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Maya Toomey-Stout is disturbed to see Thursday’s Coupeville High School basketball games have been cancelled due to high winds playing havoc with ferries. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was going to happen sometime.

Winter weather conditions and Island life finally conspired Thursday to mess up the high school basketball schedule.

Coupeville and Port Townsend were set to face off in four games, with the boys action on Whidbey and the girls games on the mainland, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

“Due to small craft advisory through 1:00 AM and increasing winds through the evening we are canceling tonight’s games rather than risk both teams getting stuck,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“We have always erred on the side of caution when it comes to the PT ferry, which is what we are doing tonight,” he added. “We will look to reschedule at a later date; thank you for your understanding.”

The unpredictability of the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferries to handle various weather-related issues was one of the reasons the Wolves listed when they departed the Olympic League two years ago.

Thursday’s games were non-conference rumbles which would have featured the CHS girls trying to improve to 7-1 and the Wolf boys attempting to pull up to .500 at 4-4.

Both programs will return to action Saturday, when Nooksack Valley comes to Coupeville for a weekend doubleheader. That event starts at 1 PM.

Unless Deception Pass Bridge gets ripped down by giant octopuses between now and then.

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After a loss to Port Townsend, Mary Milnes and the CHS girls soccer squad turn their attention to a must-win game at home against Sultan next Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Something had to give.

Two win-less girls soccer teams that have struggled to score this season clashed Thursday in Port Townsend, but only one came away happy.

Unfortunately for Coupeville players and fans, it was the host RedHawks who survived a rough-and-tumble affair to escape with a 2-0 win.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 0-9-2 on the season, while Port Townsend improves to 1-8.

Coupeville, which is still in contention for one of the five playoff spots awarded in the six-team North Sound Conference, face its biggest game of the season early next week.

The Wolves, who are 0-6 in league play, host Sultan (1-5, 1-8-2) Tuesday night in a 6 PM game.

A win would allow CHS to move up into a tie with the Turks for the league’s final playoff berth, while a loss would all but eliminate them.

If Coupeville and the Turks are tied at the end of the season, they would meet in Sultan Oct. 24 for a tie-breaker game.

The #5 seed from the North Sound Conference opens postseason play Oct. 26 at home, hosting the #4 seed from the Northwest Conference (currently Mount Baker, which is 0-12) in a loser-out game.

With Coupeville’s final three regular-season games against Cedar Park Christian (3-3, 6-4), South Whidbey (6-0, 10-0-1), and Granite Falls (3-3, 6-5), making up a two-game deficit would be a hard task.

The Wolves have struggled with injuries to key players all year.

Leading scorer Genna Wright went down in the season opener, and never returned, while starters Mollie Bailey, Natalie Hollrigel, Mallory Kortuem and more have missed games.

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Hard-hitting Maddie Vondrak prepares to abuse the volleyball. (Brian Vick photos)

Willow Vick is part of a CHS varsity volleyball squad off to a 9-1 start.

Call it a palate cleanser before the main meal.

Having reached the halfway point of the league season a night before, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad spent Thursday relaxing.

Sort of.

The Wolves were back on the floor less than 24 hours after beating Sultan, and this time they had to leave behind their home gym and travel across the waters to Port Townsend.

But it was also sort of relaxing, as the high-flying Coupeville spikers rolled to a quick ‘n easy non-conference win over the RedHawks, coming out on top 25-8, 25-4, 25-10.

The victory lifts the Wolves to a sparkling 9-1 on the season, and now they’ll have a couple days off to mentally and physically prepare for the second half of the conference schedule.

CHS, which is 4-1 in North Sound Conference action, a game off of first-place King’s (5-0) in the six-team league, travels twice next week.

The Wolves invade gyms at Cedar Park Christian Tuesday and South Whidbey Thursday.

The trip to Port Townsend gave CHS coach Cory Whitmore a chance to use every available player, with 11 of 12 varsity athletes hitting the floor.

Only Chelsea Prescott, who is recovering from an ankle injury, sat out the contest.

“It was a good outing tonight with a total team effort,” Whitmore said. “Good to follow up Sultan with a commanding win at Port Townsend.”

Coupeville’s stat line in the straight-sets demolition derby:

Kylie Chernikoff — three kills, one ace, one dig
Hannah Davidson
— six kills
Emma Mathusek
— three digs
Lucy Sandahl
— three aces, three digs, one assist
Scout Smith
— two kills, three aces, two digs, 22 assists
Lucy Tenore
— one kill
Maya Toomey-Stout
— eight kills, six aces, three digs, one assist
Zoe Trujillo
— three kills, six aces, one dig
Raven Vick
— five aces
Willow Vick
— one kill, one ace
Maddie Vondrak
— four kills

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Jaimee Masters had three service aces Thursday, as Coupeville’s JV volleyball squad thrashed Port Townsend. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ivy Leedy and Co. are now 7-2 on the season.

Quick turnaround, quicker win.

Less than 24 hours after dismantling Sultan at home, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad was back at it Thursday night, thrashing Port Townsend on the road.

The ferry ride probably took longer than the match, as the Wolves cruised in with a 25-5, 25-8, 25-8 win over the RedHawks.

With the non-conference victory, Coupeville’s young guns send their record soaring to a pretty dang good 7-2 on the season.

CHS coach Chris Smith kept his bench hoppin’ Thursday, rotating in 11 players, with all of them having an impact on play.

Freshman setter Maddie Georges kept the offense clicking, doling out 14 assists to go with seven service aces and two kills.

Also coming up big were Abby Mulholland and Taygin Jump, who each pounded six aces, while Kylie Chernikoff crushed her enemies, saw them driven before her, and enjoyed the lamentation of the women as she sprayed seven kills.

The rest of Coupeville’s stat line on the night:

Alita Blouin — one kill
Chernikoff — three aces, one dig
Jump — two kills
Ryanne Knoblich — two kills, one ace, one dig
Anya Leavell — three kills
Jaimee Masters — three aces, two digs
Heidi Meyers — four aces
Mulholland — two kills

Jill Prince and Ivy Leedy also saw floor time for Coupeville, which gets back to North Sound Conference action next week, traveling Tuesday to Cedar Park Christian and Thursday to South Whidbey.

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Coupeville senior QB Dawson Houston scored a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion Friday against Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Marcus Carr sat on a bench in a darkening stadium Friday night, pondering the road ahead.

“We showed glimpses of really good play … and a lot of growing pains,” said the Coupeville High School football coach.

“We’re a young, young team with a lot of freshmen, but all those guys played hard all the way. I can’t even be mad when they’re doing it like that.”

The Wolf gridiron program is a work in progress, and the odds were stacked against them on opening night.

So, while the scoreboard read 49-16 at the end, with Coupeville coming out on the short end against visiting Port Townsend, the night was not a total loss.

The Wolves, who are taking a one-year hiatus from league action and are playing an independent schedule, started five freshmen in game one.

Four of those ninth graders – Kai Wong, Nick Armstrong, Kynel Hart, and Josh Upchurch – manned the line, while the fifth, the fearless Tim Ursu, a 105-pound fireball who fears no man, went toe-to-toe with Port Townsend’s bruising running back and popped his foe several times.

With Daylon Houston, Dominic Coffman, and Joven Light also seeing action, eight CHS freshman played their first varsity football game with just four days of school under their belt.

Overall, 10 of 25 players listed on the most current Wolf roster are high school newbies, with Scott Hilborn and Kevin Partida in street clothes Friday. Both are expected to be on the field soon.

While the independent schedule is meant to give the rebuilding CHS program a chance to play teams the Wolves should be competitive with, none of the games will be easy.

In the case of Port Townsend, the RedHawks have a fairly deep roster with 37 players on the roster, a dynamic senior quarterback in Noa Apker-Montoya, and a senior running back in Dylan Tracer who enjoys spending a lot of time ramming his way into the end zone.

The visitors didn’t play perfect ball Friday, far from it, but they were effective when they needed to be, and built a comfortable lead.

Despite a rash of penalties, including three separate times when a mangled play brought back a touchdown, the RedHawks scored early and often, blowing out to a 20-0 lead.

Coupeville had opened the game on offense, and looked to be in high gear as senior Sean Toomey-Stout snatched the kickoff and bolted 34 yards with the ball before being gang-tackled.

But even before the buzz could finish echoing through the stadium at Mickey Clark Field, things turned dire, as the Wolves fumbled the ball away on their first offensive snap.

Port Townsend made Coupeville pay, and it took only a few seconds.

Tracer roared through the heart of the defense, busted a would-be tackle or two and was off on a 41-yard jaunt to the end zone, the first of four times he would wind up there on the night.

While the Redhawks missed the extra point kick, their defense bottled Coupeville up in the early going, then tacked on two more scores thanks to Apker-Montoya.

The boyfriend of CHS volleyball star Hannah Davidson twirled in on a 15-yard scoring run of his own midway through the first quarter, then connected with Tanner Woodley on a 24-yard touchdown pass to open the second quarter.

Trailing by three scores, the Wolves needed a spark, and they got one from the most exciting gridiron giant on Whidbey Island, one Mr. Toomey-Stout.

While Port Townsend kicked away from him most of the game, they did go right at “The Torpedo” after their third touchdown, and he almost took the ball to the house.

Apker-Montoya, who doubles as the RedHawk kicker, caught him at the very end of a run which Coupeville PA announcer Willie Smith tallied up as “62 or 63 yards, or maybe 62 and a loooooong half-yard.”

Toomey-Stout’s torrid run put the RedHawk defense back on its heels and that opened things up for Andrew Martin, who promptly crashed in for Coupeville’s first score of the season.

The senior slammer, who played through bloody fingers, bouncing off Port Townsend players and often knocking them back several yards at the point of contact, swept in from 16 yards out.

Despite being bloodied, Wolf running back Andrew Martin had a stellar night on both sides of the ball. (Jonathan Martin photo)

Martin, who busted off runs of 23, 16, 13, and 13, unofficially collected 94 yards on the ground Friday, though a video review may likely push him up over 100.

Wolf quarterback Dawson Houston tacked on a two-point conversion run after Martin’s score, then came back to score his own rushing TD right before the end of the first half.

Several power runs by Martin, including one in which he lowered his shoulder and drilled a RedHawk defender up into the third row of seats, drove Coupeville down the field.

Then, Houston laid a beautiful pass into the far left corner, dropping the ball right onto Gavin Knoblich’s fingertips for 24 yards, and got seven more on a little flicker to Toomey-Stout, before running in for the score.

This time around, Martin picked up the conversion, pulling Coupeville within 27-16 at the half.

Martin ripped off four runs of 13 or more yards, scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion and racked up a ton of tackles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Still in the game at that point, the Wolves would get no closer, as their battle-tested rivals closed with great efficiency.

Port Townsend chewed up the clock in the second half, tacking on two more scores from Tracer and a safety when the Wolves sent a bad snap into the back of the end zone.

Upholding their reputation with being “that team,” and maybe still smarting from a 10-point loss to Coupeville last season, the RedHawks declined to go into victory formation up 42-16 with the clock running down.

Instead, they chose to cover the Vegas spread by letting Jerome Reaux, Jr. (very much not a bench-warmer) sprint in for a touchdown from 11 yards out with a mere 14 ticks on the scoreboard.

Afterwards, upholding his own reputation as a guy who doesn’t complain about or seem to dwell too much on petty irritants, Carr kept his focus strictly on what matters — his own team.

Four of the next five games are on the road, with long trips to Vashon Island, Friday Harbor, Kittitas, and Tenino.

Between now and Oct. 18, the Wolves play only once at home, when they face La Conner Sept. 27.

Which actually kind of makes Carr happy.

“We were a good road team last year; this will be good for us,” he said.

As his young players continue to grow, he’ll look to a handful of veterans, such as Toomey-Stout, Houston, and Martin, to lead the way.

“Our running game looked good; Andy played really well offensively,” Carr said. “We still need to work some on our passing game, but we’ll get there.

“Helps a lot to have a guy like Sean. Couldn’t ask for a better leader.”

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