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Carson Grove brings the ball up the floor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The annual pilgrimage to the wilds of Sultan is off.

For now, at least.

Winter weather encroached on the schedule Tuesday, denying the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball team a chance to bounce across the backroads of the state.

It was snow in Sultan, and not here on Whidbey, which forced the decision.

As to whether the road trip will be rescheduled, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith was fairly noncomittal.

“We will see…,” he said, then headed off to presumably look for a nice cup of hot chocolate.

CMS has five other games remaining on the schedule, with the season currently set to conclude Dec. 14.

That includes home matchups with King’s (Dec. 1), Sultan (Dec. 12), and Langley (Dec. 14).

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Raven Vick and fellow CMS volleyball coach Cris Matochi came away pleased with their team’s play Monday in Everett. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“This is the best game by far this season.”

Coupeville Middle School volleyball guru Cris Matochi was a happy guy as he, fellow coach Raven Vick, and their Coupeville Middle School spikers headed back from Everett Monday evening.

The Wolves had faced down private school power Northshore Christian Academy, coming away with an exciting win, a productive loss, and a lot of lessons learned.

Almost exactly the way Matochi and Vick planned it.

How the day played out:

 

Varsity:

“We decided when we stepped into the gym that we were leaving with a win, and the kids took the memo,” Matochi said.

Coupeville, getting contributions from everyone on the floor, swept NCA 25-18, 25-19, 15-8, raising its record to 3-2 on the season.

The Wolves used a very strong service attack to push the pace of the day, with Tenley Stuurmans being particularly effective.

The CMS 7th grader opened the first set with a six-point run, before going nuclear with a 15-point, 14-ace performance in set #2.

Stuurmans wasn’t the only Wolf firing on all cylinders, as Adeline Maynes fought through a migraine “to have a stellar performance, with great sets and strong passing.”

Matochi doled out praise across the board.

Lexis (Drake) passed and served really well, while Haylee (Armstrong) had incredible passes and hits,” he said.

Capri (Anter) had strong hits and good communication,” Matochi added. “This was the best we’ve seen Rylin (Price) play, and Capri and Addy had great coordination.”

 

JV:

The Wolf young guns fell 25-10, 25-18, 15-9, but had “by far the best ball control of the season,” according to Raven Vick.

“The volume of game was the best we’ve seen,” she added. “They did really well getting the first ball up and working to get all three touches.

“We struggled with serving but saw great improvement from all of the players.”

Vick noted 6th grader KeeAyra Brown was “a strong consistent player for us,” while Isabella Bowder and Myra McDonald also played well under pressure.

Coupeville’s energy goes through the roof when Olivia Martin is involved — “she’s a firecracker on and off the court” — with Alexis Hewitt, Willow Leedy-Bonifas, and Cheyanne Atteberry all playing strongly.

“It’s great to see Alexis improving on her serve and getting more playing time in that way,” Vick said.

“Overall, Willow was really consistent all around but specially with serves. Cheyanne is continually working hard and getting more and more serves in the court.

“I am extremely impressed with the playing ability and resilience they had.”

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Ava Mitten and Co. continue to scrap hard every game on the pitch. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Hurricanes make it rain.

Goals, that is.

The Mount Vernon Christian girls soccer team is a legitimate state title contender, and the Hurricanes prove it on both sides of the field.

After thunking visiting Coupeville 10-0 Thursday afternoon, MVC has tallied 51 goals, while recording six shutouts in 12 games.

If their 8-4 record seems a bit low-key to you, first consider that the ‘Canes, who rep a 1B school, have only lost to schools at least two classifications higher.

That would be 3A Mount Vernon, 2A Sehome, 2A Burlington-Edison, and undefeated 1A Bear Creek.

Thursday’s win lifts MVC to 5-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, while Coupeville falls to 1-4 in league, 2-8 overall.

The Wolves, who will miss the playoffs this season, have at least two, and possibly three games left on the schedule.

CHS travels to Granite Falls (4-4) Oct. 18, then hosts NWL rival La Conner (0-10) on Senior Night Oct. 25.

Wolf 12th graders Nezi Keiper, Anna Myles, Carolyn Lhamon, Wynter Arndt, and Gwen Crowder will be honored before the clash with the Braves.

Nezi Keiper clears the ball. (Morgan White photo)

There is a chance of another road game after Senior Night, if the schedule breaks right.

Coupeville was supposed to travel to Sultan earlier this season, but the rumble was bumped because the Turks had a backlog of league games to play after smoke from forest fires postponed several matches.

While nothing has been concretely decided, both schools expressed interest in trying to reschedule the game at the end of the season.

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Maya Nottingham taps home. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf sluggers enjoy their Saturday. (Photo courtesy Kevin McGranahan)

“I’m very proud of these girls.”

Facing off with host Olympic High School, a larger 2A program, the Coupeville JV softball squad came up short on the scoreboard Saturday, but not in the eyes of their coach.

“It was a great learning experience for the girls,” said Katrina McGranahan.

“We played a real game today. No time limit and no five-run innings. We played until we got three outs.

“That’s how they learn the game and that’s how they get mentally tough.”

Olympic is a quality team, going 17 deep on the JV side, with most of its starting lineup comprised of players who swing between varsity and JV.

The Trojans can hit, and they smacked the ball around the field in a 25-10 win, but the upside for the Wolves goes far beyond one defeat in the record book.

“Yes, we lost, but we played a solid team, probably the best team we’ve seen so far,” McGranahan said. “Now we know exactly where we need to work in order to better ourselves.”

Coupeville’s JV, which drops to a still impressive 5-2 on the season, is scheduled to play two games at Blaine May 7 in its season finale.

Saturday’s game also gave the young Wolves their first crack at playing on turf this season.

“We have never done so before and it showed,” McGranahan said. “The girls played their best though, and that’s all we can ever ask of them.

Chloe Marzocca and Mia Farris handled pitching duties early, as usual, and then the Wolves tried something new, with Taylor Brotemarkle entering the circle for the first time as a high school player.

Normally the starting shortstop for the CHS varsity, the freshman made an impressive debut in a new role.

“I decided to put Taylor in to pitch cause why not at that point, right?” said McGranahan. “Saw her warming up the other day, so might as well see her in the game and guess what she did.

“AMAZING. We were all joking with her, and she was joking about it too, but it turns out she has some potential there.

“Interesting, very interesting.”

McGranahan also praised the play of Maya Nottingham, who showcased a slick glove on the turf.

“She played great at second base! I was so proud of her,” McGranahan┬ásaid.

“She had this one play where the ball was hit up the middle and I didn’t think she’d get to it, but she snagged it with a back hand and slapped a tag on the runner for the out!

“I was in awe of that play.”

 

Saturday stats:

Teagan Calkins — 1 double
Mia Farris — 1 single, 1 double
Jada Heaton — 1 single
Violette Huegerich — 1 walk
Katie Marti — 1 double, 1 walk
Chloe Marzocca — 1 walk
Melanie Navarro — 1 single, 1 walk
Maya Nottingham — 1 walk

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Maya Nottingham cracked two hits Thursday, sparking Coupeville to a big road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The cold never bothered them anyway.

Enduring a chilly afternoon and early evening Thursday, the Coupeville High School JV softball squad shook off the icicles and thrashed host Sultan 15-3.

The non-conference win, which lifts the Wolf young guns to 4-1 on the season, could have been even more of a blowout, if pesky rules hadn’t gotten in the way.

Each team was restricted to five runs per inning, and that was the only thing stopping Coupeville.

The Wolves sent 22 batters to the plate across three frames, recording just one single, solitary out on a comebacker to the pitcher.

Other than that, Coupeville registered eight hits, accepted 13 walks, and ended each inning with runners stranded on base when the fifth run tapped home.

It was brutal, it was efficient, and it brought a smile to Wolf coach Katrina McGranahan’s face.

“The JV girls did a great job at stepping in and playing after having to sit and watch the varsity game,” she said.

“It was yet another cold day, but I’m impressed with how the girls came out and handled their business,” McGranahan added. “Never backed down and never stopped pushing.”

All 11 Wolves to see action reached base, with Maya Nottingham and Chloe Marzocca pacing the offense with a pair of hits apiece.

Maya hit her first triple today!” McGranahan said. “It’s always nice to see someone get a reward after putting in so much work.

“I loved seeing the bright, happy face she had! A moment she will remember!”

Marzocca and Mia Farris teamed up to handle the pitching, with both freshmen doing well in the less-than-ideal weather, something their coach, a former ace in the circle, can appreciate.

“Pitching is always a difficult position, but the two girls held their own and you can see the progress,” McGranahan said.

Chloe did an amazing job and dialed it in toward the end of the first inning,” she added. “Pitching is very difficult, especially in cold weather, but she did an amazing job at hanging tight and being positive.

Mia also stepped in and did a great job as well. It had been quite some time since the JV had played a game, but they looked as if they took no time off.”

Wolf catcher Teagan Calkins, just an 8th grader, was her usual steady self, helping both CHS pitchers lock in.

Teagan again was solid behind the plate,” McGranahan said.

“In fact, she did such a great job that the umpire came up to us between innings and complimented her to us! That’s awesome!!”

 

Thursday stats:

Edie Bittner — 1 walk
Teagan Calkins — 1 single, 2 walks
Mia Farris — 1 single
Jada Heaton — 1 single, 1 walk
Violette Huegerich — 2 walks
Lily Leedy — 1 walk
Allie Lucero — 1 walk
Katie Marti — 1 single, 1 walk
Chloe Marzocca — 2 singles, 1 walk
Melanie Navarro — 2 walks
Maya Nottingham — 1 single, 1 triple, 1 walk

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