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Frankie Tenore and Co. do not get to ride the bus all day and night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No hacking and coughing for you.

Tuesday’s Coupeville High School girls soccer road trip was cancelled, thanks to poor air quality in Granite Falls.

It’s the latest in a string of contests preempted in Washington state by smoke from forest fires.

No definitive word on whether the non-conference game will be rescheduled, though odds are not great with the end of the regular season in sight, and both schools putting a priority on playing league games first.

For now, Coupeville’s booters head back to the practice field, with their next and possibly final clash set for next Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Wolves host La Conner at 4 PM in the first half of a home doubleheader.

Senior Night festivities for both the CHS girls and boys will be held between games, before Coupeville’s boys face off with the Braves.

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CMS spiker coach Cris Matochi continues to build a strong program. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Joining Matochi is Coupeville alumni Raven Vick (right), and, occasionally, her sister Willow.

Check another box on the list.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball teams hit the road for the first time this season, surviving a visit Thursday to the wilds of Granite Falls.

The Wolves opened the season with three straight tilts at home, and now get the flip side, not playing on Whidbey again until Oct. 24.

The tale of the road trip:



Using a new player rotation, the Wolves pushed a high-class Granite squad to the limit before falling 25-23, 25-23.

CMS then rebounded to claim a third practice set 15-13.

The loss evens Coupeville’s record at 2-2 at the halfway point of its eight-match season.

Even in defeat, Wolf coaches Cris Matochi and Raven Vick came away pleased with a lot of what they saw on the floor.

“They played really well and everyone got a chance to have good contacts with the ball,” Vick said.

Coupeville was strong when serving, with Adeline Maynes “having long runs at the line every time she served.”

Tenley Stuurmans was also on fire, opening the second set with a six-point run on serve.

Vick praised the play of Lexis Drake, who “had some great passes and consistent serving,” and Haylee Armstrong, who “had many opportunities to hit the ball and had consistent passing.”

Rhylin (Price) and Capri (Anter) chipped in with good passing and serving as well,” Vick added.



Granite claimed the match 25-6, 25-11, but Coupeville roared back to claim a third set 16-14.

The Wolves, now 1-3 on the campaign, got a season-best performance from 6th grader KeeArya Brown.

KeeArya was on fire tonight with her passing and did well on serving,” Vick said. “She passed 80% of the balls and they were fantastic.”

Alexis Hewitt chipped in with stellar work at the service stripe, and the young Wolves continue to show growth and desire.

“They all played really hard and had good effort,” Vick said. “We struggled with setting up the second ball and that’s what failed us, but they picked it up in the last set to take the win.

“Everyone did their part and they played well.”

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Arianna Cunningham (front) and Alexandra Lo pound the course at a recent meet. (Jackie Saia photo)

They stood tall at the Falls.

The Coupeville Middle School cross country program sent 25 runners to the line Thursday at a six-school meet in Granite Falls, with Olivia Hall and Beckett Green capturing team honors.

Both Wolves nabbed 8th place in the individual standings, while tangling with runners from powerhouses like King’s and Langley.

The 1.7-mile course tested the young Coupeville harriers, while still having a lot less hills than their most-recent meet.

The Wolves get back at it Friday, Oct. 7, when they compete at the Hole in the Wall Invitational at Lakewood High School.

Devon Wyman slices through the underbrush. (Jackie Saia photo)


Thursday’s results:



Olivia Hall (8th) 12:38.46
Mikayla Wagner (12th) 12:54.18
Laken Simpson (13th) 13:07.31
Marin Winger (16th) 13:52.40
Allie Powers (19th) 14:34.94
Sage Stavros (29th) 15:41.91
Devon Wyman (37th) 16:24.56
Mary Western (38th) 16:26.66
Arianna Cunningham (41st) 17:05.64
Hailey Goldman (45th) 17:33.88
Amelia Crowder (50th) 18:34.21
Emma McFadden (51st) 18:51.60
Maci Wofford (53rd) 19:50.94
Camilla Wolfe (54th) 19:54.35
Alexandra Lo (56th) 20:05.70
Elizabeth Marshall (61st) 22:28.90
Savannah Niewald (62nd) 22:32.59



Beckett Green (8th) 11:08.23
Nathan Niewald (15th) 11:52.51
Roger Merino-Martinez (20th) 12:22.73
Cyrus Sparacio (24th) 13:09.94
Isaiah Allen (26th) 13:15.02
Ossian Merkel (28th) 13:24.94
Max Ohme (37th) 13:52.97
Avery Eelkema (46th) 15:02.59

“The day is done!” (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

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Adeline Maynes (16) clamps down on defense. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They finally get to go home.

Capping a three-game road trip Tuesday, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams put up strong efforts in their clash at Granite Falls.

Now the Wolves get three consecutive bouts on their home floor, beginning with a matchup Thursday against King’s.

After that CMS hosts Lakewood Mar. 22 and Sultan Mar. 29, before finishing the season with a trip down-Island to Langley Mar. 31.

How the trip to Granite played out:



Squaring off with a rugged foe, the Wolves hung tough but fell 42-11.

“The entire team played good defense,” said CMS coach Kassie O’Neil, “But (we) couldn’t manage to keep the ball on offense, or make the buckets they did put up.

Hard-charging guard Haylee Armstrong “hustled hard the entire time and had a couple of breakaway layups” to pace the Wolves.

Kierra Thayer and Capri Anter joined her in the scoring column, with Anter rippling the net on a successful free throw.



Coupeville’s second squad was blanked 18-0 by the Tigers.

While the Wolves didn’t reach their offensive goals, they did score on defense, where the plan was to hold Granite to 25 points or less.

“The JV team is constantly improving their defense ability,” said CMS coach Kristina Forbes. “Still a few quirks to work out.

“One thing I can definitely say about my players is they always hold their head up high and have amazing composure with the losses and to me that is a win in itself!”

With many of the young Wolves in their first season of competitive basketball, Forbes is looking for improvement and hard work.

“My girls are slowly gaining their confidence on the court, and it shows,” she said. “Adeline Maynes worked that court last night with her hustle.”

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Alex Murdy rampaged for 20 points Saturday as Coupeville improved to 13-0 on the season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

History achieved.

Three times in the last 105 years, a Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team started the season 12-0, only to stumble in unlucky game #13.

Not so for the 2021-2022 Wolves, who have done what the 1969-1970, 1976-1977, and 1996-1997 teams couldn’t do.

Holding off a feisty Granite Falls squad on the road Saturday, Coupeville escaped with a 70-62 win.

The non-conference victory over a 1A school which has been a longtime rival gives Brad Sherman’s squad — the only unbeaten 2B boys team in the state — a 13-0 mark heading into the home stretch of the regular season.

Left on the schedule are Northwest 2B/1B League tilts at Friday Harbor (Feb. 4) and La Conner (Feb. 10), before a likely appearance at the district tournament.

Coupeville once again demonstrated Saturday why they are so dangerous this year.

This group of Wolves doesn’t break under pressure, it can beat you from inside or outside, and it doesn’t matter which five players are on the floor at any given time.

As the Age of Coronavirus plays out, the state’s edict to test high school hoops players three times a week has left coaches to shuffle their rosters.

Saturday, the Wolves were down two varsity players, but as in every game before when other athletes were sidelined, the remaining group stepped up and seized the moment.

Facing a physical Granite Falls team which also hit the three-ball — at least in the early going — Coupeville didn’t blow its foe out.

But a win, by eight points or 48 points, is still a win. Get in, get the W, and get out.

Wolf senior Caleb Meyer, his curly locks glistening under the gym lights, got things started with a thunderous block on a Granite shot, and we were off.

The two teams traded baskets early, but a 13-2 run midway through the opening frame helped CHS open up a 17-13 lead after one quarter.

The Wolves kept Granite guessing, with Hawthorne Wolfe rippling the net on a long three-ball, before Meyer crashed end-to-end, taking a rebound all the way in for a bucket at the other end.

The biggest play, however, was a simple one, as Xavier Murdy got himself in perfect position on defense to draw a charge from a rampaging Tiger, sending a jolt of energy through the Coupeville faithful who traveled on a weekend night.

Cole White exploded off the bench to knock down back-to-back buckets to open the second quarter, but Granite hung tough.

The Tigers reclaimed the lead for a hot second at 27-26, before an Alex Murdy free throw tied things up, and then a wham-bam play staked CHS to a 29-27 lead at the half.

Logan Martin, rumblin’ down low in the paint, started things by coming up with a loose ball, before flicking an outlet pass to White.

The lanky sophomore led the charge down floor, sucked the defense in, then spun the ball to Grady Rickner — who was racing on his right — setting up a layup for his senior teammate.

Grady Rickner came up big on both ends of the floor.

Coupeville, as it has done so often this season, looked like it was blowing things wide open coming out of halftime.

Four Wolves combined to rattle the rims during a 21-9 third quarter surge, pushing the lead all the way out to 50-36 with eight minutes to play.

Wolfe led the way, lofting a pair of three-balls from the parking lot as part of an eight-point run, while Meyer slapped home six in support.

The rampaging Murdy siblings, who combined to toss in the other seven third-quarter points, teamed up on a pretty brother-to-brother bucket, with Xavier setting up Alex, and things looked safe.

But Granite had a few tricks still to play, as the Tigers rang up 26 points in a furious fourth-quarter rally.

Coupeville kept the lead right around 10, until Alex Murdy went out late after taking a rough tumble on a drive to the hoop and Wolfe fouled out on a questionable (at best) call.

A Tiger three-ball cut the lead all the way down to 66-60, but Granite also shot itself in the foot multiple times in the final moments.

Two missed free throws, an air ball on another trey, and a pair of turnovers forced by the aggressive Coupeville defense kept the hosts from staging a full comeback.

The Wolves missed some of their own free throws down the stretch, giving Granite a chance to dream, but converted when they needed it most.

Xavier Murdy, who joined the 400-point career scoring club Saturday, drained three of four charity shots in the final seconds to drive the final stake home.

As usual, the Wolves put together a very-balanced scoring attack, with Alex Murdy powering his way to a game-high 18 points.

Rickner kissed the glass for 16, Meyer drained 12, Wolfe made the nets jump for 11, while Xavier Murdy (9) and White (4) rounded out the offense.

It marked the ninth time in 13 games this season that Coupeville has topped the 70-point barrier.

After tossing in 11 points at Granite Falls, Hawthorne Wolfe has 761 for his career and moves to 16th place on the CHS boys career scoring chart.

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