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Thora Iverson keeps a watchful eye on the runner. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jake Pease holds the line at third, slapping on the tag.

Sage Renninger perfects the art of Zen tennis.

Chloe Wheeler crunches a hit as she helps propel the Wolves to another win.

Johnny Carlson is comin’ home, mama.

   Wolf netters Kameryn St Onge (left) and Maggie Crimmins are trapped in a chain-link fence of emotion.

You can see Chelsea Prescott’s pitches, but that doesn’t mean you can hit them.

Jered Brown pops in for a quick visit at third. His real destination? Home plate.

Just about everything went right for Coupeville High School athletics Tuesday afternoon.

The Wolves swept to three wins in four games, knocking off a pair of 2A schools in tennis and softball and nabbing a landmark win on the soccer pitch.

Plus, after a lot of rain, the day was dry and somewhat sunny and noted camera bug John Fisken was in town and clicking away.

During his visit to the prairie, the paparazzi hit JV softball, varsity tennis and JV baseball bouts, delivering a smorgasbord of glossy pics.

The photos above are courtesy Fisken, but, if you want to see everything he shot, pop over to:



Girls Tennis:




And, when you do, remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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Julian Welling snags a hot shot at first. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Saturday was a busy day, for all of us.

Five Coupeville High School athletic teams took advantage of the nice weather, with three playing on the road.

Meanwhile I was in Maple Valley, deep into a week-long odyssey of helping my sister and her family move back to Whidbey after a 15-year exile on the main land.

At this point, I am running on very little sleep, and still have one more day of non-Coupeville Sports grunt work ahead of me, and Saturday was also short on wins for the Wolves.

So, we’re going to mix things up a bit and make this story a four-for-one special.

That guarantees I uphold my part of our unwritten agreement – that you, the readers, can peruse the previous day’s sports exploits with your morning cereal.

While also getting me to bed sometime before 3 AM in the morning…

So, we’re off.

JV baseball:

The lone Coupeville win Saturday came courtesy of the Wolf young guns, who held on for a 5-3 victory at Vashon Island.

CHS broke open a scoreless game in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of four Pirate errors and a crucial one-out single from Shane Losey to plate four runners.

Another run in the fifth, this one featuring a single from Jacob Zettle and a sac fly from frosh Daniel Olson, capped Coupeville’s scoring.

That was enough for Wolf hurlers Johnny Carlson and Jered Brown, who combined to cruise in with the win.

Coming on in relief in the fifth, Brown was spot-on, striking out five over three innings, including Vashon’s final four hitters.

Zettle, Losey, Olson, Brown and Drake Borden all whacked base-hits in the game, helping the JV nab their first win in three games this season.

Varsity softball:

It started so strongly, but then something went a little haywire.

After crunching four hits and scoring three times in the top of the first, Coupeville’s offense hit a lull, and the Wolves fell 11-3 at Vashon.

The non-conference loss drops the softball sluggers to 2-1 on the season.

The Wolves came off the ferry on fire, with Lauren Rose walking to open things, followed by four consecutive singles off of the bats of Scout Smith, Katrina McGranahan, Veronica Crownover and Hope Lodell.

With McGranahan and Crownover picking up RBIs, things looked great for CHS.

And, while Vashon scraped out two runs of its own in the bottom of the first, the Wolves held on to a 3-2 lead until the bottom of the fourth, when a six-run rally by their hosts took a little bit of the shine off the day.

After putting together four straight hits in the first, the Wolves didn’t collect another hit until Coral Caveness singled in the fourth.

Sarah Wright and Crownover punched base-hits in the fifth, as well, but the rally ended before it began, and an interference call on a Wolf runner derailed any comeback hopes in the seventh.

“Today was just not our day,” said Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan. “We were a little off all day and never really had an answer for it.

“Vashon hit the ball well all day and they hit the gaps. Our defense had some little errors but all in all it was a good defensive day,” he added. “Today our offense let us down and we paid for it.

“We will see them again at districts and next time we will give them a better game.”

Varsity baseball:

A day after ten-running North Mason, Coupeville was ten-runned by Vashon Island, falling 10-0 in five innings on the road.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves diamond men to 3-3 on the season.

“Ran into a tough team,” said CHS coach Chris Smith. “Good opponent to see we need to keep working.”

Coupeville put runners on base in four of five innings, but a double play in the first killed their best chance of getting an early rally up and going.

The Wolves were out-hit 9-3, with Vashon tagging three extra-base hits.

Joey Lippo, Dane Lucero and Kyle Rockwell collected Coupeville’s lonely base-knocks, while Wolf hurler Matt Hilborn walked twice.

Varsity boys soccer:

The myth endures.

Klahowya won its 24th straight 1A Olympic League game, blanking Coupeville 5-0 in a game played on Whidbey.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-1 in league play (they’re tied with Port Townsend), and puts them a game-and-a-half behind the Eagles (3-0), who are seeking a fourth-straight conference title.

Facing a stingy KSS defense, Coupeville was held scoreless for the first time in five games this season, and sits at 2-2-1 overall.

“The first half we kept things close,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “We had a number of good opportunities, and played pretty much even with them, only conceding a counter attack goal late in the half.

“The second half did not go as well;  Klahowya came out a little more aggressive in the second half and we didn’t match it,” he added. “The boys pretty much ran out of gas.”

Still, the first half gives Coupeville hope for the  next time.

“We did see that we can play with them, we just need to do it for the full game,” Nelson said. “I will be looking forward to our rematch with them; I know we can do better.”

JV boys soccer:

Coupeville fell 7-1. And that’s all I know.

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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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