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Ben Smith reps an all-star football uniform Saturday in Kent. (Deb Smith photo)

One final moment on a sunny high school football field.

A week after playing his final game in a Coupeville uniform, Wolf senior Ben Smith participated Saturday in the annual Cleats vs. Cancer All-Star Football Showcase.

Held at French Field in Kent, the game pitted some of the state’s top players in a charity game, with money raised by ticket sales going to help children battling cancer.

Hanging out with some of his teammates for a day. (Deb Smith photo)

Smith suited up for the North squad, which fell 35-28 to the South.

Win or lose, the Coupeville running back, who is planning to play college football for Culver-Stockton College in Missouri, had a positive experience in Kent.

“I enjoyed it, and I wanted to play for the cause,” Smith said.

The CHS senior was a two-way star for the Wolves during their pandemic-shortened season this spring, helping lead his squad to a 3-2 record, their second-straight winning mark after a 13-year dry spell.

Smith paced the Wolves in rushing yards and total touchdowns, with his biggest sprint to the end zone being the game-decider in a season-opening overtime win over La Conner.

Cracking Concrete in a regular-season win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Ben Smith rumbles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s spring cleaning, but with fall sports photos.

While games have ended, and Wolf athletes are off to play basketball, I’m still working through a backlog of John Fisken photos.

So here you go, some light, non-reading entertainment for your Friday morning.

Alex and Michele Murdy ponder.

“I’m telling you, I left my seeing-eye dog right here!”

Barbi Ford and Bob Martin enforce (the mask mandate).

Hope Lodell amazes.

Genna Wright electrifies.

Sisters (l to r) Christi Messner, Ford, and Aimee Bishop bond.

Sage Downes plots.

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Sage Downes looks for running room. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

All the action, all the wins.

After a 13-year dry spell, Coupeville High School has now posted back-to-back winning seasons on the gridiron.

Playing through the pandemic, the Wolves finished 3-2 while playing fall sports in the spring, and wanderin’ camera clicker John Fisken was on hand to capture the final moments.

The pics above and below are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot, and possibly buy some mementos for gram and gramps, pop over to:

FB 2021-05-08 vs Concrete – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

Alex Jimenez (42) leads the defensive charge.

“We are the law!”

“You might get away from one of us, but not all three of us!”

Ben Smith, tip-toeing through the tulips.

Daylon Houston unleashes his Leg ‘o Doom.

Attack as a pack.

After a 13-year dry spell, a second-straight winning season for Coupeville football.

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Xavier Murdy charges into battle. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The fall belongs to La Conner, the school year to Coupeville.

We’ve made it through two of three seasons during this pandemic-fractured campaign, with winter sports set to kick off Monday and finish in mid-June.

Fall sports, which were played second and not first as normal, featured a very-competitive four-way battle for supremacy, with La Conner coming out with 17 varsity wins across volleyball, football, boys soccer, and girls soccer.

Cross country doesn’t have won/loss records, and boys tennis was cancelled after Friday Harbor chose not to play any sports this season.

The 17 wins was a big bounce back for the always-tough Braves, who won exactly zero games during spring sports.

But fall is La Conner’s sweet spot, thanks to a two-time defending state champ volleyball team which went 10-0 this time around, sweeping all 30 sets it played.

Mount Vernon Christian, paced by its title-winning girls soccer squad, was second with 15 fall varsity wins, followed by Orcas Island (13, with 10 from boys soccer), and Coupeville, which collected 12.

Concrete and Darrington were far back, with just two wins apiece, while Friday Harbor took the zero, cause you can’t win if you don’t play.

When we add fall and spring together, the Wolves, who went 25-3 in the spring while playing softball, baseball, and girls tennis, go back out in front, and by a lot.

With just basketball left to play — we don’t count wrestling, because CHS doesn’t wrestle, and this blog isn’t called, say, Darrington Sports — here’s the school year to date varsity win totals:

Coupeville — 37
Orcas Island — 20
La Conner — 17
Mount Vernon Christian — 16
Friday Harbor — 11
Darrington — 10
Concrete — 2

 

Final fall sports standings:

 

Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Orcas Island 10-0-0 10-0-0
MV Christian 4-2-0 4-2-0
CPC-Lynnwood 4-3-1 4-3-1
La Conner 3-4-1 3-4-1
PC Christian 3-5-1 3-5-1
Coupeville 1-5-0 1-5-0
Grace Academy 0-6-1 0-6-1

 

Northwest League football:

School League Overall
La Conner 3-1 4-1
Coupeville 2-1 3-2
Darrington 1-1 2-3
Concrete 0-3 0-5

 

Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 6-0-0 6-0-0
Coupeville 2-3-0 2-3-0
La Conner 0-5-0 0-5-0

 

Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
La Conner 10-0 10-0
Coupeville 6-3 6-3
MV Christian 5-4 5-4
Orcas Island 3-7 3-7
Concrete 2-8 2-8
Darrington 0-4 0-4

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Coupeville High School football managers Brenna Silveira (left) and Melanie Navarro welcome you to Senior Night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One final rumble.

The four seniors on the Coupeville High School football team went out winners Saturday, accounting for all the touchdowns in a 29-0 thrashing of visiting Concrete.

But, before they played their last game together on Mickey Clark Field, the quartet of Alex Jimenez, Sage Downes, Ben Smith, and Dakota Eck grabbed their moment in the photo spotlight.

The pics are courtesy John Fisken, whose work can be found here:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

Alex Jimenez and family.

Dakota Eck with brother Cameron and mom Cheridan.

Ben Smith hangs out with his parents, Deb and Sherman Smith.

Sage Downes, middle child of the three reared by Ralph and Angie Downes.

The fearsome foursome prepare for their final game together.

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