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Carson Grove (left) is among CMS players who could return to the court this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hark! The squeaking of shoes on hardwood floors approaches.

God’s chosen sport — basketball — kicks off Oct. 31 with the first day of practice for the Coupeville Middle School boys hoops program.

High school teams begin in mid-November, while the CMS girls claim the court early in the new year.

But first up are the middle school boys, who will be led by returning coaches Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson.

Once they have enough practices under their belts, the Wolves kick off an eight-game season which runs from mid-Nov. to mid-Dec.

 

Thur-Nov. 17 — @ Langley — (3:30)
Tue-Nov. 22 — Lakewood — (3:15)
Tues-Nov. 29 — Sultan — (3:15)
Thur-Dec. 1 — King’s — (3:15)
Mon-Dec. 5 — @ Granite Falls — (3:15)
Wed-Dec. 7 — @ Northshore Christian — (3:30)
Mon-Dec. 12 — @ Sultan — (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 14 — Langley — (3:15)

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Mary Milnes flicks a return shot. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The work of the high school sports scheduler is never done.

Especially in the spring, when weather and other issues frequently mess with the best laid plans.

Such is the case for the Coupeville girls tennis squad, which once again sees its schedule shifting.

A trip to South Whidbey this coming Monday, Apr. 18 has been bumped nearly a month out due to a conflict with a Falcon league match.

Meanwhile, a previously rained-out tilt with that same South Whidbey team, only with this match in Coupeville, has been rescheduled.

The new remaining schedule, knock on wood:

Monday, Apr. 25 — Friday Harbor (3:30)

Tuesday, May 3 — South Whidbey (3:30) — SENIOR NIGHT

Wednesday, May 11 — @ South Whidbey (3:30)

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Coupeville High School cross country coach Paige Spangler will also head up the town’s middle school track and field program. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Their rivals await.

With the pandemic waning, Coupeville Middle School track and field athletes return to competing against students from other schools this spring.

After being restricted to intramural events for a chunk of the Age of Coronavirus, the Wolves reunite with other Cascade League foes and have a six-meet schedule ahead of them.

Coupeville will draw competitors from grades 6-8, with all meets set to kick off at 3:30 PM.

The first day of practice is April 11.

 

The schedule:

Wed-Apr. 27 — HOME
Wed-May 4 — @ South Whidbey
Wed-May 11 — @ Lakewood
Wed-May 18 — HOME
Thur-May 26 — @ Cascade League Prelims (Lakewood)
Wed-June 1 — @ Cascade League Finals (Lakewood)

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Teagan Calkins is among the CMS girls likely to play basketball this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net) 

They don’t have coaches (yet), but they do have a schedule.

Coupeville Middle School girls basketball starts practice Monday, Jan. 24, with an eight-game season set to run Feb. 10-Mar. 10.

The sport is open to students in grades six through eight.

And, like the CMS boys — who wrap their season this week — makeup of teams will be based on talent and not age.

 

The schedule as of today, with all home games tipping at 3:15 PM:

Thurs-Feb. 10 — South Whidbey
Tues-Feb. 15 — @Northshore Christian
Thurs-Feb. 17 — @Sultan
Tues-Feb. 22 — @Granite Falls
Thur-Feb. 24 — King’s
Tues-Mar. 1 — Lakewood
Tues-Mar. 8 — Sultan
Thur-Mar. 10 — @South Whidbey

 

To apply for one of the coaching positions, pop over to:

https://www.applitrack.com/coupeville/onlineapp/default.aspx?all=1

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Owen Barenburg (13) and other Coupeville High School boys soccer players will play in the fall, and not the spring, starting next school year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

OK, now stay with me on this.

With Coupeville High School slated to drop from 1A to 2B next school year, the Wolves will bounce from the 1A North Sound Conference to the Northwest 2B/1B League in the fall.

The change in classifications and league will offer new challenges to every CHS sports program, but boys soccer will likely face the biggest upheaval.

The Wolf booters are currently sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, waiting to see if they will play a compressed spring schedule in May, or if Washington state schools (and prep sports) will be shut down for good until fall.

Of course, a return in fall is still, like everything else in the world, a maybe.

But keeping a positive outlook, if things are back up and going then, Coupeville’s boys soccer program will make the jump not only from one league and classification to another, but one season to another.

While 1A boys soccer is played in the spring, 2B schools play the sport in the fall, sharing field space with girls soccer and football.

Coupeville’s soccer programs share a head coach in Kyle Nelson. With one team in the fall and another in the spring, that’s worked fine.

Whether he would try and balance both jobs in the same season, or if a new coach will be hired for one of the teams, is unknown at this point.

What’s also unknown is how the jump will affect the roster, as the move will give CHS four boys sports in the fall, with soccer competing against football, tennis, and cross country for athletes.

When they do hit the field, the Wolf boys will have a new set of league foes, and the lineup won’t look exactly like the one most other CHS squads will face.

Five of the eight Northwest League teams — 2B schools La Conner, Friday Harbor, and Coupeville, and 1B schools Mount Vernon Christian and Orcas Island — have active boys soccer program.

That leaves Concrete, Darrington, and, apparently, Chimacum, on the sideline.

To fill the gap, the NWL schools pick up four schools from the 1B Northwest League (similar name, different conference) to make a patchwork nine-team boys soccer league.

Having six of nine teams be 1B is not that big of a deal, though, since 2B and 1B are compressed together when it comes to the state tournament.

The 1B schools from the outlying league are Lopez, Grace Academy from Marysville, Providence Classical Christian from Bothell, and Cedar Park Christian-Mountlake Terrace.

While it’s part of a group of affiliated private schools, CPC-MTL is not the same as CPC-Bothell, which has been one of Coupeville’s rivals in the North Sound Conference.

So, who’s the team(s) to beat?

Based on last season, it’s Orcas Island, which won its second-straight league crown, and league runner-up Friday Harbor. Both teams fell in the first round at state in fall 2019.

But don’t count out Providence, which captured the conference title in 2017.

Or Mount Vernon Christian, which won five-straight titles between 2012-2016, with 2012 being the farthest back the NWL web site has records.

The MVC Hurricanes finished in the top two every year between 2012 and 2018, until “crashing” to a 6-6 mark last fall.

So, while realizing there still might be tweaks between now and September, an early look at what could play out in the fall:

 

2020 CHS boys soccer schedule (Fall)
(* = league game):

Tues-Sept. 8 — Friday Harbor (6:00) *
Thur-Sept. 10 — @Providence Classical Christian (3:30) *
Fri-Sept. 11 — La Conner (6:00) *
Tues-Sept. 15 — Mount Vernon Christian (6:00) *
Fri-Sept. 18 — @Orcas Island (3:00) *
Tues-Sept. 22 — Cedar Park Christian-MLT (6:00) *
Mon-Sept. 28 — Grace Academy (6:00) *
Wed-Sept. 30 — Lopez (6:00) *
Tues-Oct. 6 — @Friday Harbor (4:30) *
Fri-Oct. 9 — @La Conner (4:00) *
Mon-Oct. 12 — @Mount Vernon Christian (4:00) *
Wed-Oct. 14 — Orcas Island (6:00) *
Fri-Oct. 16 — @Cedar Park Christian-MTL (4:15) *
Tues-Oct. 20 — Providence Classical Christian (6:00) *
Fri-Oct. 23 — @Grace Academy (3:30) *
Tues-Oct. 27 — @Lopez (3:00) *

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