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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.


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Claire Mayne pounds across the grass Wednesday at the middle school cross country championships. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Coupeville boys attack as a pack.

Hank Milnes is so fast, his feet don’t even touch the ground.

The Wolf girls brace for the sound of the starter’s pistol.

Carolyn Lhamon zings across the fresh grass.

Cole White ambles on home.

From nothing, they built something. The first CMS cross country squad in 20+ years.

They are the trailblazers.

The 15 young men and women in Coupeville Middle School cross country jerseys who ran Wednesday in the league championships at Langley may not fully realize what they have accomplished.

But, as time passes, as the CMS program continues to grow and rebuild, these Wolves, the ones who ran their hearts out all season, will be remembered.

They are the ones who brought cross country back to their school after a 20+ year absence.

The ones who stepped up and said “Me, I will go,” when Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith asked to see shoes at the starting line.

The harriers, many new to the sport, who trained every day, who blossomed under the tutelage of coach Elizabeth Bitting, a cross country champion given the chance to live out her second dream as a coach in the sport.

They are the start, they are the dream realized, and, one day, when they have children of their own, they will look back on the fall of 2018 and proudly say, “I did it. You can do it. One foot in front of the other, never stop running, and never stop believing in yourself.”


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Cole White, here with Coupeville Middle School cross country coach Elizabeth Bitting, finished 9th Wednesday at the league championships. (Photo by Morgan White)

They saved their best for the final lap.

Competing at the league championships Wednesday, the Coupeville Middle School cross country squad compiled 12 PR’s and capped an impressive return to the sport.

CMS, which hasn’t fielded a harrier program in 20+ years, finished 3rd in the girls team standings and 5th in the boys. Host Langley won both titles.

“I can not say enough about how proud I am of these athletes,” said Wolf coach Elizabeth Bitting. “To hear them strategize, to see them get pumped and ready, to see them cheering for their teammates as well as other runners, was beyond anything I ever imagined!

“What a truly fabulous season!!”

Coupeville’s return to competition started and ended on the same course at South Whidbey High School, and seeing how her runners had progressed in their first season was a true joy for their coach.

“Not only did 12 of 15 runners PR, but they blew their first times out of the water!,” Bitting said.

Three Wolves — Allison Nastali, Helen Strelow and Hayden Harry — paced the pack, each dropping their best time by between one minute, 29 seconds and 1:32.

“Look at those improvements! 1:30 is HUMONGOUS in running! WOWZA!!,” Bitting said.

“If only we could have extended the season a few weeks longer!,” she added. “They worked hard. They were strong! They finished tired! Already looking forward to the next cross country season! So proud! Super proud!”


Complete Tuesday results – 1.7 mile course:



Carolyn Lhamon (9th)12:41.09
Claire Mayne (11th)12:45.78
Helen Strelow (19th)13:09.81
Allison Nastali (27th)14:35.08
Sam McMahon (29th)14:51.38
Erica McGrath (31st)15:07.69
Cristina McGrath (32nd)15:17.97



Cole White (9th) 11:30.95
Hank Milnes (17th)11:58.94
Aiden Anderson (21st)12:10.71
Tate Wyman (29th)12:37.28
Justin Wilkinson (37th)12:56.19
Hayden Harry (38th)12:56.61
Andrew Williams (53rd) 14:08.28
Alex Clark (65th) 15:20.95

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Cristina McGrath (left) and Sam McMahon have helped lead the revival of Coupeville Middle School cross country. (Morgan White photo)

It took two decades to happen, so Elizabeth Bitting wants to enjoy every moment.

As the first Coupeville Middle School cross country season in 20+ years plays out, the Wolf coach has taught her young runners to embrace the moment, while building for the future.

Tuesday, the Wolves ran in their final regular-season meet down in the wilds of Sultan, and their effort continues to impress their mentor.

“Both boys and girls ran admirably!,” Bitting said. “Some had their eyes set on their competition and ran accordingly.

“I am very proud of the runner’s performances today,” she added. “They put their whole hearts into their races and ALWAYS have a good time!”

CMS wraps up its revival season Oct. 17 at the league meet, which will be held at South Whidbey High School. That will feature Granite Falls, King’s, Langley, Northshore Christian, Sultan, Lakewood and Coupeville.

“Next up are the championships!,” Bitting said “They gotta leave everything on the field next Wednesday!!”


Complete Tuesday results – 1.7 mile course:



Carolyn Lhamon 12:17
Claire Mayne 12:29
Helen Strelow 12:59
Erica McGrath 14:10
Cristina McGrath 14:34
Sam McMahon 14:45
Allison Nastali 14:46



Cole White 11:09
Hank Milnes 11:48
Aiden Anderson 12:00
Tate Wyman 12:34
Justin Wilkinson 13:14
Hayden Harry 13:25
Andrew Williams 13:53
Alex Clark 15:13


PS — If you’re wondering why a Tuesday race is just now hitting the internet on Thursday, it’s because we’ve been waiting almost 48 hours for meet officials to post times on athletic.net. Things move slowly in Sultan…

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