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Mary Milnes is the new Student Rep for the Coupeville School Board. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mary Milnes has another impressive achievement to add to her resume.

The Coupeville High School junior, already a top scholar and solid two-sport athlete (when COVID allows her to play) is the new Student Rep to the Coupeville School Board.

Her appointment was unanimously approved Monday, and she’ll start a year-long run in the position with the February meeting.

She replaces CHS senior Drake Borden, who served during a unique time, when the ongoing pandemic forced board meetings to go entirely on-line.

While he missed out on the in-person aspect of the school board experience, he was praised by Superintendent Steve King and board members for his input.

Milnes, who plays tennis and soccer for the Wolves, applied for the position because she “wants to represent the voice of the students.”

“That’s all the students – elementary, middle school, and high school,” she added.

She has two brothers also in Coupeville schools, and plans to speak to them, friends, and other students, to get feedback on any matters which come up in board meetings.

“I want to reach out to as many people as possible,” Milnes said.

With the pandemic shutting down a lot of interpersonal contact, she plans to stay in touch with people through email, while looking forward to when sports return and she can speak in person with her teammates.

Staying active and involved in the path the school district takes is important, Milnes said while fielding questions from board members.

“I thought it was a good opportunity to voice the student’s opinion,” she said. “I want to be involved in the school’s decisions.”

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Net sensei Ken Stange and the CHS tennis team kicked off a busy week with a trip to Redmond. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a busy week for the Wolf netters.

Barring any more rain, the Coupeville High School boys tennis team is scheduled to play four matches in the next five days as they hurtle towards the end of the regular season.

While other fall sports still have as much as half their schedule to play, the netters are set to wrap up action Oct. 15, before heading to the Emerald City League championships Oct. 19.

Monday afternoon a depleted Wolf roster was on the courts in Redmond, where they fell 5-0 to Overlake in a match far closer than that score might sound.

Coupeville, now 1-9 on the season, came within a tiebreaker of winning at first and second doubles.

The Wolves, who only have a nine-man roster at full strength, were missing two players Monday, which also meant they ended up forfeiting at #2 singles.

 

Complete Monday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden lost 6-3, 6-0

2nd Singles — Forfeit

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove lost 6-2, 4-6, 10-8

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio lost 7-6(7-1), 3-6, 10-4

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Thane Peterson lost 6-1, 6-3

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Drake Borden cruised to a one-sided win at #1 singles Friday, but Coupeville fell to visiting Overlake. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It could have gone either way. Literally.

Using a late rally across the day’s final two matches Friday, Overlake flipped what could have been a 3-2 loss into a 4-1 win.

Unable to hold on to a lead in #2 singles and #2 doubles, the Coupeville High School boys tennis team watched the home match slip away, and fell to 1-4 in Emerald City League play.

“For a minute, I thought we’d pull it out,” said CHS coach Ken Stange. “We were down 2-1, but had won the first set (in the final two matches).

“If they pulled them out, we would’ve won. So close!”

Coupeville’s Drake Borden stormed to an easy win at #1 singles, his second victory in the last three days, to earn the Wolves what would turn out to be their only point.

Fellow singles player Thane Peterson and the doubles duo of Andrew Aparicio and Zach Ginnings were both a set up in their matches, but couldn’t hang on to the momentum as their bouts played out.

As long as the rain stays away, the Wolves will be busy next week, playing three times.

They travel to Bear Creek Monday, Sept. 23, host Seattle Academy Wednesday, then hit the road Friday for the short drive to South Whidbey.

 

Complete Friday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden won 6-1, 6-1

2nd Singles — Thane Peterson lost 4-6, 6-2, 10-6

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove lost 6-3, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio lost 6-7(3-7), 6-3, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Koby Schreiber lost 6-0, 6-2

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Coupeville net ace James Wood teamed with Mason Grove to win at #1 doubles Friday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

On the court, it was a tie.

Playing tough against a high-quality private school Friday, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad split two of the four contested matches.

The difference in a 3-2 loss to visiting Eastside Prep was #2 singles, where the Wolves had to forfeit for a second-straight match while waiting for an eighth player to get enough practices in to be eligible.

While the loss drops Coupeville to 0-2 in Emerald City League play, there were positives to be found.

The Wolves picked up their wins at #1 and #2 doubles, with top duo James Wood and Mason Grove winning for the first time, while Zach Ginnings and Andrew Aparicio improved to 2-0 on the still-young season.

Mason and James played a really good team, but our guys stayed calm,” said CHS coach Ken Stange. “They didn’t hit hard all the time. I was impressed with their outing.

Zach and Andrew played a pretty good team as well,” he added. “They are relentless. Even when they’ve gotten down in a set, they bounce back. They have a good balance between them.”

While Coupeville dropped #3 doubles and #1 singles, both matches featured stellar shot-making.

Koby (Schreiber) and Thane (Peterson) got closer today,” Stange said. “They kept fighting and nearly won the second set.

Drake (Borden) ran into a ninth grader that knocks the fuzz off the ball,” he added. “Drake played well, but the EP kid is a seasoned tournament player.”

 

Complete Friday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden lost to Amar Kumar 6-1, 6-2

2nd Singles — CHS forfeits

1st Doubles — James Wood/Mason Grove beat Steven Pei/Max Goetzman 6-2, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Andrew Aparicio beat Chase Crain/Drew Goetzman 6-2, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Thane Peterson/Koby Schreiber lost to Zubin Oommen/Albert Chen 6-2, 6-4

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Thane Peterson lunges into action. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zach Ginnings fires up a serve.

Drake Borden unleashes his full fury.

Mason Grove slaps another winner.

The rackets have been unleashed.

With Wednesday’s match-up against South Whidbey in the books, the Coupeville High School boys tennis team is officially off and running.

Helping document the start of a new season was John Fisken, who wandered down from the north to pop off some court-side shots.

To see everything he snapped, head over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Tennis-2019-2020/BT-2019-09-11-South-Whidbey-at-Coupeville/

A percentage of any purchases comes back around, helping fund college scholarships given to CHS senior student/athletes come graduation time.

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