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Jean Lund-Olsen netted a three-ball Friday for his first points of the season as the Coupeville varsity boys whacked Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They made some noise on Silent Night.

Romping to their most lopsided win in years, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad destroyed visiting Concrete Friday.

I’m not talking a 20-point or 30-point win here, either.

Catching a young Lions squad in the middle of the rebuilding process, the senior-heavy Wolves ran out to a 27-0 lead, put five players in double-digits scoring and romped to a 72-19 victory.

Yes, you read that right.

Coupeville, which has worked hard to rebuild its own program, just won by 50+ points, and in front of its home fans.

With the non-conference victory, the Wolves improve to 2-3 in a season in which they have been a handful of buckets away from being 5-0.

Heading into a match-up with The Bush School Saturday in Seattle, the CHS boys are beginning to click under third-year coach Brad Sherman, and are a dangerous squad when everything is working.

Friday night, fans wanted to cheer early, but couldn’t, as the team was holding a Silent Night game, in which everyone is supposed to remain quiet until the home team scores its 10th point.

That came fairly quickly, as the Wolves relentlessly attacked the Lions defense, which bent, then broke.

Hawthorne Wolfe banged home the game’s first bucket, off a steal and breakaway, before Sean Toomey-Stout and Jacobi Pilgrim slapped in layups.

Just like that, Coupeville was up 6-0 almost before clock operator Joel Norris was fully settled into his seat.

Quickly flexing his fingers, “The Ice Cream Man” got ready to keep up with the offensive onslaught, only to have the game halted by the one down moment of the night.

Senior big man Koa Davison, who has been having a breakout season, went down awkwardly on a play in the paint and hobbled off, forced to ice his ankle the rest of the game.

While his status going forward is unknown, any loss of time for Coupeville’s best offensive inside presence hurts.

Subbing in for Davison, fellow senior Ulrik Wells netted a pair of free-throws to stretch the lead to 8-0, and then, in a burst of speed and big-time hops, Toomey-Stout gave the crowd what it wanted.

As his layup slipped though the net, the Wolf faithful, led by former CHS hoops standout Hunter Smith losing his freakin’ mind, went bonkers — pretty much the way Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith had planned it.

The Silent Night idea comes from Taylor University in Indiana, which has pulled it off for 20+ seasons.

With the festivities out of the way, the Wolves, now with far-more vocal support, went right back to doing what they were doing.

Beatin’ the crud out of the Lions, who may (and I stress may) have gotten off at least one shot in the opening quarter.

Clamping down ferociously on defense, Coupeville forced turnover after turnover, then converted them into buckets in a blink of an eye.

Everyone had the magic touch, as seven different Wolves scored during a 27-0 first quarter which was unlike anything the CHS boys program has put together this decade.

Toomey-Stout tossed in eight points during the initial assault, while Mason Grove rang up another seven, including dropping the first of his three shots from behind the three-point arc.

For much of the night, the one bright spot for Concrete was the play of Levi Lowry, their 6-foot-3, 295-pound, surprisingly-nimble man in the middle.

He fought like a mad man on the boards, against great odds, and finally got the Lions into the scoring column a minute-plus into the second quarter, rolling hard inside for a three-point play the hard way.

Lowry scored Concrete’s first 13 points, and looked like he would be the only visitor to scratch his name into the scorebook until Bryon Ribera hit back-to-back corner three-balls in the final moments of the game.

While the Lions were a one-man crew for much of the night, the Wolves were the exact opposite.

Up 27-0 at the first break, they stretched things out to 44-5 at the half, then 67-13 by the end of the third quarter.

Coupeville hit three straight three-balls in the second frame, two from Grove and one from Wolfe, but that was just a set-up for a frenetic third, when CHS hit for 23 points despite a running clock being triggered a couple of seconds into the quarter.

Pilgrim was the main man, rumbling down low for three buckets, while Wolfe dropped another trey on his way to five in the quarter.

Keeping the ball moving from player to player, Coupeville again spread the love out, with seven players scoring in the quarter, then threw down a few more highlights as the clock raced from 8:00 to 0:00 in record time during the fourth quarter.

Jean Lund-Olsen came up with a spinning save on a ball about to go out of bounds, not only keeping the play alive, but ricocheting the rock right to Pilgrim, who spun around his defender for a final bucket.

Next play, some more JLO joy, as Lund-Olsen swished a long three-ball for his first points of the season.

Grove led the high-powered offensive attack, rattling the rim for 17 points, while Wolfe, Wells, Pilgrim, and Toomey-Stout collected 10 points apiece.

Rounding out the scoring were Brown (6), Gavin Knoblich (6), and Lund-Olsen (3), while Tucker Hall roughed up some folks on defense and senior Chris Ruck made his varsity debut to a huge roar from the student section.

After the game, players and fans mingled, still awash in the thrill of the rout.

Several went to Davison, offering best thoughts and encouragement as he hobbled out of the gym, ice bag still attached.

Off to the side, Brad Sherman’s four exuberant, basketball-loving little boys, perhaps the starting lineup a decade or so from now, had the time of their lives as Wolf three-ball gunner Natalie Castano helped them shoot at the far-away rim.

Eventually, Brad’s offspring would be bundled into their strollers, despite their protests, and sent home with grandma Deb and mom Abbey, while dad reflected on the win.

“Our bigs — Ulrik, Jacobi, Gavin, and Koa while he was in there — hit the offensive boards really well tonight,” Sherman said. “They all seemed really hungry on the boards, which is something we’re going to need from them going forward.

“Our defense as a team was just very impressive,” he added. “It was a really balanced team win, and that’s awesome.”

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Nick Streubel hangs out with family on Central Washington University football Senior Night. (Photos courtesy Nanette Streubel and Amanda Jones)

“I taught the boy everything he knows about football, just saying…”

Uncle Nick, the gentle gridiron giant.

“The Big Hurt” went out by delivering a … really big hurt.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel celebrated Senior Night Saturday by leading his Central Washington University football team to a 72-17 win over Missouri’s Southwest Baptist University.

The non-conference rout was the fifth-straight win for the streaking Wildcats, who sit at 6-4 with one game left on the regular season schedule.

Central, which is 4-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, travels to Canada next Saturday, Nov. 16 to play Simon Fraser University (1-4, 1-8).

With a win, the Wildcats clinch half the GNAC title, which they will share with Western Oregon (5-1, 7-3).

The two teams split this season, with the Wolves coming out on top 36-26 in late September, before Central rebounded for a 42-41 overtime win in mid-October.

If Streubel and Co. win out and lay claim to their share of the title, it will be the third-straight year CWU has done so.

While he and his teammates are hopeful of landing a spot in the NCAA D-II playoffs, the former Wolf is nearing the end of what has been a rock-solid college career.

Thanks to two red-shirt seasons, one as a freshman, then a second due to a hand injury, Streubel spent six seasons in the Wildcat program.

A team captain and the face of CWU football this season, the anchor of the offensive line has already graduated but returned for one final go-round on the gridiron.

During his time as a ‘Cat, Streubel has been named to All-League and All-Region teams, while having ESPN announcers hype him as a guy worthy of a look from the NFL.

Way back when he was still a growing man mountain, and not yet the carved-from-granite physical specimen he has become, “The Big Hurt” was a three-sport standout at CHS.

Football, basketball, and track kept him busy, but his greatest moment came after a season-ending gridiron clash against Chimacum his junior year.

The stadium in Port Townsend had been used the night before the Wolves and Cowboys played, and the field was ripped up, mushy, and stinky.

After a game in the trenches, Streubel was given a rushing attempt as a reward for years of work, and he promptly carried at least seven screaming, sobbing Cowboys on his back, crashing forward for yardage, ending the play in the middle of a giant mud puddle.

The Wolves had to high-tail it to catch the last ferry out of town after the game, which gave no one a chance to clean up.

At the dock, Streubel, all 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds of him, coated from head to toe in mud, chased after his coaches, eventually snagging one and wrapping them in a grimy embrace.

So, basically, it’s great to see Nick do so well in college and all.

But, that said, I already witnessed him at his finest on that dock.

The man was a freakin’ legend at 17, and just keeps getting better with time.

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Allison Nastali was a force at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle Saturday as the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team won again. (Photo courtesy Beth Nastali)

They liked the score so much, they reused it.

Bashing a foe 21-5 for the second-straight game, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad ran La Conner right out of town Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the scorching-hot hitters who call themselves the Hammerheads improved to 5-0 on the season, having outscored their rivals 95-20.

They also reclaimed the title of highest-scoring softball team in Coupeville.

Sitting at an even 19 runs a game, the Hammerheads edge ahead of the CWLL Juniors, who are tossing “just” 18.7 runs a night on the scoreboard.

La Conner actually led the game through an inning and a half Saturday, as hard as that might be to believe.

The visitors pushed three runs across in the top of the first, then after Central Whidbey tied the game back up, notched two more scores in the second.

And then death and destruction came raining down, as the Hammerheads used their bats to inflict grave damage on the hapless softball.

By the time Central Whidbey was done peppering hits in the bottom of the second, it had plated 14 runners and turned a 5-3 deficit into a 17-5 lead.

Four more runs in the bottom of the third, after Allison Nastali threw a perfect inning in the top half of the frame, whiffing two La Conner hitters, ended things.

Nastali, who was making her debut in the pitcher’s circle, teamed up with Taylor Brotemarkle and Chloe Marzocca to baffle the La Conner hitters.

While the Hammerhead hurlers were zipping fastballs past their rivals, the Central Whidbey bats were booming.

Mia Farris filled up the stat sheet, collecting three hits, including a triple, while knocking in a pair of runs and scoring four times herself.

And that was just the start of the offensive bonanza, as Madison McMillan used two hits to pick up five RBI, including a walk-off three-run double which ended the game, thanks to the mercy rule.

Teagan Calkins, Brionna Blouin, Marzocca, and Jada Heaton chipped in with two hits apiece, while Nastali, Mayleen Weatherford, and Katie Marti also had base-knocks.

“Everyone contributed and Allison was awesome on the mound,” said Central coach Fred Farris.

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Taylor Brotemarkle (top) and Mia Farris get mentally prepared for Friday night softball. (Susan Farris photo)

It’s like the 1927 Yankees have been reborn, but as hit-happy young women.

Central Whidbey Little League has two softball diamond squads, and both are tearing the hide off the ball this spring.

The Juniors team is 5-0 and averaging 19.4 runs a game.

And then there’s the Majors squad, which won another game Friday night, torching host North Whidbey 21-5 in a game called after three innings.

The Hammerheads are putting 18.5 runs a game up on the scoreboard, having outscored their foes 74-15 en route to a 4-0 start to the season.

Friday night was quick, it was efficient, and it was an offensive bonanza, as Central Whidbey dropped 11 runs in the top of the first and never looked back.

After adding a modest two runs in the second, the Hammerheads tossed another eight runs into the mix in the third, stretching their lead out to 21-1 at one point.

North Whidbey got a little bit back in the final inning, but CWLL pitcher Chloe Marzocca was virtually unhittable.

She got eight of her nine outs via a strikeout, and surrendered just two hits.

Marzocca also had her bat poppin’, pounding a liner into the gap for a game-busting RBI triple.

Everywhere you looked, there was a different Hammerhead hitter swinging a hot stick, with Taylor Brotemarkle leading the way with four hits, four runs, and three RBI’s.

Madison McMillan (three hits, two runs, two RBI), Mia Farris (two hits, three runs, two RBI), Teagan Calkins (two hits, three runs), and Allison Nastali (two hits, two RBI) also filled up the stat sheet.

Allison laid down a great bunt,” Central coach Fred Farris said. “And Brionna (Blouin) had a great game behind the plate.”

Mayleen Weatherford (a hit, two runs), Jada Heaton (a hit, two runs), Katie Marti (two runs) and Aleksia Jump rounded out the roster that is coming for all the wins.

All of them, I said.

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Maddie Georges (left) and Karyme Castro endure the rain while pursuing their softball dreams. (Suzan Georges photos)

Georges and Sofia Peters share a moment with a friendly rival.

Our game, our Island.

At every level this spring, Coupeville is ruling the softball field, and taking special delight in bushwhacking Oak Harbor, their big-city neighbors to the North.

Thursday night the latest beat-down came courtesy the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors squad, which rolled up the Island and torched North Whidbey 20-8.

The win lifts the Wolves to 4-0 on the season, not surprising for a team which has outscored its rivals 78-23.

Central Whidbey came out primed to rumble Thursday, dropping runs in every inning, with nine of 13 players scoring at least once.

The Wolves put up four in the top of the first, and kept the scoreboard humming all night, with six runs in the second, two in the third, then eight in the fourth to spring the 10-run mercy rule.

Everyone swung the bat well, with the 2-3-4-5 hitters particularly dangerous.

Savina Wells and Melanie Navarro paced the Wolves with three hits apiece, both blasting a double and two singles, while Jill Prince had a double and single, and Sofia Peters whacked a pair of singles.

The battlin’ Lucero sisters rounded out the hit attack, as Allie plunked a double and Maya drilled a single, with Cypress Socha, Prince, and Peters walking twice apiece.

Central Whidbey had 11 walks to go with its 12 hits, as Gwen Gustafson, Hayley Fiedler, Vivian Farris, Maddie Georges, and Allie Lucero also earned free passes.

Adrian Burrows and Karyme Castro also saw playing time for the Wolves, who kicked off a three-game road trip Thursday night.

The squad travels to Sedro-Woolley Apr. 20, then faces South Skagit Apr. 25, not returning to play at Rhododendron Park again until Apr. 27.

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