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Wyatt Fitch-Marron scored six points Wednesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No more road trips.

Wednesday’s trek to Everett to face Northshore Christian Academy was the final time this season the Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball squad will bounce across the backroads of America.

After this the Wolves cap the 2022 season with a pair of home rumbles, welcoming Sultan to The Rock Monday, Dec. 12, before hosting South Whidbey two days later.

Those games will put a bow on a season of learning and improvement, as CMS coaches Craig Anderson, Jon Roberts, and Jaylen Nitta continue to finetune the collective skillsets of their assembled players.

How the final off-Island excursion went:


Level 1:

Northshore played a “staggering press” and drove the Wolf ballhandlers bonkers in a lopsided 45-8 win.

The hosts went up 34-0 at the half, as Coupeville struggled to adapt while missing leading scorer Jayden McManus, who was out sick.

“Missing Jayden again is a true bummer,” Roberts said. “He is a KEY competitor on our team.

“His inside presence on defense keeps the other team off. On offense his inside game opens up our outside game. Alas that didn’t happen.”

Roberts was pleased, however, with how his team responded in the second half.

Instead of hanging their heads and accepting the loss, the Wolves manned up and fought Northshore virtually even across the third and fourth quarters.

“What I did see was a team after halftime that used the anger of being nearly beat to pulp to find a lower gear and the result was far better defensive play,” Roberts said.

“Steal attempts, riding players hard to the bucket and picking up fouls. Getting rebounds and going HARD back to the bucket.

“Coaches emphasized grit, toughness in practice on Tuesday. We saw some of this today.”

Riley Lawless paced CMS with four points, while Davin Houston and Chayse Van Velkinburgh each popped for a bucket.

Carson Grove, Sage Arends, Mahkai Myles, Joshua Stockdale, and Nic Laska helped round out the Wolf roster.


Level 2:

Northshore is the only Cascade League school not to field three teams, so Coupeville combined players from its second and third squads in a 47-14 loss.

Wyatt Fitch-Marron had the hot hand for the Wolves, rattling the rims for a team-high six points, while Roger Merino-Martinez (4), Jacob Barajas (2), and Liam Lawson (2) also scored.

Lawson had the shot of the afternoon, as Katie Smith’s nephew knocked down a long jumper where he was mere inches away from getting credit for a three-ball.

Hunter Atteberry, Nathan Niewald, Brantley Campbell, Charles Hart, Zach Blitch, Dylan Robinett, Kenneth Jacobsen, and Khanor Jump also saw floor time for CMS.

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Raven Vick and fellow CMS volleyball coach Cris Matochi came away pleased with their team’s play Monday in Everett. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“This is the best game by far this season.”

Coupeville Middle School volleyball guru Cris Matochi was a happy guy as he, fellow coach Raven Vick, and their Coupeville Middle School spikers headed back from Everett Monday evening.

The Wolves had faced down private school power Northshore Christian Academy, coming away with an exciting win, a productive loss, and a lot of lessons learned.

Almost exactly the way Matochi and Vick planned it.

How the day played out:



“We decided when we stepped into the gym that we were leaving with a win, and the kids took the memo,” Matochi said.

Coupeville, getting contributions from everyone on the floor, swept NCA 25-18, 25-19, 15-8, raising its record to 3-2 on the season.

The Wolves used a very strong service attack to push the pace of the day, with Tenley Stuurmans being particularly effective.

The CMS 7th grader opened the first set with a six-point run, before going nuclear with a 15-point, 14-ace performance in set #2.

Stuurmans wasn’t the only Wolf firing on all cylinders, as Adeline Maynes fought through a migraine “to have a stellar performance, with great sets and strong passing.”

Matochi doled out praise across the board.

Lexis (Drake) passed and served really well, while Haylee (Armstrong) had incredible passes and hits,” he said.

Capri (Anter) had strong hits and good communication,” Matochi added. “This was the best we’ve seen Rylin (Price) play, and Capri and Addy had great coordination.”



The Wolf young guns fell 25-10, 25-18, 15-9, but had “by far the best ball control of the season,” according to Raven Vick.

“The volume of game was the best we’ve seen,” she added. “They did really well getting the first ball up and working to get all three touches.

“We struggled with serving but saw great improvement from all of the players.”

Vick noted 6th grader KeeAyra Brown was “a strong consistent player for us,” while Isabella Bowder and Myra McDonald also played well under pressure.

Coupeville’s energy goes through the roof when Olivia Martin is involved — “she’s a firecracker on and off the court” — with Alexis Hewitt, Willow Leedy-Bonifas, and Cheyanne Atteberry all playing strongly.

“It’s great to see Alexis improving on her serve and getting more playing time in that way,” Vick said.

“Overall, Willow was really consistent all around but specially with serves. Cheyanne is continually working hard and getting more and more serves in the court.

“I am extremely impressed with the playing ability and resilience they had.”

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Tenley Stuurmans had a team-high eight points Tuesday in Coupeville Middle School’s first road game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Get your floor time, learn your lessons.

As the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball program gets up and roaring again after a pandemic shutdown, wins and losses are not the entire story.

For the young Wolves, the gains will be seen first in their hustle and commitment to building their skills.

Which is why CMS coach Kassie O’Neil walked away from Tuesday’s matchup with powerhouse Northshore Christian Academy with a positive attitude.

“The girls held their heads really high the entire time,” she said. “We used it as a learning experience.

“The girls even made comments about how they felt much better during this game than they did during our South Whidbey game.”

Coupeville’s varsity got scoring from four players, with 10 Wolves seeing floor time, in a 59-18 loss.

The Wolves, now 0-2 on the season, were kicking off a three-game road trip which continues with bouts Mar. 10 at Sultan and Mar. 15 at Granite Falls.

CMS 6th grader Tenley Stuurmans had the hot hand Tuesday, popping for a team-high eight points, Liza Zustiak and Kierra Thayer added four apiece, and Haylee Armstrong knocked down a bucket.

Ava Carpenter, Valeria de Jesus Merino, Avery Williams-Buchanan, Rhylin Price, Lexis Drake, and Capri Anter also saw floor time for the Wolves.

There was no JV game, as Northshore only has one team.

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Captain Teuscher and Co. have been scrappy all season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Not all losses are created equal.

Both of the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball teams fell to visiting Northshore Christian Academy Wednesday, but the games couldn’t have been more different.

How the day played out:



This one stings.

But, if the right lessons are learned, it can still be a great building block for a squad of Wolf players with a very-bright future.

In control of the game heading into the fourth quarter, Coupeville had Northshore on the ropes, only to see its offense stall out at the worst possible time.

Outscored 18-5 across the final seven minutes, the Wolves, who led by as many as 12 points in the second half, fell 45-40.

The loss drops Coupeville’s top squad to 2-3 on the season heading into its home finale next Monday, Dec. 13 against Sultan.

The Wolves then close on the road with games at Langley and King’s.

Wednesday’s match-up featured a magnificent performance from CMS 8th grader Camden Glover, who dominated play, throwing down 19 points with a variety of power moves in the paint.

Tammy Glover’s oldest grandchild was also a beast on the boards, ripping down boards, redirecting Northshore shots and thoroughly delighting his fan club.

Camden! CAMDEN!!! Caaaaaammmmmmmdeeeeennnnn!!!!!!” rang out, as his proud lil’ brothers angled for a reaction from their star, who finally consented and gave them a brief nod and smile.

Then promptly went out and laid down a hardcourt whuppin’, delighting the fan club again.

Or at least until fans #1A and #1B returned to the bliss of their coloring books.

Camden dropped in eight points in the first period, with Aiden O’Neill and Chase Anderson driving and dishing the ball to their big bruiser in the middle.

The game knotted at 10-10 headed to the first break, it started to veer in Northshore’s direction in the opening minute of the second frame.

The visitors dropped in their third three-ball to open things and stretched their margin to 15-10, only to see Coupeville regroup.

Attacking as a pack, with four different players pouring in buckets, the Wolves closed the half on a 15-2 tear.

Buckets came from all directions, whether it was O’Neill and Jayden McManus scoring off of rebounds, Chase Anderson slicing through the paint, or Glover pulling off a three-point play the hard way.

The Wolves were good, and they were also lucky, as Anderson lived up to his potential nickname — “The Magic Man.”

With the clock madly ticking down, and ace scoreboard operator Eryn Wood primed to hit the buzzer, the ball was punched loose after a mad fight for a rebound.

The orb skittered away, but, just as it looked like it would escape, Anderson came sliding through, plucked the ball off the ground and flicked a shot skyward.

Heads snapped up, the universe froze, then the ball plopped through the net, barely rippling the strings as the horn blared as background accompaniment.

Coupeville danced off the floor with a 25-17 lead, then held fast in the third quarter.

Twice the Wolves stretched the lead to 12, with the second coming at 31-19 after a Glover bucket, before Northshore trimmed the margin back to 35-27 heading to the fourth.

It was there where things went sideways.

Give Northshore credit, as its quicksilver guards fueled the comeback, forcing turnovers and converting at the other end.

A fifth three-ball for the visitors was huge, but Coupeville scoring just one basket in a six-and-a-half minute stretch proved to be the true killer.

Anderson finally broke the slide, hopping through the paint to drop in a runner and put CMS back on top 37-36 with 2:31 to play.

The Wolves wouldn’t score again for the next two minutes, however, and fell back behind 41-37 when Glover went to the free throw line with 38.5 ticks left on the clock.

He dropped in the first charity shot, while Anderson snared the missed second chance and slapped it back home to cut things to 41-40.

Northshore closed with precision, though, netting all four of its free throws from that point on, while the Wolves couldn’t get any of their desperation shots to fall.

Anderson finished with 13 points to back up Glover’s season-high 19, while O’Neill and McManus added four apiece.

Malachi Somes and Easton Green also played for Coupeville.



The game was a bit closer than the final score might indicate, as the visitors poured it on late in a 35-8 win.

Early on, the young, very-inexperienced Wolves, now 0-5 on the season, were competitive. Dare I say, even scrappy.

Riley Lawless pounded away down low, pumping in a pair of buckets as Coupeville hung tough, trailing just 8-4 at the first break.

One of those scores came off of a nice entry pass from Carson Grove, while the other featured Lawless rampaging end-to-end after pulling down a rebound, then hitting the gas.

He got help on defense from his teammates, with Joshua Stockdale a particular standout, pulling off a blocked shot and a steal on back-to-back plays.

The Wolves held up well on the defensive end of the floor, holding Northshore scoreless for the first four-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter.

Unfortunately, the rim proved fairly unforgiving when Coupeville fired up shots of its own, and the visitors eventually started to pull away.

A 16-4 deficit at halftime was slightly stretched out to 20-6 by the end of the third quarter, before Northshore piled up points in a furious rally across the game’s final two minutes.

In between frequent late NSA layups, the highlight of the game came when a CMS shot arced through the air, then got firmly stuck at the top of the backboard.

When ref Bernie Upchurch tried to knock the ball free by firing a second orb at it, the first ball popped free, fell about a foot, then immediately got re-stuck on a lower part of the backboard support.

But wait, there’s more!

The first poke at the ball with a stick failed to free it as well, thoroughly delighting the crowd.

A second poke freed the prisoner, however, slightly crushing those of us who were hoping the battle between man and ball would go on all afternoon.

Once the ball returned to play, Stockdale netted a bucket to go with the six points Lawless scored, accounting for all of Coupeville’s scoring.

Grove, Jonah Weyl, Matthew Kuzma, George Spear, Zach Blitch, Kenny Jacobsen, Dylan Robinett, Joshua Stockdale, Captain Teuscher, Ethan Walling, Jackson Waterbury, Wyatt Fitch-Marron, Max Ohme, Jacob Schooley, and Beckett Green also played.

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Rhylin Price and CMS volleyball finally got to play at home Monday, in their third try. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Third time’s the charm.

Nearly three weeks after their first scheduled home match, the Coupeville Middle School volleyball team finally got to play in their own gym against another school.

The original season opener came up empty when Langley never showed, then a second home match — this time against Granite Falls — was bumped due to bus driver issues.

But Monday everything worked, and Northshore Christian Academy arrived ready to rumble with the Wolves.

And while the visitors won both matches, there were still plenty of highlights for Coupeville fans to enjoy.

The biggest came in the final set of the day, when the Wolves top team rode some big serves to a 15-10 win.

Jordaya Dowell got CMS started, smacking several lasers from the line, while Tenley Stuurmans, Haylee Armstrong, and Teagan Calkins also came up big on their serve.

Stuurmans and Dowell also had big hustle plays in the set, with the former diving to the floor and lifting a rapidly-falling ball back up and over the net for a point.

Her teammate delivered the back-breaker to NSA, as Dowell came flying in from the side to drop a perfectly-placed bump between two defenders to stake Coupeville to a lead it wouldn’t lose.

While Coupeville’s Level 1 squad dropped the first two sets, it was competitive with the visitors, who featured a couple of heavy hitters.

Northshore also got a lot of points off of underhand “pooch” serves, while the Wolves, to a player, went overhand each time out, better preparing themselves now for playing at the high school level.

Armstrong, Stuurmans, Dowell, and Heidi Lysene all launched aces on their serve, with Armstrong also connecting on a thunderous spike for a winner.

Calkins, who was lauded by CMS coach Cris Matochi for “really being good at bringing leadership today” also climbed an invisible ladder to the sky before delivering a graceful tip winner.

In the opener, Coupeville’s Level 2 team got strong work from several players.

Capri Anter let fly with a ferocious serve or two, while Willow Leedy-Bonifas bopped a pair of returns which hopped over the net and hit pay-dirt for Wolf points.

The best play in the opening match may have come courtesy the tandem of Stuurmans and Rhylin Price, who teamed up for a beauty.

Successfully holding off match point, Stuurmans went low to make a flawless set, while Price finished off the play with a nicely-angled shot.

For Matochi and fellow CMS volleyball guru Katie Kiel, seeing growth and ever-increasing confidence from their young players trumps the score on the board hanging above the floor.

“The whole team played really well today,” Matochi said. “We saw a lot of improvement, and they are understanding they can win.

“That’s what we want, is for them to show good volleyball skills, to play with solid fundamentals, and have good spirit. And that’s what we saw!”

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