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A family move will take Wolf three-sport star Mikey Robinett from Whidbey Island to Tennessee. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s loss is Nashville’s gain.

Three-sport star Mikey Robinett, one of the most promising young Wolf athletes, won’t be wearing a CHS uniform next school year.

Instead, he and his family will be in Tennessee after a family move in the next couple of weeks takes them to Music City.

Robinett, who just wrapped his sophomore year at CHS, plays football, basketball, and track and field.

On the gridiron he had a sizable impact on both sides of the ball.

While playing defense, Robinett delivered thunderous cracks, while on offense he showed great promise as a runner.

Basketball, where a large senior class is departing, is the one sport where he’s been a JV player.

Robinett crashed the boards with intensity last season and looked to be in the mix for making the jump to the top team.

The Wolf super sophomore earned his first trip to the track and field state championships this spring, where he was an alternate for the 4 x 100 relay squad.

During the season Robinett also competed in the 200, 3200, discus, and long jump.

He’s not the only active Wolf athlete in his family either, as younger brother Dylan is a cross country, basketball, and track athlete who just wrapped his 7th grade year.

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Mikey Robinett scored his first high school touchdown Friday, while also recovering a fumble. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Speed kills.

Facing the fastest-paced offense they’ve seen all season — an offense which didn’t show up on the game film they watched prior to Friday night’s game — the Coupeville High School football team fell 42-13 to visiting Cascade (Leavenworth).

The non-conference loss, coming in their Homecoming game, drops the Wolves to 2-4 heading into the regular-season finale next Thursday, Oct. 28 against Friday Harbor.

Friday’s clash against an Eastern Washington team Coupeville had never played before started with buckets of rain and a hint of fog, though the weather calmed down considerably by kickoff.

But the slick field, and slicker ball, bothered the Wolves in the early going, as they had trouble holding on to the football.

The bigger obstacle, however, was Cascade’s offensive style, as the Kodiaks jumped on the ball the moment the refs put it down and immediately ran plays.

No huddles. No discussion. No pause.

Just wham-bam-and-bam-again, with run after run slashing through the Wolves as they scrambled to catch up.

Cascade put 21 points on the board before Coupeville reached the end zone, and built an imposing 28-7 lead after just one (really long) first quarter.

And the Bruins did it with a variety of weapons, as sophomore quarterback Sam Webb rambled for a 39-yard TD run, before Joseph Wall and Kai Lewman hit pay-dirt on short jaunts.

Coupeville’s defense had its moments in the early going, with Brian Casey blowing up one run and planting the Kodiak ball carrier six feet under.

On another play, Mikey Robinett, playing the best game of his short career on both sides of the ball, crashed through the line, hauling Webb down for a crowd-pleasing sack.

But having to constantly backpedal and scramble with no down time left the Wolves vulnerable, something Cascade took advantage of in the early going.

When Coupeville had the ball, it had trouble holding on to it, and inadvertently gave away its best first-quarter chance.

Scott Hilborn brought a kickoff back 65 yards, shredding tacklers as he ran, then picked up an additional 10 yards thanks to a Cascade penalty at the end of the play.

But blessed with first and goal at the 10-yard line, the Wolves promptly fumbled the ball away, with Kodiak defender Gunnar Balzer sweeping up the suddenly-loose ball.

Down 21-0, Coupeville finally found its groove, with QB Logan Downes flicking a short pass over the middle to Hilborn, who punched it into high gear and outraced a pack of players for a 77-yard catch-and-run score.

The ninth touchdown of the season for Hilborn was followed by a booming PAT off the toe of kicker Daylon Houston, and things seemed to be taking a turn for the better.

Unfortunately, it would be a long time before the Wolves would score again.

Lewman went around the left side for a 17-yard TD run to cap the first quarter, and scoring runs from Wall and Kaston Dillon stretched the lead out to 42-7 by the half.

While they were having trouble on offense — including losing Downes to a knee injury — the Wolves continued to offer up some bright moments on defense.

Kevin Partida decimated the Kodiak line on a sack, while Hilborn picked off a rare Cascade pass to end a drive.

With Downes on the sideline from the second quarter on — lineman William Davidson also left at the half with a hand injury — Houston took the reigns at QB and acquitted himself nicely.

He proved to be an elusive runner, scrambling for nice yardage, while also flipping passes to Jonathan Valenzuela, Coen Killian, and Robinett.

Cascade’s sped-up offense was largely absent in the second half, and Coupeville held firm to blank the Kodiaks after the extended break.

Kai Wong leveled a runner a step behind the line, while Houston and Robinett both recovered fumbles in the second half.

Late in the fourth quarter the Wolves proved resilient, putting together their best drive since the early Hilborn touchdown.

Houston ripped off a 27-yard run, dippin’ and divin’ as Kodiak tacklers reached for him and came up grasping nothing but empty air.

With the Kodiaks on their heels, Houston then went airborne, tossing an 18-yard strike to Robinett, who made a sensational catch on the play before whirling into the end zone with his first high school touchdown.

In doing so, he became the ninth Wolf to score this season.

While the ensuing two-point conversion was denied, Coupeville ended the game on a strong note, and coach Marcus Carr came away largely pleased with how his team did against a school with a roster twice the size of his own.

“It was good to get all the young guys in, and they held up well,” he said. “We just need to keep getting stronger.”

Now the focus quickly turns to next week’s Senior Night game with Friday Harbor.

Kickoff is 4 PM at Mickey Clark Field, and the game is on a Thursday instead of the normal Friday, because if the Wolves win, they tie for the Northwest 2B/1B League title.

If that happens, Friday Harbor and Coupeville will play a half-game Saturday, Oct. 30 at a neutral site, with the winner advancing to the 12-team state football playoffs.

Lose their home finale Thursday, and it’s time to turn in gear and get back in the weight room.

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Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim enjoys his time on the hardwood. (Morgan White photos)

Alex Clark (25) and Justin Jansen get ready to rumble.

Coupeville’s support crew brings the noise and the funk.

Mikey Robinett kicks the fast break into high gear.

Cole White slashes to the hoop.

JP Edoukou looks for an open teammate.

Johnny Porter lets fly.

Stone-cold killers. Sort of…

Wherever you go, Morgan White (and her camera) will be there.

The Wolf mom delivered a ton of great photos during the fall, covering Coupeville Middle School cross country from a variety of vantage points along the trail and track.

Now, she’s moved inside, turning her lens on the CMS boys basketball squads as they play.

The pics above come from three different games, and we appreciate them all.

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Zane Oldenstadt (left) and William Davidson, seen here during track season, will help anchor the new Coupeville Middle School soccer program. (Morgan White photo)

The trailblazers have arrived.

Coupeville Middle School’s brand-new boys soccer program has 15 players on its roster two days into practice.

The Wolf booters, led by coach Reese Cernick, open their inaugural 10-game schedule with a home match against Northshore Christian Academy Sept. 23.

CMS will see a lot of the same opponents in year one, with four games against Northshore, and three each with Lakewood and Granite Falls.

The boys soccer program replaces football at the school, after the gridiron program was shut down last season due to a rapidly-declining number of athletes.

Your up-to-the-moment Wolf roster:

7th grade:

Mason Butler
Preston Epp
Dane Hadsall
Tavan Hughes
Alexander Smith
Nick Wasik

8th grade:

Ryan Blouin
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Zane Oldenstadt
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Andrew Williams

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Mikey Robinett drilled the biggest shot Tuesday as Coupeville Middle School basketball fought back to hold its own with visiting Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The day got progressively better.

Coupeville Middle School boys basketball had a rough opening act Tuesday, then turned it on to net a stunning comeback and a blowout win in acts two and three, respectively.

The action as it unfolded in front of fans camped out on the hardest bleachers ever built by human hands:


7th grade varsity:

Sultan’s younger squad won a 6th grade title last year, and it’s easy to see why.

Using an aggressive, trapping defense, jumping on every loose ball, and combining bad hair choices with sometimes worse attitudes, the Turks rolled to a 48-11 win.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-2 on the season.

Give credit where credit is due.

A fair amount of Sultan’s players conduct themselves with the kind of attitude that might start a rumble at the next level — and almost did Tuesday, when one ref stopped the game cold to lecture a Wolf and Turk who were throwing elbows, knees and smack talk around in fine fashion.

But, underneath the bluster (and some truly atrocious hairstyles), the Turks are solid players. They play with purpose, intent and an admirable chip on their collective shoulders.

That showed, as they bolted out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter, before triggering a running clock early in the third.

Coupeville didn’t break through until Nick Guay drained a jumper a minute into the second quarter, and by then the Wolves were down 17-0 and the game had slipped away.

Logan Downes, who came in to the game averaging 16 points a night, fought valiantly through the swarming defense, pulling down boards and muscling his way back inside for a team-high six points.

Zane Oldenstadt and Guay added a bucket apiece, while Cole White capped Coupeville’s limited offensive performance by slipping a free throw through the net.


7th grade JV:

Playing for the first time this season, the JV fell behind early, then roared back during a frantic final two minutes to earn an 11-11 tie which felt very much like a win.

With the game limited to two quarters, Coupeville stayed close in the early going thanks to a slashing drive to the hoop by Mikey Robinett and a free throw from William Davidson.

Then the basket turned unforgiving towards the Wolves, as one shot after another rimmed out, allowing Sultan to slowly, but surely, creep out to an imposing 11-3 lead.

If the Turks thought they were safe, they were sadly mistaken, however.

The final two minutes was an exercise in pure domination, of the young Wolves reaching down low and finding something maybe even they didn’t realize they had inside themselves.

Robinett, working the boards aggressively, knocked down a put-back to give CMS its first points after a seven-minute dry spell, and his teammates responded.

First up was Davidson, who curled up from underneath a Turk, ripped a rebound free from his unsuspecting rival, and promptly banked the ball home.

With the Wolf faithful beginning to rock the bleachers, Coupeville flipped the ball to Justin Wilkinson.

The cousin of former CHS hoops star Courtney Boyd, he made his hardwood debut a winning one.

Taking a pass at the top of the key, the pint-sized but scrappy Wilkinson sliced through the Sultan defense, rolling hard to the hoop, then lobbing up a one-hander that caught the top of the glass and splashed home with a happy lil’ plop.

In complete disarray at this point, Sultan cracked under the pressure, unable to hit a shot, and unable to stop the Wolves.

Or stop Robinett, in particular.

With the clock madly ticking down, a CMS shot skimmed the rim and headed off to the left, only to be snagged out of mid-air by the Wolf banger.

Whirling smartly around, Robinett slipped past a stumbling defender, then drained a soft jumper, turning the offensive rebound into a game-tying bucket.

Sultan, in complete meltdown, was unable to even get a final shot off, letting the final seconds tick away as Coupeville threw five amped-up and emotional defenders into the fray.

Thanks to a fairly stupid rule which prevents middle school JV teams from playing overtime, the game ended in the kind of tie you normally only have to endure at soccer games.

But there was little doubt as to which team felt like it won, as the Wolves whooped, hollered and mussed Robinett’s hair, while the Turks stood glumly waiting for the high-five line.


8th grade varsity:

With the atmosphere still electric, Coupeville’s older team hit the floor and put together its best game of the season.

After grabbing the lead midway through the first quarter, the Wolves turned an early thriller into a runaway, bolting out to a 24-point lead before coasting in for the 44-29 victory.

The win lifts CMS to 1-2 on the season.

In the early going, it looked like the finale to a three-game night might be a nail-biter. But looks are deceiving.

Coupeville snatched the lead for good when Ty Hamilton snared a rebound and turned it into a three-point play the hard way, knocking down the bucket and a free throw after being hammered while shooting.

A 7-3 lead after one quarter stretched into a 20-11 bulge at the half, with a sweet running scoop shot from Kevin Partida and a breakaway bucket by Dominic Coffman getting things started.

After that, the second quarter belonged to the rampaging Alex Murdy.

Hair arranged in a series of knots, the ice-cold assassin turned his Turk rivals inside out.

One bucket came on a coast-to-coast run, but only after he skidded to a stop two steps from the bucket, then dipped around a Sultan defender, creating just enough space to knock down a beauty.

Toss in a three-ball from long distance, a pair of free throws and another coast-to-coast jaunt, and Murdy was feeling it as he and his teammates sprinted to the locker room at the break, huge smiles in place.

Things just got sweeter in the third quarter, as five Wolves scored during a 19-7 surge.

Murdy still had the hot touch, scoring five, including another long trey, but if he was toasty, Hamilton was molten lava.

He started the half off with a three-ball from the top, and liked that so much he hit another one from virtually the same spot a minute later.

Packaged around a swooping layup, the treys gave Hamilton a chance to outscore Sultan by himself, leading to him shrugging at the audience the same way Michael Jordan once did after torching the Blazers in the 1992 NBA finals.

And yes, that still haunts my dreams… But, anyways.

Back in modern-day reality, Coupeville spread its offense between seven players, with three hitting season-highs and three netting their first points of the season.

Murdy singed the nets for 17, Hamilton banked home 11, Coffman drilled seven, and Levi Pulliam swished a long three-ball to kick off the fourth quarter.

Alex Wasik, Josh Upchurch and Kevin Partida added a bucket apiece, with the first two of that trio (and Pulliam) getting into the scorer’s column for the first time.

Rounding out the active Wolf players, Mitchell Hall might not have scored, but he was invaluable, crashing the boards and kicking the ball to open teammates, triggering numerous CMS buckets.

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