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CMS 8th grader Davin Houston played strongly Monday against Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Blood was shed and buckets were scored — though not always on the correct basket.

The next-to-last set of games for Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball this season played out to their own funky rhythm Monday afternoon.

How things went down:


Level 1:

It was carnage on the hardwood.

Coupeville opened without leading scorer and rebounder Jayden McManus, who is battling illness.

Then, the Wolves took two more nasty hits, as inside enforcer Riley Lawless went down with a “severely sprained ankle” and point guard Chayse Van Velkinburgh got his lip split open by a wayward elbow.

While the remaining Wolves fought aggressively all game, they fell behind early to visiting Sultan and were never able to recover, losing 48-19.

The Turks set the tone of the game in the first quarter, sprinting out to a 21-5 lead while KO’ing Lawless and Van Velkinburgh.

From there Sultan pushed its advantage to 36-11 at the half, though Coupeville held up well during a low-scoring second half.

Wolf coach Jon Roberts praised the play of Davin Houston and Mahkai Myles, who carried the scoring load with eight and six points, respectively.

Mahkai probably had his best game shooting,” Roberts said.

Lawless knocked down three points before he was knocked out, while Nic Laska banked in a bucket to round out Coupeville’s offensive attack.

Carson Grove, Sage Arends, and Joshua Stockdale also saw floor time for the Wolves.


Team 2:

The opening act in the Roger Merino-Martinez Experience, as the Wolf gunner rattled home all of Coupeville’s points in a 49-9 loss.

The speed demon scored every which way, rippling the net on a three-ball and also hitting both of his free throw attempts.

Roger the Rocket scored on several steals or nice runners up the left side,” Roberts said.

“He surely missed enough buckets to have had another 12 points. We will work on those pesky layups tomorrow.”

Nathan Niewald, Cyrus Sparacio, Charles Hart, Dylan Robinett, Jacob Barajas, Brantley Campbell, and Kenneth Jacobsen rounded out a Wolf roster which is young and inexperienced, but feisty and hard-working.


Level 3:

Roger the Rocket kept the nets flipping, going off for another 15 points while coming off the bench in a 54-24 loss.

Coupeville rewarded a group of players who “have been giving max effort” with starts, sending Zach Blitch, Kenneth Jacobsen, Khanor Jump, Hunter Atteberry, and Johnathan Jacobsen out for the opening tip.

The Wolves continued to tinker with their lineup, mixing and matching and seeing what worked best.

“We messed with a tall lineup with a fast guard,” Roberts said. “We went with an all 4-foot-5 and under speed crew, and various other lineups to see if we could fluster Sultan.

“We had a good run in the third quarter,” he added. “All players saw the court and participated in one fashion or another.”

Trailing 36-13 at the half, the Wolves controlled the game in frame three, outscoring the Turks 11-8 with a little unexpected help.

Merino-Martinez tickled the twine for nine of his 15 points in the quarter, while Sultan’s #34 scored on the wrong basket, putting a rebound back up and in while probably wondering why none of the Wolves were trying to stop him.

Among guys actually wearing CMS uniforms, Sparacio rattled the rim for four points, while Campbell netted a three-ball.


One more rumble:

The Wolves close their season Wednesday with a rematch against South Whidbey, this time playing in Coupeville.

Tipoff is 3:15 PM.

After that, the CMS girls are next up, kicking off their season in January.

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Davin Houston (right) and Coupeville Middle School basketball kicked off a new season Thursday at Langley. (Alia Houston photo)

The shoes are squeaking on the hardwood once more.

Basketball is back in action, with the Coupeville Middle School boys’ hoops stars first to take the floor in a competitive game.

Facing off with next-door neighbor South Whidbey down in Langley Thursday, the Wolves held their own, coming within a bucket or two of winning two of three.

While the Cougars ultimately swept all three games, it was a strong start for a CMS program featuring a considerable chunk of players who are fairly new to the sport.

The Wolves put 12 players into the scoring column on opening day.

Coupeville returns home for its next three games, hosting Lakewood (Nov. 22), Sultan (Nov. 29), and King’s (Dec. 1) as the eight-game schedule begins to unfold.

How Thursday went down:


Level 1:

The day’s most-competitive rumble, as South Whidbey surged, Coupeville rallied, then the Cougars held off the Wolves at the end for a 35-31 win.

A 12-2 run by the hosts stung CMS, as it fell behind 21-9 at the half.

The second half was a different story, however, with Coupeville going on a 13-4 tear in the third quarter before getting all the way back to knot things up at 27-27 midway through the final frame.

South Whidbey closed the game strongly, getting key buckets down the stretch, but the scrappiness shown by the Wolves bodes well for the future.

Jayden McManus banged home 10 points to lead Coupeville, while Carson Grove sank a pair of three-balls en route to an eight-point performance.

Chayse Van Velkinburgh, the lone 6th grader on the varsity, chipped in with five, while Davin Houston (3), Riley Lawless (3), and Sage Arends (2) also scored.

Coupeville’s first unit also featured appearances by Dylan Robinett, Joshua Stockdale, and Nic Laska.

Chayse Van Velkinburgh fires off a free throw. (Dustin Van Velkinburgh photo)


Level 2:

A slow start doomed Coupeville, as an 18-1 deficit after one quarter of play morphed into a 39-5 loss.

CMS clamped down on defense after that, limiting its hosts to just four points in the second quarter.

Liam Lawson and Nathan Niewald paced the Wolves, each dropping in a bucket, while Robinett rippled the nets on a free throw.

Wyatt Fitch-Marron, Charles Hart, Hunter Atteberry, and Brantley Campbell also saw floor time for CMS.


Level 3:

Take away the second quarter and Coupeville wins this one.

The Wolves held South Whidbey to just four points in every other quarter, but an 8-0 deficit in frame #2 was the difference in a 20-16 loss.

Down 12-2 at the half, CMS rallied to win the second half to a tune of 14-8, with Cyrus Sparacio going off for all of his team-high eight points in the fourth quarter.

Jacob Barajas and Campbell knocked down four points apiece in support, while Johnathan Jacobsen, Zach Blitch, Jacob Meador, Khanor Jump, Kenneth Jacobsen, and Atteberry rounded out the roster.

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Carson Grove slaps home a shot last winter. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Interest in basketball is booming.

With 27 players currently on the roster, Coupeville Middle School plans to play three boys hoops games each time out this season, instead of the original two.

Northshore Christian Academy is the lone Cascade League School which only goes two teams deep, and that matchup is a road one, meaning Wolf fans can brace for long nights when their guys are playing at home.

The season kicks off Thursday, November 17 with a trip to Langley, followed by three straight home clashes against Lakewood, Sultan, and King’s.

Coupeville’s boys, under the guidance of coaches Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson, play an eight-game schedule.

Things wrap up Dec. 14, with the CMS girls taking control of the court in the new year.

The roster as it sits today, six days out from the opening tip:


8th grade:

Sage Arends
Zachary Blitch
Charles Hart
Davin Houston
Kenneth Jacobsen
Riley Lawless
Jayden McManus
Mahkai Myles
Dylan Robinett
Joshua Stockdale


7th grade:

Jacob Barajas
Wyatt Fitch-Marron
Carson Grove
Johnathan Jacobsen
Khanor Jump
Dillin Kestner
Nicholas Laska
Roger Merino-Martinez
Nathan Niewald
Max Ohme


6th grade:

Hunter Atteberry
Brantley Campbell
Jeremiah Crusoe
Liam Lawson
Jacob Meador
Cyrus Sparacio
Chayse Van Velkinburgh

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Chayse Van Velkinburgh rules the pitch. (Photos courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

Chayse remains on the chase.

Incoming Coupeville Middle School 6th grader Chayse Van Velkinburgh is spending a good chunk of his summer pursuing his soccer dreams.

The speedy pitch king spent this weekend playing with the 2010 Rangers FC Gold, a squad which is mainly comprised of players older than Van Velkinburgh.

The team claimed 2nd place in their division at the Crossfire Select Cup in Redmond, narrowly edged out 4-3 in the championship tilt.

Van Velkinburgh, who has been playing 9 vs 9 on a shortened field, stepped up and accepted the challenge of playing 11 vs 11 on a full soccer pitch.

He crashed home a goal, while handing out three assists from his position at left wing back.

Celebrating a strong finish at the Crossfire Challenge Cup.

Van Velkinburgh plans to go full-tilt the rest of the summer, as well.

He has a two-day camp coming up on his schedule, followed by high-level tournaments the next two weekends.

Once the calendar hits August, Van Velkinburgh will try out for the Elite Player Development Program, which is run by Washington Youth Soccer.

That program is set up to “identify and select players of the highest caliber and potential on a continuing and consistent basis, which leads to increased success at the regional and national level.”

EPD fields two teams — one from the Western half of the state, and one from the Eastern.

Tryouts are Aug. 8-10, with callbacks later in the month.

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Chayse Van Velkinburgh, hard at work. (Photos courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

He’s pursuing the dream.

At home in Coupeville, Chayse Van Velkinburgh is on his way to middle school and will be a 6th grader this fall.

On the soccer field, however, he’s ahead of his age group, often playing with older teammates.

And now the sport has taken him abroad, with Van Velkinburgh spending several weeks in May learning and training in Spain.

While visiting the soccer hot spot, the young Wolf booter practiced with a U17 team in Madrid most mornings, then trained in the evening with fellow 11- and 12-year-olds.

Those latter sessions came with a Leganes program which is among the best in the region.

During his trip, Van Velkinburgh was able to play with multiple teams, offering a unique learning experience.

Taking the field with Alcorcon, Chayse “played very well on the left wing, hitting the crossbar and then forcing the keeper to make a diving save to his left,” according to dad Dustin.

“It was fun to hear people in the stands talking about the pink-haired American.”

Looking snazzy on the Spanish pitch.

Thanks to his play, the younger Van Velkinburgh has been invited to return to Spain for a week in November and train at the high-caliber Real Madrid Youth Academy.

Chayse will be joined on the trip by Thatcher Whiteaker, a former teammate who recently returned to Oak Harbor after his Navy family spent three years in Japan.

The duo currently plays for a select team in Bellingham.

The first trip to Spain — which also included a chance to watch Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Final — offered a chance to witness an extremely high level of soccer.

“Being in Madrid as they won was something else,” Dustin Van Velkinburgh said. “It’s like the entire city stopped and the only thing that mattered for two hours was that game.

“And the streets erupted afterward. The parties and singing lasted far into the night.

“The quality of soccer Chayse was exposed to has been eye opening. I’m forever grateful for this opportunity for him.”

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