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Logan Downes looks for an open receiver. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Bennett Richter era is underway.

Coupeville High School’s new head football coach made his debut Thursday, as the Wolves traveled to Richter’s alma mater for a five-team spring scrimmage.

Oak Harbor hosted the event, with South Whidbey, Sedro-Woolley, and Inglemoor (led by former CHS coach Marcus Carr) also on the field.

Since my blog is called Coupeville Sports, that’s what we’re focusing on with our selection of pics, but there are plenty of photos featuring the other Whidbey schools.

To take a look at what wanderin’ photographer John Fisken snapped, pop over to:





Oak Harbor:



South Whidbey:



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Grace Roberts was a standout in her first middle school volleyball match. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sometimes you improvise.

Langley never showed Wednesday, seemingly ending the afternoon early for Coupeville Middle School volleyball players bouncing off the gym walls in anticipation of their first match of the season.

“To those of you who left work early to come watch your daughters and granddaughters play, I’m sorry,” said CMS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“I could pay you for the time you missed at work … but, nope, not doing that,” he said with a big grin, easing the mood in the room as he exited the gym.

But, even after finding out Coupeville’s next-door neighbors would be a no-show, there were still fans in the stands, and a ref waiting to conduct business.

So Wolf coaches Cris Matochi and Katie Kiel improvised, turning the day into a mix of a practice and a scrimmage — both a learning experience and a chance for many of the first-time players to work out jitters playing in front of people.

High school coaches Cory Whitmore and Ashley Menges were in the stands, scanning the talent, and while the photographer vanished pre-camera click, this writer stayed around.

The two-set scrimmage featured players from Level One and Level Two mixed together at a moment’s notice, in a bid to balance the competition.

Also, as play went on, both coaches got more involved in the action than in a normal match, often working on the court to teach valuable lessons and tweak player’s style of play.

Serving carried the day, with nine different Wolves winning points off their work at the line.

Jordaya Dowell had the hottest hand, rolling up 11 points on her serve, including eight straight points in the second set.

Also coming hot ‘n heavy with the approach shots were Teagan Calkins (6), Brynn Parker (5), Carly Burt (5), Grace Roberts (4), and Capri Anter (3).

Capri Anter impressed her coaches Wednesday, delivering her “best serves so far.”

Heidi Lysene (2), Haylee Armstrong (1), and Willow Leedy-Bonifas (1) rounded out the Wolves to score off their serves.

While sustaining rallies is a skill which a lot of the young Wolves are still learning, there were a couple of extended back-and-forth battles, and a lot of standout individual plays.

Sixth-grader Tenley Stuurmans — playing in front of proud big sis Lyla, a ferocious freshman currently terrorizing rival high school players with her wicked spikes — came out firing like a gunfighter headed to a high noon shootout.

If that gunfighter also took dance breaks during warmups.

Tenley Stuurmans popped a pretty drop shot for a winner, hit the floor while angling another ball over the net for a point, then teamed up with Calkins for the day’s best precision play.

On that one, Calkins went low to field a sharply-hit serve by Ava Carpenter, flicked the ball skyward, then bounced to her feet as Stuurmans lofted a precision set.

Completing the fairly-flawless one-two-three series, Calkins split the defense with a surgical strike of a kill, setting off a celebration by her teammates.

Seventh-grader Grace Roberts, playing in the same gym older sister Ally once ruled as a spike-happy volleyball basher, complemented her strong serves with two plays on which she hit winners while on the move.

Also coming up big with hits for points were Myra McDonald and Adeline Maynes.

Abbigail Bond, Rhylin Price, Inara Maund, Natalie Perera, Ava Ashby, Alexis Hewitt, and Isabella de Souza Oliveira round out the Wolf roster, and their coaches came away pleased with how their players handled things.

“Turned out to be a good day after all!,” Kiel said.

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Ulrik Wells was a force on both ends of the floor Tuesday, as Coupeville drilled Friday Harbor 54-41 in a scrimmage. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No one has touched them this spring.

And with that word – spring – we can probably simmer down, but still, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team is off to a strong start.

First came a 5-0 run through the Crescent Classic, and Tuesday, it was time for the Wolves to lace up their sneakers and go toe-to-toe, and three-ball-to-three-ball, with visiting Friday Harbor in a scrimmage.

Playing two 25-minute halves, with a running clock and refs working the floor, Coupeville rebounded from a slow start, then poured it on, building a 24-point second-half lead before walking off with a 54-41 victory.

And it was those three-balls which did a lot of the damage.

Back-to-back daggers from Hawthorne Wolfe and Logan Martin gave the Wolves the lead for good midway through the first half, and, by the time it was done, CHS rained down 10 shots from behind the arc.

The two teams played with very different styles, as Coupeville won the three-point battle 10-3 (providing a nice 30-9 cushion), while Friday Harbor spent much more time at the free-throw line, carving out a 16-4 advantage in made shots.

In the early going, the Wolves hit the boards with ferocity, getting strong glass-cleaning work from the trio of Ulrik Wells, Gavin Knoblich, and Jacobi Pilgrim.

Only problem is, Coupeville couldn’t get anything to drop, going nearly five minutes into the game before any of its players found the bottom of the net.

That was Knoblich, who finally broke the seal on the rim, banging home a short runner in the paint off a feed from Sean Toomey-Stout.

Koa Davison immediately hit a shot of his own the next trip down the floor, pulling off a bang-bang give-and-go play with Knoblich.

That cut the margin to 5-4, and the game stayed as a one or two basket affair for the game’s first 14 minutes.

Daniel Olson picked the pocket of a Friday Harbor guard, then crashed end-to-end, smacking the layup home under great duress, to stake CHS to its first lead at 8-7.

But it was the final 10-11 minutes of the first half which radically changed the flow of the game.

Three different Wolves — Martin, Wolfe, and Davison — splashed home three-balls as Coupeville went on an 11-0 run, gave back one single, solitary bucket, then tacked on another quick seven points.

The eventual 18-2 surge carried CHS into the halftime locker room up 26-13, and Friday Harbor would never remotely sniff the lead again.

The Wolves, who had a 12-7 advantage in players — even with varsity vets Mason Grove and Jered Brown sitting out the game — used their depth to run the visitors a bit ragged, especially after the break.

Coupeville used a 14-3 surge coming out of the break, with Wolfe hitting for eight of the points, to push its lead out to 40-16, which would be the high-water mark for the afternoon.

Brad Sherman’s squad mixed it up, using the long ball to knock Friday Harbor back on its heels, before utilizing crisp, efficient passing to garner buckets on quick slashes to the hoop.

While Wolfe dropped three of his four treys in the second half, his prettiest bucket came on a little one-hander that was set up by a one-man-wrecking-crew play from Wells.

The CHS big man took the ball three-quarters the length of the court, sucked the defense to him, then flicked a perfect lil’ set-up pass to Wolfe, who was strolling through the paint, acting all innocent until he gutted the defense.

Other Coupeville players had big moments, as well.

Knoblich nailed back-to-back buckets, one after he chased down a loose ball, then spun and hit nothing but net, the other on a shot which made almost as many bounces on the rim as Kawhi Leonard’s series winner against Philly.

When Wells wasn’t setting others up, he was benefiting from the positive karma he had collected.

Martin, holding down the back line, went airborne to reject a Friday Harbor shot, smashing the ball right onto Wolfe’s fingertips.

Skipping second gear, and going right to third, Wolfe spun down the right side of the court, before zipping the ball on a bead to Wells coming down the left, setting him up for a sweet layup.

Then there was Xavier Murdy, the right man in the right place, with the right touch on the ball.

Davison drove the lane, got hammered by multiple enforcers, and saw the ball pop loose and shoot towards the sideline.

But, a mere moment before the orb disappeared for good, Murdy, coming in hot, yanked the ball out of the air, reversed on a dime and let fly with a fall-away three-ball.

Time stopped for a second, then ball tickled the twines as it landed with a soft, satisfying plop, sending Wolf JV players in the stands into near hysterics.

In the end, nine of the 12 Wolves in uniform scored, led by Wolfe’s game-high 15-point performance.

Knoblich (6), Martin (6), Jean Lund-Olsen (6), Davison (5), Murdy (5), Olson (5), Wells (4), and Toomey-Stout (2) also scored.

Wolfe ruffled the nets for a crowd-pleasing four treys, while Lund-Olsen and Martin netted two apiece. Murdy and Davison rounded out the three-ball assassins.

While they didn’t score, Pilgrim, Tucker Hall, and Sage Downes all delivered with strong work on the defensive end of the floor.

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CHS football players (l to r) Daylon Houston, Dawson Houston, and Ben Smith arrive in Mount Vernon Saturday for their first spring scrimmage. (Deb Smith photos)

A little of that fall football feeling, on June 8.

With their work done, the Wolves head home.

And so it begins.

We’re two-and-a-half months out from the first day of fall practice, but that’s not stopping the Coupeville High School football team from working.

Taking a break from spring practice, the Wolves hit the road Saturday and traveled to Mount Vernon for the first of two scrimmages.

While squaring off with the 4A Bulldogs, Coupeville put the ball in the end zone numerous times.

The details are a little sketchy, but we know Wolf quarterback Dawson Houston netted a touchdown through the air and another on the ground, while Andy Martin and Timothy Ursu crashed in to score while leading the rushing attack.

The Wolves host Concrete 6 PM Thursday, June 13 at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field in the second, and final, scrimmage of spring.

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   CHS basketball players huddle around coach Brad Sherman during a timeout. (Kali Barrio photo)

The work continues.

Coming off of a string of summer practices under new coaches Brad Sherman and Chris Smith, the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad had a chance Thursday to flex its muscles against rival schools.

Playing in scrimmages at La Conner, the Wolves lost an overtime thriller to Mount Vernon Christian, then rebounded to blast their hosts 37-27.

The solid win, coming over a perennial power, was a solid exclamation point on the afternoon.

Seeing action for CHS were Joey Lippo, Ethan Spark, Cameron Toomey-Stout, Hunter Downes, Hunter Smith, Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim, Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison.

The first five in that lineup are returning varsity players, while the final trio are hoping to make the jump up after starring on the Wolf JV as freshmen.

A ninth CHS player, point guard Jered Brown, battling back from an injury, was in street clothes and on the bench to support his teammates.

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