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Bryley Gilbert and her Coupeville soccer teammates fought hard Tuesday but fell to 3A Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a bit lopsided.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer team scrapped and fought from the opening tap to the final whistle Tuesday but were eventually overwhelmed by their neighbors from the North.

By the time things were done, visiting Oak Harbor, a 3A school, had polished off the 2B Wolves to the tune of 9-0.

The non-conference loss, coming in its home opener, drops Coupeville to 0-2 on the season.

The Wolves get a chance to bounce right back however, with two more games this week.

CHS travels to University Prep Thursday, before hosting Ocosta Saturday.

The latter of those games is a 2 PM start at Mickey Clark Field.

Tuesday’s Island rivalry tilt was a scoreless affair for a good chunk of time, before Oak Harbor began to find and exploit the cracks in Coupeville’s defense, which spent much of the first half playing on its heels.

The Wildcats punched in the game’s first goal in the 10th minute, added two more in a seven-minute span, then blew things open with three scores in the final four minutes of the first half.

Coupeville was extremely limited in its scoring opportunities, making things easy-peasy for Oak Harbor goaltender (and former Wolf middle school star) Lauren Marrs.

The Wildcats tacked on three more goals in the second half, though Coupeville’s defenders, led by Nezi Keiper, continued to scrap for every loose ball.

While it’s tough for any 2B program to punch up three levels and face a 3A school, Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson was philosophical afterwards.

“It gave us a chance to go out and play, and get some solid playing time for our players, a lot of whom are fairly new,” he said.

“It helps us build.”

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Maddie Georges flicks a pass skyward. (Jackie Saia photo)

It was a brawl on the hardwood.

In the first of two regular-season clashes between next-door neighbors, the South Whidbey High School varsity volleyball squad eked out a tough four-set win Monday, rallying to top visiting Coupeville.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 1-1, though they’ll have an immediate chance to bounce back thanks to a Tuesday trip to Bothell to face Cedar Park Christian.

Coupeville came out strongly in Langley, winning the opening set 25-15.

After that, however, South Whidbey found a winning strategy, capturing the next three sets 26-24, 25-22, 25-17.

Which means, even in a loss, the Wolves were only outscored by three points, with the Falcons holding a 91-88 advantage at the end.

CHS coach Cory Whitmore is already looking ahead to the rematch in Coupeville, which arrives Oct. 1.

“I’m excited that we get another chance to face them again, and I know the girls are too,” he said.

Monday’s match started out as one thing, then took a detour, with the Wolves not quite able to get the car fully back on the road.

“We played lights out in the first set and let them crawl back into the game in the second,” Whitmore said. “With some untimely errors and them taking care of the ball, they overtook in the second.

“We fought hard and kept it competitive in the third set, but our four service errors and a few attacking errors gave them chances to keep their three-point lead on us.

“In the fourth we had a lot of fight but lost gas, as again, some serves and attacks that had worked all night, weren’t there.”



Alita Blouin — 18 digs, 1 assist
Mia Farris — 12 kills, 1 ace, 2 block assists
Maddie Georges — 1 kill, 5 digs, 2 assists, 4 aces
Taygin Jump — 1 kill, 2 digs, 1 assist
Ryanne Knoblich — 2 kills, 9 digs, 4 aces
Katie Marti — 1 dig, 3 aces
Madison McMillan — 1 kill, 2 digs
Grey Peabody — 6 kills, 1 block assist
Jill Prince — 4 kills, 1 solo block, 2 block assists
Lyla Stuurmans — 3 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

Big-hitting Mia Farris may try to hide, but she can’t escape her ever-growing fan club. (Delanie Lewis photo)

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Liquid sunshine once again prevents Leni Raduenz and her fellow Wolf netters from having a chance to play. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Round two goes to Mother Nature.

Friday’s rematch between Coupeville and South Whidbey on the tennis courts has been postponed thanks to the never-ending drizzle blanketing Western Washington this spring.

The non-conference match between the Wolves (3-1) and Falcons will not be rescheduled.

Coupeville will try again Tuesday, May 10 when it hosts Friday Harbor in the regular season finale.

A win in that match clinches the Northwest 2B/1B League title for the Wolves.

CHS opens postseason play May 20, when it sends two singles players and two doubles teams to the District 1/4 tournament in Tumwater.

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Xavier Murdy and his fellow CHS seniors will be honored Friday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One small break can be brutal.

Playing less than 24 hours after winning a battle for league supremacy, the Coupeville High School varsity baseball team took a small step backwards Thursday afternoon.

Dinged by back-to-back fielding errors at a crucial moment, the Wolves fell 3-1 at South Whidbey, allowing the Falcons to earn a season split in the series between next-door neighbors.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 11-6 heading into Senior Night Friday against visiting Orcas Island.

The first time the Wolves and Falcons clashed this season, CHS pulled out a 3-2 win at home. Second time around, just as close, but not with as positive an ending.

“Probably some big game hangover,” said Coupeville coach Will Thayer.

The Wolves were likely still buzzing after handing Friday Harbor its first Northwest 2B/1B League loss of the season a day before, and they quickly jumped on South Whidbey when Hawthorne Wolfe rapped a leadoff double.

Unfortunately, the speedy senior never made it all the way home, starting a day-long trend in which Coupeville put runners on base in every inning, yet couldn’t break out a big rally.

The lone run for the Wolves came in the top of the third, when Jonathan Valenzuela smacked a two-out triple, then skittered home on a double off of Scott Hilborn’s bat.

Coupeville collected seven hits — three from Sage Sharp — and two walks, but stranded eight of those nine runners, making life dicey.

Valenzuela, who whiffed five while going the distance on the mound, pitched well, but South Whidbey scratched out just enough offense to carry the day.

Jonathan Valenzuela brings the heat.

The Falcons plated one run in the first, with a walk to Grady Davis bringing Nick Black in to score.

It was the bottom of the third which proved to be Coupeville’s Kryptonite, however, as Ashton Leland and Andrew Hilton both tapped home for South Whidbey thanks to Wolf errors.

From there, Coupeville was in lock-down mode, with catcher Xavier Murdy throwing out two would-be base stealers.

The Wolves cap a three-games-in-three-days run with Friday’s tilt with Orcas, and they’ll honor seniors Murdy, Wolfe, Cody Roberts, Cole Hutchinson, and Sharp.

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Coupeville netter Sophie Martin teamed with Lucy Tenore Wednesday, with the duo scorching their big-city foes. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sophia Milasich also came up a winner against Oak Harbor.

Still undefeated.

Shuffling the roster a bit, the Coupeville High School varsity girls tennis team took care of business Wednesday, bouncing Oak Harbor’s C-Team 6-2.

The home win lifts the 2B Wolves to a pristine 3-0 on the season, with their biggest test coming up quickly.

That arrives Monday, Apr. 18, when Coupeville travels to South Whidbey to face the always-tough Falcons.

Facing off with 3A Oak Harbor, the Wolves controlled much of the match, with two of their six wins coming thanks to 8-0 bagel jobs.

Of Coupeville’s two losses, the closest was a battle royal where the Wolves fell in a tiebreaker.


Complete Wednesday results:

1st Doubles — Mary Milnes/Katelin McCormick won 8-2

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Skylar Parker won 8-0

3rd Doubles — Noelle Daigneault/Elizabeth Lo lost 8-1

4th Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris won 8-3

5th Doubles — Sophie Martin/Lucy Tenore won 8-0

6th Doubles — Kim Castro/Leni Raduenz lost 8-7(7-4)

7th Doubles — Sophia Milasich/Yodnam Nakakul won 8-5

8th Doubles — Maylin Steele/Karyme Castro won 8-3

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