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Coupeville High School football coach Marcus Carr and his team will play anywhere, anytime. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Write everything in pencil.

Very, very light pencil…

Things ebb and flow in the Age of Coronavirus, and high school sports schedules are among the most-fluid of things these days.

Case in point, the Coupeville High School football schedule — which started with four games in this pandemic-altered school year, went to three, and now may be at five.

Emphasis on may.

What we know for sure (for at least the next 12 seconds), is the Wolves, who sit at 1-0 on the season, have bumped their rematch with La Conner from April 30 to this Saturday, April 17.

Then, CHS has plugged in a non-conference tilt with Lummi Nation the following week, and Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith is working on confirming a rumble with Neah Bay after that.

Coupeville, a 2B school, will face two of the better 1B football programs in those games.

Lummi has been to state 13 times since 2005, claiming a state title in 2010.

Along the way, it has faced Neah Bay four times in the semifinals, with the latter school being a frequent participant in the championship game.

The Red Devils have four state titles, ruling 1B football in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016.


Coupeville’s football schedule (as of 12:25 PM April 14, 2021):

Sat-April 10 — La Conner (*Won 6-0*)
Sat-April 17 — @ La Conner (6:00)
Sat-April 24 — @ Lummi Nation (1:00)
Fri-April 30 or Sat-May 1 — Neah Bay (Date/Time/Location TBD)
Sat-May 8 — Concrete (6:00)

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Scott Hilborn and Coupeville lost a game off their schedule, after Concrete ended its season early. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The schedule ebbs and flows.

The Coupeville High School baseball squad will have Friday, March 26 open, after Friday’s announcement that Concrete was cancelling its season.

The Lions don’t have enough players to continue, said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

While the Wolf diamond men were only set to play Concrete once during this pandemic-shortened season, it was to be one of Coupeville’s five home games.

After the cancellation, CHS baseball now sits with a 10-game schedule.

First up is a home doubleheader against La Conner this afternoon, with the first pitch set for 3 PM.

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Coupeville High School softball coach Justine McGranahan and grandson watch action unfold during a pre-season intra-team scrimmage. (Photo courtesy McGranahan)

They’re back.

Less than a week after saying it wouldn’t participate in sports until students were back in class, Orcas Island High School has returned to the playing field.

Coupeville athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Tuesday that the Vikings had “approval to begin athletics.”

That means Wolf softball and baseball regain four games on their combined schedules.

The CHS diamond queens get back a home game March 13 and a road doubleheader March 23, while the diamond men pick up a single road game March 23.

Coupeville softball now sits with a 14-game schedule, the maximum it can have under Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules during this shortened pandemic season, while Wolf baseball has 11 contests.

Both teams open play this Saturday, March 6 with home games against Friday Harbor.

Baseball plays at 11 AM, with softball hosting a doubleheader with games at 11 and 1 PM.

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The middle school hoops schedule has been ripped up, leaving 8th grade players like Carolyn Lhamon with less games than expected. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Never write anything down in ink.

Exactly a week before Coupeville Middle School girls basketball players begin practice for a new season, their entire schedule has been blown up.

League athletic directors had to make the change after discovering several schools wouldn’t be able to field teams at all levels.

King’s Junior High, which CMS was originally scheduled to play twice, will not have an 8th grade team. Northshore Christian also won’t have an 8th grade squad, or a JV team for that matter.

After some fiddling, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith and his compatriots have pieced together a new schedule which will work, though be unbalanced.

The Wolves plan to field a 7th grade varsity, an 8th grade varsity and one combined team for JV play.

Under the new schedule, the only CMS team to still have a complete 10-game schedule is the 7th grade varsity.

The JV will sit out against Northshore, while the 8th grade varsity is left with just eight games.

It could have gone as low as seven, but AD’s shaved off Coupeville’s second game against King’s and replaced it with a second game against Lakewood.

The new, we’re pretty sure this is real, schedule:


Tues-Feb. 5 — South Whidbey
Thur-Feb. 7 — @Lakewood
Tues-Feb. 12 — @Granite Falls
Thur-Feb. 14 — King’s (**No 8th grade varsity**)
Wed-Feb. 20 — @Sultan
Thur-Feb. 21 — @Northshore Christian (**7th varsity only**)
Tues-Feb. 26 — Granite Falls
Thur-Mar. 5 — @South Whidbey
Tues-Mar. 12 — Lakewood
Thur-Mar. 14 — Sultan


All home games tip at 3:15 PM.

Mondays and Tuesdays, the 7th grade varsity plays first, followed by a two-quarter JV game, then the 8th grade varsity.

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8th grade varsity plays first, then JV, then 7th grade varsity.

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Teo Keilwitz (John Fisken photos)

   Teo Keilwitz and Co. will have one extra day of practice before their season opener. (John Fisken photos)

Hunter Downes

   That gives Julian Welling (left) and Hunter Downes extra time to work on their snaps.

One extra day to fan the rivalry flames.

The biggest football game of the year will be the first one this season for Coupeville High School, but the day it will be played is changing.

The Wolves host Island arch-rival South Whidbey in their first game under new head coach Jon Atkins, when they will bid to reclaim The Bucket after losing it last year in Langley.

The game, originally set for Friday, Sept. 2, is being bumped a day due to a shortage in available game officials.

It’s now set for Saturday, Sept. 3, with kickoff at 7 PM.

Coupeville, which is currently working on installing a new track oval around the football field, offered to make the change for a number of reasons.

“I volunteered us to move out,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith. “I did this for a couple of reasons: it will give our new football staff one more day to prepare, it gives maintenance another day to prep, we will get a great draw no matter what with South Whidbey, so it just makes sense.”

The Falcons upended the Wolves 27-14 in last year’s opener — a game most famous for South Whidbey’s aging scoreboard going dark for more than a quarter.

While both schools are coming off of less-than-spectacular 1-9 seasons (Coupeville beat Chimacum last year, while South Whidbey was win-less after opening night), the rivalry burns bright.

At the heart of the battle is The Bucket, which is a … bucket, which bears Coupeville’s logo and school colors on one side and South Whidbey’s on the other.

The winning school holds on to the trophy until the next year’s game.

The two teams have traded ownership back-and-forth in recent years, with the Wolves winning in 2012 (18-13) and 2014 (35-28).

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