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Senior Cody Roberts was dominant Tuesday, as Coupeville High School pitchers held Concrete to two hits in a doubleheader sweep. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a shellacking in the sunshine.

Taking advantage of a surprisingly nice day Tuesday, the Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad got two games in, with both being lopsided victories.

Sweeping visiting Concrete 11-0 and 19-0 in games mercy-ruled after five innings, the Wolves improve to 7-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 9-5 overall.

That leaves Coupeville a half-game back of defending league champ Friday Harbor (7-0 in NWL action) and two games up on third-place Mount Vernon Christian (5-3).

The next two games are as big as any this season, with the Wolves set to square off with their prime rivals.

Coupeville travels to MVC this Friday, Apr. 22, before hosting Friday Harbor Apr. 26.

The Wolves head into those games with the warm glow of victory cascading everywhere, after wrecking winless Concrete.

Not only did Coupeville outscore the Lions 30-0, it also outhit the visitors 23-2, pasting the ball to all fields.

 

Game #1:

The opener gave locals a chance to watch Cody Roberts tossing liquid heat, as the senior righty whiffed nine across four innings of work.

He no-hit Concrete during his time on the hill, scattering some walks to keep things interesting, before turning things over to 8th grade ace Chase Anderson.

The future of Wolf baseball also proved to be deadly in the present, with “The Magic Man” slamming the door with a pair of knee-buckling strikeouts after the Lions scratched out their only base-knock of the game.

Chase Anderson gets electric.

Offensively, Coupeville chipped, chipped, chipped away, before finally busting loose in the late going.

The Wolves opened the scoring in the bottom of the first thanks to Jonathan Valenzuela blistering a two-out, two-run single back up the middle.

From there Coupeville rinsed and repeated, pushing two more runners across in both the second and third to build a 6-0 lead.

Cody Roberts had the big blow in the second, bopping a double which curled down the left field line and hit paydirt.

With the lead in hand, the Wolves shoved the game into mercy-rule land by dumping five runs on the board in the fourth inning.

Coupeville mixed a flurry of hits — including a bunt single from the fleet-footed Anderson — and several Concrete errors to officially end things.

 

Game #2:

New pitcher, same results.

Coupeville senior Hawthorne Wolfe took the bump in the nightcap and went the distance, recording 13 strikeouts across five innings of (almost) no-hit ball.

The Lions poked a leadoff single into left to open the fifth inning, putting their first runner aboard since the game’s second hitter had his lower leg blown off by a wayward Wolfe pitch.

After that, the most entertaining man in high school sports entertainment was in lock-down mode, flicking fastballs past flailing Concrete hitters, then piling up base-knocks when he himself was at the plate.

Hawthorne Wolfe throws ’em, but you can’t hit ’em.

Wolfe crunched three of Coupeville’s 14 hits in the second game, and should have had a fourth one, only to be denied by an ump who left his seeing eye dog in the car.

Not that it ultimately mattered, as CHS put this game on ice quickly.

Sending 18 batters to the plate in the first inning, the Wolves tapped home plate 13 times, with the carnage only stopped by a runner being called out on interference on a pop-up to third base.

Mixing JV players with varsity veterans, Coupeville coach Will Thayer got action for everyone in uniform in the nightcap, doing what he could to ease the pain of a blowout.

The Wolves still added three runs in the second and another three in the fourth, with Concrete failing several times to get out of innings when it had the chance.

8th grader Aiden O’Neill walloped a gorgeous double to deep left to start one rally, with Jack Porter ripping a two-run single to cap another.

Along the way Wolf catcher Peyton Caveness was drilled not once, but twice, with pitches which got away from Concrete’s hurlers.

He wore both plunkings with style, earning a nod of approval from big sis Coral, who was hit approximately 43,917 times during her own stellar Coupeville softball career.

 

Tuesday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single
Peyton Caveness — 2 singles, 2 walks
Camden Glover — 1 walk
Scott Hilborn — 2 singles
Cole Hutchinson — 1 single
Xavier Murdy — 2 walks
Aiden O’Neill — 1 double, 1 walk
Jack Porter — 1 single
Cody Roberts — 1 single, 2 walks
Landon Roberts — 2 singles, 1 walk
Sage Sharp — 2 singles, 1 double
Jonathan Valenzuela — 2 singles
Cole White — 3 singles
Hawthorne Wolfe — 4 singles, 1 walk

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Izzy Wells and Coupeville softball lost a league opponent Thursday, when Concrete cancelled its season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A crisp 15% of the schedule just vanished.

Concrete High School announced Thursday it would not be able to field a softball team this season, due to a lack of players.

That erases three games from Coupeville’s 20-game schedule.

The Lions and Wolves were slated to play a doubleheader in Concrete Mar. 25, before facing off for a single game Apr. 19 in Coupeville.

The loss of Concrete leaves five of seven Northwest 2B/1B League schools active on the softball field, with La Conner, Friday Harbor, Darrington, and Orcas Island joining Coupeville.

Mount Vernon Christian doesn’t play the sport.

 

UPDATE #1:

A non-conference home game against Meridian Apr. 20 has been added, bumping the Wolves back to 18 contests.

 

UPDATE #2:

A non-conference road game at Oak Harbor Apr. 22 has been added, bumping CHS back to 19 tilts.

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Izzy Wells is heading to the playoffs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Playoff fever grips the land.

The four 1B schools from the Northwest 2B/1B League are already deep into postseason play, while the 2B squads kick off games this coming week.

On the 1B side of things, both boys and girls teams from Concrete and Darrington have been eliminated, while their counterparts from Mount Vernon Christian and Orcas Island are still alive.

The 2B playoffs feature both boys and girls teams from Coupeville and La Conner, while Friday Harbor had their postseason dreams ended twice Saturday.

The Wolf girls kick things off Tuesday, Feb. 15 at home against Auburn Adventist.

A win there, and CHS advances to play La Conner two nights later.

Meanwhile, the Coupeville boys, sitting at 15-0, don’t play until the district title game Thursday, Feb. 17.

Where everyone’s won/loss records stand through games of Feb. 12, with all regular-season league games in the books:

 

Northwest League boys basketball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 11-0 15-0
MV Christian 9-2 14-5
Orcas Island 4-4 10-7
Friday Harbor 5-6 7-9
La Conner 3-6 6-12
Darrington 2-6 4-9
Concrete 0-10 2-15

 

Northwest League girls basketball:

School League Overall
La Conner 11-0 19-1
MV Christian 9-2 16-3
Coupeville 6-4 8-7
Friday Harbor 4-7 5-10
Orcas Island 3-5 7-9
Darrington 2-6 5-10
Concrete 0-11 3-15

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Grady Rickner and Coupeville are flying high at 10-0. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

No stumble in their step.

Holding visiting Concrete without a shot for the first two-and-a-half minutes Thursday, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team made quick work of their overmatched foes.

Blitzing the Lions 72-24, the Wolves surge to 8-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League action, 10-0 overall.

Next up is a non-conference rumble at South Whidbey Saturday, then a rematch with their top league foe, Mount Vernon Christian, Jan. 27.

The Wolves, who are chasing their first league title since 2002, play their final five regular season games on the road, not returning home again until they host the district tournament Feb. 15-17.

Giving the local fans a glimpse at how scary it can be when everything is clicking, Coupeville decimated Concrete from the opening tip.

With all five starters attacking on defense, the Wolves roared out to a 14-0 lead before Concrete managed to get a shot up, much less make a bucket.

Xavier Murdy drilled a three-ball from the left corner to kick things off, then a madly scrambling full-court press produced turnover after turnover to be converted into lightning-quick buckets.

The Lions finally got the ball airborne at the 5:35 mark of the first quarter, hitting a layup.

Concrete also converted its second shot attempt, though by the time that pullup jumper tumbled through the net, it trailed 27-2.

The Wolves knocked down six three-balls in the opening frame, with Xavier Murdy netting half of those, and headed to the bench boasting a 38-6 advantage at the first break.

For comparison, Concrete has only topped 38 points in an entire GAME twice this season in 11 contests, so anyone hoping for a shocking comeback had to have known they were out of luck.

To the Lions credit, they scrambled and played hard, and actually slowed Coupeville’s offense down for a brief bit.

The Wolves only added a pair of breakaway buckets off of steals across the first five minutes of the second quarter, but then shook free of their brief stupor to push the halftime lead out to 52-15.

Third quarter three-balls from Caleb Meyer, Logan Downes, and then Meyer again — with a picture-perfect jumper off the fingertips of Logan Martin mixed in for good measure — moved the needle all the way out to 63-15.

Then the running clock became the only thing capable of slowing Coupeville’s roll.

Giving his bench some solid floor time, CHS coach Brad Sherman watched as Dominic Coffman carried the scoring load late, while Nick Guay popped an elegant jumper from the side for his first varsity points.

Brad Sherman draws up a play.

With two regulars sidelined by Covid protocols, the Wolves also bumped freshman Hunter Bronec up to the first team, and he made a strong varsity debut.

Xavier Murdy paced Coupeville’s attack, going off for all 22 of his points in the first half, with Meyer and Downes adding 13 and 12, respectively.

Coffman (6), Alex Murdy (5), Grady Rickner (5), Cole White (5), Guay (2), and Martin (2) also kept CHS scorekeeper June Mazdra and her well-sharpened pencil busy.

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Lyla Stuurmans was a terror on defense Thursday as Coupeville shredded Concrete. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re back!

Well, some of them are, and those ones are ready to rumble.

After postponing two games in a row due to Covid protocols, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team returned to action Thursday, though with only six of 12 players in uniform.

Still, the Wolves made it work.

Adding JV warrior Mia Farris to the mix, the Wolves had more than enough firepower to rout visiting Concrete 47-15.

The victory over a rough-and-tumble Lions squad lifts Coupeville to 4-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-4 overall.

It also puts the Wolves a game-and-a-half up on Friday Harbor (2-4 in league) in the battle for a playoff spot.

Coupeville hit the floor Thursday missing three regular starters, and with three of the seven active players just freshmen.

And while Concrete is not an immensely talented team, it is a feisty one.

If by feisty I mean the Lions revive memories of NBA games from the ’80s, when shooters got hacked by all five defenders at the same time, and bodies bounced off the floor on nearly every possession, with the wrecked players left to wallow in their own misery.

Sort of warms my old-school hoops heart.

But what should also make local fans happy is how the Wolves responded, not backing down in the flurry of elbows, knees, and full body slams.

Instead, Coupeville’s undermanned squad hit go on its offense, blitzed Concrete in the open court, and pounded the boards with intensity.

An opportunistic defense, exemplified by Lyla Stuurmans bounding from one end of the floor to the other, and Farris picking off passes like a veteran, revved the motor.

Then the Wolves knocked down their shots with glee.

Carolyn Lhamon opened things by shredding Concrete for seven points in the opening frame, as CHS built a 14-1 lead.

Two of her buckets came on power moves in the paint, but the Wolf junior also got out on the fly, taking a steal the length of the court before slapping home a layup which elicited a whoop from mom Helene.

Maddie Georges got three the hard way, putting a rebound back up and in while being pummeled, while Katie Marti notched her first varsity points off of a slick play.

That dash to the basket started with a Gwen Gustafson steal, followed by Ja’Kenya Hoskins threading the defense with a pass which slid right onto Marti’s hands as she cut through the paint.

Concrete put together its best offensive stand in the second quarter, playing the Wolves to a 9-9 tie across the eight-minute span, but Coupeville blew the game open in the second half.

Stuurmans, who stuffed one Lions shot like she was Dikembe Mutombo in his prime, tickled the twines for a pair of third-quarter jumpers to spark a decisive 11-0 run.

The fab frosh wasn’t done, coming back around late in the game to throw a wicked baseball-style pass which set up a streaking Marti for yet another layup.

In between the razzle and the dazzle, Georges responded to being abused by the Concrete defenders by staring icy daggers at them, before dropping her own wicked elbows when the refs were distracted.

She also netted a pair of softly tumbling three-balls, which kicked the net up with an impudent little flip as they made the numbers on the scoreboard jump.

In a game in which all seven active players scored, Georges (12) and Lhamon (11) led the way for the Wolves, with Gustafson banking in another eight points.

Marti (6), Farris (4), Stuurmans (4), and Hoskins (2) also netted buckets, with the first two of those players recording their first-ever varsity points.

Coupeville is scheduled to play a non-conference game at home Saturday against South Whidbey, then has a week off before finishing the regular season with three league tilts.

Two of those are against Friday Harbor, as the Wolves and Wolverines battle for the #2 playoff seed among NWL 2B schools.

Mia Farris made a strong varsity debut.

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