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Jermiah Copeland looks for an open man. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

They bounced back in a big way.

Coming off a tough road loss at Mount Vernon Christian, the Coupeville High School varsity boys’ basketball team rebounded to drill host Concrete Tuesday.

Capping a four-game road trip, the Wolves won for the eighth time in their last 10 games, demolishing the Lions 75-22.

With 10 different players scoring, including sophomore Hunter Bronec tossing in his first varsity bucket, CHS gets to 3-2 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 10-6 overall.

Up next is a return home, for the first time in two weeks, and a rumble with Friday Harbor Jan. 27.

That Friday-night tilt has major playoff implications, as Coupeville tries to move a step closer to clinching District 1’s top seed for the bi-district tourney.

Two of three 2B schools from the NWL punch playoff tickets, with the games between the trio of teams the deciding factor.

Coupeville is 1-0 in that saucy round-robin dance, La Conner 1-1, and Friday Harbor 0-1 with the Wolves hosting the Braves Feb. 7, then traveling to Friday Harbor Feb. 10 for the regular season finale.

Tuesday’s battle in the town Leonardo Di Caprio and Robert De Niro made infamous in This Boy’s Life was a romp from start to finish, save for one brief spell in the first quarter.

Jumping out to a 9-0 lead, Coupeville didn’t let Concrete score until the 4:40 mark of the opening frame, only to see the Lions then slap home seven unanswered points.

If they were fazed, the Wolves didn’t show it, merely going right back to work.

Nick Guay stopped the brief bleeding with a layup off of a lob from Alex Murdy, then the Wolf junior came back around to cap a 13-2 run by firing a full court pass to a sprinting Murdy, who beat the buzzer by a step.

Up 22-9 at the first break, Coupeville continued to push its lead out, combining three-balls from Ryan Blouin and Logan Downes with hard-fought buckets in the paint courtesy Jonathan Valenzuela and Cole White.

The halftime advantage was 41-17, though it could have been bigger.

Guay bounded high, snagged an offensive board and drilled the put-back jumper at the buzzer, only to have hometown refs wave off his highlight reel play, claiming it left his fingers too late.

Not that Coupeville needed the extra bucket, as it broke Concrete’s spirit in the third quarter, rolling up a 27-0 advantage across eight frantic minutes.

Murdy was wheelin’ and dealin’, firing beautiful set-up passes to his teammates, with seven different Wolves tallying points in the frame.

Leading 68-17 headed into the fourth, Coupeville coach Brad Sherman, who had been liberally substituting all night, gave his support players a chance to own the quarter.

Hunter Bronec is in a hurry to get somewhere. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

Jermiah Copeland splashed home his first three-ball as a Wolf, banking the ball off the glass while doing so, while both Bronec brothers, Hunter and Hurlee, got extensive floor time.

With Coupeville’s starters playing limited minutes, the scoring sheet was super-balanced.

Downes led the way with a game-high 20, while Murdy banked in 14, and White snapped the net for 10.

Dominic Coffman (7), Valenzuela (7), Blouin (5), Copeland (5), Guay (3), Hunter Bronec (2), and Zane Oldenstadt (2) also scored, with William Davidson and Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim pounding the boards.

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Alita Blouin is here to destroy you. (Delanie Lewis photo)

Alita Blouin is a dangerous woman.

Put a basketball in her hands, and the Coupeville High School senior will gut her rivals and leave them to bleed out on the side of the highway.

Metaphorically…

Leaving behind her real-life persona — where she’s serene and kind to human and animal alike — Blouin once again became Alita the Assassin Tuesday, raining down death from above on host Concrete.

Nailing five three-balls, while hitting from multiple angles, she went off for a season-high 21 points, leading nine Wolves into the scoring column during a 54-15 win.

The victory caps a brutal stretch of road games for the CHS varsity, which gets to 2-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 6-8 overall.

Now Blouin and her associates head home to face Friday Harbor this Friday, Jan. 27, in a game with big playoff implications.

Two of the three 2B schools in the NWL earn postseason berths, and the only games which influence Coupeville’s seeding are the ones with La Conner and Friday Harbor.

Currently, La Conner is 2-0 in the round-robin rumble, with both the Wolves and Wolverines sitting at 0-1.

Coupeville gets a home rematch with the Braves Feb. 7, before traveling to Friday Harbor Feb. 10 for the regular-season finale.

While Tuesday’s tilt didn’t have any impact on playoff dreams, it was a nice way to cap a four-game road trip where the first three games were against legit state title contenders.

The word of the night was defense, as Coupeville bolted out to a 29-0 lead, not allowing Concrete to score in the game’s first 13 minutes-plus.

The first quarter featured a pair of Blouin layups and a pair of jumpers from Lyla Stuurmans, before Maddie Georges utterly destroyed a defender on the final play before the break.

Sliding under the Lion, then juking her out to somewhere around Darrington, the Wolf point guard drilled a little runner and it was 11-0 and getting out of control.

Whatever hopes Concrete might have had vanished in the second quarter, with Coupeville raining down a season-best 29 points in eight minutes, stretching its lead to 40-4 at the half.

Blouin rippled the nets for a trio of three-balls, Stuurmans knocked down a series of buckets in the paint, and Gwen Gustafson exploded off the bench for a big quarter.

The Coupeville senior netted the 100th point of her varsity career on a free-throw, allowing Gustafson to join big sis Amanda Fabrizi (299 career points) in the three-digit club.

While the defense might not have seemed as important as before, as a running clock loomed on the horizon, the Wolves remained frisky.

None more so than sophomore Mia Farris, ripping down rebounds and soundly rejecting a Concrete shot to send her team into the locker room on a high.

Skylar Parker connected on a pullup jumper late in the third quarter to stretch the lead out to 40, while making some personal history at the same time.

It was the first varsity points for the CHS junior, as she becomes the 241st girl to score for a Wolf hoops program which launched in 1974.

For stat hounds looking for something besides points, toss Farris another hustle mark, as she drew an offensive charge late in the game.

Stuurmans finished the night with 11 points to back Blouin and her 21, while Gustafson banked in seven.

Georges (6), Katie Marti (2), Carolyn Lhamon (2), Parker (2), Ryanne Knoblich (2), and Farris (1) also scored, with Jada Heaton and Madison McMillan earning floor time.

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Teagan Calkins and a teammate apply withering defense. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They started a busy week off with a bang.

The Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball squad plays three times in four days and kicked off the fun Tuesday by romping past host Concrete 50-12.

The victory lifts the young Wolves to 3-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 6-6 overall.

Up next for Kassie O’Neil’s squad is a road trip to Mount Vernon Thursday for a rematch with that 3A school’s C-Team, then a home game Friday against league rival Friday Harbor.

Coupeville jumped on Concrete quickly, zipping out to a 17-7 lead by the first break.

Eight different Wolves scored in the opening frame, led by Skylar Parker drilling the first of her two three-balls on the evening.

From there, CHS clamped down on defense, holding Concrete scoreless in the second quarter, then limiting their hosts to just five points in the second half.

A 25-7 lead at the half became a 35-9 advantage by the end of the third quarter, with every Wolf on the floor contributing.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez paced Coupeville with a game-high 12 points, matching Concrete on her own, while Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo poured in nine in support.

Skylar Parker (6), Reese Wilkinson (6), Jada Heaton (6), Madison McMillan (4), Kayla Arnold (2), Teagan Calkins (2), Kierra Thayer (2), and Brynn Parker (1) also scored as the Wolves shared the ball all night.

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Cole White, ready to break down the defense. (Andrew Williams photo)

Look twice, because it’s not a misprint.

As we head into a new week of basketball, the Northwest 2B/1B League standings are identical on the boys’ and girls’ side of things.

While overall win/loss records are skewed, both Mount Vernon Christian and Orcas Island hoops programs sit atop the conference at 2-0.

Both La Conner squads are 1-0, even if the league web site tries to count an early non-conference win over Rainer Christian as a league win and tell you the Braves boys are 2-0.

They are not…

Then comes Coupeville and Friday Harbor at 0-1, and both Concrete teams at 0-3, which means the Wolf boys have a little work to do to defend their league crown.

Things should start to diverge as we move forward — for one thing, the Orcas boys are much stronger than their female counterparts — and could start down that path this coming week.

Coupeville is busy, hosting Mount Vernon Christian Tuesday and Darrington Friday, though there is still some question as whether the MVC game, the first of two against the Hurricanes, counts in the league standings.

After that comes a whirlwind trip to Neah Bay Saturday for non-conference rumbles.

With all that in mind, where we currently sit:

 

Northwest League boys basketball:

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

 

Northwest League girls basketball:

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

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Senior setter Maddie Georges doled out 20 assists Tuesday as Coupeville rolled past Concrete. (Jackie Saia photo)

It was a win-win night.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad thrashed visiting Concrete in straight sets Tuesday, while also raising nearly $1,000 for the fight against breast cancer.

Playing on Dig Pink Night, the Wolves cruised past the Lions 25-10, 25-6, 25-7 to remain undefeated in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

Coupeville is 5-0 in conference action, 6-3 overall heading into a showdown Thursday at Mount Vernon Christian (6-1, 10-1).

Still ahead for the Wolves are two matches against three-time defending 2B state champs La Conner (5-0, 7-1).

But all of that is for another day.

Tuesday night was about getting on the court and picking apart the conference cellar-dweller, and the Wolves were efficient.

Everyone played, and everyone contributed, allowing CHS coach Cory Whitmore a chance to tinker with his lineup and see what certain players could deliver in sometimes unfamiliar roles.

Key to the assault on Concrete was the service game, where Coupeville dominated.

“We served very well, and were clean at the line,” Whitmore said.

That was apparent from the very start, as Maddie Georges, Ryanne Knoblich, Alita Blouin, Taygin Jump, and Katie Marti all racked up points on their serve in the opening set.

By contrast, Concrete didn’t generate a point on offense until it was already trailing 20-6.

When the Lions did get Coupeville’s serves back in play, the Wolf big hitters went to work endings things quickly.

Lyla Stuurmans and Grey Peabody beat the stuffing out of the volleyball on big spike winners, though it was Blouin who had the loudest, nastiest hit in the first frame.

It came on a serve, which zipped low and hard across the net before pegging a Concrete player right in the face, the Lion player’s shoulder only absorbing about 3% of the blow.

The ever-mysterious Blouin, showing only the slightest smile at the corners of her mouth, simply walked away like a gunfighter, leaving the bodies where they dropped.

But it wasn’t all power for the Wolves, as Mia Farris bounded to the skies to drop in a tip winner on set point, essentially ending the match after one lopsided set.

No volleyball gets away from Madison McMillan (14), Taygin Jump (center), and Alita Blouin. (Jackie Saia photo)

The teams played two more frames, but only one squad stood a chance, as Coupeville put on a clinic.

Georges, who recorded her 200th assist of the season Tuesday, flicked winners at the service line, with a little help from Knoblich, who was deadly and dangerous while guarding the net.

Fellow Wolf senior Jill Prince chipped in with a graceful tip winner to stall a brief Concrete rally, then it was back to the gun show.

Stuurmans and fellow sophomore Madison McMillan showcased their ability to deliver nuclear-style blasts which tore off the corner of the court while staying just inbounds.

Not to be outdone, Peabody climbed an invisible stairway to heaven, then rained down unholy Hell on the Lions waiting below, her spikes bending time and space.

Or at least it felt that way sometimes, as Concrete’s players, while scrappy, had little chance of offsetting Coupeville’s missiles.

Mia Farris delivered the final punctuation, cracking open the court with a ferocious spike while dad Fred did his best imitation of a neutral observer while filling the role of impartial linesman.

Though, if you looked closely, he, like the rest of the Wolf fans, had plenty to smile about.

 

Tuesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 9 digs, 2 aces
Mia Farris — 4 kills, 4 aces
Maddie Georges — 20 assists, 8 aces
Taygin Jump — 1 kill, 2 digs, 7 aces
Ryanne Knoblich — 3 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces
Madison McMillan — 3 kills, 2 digs, 4 aces
Grey Peabody — 6 kills
Jill Prince — 3 kills
Lyla Stuurmans — 4 kills

 

Wolves raise bucks, awareness:

Dig Pink Night was a huge success, as the Wolves generated major moola by selling raffle tickets for gift baskets, with the proceeds going to the Whidbey Health Foundation.

Alerted by Wolf moms that the spikers had brought in nearly $1,000, Whitmore beamed, his smile filling the gym.

“It was phenomenal,” he said.

“I’m so proud of this program – the kids, the parents, the fans – everyone who was involved in making it a success.”

Money for a good cause. (Photos courtesy Jennifer Heaton)

Wolf moms (l to r) Susan Farris, Kim Brotemarkle, and Jennifer Heaton are fundraiser aces.

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