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Alex Murdy was one of seven Wolf boys to score during a come-from-behind JV win Tuesday at Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Down, but never out.

After trailing for most of three quarters Tuesday night at Granite Falls, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team landed a haymaker in the game’s final eight minutes.

With Daniel Olson going wild in the final frame, pouring in 13 of his game-high 26 points, the Wolves roared from behind to turn a three-point deficit into a 14-point win.

Closing on a torrid 23-6 run, CHS exited with a 56-42 win in its North Sound Conference opener.

Now 5-3 overall, the Wolves kicked off the 2020 portion of the 2019-2020 season in style.

Trailing 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, Coupeville sliced the deficit down to 20-18 by the half, but still trailed 36-33 headed into the final quarter.

That was when Wolf coach Chris Smith let his gunners go wild, with Olson and Sage Downes rattling the rim from every angle.

Olson killed the Tigers in multiple ways in the fourth, slipping a three-ball through the net, swishing a pair of free throws, then tacking on four old-fashioned, and very-effective, two-point buckets.

Downes tickled the twines for three buckets in the final frame, as well, with Cody Roberts and Grady Rickner also scoring during the sizzlin’ finale.

Olson collected 22 of his 26 points in the second half, while Xavier Murdy, back on the floor for the first time this season after battling back from an injury, tossed in all eight of his in the second quarter.

X-Man’s younger brother, Alex Murdy, joined Downes in banging home six points apiece, with Grady Rickner (5), Roberts (4), and TJ Rickner (1) also getting into the scorebook.

Alex Jimenez, Logan Martin, and Chris Cernick also saw floor time for the Wolves, who return to action Friday when they play host to Sultan.

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Chris Ruck scored his first three points of the season Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV drilled visiting Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was not a fair fight.

Two boys JV basketball teams stepped onto the floor of the Coupeville High School gym Tuesday night, but one squad had a lot more weapons.

Like, a LOT more weapons.

Dropping points from every angle, Coupeville annihilated visiting Chimacum 59-12 in a game which could have been even more lopsided if CHS coach Chris Smith hadn’t done his best to control the carnage.

Now 4-2 on the season, and a flawless 2-0 at home, the Wolves didn’t allow the Cowboys to score a point through the first 11 minutes of a 32-minute contest.

Coupeville actually started a bit slowly, with shots popping out, rimming off, and finding new, creative ways not to go down.

But the Wolves kept shooting, and eventually found their groove, pushing an 8-0 first quarter lead out to 14-0 before Chimacum finally banked home a shot with five minutes left in the second frame.

If the Cowboys were thinking of celebrating that bucket, they didn’t have time to, however, as Coupeville promptly closed out the half with a 20-0 run.

Daniel Olson and Grady Rickner, who would later in the night swing up to make their first varsity appearances of the season, both banged away for six points during the surge.

Things continued to go all Coupeville, all the time in the second half, as the Wolves responded to Chimacum opening the third quarter with a three-ball by closing the game with a 25-7 surge.

A running clock made things a little less painful for the Cowboys, and Smith did his best to limit his team’s shots and spread out the offense in the late going.

Olson finished with a game-high 14, outscoring Chimacum by himself, while Logan Martin singed the nets for 10, and Alex Murdy and Rickner knocked down eight apiece.

Also getting into the scorebook were Sage Downes (6), Alex Jimenez (6), Cody Roberts (4), and Chris Ruck (3).

Jimenez accounted for two of Coupeville’s three successful shots from behind the three-point arc, while Ruck scored for the first time this season, earning a roar from a pro-Chris crowd.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves were Miles Davidson, TJ Rickner, and Andrew Aparicio, with all three hitting the boards (and sometimes the floor) with great intensity.

Coupeville’s young guns play three games this week, with all at home. Up next is Port Townsend Thursday, then Nooksack Valley Saturday.

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Daniel Olson netted 12 points Wednesday as Coupeville’s JV shredded Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Have basketball, will score.

Led by the one-two combo of Grady Rickner and Daniel Olson, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team scorched the nets Wednesday en route to another win.

Leading from start to finish, the Wolves rolled to a 56-37 non-conference victory at Friday Harbor, lifting their record to a crisp 3-1 on the season.

Rickner was in a groove all night, tossing in points in every quarter as he dropped a game-high 19 into the scoring column.

The Wolf sophomore rattled the rims for three in the first quarter, then went uphill from there, adding four, five, and seven in the ensuing frames.

Rickner netted a trio of three-balls along the way, while Alex Jimenez and Alex Murdy also hit from behind the arc.

Olson finished in double digits as well, dumping in six of his 12 points during Coupeville’s 18-point fourth quarter assault on the net.

Murdy (7), Cody Roberts (6), Jimenez (5), TJ Rickner (5), and Sage Downes (2) rounded out a well-balanced offensive attack, with Miles Davidson and Logan Martin also seeing floor time.

Chris Smith’s high-flying squad returns to action this weekend, as Coupeville hosts Concrete Friday, then hits the road to Seattle Saturday to play The Bush School.

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Sage Downes had a game-high 10 points Tuesday as the Coupeville JV won at Darrington. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Balanced scoring carried the day.

With eight of 10 players putting the ball in the bucket Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team roared to a 42-18 win at Darrington.

The non-conference victory, coming on opening night of the 2019-2020 season, kicks things off with a bang.

Coupeville came out firing, leading 10-5 at the first break, with Sage Downes peppering the Loggers defense for a quick six points.

The Wolf junior was lights-out from behind the three-point arc in the early going, netting all of his first quarter points thanks to a pair of sweet three-balls.

From there, the Wolves, guided by the steady hand of coach Chris Smith, continued to push the lead out.

Up 16-8 at the halftime break, CHS busted things open with a 13-2 run in the third, with Downes and Miles Davidson each dropping in four points to spark the surge.

A 13-8 fourth quarter, with six different Wolves scoring, put a nice cap on things.

Downes went to the locker room as the leading scorer, tallying 10 points, while the trio of Daniel Olson, Grady Rickner, and Davidson banked home eight apiece.

Alex Jimenez, TJ Rickner, Alex Murdy, and Cody Roberts rounded out the scoring attack with two points apiece, while Chris Ruck and Logan Martin also saw floor time.

The Wolves get right back at it in less than 24 hours, with a much-shorter trip to Oak Harbor set for Wednesday night.

Coupeville’s home opener, against Orcas Island, is Saturday.

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Sophomore hurler Daniel Olson struck out seven in five innings Monday as Coupeville won its fifth-straight game and clinched a playoff berth. (Photo by Karen Carlson)

Mission: accomplished.

At least the first part of the mission, that is.

Never losing faith after an 0-12 start to the season, the Coupeville High School baseball squad has bounced back to win five straight and clinch a playoff berth.

The latest victory came Monday afternoon, as the Wolves dodged rain drops and visiting Granite Falls to nab a 6-5 win in extra innings.

When Matt Hilborn’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth plated Mason Grove, it all came together for CHS.

Now 5-8 in North Sound Conference play, 5-12 overall, the Wolves clinch their league’s #4 playoff seed and are guaranteed a trip to bi-districts.

They’ll join Cedar Park Christian (12-1, 16-2), South Whidbey (11-2, 16-2), and King’s (7-5, 8-9), while Granite Falls (2-11, 4-14) and Sultan (1-11, 1-16) get no postseason love this spring.

The four NSC teams will clash with three teams from the Northwest Conference and two from the Emerald City League, with four of the nine advancing to state.

Coupeville, after wrapping up the regular season with two more games against Granite — Wednesday on the road and Friday at home on Senior Night — open bi-districts May 4 on a neutral field at Sehome High School.

Win at least one of two games that day, and the Wolves live to play again May 11.

To see the bi-district bracket, pop over to:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2913&sport=6

Monday’s game was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams exchanging leads several times, before treating fans to free baseball.

After Wolf starting pitcher Daniel Olson slipped out of a jam in the first inning, using the first of his seven strikeouts to muzzle the Tigers, Coupeville struck for two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Hilborn bashed a lead-off double, and Granite helped mightily, committing three of their eventual six errors in just a single inning.

The lead held up for a bit, even though Coupeville left a golden scoring opportunity unanswered in the bottom of the second inning.

The Wolves had a runner 90 feet away from pay-dirt after Shane Losey ripped a one-out triple, but the senior was left clamped to the bag as Granite’s pitcher wiggled away from danger like a worm evading a plunging hawk.

Sparked by their miracle escape, the visitors finally got their bats going, pinging shots to all fields as they piled up four runs during a third-inning rally.

But there was no break in the spirit of the Wolves, just a deep commitment to rallying time and again.

A two-run double off the bat of Ulrik Wells in the fourth inning knotted the game back up at 4-4, before CHS pushed a run across in the fifth to reclaim the lead.

The tie-breaker came courtesy singles from Hilborn and Hawthorne Wolfe and two more errors by the shaky Granite defense.

With their season hanging by a thread, the Tigers refused to go down easy, rallying for one last run in the top of the seventh to set up the nerve-wracking finale.

In the end, Coupeville punched its playoff ticket with a mix of grit, big plays and stellar work by young and old.

Freshman relief ace Cody Roberts stranded Granite’s go-ahead run at second base in the top of the eighth, closing things with a big strikeout before inducing an inning-ending ground-out.

Taking immediate advantage, the Wolves primed the stage with back-to-back walks by Grove and Losey, which brought Hilborn, once a bright-eyed youngster, but now a grizzled vet, to the plate.

Capping a four-hit day, the senior standout tattooed the ball out where Granite had no chance to make a play, sending himself and his team into the postseason.

Coupeville, which has been torrid at the plate during its winning streak, banged out nine hits on the afternoon.

Hilborn had a double and three singles to lead the way, while Losey (3B), Wells (2B), Bryce Payne (1B), Wolfe (1B), and Dane Lucero (1B) all added base-knocks.

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