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CHS seniors enjoy a wet farewell to their school. (Sherry Bonacci photo)

A little rain can’t stop true Washingtonians.

Putting a final stamp on their days at Coupeville High School, Wolf seniors braved the approach of yet another burst of liquid sunshine to camp out overnight at their soon to be alma mater.

True to their school, to the end.

It started dry… (Kristi Stevens photo)

Then true Coupeville summer weather returned. (Bonacci photos)

“It’s our parking lot!”

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   After playing singles all season, Wolf senior Claire Mietus teamed with Tia Wurzrainer Tuesday to win at #2 doubles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No, it will never, ever stop raining this spring.

That point was driven home yet again Tuesday, as the Coupeville High School girls tennis squad traveled to Silverdale, got on the court, but then couldn’t finish its match.

A key 1A Olympic League tilt, it ground to a halt with four of seven varsity matches in the book and things tied 2-2.

Of the three remaining matches yet to be finished, CHS trailed at #2 singles, led at #3 doubles and was just starting #4 doubles.

The match will be completed Apr. 26 when Coupeville returns to Silverdale for the third and final match of the season with the Eagles.

For the moment, the Wolves (2-0 in league play, 3-5 overall) hold a game-and-a-half lead on Klahowya (0-1, 1-5) and Chimacum (0-1, 1-6) in the league standings as they chase a fourth-straight conference title.

Coupeville is scheduled to host Friday Harbor Wednesday (3:30 PM) in a non-conference match.

The biggest surprise? The weather forecast for Central Whidbey is for 56 degrees and … NO RAIN.

I’ll believe it when I see it…

 

Semi-complete Tuesday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Hailey Sargent 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Nanci Melendrez trails Maddy Rienks 5-7, 6-4, 5-1

3rd Singles — Megan Behan lost to Anna Wells 6-2, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Taylor Bruce/Marianne Maker 6-3, 7-5

2nd Doubles — Claire Mietus/Tia Wurzrainer beat Kelisha Harris/Kristin Powell 6-4, 7-6(7-1)

3rd Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lead Emma Heckert/Mia Brill 2-0

4th Doubles — Maggie Crimmins/Genna Wright facing Rachelle Adams/Angelina Robinson (deuce in first game)

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   Nick Etzell and his tennis teammates do NOT get to skip school today for the Olympic League tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chimacum’s plot is working.

Attempt #1 at playing the 1A Olympic League boys tennis tourney was washed away Thursday, after rampant rain the day before left things too soggy in Coupeville for netters to safely take the court.

They’ll try again Saturday, when the weather forecast shows 90% humidity for Cow Town.

If it’s a go, things will get underway on Coupeville’s snazzy new tennis courts at 10:45 AM and pit the Wolves against the combined forces of Klahowya, Chimacum and Port Townsend.

But, if rain (or some other form of devious weather) takes out Saturday as well, then the tourney will change locales for attempt #3.

If it gets that far, the tourney would return to Chimacum Monday, Oct. 23 (with a 10 AM start), where it’s been played the first three years the conference has existed.

The change in venues is because Klahowya would have transportation issues that day.

Whenever the tourney is played, it will feature eight singles and doubles teams (three each from KSS and CHS and two from Chimacum/PT’s combined program) vying for four slots to districts.

That event, scheduled for the Sprinker Tennis Center in Tacoma Oct. 25-26, is played on indoor courts, something Coupeville players can only wistfully dream about while practicing on the windswept, waterlogged prairie.

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   Stay dry(!!!) at CHS softball games by winning an auction for the best seat in the house. (Amy Briscoe photo)

If you’ve ever attended a softball game at Coupeville High School’s field, you know weather is a crap-shoot.

Wind, rain, even the chance of frogs falling from the skies — they’re all in play.

With that in mind, the Wolves are offering a prime opportunity.

Yes, the chance to hold the “best” seat in the house, thanks to a chair that’s covered on all sides.

Wolf moms are auctioning off the dream chair all season, with each winner locking down the seat for two games at a time.

The first auction kicks off as soon as you read this article, with bidding closing Friday, Mar. 17 at 8 PM.

First winner gets exclusive access to the chair for home games Saturday, Mar. 18 against South Whidbey and Saturday, Mar. 25 against Vashon Island.

To bid, go to my Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/david.svien — and make your bid in the comment section for this story.

Amy Briscoe, mom of Wolf sluggers Tiffany and Kyla, will contact the winner.

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Freshman Sean Toomey-Stout made off with his first high school interception Friday night. (John Fisken photo)

   Freshman Sean Toomey-Stout made off with his first high school interception Friday night. (John Fisken photo)

The beginning, awesome.

The end, stellar.

The middle, needs some work.

The Coupeville High School football team opened strongly and finished strongly Friday night, but got burnt by seven unanswered touchdowns and fell 47-14 to visiting Nooksack Valley.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 1-2.

CHS kicks off its seven-game Olympic/Nisqually League schedule with a trip to Tacoma to face Charles Wright Academy next week.

Friday night’s tilt against the Pioneers started so promisingly, with Coupeville getting a strong kickoff return from Matt Hilborn, then marching right down the field for a game-opening touchdown.

Everything was clicking, with strong runs from Clay Reilly and Jacob Martin, split around two quick strikes from Wolf QB Hunter Downes.

First the junior signal caller tossed an 11-yard pass to Hunter Smith, then Downes connected with speed demon Cameron Toomey-Stout on a 34-yard reception.

The last Nooksack defender managed to knock Toomey-Stout out at the two-yard line, but Coupeville promptly stuffed the ball in two plays later.

Downes took the one-yard plunge to pay dirt behind a tooth-rattling lead block from Julian Welling.

Up 7-0 two-and-a-half minutes into the game, with clear skies and Wolf announcer Willie Smith spewing prime one-liners on the PA system, things looked rosy.

Then everything fell off a cliff for a bit.

Nooksack tied the game up just two plays later, when six-foot-five Pioneer QB Casey Bauman launched a rocket down the left sideline that hit his receiver in perfect stride.

Who that receiver was, no one knows, as a whole chunk of Nooksack’s jersey numbers didn’t match up with their roster.

Which didn’t matter much, because a few minutes later the heavens opened, rain began to fall and all the rosters become a sodden pile of of ink-streaked garbage anyway.

With CHS using temporary bleachers for a year, there’s no press box this season, and Willie Smith and timekeeper extraordinaire Joel Norris were left, well … high and dry would be the exact opposite of reality.

Huddled under a makeshift, at best, pop-up cover, they played chicken with using electronics in the rain, while fighting through a haze of darkness caused by the flimsy awning.

Which was probably for the best, as they only half-witnessed Nooksack rip off four more first-quarter touchdowns, the final one coming on a 28-yard pass with no time left on the clock.

The Pioneers tacked on two more scores in the second quarter to close the half, a time period where the high point for the Wolves was the two times Nooksack’s kicker shanked his extra point attempts.

Coupeville did have two standout plays of its own amid the carnage, however.

Hunter Smith laid out a Pioneer punt returner, lighting him up a millisecond after he snagged the ball, while Reilly pulled off a fake punt and turned it into a 45-yard sprint to daylight.

Just like with Cameron Toomey-Stout’s reception, though, the last Pioneer in the way managed to save the touchdown, and this time Coupeville fumbled the ball away two plays later.

With a running clock, a sodden crowd, and a severely compromised announcing crew, it would have been easy for the Wolves to write off the second half.

Instead, they took CHS coach Jon Atkins‘ halftime remarks to heart, and finished the final 24 minutes with their best sustained play of the night.

Freshman Sean Toomey-Stout made off with his first career interception while Reilly was a two-way beast, scoring on an 11-yard run and making tackles left and right.

With fired-up seniors Reilly and Martin leading the attack, Coupeville held Nooksack scoreless in the second half, twice forcing the Pioneers to turn the ball over on downs.

That put at least a small smile on Atkins face afterwards.

“They got the message and finished strong,” he said. “We finished positive, showed a lot of intensity and won the second half. Now we’ll build on that.”

While praising several players, Atkins offered a special shout-out to his freshman warrior.

Sean is really earning his varsity time,” he said. “He played all four quarters tonight, got his first pick, and was flying around.

“He’s making a play for being top dog in his family.”

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