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Seeded #4, Coupeville’s 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team brought home a second-place trophy Saturday after winning two of three games at the season-ending league tourney. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

The future of Coupeville basketball.

Overachievers, one and all.

Despite entering the season-ending league tournament Saturday as the #4 team, out of seven, the Coupeville 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team beat the odds.

Winning two of three, while coming dangerously close to making it three of three, the Wolves upset the #1 team and brought home a second-place trophy from the Skagit County Parks and Rec.

The opening game was a thriller, as Coupeville rallied from down six points in the fourth quarter to topple #5 Ferndale 27-26.

The Wolves, powered by strong play from Chase Anderson, Aiden O’Neill, and Johnny Porter, who was a mad dog on defense, closed on a 13-6 tear.

That set up a clash with the tourney’s King Kong, #1 Anacortes.

Coupeville struck early, snatched an 8-7 lead after one quarter, then turned on the defensive heat to hold off the tourney favorites.

Once again, things came down to the fourth quarter, and once again the scrappy Wolves stepped up and blasted their foes with the game on the line.

This time it was a 10-6 run, fueled by Anderson and O’Neill, and Coupeville headed to the championship game after a 24-18 dethroning of the big city boys.

With #1 and #2 gone, the tourney came down to the Wolves and #3 Jr. Wildcats, with the title in doubt until the final moments.

Seeking redemption for a narrow loss last week in league play, Coupeville pushed their foes until the end, but ran out of gas at the very end, falling 29-26.

Hurley Bronec opened strongly for Coupeville, tossing in a bucket to go with a 4-4 performance at the free-throw line.

He got plenty of help from his teammates, with Landon Roberts, Anderson, and Jack Porter all chipping in with a bucket of their own.

Coupeville’s defense, led by Johnny Porter, who “was throwing elbows and tearing down rebounds like a mad man” according to coach Jon Roberts, kept the game close.

Down just 17-16 at the half, Coupeville got third-quarter scoring from Camden Glover, Roberts and Anderson, but watched its deficit stretch out slightly to 25-22.

Bronec and Johnny Porter led a strong defensive stand in the final frame, while Anderson notched the final four points of the season.

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   Wolf senior Lindsey Roberts reacts to news the rest of her family will be doing yard work. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

   Landon Roberts (back) and Rick Bonacci trim weeds at the CHS gym in preparation for Race the Reserve. (Jon Roberts photos)

 

   Out of the gym, basketball ref and Wolf dad Phillip Renninger fights back against out of control plants.

Shout-out to the yard crew!

Saturday brings Race the Reserve to town, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Coupeville High School Class of 2019.

With preparation for the race — which features a marathon, half marathon, 10K and more — at peak levels, the parking lot at the CHS gym was not forgotten.

Wielding weed eaters and loppers, community members descended on the overgrown lot Friday and restored it to livable conditions.

So, this way, while runners may stagger through the lot after running across the prairie, at least none of them will vanish into a mass of overgrown vines as they catch their breath.

Nicely done, one and all.

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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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   Landon Roberts and the Central Whidbey Little League Majors baseball squad knocked off South Whidbey Tuesday in their first game. (Photo courtesy Jon Roberts)

Can’t stop the winning.

Day two of Central Whidbey Little League play was a lot like day one, with the home town squad successfully defending its diamond.

Monday, both CWLL Minors softball and baseball knocked off North Whidbey teams, and Tuesday, it was time for the Majors baseball squad to get its moment in the spotlight.

Fueled by sharp pitching from Chase Anderson and Levi Pulliam and timely hitting from Landon Roberts, Central Whidbey nipped the South Whidbey Shockers 3-1.

CWLL fell behind 1-0 in the early going, then chipped its way back into the game thanks to “excellent base running.”

Central Whidbey benefited from being willing to get a little black and blue as well, with several players getting aboard thanks to being plunked by South Whidbey pitches.

Peyton Caveness, Jonny Porter and Roberts scored for CWLL, while Anderson and Pulliam were spot-on while working on the mound.

The duo combined to whiff seven batters, with Pulliam notching five of those K’s.

“All in all I am very proud of our young Majors team,” said Central coach Jon Roberts. “We knew we would be facing stiff competition after we took the South Whidbey Pope Tourney last spring as Minors.

“We were really excited to see how the boys reacted to much faster pitchers,” he added. “For the most part we did OK, but there is room to improve!”

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The bright future of Coupeville basketball. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

   After sweeping three games Saturday, Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys hoops squad brought the big trophy home.

“We are the champions … of the world!”

They went, they saw, they conquered.

Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys basketball squad swept three games Saturday en route to bringing home some nice hardware.

The Wolves entered the day seeded third in a six-team tourney, yet left Skagit County bearing the championship trophy after winning the 2018 D-Glacier Division Tournament.

To get to the podium, Coupeville knocked off the Sedro-Woolley Hoosiers 30-10 in the opening round, then upended two teams which had first-round byes.

After blasting Granite Falls 26-17 in the semifinals, the Wolves shocked top-seeded Sedro-Woolley Blue 23-21 to take the title.

“Our boys played till there was nothing left,” said Coupeville coach Jon Roberts. “Defense that shut down the top scorers from the other team and unselfish passing to create opportunities that helped us rise to the top.

“Hard work all year has paid off!,” he added. “So proud of these boys. What a great season.”

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