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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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Taygin Jump and her Coupeville JV volleyball teammates blistered Friday Harbor with powerful, precision serving in a season-opening win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Friday Harbor had no answer for the lasers headed its way.

Powered by blistering service games from freshmen Maddie Georges, Taygin Jump, and Alita Blouin, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad cruised to a win Thursday in its season-opener.

Playing after the varsity, the young Wolves claimed the first set at Friday Harbor 25-8, then were up 18-2 in the second when the siren call of the ferry sent everyone scrambling to exit the gym.

As he cruised the waters of Washington state on his way home, Coupeville coach Chris Smith did so with a contented smile on his face.

“This was a very one-sided win that consisted of dominant serving from Maddie, Taygin and Alita,” he said. “All of our serving was on point, but those three did so well in both matches that the later rotations didn’t get a chance to serve much.

“Friday Harbor’s JV had no answer for our pinpoint barrage of serving aces.”

The few times the host team was able to return Coupeville’s offerings, the Wolves emphatically ended the play soon afterward.

“In the off chance they were able to get the ball back to our side of the net we took care of the ball quickly, with clean passing, beautifully-dispersed setting and our front row taking care of putting the ball away,” Smith said.

Stalking the net like the spike-happy assassins they are, Kylie Chernikoff, Jill Prince, and Ivy Leedy led the way, each collecting a handful of kills.

All in all, it made for one very happy coach.

“I am extremely pleased how the JV played for each other, to make the team around them great!”

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Sophia Martin scored her first goal as a Wolf Thursday, as Coupeville soccer battled Friday Harbor in a rainy road game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a big step forward.

Playing in the middle of a rainstorm Thursday, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team put together its best game of the still-young season.

And while the waterlogged Wolves couldn’t escape Friday Harbor with a win, falling 3-2 on a late goal, their coach came away pleased with much of what he saw.

“A close game, with a nice improvement from our game last weekend,” Kyle Nelson said.

Coupeville, which fell to 0-2 with the non-conference loss, played without leading scorer Genna Wright, who hurt her knee in the season-opener.

Without her electrifying mix of power and finesse, the Wolves found creative ways to score, showcasing other player’s ability to rattle the net with goals.

Coupeville broke through first, with its center-backs teaming up to pull off a sweet score.

Natalie Hollrigel snatched up a loose ball and knocked it off the crossbar, placing it perfectly for teammate Tia Wurzrainer to collect it and bang home the goal.

The score, her first of the season and fifth of her prep career, came on mom Lisa’s birthday.

Friday Harbor battled back to take a 2-1 lead into the halftime break, but the Wolves responded aggressively, coming out of their down-time “with renewed effort.”

Coupeville knotted things up when Avalon Renninger slipped a pass to Sophia Martin, followed by the Wolf sophomore cracking her first goal into the back of the net.

The game looked like it was on its way to be a repeat of one the two teams played last season, when they tied 2-2 on Whidbey, but Friday Harbor found a late goal to eke out the win on its home pitch.

With two games under their collective belts, the Wolves head into the start of league play next week.

CHS will remain on the road, traveling to King’s Tuesday, Sept. 17, then heading off to Sultan two days later.

After that, Coupeville gets four straight games, and six of its next eight, on its own field.

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Maya Toomey-Stout rang up 11 service aces, nine digs, and eight kills as Coupeville volleyball rolled to a three-set win on opening night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves were dominant, collecting 29 kills and 23 aces as a team.

It was raining Thursday afternoon on Friday Harbor, but the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad avoided the liquid sunshine.

Camped in the gym where it was dry, the Wolf spikers contented themselves with lashing winners from the sky, and not dodging falling raindrops.

Racking up 29 kills, to go with 23 service aces, CHS romped to a season-opening win, nailing their non-conference hosts 25-16, 25-6, 25-17.

It might not have been a perfect day of volleyball, as the Wolves adjusted to a new lineup, but it was more than enough to get the win.

“I thought we played OK for our first outing, but the first game of the season jitters were very present,” Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore said. “Took a while to settle into our offense, but serving allowed us to establish ourselves and take the pressure off.”

The Wolves were at their most-ferocious in the middle set, when they rode a long, super-successful run at the service stripe from senior Maya Toomey-Stout and blasted Friday Harbor.

“We especially played strong in the second set, starting at the service line and controlling any balls they returned,” Whitmore said.

When Friday Harbor did get the ball in the air for a potential rally, Coupeville’s big hitters answered “No, no, NOOOO!!” most of the night.

Toomey-Stout blasted eight kills, Zoe Trujillo zinged five, Chelsea Prescott walloped three, freshman Lucy Tenore unleashed the first two of her high school career, and setter Scout Smith even added one put-away.

But the biggest basher of them all was senior Hannah Davidson, who stepped into the spotlight role Thursday, delivering 10 rock-em, sock-em kills which left Friday Harbor players quivering in their shoes.

Hannah played especially well in the middle, finishing with zero errors,” Whitmore said. “She swung hard and smart, which is what we’ll need from her.”

Smith paced the Wolves with 26 assists, while Emma Mathusek collected a team-high 13 digs, and Toomey-Stout amassed nine digs and 11 service aces.

Prescott (five digs), Raven Vick (two digs, five aces), Davidson (three aces), and Lucy Sandahl (two aces) also filled up the stat sheet for Coupeville, which returns to action next Tuesday, Sept. 17, when it travels to Anacortes.

The Wolves home opener is Sept. 21, with Chimacum coming to town.

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