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   Mathias Anderson (5) and Nezi Keiper pose for a photo Thursday after making their debut as CMS football players. (Sarah Saunders photo)

   A young, fairly inexperienced Wolf squad almost pulled off a stunning comeback. (Bob Martin photo)

It came dangerously close to being a miracle comeback.

If you went to the parking lot just a hair early Thursday, you missed a wild finish to the season debut of the Coupeville Middle School football squad.

Down by two scores with under a minute to play, the Wolves pulled off half a stunning rally, only to finally have luck (and the clock) run out on them in a 21-14 loss to visiting Chimacum.

Damon Stadler sent a jolt of electricity through the packed bleachers, ripping a ball free and careening 80+ yards down the left sideline for a defensive touchdown with just 43 ticks left on the clock.

That pulled CMS from the brink of a sure loss to the tantalizing possibility of overtime, but it wasn’t to be, as Chimacum fell on Xavier Murdy’s ensuing onside kick.

The late-game heroics capped a game in which a thin, inexperienced Coupeville squad held its own pretty dang well.

Wolf coach Bob Martin has 20 players on his roster, but five of those weren’t wearing pads Thursday, leaving him with a fairly short bench.

Chimacum, which featured a surprisingly beefy line, controlled the pace of the game in the early going, building a 14-0 lead by running, running some more, then running one final time.

The Wolves sputtered a bit on offense in the first half, finally putting everything together on their final possession before halftime.

Caleb Meyer got things going when he brought back a kick-off 35 yards, then Murdy went to work under center.

The CMS 8th grader, replacing the departed Cade Golden at QB, hit Scott Hilborn and Hawthorne Wolfe on short passes to soften the defense, before connecting with Cody Roberts on his first scoring play.

A 36-yard catch-and-run, in which Roberts shed several would-be tacklers as he rambled down the left sideline, put CMS on the board, though the extra point attempt was thwarted by a bad snap.

The two teams burned some serious clock in the third quarter, going through 12 scoreless minutes during which each team had just a single possession.

If you were expecting Chimacum to go away from its clock-burning ways in the fourth quarter, you’d be out a few bucks, as the Cowboys continued to use a steady stream of runs to milk time.

When they finally bashed in their third score of the afternoon on a five-yard plunge up the middle, they had frittered away another eight-plus minutes, finally exiting the field up 21-6 with 3:52 to play.

Not having been on offense since early in the third quarter, Coupeville promptly went three and out and all the Cowboys had to do was run the clock out.

Enter Stadler and cue the miracle that almost was.

After his touchdown was made official — a flag on the field momentarily put a damper on things, but turned out not to be a Wolf spirit-crusher — Murdy nailed the PAT kick, which in middle school football is worth two points.

Coupeville set up for an onside kick, hoping to retrieve the ball and have a shot at a tie or win, but Murdy’s kick didn’t take a vicious enough bounce and a Cowboy fell face-first on it, ending things with a whimper and not a bang.

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   Fab frosh Genna Wright scored twice Tuesday in a 7-2 win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Season ends now, they’re league champs.

Just sayin’…

Yes, yes, there are still plenty of games to go, and three-time Olympic League champ Klahowya has yet to play a conference tilt, but, for one night at least, Coupeville is on top of the girls soccer world.

Shredding Chimacum’s defense with ease Tuesday, the Wolf booters rolled to a 7-2 road win in their league opener.

Now 2-1 overall, Coupeville split the scoring duties four ways against the Cowboys.

Lindsey Roberts, Kalia Littlejohn and Genna Wright banged home two goals apiece, while Avalon Renninger put the cherry on top with a score of her own.

Littlejohn, who leads the Wolf squad with four goals, has scored in every game this season.

The junior sharpshooter now has 22 tallies in her career, pulling her closer to big sister Mia, who set the program’s scoring record with 35 goals from 2014-2016.

With her own two-goal night, Roberts sits with three scores on the season.

It was the first time Renninger and Wright had found the back of the net, with the latter notching her first official high school goals.

The freshman whiz kid also scored during the season-opening jamboree, but that goal doesn’t count towards her season total.

Coupeville also doled out its assists, with Wright and Sage Renninger each picking up a pair.

Roberts and Littlejohn set up other goals, while one score — off a free kick by Roberts — was unassisted.

With his team kicking off a three-game road trip with the Chimacum game (the Wolves travel to Sequim Thursday and Port Townsend Saturday), CHS coach Kyle Nelson was pleased with much of what he saw.

“We will call it a “taking care of business” type of game,” he said. “Overall we continue to be making progress; our passing game took a nice jump forward as we continue to work on various aspects of our game.

“We also left Chimacum healthy as we start a succession of away games this week,” Nelson added. “Sequim tomorrow should be a good test for us as we continue to look to improve.”

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   Katrina McGranahan had six kills and four service aces Tuesday as CHS romped to a win in its league opener. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Brutally efficient.

Attacking from the moment it hopped off the ferry to the moment it clambered back on Tuesday, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad looked very much like the unit that swept to a league crown last season.

Decimating host Chimacum in straight sets, the Wolves ran their season record to 2-0, while grabbing a huge win in their Olympic League opener.

Key to the 25-9, 25-11, 25-4 romp were keywords like aggressiveness and consistency, something every coach wants to see.

“Very happy with our consistent play today,” CHS spiker guru Cory Whitmore said. “Playing our speed and back to aggressive serving and attacking.”

Once the ball was in play, every Wolf on the floor chipped in with solid, often inspired play.

“The setters did a great job of distributing the ball,” Whitmore said. “But our passers provided great first ball contacts to work with.”

Sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout led Coupeville at the service stripe, pounding home five aces, while three of her veteran teammates — Payton Aparicio, Lauren Rose and Katrina McGranahan — chipped in with four apiece.

Rose collected 11 assists, sharing set-up duties with Ashley Menges (six assists), while McGranahan (six kills) and Aparicio (four kills) were the primary beneficiaries.

Coupeville, which doesn’t play its first home match until Sept. 26, is off to Yakima for the SunDome Volleyball Festival Friday, an all-day event which pits 32 schools drawn from 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A.

The tourney, which is played on the same courts where the 1A state tourney is held, will give the Wolves a feel of what it would be like to play in the big show.

CHS advanced to state four straight years from 2001-2004, winning at least one match every time, but hasn’t been back since, a streak this year’s senior-led squad wants to break.

Young guns sweep:

Coupeville swept to straight-sets wins in both JV and C-Team action, as well.

“The JV just cruised. They carried on where they left off from this weekend (at the South Whidbey Invite) and just dominated both sets,” said Wolf JV coach Chris Smith. “After facing varsity competition all weekend the JV was geared up and ready to play at a different level.

“They were playing well as a team and set the tone from the service line.”

The C-Team, comprised of freshmen, saw action against a rival for the first time this season.

“The nerves were high with the ‘C’ team, but once they settled down they cruised,” Smith said.

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   In it to win it. Robin Cedillo (back) and Jae LeVine, who went to state as freshmen, are trying to get back as seniors. (John Fisken photos)

17-3 and ready to keep on singing through the postseason.

Six teams enter, two teams keep their dream alive.

The West Central District 3 softball tournament is May 19-20 in Tacoma, and the headline story (at least for readers of this blog) is Coupeville’s run at the state tourney.

As the #2 seed from the Olympic League, the Wolves, who sit at 17-3, have two goals.

First, they have to beat the Nisqually League’s #3 team, Vashon Island, in their opener Friday to keep playing.

Since CHS already thumped the Pirates 13-5 early in the season, that’s likely.

Get past that first hurdle and Coupeville advances to the double-elimination portion of the tourney, with a second game Friday night (against NL #1 Bellevue Christian) and one or two games Saturday.

Collect three wins total at districts and Coupeville returns to state for the first time since 2014.

To see the bracket, pop over to: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2271&sport=15

And for some info on the teams:



Overall record: 17-3

League record: 6-3 (#2 in Olympic League)

W/L vs. district foes: 4-3 (3-0 vs. Klahowya, 1-0 vs. Vashon, 0-3 vs. Chimacum)

Run differential: 193-90

Coach: Kevin McGranahan

Seniors: Three – Tiffany Briscoe, Robin Cedillo, Jae LeVine

Mascot: Wolves

State tourney history: Two trips. Best finish: 3rd in 2002. All-time record is 4-3.


Bellevue Christian:

Overall record: 14-1 (one game left)

League record: 5-1 (#1 in Nisqually League)

W/L vs. district foes: 5-1 (3-0 vs. Vashon, 2-1 vs. Seattle Christian)

Run differential: 168-54

Coach: Ryan Kelly

Seniors: Three

Mascot: Vikings

State tourney history: Five trips. Best finish: 3rd in 2016. All-time record is 7-9.



Overall record: 10-4

League record: 8-1 (#1 in Olympic League)

W/L vs. district foes: 5-1 (3-0 vs. Coupeville, 2-1 vs. Klahowya)

Run differential: 148-67

Coach: Jim Eldridge

Seniors: Six

Mascot: Cowboys

State tourney history: 14 trips. Best finish: 3rd in 2010. All-time record is 19-27.



Overall record: 9-7

League record: 4-5 (#3 in Olympic League)

W/L vs. district foes: 2-5 (1-0 vs. Vashon, 1-2 vs. Chimacum, 0-3 vs. Coupeville)

Run differential: 125-102

Coach: Jodie Gagnon

Seniors: Three

Mascot: Eagles

State tourney history: Three trips. Never placed. All-time record is 1-6.


Seattle Christian:

Overall record: 8-5 (one game left)

League record: 3-3 (#2 in Nisqually League)

W/L vs. district foes: 3-3 (2-1 vs. Vashon, 1-2 vs. BC)

Run differential: 127-125

Coach: Rick Ronish

Seniors: Six

Mascot: Warriors

State tourney history: 12 trips. Best finish: 4th in 2005. All-time record is 12-22.


Vashon Island:

Overall record: 7-9

League record: 1-5 (#3 in Nisqually League)

W/L vs. district foes: 1-7 (1-2 vs. SC, 0-1 vs. Klahowya, 0-1 vs. Coupeville, 0-3 vs. BC)

Run differential: 114-111

Coach: Heather Jurs

Seniors: Five

Mascot: Pirates

State tourney history: One trip in 1991 as a slow-pitch team. All-time record is 0-2.

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   Katrina McGranahan whacked a single and a triple Wednesday at Chimacum. (John Fisken photo)

They were right there on the edge of the dream.

Six outs away from beating Chimacum for the first time in three tries this season and clinching a share of the Olympic League crown, the Coupeville High School softball team had success slip through its fingers.

The Cowboys, a disciplined, veteran team which thrives on capitalizing on the smallest mistakes, rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday, upending the visiting Wolves 7-2.

The loss drops Coupeville to 6-3 in league play, 15-3 overall.

The Wolves, who are undefeated against teams which don’t have the word Cowboys on the front of their jerseys, close the regular season with a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday at Sequim.

CHS, which finished second in the Olympic League — its best showing in the three-year history of the conference — opens the district playoffs May 19.

Chimacum (7-1, 9-3) clinches its third straight league title, a testament to the six seniors it honored in post-game festivities.

While Shanya and Mechelle Nisbet are the undisputed leaders of the Cowboys, it was one of the other seniors, Kelle Settje, who delivered the coup de grâce.

The Cowboy outfielder looped a two-run single into right, dropping the ball into a narrow patch of open grass, to turn a 2-1 Wolf lead into a 3-2 Chimacum advantage.

Settje’s blow came after a throwing error and a walk put the first two Cowboy hitters in the sixth on base.

Up until then, the home town hitters had experienced little luck against Coupeville hurler Katrina McGranahan, who gave up a run in the first, then started throwing up zeroes on the scoreboard.

Whiffing six and helping herself with her glove — she pulled off a nifty double play to close the second, snagging a popup and doubling a straying runner off of first — McGranahan was in fine form all day.

She had a two-hitter headed into the sixth, even while dealing with a home plate ump with a shall we say, “creative” strike zone.

That was when things fell apart a bit, and the well-seasoned Cowboys took advantage, mixing well-placed base-knocks, a Wolf miscue or two, and at least one blatant howler of a call by the man in blue to plate six in the inning.

It was an emotional killer, as the Wolves had held on to their lead since the top of the second, and were playing stellar ball.

If there was any downside to the first five-and-a-half innings, it was Coupeville once again had Chimacum on the ropes, but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch.

Much as in their last clash with the Cowboys, the Wolves had runners on base all day long, but found a game-busting hit — which has come so frequently against other teams — elusive.

The first inning is a perfect example.

After opening the game with consecutive singles from Lauren Rose, Jae LeVine and McGranahan (Rose nimbly side-stepped Mechelle Nisbet at the plate to score the opening run), CHS was on fire.

Add a walk to cleanup slugger Sarah Wright and the Wolves had the bases juiced with no outs, a hit away from really punching Chimacum in the gut right out of the gate.

Except it didn’t happen.

A popup, a strikeout and a hard ground-out which Shanya Nisbet gobbled up stranded all three runners, setting a tone for the rest of the game.

Coupeville did score one more, plating Tiffany Briscoe in the second.

The senior left-fielder walked, went to second on a passed ball, took third on a fielder’s choice and scampered home when Rose chopped a ball off the first-baseman’s glove.

But Rose, sitting at first with just one out, was left on base, and the Wolves stranded eight base runners on the day.

Coupeville put people on base in six of seven innings, but three times saw runners at third unable to come around.

The final one was McGranahan, who lashed a two-out triple to right in the top of the seventh in a bid to prolong the game.

The Wolves finished with seven base-knocks, as LeVine (two singles), McGranahan (single, triple) and Hope Lodell (two singles) had two hits apiece.

Rose rounded out the hit parade with a single.

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