Posts Tagged ‘Soccer’

Xavier Murdy charges into battle. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The fall belongs to La Conner, the school year to Coupeville.

We’ve made it through two of three seasons during this pandemic-fractured campaign, with winter sports set to kick off Monday and finish in mid-June.

Fall sports, which were played second and not first as normal, featured a very-competitive four-way battle for supremacy, with La Conner coming out with 17 varsity wins across volleyball, football, boys soccer, and girls soccer.

Cross country doesn’t have won/loss records, and boys tennis was cancelled after Friday Harbor chose not to play any sports this season.

The 17 wins was a big bounce back for the always-tough Braves, who won exactly zero games during spring sports.

But fall is La Conner’s sweet spot, thanks to a two-time defending state champ volleyball team which went 10-0 this time around, sweeping all 30 sets it played.

Mount Vernon Christian, paced by its title-winning girls soccer squad, was second with 15 fall varsity wins, followed by Orcas Island (13, with 10 from boys soccer), and Coupeville, which collected 12.

Concrete and Darrington were far back, with just two wins apiece, while Friday Harbor took the zero, cause you can’t win if you don’t play.

When we add fall and spring together, the Wolves, who went 25-3 in the spring while playing softball, baseball, and girls tennis, go back out in front, and by a lot.

With just basketball left to play — we don’t count wrestling, because CHS doesn’t wrestle, and this blog isn’t called, say, Darrington Sports — here’s the school year to date varsity win totals:

Coupeville — 37
Orcas Island — 20
La Conner — 17
Mount Vernon Christian — 16
Friday Harbor — 11
Darrington — 10
Concrete — 2


Final fall sports standings:


Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Orcas Island 10-0-0 10-0-0
MV Christian 4-2-0 4-2-0
CPC-Lynnwood 4-3-1 4-3-1
La Conner 3-4-1 3-4-1
PC Christian 3-5-1 3-5-1
Coupeville 1-5-0 1-5-0
Grace Academy 0-6-1 0-6-1


Northwest League football:

School League Overall
La Conner 3-1 4-1
Coupeville 2-1 3-2
Darrington 1-1 2-3
Concrete 0-3 0-5


Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 6-0-0 6-0-0
Coupeville 2-3-0 2-3-0
La Conner 0-5-0 0-5-0


Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
La Conner 10-0 10-0
Coupeville 6-3 6-3
MV Christian 5-4 5-4
Orcas Island 3-7 3-7
Concrete 2-8 2-8
Darrington 0-4 0-4

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Ryanne Knoblich leads off a collection of CHS fall sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Snap goes the camera, capturing the portraits which define a season.

As we head into the last week of fall sports, a collection of images featuring some of the Wolf athletes still hard at work.

They come to us from John Fisken, whose work can be found at:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


Nick Guay

Sofia Milasich

Isabel Johnson

Preston Epp

Gwen Crowder

Allie Lucero

Logan Martin

Mollie Bailey

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Maddie Vondrak soars into the heavens. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Nick Guay fights for a patch of turf. (Morgan White photo)

One week left on the schedule, but how many games will actually be played?

All we know for certain is that this pandemic-shortened fall sports season ends next Saturday, May 8.

After that, whomever is left standing is off to play basketball as the 2020-2021 school year winds towards its finish.

If the schedule holds — and that’s been extra-tricky of late during the Age of Coronavirus — Coupeville High School teams have 10 events in the final six days.

Wolf cross country hosts the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships Thursday at Fort Casey State Park.

Then, you have CHS football at home Saturday for Senior Night against Concrete.

Both Coupeville soccer teams have two games remaining, with the girls traveling to La Conner Monday, then hosting Mount Vernon Christian Friday.

The Wolf male booters host league leader Orcas Island Monday, before finishing on the road Wednesday at La Conner.

And then there’s volleyball, which hopes to play four matches in the final five days.

Tuesday, the Wolf spikers travel to MVC, they’re home Wednesday against Darrington, back on the road Friday to La Conner, before closing Saturday at home against Orcas in a game with no fans.


When you look at the NWL standings, it’s easy to see how the pandemic has messed with schedules, as mid-season quarantines for several programs have left teams with radically-different number of games played.

But on we plow.

Where things stand through May 2:


Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Orcas Island 7-0-0 7-0-0
MV Christian 4-2-0 4-2-0
CPC-Lynnwood 3-3-0 3-3-0
PC Christian 3-4-0 3-4-0
Coupeville 1-2-0 1-2-0
La Conner 1-4-1 1-4-1
Grace Academy 0-4-1 0-4-1


Northwest League football:

School League Overall
Darrington 1-0 2-2
La Conner 2-1 3-1
Coupeville 1-1 2-2
Concrete 0-2 0-4


Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 4-0-0 4-0-0
Coupeville 1-2-0 1-2-0
La Conner 0-3-0 0-3-0


Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
La Conner 6-0 6-0
MV Christian 4-1 4-1
Coupeville 4-2 4-2
Orcas Island 2-6 2-6
Concrete 1-5 1-5
Darrington 0-3 0-3

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The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club has suspended activities for a week after a player tested positive Friday for COVID-19.

The affected player was part of the girls U-14 group, and the family identified that the exposure likely came from “outside the soccer fields.”

The SWYSC board of trustees suspended practice Friday, then made the decision to go further with a shut-down.

“We have decided that the safest thing for us to do at this point is to halt the Academy for a week,” SWYSC said in an email sent to parents.

“We cannot be certain that exposure did not extend beyond the GU-14 group, so with a roughly 10-day break before we could be back on the field, families can take steps to make sure they are all safe and healthy.”

SWYSC hopes to extend play through the week of May 10-14, to make up for the missed week.

The board has been in contact with the Island County Health department, and has reviewed all CDC guidelines.

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we appreciate the understanding and support for our actions on Friday,” the email said.

Dr. Jo Moccia, the Superintendent for South Whidbey Schools, also addressed the matter in an email sent to parents in her district.

“The students in the impacted family have not participated in our hybrid program or attended SWSD in-person learning,” she said.

“The soccer club leadership assured us that all players followed protocol at practice and during games, so exposure is unlikely.”

South Whidbey schools require a daily wellness screening for all students and staff members coming on campus, and Moccia called on all to “please continue to practice all safety protocols.”

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Fact. Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’ve hit a bump in the schedule recently, with just a handful of games played last week.

But there are still plenty of photos hanging around from previous contests, so here’s some you may not have previously seen.

They were shot by John Fisken, and, if you’re intrigued, you can see much more of his work by jumping over to John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net).


Speedy Wolf Mary Milnes (right) is a step quicker to the ball.

Fans adapt to the Age of Coronavirus.

Allie Lucero fires up a serve. Ace incoming.

Sam Wynn nudges the ball into play.

Nezi Keiper, ready to slice ‘n dice the defense.

Lanie Kiel rocks out with her bad self.

Gwen Gustafson unleashes The Knee Shredder.

Xavier Murdy uses the power of the force to freeze the ball in mid-air.

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