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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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Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim set up one of Coupeville’s goals Monday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

First improvement, then wins.

As the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team works its way through the program’s first-ever season, coach Reese Cernick has preached growth.

And there have been results, as the Wolves continue to fine-tune their collective games.

While CMS fell 5-2 to visiting Lakewood Monday, the positive changes are being noticed by all.

“The opposing coach congratulated us after the game on our team’s improvement since we last played,” Cernick said. “I would like to say that we are playing against three other teams with great coaches.

“Each coach has been great to speak with and had has nothing but good things to say about our team.”

Coupeville hits the halfway point of the season at 1-4, with its next two games at home.

Granite Falls arrives on Whidbey Wednesday, with Northshore Christian Academy set to show up Oct. 14.

The Wolves netted their scores Monday on vastly different plays.

On the first, Logan Downes beat the Lakewood goalie on a one-on-one, ramming home his team-leading third goal of the season.

Coupeville also scored off of a bit of teamwork, as Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim crashed a shot at the net, allowing teammate Andrew Williams to step up and head the incoming ball past the net-minder.

It was the second score of the season for Williams.

Cernick stepped off the rain-slickened pitch with a spring to his step.

“Our passing game continues to improve as well as our desire to get to the ball first,” he said. “I am proud of each and every player on the team.

“They each played a great game today.”

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Logan Downes is the first Coupeville Middle School boys soccer player to score a goal. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes made some history.

The Coupeville Middle School 8th grader became the first boys soccer player in school history to score a goal, finding the back of the net Wednesday afternoon at Lakewood.

He actually picked up a second score as well, though it would be credited as an “own goal,” as Downes banged a corner kick right at a Lakewood player who accidentally headed the incoming ball past his own goalkeeper.

While the Wolves fell 8-2 in the first road game in program history, dropping their record to 0-2 in their inaugural season, there were plenty of positives.

“I feel we played a better game this time than our first game,” said Coupeville coach Reese Cernick. “Positioning was better.

“We’re starting to come together as a team, but have a little ways to go.”

The Wolves travel to Granite Falls Sept. 30 and Northshore Christian Academy Oct. 2, before returning home Oct. 7 to kick off a three-game home-stand with a rematch against Lakewood.

The soccer program, which was added this year after CMS football was eliminated, has a 10-game season.

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Coupeville freshman Mckenna Somes scored three times Saturday, while playing in her first high school softball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If it wasn’t for the mercy rule, the game might still be going.

Scoring the maximum five runs in each inning Saturday, the Coupeville High School JV softball team paddled 2A Lakewood 20-6 in a game played on a neutral field in Oak Harbor.

Nine of 11 Wolves scored at least once, while the young guns racked up 10 hits and 14 walks in their season opener.

The run-fest started in the bottom of the first inning, where Coupeville didn’t record a single out while going through the first seven slots in the lineup.

And it didn’t let up from there, as the Wolves picked apart Lakewood’s pitching, while their own hurler, Mollie Bailey, whiffed 10 Cougars.

The opening salvo for Coupeville started with back-to-back walks to Audrianna Shaw and Mckenna Somes, followed by three straight base-knocks.

Izzy Wells teed off on a pitch, launching a double, while Bailey and Kylie Van Velkinburgh plunked singles into open gaps in the defense.

Sisters Ivy and Lily Leedy closed the first-inning assault by demonstrating eagle eyes, both eking out free passes on walks.

The rat-a-tat offense never let up for Coupeville, with Wells smashing a triple, Bailey and Van Velkinburgh launching doubles, and Shaw, Bailey, and both Leedy sisters tacking on singles.

Shaw, Somes, and Heidi Meyers each picked up three base on balls, Chloe Wheeler and Amanda Thomas walked twice apiece, and Morgan Stevens helped anchor the rock-solid Wolf defense while stationed in left field.

Coupeville, after waxing a big-school opponent, gets a different kind of challenge in its next game.

The Wolf JV hosts Concrete Wednesday, Mar. 20 and the 4 PM game is against the 2B school’s varsity squad.

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