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Ben Smith and Coupeville football travel to Forks Saturday to play Neah Bay, but Wolf fans need to stay home and watch the game online. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Stay out of bat country.

That’s the directive being issued to Coupeville High School football fans ahead of Saturday’s road game in Forks against Neah Bay.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith issued the following statement Wednesday morning:

Forks Stadium/HS has had the rule of only home fans attending their games based on Covid regulations (seating limits).

Therefore, our fans WILL NOT be allowed to travel to watch the game against Neah Bay as this is considered Neah Bay’s home game (their only one of the season and still not at their own site).

Please respect this decision and DO NOT travel to the game.

I am working on making a stream of the game available for our fans to watch.

Thank you.

Coupeville, coming off a win against Lummi Nation, is 2-1 entering the non-conference tilt with Neah Bay (2-0), a four-time state champ at the 1B level.

The Wolves close their pandemic-shortened season May 8 at home against Concrete.

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With Friday Harbor athletes returning to action, Coupeville hoops players like Logan Martin can look forward (hopefully) to playing a 12-game season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everyone in the Northwest 2B/1B League is playing basketball.

At least that’s the plan as of April 27.

Here in the Age of Coronavirus, everything could be changed by April 28, of course.

But, for now, the news is good, as Friday Harbor High School, which completely opted out of playing fall sports after a surge in positive Covid cases, announced Tuesday it intends to return to competition as its students go back to in-person education.

“With the return of students to school on Monday, May 3rd, sports season three (winter) has also been approved to begin,” said Friday Harbor Athletic Director Brock Hauck.

“Girls and boys basketball practices will start on Monday, May 3rd,” he added. “A decision on the wrestling season is still to be determined.”

Since Coupeville doesn’t have a wrestling program, the last part of that statement has little impact on the Wolves.

But the first half is a bonus, as it suggests (for the moment, at least) that CHS will have a full (by pandemic season standards) 12-game basketball schedule.

Current plans call for the final season of the 2020-2021 school year to start May 3, with basketball games running May 18-June 17.

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The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club has suspended activities for a week after a player tested positive Friday for COVID-19.

The affected player was part of the girls U-14 group, and the family identified that the exposure likely came from “outside the soccer fields.”

The SWYSC board of trustees suspended practice Friday, then made the decision to go further with a shut-down.

“We have decided that the safest thing for us to do at this point is to halt the Academy for a week,” SWYSC said in an email sent to parents.

“We cannot be certain that exposure did not extend beyond the GU-14 group, so with a roughly 10-day break before we could be back on the field, families can take steps to make sure they are all safe and healthy.”

SWYSC hopes to extend play through the week of May 10-14, to make up for the missed week.

The board has been in contact with the Island County Health department, and has reviewed all CDC guidelines.

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we appreciate the understanding and support for our actions on Friday,” the email said.

Dr. Jo Moccia, the Superintendent for South Whidbey Schools, also addressed the matter in an email sent to parents in her district.

“The students in the impacted family have not participated in our hybrid program or attended SWSD in-person learning,” she said.

“The soccer club leadership assured us that all players followed protocol at practice and during games, so exposure is unlikely.”

South Whidbey schools require a daily wellness screening for all students and staff members coming on campus, and Moccia called on all to “please continue to practice all safety protocols.”

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Learn to swim long distances.

That might help you to get from Coupeville to Port Townsend, or vice versa, quicker than the ferries will.

As we head towards the start of peak season, Washington State Ferries officials said Tuesday that they will NOT add a second boat to the Coupeville/Port Townsend run May 9, as previously announced.

The decision was made because “COVID-related crewing shortages have forced WSF to delay providing this additional service.”

The new target date is June 6, though that remains ever-flexible.

All reservations made on the #2 vessel through June 6 have been cancelled, and customers will need to secure new bookings.

To get help doing so, call (206) 464-6400 to speak with a customer service agent.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” WSF officials said in a press release.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this unique and challenging time.”

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Coupeville High School volleyball guru Cory Whitmore will coach May 8, and his players will play, but fans will have to watch online. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No fans will be allowed at Coupeville High School’s final home volleyball match May 8.

The decision was made by CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith and Wolf head coach Cory Whitmore, in conjunction with a request by the Orcas Island Superintendent.

“The option was no fans in attendance or no game and we, myself and the head coach, decided that we would rather have a game for our kids then not play,” Smith said.

The school will stream the match through the Coupeville High School Facebook page that day, allowing Wolf fans to view it for free.

JV plays at 3:30 PM, varsity at 5:00.

Also, Senior Night has been bumped a week earlier, moving up to May 1, when Darrington comes to Whidbey Island.

And, if you were thinking of traveling to Orcas April 23, when Coupeville volleyball visits the outer islands, don’t bother. There will be no fans allowed for that match either.

Other than that May 8 season finale against Orcas, all other CHS volleyball home matches remain open to Wolf fans.

That includes April 17 vs. Mount Vernon Christian, April 27 against Concrete, and the Darrington royal rumble.

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