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Nick Guay is set to make the leap from middle school sports to high school stardom. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Guay leads the charge on the soccer pitch.

Nick Guay is in it for the long haul.

As he prepares for his freshman year at Coupeville High School, the multi-sport athlete is committed to putting in the time and effort needed to continue his growth as an athlete and student.

“There is nothing you can’t stop working on,” Guay said. “(I want) to continue to be the best player I can be.”

During his middle school days, he suited up for Wolf football, soccer, and basketball teams, and he plans to keep playing the latter two sports during his time at CHS.

Guay tabs basketball as his favorite sport, is fond of the movie Harry and the Hendersons, and shows impeccable musical taste for someone of his age, opting for classic rock from AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

When he’s not practicing or playing in a game, he excels in his favorite classes — math and PE — and tries to spend as much time outside as possible.

“I love the outdoors and building things,” Guay said.

As he’s come up through the ranks, he’s made a name for himself as a hard worker and a hustler, an athlete willing to do whatever his team needs.

Guay hails his various coaches, and parents Dylan and Dina, for their guidance, and he enters high school with strong, team-orientated goals.

“(I want to) build a strong and positive team,” he said. “(I want to have) hard work, a positive attitude, and chemistry with other players.”

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Ryan Blouin knocked down four points Monday as CMS basketball rolled to a pair of big wins. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No more bus trips.

Wrapping up the road portion of their schedule, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball teams swept a pair of games Monday while playing in Everett.

With the wins over Northshore Christian Academy, the Wolves have played five of seven games away from Whidbey.

Now, they get to close out the season with a three-game home stand, starting with a tussle Wednesday against Sultan.

After that comes match-ups with Langley (Dec. 16) and Granite Falls (Dec. 19).

How Monday’s road finale — which was two games and not three as usual, since Northshore doesn’t have a Level 3 team — played out:

 

Level 1:

Completing the season sweep of Northshore, the Wolves top squad rolled to a 61-33 win.

Powered by 8th grader Logan Downes, who almost played his hosts to a draw by himself, scorching the nets for 32 points, Coupeville improved to 2-5 on the season.

CMS jumped out to a 14-2 lead after one quarter of play, with four different players tickling the twine for buckets.

After that, the Wolves steadily pulled away, ringing up advantages in each quarter and scoring in double digits in each frame as well.

Downes spread out his offense, tossing in six points in the first, then adding 10, eight, and eight, scoring on a mix of field goals and free throws.

Running mate Cole White chipped in with 12 points, including netting a pair of long three-balls, while Zane Oldenstadt (8), Ryan Blouin (4), William Davidson (3), and Landon Roberts (2) put their names in the score-book as well.

Nick Guay and Hunter Bronec also saw floor time for the Wolves.

 

Level 2:

Coupeville’s winningest team continues to chug along, dismantling Northshore 46-26.

With the win, the Wolves sit at a fairly sparkling 5-1-1 on the season.

Up 8-4 after one, CMS stretched the lead to 23-13 at the half, then 30-20 through three quarters.

Finishing strongly, Coupeville closed to a 16-6 tune, with the points spread out among five different players.

Timothy Nitta led the way for the Wolves, rifling the net for a game-high 14, with a three-ball included, while Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim and Hurlee Bronec knocked down nine points apiece.

Hunter Bronec (7), Jack Porter (4), Johnny Porter (2), and Nathan Ginnings (1) also scored, with Mikey Robinett tearing up Northshore on the defensive end of the floor.

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Nick Guay sizes up a free throw Thursday during the CMS boys hoops season finale. (Morgan White photos)

Andrew Williams gets ready to rocket a pass cross-court.

Noted ball-hawk Cole White lunges for the steal.

You always want to end the season on a positive.

Regardless of your final record, if you can exit on a high note – be it a big win, a highly-competitive loss or just overall improved play, it has a strong chance to carry over to future seasons.

So consider Thursday night a roaring success for the three Coupeville Middle School boys hoops teams, which all closed with a bang against visiting Granite Falls.

How it played out:

 

7th grade varsity:

The most successful Wolf team provided the biggest finale moment, using a 19-7 run in the fourth quarter to smash open a nail-biter and run away with a 43-28 win.

The victory, the second-straight for Coupeville’s young guns, lifts their final record to 4-6.

The game was a tightly-played, and low-scoring, affair through the first two quarters, with the visitors clinging to a 10-9 lead at the half.

Things took a change after the break, however, as the Wolves started to knock down shots from behind the arc, picked up the pace, and threw the Tigers back on their heels.

A 15-11 surge in the third quarter, fueled by a pair of three-balls from Ryan Blouin, plus treys off the fingertips of Cole White and Nick Guay, changed the entire flow of the game.

Once it had the lead, CMS didn’t let up, pouring on the offense in a torrid fourth quarter.

The Wolves got all their points in the final frame from three players – Logan Downes, who banked in eight, Guay, who popped for seven, and Blouin, who kicked in four.

The buckets were set up by Coupeville’s stingy defense, with White making off with three straight steals and Zane Oldenstadt dominating his rival big men in the paint.

“Boys played well tonight!,” said Wolf coach Greg White. “It was a tight game until the fourth.

Zane played great defense on their giant post – it was a true team effort tonight,” he added. “It was a fun one to end on!”

Downes paced the Wolves with 14 points, while Blouin and Guay had season-highs, swishing home 13 and 10, respectively.

White and William Davidson added three apiece, while Oldenstadt and Mikey Robinett were rock-solid on defense.

 

7th grade JV:

Coupeville’s least-experienced squad didn’t get the game win, but they did score several moral victories.

First, after falling behind 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Wolves rallied to win a 4-3 battle in the second, and final, frame.

Also, Alex Clark netted his first bucket of the season, a big moment for both the player, and his coach.

Alex had a huge smile!,” Greg White said. “Justin (Wilkinson) and Andrew (Williams)¬†also played really tough defense.

“Even though our scoring was limited, I thought it was a much better showing for our JV squad.”

Robinett tossed in Coupeville’s other basket, while Quinten Pilgrim, Timothy Nitta and Chris Villarreal all saw floor time.

 

8th grade varsity:

Playing their final middle school game, the Wolves came dangerously close to nabbing a season-closing win.

But, in the end, Granite Falls escaped with a 24-23 triumph, leaving Coupeville to finish 1-9 on the season.

The Wolves had one of their strongest performances of the season at the free-throw line, with four players combining to net eight shots at the charity stripe.

Alex Wasik, who showed tremendous growth as a player from game one to game 10, led the Wolves with seven points, notching at least a point in every quarter.

Ty Hamilton was hot on his heels, pouring in six, while Alex Murdy flicked in five, Dominic Coffman and Mitchell Hall swished two apiece and Josh Upchurch sank a free throw.

Rounding out the roster were Kevin Partida, Levi Pulliam and Jesse Wooten.

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