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   Johnny Carlson was a force at the plate and on the mound Thursday for the Coupeville JV baseball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sun was back, and it brought the offense with it.

A day after the Coupeville High School varsity baseball team was rained out, the Wolf JV had beautiful weather for its game Thursday, a day when the only thing raining down was runs.

How many runs you ask? A heck of a lot of runs.

31 to be exact, as visiting Sequim built a 12-run lead, then held off a furious Coupeville comeback and escaped with an 18-13 win.

The loss drops the Wolf JV to 0-2 on the season.

It was the kind of day when 95% of the players scored at least one run apiece.

OK, it’s probably simpler to just say Sequim third-baseman Julian Hernandez was the only player, out of 20 to see the field, who didn’t touch home.

He was 90 feet away in the first inning, but the Wolves denied him, and then every other player in uniform went and did what he couldn’t.

All 10 Wolves scored, with Jered Brown, Mason Grove and Drake Borden crossing the plate twice each and CHS racking up 15 hits on the afternoon.

Coupeville claimed its only lead of the game at 4-2 after piling up five of those base-knocks in the bottom of the first.

Brown, Grove, Jake Pease, Shane Losey and Johnny Carlson all put good metal to ball, as the Wolves looked like they might roll away with things.

Sequim managed to put a damper on things though, escaped the inning, then held CHS scoreless until the fourth as it built a 9-4 lead.

The Wolves chipped away for two runs in the fourth to pull back within three runs, then the fifth inning went nuclear on both sides of the ball.

Sequim erupted for nine runs in the top half of the inning, blowing the game open to an 18-6 tune, then promptly almost gave it all back.

Putting together five hits, including two from freshman Daniel Olson, Coupeville sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven of them in the bottom of the fifth.

And then, as suddenly as the offense came, it fled again, with the two teams both failing to score a run across the final two innings.

Carlson, who came on in relief in the fifth, closed out the game on the mound, striking out two as he shut Sequim down in the sixth and seventh.

Coupeville’s hit parade was led by Brown and Grove, who each collected four hits, while Jacob Zettle, Gavin Straub and James Vidoni joined their teammates by scoring.

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   Having rebounded from injury, sophomore Jered Brown is ready to scorch the net. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jean Lund-Olsen surveys the floor.

   “I don’t know, buddy. Do you think you can run faster than I can throw?!?” Kyle Rockwell contemplates starting an impromptu game of dodge-ball.

Mason Grove lets fly from distance.

Trevor Bell lines up his shot.

   Sometimes, Joey Lippo likes to put superglue on his hand before practice, just to mess with everyone. True story.

The gym is open, the basketball is hitting the hardwood and the camera is clicking.

Wanderin’ photo man John Fisken slid by an early Coupeville High School boys hoops practice and caught the Wolves as they start to find their groove under new coach Brad Sherman.

The Wolf boys open on the road, traveling to Blaine Nov. 29, then play at home Dec. 1 against Mount Vernon Christian.

Coupeville will spend very little time on the bus in the early part of the season, with 9 of its first 12 at home.

One of those road games is just down the Island in Langley, making things even better.

Of course, that early home-heavy schedule means the Wolves will close with six of their last eight on the road.

For now, though, those Jan. bus trips are a long ways off, and the focus is strictly on their own gym.

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Nikolai Lyngra knocked down a season-high eight points Friday, sparking the Wolf JV to their sixth win. (John Fisken photo)

   Nikolai Lyngra knocked down a season-high eight points Friday, sparking the Wolf JV to its sixth win. (John Fisken photo)

These are the kind of games that build character.

Coming off of a nine-day break, missing a considerable chunk of players, forced to travel all day and night to the wilds of Orcas Island Friday, the Coupeville High School boys’ basketball squads were tested.

The Wolf JV responded in style, holding off the host Vikings 50-46 to reach the halfway point of the season with a winning record.

Coupeville’s varsity, however, was unable to contain hot-shooting Orcas and fell 80-50.

The two CHS squads start the second half of the season Tuesday, when they welcome Port Townsend to Whidbey for a 1A Olympic League clash.

Coupeville’s varsity is 1-9 overall, 1-2 in league play.

The Wolves sit in third place in the four-team league, just a game and a half off of the first-place RedHawks heading into their first meeting of the season.

Meanwhile, Coupeville’s JV is rampaging, winners of five of their last seven, and 6-4 overall.

Varsity shot down:

With three players hitting double digits, Coupeville had one of its better offensive nights this season, but the Vikings were relentless as they built a lead, then continued to add to it quarter after quarter.

Up 25-13 at the first break, the Vikings stretched things out to 43-24 at the half and 61-39 after three quarters of play.

Ethan Spark paced the Wolves with 15, while Gabe Wynn hit for 14 and Hunter Smith knocked down 12. Brian Shank banked home nine to round out the scoring.

Coupeville had just seven players available, with Hunter Downes, Ariah Bepler and Cameron Toomey-Stout also seeing floor time.

JV holds on:

Hot early, cold later, then nerves of steel at the end.

Despite missing seven players, the Wolf JV jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first half.

Orcas tightened things up in the second half by clamping down on defense, forcing CHS into poor shot selection.

“We ran good offense early, but they tied the game because we took ill-advised shots that they turned into layups,” said Coupeville coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh. “The second half we struggled to run consistent offense and it hurt us.”

The Wolves “kept battling,” though, and pulled out the win in fingernail-biting fashion.

Down by two late, CHS forced a turnover, and freshman phenom Jered Brown turned it into a back-breaker.

Making off with a steal, he crossed his defender over, causing the Viking to crash into his own teammate, then pulled up and drilled his fifth three-point bomb of the night.

Clinging to a 47-46 lead, the Wolves salted the win away thanks to Mason Grove’s skills as a rebounder and free-throw shooter.

Snatching an offensive board through a thicket of Viking hands, he was fouled and sent to the line with just six ticks on the clock.

Grove banged down the front end of the one-and-one, then defied odds on the next shot.

With none of his teammates on the line — they were all back, ready to employ a soft press to keep Orcas from running — Grove skipped the second freebie off the rim.

It didn’t matter, though, as he promptly slid past the Orcas players, snared the rebound and put it back up and in to seal the victory.

“A good team win in the end,” said a relieved, and proud, Van Velkinburgh.

Brown dropped in 21, including his five-pack of treys, to lead the CHS attack, while Nikolai Lyngra added a season-high eight and Sean Toomey-Stout had seven.

Ulrik Wells and Grove added five apiece and Elliott Johnson knocked down four.

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Brian Shank (John Fisken photo)

   Brian Shank, seen here in practice, knocked down a season-high 13 Wednesday night at Chimacum. (John Fisken photo)

Talk about riding the see-saw.

Playing their first league game of the year Wednesday, the Coupeville High School boys’ basketball team played superb defense in the first and third quarters at Chimacum.

Unfortunately, the Wolves couldn’t stop the host Cowboys in the second or fourth, and fell 48-40.

The loss drops Coupeville to 0-3 overall, 0-1 in 1A Olympic League play.

Facing off with the two-time defending league champs, the Wolves came out strongly, holding an 8-5 lead at the first break.

But then the see-saw crashed in the second, as the Cowboys rode a 19-10 surge over the next eight minutes to stake themselves to a 24-18 lead at the break.

Even as the score was slipping away a bit, one bright spot in the second was the play of Brian Shank.

The Wolf senior, who had three points through the first two games, erupted for seven in the quarter in a bid to keep the Wolves close.

Shank dropped another four in the third, while Hunter Smith picked up the hot hand, drilling nine of his team-high 15 as CHS put together its best run of the night.

A 13-5 advantage in the quarter put Coupeville up by a bucket entering the final eight minutes, but the pendulum swung back just as fast.

Using three treys and eight free throws down the stretch, the Cowboys matched their second quarter output, and a 19-9 closing run gave them the win.

Smith’s 15 paced Coupeville, while Shank banked home 13, Gabe Wynn hit for six, Hunter Downes popped for four and Ethan Spark netted a pair of free throws to round out the scoring.

JV nipped:

Incompetent scoreboard operating prevented the Wolves from possibly forcing overtime in a 60-57 loss.

Since the board said 63-55, CHS coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh had no clue a trey in the final seconds would have allowed Coupeville to knot things up.

After the final buzzer sounded, both team’s scorekeepers pointed out the mistake, but, by then it was too late.

The loss drops the Wolf JV to 1-2 overall, 0-1 in league play.

Freshmen Jered Brown went off for 23 in a game in which 10 Wolves scored.

Sean Toomey-Stout hit for seven and Kyle Rockwell knocked down six while Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim, Mason Grove and Ulrik Wells each chipped in with four apiece.

Koa Davison (3), Tucker Hall (3), Dawson Houston (2) and Nikolai Lyngra (1) also scratched their names in the book.

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Koa Davison (John Fisken photo)

   Koa Davison banged away inside for six points Friday and helped trigger a stifling defense as Coupeville’s JV rolled to a big win. (John Fisken photo)

Now that’s called flipping the switch.

Shrugging off a first quarter in which it largely stunk up the joint, the Coupeville High School JV boys’ basketball squad suddenly found its groove Friday night and blew visiting Sultan off the court.

Roaring back from an 11-point deficit, the young Wolves combined a stifling defense with an aggressive, three-ball-happy offense and throttled the Turks 49-41 in a game that speaks well for the future.

The win evens the CHS young guns record at 1-1 heading into the start of 1A Olympic League play.

It was truly a tale of two halves — with the first one being seven minutes of agony and the second being 25 minutes of bliss.

Despite an early trey from Mason Grove, the Wolves stumbled badly out of the gate, giving up 12 straight points on a series of barely-contested buckets en route to trailing 16-5.

At which point CHS coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh unleashed the beasts.

Employing a nasty full-court press that frustrated, befuddled and terrorized the Turks, Coupeville turned the tide in a hurry.

Suddenly the Wolves were on the run, the ball was zipping from player to player and everyone was hitting nothing but net.

Meanwhile the Turks were getting dangerously close to crying, as they could barely get the ball up-court against a stifling, opportunistic defense.

Once the flow changed, the Wolves rode the wicked hot shooting touch of Jered Brown and Sean Toomey-Stout, who combined for 17 points during a game-busting 22-4 run.

The few times the duo didn’t put the ball in the hoop, their teammates did, with Kyle Rockwell knocking down a perfectly-angled bank shot and Grove hitting one of his three treys.

Coupeville’s run continued well into the third, with Grove hitting for seven in the quarter, while Koa Davison and Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim added buckets while doing the dirty work in the paint.

Up by 17, the Wolves took a breather, let Sultan crawl back to within seven, then emphatically slammed the door shut on the Turks.

Davison hit back-to-back baskets, packaged around a virtuoso bucket from Brown, on which he sucked the entire defense out to the top of the key, then slashed right through the group without being touched.

Coupeville spread its offense around, with Brown hitting for a game-high 16, while Grove notched 13.

Toomey-Stout added nine points (while snatching 12 rebounds and pilfering four steals), with Davison (6), Rockwell (3) and Pacquette-Pilgrim (2) also etching their names in the book.

Ulrik Wells, Tucker Hall, Aram Leyva, Dawson Houston, Aiden Juras, Elliott Johnson and Nikolai Lyngra also saw playing time.

The ever-growing Wells was a force on the boards while Lyngra all but ripped one Turk’s head clean off his shoulders during a scrap for a loose ball.

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