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Playing in front of aunt Joli, a first-ballot Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer, Emma Smith helped lead Coupeville to a huge win in Bothell Tuesday night. (Konni Smith photo)

The louder you get, the better we play.

When the Coupeville High School volleyball squad strode onto the court in Bothell for its North Sound Conference opener Tuesday night, it faced numerous challenges.

The dangerous team across the net, Cedar Park Christian, was a solid 4-1 in non-conference play.

Toss in a rabid student section, and things might have seemed daunting for the Wolves.

If, and only if, you didn’t know the young women wearing the black uniforms don’t bend. They don’t break. And they will snap you in half.

Their mothers saw it coming. From now on, so might their private school rivals.

“The crowd of (CPC) boys were animals,” said one Coupeville mom. “And they fueled our girls fire as they heckled the crap out of us.

“I wanted to warn them that our kids live for the screams.”

By the time they were done, the Wolves had turned any razzing into screams of pure anguish, thrashing the host Eagles 25-20, 25-18, 25-23.

The win propels Coupeville to a pristine 3-0 on the season.

At 1-0 in league play, they sit in a tie atop the new conference, and have a full week before they travel to Langley for an epic clash with arch-rival South Whidbey.

While he’ll start planning for that rumble when his team returns to practice Wednesday, the bus ride home Tuesday was all about enjoying that first conference win for CHS coach Cory Whitmore.

“We’re very excited, of course,” he said. “Any time you can go on the road in this league and come back with the win is an accomplishment.

“We played with a lot of focus and very clean from the service line and then gradually put the pressure on, taking them out of rhythm.”

Not every facet of their play was flawless, but the Wolves made up for any small weaknesses by excelling in other areas.

“Our hitting was shaky at times, but the passing was pretty consistent, so our hitters could then settle in themselves,” Whitmore said. “Chelsea (Prescott) and Ashley (Menges) had great all-around games passing, serving and digging.

Emma Mathusek did a great job passing and digging as well and Emma Smith had a powerful six kills with no errors,” he added. “A skill that we’ve been pushing has been smart and strong blocking, and we showcased that well tonight.”

Coupeville picked up 10 blocks, with Emma Smith soaring above the net to collect six stuffs to match her six kills.

The stat sheet was nicely balanced, with Scout Smith doling out 23 assists and Mathusek going low to scrape 11 digs off the floor.

Ashley Menges (five kills, four aces), Hannah Davidson (four kills), Chelsea Prescott (three kills, four aces), Maya Toomey-Stout (seven kills, three digs, two aces) and Zoe Trujillo (one kill) all chipped in as well.

“Plenty to work on in practice,” Whitmore said. “But we’re of course excited about a big win.”


JV strolls to win:

Coupeville’s young guns crushed the Eagles 25-12, 25-8 in their league opener.

The win lifts the JV to 2-1 overall, 1-0 in conference action.

“Good team effort across the board,” said CHS coach Chris Smith.

The Wolves got big play from a number of players, something their leader always likes to see.

Lucy (Sandahl) flew all over the floor setting and feeding her hitters,” Smith said. “The Vick sisters (Willow and Raven) were very composed at the service line and swinging well in the front row.

Maddie (Vondrak) is playing all six rotations and has made significant improvements in serving and passing,” he added. “Zoe (Trujillo), as usual, gave us a lot of power swinging from the outside.”

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Genna Wright tallied her second goal of the season Tuesday, but Coupeville fell in a league game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was there, then it was gone, but they want to get it back.

Playing on turf in Bothell Tuesday, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad had a close game slip away, causing the Wolves to fall 3-1 to host Cedar Park Christian.

The loss drops CHS to 1-2 in North Sound Conference play, 1-4-1 overall.

Coupeville came out strongly in the first half, with Genna Wright rifling home a goal to knot things at 1-1 headed into the break.

That tally, her second of the season, moves the Wolf sophomore into a four-way tie with Mallory Kortuem, Avalon Renninger and Lindsey Roberts atop the team scoring chart.

The Wolves scoring touch went cold after halftime, however, while Cedar Park broke through with a go-ahead goal and then an insurance score.

“We just were not able to convert on a number of chances in the second half,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson.

The two teams will clash again Oct. 11 on Whidbey, and Nelson is already looking towards the match-up.

“Should be a good game when we host them later in the season.”

The Wolves, who are in the midst of a four-game road trip, return to action Saturday, when they face Mount Vernon Christian in a non-conference rumble.

After that, seven of the final eight games on the regular-season schedule are league affairs.

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Emma Smith crushes the hopes and dreams of her foes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Volleyball is crushing it, but football took a big step back.

While the spikers in the North Sound Conference haven’t played a single league match yet — that begins this coming week — the six teams have combined to thrash a variety of outsiders.

Led by Coupeville and South Whidbey, which are the last two NSC fall sports teams still capable of pulling off an unbeaten season, the league’s volleyball squads are a combined 15-4.

That’s a big step up on football, where five of six teams suffered a loss Friday in the third week of non-conference play.

Meanwhile, soccer and tennis are the only sports where conference mates have clashed.

While it’s still (very, very) early, Coupeville and King’s sit atop the pile, with two league wins to their credit.

The Wolves have won a game on both the pitch and the courts, while the Knights don’t play tennis.

Cedar Park Christian and Granite Falls have one league win apiece, while Sultan and South Whidbey are still looking to collect that first W in the first year of the league.


Standings through Sept. 16:


North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 0-0 4-1
Granite Falls 0-0 2-1
King’s 0-0 2-1
South Whidbey 0-0 3-0
Sultan 0-0 2-1

North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 0-0 2-1
Granite Falls 0-0 0-3
King’s 0-0 0-3
South Whidbey 0-0 2-1
Sultan 0-0 1-2

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 2-0-0 3-1-0
Granite Falls 1-0-0 1-2-1
COUPEVILLE 1-1-0 1-3-1
CPC-Bothell 1-1-0 4-2-0
South Whidbey 0-1-0 2-2-0
Sultan 0-2-0 2-3-0

Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 3-0 3-0
Bush 1-0 1-0
Overlake 1-1 1-1
University Prep 1-1 1-1
Eastside Prep 0-0 0-0
Bear Creek 0-1 0-1
South Whidbey 0-3 0-3

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CHS soccer snipers (l to r) Mallory Kortuem, Lindsey Roberts and Avalon Renninger scored two goals apiece Thursday night. (Photo by CoupevillePaparazzi.com)

The first one was nice, the second one even sweeter.

Doubling their pleasure, Wolf gunners Mallory Kortuem, Avalon Renninger and Lindsey Roberts scored two goals apiece Thursday as the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad thrashed visiting Sultan 6-0.

The runaway win, coming on a night when the CHS defense never allowed the Turks to take a single meaningful shot on goal, lifts the Wolves to 1-1 in North Sound Conference play.

They sit in a tie for third place in the six-team league, just a game out of first place, with eight more conference games left on the schedule.

Coupeville is 1-2-1 heading into a non-league game Saturday at Chimacum.

That meeting with their former Olympic League rival kicks off a stretch of four straight road bouts, as the Wolves don’t play at home again until Sept. 27.

Perhaps anticipating the two-week separation from many of its fans, Coupeville put on a fireworks display before leaving town.

The Wolves controlled the flow of the game — absolutely, positively and without any doubts — firing bursts of shots at the Sultan goalkeeper.

To her credit, she knocked down several, including punching away one wicked Genna Wright sizzler from in close, but the Turks had too many holes in their defense to keep the Wolves fully at bay.

Renninger broke the seal on the goal a little over 10 minutes into the contest, turning on a dime and bashing a frozen rope while sliding between two defenders.

After that, Roberts, a senior captain making one final run on the CHS pitch, took over.

First, she notched her debut goal of the young season, lighting up the scoreboard with a eye-popping run right through the heart of the defense.

Dodging at least four rivals on her charge, she juked the Turk defenders out of their spikes.

Deftly tapping the ball between her feet as she slid through the maze like the star of the ’80s arcade game Centipede hurtling downward to rob a player of yet another quarter, Roberts finished things off by drawing the goalie out of the box, then bashing the ball under her leg.

Showing off a different side of her game, Roberts set Kortuem up on the next goal, sliding the ball between defenders, then stepping back and nodding in approval as her teammate slapped a shot into the corner of the net.

Putting a final punctuation mark on a first half to remember, Roberts pounded her second goal of the night, and 15th of her career, with a little over six minutes to go before the break.

Taking a ball from Ema Smith, Roberts faked with one foot, then dropped the hammer with the other, proving she can kill with every part of the body.

While the second half featured a little less offense, as the Wolves pulled back the reins a bit and gave younger players valuable field time, both Renninger and Kortuem found time to pop in second goals of their own.

Renninger’s came on another laser shot from the top less than two minutes into the half, while Kortuem closed out the scoring after emerging with the ball from a scrum of players in front of the net with a little under six minutes to play.

While Coupeville scored seemingly at will, the Turks were firmly held in check by the Wolf D.

CHS goalie Sarah Wright spent more time admiring the sunset than having to deflect shots, with the few times she touched the ball coming mainly when she chased down wayward shots which rolled out of bounds.

That was largely due to the efforts of her defenders, as Tia Wurzrainer, Natalie Hollrigel, Mary Milnes, Maddy Hilkey and Co. constantly frustrated Sultan’s would-be shooters, roughing them up, stripping the ball, and otherwise being very unaccommodating.

The stellar play on both sides of the field brought a smile to coach Kyle Nelson’s face.

After the game, he spent a few moments talking with former soccer manager Sebastian Wurzrainer, who was gazing a bit wistfully at the shiny new press box after years of battling rabid bees while working the mic in the old, ramshackle hut that stood atop what is now the road stands.

Once he was caught up on Wurzrainer’s college life, the Wolf pitch guru returned to marinating in the victory.

“I told the ladies, we’re new to this league, and this was a statement win,” Nelson said. “It gives us an idea of where we belong.

“It’s still early and there is always room for growth and things to work on, but we are showing great improvement.”

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Coupeville High School varsity fall sports teams are 4-1-1, which makes Genna Wright (left) and Avalon Renninger happy. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Early results look good.

Having finished the first full week of fall sports, three Coupeville High School varsity squads remain undefeated.

Football, volleyball and boys tennis are all flawless, and while it’s early, the Wolves, and next door neighbor South Whidbey, are setting the pace.

The Falcons are also undefeated in three sports — girls soccer, volleyball and football — meaning Island teams account for six of the nine North Sound Conference programs which can still dream of perfection.

King’s, Sultan and Cedar Park Christian have unblemished volleyball records, while Granite Falls has already been dinged at least once in every sport.

Of course, this is all preamble, as everything played so far has been out of conference.

With one exception.

That was a boys tennis match-up between Coupeville and South Whidbey, which the Wolves claimed in a 3-2 thriller.

As we head into the second week of the season (or week three if you play football), a look at standings through Sept. 9:


North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 0-0 2-0
Granite Falls 0-0 1-1
King’s 0-0 1-0
South Whidbey 0-0 2-0
Sultan 0-0 1-0

North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 0-0 1-1
Granite Falls 0-0 0-2
King’s 0-0 0-2
South Whidbey 0-0 2-0
Sultan 0-0 1-1

North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
COUPEVILLE 0-0-0 0-1-1
CPC-Bothell 0-0-0 2-1-0
Granite Falls 0-0-0 0-1-1
King’s 0-0-0 1-1-0
South Whidbey 0-0-0 2-0-0
Sultan 0-0-0 1-1-0

North Sound Conference boys tennis:

School League Overall
South Whidbey 0-1 0-1

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