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Maya Toomey-Stout is disturbed to see Thursday’s Coupeville High School basketball games have been cancelled due to high winds playing havoc with ferries. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was going to happen sometime.

Winter weather conditions and Island life finally conspired Thursday to mess up the high school basketball schedule.

Coupeville and Port Townsend were set to face off in four games, with the boys action on Whidbey and the girls games on the mainland, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

“Due to small craft advisory through 1:00 AM and increasing winds through the evening we are canceling tonight’s games rather than risk both teams getting stuck,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“We have always erred on the side of caution when it comes to the PT ferry, which is what we are doing tonight,” he added. “We will look to reschedule at a later date; thank you for your understanding.”

The unpredictability of the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferries to handle various weather-related issues was one of the reasons the Wolves listed when they departed the Olympic League two years ago.

Thursday’s games were non-conference rumbles which would have featured the CHS girls trying to improve to 7-1 and the Wolf boys attempting to pull up to .500 at 4-4.

Both programs will return to action Saturday, when Nooksack Valley comes to Coupeville for a weekend doubleheader. That event starts at 1 PM.

Unless Deception Pass Bridge gets ripped down by giant octopuses between now and then.

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   After playing singles all season, Wolf senior Claire Mietus teamed with Tia Wurzrainer Tuesday to win at #2 doubles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No, it will never, ever stop raining this spring.

That point was driven home yet again Tuesday, as the Coupeville High School girls tennis squad traveled to Silverdale, got on the court, but then couldn’t finish its match.

A key 1A Olympic League tilt, it ground to a halt with four of seven varsity matches in the book and things tied 2-2.

Of the three remaining matches yet to be finished, CHS trailed at #2 singles, led at #3 doubles and was just starting #4 doubles.

The match will be completed Apr. 26 when Coupeville returns to Silverdale for the third and final match of the season with the Eagles.

For the moment, the Wolves (2-0 in league play, 3-5 overall) hold a game-and-a-half lead on Klahowya (0-1, 1-5) and Chimacum (0-1, 1-6) in the league standings as they chase a fourth-straight conference title.

Coupeville is scheduled to host Friday Harbor Wednesday (3:30 PM) in a non-conference match.

The biggest surprise? The weather forecast for Central Whidbey is for 56 degrees and … NO RAIN.

I’ll believe it when I see it…

 

Semi-complete Tuesday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Hailey Sargent 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Nanci Melendrez trails Maddy Rienks 5-7, 6-4, 5-1

3rd Singles — Megan Behan lost to Anna Wells 6-2, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Taylor Bruce/Marianne Maker 6-3, 7-5

2nd Doubles — Claire Mietus/Tia Wurzrainer beat Kelisha Harris/Kristin Powell 6-4, 7-6(7-1)

3rd Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lead Emma Heckert/Mia Brill 2-0

4th Doubles — Maggie Crimmins/Genna Wright facing Rachelle Adams/Angelina Robinson (deuce in first game)

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CHS cheerleader Mckenzie Meyer offers an interpretive dance version of what it would be like to be on a ferry right now. (John Fisken photo)

   CHS cheerleader Mckenzie Meyer offers an interpretive dance version of what it would be like to be riding a ferry right now. (John Fisken photo)

Put the buses back in the barn.

Mother Nature, in all her windy, ferry-rockin’ glory, has forced cancellations of all Coupeville basketball games scheduled for tonight.

The girls and boys high school squads were supposed to travel to Belfair to play non-conference games against 2A North Mason, while the middle school boys were going to be trekking to Sequim.

With the season wrapping down — the CHS girls have seven games left, the CHS boys six, all to be played between now and Feb. 4 — it’s highly unlikely the high school games will be rescheduled.

The middle school game, though, is a league affair, so Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith is working on finding a new date.

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CMS 8th grade basketball coach Bob Martin, displaying a look common to Whidbey Island coaches who have to deal with weather and ferry issues on a regular basis. (John Fisken photo)

   CMS basketball coach Bob Martin, displaying a look common to Whidbey Island coaches who have to deal with weather and ferry issues on a regular basis. (John Fisken photo)

No hoops for you.

Coupeville Middle School has cancelled its home hoops games scheduled for today, a victim of the wind storm that slammed the coast Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

CMS is actually totally fine, but Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend, which was supposed to travel to Whidbey today, is closed.

The school has no power, according to a report by the Port Townsend Leader.

Wolf coaches Ryan King and Bob Martin confirmed the games have been postponed.

They will likely be rescheduled, and we will update this story when and if that happens.

Coupeville, which swept Blue Heron the first time the two schools faced, sits at 4-2 (8th grade varsity) and 2-4 (7th grade varsity), with four games remaining in the season.

UPDATE: As of 11:30 AM Thursday, Blue Heron MS officials are saying they may be unable to reschedule.

If that’s true, CMS will lose one of its five home games and end up with a nine-game schedule.

Coupeville travels to Forks Monday, Mar. 14, hosts Stevens Thursday, Mar. 17 and travels to Sequim Monday, Mar. 21.

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Payton Aparicio, seen here in sunnier times, and her teammates were rained out midway through their match Tuesday. (John Fisken photo)

Payton Aparicio, seen here in sunnier times, and her teammates were rained out midway through their match Tuesday. (John Fisken photos)

Maggie Crimmins and Co. will be back at it this afternoon.

Maggie Crimmins and Co. will be back at it this afternoon.

They worked fast. Mother Nature worked faster.

The Coupeville High School girls’ tennis squad was rolling to its fourth straight victory Tuesday, before rain and gusty winds derailed their plans.

All four matches in play on the CHS courts were going the way of the Wolves, with Coupeville players a set up in each match.

Then Klahowya got a break. At least a small one.

The two schools are scheduled to play again April 30, at the home of the Eagles.

When that happens, weather permitting, the Wolves will wrap up Tuesday’s win first before going for a three-match sweep of their Olympic League opponents.

“We’ll play a 1.5 header,” said Coupeville coach Ken Stange.

With the weather shifting back to sun today, the Wolves (4-3 overall, 2-0 in league play) will welcome non-conference foe Granite Falls to town. Play kicks off at 4 PM.

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