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Coupeville football crunched La Conner for a second time this season, winning 40-0 Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back on the field, back in the win column.

A week after cancelling a game due to a lack of healthy players, the Coupeville High School football team travelled to La Conner Friday and blitzed the winless Braves for a second time this season.

Pounding away on the ground, the Wolves ran away with a 40-0 win, keeping alive hopes of sharing the Northwest 2B/1B League title.

Coupeville sits at 2-1 in conference action, 2-3 overall, a half game back of Friday Harbor (2-0, 3-4), and two up on La Conner (0-3, 0-4).

While the Wolves play non-conference foe Cascade (Leavenworth) Oct. 22 during Coupeville’s Homecoming game, La Conner will travel to Friday Harbor that night.

CHS then wraps its regular season Thursday, Oct. 28, when it hosts Friday Harbor in what should be a showdown between teams with league marks of 2-1 and 3-0, respectively.

Win that finale, and Coupeville shares the crown with the Wolverines.

Friday’s clash in La Conner was much like the first time the two schools met in late September, when Coupeville waxed the Braves 51-0 at Mickey Clark Field.

The Wolves moved the ball with ease, scored with ease, and never allowed La Conner to get much of anything going.

Forcing and recovering fumbles on the first two Braves possessions, Coupeville didn’t allow their foes to get a first down until the final minute of the opening quarter.

And that only happened because of a questionable face mask call on the Wolves.

Overall, La Conner spent most of the first half on its own side of the field, rarely generating positive yardage on consecutive plays.

CHS, which also had two first-half interceptions, including a pick-six from Daylon Houston, added to a season in which La Conner, a traditional heavyweight, has yet to score a point in four games.

The Braves are looking at a 175-0 deficit with two games remaining on their schedule.

By contrast, Coupeville’s offense quickly found its groove after a week off, punching in five touchdowns in the first half, with Scott Hilborn and Dominic Coffman each scoring twice on runs.

Jonathan Valenzuela added another run to pay dirt, before Houston, who also walloped four PAT tries through the uprights, picked La Conner’s QB off less than a minute before halftime.

The ball securely in his hands, Houston sliced ‘n diced his way downfield, taking the ball back 70+ yards to cap the first-half scoring.

With a running clock in place after the break, and Coupeville taking its foot off the gas pedal, the Wolves didn’t add to their already-impressive point total in the second half.

Valenzuela did pick off a La Conner pass in the third quarter, however, giving his squad five takeaways in the game.

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Coupeville High School girls soccer coach Kyle Nelson will not be patrolling the sideline Thursday night after all. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mickey Clark Field will be silent Thursday night.

A scheduled home game for the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad against La Conner has been cancelled.

The official cause is “a lack of healthy players for La Conner,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

With the game being a Northwest 2B/1B League game, the schools will try to reschedule the game before the end of the season.

Barring any more twists and turns, Coupeville will be back on its home pitch this Saturday, Oct. 16 to face Sultan in a non-league game.

That will be Senior Night for the Wolves and their seven 12th graders.

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Grey Peabody denies you. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville football had an unexpected week off after injuries forced it to cancel a non-conference game.

Things are starting to drop into place.

The further we get into the fall sports season, the more the frontrunners become clear.

Defending Northwest 2B/1B League champs La Conner (volleyball), Orcas Island (boys soccer), and Mount Vernon Christian (girls soccer) are all back in the lead, while Friday Harbor (football) is rebounding nicely after losing a season to Covid.

While it doesn’t sit in first-place in any sport, Coupeville is solid, currently second-best in volleyball and football.

Originally it seemed like Wolf girls soccer was also in second, but it turns out a score was misreported for the Friday Harbor vs. La Conner game, momentarily bumping CHS down a rung.

That could change this coming week, however, as the Coupeville boosters host Friday Harbor Tuesday.

Toss in home games against La Conner Thursday and non-conference foe Sultan Saturday (that’s Senior Night), and the Wolves have a busy week — and no bus rides.

Boys soccer and football only have a single game apiece, with both teams hitting the road Friday.

The booters are off to Lopez Island, while the gridiron giants travel to La Conner — if both the Wolves and Braves football teams have enough healthy players after both teams cancelled games this past week.

Coupeville’s cross country team doesn’t compete again until the league championships Oct. 21, but volleyball will be busy, with a pair of matches.

The Wolf spikers travel to Orcas Tuesday, where they will attempt to cement their hold on second-place, before hosting Darrington Thursday.

Where things stand through Oct. 10:

 

Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Orcas Island 7-0-0 7-0-0
PC Christian 7-1-0 7-1-0
MV Christian 7-3-0 7-3-0
Friday Harbor 6-3-0 6-3-0
La Conner 5-5-0 5-5-0
Coupeville 3-6-0 3-6-0
Grace Academy 3-7-0 3-7-0
Lopez Island 2-7-0 2-7-0
CPC-Lynnwood 0-8-0 0-8-0

 

Northwest League football:

School League Overall
Friday Harbor 2-0 3-3
Coupeville 1-1 1-3
Concrete 0-0 0-2
Darrington 0-0 2-3
La Conner 0-2 0-3

 

Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 5-0-0 9-1-1
Friday Harbor 3-2-0 3-6-1
Coupeville 2-3-0 3-4-0
La Conner 0-5-0 0-5-0

 

Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
La Conner 7-0 9-0
Coupeville 6-1 6-3
Orcas Island 5-2 8-3
Darrington 4-4 7-5
MV Christian 1-5 2-6
Friday Harbor 1-6 1-8
Concrete 1-7 1-8

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Maddie Georges played strongly Wednesday, but Coupeville couldn’t topple La Conner. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re a solid #2.

In the season-and-a-half since rejoining the Northwest 2B/1B League, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team has played 16 matches against conference foes, going 12-4.

That’s 12-0 vs. the combined forces of Friday Harbor, Concrete, Darrington, Mount Vernon Christian, and Orcas Island.

And, after a road loss Wednesday, 0-4 against two-time defending state champs La Conner, which hasn’t lost a league tilt in a decade-plus, or dropped a set in any kind of match since Covid first arrived.

The Braves, anchored by junior Ellie Marble — well on her way to a third-straight league MVP season — are big hitters, dynamic passers, and high IQ athletes.

Hence Wednesday’s 25-12, 25-11, 25-18 win, which lifts La Conner to 7-0 in league play, 8-0 overall.

Coupeville, which is off until a trip to Orcas Oct. 12, is 6-1 in NWL competition, 6-3 overall.

While the Wolves are chasing the Braves — just like every other 2B program in the state — they are putting up a strong fight.

There were moments in Wednesday’s match when young Wolves like freshman Savina Wells cracked off some lightning bolts which hit and exploded with fury.

Also, a lot of hustle, as Alita Blouin, Maddie Georges, and Co. hit the floor in pursuit of incoming balls, kept plays alive, and refused to go quietly.

But, ultimately, La Conner’s impressive net game proved hard to handle, giving Braves fans much to enjoy.

Still, even in defeat, Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore found positives.

“It was a bit rough at times, but La Conner is as-advertised, and at least had to earn their points,” he said. “When given the chance, we had few attack errors and service errors, which is more progress.

“The third set was stronger being that there were more rallies and defensive chases,” Whitmore added. “I thought that when given the chance, we executed our game-plan pretty well.

“We just have to tighten that up to play the long-game with them, set-to-set and generate our own offense and chaos-creating plays. Throughout the match, I was pleased to see our cohesion remain strong and energy remain consistent.”

 

Wednesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 7 digs, 1 ace
Maddie Georges — 1 kill, 8 digs, 8 assists
Taygin Jump — 1 dig
Ryanne Knoblich — 3 digs
Jill Prince — 2 kills, 1 block assist
Olivia Schaffeld 
— 1 kill, 2 digs, 1 block assist, 1 ace
Lyla Stuurmans 
— 1 kill, 4 digs
Lucy Tenore 
— 2 kills, 1 block assist, 1 ace
Savina Wells 
— 4 kills, 1 block assist

Ryanne Knoblich chipped in with tons o’ hustle.

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Jada Heaton and Coupeville’s JV spikers are reaching new heights. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

La Conner High School’s JV volleyball program hasn’t lost a league match in two decades-plus.

Yes, you read that right.

So, it comes as little surprise that the Braves came out on top Wednesday night in a battle of teams previously unbeaten in Northwest 2B/1B League action.

But, while La Conner’s second squad held off visiting Coupeville 25-17, 25-23, 25-17, the young Wolves exited the gym with some joy in their collective step.

They’re getting closer, and they refuse to bow down easily.

“It went really well! I’m super proud of the girls and how great they played tonight,” said Coupeville coach Ashley Menges.

“They went in firing, which quickly brought the competitiveness and energy we needed.

“You could see the spark in their eyes when they realized they can compete and they can be the big dogs, which was the highlight of my night for sure.”

Mia Farris keeps her eyes on the prize.

Even with the loss, the Wolf JV has the best win/loss record of any fall sports team at CHS, sitting at 7-2 overall, 6-1 in NWL play.

La Conner’s JV is 7-1 overall, 7-0 in league, with its only loss a narrow 2-1 defeat to 2A Sehome.

Coupeville heads back to its own gym for a stretch of practices, with its next match a road trip to Orcas Island Oct. 12.

The rematch with La Conner will be on Whidbey Oct. 19, and it’s one Menges and her spikers are already thinking about.

“Everyone had a really great game, everyone was fired up, and we’re excited to compete with them in our gym soon.”

 

Wednesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 kill, 5 digs, 6 assists
Mia Farris — 3 kills, 1 ace
Gwen Gustafson — 4 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace
Jada Heaton — 1 kill
Isabel Johnson — 2 digs, 2 assists
Katie Marti — 5 kills, 4 assists, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 3 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces
Grey Peabody — 5 kills
Aby Wood — 1 kill

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