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Ivy Rudat leads off a collection of Coupeville Middle School cross country photos. (Portraits by Jackie Saia, action shots by Teagan Calkins)

Cross country is booming in Cow Town.

Year three of the comeback is starting off strongly for Coupeville’s harrier programs, both at the high school and middle school levels.

While the pandemic is preventing CMS runners from competing this school year against rivals from other towns, the young Wolves are still putting in miles and burning up trails in intramural action.

The photos above and below are courtesy Jackie Saia, who shot the portraits, and Teagan Calkins, who lurked in the woods to capture the action shots.

Dylan Robinett

Bryley Gilbert

Solomon Rudat

Thomas Strelow

Ayden Wyman

Savina Wells

Johnny Porter

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Sarah Wright celebrates smashing a two-run home run in the playoffs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every year has its own feel.

As we use the pandemic shutdown to continue our look back through the 23 million photos to run on Coupeville Sports, we arrive in the far-off year 2017.

A mix of action and reaction, these are the pics which I think best capture the year that was.

See if you agree.

Ethan Spark carves a path. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hailey Hammer and associate celebrate a college home run. (Photo courtesy Hammer)

Another one bites the dust. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Luke Carlson has fully committed to the moment. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf cheerleaders spread the love. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hope Lodell, miracle of nature. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“I … am … outta here!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jae LeVine goes low, while Robin Cedillo stays high to make the snag. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina (left) and Izzy Wells fuel up between softball games. (Katy Wells photo)

Lindsey Roberts eats the breakfast of champions before the state track and field meet. (Sherry Roberts photo)

Mikayla Elfrank gets savage. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Winner, winner, cupcake dinner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Bree Daigneault strums a winning tune. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Matt Hilborn dodges incoming traffic. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf spikers (l to r) Emma Smith, Ashley Menges, and Maya Toomey-Stout punch their ticket to state. (Konni Smith photo)

Mckenzie Meyer hangs around. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The final countdown (to kickoff). (David Stern photo)

Kailey Kellner gets her glide on. (Amy King photo)

Nicole Laxton and CHS softball coach Stephanie Henning hug it out. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Pamela Morrell and her CMS basketball teammates reached the halfway point of their season Wednesday afternoon, facing off with Lakewood. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

7th grader Savina Wells leads all Wolves in scoring, averaging 14.6 points a game.

Halfway home.

The Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads reached the midpoint of their season Wednesday, welcoming ginormous Lakewood to town.

While the Wolf players will eventually move up to join a 2B high school here in Cow Town, their rivals represent the farm team for a large 2A school.

But, while CMS pulls from a much-smaller student body, Coupeville’s hoops stars put up a good fight Wednesday, staying close in two of three contests.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Coupeville won the second half, but couldn’t fully dig its way out of an early hole, falling 36-23.

The loss drops the Wolves to 2-3 on the season, headed into another home game next Monday, March 2 against Granite Falls.

Lakewood controlled the game in the early going, jumping out to a 10-3 lead after one quarter of play, then stretching the margin to 24-8 by the half.

The Wolves rallied after the break, however, putting together a strong third-quarter performance behind the play of Savina Wells.

With the 7th grader dropping in seven of her team-high 10 points across the seven-minute frame, CMS had a 9-6 run, and outscored Lakewood 15-13 in the second half.

Brionna Blouin and Lauren Marrs backed Wells up on the offensive end of the floor, racking up nine and four points, respectively.

Blouin netted her team’s lone three-ball, and was the only Wolf to score in three different quarters.

Lyla Stuurmans, Mia Farris, Allison Nastali, Desi Ramirez, and Madison McMillan also saw floor time for Coupeville’s top squad.


Level 2:

This one wasn’t pretty.

Failing to score until the 4th quarter, the Wolves absorbed a 47-3 loss, dropping their record to 1-3 on the season.

Down 20-0 at the first break and 35-0 at the half, CMS couldn’t get a shot to drop until Chloe Marzocca splashed home a fourth-quarter three-ball.

Her support crew included Issabel Johnson, Taylor Brotemarkle, Jada Heaton, Kayla Arnold, Katie Marti, Grey Peabody, Aby Wood, Reese Wilkinson, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Nastali.


Level 3:

The final game of the day was the closest, with Coupeville battling strongly in a 32-24 loss.

The defeat drops the young Wolves to 0-3 on the season.

A little bit of a slow start tripped up CMS, as the hosts fell behind 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, then played Lakewood virtually even the rest of the way.

The second, third, and fourth quarter all ended up with counts of 8-6, with Coupeville claiming the third frame behind four points each from Heaton and Johnson.

Heaton had the hot hand all afternoon, rattling home points in all four quarters as she tallied a team-high 10, while Johnson (6), Marzocca (4), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Devika Vogelsang-Puente (2) also banked in points.

With Marzocca and Vogelsang-Puente notching their first buckets Wednesday, 20 of Coupeville’s 27 players have scored this season.

Also seeing floor time against Lakewood were Alena Osborne, Shayla Town, Pamela Morrell, Kassidy Upchurch, Gabriella Becktell, and Aubrey Blitch.


Unofficial season scoring stats:

Savina Wells – 73
Lauren Marrs – 33
Brionna Blouin – 23
Jada Heaton – 17
Lyla Stuurmans – 15
Reese Wilkinson – 14
Katie Marti – 9
Grey Peabody – 9
Issabel Johnson – 8
Chloe Marzocca – 7
Bryley Gilbert – 6
Skylar Parker – 6
Mia Farris – 4
Madison McMillan – 4
Kayla Arnold – 2
Aubrey Blitch – 2
Taylor Brotemarkle – 2
Allison Nastali – 2
Alena Osborne – 2
Devika Vogelsang-Puente – 2

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Lauren Marrs netted a three-ball Wednesday, scoring five points in a narrow loss at Sultan. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Aby Wood and friends get a chance to return to action almost immediately, with a trip Thursday to Langley.

Best thing is, they get to play again in less than 24 hours.

While Wednesday’s trip to Sultan didn’t go the way the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads wanted, the Wolves can flip the script right away.

CMS heads to Langley Thursday to face its next-door neighbors, and all three of its hoops teams will get to see hardcourt action.

Sultan only went two teams deep, forcing Coupeville’s #3 squad to sit out Wednesday’s trip.

How the day played out:


Team 1:

One more minute.

Coupeville stormed back from an early deficit, but ran out of time and fell 32-29 in a nail-biter.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-2 on the season heading into their Island rivalry showdown.

After keeping the game knotted at 6-6 through one quarter of play, CMS ran into foul trouble, which kept some of its deadliest players locked to the bench for chunks of time.

Trailing by 10 headed into the fourth, the Wolves came out ferociously, carving most of the deficit away before the Turks barely escaped with the win.

Savina Wells got CMS within two points with 50 seconds to play, when she scorched the nets for her second three-ball of the fourth quarter.

But Sultan, with a little assistance from a home town ref who ignored a double-dribble and a travel on the same play, got a huge bucket in the waning moments to ice the game.

Middle school teams play seven-minute quarters, while high school squads go for eight minutes.

Give the Wolf young guns — four of their top eight players are just 7th graders — that extra 60 seconds, and things might have ended differently.

Those 7th graders accounted for 24 of Coupeville’s 29 points, with Wells (14), Lyla Stuurmans (8), and Madison McMillan (2) forming a dangerous trio.

Lauren Marrs upheld 8th grade honor by knocking down a three-ball en route to five points.

Also seeing floor time were Mia Farris, Allison Nastali, Brionna Blouin, and Desi Ramirez.


Team 2:

An ice-cold third quarter derailed the Wolves in a 26-14 loss.

Take away that one frame, when Coupeville was outscored 14-0, and the game ends in the win column for CMS.

But, we have to count all four quarters, so the Wolves fall to 0-2 on the season.

Coupeville came out strongly, getting buckets from Issabel Johnson, Taylor Brotemarkle, and Skylar Parker in the first quarter as it battled to a 6-6 tie.

With Reese Wilkinson heating up in the second frame, tossing in four of her team-high six points, the Wolves carried a 12-10 lead into the locker room.

Unfortunately, when they returned to the floor, they ran head long into a brutal full-court press which changed the flow of the game.

Wilkinson (6), Parker (4), Brotemarkle (2), and Johnson (2) carried the offensive load, while seven other Wolves saw floor time in the road game.

Jada Heaton, Kayla Arnold, Chloe Marzocca, Grey Peabody, Katie Marti, Aby Wood, and Kaitlyn Leavell all chipped in with hustle and hard work on the defensive end of the floor.

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Savina Wells rumbled for a team-high 12 points Wednesday, as Coupeville’s #1 middle school hoops team battled King’s. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lyla Stuurmans ran the point for the Wolves, and was a firecracker on defense.

Big shots, big rallies, big effort.

All three Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams acquitted themselves nicely Wednesday, fighting hard against the toughest opponents they will probably see this season.

While none of the Wolf squads could pull out a win against private school power King’s, they didn’t let the visitors walk all over them, and that bodes well for the rest of the campaign.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

What could have been.

Last year King’s opted not to play against other local middle school teams, so Coupeville’s undefeated 8th grade squad never got the chance to match-up with the high-flying Seattleites.

This year, with a new format where 7th and 8th graders mix and match across three teams, the Wolves got their crack, and came dangerously close to pulling off the KO.

Up 25-16 late in the third quarter, CMS fell prey to a late barrage of three-balls and couldn’t quite hold on in what turned into a 41-28 defeat.

The loss evens Coupeville’s record at 1-1 on the season, and is the only time the Wolves face King’s during their 10-game schedule.

After Wednesday’s battle royal, CMS hits the road Jan. 19-20 to face Sultan and South Whidbey.

Showing no fear whatsoever, Coupeville’s top squad came out and won the tip, thanks to the long arms and big hops of 7th grader Savina Wells, then went right at King’s.

Wells scored all of her team’s first quarter points, dropping eight on a pair of free throws followed by three rampages to the hoop.

On all three trips, she went over, under, or around King’s defenders, while on the move, before slapping home the ball with the kind of conviction and precision rarely seen at the middle school level.

While the Wolves trailed 9-8 at the first break, thanks to King’s nailing a three-ball right before the buzzer, the game felt like a draw.

And it stayed that way, literally, as the teams fought through a defensive brawl of a second quarter, emerging knotted up at 12-12 when the halftime break arrived.

Wells added another bucket on a coast-to-coast romp, while fellow 7th grader Madison McMillan came up big in the paint, yanking down a rebound and going back up strongly for the put-back.

If King’s thought Coupeville was a one-woman team, though, they got a wake-up call in the third quarter.

Lauren Marrs and Brionna Blouin, 8th graders who live to knife foes by raining down three-balls, went bonkers coming out of the break, each banging home a pair of treys.

Both of Blouin’s bombs were classic rainbows fired from the top of the arc, while Marrs got creative.

On her first three-ball, she pulled up from somewhere out in the parking lot and ripped the bottom of the net out with an absolute laser, prompting mom Emili to fire off high-fives to everyone in sight.

Not content to wow the masses just once, Marrs capped a 10-0 Wolf run with a trey which took 17 bounces as the ball hit every part of the rim and the backboard, shot straight up, then did a backward somersault through the net.

That staked CMS to a 25-16 lead, sent the CMS faithful into hysterics, and shook the King’s coaching staff to its core.

But, the private school snipers haven’t been paying to play AAU ball for years just to roll over at the first sign of trouble.

Give King’s credit.

It weathered the storm, fed the ball to its best player, the “Queen of Flops,” on a regular basis, and when she wasn’t taking graceful swan dives to the floor at the slightest contact, she was a rebound-ripping, big-bucket-scoring beast.

Her teammates patrolled the outer ranges, draining three-balls off of kick-outs, and King’s closed the third quarter on a 9-0 streak to tie things at 25-25, before dominating in the fourth.

Coupeville’s shooting touch took a slight vacation across the game’s last seven minutes, with the Wolves unable to hit a field goal in the final frame.

While the game didn’t end quite the way the Wolves wanted, they exited with nothing to hang their heads about, having pushed a superior opponent hard from opening tip to final buzzer.

Wells finished with a team-best 12 points, giving her 32 through the first two games of the season, while Marrs (7), Blouin (6), McMillan (2), and feisty point guard Lyla Stuurmans (1) also scored.

Allison Nastali and Desi Ramirez also saw floor time, and both provided a nice spark on the defensive end of the floor.


Level 2:

The day’s closest game, as Coupeville’s second squad fell 25-14 in its season opener.

The first foe on the schedule this year was Northshore Christian, which has only one team.

Because of that, neither Coupeville’s #2 or #3 team had been in a live game until Wednesday.

And the tilt with King’s was close.

Toss out the third quarter, when the visitors forced a string of turnovers during a 10-2 surge, and the deficit would have been just 15-12.

CMS started a bit slowly, getting just a Grey Peabody bucket — off of a nice inbounds pass from Katie Marti — during a 9-2 first quarter.

But flip the page to the second quarter, and the game took a big swing.

Trailing 11-2 after King’s swished a pullup jumper to open the frame, the Wolves turned up the defensive heat and it paid off.

Unleashing defensive ballhawks Kaitlyn Leavell and Taylor Brotemarkle, who got scrappy and then some, hitting the floor hard in pursuit of loose balls, CMS kicked its offense into high gear.

The wolves closed the half on a 7-0 run, with Reese Wilkinson banging home a pair of buckets in the paint after overpowering her defender down low.

Toss in another Marti to Peabody basket, again off of a well-executed inbounds lob, and Coupeville was clicking.

While their shooting touch cooled down a bit during the halftime break, the Wolves got more scoring in the fourth from Peabody, as she used a variety of moves to rack up a team-high nine points.

Wilkinson added four and Marti slipped a free throw through the twines to round out the scoring.

Aby Wood, Kayla Arnold, Issabel Johnson, Brotemarkle, Skylar Parker, Jada Heaton, Leavell, and Chloe Marzocca also saw floor time as CMS coach Alex Evans spread out the minutes.


Level 3:

Coupeville’s third squad was also making its season debut, and while the final score of 34-7 would seem fairly lopsided, you can’t, and shouldn’t, ignore the heart shown by a collection of Wolf girls who are mostly brand-new to the game.

Heaton, one of the few CMS players on the floor with any prior experience, led the way, dropping in a team-high three points and playing spirited defense.

She rattled home Coupeville’s lone first half point, netting a free throw as her team fell behind 18-1.

To their credit, the Wolves played strong defense in the second quarter, limiting King’s to just a lone basket.

The third quarter was the closest frame of the game, with Bryley Gilbert, Alena Osborne, and Heaton all banking in buckets for CMS.

Kassidy Upchurch, Shayla Town, Devika Vogelsang-Puente, Aubrey Blitch, Pamela Morrell, and Gabriella Becktell also saw floor time for the Wolves, with all showing hustle, scrappiness, and a burning desire to learn.

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