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Coupeville’s softball bats have thumped a merry tune this season, with the Wolves outscoring foes 42-13. (Jackie Saia photo)

The path to a league title comes through Coupeville.

Winning at home, winning on the road, winning blowouts and close games, the Wolf softball sluggers are shaking up their new home.

After thunking host Friday Harbor 8-3 on a blustery afternoon Friday, CHS is a spotless 5-0 in its first season back in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

The Wolves have the most-imposing pitcher in the conference in flame-throwing junior Izzy Wells, big bats, and slick defenders.

While there are still nine games left in this pandemic-shortened season — if La Conner is able to return from a COVID-related hiatus — Coupeville is setting the pace, and doing it with conviction.

Kevin McGranahan’s squad, which hosts Concrete (0-2) at 1 PM Saturday, has outscored its foes 42-13.

Facing off with the defending league champs on their home turf Friday, the Wolves handed Friday Harbor its third loss, all of which have come in games against Coupeville.

This time around, the CHS sluggers survived the struggles of island-hopping, their arrival delayed by bus reservation issues which forced both them and Coupeville’s baseball squad to walk on the ferry at the last second.

Once on Friday Harbor the Wolves came out swinging hot, with senior catcher Mollie Bailey having herself an afternoon.

She reached base four times in five trips to the plate, bashing three doubles and racking up five RBI.

Bailey wasn’t the only one cranking out the hits, as Chelsea Prescott scorched a single and double, and Audrianna Shaw pasted a two-bagger of her own.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Jill Prince added singles, Wells (3) and Gwen Gustafson (2) combined for five walks, and Bella Whalen picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Coupeville got on the board in the first inning, with Prescott doubling home Shaw, who led off the game with a walk, before Whalen sent Prescott scooting for home.

After that Bailey brought out the big lumber, connecting on two-run doubles in the second and fourth, before topping things with an old-fashioned RBI double in the seventh.

In between, Coupeville put up a run in the third thanks to a walk from Coral Caveness, a single from Van Velkinburgh, and some smart base-running.

While her offense was clicking, Wells was making Bailey’s mitt pop, peppering Friday Harbor for eight strikeouts while scattering just three hits.

As he contemplated a long trip home, McGranahan marinated in the win. At least for the moment.

Izzy pitched her normal game and we hit the ball hard all day,” he said. “We have some stuff to work on, but all in all, we are playing good ball and will only get better.”

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Natalie Castano was one of 10 girls to score Saturday as Coupeville’s JV romped to a lopsided win at Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a beautiful beatdown.

Getting points from 10 different players Saturday, the Coupeville High School girls JV basketball team annihilated host Port Townsend.

Toasting the RedHawks 51-11, the Wolves used the non-conference win to improve to a spiffy 9-3 on the season.

Megan Smith’s squad came out on fire and ran away with the game early, jumping out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter of play.

Coupeville’s deadliest gunner in the early going was sophomore swing player Audrianna Shaw, who peppered the nets for 10 points in the first frame alone.

After that, the Wolves steadily added to their lead, pushing the advantage to 31-9 at the half, then 43-9 after holding Port Townsend scoreless in the third quarter.

With plenty of scoring opportunities, Coupeville spread out its offensive load, with freshman Alita Blouin and Shaw tying for team-high honors with 12 points apiece.

Ella Colwell, Savana Allen, and Jessenia Camarena provided plenty of support for the dynamic duo, with each Wolf ringing up six points.

Ryanne Knoblich (2), Natalie Castano (2), Anya Leavell (2), Kylie Van Velkinburgh (2), and Gwen Gustafson (1) also scored, while Heidi Meyers, Mollie Bailey, and Morgan Stevens saw floor time.

Coupeville returns to action next week with two of its final three North Sound Conference tilts.

The Wolves travel to Shoreline Tuesday to face King’s, then host Granite Falls Friday night.

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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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Makana Stone had 13 points and 12 rebounds Friday in Texas as Whitman remained undefeated. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ten days off, and still just as red hot and rollin’.

Returning from sabbatical, the Whitman College women’s basketball team rolled into Texas Friday and immediately laid down a beatin’, thrashing host Concordia University 82-55 behind a double-double from Coupeville’s Makana Stone.

The former Wolf tossed in 13 points, snared a game-high 12 rebounds, dealt out four assists, and still had time to pick up a blocked shot and a steal.

With their second non-conference win over the Tornados, who they also beat in the season opener at the Whit Classic in Spokane, the Blues improve to 6-0 on the season.

Whitman, ranked #12 in NCAA D-III, leaves Austin behind, and travels to Belton Saturday.

It faces the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (4-1), then returns to Walla Walla, where it will finally play a home game.

After a seven-game road trip to open the season, the Blues host the Kim Evanger Raney Classic Dec. 13-15, playing two home games against the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Buena Vista University.

Then comes a nearly three-week break before the 16-game Northwest Conference schedule tips off Jan. 3.

Friday night, the game was a little closer than expected, at least at first, with Whitman clinging to a 15-14 lead at the first break.

Then, Stone took over and the Blues rapidly started to pull away.

Scoring eight of her points in the second quarter, Coupeville’s shining star helped Whitman stretch its lead to 34-24 at the half, then 59-37 after three quarters of play.

The Blues got contributions up and down the roster, with Kaylie McCracken popping for 14 points to pace the squad.

On the season, Stone has 95 points, 40 rebounds, nine assists, 11 steals, and six blocks. She’s shooting 38-65 (58.4%) from the floor and 19-24 (79.1%) from the free throw line.

Friday’s game included two career milestones for the former Wolf, as she collected her 650th rebound (she has 652 now) and cracked the 2,000 minute mark (she’s sitting at 2,020).

Saturday’s game against Mary Hardin-Baylor will be the 90th of Stone’s career, and with 1,023 points, she is closing in on 7th place (1,056) on the school’s career scoring chart.

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Timothy Nitta has put the ball in the bucket for CMS basketball this season. (Morgan White photos)

Hunter Bronec plays strong defense.

Time to head home.

The Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads reached the halfway point of their 10-game seasons, and now the Wolves can finally get off the bus.

After opening with four of its first five on the road, including Monday’s match-up against Lakewood, Coupeville flips the script in the second half of the campaign.

The Wolves host King’s Wednesday, make a final trip to play Northshore Christian Academy Dec. 9, then close with three straight games in the CMS gym.

That final home-stand includes Coupeville’s lone battle with next door neighbor Langley (Dec. 16), and the Wolves don’t play Lakewood a second time.

Which is probably a good thing, as the Cougars, who eventually will head off to play ball for a large 2A high school, ran pretty wild Monday afternoon, sweeping all three contests.

How things played out:


Level 1:

The closest of the day’s three games, and it wasn’t all that close.

While Coupeville fell 50-30, stung badly by a rough third quarter, the Wolves didn’t go down quietly.

“Team 1 played tough tonight, but Lakewood was really good,” said CMS coach Greg White.

Now 1-4 on the season, Coupeville’s top squad was hanging around, down just 22-17 at the half, but the host Cougars powered up their offense in the third quarter, rolling to a 19-5 advantage in the frame.

Cole White and Logan Downes paced the Wolf attack with eight and seven points, respectively, with both gunners netting a three-ball.

William Davidson (5), Zane Oldenstadt (4), Nick Guay (4), and Landon Roberts (2) also scored, while Ryan Blouin brought hustle on defense.


Level 2:

The Wolves entered the game boasting an undefeated record, but came out flat in the first quarter and never recovered.

Down 16-1 at the first break, Coupeville eventually fell 51-21, dropping its record to 3-1-1 on the season.

CMS, which played its best ball during an 8-8 dogfight in the second quarter, was led in the score-book by Timothy Nitta, who rattled home a team-best seven points.

Hunter Bronec banked home five in support, while Jack Porter (4), Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (3), and Hurlee Bronec (2) also netted points for the Wolves.

Johnny Porter, Nathan Ginnings, and Mikey Robinett rounded out the CMS roster.


Level 3:

Very little went right for Coupeville in a 50-6 loss which drops it to 0-4 on the season.

The game was actually close through one quarter, with Lakewood clinging to just a 6-4 lead.

But 17-0 and 8-0 runs over the next two quarters sealed the deal, and a 19-2 fourth-quarter surge by the Cougars was salt in the wound.

Chris Villarreal, Justin Jansen, and Harlan Mouw each had a bucket for CMS, with Jesus Madrigal, JP Edoukou, Jordan Bradford, Alex Clark, and Carson Fields also seeing action.

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