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Capri Anter, ready to destroy the hopes and dreams of rival pitchers. (Allison Scarpo photos)

The final game doesn’t tell the entire story.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad is a high-flying group of talented young women, with bright diamond futures ahead of them.

So, while Thursday’s season-ending 28-9 loss to a red-hot Sedro-Woolley squad hurts, it’s a bump in the road, and not the end of the journey.

The Wolves, who finish 13-6 this season after being knocked out of the District 11 tourney, will be back.

Central Whidbey won’t be going to the state championships this time — Sedro claims that ticket thanks to Thursday’s win at Rhododendron Park — but the prairie powerhouses have much to look forward to in years to come.

“The girls came a long way this year and will continue to develop,” said Wolf coach Aaron Lucero. “Excited to see them grow in the future.

“Always tough when a season ends – that part never changes, but we’ll get there.”

“And just where do you think you’re going?!?!”

Central Whidbey beat Sedro during the regular season, but the visitors were locked-in during what turned into an elimination game.

“Sedro has a good core, including solid pitching, fielding, and hitting,” Lucero said. “Hats off to them.”

Lucero and fellow Wolf coach Lark Gustafson also work with the Coupeville High School softball program, and the hope is for the CWLL players to keep moving upwards together, rung by rung.

The diamond guru praised his players, and their families, for their work and commitment.

“Families (were) all supportive,” Lucero said. “Really one of the best groups of parents I’ve ever had, and I think this is my 15th year coaching.”

One team, one dream.

Thursday’s game wasn’t a blowout until the end, as Central Whidbey hung tough through the first two innings.

The Wolves pushed across a pair of runs in the first, then plated seven runners in the second, trailing just 12-9 at that point.

The killer was the third frame, however, as Sedro erupted for 16 runs, eventually forcing the mercy rule to be enacted.

Haylee Armstrong and Capri Anter paced Central Whidbey, both scoring twice, while Sydney Van Dyke, Adeline Maynes, Alison Powers, Cameron Van Dyke, and Emma Cushman also tapped home plate.

Michelle Michaud, Chelsi Stevens, Rhylin Price, Ava Lucero, and Amelia Crowder complete the Wolf roster.

“On to next season!”

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(Photos by JohnsPhotos.net, Michele Murdy, and Megan Somes)

One night, two teams, one dream.

The Coupeville High School basketball squads take the floor Thursday night in their home gym, with La Conner the opponent, and District 1/2 titles (and berths to the state tourney) the goal.

The Wolf girls tip at 5:15, boys at 7:00.

As Coupeville prepares to bring the heat, a go-get-’em from some of their most-fervent fans.

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Abby Mulholland powers to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Middle school hoops players hype up high school stars Grady Rickner and Caleb Meyer. (Megan Somes photo)

Big games, big moments.

Six teams enter the District 1/2 basketball tournament — which starts Tuesday in Coupeville — with two teams guaranteed of punching a ticket to state.

There’s a possibility as many as four area teams will advance to the big dance, though things will have to play out perfectly for that to happen.

The setup for districts calls for four games in the CHS gym.

After that, the district title winners are state-bound, while the runner-ups hit the road for loser-out, winner-to-state games with schools in other districts.

What you need to know before tip-off:



District 1/2 basketball tourney



Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 15 and 17



Coupeville High School (501 S Main)



Tickets can be purchased two ways – online or at the door.

No regular season passes are accepted, as playoff money goes to the districts, and not the school hosting the tourney.

Ticket sales at the door are CASH only.

To purchase online, scan the barcode in the photo above, or pop over to the GoFan link at:


You select the game and date, then bring your phone with you to the game. The ticket taker will hit redeem on the screen, stamp your hand, and you’re cleared to enter.




Coupeville girls vs. Auburn Adventist (5:15) – LOSER OUT
La Conner boys vs. Auburn Adventist (7:00) – LOSER OUT



La Conner girls vs. Coupeville/Auburn winner (5:15) – WINNER TO STATE
Coupeville boys vs. La Conner/Auburn winner (7:00) – WINNER TO STATE








Team capsules:



Auburn Adventist Academy

Season record: 7-10

League: 1B/2B SeaTac

Trips to state: None

Fast fact: Eight of 11 players are freshmen

Coach: Jessie Plecker

Seniors: Caitlyn Walter

Mascot: Falcons



Season record: 8-7

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: Seven (Most recent: 2016)

Fast fact: Assistant coach Cherie Smith has worked the Wolf bench with both her husband (Willie) and daughter

Coach: Megan Smith

Seniors: Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Abby Mulholland, Audrianna Shaw, Izzy Wells

Mascot: Wolves


La Conner

Season record: 19-1

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: 13 (Most recent: 2020)

Fast fact: Only loss was 45-43 to 4A Eastlake, which is 19-2

Coach: Scott Novak

Seniors: Sarah Cook, Rachel Cram, Aubrie Sloniker, Juna Swanson

Mascot: Braves



Auburn Adventist Academy

Season record: 9-7

League: 1B/2B SeaTac

Trips to state: None

Fast fact: Was supposed to play La Conner in December, but non-conference game was cancelled

Coach: Angel Ogando

Seniors: Joshua Bruce, Stephen Ellis

Mascot: Falcons



Season record: 15-0

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: Five (Most recent: 1988)

Fast fact: Only unbeaten 2B boys team in state

Coach: Brad Sherman

Seniors: Bennett Boyles, Miles Davidson, Logan Martin, Caleb Meyer, Xavier Murdy, Grady Rickner, Hawthorne Wolfe

Mascot: Wolves


La Conner

Season record: 6-12

League: Northwest 2B/1B League

Trips to state: 42 (Most recent: 2019)

Fast fact: Beat Friday Harbor 48-38 Saturday in tie-breaker game to earn playoff berth

Coach: CJ Woods

Seniors: Ace Baker, Cameron Burks, Jahrel Cayou, Josh Denton, Haydin Dinnuis, Collin Joe, Quentin Kaubin, Luke Marble, Spencer Olson, Miles Sidzyik, Mason Wilson

Mascot: Braves

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Logan Downes and Coupeville will carry a #1 seed into the playoffs. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf boys, some seen here, are 14-0 heading into their regular season finale.

They get by with a little help from their rivals.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team didn’t take the court Wednesday night, but still achieved a major goal thanks to another squad.

Friday Harbor’s 66-41 win at La Conner guarantees the Wolves are the #1 seed to next week’s District 1/2 tourney and sends CHS straight to the tournament’s title game.

Coupeville, which has already won the Northwest 2B/1B League title, is 14-0 heading into its regular season finale Thursday at La Conner.

Playoff seeding, however, is determined by how the league’s three 2B schools do in games against each other.

The Wolves are 3-0 in that mini rumble entering their finale, while Wednesday’s loss drops La Conner to 1-2.

Friday Harbor, which was playing for its postseason life, is now 1-3, having split the season series with the Braves while being swept by Coupeville.

If CHS bounces La Conner Thursday — the Wolves won 54-26 first time out — the Braves and Friday Harbor will face off in a play-in game to decide the #2 boys seed from the NWL.

The district tournament, which is set to go down in Coupeville, opens Feb. 15 with Auburn Adventist playing the NWL #2 seeds in loser-out games.

The winners return to the CHS gym Feb. 17 for championship games, where the Wolf boys and (very likely) La Conner girls will await.

Win a district title and you also clinch a trip to the state tourney.

The losers of the district title games get a second crack at earning a ticket to the big dance.

The boys runner-up faces a team from District 4, while the girls runner-up squares off with a District 6 squad in winner-to-state, loser-out games either Feb. 19 or 20.

Coupeville’s league title was its first for the boys program since 2002, when current head coach Brad Sherman was still raining three-balls as a player.

The lone district title in program history came in 1970, while the last time the Wolf boys made it to state was 1988.

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Lucy Tenore and Coupeville volleyball split a pair of matches Wednesday at districts, falling a win shy of a trip to state. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s one roadblock in their way, but it’s a fairly-imposing one.

Since returning to 2B with the 2020-2021 school year, the Coupeville High School volleyball team has gone 17-9 overall, 16-5 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

But, standing in the way of the Wolves is La Conner, which is 18-0 this season and rolling to a possible third-straight state crown.

After falling to the Braves Wednesday in the District 1/2 tourney championship match, the Wolves are 0-6 against La Conner the past two seasons, 17-3 against the rest of the world.

Those other three defeats came in non-conference bouts against 1A schools, leaving the Braves as the only 2B team Coupeville has lost to since returning to the classification.

Wednesday night’s district tourney, a three-team affair held at La Conner, opened with Coupeville facing off with Auburn Adventist Academy.

The Wolves controlled things from start to finish against the only 2B school from the 1B Sea-Tac League, winning 25-15, 25-20, 25-13.

But, after a short break, Coupeville, which was playing without setter and team captain Maddie Georges, was unable to slow down La Conner’s roll.

The Braves cruised to a 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 victory to earn the lone ticket to the state tourney, which runs Nov. 11-12 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Coupeville finishes 11-6, the fifth time in six seasons the Wolves have won 11 or more matches under coach Cory Whitmore.

The only blip on that record came last season, when Covid allowed CHS to play just nine times.

Wednesday’s opening match came against a foe Coupeville had no familiarity with, but the Wolves adjusted quickly.

“It was a fun win against Auburn Adventist,” Whitmore said. “Our serve receive was very consistent and ahead of the ball the entire match.

“This allowed Katie Marti to deliver some really well-delivered sets to our hitters,” he added. “Katie got better every day this season, and, when her chance came, she was ready, and I’m proud of her patient growth.”

Marti, a freshman, stepped in for Georges, who was ill, and held up extremely well at a high-pressure position.

Katie got the ball really well to our middles (Jill Prince and Olivia Schaffeld), who hit for a high efficiency,” Whitmore said.

Lyla Stuurmans (on the outside) had a strong performance hitting edges of the ball really well,” he added. “We controlled a lot of free balls sent our way because of our well-placed and tough serving game.”

Lyla Stuurmans was one of four freshmen to play varsity this season.

The nightcap was largely what the Wolves expected, as they came hard on every ball, but had trouble with the overwhelming power at La Conner’s disposal.

“They make you really earn your points, and while our serving was still strong, they have offensive weapons to send it back,” Whitmore said. “Again, our passing was pretty strong and our energy picked up as the match went on.”

La Conner loses six seniors, though the state’s best 2B player, Ellie Marble, still has a season left to wear a Braves uniform.

By contrast, Coupeville can return its entire roster next year, as the Wolves have no seniors and played four freshmen, two sophomores, and six juniors this season.

Half of the starting lineup Wednesday — Stuurmans, Marti, and Savina Wells — are just 9th graders.

“All-in-all, happy for the girls and this season, getting back to being played in the fall,” Whitmore said.

“We look forward to the fact we don’t have one senior, and will make some aggressive moves in the off-season building upon a strong foundation of experience this season.”


Wednesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 17 digs, 5 aces
Taygin Jump — 5 digs
Ryanne Knoblich — 6 digs
Katie Marti 
— 3 kills, 11 digs, 36 assists, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 1 kill
Jill Prince — 11 kills, 1 dig
Olivia Schaffeld 
— 7 kills, 5 digs, 2 assists, 1 block assist, 1 ace
Lyla Stuurmans
— 7 kills, 9 digs, 1 block assist
Lucy Tenore — 8 kills, 3 digs
Savina Wells — 4 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces

Jill Prince led the Wolves in kills during her junior season.

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