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Izzy Wells and Coupeville softball are the #1 playoff seed from the North Sound Conference. (Karen Carlson photo)

I love it when a plan comes together.

Everything broke perfectly Thursday, guaranteeing the Coupeville High School softball squad heads to districts next week as the #1 seed from the North Sound Conference.

The Wolves, 9-3 in league play, 12-7 overall, finished in a three-way tie atop the conference with Cedar Park Christian (9-3, 14-4) and Granite Falls (9-3, 12-7).

That was assured Thursday when CPC crowned South Whidbey 19-4 and Granite smushed Sultan 16-8 on the last day of the regular season.

Wolf softball gets to add a league title plaque to the Wall of Fame in the CHS gym for a second-straight year.

Things were a little more complex, however, when it came to playoff seeding.

With three teams tying for the best record, the first tie-breaker (head-to-head play) solved nothing.

Coupeville won two of three against Cedar Park, but lost two of three to Granite, which lost two of three to Cedar Park, leaving the tie intact.

The ultimate tie-breaker was a blind draw done by league Athletic Directors before the season started, and Wolf AD Willie Smith had the magic touch, plucking out the best number.

Having cashed his golden ticket, Coupeville is the #1 seed to the eight-team, double-elimination district tourney, from which three teams advance to state.

Cedar Park is #2 (based on head-to-head), while Granite, which had a big lead in the standings just a week-and-a-half ago, before losing back-to-back games, slides to #3.

South Whidbey (2-10, 5-13) goes as #4, while #5 Sultan (1-11, 1-14) has to survive a play-in game with Meridian (7-12), the #4 team from the Northwest Conference, to make the main draw.

Coupeville opens districts May 16 at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley, with its first game against the Sultan/Meridian winner.

During the regular season the Wolves beat the Trojans 11-1 in a non-conference game, and swept the Turks in league play, winning 12-0, 7-4, and 15-2.

 

The bracket:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2923&sport=15

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Heidi Meyers walked, scored, and played strong defense Monday, as Coupeville’s JV softball squad battled through a close game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a brawl.

In a game in which the home plate ump took a wicked shot to the fingers, a fouled-off softball smashing his hand and (eventually) ballooning it out three times the normal size, Coupeville and Cedar Park’s JV softball teams went toe-to-toe.

Thanks to a strong defensive stand at the end Monday, the host Eagles escaped with a 12-10 win, sweeping the season series from their rivals.

Of five North Sound Conference schools playing softball this spring, CPC and CHS were the only two to field JV teams.

Cedar Park improves to 4-0 with the win, while the loss drops the young Wolves to 3-6.

Coupeville’s JV closes its season Thursday, when it hosts Burlington-Edison (2-10) for a 4 PM doubleheader.

Monday’s battle featured five lead changes, and a bevy of big blows, with Abby Meyers crunching a double and triple and Audrianna Shaw smoking a three-bagger of her own.

Both of Coupeville’s runs in the top of the first came without a single base-knock, however, as walks to Meyers, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Marenna Rebischke-Smith, conspired with a CPC error to get things started.

While the Eagles plated five in the bottom of the first, the Wolves immediately grabbed the lead back with five of their own in the second.

The rally started with back-to-back walks from Morgan Stevens and Amanda Thomas, with Stevens being plunked by a wayward pitch, before Meyers rifled a two-run triple.

It was almost an inside-the-park home run, but the Wolf shortstop missed first base by an inch or two and had to whirl back and tap her foot on the bag before heading off pell-mell around the bases.

A passed ball brought Meyers in, Mckenna Somes walked to keep things alive, and then it was Shaw’s turn to get medieval on the ball, slamming her own rainbow shot to the wall.

Van Velkinburgh connected on the first of her two RBI-producing ground-outs, both of which scored Shaw, to bring Coupeville to the JV-maximum five runs for the inning, and the game was truly on.

From there, both teams traded body blows.

CPC tied the game at 7-7, Abby Meyers crunched an RBI double to push Coupeville back in front by one, but then the host Eagles swung things with a five-run bottom of the third.

Needing four runs to stay alive in the top of the fourth — the final inning the JV teams were set to play — the Wolves got halfway there before their final rally died along with the sinking sun.

Walks to Heidi Meyers and Rebischke-Smith were crucial, while Shaw’s second hit of the day, a madly-spinning RBI single, did some damage before the Wolves hit their limit on outs.

Coupeville put 14 runners aboard in the game, with Abby Meyers and Shaw collecting two hits apiece.

The 10 walks accrued by the Wolves were led by two each from Thomas and Rebischke-Smith, while Ivy Leedy walked and scored at the plate, then struck out two Eagles while flinging heat from the pitcher’s circle.

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Scout Smith crunched two doubles Monday, but Coupeville lost a tough road game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sela Flynn had an amazing Monday afternoon.

Sadly, that’s not good news for Coupeville High School softball fans.

Flynn, who suits up for Cedar Park Christian, went on a rampage like you rarely see, smacking two home runs, and narrowly missing a third, while picking up eight RBI’s.

Fueled by a white-hot slugger, two defensive plays which ripped the heart out of the Wolves, and one of the most inconsistent home plate umps to ever go into a semi-crouch, CPC defended its turf, sending Coupeville home on the wrong end of a 9-5 score.

The loss drops the Wolves to 5-3 in North Sound Conference play, 8-7 overall, and (for the moment) knocks them into 3rd place in the standings.

Coupeville trails Granite Falls (8-1, 11-5) and CPC (6-3, 11-4), while Sultan (1-6, 1-9) and South Whidbey (1-8, 4-11) bring up the rear.

There is a silver lining, however.

The Wolves play their final four regular-season games on Whidbey, with Granite coming to Coupeville Wednesday and Sultan arriving Friday for a doubleheader.

CHS closes with a short trip to Langley May 7 to face South Whidbey.

While Coupeville is a half-game off of Cedar Park, if the teams finish tied, the Wolves would get the higher seed to the district playoffs, as they own the tiebreaker, having beaten the Eagles two out of three this season.

In the early going Monday it looked like it would be three out of three.

Coupeville pushed across three runs in the top of the first, mainly by taking advantage of CPC mistakes.

Scout Smith suffered an extremely-rare strikeout to lead off the game, but alertly bolted to first when the catcher missed the ball and could only watch in horror as it ping-ponged off the backstop and away from her.

A walk to Emma Mathusek, followed by a crisp single to right off of Chelsea Prescott’s bat, juiced the bags with no one out, and it looked like the Wolves were preparing to savage their hosts.

No matter how many times the home plate ump changed his entire strike zone pitch to pitch.

It wasn’t to be, though, as runs came home twice on errors by the CPC defense and once on a walk to Mackenzie Davis, but the Wolves couldn’t find another hit in the inning.

Still, with fab frosh Izzy Wells carrying a no-hitter into the bottom of the third, Coupeville looked solid. Even if its own offense stranded three more runners across the next two innings.

Things took a dire turn though, when the indecisive, inconsistent ump finally got consistent about one thing – not giving Coupeville’s hurler any strike calls unless she all but grooved the ball.

Forced to enter Flynn’s power zone, the Wolves paid dearly, as the Eagle slugger crunched a three-run home run to straight-away center – her team’s first hit and a game-changer at that.

If nothing else, the blow seemed to knock some of the lethargy out of the Wolves, who responded by almost, but not quite, blowing the game back open in the top of the fourth.

Doubles from Smith and Prescott gave CHS the lead back at 4-3, and a walk to Sarah Wright put two aboard as Mollie Bailey strode to the plate.

The sophomore third-baseman, who has spent the season lashing big hits, did it again, smoking a ball into the gap between second and first.

Except…

Ellie Chi, CPC’s sophomore second-baseman, made a play which was nothing less than sensational.

You can hate the result if you’re a Wolf fan, but dang, you have to (reluctantly) applaud.

Launching her body airborne while jerking to the left, glove parallel to the ground, Chi yanked Bailey’s hot shot out of the air, holding on as she crashed back to bounce off the soccer-field turf the Eagles have dropped their makeshift softball diamond upon.

Ball gets through, both runners come home, it’s a three-run lead and a big inning is brewing.

Chi makes the play, though, and it deflates everything.

Well, except for the Eagles, who, having escaped their jam, went out and added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to snatch the lead.

An RBI single tied things up, before Flynn bounced a two-run double off the wall in left-center.

And yet, the game wasn’t lost at that point.

The two pitchers buzzed through the fifth, then Coupeville made another move to blow things open in the top of the sixth, only to be denied again by the thinnest of margins.

Smith conked another double, this one flying to the wall in the left field corner, then scampered home on an RBI ground-out by Prescott, and it was a one-run game.

Tying run at second, clean-up hitter Wright bending her bat in half at the plate, just one out, and things looked promising.

And, just like with Bailey in the fourth, Wright cracked the heck out of the ball, sending a rocket back up the middle, where it connected with the CPC pitcher’s leg.

Ball hitting flesh made a sound reminiscent of a watermelon being fired out of a cannon before colliding with a brick wall, and yet, to the amazement of all, Eagle hurler Erica Giles stayed on her feet.

Which would be an accomplishment in itself.

That she staggered backward for a second, before ignoring whatever pain was coursing through her body and scrambled to retrieve the ball and nail Wright by a step at first, deserves a tip of the hat.

Hate the result maybe, but credit where credit is due – it was a gutsy play.

Given another reprieve, Cedar Park made it official in the bottom of the sixth.

Coupeville decided to play with fire and pitch to Flynn, and she bombed another three-run tater, dropping this one over the left field fence to cap a remarkable offensive show.

For CHS coach Kevin McGranahan, the game was a missed opportunity, one which could have turned out better if one or two plays went differently.

“We came out a little flat and paid for it later,” he said. “We just couldn’t get our big bats going when we needed them.

“All in all, we beat ourselves, but they played good defense and we didn’t hit like we can.”

Smith (two doubles) and Prescott (1B, 2B) led Coupeville at the plate, while Nicole Laxton and Mathusek added singles.

Laxton had the most entertaining steal of the season after her base-knock, beating the throw to second base by pulling off a fairly-spectacular face-first dive into the bag, just evading the sweeping tag.

Wright and Mathusek walked twice apiece, while Davis eked out a free pass to round out the attack.

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Having won their playoff opener by forfeit Monday, Xavier Murdy and Coupeville soccer are guaranteed at least two more postseason bouts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, that was … unusual.

Just hours before game-time Monday, the Cedar Park Christian boys soccer squad forfeited its playoff game with Coupeville, denying the Wolves a chance to play a postseason game on their home field, but guaranteeing their season goes on at least two more games.

Shortly before their bus was scheduled to leave Bothell, CPC officials contacted Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith with the news.

It was the second time Cedar Park forfeited to Coupeville this season, having also done it 10 days ago.

“Not enough players. They must have been hoping to make it, but fell short last moment,” said CHS soccer coach Kyle Nelson.

That tracks with reports from Bothell, where Coupeville softball players saw CPC soccer players on a bus in the parking lot, but the bus never departed.

While CHS was denied its share of the gate, and a chance to raise money with concession sales, the 1-0 win lifts the Wolf booters to 6-8 on the season and sends them to the double-elimination portion of districts.

Coupeville hits the road Wednesday and faces Lynden Christian, which lost 3-0 Monday to South Whidbey. Kickoff is 4:30 PM.

The Lyncs are 6-9-2.

Win in Lynden and the Wolves clinch a trip to bi-districts and play Saturday in the 3rd/4th place game against the winner of Meridian and Mount Baker.

Lose to the Lyncs and CHS gets the loser of Meridian and Mount Baker in the 5th/6th place game, also on Saturday, with just the 5th place team advancing.

South Whidbey and King’s, which beat Meridian 2-0 Monday, play in the district title game Saturday, and both are already qualified for bi-districts.

All Saturday games will be played at Whatcom Community College.

Cedar Park and Sultan, which fell 5-4 Monday to Mount Baker, have been eliminated.

To see the up-to-the-moment playoff bracket, pop over to:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2915&sport=9

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Sophomore Sage Downes has tallied four goals this spring for the CHS soccer team. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Team captain Aram Leyva will lead his squad into its first true home playoff game in many years Monday night.

No need to drive very far this time.

In recent years, when Coupeville High School soccer squads earned home playoff games, they still had to trek 10 miles to Oak Harbor’s stadium, then adjust on the fly to a different playing surface.

But now that the Wolves are back in District 1, the requirement for early-round postseason battles to be played on turf no longer exists.

That means when CHS opens its playoff run Monday, Apr. 29, it will start on the green, green grass of its own Mickey Clark Field.

The opponent is win-less Cedar Park Christian, kickoff is 6 PM, it’s a loser-out game, and yes, you have to pay admission, unlike the regular season.

A breakdown of what you need to know as the district tourney kicks off:

 

What:

1A District 1 boys soccer tournament, featuring the top five North Sound Conference teams against the top three Northwest Conference squads.

 

When:

Apr. 29-May. 4

 

Where:

Multiple locations.

Coupeville opens at home, but a win there sends the Wolves on the road for games at still-to-be-determined locations May 1 and 4.

 

What’s at stake:

Five of eight teams at districts advance to bi-districts, which pits District 1 against District 2.

Three of nine teams at that tourney punch their ticket to state.

 

Admission for individual district playoff games:

Adults and students without ASB — $7.00
Students with ASB, children and seniors — $5.00
Preschool children (with paying adult) – Free

 

Team capsules:

 

Coupeville:

Season record: 5-8

League finish: #3 in 1A North Sound Conference

Goal differential: 31-43

Seniors: (3) – Dewitt Cole, Uriah Kastner, Teo Keilwitz

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 3-7 (beat Cedar Park twice; split with Sultan; lost twice to both King’s and South Whidbey; lost once to Meridian and Mount Baker)

Coach: Kyle Nelson

Mascot: Wolves

 

Cedar Park Christian:

Season record: 0-10

League finish: #5 in 1A North Sound Conference

Goal differential: 6-51

Seniors: (2) – Joel Koszonus, Ray Xiang

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 0-8 (lost twice to Coupeville, South Whidbey, King’s, and Sultan)

Coach: Ken Kerr

Mascot: Eagles

 

King’s:

Season record: 7-3-1 (*NSC web site credits them with an 8th win, but sorry, you don’t get to count a win against your own alumni…)

League finish: #2 in 1A North Sound Conference

Goal differential: 36-8

Seniors: (2) – Gunnar Morehead, Jeffrey Weber

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 6-2 (beat Sultan, Coupeville and CPC twice, lost twice to South Whidbey)

Coach: Matt Sporn

Mascot: Knights

 

Lynden Christian:

Season record: 6-8-2

League finish: #2 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Goal differential: 21-31

Seniors: (6) – Jalen Apol, Blake De Ruyter, Cory Ellens, Trent Greenough, Jakob Luce, Nolan Thomas

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-1 (beat Meridian, lost to Mount Baker)

Coach:Brent De Ruyter

Mascot: Lyncs

 

Meridian:

Season record: 9-5-2

League finish: #1 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Goal differential: 46-25

Seniors: (9) – Tanner Bouwman, Manraj Gaday, Savikar Gaday, Gabe Hughes, Ernan Martinez, Nathan Miranda, Carlos Padila-Solis, Chris Prado, Nicholas Vyvyan

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 3-1 (beat Mount Baker, Coupeville, and Sultan, lost to Lynden Christian)

Coach: Joe Spencer

Mascot: Trojans

 

Mount Baker:

Season record: 8-6-1

League finish: #3 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Goal differential: 40-34

Seniors: (8) – Gage Corcoran, Freddy Delgado, Ian Green, JJ Kalsbeek, Kailani Lauderdale, Clover Martin, Trey O’Dell, James Rice

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 2-1 (beat Lynden Christian and Coupeville, lost to Meridian)

Coach: Jason Jorgensen

Mascot: Mountaineers

 

South Whidbey:

Season record: 12-1

League finish: #1 in 1A North Sound Conference

Goal differential: 74-8

Seniors: (6) – Graham Colar, Nevin Daniels, Julian Inches, Michael Lux, Eli Waldron, Cormac Workman

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 8-0 (beat King’s Sultan, Coupeville, and CPC twice)

Coach: Emerson Robbins

Mascot: Falcons

 

Sultan:

Season record: 4-10

League finish: #4 in 1A North Sound Conference

Goal differential: 24-62

Seniors: (4) – Francisco Alvarado-Medina, Blake Bernethy, Gabriel DeBock, Miguel Garcia

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 3-6 (beat CPC twice, split with Coupeville, lost twice to King’s and South Whidbey, lost once to Meridian)

Coach: Ryan Schaeffer

Mascot: Turks

 

Bracket:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2915&sport=9

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