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Pamela Morrell and her CMS basketball teammates reached the halfway point of their season Wednesday afternoon, facing off with Lakewood. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

7th grader Savina Wells leads all Wolves in scoring, averaging 14.6 points a game.

Halfway home.

The Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads reached the midpoint of their season Wednesday, welcoming ginormous Lakewood to town.

While the Wolf players will eventually move up to join a 2B high school here in Cow Town, their rivals represent the farm team for a large 2A school.

But, while CMS pulls from a much-smaller student body, Coupeville’s hoops stars put up a good fight Wednesday, staying close in two of three contests.

How the day played out:

 

Level 1:

Coupeville won the second half, but couldn’t fully dig its way out of an early hole, falling 36-23.

The loss drops the Wolves to 2-3 on the season, headed into another home game next Monday, March 2 against Granite Falls.

Lakewood controlled the game in the early going, jumping out to a 10-3 lead after one quarter of play, then stretching the margin to 24-8 by the half.

The Wolves rallied after the break, however, putting together a strong third-quarter performance behind the play of Savina Wells.

With the 7th grader dropping in seven of her team-high 10 points across the seven-minute frame, CMS had a 9-6 run, and outscored Lakewood 15-13 in the second half.

Brionna Blouin and Lauren Marrs backed Wells up on the offensive end of the floor, racking up nine and four points, respectively.

Blouin netted her team’s lone three-ball, and was the only Wolf to score in three different quarters.

Lyla Stuurmans, Mia Farris, Allison Nastali, Desi Ramirez, and Madison McMillan also saw floor time for Coupeville’s top squad.

 

Level 2:

This one wasn’t pretty.

Failing to score until the 4th quarter, the Wolves absorbed a 47-3 loss, dropping their record to 1-3 on the season.

Down 20-0 at the first break and 35-0 at the half, CMS couldn’t get a shot to drop until Chloe Marzocca splashed home a fourth-quarter three-ball.

Her support crew included Issabel Johnson, Taylor Brotemarkle, Jada Heaton, Kayla Arnold, Katie Marti, Grey Peabody, Aby Wood, Reese Wilkinson, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Nastali.

 

Level 3:

The final game of the day was the closest, with Coupeville battling strongly in a 32-24 loss.

The defeat drops the young Wolves to 0-3 on the season.

A little bit of a slow start tripped up CMS, as the hosts fell behind 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, then played Lakewood virtually even the rest of the way.

The second, third, and fourth quarter all ended up with counts of 8-6, with Coupeville claiming the third frame behind four points each from Heaton and Johnson.

Heaton had the hot hand all afternoon, rattling home points in all four quarters as she tallied a team-high 10, while Johnson (6), Marzocca (4), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Devika Vogelsang-Puente (2) also banked in points.

With Marzocca and Vogelsang-Puente notching their first buckets Wednesday, 20 of Coupeville’s 27 players have scored this season.

Also seeing floor time against Lakewood were Alena Osborne, Shayla Town, Pamela Morrell, Kassidy Upchurch, Gabriella Becktell, and Aubrey Blitch.

 

Unofficial season scoring stats:

Savina Wells – 73
Lauren Marrs – 33
Brionna Blouin – 23
Jada Heaton – 17
Lyla Stuurmans – 15
Reese Wilkinson – 14
Katie Marti – 9
Grey Peabody – 9
Issabel Johnson – 8
Chloe Marzocca – 7
Bryley Gilbert – 6
Skylar Parker – 6
Mia Farris – 4
Madison McMillan – 4
Kayla Arnold – 2
Aubrey Blitch – 2
Taylor Brotemarkle – 2
Allison Nastali – 2
Alena Osborne – 2
Devika Vogelsang-Puente – 2

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Timothy Nitta has put the ball in the bucket for CMS basketball this season. (Morgan White photos)

Hunter Bronec plays strong defense.

Time to head home.

The Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads reached the halfway point of their 10-game seasons, and now the Wolves can finally get off the bus.

After opening with four of its first five on the road, including Monday’s match-up against Lakewood, Coupeville flips the script in the second half of the campaign.

The Wolves host King’s Wednesday, make a final trip to play Northshore Christian Academy Dec. 9, then close with three straight games in the CMS gym.

That final home-stand includes Coupeville’s lone battle with next door neighbor Langley (Dec. 16), and the Wolves don’t play Lakewood a second time.

Which is probably a good thing, as the Cougars, who eventually will head off to play ball for a large 2A high school, ran pretty wild Monday afternoon, sweeping all three contests.

How things played out:

 

Level 1:

The closest of the day’s three games, and it wasn’t all that close.

While Coupeville fell 50-30, stung badly by a rough third quarter, the Wolves didn’t go down quietly.

“Team 1 played tough tonight, but Lakewood was really good,” said CMS coach Greg White.

Now 1-4 on the season, Coupeville’s top squad was hanging around, down just 22-17 at the half, but the host Cougars powered up their offense in the third quarter, rolling to a 19-5 advantage in the frame.

Cole White and Logan Downes paced the Wolf attack with eight and seven points, respectively, with both gunners netting a three-ball.

William Davidson (5), Zane Oldenstadt (4), Nick Guay (4), and Landon Roberts (2) also scored, while Ryan Blouin brought hustle on defense.

 

Level 2:

The Wolves entered the game boasting an undefeated record, but came out flat in the first quarter and never recovered.

Down 16-1 at the first break, Coupeville eventually fell 51-21, dropping its record to 3-1-1 on the season.

CMS, which played its best ball during an 8-8 dogfight in the second quarter, was led in the score-book by Timothy Nitta, who rattled home a team-best seven points.

Hunter Bronec banked home five in support, while Jack Porter (4), Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (3), and Hurlee Bronec (2) also netted points for the Wolves.

Johnny Porter, Nathan Ginnings, and Mikey Robinett rounded out the CMS roster.

 

Level 3:

Very little went right for Coupeville in a 50-6 loss which drops it to 0-4 on the season.

The game was actually close through one quarter, with Lakewood clinging to just a 6-4 lead.

But 17-0 and 8-0 runs over the next two quarters sealed the deal, and a 19-2 fourth-quarter surge by the Cougars was salt in the wound.

Chris Villarreal, Justin Jansen, and Harlan Mouw each had a bucket for CMS, with Jesus Madrigal, JP Edoukou, Jordan Bradford, Alex Clark, and Carson Fields also seeing action.

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Skylar Parker and her CMS volleyball teammates closed their season Tuesday at Lakewood. (Photos by JohnnPhotos.net)

Olivia Schaffeld was one of many Wolves to showcase their talent this season.

It’s the end of the season, but not the end of the road.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads wrapped up play Tuesday with a trip to Lakewood to face a big-school rival which feeds a large 2A high school.

While the young Wolves were swept, there were bright spots, with the #1 CMS team taking a set and the #3 team pushing their hosts hard in two of three sets.

Plus, with another season of middle school ball under their belts, the Coupeville players are a year closer to joining the high school program, and bringing all their talent with them.

How the season finale played out, according to the stat sheets (if I’m reading them correctly):

 

Level 1:

Coupeville’s top squad is mostly made up of 7th graders who have spent their season learning under fire against teams dominated by 8th graders.

Tuesday, the Wolves pushed Lakewood hard, before falling 25-11, 23-25, 15-10, leaving their final record at a deceptive 1-9.

Olivia Schaffeld went out with a bang, bringing home 14 points on her serve for CMS, while Mia Farris (8), Grey Peabody (7), and Savina Wells (6) also sparkled.

Joining them on the scoring chart were Taylor Brotemarkle (5), Chloe Marzocca (3), Lyla Stuurmans (2), and Katie Marti (1).

 

Level 2:

The Wolves came up short, dropping a 25-19, 25-5, 15-7 decision, but finished with the best record of Coupeville’s three teams at 6-4.

Madison McMillan, who was a vocal leader for CMS all season, tallied eight points, while Aby Wood brought seven home.

Also scoring were Jada Heaton (4), Allison Nastali (4), Brionna Blouin (2), Skylar Parker (2), Kaitlyn Leavell (2), Ava Mitten (1), Laila Wenzel (1), and Issabel Johnson (1).

 

Level 3:

Coupeville came strong, but couldn’t quite topple Lakewood in a 25-20, 25-11, 15-13 royal rumble.

The young guns, who finished 1-9, were led by Bailey Thule’s eight points and Jackie Contreras’s seven, while Maryah Love, Gabriella Becktell, and Bryley Gilbert tossed in six apiece.

Jones Walther (4), Kaylee Clark (4), and Kassidy Upchurch (3) rounded out the scoring.

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Nick Guay leads the charge. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Aha, my old foe, you thought you could escape from me, but you were wrong, so wrong!”

Familiarity breeds improvement.

During its first season of competition, the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team has just three rivals filling out its 10-game season.

The Wolves have beaten Granite Falls twice, while falling all three times they’ve played both Lakewood and Northshore Christian Academy.

The latest of those defeats came Wednesday in Lakewood, where CMS fell 4-0 on the pitch to their large-school rivals.

While the losses have piled up a bit during a 2-6 season, the chance to face off with the same squads has given the Wolves a chance to measure their progress.

In each of their three meetings, Coupeville has reduced the goals scored by Lakewood, a much-larger middle school which funnels students to a 2A high school.

The Wolves have brought the number down from eight in game one, to five in game two, then to four in the final meeting this season between the schools.

And it was actually much closer, as Lakewood only led 1-0 at the half and 2-0 late in the game.

A pair of back-to-back scores in the waning moments stretched out the margin, but didn’t dampen the positive showing from the Wolves.

“We played a great game against an undefeated team,” said Coupeville coach Reese Cernick.

“The Lakewood coach kept commenting the whole game how much we had improved and how on point our defense is.” he added. “This was one of the best games we’ve played this season, hands down.”

Coupeville has two games left on its schedule, traveling to Granite Falls Monday, Oct. 21 in pursuit of a season sweep.

After that, the Wolves wrap their inaugural season Oct. 23 at home against Northshore Christian.

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Brionna Blouin fires up a serve. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolves (l to r) Katie Marti, Mia Farris, Lyla Stuurmans, Laila Wenzel, and Taylor Brotemarkle enjoy their day in the gym. (Sherine Wenzel photo)

The gym was jumpin’.

Playing a tough, large-school foe in visiting Lakewood, the Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads put up strong effort Wednesday, but couldn’t come away with any wins.

The home CMS triple-header, held at the same time and a hallway away from a high school triple-header, marks the midway point in the 10-match middle school season.

How Wednesday played out:

 

Team 1:

Coupeville’s top squad fell 25-12, 25-17, 15-5, and sits at 0-5 heading into a match Saturday at South Whidbey.

Katie Marti and Savina Wells kick-started the Wolf attack, with their team winning seven points each on their serve, while Mia Farris (6) and Olivia Schaffeld (5) were also strong.

Rounding out the service winners were Lyla Stuurmans (3), Chloe Marzocca (3), Taylor Brotemarkle (2), and Grey Peabody (1).

 

Team 2:

The Coupeville team with the best won/loss record made it close, before falling 25-15, 25-13, 17-15.

With the defeat, the middle squad falls to 3-2 on the season.

The Wolves won eight points off of Madison McMillan’s serves, while picking up six apiece when Issabel Johnson, Laila Wenzel, and Kaitlyn Leavell put the ball in play.

Also scoring were Brionna Blouin (4), Jada Heaton (4), Aby Wood (4), Allison Nastali (3), Skylar Parker (1), and Ava Mitten (1).

 

Team 3:

Again, the third set was the hardest-fought, with CMS coming up on the wrong side of a 25-16, 25-10, 15-11 afternoon.

With the loss, Coupeville’s third squad sits at 1-4.

Bailey Thule had the biggest day for any Wolf server on any team, picking up 10 points for her team, while Hayley Thomas (8), Gabriella Becktell (5), and Jackie Contreras (4) were hot on her heels.

Rounding out the scoring were Jones Walther (3), Oktober Frost (2), Kassidy Upchurch (2), Bryley Gilbert (1), and Maryah Love (1).

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