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Jered Brown, here thundering to the hoop in an earlier game, scored seven points Wednesday at Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A play here, a play there, and they’re 4-0.

But, sometimes those shots don’t drop, or those passes go wide, or that defensive stand doesn’t quite hold long enough, and you’re 1-3.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team has played strongly all season, and Wednesday night was no different.

That being said, the Wolves came out on the short end of a 43-38 defensive war at Friday Harbor, the third time in four games they have fallen by just a bucket or two.

Coupeville’s losses have been by four points (in overtime to a 3A school), five, and seven, while their win was a 19-point romp over Orcas Island.

As the Wolves try and find the perfect mesh between strong play and a positive win/loss record, they’ll get two more chances this weekend.

CHS hosts Concrete (0-2) Friday, then travels to Seattle Saturday to face off with The Bush School (2-2).

Wednesday night the Wolves led 8-7 after the first quarter, thanks to four points apiece from Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison.

After that, the two schools waged a tense back-and-forth affair, with Friday Harbor slowly pulling away.

A 13-10 surge in the second frame sent the host team to the locker room up 20-18, while the third and fourth quarters went 9-8 and 14-12 in favor of Friday Harbor.

Dylan Roberson and Ethan Germain led the Wolverines with 15 and 10 points, respectively, while the game’s final margin was set at the free throw line.

Coupeville netted its highest percentage of the season, nailing six of eight shots at the charity stripe, but Friday Harbor, while not shooting particularly well (11-20), converted just enough to ice the win.

Sophomore shooting guard Hawthorne Wolfe, who was named a WIAA Athlete of the Week earlier in the day Wednesday, was top man for Coupeville with nine points, while Mason Grove banked in eight.

With the performance, which included a pair of three-balls in the third quarter, the senior reached a personal milestone, becoming the 132nd Wolf boy (in 103 seasons) to score 200+ career points.

Grove sits with 207 after Wednesday’s game.

Jered Brown notched all seven of his points in the heat of the fourth-quarter battle, with Toomey-Stout (6), Davison (4), Ulrik Wells (2), and Gavin Knoblich (2) also scoring.

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Avalon Renninger and Co. are 3-1 after beating Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re making a statement.

After years of being one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, Coupeville High School drops back to 2B next school year.

When that happens, the Wolves will join the Northwest 2B/1B League, so they’re getting ready by playing some of their looming rivals this season.

Wednesday night, the CHS girls varsity basketball squad traveled to Friday Harbor, and made it three straight wins over their soon-to-be league mates.

Bouncing their hosts 35-26, the Wolves raised their non-conference record to 3-1.

In the win column are victories over Friday Harbor, Darrington, and Orcas Island, while Coupeville hosts Concrete (0-2) Friday.

The only Northwest League teams not on the Wolves girls hoops schedule this season are La Conner and Mount Vernon Christian.

Coupeville’s lone loss so far came to 3A Oak Harbor, which at 4-0 is off to its best start in many seasons.

After making the long ferry trip to Friday Harbor, the Wolf hoops stars came out with fresh legs, bolting to an 11-5 lead after one quarter of play.

Junior Chelsea Prescott led the way in the opening frame, knocking down all eight of her points to get things kicked off with a bang.

From there, the Wolves led start to finish, stretching their lead to 19-9 at the half and 29-13 after three quarters of play.

Friday Harbor mounted a bit of a comeback, scoring half its point total in the fourth quarter, but CHS had an answer at every turn.

Senior guard Tia Wurzrainer, in particular, stepped up big time, nailing crucial shots in both the third and fourth quarters to bring a stop to rallies.

“I told the kids if I had a game ball it would have gone to Tia,” said Coupeville coach Scott Fox. “A great team win!”

Prescott and Scout Smith tied atop the scoring column, with each netting eight points, while Hannah Davidson tossed in six.

Wurzrainer (4), Izzy Wells (3), Avalon Renninger (2), Maddie Georges (2), and Carolyn Lhamon (2) also scored for the Wolves.


JV sidelined:

Coupeville’s second squad was denied a chance to play when Friday Harbor called off the JV game early Wednesday morning, citing a sudden lack of players.

The young Wolves, who are 2-1 on the season, return to action (most likely) this Friday, when Concrete comes to Whidbey.

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Daniel Olson netted 12 points Wednesday as Coupeville’s JV shredded Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Have basketball, will score.

Led by the one-two combo of Grady Rickner and Daniel Olson, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team scorched the nets Wednesday en route to another win.

Leading from start to finish, the Wolves rolled to a 56-37 non-conference victory at Friday Harbor, lifting their record to a crisp 3-1 on the season.

Rickner was in a groove all night, tossing in points in every quarter as he dropped a game-high 19 into the scoring column.

The Wolf sophomore rattled the rims for three in the first quarter, then went uphill from there, adding four, five, and seven in the ensuing frames.

Rickner netted a trio of three-balls along the way, while Alex Jimenez and Alex Murdy also hit from behind the arc.

Olson finished in double digits as well, dumping in six of his 12 points during Coupeville’s 18-point fourth quarter assault on the net.

Murdy (7), Cody Roberts (6), Jimenez (5), TJ Rickner (5), and Sage Downes (2) rounded out a well-balanced offensive attack, with Miles Davidson and Logan Martin also seeing floor time.

Chris Smith’s high-flying squad returns to action this weekend, as Coupeville hosts Concrete Friday, then hits the road to Seattle Saturday to play The Bush School.

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Logan Martin won on his birthday, teaming for a win at #3 doubles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

His partner, Miles Davidson, blasts a return.

Logan Martin gave himself a nice birthday present.

On the day the Coupeville High School sophomore turned 48 (at least according to his Facebook profile), he teamed with fellow first-year tennis player Miles Davidson to record their first win of the season.

Cruising to a victory at #3 doubles, the duo was part of a cake walk of a day for the Wolf netters, who took longtime foe Friday Harbor out to the shed for a paddlin’.

Winning the non-conference home match 5-0 Thursday, Coupeville lifts its record to 2-10 heading into the final run of the Emerald City League season.

The Wolves return to ECL action Friday, when they travel to Bear Creek, before playing at Seattle Academy Monday, and closing Tuesday at home against The Bush School.

The Tuesday match will be Senior Night, then Coupeville plays in the league tourney Saturday, Oct. 19.

Facing off with Friday Harbor, the Wolves mixed up their lineup a bit, yet still cruised, losing just three games across six total matches.


Complete Thursday results:


1st Singles — Mason Grove won 6-1, 6-0

2nd Singles — Thane Peterson won 6-0, 6-1

1st Doubles — James Wood/Zach Ginnings won 6-0, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Drake Borden/Koby Schreiber won 6-1, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Logan Martin won 8-0


4th Doubles — Andrew Aparicio/Peterson won 8-0


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Ben Smith had an interception and a fumble recovery Friday night, though the reffing crew only upheld one. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Freshman Scott Hilborn (with ball), seen here in an earlier game, had two receptions Friday for 46 yards. (Stephanie Martin photo)

The refs were bad, often ridiculously so, that is true.

But they’re not the reason the Coupeville High School football team lost Friday night.

Give Friday Harbor some credit. They dictated play on both sides of the ball, abusing the Wolf defense and largely muffling its offense.

You don’t win 53-7, as the host Wolverines did, simply because the refs lost their rule book, their seeing-eye dogs, and their ability to form coherent thoughts.

Though that certainly doesn’t help.

However you cut it, Coupeville took a beating — often physically, as several key players were bruised and battered — and the Wolves will need to have short memories as they return home for a match-up next week with La Conner.

Now 1-2 during a season when all their games will be non-conference ones, CHS is not going to enjoy watching the game film from this jaunt to the far-flung San Juan Islands.

Friday Harbor rarely threw a pass, content to run, run some more, than keep on ramming the ball right through the heart of the Coupeville defense.

Four different Wolverine players hit pay-dirt with a rushing touchdown, with juniors Kyson Jackson (3) and Kaden Ritchie (2) combining to score the first five.

Toss in late scoring runs for Connor Haines and Mateo Blackmon, packaged around a defensive touchdown off a fumble recovery brought back 50+ yards, and Friday Harbor had little trouble scoring.

The hometown cheerleaders, who did push-ups for every point scored, got their own workout and may be as sore as Coupeville’s defenders are likely to be after the mauling.

There was a moment, very brief, when it appeared it might be a close game.

Down two scores, CHS found new life on offense and drove 62 yards in six plays for its lone score, cutting the margin to 14-7 with almost four minutes left in the first quarter.

The turnaround came thanks to a couple of precision passes from senior Wolf quarterback Dawson Houston, who hit three different receivers on the drive.

He opened with a slick pass to freshman Scott Hilborn, who made a sweet cutback on the ensuing run to shed several would-be tacklers en route to a 25-yard pick-up.

A catch over the middle by Sean Toomey-Stout picked up 19 more yards, before one of the few penalties called on Friday Harbor shoved Coupeville all the way down to the eight-yard line.

Houston pegged a ball to Gavin Knoblich, and the long ‘n lanky receiver reached behind himself while on the move to make a fairly sensational one-handed snag on the ball.

It was the third touchdown reception this season for the senior, and Coupeville was especially hurt later in the game when Knoblich went to the sideline after having his bell rung.

He never re-entered, and his absence put a huge crimp in the Wolf passing attack.

In the moment, after celebrating Knoblich’s catch, CHS added the extra point thank to a booming PAT kick off the foot of freshman Daylon Houston, and it looked like a back-and-forth affair might break out.

That was quickly squashed, however, as Friday Harbor scored the game’s final 39 points across the second and third quarters.

A short TD run by Ritchie pushed the deficit out to 20-7, and then the refs completely whiffed on a call which turned out to be a killer.

Unable to get its own offense moving downfield, Coupeville was forced to punt, and watched in horror as the kick was blocked.

That’s when things got weird.

As the ball came back down, a Friday Harbor player snatched it up out of mid-air, was hit and fumbled the ball, which was then recovered by Coupeville’s Ben Smith.

But, after a meeting of the “minds” by the reffing crew, Friday Harbor was handed the ball to the consternation of the Wolf coaches.

It wasn’t the most-livid the CHS staff would be – that came later, when Hilborn was decked on a blatant helmet-to-helmet shot while the entire reffing crew swallowed its whistles.

Until 15 seconds after the play was finished, when they handed out a penalty … to the Coupeville bench for protesting too much about the fact their freshman running back had just had his head ripped off on an illegal hit.

But while the refs certainly gave no favors to the Wolves, Friday Harbor does what Friday Harbor does – play hard every snap, hit ferociously on defense and pound away on offense.

Given the ball, they rammed it down the field, and there was little Coupeville could do on this night to stop the Wolverines.

When you collect less than 100 yards on offense as a team, while the other squad rips off 10 and 12-yard rambles on almost every run, you’re very, very likely to lose.

After Coupeville’s lone scoring drive, the Wolves only collected a handful of highlights.

Smith, bouncing back from having the fumble recovery taken away from him, pulled off his first high school interception, picking off a super-rare Friday Harbor pass right before halftime.

The Wolves also showed a nice bit of grit as a running clock blew out the fourth quarter.

For the one and only time in the game, Coupeville held Friday Harbor, forcing a turnover on downs, and they did it by stopping not a JV runner, but by stepping up and rejecting Ritchie as he tried to blast over the middle.

Wolf senior Andrew Martin, who gutted out a strong defensive effort in the trenches while battling through a variety of bumps, dinged knees and swollen hands, led the stand, body-slamming the Friday Harbor runner to the ground to end the drive.

Houston, who also delivered several long punts, completed five passes for 79 yards, accounting for virtually all of Coupeville’s offense, with Hilborn (2-46), Toomey-Stout (2-25), and Knoblich (1-8) his targets.

Martin was the top rusher, with 19 hard-earned yards against a Friday Harbor defense which offered few holes.

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