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Scott Hilborn has places to be, and yards to pile up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf line gets ready to mash people.

“I said … stay down, man!!”

Wolf QB Nathan Ginnings, eyes always moving, prepares to make some magic.

Coupeville fans fight a stirring, but losing, battle with the late-afternoon sun.

It was then, as he delivered a flawless Darth Vader-style Force Choke, that William Davidson’s coaches began to wonder if he had truly gone to the Dark Side.

When the sun comes out, so does the big camera.

Noted photo bug John Fisken was in Coupeville Wednesday, taking advantage of the balmy weather to snap pics at two different events.

The one you’re currently looking at is a middle school football clash between the Wolves and visiting Sultan.

To see everything Fisken shot in his day out in the (not so) big city, pop over to:


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Nathan Ginnings (1) and Nicholas Guay are ready for kick-off. (Charlotte Young photo)

Scott Hilborn (7) streaks for yardage. (Gary Shelly photo)

Your 2018 Coupeville Middle School football squad. (Michael Davidson photo)

One step at a time.

With a roster low in numbers and jam-packed with 7th graders making their gridiron debut, new Coupeville Middle School football coach Brett Casey is operating very much in teaching mode right now.

While Wednesday’s home opener against Sultan was a bit rough at times — with the Turks using a considerable size advantage to run their way through the Wolf line en route to a 41-0 win — progress was made.

“It was the first game our kids got to hit someone else besides their teammates,” Casey said. “First time we’ve gotten to play 11-on-11 as well, after practicing mostly 6-on-6, or 7-on-7.

“You can see them starting to come together, which is what we want to see.”

Coupeville has 14 players, and all but one were able to play Wednesday, with a couple making a sizable impact.

Scott Hilborn, younger brother of CHS standout Matt, was the primary offensive weapon for the Wolves, and he did his best to slash through the Sultan defense.

His best run came on Coupeville’s first offensive play, as Hilborn cut back, then shot down the right sideline, popping a couple of defenders in the mouth as he rambled for 26 yards.

While the opening drive failed to get into the end zone, it was the longest, most consistent stretch the Wolves put together on offense, with Hilborn and Dominic Coffman sharing running duties.

CMS stayed mostly on the ground, though Alex Murdy snagged a second-half screen pass under great duress, pulling the ball in while he had two defenders draped all over him.

Nathan Ginnings and Hilborn rotated behind center, keeping Sultan guessing as to who would take the snap.

While Sultan pounded away for six touchdowns, the Turk scores came courtesy of their strong play, and not Wolf errors.

The Coupeville defense, other than one play in which Sultan pulled off a 60-yard catch-and-run for a score on the final play of the first half, did a decent job of tracking down the guy with the ball and laying down some hits.

The best stand by the Wolves came on Sultan’s second possession, when they forced the Turks to turn over the ball on downs.

Owen Shelly got things started when he obliterated the hapless soul who was supposed to be blocking him.

Roaring up on the Turk QB like a freight train going downhill with no brakes, Shelly pounced on the rival gunslinger, flinging him to the turf for a solid five-yard loss.

Sparked by his play, his teammates pulled off back-to-back sweet take-downs.

Coffman, tabbed “The Dominator” by CMS Athletic Director Willie Smith, flattened a Turk runner several steps behind the line, before Murdy chased down the QB for a sack.

The game’s biggest pop might have come courtesy Mike Robinett, however.

The second-generation Wolf gridiron star caught a Turk runner in mid-stride, lowered his shoulder and sent him halfway back to Sultan, without the use of a bus.

While the final score on the board wasn’t quite what the Wolves might have wanted, plays like Robinett’s KO softened the loss.

The future of Coupeville football is coming, and while there is much work left to be done, there is also much cause for hope.

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New Coupeville Middle School football coach Brett Casey (in red) has 14 players on his opening day roster. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The young guns are set to kick-off.

After scrambling to fill a roster, Coupeville Middle School football now boasts 14 players as it hurtles into its season opener.

The Wolves, who have a new head coach in Brett Casey, host Sultan at 3:45 PM Wednesday afternoon.

That kicks off a five-game schedule in which CMS plays home-and-away series with Sultan and Langley, as well as a home game against King’s.


The schedule:

Sept. 19 Sultan
Sept. 26 @ Langley
Oct. 4 @ Sultan
Oct. 10 King’s
Oct. 17 Langley


The roster:

Dominic Coffman
William Davidson
Nathan Ginnings
Nicholas Guay
Sam Hester
Scott Hilborn
Alex Murdy
Kevin Partida
Mike Robinett
Owen Shelly
Josh Upchurch
Timothy Ursu
Chris Villarreal
Jesse Wooten

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Emma Smith crushes the hopes and dreams of her foes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Volleyball is crushing it, but football took a big step back.

While the spikers in the North Sound Conference haven’t played a single league match yet — that begins this coming week — the six teams have combined to thrash a variety of outsiders.

Led by Coupeville and South Whidbey, which are the last two NSC fall sports teams still capable of pulling off an unbeaten season, the league’s volleyball squads are a combined 15-4.

That’s a big step up on football, where five of six teams suffered a loss Friday in the third week of non-conference play.

Meanwhile, soccer and tennis are the only sports where conference mates have clashed.

While it’s still (very, very) early, Coupeville and King’s sit atop the pile, with two league wins to their credit.

The Wolves have won a game on both the pitch and the courts, while the Knights don’t play tennis.

Cedar Park Christian and Granite Falls have one league win apiece, while Sultan and South Whidbey are still looking to collect that first W in the first year of the league.


Standings through Sept. 16:


North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 0-0 4-1
Granite Falls 0-0 2-1
King’s 0-0 2-1
South Whidbey 0-0 3-0
Sultan 0-0 2-1

North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 0-0 2-1
Granite Falls 0-0 0-3
King’s 0-0 0-3
South Whidbey 0-0 2-1
Sultan 0-0 1-2

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 2-0-0 3-1-0
Granite Falls 1-0-0 1-2-1
COUPEVILLE 1-1-0 1-3-1
CPC-Bothell 1-1-0 4-2-0
South Whidbey 0-1-0 2-2-0
Sultan 0-2-0 2-3-0

Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 3-0 3-0
Bush 1-0 1-0
Overlake 1-1 1-1
University Prep 1-1 1-1
Eastside Prep 0-0 0-0
Bear Creek 0-1 0-1
South Whidbey 0-3 0-3

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Jakobi Baumann, boogie woogie bugle boy. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Noelle Daigneault (left) and Eryn Wood are on the edge of their seats.

It’s a 10-year reunion, a few years early, for Class of 2018 grads (l to r) Kayla Rose, Hope Lodell, Joey Lippo and Jacob Zettle.

“So we go renegade and play ‘Ice Ice Baby’?” “Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes!”

A brief burst of on-field action, as Sean “The Torpedo” Toomey-Stout preps for Thanksgiving, where he’s a 12-time defending champ in breaking the wishbone.

“Sweet sassy molassy, that kid’s gonna be walking funny for weeks!”

Spikers and booters mingle as Wolf stars (l to r) Scout Smith, Tia Wurzrainer, Lucy Sandahl and Zoe Trujillo pose for the paparazzi.

Volleyball aces Jaimee Masters (left) and Chelsea Prescott swing by to cheer on their classmates.

Super sophomores (l to r) Kylie Chernikoff, Aria Bowen, Savannah Smith and Maddie Vondrak approve this photo essay.

There are two separate story-lines going on at most high school football games.

One tale plays out on the field, while the other is told in the stands, where students, parents, alumni and fans mingle, chat, catch up, spark new romances or gossip about old ones, and, occasionally, cheer.

Swinging his camera around to catch grandstand life, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken snapped the images seen above.

To view more fan happenings, and a handful of action pics he snapped before hightailing it to Oak Harbor to watch son Michael play for the Wildcats, pop over to:


And, gentle reminder – purchases help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

Yes, yes, you could just chuck your wallet at the first Wolf you see wander by, and let them scamper away with whatever bills they fish out, but this way of funding them does seem more constructive.

If slightly less fun.

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