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Coupeville’s Aidan Wilson rampages against Friday Harbor, which won the 2B/1B boys soccer state title. (Morgan White photo)

Coupeville plays in the toughest 2B/1B boys soccer conference in the state.

Since returning to the Northwest League three seasons ago, the Wolves have seen league rivals win both state titles contested, while claiming six of eight trophies.

There was no state tourney in 2020 because of the pandemic, but Orcas Island won the crown in 2021, and Friday Harbor claimed the 2022 title Saturday.

The Wolverines capped a 15-2 season — in which one of their two losses came to Coupeville — by edging Orcas 2-1, denying the Vikings back-to-back titles.

Friday Harbor won three of four against Orcas this season, handing them all of their losses during a 16-3 run.

Earlier Saturday, Mount Vernon Christian fell 3-2 to Saint George’s in the 3rd/4th place game.

That means the NWL claimed 1st, 2nd, and 4th this season, matching last season when Orcas beat Providence Classical Christian in the final, and Friday Harbor brought home a 4th place trophy.

Saturday’s title is the first for a Friday Harbor boys’ team, with Wolverine volleyball having claimed the 2B state crown back in 1986.

Orcas and Friday Harbor clashed all season, with the Wolverines winning 1-0 in the team’s first meeting.

The Vikings bounced back to claim a 3-2 victory the second time out, earning them the NWL regular-season crown.

Friday Harbor won when it mattered most, however, knocking off Orcas 2-1 in the championship game of the bi-district tourney, before collecting Saturday’s KO.

While Coupeville was eliminated from bi-districts by Summit Atlas, the Wolves can circle Sept. 23, a day when they beat Friday Harbor 3-1 at Mickey Clark Field.

For one day at least, the Wolf booters were better than the (eventual) state champs.

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Coupeville High School football players Daylon Houston (left) and Aiden O’Neill, off to Friday Harbor on a business trip. (Davin Houston photo)

One year, two epic streaks spiked.

First, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team broke a 34-year dry spell, advancing to the state tournament for the first time since 1988.

And now, after a 43-14 dismantling of host Friday Harbor — it was 43-0 when CHS pulled most of its starters — the Wolf football squad is state-bound for the first time since 1990.

The win, Coupeville’s sixth-straight on the gridiron, lifts it to 7-1 on the season and caps a flawless 4-0 run through the Northwest 2B/1B League.

After previously clinching at least a tie for their first conference title since the ol’ ball coach, Ron Bagby, was still sportin’ short shorts, the Wolves won the NWL crown outright Friday night.

It’s the third league title for CHS football, with the 2022 squad joining the 1974 and 1990 teams, and this will be the fifth trip to state for the program.

The 12-team 2B state tourney kicks off Nov. 11, and the Wolves won’t know their foe or the site of their opening game until the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association seeds the teams Sunday, Nov. 6.

For a look at the still-blank state bracket, pop over to:


To punch their state ticket, the Wolves took a business trip to Friday Harbor and, quite simply, punched their hosts in the mouth.

Do the CHS football players, ages 14-18, really understand how ferocious Mike Tyson was in his prime in the ’80s and ’90s?

You know, those years where each time he stepped into the boxing ring you thought he might actually kill the poor sap trying to hide in the other corner, weeping into his gloves?

Maybe. Maybe not.

But, to a man, they imitated Iron Mike Friday, inflicting damage, both physical and emotional.

Peyton Caveness, warrior. (Brenna Silveira photo)

Dominic Coffman and Scott Hilborn, operating behind a line of big ol’ boys like William Davidson, Zane Oldenstadt, and Josh Upchurch, ran over Friday Harbor.

Then Wolf QB Logan Downes gashed the already-hurting defense, with fleet-footed receivers like Daylon Houston, Tim Ursu, and Hunter Bronec hauling in buttery-soft passes.

Coupeville scored on each of its first six possessions Friday and wasn’t subtle about it.

Coffman capped an opening 50-yard drive, plunging into the end zone on a short bull run, garnering what would be the first of four touchdowns on the night for the CHS senior.

Tack on a Daylon Houston PAT, force and recover a Friday Harbor fumble three plays later, then score again, and the tone was set.

Touchdowns #2 and #3 also came via Coffman — a 13-yard burst to freedom around the left side, followed by a 25-yard jaunt down the right sideline.

In between those scores, Friday Harbor put together its best drive of the game and got absolutely zip to show for it.

The Wolverines ran 15 plays, starting in the first quarter and ending in the second, went from their own 33-yard line to Coupeville’s 19, but had back-to-back running plays absolutely blown up at the end by CHS defenders.

Facing a fourth-and-nine, Friday Harbor went for the field goal, only to watch in horror as the ball ended up somewhere down around the ferry parking lot instead of splitting the uprights.

Coupeville tacked on a fourth touchdown right before the half, with Downes lofting a scoring strike into the waiting hands of Ursu.

Tim Ursu, unleashed. (Photo courtesy Ashleigh Casey)

Pushing the Wolf advantage to 28-0, it capped a drive in which CHS, facing a fourth-and-four, laughed at the danger and pulled off a 23-yard pass play with Bronec using a death grip to pluck the incoming ball from the heavens.

If Friday Harbor thought it might pull off a miracle second-half comeback, those hopes were dashed.


Hilborn outran a Wolverines receiver in a sprint downfield, then came back to the ball to pick it off, a roundhouse right to the temple for Friday Harbor.

Seconds later (OK, three plays), it was time for the Wolf weapons to detonate one more time.

Knocking Friday Harbor defenders off their feet, Hilborn shot in from 20 yards out for a touchdown, then Coupeville muffed the snap on the PAT.

Which might have been the plan all along, as Daylon Houston stopped in mid-stride, dropped his kicking leg back to Earth, snatched the ball off the sod, and flipped the jets.

Showcasing his wheels, Daniel and Alia’s middle son took off like a bat out of Hell, and beat a pack of defenders to the corner, waving bye-bye-bye as he notched his first two-point conversion of the season.

“Hey Dawson … mom says I’m faster than you.” (Alia Houston photo)

Tack on touchdown #4 for Coffman, this one on a 63-yard rumble down the left sideline, and a final Houston PAT and we had arrived at 43-0 and the end of the third quarter.

Now, give Friday Harbor some credit.

Trying to retain a bit of dignity as the league title was ripped from their hands on the night they celebrated Homecoming, the Wolverines scored twice in the waning moments against Coupeville’s younger players.

Which is fine and dandy, but Coupeville has still outscored its foes 349-101 this year, with Friday’s six-touchdown effort giving the Wolves 50 TD’s.

Riding his four-score effort, Coffman reclaims the team lead with 13 TD’s, while Ursu and Hilborn each have 12.

Downes first-half scoring pass was his 17th touchdown heave of the season, leaving him one off of Joel Walstad’s single-season CHS record of 18, set back in 2014.

As a team, the Wolves have rushed for 24 TD’s and thrown for 18 — freshman Chase Anderson connected on one while subbing for Downes earlier this season.

The school single-season team records, both set in 2014 by Josh Bayne, Walstad, and Co., are 26 TD’s on the ground and 20 through the air.

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“Not the face!!” (Morgan White photo)

Second time, not as much fun as the first time.

Friday Harbor, a legitimate state title contender, exacted a bit of revenge on the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad Friday afternoon.

Winning 6-0 on their home pitch, the Wolverines earned a split in the season series while making the playoff chase a bit tougher for the Wolves.

“That team was amazing,” said Coupeville coach Robert Wood, who then went to contemplate the mysteries of the soccer world while enjoying a long ferry ride home.

The loss drops CHS to 1-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-6 overall, with four games left on the schedule.

Coupeville has three straight conference tilts at home coming up, with Providence Classical Christian (Oct. 18), Lopez Island (Oct. 22), and La Conner (Oct. 25) all visiting Whidbey.

The Wolves wrap the regular season with a trip to Orcas Island Oct. 27 to square off with the defending 2B/1B state champs.

Five of the nine schools playing boys soccer in the NWL make the district playoffs, joined by four teams from District 2.

Friday’s loss ultimately means more than the first time Friday Harbor and Coupeville met, when the Wolves won 3-1 at Mickey Clark Field.

For complicated scheduling reasons, that first game was against a league foe, but not counted as a league game.

Friday’s loss, however, is reflected in the conference standings.

Grant Steller holds off a pesky Wolverine. (Morgan White photo)

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Ryanne Knoblich filled up the stat sheet Tuesday in a big road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Rested, and ready to savage anyone in their way.

After some down time, including a rare weekend off during Homecoming festivities, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team returned to action Tuesday night.

And the Wolves marked the occasion in style, routing host Friday Harbor in straight sets.

Cruising to a 25-6, 25-13, 25-9 victory, Coupeville improves to 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-2 overall.

Next up is a good test of where the Wolves are, as they’ll host next-door neighbor South Whidbey Thursday in a non-league rumble.

The first time the schools met, in mid-September, the Falcons (6-2) slipped away with a hard-fought four-set win on their home court.

Coupeville’s win Tuesday stretched its winning streak to four matches and drew a nod of approval from coach Cory Whitmore.

“It was a good outing today on the island,” he said. “After a week without a match, we came out strong and focused, ready to go.

“Not only did we hit some goals with aces, but we also limited our errors on the serve and attack,” he added.

“Fun to get back on the game court and we are looking forward to Thursday.”


Tuesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 7 digs
Mia Farris
— 9 kills, 2 digs, 2 aces
Maddie Georges
— 1 kill, 4 digs, 24 assists, 7 aces
Taygin Jump
— 1 dig, 1 ace
Ryanne Knoblich
— 6 kills, 2 digs, 3 aces, 1 solo block
Katie Marti
— 1 ace
Madison McMillan
— 1 dig, 2 aces
Grey Peabody
— 8 kills, 1 dig
Jill Prince
— 3 kills
Lyla Stuurmans
— 1 kill, 6 aces

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Oktober Frost and the Coupeville JV volleyball team are 6-1 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The layoff didn’t hurt them.

Returning to competition for the first time in a week-plus Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball team picked up right where it left off.

Thumping rivals and taking names.

Roaring to a 25-8, 25-8 victory at Friday Harbor, the Wolves ran their winning streak to four matches, improving to 6-1 overall, 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

Now, it’s a much-smaller gap between matches, with South Whidbey due to come to Coupeville Thursday for a non-conference tilt.

As she headed home on the ferry Tuesday, Wolf JV coach Ashley Menges was in a good mood.

“It was a solid night!” she said. “I was very happy to see that after a whole week off of games, we didn’t miss a beat.

“We got to work on a lot of new things in practice, and you could already see it implemented tonight, which was great to see.”

Coupeville used 10 players in the match, with eight Wolves making the stat sheet, while Carly Burt and Oktober Frost chipped in with hustle and desire.

“All the girls are starting to work on new skills, which I love,” Menges said. “Lots of them working on spot serving and jump floats.

“It was just a really good game to work through new stuff,” she added. “Everyone got to get some court time too, which is always appreciated.”


Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 assist, 6 aces
Teagan Calkins — 3 kills, 9 aces
Jada Heaton — 2 kills, 2 aces
Katie Marti — 2 kills, 1 dig, 6 assists, 8 aces
Chloe Marzocca — 1 ace
Madison McMillan — 2 kills, 3 aces
Grier Mooney — 1 assist, 2 aces
Aby Wood — 1 kill

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