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Coupeville freshman Miles Davidson made his debut in goal Saturday, teaming with Dewitt Cole and Michael Langille to stifle Nooksack Valley in a 9-1 win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Derek Leyva (left), celebrating with Alex Jimenez, knocked in four goals, giving him 30 for his prep career.

For a moment, it seemed like it would be a nail-biter.

But it was a very short moment.

Breaking an early tie at Nooksack Valley Saturday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad rained down eight straight goals and romped to a 9-1 win.

The non-conference victory evens the early-season record at 2-2, as the Wolves prepare to head into league play.

CHS plays its next four games against North Sound Conference foes, with the first two bouts on its home turf.

The Wolves host King’s (1-1-1) Tuesday, Mar. 19, before Sultan (0-2) arrives on Whidbey Friday, Mar. 22.

Saturday’s game was Coupeville’s second-straight road game against a team from the 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference, and this one went a lot better.

After falling 4-0 to Meridian two days before, the Wolves peppered Nooksack’s goalie from all angles, filling up the back of the net.

Up 5-1 at the half, with the only Pioneer goal coming off of a “power shot to the opposite corner from the attack line,” Coupeville’s back line was playing large and in charge.

“Defense had a great first half,” said CHS assistant coach Robert Wood. “(Wolf goaltender) Dewitt (Cole) made a superb effort diving and got a finger on it, but it was just one of those shots.”

The Wolves stayed on the attack after the break, smacking home another four goals and sending Coupeville head coach Kyle Nelson to the bus with a big smile on his face.

“The one goal we conceded was early in the game,” he said. “No looking back from there.”

Coupeville’s cousin connection sparked the offensive explosion, with Derek Leyva rattling the net for a season-best four goals, while Aram Leyva popped in a pair of scores.

The duo have combined for 11 goals through four games, with Derek back in front 6-5 in the scoring chase.

His final score of the afternoon was the 30th of his short career, after he scored a school single-season record 24 in his debut as a sophomore last year.

Saturday’s explosion pulls him within 15 of his other cousin, Abraham Leyva, who holds the CHS career mark of 45 goals.

Sage Downes added his third goal of the season, while also collecting three assists, and Chris Cernick and James Wood rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.

Derek Leyva racked up two assists, while Sam Wynn added another sweet set-up which resulted in a teammate scoring.

The Wolf coaching staff was appropriately pumped after the big road win.

“Finally playing as a team the way game demands,” Robert Wood said. “Really good showing by everyone.”

After working with the team’s goaltenders, the assistant coach was especially pleased to see the team’s backups, Miles Davidson and Micheal Langille, get quality time in net, giving Cole a chance to rest on the sideline.

The young duo swapped 10-minute sessions in the net, both holding Nooksack scoreless.

Davidson took a kick to the face, but the scrappy Wolf lived to tell about it.

“They both put practice sessions directly into game experience,” Robert Wood said. “Superb effort and focus and application from both.”

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Chelsea Prescott had seven points, three rebounds and four assists in the first half of Friday’s win, then survived a scary fall in the second. (Amy King photo)

Lindsey Roberts pumped in a career-high 24 points at Concrete, lifting her from #28 to #25 on the all-time CHS girls scoring chart. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The offense has ignited.

Two nights after scoring its most points in a game in nearly three years, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team went right back out and proved it wasn’t a fluke occurrence.

After dropping 50 points Wednesday at South Whidbey, the Wolves bettered that Friday in Concrete, shredding the Lions 53-26.

The non-conference win, Coupeville’s third victory in its last four games, lifts it to 3-4 on the season.

The victory capped a “crazy evening” in which senior Lindsey Roberts singed the nets for a career-high 24 points and sophomore starter Chelsea Prescott survived a scary fall.

Fighting for a third-quarter rebound, Prescott, who was filling up the stat sheet all night, got rocked during a multi-player scrum.

Chelsea got the short end of the stick on the play,” said Coupeville coach David King. “She was bent backwards and laid there on the court as the Lions headed the other way.

“She stayed down and we called for any medical personnel that happened to be at the game.”

After being attended to on the floor (Coupeville boys assistant coach Scott Fox and Wolf parents Jon Roberts and Charlie Smith, all with extensive medical backgrounds, were on scene), Prescott was transported to the hospital.

While pictures showing her in a neck brace raised a great deal of concern, the young Wolf star aced her x-rays, emerging from the evening battered but generally upbeat.

“She was checked out and headed home, to the relief of all,” King said. “She is sore, but doing much better.”

Prescott’s injury underscored how rough and tumble things were at times Friday night.

“The game was physical, and we held our own,” King said. “I am proud of how the players came out of the injury to Chelsea and refocused on the game.

“We played smarter and determined from that point on.”

Roberts, who is moving up the CHS career scoring chart in big bursts of late, was locked-in from the opening tip.

She rumbled for 11 of her 24 points in the first quarter, more than doubling Concrete’s output as the Wolves surged to an 18-5 lead.

With Prescott and Ema Smith dropping in four apiece in the second quarter, Coupeville showed no desire to let up, stretching its advantage to 24 by the halftime break.

The second half, which was stretched out by a 30-minute delay as Prescott was attended to, was much closer, but the Wolves never wavered.

Coupeville was able to give its bench, primarily its swing players, plenty of floor time in the fourth quarter, with Izzy Wells knocking down a late three-ball to top things off.

Heading into a North Sound Conference match-up Tuesday at home with Sultan, the lop-sided road victory gives the suddenly-surging Wolves a nice jolt of confidence.

“A good win,” King said. “And, more importantly, Chelsea came away without a severe or serious injury.”

With her 24 points, which were just eight shy of the school’s single-game record for female players (32 by Judy Marti in 1983), Roberts rises from #28 to #25 on the career scoring chart.

With 375 points and counting, she passes Amy Mouw (353), Whitney Clark (359) and Katie Smith (374).

Prescott rattled the rim for seven points before her injury, while Avalon Renninger banked home seven and Ema Smith tickled the twines for another six.

Scout Smith (4), Wells (3) and Nicole Laxton (2) all chipped in to the offensive assault, with Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Hannah Davidson, Tia Wurzrainer, and Mollie Bailey also seeing floor time.

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   Chloe Marzocca and the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball team are on an early-season roll. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Hammerheads are out for blood.

Thumping teams everywhere they play, the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball squad is leaving a trail of mauled foes in their wake.

The latest to fall was NW White, which was blown out 18-6 at Volunteer Park in Oak Harbor in a game which “wasn’t as close as the score.”

The Hammerheads split pitching duties between Chloe Marzocca, Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle, who put a final stamp on the game by whiffing all three batters she faced.

“The team was very clean in the field and on the bases,” said CWLL coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed.”

Central racked up six hits, with Madison McMillan leading the way with two base-knocks.

Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti and Mayleen Weatherford each added a hit, with Marti and Farris collecting two RBI apiece.

Brotemarkle walked three times, McMillan pilfered three stolen bases and Teagan Calkins filled up the stat sheet with three runs, three steals and two walks (both times being plunked by pitches).

The Hammerheads got something from everyone, with Naosha Rose, Sydney Wallace, Brooke Van Velkinburgh and Hayden Daniel all scoring.

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   Nick Etzell crunched a double Wednesday as Coupeville blew out Klahowya 13-3. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Wolf senior Julian Welling, who was hit by three different KSS pitchers in the game, shows off his war wounds. (Photo courtesy Jacob Zettle)

Everything was clicking.

Pitching, hitting, defense, intangibles — they were all on point for the Coupeville High School baseball squad Wednesday at it battered host Klahowya 13-3.

The win lifts the Wolves to 1-0 in Olympic League play and into a first-place tie with Chimacum (1-0).

Defending league champ Klahowya (1-2) and Port Townsend (0-1), which visits Whidbey Friday, hold down the bottom two slots at the moment.

The Wolves, who are 4-3 overall, jumped on the Eagles early and never let up, scoring in six of seven innings.

That gave starting pitcher Hunter Smith plenty of room in which to operate, and the senior ace responded with his third win in as many starts.

He scattered two hits (matching the total he himself racked up while hitting) and struck out five while going the distance.

Coupeville jumped out to a 7-0 lead, plating two in the top of the first, then rocking Klahowya pitching for five more in the second.

Matt Hilborn kick-started things with a lead-off single, then the Wolves juiced the bases thanks to Smith and Julian Welling’s willingness to be plunked.

While Coupeville’s lead runner was forced at home on a fielder’s choice, the Wolves broke through with an RBI single off the bat of Jake Hoagland and a bases-loaded free pass eked out by Kyle Rockwell.

With Klahowya’s pitcher unable to find the strike zone, CHS packaged five walks (including Hilborn wearing a pitch), a Nick Etzell double and singles from Joey Lippo and Jake Pease to bust things open in the second.

KSS shaved two runs off the lead in their half of the second, but continued to hand out walks like sweet, sweet candy, allowing Coupeville to stretch the margin back to 9-3 by the end of five innings.

Of course, “sweet, sweet candy” might be stretching it a bit, when Klahowya lobbed pitches off of the body parts of Wolf batters SEVEN times in one game.

Welling was their favorite target, getting nailed by THREE different Eagle pitchers.

One of the few times they didn’t hit him was the sixth inning, when Welling sent Smith home with an RBI ground-out, right after the Wolf hurler whacked a two-run triple.

Apparently wanting to play a full seven innings, the Wolves didn’t hit a 10-run lead until they notched a final tally in the top of the seventh, too late to kick in the mercy rule.

Still, it mattered very little, as Smith closed the game with one final punch-out from the mound and Coupeville exited Silverdale with a victory that was assured, very-balanced and fairly definitive.

The Wolves finished with 10 base-knocks, with Smith, Lippo and Hilborn leading the way with two apiece.

PeaseHoagland, Dane Lucero and Etzell rounded out the attack, each collecting a hit.

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   Lucy Sandahl and the Wolf JV volleyball squad are 6-0 after pasting Chimacum. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Emma Mathusek pleads her case to Wolf JV coach Chris Smith. “I’m gold, man, gold. You need me on the floor!”

It was beautifully, brutally efficient.

Now, I could be talking about the final point of Tuesday night’s Coupeville High School JV volleyball match, when Raven Vick flew skyward like a superhero, then launched a missile of a spike which destroyed the back-line like it had been hit by a grenade.

Or, heck, you could pick just about any point from the match, and that’s what I could be talking about.

Moving like a pack of lethal jungle cats accidentally let loose in a petting zoo, the undefeated Wolf JV spikers polished the floor with visiting Chimacum, shredding the Cowboys 25-15, 25-7, 25-10.

It was a rout, a beat-down, a KO where the ring official was too mesmerized by the carnage to stop things in time to protect the vanquished foe.

It was Lucy Sandahl smoking aces off of bodies.

It was Maddie Vondrak climbing a staircase to heaven to put away tips as her opponent’s jaws scraped the floor.

It was Chelsea Prescott colliding with her own teammate and somehow managing to both catch Maya Toomey-Stout in mid-fall, apologize to her, and still drop a winner in between two Cowboys.

All in one effortless move.

First-year Wolf JV coach Chris Smith has yet to lose — his squad improved to 6-0 overall, 4-0 in Olympic League play with the victory — and there are no signs this team has any plans to put him through any misery any time soon.

Coupeville was clicking from the first moment Sandahl bopped to the service stripe to open things, to Vick’s teeth-rattling coup de grâce.

While the first set stayed fairly close for a bit, the Wolves began to steadily pull away after Prescott and Sandahl put together strong back-to-back runs on serve.

From there, it became much more of a rout.

Sandahl opened the first set with seven straight winners, which seemed pretty dang impressive.

Until “The Gazelle” went nuclear in the second set.

Toomey-Stout, rockin’ new shoes and a quiet smile, set down her water bottle, spun the ball in her hand, then went on a serving tear that promptly killed the very last flicker of hope still beating in the collective chest of the Cowboys.

Ripping off 12 consecutive points on her serve — Chimacum successfully returned just two — Toomey-Stout took a 12-6 lead and turned it into 24-6 in the blink of an eye.

The third set was virtually a mirror image of the second set, though with a twist as Raven Vick and Prescott each ran off six straight points on their serve.

When the ball was briefly in play, a pack of Wolves flew to whatever turf  needed defending, with Kylie Chernikoff and Vondrak collecting the most electrifying winners, on a lethal kill and a superb tip, respectively.

Willow Vick, bouncing back from illness, unloaded a smokin’ ace off the back-line, while Emma Mathusek and Zoe Trujillo were rock-solid and in the middle of every play, as always.

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