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Celebrate the highs and learn to live with the lows. (Brenn Sugatan photo)

We’re at a crossroads.

A substantial rise in anger or worse directed at high school and middle school referees is driving officials out of the game faster than they can be replaced.

The lack of refs is why varsity schedules are being shuffled and lower-level games often cancelled in many cities.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently published an opinion piece documenting that national surveys show 84% of officials feel they are treated unfairly by spectators.

You can read that story at:


One team trying to buck the trend is the Coupeville High School football team, whose players crafted a letter they hope Wolf Nation will take the time to read, then really think about.

“This came from the team, with no persuasion, coercion or prodding of any kind by myself or their coaches,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“I believe it reflects an incredible maturity of perception and reflection that we could all be reminded of when it comes to the affects our actions have, whether positive or negative.”

The letter:


To all family, friends, and fans of the Coupeville football team,

The energy, passion, and love that we are experiencing from the stands has been unbelievable.

The stands have been louder than we have ever heard them, and we cannot explain the energy that gives us as we represent our school and our town every week.

We could not be prouder to represent a town that each week would go to great lengths to support us and give us the feeling you would go to battle for each and every one of us!

As demonstrated on Friday, the official’s calls will not always go our way, and at times can seem to be outright wrong.

It is an unfortunate experience sometimes, but very much a human element that referees bring to the game.

As you know we play on Thursday this week, which is due to a shortage of officials in our area, and as much as we do not agree with their calls at times, we as football players do not get to play the game we love without officials.

Believe us, we understand the frustration, but as a team who has committed to changing the culture here for the CHS football program we know we can be better.

This week we as players have learned our actions have consequences, good and bad. Our on-field actions and language are on display not just to us and our opponents, but to our community.

We ask you to help us change that culture.

When an official makes a call that you feel is questionable, please pour that WOLF energy into supporting us, to let us know we can overcome what has just happened.

Remind us of how capable this team is and that you will have our back.

Here in Coupeville, we strive to look at the positive and not get wrapped up in the negative and let it consume us.

Negative energy can have just as much effect on a group and the way they play as positive energy can.

Instead of letting the boo birds out of the cages, pour that energy into us, focus that energy on what we can change and what we are capable of.

With you at our back we know we are capable of great things!

We strive to represent this town in a way that will make you all proud, that gives you one more reason to enjoy the place we all call home!

We hope to see you Thursday night as we battle a tough Bellingham team with the hopes to secure a winning season with a win.

Thank you, Coupeville!

CHS Football Team

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“Whose house? Our house!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re starting to notice us.

First came some respect from the computers, and now the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is chiming in when it comes to high school football on The Rock.

Both 2B Coupeville (4-1 on the season) and 1A South Whidbey (5-0) are ranked #7 in their respective classifications in the latest RPI rankings from the WIAA.

That’s big, as the Rating Percentage Index is a key component used by seeding committees when they set up first round bracket pairings for the state tourney.

Coupeville, whose only loss came to South Whidbey, is 2-0 against fellow 2B schools, and 2-1 when playing up against 1A programs.

The Wolves host 2A Bellingham Thursday, then travel to Leavenworth the next Friday to play 1A Cascade, which is currently ranked #8 on the RPI chart.

The final two regular-season games are against 2B league rivals La Conner and Friday Harbor.

The current RPI rankings have Okanogan, Raymond-South Bend, and Napavine atop 2B, followed by Liberty (Spangle), Lind-Ritzville/Sprague, and Columbia (Burbank).

Coupeville slots in at #7, with Lake Roosevelt, Adna, and Jenkins (Chewelah) rounding out the top 10.

While Whidbey’s smaller schools are ruling the gridiron, things are not as fancy in the big city.

Oak Harbor, a 3A program, is 0-5 this season and not allowed anywhere near the RPI rankings.

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Cameron Epp peppered the net with a pair of goals in a road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There were so many goals, they lost track of who all scored.

But better a win with a slight blip in the stat sheet, than a loss in which no one has to tally up scores.

Emerging from the wilds of Lynnwood Tuesday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team headed back to Whidbey riding the high of winning a rout.

Pushing Cedar Park Christian around the pitch all afternoon, the Wolves polished off their Northwest 2B/1B League rival 7-0.

The victory lifts Coupeville to 1-0 in conference action, 3-3 overall.

It also sets them up for a key matchup at home Saturday with Mount Vernon Christian (1-1 in league, 4-3-1 overall).

The second half of a doubleheader, action kicks at 3 PM, with the boys tilt following on the heels of a girls rumble between CHS and Crosspoint Academy at 1 PM.

With Cedar Park Christian being a bottom feeder among the nine schools playing boys soccer in the NWL, Coupeville coach Robert Wood shuffled things around a bit.

“Strategic game for us tonight, prepping for MVC this weekend,” he said. “New formation and bench players getting a majority of time, putting starters in support roles, restricting touches and movement.

“All to prepare for the fast, aggressive game MVC will throw at us.”

Cael Wilson, here in goal, stepped out and knocked home two goals Tuesday in Lynnwood. (Morgan White photo)

When it comes to punching the ball into the back of the net, Coupeville was led by Cameron Epp and Cael Wilson, who netted two goals apiece.

Nick Guay and Grant Steller each added a tally, while who scored the seventh goal is anyone’s guess at this moment.

Wilson, Guay, and Steller scored for the first time this season, and Coupeville now has nine booters in the scoring column during the current campaign.


UPDATE: The seventh goal has been found. It came off of the toe of Nick Guay, giving him two scores in the game.

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Ryanne Knoblich filled up the stat sheet Tuesday in a big road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Rested, and ready to savage anyone in their way.

After some down time, including a rare weekend off during Homecoming festivities, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team returned to action Tuesday night.

And the Wolves marked the occasion in style, routing host Friday Harbor in straight sets.

Cruising to a 25-6, 25-13, 25-9 victory, Coupeville improves to 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-2 overall.

Next up is a good test of where the Wolves are, as they’ll host next-door neighbor South Whidbey Thursday in a non-league rumble.

The first time the schools met, in mid-September, the Falcons (6-2) slipped away with a hard-fought four-set win on their home court.

Coupeville’s win Tuesday stretched its winning streak to four matches and drew a nod of approval from coach Cory Whitmore.

“It was a good outing today on the island,” he said. “After a week without a match, we came out strong and focused, ready to go.

“Not only did we hit some goals with aces, but we also limited our errors on the serve and attack,” he added.

“Fun to get back on the game court and we are looking forward to Thursday.”


Tuesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 7 digs
Mia Farris
— 9 kills, 2 digs, 2 aces
Maddie Georges
— 1 kill, 4 digs, 24 assists, 7 aces
Taygin Jump
— 1 dig, 1 ace
Ryanne Knoblich
— 6 kills, 2 digs, 3 aces, 1 solo block
Katie Marti
— 1 ace
Madison McMillan
— 1 dig, 2 aces
Grey Peabody
— 8 kills, 1 dig
Jill Prince
— 3 kills
Lyla Stuurmans
— 1 kill, 6 aces

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Oktober Frost and the Coupeville JV volleyball team are 6-1 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The layoff didn’t hurt them.

Returning to competition for the first time in a week-plus Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball team picked up right where it left off.

Thumping rivals and taking names.

Roaring to a 25-8, 25-8 victory at Friday Harbor, the Wolves ran their winning streak to four matches, improving to 6-1 overall, 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

Now, it’s a much-smaller gap between matches, with South Whidbey due to come to Coupeville Thursday for a non-conference tilt.

As she headed home on the ferry Tuesday, Wolf JV coach Ashley Menges was in a good mood.

“It was a solid night!” she said. “I was very happy to see that after a whole week off of games, we didn’t miss a beat.

“We got to work on a lot of new things in practice, and you could already see it implemented tonight, which was great to see.”

Coupeville used 10 players in the match, with eight Wolves making the stat sheet, while Carly Burt and Oktober Frost chipped in with hustle and desire.

“All the girls are starting to work on new skills, which I love,” Menges said. “Lots of them working on spot serving and jump floats.

“It was just a really good game to work through new stuff,” she added. “Everyone got to get some court time too, which is always appreciated.”


Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 assist, 6 aces
Teagan Calkins — 3 kills, 9 aces
Jada Heaton — 2 kills, 2 aces
Katie Marti — 2 kills, 1 dig, 6 assists, 8 aces
Chloe Marzocca — 1 ace
Madison McMillan — 2 kills, 3 aces
Grier Mooney — 1 assist, 2 aces
Aby Wood — 1 kill

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