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Kevin Partida flexes for the viewers at home. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Big win, big cameras.

There were plenty of people shooting pics at Friday’s Coupeville High School football game, but these photos come to us courtesy the king of the clickers, John Fisken.

To see everything he shot, and ponder buying some holiday gifts for the grandparentals, pop over to:



William Davidson anchors the line.

Abby Mulholland keeps her photography game strong.

“We are kickin’ their fannies!!”

“If you take one more picture of me, I will come take 10 of you, so help me, buddy!!”

It’s a 2-for-1 special as Mikey Robinett scoops up a fumble, and shows off the guns.

Logan Downes rumbles to pay-dirt.

It was then Leonard realized this was reality, and not a dream. He was naked, and everyone in the stadium was looking right at him.

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Mitchell Hall is running on sunshine. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

If you build a course, they will run.

Coupeville High School’s revived cross country program is charging hard into its fourth year of competition, and hosting home meets at Fort Casey State Park is one of the bonuses.

The course is the best one in the region, and wanderin’ photographer John Fisken even pops up sometimes to snap pics.

To see everything he shot Friday, and possibly purchase some glossies to send to the in-laws in Albuquerque, pop over to:



Bryley Gilbert knows this course by heart.

“Can I speak to you about our lord and savior, Peter Cottontail?”

“I’m comin’ for you, bunny!!”

“Cripes, it’s the po-po!!”

Helen Strelow can’t be caught.

Carson Field (front) and Cole White tear up the course in tandem.

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Scott Hilborn scored four touchdowns Friday, all on plays of 48+ yards, as Coupeville demolished La Conner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

These are dark days in La Conner.

A football program which has been the pride of the Northwest 2B/1B League for decades is seemingly in shambles after being blasted in back-to-back weeks.

First Friday Harbor slammed the Braves 63-0, then Friday night it was Coupeville’s turn, as the Wolves defended their home turf with a blistering 51-0 triumph.

The convincing win, in which five different players scored a touchdown, lifts CHS to 1-0 in league play, 1-2 overall.

It also sets up a showdown next Friday, Oct. 1, when Coupeville travels to Friday Harbor to face a Wolverines team which is 1-0 in league, 2-2 overall.

CHS, chasing its first football league title since 1990, has a rematch with La Conner Oct. 15, and closes the regular season at home Oct. 28 against Friday Harbor.

Mixed in there is Homecoming Oct. 22, with non-league foe Cascade (Leavenworth) the featured foe.

Friday night’s one-sided showdown with La Conner featured a lot of penalties from both sides — Coupeville twice had touchdowns waved off thanks to flags — but it wasn’t enough to derail the Wolves.

CHS scored six touchdowns in its season opener, coming within one play of upending Klahowya.

Week two brought a matchup with next door neighbor South Whidbey which was tied until a fateful series of errors right before halftime.

After getting an unexpected bye week last Friday when a storm prevented them from making it to Port Townsend, a well-rested Coupeville squad finally put it all all together against La Conner.

There were stars everywhere, with sophomore quarterback Logan Downes passing for a touchdown, running for another, and picking off two passes while playing defense.

Or take a gander at Daylon Houston, who took a pick-six in for a touchdown and still found time to kick three PAT’s which sailed far into the inky blackness of the night.

Or youngsters like Mikey Robinett and Johnny Porter, making names for themselves, or grizzled veterans like Brian Casey, William Davidson, and Jonathan Valenzuela, delivering ear-ringing licks on defense.

William Davidson delivers big hits, and big life messages. (Submitted photo)

All worthy of praise, and all deserving to celebrate their win as some of their classmates sprinted by, waving flags and poppin’ bottles.

But on this night, on this patch of turf, one young man towered above them all.

Scott Hilborn is a successful baseball and football player, a guy, who like older brother Matt, is the kind of low-key, rock-solid dude every coach appreciates.

The younger of the brothers is a lot like mom Wendi, as both are hard workers who get the job done day in and day out, quietly going about their business without feeling a need to break their hand patting themselves on the back.

Friday night, Scott was about as good as any Wolf gridiron star has been on a given night since back in the days when Ian Barron made rival players soil their pants trying to tackle him.

Six times Hilborn plunged into the end zone, and four of them were upheld by the refs, with penalties by other Wolves erasing scores twice in a three-play span.

What should have been a pick-six became just a pick, then two plays later an 18-yard ramble to the end zone was also wiped out by an unwelcome flash of yellow.

If he was frustrated by the occasional confusion around him, Hilborn never showed it, remaining content to score four times — with each of those touchdowns covering about half the field.

He busted out a 48-yard run off a pitch in the first quarter, took a punt back 51 yards in the second frame, then tacked on two more scores in the third.

First Hilborn reeled in a pass from Downes before shredding multiple defenders while covering a solid 48 yards to the end zone.

Then he capped his night with a 50-yard scoring run in which he simply pivoted left, before imitating an 18-wheeler turning everything in its path into roadkill.

In between the Scott Show, Coupeville got a short touchdown run from Downes, stretching a 6-0 first quarter lead to 18-0 at the half, then 32-0 through three quarters.

After Wolf fans serenaded assistant coach Bennet Richter with an off-key, but enthusiastic rendition of “Happy Birthday,” Coupeville made sure La Conner felt the full sting.

Dominic Coffman, who handed out bruises all night long, crashed in for a 12-yard TD run, before Robinett’s power running pushed the ball right on top of the goal line.

Making his varsity debut along with twin brother Jack, freshman Johnny Porter covered the final two yards on the drive for a touchdown which caused dad Jeff to pop every last button on his shirt.

Johnny Porter acts like he’s been there before after scoring his first high school touchdown. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Houston delivered the final dagger, grabbing Coupeville’s fourth interception of the night — Robinett also recovered a fumble — and zipping in for a crowd-approved pick-six.

Even playing without leading rusher Tim Ursu, who is recovering from an injury, Coupeville dominated on the ground all night long.

Whether it was Hilborn, Coffman, Downes, Valenzuela, or the young guns, everyone in a Wolf uniform who took a handoff got the job done.

“We’re trying to be more explosive, and everyone ran hard tonight,” Coupeville coach Marcus Carr said.

Already counting the hours until next week’s clash with Friday Harbor, the Wolf gridiron guru had a determined gleam in his eye.

Or maybe that was whatever he was sprayed with by the celebrating CHS students.

“Friday Harbor runs the ball well,” Carr said. “We’ll need to be physical with them. We’re looking forward to it.”

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Coupeville freshman Edie Bittner made her high school cross country debut Friday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Closer and closer.

Mount Vernon Christian’s boys cross country team is still the gold standard in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

But Coupeville is coming up fast in the rearview mirror.

Three days after coming within 11 points of catching the Hurricanes in the team standings at a multi-team meet, the Wolves shaved their deficit down to nine while running Friday at Fort Casey State Park.

MVC had the first three runners across the line, led by Alexander Hoksbergen, but Coupeville slotted in at 4-5-6-7, then added 10-11-12 to stay close.

The final margin of victory for the Hurricanes this time around was 23-32, after winning 25-36 at Orcas three days earlier.

Concrete didn’t have enough runners to score as a team in the boys race, while MVC and Coupeville each had four female runners, not enough to form full teams.

Hurricane junior Maddy Nielsen outdueled Wolf Helen Strelow to claim the girls individual title.

Coupeville gets right back into action Saturday, with a trip to Shoreline for the King’s Roller Coaster Trail Run.


Complete Friday results (3.1 miles):



Helen Strelow (2nd) 26:30
Bryley Gilbert (4th) 29:11
Erica McGrath (7th) 33:31
Edie Bittner (8th) 43:36



Mitchell Hall (4th) 19:52
Cole White (5th) 20:32
Carson Field (6th) 20:43
Landon Roberts (7th) 20:43.50
Thomas Strelow (10th) 21:53
Hank Milnes (11th) 22:01
Tate Wyman (12th) 22:53
Reiley Araceley (15th) 23:52
Alex Clark (21st) 29:13

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Xavier Murdy and the CHS boys soccer squad played hard Friday on the road, but fell short in a 2-0 game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Friday Harbor played keep-away.

Thoroughly controlling the action on their home turf Friday, the Wolverines bounced the Coupeville High School boys soccer team 2-0.

The loss drops the Whidbey pitch kings to 1-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, with two more games on the road before they get another chance to play in front of their home fans.

Coming off of a huge win over Grace Academy, Coupeville was hoping to build on its momentum, but it wasn’t to be.

“They handled us all night,” CHS coach Robert Wood said. “Probably 85% possession for them; 20+ shots.”

The Wolves did scramble hard on defense, allowing only two goals to find the back of the net.

Unfortunately, Coupeville wasn’t as efficient on offense.

“We had a couple or four good chances that just never panned out,” Wood said. “The team didn’t hold their positions and Friday Harbor capitalized time and again.”

The Wolves head out on the road again next week, playing at La Conner Tuesday, Sept. 28, followed by a Friday Nights Light rematch Oct. 1 with Grace Academy.

Coupeville’s next home contest is Oct. 5, and that kicks off a stretch where five of the next seven games will be at Mickey Clark Field.

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