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Savina Wells (right) led the Coupeville SWISH girls basketball squad to a blowout win Saturday. (Photo courtesy Katy Wells)

Death and destruction.

That’s what the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team brings to the floor, as it proved once again Saturday afternoon.

Thrashing Mount Vernon Blade Chevrolet 30-3 while playing in Burlington, the Wolves improved their early-season record to a crisp 2-0.

Coupeville gets a chance to double that win total next Saturday, Nov. 17, when they face South Whidbey and Orcas Island in a doubleheader in Mount Vernon.

Playing in a rough-and-tumble affair Saturday, the Wolves jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter, before coasting in to the halftime break up 15-1.

They didn’t give up a field goal until the third quarter, while seven of their 10 players made it into the scoring column.

Sixth-grade sensation Savina Wells torched the nets for nine points to pace Coupeville, while Brionna Blouin banked home six and Maddie Georges knocked down five.

Nezi Keiper tossed in four in her season debut, with Hayley Fiedler, Alita Blouin and Gwen Gustafson each adding a bucket to the cause.

Ryanne Knoblich, Carolyn Lhamon and Lauren Marrs didn’t have a chance to score, but each contributed on the defensive side of the ball.

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Coupeville soccer ace Lyla Stuurmans celebrates a tourney title with lil’ sis Scarlett. (Photo courtesy Scott Stuurmans)

In a family of sports legends whose triumphs could fill up a book, Lyla Stuurmans is busy writing her own successful chapter.

The fast-rising soccer star, who is headed into the sixth grade at Coupeville Middle School this fall, is tearing up the soccer pitch.

Her latest adventure came this weekend, when Stuurmans and her squad swept to a title in the U12 gold division at the Phillips Rimland 66 Challenge in Bellingham.

Northwest United FC, which is based out of Burlington, was on lock-down duty all weekend, surrendering just one goal across four games.

Stuurmans, who normally operates as a center back, more than answered by herself, rattling home three goals during the tourney.

The 11-year-old soccer whiz kid is the daughter of Scott and Sarah Stuurmans.

Dad was a standout basketball player at CHS back in the day, while mom is a Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame inductee.

Among Lyla’s many other sports-minded relatives is cousin Payton Aparicio, who was the CHS Female Athlete of the Year for 2017-2018.

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Coupeville teacher Wilbur Purdue

Our teachers here in Coupeville deserve what is owed them. End of story.

As districts around the state battle over money which the state of Washington clearly earmarked for TEACHER SALARIES, and not for schools to poach for paying other bills, the fight has come to the prairie.

There’s an extremely important school board meeting tonight, 6:30 PM, Monday, July 30.

It will be held in the conference room, A305, at Coupeville High School (501 S. Main).

As a lead-in to this meeting, here is a letter from Wilbur Purdue, one of our best teachers and a man who grew up here on the prairie and has chosen to stay here, guiding future generations.

“Fair and equitable salaries!”

These were the resounding words left in the audience’s minds at the packed school board meetings on June 25th and July 9th as community members spoke out in favor of directing state funding for educator salaries in the manner it was legislated.

The Coupeville School District and the Coupeville Education Association are currently in the middle of an unprecedented bargaining session. 

The State of Washington passed legislation providing billions of dollars to fully fund basic education, with close to one billion additional dollars specifically designated for increasing staff salaries.

It is up to individual districts and bargaining units to develop fair and equitable salary schedules that provide professional salaries for the teachers in that district.

Over the past 16 years that I have worked in the Coupeville School District I have had the privilege to take part in building a strong collaborative relationship where the District and the teachers’ union found creative ways to compensate teachers within the limited confines of the district’s budget. 

This year has turned bargaining on its head as the district hired an outside bargainer, and based on his advice, removed school board members from being on the bargaining team for the district.

It is hard to collaborate when the other team doesn’t show up.

For the first time since the 1980’s a new salary schedule is possible for the teachers in your school district.

For the first time, ever, the state has provided ample funding that meets Washington State Constitution’s definition of “making ample provision for the education of all students.”

In the last legislative session, the state legislature provided funding to raise teacher salaries to the level of professionals.

In Coupeville the district was provided with an additional 2.18 million dollars to apply towards staff salaries.

Why are schools in our region not directing those funds where the state has directed them to go?

To quote a recent letter in the Sub Times, “Why do teachers have to beg, bargain and hold signs for these funds?”

The answer is simple, outside interests have divided the bargaining groups into non-collaborative structures. 

They have brought in false claims of restrictions on funding, they have tried to divide the collaborative process, and they have declared a siege mentality of stringing out bargaining sessions as far as they can.

They are trying to lock this region into a devastatingly low salary increase that would put salaries so far behind neighboring districts that the ability to attract and retain talented staff would be nonexistent.

The last bargaining session was on July 2nd and we find ourselves in the exact same state as the first bargain sessions in mid-June.

Recent attendance at school board meetings has highlighted for the Board of Directors how important fair and equitable salaries are to parents and staff. and how not having the district present at the bargaining table was unacceptable.

Due to that community concern the School District has reconfigured their bargaining team, which I think will help this process move forward to develop a new salary schedule that will fairly compensate staff.

Instead of working solely with a hired bargainer with no ties to the school district and the business manager, we will now be able to bargain with a district team made up of the superintendent, a school board member, and the hired bargainer and business manager.

This is a major change in the district’s bargaining team and a big step forward in our collaborative process and I want to thank the Board of Directors and Superintendent for this change.

If you are interested in insuring that the additional funding for salaries does indeed go towards salaries, come make a difference by attending your local school board meeting on Monday, July 30th at 6:30 PM, where next year’s budget will be approved, which will have a direct impact on teacher salaries.

Arrive early if you wish to speak publicly.

Wilbur Purdue,

Coupeville Teacher and Coupeville Education Association Bargaining Team member

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   Hawthorne Wolfe had two hits and three RBI as Coupeville Babe Ruth closed its season Friday with a loss at regionals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Time to pack up the baseballs and sunflower seeds, toss the mitts and spikes in the car, and head home.

A very successful season ended on a slightly sad note Friday, as the Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball squad fell 12-7 to Miles City (Montana) in its final game at the 15U regional tourney in Portland.

The loss drops the Wolves to a still pretty remarkable 17-6.

Along the way, Coupeville went undefeated in regular-season play, finished second at the state tourney, then ventured to Oregon to face its stiffest competition.

The 10-team regional tourney featured teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Canada. The winner advances to the World Series.

While the Wolves won’t be hanging around to play for a title this weekend, they acquitted themselves well, and Friday was a prime example.

Coupeville outhit Miles City 13-10, with eight of of its 11 players collecting at least one base-knock.

In fact, every Wolf made it safely to first base on the day, as the three players without a hit combined to walk four times.

But errors, and one bad early inning, doomed the Islanders.

Looking to close the season with a win, Coupeville scratched out two runs in the top of the first, thanks to an RBI single from Gavin Knoblich and a sac fly off the bat of Cody Roberts.

That brought around Scott Hilborn, who led off the game with a single, and Andrew Score, who walked to start off a day when he would reach base all four times he stepped to the plate.

Then, the bottom of the first hit, and everything went sideways for a bit.

Miles City racked up half its hits in the opening frame, while taking advantage of two free passes and the first two of six errors the Wolves would commit on the afternoon.

By the time Coupeville stopped the bleeding, ending the inning when third-baseman Xavier Murdy scooped up a grounder and lofted the ball into Hawthorne Wolfe’s glove at first, eight Montana runners had tapped home.

That made the rest of the afternoon a game of catch-up for the Wolves, and while they kept plugging away, they never got back closer than four runs down.

Coupeville tacked on a run in the second (a double from Sage Sharp was the big blow) and another in the third (four singles, with Wolfe picking up the RBI).

Miles City responded with two in the fourth and two in the fifth, though, stretching the lead back out before the Wolves closed the game with a seventh-inning rally.

Singles from Score, Roberts, Ashton Leland and Wolfe, who had a team-high three RBI, accounted for three runs before Coupeville ran out of outs in the game, and tournament.

Score led a remarkably-balanced lineup, collecting two hits, two walks and two runs, while Knoblich, Wolfe, Roberts and Leland all picked up a pair of base-knocks.

Sharp, Hilborn and Johnny Carlson added a hit apiece to round out the hitting attack.

Chelsea Prescott walked in both of her plate appearances, with Daniel Olson and Roberts combining for seven strikeouts while sharing pitching duties.

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Xavier Murdy piled up a hit, a walk and two runs Thursday as Coupeville Babe Ruth played at regionals in Portland. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Not all teams are created equal.

When the Coupeville Babe Ruth 15U baseball squad went to the state tourney, they had 13 players on their roster, the same boys (and one girl) who played together all season.

Now, as the Wolves fight through regionals in Portland, they have 11 in uniform, as Ulrik Wells and Drake Borden couldn’t make the trip.

Thursday’s opponent, the KWRL Centerfield Roosters, representing South Washington, are a true all-star team. The squad pulls players from Kalama, Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center, all meccas of teen sports excellence.

So, it’s not a total surprise the under-staffed Coupeville diamond dogs, despite a chippy effort, fell 14-4.

The loss drops the Wolves to 17-5 on the season, with one contest left to play.

That comes Friday afternoon, when Coupeville faces Montana in its fourth and final game in pool play.

After taking a close loss to Calgary and more lopsided defeats at the hands of Portland and KWRL, the Wolves have no hope of advancing to the semifinals portion of the 10-team tourney.

But, after picking up an unexpected run of games (it’s subbing for North Washington state champ Columbia Basin at regionals), Coupeville will return home with valuable experience from the big stage.

The Wolves fell behind early Thursday, giving up three runs in the first and six more in the second, as KWRL whacked the stuffing out of the ball.

The all-star unit racked up eight hits in just the first two frames, including a triple and a pair of doubles.

The South Washington crew finished with 13 hits before the game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Coupeville plated a run in the first, another in the third, and two more in its final at-bats.

The opening Wolf run came on a nice two-out, no-one-on-base rally, as the Islanders strung together a single from Daniel Olson, a walk to Gavin Knoblich and an RBI double off the bat of Cody Roberts.

In the third, it was base-knock city, as singles from Xavier Murdy, Andrew Score and Olson brought a runner around.

Roberts was in a groove, smoking a lead-off double in the fourth for his second two bagger, but he died a lonely death on the base-paths as his teammates were unable to help him tap home.

Needing three runs to keep the game alive, Coupeville almost got there in the fifth, but came up a few inches short.

Four consecutive walks — with Murdy, Scott Hilborn (he was plunked by a wayward pitch), Score and Olson outlasting the KWRL hurler — plated one, while a sac fly from Knoblich closed out the rally.

Roberts and Olson paced the Wolves at the plate with two hits apiece, with Murdy scoring twice.

Hawthorne Wolfe, Chelsea Prescott, Ashton Leland, Sage Sharp and Johnny Carlson rounded out the active roster for Steve Hilborn’s squad.

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