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Edie Bittner and her CHS soccer mates will not be travelling to La Conner Thursday. (Morgan White photo)

Thursday’s schedule just got a whole lot more open.

Coupeville High School was slated to send volleyball and girls soccer squads to La Conner that day for crucial Northwest 2B/1B League bouts, but it’s not to be.

Instead, the Wolves will stay home after the Braves postponed the events due to a Covid outbreak among their spikers and booters.

The soccer game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, with volleyball bumped to Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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Freshman Aiden O’Neill scored his first high school touchdown Friday as Coupeville whacked La Conner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

La Conner football ain’t what it used to be.

The Braves, a longtime gridiron power in the region, have been in a rebuilding phase the past couple of seasons.

A program which has been to the state playoffs 14 times, most recently in 2016, has won just eight regular-season games since that last postseason trip.

But it gets worse. Much worse.

La Conner closed the 2020 season with a win over Darrington and has failed to score a single point across seven games since then.

The Braves were outscored 231-0 during an 0-5 season last fall, and 98-0 in the first two games this year.

The most recent chunk of points came courtesy Coupeville, which travelled to La Conner Friday and came away with a resounding 46-0 win.

The victory sets up a showdown for sole possession of first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

That’ll go down in Coupeville next Friday, Sept. 30, as the Wolves (1-0 in league, 3-1 overall) welcome Friday Harbor (1-0, 2-2) to town.

It’s Coupeville’s Homecoming game, with kickoff set for 6 PM at Mickey Clark Field.

The clash at La Conner was essentially over after one play, as Scott Hilborn yanked the ball from the sky and exploded down the right sideline.

Taking the kickoff all the way back, he staked the Wolves to a super-quick lead, then a few plays later tacked on a second score on a rushing play.

Coupeville’s defense, anchored by big hits from Josh Upchurch and Peyton Caveness, among others, shredded La Conner all night, and the Wolf offense was unstoppable with the ball in its own hands.

Dominic Coffman is coming to destroy you. All of you. (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Dominic Coffman rumbled in for the first of back-to-back touchdown runs to make it 20-0 at the end of the first quarter, and the only bright spot La Conner had was seeing one of Coupeville’s PAT attempts come up short.

It didn’t matter, though, as the Wolves slapped four more touchdowns (and two PAT’s) up on the scoreboard in the second quarter, forcing a running clock before the break.

Coffman punched in his second TD, before Wolf quarterback Logan Downes connected with freshman Aiden O’Neill on a long scoring play.

Hilborn found the end zone for a third time on a short plunge to paydirt, before freshman Chase Anderson, on in relief of Downes, tossed his first prep touchdown pass.

Anderson, who was a varsity starter and letter winner for CHS baseball as an 8th grader, connected with senior Tim Ursu, who dipped and dodged and made all the Braves miss.

Chase Anderson limbers up his touchdown-chucking arm. (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Friday’s three scores give Hilborn a team-leading seven touchdowns through four games, while Ursu (5) and Coffman (4) are hot on his heels.

In addition to getting extensive playing time behind center, Anderson also booted four PAT’s while filling the kicker role as Daylon Houston was in street clothes recovering from an injury.

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Coupeville’s booters are headed home, with their next two games on their home turf. (Morgan White photo)

Some days the soccer gods are especially cruel.

For the Coupeville High School boys pitch squad, Tuesday was one of those days.

Playing with a short roster, the Wolves scrapped and fought with host La Conner, taking a scoreless game into overtime, only to be punched in the heart by a ref’s interpretation of the rule book.

Was it the right call? Possibly.

But it still hurts, and still helped send the Wolves to a 1-0 loss in a league contest.

With the narrow defeat, Coupeville slips to 1-2 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, with its next two games at home.

Those contests, set for Sept. 23 and 27, come against two of the most-dangerous teams in the region, however, with Friday Harbor and Orcas Island up next on the schedule.

The latter of those teams is the defending 2B/1B state champ, while the former claimed 4th place at last year’s big dance.

Tuesday’s torrid tilt at La Conner’s Jack Whittaker Field came down to a penalty kick in the first extra period.

The Braves were awarded the one-on-one shot after the ref determined Coupeville’s goaltender had “interfered” with La Conner’s shooter, inadvertently or not.

“Controversial call indeed,” said CHS coach Robert Wood.

“The keeper got the foul on a 50/50 ball with their attacker, where only if you are well-versed in the laws of the game will you understand the call.”

While he would have preferred to take a victory to the bus for the jaunt back to Whidbey, Wood came away pleased with the effort given by his team, which was not at full force.

“Excellent play by everyone on our 13-man roster for this game,” he said. “It’ll be really good to have our full team one of these days.”

Coupeville gets another crack at La Conner before the regular season is done, with the Braves set to visit The Rock Oct. 25 as the Wolves celebrate Senior Night.

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A couple more hours to fine-tune the swing. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One more day to build the anticipation.

Thursday’s baseball battle royal between Coupeville and Friday Harbor — a one-game showdown in La Conner to decide which of the schools advance to the state tournament — has been bumped a day.

Mother Nature, as she has been all spring, is a pain in the tushie.

The game, now set for 3 PM Friday, still on that neutral field in La Conner, pits a 13-6 Wolf squad against a 14-2 Wolverine team.

Coupeville is the Northwest 2B/1B League champ, having finished 11-1 to Friday Harbor’s 10-1, but playoff seeding is determined only by the games between 2B schools.

Both teams swept two games from La Conner, while splitting their own season series.

Friday Harbor won 3-2 on its home field, while Coupeville returned the favor 11-8 on Whidbey.

The winner of the play-in game advances to the 16-team 2B state tourney, which kicks off May 21.

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Gwen Gustafson was one of 22 Wolves to reach base Friday, as Coupeville thrashed La Conner twice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They are vengeance unleashed.

Even when they try and pull back the reigns a bit and try not to unnecessarily embarrass opponents, it’s hard for the Coupeville High School softball team to be anything less than dominant.

Case in point, Friday’s doubleheader at La Conner, where the Wolves, playing everyone in a uniform — varsity and JV — still romped to 23-0 and 23-1 wins over the outmatched Braves.

The sweep gives Coupeville nine straight wins and lifts it to 5-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 10-1 overall.

As they roll towards a second consecutive undefeated NWL championship, the Wolves get a chance to punch upwards all of next week.

Coupeville faces 1A Meridian, 3A Oak Harbor, and 2A Lakewood in non-conference tilts, a challenge Kevin McGranahan’s squad craves.

Coupeville is 4-1 this season against schools from larger classifications, with its only loss coming to 1A royalty Lynden Christian.

 

Game #1:

Mixing varsity and JV players, Coupeville pounded out a season-high 29 hits a day after dinging Sultan for 27 base-knocks.

With senior pitching ace Izzy Wells surrendering just a pair of singles, and whiffing 12 Braves, the Wolves were just as brutally efficient on the other side of the ball.

The game might have seemed close for a hot moment, as Coupeville led just 1-0 exiting the first inning, but then its big-game sluggers unleashed their bats.

Six runs in the top of the second stretched the lead out, with four more coming in the third and another three in the fourth inning.

The Wolves wrapped things up by pushing nine more tallies across the plate in the fifth, then shuffled their roster dramatically for the nightcap.

Mckenna Somes had a five-hit performance in game one of a doubleheader.

 

Game #2:

This time out, twin hurlers Allie and Maya Lucero combined to chuck a four-inning no-hitter, with nine of 12 outs coming via punch-outs.

With many of their regular starters sitting the finale out, the Wolves still cracked 13 hits, giving them a 42-2 advantage on the afternoon.

Freshman Savina Wells, who rested in the opener, returned to the starting lineup and promptly walloped a home run, while CHS also piled up a staggering 18 walks.

Wolf 8th grader Teagan Calkins earned four of those free passes, with Alondra Cruz and Madison McMillan eking out three walks apiece.

Up 7-1 after one inning, Coupeville dropped nine runs on the board in the second, then coasted in with four and three-run rallies in the remaining frames.

 

Friday stats:

Edie Bittner — 2 walks
Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 single, 1 double, 2 walks
Teagan Calkins — 4 walks
Camryn Clark — 1 walk
Alondra Cruz — 3 walks
Mia Farris — 3 singles, 1 double, 1 triple
Gwen Gustafson — 1 single, 1 walk
Jada Heaton — 1 single
Violette Huegerich — 1 single
Lily Leedy — 1 single
Allie Lucero — 1 single, 1 walk
Maya Lucero — 3 singles, 1 walk
Katie Marti — 2 singles, 1 walk
Chloe Marzocca — 1 single, 2 walks
Madison McMillan — 1 double, 3 walks
Melanie Navarro — 2 singles, 1 double, 1 walk
Maya Nottingham — 2 singles, 1 double
Sofia Peters — 1 double
Audrianna Shaw — 1 single, 1 double, 2 triples
Mckenna Somes — 4 singles, 1 double
Izzy Wells — 4 singles, 1 triple, 1 walk
Savina Wells — 1 single, 1 home run

Wolf coach Aaron Lucero gazes in wonder as the Wolves decimate all challengers.

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