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It’s a shot to the heart (or at least a shot to the chest protector). (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The diamond is alive once more.

Spring sports officially launched Wednesday, with Coupeville High School baseball and softball teams whacking visiting South Whidbey for season-opening victories.

As the day played out, photographers Jackie Saia and John Fisken snapped away, capturing the pics seen above and below.

Wolf 8th graders Haylee Armstrong (left) and Capri Anter get their first taste of high school ball. (Jackie Saia photo)

Aaron Lucero, international man of mystery. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

CHS baseball parents Morgan and Greg White get their side hustle on. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gwen Gustafson owns the plate. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Teagan Calkins comes up firing. (Jackie Saia photo)

Steve Hilborn silently prays for the prairie wind to stop blowing. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Rhylin Price is the future, and the future is talented. (Jackie Saia photo)

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Haylee Armstrong rains down three-balls, then dances away into the night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The games are done, but the photos remain.

Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball put a cap on an eight-game season Thursday, moving to the big gym to square off with visiting South Whidbey.

As the teams battled for hardwood supremacy, wanderin’ photo clicker John Fisken fired up his cameras, and the pics above and below are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot, and ponder the possibility of making some early Christmas purchases for the grandparents down in Grand Rapids, pop over to:





South Whidbey:


Wolf hoops stars cheer on their teammates.

“Let the bodies hit the floor!”

Putting a cap on a successful season.

CMS coach Bennett Richter ponders what’s louder — Navy jets ripping over OLF or 10,000 screaming preteens in a gym?

It doesn’t count unless the score table says it counts.

Armstrong airborne? Awesome!

Adeline Maynes (hand under chin) and Chelsi Stevens enjoy a moment.

Does the mug match the shoes? Debate.

A win in the books, a celebration on the floor.

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Coupeville 6th grader Tamsin Ward has a bright hardwood future. (Photo courtesy Jandellyn Ward)

“What a cap to the season.”

The Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball squads brought an end to the campaign Thursday, netting a huge win and a narrow loss to archrival South Whidbey.

The Wolves #1 team pulled out its first victory of the season on their home floor, holding on for a 35-30 triumph, while the second unit lost a heartbreaker 10-9 at the buzzer.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Big shots from behind the arc sparked Coupeville in a tense, physical conflict between two fairly evenly matched squads.

Wolf 8th grader Haylee Armstrong departed middle school hoops by splashing home a trio of three-balls in the third quarter, while 6th grader Tamsin Ward buried a huge trey in the game’s final minutes.

“The 1’s came out and played the most physical game of the year,” said Coupeville coach Bennett Richter. “They battled through bumps and bruises to pull out the win!

“These girls steadily improved and continued to work hard throughout the season and got their revenge on a very physical South Whidbey team.”

Coupeville jumped out to an early lead, heading to the first break up 8-4, before South Whidbey closed the gap back to 15-14 by halftime.

The third quarter was vintage Hayley Time, as the fast-dribbling, sweet-shooting Armstrong rattled the rims for all of her team’s points during a game-busting 11-4 run.

That gave the Wolves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, though the visitors made things interesting at the end.

Armstrong, who now moves to high school softball to cap her 8th grade year, finished with a team-best 16 points, while Ward knocked down five in support.

Tenley Stuurmans, Lexis Drake, and Rhylin Price added four points apiece, with Capri Anter banking in a bucket to round out the scoring effort.

Chelsi Stevens and Adeline Maynes also saw floor time for the Wolves, providing scrappy defense.


Level 2:

South Whidbey bounced back from being blanked in the first quarter to pull out the win, with the game-deciding bucket falling through the net with mere ticks left on the clock.

In a game where scoring was at a premium, Coupeville led 2-0 at the first break thanks to an Ava Lucero bucket, and 3-2 at the half after Lina Shelly slipped a free-throw through the net.

The Wolves put up four points in the third quarter, with Kennedy O’Neill and Ari Cunningham both scoring, and carried a 7-4 advantage into the final frame.

Cunningham notched another bucket in the fourth, but South Whidbey managed to pull out the victory on the game’s final play.

Win or lose, first-year Coupeville hoops coaches Richter and Mia Littlejohn came away satisfied with the growth and effort of their players.

“It was a very intense final couple of minutes,” Richter said. “They played so incredibly hard.”

Izzy Bowder, Melanie Wolfe, Taylor Marrs, Amaiya Curry, Lillie Ketterling, and Isa De Souza Oliveira McFetridge also saw action in the finale.

While South Whidbey only has two teams, Coupeville’s numbers were booming this season, with the Wolves fielding three squads most days.

All three CMS units enjoyed the taste of victory, heralding a bright future for Wolf girls’ basketball.

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You get an “A” for defensive effort. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s still raining.

A day after a substantial amount of chunky hail peppered parts of Whidbey Island, the Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball squads dropped numerous buckets from above on visiting Granite Falls.

With 14 different Wolves scoring in their home gym Monday afternoon, CMS won a game and came within a basket of forcing overtime in another.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Coupeville’s top squad built an early lead, but couldn’t hang on late, and was nipped 23-21 in a nip-and-tuck battle.

Five different Wolves kissed the ball off the backboard in the second quarter, sending CMS into the halftime break up 14-8.

Unfortunately for local fans, the visitors clamped down on the defensive side of the ball in the second half, cutting their deficit to 17-14 after three quarters, before pulling away for the narrow win.

8th grade ace Haylee Armstrong paced the Wolves with a team-high eight points, with Capri Anter chipping in with four.

Sydney Van Dyke (2), Rhylin Price (2), Tamsin Ward (2), Adeline Maynes (2), and Tenley Stuurmans (1) also scored, with Lexis Drake rounding out the active roster.


Level 2:

The Wolves bolted out to a quick lead, then held on for the victory in a defensive-minded rumble.

Holding Granite scoreless in the second quarter, Coupeville pushed a 4-2 lead at the first break out to a 10-2 advantage at the half, with the two teams combining for just 10 points in the second half.

Ari Cunningham had the hot hand for the Wolves, banking in six points, with Lillie Ketterling (4), Lina Shelly (2), and Melanie Wolfe (2) also tallying points for CMS.

Kennedy O’Neill, Izzy Bowder, Taylor Marrs, Amaiya Curry, and Isa De Souza Oliveira McFetridge all saw floor time as well.


Level 3:

You got me.

The Wolves lost 28-12, but it’s tricky to know more.

My sister is in Antarctica for two weeks (seriously), so I’m holding down the farm — and three nephews, two dogs, a cat, 75,612 chickens, and assorted wayward coyotes — and unable to attend any of the home games in person.

Monday’s book?

Willow Leedy-Bonifas is visible, pulling off the Beyonce-style one-name thing, but everyone else appears to have joined the Witness Relocation Program and I have no list of players matching names with jersey #’s, so…


What’s next:

Coupeville has a busy week, traveling to Lakewood Tuesday, before hosting Sultan Thursday. Tipoff is 3:15 PM.

The season wraps the following week, with a final home royal rumble Thursday, Mar. 9 against South Whidbey.

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Capri Anter (left) and Haylee Armstrong (right), rising hoops stars. (Photo courtesy Michelle Armstrong)

“We are working on putting together a full game.

“When we can play the first half as tough as we normally do the second half, we will be a very tough team to deal with.”

That’s how Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball coach Bennett Richter felt after the Wolves played their home opener Tuesday afternoon.

Facing off with ritzy private school Northshore Christian Academy, both CMS teams to see action progressively got better as the game unfolded.

How the day went, as I stayed home to fight off a head cold:


Level 1:

8th grader Haylee Armstrong poured in a team-high 11 points and the Wolves put together their best stretch of play in the 4th quarter.

Haylee is showing that she is and will be a force to be reckoned with!” Richter said.

While the Wolves fell 40-17, they played NSC even in the final frame, holding their own in a 10-10 stalemate.

Lillie Ketterling added four points in support of Armstrong’s 11, while Rhylin Price also banked home a bucket.

Adeline Maynes, Lexis Drake, Capri Anter, Sydney Van Dyke, Chelsi Stevens, and Tamsin Ward also saw floor time for the Wolves in the day’s first game.


Level 2:

Coupeville fell 32-15 in the nightcap but increased its scoring total in each quarter.

“Slow start, strong finish,” Richter said. “Team Two really made Northshore work in the second half.”

Ari Cunningham paced the Wolf attack with six points, with Isa De Souza Oliveira McFetridge rattled the rims for four.

Kennedy O’Neill (2), Lina Shelly (2), and Ava Lucero (1) also scored, with Izzy Bowder, Amaiya Curry, and Taylor Marrs rounding out the active roster.


What’s ahead:

Coupeville hits the road Thursday, traveling to Shoreline to face King’s, then closes with three of four in its home gym.

The Wolves welcome Granite Falls (Feb. 27), Sultan (Mar. 2), and South Whidbey (Mar. 9) to town, while also riding the bus to Lakewood (Feb. 28)

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