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Joshua Stockdale crashes to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The gym came alive.

Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball made its home debut Tuesday and wanderin’ photographer John Fisken was on hand to collect the first images of a new season.

The photos above and below, which are a mixture of action and team pics, are just the tip of the iceberg, however.

To see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some Christmas gifts for the grandparents, pop over to:


Rebound machine Davin Houston dares you to try and take the ball away.

Mad bomber Cyrus Sparacio slices ‘n dices the defense.

Kenneth Jacobsen soars to the rafters to win the tip.

Jon Roberts is a stern, but fair, taskmaster.

Spoiler: they will get loud if necessary.

Wyatt Fitch-Marron floats like a butterfly, and stings like a bee.


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Carson Grove (left) is among CMS players who could return to the court this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hark! The squeaking of shoes on hardwood floors approaches.

God’s chosen sport — basketball — kicks off Oct. 31 with the first day of practice for the Coupeville Middle School boys hoops program.

High school teams begin in mid-November, while the CMS girls claim the court early in the new year.

But first up are the middle school boys, who will be led by returning coaches Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson.

Once they have enough practices under their belts, the Wolves kick off an eight-game season which runs from mid-Nov. to mid-Dec.


Thur-Nov. 17 — @ Langley — (3:30)
Tue-Nov. 22 — Lakewood — (3:15)
Tues-Nov. 29 — Sultan — (3:15)
Thur-Dec. 1 — King’s — (3:15)
Mon-Dec. 5 — @ Granite Falls — (3:15)
Wed-Dec. 7 — @ Northshore Christian — (3:30)
Mon-Dec. 12 — @ Sultan — (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 14 — Langley — (3:15)

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“Dang it, the ‘stache stays, Sherry! In the words of ’70s rock gods ELO … It’s a livin’ thing; It’s a terrible thing to lose; It’s a given thing; What a terrible thing to lose.” (Photos by Ema Smith)

“Was I not clear on this, sir? I’m just sayin’, you give my friend here a free 7-Up and maybe you get to keep using all your fingers. Maybe.”

When she uses that strawberry shampoo.

There’s another side to the Coupeville Booster Club’s annual Crab Feed.

Sure, the event is the biggest fundraiser of the year, and sure, all that money helps drive Wolf athletics for another year.

Community members get to mingle, and all is good and well.

Unless you’re a crab!

Than it’s The Night of a Thousand Butter Pats, an urban legend crab moms pass down to scare their unruly children at bed time.

At least I’d like to think so.

One second you’re the first crab in your whole family to go to college. The next you’re headed to the big hot tub in the sky. Life comes at you fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

That moment when you realize the crabs didn’t volunteer.

“Get in the pot, crabs! The Strawberry Slammer has spoken!!”

“Hey there, little crab buddies, I’ll sneak you out of this joint. You can hide in my pot of butter. Of course I brought my own butter pot … does it look like this is my first time at the rodeo, skippy?”

“Pinch, pinch, lil’ crabbies. You all float down here.”

“Goodnight, sweet crab princes, and flights of angels sing thee to thy butter-encrusted rest.”

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   Landon Roberts and the Central Whidbey Little League Majors baseball squad are flying high after back-to-back wins over Oak Harbor. (Stephanie Montgomery photo)

Our game, our Island.

Making a bid for Whidbey dominance, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors baseball squad swept a pair of games, played on two days at two different fields, from the Oak Harbor Mariners.

After escaping with a 7-6 win Tuesday at Windjammer Park, the Wolves came home to Rhodey Thursday and strolled to a 6-2 victory.

The sweep lifts CWLL to 4-3 on the still-young campaign.

“It’s been a good, tough season so far,” said Central coach Jon Roberts. “Learning a lot about the game of baseball and teaching it to 10-13 year-olds.

“We continue to make silly mental errors while playing rather good baseball,” he added. “The bats are starting to come alive as the boys learn to catch up with the faster pitchers.”

In the first match-up the Wolves rallied from a two-run deficit to nab the come-from-behind W.

Levi Pulliam and Landon Roberts shared pitching duties, combining for seven strikeouts and scattering four hits.

CWLL committed seven errors in the game, giving Oak Harbor hope, but the Wolf bats were strong enough to answer the call.

Peyton Caveness led the way, whacking a pair of singles and a double while scampering across home plate to score three times.

Chase Anderson collected three singles, Zane Oldenstandt crunched a huge double and Jack Porter and Landon Roberts each had a base-knock.

While CWLL struggled at times on defense, it came up huge in the game’s crucial moment.

Landon Roberts, patrolling center field for the first time, chased down a rip to right-center and heaved a dart to third to prevent an inside-the-park home run by Conner Cash.

“It turned out to be the difference between extra innings and a win,” said Jon Roberts, his very-relieved dad/coach.

While Tuesday was touch-and-go, Thursday was a beat-down.

Caveness opened with two shutout innings, whiffing four, before Anderson followed with a four-inning, eight-K performance.

CWLL took advantage of a ton of free passes (including several batters being plunked), while peppering in some crucial hits along the way.

Porter and Oldenstandt delivered singles, while Caveness tore the cover off the ball, smoking a single and a triple.

In a side note, Coupeville High School hardball star Dane Lucero, who provides the little league players with a glimpse of what they can one day accomplish, made his debut as an umpire.

He earned praise from Jon Roberts for quickly showing he would be an impartial judge.

Dane did a great job and made a great call at second base when a Wolves player was tagged out in a throw from home with an emphatic OUT with the arm pump!!”

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   Jack Porter exits the season sporting a rather impressive shiner. (Jeff Porter photo)

Peyton Caveness is just hanging around. (Stephanie Pulliam photos)

Jon Roberts, master of sunscreen.

Pressure, what pressure? You’re looking at the most laid-back dugout in the biz.

Alex Smith is not sure about the whole “taking my picture” thing.

Landon Roberts gets limbered up.

“I throw strikes, son. It’s kind of my thing.”

They ran into the big boys.

Central Whidbey Little League soared through the Minors baseball season in style, winning tournaments and racking up win after win.

All-Star play turned out to be a bit different, however, as Coupeville’s diamond men went two and out at the district tourney.

Facing big city squads from Burlington and Anacortes, Central Whidbey got roughed up a bit, losing 27-1 Friday and 18-5 Sunday.

CWLL put up a fight in its finale, though, rapping out 10 hits.

Landon Roberts led the way with three singles and two RBI, while Peyton Caveness and Johnny Porter added a pair of base-knocks apiece.

Chase Anderson, Seth Woollet and Jordan Bradford rounded out the hit parade, each collecting a single.

Caveness was also a force on defense against Anacortes, making a spectacular diving catch while on the run in center.

In the opening game of the double-elimination tourney, Central Whidbey had a tougher time scraping out hits, finishing with three, one each from Caveness, Roberts and Anderson.

Levi Pulliam, Mike Robinett, Alex Smith, Jack Porter, Gabe Reed and Aiden O’Neill rounded out the All-Star roster.

While the season ended prematurely, Central coach Jon Roberts sees a bright future ahead for the program.

“Coaching, we made some mistakes that we will learn from and will return next year with most of the team intact, as we were a very young 9-10-11 team.”

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