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South Whidbey’s Madeline Racicot triggers a play Tuesday as the Falcons clash with Island rival Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Occasionally I’ll admit there’s more than one high school on The Rock.

Fast rule — give me free pics to run on the blog, and, lo and behold, Oak Harbor and South Whidbey do exist! Funny how that happens.

Said the guy whose own diploma came from OHHS way back in the day…

Anyways, Tuesday night brought the two Whidbey schools not named Coupeville into conflict, with the 3A Wildcats of Oak Town holding off the feisty 1A Falcons, capturing a 2-1 win on the soccer pitch.

The victory lifts Oak Harbor to 2-4-2 on the season, while South Whidbey dips to 1-3.

Meanwhile, in Coupeville, the Wolf booters don’t take the field until the end of this month, as the Northwest 2B/1B League is playing spring sports first during this pandemic-ravaged school year.

For those wanting a slice of pitch life, the photos above and below are courtesy John Fisken.

To see everything he shot during Oak Harbor’s Senior Night, featuring varsity and JV action, as well as festivities, pop over to the links below.

And PS — Gram and Gramps would probably like a glossy or two for the mantlepiece. Just sayin’.

 

Oak Harbor:

GS 2021-03-09 vs South Whidbey – John’s Photos

 

South Whidbey:

GS 2021-03-09 SW at Oak Harbor – John’s Photos

 

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Lauren Marrs basks in the glow of helping her basketball team win a SWISH championship. (Emili Marrs photo)

Lauren Marrs is the type of player every coach appreciates.

She can control a game by herself, seems to have little fear on the hardwood or pitch, and is already quite-polished for an athlete headed into her freshman year of high school.

But as talented as Marrs has been while playing with middle school and select squads, it is the way she embraces being part of something bigger which truly sets her apart.

She can be a star, if that’s what you need, but she can also be part of an ensemble, if that’s what you require.

All while displaying the same passion and positive attitude, regardless of her role.

For Marrs, that just comes naturally.

“I enjoy everything about being an athlete,” she said. “I love being a part of a team.

“I just want to keep working hard and learning,” Marrs added. “I want to keep improving in all areas of the sports I play.”

In her middle school days, the younger sister of former Wolf standout Jaden Marrs played sports year-round, with volleyball, basketball (school and SWISH), and select soccer on her resume.

As she makes the jump to Coupeville High School, Lauren plans to fine-tune her focus, putting an emphasis on basketball, where she’s a deadly shooter and fluid ballhandler, and soccer, which is her burning passion.

“My favorite sport is soccer,” Marrs said. “I have been playing for 10 years, select for the last six.”

On the pitch, she’s a lock-down enforcer in net, playing goaltender for the SW Reign the past three seasons.

“I love the position I play and I would like to continue on playing it throughout high school and college,” Marrs said.

She plans to play both sports all four years of high school, and pledges, “I want us to work hard and win.”

Off the field, Marrs enjoys her health and PE classes, is a big fan of The Goonies and the Indiana Jones movies, and finds numerous ways to stay busy.

“I like to spend my time playing and watching sports,” she said. “I also like to swim, hike, play b-ball, go to the beach, and spend time with my friends and my family.”

Whether she’s knifing big, bad King’s on the hardwood, nailing a three-ball from somewhere out in the parking lot as mom Emili high-fives everyone within a five-mile radius, or pulling off a sweet shutout on the soccer pitch, Lauren keep things simple.

“I¬†look up to my parents and listen to and respect what my coaches say.”

Sounds like a star to me.

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Brionna Blouin helped spark Coupeville’s top squad to a big win Thursday in Langley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gabriella Becktell and friends play three of their next four games at home.

Right back where they want to be.

A day after being swept in Sultan, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads bounced right back into the winning column Thursday afternoon.

Facing off with their next-door neighbors in Langley, the Wolves won two of three games, ending their week on a positive note.

Now, after back-to-back road trips, CMS plays three of its next four at home, beginning next Wednesday, Feb. 26, when they welcome Lakewood to The Rock.

How Thursday played out:

 

Level 1:

Wham-bam.

Powered by the one-two scoring punch of Savina Wells and Lauren Marrs, who combined to net 29 points, the Wolves strolled to a 35-20 win.

The victory evens Coupeville’s season mark at 2-2.

CMS put the game away early, jumping out to a 9-2 lead at the first break, then pushing the margin to 19-2 after blanking Langley through the second frame.

From there, Coupeville stretched the lead to 31-10 heading into the fourth, before coasting home for the Island rivalry win.

Wells rang up a team-high 17 points, including an early three-ball and a 4-4 run at the free throw line in the second quarter.

The CMS 7th grader has piled up 63 points through her first four games, averaging just a whisper below 16 a night.

Her older running mate, Marrs, was Miss Consistency, banging away for 12 points with a variety of sweet moves, while Brionna Blouin (4) and Allison Nastali (2) rounded out the Wolf offensive attack.

Kaitlyn Leavell, Taylor Brotemarkle, Lyla Stuurmans, Skylar Parker, Mia Farris, Kayla Arnold, Desi Ramirez, Grey Peabody, Madison McMillan, and Reese Wilkinson also saw floor time as CMS was able to cycle through its full roster.

 

Level 2:

It was a nail-biter for 21 minutes, then Coupeville’s second squad pulled away to claim its first win of the season at 14-7.

The young Wolves are 1-2 headed into the Lakewood clash.

Scoring was at a premium for much of the game, with CMS netting just a single bucket in each of the first three quarters.

But while their offense was a bit muted, the Wolf defense was on point, blanking the host Cougars in both the second and third frames.

That allowed Coupeville to scrape its way back from an early 5-2 deficit, but the lead was as slim as possible at 6-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

That was when the Wolves started hitting on all cylinders, with Katie Marti, Parker, and Arnold all hitting key buckets down the stretch.

Marti outscored Langley by herself, finishing with a game-high eight points, with Wilkinson, Arnold, and Parker each chipping in with a basket apiece.

Also seeing solid floor time were Issabel Johnson, Jada Heaton, Peabody, Aby Wood, and Leavell.

 

Level 3:

Coupeville’s only loss came in the finale, as a still-developing squad fell 28-8.

Langley turned it on in the first and fourth quarters, dropping 10 points in each frame as it sent the Wolves to an 0-2 start on the season.

Heaton (4), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Aubrey Blitch (4) scored for CMS, with Alena Osborne, Shayla Town, Pamela Morrell, Kassidy Upchurch, and Gabriella Becktell also playing.

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Coupeville’s Savina Wells (middle), Jada Heaton (right) and Taylor Brotemarkle (headband) clamp down on defense. (Corinn Parker photos)

Lyla Stuurmans has been a steady point guard for the Wolves.

Lauren Marrs is a deadly outside shooter.

Mia Farris gave Coupeville “a spark on defense” Saturday.

One basket away from a major upset.

Playing their “best game of the year,” the Coupeville SWISH girls basketball squad rallied late Saturday, but fell just shy of toppling powerhouse Mount Baker in a 26-25 thriller.

Returning to action after their bye week, the Wolves stormed back from seven down with 3:30 to play, but needed a tick or two more on the clock to make the miracle fully happen.

“With another possession or two, I would have loved our chances, as I felt the momentum was on our side,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Everyone got involved and our team passing was much improved.

“Real proud of all the girls, who impressed me with their teamwork, energy, and effort!”

CMS 7th grader Savina Wells paced the Wolves with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, while Lauren Marrs knocked down seven points.

Katie Marti, Madison McMillan, and Brionna Blouin chipped in with a bucket apiece, with Marti’s basket, her first of the season, coming off of “a great offensive rebound and put back.”

After falling behind early, the Wolves played strongly in the second half, with everyone on the 12-player roster chipping in with a contribution.

Coupeville got the looks it wanted, but the basket didn’t always play fair.

“We got up a lot of good open shots that just didn’t fall,” Fred Farris said. “Savina was a force on the boards again and Lyla (Stuurmans) really did a great job against their pressure.

Lauren really stepped up in a leadership role and helped rally the girls to a frantic late game comeback,” he added. “Mia (Farris) and Taylor (Brotemarkle) really gave us a spark on defense in their limited time on the court.”

Stuurmans snared seven rebounds, with McMillan and Brotemarkle making off with four apiece.

Skylar Parker, Jada Heaton, Chloe Marzocca, and Reese Wilkinson rounded out the Wolf roster.

Coupeville returns to Skagit County the next two Saturdays as the SWISH season wraps up.

The Wolves close the regular season Dec. 7 with a doubleheader against Friday Harbor and Mount Baker, then compete in the postseason tourney the following weekend.

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Reese Wilkinson (with ball) and Brionna Blouin are part of the new Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells can fill up a stat sheet.

The middle school hoops star threw down 22 points and snatched 24 rebounds across two games Saturday, as the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad played its first regular season games.

While the young Wolves — seven players, including Wells, are 7th graders — fell just short in both contests, they showed great promise.

“The games were very competitive, and all 11 girls got significant playing time,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Savina played her tail off in both games and really kept us in it.”

The Wolves stayed close, before falling 34-21 to Lynden United and 30-17 to the Mt. “Bakery” Mariners.

In the opener, Coupeville opened up a 12-4 lead, but couldn’t hold on against a withering full-court press and Lynden’s six-foot girl in the middle, who scored mainly off of offensive rebounds.

The Wolves were still within five points with two minutes to play, but a late 8-0 run by Lynden stretched the final margin out.

In the nightcap, the other team’s veterans ran Coupeville’s first-timers a bit ragged, but Farris was pleased with how his newcomers responded.

“Mt. Bakery just really outworked us,” he said. “But we got some real strong efforts from Taylor (Brotemarkle), Katie (Marti), Mia (Farris), and Jada (Heaton), who all had significant floor time for the first time in their “new sport.”

“Very proud of the fight these ladies showed today!,” Fred Farris added. “We learned a lot and have lots to work on this week.”

Lauren Marrs tossed in 13 points across the two games, including hitting a three-ball against Lynden, while Lyla Stuurmans netted Coupeville’s other three points on the weekend.

Wells had four steals and a blocked shot, Mia Farris dealt out two assists and eight Wolves had at least two rebounds.

Marrs (6), Brionna Blouin (5), Madison McMillan (3), Brotemarkle (2), Mia Farris (2), Skylar Parker (2), and Stuurmans (2), all chipped in to support Wells in cleaning the glass.

Coupeville gets right back at it next weekend, when it travels to Mount Vernon to play another double-header.

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