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Chelsea Prescott delivered a big-time performance Thursday, leading Coupeville to a straight-sets win at Darrington. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ryanne Knoblich scrapes a ball off the floor.

Back in a groove.

A match after being roughed-up by two-time defending state champ La Conner, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad was ready to rumble Thursday night.

Invading Darrington, the fired-up Wolves chopped down the Loggers, felling their foes 25-20, 25-14, 25-16.

The straight-sets victory, Coupeville’s second-straight on the road, lifts it to 2-1 on the season heading into a home clash Saturday with Mount Vernon Christian.

With a day of practice in between the La Conner and Darrington tilts, the Wolves were able to refocus, said coach Cory Whitmore.

“Much, much better showing last night against Darrington,” he said. “After a very focused and productive practice on Wednesday, I was very pleased to see our response in the immediate game following, and on the road no less.

“The goal was to keep control of the game’s energy and tempo, and remain focused from warmups through the final point, and this team did just that.”

Coupeville got something of value from everyone on the floor, but senior Chelsea Prescott was the undeniable focal point of the evening.

Combining grace with savage power, she whacked 13 kills, delivered six service aces, went low for 10 digs, and even found time to climb high for an emphatic block.

Chelsea had herself a game,” Whitmore said. “She was as focused as I’ve ever seen her and contributed basically in each statistical category.

“The game seemed to unfold out as exactly as she wanted it to,” he added. “Adding six aces to a double-double is a dominating performance.”

Strong work came from everyone in a CHS uniform, with sophomore setter Maddie Georges kick-starting the offense with nimble passing.

Maddie G. did a great job of getting Chelsea the ball on her fluid hitting routes,” Whitmore said. “But then just as impressive, Chels moved the ball around with her shots.

“Both outside attackers did a great job with Kylie (Chernikoff) also taking a lot of the serve receptions and pulling in a team-high 11 digs,” he added.

“This allowed Maddie G. to find the best available hitter in transition. Maddie Vondrak’s .308 hitting efficiency was important as well, and, as always, she sparked the team with each kill.”

Chernikoff finished with eight kills and a team-high 11 digs, while Vondrak mashed six kills of her own.

Georges doled out a season-high 27 assists to go with four digs, with Lucy Tenore (six service aces, two kills), Jill Prince (two kills), Jaimee Masters (seven digs, three aces), Abby Mulholland (two aces), and Ryanne Knoblich (four digs) all piling up stats.

Coupeville was very-efficient at the service stripe, with 17 aces (including three in a row from Masters), with just six service errors.

“I’m very happy to see that as a team, we remained fairly low-error. But, almost more importantly, we grew in our knowledge of what it meant to be focused and execute a game plan, in addition to keeping the energy high internally,” Whitmore said.

“Our leaders were big tonight in that regard, and then each player to see the court contributed about exactly what we needed from them.

“With a condensed season, it is important to have a group of quick learners, and so we will keep pushing this energy.”

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Coupeville freshman Allison Nastali played strongly Thursday, sparking the Wolf JV spikers to a tense three-set road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Grit and guts.

Pushed to the edge Thursday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad rallied for a huge road win, showcasing the resolve of the young Wolves.

It was edge-of-your-seat time in Darrington, as the road warriors from Cow Town pulled out a 25-8, 22-25, 16-14 thriller.

The win lifts the CHS spikers to 2-1 on the season, heading into a Saturday match at home against Mount Vernon Christian.

A day after her 20th birthday, Coupeville JV coach Ashley Menges got a big present from her team, as they dug down deep and played the way their leader did back when she wore a Wolf uniform.

“They played great in the first set,” Menges said. “Energy was high, everyone was playing very consistent, and they played well as a unit.”

Then came a brief detour into the wrong side of town, setting up the third-set rally.

“Second set Darrington came back with a vengeance, which was expected, but we just got too comfortable,” Menges said.

“Third set was also good, coming back from being in a deficit but overall was a great game, and a great way to respond from our previous game and our practice.”

Freshman Allison Nastali drew praise from her coach, as did several of her teammates.

Allison did great being put in a new position and was very consistent on her serve!,” Menges said. “Olivia (Schaffeld) and Grey (Peabody) had some great swings in the middle as well.

“And Maya (Lucero) and Jordyn (Rogers) were very consistent on the outside attack.”

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Undefeated and ready to roll. (Jackie Saia photo)

One team to rule them all.

Handily winning a battle of the last two undefeated teams in the Northwest 2B/1B League Tuesday, the Coupeville High School softball squad improved to a fairly flawless 4-0 on the season.

The Wolves got there by clubbing host Darrington 11-4 behind another dazzling pitching performance from Izzy Wells.

The junior ace whiffed seven of the nine hitters she faced, then stepped aside and let sophomore Gwen Gustafson make her high school debut in the pitcher’s circle.

Up big early, the Wolves also went to their bench, giving Sofia Peters, Melanie Navarro, and McKenna Somes their first varsity action of the pandemic-shortened season.

Darrington came into play Tuesday sitting at 2-0, but Coupeville, playing on the road for the first time, was more than ready.

The Wolves eked out two runs in the first, then peppered the Loggers for another four in the second, adding three more in the third to build a 9-0 lead.

CHS coach Kevin McGranahan flipped out Wells for Gustafson, gave his young guns quality playing time, and coasted in for the win.

Darrington chipped away a bit at the end, but not enough to get back into the game.

“We got a little sloppy on defense, but it never really mattered,” McGranahan said.

The diamond guru kept several key players such as senior Chelsea Prescott on the field to provide leadership, and the veterans responded as expected.

Chelsea played great when she got a chance, with a leaping catch in deep shortstop to end the game,” McGranahan said.

Coupeville spread its hits out, racking up 11 base-knocks, including doubles from Prescott, Wells, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Maya Lucero.

Wells and Mollie Bailey led the way with two hits each, while Audrianna Shaw, Gustafson, Bella Whalen, and Heidi Meyers all collected singles.

Coral Caveness picked up a walk and scored, as well.

Coupeville, which has outscored its foes 34-10 this season, returns to action with a pair of games this weekend.

The Wolves island-jump Friday, when they’ll face defending league champ Friday Harbor (2-2), before having a home game Saturday against Concrete.

The second of those games was originally scheduled as a road trip, but has been flipped, with the March 26 game against Concrete sliding from a home game to a road game.

Saturday’s home game starts at 1 PM.

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Jonathan Valenzuela cracked a triple and a single Tuesday, part of a 15-hit, 13-run explosion for Coupeville. (Morgan White photos)

The bats were hummin’.

Pounding out 15 hits in the shadow of the mountains Tuesday, the Coupeville High School baseball squad demolished host Darrington 13-0 in a game called after five innings.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 3-1 and puts them a half-game out of first-place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

And CHS will get an (almost) immediate chance to do something about that, as it hits the road Friday for a trip to play Friday Harbor (3-0), with the winner claiming the top rung in the standings.

If Coupeville rakes Friday like it did Tuesday, it should be advantage Wolves all the way.

On the road for the first time in this pandemic-shortened season, CHS jumped on Darrington from the first batter, and never let up.

That leadoff slugger, junior captain Hawthorne Wolfe, whacked a single to light the fire, one of five base-knocks collected during a nine-batter, four-run opening frame.

Scott Hilborn, Jonathan Valenzuela, starting pitcher Daniel Olson, and Cody Roberts followed with hits of their own, setting Darrington’s players back on their collective heels.

It didn’t stop there, as the Wolves tacked on three more runs in the second, two in the third, and a final four-spot in the top of the fifth.

Big blows came from Valenzuela, who rocked an RBI triple, and Hilborn, who bashed a two-bagger during the final rally.

With plenty of runs in the books, Olson teamed up with Valenzuela to blunt any chance Darrington had at the plate.

Daniel Olson was lights-out on the hill while pitching in Darrington.

The two combined to notch 10 strikeouts, while allowing just two runners to get on base all afternoon.

The Loggers eked out a single in the second inning, and a walk in the fourth, but that was it, as their lumber declined to do any big choppin’ this day.

Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, and Hilborn paced the Wolf offense, each collecting three hits, while Valenzuela, Olson, and Roberts picked up a pair apiece.

Olson was a frequent visitor to first base, earning two walks to go with his two hits.

Also seeing action for Coupeville on the road trip were Sage Sharp, Seth Woollet, Cole White, Peyton Caveness, Zane Oldenstadt, and Coen Killian.

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Sophomore Izzy Wells knocked down nine points Tuesday as Coupeville’s varsity girls opened the season with a road win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With eight more points, senior Scout Smith moved into a tie for 75th place on the Wolf girls career scoring chart.

New coach, same result.

The last time the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad squared off with Darrington, it was the 2014-2015 season and David King was in the third campaign of what would be a seven-year run at the head of the bench.

Jump forward to Tuesday night, and the Wolves and Loggers got back at it, with new CHS head coach Scott Fox making his debut in the hot seat.

Like his predecessor, the new hoops guru emerged with a win, this time to the tune of 42-35.

The non-conference opening night victory comes against a school Coupeville will play a lot more in the future.

When the Wolves drop from 1A to 2B with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the programs will clash on a regular basis as members of the Northwest League.

With nine of Coupeville’s 13 varsity players underclassmen, including seven who are only freshmen or sophomores, Tuesday’s tilt was a nice primer for the future.

And, playing on the road, the Wolves proved resilient under fire, breaking open a game which was knotted 17-17 at the half.

Coupeville spread the love out in the second half, with eight different Wolves scoring, but two players at different spots in their careers stood tallest.

Sophomore Izzy Wells, moving into the starting lineup for the first time, and senior point guard Scout Smith, combined for 13 of their team’s 25 second-half points.

For the game, Wells led a very-balanced attack, rattling home nine points, while Smith tallied eight and Chelsea Prescott and Maddie Georges notched seven apiece.

Carolyn Lhamon (3), Avalon Renninger (3), Hannah Davidson (2), Audrianna Shaw (2), and Tia Wurzrainer (1) also scored.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Mollie Bailey, Nezi Keiper, and Anya Leavell also played, in a game where five Wolves were making their varsity debut.

CHS is playing three freshmen (Georges, Keiper, and Lhamon), while sophomores Shaw and Van Velkinburgh made the jump from last year’s JV squad.

With a win in the bank, the young Wolves head up the Island Wednesday to face 3A Oak Harbor, then host Orcas Island — another future Northwest League rival — Saturday afternoon.

For Coupeville and its new head coach, it’s win and move on, rinse and repeat.

“I was very happy with the effort,” Fox said. “We need to work some kinks out, but we’re excited for starting out with a win.”

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