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CMS 8th grader Logan Downes pumped in 20 points at Granite Falls Monday, and is averaging 16.3 a game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

With five of their first seven games on the road, Wolf hoops stars get to see a lot of different gyms. (Michelle Glass photo)

A five-man coaching staff led by Greg White (kneeling) is teaching a promising pack of players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kicking off a three-game road trip Monday, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball teams ran into a buzz-saw at Granite Falls, escaping with a tie in their best showing.

A tie???

Yes, in the continuing soccer-fication of the world, middle school hoops teams don’t play overtime.

Cause heaven forbid fans stay for five more minutes on a night when they’ve already put in four hours plus camped in the stands…

Anyways.

The trip to Granite is part of a rough early-season schedule for the Wolves, who play five of their first seven games off the Island.

After this, Coupeville travels to Sultan and Lakewood, finally returning to their own gym Dec. 4, when they welcome King’s to town.

The lopsided schedule does mean the Wolves get to play their final three games at home, however.

How Monday played out:

 

Level 1:

Logan Downes went off for his second-straight big-time scoring performance, but CMS fell 52-26.

The loss drops Coupeville’s top squad to 1-2 on the still-young season.

Downes, who suffered what seemed like a pretty-horrifying ankle injury in the opener, has continued to play through the pain and swelling, dropping 25 and now 20 points in back-to-back games.

The Wolf 8th grader pumped in half of his points Monday in the fourth quarter, as Coupeville finished strongly.

Unfortunately, a 14-4 deficit in the first quarter and a 17-6 margin in the third killed any chances of a comeback for the Wolves.

William Davidson and Ryan Blouin added buckets for CMS, with Cole White and Zane Oldenstadt each slipping a free throw through the net to round out the scoring.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves were Landon Roberts, Nick Guay, Timothy Nitta, and Hunter Bronec.

 

Level 2:

The best, or most unsatisfying, result of the afternoon, depending on your own personal feelings about ties.

Down seven at the half, Coupeville rallied to tie the game in the third, then the two teams coasted in with a 15-15 finish.

The tie leaves the Wolves at 2-0-1 on the season.

Granite jumped out to an early lead in a defensive-minded game, taking a 6-2 advantage into the first break, then stretching it out to 8-5 at the half.

With Mikey Robinett throwing down four points in the third, Coupeville reclaimed the advantage, outscoring the Tigers 7-0 to pull back into a 12-12 tie.

And that’s where it stayed, as neither team could claim the lead for good in a tense, and low-scoring fourth quarter.

Robinett led the Wolves with six points, while Nitta (2), Johnny Porter (2), Nathan Ginnings (2), Jack Porter (2), and Hunter Bronec (1) also broke into the scoring column.

Hurlee Bronec and Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim rounded out the active roster, chipping in with defense and hustle.

 

Level 3:

A slow first quarter and a cold fourth quarter ultimately doomed the Wolves in a 26-11 loss.

The Coupeville young guns, who returned to action after sitting out the last game when Northshore Christian Academy didn’t have a third team, fell to 0-2.

Granite claimed a 9-2 advantage after the first seven minutes of play, before the teams fought to 4-4 and 5-5 ties across the next two quarters.

An 8-0 Tigers run in the fourth padded the final margin out.

Carson Fields scored his first points of the season for Coupeville, raining down a team-high six, with Harlan Mouw adding three and Justin Jansen knocking down a third-quarter bucket.

Jordan Bradford, Jesus Madrigal, Alex Clark, and Chris Villarreal also saw floor time for the Wolves.

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Anna Dion and CHS soccer hosts Sultan Thursday, with a playoff berth on the line. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mallory Kortuem, being smooched on by mom Heather, scored her second goal of the season Wednesday night as Coupeville celebrated Senior Night.

They’re coming back for at least one encore, and maybe two.

Despite falling 6-1 to visiting Granite Falls Wednesday in a rough-and-tumble, yellow card-filled bout on Senior Night, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team hasn’t played its final game on its home turf.

The loss, combined with Sultan being blanked 3-0 by Cedar Park Christian, leaves Coupeville tied with the Turks for the final playoff berth from the North Sound Conference.

The Wolves (1-9 in league play, 1-12-2 overall) host Sultan (1-9, 1-13-2) Thursday at 5 PM in a tie-breaker game.

Free to the public, the rumble will run half the length of a normal game, with two 20-minute halves.

If the teams are tied at the end of regulation, there will be up to two five-minute sudden-death overtime periods, with a penalty-kick shootout at the end if we’re still knotted up.

The loser is done for the season, while the winner advances to host a district play-in playoff game Saturday.

That game would be at 1 PM, would also be free, and would feature Mount Baker as the opponent.

If Coupeville survives playing both Sultan and Baker, it advances to face the #3 team from the North Sound Conference, either CPC (5-5, 8-6) or Granite (5-5, 8-7), in another loser-out game Monday, Oct. 28.

Every playoff game from Monday on would be a road game for the Wolves, with admission charged.

Wednesday marked the end of the regular season for NSC soccer teams, with previously undefeated South Whidbey “Cougin’ it” and losing 2-0 at King’s to blow its shot at winning an uncontested league title.

The Falcons (9-1, 13-1-1) and Knights (9-1, 12-4) tie for the title, with each having won 2-0 on their home turf.

While that game was for the title, Coupeville’s tilt on the pitch was a much-more emotional affair, as the Wolves honored their five seniors.

Avalon Renninger, Mallory Kortuem, Anna Dion, Tia Wurzrainer, and Natalie Hollrigel were showered with praise, applause, and hugs, while Sherry Roberts read their farewell notes to a packed crowd.

Full of good will for all, the Wolves then hit the field, only to run into one of the rougher teams it has played this season.

As the battle raged on, players from both sides went down (though no one seemed to suffer any permanent injuries) and the refs spent a decent amount of time waving yellow cards, even handing one out to ultra-cool CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

Granite Falls broke a scoreless tie a little over 10 minutes into the game, winning a one-on-one battle, as a Tiger came crashing in hot and pegged a ball just out of the reach of Wolf goalie Mollie Bailey.

The Coupeville junior, hitting her stride again after returning from an earlier shoulder injury, did her best to combat frequent shots on goals, deflecting balls from all angles.

One play, on which Bailey slid to her right and punched the ball away as it came zinging towards her head, was especially sweet, and earned a roar from the pro-Wolf crowd.

The visitors had the magic touch, however, and knocked in two more goals late in the first half to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room.

With the margin mushrooming out to 5-0, Coupeville got a trio of second-half highlights from Kortuem, which put a more-positive spin on things.

The speedy Wolf star blasted in her second goal of the season, and sixth of her career, to get Coupeville on the board, then she got defensive.

Kortuem first blew up a rival in the open field, dumping a hapless Tiger on her rear, before pulling off a sensational save.

With a Granite player WAY, WAY ahead of her and making a mad dash at the goal, the school record holder in the 400 hit the jets, came flying in like a runaway missile, slid, and deftly knocked the ball free at the last second.

The crowd’s first reaction was stunned silence, as their brains tried to comprehend what they had just witnessed.

Then the stadium rocked, waves of adulation rolling down for Kortuem, one of the best to ever wear the Wolf uniform.

While Coupeville’s coach prefers to focus on team accomplishments instead of singling out players, he was willing to shower some praise on his pack of seniors after the game.

“They’ve been awesome, stepped up and become true leaders of this team,” Nelson said. “Each has been successful in their own way and brought their own talents, and it’s made for a very cohesive team, and one which has had a lot of fun.”

Fun which isn’t over just yet.

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Maya Toomey-Stout pounded 11 kills, went low for nine digs, and zinged four service aces Tuesday as Coupeville shredded Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves honored their seniors before the match. (Photo courtesy Charlotte Young)

All the spikes, all the emotions.

In the midst of the roar of the crowd, in between the hugs of parents and siblings, they stood together Tuesday night.

Eight young women, seniors all, talented volleyball players and better people.

And in the middle of the scrum, the coach who has guided them for their entire high school journey, a man who has transformed the Coupeville High School volleyball program.

There is a chance these Wolf spikers will never play on their home floor again, that a straight-sets Senior Night win against visiting Granite Falls, will be their swan song on the CHS floor.

But there is also an even bigger chance the Wolves, now 12-1, matching the 2004 team for the best record through 13 matches by any CHS team, will be back.

That, after ending the regular season with matches at King’s Thursday and Sultan Oct. 28, Coupeville will play well enough at the district playoffs (Nov. 2 and 5) to make it to the second day of the two-day tourney.

Which would put them back on their home court, as the final five district matches, with five berths to the bi-district tournament at stake, will be held at Coupeville’s gyms.

Wolf coach Cory Whitmore, now 47-17 across four seasons at CHS, would love to have his team take the floor in front of their home fans again.

But that’s still down the road, and, for the moment, he and his seniors were content to enjoy their 25-21, 25-11, 25-16 win over Granite, and the pre-match festivities which went with it.

“A great Senior Night with a fantastic group of seniors and their families!,” Whitmore said. “This group has meant so much to me for four years, and I’m so proud and honored to be their coach and mentor.

“We have more goals to reach together, and, as always, this group looks forward to the challenge.”

With the win, the Wolves, 7-1 in league play, clinched at least second-place in the NSC for a second-straight season, while keeping alive hopes of catching King’s (8-0, 12-0) for the conference crown.

Cedar Park Christian (5-3, 10-4) could still tie Coupeville record-wise, but CHS swept CPC this season, giving the Wolves the tiebreaker.

South Whidbey (3-5, 4-8), Sultan (1-7, 4-9), and Granite Falls (0-8, 3-10) round out the current standings.

Tuesday night was about remembering the past, celebrating the present, and playing for the future.

With the exception of their first match-up with King’s, the Wolves have drilled opponents left and right, and Granite, while willing to put up a fight, could do little to derail a team with so many weapons.

The match opened with Maya Toomey-Stout blasting a savage kill which jumped off her hand and shot cross-court, evading two Granite defenders, and Coupeville rarely let up.

A Hannah Davidson spike which bounced off a rival’s upper arm staked the Wolves to an early lead, then two big kills from a red-hot Zoe Trujillo stretched the lead way out.

Both of Trujillo’s put-aways were set up by strong hustle plays from her fellow seniors.

On the first, Emma Mathusek, the unflappable, often unsung heart and soul of the squad, sold out, sacrificing her body to peel a ball off the floor, before Toomey-Stout showed off her world-class talent and heart on the second.

Coming from the back side of the floor, on a ball which wasn’t hers (but no one else was going to reach it), “The Gazelle” slid halfway down the court on her stomach, flipping the ball skyward at the last second and right onto Trujillo’s waiting kill hand.

“I said I wasn’t going to cry, but that almost made me tear up a bit,” Whitmore said with a big smile.

Mouths agape, the Granite players were noticeably impressed. But, to their credit, they didn’t completely crack, continuing to try and chip away at the lead.

From eight points down, the Tigers got within 3-4 points a couple times in the first frame, but each time a Wolf stepped up to put down the rally.

Maddie Vondrak, one of just a handful of non-seniors on the Wolf varsity (she was joined on the floor Tuesday by Lucy Tenore and Kylie Chernikoff, while Chelsea Prescott continued to rehab a hurt ankle), mashed a crowd-pleasing kill.

Then it was Toomey-Stout’s turn once again, a kill erupting from her hand and ending the set on a positive bang.

The second set was Coupeville’s from start to finish, with Raven Vick, Lucy Sandahl, and Scout Smith all putting together runs at the service line, while Trujillo painted the corners of the court with laser-riffic kills.

Smith pulled off a master class in deception on one point, suckering the Granite defense into believing she was launching a pass, before twisting her body into a pretzel in mid-air and dropping a lil’ flick shot into the smallest of gaps.

But while that shot was pure art, Coupeville lived and thrilled on pure power much of the evening, so it was sort of fitting the final point of the frame came via Trujillo launching a running spike which crash-landed with an emphatic bang.

At times this season, the Wolves have roared out to a two-set lead, then “napped” a bit in the third set. Not so this time out.

Making sure the match would end in a quick, efficient manner, Coupeville unloaded every spike in its arsenal in the final frame, with Trujillo and Vondrak staging a super-friendly, but fierce, competition to see who could scare the Tigers more.

Trujillo painted the corner on a kill, tore off some random body parts on a couple of other blasts, then capped things with a mammoth shot.

To which Vondrak bowed in the direction of her older teammate, smiled slightly, and brought out the gun show.

“The Mad Masher” tore off the back line for a point, nailed another winner by launching the ball from corner to corner, then lingered at the net as Willow Vick fired off a smokin’ serve on match point.

Granite got the ball back into play (barely), but as it flopped back over the net, Vondrak shot straight up and ripped the cover off the ball, before bouncing back to Earth, smile a mile wide as her teammates rushed her.

Off to the side, their coach nodded and lightly tapped his clipboard in approval.

“We have really been focusing on the team concept, and everyone played big parts in this win,” Whitmore said. “We stayed calm and composed and never let anything get out of control tonight.

“I’m through the roof for these girls.”

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Jaimee Masters delivered three kills, five service aces, and two digs Tuesday, as Coupeville’s JV volleyball squad cruised to a big win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Taygin Jump delivers one of her nine kills. (Brian Vick photo)

Own the service line, own the match.

With Jaimee Masters and Maddie Georges going off at the stripe Tuesday, combining for nine aces while winning 32 points off their serves, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad was unbeatable.

While the final score, with the Wolves bouncing visiting Granite Falls 25-15, 25-22, 25-17, wasn’t a complete rout, there was never a moment when it felt like the home team was in the slightest danger.

Coupeville, now a shiny 7-1 in North Sound Conference play, 10-2 overall, trailed a couple of times, sure.

But 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in sets played to 25 points aren’t exactly the stuff of potential upsets.

It took the Wolves maybe two minutes to get fully chugging, and then the bombs started dropping.

Knotted up at 3-3 in the first set, Coupeville paged its nuclear bomb-launching outside hitter, with Kylie Chernikoff immediately answering the clarion call to arms.

Back-to-back big bombs off of the back line, with the second Chernikoff blast carving a path through a wave of defenders unwilling to stop the ball by sacrificing their faces, kicked things into high gear.

With Masters at the line, pegging aces, the lead soon soared to 12-4 and the Wolves never looked back.

Alita Blouin and Georges kicked in short, but sweetly effective, runs of their own at the line in the opening set, while Chernikoff, Jill Prince, and Taygin Jump took turns administering put-away shots.

A kill from Ryanne Knoblich ricocheted off a Granite player’s elbow, while Masters showed off the whole skill-set, dropping back-to-back kills from opposite sides of the court.

The second and third set were more of the same upbeat song for the Wolves, with Prince delivering a bone-crunching block that almost brought CHS coach Chris Smith to tears.

Happy, happy tears, but tears.

Georges and Masters controlled much of the set with their service games, while Jump decided to try and collect every single kill and put-away.

I said, every single one.

During one stretch, Jump had three consecutive winners, each offering a different style of attack.

On the first, the fab frosh came bounding in from the left side to smash the ball away from a Tiger.

Then, Jump tiptoed through the (invisible) tulips around the net on the next play, somehow staying a mere millimeter away from crashing through the barrier while controlling her body enough to flick a tip through the defense for another point.

And, just to complete the trifecta and debut a third dance of joy, she walloped the volleyball, which was screaming “Leave me alone, Taygin, you beast!,” as she windmilled a winner off a Granite player’s elbow.

Needing to catch her breath, at least for a moment, Jump ceded the spotlight to others after the one-two-three punch, so Anya Leavell sprang into action.

A sweet lil’ slicer kissed the court for a point, a tip evaded the defense for yet another, and then Leavell rose up, twirled through the clouds, and blasted a kill to complete her own trifecta of savage success.

With the Wolves rolling merrily along, everyone delivered big-time plays down the stretch, with Prince dominating at the net, Ivy Leedy popping a winner or two, and Heidi Meyers lashing sizzlin’ serves.

Not to be forgotten, Chernikoff, who tore up the Tigers defense with a match-high 14 kills, delivered one of the hardest-hit winners of the season at any level.

Roaring in from the left side of the floor as Georges flicked a picture-perfect set into the air, Kylie the Killer elevated, then hung in the air for an eternity, half her body above the net.

One word, three letters, one syllable, could be heard coming across the floor, almost in a whisper, and it sent chills up the spines of every Tiger she was eye-balling.

“Run!!!”

The smart ones did.

The rest closed their eyes and prayed for their very souls, as Chernikoff punched a hole through the universe, the ball screaming downward to rip up the floorboards, then blow a hole through the back wall of the gym.

And that was about the last time any Granite player was willing to get anywhere near the ball. Maybe ever again.

For Smith, who was rockin’ and rollin’ from his perch next to the bench, wearing the smile of a coach who loves his job and loves seeing his players blow up the world, it was a nice cap to a strong team-wide performance.

Chernikoff added seven digs to her massive pile of kills, while Georges dealt out 26 assists to go with four aces.

Jump (nine kills, four digs), Masters (three kills, five aces, two digs), Prince (four kills and that eye-popping block), Leavell (three kills), Blouin (three assists, two digs, and some quietly spectacular saves to keep plays going), Knoblich (two kills), and Leedy (two kills) rounded out the stat sheet.

Not to be forgotten, Meyers and Abby Mulholland, in street clothes as she recovers from a concussion, were exuberant supporters of their teammates.

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Jordyn Rogers notched a team-high 10 kills Tuesday night as the Coupeville C-Team spikers crushed visiting Granite Falls in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They are a finely-tuned killing machine.

The Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball squad only had six players listed on its stat sheet Tuesday, cause they only needed six.

A spare player or two would have just gotten in the way, as Krimson Rector’s ace-happy assassins sliced visiting Granite Falls off at the knees and left the Tigers to bleed out in the side gym.

Rolling to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-9 win, the explosive Wolf freshmen soared to 7-1 in North Sound Conference play, 8-1 overall.

Next up is a trip to Shoreline Thursday, where the C-Team machine gets a rematch with King’s, the only team to (barely) slip away from its grasp.

After that, the young Wolves wrap their season Monday, Oct. 28 at Sultan.

Facing off with Granite, CHS piled up 19 kills and 23 service aces.

Jordyn Rogers was a beast at the net, piling up a team-high 10 kills, while Maya Lucero (3), Gwen Gustafson (2), Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson (2), Allie Lucero (1), and Vivian Farris (1) all chipped in to the effort.

The Lucero twins battled it out all evening for the lead in aces, with Allie narrowly eking out an 11-10 win.

Kalwies-Anderson added two aces, while Gustafson topped the Wolves with five digs.

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