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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:



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.



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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   Action was intense all week at the Minors softball district tourney. (John Fisken photo)

If it’s the final game of the season, might as well make it the craziest one, too.

The Central Whidbey Little League All-Star Minors softball squad bowed out of the District 11 tourney Thursday, falling to Sedro-Woolley in the championship round.

The 23-12 loss eliminated CW two wins shy of advancing to state.

But the score doesn’t tell half the story.

In a wild one, Sedro went up 11-0, gave back 10 runs in one half of an inning, then responded with 12 of their own the next time at bat, partially thanks to a missed call by the ump.

The tone of the game was set early, as Central missed a chance to take the early lead.

Trailing just 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first, the Whidbey squad got its first two runners, Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle, on base thanks to walks.

Things took a tragic turn however, as speed demon Farris severely twisted her ankle leading off of third, forcing coach/dad Fred Farris to be cautious on sending his runners.

“We were set up for a lead,” he said. “Under normal circumstances both would have stolen home, considering all the passed balls that followed.

Mia really sets the tone for us with her aggressive base running. She was hobbled throughout the game,” Farris added. “Would have been nice to have those two runs and the lead after one.”

Sedro tacked on three in the second, then broke the game open with five runs in the top of the third and two more in the fourth, making things look like a blowout.

Until the game took a wild swerve.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth, Madison McMillan ripped a single, Central’s first hit of the game, and it seemed to buckle Sedro’s resolve.

Or at least its ability to find the strike zone.

10 of the next 11 Whidbey hitters walked, and by the time Sedro had finally stopped the bleeding with an inning-ending strikeout, a romp had become a one-run thriller.

But then the game veered right back.

Four runs in the top of the fifth stretched the lead back to 15-10, but Central got the third out and was still close.

Except, the ump whiffed on the call which would have been the third out, and, given new life in the inning, Sedro tacked on eight more runs.

This time, a tired Central squad — many of its players pulled double duty, attending Girl Scout camp at Fort Casey, then heading to Anacortes three straight nights for playoff games — had no answer.

Even in defeat, Fred Farris had much to be grateful about.

“Tough loss, but Sedro is a good team. Our girls showed a lot of heart!,” he said. “Allison Nastali pitched great and Madison McMillan had a great game, both at the plate and on defense.

“It was a great experience for this young team,” Farris added. “I think seeing Sedro pose with the banner and celebrate, makes them want to be there next year.”

Central’s playoff roster was comprised of Taylor Auld, Brionna Blouin, Brotemarkle, Teagan Calkins, Farris, Mimi Forde, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti, Chloe Marzocca, McMillan, Nastali, Molly Nattress and Mayleen Weatherford.

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   Gavin Knoblich will lead the Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball team to state in mid-July. (John Fisken photo)

Pack your bags. We’re off to Ephrata.

OK, well not for two weeks, but you get the point.

After a second-place finish at the District 11 tourney, the Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball squad is state tournament bound and will make the 221-mile trip (one way) to compete at the big dance.

Action gets underway Monday, July 10 under (likely) toasty skies in Eastern Washington.

Coupeville closed districts Tuesday with a 12-1 loss to Sedro-Woolley, which gave the Outlaws a two-game sweep and the tourney crown.

The Wolves hung around through the third, with George Dailey using his arm and bat to stake his squad to a 1-1 tie.

A resident of Oak Harbor who’s playing with Coupeville this summer, he whiffed six and drilled an RBI double that shot down the third-base line, sending Scott Hilborn scampering home.

Sedro countered by inadvertently beaning Dailey in the back on an ensuing pick-off try.

Apparently they hit just the right muscles on the play.

“His pitching wasn’t the same after that, and then the wheels fell off,” said Coupeville coach Steve Hilborn.

Dailey eventually gave way to Gavin Knoblich, but the CHS sophomore-to-be was hampered by a defense which sprung multiple leaks behind him.

Coupeville had six base-runners in the game, with Dailey crunching a pair of doubles to lead the way.

Caleb Meyer added two singles, with Knoblich and Scott Hilborn earning walks.

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   Allison Nastali, buckling hitters knees with wicked fastballs. (John Fisken photos)

“I dare you to try and steal … yeah, didn’t think so.”

The gun show arrives in town.

Softball guru Christi Messner (and associate) survey the on-field action.

“You can run, but I can gun! Get ready to be out in three, two, one…”

“Forget it, sister! I was safe by a mile!!”

They’ll be aiming for a quick bounce-back.

After falling 18-8 Tuesday to Sedro-Woolley at the district tourney, the Central Whidbey Little League All-Star Minors softball squad is still very much alive.

Now Coupeville’s sluggers need to take out Island rival North Whidbey Wednesday when both teams return to Anacortes for a loser-out game.

The winner of that game advances to the championship and a rematch with Sedro, which sits at 2-0 after beating both local teams.

To win the District 11 title, and punch a ticket to state, the winner of the Whidbey rumble will have to knock off Sedro twice.

Tuesday’s game was close for an inning, as Central Whidbey scored two in the bottom of the first to snag a 2-1 lead.

Then the floor fell out from beneath its feet for a bit, as Sedro broke through for 10 runs in the top of the second.

Central Whidbey responded with two in the second, three in the fourth and a final run in the fifth, but couldn’t fully recover.

“The big stage ruffled their feathers a bit once things started to get away from them defensively,” said Central coach Fred Farris. “They fought back hard to get back in the game.”

Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle led Coupeville, rapping singles, scoring twice and forming a potent defensive combo at second and short.

Allison Nastali and Taylor Auld also stepped on home twice, with Nastali “pitching a great game.”

The All-Star roster is comprised of Auld, Brionna Blouin, Brotemarkle, Teagan Calkins, Farris, Mimi Forde, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti, Chloe Marzocca, Madison McMillan, Nastali, Molly Nattress and Mayleen Weatherford.

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