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Ryanne Knoblich, pulling down a rebound in an earlier game, was one of six 8th grade varsity players to score Wednesday in a Coupeville win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The offense was hot. The defense was impeccable. The result was magical.

Shutting down rival Langley in style Wednesday, the Coupeville Middle School 8th grade varsity girls basketball team rolled to a 30-20 win on the road, improving to a flawless 4-0 on the season.

Unlike the first time these Island rivals met, when the Wolves had to storm from behind to net the victory, Wednesday’s match-up was much more of a blowout.

Up 16-9 after the first quarter, Coupeville clamped down and shut-out Langley in both the second and third quarters.

The Cougars missed all six of their free throw attempts across the 14-minute span of play, and every single, stinkin’ field goal attempt they lofted skyward refused to drop.

While Coupeville’s own offense slowed a bit in the middle of the game, it still used mirror-image 6-0 runs in the second and third to stretch the lead out to 28-9.

Langley eked out a measure of redemption in the fourth, using an 11-2 surge to make the final result on the scoreboard seem a bit more palatable.

But just a bit.

With King’s and Northshore Christian not playing 8th grade basketball this season, Coupeville is scrambling to fill out its schedule, and will face Langley a third time Mar. 5.

The older Wolves still won’t get a full schedule, playing nine games to the 10 that the CMS 7th grade varsity has planned, but the drive for a perfect season continues.

A huge part of the success that Wolf coach Alex Evans and his squad are enjoying comes from his team’s ability to hit you a million different ways.

Nezi Keiper and Carolyn Lhamon worked the paint like pros Wednesday, both tossing in a game-high eight points, while Wolf guards Maddie Georges (6) and Alita Blouin (4) scorched Langley from outside.

On the season, Keiper (32), Lhamon (31), and Georges (30) form a wicked three-pronged scoring attack.

Ryanne Knoblich and Gwen Gustafson each knocked down a bucket Wednesday, while Hayley Fielder and Jill Prince chipped in with defense and hustle.


8th grade JV falls:

Claire Mayne netted all of Coupeville’s points, but the Wolves went down 14-4 in a two-quarter game.

The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the JV, leaving them at 2-3 on the season.

Things stayed fairly close in a 6-2 first quarter, but Langley pulled away for the win with a solid second quarter.

Trinity McGee, Cristina McGrath, Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson, Abigail Ramirez, Jessenia Camarena, Karyme Castro, Adrian Burrows, Melanie Navarro, and Prince also saw floor time.


No 7th grade game:

Coupeville’s youngest players had the day off, as Wednesday’s games were added to bolster a depleted 8th grade schedule.

The 7th graders, who sit at 2-3, kick off the second half of the season Mar. 5, when all of Coupeville’s teams return to Langley.

After that comes a road trip to Lakewood (Mar. 6), home games against Lakewood (Mar. 12) and Sultan (Mar. 14), and, finally, a visit to Granite Falls (Mar. 19).

All three CMS squads will play in the final five match-ups.

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   Marc Aparicio juggled his lineup Saturday and it paid off with a win. (John Fisken photos)

Kory Score stretches for the throw at first, as a Falcon bears down on him.

Matt Hilborn vacuums ups a would-be base hit.

A deep pitching staff will be key this year.

With new restrictions on how often high school baseball pitchers can throw, and how many throws they can let loose once on the mound, every coach will need more than one ace to call on.

Three games into a new season, Coupeville coach Marc Aparicio is already seeing the benefits from having as many as seven quality hurlers on his staff.

Saturday, it was senior Taylor Consford, normally the starting catcher, who took the ball and went six strong innings in a 7-4 home win over Island rival South Whidbey.

The non-conference victory, coming less than 24 hours after a loss to Sequim, lifts Coupeville to 1-2 on the season.

While Consford was chucking away, ringing up six strikeouts, the man behind the plate catching his throws was fellow senior Clay Reilly.

Normally a power-hitting outfielder with a cannon for an arm, he strapped on the catcher’s gear for the first time in high school.

The Consford/Reilly connection proved to be a potent one, bringing an appreciative smile to Aparicio’s face on a frigid prairie afternoon.

“They both played extremely well,” he said. “Taylor and Clay stepped up and had strong games for us.”

Reilly also swung a hot bat, bashing a two-run single as Coupeville built a 5-1 lead.

Taking advantage of some South Whidbey miscues, and a few well-placed walks, the Wolves got one run in the first, three in the second and another in the fourth.

Lead-off hitter Hunter Smith accounted for three of those five runs, after walking twice and reaching on an error, while Ethan Marx had a key single.

The Falcons, coming off a one-run win over Chimacum, didn’t go down easily, however.

Tom Fallon’s squad trimmed the lead back to 5-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, before the Wolves iced the game.

Walks to Smith and Reilly gave Dane Lucero a chance to be a hittin’ hero, and the sophomore slugger responded, drilling a two-run single in the sixth to stretch the lead back out.

Aparicio went to sophomore Matt Hilborn to close the game out on the mound, and he did, after a brief bit of trouble.

An error and a single put two runners on base for South Whidbey in the seventh, but Hilborn bore down and finished the game off with a strikeout and a fly to left.

Coupeville closes a three-game home stand Monday when it welcomes 2A Bremerton to town for a 4 PM game.


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Cameron Boyd (center) smiles through the pain of a broken tooth, while teammates Jared Dickson (left) and Brett Arnold join him in celebrating their win. (Sylvia Arnold photo)

  Cameron Boyd (center) smiles through the pain of a broken tooth, while Jared Dickson (14) and Brett Arnold (5) join him in celebrating their win. (Sylvia Arnold photos)

Wolves rule, Falcons drool. Celebrating are (l t r)

Wolves rule, Falcons drool. L to r, Loren Nelson, Keegan Korteum, Dickson, Boyd, Tanner Kircher, Arnold, Jason Knoll, Sean Donley, Josiah Campbell and Gunnar Langvold.

Cameron Boyd gave his tooth for the cause, and his teammates responded.

Playing inspired defense, the Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad pulled off a stunning 2-1 upset of visiting South Whidbey Friday night, knocking off a team that has openly talked of expecting to compete for a 1A state title.

According to a story in the South Whidbey Record, the Falcons end their practices with the chant “State on three: one-two-three, state!”

Friday that chant could have been replaced with “One-two-three, Wolves rule, Falcons drool!” or that old favorite, “What do Wolves eat? Falcon meat!!”

The best South Whidbey could do was to knock out one of Boyd’s front teeth in a late-game scrum. The Wolf senior took a knee to the face, but was still smiling as he and his teammates celebrated their huge victory.

After posing for pictures after the game, he had to go to the dentist. Boyd eventually had a new tooth put in, and temporary braces attached to a second tooth that was traumatized.

When they weren’t sacrificing their molars, the Wolves shattered the Falcons with a stellar defense anchored by senior defender Brett Arnold and junior goaltender Joel Walstad.

“We had an outstanding group effort, playing with intensity and tenacity,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “Joel  had an outstanding performance in goal, making some spectacular saves.”

CHS surrendered a goal early, then frustrated South Whidbey the remainder of the game.

Coupeville answered with goals of its own, one from senior Josiah Campbell and one from sophomore Zane Bundy, who found the back of the net for the third straight game this season.

Now 2-1 overall, 1-1 in Cascade Conference play, the Wolves will venture on the road for the first time this season Tuesday, when they travel to Lakewood.

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Wolf catcher Jake Tumblin called a good game Thursday, as CHS pitchers (John Fisken photo)

  Wolf catcher Jake Tumblin called a good game Thursday, then chipped in at the plate with two hits and three stolen bases. (John Fisken photo)

Church was in session Thursday, and the sermon was all about denial.

Coupeville High School hurler Aaron “Church” Curtin was flingin’ smoke, and backed by an opportunistic defense, he shut down visiting South Whidbey to a 6-1 tune.

The second straight win over their Island arch-rivals, it lifted the Wolves to a glossy 2-0 on the young season and clinched the tie-breaker between the only two 1A schools playing baseball in the Cascade Conference.

While Coupeville still has another 18 regular season games to play, 16 in league play (including a game in Langley Friday), it doesn’t hurt to know that, if it comes down to it, the Wolves will have an edge when playoff berths are decided.

“Well, it certainly helps, but we still need to finish ahead of them in league, so a long ways to go until it’s completely secured,” said a low-key CHS coach Willie Smith.

If Curtin keeps pitching like he did in his first outing of the season, following on the heels of strong work from Ben Etzell in the opener, it’s just going to get better for Coupeville.

Aaron pitched a heckuva game,” Smith said.

Curtin struck out six over six innings and effectively scattered five hits, spacing them out where they did little damage.

When the Falcons did get bat on ball, the Wolf defense was ready.

Etzell went airborne to snag a screaming liner, then doubled a runner off of second for an inning-ending double play.

Then Wade Schaef topped him with “an ESPN highlight reel play,” laying out on a dead run to grab a liner at his shoestrings, snatching away a huge hit at a time when CHS was clinging to a one-run lead.

Schaef also swung a huge bat for the Wolves, crunching a double and knocking home three runs.

The whole lineup clicked, with Korbin Korzan thumping a double and Jake Tumblin racking up two hits and three stolen bases. Korzan, Tumblin and Morgan Payne each had an RBI, while Etzell and Josh Bayne also collected steals.

Coming into the season, pitching was a strong suit for the Wolves, with Etzell, Curtin, Aaron Trumbull, Bayne, Schaef and others forming a strong staff. But that staff may be even deeper than thought.

Sophomore CJ Smith, who transferred to Coupeville during basketball season, made his debut on the mound in the seventh and closed the game with a bang. Facing the top of the order for the Falcons, he retired them one-two-three on just eight pitches.

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Josh Bayne, seen here last season, got Coupeville's first RBI of the new season Monday. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

  Josh Bayne, seen here doing a home run trot last season, got Coupeville’s first RBI of the new season Monday. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

Timing. It’s all about timing.

Breaking out of an early-game funk, the Coupeville High School baseball squad exploded for five runs in the fifth inning Monday, propelling themselves to a huge come-from-behind 8-4 win over arch-rival South Whidbey.

The Opening Day victory was sweet for multiple reasons.

One, it came on the road. Two, it showed the Wolves are resilient. Three, it was the kind of game where nearly everyone on the field chipped in with a key play.

Oh yes, and did I mention they beat their closest rivals and the only other 1A school playing baseball in the Cascade Conference? Cause that’s kind of a big deal, every day and in every way.

The two schools will get back at it twice more this week with games in Coupeville Wednesday and back in Langley on Friday. Coupeville will also host South Whidbey Thursday in the lone meeting between the program’s JV teams.

The first win didn’t come easily, however. The Falcon hurler kept the Wolves off-balance by mixing up speeds, while his support crew tagged CHS starter Ben Etzell for three runs in the third.

Etzell was in lock-down mode after that, scattering a couple of meaningless singles and eventually throwing a complete game.

Coupeville finally found its groove at the plate in the top of the fifth, with a walk from Korbin Korzan and a single from Cole Payne setting the table.

Josh Bayne immediately took advantage, lashing an RBI single to right center, then the South Whidbey defense helped the Wolf cause with a couple of key errors.

Unable to field choppers off the bats of Jake Tumblin and Morgan Payne, the Falcons threw the ball away twice, letting in three unearned runs.

Etzell and Aaron Curtin rapped RBI singles in the seventh to top off the Wolf scoring.

While he was happy to get back on the bus with a win, CHS coach Willie Smith can see areas his squad needs to work on as it goes forward.

“This was a good game for us,” Smith said. “Not only for the win over South Whidbey, but because we were able to come back to win it on their home field and with us not really hitting on all cylinders offensively.

“We will definitely need to do a better job of adjusting at the plate,” he added. “But we did a great job of taking advantage of some miscues and capitalized on our speed and some timely hits.”

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