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Scott Hilborn heads to pay-dirt. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The end zone calls.

Coupeville High School running back Scott Hilborn has scored eight touchdowns across his team’s first five games this season, which puts him in good company.

The junior, who’s also had multiple scores called back thanks to penalties by his teammates, is the sixth Wolf to score that often during the Coupeville Sports era, which runs from 2012-2021.

Josh Bayne tops that chart, bashing his way to 25 TD’s in 2014, with 15 on the ground, and 10 through the air.

And yet he doesn’t hold the school’s single-season record for rushing or receiving touchdowns, as Ian Barron (16) and Hunter Smith (11) do.

Hilborn, who has regular-season home games against Cascade (Leavenworth) and Friday Harbor left on the schedule, is on the cusp of moving up on the scoring list.

Here who he’s chasing from the last decade:

Josh Bayne (25 TDs) – 2014
Hunter Smith (14) – 2016
Sean Toomey-Stout (10) – 2018
Jake Tumblin (10) – 2012
Bryce Fleming (9) – 2012
Jake Tumblin (9) – 2013


Fall 2021 scoring stats (5 games):



Scott Hilborn – 8
Dominic Coffman – 5
Logan Downes – 2
Daylon Houston – 2
Tim Ursu – 2
Cole Hutchinson – 1
Johnny Porter – 1
Jonathan Valenzuela — 1



Daylon Houston – 9



Hutchinson – 1



Hilborn – 48
Coffman – 30
Houston — 21
Downes — 12
Ursu – 12
Hutchinson – 8
Porter – 6
Valenzuela — 6

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Dominique Coffin and his team are travelling 142 miles to play Coupeville. (Photo property Cascade School District)

Let the wild animals come out to play.

It’ll be a wolf vs. Kodiak bear rumble this Friday night at Mickey Clark Field, as Coupeville welcomes an unfamiliar foe to town for Homecoming.

The opponent in question is Cascade (Leavenworth), which is traveling 142 miles from 10190 Chumstick Highway down to 6 S. Main Street and the football field which resides there.

So forget about your Friday Harbor’s and La Conner’s for a moment and meet the new kids in town (for a day at least).

The first bit of info about Cascade (Leavenworth) is that you shouldn’t confuse it with Cascade (Everett), which used to be a regular rival of Oak Harbor and often traveled to Whidbey.

Or with Cascade Christian, which Coupeville used to play every once in awhile.

No, this Cascade is in the 1A classification, and plays out of the Caribou Trail League in Eastern Washington, where it’s joined by Cashmere, Quincy, Chelan, and Omak.

This year’s version of the Kodiaks, who sit at 3-3 after winning back-to-back games, have 44 players on their roster — about double of what the Wolves have to offer — and rep a student body which outnumbers 2B Coupeville 439-275.

Cascade opened with 21-18 and 43-12 losses to Naches Valley and King’s, respectively, then rebounded to drill Brewster 42-22.

After a 55-54 heartbreaker against Chelan in their league opener, the Kodiaks have polished off Quincy (42-0) and Cashmere (24-19) to arrive at this point.

Playing in scarlet and grey, their 44-man roster contains no names I recognize way over here on the opposite end of the state.

That being said, Will Beibesheimer and Gunnar Balzer are just fun to say, so they have that going for them, which is nice.

I do know the Kodiaks have a strong history, having advanced to state 13 times, with the most-recent trip being in 2014.

Cascade is 12-13 in state gridiron playoff games, with its best showing coming back in 1995, when it won three games before falling 44-30 to Ridgefield in the 1A state title game.

And one last intriguing note about the Kodiaks.

Their coach, Dominique Coffin, pictured above, is also the school’s Athletic Director, having returned to his alma mater around 2015.

What’s intriguing – to me, at least — is how close his name is to one of Coupeville’s players, junior Dominic Coffman, who’s scored five touchdowns for the Wolves this season.

So, Friday night, Dom Coffin meets Dom Coffman.

Two Doms enter, one exits with a win. Who will be the true … Dominator???

Yes, I’m easily amused. Why do you ask?

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Issabel Johnson is ready to rock. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sophie Martin is a force of nature.

Time to get tense.

As fall sports unspool and we head deeper into October, the chase for playoff berths becomes more frantic.

Every game counts, but late-season games often matter even more.

What we know at this point — Coupeville High School girls and boys soccer are not playoff-bound, while volleyball absolutely is, and football will likely join the spikers in the postseason.

Meanwhile, cross country is its own thing, with its own unique path to follow, and boys tennis has been benched since the season was called-off before it began.

The week ahead is perhaps the busiest single stretch of days for Wolf teams, at least in terms of home games — and especially if you include middle school volleyball in that equation.

CHS cross country hosts the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships Thursday, Oct. 21, with Fort Casey State Park the hub for all activity,

Meanwhile, girls soccer hits the road Oct. 20 to play front-runner Mount Vernon Christian, and football hosts Cascade (Leavenworth) Oct. 22 for Homecoming.

Boys soccer and volleyball are the most active Wolf programs, combining for six games and a tournament in a six-day span.

The CHS booters host Friday Harbor Oct. 19, travel to Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood Oct. 21, and host Lopez Island Oct. 23, with the last of those games being Coupeville’s Senior Night.

Meanwhile, Wolf volleyball travels to South Whidbey Oct. 18, hosts La Conner Oct. 19 and Friday Harbor Oct. 21, then closes the week Oct. 23 at the Island Invitational in Langley.

Where things stand through Oct. 17:

Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Orcas Island 9-1-0 9-1-0
PC Christian 8-1-0 8-1-0
Friday Harbor 7-3-0 7-3-0
MV Christian 7-3-0 7-3-0
La Conner 5-6-0 5-6-0
Coupeville 3-7-0 3-7-0
Grace Academy 3-8-0 3-8-0
Lopez Island 3-8-0 3-8-0
CPC-Lynnwood 0-8-0 0-8-0

Northwest League football:

School League Overall
Friday Harbor 2-0 3-4
Darrington 1-0 3-3
Coupeville 2-1 2-3
Concrete 0-1 0-3
La Conner 0-3 0-4

Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 5-0-0 9-1-1
Friday Harbor 4-2-0 4-6-1
Coupeville 2-4-0 4-5-0
La Conner 0-5-0 0-5-0

Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
La Conner 9-0 12-0
Coupeville 8-1 8-3
Orcas Island 6-3 9-4
Darrington 4-5 7-7
MV Christian 1-6 3-7
Friday Harbor 1-7 2-9
Concrete 1-8 1-9

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Coupeville football crunched La Conner for a second time this season, winning 40-0 Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back on the field, back in the win column.

A week after cancelling a game due to a lack of healthy players, the Coupeville High School football team travelled to La Conner Friday and blitzed the winless Braves for a second time this season.

Pounding away on the ground, the Wolves ran away with a 40-0 win, keeping alive hopes of sharing the Northwest 2B/1B League title.

Coupeville sits at 2-1 in conference action, 2-3 overall, a half game back of Friday Harbor (2-0, 3-4), and two up on La Conner (0-3, 0-4).

While the Wolves play non-conference foe Cascade (Leavenworth) Oct. 22 during Coupeville’s Homecoming game, La Conner will travel to Friday Harbor that night.

CHS then wraps its regular season Thursday, Oct. 28, when it hosts Friday Harbor in what should be a showdown between teams with league marks of 2-1 and 3-0, respectively.

Win that finale, and Coupeville shares the crown with the Wolverines.

Friday’s clash in La Conner was much like the first time the two schools met in late September, when Coupeville waxed the Braves 51-0 at Mickey Clark Field.

The Wolves moved the ball with ease, scored with ease, and never allowed La Conner to get much of anything going.

Forcing and recovering fumbles on the first two Braves possessions, Coupeville didn’t allow their foes to get a first down until the final minute of the opening quarter.

And that only happened because of a questionable face mask call on the Wolves.

Overall, La Conner spent most of the first half on its own side of the field, rarely generating positive yardage on consecutive plays.

CHS, which also had two first-half interceptions, including a pick-six from Daylon Houston, added to a season in which La Conner, a traditional heavyweight, has yet to score a point in four games.

The Braves are looking at a 175-0 deficit with two games remaining on their schedule.

By contrast, Coupeville’s offense quickly found its groove after a week off, punching in five touchdowns in the first half, with Scott Hilborn and Dominic Coffman each scoring twice on runs.

Jonathan Valenzuela added another run to pay dirt, before Houston, who also walloped four PAT tries through the uprights, picked La Conner’s QB off less than a minute before halftime.

The ball securely in his hands, Houston sliced ‘n diced his way downfield, taking the ball back 70+ yards to cap the first-half scoring.

With a running clock in place after the break, and Coupeville taking its foot off the gas pedal, the Wolves didn’t add to their already-impressive point total in the second half.

Valenzuela did pick off a La Conner pass in the third quarter, however, giving his squad five takeaways in the game.

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Grey Peabody denies you. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville football had an unexpected week off after injuries forced it to cancel a non-conference game.

Things are starting to drop into place.

The further we get into the fall sports season, the more the frontrunners become clear.

Defending Northwest 2B/1B League champs La Conner (volleyball), Orcas Island (boys soccer), and Mount Vernon Christian (girls soccer) are all back in the lead, while Friday Harbor (football) is rebounding nicely after losing a season to Covid.

While it doesn’t sit in first-place in any sport, Coupeville is solid, currently second-best in volleyball and football.

Originally it seemed like Wolf girls soccer was also in second, but it turns out a score was misreported for the Friday Harbor vs. La Conner game, momentarily bumping CHS down a rung.

That could change this coming week, however, as the Coupeville boosters host Friday Harbor Tuesday.

Toss in home games against La Conner Thursday and non-conference foe Sultan Saturday (that’s Senior Night), and the Wolves have a busy week — and no bus rides.

Boys soccer and football only have a single game apiece, with both teams hitting the road Friday.

The booters are off to Lopez Island, while the gridiron giants travel to La Conner — if both the Wolves and Braves football teams have enough healthy players after both teams cancelled games this past week.

Coupeville’s cross country team doesn’t compete again until the league championships Oct. 21, but volleyball will be busy, with a pair of matches.

The Wolf spikers travel to Orcas Tuesday, where they will attempt to cement their hold on second-place, before hosting Darrington Thursday.

Where things stand through Oct. 10:


Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Orcas Island 7-0-0 7-0-0
PC Christian 7-1-0 7-1-0
MV Christian 7-3-0 7-3-0
Friday Harbor 6-3-0 6-3-0
La Conner 5-5-0 5-5-0
Coupeville 3-6-0 3-6-0
Grace Academy 3-7-0 3-7-0
Lopez Island 2-7-0 2-7-0
CPC-Lynnwood 0-8-0 0-8-0


Northwest League football:

School League Overall
Friday Harbor 2-0 3-3
Coupeville 1-1 1-3
Concrete 0-0 0-2
Darrington 0-0 2-3
La Conner 0-2 0-3


Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 5-0-0 9-1-1
Friday Harbor 3-2-0 3-6-1
Coupeville 2-3-0 3-4-0
La Conner 0-5-0 0-5-0


Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
La Conner 7-0 9-0
Coupeville 6-1 6-3
Orcas Island 5-2 8-3
Darrington 4-4 7-5
MV Christian 1-5 2-6
Friday Harbor 1-6 1-8
Concrete 1-7 1-8

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