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Ryanne Knoblich spins a ball into play, while Skylar Parker backs her up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The future is a bright one.

The Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad, playing for first-year coach Ashley Menges, were a bold, confident, frequently-inspired squad of heavy hitters and service stripe snipers.

Exiting with a 25-9, 25-15, 15-7 rout of visiting Orcas Island Saturday, the young Wolves finished the pandemic-altered season with a crisp 6-3 record.

Coupeville’s only losses came to La Conner, the premier spiker program in the Northwest 2B/1B League, and all three matches were tough battles.

Saturday’s tilt, played with no fans, was a different affair, as the Wolves jumped on the Vikings early and rarely relented.

Maya Lucero got her team rockin’ with a spike which was nasty enough to make the Orcas players take two steps back, then reconsider and make it four steps instead.

From there, it was time for Jordyn Rogers to step into the spotlight, with her service game garnering much hooting and hollering from the Wolf varsity players — who sounded louder by themselves than a full gym might have.

Rogers ran off a string of seven straight points, stretching a 9-5 lead out to 16-5 and breaking the spirit of the visitors.

Helping her along was Olivia Schaffeld, who pasted a winner off the back line, and Maya Lucero who snuck in to drop an artful tip which froze everyone on the other side of the net.

Everyone in a Wolf uniform was on fire, with Allie Lucero blistering serves to all parts of the court and Grey Peabody patrolling the net with a vengeance.

Grey Peabody is a tower of power.

Thoroughly entertaining themselves, varsity stars Kylie Chernikoff and Maddie Vondrak worked the lines, bringing all the flare at their disposal.

Trying to outdo one another with extra-dramatic waves of their flags while signaling whether a ball was inside the lines or not, the duo kept on upping their game, until Chernikoff nearly did a cartwheel after spinning out of control on one call.

Giggling behind her mask, while Vondrak laughed along on the other side of the floor, Chernikoff and her fellow senior thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the early stage of their final day in a CHS volleyball uniform.

Back on the floor, the JV spikers continued to rain down pain on the Vikings, with Rogers and Allie Lucero combining to win 17 points on serve in the second set.

The third set gave Ryanne Knoblich a chance to test her ability to bash the ball (she passed the test, easily), while Allison Nastali, Skylar Parker, and Gwen Gustafson all excelled during their stints on the floor.

La Conner escaped this season, maybe, but Coupeville is young, scrappy, and hungry. Watch out for the pack that hunts together.

Gwen Gustafson dreams of future wins.

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Sarah Wright

It was a fab finale.

They sat for three weeks, then had the first of two season-ending doubleheaders cancelled by weather, but the Sewanee: University of the South softball squad finally got back on the diamond Sunday.

With Coupeville grad Sarah Wright among those pounding the ball, the Tigers swept a twinbill from visiting Johnson (TN) to put a cap on their pandemic-shortened campaign.

Winning 11-10 and 13-3, Sewanee finished the season 4-6, winning three of its final five games.

The Tigers only played home games this time around, and had a much more limited schedule than many of its foes.

Johnson, for example, played 28 games to Sewanee’s 10.

Wright, a sophomore catcher, had an RBI single in the opener, then came back around to collect two hits in the nightcap, including a double.

The former Wolf finished her second season in Tennessee with a .407 batting average, collecting 11 hits, including two doubles, and driving in five runs.

Last spring, Wright’s season ended abruptly after 16 games, when the pandemic shut down college sports.

Despite not yet having played a full season of college ball, the former CHS valedictorian has piled up positive numbers when given the chance.

Through 26 career games at Sewanee, Wright sits with a .309 batting average, 68 at-bats, 21 hits, including two home runs and two doubles, and 12 RBI.

She has walked nine times, come around to score six times, and anchored the Tigers with her quick glove and explosive throwing arm behind the plate.

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Anya Leavell scored 10 points Thursday as the Coupeville JV beat La Conner in the season finale. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s simple math — Anya plus Ella equals hardcourt domination.

Fueled by the one-two scoring punch of sophomores Anya Leavell and Ella Colwell, the Coupeville High School girls JV basketball squad ended its season Thursday on a high note.

Jumping on visiting La Conner early, the Wolves built a comfortable lead, then held off a late rally to exit with a 37-32 win.

The non-conference victory caps a 12-4 season for the CHS young guns, and it brought a huge smile to the face of Megan Smith.

The former Wolf hoops star, who returned to her alma mater to coach the JV, was pleased with the record, but more with the growth she saw from her players.

“Really, really proud of these girls!,” she said. “I could not have asked for a better group of girls to coach for my first year!

“It was an awesome season,” Smith added. “These girls worked really hard to have this outcome.

“I was just the coach, they did all the hard work.”

Thursday night the Wolves were down a few players thanks to illness, but it didn’t matter.

Leavell came out ready to rumble, slapping home six of her 10 points in the first quarter as CHS built a 14-6 lead it would never surrender.

From there, the Wolves stretched the lead out to 22-13 at the half, then 28-15 heading into the fourth.

Which is where things got a little dicey, as La Conner rallied behind the play of Salena Bailey, who went off for 14 of her game-high 23 points over the game’s final eight minutes.

Coupeville didn’t crack, however, with Colwell, Alita Blouin, and Leavell stepping up to notch big buckets in the final moments of the JV season.

Colwell finished with a team-high 11 points, with Leavell (10), Blouin (7), Gwen Gustafson (4), Ryanne Knoblich (3), and Savana Allen (2) also scoring.

Natalie Castano, Claire Mayne, Jessenia Camarena, Morgan Stevens, Heidi Meyers, and Mollie Bailey also saw floor time for the Wolves.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Alita Blouin – 101
Gwen Gustafson – 78
Ryanne Knoblich – 75
Ella Colwell – 71
Audrianna Shaw – 40
Anya Leavell – 32
Abby Mulholland – 30
Savana Allen – 24
Jessenia Camarena – 24
Natalie Castano – 11
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 10
Mollie Bailey – 8
Morgan Stevens – 7
Heidi Meyers – 3
Maylin Steele – 2
Samantha Streitler – 2

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Grady Rickner dropped in 15 points Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV closed with a win at Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t call it a comeback, but do call it a win.

With Coupeville High School JV boys basketball coach Chris Smith at home for daughter Scout’s Senior Night festivities Tuesday, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith returned to the bench.

For one night at least.

And the transition was fairly seamless, as the (slightly) older of the Smith boys let the Wolf shooters run wild in a 72-50 win at Sultan.

The victory lifts the JV’s final mark to 5-4 in North Sound Conference play, 10-7 overall.

Coupeville came out on fire, with six different players scoring during a 21-13 first-quarter surge.

Daniel Olson had the hottest hand in the early going, knocking down a quick seven points, while Logan Martin added six to tease the explosion which was to come.

The CHS sophomore, who has been electric of late, went off in the finale, racking up a season-high 29 points.

After starting with back-to-back six-point quarters, Martin rippled the nets for 13 in the third frame, then closed with a modest four.

Up 31-23 at the half, Coupeville hammered the Turks in the second half, stretching the margin out to 54-37 after three quarters of play, then gliding in for the lopsided win.

Grady Rickner added 15 points in support of Martin, while Olson finished with 11.

Rounding out the offensive attack were Chris Ruck (4), TJ Rickner (4), Alex Jimenez (4), Cody Roberts (3), and Miles Davidson (2), while Andrew Aparicio chipped in with strong work on the defensive side of the floor.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Logan Martin – 162
Daniel Olson – 153
Grady Rickner – 148
Sage Downes – 140
Cody Roberts – 61
Alex Murdy – 54
Alex Jimenez – 43
TJ Rickner – 35
Xavier Murdy – 33
Miles Davidson – 32
Chris Cernick – 18
Chris Ruck – 13
Andrew Aparicio – 10

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Brayden Coatney played strongly for a C-Team which ended its season Tuesday with a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They closed with a bang.

Playing deep on the road at Sultan Tuesday night, the Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad pulled out a thriller.

The young Wolves scored only once in the fourth quarter, but that bucket from Alex Wasik was the difference in a 28-26 win.

The victory, coming in the season finale for the C-Team, lifts it to 2-7 in North Sound Conference play, 3-10 overall.

Trailing 11-6 at the first break, Coupeville made its move in the second quarter Tuesday, ripping off a 14-3 run to grab control of the game.

Playing for coach Patrick Upchurch for the final time this season, the Wolves got hot shooting from a trio of freshmen, as Ty Hamilton, Dominic Coffman, and Wasik combined to drill the Turks.

Hamilton popped for seven points in the second quarter, hitting a pair of free throws, a field goal, and a three-ball.

Coffman was hot on his heels with five, while Wasik, who scored in all four quarters, dropped in a bucket to round out the assault.

With the lead in hand at 20-14, the Wolves battled Sultan through a 6-6 third quarter, then held on for the win with a solid defensive effort down the stretch.

Hamilton finished with a game-high 11 points on mom Shannon’s birthday, while Coffman banked in nine, and Wasik slapped home a bucket per quarter while recording eight.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves during their sweet finale were Nick Armstrong, Josh Upchurch, Coen Killian, Caleb Sonntag, and Brayden Coatney.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Dominic Coffman – 83
Ty Hamilton – 73
Chris Cernick – 41
Alex Wasik – 39
Brayden Coatney – 38
Coen Killian – 23
Ben Smith – 17
Nick Armstrong – 14
Josh Upchurch – 13
Simon Shelley – 3
Andrew Aparicio – 2
Alex Murdy – 2
Caleb Sonntag – 2

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