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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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Isaiah Bittner and the CHS football team join a new league this fall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If the world is back to normal, Coupeville High School football kicks off a new season September 4.

While no one knows how the coronavirus pandemic will play out, the Wolves do have a 10-game schedule set for their move to a new league and classification.

If prep athletic teams are allowed to compete this fall, Coupeville will be in the Northwest 2B/1B League, after spending the last two school years in the 1A North Sound Conference.

After a long stretch of time in which it was one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, CHS will now be one of the bigger 2B schools for at least the next four years.

The new classification counts, which were approved in January, stretch from 2020-2024.

With the other five North Sound Conference schools remaining at the 1A level, Coupeville hit the road and was welcomed back to its old stomping grounds.

In the Northwest League, the Wolves will face rivals which they have a long history with, as CHS was part of the league in previous decades.

The new set-up of the league has four 1B schools (Mount Vernon Christian, Darrington, Concrete, and Orcas Island) and four 2B schools (La Conner, Friday Harbor, Coupeville, and Chimacum).

Chimacum, which competed in the 1A Olympic League with Coupeville from 2014-2018, is the surprise addition, as they were left without a league after dropping down to 2B in the new classification counts.

Port Townsend and Klahowya remain at the 1A level, and will join the Nisqually League this fall, leaving only 2A schools in the Olympic League.

Chimacum applied to join the 2B Pacific League, but that conference opted to add Forks instead.

After that, the Cowboys were accepted into the Northwest League.

While most sports will feature all eight NWL teams competing together, football won’t.

On the gridiron, Coupeville will play home-and-away series with the other three 2B schools, with the rest of the schedule filled out with non-conference games.

The Wolves retain their annual matchup with South Whidbey, as the next-door neighbors vie for ownership of The Bucket.

The only team on the schedule that Coupeville coaches, players, and fans may be unfamiliar with is Napavine, which is slated to visit Whidbey late in the season.

Spoiler alert – it’ll give everyone a chance in Wolf Nation to see firsthand how we stack up against one of the best 2B gridiron programs in the state.

The Tigers captured a state title in 1976, then had sporadic success in the tourney until 2008, when they launched an incredible run.

Napavine football has ripped off 12 straight trips to the state playoffs, going 26-10 in postseason games while winning titles in 2008 and 2016.

It also has three runner-up finishes (2014, 2015, 2018), three trips to the semifinals (2011, 2017, 2019) and three to the quarterfinals (2009, 2010, 2013).

The one, and only time, the Tigers were knocked out in the first round in the last 12 years came in 2012, when they fell 19-14 to Raymond.

They say you have to beat the best to be the best.

For Coupeville, which is coming off its first winning season in more than a decade after going 5-4 last fall, the Napavine game will certainly qualify.

 

2020 CHS football schedule
(* = league game):

Fri-Sept. 4 — Port Townsend (6 PM)
Fri-Sept. 11 — @South Whidbey (7 PM)
Fri-Sept. 18 — @Forks (TBD)
Fri-Sept. 25 — La Conner (7 PM) *
Fri-Oct. 2 — Chimacum (7 PM) *
Fri-Oct. 9 — @Friday Harbor (7 PM) *
Fri-Oct. 16 — @La Conner (7 PM) *
Sat-Oct. 24 — Napavine (TBD)
Fri-Oct. 30 — Friday Harbor (7 PM) *
Thur-Nov. 5 — @Chimacum (7 PM) *

 

**Which of the five home games will be Homecoming is not set yet.**

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Lauren Marrs returns to action Feb. 6. (Photos by Corrin Parker)

Wolves (l to r) Taylor Brotemarkle, Savina Wells, Jada Heaton (behind Wells), and Lyla Stuurmans are ready to scrap.

Their turn is coming.

With Coupeville Middle School boys basketball having wrapped its season, the court will soon belong to the Wolf girls.

Well, soon may be a bit of a stretch, as there’s a fairly decent gap between seasons.

But, it will happen, with practices kicking off in January and the first games set for February 6 at home in the CMS gym.

Just like with the boys, the girls will be divided into three teams this season, with 7th and 8th graders mixed depending on hoops skills.

Alex Evans, who led the CMS 8th graders to an undefeated season a year ago, back before the new three-team format was instituted, returns to coach.

He’ll be joined by at least one other, yet-to-be-identified coach.

As you mentally prepare for spending five hours (give or take an hour…) camped on the rock-hard middle school bleachers each time the Wolves play at home, a look at the schedule as it sits today:

 

Thur-Feb. 6 — Northshore Christian Academy (3:15)
Mon-Feb. 10 — @Granite Falls (3:15)
Wed-Feb. 12 — King’s (3:15)
Wed-Feb. 19 — @Sultan (3:30)
Thur-Feb. 20 — @South Whidbey (3:30)
Wed-Feb. 26 — Lakewood (3:15)
Mon-Mar. 2 — Granite Falls (3:15)
Wed-Mar. 4 — @Northshore Christian Academy (3:15)
Mon-Mar. 9 — South Whidbey (3:15)
Thur-Mar. 12 — @Lakewood (3:15)

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Brayden Coatney and Coupeville’s C-Team basketball squad have a 12-game schedule. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The numbers are there.

Beating the odds, Coupeville High School, one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, will go three teams deep in boys basketball this season.

With 33 players on their roster, the Wolves will field a C-Team, joining the CHS volleyball program in being able to support a trio of squads.

Once he knew for sure, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith quickly pulled together a schedule, and is in the process of hiring a coach to join Brad Sherman (varsity) and Chris Smith (JV).

Scott Fox led the C-Team last season, but he’s now in charge of the Wolf girls basketball program.

While Coupeville’s varsity and JV will play 19-game regular season schedules, the C-Team has 12 tilts ahead of it.

Three of those, including home match-ups with Squalicum and Mount Vernon, will put the young Wolves on center stage as the only game being played that night.

The other nine times out, all against North Sound Conference foes, the C-Team will play at the same time as Coupeville’s JV.

 

The C-Team sked:

 

Thur-Dec. 12 — Squalicum (6:00)
Tues-Dec. 17 — @Mount Vernon (4:30)
Tues-Jan. 7 — @Granite Falls (3:00)
Wed-Jan. 8 — Mount Vernon (5:00)
Fri-Jan. 10 — Sultan (3:30)
Tues-Jan. 14 — Cedar Park Christian (5:00)
Fri-Jan. 17 — @South Whidbey (5:00)
Tues-Jan. 21 — @King’s (5:00)
Fri-Jan. 24 — @Cedar Park Christian (3:30)
Tues-Jan. 28 — South Whidbey (5:00)
Fri-Jan. 31 — Granite Falls (3:30)
Tues-Feb. 4 — @Sultan (3:30)

 

And, in case you lost them, the other schedules:

 

Girls varsity — http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.24.12.321

 

Girls JV — http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.24.12.321&sid=11217

 

Boys varsity — http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.24.3.321

 

Boys JV — http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.24.3.321&sid=11218

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Avalon Renninger is one of Coupeville’s top returning hoops stars. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.met)

Hawthorne Wolfe led the Wolf boys in scoring last year as a freshman.

The countdown to hard-court mania begins.

The Coupeville High School basketball teams take the floor for the first day of practice Monday, Nov. 18, with the season-opening games two weeks later.

Both the Wolf girls and boys are currently scheduled to play more than 50% of their regular season games away from Cow Town, with the girls taking a bigger hit.

Playing for new coaches Scott Fox and Megan Smith, who replace the retired David and Amy King, the CHS girls get just seven of 18 games on their home floor.

Meanwhile, the Wolf boys, who will operate under returning coaches Brad Sherman and Chris Smith, get nine of 19 at their place.

Doubleheaders will play a large role, as there are 11 scheduled – five at home, six on the road.

And last, but not least, there’s a weird quirk to the league schedule.

King’s, which has two teams intent on playing for state titles, approached the other five North Sound Conference schools and proposed playing just one league game with each, instead of the normal two.

That would allow the Knights to stuff their schedule with large-school rivals such as Rainier Beach and Tumwater, which, in theory would better prepare King’s for the postseason run.

On the girls side, all five schools accepted, leaving King’s to play just five league games, while everyone else will compete in nine.

Two schools on the boys side – South Whidbey and Cedar Park Christian – declined, however, and will still play home-and-away with the Knights.

So, that leaves Coupeville, Sultan, and Granite Falls with nine league games, King’s with seven, and the South Whidbey and Cedar Park boys as the only teams with the full 10 contests.

The change affects only basketball.

With that said, here’s an up to the moment look at CHS varsity basketball schedules.

 

To stay up to date, you can always check:

School:

http://coupeville.tandem.co/

League:

http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.0.0.200

 

GIRLS:

Tues-Dec. 3 — @Darrington (5:00)
Wed-Dec. 4 — @Oak Harbor (5:40)
Sat-Dec. 7 — Orcas Island (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 11 — @Friday Harbor (4:30)
Fri-Dec. 13 — Concrete (5:15)
Sat-Dec. 14 — @Bush (12:00)
Tues-Dec. 17 — @Sultan (6:45) *
Thur-Dec. 19 — @Port Townsend (6:00)
Sat-Dec. 21 — Nooksack Valley (1:00)
Fri-Jan. 3 — @Chimacum (5:45)
Tues-Jan. 7 — Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 10 — Sultan (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 14 — @Granite Falls (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 17 — @South Whidbey (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 24 — @Cedar Park Christian (5:00) *
Tues-Jan. 28 — @King’s (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 31 — Granite Falls (6:45) *
Tues-Feb. 4 — South Whidbey (6:45) *

 

BOYS:

Tues-Dec. 3 — @Darrington (6:45)
Wed-Dec. 4 — @Oak Harbor (7:15)
Sat-Dec. 7 — Orcas Island (5:00)
Wed-Dec. 11 — @Friday Harbor (6:00)
Fri-Dec. 13 — Concrete (7:00)
Sat-Dec. 14 — @Bush (3:00)
Tues-Dec. 17 — Chimacum (7:30)
Thur-Dec. 19 — Port Townsend (6:00)
Sat-Dec. 21 — Nooksack Valley (2:45)
Fri-Jan. 3 — @Chimacum (7:30)
Tues-Jan. 7 — @Granite Falls (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 10 — Sultan (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 14 — Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 17 — @South Whidbey (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 21 — @King’s (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 24 — @Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 28 — South Whidbey (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 31 — Granite Falls (6:45) *
Tues-Feb. 4 — @Sultan (6:45) *

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