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   Coupeville Middle School volleyball coach Casie Greve surveys the action Wednesday in Sequim. (Kimberly Bepler photos)

The Wolf 7th graders are ready to make their debut.

The 8th graders are back for another go-round.

“Here we go, Wolves! Here we go!!”

Catch a rising star. (Amanda Rogers photo)

The season has begun, in a hail of spikes, sets and hours spent on a bus.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads rambled down to Sequim Wednesday, where they put up a strong fight before falling to a much-bigger rival.

Their hosts feed a 2A high school, something the Wolves, who will one day play for a tiny 1A high school, will face often this year.

Even without the advantage of numbers, and with their legs possibly affected by bus lag, the Wolves were scrappers.

The 8th grade squad won the first set 25-23, before being nipped in sets two and three, while the CMS 7th graders lost in straight sets.

Both teams had at least one player go off on long, successful runs at the service stripe, as well.

Lucy Tenore opened the 7th grade match with a run of eight straight points, while Kylie Van Velkinburgh had a similar streak during the 8th grade clash.

After another road trip Monday, Sept. 25 — this one a much-shorter jump over to Port Townsend — CMS makes its home debut Thursday, Sept. 28 against Stevens.

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   CMS 8th grader Caleb Meyer has his own personal cheerleader, big sis Mckenzie. (Photos courtesy Mckenzie Meyer)

   Wolves Cody Roberts (21), Meyer and Hawthorne Wolfe (1) line up for the start of a new season.

Ready to tackle anything that gets in their way. (Bob Martin photo)

After this, everything counts.

The Coupeville Middle School football team got the butterflies out Saturday, traveling to Sequim for a season-opening jamboree.

Next up on the schedule is the first official game, which arrives next Thursday, Sept. 21.

It’s a home game, the opponent is Chimacum, and kickoff is set for 3:45 PM.

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   Ema Smith notched her first goal of the season Thursday in Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t sleep on Ema Smith.

The Coupeville High School junior is normally a role player for the girls soccer squad, but she has a dangerous goal-scoring toe or two at her disposal, as she showed Thursday night.

Smith notched her first score of the season, beating the Sequim goaltender (with a little assist from a rival player’s head), the only Wolf to do so in a 4-1 loss.

The non-conference defeat, coming on the road against a large 2A school, snaps a two-game win streak for CHS and drops it to 2-2 on the season.

While the final score didn’t come out in favor of his squad, Wolf coach Kyle Nelson saw genuine positives in his team’s performance.

“It was a closer game than the score shows,” he said. “It is also a good game for us against a good opponent to show us the things we need to work on.

“We will use this to get better.”

Coupeville, which is tied with Klahowya for the early lead atop the 1A Olympic League, has a key game coming up on Saturday.

The Wolves (1-0 in league play) travel to Port Townsend for a 1:15 game.

That match-up with the RedHawks closes out a three-game road trip for Coupeville.

After that game, CHS won’t have to play more than one road game in a row the remainder of the regular season.

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   Nile Lockwood teamed with Zach Ginnings Monday to pull out a three-set win on the road. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Are they training killer bees in Sequim and then sending them to Whidbey?!

I’m not saying it did happen, just that it could have happened…

Missing #1 singles ace Nick Etzell, who was recovering from an allergic reaction to a nasty bee sting on his playing hand, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad still came dangerously close to toppling 2A Sequim.

After a back-and-forth match Monday in which four of the seven varsity tilts went to a third set, the Wolves fell 4-3 on the road.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 0-2 as it begins a new season with a brutal opening schedule.

The Wolves, repping one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, play their first three matches against large 2A schools.

With identical 4-3 losses to Port Angeles and Sequim under its belt, Coupeville welcomes Kingston to Whidbey Wednesday afternoon. Play begins at 3:15.

Facing off with Sequim, the Wolves won two of the four three-set matches.

Nile Lockwood and Zach Ginnings pulled off a win at #3 doubles which required going all the way to a third-set tiebreaker, while Joey Lippo and William Nelson rallied in the final moments for their win at #1 doubles.

The senior duo fell behind 3-0 in the third set, before winning six of the final seven games to escape and stay unbeaten this season.

Ginnings is also 2-0 in 2017, having won two matches with different partners, while #3 singles player Mason Grove is the only Wolf to have won both of his matches this season in straight sets.

Complete Monday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra lost to Raymond Lam 6-7(3-7), 6-3, 7-5

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Liam Payne 6-4, 6-3

3rd Singles — Mason Grove beat Jonathan Heintz 6-4, 6-2

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Blake Wilker/Thomas Hughes 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost to Tim Porter 6-2, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Nile Lockwood/Zach Ginnings beat Brenton Barnes/Kevin Meyer 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(7-3)

4th Doubles — Drake Borden/Thane Peterson lost to Aaron Jackson/Liam Braaten 4-6, 6-4, 10-2

JV:

5th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Koby Schreiber lost to Steven Lam/Dustin Koch 8-0

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The Wolves continue to stride through a successful season. (John Fisken photo)

They’re peaking at the right time.

Competing in the final regular season meet of the season Tuesday, the Coupeville Middle School track squad set 22 PRs.

All together, 17 of the 21 Wolves who participated at Sequim broke records, led by Connor Barton.

The CMS 7th grader was fairly flawless, posting his best performances yet in the 1600, long jump and 200 hurdles.

Coupeville has one more meet left on its schedule, and it requires the longest bus ride of the season.

The Wolves head to the wilds of Forks May 24 for the league championships.

Mostly complete CMS results from Tuesday:

Girls:

60 — Ja’Kenya Hoskins 8.78; Emily Fiedler 9.03 *PR*; Angelina Gebhard 9.10 *PR*

100 — Kylie Chernikoff 16.03

200 — Kiara Contreras 33.00 *PR*

800 — Adair De Jesus-Ramirez 3:02 *PR*; Alana Mihill 3:22

1600 — Catherine Lhamon 6:26 *PR*

75 Hurdles — Contreras 16.07; Fiedler 16.48

200 Hurdles — Bella Velasco 36.00 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — De Jesus-Ramirez, Gebhard, Noelle Daigneault, Velasco 1:04

4 x 200 Relay — Hoskins, Contreras, Gebhard, Velasco 2:10

4 x 400 Relay — Velasco, Mihill, Maddy Andrews, De Jesus-Ramirez 5:42 *PR*

Shot Put — Chernikoff 24-00 *PR*; Lhamon 19-03 *PR*

Discus — Chernikoff 64-00

Turbo Javelin — Fiedler 50-08; Mihill 38-02; Lhamon 34-04

Long Jump — Gebhard 14-02 *PR*; Hoskins 12-04; Contreras 10-07

High Jump — Fiedler 4-00

Boys:

60 — Sam Wynn 8.09; Sage Downes 8.16

100 — Jake Mitten 12.93; Downes 13.40 *PR*; Ben Smith 13.71 *PR*; Gabe Shaw 15.34 *PR*; Alex Jimenez 16.91; Trystan Ford 17.04

200 — Mitten 26.16 *PR*

1600 — Connor Barton 5:46 *PR*; TJ Rickner 6:40 *PR*

75 Hurdles — James Mayne 16.43 *PR*

200 Hurdles — Smith 33.40; Barton 33.63 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — Wynn, Zach Murtha, Downes, Mitten 53.84 *PR*; Smith, Mayne, Shaw, Barton (time not legible in book)

4 x 400 Relay — Smith, Logan Wertz, Rickner, Murtha 5:11 *PR*

Shot Put — Ford 23-05; Jimenez 23-03; Shaw 22-09

Discus — Wertz 56-06; Ford 56-04; Jimenez 50-01

Turbo Javelin — Ford 75-00; Jimenez 55-00

Long Jump — Barton 15-02 *PR*; Wynn 14-09.50 *PR*

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