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Cody Roberts was one of eight Wolves to collect a hit Friday afternoon. (Morgan White photos)

The little things were a killer.

Playing a must-win game Friday, the Coupeville High School baseball squad outhit host Friday Harbor 10-5, yet still fell 8-6 on the scoreboard.

The difference was the five errors the Wolves committed, the eight walks they surrendered, and the runners they left aboard.

With the loss Coupeville drops to 6-3 in this pandemic-shortened season, while Friday Harbor (9-0) — the only team the Wolves have lost to — clinches the Northwest 2B/1B League title.

The trip was originally supposed to be a doubleheader, but with the first game running long, darkness on the horizon, and a champion crowned, the nightcap was cancelled.

Coupeville went into the afternoon knowing it still had a shot of at least sharing the league crown, but only if it swept both scheduled games from the Wolverines.

That would have left the two squads deadlocked at 8-2 heading into Saturday’s finales.

Instead, the Wolves will look to build on their positives from Friday and bounce back strongly against winless La Conner during a final, no-ferry-required road trip.

Facing off with the crafty, but not overpowering Wolverines, Coupeville went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, then almost did the same to their hosts.

Unfortunately, they came up one batter short, and got stung.

After CHS pitcher Jonathan Valenzuela whiffed the first two Friday Harbor batters, the Wolverines took advantage of a pair of errors wrapped around a walk to ignite a fire.

Two singles made for decent kindling, and what looked like it would be a scoreless tie after one became a 3-0 deficit Coupeville would never quite overcome.

The Wolves had opportunity, as senior Daniel Olson led off the second inning with a resounding triple.

Only he died at third, when Friday Harbor’s pitcher dodged a bullet three straight times.

A Hawthorne Wolfe single also went for naught in the third, and by the time Coupeville found its scoring touch, it trailed 5-0 entering the top of the fourth.

That was Coupeville’s best frame, with a walk to Sage Sharp, singles from Valenzuela, Cody Roberts, and Peyton Caveness, and another big three-bagger — this one from super sophomore Scott Hilborn — putting four runs on the board.

The Wolves knotted things at 5-5 with a run in the fifth, with Sharp and Valenzuela collecting base-knocks, but Friday Harbor promptly reclaimed the lead.

CHS stranded a pair of runners in the sixth, after freshmen Caveness and Zane Oldenstadt got aboard on singles, before almost rallying in the seventh.

Zane Oldenstadt, collecting base-knocks.

Friday Harbor made its own errors, dropping a third strike and booting another ball, allowing the Wolves to trim things to 8-6, but that was as far as it went.

Valenzuela (who had eight K’s on the mound) and Caveness each had a pair of singles, with Wolfe, Sharp, Olson, Hilborn, Roberts, and Oldenstadt chipping in with a hit apiece.

Cole White and Xavier Murdy rounded out the very-young Wolf lineup, in which five of 10 players to see action Friday were freshmen or sophomores.

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Noelle Daigneault and her Coupeville tennis teammates are the 2021 Northwest 2B/1B League champs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Time to hoist another tile.

The Coupeville High School girls tennis team has the most league titles of any sport played at the school, and now coach Ken Stange and Co. can add a new one.

Bouncing host Friday Harbor 5-0 Monday afternoon, the Wolves improved to 4-0 during this pandemic-shortened season, officially clinching the Northwest 2B/1B League crown.

With two matches left in their six-match rumble royal, Coupeville and Friday Harbor — the only NWL schools to play the net game — meet again March 26 and 29.

The first of those remaining matches, set for this Friday on Whidbey Island, is Senior Night for the Wolves.

Monday, the highlight came courtesy of Helen Strelow, who was making her debut as a singles player.

The CHS sophomore split the first two sets of her match, before falling behind 4-1 in the deciding frame.

At that point, Strelow made Stange’s heart soar, reaching down deep to run off five straight games en route to a 6-4 win in the third set.

Also coming up big was Coupeville’s #3 doubles duo, Noelle Daigneault and Sophie Martin, who also pulled out a three-set victory to keep the Wolves flawless on the season.

On their way to 4-0 as a team, the CHS netters have combined to go 20-0 in varsity matches.

 

Complete Monday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Abby Mulholland beat Allie Fleming 6-3, 6-4

2nd Singles — Helen Strelow beat Lucy Martin 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

1st Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler beat Liliia Gamez/Emilie Mason 6-2, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Kateline McCormick/Eryn Wood beat Amelia Eltinge/Ava Martin 6-3, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Noelle Daigneault/Sophie Martin beat Lucy Marinkovich/Eleanor Rollins 6-2, 5-7, 10-7

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Lucy Tenore/Hayley Fiedler beat Trinity Cullen/Isabella VanderYacht 8-1

5th Doubles — Vivian Farris/Nozomi Hagihara beat Sonora Tate/Eva Sanabria 8-3

6th Doubles — Hayley Thomas/Gwen Crowder lost to Elanor Gislason/Sidney Herda 6-3

7th Doubles — Tenore/H. Fiedler beat Lilli Turnbow/Annabelle Mountford 6-0

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Coupeville’s Abby Mulholland bounced from doubles to singles Friday, capturing a straight-sets win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Different island, same result.

Hitting the road for the first time during this pandemic-shortened season, the Coupeville High School girls tennis team swept to a second-straight win Friday afternoon.

Bouncing host Friday Harbor 5-0, the Wolves headed back to the ferry carrying a flawless 2-0 record.

Match three of six against the same foe — Coupeville and Friday Harbor are the only Northwest 2B/1B League schools to play the net game — arrives Wednesday, March 17 back on Whidbey.

Friday’s match featured two new twists from the opener.

Abby Mulholland replaced Noelle Daigneault at second singles, with her teammate sliding over into doubles, where she teamed up with Eryn Wood.

And Wolf sophomore Lucy Tenore made her high school tennis debut, uniting with Sophie Martin for a win.

 

Complete Friday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Genna Wright beat Allie Fleming 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Abby Mulholland beat Lucy Martin 6-1, 6-0

1st Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler beat Amelia Eltinge/Ava Martin 6-0, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Noelle Daigneault/Eryn Wood beat Lucy Marinkovich/Eleanor Rollins 6-0, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Katelin McCormick/Mary Milnes beat Trinity Cullen/Tate Sonora 6-1, 6-1

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Lucy Tenore/Sophie Martin beat Elanor Gislason/Eva Sanabria 8-0

5th Doubles — Vivian Farris/Hayley Fiedler beat Lilli Turnbow/Isabella VanderYacht 8-2

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Jered Brown, here thundering to the hoop in an earlier game, scored seven points Wednesday at Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A play here, a play there, and they’re 4-0.

But, sometimes those shots don’t drop, or those passes go wide, or that defensive stand doesn’t quite hold long enough, and you’re 1-3.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team has played strongly all season, and Wednesday night was no different.

That being said, the Wolves came out on the short end of a 43-38 defensive war at Friday Harbor, the third time in four games they have fallen by just a bucket or two.

Coupeville’s losses have been by four points (in overtime to a 3A school), five, and seven, while their win was a 19-point romp over Orcas Island.

As the Wolves try and find the perfect mesh between strong play and a positive win/loss record, they’ll get two more chances this weekend.

CHS hosts Concrete (0-2) Friday, then travels to Seattle Saturday to face off with The Bush School (2-2).

Wednesday night the Wolves led 8-7 after the first quarter, thanks to four points apiece from Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison.

After that, the two schools waged a tense back-and-forth affair, with Friday Harbor slowly pulling away.

A 13-10 surge in the second frame sent the host team to the locker room up 20-18, while the third and fourth quarters went 9-8 and 14-12 in favor of Friday Harbor.

Dylan Roberson and Ethan Germain led the Wolverines with 15 and 10 points, respectively, while the game’s final margin was set at the free throw line.

Coupeville netted its highest percentage of the season, nailing six of eight shots at the charity stripe, but Friday Harbor, while not shooting particularly well (11-20), converted just enough to ice the win.

Sophomore shooting guard Hawthorne Wolfe, who was named a WIAA Athlete of the Week earlier in the day Wednesday, was top man for Coupeville with nine points, while Mason Grove banked in eight.

With the performance, which included a pair of three-balls in the third quarter, the senior reached a personal milestone, becoming the 132nd Wolf boy (in 103 seasons) to score 200+ career points.

Grove sits with 207 after Wednesday’s game.

Jered Brown notched all seven of his points in the heat of the fourth-quarter battle, with Toomey-Stout (6), Davison (4), Ulrik Wells (2), and Gavin Knoblich (2) also scoring.

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Avalon Renninger and Co. are 3-1 after beating Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re making a statement.

After years of being one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, Coupeville High School drops back to 2B next school year.

When that happens, the Wolves will join the Northwest 2B/1B League, so they’re getting ready by playing some of their looming rivals this season.

Wednesday night, the CHS girls varsity basketball squad traveled to Friday Harbor, and made it three straight wins over their soon-to-be league mates.

Bouncing their hosts 35-26, the Wolves raised their non-conference record to 3-1.

In the win column are victories over Friday Harbor, Darrington, and Orcas Island, while Coupeville hosts Concrete (0-2) Friday.

The only Northwest League teams not on the Wolves girls hoops schedule this season are La Conner and Mount Vernon Christian.

Coupeville’s lone loss so far came to 3A Oak Harbor, which at 4-0 is off to its best start in many seasons.

After making the long ferry trip to Friday Harbor, the Wolf hoops stars came out with fresh legs, bolting to an 11-5 lead after one quarter of play.

Junior Chelsea Prescott led the way in the opening frame, knocking down all eight of her points to get things kicked off with a bang.

From there, the Wolves led start to finish, stretching their lead to 19-9 at the half and 29-13 after three quarters of play.

Friday Harbor mounted a bit of a comeback, scoring half its point total in the fourth quarter, but CHS had an answer at every turn.

Senior guard Tia Wurzrainer, in particular, stepped up big time, nailing crucial shots in both the third and fourth quarters to bring a stop to rallies.

“I told the kids if I had a game ball it would have gone to Tia,” said Coupeville coach Scott Fox. “A great team win!”

Prescott and Scout Smith tied atop the scoring column, with each netting eight points, while Hannah Davidson tossed in six.

Wurzrainer (4), Izzy Wells (3), Avalon Renninger (2), Maddie Georges (2), and Carolyn Lhamon (2) also scored for the Wolves.

 

JV sidelined:

Coupeville’s second squad was denied a chance to play when Friday Harbor called off the JV game early Wednesday morning, citing a sudden lack of players.

The young Wolves, who are 2-1 on the season, return to action (most likely) this Friday, when Concrete comes to Whidbey.

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