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Joshua Stockdale crashes to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The gym came alive.

Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball made its home debut Tuesday and wanderin’ photographer John Fisken was on hand to collect the first images of a new season.

The photos above and below, which are a mixture of action and team pics, are just the tip of the iceberg, however.

To see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some Christmas gifts for the grandparents, pop over to:


Rebound machine Davin Houston dares you to try and take the ball away.

Mad bomber Cyrus Sparacio slices ‘n dices the defense.

Kenneth Jacobsen soars to the rafters to win the tip.

Jon Roberts is a stern, but fair, taskmaster.

Spoiler: they will get loud if necessary.

Wyatt Fitch-Marron floats like a butterfly, and stings like a bee.


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Coupeville Middle School 6th grader Liam Lawson is here to singe the basketball nets, just like mom Kassie and aunts Kayla and Katie did back in the day. (Photo courtesy Kassie O’Neil)

Use every step to build for the future.

There will be stumbles along the way, but the key is to focus on the positives, while being mentally strong enough to identify and work on correcting the negatives.

That’s the mission for this year’s batch of Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball players, a collection of hoops stars who don’t have much on-court experience as a group but do have a burning desire to keep on growing.

Some days, like Tuesday’s home opener against visiting Lakewood, are bound to be rough.

The Cougars funnel players to a 2A high school, while the Wolves will be competing two rungs below that — at the 2B level — when they cross the gym hallway and become high school athletes.

That means Lakewood has a lot more bodies at its disposal, and a lot more players with prior hoops experience.

As a group, the Cougars are currently faster, tougher, more tenacious, and more skilled at things like snatching rebounds, running offensive sets, and playing heads-up defense than the still-developing Wolves.

But this is how you learn.

So, while Coupeville lost all three games Tuesday, and by fairly large margins, you hope once the lopsided scores vanish from the scoreboard, they partially fade from memory.

All I’m going to say here is that all three tilts went to a running clock, which happens in middle school basketball when you trail by 30 points,

But otherwise, I’m choosing to redact the final tallies.

Instead of dwelling on the score, we’ll focus on the moments players and coaches should remember.

Like when Wyatt Fitch-Marron went sliding across the floor, face-first, surfing the hardwood as he and a rival player fought for a loose ball.

The young Wolf bounced back to his feet, brushed off any pain from bouncing across the floor, and charged right back into the fray, even as mom and grandma (and a few other fans) gasped and winced.

Or we can stop to appreciate a solid move for a bucket in the day’s opening game from Joshua Stockdale.

Taking the ball down low and rolling through the paint for a layup to (momentarily) halt the Lakewood scoring express, it bodes well for the future.

The same with Cyrus Sparacio drilling the bottom of the net out with a three-ball from the top, then flexing for his fan club, or Riley Lawless swishing a sweet pull-up jumper in the paint while surrounded by defenders.

Young Coupeville players like Liam Lawson and Chayse Van Velkinburgh played with passion, driving the ball again and again into the heart of the storm, even while being smacked by a forest of Lakewood arms.

And shine a light on the Joltin’ Jacobsen brothers, as both Kenneth and Johnathan brought maximum effort to the floor, chasing after rebounds and poking balls away from the Cougar sharpshooters.

From Charles Hart to Hunter Atteberry, from Zach Blitch to Jacobs Meadors and Khanor Jump, the Wolves couldn’t be faulted for their effort, their hustle, and their desire.

The heart is there, and the skill will follow.

Tuesday also saw two more Wolves net their first points of the season, as Nic Laska and Stockdale each banked home a bucket.

That puts 14 Coupeville players in the scoring column two games into an eight-game season.

Games pick back up after the Thanksgiving break, with the Wolves heading to the wilds of Sultan Nov. 29, before hosting King’s Dec. 1.


Season scoring stats:

Cyrus Sparacio – 13
Carson Grove – 10
Jayden McManus – 10
Riley Lawless – 6
Chayse Van Velkinburgh – 5
Jacob Barajas – 4
Brantley Campbell – 4
Davin Houston – 3
Sage Arends – 2
Nic Laska – 2
Liam Lawson – 2
Nathan Niewald – 2
Joshua Stockdale – 2
Dylan Robinett – 1

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Davin Houston (right) and Coupeville Middle School basketball kicked off a new season Thursday at Langley. (Alia Houston photo)

The shoes are squeaking on the hardwood once more.

Basketball is back in action, with the Coupeville Middle School boys’ hoops stars first to take the floor in a competitive game.

Facing off with next-door neighbor South Whidbey down in Langley Thursday, the Wolves held their own, coming within a bucket or two of winning two of three.

While the Cougars ultimately swept all three games, it was a strong start for a CMS program featuring a considerable chunk of players who are fairly new to the sport.

The Wolves put 12 players into the scoring column on opening day.

Coupeville returns home for its next three games, hosting Lakewood (Nov. 22), Sultan (Nov. 29), and King’s (Dec. 1) as the eight-game schedule begins to unfold.

How Thursday went down:


Level 1:

The day’s most-competitive rumble, as South Whidbey surged, Coupeville rallied, then the Cougars held off the Wolves at the end for a 35-31 win.

A 12-2 run by the hosts stung CMS, as it fell behind 21-9 at the half.

The second half was a different story, however, with Coupeville going on a 13-4 tear in the third quarter before getting all the way back to knot things up at 27-27 midway through the final frame.

South Whidbey closed the game strongly, getting key buckets down the stretch, but the scrappiness shown by the Wolves bodes well for the future.

Jayden McManus banged home 10 points to lead Coupeville, while Carson Grove sank a pair of three-balls en route to an eight-point performance.

Chayse Van Velkinburgh, the lone 6th grader on the varsity, chipped in with five, while Davin Houston (3), Riley Lawless (3), and Sage Arends (2) also scored.

Coupeville’s first unit also featured appearances by Dylan Robinett, Joshua Stockdale, and Nic Laska.

Chayse Van Velkinburgh fires off a free throw. (Dustin Van Velkinburgh photo)


Level 2:

A slow start doomed Coupeville, as an 18-1 deficit after one quarter of play morphed into a 39-5 loss.

CMS clamped down on defense after that, limiting its hosts to just four points in the second quarter.

Liam Lawson and Nathan Niewald paced the Wolves, each dropping in a bucket, while Robinett rippled the nets on a free throw.

Wyatt Fitch-Marron, Charles Hart, Hunter Atteberry, and Brantley Campbell also saw floor time for CMS.


Level 3:

Take away the second quarter and Coupeville wins this one.

The Wolves held South Whidbey to just four points in every other quarter, but an 8-0 deficit in frame #2 was the difference in a 20-16 loss.

Down 12-2 at the half, CMS rallied to win the second half to a tune of 14-8, with Cyrus Sparacio going off for all of his team-high eight points in the fourth quarter.

Jacob Barajas and Campbell knocked down four points apiece in support, while Johnathan Jacobsen, Zach Blitch, Jacob Meador, Khanor Jump, Kenneth Jacobsen, and Atteberry rounded out the roster.

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Carson Grove slaps home a shot last winter. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Interest in basketball is booming.

With 27 players currently on the roster, Coupeville Middle School plans to play three boys hoops games each time out this season, instead of the original two.

Northshore Christian Academy is the lone Cascade League School which only goes two teams deep, and that matchup is a road one, meaning Wolf fans can brace for long nights when their guys are playing at home.

The season kicks off Thursday, November 17 with a trip to Langley, followed by three straight home clashes against Lakewood, Sultan, and King’s.

Coupeville’s boys, under the guidance of coaches Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson, play an eight-game schedule.

Things wrap up Dec. 14, with the CMS girls taking control of the court in the new year.

The roster as it sits today, six days out from the opening tip:


8th grade:

Sage Arends
Zachary Blitch
Charles Hart
Davin Houston
Kenneth Jacobsen
Riley Lawless
Jayden McManus
Mahkai Myles
Dylan Robinett
Joshua Stockdale


7th grade:

Jacob Barajas
Wyatt Fitch-Marron
Carson Grove
Johnathan Jacobsen
Khanor Jump
Dillin Kestner
Nicholas Laska
Roger Merino-Martinez
Nathan Niewald
Max Ohme


6th grade:

Hunter Atteberry
Brantley Campbell
Jeremiah Crusoe
Liam Lawson
Jacob Meador
Cyrus Sparacio
Chayse Van Velkinburgh

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When rival quarterbacks have nightmares, it’s because they’re dreaming about being chased down by Jonathan Valenzuela. (Davin Houston photos)

Davin Houston has skills.

On the football field, the Coupeville Middle School 8th grader is a talented player, just like older brothers Dawson and Daylon.

While Davin has to wait until next year to take the field for the high school squad, he’s spent the season as part of the program.

As he learns and prepares for his own time in the spotlight, the young Wolf has also shown a nice touch with the camera, as seen in the pics above and below.

They capture Coupeville players in the aftermath of their 43-14 win at Friday Harbor, which clinched the program’s first trip to the state tourney since 1990.

Aiden O’Neill (left) and Daylon Houston enjoy the moment.

Daylon (3) talks strategy with Dominic Coffman. “So, run right over everyone. That should work great.”

Valenzuela carries a message of love to the gridiron.

O’Neill (23) and Chase Anderson, already key contributors as freshmen.

The future’s so bright, he’s gotta wear shades.

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