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   Hunter Downes celebrates Saturday during Coupeville’s playoff win over Bellevue Christian. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Aram Leyva, a wizard on the soccer pitch. Seriously, he’s going all Harry Potter on us and flying.

Wolf fans celebrate a game-busting goal.

In the heat of battle, William Nelson finds his moment of Zen.

Alex Jimenez dances with the ball.

Axel Partida has a meeting of the minds with the ball.

A giddy Downes (right) and Pedro Gamarra hug it out.

“Bow Down to Cow Town!”

Loud ‘n proud.

Coupeville High School shocked the soccer world Saturday, upending five-time state champ Bellevue Christian and earning the Wolf booters their first playoff win since 2012.

With the game just up the road in Oak Harbor, CHS had a sizable collection of fans on hand, plus the attention of their own personal paparazzi.

The photos above, a mix of on and off field action, come to us courtesy John Fisken.

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Plus, a chunk of any proceeds go to fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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   James Wood uses his noggin to redirect the ball during a “friendly” between Coupeville and Oak Harbor’s soccer squads. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf bench sizzles in the afternoon sun.

Speedy Coupeville track star Mallory Kortuem, momentarily at rest.

“They said it was a friendly…”

Josh Robinson stalks the pitch, a man on a mission.

   Derek Leyva, having broken the CHS boys soccer single-season scoring record in his last game, takes a moment to dance with the ball.

   Wolf soccer captains Sage Renninger (left) and Lauren Bayne came out to support their male counterparts.

Hunter Downes slices ‘n dices his way through the Wildcats.

From nothing, something.

Coupeville and Oak Harbor threw together a JV soccer game at the last second, partially as a way for the Wolves to get a feel for playing on turf prior to kicking off the playoffs.

With CHS only having a handful of true second-team players, the Wolves tossed in a mix of varsity players for Wednesday’s “friendly,” and no stats were kept.

That didn’t keep ever-wandering photo whiz kid John Fisken from sliding by the pitch to fire off a few hundred shots, however, and a collection of his work can be seen above.

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   Hunter Downes eyes the defense, looking for the tiniest of holes through which to slip a pass. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

A serious scorekeeper’s table for a serious game.

Gavin Knoblich stops ‘n pops.

The Joey Lippo fan club is out in force.

Cameron Toomey-Stout comes flying in hot.

   Four generations of Shermans converge in the CHS gym. The one you don’t see is Brad, the Wolf boys basketball coach.

Koa Davison has eyes only for the basket.

   Seniors, left to right, Kyle Rockwell, Lippo, Ethan Spark, Downes, Hunter Smith, James Vidoni and Toomey-Stout celebrate a final win on their home court.

The action was hot and the camera was crankin’.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team shocked first-place Klahowya Thursday night, sending the Wolf seniors out victorious in their final home game.

Along for the ride was ace camera clicker John Fisken, who captured the shots above and a whole lot more.

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   Three generations of star Wolf quarterbacks, finally caught together on film. From left to right, Brad Sherman, Hunter Downes and Corey Cross. (Lisa Jenne photo)

Three men, of different eras, all linked by the uniform they wore and the touchdowns they threw.

If you look at the Coupeville High School record board, Corey Cross, Brad Sherman and Hunter Downes share a line, tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game by a Wolf quarterback.

The magic number is four, and was first accomplished by Cross in 1971.

Three decades later, Sherman matched the mark, doing it twice during the 2001 season.

Jump forward 15 more seasons, and this time, it was Downes dropping a quartet of scoring bombs during a road game in 2016.

Sherman was on the sideline, calling the plays for Downes as the CHS Offensive Coordinator, and with his help, the young gun claimed a second mark, this one for career TD passes, during his senior season in 2017.

The holder of that career mark? Sherman … who had originally taken it away from Cross.

Three legends, forever linked.

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   Jake Pease helped lead the Wolf JV to a win on the road Saturday. The CHS varsity didn’t fare as well. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There are two ways to look at this.

If we’re being positive, the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad still controls its own destiny as it chases a playoff berth.

If we’re being negative (some would say realistic), the Wolves window of opportunity has really, really narrowed.

After suffering a 52-39 loss at Klahowya Saturday, brought on by a 12-0 Eagles run to close the third, Coupeville sits firmly in third-place in a league which only sends two squads to the postseason this year.

Klahowya, which started its season 0-6, but has now won 10 of 11, sits atop the Olympic League at 5-1, with Port Townsend (4-2) and Coupeville (3-3) on its tail.

No matter how the rest of the season plays out, Chimacum (0-6) is guaranteed to finish in the cellar.

For Coupeville, it comes down to this — there is no margin for error. Lose next Friday at Port Townsend and the Wolves are eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game was a killer in many ways.

Coming less than 24 hours after the Wolves held a huge anniversary party to celebrate 101 years of CHS basketball, the Saturday matinee was a late addition to the schedule.

It was plugged-in after a snafu with refs caused an earlier game between the two schools in Coupeville to be postponed.

With the change it also went from being a home game to a road game, and the drive home picked up several extra hours when the Port Townsend ferry was cancelled after everyone headed home was already in line at the dock.

The extra time spent driving, and taking two different ferries to get back to Whidbey gave the Wolves, their coaches and fans plenty of time to reflect on what could have been.

While Coupeville never led Saturday, it stayed almost even with the Eagles until Tim Coots went and ruined a chunk of the weekend.

Klahowya’s senior guard buried a three-pointer from the corner, after stumbling over his own feet, right before the halftime buzzer, turning a one-point Eagle lead into a four-point margin.

That was just the warm-up, however.

Hunter Downes knocked down a pretty little jumper in the paint, off of a dish from Hunter Smith, to pull CHS within 27-25 with 3:30 to go in the third quarter, and the stage was set for a nail-biting finale.

Enter Mr. Coots and exit the Wolves.

Klahowya closed the quarter on a game-busting 12-0 run, with Coots throwing down 10 of his game-high 21 during the run.

I would say the Eagles fans went wild, but KSS has serious trouble attracting patrons to its gym, even with a first-place team running and gunning.

When the road fans outnumber the home team’s student section, and there was a drive and ferry ride involved for the visitors, yikes.

Coupeville tried to get back in the game by going to the long-ball in the fourth, as sophomore gunner Mason Grove dropped in a pair of three-balls and Smith added one of his own.

The closest the Wolves could get was 41-34, and then Klahowya blunted the Coupeville run with a put-back off of a rebound and a trey of its own.

The game had started as a back-and-forth affair, with a couple of ties in the first quarter and a stunning mid-air reverse layup dropped in by a high-flying Smith.

Klahowya exited the first quarter with a 16-9 lead, before the Wolves used a successful run at the charity stripe in the second to cut the lead back to one before Coots huge three-ball.

Kyle Rockwell netted three free throws as CHS went 7-8 at the line in the second, while also yanking down a rebound and firing a bullet to Ethan Spark, who knocked down a trey from the top.

Smith paced Coupeville with 16, and finished the night with 761 points in his stellar career. He passed Hunter Hammer (759) for 14th on the Wolf boys career scoring chart.

Spark netted nine and Grove banked in six, while Rockwell (3), Joey Lippo (2), Downes (2) and Cameron Toomey-Stout (1) also scored.

JV makes it rain:

Avenging an earlier loss to the Eagles, the Wolf young guns rode a 26-point performance from Grove and won 52-43.

The CHS sophomore has 294 points in 15 JV games (a 19.6 average) and needs 54 points in the final four games to pass Allen Black (347 points in 2002-2003), who holds the unofficial Wolf JV single-season scoring record.

After playing a quarter in the varsity game, Grove had three quarters left for the night’s second game, so didn’t start.

Without him on the floor, the Wolves turned to Sage Downes and Koa Davison, who combined for eight points as CHS rolled to a 12-9 lead at the first break.

Downes slapped a running layup off the glass, then netted a three-ball, while Davison hauled in a long outlet pass and turned it into three points the hard way.

Stopping on a dime, he let an Eagle fly by, then shot up and laid the ball in while getting whacked around the shoulders. Tack on the ensuing free throw and Davison was golden.

Grove popped into the game in the second and immediately did some damage, dropping in 12 before the halftime break.

Half of that came off of three-balls, while his other three buckets were set up twice by his own steals and once by a rebound and dish from Gavin Knoblich.

Coupeville kept up the pressure in the third, with Jered Brown opening things with a coast-to-coast romp for a bucket, then closing the quarter with a sensationally-smart play.

Bringing the ball up-court with five ticks to play, he kept one eye on the clock and one on his defender, then peeled off said defender at the last moment and whipped a pass to a lurking Daniel Olson.

The steely-eyed frosh let fly, with the ball departing his fingers a mere moment before the buzzer, and the result was nothing but net, driving a stake through the collective hearts of the Eagles (very small) student fan section.

A late run pulled Klahowya from 12 down to just five at 46-41, but Grove had the antidote, hitting back-to-back three balls to seal the win.

Toss in some creative “old man coughing up phlegm” antics from the Wolf varsity players every time an Eagle went to shoot a free throw (which caused them to clank six freebies in a row), and the game was in the books.

Grove’s 26 was half of his team’s total, with Downes (7), Davison (5), Jean Lund-Olsen (4), Jake Pease (3), Olson (3), Dane Lucero (2) and Brown (2) combining to match his output.

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