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Freshman Cole White lofted a pretty, pretty goal Monday night, catching league champ Orcas Island flat-footed. (Morgan White photo)

Sam Wynn (19) and Owen Barenburg (7) were honored on Senior Night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Forget about Bend it Like Beckham. We’re more about Curl it Like Cole.

On the afternoon the Coupeville High School boys soccer program honored seniors Sam Wynn and Owen Barenburg, it was freshman Cole White who stole the show.

While the Wolf booters weren’t able to upend the Northwest 2B/1B League Champs, with visiting Orcas Island rampaging to a 10-1 win, that one Coupeville goal was a peach.

Not only was it the best scoring play of the season, but arguably one of the prettiest ever seen on Mickey Clark Field.

With an injury-riddled Coupeville squad battling the undefeated Vikings every step of the way, and Wolf goalie Logan Martin making one sweet save after another, CHS trailed just 1-0 at the mid-point of the first half.

That’s when White, heir to a legacy of prep athletic excellence crafted back in the day by dad Greg, lost his dang mind.

Blasting a shot from deep on the left side of the field, Cole was trying to set up teammates scrambling for position in front of the net.

Instead, the ball, showing a mind of its own, kept rising, kept curling, and kept increasing in speed and velocity, until it hooked right into the top right corner of the net.

The Orcas goaltender, who was otherwise lights-out, flung himself skyward, trying to track the incoming swerve missile, but had no chance as the orb came dangerously close to tearing a hole through the netting.

The play drew a low whistle and a reverent “That was sweet!” from CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, who then crafted the Curl it Like Cole movie title out of thin air, before gifting it to the media assembled in his press box.

That set off pandemonium in the stands, and on the pitch, with White mobbed by his teammates, a crush of joy hailing the young star’s first high school goal, though very likely not his last.

As fast as the euphoria washed over the gathered masses, it was dampened a bit, however.

The Vikings seemed to take the score personally, and clicked into destruction mode after that.

Sending 10 of 11 players on many attacks, Orcas rattled home four scores in an eight-minute tear, breaking up a 1-1 stalemate and carrying a daunting 5-1 lead into the halftime break.

Intent on keeping their unbeaten streak intact, the very-efficient Vikings seized every opportunity, no matter how small, and rained home another five goals in the second half to make the final score much more lopsided than probably necessary.

With the loss, Coupeville drops to 1-3 during this pandemic-shortened season, with the regular-season finale set for Wednesday in La Conner.

After that, there may be another game, however.

NWL officials are working on a plan for “playoff” games to cap the season, with contests played Friday or Saturday.

The league’s #1 and #2 teams would face-off, with #3 vs. #4 and #5 vs. #6 also on the schedule.

Coupeville is currently in fifth-place in the seven-team league, ahead of La Conner (1-4-1) and Grace Academy (0-4-1).

While Monday’s tilt with Orcas was about the soccer, it was also about paying tribute to Wynn and Barenburg, the heart and soul of the Wolf backline.

They were hailed before the game, with velvet-voiced CHS announcer Ja’Kenya Hoskins reading off their senior thank-you’s, and family giving the duo a gift certificate for dinner.

Wynn, who will be attending the University of Calgary, summed up his run as a Wolf booter thusly:

“I really got into soccer and had more fun with it because of the programs at Coupeville,” he said. “I just want to thank all the coaches and everybody who’s volunteered and fed me throughout the years.”

Barenburg, who began his soccer career at age six in South Korea, and later had a stint playing in Italy, plans to attend Western Washington University.

“I like soccer to be fun for everyone and enjoyed playing Central Whidbey Rec soccer with my friend Sam in elementary school,” he said.

“Going forward I plan to study computer science and hopefully continue playing this wonderful sport wherever I can.”

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Cole White gets his head into the game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The program which can’t be killed got its moment in the spotlight.

Back on the pitch Friday night, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad romped to a 3-0 win over visiting Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood, and got their closeup thanks to wanderin’ photo whiz kid John Fisken.

The pics above and below are courtesy him, but you can see many more (and buy some gifts for the grandparents) by popping over to:

BS 2021-04-16 vs CPC Lynnwood – John’s Photos

 

Andrew Williams slices a shot into the great wide open.

Aidan Wilson (center) is mobbed by his teammates after netting the first goal of the season.

Cael Wilson launches a laser.

Nathan Ginnings lets rip with a throw-in.

Preston Epp gets the offense out and running.

Owen Barenburg dances a tart tango with the ball.

A perfect 1-0 on the season, and looking for more.

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Cole White shows off a nimble touch with his dribbling skills. (Morgan White photo)

The weather is getting nicer, allowing young basketball players a chance to spend more time outside.

While outdoors, Wolf hoops stars can work on their dribbling skills, honing their handles with a little guidance from videos put together by local coaches and players.

This week’s edition of the Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge offers tips on working the ball in and out, with both hands, as well as perfecting crossovers.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills and post your own response videos on social media.

 

Skills 5 and 6:

 

Skills 7-9:

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Nick Guay leads off a final collection of CMS boys basketball pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

William Davidson

Hunter Bronec

Zane Oldenstadt

Cole White

Landon Roberts

Time to put the basketballs away and clean out the photo file.

With the Coupeville Middle School boys hoops season closing Thursday, here’s six Wolf portraits I never got around to using.

They come to us from John Fisken, and are seeing the light of the internet for the first time.

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William Davidson rolls to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes leads CMS hoops players in scoring, averaging a tick over 15 a night. (Morgan White photo)

They’re filling up the hoop.

Four games into a 10-game schedule, 21 Coupeville Middle School boys basketball players have chucked the rock through the net.

The Wolves are off for a few days over the Thanksgiving holidays, but are back in action this Monday, when they travel to Lakewood.

After that, they play four of their final five games at home, starting with a match-up Dec. 4 against King’s.

The scoring race through Nov. 29:

Logan Downes – 61
Timothy Nitta – 27
Cole White – 22
Hunter Bronec – 20
Mikey Robinett – 15
Justin Jansen – 14
Johnny Porter – 12
Nathan Ginnings – 11
JP Edoukou – 10
Hurlee Bronec – 8
William Davidson – 8
Zane Oldenstadt – 7
Carson Fields – 6
Nick Guay – 6
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 6
Ryan Blouin – 4
Harlan Mouw – 4
Jack Porter – 4
Alex Clark – 2
Landon Roberts – 2
Chris Villarreal – 2

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