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Lucy Sandahl is ready to return to the court. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Flip the calendar and refocus your mind.

August has arrived, which means, in less than three weeks, practice officially begins for fall high school sports.

No, it’s true. I swear.

Aug. 15 is the first day high school football teams can take the field in Washington state, while Aug. 20 is the kickoff date for volleyball, cross country, cheer, boys tennis and girls soccer.

With a new season, and a new school year, also comes a new league.

After a four-year run in the Olympic League, Coupeville joins Granite Falls, Sultan, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), King’s and arch-rival South Whidbey in the North Sound Conference.

As they count down the days until the first practice, several Wolves (and one enterprising Falcon) drop by to let you know their thoughts and feelings, their goals and plans.

 

Ja’Tarya Hoskins (CHS junior):

My new goals for the cheer season are to learn and perform a lot of new stunts. Help spread cheer and Coupeville Wolves spirit.

 

Lily Leedy (CHS freshman):

To work better as a team. Learn plays and to show the opponent who’s boss.

 

Kody Newman (SWHS senior):

Very excited for this year’s conference! But most importantly…. THE BUCKET GAME!!!

Not only is it the biggest game of the Island, but it is also our Homecoming game! Ticket sales are sure to be raised for this game!!! Falcons are coming for revenge!

Best of luck this year to the Wolves and hopefully King’s does terrible, lol!

 

Lucy Sandahl (CHS junior):

My goal for the new season is to play every game with a new mind-set and put all the bad plays behind me and focus on the next point.

Another thing that I am looking forward to is getting to see how well our team adapts to all the new plays and players after having lost seven really strong seniors.

This new league has so much hype, but so do we; we’ve won two back-to-back league champs.

What makes them think we can’t do it again? We are strong, faster, and mentally unstoppable.

The only way we are going to get through this is together and it is going to be such a great season!!! I am so excited!

 

Emma Smith (CHS senior):

We want a winning season!!

Playing as a unit instead of six individuals is something we’ve been working on since last year, and is extremely crucial for us to do considering we pretty much have a new starting six.

We also want to go into the season confident in our skills and without the fear of “big, bad King’s.”

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   Freshman Sam Wynn has four goals, putting him #3 on Coupeville’s scoring chart. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re scoring at a record-setting pace.

With 39 goals through 10 games, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad is on target to put up its best offensive numbers in at least a decade.

Having peppered goalies for five more scores since last time we discussed the subject, the current Wolves have tied the 2010 team, and are just nine back of the high-powered ’16 squad.

The numbers for the nine CHS seasons the Olympic League web site has recorded:

2010 – 39 goals
2011 – 30
2012 – 27
2013 – 15
2014 – 22
2015 – 37
2016 – 48
2017 – 26
2018 – 39 and counting

Coupeville (3-1 in Olympic League play, 4-4-2 overall) has five conference games left, and then likely heads to the playoffs.

If the Wolves maintain their current scoring pace, they would obliterate the mark set by the ’16 team.

But, of course, you have to play the games first, and the schedule ahead is a bit tricky.

Two of those regular-season matches are against Klahowya, which has surrendered just six goals this season, none against 1A Olympic League foes.

But, one of those tilts comes against Chimacum, a team that has been shredded for 62 goals in six games.

So, it may balance itself out.

Scoring stats through Apr. 15:

Derek Leyva – 16
Aram Leyva
– 7
Sam Wynn
– 4
Pedro Gamarra
– 3
William Nelson
– 3
Ethan Spark
– 2
James Wood
– 2
Chris Cernick
– 1
Jonathan Partida
– 1

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   With six goals in eight games, Wolf sophomore Aram Leyva has matched his total from his freshman season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The offense has a little extra octane in it this year.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad passed the halfway point of the regular season Monday, and sits at 4-3-1 overall, 3-1 in Olympic League play.

After upcoming back-to-back non-conference tilts with Forks and Port Angeles, the Wolves close with five straight conference games, then hope to be playoff-bound.

If the goal-scoring stays at current levels, a postseason berth should be fairly easy to get.

With nine different players tallying at least one score, CHS has already rattled the net for 34 goals.

That figure tops last year’s season-ending totals and is already the fourth-best team mark in the last nine years.

Why am I using nine seasons for this comparison, you ask? Easy answer — that’s what the Olympic League site has archived.

So, looking at the Wolf boys from 2010 to this moment in time, here’s how things have played out.

2010 – 39 goals
2011 – 30
2012 – 27
2013 – 15
2014 – 22
2015 – 37
2016 – 48
2017 – 26
2018 – 34 and counting

When it comes to individual scoring, sophomore Derek Leyva, who transferred to Coupeville this year, is out in front and chasing the Wolf single-season records.

On the boys side, that mark belong to Derek’s cousin, Abraham Leyva, who punched in 20 in one campaign, while Mia Littlejohn owns the school record with 27.

Season totals:

Derek Leyva – 14
Aram Leyva – 6
Sam Wynn – 4
Pedro Gamarra – 3
William Nelson – 3
Chris Cernick – 1
Jonathan Partida – 1
Ethan Spark – 1
James Wood – 1

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   Sophomore Avalon Renninger is one of seven Wolf booters to score this season, keeping Coupeville on a record-setting pace. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The goals are rattling home at a record pace.

Coupeville High School’s girls soccer squad has placed the ball in the back of the net, sometimes with a little help from its rivals, 29 times through the first seven games this season.

The Wolves haven’t reached the halfway point of the regular season yet — that comes Tuesday against Klahowya — but have already topped their offensive output from six of the past eight seasons.

Looking at the stats one can find on the Olympic League site, you can go back to the 2009 season, and this is how CHS has finished each season:

2009 — 15 goals
2010 — 16
2011 — 6
2012 — 8
2013 — 11
2014 — 18
2015 — 33
2016 — 47
2017 — 29 (and counting)

Coupeville’s goal-scoring renaissance can be directly linked to the arrival of Mia Littlejohn and Sage Renninger in 2014, followed by the addition of Kalia Littlejohn and Lindsey Roberts a year later.

The record-setting 2016 season was sparked by Mia Littlejohn racking up a school single-season record 27 goals.

This year, with her big sister having moved on, Kalia Littlejohn is on pace to both break Mia’s single season and career marks.

The junior sharpshooter has 13 goals in 2017, and 31 for her career (just four off Mia’s record).

After that comes Abraham Leyva, who tallied 45 career goals for the Wolf boys.

CHS scoring totals this season:

Kalia Littlejohn – 13
Genna Wright – 5
Lindsey Roberts – 4
Avalon Renninger – 2
Lauren Bayne – 1
Sage Renninger – 1
Ema Smith – 1

But wait, that’s 27 goals, not 29, you say.

There’s a simple explanation for that — Sage Renninger scares people.

Twice this season Coupeville’s senior captain has whipped laser shots on corner kicks and caused harried defenders to accidentally deflect the ball past their keepers for “own goals.”

And yes, Sage rightfully got assists on both plays for forcing the situation.

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Cody Menges (14) is one of seven WOlves to have scored this season. (John Fisken photos)

   Cody Menges (14) is one of eight Wolves to have scored this season. (John Fisken photos)

Ethan Spark (15)

   Ethan Spark (15) jumps into Tanner Kircher’s arms as Garrett Compton (right) joins them in a post-goal celebration.

The offense is clickin’.

The season is not over for the Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad, but they have already amassed their most successful goal-scoring campaign in recent memory.

And it’s not even close.

With at least two more games on the schedule — the regular season finale at Klahowya Tuesday and a playoff game Thursday in Oak Harbor — the Wolves have tallied 46 goals this season.

They have also scored in every one of their 13 games this season, unheard of consistency for a program which had been shutout at least five times a season for five years running.

At the center of the attack has been senior Abraham Leyva, who broke his own school single-season scoring record.

After tallying 25 goals combined over his first two seasons at CHS (11 as a sophomore and 14 as a junior) Leyva has 20 this year, having scored in all but one game.

Here’s a look at how this year’s Wolves compare to the last five teams to suit up:

2016 — 46 goals in 13 games, zero shutouts (5-7-1 record)
2015 — 35 goals in 14 games, six shutouts (3-11-0)
2014 — 22 goals in 17 games, five shutouts (5-10-2)
2013 — 15 goals in 17 games, nine shutouts (3-14-0)
2012 — 27 goals in 18 games, six shutouts (10-8-0)
2011 — 30 goals in 17 games, seven shutouts (6-11-0)

Both the 2011 and 2012 teams won playoff games, the last times the CHS boys’ soccer squad triumphed in the postseason.

The ’11 team beat Meridian 3-0, then was nipped 2-1 by Seattle Christian, while the ’12 booters bopped Meridian 1-0 and were eliminated 1-0 by Cedar Park Christian (Bothell).

And a look at this year’s scoring chart:

Abraham Leyva — 20
Ethan Spark — 8
Zane Bundy — 5
William Nelson — 5
Zack Nall — 3
Andre Avila — 2
Sebastian Davis — 2
Cody Menges — 1

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