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Capri Anter, ready to destroy the hopes and dreams of rival pitchers. (Allison Scarpo photos)

The final game doesn’t tell the entire story.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad is a high-flying group of talented young women, with bright diamond futures ahead of them.

So, while Thursday’s season-ending 28-9 loss to a red-hot Sedro-Woolley squad hurts, it’s a bump in the road, and not the end of the journey.

The Wolves, who finish 13-6 this season after being knocked out of the District 11 tourney, will be back.

Central Whidbey won’t be going to the state championships this time — Sedro claims that ticket thanks to Thursday’s win at Rhododendron Park — but the prairie powerhouses have much to look forward to in years to come.

“The girls came a long way this year and will continue to develop,” said Wolf coach Aaron Lucero. “Excited to see them grow in the future.

“Always tough when a season ends – that part never changes, but we’ll get there.”

“And just where do you think you’re going?!?!”

Central Whidbey beat Sedro during the regular season, but the visitors were locked-in during what turned into an elimination game.

“Sedro has a good core, including solid pitching, fielding, and hitting,” Lucero said. “Hats off to them.”

Lucero and fellow Wolf coach Lark Gustafson also work with the Coupeville High School softball program, and the hope is for the CWLL players to keep moving upwards together, rung by rung.

The diamond guru praised his players, and their families, for their work and commitment.

“Families (were) all supportive,” Lucero said. “Really one of the best groups of parents I’ve ever had, and I think this is my 15th year coaching.”

One team, one dream.

Thursday’s game wasn’t a blowout until the end, as Central Whidbey hung tough through the first two innings.

The Wolves pushed across a pair of runs in the first, then plated seven runners in the second, trailing just 12-9 at that point.

The killer was the third frame, however, as Sedro erupted for 16 runs, eventually forcing the mercy rule to be enacted.

Haylee Armstrong and Capri Anter paced Central Whidbey, both scoring twice, while Sydney Van Dyke, Adeline Maynes, Alison Powers, Cameron Van Dyke, and Emma Cushman also tapped home plate.

Michelle Michaud, Chelsi Stevens, Rhylin Price, Ava Lucero, and Amelia Crowder complete the Wolf roster.

“On to next season!”

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Izzy Wells banked in seven points Tuesday as Coupeville rumbled with Sedro-Woolley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

You take your lumps, and you move on to the next test.

Buffeted by questionable foul calls, but also unable to convert on enough of their own free throw attempts, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad absorbed a narrow loss Tuesday night.

Falling 45-37 to visiting Sedro-Woolley — in a game that was a one-basket affair with 90 seconds to play — the Wolves slide to 6-6 on the season.

But the game, a late addition to the schedule, was a non-conference bout, and one which should hopefully help prep CHS as it makes a bid to nab a playoff berth.

The Wolves have three games left on the regular season schedule, with two against Friday Harbor, a team it needs to beat to advance to the district tourney.

The first of those rumbles is on the road this Friday, Feb. 4, while the second comes at home Feb. 12 on Senior Night.

Facing off with a 2A school in Sedro, the 2B Wolves got a chance to work on fine-tuning things, and an opportunity to vie with a physical opponent.

When the refs let them play.

While the guys in the striped shirts are rarely the sole cause of a team losing, they didn’t make things any easier on Coupeville, keeping several key players stuck to the bench with early foul trouble off of debatable interpretations of the rules.

The Wolves came out strongly, however, jumping to a 5-1 lead on an Izzy Wells layup and a three-point play the hard way from Maddie Georges.

Coupeville’s opening bucket was set up by some nice passing, with the ball zinging from Georges to Lyla Stuurmans to Wells.

Back in the lineup after missing some time, Wolf enforcer Ja’Kenya Hoskins lit up the net in the first quarter, as well.

She slapped home a layup off of a precise feed from Savina Wells, before converting a second bucket later in the quarter when she rolled through a teeny-tiny crease in the Cub defense.

Trailing just 14-13 at the first break, Coupeville sparred with Sedro for much of the second frame.

Savina Wells swooped in for a bucket off of a steal, while Nezi Keiper drained a pull-up jumper that was so smooth it caused several of the CHS boys hoops players in the stands to fall out of their seats.

Toss in another bucket for Izzy Wells, with Gwen Gustafson shredding the defense on the set-up pass, and the Wolves were still within 20-19 as halftime loomed.

That was when foul trouble really started to hurt, however, as Sedro closed on a 5-0 run with both Wells sisters catching some unwelcome pine time.

Georges drilled a three-ball from the left side to open the second half, but the Cubs responded with an 8-0 tear, and that left Coupeville fighting from behind the rest of the night.

Facing their biggest deficit at 33-22, with fans muttering about the back-stabbing refs, the Wolf players tuned out the hubbub, earning a fist pump or two from coach Megan Smith.

Another three-ball from Georges helped spark a 7-2 run to close the third, before back-to-back fourth quarter buckets from the CHS junior, and a huge block from Savina Wells, kept the rally going.

Fighting off five Sedro players, and all three refs as well, Hoskins yanked a rebound free and spun back up for two points to get the margin down to 39-37, setting up things for a frantic finale.

It wasn’t to be, however, as the visitors spent the final 90 seconds of the game carving a path in the floor walking to the free throw line.

Toss in a game-capping layup, which featured a picture-perfect full-court baseball-style pass — and then about a million little steps from the Cub receiver as she went to the basket — and the night reached its end.

While the game didn’t end with a dramatic buzzer-beater, it did feature a couple of historical moments for stats freaks.

Georges finished with a team-high 15 points, giving her 228 for her career.

That shoots her into a tie with Ema Smith for #50 on the CHS girls scoring chart, which has been an ever-evolving document since 1974.

Savina Wells (5) breaks down the defense.

Also reaching a personal milestone was freshman Savina Wells, who notched her 100th point on a free throw.

Having tallied 59 as an 8th grader, and 42 this season, Savina (101) joins older sister Izzy (167) as two of just 105 Wolf girls to reach triple-digits over the past 48 years.

Best buds Hoskins and Izzy Wells tallied seven points apiece Tuesday, with Keiper (4) and Savina Wells (4) also singing the net.

Stuurmans, Gustafson, and Abby Mulholland rounded out the CHS players to see floor time against Sedro, with Stuurmans bringing her usual firecracker intensity to her defensive duties.

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Reese Wilkinson scored a season-high five points Tuesday in a loss to Sedro-Woolley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Take away one cold-shooting quarter, and the game was a barn burner.

Unfortunately for the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team, that one bad stretch doomed them Tuesday night during a rumble with visiting Sedro-Woolley.

The Wolves were outscored 13-1 in the second frame by the Cubs, and that was the difference in a 48-35 loss.

Despite falling to 2-7 with the non-conference defeat, Coupeville’s JV squad held up well playing a rival from a much-larger school.

The 2B Wolves went nearly basket-for-basket with 2A Sedro-Woolley over the opening eight minutes, trailing just 12-10 at the first break.

Coupeville spread its offense out in the early going, with five different players dropping in points and the team closing the quarter on a 7-2 run.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez kicked off the rally by draining a bank shot off the glass, catching the pass and letting go of her shot in one fluid motion.

After that, big buckets from Madison McMillan and Skylar Parker — the first on a power move in the paint, the second coming off of a steal and breakaway — pulled the Wolves to the edge of a tie.

But then the rim turned brutally unforgiving for Coupeville, which didn’t hit another field goal for almost 12 minutes of on-court action.

A free throw from Brooklyn Thayer was the lone saving grace for the Wolves in the second quarter, and a beautiful three-ball from Parker finally snapped the dry spell deep into the third frame.

Trailing 33-18 headed into the final quarter, CHS suddenly found its rhythm, making the nets jump for 17 points over the final eight minutes of play.

Sedro ultimately held the Wolves at bay, but Katie Marti, McMillan, and Reese Wilkinson kept the visiting coach on the edge of her seat until the final buzzer.

Katie Marti sparked the Wolves on both ends of the floor.

Eight of nine players to see floor time scored for Coupeville, with Thayer (7), Parker (6), Marti (6), and McMillan (6) leading the way.

Wilkinson banked in five points, Kayla Arnold (2), Ramirez-Vasquez (2), and Mia Farris (1) scratched their name in the scoring column, and Bryley Gilbert brought intensity on defense.

The young Wolves have three games left on their schedule, with a Feb. 4 road trip to Friday Harbor next up for Greg Turcott’s squad.

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Coupeville freshman Alita Blouin had a strong high school hoops debut Saturday at a jamboree in Sedro-Woolley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A new era begins.

The 2019-2020 hoops season officially kicked off Saturday, with new Coupeville High School girls basketball coaches Scott Fox and Megan Smith making their debuts.

The Wolves played four games at a jamboree in Sedro-Woolley, with the varsity fighting strongly against two high-powered squads, while the JV romped to big wins.

The regular season begins Tuesday, when Coupeville travels to Darrington.

That starts a busy first week, as the Wolves also travel to Oak Harbor Wednesday, then host Orcas Island Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s shortened games were a way for Fox and Smith, who replace the retired David and Amy King, to start to implement their style of play.

But only partially, as the Wolf coaches kept things close to the vest, knowing their upcoming foes were likely scouting them.

How it played out in Sedro:

 

Varsity:

The Wolves top squad rumbled with 2A Bellingham and Meridian, which went three games deep into the 1A state tourney a season ago.

In both games, CHS fought back from deficits, claimed the lead, but couldn’t quite hold on, falling by five and four points, respectively.

Fox praised the play of senior point guard Scout Smith, who “was driving to the basket for multiple and-ones,” while also noting Hannah Davidson and Izzy Wells spent the night “crashing the boards.”

Toss in strong work by Chelsea Prescott, who “made multiple shots off of drives and cuts,” and the new Wolf head man came away pleased with much of what he witnessed.

“Everyone played hard, and we’re ready for the season to start,” Fox said.

 

JV:

The young Wolves decimated their 2A opponents, thrashing Bellingham by 16 and Sedro-Woolley by 15.

A pair of freshmen making their high school hoops debut caught the eye of the veteran varsity coach.

Alita Blouin was spectacular running the offense, stealing and distributing,” Fox said. “Ryanne Knoblich slashed to the basket and everyone played great.”

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“We score, score, and score some more!!” (Jackie Saia photo)

Bring on all-stars!

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad ended the regular season Saturday with an avalanche of runs, destroying host Sedro-Woolley 22-2.

And it was actually even more of a rout that that.

While the mercy rule ended the game after three innings, the two teams played an unofficial extra inning in which Central Whidbey tuned up their rivals 9-0.

With the win, the Hammerheads closed the regular season at 15-2, having outscored foes 270-81.

Or 279-81, if we count the unofficial inning … which we probably won’t.

Next up for Central Whidbey is the district all-star tournament, which will be played at Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park starting June 14.

Saturday afternoon, the Hammerheads mixed and matched pitchers, getting Chloe Marzocca and Savina Wells two innings of work apiece, then sitting back and admiring the view as their hurlers got nasty.

The dynamic duo each recorded three strikeouts, while also pulling off eye-popping defensive gems.

Marzocca snagged a hard shot up the middle which took a wild hop and shot up, smacking her just below the knee.

Ignoring the sting, she stayed in the play, plucking the offending ball off the turf and gunning down the Sedro-Woolley hitter crashing for first base.

Not to be outdone, Wells sprawled out while on the fly, yanking a ball out of air seconds before it hit the diamond while close to foul territory down the third base side.

“Ball probably never got more then four feet off the ground, but Savina made it look easy,” said visibly-impressed Central Whidbey coach Fred Farris.

It was that kind of day for everyone in a Hammerhead uniform.

“Girls came to play, and were in all-star form,” Farris said. “Great pitching by both Savina and Chloe, and Savina and Teagan (Calkins) both were near perfect behind the plate.

Allison Nastali showed great range at second making two outstanding plays, and Mia (Farris) squeezed everything at first. Great team win!”

The game was virtually over before it began, as Central Whidbey dumped a fast 14 runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first.

Seven more in the second, then a single, solitary score in the top of the third pushed the lead all the way out to 22-0, before Sedro scratched out its only runs in the bottom half of the final official frame.

The Hammerheads racked up 17 hits, with Wells bashing five, including a double, while Brionna Blouin smoked four base-knocks of her own.

Blouin loves extra-base hits, and two of her lasers were two-baggers, with one clearing the bases.

Madison McMillan, Mayleen Weatherford, and Mia Farris added two hits apiece, with Weatherford cranking out a triple, while Aleksia Jump and Calkins chipped in with singles.

The five Hammerheads who didn’t have a hit combined to pick up 11 walks and score 13 times.

Taylor Brotemarkle earned four free passes, while Nastali (3), Marzocca (2), Jada Heaton (1), and Katie Marti (1) all showed off eagle eyes.

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