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Mikey Robinett is here to crush fools and take names. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Evans Rankings rules, the rest of you drool.

Matt Evans, the seer of Washington state high school football, and his trusty computer, Newman, are the one outlet truly buying in to Coupeville’s gridiron giants being a state tourney threat.

As the Wolves await Sunday’s reveal of who, where, and when they will play in the 12-team royal rumble, a scan of various pollsters and rankers finds a fair amount of disrespect for a 7-1 CHS squad.

Now to be fair, when you’ve just won your first league title, and punched your first ticket to state, in 32 years, it’s easy to see why.

Out of sight means out of mind, and it’s easy for many to just plug in the same old names “cause they were there before.”

It happened to Coupeville boys’ basketball earlier in 2022, when a 16-0 record didn’t always earn the Wolves a full amount of respect.

After CHS hoops made its first state tourney trip since 1988 and played prime-time teams Kalama and Lake Roosevelt tough, however, several rival coaches had nice things to say about the Wolves.

Now they know who we are.

The same thing can happen for football, especially if the Wolves make some noise in the state tourney.

For now, Evans Rankings has Coupeville at #7 among 2B schools (I bow to my computer overlords), while the Associated Press and the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association both plunk the Wolves at #10.

SB Live leaves CHS out of its Top 10 but does have it third in its “next teams up.”

So, the Wolves, having punched a ticket to the 12-team state tourney, have already outplayed what is essentially a #13 ranking…

And Ryland Spencer, noted hamburger fiend and prep football savant?

He leaves Coupeville completely out of his Top 10 on Cascadia Preps, which proves Cow Town needs to produce a good enough burger to lure the man, the myth, the meat-eatin’ machine, to Whidbey to watch a game in the future.

Get on it, chefs!

In the end, of course, none of these pollsters or rankers, whether they be man or computer, matter as much as the guys who step on the field reppin’ the red and black.

Win, and they have to give you respect, whether they want to or not.


Associated Press 2B poll for Nov. 2:

1. Napavine – (9-0) – 90 poll points
2. Okanogan – (9-0) – 80
3. Lind/Ritzville/Sprague – (7-1) – 70
4. Toledo – (7-1) – 65
5. River View – (8-1) – 45
6. Chewelah (Jenkins) – (6-2) – 41
7. Columbia (Burbank) – (7-2) – 29
8. Pe Ell/Willapa Valley – (6-3) – 24
9. Raymond – (7-2) – 20
10-tie. Coupeville – (7-1) – 9
10-tie. Liberty (Spangle) – (6-2) – 9

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Zane Oldenstadt and Co. have gained the favor of our computer overlords. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Rung by rung, we climb the ladder.

Fresh off a 48-6 drubbing of 2A Bellingham, the Coupeville High School football team jumps from #7 to #6 in the latest 2B overview from Evans Rankings.

Stats hound Matt Evans feeds his data into Newman, a diabolical computer likely bent on world domination, and it spits out its opinion every week.

After making a debut at #10 two weeks ago, the Wolves, who are 5-1, have climbed each week.

Coupeville’s next-door neighbor, 1A South Whidbey — the only team the Wolves have lost to this season — are ranked #8 among 1A schools.

And how does this compare to the RPI rankings compiled by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, which are “official?”

The WIAA has Coupeville at #8 in 2B and South Whidbey at #7 in 1A.

Personally, I prefer Newman, my favorite computer overlord.

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Grady Rickner crashes to the hoop during 2B Coupeville’s thunking of 3A Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The gym is quiet, but the rankers are hard at work.

Even with Coupeville High School’s basketball teams on a holiday break, the Wolves can still make a splash on the internet.

Case in point – the undefeated CHS boys hoops squad landing at #6 among all 2B schools when Evans Rankings dropped its first set of numbers Sunday afternoon.

The Wolves (5-0) trail Okanogan (5-0), Chief Leschi (6-0), Ilwaco (7-0), Lake Roosevelt (6-0), and Rainier (6-1) at the moment, with 75% of the regular season yet to be played.

Coupeville’s Northwest 2B/1B League rivals La Conner (3-3) and Friday Harbor (2-4) sit at #35 and #48 on the 2B chart, out of 53 ranked teams.

NWL rivals Mount Vernon Christian (6-1), Orcas Island (2-4), Darrington (3-3), and Concrete (0-6) are at #9, #27, #37, and #49, respectively, among ranked teams playing 1B ball.

Evans Rankings, which is far superior to MaxPreps and the WIAA when it comes to ranking teams, is the work of Matthew Evans.

He’s a former writer and editor whose work has appeared in Rant Sports, Stoppage Time Soccer, and VAVEL USA.

To see the complete boys hoops rankings, pop over to:


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Cameron Toomey-Stout (John Fisken photos)

  Cameron Toomey-Stout wants to know how to make the computers love Coupeville a tad bit more. (John Fisken photos)

Joel Walstad

Joel Walstad has the answer. “Just win, baby!”

Rankings, what are they good for?

Well, starting arguments. That’s a given.

Coming off a 48-24 drubbing of Chimacum (in which they led 41-0 at the half), the Coupeville High School football squad jumped back up 13 slots when “Debbie,” the sometimes-evil, sometimes-friendly computer at ScoreCzar.org, issued her latest rankings.

The Wolves (2-1 overall, 1-0 in Olympic League play) are now ranked #26 in 1A, with this Friday’s foe, Port Townsend, coming in at #10.

Defending state champ Freeman is locked in at #1.

Coupeville’s fellow league mates, Klahowya and Chimacum, come in at #34 and #46. Island rival South Whidbey is at #39.

The only point of contention (and it’s a small one) is that four teams with losing records (#19 Kings, #21 Medical Lake, #22 Stevenson and #24 Deer Park) are ranked ahead of CHS.

Debbie” generally feels losing to a “good” team is better than beating a “bad” one when she spits out rankings.

I would argue that winning, over whatever teams you play, trumps all, since that’s sort of the point of organized sports.

But, again, not that big of a deal. Even at 1-2, King’s is surely dangerous, as always.

What’s slightly more ridiculous are the rankings at MaxPreps.com.

Not where Coupeville is placed, as they are at #31, but that two teams that are 0-3 are AHEAD of the Wolves.

I give you #19 Connell (outscored 124-17 this season) and #24 La Center (blasted 113-3), ladies and gentlemen. And I say, give me a freakin’ break.

Any time where losing big to “quality” teams is more highly valued than WINNING — La Salle (Union) Gap is merely 3-0 but ranked four slots BEHIND Connell — gets my dander up.

But I’m an idiot, not a computer, so what do I know?

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