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Freshman Camden Glover whacked a double Wednesday in Langley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Missed it … by that much.

The Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad stranded too many runners Wednesday in Langley, leaving host South Whidbey a chance to rally late for a 4-2 win.

The non-conference loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Wolves, who tumble to 9-4 on the season.

With the victory, the Falcons even their mark at 7-7 and earn a split in the season series, after Coupeville clobbered them 13-2 in the season opener.

This time around the Wolves had plenty of chances to blow the game open, but left runners aboard in each of the first five innings.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, South Whidbey finally broke through thanks to Coupeville’s lone error and a two-out RBI double from Tyson Henry.

With Falcon hurlers retiring the final nine Wolf hitters, the hosts capitalized on their chances in the sixth, pushing three runners across to claim the lead for the first time.

Three walks jammed the basepaths, with a Josh Sterba sac fly knotting things up at 2-2.

Coupeville was an out away from escaping, but Grady Davis delivered the game-buster, launching a two-out, two-run double to center to knife the Wolves.

The game opened as a pitcher’s duel, with CHS hurler Coop Cooper carrying a shutout through the first four innings.

The freshman flinger whiffed six Falcons and didn’t surrender a hit until the third, but his own team struggled to provide run support.

The Wolves stranded four runners through the first three frames, before finally breaking through to score in the top of the fourth.

Starting with the bases loaded and no outs after a Camden Glover double, a Peyton Caveness single, and Cooper being plunked by a pitch, things were looking explosive.

But while CHS did score twice, forcing in a run when Aiden O’Neill was hit by another pitch, and netting another tally off of a Scott Hilborn smash to third base, the Wolves offense sputtered out after that.

Other than a Jack Porter walk to open the fifth, Coupeville came up empty across the final three innings.

While the Wolves outhit the Falcons 4-3, South Whidbey walked 10 times to Coupeville’s five free passes.

The CHS hardball squad gets an immediate chance to fix that, as it plays its third game in as many days Thursday, when it hosts Mount Vernon Christian.

That game pits the top two teams in the Northwest 2B/1B League, with MVC sitting at 9-0 in conference action, and Coupeville right behind them at 7-1.

First pitch is 4:00 PM at Robert Sherman Field.


Wednesday stats:

Peyton Caveness — Two singles
Coop Cooper — One walk
Camden Glover — One double
Scott Hilborn — One single
Aiden O’Neill — One walk
Jack Porter — Two walks
Cole White — One walk

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Emma Morano slaps a winner. (Jackie Saia photo)

The Helen Strelow express continues to rumble.

Winning a well-played bout at first singles Friday, the Coupeville High School senior netter ran her season record to 5-0, though the Wolves fell 4-1 to visiting South Whidbey.

The non-conference loss, which came on a rare sunny, non-breezy spring afternoon on the prairie, drops CHS to 1-4, though that comes with a caveat.

All four of Coupeville’s defeats have come to bigger schools, with the Wolves still primed to capture the Northwest 2B/1B League crown.

Strelow and Co. are 1-0 in conference action and close the regular season with three-straight matches against NWL rival Friday Harbor.

Coupeville is at home Apr. 21 and May 12 — which will be Senior Night — and makes the island-to-island hop May 2.

After that comes the postseason, with districts and, hopefully, the state tourney as CHS net guru Ken Stange guides his 18th Wolf girls’ tennis team along the path to serve and volley nirvana.

The Wolves had 10 active players Friday, while 1A South Whidbey brought 18 on the road trip, so many Coupeville netters played multiple times to make sure all the Falcons got court appearances.

Emma Morano and Elizabeth Lo played three matches, with Morano, a foreign exchange student, getting big congrats from fellow CHS students Kai Wong, Josh Upchurch, Maylin Steele, and others after notching her first win as a Wolf.

The doubles duos of Brynn Parker/Kaitlyn Leavell and Lucy Tenore/Skylar Parker also played twice on the afternoon.

Kaitlyn Leavell watches her serve take flight. (Jackie Saia photo)

The day’s premier match came on court #1, with Strelow and Falcon ace Catie Beech squaring off in a tense struggle.

Both players had strong runs, forcing the second set to a tiebreaker, before the Wolf captain reached down deep to pull out the victory.

Lashing an approach shot over her foe’s shoulder, the ball picking the lint off of her shirt before diving and tearing a chunk out of the court just inside the line, Strelow earned a double fist pump from her coach.

A two-time state meet qualifier as a cross country runner, and an accomplished photographer and painter, she rolls on to the next challenge.


Friday’s varsity results:


1st Singles — Helen Strelow beat Catie Beech 6-4, 7-6(7-5)

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Katya Schiavone 6-2, 7-6(8-6)

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris lost to Pearl Buck/Mikaela Nelson 6-2, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Lucy Tenore lost to Carlie Kuschnereit/Baylie Kuschnereit 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Kaitlyn Leavell/Brynn Parker lost to Natalie Olson/Izzy Wood 8-0

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Skylar Parker moves in for the kill. (Jackie Saia photo)

The sun will come out tomorrow, or maybe today if you wait long enough.

Getting the better of Mother Nature and weather forecasters alike Tuesday, the Coupeville High School girls’ tennis squad managed to get its match played at South Whidbey.

And while the Wolves ultimately fell 4-1 to the perennial powerhouse Falcons, it was the first on-court action against a rival for CHS in two weeks.

Better to play the best and get tested than sit on the sidelines.

Now 1-3 on the season, with all of its losses coming to bigger schools, Coupeville will try and make it two Island rivalry duels in one week.

South Whidbey is slated to travel to Central Whidbey Friday, allowing the 2B Wolves and 1A Falcons to finish off their non-conference home-and-away clash for 2023.

After that, CHS plays Friday Harbor — the only other Northwest 2B/1B League foe which fields a tennis program — three straight times.


Tuesday’s results:


1st Singles — Helen Strelow beat Baylie Kuschnereit 6-1, 6-0

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Carlie Kuschnereit 6-2, 6-1

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris lost to Pearl Buck/Mikaela Nelson 6-0, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Lucy Tenore lost to Cate Beech/Katya Schiavone 6-1, 6-4

3rd Doubles — Kaitlyn Leavell/Brynn Parker lost to Natalie Olson/Alyssa Staats 6-0, 6-0

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Hardball guru Jon Roberts is in the teaching business. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“It was a learning day, and that’s OK.”

That was the reaction from Coupeville High School JV baseball coach Jon Roberts Tuesday after his squad rumbled with its big-school rivals to the North.

While the 2B Wolves fell 15-1 to the 3A Wildcats, the field time is invaluable for a group of young guns looking to make some noise in the coming years.

“We continue to work on gaining baseball IQ,” Roberts said.

“With one exception, (8th grader) Jack Farrell, and the varsity guys playing down, we have very raw players who are just now joining the game,” he added.

“We continue to make strides toward making future diamond stars out of all of them!”

The future of Wolf baseball.

Coupeville picked up three hits in the game, with Johnny Porter collecting two base knocks, while Yohannon Sandles ripped a single.

On the mound, Roberts used a mix of players, getting some experience for five different hurlers, including two who hadn’t fired a pitch since last season.

Freshman Camden Glover, who has been making solid inroads on the varsity team, ripped off three strikeouts in two innings of work, then turned the ball over to the bullpen.

Sophomores Landon Roberts and Jack Porter, who play first base and left field for the Wolf varsity, respectively, returned to the mound after a long layoff and put in some solid work.

The duo, who will likely be called on to join the varsity pitching staff next season, after seniors Scott Hilborn and Jonathan Valenzuela graduate, combined to whiff three batters.

Sophomore Marcelo Gebhard and freshman Coop Cooper finished off the day, with Cooper slamming the door shut on the final Wildcat hitter.

Getting the most out of the day, even during spring break, the young Wolves bussed back to Cow Town after the 1:00 PM game and immediately went to join the day’s practice.

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Hayley Fiedler is ready to deliver hot, flaming death to her foe. (Jackie Saia photo)

The sun is out in Coupeville, but no tennis balls will fly in Langley Thursday afternoon.

The girls’ tennis rumble between the Wolves and host South Whidbey has been postponed, and CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith will look to reschedule.

Coupeville, which is 1-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play and 1-1 overall, has two matches scheduled for next week.

The Wolves travel to Granite Falls Monday, Mar. 27, then host Friday Harbor Mar. 31.

The score remains 0-0 Thursday afternoon. Or 1-0, in favor of Mother Nature. (Lucy Tenore photo)

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