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Coupeville 7th grader Savina Wells banked in 20 points Thursday in her middle school basketball debut. (Photo courtesy Katy Wells)

Savina Wells 1, Northshore Christian Academy 0.

Now, basketball is not a one-person game and the Coupeville Middle School 7th grader had a lot of help Thursday during the Wolves’ season opener.

But still, Wells pumped in 20 points across the first three quarters of play, and outscored the visitors by herself as CMS strolled to a 41-15 win.

Opening day featured just one game, and not the normal three, as Northshore only fields a single squad.

Coupeville’s #2 and #3 teams will get a chance to join the #1 Wolf squad in action starting next week, when King’s comes to town Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Thursday was a lopsided affair, as the Wolves jumped on NSA from the get-go, running out to a 13-6 lead at the first break.

Wells pumped in three baskets in the opening frame, while Lauren Marrs kept the defense honest by swishing a long three-ball from behind the arc.

From there, Coupeville went about its business, stretching the margin to 25-10 at the half, and 37-13 by the end of the third quarter.

The Wolves #1 squad is a well-mixed unit, with eight 8th graders and five 7th graders seeing action in the opener.

Age is no barrier to success, as the younger girls accounted for 30 of their team’s 41 points, with Lyla Stuurmans making the nets jump for six points and Mia Farris knocking down four in support of Wells.

Marrs finished with five, while fellow 8th graders Brionna Blouin (4) and Reese Wilkinson (2) rounded out the scoring.

Also seeing action for the Wolves were Desiclali Ramirez-Vasquez, Taylor Brotemarkle, Kayla Arnold, Madison McMillan, Skylar Parker, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Allison Nastali.

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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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Zane Oldenstadt flies high for the tip. (Morgan White photos)

Coupeville fans bring the love.

“And now … we win.”

Tuition for students at Northshore Christian Academy in Everett runs close to $9,000 a year.

All that money couldn’t buy the private school a win Thursday, however.

Having traveled to the wilds of Whidbey to face off with the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads, NCA found itself on the losing end of both contests played on the hardwood.

A sweet sweep for the public school Wolves, it gave Coupeville’s hoops stars a rare chance to shine in front of their hometown fans.

CMS hits the road for three straight games after Thursday’s rumble, starting with a Monday trip to Granite Falls.

The Wolves open the season with four of five on the road, but that does mean they will get to turn it around in the second half, with four of five at home.

“It’ll work out,” Coupeville coach Greg White said. “We’ll get to play at home when we’re playing better, because we’ll continue to improve as the season goes on.

“We’re looking forward to it.”

While Coupeville’s squads might not have been in mid-season form Thursday, they still played with passion, a lot of heart, and some considerable skill.

When things got tough, and they did in both games, the Wolves found a different gear and grabbed the wins, a testament to their grit.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

What doesn’t kill you makes you tougher. Or something like that.

Less than 24 hours after badly hurting his ankle in the season opener, Logan Downes, heavily-taped up and yet playing like a mad man, banked home a season-high 25 points as CMS won a wild 35-32 thriller.

The win evens Coupeville’s record at 1-1.

Thursday’s opener was a game of runs, as both teams took turns dropping hay-makers, with the biggest, most-explosive uppercut coming courtesy of the Wolves.

Having frittered away a nine-point second-half lead, thanks in large part to rimming out nine straight free throw attempts, Coupeville watched in horror as the game (seemingly) slipped away.

From up 24-15 late in the third, the Wolves found themselves on the wrong end of a 15-2 run, and trailed 30-26 with a hair over three minutes left to play.

The air in the CMS gym was thick with tension (or just all the fun odors to be found in a middle school gym…), and the Wolves huddled around their coach, faces covered in shadows.

At which point Downes smiled about something, teammate William Davidson chuckled, and, as one, Coupeville’s players strode back on to the court like Mike Tyson entering the boxing ring in his glory days.

The final 3:11 was a portrait of excellence, painted by the Wolves in a way which left few, if any, brush strokes for the visitors to add.

Downes struck first, breaking the press and throwing down a layup to pull CMS within a bucket.

That missing two points came courtesy Cole White, who, off of a pass from Downes, whirled and chucked up a shot which possibly sent his dad/coach’s heart through his shoes.


The ball was angled perfectly, and crashed through the net, somehow, with a very-satisfying whomp, sending his rockin’ fan section into a fit of delirium.

NCA was bent, but Davidson and Downes broke them on the very next play.

Jumping a pass, Mr. Freeze picked off the ball, shot past the startled former ball-handler, then dished the sweetest dish of the night to Downes, who was running like a young man with two good ankles.

Ball smacked into hands, and the third of Angie Downes‘ three sons exploded to the hoop for a sparkling layup, sending Coupeville ahead for good.

Moments later, Logan, this time standing still, broke that team-wide 0-9 free throw streak, swishing a pair of freebie shots to drive a final stake through the heart of Northshore.

The free throws were set up by Zane Oldenstadt, who out-wrestled two foes to claim possession of an offensive rebound, than had the presence of mind to kick the ball to Downes.

The play was one of many from his big men which brought a smile to Greg White’s face.

Zane and Will played really tough for us today,” he said. “As a team, we rebounded and played help defense really well.

“We had a drastic improvement in that area from the first game. We responded well.”

The victory came despite a cold opening for the Wolves, who missed their first five free throws and fell behind 7-0 early in the game.

But, this was a game of runs, as mentioned before, and once CMS scored, it didn’t stop for awhile.

A Downes free throw finally put the Wolves on the board with 2:12 left in the first, and that set Coupeville off on a 17-2 run.

Four different CMS players scored in the second quarter, with many of the buckets set up by solid passes, such as Downes slashing to the hoop to find a perfect feed from Landon Roberts awaiting him upon arrival.

Davidson and White offered up points done the right way, with the former banging down low, and the latter tip-toeing through the paint while flicking the ball off the glass.

Nick Guay added a free throw, while Downes, playing out of his mind at times, hit one basket on which he snared a rebound, then knocked down the shot while being knocked backwards to the floor.

Somewhere in the moment right before his rear slammed into the hardwood, Downes, moving in slow motion while everyone around him whizzed by, arced the ball gently up to the heavens, where his prayer was answered.

The CMS eighth grader spread his 25 points out, hitting for three, nine, five, and eight across the four quarters of play, while five of his teammates provided scoring support.

Cole White banked in four points, Davidson and Oldenstadt added a bucket apiece, while Ryan Blouin and Guay rounded out the attack, each netting a free throw.


Level 2:

A great run to close the third quarter was the difference, as Coupeville turned a tie into a nine-point lead, then held off the visitors 23-19 despite going scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The win lifts the Wolves to a flawless 2-0 on the season.

This one had a weird rhythm to it, as Northshore stayed in the game by making some of the funkiest three-point shots ever seen, and nothing else, until late in the third quarter.

Coupeville drew first blood on a three-ball of its own, with Timothy Nitta picking up a loose ball in the left corner and letting fly, his ball snapping the net gently as it flopped through.

NCA responded with back-to-back treys, both from the same shooter, both on awkward-looking, but very-effective Hail Mary shots.

Going airborne, they seemed to have no chance, and yet both heaves rattled around the rim and somehow found a way to drop, causing some in the audience to wonder if we were witnessing a real-life version of Angels in the Outfield play out.

Whether there were celestial beings at work or not, the Wolves responded with more down-to-Earth work, starting with a sweet pull-up jumper on the move from Nathan Ginnings.

Back to within 6-5 at the first break, Coupeville got a Hunter Bronec free throw to open the second quarter.

And then, bam, Northshore’s #40 was at it again, with a three-ball that he snapped off from somewhere down around his ankles, sending a wobbly, but uncannily-accurate shot skyward, where it shattered the Vegas odds and hit pay-dirt.

If they were troubled by The Man Who Couldn’t Miss (except when he did, which was a lot), the Wolves didn’t show it.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim rolled hard to the hoop for a bucket, followed by back-to-back buckets from Jack Porter, the second off of a strong offensive rebound, and CMS was in charge.

Twin brother Johnny Porter tacked on a layup coming out of the halftime break, and, up 14-9, the Wolves were flowing.

Until another miracle three-ball splashed down, followed by the rarest of rarities in this game, a Northshore bucket off of an inside shot. A layup from a steal, it knotted the game at 14-14.

To which the Wolves, as a unit, turned, flexed hard, and closed the third quarter with a bold stand, comprised of one half lock-down defense, the other half superbly-executed shot-making.

Nitta rippled the net on a three-ball, then popped free for a rolling jumper, while Simpson-Pilgrim crashed hard to the hoop with a power move which brought back memories of Karl Malone delivering the mail.

Toss in a final bucket in the paint from Hurlee Bronec, and the lead was back to 23-14 headed to the final quarter.

Which was a good thing, as the Wolves went stone-cold in the ol’ shooting department across the final seven minutes.

Strong defense, especially when it came to crashing the boards, kept NCA from staging a full-on comeback, and the Wolves rode the glass work of Mikey Robinett, Simpson-Pilgrim, and Co. to the win.

Nitta paced the Wolves with eight points, while Johnny Porter (4), Simpson-Pilgrim (4), Hurlee Bronec (2), Jack Porter (2), Ginnings (2), and Hunter Bronec (1) also scored.

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Preston Epp and the first-ever CMS boys soccer squad finished 2-8. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes led the Wolves with five goals.

Tavan Hughes (10) and Nick Guay (13) helped lead the Wolves into a new world.

The first season is in the books.

The Coupeville Middle School boys soccer program, which launched this fall, reached the end of the trail Wednesday, falling 4-0 to visiting Northshore Christian Academy.

The Wolves finished 2-8 in their first go-around on the pitch, with Logan Downes (5) and Andrew Williams (2) combining to rattle home Coupeville’s goals this season.

Wednesday’s game remained scoreless until the 11th minute, when Northshore got on the board thanks to a fairly spectacular goal.

One of the visitors lofted a long ball from the right side, off of a corner kick, with a teammate springing airborne to use his head to deflect the shot past Wolf goalie William Davidson.

A second score, coming on a penalty kick, put NSA up 2-0 at the halftime break, then the private school booters tacked on two more goals in the second half.

Coupeville’s defense played strongly in the loss, with especially nice work from Mason Butler, who took over in goal midway through the first half.

A newcomer to the net, he pulled off several nice saves, including making back-to-back denials as Northshore’s high-powered offense kept up a steady barrage of in-close shots.

The debut season was a learning experience for CMS coach Reese Cernick and his players, with the soccer guru witnessing improvement as the campaign played out.

In his post-season assessment, Cernick praised players such as Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim, who entered the season with little experience, but exited having shown great growth and a desire to keep improving.

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Coupeville’s Katie Marti sends the ball skyward during a recent match. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three matches, three very different outcomes.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads hit the highway Wednesday, headed up to the wilds of Everett to face off with swanky Northshore Christian Academy.

Once there, the Wolves came within a set of winning two of the three bouts, before eventually taking a loss in each rumble.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Coupeville’s top aces fell 25-14, 25-13 in the first two sets, then rallied to take the third frame 15-9.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-7 on the season, with matches against South Whidbey (Oct. 21 at home) and Lakewood (Oct. 24 on the road) left on the schedule.

Mia Farris had the hot hand for CMS, picking up 10 points off of her serve, while Chloe Marzocca netted eight, and the tandem of Lyla Stuurmans and Grey Peabody recorded six apiece.

Rounding out the attack were Taylor Brotemarkle, Olivia Schaffeld, and Katie Marti, who each tossed four points onto the score sheet.


Level 2:

The day’s closest match, with CMS taking the opening set 25-21, NSA rebounding to edge the Wolves 25-22 in the second frame, and then the hosts taking the match with a 15-9 third set.

The razor-thin loss drops Coupeville’s most-successful team to 5-3 on the season.

Three Wolves were especially effective with the volleyball in their hands, as Brionna Blouin (14 points), Jada Heaton (12), and Madison McMillan (11) topped Wolf servers.

Also scoring for CMS were Ava Mitten (5), Allison Nastali (4), Issabel Johnson (3), Laila Wenzel (3), Aby Wood (2), and Skylar Parker (2).


Level 3:

Coupeville lost all three sets, but narrowed the margin in each, eventually falling 25-11, 25-14, 15-10.

The young Wolves are 1-7 on the season.

Hayley Thomas topped the points charts, rolling up eight, while Maryah Love and Bryley Gilbert amassed six apiece.

Jackie Contreras (4), Jones Walther (4), Kaylee Clark (2), Kassidy Upchurch (2), Bailey Thule (2), and Gabriella Becktell (1) rounded out the Wolf scoring.

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