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Coupeville boys basketball, which boasts nine players who will be seniors this coming season, went 5-0 this weekend, winning the Crescent Classic. (Mindy Grove photo)

The underclassmen join the action. (Photo courtesy Brad Sherman)

Right now, at this moment in time, they’re undefeated.

The high school boys basketball season is still months and months away, but that’s not stopping Coupeville from getting after it.

Prepping for an upcoming team camp, the Wolves traveled off-Island this weekend, and returned home as Crescent Classic champs.

Coupeville, facing off with Chimacum, Forks, and the host team, went 5-0 to nab the title.

Having traveled 154.8 miles round-trip to Crescent, the Wolves earned a win for every 31 miles.

CHS coach Brad Sherman had his full team at his disposal, with all nine returning full-time varsity players in attendance.

That group includes Jacobi Pilgrim, Jered Brown, Hawthorne Wolfe, Jean Lund-Olsen, Gavin Knoblich, Ulrik Wells, Mason Grove, Koa Davison, and Sean Toomey-Stout.

Also along for the trip were Daniel Olson and Xavier Murdy, who were swing players during the 2018-2019 season, and Tucker Hall.

After a season in which Coupeville had just one senior, the now-graduated Dane Lucero, the Wolves could boast nine 12th graders this winter.

The only underclassmen in the current varsity group are Olson, who will be a junior, and Wolfe and Murdy, who will be sophomores.

Their coach came away from the trip pleased with the results, and, more importantly, thrilled with the effort he saw from his players.

“Was a good opportunity for our guys to get out and play before camp,” Sherman said. “Good team basketball; really great team effort.”

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Noelle Daigneault teamed with Katelin McCormick Wednesday, playing strongly at #4 doubles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Cowboys got a bit of revenge.

A year ago, almost to the day, the Coupeville High School girls tennis team nipped Chimacum 4-3 in the regular season finale, clinching a fourth-straight 1A Olympic League title.

Jump forward to Wednesday, and this time it was the Cowboys who prevailed 4-3, albeit it in a clash with a lot smaller stakes.

With Coupeville now in the North Sound Conference, the trip to Chimacum was the one, and only, non-conference match on the schedule this season.

Now 2-5, the Wolves travel to Granite Falls Thursday, where they’ll play a match-and-a-half against the Tigers.

The two teams need to finish a match postponed by rain, before playing their season finale.

After that, both schools will join South Whidbey, Friday Harbor, and King’s at the district tourney May 7-8.


Complete Wednesday results:



1st Singles — Genna Wright beat Makaela Caskey 6-1, 6-2

2nd Singles — Jillian Mayne lost to Madison Hess 7-6(7-4), 6-1

3rd Singles — Elaira Nicolle lost to Denise Lopez 6-1, 6-0

1st Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger lost to Renee Woods/Grace Yaley 6-4, 7-5

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Emily Fiedler beat Mika Briggs/Olivia Mattern 7-6(8-6), 6-1

3rd Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Abby Mulholland beat Isabel Hill/Sophia Arnovitz 6-1, 6-3

4th Doubles — Katelin McCormick/Noelle Daigneault lost to Sophia Patterson/Tiffany Bell 6-4, 6-0



5th Doubles — Cecilia Camarena/Bruna Moratori beat Jaden Long/Caitlin Boyd 7-6(7-4)

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Matt Hilborn had Coupeville’s lone hit Monday in a loss to Chimacum. (Photo by Karen Carlson)

The bats need to wake up.

The Coupeville High School baseball team has put together solid stretches of pitching this season, played some inspired defense, and are nailing most of the intangibles.

But the Wolves just can’t score.

After a closer than it probably sounds 7-1 non-conference home loss Monday to Chimacum, Coupeville has the same number of losses as runs scored this season.

That number is six, and when you average a run per game, it’s not especially surprising to be sitting at 0-6.

“We have solid hitters, but the bats are just sleeping right now,” said CHS coach Chris Smith.

“I always say, if you can score seven runs, you’re probably going to win at least 75% of your games at the high school level,” he added. “Score one run and…”

He trailed off then, as the rain drops began to fall on the prairie, before immediately bouncing back with his customary high energy and positive attitude.

Talk of getting a chicken and reenacting a Major League-style curse breaker on his player’s bats brought a smile to Smith’s face and a chuckle from his assistant coaches.

And it’s true.

While Coupeville is still adapting to having lost eight seniors to graduation after a 15-6 season, this year’s roster does have players with pop in their bats, such as Matt Hilborn, Jake Pease, and Dane Lucero.

And there were multiple times Monday when it seemed the Wolves were about to break through, about to crack things open against their former league rivals.

But, it wasn’t to be, as a few few timely hits from Chimacum’s bottom of the order hitters fractured a pitcher’s duel.

“That’s the kind of timeliness of hitting we’re looking for over here,” Smith said. “We did a nice job with our bunt game today; our “small ball” game is really working, but we just haven’t been getting the kind of big hits we need.”

After both teams pushed across a run in their half of the first inning, the teams carried that 1-1 tie all the way until the top of the fifth.

Chimacum got on the board first, thanks to a two-out error on a high, arcing ball which banged off a retreating infielder’s glove as it plunged down into no man’s land between second base and center field.

Given new life, the Cowboys plated their runner with a steal followed by a sharp RBI single back up the middle.

Coupeville promptly answered, with Hilborn walking, taking second on an impeccable sacrifice bunt from Hawthorne Wolfe, then coming around to score after the Cowboy catcher airmailed a throw into center on a botched pick-off.

Lucero was humming on the mound, whiffing six through the first four innings, while getting a bit of help from his defense.

Mason Grove, making his first start of the season at catcher in place of Gavin Knoblich, who was out of state at his grandparent’s 45th wedding anniversary celebration, came up big in the third.

Popping up from behind the plate, Grove whipped a strike down the line to Pease at third base to nail a Cowboy who mistakenly thought he might steal the bag.

Mason going in to play at what is a big, big position, I thought he handled himself well,” Smith said. “I’m proud of how he played out there.”

Grove’s sniper act was immediately followed by Daniel Olson making a superb stab on a ball hit deep into the hole at second, then spinning and flicking the ball to Wolf first-baseman Ulrik Wells for the wham-bam out.

But, while Lucero and Co. were stifling the Chimacum bats, the same thing was happening on the other side of things.

Coupeville’s one, and only hit of the day, came when Hilborn beat out an infield single in the bottom of the fifth.

It could have been his second base-knock, but one at-bat before he had been brutally denied by the same ump.

Missing his seeing-eye dog, the man in blue was the only person in the stadium to believe the Chimacum first-baseman tagged Hilborn as he shot by trying to beat out another infield chopper.

Unable to generate much offense, Coupeville hung tough until the fifth, when one well-placed hit, and some luck, let the Cowboys crack the game open.

Two of the three Chimacum hitters to reach base in the inning did so thanks to judgement calls in which the ump felt the Cowboy hitter beat the throw to first by a (very small) hair.

The third hit was legitimate, though, a rocket to right which capped a game-busting three-run rally.

Lucero closed strongly, coming back to notch strikeouts #7 and #8, with the first one coming after the Wolf hurler dug himself into a 3-0 hole on the count.

Chimacum added another three-spot on the scoreboard in the sixth to ice things, but Lucero and freshman reliever Cody Roberts, who tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, made the Cowboys work for everything.

Olson gave a big helping hand to Roberts, pulling off a double play to end the sixth.

The sophomore second-bagger slid to his left to spear a liner, then doubled a straying Chimacum runner off of first to slam the door shut.

While Coupeville only had the one hit, it did put runners on base almost every inning, thanks to six walks.

Shane Losey scampered to first base twice after winning a battle of wills with Cowboy hurlers, while Hilborn, Pease, Lucero, and Bryce Payne each walked once.

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Aram Leyva uses his Jedi mind skills to freeze the soccer ball in place. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.com)

Sage Downes sends the ball away with a smile and a whispered “You can do it!”

Snoozing in the pre-game sunshine.

Back in action after recovering from a broken foot, Alex Jimenez smokes a pass across the field.

“Well, I’m just saying, if you’d listen to me the first time, maybe we wouldn’t be having this same conversation for the seventh time…”

Owen Barenburg, and the mightiest crop of hair in Wolf Nation, stretch out.

Having heard about the rascally deer who went viral after interrupting a CHS football game this fall, Mr. Whiskers makes his run for internet glory.

Sam Wynn, using the speed he honed as a cross country runner, leads the attack.

Maybe it really is spring.


The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad opened a new season Saturday afternoon, throwing down goals against Chimacum under what looked suspiciously like blue skies and sunshine.

As any battle-hardened Central Whidbey sports fan will tell you, that can’t possibly be true, as “spring” sports in Cow Town are almost always accompanied by sideways rain and howling wind.

But, for the moment at least, the photos don’t lie.

To see everything John Fisken shot before he skipped town and headed back to Oak Harbor, pop over to:


And remember, any purchases help fund scholarships for two CHS senior student/athletes. So, you give some, and some comes back.

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Freshman Tony Garcia scored in his first high school soccer game Saturday, helping lift Coupeville to an 8-0 rout of Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It went just about as expected.

Despite playing with a patchwork lineup Saturday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team routed visiting Chimacum 8-0 to officially open the spring sports season.

Sparked by a hat trick from junior captain Aram Leyva, the Wolves torched the Cowboys for the 11th consecutive time over the past five seasons.

Now non-conference foes, the two schools met 10 times on the pitch during Coupeville’s run in the Olympic League between 2015-2018.

During that time, the Wolves broke double digits seven times, outscoring the Cowboys 91-13.

This time around, Coupeville settled for a few less goals, but pulled off its fifth shutout in its last six games with Chimacum.

Admittedly, Wolf senior goalie Dewitt Cole didn’t have to work especially hard for the bagel job, with the Cowboys only able to muster a single shot on goal in 80 minutes of action.

Coupeville kept the ball on the attack for much of the game, and when Chimacum did get it across midfield and into Wolf territory, the CHS defense immediately snuffed things.

A big factor in the smothering defense was a rare appearance in the backfield by goal-scoring phenom Derek Leyva.

Trying to ease his sharpshooter into the season, without putting too much strain on Leyva’s brace-clad knee, Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson stationed the junior on the back side of the field, with orders to take it easy.

And, with the exception of one goal-scoring run late in the game, which pleased his fans even while offering a bit of agitation to the CHS coaching staff, he listened.

Even playing at 50%, Leyva towered above his foes, and he controlled his side of the field with a few deft moves here, a slide to the side there.

Chimacum couldn’t get the ball past him (or fellow defenders like Sam Wynn), and the Cowboys certainly couldn’t take the ball back once it was on Leyva’s toe.

Once the ball was back on the move, punched up from the back or launched half the field, the Wolves attacked, attacked, and attacked some more.

While eight shots got past the Chimacum goaltender, Coupeville could have easily doubled the score with just a bit more precision.

The Wolves whacked shots from the left, the right, up top, even almost from mid-field, sending the Cowboys scrambling.

One shot hit the crossbar and ricocheted off, several more just slid past the opening, and at least three went high into the air, and would have been successful field goals in football.

Spurred on their fans, who included a group of CHS female soccer players camped out in the press box, the Wolves played opportunistic ball, and it paid off.

“Go, Chris, go, go, go …. YEEEEEEESSSSS,” was the call from Avalon Renninger, when Chris Cernick broke through for the first goal of the season.

It came in the game’s 13th minute, after Aram Levya sucked the defense in, then dished the ball into the middle and onto Cernick’s waiting foot.

The lanky Wolf junior, coming off a breakout season on the basketball court, swung from his heels and pegged the ball into the corner of the net, giving Coupeville all the scoring it would need.

Not content to play a thriller, the Wolves kept hammering away, however.

Aram Leyva notched the first of what would be three goals on the day when he broke free, pulled in a pass, then slapped home a shot as the goaltender meekly fell to the ground.

From there, the scores kept coming in the first half.

Freshman Tony Garcia skipped in a ball while on a run up the right side, Aram Leyva bulldozed his way through two defenders for his second goal, then Sage Downes angled in a ball off a breakaway.

While the frequent goals were a first-half highlight, the two plays which will probably be remembered longest didn’t involve anyone scoring.

At one point, a teeny-tiny dog came barreling on the field, looking for a tasty treat or at least a good chase.

Aram Leyva almost corralled the wayward pooch, but it broke free and then went on a zig-zag run, much to the delight of Renninger and fellow booters Mallory Kortuem and Natalie Hollrigel in the booth.

“Look at that cutey go! Dog’s got moves!!”

Once the ball was back in play, Aram Leyva flipped the script from cute to painful, hammering a pass which came right back to him … thanks to it caving in the face of a Chimacum defender.

The ensuing crack was loud enough to make people think someone was duck hunting nearby, followed by the hapless Cowboy keeling over to kiss the sweet, sweet grass.

“Dude’s dead…”

Spoiler, he wasn’t, and managed to get up and stagger off the pitch, but was later heard asking if anyone got the licence plate number of the semi-truck which hit him.

After all the fireworks offered in the first half, the game was fairly tame after the break.

Coupeville sprayed a bunch more shots, Cole made his one, and only, true save with 18 minutes to play, and then the Wolves tacked on three more goals late in the game.

Aram Leyva completed his hat trick, rising above the masses to mash in a header off a nice corner kick from Downes, before Derek Leyva strolled up-field and banked in a shot of his own.

The final capper came courtesy Downes, who, moments after airmailing a shot all the way out to the highway, turned down the volume a bit and went to the left foot, tapping in his second goal on Opening Day.

The win, and the way it played out, were especially nice since Coupeville played minus some of its top players.

Only half of the 14 players listed on the varsity roster saw action, thanks to a busy Saturday full of SAT tests and Science Olympiad competitions.

That enabled JV players such as Garcia, Ben Smith, Zach Ginnings, Andrew Aparicio, and Eli Kastner to get substantial game time.

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