.

 

7th grade varsity:

The lone loss of the day came down to the final moments, but a late Sultan surge carried it to a razor-thin 27-25 win.

With the defeat, Coupeville drops to 1-2 on the season.

The Wolves get an immediate chance to bounce back, however, as the 7th graders (and only the 7th graders) travel to Everett Thursday to play Northshore Christian Academy.

Facing off with Sultan, CMS put up a strong fight.

Trailing just 6-4 at the first break, and 14-9 at the half, the Wolves put together a sizzling 12-6 run across the third quarter with three players dropping in points.

Brionna Blouin worked the glass for six of her game-high 14 during the surge, while Lauren Marrs tossed in four and Desi Ramirez knocked down a bucket.

Back up by a single point heading into the fourth, Coupeville couldn’t quite hold on down the stretch, with a late Sultan three-ball being an especially sharp dagger.

With her 14 points, Blouin increased her lead in the season scoring race.

Sitting with 47 points after three games, she’s averaging 15.7 a night, while Georges, who has 22 in two 8th grade contests, is throwing down 11 a game.

Marrs, who was making her season debut, chipped in with seven points, including a three-ball of her own, while Ramirez rounded out things with four points.

Reese Wilkinson, Ava Mitten, Kaitlyn Leavell, Skylar Parker, Erica McGrath, Allison Nastali, Jackie Contreras, and Kayla Arnold gave coach Megan Smith multiple options to work with.

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Savina Wells (right) led the Coupeville SWISH girls basketball squad to a blowout win Saturday. (Photo courtesy Katy Wells)

Death and destruction.

That’s what the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team brings to the floor, as it proved once again Saturday afternoon.

Thrashing Mount Vernon Blade Chevrolet 30-3 while playing in Burlington, the Wolves improved their early-season record to a crisp 2-0.

Coupeville gets a chance to double that win total next Saturday, Nov. 17, when they face South Whidbey and Orcas Island in a doubleheader in Mount Vernon.

Playing in a rough-and-tumble affair Saturday, the Wolves jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter, before coasting in to the halftime break up 15-1.

They didn’t give up a field goal until the third quarter, while seven of their 10 players made it into the scoring column.

Sixth-grade sensation Savina Wells torched the nets for nine points to pace Coupeville, while Brionna Blouin banked home six and Maddie Georges knocked down five.

Nezi Keiper tossed in four in her season debut, with Hayley Fiedler, Alita Blouin and Gwen Gustafson each adding a bucket to the cause.

Ryanne Knoblich, Carolyn Lhamon and Lauren Marrs didn’t have a chance to score, but each contributed on the defensive side of the ball.

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Lauren Marrs lines up a shot Saturday as Coupeville’s SWISH hoops squad romps to a season-opening win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf coaches Lark Gustafson (left) and Ryan Georges monitor the action.

Carolyn Lhamon stops ‘n pops.

The future of Wolf hoops is here, and it’s already rampaging on the hardwood.

Balanced scoring and a killer third quarter equals victory.

At least it did Saturday for the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad, which bounced Mount Vernon Christian 26-18 in its season-opener.

Busting open a tied game, the Wolves used a 9-2 run in the third, with five players scoring, to claim the victory.

The big shot came from Lauren Marrs, who knocked down a three-ball, while Gwen Gustafson and Brionna Blouin added buckets of their own.

Savina Wells and Maddie Georges each slipped a free throw through the net to round out Coupeville’s third-quarter outburst.

Georges had the hot hand early, hitting a pair of first-quarter buckets as the Wolves went to the first break up 8-7.

After MVC knotted things at 12-12 at the half, Coupeville responded in grand fashion in the third, than held on behind the play of Carolyn Lhamon in a see-saw fourth quarter.

Lhamon led the Wolves with six points and 14 rebounds, while Georges (5), Brionna Blouin (4), Marrs (3), Alita Blouin (3), Hayley Fielder (2), Gustafson (2), and Wells (1) all put points on the board.

Ryanne Knoblich was a terror on defense for Coupeville, and Wells, who is just a 6th grader, snagged nine boards.

 

To see more photos by John Fisken (and maybe buy some glossies for grandma), pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2018-2019-boys-and-girls/7th8th-AAU-GBB-2018-11-03-vs-MVC

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