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Seeded #4, Coupeville’s 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team brought home a second-place trophy Saturday after winning two of three games at the season-ending league tourney. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

The future of Coupeville basketball.

Overachievers, one and all.

Despite entering the season-ending league tournament Saturday as the #4 team, out of seven, the Coupeville 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team beat the odds.

Winning two of three, while coming dangerously close to making it three of three, the Wolves upset the #1 team and brought home a second-place trophy from the Skagit County Parks and Rec.

The opening game was a thriller, as Coupeville rallied from down six points in the fourth quarter to topple #5 Ferndale 27-26.

The Wolves, powered by strong play from Chase Anderson, Aiden O’Neill, and Johnny Porter, who was a mad dog on defense, closed on a 13-6 tear.

That set up a clash with the tourney’s King Kong, #1 Anacortes.

Coupeville struck early, snatched an 8-7 lead after one quarter, then turned on the defensive heat to hold off the tourney favorites.

Once again, things came down to the fourth quarter, and once again the scrappy Wolves stepped up and blasted their foes with the game on the line.

This time it was a 10-6 run, fueled by Anderson and O’Neill, and Coupeville headed to the championship game after a 24-18 dethroning of the big city boys.

With #1 and #2 gone, the tourney came down to the Wolves and #3 Jr. Wildcats, with the title in doubt until the final moments.

Seeking redemption for a narrow loss last week in league play, Coupeville pushed their foes until the end, but ran out of gas at the very end, falling 29-26.

Hurley Bronec opened strongly for Coupeville, tossing in a bucket to go with a 4-4 performance at the free-throw line.

He got plenty of help from his teammates, with Landon Roberts, Anderson, and Jack Porter all chipping in with a bucket of their own.

Coupeville’s defense, led by Johnny Porter, who “was throwing elbows and tearing down rebounds like a mad man” according to coach Jon Roberts, kept the game close.

Down just 17-16 at the half, Coupeville got third-quarter scoring from Camden Glover, Roberts and Anderson, but watched its deficit stretch out slightly to 25-22.

Bronec and Johnny Porter led a strong defensive stand in the final frame, while Anderson notched the final four points of the season.

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The bright future of Coupeville basketball. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

   After sweeping three games Saturday, Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys hoops squad brought the big trophy home.

“We are the champions … of the world!”

They went, they saw, they conquered.

Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys basketball squad swept three games Saturday en route to bringing home some nice hardware.

The Wolves entered the day seeded third in a six-team tourney, yet left Skagit County bearing the championship trophy after winning the 2018 D-Glacier Division Tournament.

To get to the podium, Coupeville knocked off the Sedro-Woolley Hoosiers 30-10 in the opening round, then upended two teams which had first-round byes.

After blasting Granite Falls 26-17 in the semifinals, the Wolves shocked top-seeded Sedro-Woolley Blue 23-21 to take the title.

“Our boys played till there was nothing left,” said Coupeville coach Jon Roberts. “Defense that shut down the top scorers from the other team and unselfish passing to create opportunities that helped us rise to the top.

“Hard work all year has paid off!,” he added. “So proud of these boys. What a great season.”

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15-1 on the season? It must be the seeds. (Stephanie Pulliam photo)

Right back on track.

Bouncing back from its first loss of the season, the Central Whidbey Little League Minors baseball squad drilled the North Whidbey Giants 10-4 Wednesday, advancing to the championship of the Henry Pope Memorial Tournament.

With three wins in four tourney games, the Coupeville nine sit at 15-1.

To win the title, they’ll need to knock off South Whidbey #2 — the team which handed them that lone defeat — twice.

Game one is Thursday. Win and Friday is for all the marbles.

Wednesday night, Central Whidbey was coming off a heart-breaker, having surrendered a one-run lead in the final inning Tuesday in a 3-2 loss.

The Coupeville players made life a whole lot less stressful on their coaches against North Whidbey, pounding the wall and jumping to an early lead they never gave up.

Using several big hits, including doubles from Landon Roberts and Chase Anderson, and a whole lot of walks, Central Whidbey jumped out to a 5-1 lead coming out of the top of the third.

North Whidbey scraped together three runs in the bottom of the inning to pull within 5-4, but could get no closer.

Three runs in the top of the fourth stretched the lead back out, before Jack Porter pounded the last nail in North Whidbey’s coffin.

Crunching a two-run home run in the fifth, he set the final margin with his blast.

Central pounded out six hits on the day, while taking advantage of nine walks (three by having its hitters plunked).

Porter led the way, with a single and his tater, while Roberts, Anderson, Peyton Caveness and Jordan Bradford all added a base-knock.

Caveness, Roberts and Porter combined to whiff 10 North Whidbey hitters while doing time on the mound, with Alex Smith, Kyrese Simpson, John Rachal, Mike Robinett, Johnny Porter and Levi Pulliam rounding out the Central lineup.

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