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Joey Lippo

The bat gets a rest.

After swinging a hot stick all season, Coupeville grad Joey Lippo officially reached the end of his sophomore season playing baseball at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The Owls dropped a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend, falling to Thomas College 15-3 and 4-3 Saturday, before succumbing 12-2 and 4-1 Sunday to New England College.

UMPI finishes 6-29, which is a bump in games played and games won from last year’s pandemic-altered 1-17 campaign.

Lippo went out lashing, picking up four hits and three RBI in his final weekend of play.

The former Wolf three-sport star was one of just two Owls to play in all 35 games, and he led UMPI in at-bats (123), runs (31), triples (2), RBI (22), walks (14), and stolen bases (8).

Skyy Lippo’s twin brother was second on his squad in hits (39), batting average (.317), on-base percentage (.386) and home runs (1).

Joey played most of the season in the outfield, gunning down runners with long throws from the shadows, but he also pitched in three games for the Owls, striking out four across five innings of work.

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Sarah Wright

Season three is in the books.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright played the final softball game of her junior campaign Saturday, as Sewanee: The University of the South was eliminated from postseason play.

The former Wolf smacked one of her team’s two hits, but the Tigers fell 4-0 to Centre College.

That, combined with a 3-2 defeat to Millsaps College Friday sends Sewanee home from the double-elimination Southern Athletic Association tournament.

Wright and Co. finished 7-26 on the season, but the 33 games were more than the Tigers played the last two seasons combined.

The pandemic restricted Sewanee to just 16 and 10 games during Wright’s freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively.

This time around, the former Wolf was one of three Tigers to start all 33 games on the diamond.

Wright finished the season leading the team in at-bats (102), runs (15), and home runs (2).

She was #2 in RBI (17), and #3 in hits (25), total bases (35), and doubles (4) while seeing time at both catcher and third base.

The former Coupeville Valedictorian is majoring in politics at Sewanee and has made both the SAA Academic Honor Roll and All-Sportsmanship team during her time in Tennessee.

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Kierra Thayer rumbled on both ends of the floor as an 8th grader. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They closed with a vengeance.

Capping a season of huge improvement, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams went basket for basket with their next door neighbors Thursday in Langley.

The Wolf varsity, led by the red-hot long-distance shooting of Haylee Armstrong, pushed the Cougars hard, before being nipped 21-19 in what coaches from both schools termed “their best game so far.”

Haylee hit a couple of big threes, and our defense was nearly flawless, keeping South Whidbey from setting up an offense the majority of the game,” said Coupeville coach Kassie O’Neil.

Haylee Armstrong led all Coupeville Middle School players in scoring this season.

“The girls came out ready to play and kept up the same energy throughout the entire game,” O’Neil said.

“I think both of our teams brought our A-games and it was great to see two similar teams going head-to-head.”

While Armstrong was droppin’ bombs from the parking lot, Kierra Thayer anchored the Wolf defense.

Kierra had a few HUGE stuffs, denying the shooters any time they tried to get a shot up past her,” O’Neil said. “And she was there to rebound on both ends of the court.

“Her hustle during this game was the best I’ve seen from her this season.”

While Coupeville couldn’t quite nab the season-ending victory, O’Neil still came away flushed with pride in her young players.

“It was the best ending for our season. I’m so proud of these girls and the gains they made in such a short amount of time,” she said.

“I think we accomplished our big goals — they gained foundational skills, learned what it means to turn a team into family, and fostered a love for the game.”

A former Coupeville hoops star who was known for knocking down big shots at crunch time, O’Neil was pleased with a lot of what she saw in her first season being in charge.

“If I’m lucky enough to continue coaching Wolves hoops, I’ll be happy to see these girls back on the court for another couple of seasons,” she said. “It’s been a blast to witness their growth and joy, playing the sport I love.”

O’Neil’s fellow coach, Kristina Forbes, had a similar experience in her first go-round with the Wolf JV, which fell 46-11 at Langley.

“We had one main goal and that was to just play better than we did the first we played South Whidbey,” she said. “We accomplished that. These girls played their hearts out and never gave up!”

Willow Leedy-Bonifas is a fireball on the floor.

Forbes gave her whole team props, with a special shout-out for feisty guard Willow Leedy-Bonifas.

“She was not afraid to get in the face of her opponent and try for the steals!” Forbes said with a big smile.

Coupeville’s second squad was almost entirely made up of players who were brand new to competitive basketball, but they held up well against much more experienced teams such as King’s, Sultan, and Langley.

“This season was full of learning to cope with emotions, and to develop skills, bonding with their teammates and learning to trust each other on the court,” Forbes said.

“My girls have come so far from the beginning of the season till the end.

“By last night’s game the nerves seemed to be distant and all that beamed through them was determination.

“Overall, I hope that my girls had a fun season and will plan to come out next year.”

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Hunter Bronec tossed in six points Thursday in the JV season finale. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

For eight minutes they were unstoppable.

Unfortunately, high school basketball games are 32 minutes long, and the Coupeville JV boys cooled off a bit after a torrid start Thursday and got caught from behind.

Up 13-2 at the first break, the Wolves eventually fell 44-38 in a hard-fought clash at La Conner.

The loss, coming in the JV season finale, drops Coupeville’s young guns to 1-6 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-8 overall.

In the opening moments it looked like the Wolves couldn’t be stopped.

CHS gunner Ryan Blouin knocked down back-to-back three-balls to open the game, while La Conner didn’t even get a shot up until the 5:42 mark of the first quarter.

Add Hunter Bronec driving and dishing to Zane Oldenstadt for a layup, another Blouin trey, and two free throws from Hurlee Bronec and the Wolves were sizzlin’.

And then it all went away for a bit.

La Conner finally found its rhythm, opening the second quarter with a 9-0 run that set the Wolves back on their heels.

Coupeville stopped the bleeding for a bit thanks to a putback from William Davidson and Blouin’s fourth three-ball of the half, but the Braves kept chipping away.

A turnaround jumper from La Conner gave the host team its first lead of the game, at 19-18 heading into the halftime break, though CHS answered on the first play of the second half.

Nick Guay slashed to the hoop for a bucket and free throw after getting hacked in the head on the play, and the Wolves had a short-lived 21-19 advantage.

Short-lived because La Conner rained down the next 11 points, effectively taking control of the game.

The Wolves continued to scrap, however, carving the deficit back to 33-31 midway through the fourth quarter.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim drained a short jumper, on a play set up by Davidson yanking a rebound free, and that capped a 6-0 Wolf surge.

La Conner had an answer, however, driving a stake through Coupeville’s heart with a long three-ball, before closing out the win at the free-throw line.

Afterwards, Wolf coach Hunter Smith was philosophical about the defeat.

“Would’ve liked to come away with the win, but definitely some good learning moments for our boys today,” he said.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim and Bronec give a rival player few options.

Blouin paced Coupeville with 13 points, while Davidson banked in a season-high eight and Hunter Bronec popped for six.

Guay (5), Simpson-Pilgrim (2), Oldenstadt (2), and Hurlee Bronec (2) also scored, with Mikey Robinett, Jack Porter, Landon Roberts, and Johnny Porter seeing floor time.

Robinett was a force on the defensive end for the Wolves, sweeping down rebounds and forcing turnovers.


Final season scoring stats:

Nick Guay – 79
Ryan Blouin – 74
Hunter Bronec – 74
Zane Oldenstadt – 38
Mikey Robinett – 30
Hurlee Bronec – 27
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 24
William Davidson – 18
Jack Porter – 15
Johnny Porter – 8
Landon Roberts – 8
Carson Field – 2

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Freshman Madison McMillan led the Wolf JV in scoring this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Playing from behind is tough.

The Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team got stronger as the game went on Thursday but couldn’t catch host La Conner.

Despite outscoring the Braves in the second half, the young Wolves ultimately fell 32-22 in their season finale.

The loss leaves Coupeville’s final record at 3-4 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-8 overall.

The Wolves hit the floor ready to rumble, fighting for rebounds and loose balls, but an ice-cold shooting touch in the early going made things tough.

The ball skipped off the rim, rolled around and popped back out, and thoroughly failed to cooperate with Coupeville’s shooters as they slipped behind 7-0.

Kayla Arnold put a rebound back up and in to finally crack the scoreless run, but by then nearly six minutes had been erased from the clock.

Trailing 9-2 at the first break, the Wolves got buckets from Brooklyn Thayer and Madison McMillan in the second quarter, but the deficit widened to 19-6 by halftime.

The break seemed to help, however, as Coupeville battled La Conner even through a 9-9 third quarter, before claiming dominance in a game-closing 7-4 surge in the fourth.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez had the hot hand in the second half, draining a pair of three-balls.

The first one was set up by a nice kick-out pass from Skylar Parker, while the second one was all Desi, all day.

The sophomore sparkplug stole the ball, beat a mad path down court, then suddenly slammed on the brakes and banked home a three-ball from somewhere deep in the parking lot, earning some oohs and ahs.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez played strongly on both ends of the floor in Thursday’s finale.

Coupeville’s defense was key in the late game run, with Mia Farris and Jada Heaton both coming up with big plays to thwart the La Conner offense.

Ramirez-Vasquez led the Wolves with six points, while Thayer and McMillan backed her up with four apiece.

Katie Marti, Farris, Arnold, and Heaton all chipped in with a bucket, while Bryley Gilbert, Parker, and Reese Wilkinson also saw floor time.


Final season scoring stats:

Madison McMillan – 66
Katie Marti – 52
Brooklyn Thayer – 38
Gwen Gustafson – 32
Desi Ramirez-Vasquez – 32
Mia Farris – 19
Skylar Parker – 19
Kayla Arnold – 18
Reese Wilkinson – 13
Lyla Stuurmans – 12
Bryley Gilbert – 7
Jada Heaton – 7
Nezi Keiper – 3
Edie Bittner – 2
Yodnum Nakakul – 2

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