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Desi Ramirez leads off a collection of CMS girls basketball portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Taylor Brotemarkle

Katie Marti

Skylar Parker

Madison McMillan

Chloe Marzocca

Allison Nastali

Jada Heaton

Kaitlyn Leavell

No games, but plenty of pictures.

It’s a week until the next Coupeville Middle School girls basketball game, but you can fill at least a little bit of that time by perusing a set of Wolf portraits shot by John Fisken.

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Skylar Parker, seen last spring, is part of a hard-playing Coupeville SWISH basketball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Weather the storm, build for the future.

Playing without its starting point guard, the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team faced tough competition Saturday, but held up well.

The Wolves dropped a close one to “a very good Monroe team,” falling 30-25, before tiredness became a factor in a 22-10 loss to Mount Vernon.

While the losses leave Coupeville at 0-4 on the season, coach Fred Farris remains impressed by how his young, very-inexperienced team continues to show growth.

“The girls played their tails off,” he said. “It’s remarkable how far these girls have come in such a short time, especially considering all but four of the girls have essentially no experience.

“Couldn’t be prouder of their effort.”

The Wolves were without Lauren Marrs, their primary ball handler and a potent scorer, who is battling through a back injury.

Even without her talent as a distributor, Coupeville battled back from 10 down against Monroe to pull within 26-25.

Savina Wells, who paced the Wolves in scoring in both contests Saturday, had “a good look rim out” with two minutes to play, while a follow up put-back from Jada Heaton refused to stay in the bucket, going in, then popping back out.

Without Marrs in the lineup, “Mia (Farris) and Lyla (Stuurmans) were thrust into ball-handling duties and did an admirable job.”

Fred Farris also praised Madison McMillan, who “was everywhere, on the boards and on defense, and scored two big baskets during the comeback.”

Savina was her usual reliable self,” he added. “It felt like she had 2000 rebounds in the two games and really took charge when we needed her to.”

Coupeville had to bounce right back after its narrow opening loss, playing Mount Vernon less than 10 minutes after the first game ended.

“The girls were clearly gassed and Mount Vernon’s “packed in” 2-3 zone made it tough for us to get to the basket and we struggled to hit outside shots,” Fred Farris said.

“The refs let the game get too physical on both sides, and that, with a very slippery La Venture Middle School gym floor made for a very chippy second half.”

Wells paced the Wolves, dropping 12 points in the opener and another seven in the nightcap, while Brionna Blouin went for five and three.

McMillan (4), Stuurmans (3), and Mia Farris (1) also scored against Monroe.

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Coupeville’s Katie Marti sends the ball skyward during a recent match. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three matches, three very different outcomes.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads hit the highway Wednesday, headed up to the wilds of Everett to face off with swanky Northshore Christian Academy.

Once there, the Wolves came within a set of winning two of the three bouts, before eventually taking a loss in each rumble.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Coupeville’s top aces fell 25-14, 25-13 in the first two sets, then rallied to take the third frame 15-9.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-7 on the season, with matches against South Whidbey (Oct. 21 at home) and Lakewood (Oct. 24 on the road) left on the schedule.

Mia Farris had the hot hand for CMS, picking up 10 points off of her serve, while Chloe Marzocca netted eight, and the tandem of Lyla Stuurmans and Grey Peabody recorded six apiece.

Rounding out the attack were Taylor Brotemarkle, Olivia Schaffeld, and Katie Marti, who each tossed four points onto the score sheet.


Level 2:

The day’s closest match, with CMS taking the opening set 25-21, NSA rebounding to edge the Wolves 25-22 in the second frame, and then the hosts taking the match with a 15-9 third set.

The razor-thin loss drops Coupeville’s most-successful team to 5-3 on the season.

Three Wolves were especially effective with the volleyball in their hands, as Brionna Blouin (14 points), Jada Heaton (12), and Madison McMillan (11) topped Wolf servers.

Also scoring for CMS were Ava Mitten (5), Allison Nastali (4), Issabel Johnson (3), Laila Wenzel (3), Aby Wood (2), and Skylar Parker (2).


Level 3:

Coupeville lost all three sets, but narrowed the margin in each, eventually falling 25-11, 25-14, 15-10.

The young Wolves are 1-7 on the season.

Hayley Thomas topped the points charts, rolling up eight, while Maryah Love and Bryley Gilbert amassed six apiece.

Jackie Contreras (4), Jones Walther (4), Kaylee Clark (2), Kassidy Upchurch (2), Bailey Thule (2), and Gabriella Becktell (1) rounded out the Wolf scoring.

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Combining big hits, tons of walks, and aggressive base-running, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad has outscored foes 225-53 this season. (Photo by Jackie Saia)

The middle of the Island controls things.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team is dominating play early on in a four-team “Softball Classic,” and now the path to the title runs through Coupeville.

Thumping a North Whidbey team for the second-straight day, the Hammerheads improved to 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in the tourney.

This time around the opponent was the North Whidbey Dragons, who fell 15-0.

In the tourney’s other game Saturday, the North Whidbey Bandits rebounded from a loss to Central Whidbey to paste South Whidbey 20-5, eliminating the latter team.

The two Oak Harbor squads, who sit at 1-1 in the tourney, play Monday, with the survivor advancing to face the Hammerheads in the championship.

Central Whidbey needs just one win to clinch the title, while either North Whidbey team would have to win Tuesday AND Wednesday to deny Coupeville’s band of hit-happy sluggers.

Saturday, the Hammerheads, even missing key players in Savina Wells (playing in a juniors game), Katie Marti (4H show), and Teagan Calkins (wedding), were unstoppable.

“Team was very efficient on offense and defense,” said CWLL coach Fred Farris.

Central Whidbey, playing with just nine girls, finished things quickly, dropping five runs in the first, tacking on another six in the second, then closing things with a four-spot in the third frame.

Chloe Marzocca stalked the pitcher’s circle, denying North Whidbey even a whiff of success, while Madison McMillan was on a torrid roll at the plate.

She finished with a flawless 3-for-3 performance, blasting a single, double, and home run, while driving in five runs.

For her performance, McMillan received a golden game ball presented by the other team.

Mia Farris added three hits of her own, while Taylor Brotemarkle (2), Marzocca (2), and Jada Heaton (1) all chipped in with base-knocks.

Mayleen Weatherford (2), Brionna Blouin (2), Aleksia Jump (1), Allison Nastali (1), and Marzocca (1) eked out walks as Central Whidbey kept the runners churning bag to bag.

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