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Abby Mulholland scored seven points Friday as the Coupeville JV decimated visiting Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They only got one chance to play, so they made dang sure to get the most out of it.

While some other Coupeville High School basketball teams are playing as many as three times this week, the Wolf JV girls got the short end of the stick.

Friday Harbor bailed on its game at the last second Wednesday, and The Bush School was upfront about only wanting to play a varsity game Saturday.

That left the Coupeville JV girls with one chance to impress, Friday night at home against Concrete, and they delivered.

And how.

Blasting the visiting Lions in every quarter, the Wolves romped to a 50-13 non-conference victory, lifting their record to a shiny 3-1 on the season.

CHS bolted out to a 13-2 lead after one quarter of hardwood action, sparked by the hot shooting of Alita Blouin, who popped for six quick points in the first frame.

From there, Megan Smith’s squad attacked from all angles, throwing up buckets at a dizzying pace.

From 13-2, Coupeville stretched the lead to 26-7 at the half, then 37-9 after three quarters.

The Wolves got big games from everyone on the roster, with eight different players scoring.

Gwen Gustafson, the only Wolf to score in every quarter, finished atop the stat sheet, popping the nets for a sweet 15 points, while Blouin was right behind her with 12.

Abby Mulholland (7), Ella Colwell (6), Jessenia Camarena (4), Natalie Castano (3), Savana Allen (2), and Ryanne Knoblich (1) also scored.

That pack got on-court help from Samantha Streitler, Claire Mayne, and Morgan Stevens, and off-court support from Lily Leedy and Heidi Meyers.

While the young Wolves will sit out Saturday’s action, they have a full week ahead, with games against Sultan, Port Townsend, and Nooksack Valley before heading into winter break.

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Freshman Gwen Gustafson and her fellow Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball spikers played strongly at a weekend tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re young, but dangerous.

The Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball squad continues to tear through opponents.

The Wolves, a scrappy band of freshmen coached by Krimson Rector, are 2-0 in match play, and can now add a strong showing at a tournament in Oak Harbor to their resume.

Playing in a seven-team field Saturday, Coupeville opened by winning five of six sets to capture 1st place in their pool.

The Wolves held off Kent-Meridian 26-24, 22-25, 25-20, then scorched Mount Vernon Christian 25-21, 25-19, 25-9.

“The girls got a lot of good play in,” Rector said.

A lunch break between pool play and entry into the gold bracket cooled the Wolves off a bit, and they fell in their rematch with Kent-Meridian, a large 4A school.

Coupeville walked away with 4th place in the tourney, ready to get back to pounding on opposing squads.

The Wolf C-Team plays twice this coming week, facing South Whidbey at home Tuesday, then traveling Thursday to Granite Falls.

No stats were kept for the Oak Harbor tournament.

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Gwen Gustafson is bringing her athletic skills to Coupeville High School in the fall, following in the footsteps of successful older siblings. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gwen Gustafson has the pedigree.

Both of her older siblings, Amanda Fabrizi and Clay Reilly, had standout careers at Coupeville High School, and both now sit in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

But just wait, because the lil’ sis has game too, and is already a well-established three-sport star in her own right as high school beckons.

Gustafson, who will be a freshman at CHS this fall, has been playing almost since she could walk, and has been a key part of successful teams in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

Her last two teams went a combined 22-1, in fact.

First, Gustafson was a starter on a Coupeville Middle School 8th grade hoops squad which polished off everyone on its schedule, rolling to a flawless 9-0 record.

Then she capped that by pulling double duty as a flame-throwing pitcher and a hit-happy batter for a Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team which outscored foes 245-101 while romping to a 13-1 mark.

While Gustafson plans to stay with all three of her sports in high school, the siren call of the hardwood is a powerful one.

“I like the competitiveness, and the teamwork,” she said. “I can compete with my teammates, stay healthy, and have fun.”

Away from the court, Gustafson enjoys gym and math class, listening to rap and pop music and spending time with friends and family.

But when she’s practicing, or playing in a game, regardless of the sport, she does so with deep commitment.

“I have confidence, trust in my teammates, I don’t give up, and I can pick skills up quickly,” Gustafson said. “(My goals are) to work hard and improve my team.”

While her older siblings have shown her the path to success, Gwen also looks to her parents, Lark and Fawn Gustafson, for support and encouragement as an athlete, student, and human being.

“My dad has inspired me and really helped me grow as a person and as an athlete,” she said. “He has been my coach and a loving father for my whole life.

“My mom has also supported me,” Gustafson added. “Helping me be aware of my health and well-being, and she has inspired me to be a better person.”

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The undefeated Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team swept a doubleheader Saturday, while CHS players Veronica Crownover (back, center) and Nicole Laxton (far right) worked as umps. (Suzan Georges photo)

All they do is win.

Playing in front of high school stars Nicole Laxton and Veronica Crownover, who were making successful debuts as umps Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad swept a home doubleheader.

Even playing without staff pitching ace Savina Wells, the Wolves were too much for Anacortes, pulling out an 18-16 win in the opener, before rolling 17-7 in the nightcap.

The sweep lifts Central Whidbey to a flawless 9-0 on the season, a time when they have outscored their foes 172-58.

How the twin-bill sweep went down:


Game 1:

The Wolves whacked 23 hits and ended up needing every one of them in a rare nail-biter.

CWLL uncharacteristically trailed several times in the game, and were still tied 15-15 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but pulled away at the end.

Big hits from Gwen Gustafson, Maddie Georges, Jill Prince, and Sofia Peters gave the Wolves their final three runs, then the defense clamped down in the top of the seventh, and victory was achieved.

Georges led the Central Whidbey attack, ripping five singles in the opener (just the start of an amazing day at the plate for the CMS 8th grader), while Peters added a triple and three singles.

Prince notched three base-knocks, including a double, with Gustafson (2), Allie Lucero (2), Melanie Navarro (2), Vivian Farris (2), Maya Lucero (2), and Cypress Socha (1) all collecting hits as well.

Central Whidbey also played stellar defense, with Georges catching a fly on the run in center, elevating to make the catch at the last second, while Peters snared a shot back to third while sliding on her knees.


Game 2:

After some tenseness in the opener, the nightcap was more like a normal game for the Wolves, as they used 17 hits, five strong innings from Vivian Farris, making her first career start in the pitcher’s circle, and a monster performance by Georges.

Dominating every aspect of the game, she followed up her five-hit performance in game one with a four-hit affair in game two, which included a two-run inside-the-park home run to open the scoring.

When she wasn’t smoking hits to every field — she finished with nine base-knocks on the day — Georges provided a calming target for Farris behind the plate.

She also popped up and gunned down three would-be base-stealers, including a pair headed to third.

Central Whidbey scored in every inning, dropping two runs apiece in the first, second, and fourth innings, while blowing up the board for seven in the third.

Add a single run in the fifth, and three in the bottom of the sixth, and the mercy rule took effect when Maya Lucero lofted a monster fly which cleared the right fielder’s head before landing and bouncing around out by the warning track.

The Wolves spread out their hits, with Georges being backed by Allie Lucero (two doubles and a single) Gustafson (two singles), Peters (a home run and a single), and Prince (two singles).

FarrisNavarro, Karyme Castro, and Adrian Burrows all punched singles, as the entire lineup was on fire.

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Sofia Peters collected three hits Saturday, as Central Whidbey Little League softball torched Anacortes 23-13. (Photo courtesy Paula Peters)

The hit machine can’t be stopped.

Rapping out 18 base-knocks Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team walloped visiting Anacortes 23-13 to remain undefeated.

Sitting at a perfect 2-0 on the still-young season, the Wolves are now off for spring break, not returning to play until April 11.

Central Whidbey headed to vacation in style, crunching Anacortes pitching every time it stepped to the plate.

Trailing 1-0 headed into the bottom of the first, the Wolves put up three runs in their half of the inning, then torched the joint for nine more in the second.

Five runs in the bottom of the third stretched the margin out to 17-2, but Anacortes finally found its own offense and rallied a bit.

A nine-run top of the fourth for the visitors closed the gap to 17-11, but Central Whidbey was having no shenanigans, quickly dropping another six-spot of its own to seal the deal.

The Wolves got hitting up and down the lineup, with eight of 11 hitters recording at least one base-knock.

The big blows came from Jill Prince and The Bash Sisters, Allie and Maya Lucero, who all connected for doubles.

Lead-off hitter Gwen Gustafson paced Central Whidbey, punching four singles, while Maddie Georges and Melanie Navarro each walked four times apiece.

Sofia Peters, Prince, and Allie Lucero collected three hits each, with Maya Lucero notching two, and Adrian Burrows, Karyme Castro, and Vivian Farris each rapping out a single.

Every Wolf scored at least once, with Castro and Hayley Fiedler coming off the bench to make it a perfect 11-for-11.

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