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Mia Farris powers to the hoop. (Andrew Williams photo)

Long trip, tired shooting touch.

Playing for the third time in four days, after a long trek to the wilds of Forks, and minus its leading scorer, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball squad struggled offensively Saturday afternoon.

Putting up a season low in points, the Wolves fell 50-21 to the Spartans, evening their non-conference record at 3-3.

The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for Coupeville, which hadn’t gone below 37 points in a game this season.

The Wolves were missing senior guard Alita Blouin, who has popped for 59 points in five games.

She suffered a wrist injury in practice Friday, but is expected to recover quickly, and should be back in the lineup when CHS heads to Eastern Washington for a tournament Dec. 27-28.

Alita Blouin’s scoring touch was missed Saturday. (Andrew Williams photo)

The Wolves have nine days off now between games.

By the time they take the court in Ellensburg, the memory of a rough shooting performance in Forks will hopefully have faded.

Trailing 9-2 after one quarter Saturday, Coupeville got really buried during a 20-5 Forks surge in the second frame.

The Wolves picked things up a bit after that, racking up seven points apiece in both the third and fourth quarters, but they were never able to pull themselves back out of the early hole.

Forks finished with an advantage in every phase of the game, netting five three-balls while CHS failed to hit from behind the arc.

The Spartans were just 11 of 25 at the free throw line, but even there, they topped the Wolves, who struggled in a 7-18 performance.

Senior Ryanne Knoblich accounted for a third of Coupeville’s offense, tallying seven points, while Katie Marti knocked down five.

Lyla Stuurmans (3), Maddie Georges (3), Mia Farris (2), and Carolyn Lhamon (1) also scored, with Skylar Parker, Jada Heaton, and Gwen Gustafson seeing floor time.

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Gavin Knoblich swung by the South Whidbey gym Wednesday night to watch lil’ sis Ryanne destroy fools. (Photo courtesy Mariah Madsen)

Basketball is back, and everyone has a camera.

A click-click here, a click-click there, everywhere a click-click.

Today’s pics, a mix of hoops and cheer team action, come to us courtesy moms – the backbone of Wolf Nation.

Jack Porter slashes to the hoop. (Morgan White photo)

Kassidy Upchurch hangs out with mom. (Photo courtesy Brittany Kolbet)

Hunter Smith lays down the law. (Morgan White photo)

Alex Murdy gets some hang time. (Morgan White photo)

Josh Upchurch helps a fellow cheerleader reach for the roof. (Morgan White photo)

Chase Anderson makes magic. (Morgan White photo)

Josh Upchurch and fellow Wolf football star Kai Wong form the wrecking crew. (Photo courtesy Brittany Kolbet)

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Ryanne Knoblich flies in for a winner. (Jackie Saia photo)

It was a milestone night.

Coming off of a “really good practice,” the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad jelled and dominated Thursday, crushing visiting Darrington in straight sets.

The 25-7, 25-17, 25-17 victory lifts the Wolves to 7-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 9-4 overall, and hands coach Cory Whitmore his 75th win at the helm of the CHS program.

It also sets up a winner-take-all match for the regular season finale, which hits Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Coupeville hosts three-time defending state champ La Conner (7-0, 11-1), with the winner clinching the league title and the #1 seed from District 1 heading to the postseason.

The District 1/2 tourney goes down Nov. 2 in La Conner, with the NWL runner-up playing Auburn Adventist Academy in a loser-out match.

The victor in the opening rumble then plays the NWL champ in a loser-out, winner-to-state tilt.

Thursday’s match against Darrington, which fell on Wolf senior middle blocker Jill Prince’s birthday, allowed the CHS varsity spikers to cap a third-straight season in which they have never lost to a NWL team other than La Conner.

The Wolves were locked and loaded from the first point of the night, kicked off by a wicked Maddie Georges serve, and finished by a breathtaking slicer off the fingertips of a cartwheeling Lyla Stuurmans.

Georges staked Coupeville to a 6-0 lead, with Madison McMillan and Alita Blouin also peeling off strong runs at the service line in the opening frame.

Alita Blouin fires off a rocket. (Jackie Saia photo)

When Darrington did get the ball back in the air, the Wolf heavy hitters made short work of things, spraying kills and watching the Loggers run for safety.

Ryanne Knoblich, who finished with a team-high nine kills, was especially effective in the early stages, her blasts tearing holes in the hardwood.

The Loggers had pluck, however, and fought back to make their best stand in the second set.

Darrington led for much of that frame, dodging kills from Prince and Mia Farris to carry a 16-9 lead into a timeout.

That was where things changed, and changed big-time, with Coupeville closing the set on a 16-1 tear.

Georges was a spark, putting together a nine-point run on her serve while also flicking passes left, right, and every direction from her post as setter.

A ball went to Knoblich, who came flying in from the side to crunch things.

Then it was time for Farris to get dramatic, or Prince to paste the crud out of the ball, or McMillan to get medieval, or Stuurmans to launch lasers.

Pick your poison, and accept you’re about to die (metaphorically, at least) — that was the only option the Loggers had when the Wolves were in sync.

“They executed really, really well on defense,” Whitmore said. “I’m really proud of how, when we were down, we stuck to our game plan and didn’t look rattled.

“We were very disciplined on defense, and our communication never took a dip.”

Darrington remained ever plucky, and the third set was knotted at 10-10 before Coupeville decided to emphatically end things.

Georges, wrapping up a strong all-around evening of work in her next-to-last home match, fired off five straight points on her serve to push the Wolves ahead at 15-10, and the Loggers ability to resist finally faded for good.

There was still time for some “plays of the day” however, with Stuurmans tiptoeing down the sideline to flick a winner, and McMillan launching missiles from the other side of the floor.

Appropriately, the birthday girl got to put a cap on things, as Prince launched back-to-back kills right down the middle of the floor.


Thursday stats:

Alita Blouin — 10 digs, 2 aces
Mia Farris — 4 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist, 1 ace, 2 block assists
Maddie Georges — 4 digs, 23 assists, 11 aces
Taygin Jump — 4 digs
Ryanne Knoblich — 9 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces
Madison McMillan — 5 kills, 14 digs, 1 ace
Jill Prince — 3 kills, 1 block assist
Lyla Stuurmans — 4 kills, 1 ace, 3 block assists

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Mia Farris was one of three Wolves to hammer 10 or more kills in a win Thursday night. (Jackie Saia photo)

The snipers were hitting their targets.

Three different players recorded 10+ kills Thursday night, with another two notching five apiece, as the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad surged to its sixth win in its last seven matches.

Bouncing back from a tentative start, the Wolf spikers unloaded on host Mount Vernon Christian to the tune of 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14.

With the victory, CHS moves to 6-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 7-3 overall.

The Wolves, who host non-conference foe Neah Bay Saturday, sit alone atop the NWL standings, a half-game up on three-time defending 2B state champs La Conner (5-0), and a game ahead of MVC (6-2).

Coupeville has three league matches left, travelling to La Conner Oct. 18, before closing with home matches Oct. 20 against Darrington (3-5) and Oct. 25 against La Conner.

Win, lose, or draw the rest of the way, the Wolves are playoff-bound after that. All that’s left to decide is the draw.

Of the three 2B schools in the NWL, two teams advance to the postseason and Friday Harbor (1-8) is eliminated.

The District 1/2 tourney is Nov. 2 in La Conner, with the #2 team from District 1 playing District 2’s Auburn Adventist Academy in a loser-out match.

The winner then faces off with the NWL champ in a winner-to-state, loser-out rumble.

The battle to unseat La Conner will become the primary mission in the coming days, but Thursday night was about holding off the Hurricanes, who have been on a torrid run.

Mission accomplished.

“A good win tonight against a much-improved Mt. Vernon Christian team,” said Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore.

“We knew they would be tough and I’m proud of the way the girls shook off a little bit of a flat first set and turned it on moving forward.

“The girls got rid of the hesitation on defense and returned to our unified culture and play.”

Coupeville misfired a bit at the service stripe in the early going, but successfully righted things.

“Took a bit to find a groove on serves but once we did, our defense was strong behind the block,” Whitmore said.

Madison McMillan went on a run of serves in the fourth (set), which opened things up.”

With Grey Peabody (13 kills), Ryanne Knoblich (10), and Mia Farris (10) pounding the rock, Coupeville’s attack kept the Hurricanes on their toes.

“All our hitters hit positive on the attack and (setter) Maddie (Georges) did a great job keeping everyone involved but pushing points when needed,” Whitmore said.

“I was very happy with our passers, and it took stamina to finish the game strong on serve receive.”

“Dang! We’re good!!” (Jackie Saia photo)


Thursday stats:

Alita Blouin — 27 digs, 2 assists, 1 ace
Mia Farris — 10 kills, 1 dig, 1 solo block
Maddie Georges — 1 kill, 7 digs, 39 assists
Taygin Jump — 4 digs, 1 ace
Ryanne Knoblich — 10 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces
Katie Marti — 1 dig, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 9 digs, 4 aces
Grey Peabody — 13 kills, 3 digs
Jill Prince — 5 kills, 1 dig, 1 ace
Lyla Stuurmans — 5 kills

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Coupeville High School volleyball players bond at a team camp in Bellingham. (Photos courtesy Cory Whitmore)

The heat is on.

With current summer temps at least slightly warmer than before, it’s the perfect time for volleyball players to fine tune their skill sets.

The Coupeville High School spikers showed up and showed out in Bellingham this week, with 11 Wolves participating in a camp run by Western Washington University.

The chance to get floor time, and build a team bond while doing so, is huge.

“As always, Western Washington runs a terrific team camp,” said CHS varsity coach Cory Whitmore.

“We have developed a strong relationship with them, and it is really beneficial to visit them year-after-year.”

Six of 11 Wolves were making their debut at the WWU camp.

Seniors Alita Blouin, Maddie Georges, Taygin Jump, Ryanne Knoblich, and Jill Prince were joined by junior Grey Peabody and sophomores Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti, Madison McMillan, and Lyla Stuurmans.

“I was incredibly impressed with the group’s ability to handle the strains of camp,” Whitmore said.

“It was much more about learning to communicate productively and blending the group than any one particular skill,” he added.

“With that in mind, I’m really happy with our consistency – the communication strategies worked, and the energy remained high.”

Another day, another round of spikes.

While Whitmore and Coupeville JV coach Ashley Menges were on hand, the duo allowed WWU players to largely take the reins, while giving Wolf players a chance to fend for themselves a bit.

“Coach Ashley and I did a lot of stepping back to let the group problem-solve and look to each other for strength and stability and I’m really encouraged by our growth in that area,” Whitmore said.

“They can be very proud of a hard-fought week that will provide them with a strong foundation to build upon in the fall.”

While all of the Wolves had a well-earned moment or two in the spotlight, Knoblich was chosen to receive the Camp Coaches Award.

Ryanne has grown so much in a year’s time and really anchors a lot of responsibility on the team now,” Whitmore said. “So, we were so happy to see the coaches recognize the impact she has on this team.

“Definitely looking forward to our fall season.”

On to fall!

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