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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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William Davidson rolls to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes leads CMS hoops players in scoring, averaging a tick over 15 a night. (Morgan White photo)

They’re filling up the hoop.

Four games into a 10-game schedule, 21 Coupeville Middle School boys basketball players have chucked the rock through the net.

The Wolves are off for a few days over the Thanksgiving holidays, but are back in action this Monday, when they travel to Lakewood.

After that, they play four of their final five games at home, starting with a match-up Dec. 4 against King’s.

The scoring race through Nov. 29:

Logan Downes – 61
Timothy Nitta – 27
Cole White – 22
Hunter Bronec – 20
Mikey Robinett – 15
Justin Jansen – 14
Johnny Porter – 12
Nathan Ginnings – 11
JP Edoukou – 10
Hurlee Bronec – 8
William Davidson – 8
Zane Oldenstadt – 7
Carson Fields – 6
Nick Guay – 6
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 6
Ryan Blouin – 4
Harlan Mouw – 4
Jack Porter – 4
Alex Clark – 2
Landon Roberts – 2
Chris Villarreal – 2

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CMS hoops star Zane Oldenstadt powers to the basket in a recent game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, there was a little something for everyone.

Playing on the road in Sultan Tuesday, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball teams came away with three very different results.

There was a big win, a competitive loss, and a blowout defeat, all of which offered lessons to the young Wolves.

“Team 2 played fantastic and team 3 showed huge improvements,” said CMS coach Greg White. “Team 1 ran into the toughest middle school program I’ve ever seen.”

Coupeville, which is opening the season with five of its first seven games on the road (then closing with three straight at home) is off until Dec. 2, when it hops on the bus for a trip to Lakewood.

How Tuesday played out:


Level 1:

Sometimes you walk right into a buzz-saw, as this game shows.

Hitting from every angle, including raining down nine shots from behind the three-point arc, Sultan cruised to a 67-22 win.

The loss drops Coupeville’s top squad to 1-3 on the season.

Logan Downes paced the Wolves with 12 points, lifting his season total to 61, while Cole White netted a three-ball on his way to five points of his own.

Nick Guay (2), Landon Roberts (2), and Ryan Blouin (1) also scored, with Roberts netting his first bucket as a middle school hoops star, while William Davidson and Zane Oldenstadt also saw floor time.


Level 2:

Coupeville’s hottest team kept its unbeaten record alive, using a second half surge to clinch a 36-15 win.

With the victory, the Wolves sit at 3-0-1 on the season, and yes, this is not soccer, and yes, that is a tie, and yes, middle school basketball rules preventing overtime are ridiculous.

But that’s neither here nor there.

Right now, CMS is basking in a win, as the Wolves second squad came out of the halftime locker room up 16-11, then went on a 9-2 run in the third quarter.

Five different Coupeville players netted points in the frame, while the fourth quarter was even better, with an 11-2 surge sparked by six points off the fingertips of Hunter Bronec.

He finished with a game-high 12, while Timothy Nitta was hot on his tail with 11.

Mikey Robinett scored in every quarter on his way to racking up eight points, with Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (2), Hurlee Bronec (2), and Nathan Ginnings (1) also scoring.


Level 3:

Coupeville’s third squad is still looking for its first win, but getting closer and closer each time out.

Tuesday, the Wolves fell 36-26, dropping their record to 0-3.

Justin Jansen and JP Edoukou each tossed in 10 points to take care of most of the scoring, while Chris Villarreal (2), Alex Clark (2), and Harlan Mouw (1) also scratched their names in the scoring column.

Jesus Madrigal and Jordan Bradford also hit the floor for the Wolves.

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CMS 8th grader Logan Downes pumped in 20 points at Granite Falls Monday, and is averaging 16.3 a game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

With five of their first seven games on the road, Wolf hoops stars get to see a lot of different gyms. (Michelle Glass photo)

A five-man coaching staff led by Greg White (kneeling) is teaching a promising pack of players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kicking off a three-game road trip Monday, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball teams ran into a buzz-saw at Granite Falls, escaping with a tie in their best showing.

A tie???

Yes, in the continuing soccer-fication of the world, middle school hoops teams don’t play overtime.

Cause heaven forbid fans stay for five more minutes on a night when they’ve already put in four hours plus camped in the stands…


The trip to Granite is part of a rough early-season schedule for the Wolves, who play five of their first seven games off the Island.

After this, Coupeville travels to Sultan and Lakewood, finally returning to their own gym Dec. 4, when they welcome King’s to town.

The lopsided schedule does mean the Wolves get to play their final three games at home, however.

How Monday played out:


Level 1:

Logan Downes went off for his second-straight big-time scoring performance, but CMS fell 52-26.

The loss drops Coupeville’s top squad to 1-2 on the still-young season.

Downes, who suffered what seemed like a pretty-horrifying ankle injury in the opener, has continued to play through the pain and swelling, dropping 25 and now 20 points in back-to-back games.

The Wolf 8th grader pumped in half of his points Monday in the fourth quarter, as Coupeville finished strongly.

Unfortunately, a 14-4 deficit in the first quarter and a 17-6 margin in the third killed any chances of a comeback for the Wolves.

William Davidson and Ryan Blouin added buckets for CMS, with Cole White and Zane Oldenstadt each slipping a free throw through the net to round out the scoring.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves were Landon Roberts, Nick Guay, Timothy Nitta, and Hunter Bronec.


Level 2:

The best, or most unsatisfying, result of the afternoon, depending on your own personal feelings about ties.

Down seven at the half, Coupeville rallied to tie the game in the third, then the two teams coasted in with a 15-15 finish.

The tie leaves the Wolves at 2-0-1 on the season.

Granite jumped out to an early lead in a defensive-minded game, taking a 6-2 advantage into the first break, then stretching it out to 8-5 at the half.

With Mikey Robinett throwing down four points in the third, Coupeville reclaimed the advantage, outscoring the Tigers 7-0 to pull back into a 12-12 tie.

And that’s where it stayed, as neither team could claim the lead for good in a tense, and low-scoring fourth quarter.

Robinett led the Wolves with six points, while Nitta (2), Johnny Porter (2), Nathan Ginnings (2), Jack Porter (2), and Hunter Bronec (1) also broke into the scoring column.

Hurlee Bronec and Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim rounded out the active roster, chipping in with defense and hustle.


Level 3:

A slow first quarter and a cold fourth quarter ultimately doomed the Wolves in a 26-11 loss.

The Coupeville young guns, who returned to action after sitting out the last game when Northshore Christian Academy didn’t have a third team, fell to 0-2.

Granite claimed a 9-2 advantage after the first seven minutes of play, before the teams fought to 4-4 and 5-5 ties across the next two quarters.

An 8-0 Tigers run in the fourth padded the final margin out.

Carson Fields scored his first points of the season for Coupeville, raining down a team-high six, with Harlan Mouw adding three and Justin Jansen knocking down a third-quarter bucket.

Jordan Bradford, Jesus Madrigal, Alex Clark, and Chris Villarreal also saw floor time for the Wolves.

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Zane Oldenstadt flies high for the tip. (Morgan White photos)

Coupeville fans bring the love.

“And now … we win.”

Tuition for students at Northshore Christian Academy in Everett runs close to $9,000 a year.

All that money couldn’t buy the private school a win Thursday, however.

Having traveled to the wilds of Whidbey to face off with the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads, NCA found itself on the losing end of both contests played on the hardwood.

A sweet sweep for the public school Wolves, it gave Coupeville’s hoops stars a rare chance to shine in front of their hometown fans.

CMS hits the road for three straight games after Thursday’s rumble, starting with a Monday trip to Granite Falls.

The Wolves open the season with four of five on the road, but that does mean they will get to turn it around in the second half, with four of five at home.

“It’ll work out,” Coupeville coach Greg White said. “We’ll get to play at home when we’re playing better, because we’ll continue to improve as the season goes on.

“We’re looking forward to it.”

While Coupeville’s squads might not have been in mid-season form Thursday, they still played with passion, a lot of heart, and some considerable skill.

When things got tough, and they did in both games, the Wolves found a different gear and grabbed the wins, a testament to their grit.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

What doesn’t kill you makes you tougher. Or something like that.

Less than 24 hours after badly hurting his ankle in the season opener, Logan Downes, heavily-taped up and yet playing like a mad man, banked home a season-high 25 points as CMS won a wild 35-32 thriller.

The win evens Coupeville’s record at 1-1.

Thursday’s opener was a game of runs, as both teams took turns dropping hay-makers, with the biggest, most-explosive uppercut coming courtesy of the Wolves.

Having frittered away a nine-point second-half lead, thanks in large part to rimming out nine straight free throw attempts, Coupeville watched in horror as the game (seemingly) slipped away.

From up 24-15 late in the third, the Wolves found themselves on the wrong end of a 15-2 run, and trailed 30-26 with a hair over three minutes left to play.

The air in the CMS gym was thick with tension (or just all the fun odors to be found in a middle school gym…), and the Wolves huddled around their coach, faces covered in shadows.

At which point Downes smiled about something, teammate William Davidson chuckled, and, as one, Coupeville’s players strode back on to the court like Mike Tyson entering the boxing ring in his glory days.

The final 3:11 was a portrait of excellence, painted by the Wolves in a way which left few, if any, brush strokes for the visitors to add.

Downes struck first, breaking the press and throwing down a layup to pull CMS within a bucket.

That missing two points came courtesy Cole White, who, off of a pass from Downes, whirled and chucked up a shot which possibly sent his dad/coach’s heart through his shoes.


The ball was angled perfectly, and crashed through the net, somehow, with a very-satisfying whomp, sending his rockin’ fan section into a fit of delirium.

NCA was bent, but Davidson and Downes broke them on the very next play.

Jumping a pass, Mr. Freeze picked off the ball, shot past the startled former ball-handler, then dished the sweetest dish of the night to Downes, who was running like a young man with two good ankles.

Ball smacked into hands, and the third of Angie Downes‘ three sons exploded to the hoop for a sparkling layup, sending Coupeville ahead for good.

Moments later, Logan, this time standing still, broke that team-wide 0-9 free throw streak, swishing a pair of freebie shots to drive a final stake through the heart of Northshore.

The free throws were set up by Zane Oldenstadt, who out-wrestled two foes to claim possession of an offensive rebound, than had the presence of mind to kick the ball to Downes.

The play was one of many from his big men which brought a smile to Greg White’s face.

Zane and Will played really tough for us today,” he said. “As a team, we rebounded and played help defense really well.

“We had a drastic improvement in that area from the first game. We responded well.”

The victory came despite a cold opening for the Wolves, who missed their first five free throws and fell behind 7-0 early in the game.

But, this was a game of runs, as mentioned before, and once CMS scored, it didn’t stop for awhile.

A Downes free throw finally put the Wolves on the board with 2:12 left in the first, and that set Coupeville off on a 17-2 run.

Four different CMS players scored in the second quarter, with many of the buckets set up by solid passes, such as Downes slashing to the hoop to find a perfect feed from Landon Roberts awaiting him upon arrival.

Davidson and White offered up points done the right way, with the former banging down low, and the latter tip-toeing through the paint while flicking the ball off the glass.

Nick Guay added a free throw, while Downes, playing out of his mind at times, hit one basket on which he snared a rebound, then knocked down the shot while being knocked backwards to the floor.

Somewhere in the moment right before his rear slammed into the hardwood, Downes, moving in slow motion while everyone around him whizzed by, arced the ball gently up to the heavens, where his prayer was answered.

The CMS eighth grader spread his 25 points out, hitting for three, nine, five, and eight across the four quarters of play, while five of his teammates provided scoring support.

Cole White banked in four points, Davidson and Oldenstadt added a bucket apiece, while Ryan Blouin and Guay rounded out the attack, each netting a free throw.


Level 2:

A great run to close the third quarter was the difference, as Coupeville turned a tie into a nine-point lead, then held off the visitors 23-19 despite going scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The win lifts the Wolves to a flawless 2-0 on the season.

This one had a weird rhythm to it, as Northshore stayed in the game by making some of the funkiest three-point shots ever seen, and nothing else, until late in the third quarter.

Coupeville drew first blood on a three-ball of its own, with Timothy Nitta picking up a loose ball in the left corner and letting fly, his ball snapping the net gently as it flopped through.

NCA responded with back-to-back treys, both from the same shooter, both on awkward-looking, but very-effective Hail Mary shots.

Going airborne, they seemed to have no chance, and yet both heaves rattled around the rim and somehow found a way to drop, causing some in the audience to wonder if we were witnessing a real-life version of Angels in the Outfield play out.

Whether there were celestial beings at work or not, the Wolves responded with more down-to-Earth work, starting with a sweet pull-up jumper on the move from Nathan Ginnings.

Back to within 6-5 at the first break, Coupeville got a Hunter Bronec free throw to open the second quarter.

And then, bam, Northshore’s #40 was at it again, with a three-ball that he snapped off from somewhere down around his ankles, sending a wobbly, but uncannily-accurate shot skyward, where it shattered the Vegas odds and hit pay-dirt.

If they were troubled by The Man Who Couldn’t Miss (except when he did, which was a lot), the Wolves didn’t show it.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim rolled hard to the hoop for a bucket, followed by back-to-back buckets from Jack Porter, the second off of a strong offensive rebound, and CMS was in charge.

Twin brother Johnny Porter tacked on a layup coming out of the halftime break, and, up 14-9, the Wolves were flowing.

Until another miracle three-ball splashed down, followed by the rarest of rarities in this game, a Northshore bucket off of an inside shot. A layup from a steal, it knotted the game at 14-14.

To which the Wolves, as a unit, turned, flexed hard, and closed the third quarter with a bold stand, comprised of one half lock-down defense, the other half superbly-executed shot-making.

Nitta rippled the net on a three-ball, then popped free for a rolling jumper, while Simpson-Pilgrim crashed hard to the hoop with a power move which brought back memories of Karl Malone delivering the mail.

Toss in a final bucket in the paint from Hurlee Bronec, and the lead was back to 23-14 headed to the final quarter.

Which was a good thing, as the Wolves went stone-cold in the ol’ shooting department across the final seven minutes.

Strong defense, especially when it came to crashing the boards, kept NCA from staging a full-on comeback, and the Wolves rode the glass work of Mikey Robinett, Simpson-Pilgrim, and Co. to the win.

Nitta paced the Wolves with eight points, while Johnny Porter (4), Simpson-Pilgrim (4), Hurlee Bronec (2), Jack Porter (2), Ginnings (2), and Hunter Bronec (1) also scored.

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