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Cole White tallied his fourth high school goal Tuesday at Marysville. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sometimes you get the breaks, and sometimes you don’t.

For the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad, Tuesday’s trip to Marysville was one of those days when the sports gods chose not to smile on the Wolves.

Despite getting strong play from across the roster, CHS came up on the short end of a 3-2 game with host Grace Academy.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-2 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-5 overall.

“Three mistakes at the wrong time in the wrong area…,” said Coupeville coach Robert Wood.

“That’s what happens.”

Even with his team coming out on the short end of the score, Wood was largely pleased with the play he saw from his booters.

Nick Guay was an excellent second half goalkeeper,” Wood said. “And we had very good, coordinated, disciplined play most of the day from everyone.”

Coupeville’s scores came from Preston Epp and Cole White, who both notched their third goals of the season.

Epp redirected a ball in the game’s 30th minute, taking advantage of a corner kick which bounced around and then came out to him.

For White, he put some pizazz on his goal, charging a high pass from deep in Coupeville’s end of the field, then using his noggin to flick the ball past the Grace Academy netminder, all while having a defender draped all over him.

The Wolves get back at it this Friday, heading back off of Whidbey one more time.

Coupeville’s destination is Friday Harbor, where they’ll get a rematch with a state title contender they shocked 3-1 earlier in the season.

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Cael Wilson puts his whole body into playing defense. (Photos by Morgan White)

They’re making inroads.

Playing in the most competitive 2B/1B league in the state, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad is proving it can hang with the big dogs.

The Wolves have already knocked off Friday Harbor, which finished 4th at state last season, and battled hard with defending state champ Orcas Island in a narrow loss.

Saturday, facing off with Mount Vernon Christian, one of four Northwest 2B/1B League schools to make last year’s big dance, Coupeville held the lead midway through the game, but couldn’t quite topple the Hurricanes.

Falling 4-2 on their home pitch, the Wolves slip to 1-1 in league play, 3-4 overall.

“Kids played amazing against a strong opponent,” said CHS coach Robert Wood. “Amazing fight the entire second half.”

Preston Epp leads the charge.

MVC struck first, but the Wolves roared from behind to reclaim the lead thanks to goals from Aidan Wilson and Cole White.

Wilson’s goal, which was unassisted, was his team-leading sixth of the season, and the ninth for his prep career.

White, with a nice setup from Hank Milnes, tallied his second score of the campaign, and his third all-time.

MVC attacked relentlessly, however, reclaiming the lead, then tacking on an insurance goal in the second half.

Coupeville hits the road twice next week, heading to Grace Academy Tuesday, before getting a rematch Oct. 14 with Friday Harbor.

Cole White dances the dance of his people.

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Cole White leads the charge. (Morgan White photos)

There’s a reason Orcas Island is the defending 2B/1B state boys soccer champs.

The Vikings are good.

Orcas proved as much Tuesday, using a very-precise style of play to hold off a scrappy Coupeville squad.

Toppling the Wolves 5-2 at Mickey Clark Field, the Vikings improve to 4-1 on the season, while CHS falls to 2-3.

But while the game involved two Northwest 2B/1B League rivals, it won’t go into the books as a conference tilt.

Only the final eight games of the season, which starts with Coupeville travelling to play Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood Oct. 4, count as “league games” and decide playoff seeding.

The first five games for the Wolves, while all against NWL schools, are viewed as non-conference bouts for accounting purposes.

Which didn’t mean Coupeville didn’t want to upend the reigning champs, because they did.

Coming off an epic upset of Friday Harbor — the only team to topple Orcas this season — the Wolves were hoping to make it a two-fer.

It wasn’t to be, however, as the Vikings put on a clinic in the first half, controlling both sides of the field with a precise short passing attack, the ball skipping from player to player.

Coupeville’s defense, which was missing two key players in Andrew Williams and Alex Smith, held up well, but the Vikings took advantage of any small cracks, striking like cobras.

Orcas scored first off of a gorgeous header, set up by a (wait for it) precise pass which slipped between defenders and found a waiting noggin.

The Vikings notched two goals in the first seven minutes, before the teams played a half hour of scoreless ball marked by big defensive plays from both backlines.

The game looked like it would remain close heading to the break, but Orcas stung the Wolves with two more scores in the final three minutes of the half to stretch things out.

Wolf goalie Nick Guay surveys the field after making a save.

Even down four goals, Coupeville fought back valiantly.

Cole White brought Wolf fans to their feet with a great run 12 minutes into the second half.

Corralling a pass from Aidan Wilson, who flipped the ball out in front of the defense, White chased the bouncing orb down, juked a defender out of his shoes, then slapped home his first goal of the season.

Five minutes later, it was Wilson’s turn to net a score, banging home his team-leading fifth goal off of an assist from Preston Epp.

Drawing the goalie out of the net, Wilson rumbled past the out-of-place netminder and buried the ball into the corner of the net with a flick of his lethal foot.

Coupeville had all the momentum at that point, and 22 minutes to pull off a miracle, but Orcas closed the game like a team built to handle pressure.

The Vikings kept the ball away from the Wolves, ran time down, then added an insurance goal in stoppage time as the exclamation point on the night.

While his team lost, Coupeville coach Robert Wood liked the effort put together by his short-handed team against a very-strong program.

“Orcas knows how to shoot, how to move, and how to be aggressive when it counts,” he said.

“They put on a clinic of possession and quick ball movement,” Wood added. “Really fun game. Very impressive response by our team to their skills.”

Rumble, young men, rumble.

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Grant Steller (right) comes in ready for battle as La Conner’s goaltender denies the Wolf attack. (Morgan White photos)

The pitch was alive with the sound of clicks.

Coupeville and La Conner waged a boys soccer rumble Tuesday which finished with a wild, and somewhat controversial, game-changing call in overtime.

But this story is not about that, as we instead use this space to focus on pics from the camera of Wolf mom Morgan White.

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Scott Hilborn fires a bullet Friday as Coupeville High School baseball sweeps a doubleheader from La Conner. (Morgan White photo)

It was a great birthday present.

Coupeville High School varsity baseball coach Will Thayer celebrated his cake day in grand style Friday, guiding his squad to a doubleheader sweep at La Conner.

The twin victories lift the Wolves to 5-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 7-5 overall.

That keeps Coupeville just a game back of defending league champ Friday Harbor (6-0) and a half-game up on Mount Vernon Christian (5-2) as the teams battle for conference supremacy in the seven-team NWL.

Friday’s doubleheader was a pretty solid beat-down too, as the Wolves soaked in the rare sun and ran away with 11-2 and 21-4 wins.

 

Game #1:

CHS pitchers Scott Hilborn and Hawthorne Wolfe combined to whiff 15 Braves in the victory, holding La Conner at bay until the Wolf sluggers got crackin’.

“Took a minute for our bats to warm up, but a good game,” Thayer said.

Coupeville opened the scoring by pushing two runs across in the top of the second, then tacked on another tally in the third.

The top of the fourth was where things busted wide open, however, as the Wolves rained down five runs in a rally keyed by base-knocks from Hilborn and Jonathan Valenzuela.

Hawthorne Wolfe and Co. kept their bats sizzlin’ in the road wins. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville, which added three runs in the fifth to round out its scoring, took advantage of whatever La Conner gave it.

The Wolves cracked eight hits, with Cole White, Sage Sharp, and Valenzuela recording two apiece, while also walking seven times.

Whatever hopes La Conner had of pulling off the upset faded every time a ball hit one of their fielder’s gloves, as the Braves committed a horrifying nine errors to make life tough for their pitchers.

 

Game #2:

Coupeville cut this one short, with a 12-run fourth inning helping the Wolves seal the deal in a game mercy-ruled after five frames.

“One of my favorite games I ever coached,” Thayer said. “Everyone played and we had fun.”

The Wolves sent 8th graders Chase Anderson and Coop Cooper to the mound in the nightcap, and the young guns sizzled, getting nine of 15 outs via the strikeout.

Chase Anderson brings the knee-buckling heat. (Morgan White photo)

The ball flew off of Coupeville’s bats as well, with six different players recording two hits as the Wolves rang up 15 base-knocks in the finale.

Wolfe cracked a triple to lead the way, while Hilborn, Peyton Caveness, Johnny Porter, and Anderson all bashed two-baggers in support.

 

Friday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single, 1 double, 2 walks
Peyton Caveness — 1 single, 1 double, 1 walk
Coop Cooper — 1 single
Scott Hilborn — 2 singles, 1 double, 1 walk
Cole Hutchinson — 1 walk
Xavier Murdy — 2 singles, 3 walks
Aiden O’Neill — 1 single
Jack Porter — 1 double
Johnny Porter — 1 double, 1 walk
Sage Sharp — 2 singles, 1 walk
Jonathan Valenzuela — 2 singles, 2 walks
Cole White — 4 singles
Hawthorne Wolfe — 1 single, 1 triple, 1 walk
Kai Wong — 1 walk

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