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Katelin McCormick and Co. are 1-1 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kyle Nelson summed up his day in four words.

Asked how the Coupeville High School girls soccer team had done Saturday, the veteran coach kept his post-game comments crisp and clear.

“Well, not so great.”

Coming off a season-opening home win against league rival La Conner, the Wolves trekked off Whidbey for game two, and found a barrage of goals awaiting them.

Facing off with East Jefferson, the result of Chimacum and Port Townsend combining their sports programs, Coupeville’s booters fell 9-0.

The loss evens the early-season record at 1-1.

The Wolves get right back at it next week, with two games, neither of which are likely to be easy.

Coupeville hits the road Tuesday, Sept. 21 to face defending Northwest 2B/1B League champ Mount Vernon Christian, which was a juggernaut last season.

The Hurricanes have picked right back up where they left off and are 4-0-1 overall, 1-0 in league play this season.

CHS then hosts 1A Granite Falls (2-2-1) Thursday, Sept. 23 in a non-conference tilt.

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If games are played this school year, Coupeville and Chimacum will not meet on the gridiron as originally planned. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One less rival.

If games are played this school year, Chimacum will not join Coupeville in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Instead, the Cowboys plan to unite with next-door neighbor Port Townsend, and the two schools will remain in the 1A/2A Olympic League, perhaps playing as “East Jefferson County.”

That’s according to a report Friday by The Peninsula Daily News.

When the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association conducted reclassification counts, Chimacum, like Coupeville, dropped from 1A to 2B.

The two schools were approved to join fellow 2B schools La Conner and Friday Harbor in the NWL, a league which also includes 1B schools Orcas Island, Mount Vernon Christian, Darrington, and Concrete.

Port Townsend was to join the 1A Nisqually League

But then COVID-19 threw everything all higgedly-piggedly.

Washington state schools haven’t competed in nearly a year thanks to the pandemic, and both the Chimacum and Port Townsend school districts have seen reduced enrollments.

The WIAA is currently proposing a plan in which fall sports would be played first, followed by spring sports, before winter sports cap the 2020-2021 school year.

The athletic governing body is allowing leagues to break free of that plan, however, and the NWL has applied to play spring-fall-winter.

Port Townsend and Chimacum, which already unite to field cooperative teams for cross country, girls swim, tennis, and wrestling, will add football and volleyball to that list.

They had already planned to also unite for girls soccer, and have been trying to resurrect a combined softball program.

Even with two schools, “East Jefferson County” sits at just 437 students, according to Port Townsend Athletic Director Patrick Gaffney.

That number keeps the combined program under the 1A cutoff, and it would actually have less students than Klahowya, the only other 1A school left in the Olympic League.

That conference, where Coupeville played from 2014-2018, includes seven 2A schools, headlined by North Kitsap and Sequim.

Post-pandemic, there are many options available.

Port Townsend and Chimacum could further unite, combining programs for all sports.

They could stay as is, with both schools having their own programs for sports such as basketball, boys soccer, golf, and track.

Or they could totally split apart, likely bringing Chimacum back to the NWL.

Like everything else in the Age of Coronavirus, nobody knows nothing for sure right now.

“If the two schools want to provide a broad range of sports, this might be the direction we have to look at,” Gaffney was quoted in the Daily News.

“If we don’t go that direction and Chimacum is a 2B and PT is 1A, you may have to cut sports offerings, and I think both communities don’t want to see that.

“To be able to offer swimming and tennis and other sports that some small schools don’t provide is good for our athletes.”

Like all AD’s in a frustrating time, Gaffney and Chimacum’s Carrie Beebe will try to balance what’s best for all involved.

“At some point this year, we will have an idea of how it is going, any issues that arise or don’t arise, and I think those will be minimal,” Gaffney said in the Daily News article.

“We are all trying to do what’s best for kids, PT and Chimacum, and when you frame it that way, it’s hard to come up with an argument against doing this.”


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PREP SPORTS: Jefferson County high school rivals set for merger | Peninsula Daily News

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High winds affecting the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry run Friday prevented Gavin Knoblich and Co. from traveling to Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The wait for basketball to return will go on a bit longer than expected.

Coupeville High School was slated to return from a 12-day break Friday, with three teams planning to set sail to the mainland to play Chimacum.

Mother Nature had other ideas.

Shortly before the Wolves were set to meet at the CHS gym, school officials announced Coupeville’s teams wouldn’t be traveling after all.

The Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry run had been disrupted off and on Friday by high winds and choppy seas, but was back on schedule as of 1:52 PM.

The Wolves were scheduled to leave Whidbey on the 2:45 ferry.

But, with a wind advisory having been stretched out to 10 PM, the chance Coupeville’s hoops stars would be stuck on the other side overnight — or have to take a much-longer return route — became a definite possibility.

Friday’s games, which would have featured girls and boys varsity games, as well as boys JV (Chimacum has no girls JV), were non-conference affairs.

They are also the second set of non-league games removed from the schedule due to wind, as Coupeville’s trip to play Port Townsend December 19 was also sidelined.

There is a slight possibility both matchups will be rescheduled, but put plenty of emphasis on that word “slight.”

With league play kicking into high gear next week for everyone involved, and a far greater emphasis put on getting those games in, it’s unlikely any of the officials at the three schools involved will spend much time looking for open dates.

Coupeville will now be coming off a 16-day break when it returns to play Tuesday.

The Wolf girls host Cedar Park Christian, while the CHS boys travel to Granite Falls, with both games being North Sound Conference bouts.

All Coupeville teams are home Friday, Jan. 10, as well, with Sultan on tap that night.

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Tucker Hall scored his first varsity points Tuesday as Coupeville crunched Chimacum. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jacobi Pilgrim rumbles in the paint.

It was sort of like taking medicine.

At first, you get hit with a bitter taste and you wince. But then all the good parts kick in and you start feeling a whole lot better.

After briefly falling behind Tuesday night against visiting Chimacum, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball players looked deep into their souls, flexed their biceps, and opened a giant can of whup-ass.

Controlling the paint, crashing hard to the hoop, and harassing the Cowboys on defense, the Wolves turned a 10-5 deficit into a 69-43 non-conference win, keeping alive their undefeated run on their home court.

Coupeville is 3-4 on the season, 3-0 in the CHS gym, and 0-4 away from it.

So it could be a good thing the Wolves final two games before winter break — Thursday against Port Townsend and Saturday against Nooksack Valley — are both home affairs.

Continue to get the kind of balanced scoring they did against Chimacum, and things will be just fine.

The Wolves put nine of their 11 active players into the scoring column Tuesday, with the trio of Sean Toomey-Stout (15 points), Ulrik Wells (13), and Hawthorne Wolfe (11) leading the attack.

Chimacum exited the Coupeville gym still winless at 0-6, but the Cowboys showed promise in the early going.

Opening the game with a three-ball from the top of the arc, the visitors held the lead until midway through the first quarter.

Then, in the blink of an eye, it all changed.

Wells banged home a bucket off of an inbounds pass — his third score of the quarter — and the Wolves seized control of things with a 9-0 run to close the frame.

A rainbow three-ball from Wolfe knotted the game at 10-10, before Toomey-Stout got explosive.

The power-packed senior, who plays as if he has springs in the soles of his shoes, knocked down four straight baskets, the final two of the first quarter, and the first two of the next frame.

Toomey-Stout mixed and matched, slapping offensive rebounds back up and off the glass, slashed to the hoop with wild abandon, and went coast-to-coast in .0003 of a second (or close, at least).

Chimacum had no answer for “The Torpedo,” but, even if it had, it probably wouldn’t have mattered, as everyone repping a Wolf uniform was feeling it.

The second quarter, which ended with Coupeville up 38-20, was a series of streaks, with one player after another taking turns and cranking up the highlight reel.

Just off the court, Wolf senior Koa Davison, out with a hurt ankle, repeatedly popped up from his perch in the bleachers to holler for his boys.

Each time the senior big man threw his hands in the air and screamed like he just didn’t care, his crutches clattered to the floor.

Then came a big wince, but also a big smile, as the nattily-dressed Davison, like the rest of the Wolf faithful, was taken over by the joy of the moment.

Gavin Knoblich tossed in three buckets in less than a minute, Jacobi Pilgrim used and abused his defender with back-to-back power moves in the paint, then Wolfe caressed the net with his velvet shot.

The second half was more of the same joy ride for Coupeville, as the Cowboys fought valiantly, only to be chewed up 10,000 different ways by the Wolves.

Whether it was Jered Brown dropping runners over outstretched hands, Knoblich spinning and hitting a sweet hook shot, or Wells playing like a young Shaq in the paint, CHS had pretty much everything clicking.

That carried over to getting senior Tucker Hall his first career varsity points.

A hard-working support crew guy, the kind of smart role player every team desires, Hall slapped home a layup off of a feed from Wells, then sank a soft jumper from the side.

In the fourth quarter, Wolf junior swing player Daniel Olson netted his first varsity bucket of the season, while sophomore Grady Rickner, who leads the JV in scoring, made his varsity debut.

Along with Toomey-Stout, Wells, and Wolfe, who combined for 39 points, Coupeville got scoring from Knoblich (9), Brown (7), Pilgrim (6), Hall (4), Jean Lund-Olsen (2), and Olson (2), with Rickner and Chris Ruck seeing floor time.

As he basked in the afterglow of the win, CHS coach Brad Sherman was in a good place.

“I was really pleased; we talk to the guys in practice about getting to the rim and finishing strong, and they did that very well across the board,” he said.

“We came out a little flat, but they responded with a lot of energy,” Sherman added. “Everyone on the team did something great tonight, which I love to see, especially playing in front of our home crowd.”

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Chris Ruck scored his first three points of the season Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV drilled visiting Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was not a fair fight.

Two boys JV basketball teams stepped onto the floor of the Coupeville High School gym Tuesday night, but one squad had a lot more weapons.

Like, a LOT more weapons.

Dropping points from every angle, Coupeville annihilated visiting Chimacum 59-12 in a game which could have been even more lopsided if CHS coach Chris Smith hadn’t done his best to control the carnage.

Now 4-2 on the season, and a flawless 2-0 at home, the Wolves didn’t allow the Cowboys to score a point through the first 11 minutes of a 32-minute contest.

Coupeville actually started a bit slowly, with shots popping out, rimming off, and finding new, creative ways not to go down.

But the Wolves kept shooting, and eventually found their groove, pushing an 8-0 first quarter lead out to 14-0 before Chimacum finally banked home a shot with five minutes left in the second frame.

If the Cowboys were thinking of celebrating that bucket, they didn’t have time to, however, as Coupeville promptly closed out the half with a 20-0 run.

Daniel Olson and Grady Rickner, who would later in the night swing up to make their first varsity appearances of the season, both banged away for six points during the surge.

Things continued to go all Coupeville, all the time in the second half, as the Wolves responded to Chimacum opening the third quarter with a three-ball by closing the game with a 25-7 surge.

A running clock made things a little less painful for the Cowboys, and Smith did his best to limit his team’s shots and spread out the offense in the late going.

Olson finished with a game-high 14, outscoring Chimacum by himself, while Logan Martin singed the nets for 10, and Alex Murdy and Rickner knocked down eight apiece.

Also getting into the scorebook were Sage Downes (6), Alex Jimenez (6), Cody Roberts (4), and Chris Ruck (3).

Jimenez accounted for two of Coupeville’s three successful shots from behind the three-point arc, while Ruck scored for the first time this season, earning a roar from a pro-Chris crowd.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves were Miles Davidson, TJ Rickner, and Andrew Aparicio, with all three hitting the boards (and sometimes the floor) with great intensity.

Coupeville’s young guns play three games this week, with all at home. Up next is Port Townsend Thursday, then Nooksack Valley Saturday.

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