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Skylar Parker (left) and Ryanne Knoblich will not play at home next Monday after all. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

Here one second, gone the next.

A late-season addition to the Coupeville High School girls’ basketball schedule has fallen by the wayside.

The Wolves were set to welcome Lummi Nation to Whidbey Monday, Jan. 30 for non-conference varsity and JV games.

Now, thanks to the crush of the postseason, those games are gone with the wind.

Lummi, whose varsity girls’ squad sits at 12-2, starts playoff action Feb. 1.

With four regular-season league games left to play and a week to go, the Blackhawks needed to reclaim the Jan. 30 date, and are now scheduled to host conference rival Tulalip Heritage that night.

After Coupeville and Lummi plugged the game into the schedule, CHS officials originally moved Senior Night festivities to that night, to separate them from ones for Wolf boys’ basketball players and cheerleaders.

Now, all three Coupeville programs will honor their seniors Feb. 7, when La Conner comes to town.

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Ryanne Knoblich and friends have added a game against Lummi Nation. (Bailey Thule photo)

The schedule maker’s job is never done.

Continuing to work the phones as the season progresses, Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith has picked up another home game for the Wolf girls’ basketball teams.

The addition brings Lummi Nation to Whidbey Island Monday, Jan. 30 for a non-conference rumble.

JV tips at 5:15 PM, varsity at 7:00.

The tilts get Coupeville’s varsity back to 19 regular-season games, while bumping the JV out to 15 contests.

Megan Richter’s lead squad originally had a full 20-game schedule, but the Wolves passed late on going to a two-game Christmas tournament in Eastern Washington as they dealt with a number of nagging injuries.

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After a 7-0 win Saturday, Sage Downes and Coupeville High School football are one victory away from clinching a second-straight winning season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They like the suspense, apparently.

Both of the wins this season for the Coupeville High School football team have come courtesy late-game scores and bend-but-don’t-break defensive stands.

Saturday, the Wolves travelled to Bellingham to face off with previously-unbeaten Lummi Nation in a non-conference rumble, and once again found that magic touch.

This time it came when freshman quarterback Logan Downes plunged into the end zone with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, lifting CHS to a nail-biting 7-0 victory.

Now 2-1 during this pandemic-shortened season, Coupeville travels to Forks to face Neah Bay next Saturday, May 1, then closes at home May 8 against Northwest 2B/1B League rival Concrete.

As it headed to Bellingham Saturday, Coupeville was coming off a loss, and facing a rival it’s not familiar with.

Lummi Nation, which entered Saturday at 3-0, is a power in 1B football, with frequent visits to the state playoffs — but the Wolves, who moved from 1A to 2B this school year, don’t traditionally play the Blackhawks.

Much like in their season-opening 6-0 win over La Conner, Saturday’s contest was a hard-fought battle between teams unwilling to be scored upon.

“Bring the thunder and the lightning, boys!” (Deb Smith photos)

“Another outstanding game from our defense,” said CHS coach Marcus Carr after watching Tim Ursu and Scott Hilborn each pick off a pair of passes.

Coupeville also forced a four-and-out on Lummi’s final drive to seal the win.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide when Dakota Eck (12) comes looking for you.

The Wolves had their chances early, with senior running back Ben Smith busting off a run which covered almost 40 yards before he was brought down.

But turnovers blunted several of Coupeville’s drives, and things didn’t fully click until late in the game.

Faking a handoff to Smith, Logan Downes, the youngest of Ralph and Angie’s three sons, kept the ball and scooted in from the left side for what would turn out to be the game-winning score.

Daylon Houston tacked on the PAT and that was that for any number changes on the scoreboard.

Ben Smith runs to daylight. 

With two games left to play, Coupeville needs one win to clinch a second-straight winning season after a dry spell which stretched from 2006-2018.

As the CHS bus rumbled back to Whidbey, Carr enjoyed the moment, while already looking ahead, at least a little bit, to Neah Bay and Concrete.

“Offensively we played a lot better,” he said. “We are continuing to get better every game.”

“On to Neah Bay!”

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Coupeville High School football coach Marcus Carr and his team will play anywhere, anytime. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Write everything in pencil.

Very, very light pencil…

Things ebb and flow in the Age of Coronavirus, and high school sports schedules are among the most-fluid of things these days.

Case in point, the Coupeville High School football schedule — which started with four games in this pandemic-altered school year, went to three, and now may be at five.

Emphasis on may.

What we know for sure (for at least the next 12 seconds), is the Wolves, who sit at 1-0 on the season, have bumped their rematch with La Conner from April 30 to this Saturday, April 17.

Then, CHS has plugged in a non-conference tilt with Lummi Nation the following week, and Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith is working on confirming a rumble with Neah Bay after that.

Coupeville, a 2B school, will face two of the better 1B football programs in those games.

Lummi has been to state 13 times since 2005, claiming a state title in 2010.

Along the way, it has faced Neah Bay four times in the semifinals, with the latter school being a frequent participant in the championship game.

The Red Devils have four state titles, ruling 1B football in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016.


Coupeville’s football schedule (as of 12:25 PM April 14, 2021):

Sat-April 10 — La Conner (*Won 6-0*)
Sat-April 17 — @ La Conner (6:00)
Sat-April 24 — @ Lummi Nation (1:00)
Fri-April 30 or Sat-May 1 — Neah Bay (Date/Time/Location TBD)
Sat-May 8 — Concrete (6:00)

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