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Logan Martin dances on the tennis court. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Xavier Murdy punches a return.

Andrew Aparicio goes low, sending a screamer flying back.

Longtime CHS coach Ken Stange schools his players.

Martin flicks a winner.

Aparicio stares down the world.

Murdy keeps his eye on the ball.

Racket in one hand, mask in the other.

While adapting to the ongoing pandemic, Coupeville High School tennis players and coaches have been back on the court, taking part in practices.

As the Wolf netters worked on their approach shots and backhands, ever-lurking photo whiz kid John Fisken snagged the pics seen above.


To see everything he shot, pop over to:


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Grady Rickner dropped in 15 points Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV closed with a win at Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t call it a comeback, but do call it a win.

With Coupeville High School JV boys basketball coach Chris Smith at home for daughter Scout’s Senior Night festivities Tuesday, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith returned to the bench.

For one night at least.

And the transition was fairly seamless, as the (slightly) older of the Smith boys let the Wolf shooters run wild in a 72-50 win at Sultan.

The victory lifts the JV’s final mark to 5-4 in North Sound Conference play, 10-7 overall.

Coupeville came out on fire, with six different players scoring during a 21-13 first-quarter surge.

Daniel Olson had the hottest hand in the early going, knocking down a quick seven points, while Logan Martin added six to tease the explosion which was to come.

The CHS sophomore, who has been electric of late, went off in the finale, racking up a season-high 29 points.

After starting with back-to-back six-point quarters, Martin rippled the nets for 13 in the third frame, then closed with a modest four.

Up 31-23 at the half, Coupeville hammered the Turks in the second half, stretching the margin out to 54-37 after three quarters of play, then gliding in for the lopsided win.

Grady Rickner added 15 points in support of Martin, while Olson finished with 11.

Rounding out the offensive attack were Chris Ruck (4), TJ Rickner (4), Alex Jimenez (4), Cody Roberts (3), and Miles Davidson (2), while Andrew Aparicio chipped in with strong work on the defensive side of the floor.


Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Logan Martin – 162
Daniel Olson – 153
Grady Rickner – 148
Sage Downes – 140
Cody Roberts – 61
Alex Murdy – 54
Alex Jimenez – 43
TJ Rickner – 35
Xavier Murdy – 33
Miles Davidson – 32
Chris Cernick – 18
Chris Ruck – 13
Andrew Aparicio – 10

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Logan Martin scored 14 points during a fourth-quarter rally Friday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One more minute and they likely win.

Storming back in a hail of shots Friday, the Coupeville High School boys JV basketball team almost erased a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Almost, but not quite.

With Logan Martin banging home 14 of his team-high 20 points in the final frame, the Wolves outscored visiting Granite Falls 22-6, before time ran out in a 51-47 loss.

The defeat evens Coupeville’s mark at 4-4 in North Sound Conference games, while dropping the young guns to 9-7 overall heading into their season finale.

That arrives Tuesday, when the Wolves travel to Sultan.

Friday’s game was full of wild swings, as Coupeville fell behind 21-6 after the first eight minutes.

Things didn’t get much better for Chris Smith’s squad after that, as the deficit stretched out to 38-18 at the half.

A defensive-minded third quarter, in which the two squads scrapped to a hard-earned 7-7 tie, kept things tough on the Wolves, but then their shooting touch returned.

Martin, who has been scorching the nets across the past two weeks, couldn’t be contained, while Grady Rickner (5) and Daniel Olson (3) combined to provide some aid.

While Granite managed to run the clock out on the Wolves, the hometown gunners did get scoring from eight of the 10 players who hit the floor.

Martin’s 20 led the way, while Olson and Grady Rickner each finished with eight.

Alex Jimenez (3), Miles Davidson (2), Sage Downes (2), Cody Roberts (2), and TJ Rickner (2) also scored, with Chris Cernick and Andrew Aparicio providing support on the defensive side of the floor.

Tuesday’s trip to Sultan will give the Wolves a shot at a 10th win, while also allowing a JV scoring champ to be crowned.

It’s a taut battle, as Olson (142), Downes (140), Martin (133), and Grady Rickner (133) are all pouring in points on a consistent basis.

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Logan Martin scored 11 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday, as Coupeville and South Whidbey’s JV teams waged a war. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The young guns put on a show.

Battling down to the final shot Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad came within a shot of sweeping its season series with arch-rival South Whidbey.

But it wasn’t to be, as the visiting Falcons gained a measure of revenge, scoring the game’s final six points to pull out a 59-56 thriller.

Playing with three varsity swing players on the floor, to none for Coupeville, South Whidbey got payback for a 73-62 loss to the Wolves in Langley two weeks ago.

With the loss, CHS slips to 4-3 in North Sound Conference action, 9-6 overall.

Up next is Coupeville’s home finale, Friday against Granite Falls, then a trip to Sultan Feb. 4.

Tuesday’s titanic tango was knotted at 10-10 after one quarter of play, then saw both teams exchange leads to set up a frantic finale.

Up 40-36 headed into the fourth, Coupeville hit a brief dry spell, rimming out a series of shots and allowing South Whidbey to kick off the frame on a 9-2 run.

The Wolves weren’t dead, however, just hibernating, and they leaned on the scoring punch of Logan Martin to make things interesting down the stretch.

The sophomore gunner went off for 11 of his team-high 21 points in the final frame, hitting a three-ball to force a tie at 45-45, before netting three free throws to push his squad ahead 48-47.

Martin wasn’t the only Wolf with a magical shooting touch, as running mate Alex Jimenez drained a trey of his own to keep Coupeville ahead.

With seven lead changes in the fourth quarter, both teams had their opportunities, and the Wolves seemed to be in control when Martin broke free from the pack to scorch the net for one final three-ball.

That pushed Coupeville up 56-53 with under 90 seconds to play.

Unfortunately for the Wolf faithful, it would also be the final shot their team would hit, as South Whidbey used a layup to get within one, then knocked down a pull-up jumper to claim the lead with 20 ticks left on the clock.

CHS had a chance to reclaim the lead, but couldn’t buy a bucket, or a break.

A Wolf three-ball skidded just wide of pay dirt, then, after South Whidbey missed two free throws with four seconds to play, the Falcons made the play of the game.

Soaring high above the crowd, a guy in blue and white pulled down the offensive rebound off of the second clanked freebie, giving the visitors two more chances at the line.

This time both shots dropped cleanly through the net, pushing the final margin out to three and forcing the Wolves to launch a final shot from way beyond half court.

It missed as the buzzer sounded, ending one of the better games of the season.

The two teams had swapped field goals in the early going, with Coupeville scoring the final two buckets of the first quarter to knot things at 10-10.

Both baskets came off of smart passes, with Daniel Olson breaking the press and firing a BB to Miles Davidson for a layup, followed by Sage Downes picking off a pass and launching an outlet lob to a streaking Grady Rickner.

While South Whidbey claimed the lead in the second frame, Downes kept the Wolves close, rifling a pair of three-balls through the net right before the half.

He also showed a nimble side to his defensive game, twice sliding perfectly into position to draw offensive charging fouls on rampaging Falcons.

Coupeville snatched the lead back midway through the third quarter, with Martin raining down a three-ball on the move, then coming back around to snag a rebound and put it back up and in the next trip down the floor.

The Wolves hit the glass with great intensity, with Martin and a nicely riled-up TJ Rickner leading the charge.

Martin’s 21-point barrage paced a balanced offensive attack, as nine different Wolves tallied a bucket or better.

Downes banked home 12, Olson popped for eight, Grady Rickner netted four, and Jimenez collected three, while TJ Rickner, Davidson, Cody Roberts, and Chris Cernick chipped in with two apiece.

Andrew Aparicio was the lone Wolf not to score this time around, but contributed to the cause with hustle and defense.

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TJ Rickner was one of nine players to score Monday as Coupeville’s JV whacked Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They could have bent. They could have broke. They could have lost.

But they did none of those things.

Closing with fury and passion, the Coupeville High School boys JV basketball squad stepped back from the abyss Monday, then smacked the crud out of visiting Cedar Park Christian.

They might have lost a fourth quarter lead, but they never lost their heads, or their shooting touch, and the Wolves exited the floor with a very-satisfying 61-53 win.

The fourth-straight victiory for Coupeville, it lifts them to a flawless 4-0 in North Sound Conference action, 8-3 overall.

As sweet as the end result was, for one agonizing moment it looked like things might slip away from the Wolves.

CHS charged into the final quarter up 46-39, then watched it all go away, with Cedar Park using an 8-1 run to open the fourth and knot things up at 47-47.

The Wolves had led all the way since Sage Downes strolled through the paint and slapped home a layup to make it 8-6 in the very early going, and hadn’t surrendered the lead since that point.

And they never did.

Keeping the subtle cockiness in their walk, the Wolves looked up at the scoreboard, saw the 47-47 score, and laughed.

As quickly as the game had been tied, it was untied, with Cody Roberts popping a three-ball from the top of the arc to restore sanity and the lead.

Cedar Park got one more moment to dream about a comeback win, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back up and in to slice the margin to 50-49, but then Coupeville dropped the nuclear bomb.

Or bombs with an S, since there was more than one.

Many more.

Daniel Olson slipped a silky jumper through the net, Grady Rickner took a steal the length of the floor, crashing through a too-slow defender for the layup, and then it was Olson again, slicing to the hoop for another bucket.

Cedar Park had no answers for the 11-0 run which broke the game open, though the greatest agony the Eagles seemed to endure came when Logan Martin arced home a three-ball from the far left corner.

One of eight treys the Wolves knocked down, it was the final, and most heart-rending sucker punch, eliciting a small wail from the CPC coach as he turned away, not able to witness any more.

While Chris Smith’s squad closed like assassins, the Wolves played strongly all night long.

Once it had the lead, Coupeville dared Cedar Park to take it away, then, time after time, smacked them in the face, Three Stooges-style.

Holding a 13-12 lead with time running out in the first quarter, CHS got a miracle bucket from fab frosh Alex Murdy, who went airborne, then fell backwards while floating, Matrix-style, yet somehow got his shot off around a clingy defender.

The ball evaded at least three hands, kissed the top of the glass, then tumbled through the net.

Off to the side, Murdy’s uncle, former Wolf scoring sensation Allen Black, nodded ever so slightly in approval.

Which for him is like most other fans running across the court, shirtless, screaming “USA, USA, USA.”

The first quarter ended, but not the human highlight reel.

Sage Downes, who banged home four three-balls in the game, banked one in from an impossible angle, Chris Cernick converted back-to-back offensive rebounds into big buckets, then Martin got bonkers.

He went off for Coupeville’s final 10 points of the second quarter, slinging back-to-back three-balls to pay dirt before slashing inside for a couple of old-fashioned, and very-effective, two-point buckets.

Logan’s kind of feeling it,” CHS varsity coach Brad Sherman chuckled as he walked by, and it was a feeling which spread team-wide.

Downes finished with a game-high 18, while Martin banked in 15 and Olson came alive to net seven.

Cernick (6), Grady Rickner (4), Murdy (4), Roberts (3), TJ Rickner (2), and Miles Davidson (2) also scored, while Alex Jimenez, Andrew Aparicio, and Chris Ruck all saw floor time.

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