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“It’s a good day for a win!” (Morgan White photo)

It was a statement win for the small school.

Hitting the road Saturday, the Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad smacked host North Mason 8-3, winning a battle of 2B vs. 2A institutions.

The non-conference victory lifts the Wolves to 2-1 on the season, with two home games on the schedule for next week.

First up is their Northwest 2B/1B League opener Tuesday, with La Conner making the trip to Whidbey Island.

Saturday it was Coupeville’s turn to listen to the wheels on the bus go round and round (and round some more) as it traveled 70+ miles one way down the backroads of America.

Once they were in North Mason, the Wolves took a couple of innings to get the bats warmed up, then seized control of the game.

Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the third inning, with just a handful of walks to its credit, CHS had also had two different baserunners thrown out while trying to steal a bag.

No worries, however.

Freshman Aiden O’Neill kicked things off with a one-out walk, before Scott Hilborn and Chase Anderson smacked back-to-back singles to juice the bags.

Presented with their best scoring opportunity up to that point, the Wolves responded, pushing three runners across the plate.

A sac fly off the bat of Peyton Caveness and an RBI single from Jonathan Valenzuela were the big blows, and Coupeville had a lead it would never relinquish.

The Wolves and Bulldogs each scored a run in their half of the fifth inning, keeping things close at 4-2, with Caveness whipping an RBI single to left field for CHS.

Not content to creep along, Coupeville exploded for four more runs in the top of the sixth, making life easier on starting pitcher Scott Hilborn.

Camden Glover eked out a leadoff walk while pinch-hitting, followed by an O’Neill single, then the Wolves got some help from the umps, who advanced both runners on a defensive interference ruling.

Hilborn immediately followed up by smashing a ball off the shortstop’s glove, plating both of his younger teammates, and the fun was underway.

A walk to Valenzuela put two runners aboard, with Cole White driving a two-run single to straightaway center to make it 8-2.

That smash pushed the Wolves out far enough in front that coach Steve Hilborn experimented with his lineup after that, giving Jaje Drake and Yohannon Sandles their first at-bats of the season.

Scott Hilborn, who whiffed four Bulldogs on the afternoon, got nicked for a run in the bottom half of the sixth and departed with two outs, turning things over to Anderson.

“The Magic Man” came in and slammed the door on North Mason, ending the inning with a strikeout, before sailing through the seventh.

Anderson retired four of the six batters he faced, with two going down on strikes and two meekly chopping balls to Hilborn at short.

Scott Hilborn is a vacuum on defense. (Morgan White photo)

Coupeville finished with seven hits and 11 walks, with Scott Hilborn collecting two of each, including a resounding double.

Anderson, Caveness, Valenzuela, White, and O’Neill also had base knocks, with Valenzuela walking three times, and Glover and Coop Cooper getting aboard twice thanks to free passes.

Jack Porter, Landon Roberts, and Johnny Porter all played strong defensive games for the Wolves, who got game time for 13 players in the win.

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Sage Sharp reached base twice as Coupeville battled North Mason on the wind-swept prairie. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Somewhere in Coupeville people frolicked Saturday afternoon, bathed in sunshine and warmth.

Some bought ice cream at Kapaw’s, while others scampered over to watch Orcas swim by in Penn Cove.

And then there were the few, the proud, the unbreakable — the ones lost out on the open prairie, hunched over as an unforgiving wind slashed across the Coupeville High School baseball field and knifed us, one and all, right in the freakin’ kidneys.

Those folks, the ones contemplating lighting their jackets on fire for warmth — while still wearing those same coats — now know what weather conditions must have been like for soldiers fighting at Stalingrad.

Except some of those guys got shot in the first 30 seconds, while they were still halfway warm.

We were out there for two hours plus.

So basically, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith needs to start handing out purple hearts or personal, battery-powered heaters, or convince the rest of the state to start high school baseball games in May.

While we breathlessly wait for any of that to happen, those still alive — those chipped free from the ice and revived thanks to having jumper cables attached to their chests out in the parking lot — can recount a tale of a pretty good game being played in the middle of Hell Storm ’22.

Not a great game, mind you, only because Coupeville, playing without three starters, couldn’t quite pull the win out, falling 7-5 to visiting North Mason.

Still, with two freshmen and an 8th grader in the starting lineup, the Wolves showed a lot of heart, rallying from behind twice and coming within one well-placed hit of nabbing a walk-off win.

Unfortunately for CHS, Scott Hilborn’s bash down the left field line with the bags full and two outs in the bottom of the seventh curled foul at the very last second.

When his next moon shot was tracked down along the first-base line for the game’s final out, the Wolves fell to 1-3 in non-conference play.

Next up for Coupeville, which should have a reloaded lineup after a busy weekend, is the first of seven-straight Northwest 2B/1B League games, starting with a Mar. 22 home game against La Conner.

Saturday’s battle royal on the frozen tundra started as a pitcher’s duel, with the teams swapping scoreless frames for three innings.

Hilborn was never in trouble on the mound in the early going, piling up four of his six strikeouts and keeping North Mason’s hitters guessing.

Meanwhile, Coupeville’s sluggers were getting on base, but the Wolves couldn’t find that one crucial hit to break things open.

Hilborn whacked a single to dead center, followed by a walk to Jonathan Valenzuela in the bottom of the first, but both were left stranded.

It was the same for Chase Anderson, who singled in the second, and Hilborn, who walked in the third.

But then, even as the wind stiffened, both teams started poking balls through the gusts, combining for 12 runs across the final four innings.

North Mason struck first, using a string of hits to plate three runners in the top of the fourth.

The damage could have been worse, but Coupeville recovered nicely on an aborted pickoff play at third base, with Valenzuela and Hilborn teaming up to nail a runner flying in from second.

Blowing desperately on their frozen fingers between at-bats, the Wolves finally clicked into a groove in their own half of the fourth, tying the game back up thanks to some timely hits.

And a little luck.

North Mason’s pitcher committed two errors, with one ball taking a nasty hop off of a divot in the infield, while a popup caught a gust of wind and fell the opposite direction of where the waiting mitt was.

In between those weather-induced miscues, Anderson laid down a bunt which started fair, headed foul, then shot back fair at the last moment thanks to Mother Nature blowin’ like a madwoman.

Key to the play was Anderson flying down the baseline, and not waiting around to see where the ball ended up — exactly the way every coach preaches.

Eighth grader Chase Anderson has been a high school varsity starter, and major contributor, since day one.

With the bags full and two outs on the board, Coupeville got one runner home on a wild pitch, then brought two more across thanks to RBI singles from Jack Porter and Sage Sharp.

Not content to stop there, the squads tossed another three runs into the mix in the fifth inning.

North Mason pushed across a go-ahead score in the top half, before CHS came right back with a two-spot to reclaim the advantage at 5-4.

Cody Roberts eked out a walk, followed by Anderson reaching on an error, with the former coming around to tap home on a delayed double-steal and the latter scoring off a Cole White RBI groundout.

Jack Porter almost upped the ante, but his two-out smash back up the middle with runners at second and third was speared by the North Mason pitcher, who went to his knees on the play.

Neither team could score in the sixth, though Anderson came within a whisker of making the magic happen.

With two runners aboard, he launched a cannon shot to left, only to see the wind knock the ball down, allowing a fielder to track it down for the third out.

The scene was set for an emotional Wolf win, with the hometown team pulling out the victory and making their fans forget the day’s brutal weather.

Not every game gets the fairytale ending, however, and North Mason, a strong squad, found one final rally in its bats, dumping three runs on the board in the top of the seventh.

With everyone in attendance praying for three runs and the win, and not just two — which would have sent us to extra innings and an extended stay in Siberia — Coupeville came close to making it a reality.

Cole Hutchinson swatted an infield single, bustin’ his butt to first to beat the throw, before Zane Oldenstadt punched a note-perfect base-knock which dropped in front of the right fielder.

Down to their final out, the Wolves loaded the bases when Sharp drew a walk, bringing Coupeville’s most-dangerous hitter to the plate.

Hilborn gave the ball a ride, first in one direction, then the other, but ultimately couldn’t hit pay dirt this time around.

The junior still paced the Wolves, reaching base three times Saturday, once on a hit and twice on walks.

He was joined on the hit parade by Oldenstadt, Hutchinson, Roberts, Sharp, Jack Porter, and Anderson, who was credited with two base-knocks.

Valenzuela, Roberts, Sharp, and Hutchinson also walked, with Hutchinson getting big yelps from the bench after he wore a pitch, taking the wayward ball off his foot.

Alex Murdy and Johnny Porter rounded out the Wolf lineup on the day.

Johnny Porter makes contact.

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   Danny Conlisk won the 400 Wednesday at a four-team meet in North Mason, though it took organizers several days to release the news. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Our long national nightmare is over.

Well, one of them, at least.

It took longer than normal, but results have finally surfaced from Wednesday’s four-team track meet at North Mason, and the word was good for athletes wearing the red and black of Coupeville High School.

Despite facing a pair of large 2A schools (Olympic and the meet hosts), along with 1A rival Port Townsend, the Wolves claimed second-place in the girls team standings.

Finishing with 59 points, the CHS women finished hot on the heels of Olympic (61), while North Mason (36) and PT (25) brought up the rear.

On the boys side Olympic (59) ran away with the win, followed by North Mason (53), Coupeville (30) and PT (18).

The Wolves captured nine individual wins on the day, with Lauren Bayne (high jump), Catherine Lhamon (1600), Lindsey Roberts (200), and Mallory Kortuem (400) winning varsity contests for the girls.

Ja’Tarya Hoskins also claimed a win in the 200 JV race.

On the boys side, Chris Battaglia (javelin), Danny Conlisk (400), Ryan Labrador (shot put) and Jacob Smith (200) climbed to the top of the varsity podium.

Complete CHS results (all events varsity unless indicated otherwise):


100 — Maya Toomey-Stout (4th) 13.70; Mallory Kortuem (5th) 13.70

200 — Lindsey Roberts (1st) 28.26 *PR*; M. Toomey-Stout (2nd) 28.34; Kortuem (3rd) 28.93 *PR*

200 (JV) — Ja’Tarya Hoskins (1st) 30.64 *PR*; Ashlie Shank (2nd) 30.72; Zoe Trujillo (4th) 31.72; Lauren Bayne (5th) 32.06 *PR*; Mckenzie Meyer (6th) 32.13 *PR*

400 — Kortuem (1st) 1:05.82; Shank (3rd) 1:10.17 *PR*; Natalie Hollrigel (5th) 1:13.25; Hoskins (6th) 1:18.21 *PR*

800 — Hollrigel (4th) 3:01.67 *PR*

1600 — Catherine Lhamon (1st) 6:30.86; Lucy Sandahl (2nd) 6:32.12

3200 — Lhamon (3rd) 13:33.92 *PR*; Sandahl (4th) 13:55.02

100 Hurdles — Roberts (2nd) 16.29; Hoskins (4th) 19.59 *PR*

4 x 400 Relay — Hollrigel, Shank, Roberts, M. Toomey-Stout (2nd) 4:46.22

Shot put — Emma Smith (2nd) 29-00.75; Kylie Chernikoff (5th) 25-01.00 *PR*

Discus — Allison Wenzel (3rd) 79-07; E. Smith (4th) 72-08.50; Hannah Davidson (6th) 68-03.50; Chernikoff (10th) 59-07.50; Raven Vick (11th) 54-02 *PR*; Abby Parker (12th) 51-02.50

Javelin — Bayne (3rd) 97-09; Wenzel (4th) 97-00; Davidson (6th) 82-06; Parker (8th) 78-01; Vick (10th) 74-11; Trujillo (11th) 72-07

High Jump — Bayne (1st) 4-06; Cassidy Moody (2nd) 4-04

Pole Vault — Meyer (3rd) 5-06

Long Jump — Roberts (2nd) 15-00.50


100 — Jean Lund-Olsen (6th) 12.08; Cameron Toomey-Stout (8th) 12.22 *PR*; Sean Toomey-Stout (10th) 12.38 *PR*

100 (JV) — Kyle Burnett (10th) 13.14 *PR*; Ethan Clavette (20th) 14.06 *PR*; Chris Ruck (22nd) 14.17

200 — Jacob Smith (1st) 23.27; C. Toomey-Stout (7th) 25.72 *PR*; Luke Carlson (8th) 26.48 *PR*

200 (JV) — Burnett (7th) 26.80; Thane Peterson (9th) 27.84; Clavette (10th) 29.51

400 — Danny Conlisk (1st) 53.53

800 — Conlisk (3rd) 2:15.27

110 Hurdles — Jakobi Baumann (6th) 21.59 *PR*

300 Hurdles — Baumann (6th) 50.20 *PR*

4 x 400 Relay — Conlisk, C. Toomey-Stout, J. Lund-Olsen, J. Smith (2nd) 3:52.16

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (1st) 41-03 *PR*; Chris Battaglia (5th) 34-08.75; Keahi Sorrows (6th) 33-08.50

Discus — Sorrows (5th) 88-00.50; Battaglia (6th) 87-11; Peterson (8th) 86-05; Labrador (10th) 81-07.50; Clavette (22nd) 44-11.50

Javelin — Battaglia (1st) 131-01 *PR*; Carlson (6th) 111-01 *PR*

Pole Vault — Burnett (2nd) 8-00 *PR*

Long Jump — Lund-Olsen (3rd) 18-09.75; C. Toomey-Stout (5th) 18-00

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   Emma Mathusek smacked a single and scored twice Friday as Coupeville rolled to its second-straight win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Production from the top of the order to the bottom.

That’s what Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan is looking for, and his wish came true Friday afternoon.

Ignoring the iffy weather, the Wolves got a big-time spark from their #8 and #9 hitters, then rolled to a 7-3 win over visiting North Mason.

The non-conference victory, coming against a big 2A school, lifts CHS to 2-0 on the season.

The Wolves make an immediate turnaround, heading out Saturday morning for the long trip to Vashon Island.

They’ll do so still beaming over the play of freshman Coral Caveness and sophomore Emma Mathusek.

Mired in a scoreless game heading into the bottom of the third inning, Coupeville needed something.

A spark, as it were.

It came courtesy Caveness, who reached on an error while leading off, and Mathusek, who followed her by eking out a crucial walk.

With runners finally on board, Lauren “The Mighty Munchkin” Rose came up loaded for bear and promptly lashed a two-run double to get things really rockin’ and rollin’.

Rose scooted around to score herself on an RBI single off of the bat of Sarah Wright, and suddenly Wolf hurler Katrina McGranahan had a lead to play around with.

“We kept scrapping and getting runs here and there,” Kevin McGranahan said. “And, as usual, we played as a team and never panicked.”

That came in crucial when North Mason took advantage of a rare defensive lapse from the Wolves to plate two runners of their own in the top of the fifth, pulling back within 3-2.

Showing not a moment of panic, the Wolves tossed another three runs on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning, with Mathusek, Scout Smith and Katrina McGranahan all collecting base-knocks.

The cherry on top came from Hope Lodell, as “The Surgeon” sliced ‘n diced North Mason’s defense for a sixth-inning double, then popped home on an RBI single from the red-hot Caveness.

Coupeville finished with eight hits spread out over seven batters, with Katrina McGranahan leading the way with two singles.

That matched what she gave up in the pitcher’s circle.

With help from Wright, her catcher, who “did a great job of keeping her (Kat) down in the zone for a very picky umpire,” Coupeville’s ace was on point all afternoon.

Katrina McGranahan has surrendered just three hits in the first 13 innings of the season.

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   Matt Hilborn and Co. ran away with a big win Friday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Take what they give you, then take some more.

Racing iffy weather Friday, the Coupeville High School baseball squad took full advantage of all the opportunities offered by visiting North Mason and got off the field quickly.

Using a mix of Bulldog errors and walks, the Wolves sprinkled in a few well-placed hits and strolled to an 11-1 win in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

The non-conference victory, coming against a large 2A school, lifts Coupeville to 3-2 on the season.

CHS will have a chance to keep its hot streak alive when it turns right around Saturday morning and heads off to Vashon Island.

Coupeville coach Chris Smith exited the field with a smile Friday, pleased with just about every aspect of how his team played.

“Solid game all around, with good pitching, solid defense and good approach at the plate,” he said. “I’m happy with our run production.”

After a scoreless first inning, the Wolves exploded in the bottom of the second, plating seven runners and effectively ending the game.

The game-busting rally started with Dane Lucero reaching on an error, featured a ton of walks, including bases-loaded ones to Gavin Knoblich, Matt Hilborn and Joey Lippo, then was capped with a couple sweet base-knocks.

Hunter Smith, who started on the mound for CHS, blasted a two-run single to crack the game wide open, followed by Jake Hoagland tagging an RBI base-hit of his own.

Not content to stop there, Coupeville added four more runs in the third, this time keyed by big hits from Julian Welling and Lucero, plus a steady diet of walks and North Mason bobbles.

The visitors had little luck against Hunter Smith, who scattered three fairly meaningless singles, only giving up a run on a sac fly in the fifth.

Hoagland paced the Wolves at the plate with a single and double, while Welling bashed a double and Lippo, Lucero and Hunter Smith all had singles.

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