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Carolyn Lhamon pushes the ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“How you doin??”

Wolf goalie Samantha Streitler denies Mount Vernon Christian.

Tia Wurzrainer dances with the soccer ball.

Avalon Renninger fires the ball into play.

Sophia Martin drops some wicked kung fu soccer skills.

Saturdays are for soccer.

The Coupeville High School girls have run the pitch the past two weekends, offering their best performances of the season.

Along for the ride this past Saturday was paparazzi to the stars John Fisken, who offers up the pics seen above.

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While you’re there, if you should happen to purchase any pics, a percentage of each transaction goes to help fund scholarships Fisken awards each spring to CHS student/athletes.

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Samantha Streitler is teaming with Katelin McCormick to man the goal for Coupeville soccer while starting net-minder Mollie Bailey is out with an injury. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf JV team saw its first action of the season Tuesday afternoon at King’s.

Dynasties are built one step at a time.

And give the King’s girls soccer program all the credit in the world.

Its players have worked hard, both at the prep level, and in travel ball, and they are reaping success they have earned.

The Knights have placed in the top four at the state tourney nine times in the last 13 seasons, with a state title in 2017.

King’s swept to a league title in the first season of the North Sound Conference last year, and it is an overwhelming favorite to repeat the feat this fall.

For schools such as Coupeville, small public institutions with few year-round players, it’s tough to make a dent in the armor the private school Knights have built up.

So, you take your lumps, you try and learn some lessons, and you move on, ready for another day as you try and build your own dynasty, one step at a time.

Tuesday night, playing without primary scoring weapon Genna Wright and starting goaltender Mollie Bailey, the Wolves couldn’t topple King’s, falling 10-0 at Shoreline.

The loss drops Coupeville to 0-1 in league play, 0-3 overall, but the schedule gets a tad easier after this.

The Wolves travel to Sultan Thursday for another conference clash, then head home for a four-game stretch which starts Saturday when 2A Kingston visits Whidbey for a non-league rumble.

While the high-powered Knights eventually rattled home their fair share of goals, Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson praised the play of his defense, which hung tough for long chunks of time.

“No upset tonight, but we did manage to keep them to two goals each half for the first 30 minutes of the half,” he said.

“With Mollie out, it was Katelin (McCormick) in the first half and Sam (Streitler) in the second half. Getting the rookie keepers some experience.”

One big step forward for the Coupeville program this season is having enough girls to field two complete teams.

It’s a milestone Nelson and his staff have been working towards.

“JV played our first JV game in quite some time. Maybe ever?,” Nelson said. “They also lost, but pulled together nicely after the first 5-10 minutes.”

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   Carolyn Lhamon knocked down 14 points Thursday as the CMS 7th grade varsity shredded Forks, one of three wins for the Wolves on the day. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wins for everyone.

Showcasing their defensive intensity, all three Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams to play Thursday came away with comfortable wins.

Shredding visiting Forks, the Wolves sauntered to wins in both 7th and 8th grade varsity contests as well as an 8th grade JV bout.

The road-weary Spartans didn’t field a 7th grade JV team, which was the only thing keeping CMS from going 4-for-4 on the day.

8th grade varsity:

One play in and this thing was done. Pretty much.

Audrianna Shaw slapped home a layup on the game’s opening play, sparking a 19-2 run, and Coupeville coasted home with a 43-15 win.

The Wolves dominated on the defensive end of the floor, shutting down the Spartans in virtually every way.

If it wasn’t Ja’Kenya Hoskins ripping down rebounds, and yanking a few arms out of their sockets along the way, it was Kiara Contreras attacking the ball-handler like a rabid dog, glee in her eye and a smile on her face as she wreaked havoc.

This band of Wolves is aggressive, seasoned and  hungry for wins, and Forks found itself playing Wile E. Coyote to Coupeville’s anvil-droppin’ Road Runner.

The early 19-2 run, which went from the opening tip until right before the final 90 seconds of the first half, featured points from five different Wolves.

Izzy Wells was front and center, dropping in six of her game-high 16, while Anya Leavell, Contreras, Shaw and Hoskins all chipped in.

Forks finally stopped the bleeding, for a quick second, with a 5-0 mini-surge to end the half, but Coupeville went right back to work in the third quarter.

Once again ramping up the defense, the Wolves turned frequent Spartans turnovers into breakaway basket after breakaway basket.

Wells banked home another eight points on a variety of net-tickling jumpers, while Contreras pulled off the best play of the night.

Sprinting full force, the crafty Wolf guard pulled in a long outlet pass from Shaw, went airborne, then dipped under a flailing defender at the last possible second and popped the ball off the glass.

All of this while being pummeled around the head and shoulders and ending up face-first into the wall at the end of the court.

Coupeville took its foot off the gas pedal in the late going, but got a nice closing bucket from Ella Colwell, who took a pass from Contreras and rolled past her defender for a layup.

Wells outscored Forks herself (16-15), but got plenty of help, as Contreras, Shaw and Leavell each dropped in six.

Hoskins (5), Samantha Streitler (2) and Colwell (2) also scored, while Kylie Van Velkinburgh spent the afternoon setting up her teammates with hard-earned rebounds and sweet set-up passes.

8th grade JV:

A tale of two halves, and one player.

The game was a 4-3 defensive stalemate at the half, in favor of Coupeville, then Streitler hit the floor and the Wolves put the game away.

Playing just two quarters, so she’d also be eligible for the varsity contest, Streitler tossed in 11 points in the second half, keying an eventual 20-10 CMS victory.

The difference was the third quarter, when the Wolves used a 9-2 run, with Streitler dropping in every point, to put the game on ice.

Quicksilver Lily Leedy added four points, including an electrifying steal and breakaway bucket to put an exclamation point on things, while Abby Mulholland (3) and Jessenia Camerena (2) also scored.

Mulholland’s output came on a sweet three-ball late in the game, where she stopped ‘n popped over the outstretched arms of the defense.

Katelin McCormick, Angelina Gebhard, Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson and Alana Mihill also saw floor time for the Wolves.

7th grade varsity:

It’s not often you can go scoreless for the first nine minutes-plus of a game and still win in a romp, but that’s just what Coupeville’s young guns accomplished.

The Wolves didn’t score until Gwen Gustafson swished a jumper a minute into the second quarter, and yet the Wolves still pulled away to win 36-9.

CMS had plenty of opportunities in the first quarter, as an opportunistic defense headed up by Alita Blouin drove Forks batty. Unfortunately, the rim was utterly unforgiving.

Jump forward to the second quarter, and things took a marked turn for the better.

Carolyn Lhamon followed Gustafson’s jumper with a rebound and put-back to stake Coupeville to a 4-3 lead, and the Wolves would never trail again.

Blouin, living up to her nickname of “The Assassin,” was ruthless, ripping balls away, pilfering steals, crossing up Forks ball-handlers, then crashing hard to the hoop for three straight buckets to bust things wide open.

An epic bank shot off the fingertips of Hayley Fiedler capped a 12-2 run and sent CMS in to the halftime break up 12-5.

After that it was the Carolyn Lhamon Experience in full bloom, as the ace rebounder crushed the Spartans in the paint, then jumped out for a series of quick, super-soft jumpers as she scored 12 of her game-high 14 in the second half.

Two came off solid lead passes from Blouin, a third off a drive and dish from Maddie Georges.

Not content to let Fiedler have the longest shot of the afternoon, Trinity McGee stepped half an inch inside the three-point arc and banked home a gorgeous shot to cap a fourth quarter full of Wolf joy.

CMS spread its scoring around, with seven of the 10 players in uniform putting their name in the scoring column.

Lhamon’s 14 was followed by Blouin (8), Fiedler (4), Georges (4), Gustafson (2), Nezi Keiper (2) and McGee (2).

Jordyn Rogers and the battlin’ Lucero sisters, Allie and Maya, teamed up with Keiper and Lhamon to thoroughly dominate Forks on the boards.

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Samantha Streitler (Photo courtesy Stephanie Streitler)

Streitler leads the break in a SWISH game. (John Fisken photo)

Samantha Streitler is seeking inner peace. Sort of.

The Coupeville Middle School 7th grader is a strong three-sport athlete, and her natural aggressiveness is a positive, but she also wants to temper that with focus in the heat of battle.

“I have great leader’s skills and I’m very competitive,” Streitler said. “I need to work on not getting frustrated and keeping calm on the court and or field.”

She plays volleyball and basketball for CMS, plus youth soccer and was a captain while she was involved in youth cheer from K-6.

Once she hits the high school hallways, she plans to add cheer back to her full schedule of sports.

“I really enjoy cheering,” Streitler said.

Regardless of the sport, she wants to “become known as a persistent, trustworthy, hard worker” by coaches and teammates.

While she enjoys all of her athletic pursuits, if Streitler had to pick one as a favorite, it would be hoops.

“Basketball, because I can use my strength and aggression on defense,” she said. “But, most of all, all my best friends play on the team.

“I love seeing the community coming together and cheering for us,” Streitler added. “Plus I love sports in general.”

On the court or off, she embraces those close to her, whether they be coaches, family, teammates or friends.

“(CMS volleyball) Coach (Alexandra) Walter believed in me and pushed me and taught me I always can get better,” Streitler said. “My parents have made a huge impact in my life and are my #1 fans.

“My friends have taught me to be a winner and we will do it together,” she added. “My family and friends are my life!”

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