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Abby Meyers reached base five times Wednesday as Coupeville’s JV softball sluggers rallied to beat Concrete’s varsity. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No lead is safe on the prairie.

A week after their varsity counterparts roared back from 10 runs down to win, the Coupeville High School JV softball squad showed the same kind of moxie.

Rebounding from an 11-2 deficit against Concrete’s varsity team Wednesday, the Wolf sluggers blew up the scoreboard en route to an 18-15 victory.

The home win lifts Coupeville’s JV to a flawless 2-0 on the young season.

“Total team effort, well done ladies,” said Wolf JV coach Greg Thomas.

His boss, Coupeville varsity coach Kevin McGranahan, was channeling Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon after watching his second miracle comeback of the spring.

“Yeah … I am too old for that,” he said with a laugh.

Playing under sunny skies, as opposed to the howling wind and sideways rain which generally accompanies softball season, the young Wolves struggled a bit in the early going against more-seasoned competition.

Despite eking out five walks in its half of the first inning, Coupeville found itself trailing 11-2 just an inning and a half into the game.

Six of Concrete’s first seven hitters reached base, and the Lions bashed a pair of home runs to set off the scoring.

Tack on a third round-tripper in the top of the second, and things looked dire.

Unless you know what wonders can happen out here on the prairie, then it was nothing much to worry about.

Coupeville’s pitching snapped into shut-down mode after that, limiting Concrete to just three hits total, and no more home runs, over the final five innings.

That gave the offense time to heat up, and once it did, the Wolves rained pain down on the Lion hurlers to the tune of 13 hits, including a double, triple and home run.

Tack on 13 walks, and every one of the 12 CHS players to see the field reached base at least once, with 10 of them scoring.

Leading the way were the Meyers sisters, Abby and Heidi, who combined to reach base eight times, and tap home plate on five of those trips.

Coupeville began to scrape its way back into the game with a five-run second.

Walks to Amanda Thomas and Abby Meyers, packaged around singles from Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Lily Leedy, set the stage, with Chelsea Prescott capping things by mashing a home-run of her own.

The Wolves finally knotted things at 13-13 in the fourth, an inning in which they collected singles from Prescott and Ivy Leedy, a double from Chloe Wheeler and a triple by Mckenna Somes.

Concrete still had some life left in its bats, however, going back up 14-13 in the fifth, then retying the game at 15 in the top of the sixth.

CHS was having none of that, however, plating three in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to base-knocks from Van Velkinburgh, Somes, and Abby Meyers.

With the lead firmly in place and the sun starting to sink, Prescott stormed into the pitcher’s circle and slammed home the final dagger, hurling nasty heat as she gunned down the final Lion hitters.

Coupeville spread out its offense all day, with Prescott (1B, 1B, HR), Van Velkinburgh (1B, 1B), and Somes (1B, 3B) peppering the ball.

Wheeler (2B), Ivy Leedy (1B), Izzy Wells (1B), Lily Leedy (1B), Audrianna Shaw (1B), and Abby Meyers (1B) rounded out the hit parade.

Heidi Meyers, Morgan Stevens, and Thomas combined to collect four walks and four runs.

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Alana Mihill banked home five points Friday, her first at the high school level, as Coupeville’s JV thumped host Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Things started with a jolt, and ended in a sea of smiles.

Playing second Friday night, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team found itself down a coach, but never blinked.

With JV guru Amy King at the Concrete hospital, riding shotgun on injured Wolf varsity player Chelsea Prescott, her husband, David, got to pull double duty.

Coupeville’s varsity coach promptly made it 2-for-2 on the night, guiding the Wolf young guns to a 46-20 win.

The JV’s third-straight victory, it evens their record at 3-3.

Just don’t try and add the W to David King’s career record.

Amy gets the win; I get an assist,” he said with a laugh. “Coach King girl does such a great job with the JV team that it made my job easy tonight.

“Thank goodness she had everything already prepared well in advance.”

Coupeville’s second unit came out just like its first unit, runnin’, gunnin’ and shredding Concrete’s defense.

Sparked by the surprise use of a 1-2-2 press added to the mix by David King, the Wolves forced the Lions into constant mistakes, then took advantage of said turnovers.

“I think I surprised the JV’ers when I drew it up for them to run,” David King said. “They worked at it and at times got some good things out of it.

Kiara (Contreras) was a master at harassing their ball handlers all game.”

Mollie Bailey, normally the queen of the set-up game while running the point, decided to taste the joy of being a binge scorer Friday.

Playing on mom Donna’s birthday, the youngest of the “Bailey Bombardiers” dropped shots from every angle, scoring six points in the first quarter, another eight in the second and finishing with a game-high 16.

A 13-2 Wolf lead at the first break morphed into a 24-11 margin at the half and then a 31-16 bulge after three.

That set up the fourth quarter, when Coupeville melted the net with a game-closing 15-4 run fueled by hard-working role players who got a chance to shine on the offensive end of the floor.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh, a defensive hustler, knocked in four points, but it was Alana Mihill and Morgan Stevens who earned the biggest cheers.

Both scored their first high school points, with Stevens drilling a jumper from 10 feet out on the left wing.

Mihill broke through with free throws, swishing three of them, before stepping inside the key and draining a sweet lil’ jumper for her first high school field goal.

“The players on the bench, the high school players, and our fans erupted when both players scored,” David King said. “It was fun to watch both Alana and Morgan get big grins when they scored and due to the cheering.

“Their defense got a little more aggressive, as did their offensive game.”

Bailey’s 16 points paced the Wolves, with Audrianna Shaw and Izzy Wells each adding eight to the cause.

Mihill (5), Van Velkinburgh (4), Contreras (3), and Stevens (2) rounded out the scoring, with Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Abby Mulholland helping control the boards.

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Chelsea Prescott had seven points, three rebounds and four assists in the first half of Friday’s win, then survived a scary fall in the second. (Amy King photo)

Lindsey Roberts pumped in a career-high 24 points at Concrete, lifting her from #28 to #25 on the all-time CHS girls scoring chart. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The offense has ignited.

Two nights after scoring its most points in a game in nearly three years, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team went right back out and proved it wasn’t a fluke occurrence.

After dropping 50 points Wednesday at South Whidbey, the Wolves bettered that Friday in Concrete, shredding the Lions 53-26.

The non-conference win, Coupeville’s third victory in its last four games, lifts it to 3-4 on the season.

The victory capped a “crazy evening” in which senior Lindsey Roberts singed the nets for a career-high 24 points and sophomore starter Chelsea Prescott survived a scary fall.

Fighting for a third-quarter rebound, Prescott, who was filling up the stat sheet all night, got rocked during a multi-player scrum.

Chelsea got the short end of the stick on the play,” said Coupeville coach David King. “She was bent backwards and laid there on the court as the Lions headed the other way.

“She stayed down and we called for any medical personnel that happened to be at the game.”

After being attended to on the floor (Coupeville boys assistant coach Scott Fox and Wolf parents Jon Roberts and Charlie Smith, all with extensive medical backgrounds, were on scene), Prescott was transported to the hospital.

While pictures showing her in a neck brace raised a great deal of concern, the young Wolf star aced her x-rays, emerging from the evening battered but generally upbeat.

“She was checked out and headed home, to the relief of all,” King said. “She is sore, but doing much better.”

Prescott’s injury underscored how rough and tumble things were at times Friday night.

“The game was physical, and we held our own,” King said. “I am proud of how the players came out of the injury to Chelsea and refocused on the game.

“We played smarter and determined from that point on.”

Roberts, who is moving up the CHS career scoring chart in big bursts of late, was locked-in from the opening tip.

She rumbled for 11 of her 24 points in the first quarter, more than doubling Concrete’s output as the Wolves surged to an 18-5 lead.

With Prescott and Ema Smith dropping in four apiece in the second quarter, Coupeville showed no desire to let up, stretching its advantage to 24 by the halftime break.

The second half, which was stretched out by a 30-minute delay as Prescott was attended to, was much closer, but the Wolves never wavered.

Coupeville was able to give its bench, primarily its swing players, plenty of floor time in the fourth quarter, with Izzy Wells knocking down a late three-ball to top things off.

Heading into a North Sound Conference match-up Tuesday at home with Sultan, the lop-sided road victory gives the suddenly-surging Wolves a nice jolt of confidence.

“A good win,” King said. “And, more importantly, Chelsea came away without a severe or serious injury.”

With her 24 points, which were just eight shy of the school’s single-game record for female players (32 by Judy Marti in 1983), Roberts rises from #28 to #25 on the career scoring chart.

With 375 points and counting, she passes Amy Mouw (353), Whitney Clark (359) and Katie Smith (374).

Prescott rattled the rim for seven points before her injury, while Avalon Renninger banked home seven and Ema Smith tickled the twines for another six.

Scout Smith (4), Wells (3) and Nicole Laxton (2) all chipped in to the offensive assault, with Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Hannah Davidson, Tia Wurzrainer, and Mollie Bailey also seeing floor time.

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Sean Toomey-Stout, swooping in an earlier game, banked in nine points Friday as Coupeville’s varsity won a thriller in Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a basketball world captivated by three-point shots, Ulrik Wells is a bit of a throw-back.

The lanky 6-foot-4 Coupeville High School junior does the dirty work in the paint, snatches rebounds by the bushel and hits his free throws.

And, while new-school long-range gunners often dominate the highlight reels, old-school skills can win you ball games.

Perfect example, Friday night, as Wells scored a career-high 14 points, including hitting six pressure-packed fourth-quarter free throws on the road to lift the Wolves past Concrete 43-42.

After coming close several times, it was the first win of the season for the CHS varsity boys, who now sit at 1-6.

To be completely honest, Friday’s non-conference bout was decided thanks to both new-school and old-school skills.

Coupeville out-shot their hosts behind the arc, with freshman Hawthorne Wolfe drilling a trio of treys to spark a 5-1 advantage on three-balls.

Older gunners Mason Grove and Sean Toomey-Stout also connected from three-point land, providing some nice daggers.

But the one-point game came down to free throws in the end.

The Wolves had two more opportunities at the charity stripe than the Lions (22-20), and hit one more (14-13), perfectly providing the winning margin.

Wells drained 8-10, including 6-8 in the final quarter, but Wolfe came up big too, netting both of his free throws in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Concrete as a team got to the line only four times in the second half, and never in the fourth quarter.

So, despite hitting just one field goal over the final eight minutes (Wells was again The Man), Coupeville won the final quarter 10-4, turning a five-point deficit into a one-point win.

Wells hit what would prove to be the winning shots with under a minute to play, pushing the Wolves back in front.

After that, it was up to the CHS defense to hold, and it did.

“Clutch. Guys fought hard to pull back ahead and hold on,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Ulrik was big down the stretch. Showed a ton of heart in that fourth quarter.”

The game, between a pair of longtime rivals, was perfect for a Friday night, a back-and-forth affair where neither squad could pull away.

While Concrete snatched the early advantage at 11-9 headed into the first break, the Wolves immediately turned the tables in the second quarter.

With Wolfe dropping a pair of three-balls, Grove swishing a long trey and big men Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim combining for seven points in the paint, CHS used a 16-11 run to take a three-point lead to the half.

The break seemed to suck a bit of the life out of the Wolf attack, though, as they were stung 16-8 in the third. But, thanks to five points from Toomey-Stout in the quarter, they didn’t fall too far behind.

In the end, the third-quarter fade proved to not be fatal, but just an excellent way to set up the fireworks ahead.

Coupeville spread its offense among six players, with Wells (14), Wolfe (11) and Toomey-Stout (9) leading the way.

Pilgrim tossed in a varsity career-high four points, with Grove (3) and Brown (2) also scoring.

Dane Lucero, Koa Davison, Jean Lund-Olsen and Gavin Knoblich also saw floor time for the Wolves, who kicked off a four-game road trip with the visit to Concrete.

Coupeville has away games at Port Townsend, Nooksack Valley and King’s ahead on the schedule, not playing at home again until Jan. 8.

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Cody Roberts and the Coupeville JV boys hoops squad decimated host Concrete Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They started off hot, and ended even hotter.

Blitzing host Concrete from start to finish Friday, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad roared to a 57-20 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the Wolves to 4-3 and keeps the young guns undefeated on the road.

The JV is a spotless 3-0 when playing away from Whidbey, which is probably a great sign, as Coupeville’s boys play five of their next six in hostile gyms.

Friday, the Wolves blew out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter, paced by eight points from hot-shooting freshman Logan Martin, and never looked back.

While the second quarter became a defensive stalemate (4-4) and the third quarter was competitive, with CHS holding an 11-8 edge, the fourth quarter was show time.

Coupeville couldn’t miss down the stretch, riding 10 from Grady Rickner and eight off the fingertips of Daniel Olson as it cruised to the finish line on a torrid 24-2 tear.

The Wolves spread their offensive burden across almost the entire active roster, with seven of eight players notching a bucket.

Grady Rickner led the way with 19 points, while Olson was hot on his heels with 18.

Martin (8), Jaylen Nitta (4), TJ Rickner (4), Cody Roberts (2), and Miles Davidson (2) also scored, while Chris Ruck was an unstoppable force of nature while playing aggressive defense.

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