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   Tia Wurzrainer and Co. will host a soccer playoff game in Oak Harbor Oct. 28. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It hasn’t been close.

For the fourth straight season, the Klahowya girls soccer squad is beating the crud out of its opponents in the 1A Olympic League, and Tuesday night was no different.

Defending their home turf, the Eagles knocked off visiting Coupeville 5-0 in a win which both clinched a fourth-straight title for KSS and allowed it to tie the CHS girls basketball program with 27 consecutive conference victories.

Sitting at 7-0 in league play, 12-1 overall, Klahowya, whose only loss was to 2A Central Kitsap, has outscored its foes 67-7 as it chases another state title.

But, while the Coupeville booters absorbed another loss to the bane of their existence, there were a couple of bright spots.

The final score was radically reduced from the first time these two squads clashed in late Sept. — a 9-0 rout on Whidbey — and the five goals were the fewest Klahowya has scored in a league game this season.

“We did give them a tougher battle today than our first game with them,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “We had a good defensive effort and some great saves by (goalie) Sarah (Wright).”

Plus, the Wolves (4-2, 6-7), who are well ahead of Port Townsend (1-5, 2-10) and Chimacum (1-6, 1-8-1) are guaranteed the league’s #2 seed for a fourth straight season.

That’s big in a year where only two teams make the playoffs, instead of three as in years past.

Coupeville, which plays two of its final three regular season games at home, starting with a tilt against Port Townsend Thursday, will “host” its postseason opener.

That comes Oct. 28, when the Wolves make the short trip to Oak Harbor Stadium to face the Nisqually League’s #3 team, which is currently Vashon Island.

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   Lindsey Roberts and her Coupeville High School soccer teammates sit at 4-1 in league play. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Wolf seniors Hunter Downes (3) and Hunter Smith have been a potent pass-and-catch duo.

   With help from big play from Jakobi Baumann, CHS tennis has won five of its last six matches.

   Wolf volleyball coaches (l to r) Cory Whitmore, Chris Smith and Ashley Herndon have their squad hot on the trail of back-to-back league titles.

The week ahead is … the biggest week ever!!

Well, maybe not, but the schedule does present Coupeville with a chance to make a solid splash in the league standings, and largely at the expense of their top rival.

Wolf volleyball and soccer travel to Klahowya Tuesday and welcome Port Townsend to town Thursday, while CHS football hosts Klahowya Friday.

Sweep both volleyball matches and Coupeville moves within a whisker of clinching its second-straight spiker league title.

Of course, on the flip side, if the Eagles win Tuesday’s soccer match — and they’ve won 26 consecutive league bouts — the booter conference title officially stays in Klahowya for the fourth straight year.

So, win some, lose some. Potentially.

You never know what will happen, though, as last week showed when Chimacum soccer knocked off Port Townsend, earning the Cowboys their first win of the season, followed by a Friday the 13th shocker on the gridiron.

That came courtesy Klahowya, which used a 99-yard pick-six to unseat unbeaten PT 7-6.

So, my best advice — realize just about anything can happen and stay tuned.

League standings through Oct. 15:

Olympic/Nisqually League football:

School League Overall
Cascade Christian 4-0 6-1
Charles Wright 3-1 5-2
Port Townsend 3-1 3-4
Bellevue Christian 2-2 2-5
Klahowya 2-2 2-5
Vashon Island 1-3 1-6
Chimacum 0-4 2-5

Olympic League volleyball:

School League Overall
Klahowya 4-1 5-5
Port Townsend 1-4 2-8
Chimacum 1-5 1-7

Olympic League girls soccer:

School League Overall
Klahowya 6-0 11-1
Port Townsend 1-5 2-9
Chimacum 1-6 1-8-1

Olympic League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Klahowya 4-1 12-2
Chimacum 0-5 0-11

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   Wolf fab frosh Genna Wright (7) dances a saucy tango on the pitch. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   After whipping the school flag back and forth at the volleyball match, gridiron giant Julian Welling stops to contemplate his place in the universe.

   Two titans firing as one, as CHS spikers Katrina McGranahan (left) and Mikayla Elfrank form an impenetrable wall.

   Volleyball moms (l to r) Konni Smith, Jennifer Menges and Maria Reyes get their well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

Nile Lockwood fires another winner while rockin’ eye-poppin’ shoes.

   Every step bursting with raw power, Ema Smith leads a mad charge down the field.

   Savannah Smith daydreams about hitting the pesky paparazzi with a “wayward” spike.

Dane Lucero (with sign) and Co. bring the spirit for Hope Lodell.

   Nick Etzell’s focus on the hard-court is so complete he can stare into the sun (and makes the sun blink).

Action everywhere.

If wanderin’ photo man John Fisken had swung his camera 360 degrees Tuesday, while clicking away the whole time, he would have had numerous targets to aim at.

And indeed, the mad clicker made off with tennis, soccer, volleyball and fan pics before the night was done.

The photos seen above are a taste of what he captured, but to see every last pixel you need to pop over to the links below.

When you do, keep in mind, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

Plus, they make it more likely Fisken will keep returning to Cow Town, camera bag in hand.

Volleyball –http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-Coupeville-Volleyball/2017-10-10-vs-Sequim/

Soccer — http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-2018-Coupeville-Soccer/2017-10-10-vs-Sequim/

Tennis — http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-2018-Coupeville-Tennis/2017-10-10-vs-Sequim/

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   Coupeville senior captain Sage Renninger is headed to the soccer playoffs for the fourth straight year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let’s hear it for the Cowboys.

While the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad fell 2-0 to visiting 2A Sequim in a knock-down non-conference brawl Tuesday night, the bigger news came from a different game.

When Chimacum toppled Port Townsend 3-2, the Wolves clinched no worse than second-place in the 1A Olympic League for a fourth straight season.

That guarantees Coupeville (4-1 in league play, 6-6 overall) a “home” playoff game in Oak Harbor Oct. 28 against the #3 team from the Nisqually League — currently Vashon Island.

The Wolves can still catch Klahowya (5-0, 10-1) for the league title, but would need a bit of a miracle, since the Eagles have yet to lose in 25 conference games over a four-year stretch.

With the loss, Port Townsend (1-5, 2-8) falls into a tie with Chimacum (1-5, 1-7-1).

Even if either school were to finish in a tie with CHS at 4-5, the Wolves own tiebreakers, having won the season series against both.

Coupeville has four league games left on its schedule, starting Oct. 17 at Klahowya.

For its tune-up Tuesday, the Wolves faced down Sequim, a much-larger school, for the second time this season.

After falling 4-1 on the road back in mid-Sept., the Wolves, even playing without their top defender, Lindsey Roberts, displayed how much they have grown as the season has played out.

“Continued improvement with our defense against a tough Sequim team,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “We also had a number of great shots, making the Sequim keeper make some very good saves.”

To get an early look at the playoff brackets, pop over to:


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   Coupeville sports fans need to put on their best walking shoes and stroll a couple hundred extra feet this week. (David Stern photo)

   The new CHS football/soccer/track grandstand arrives. Now, it’s an Ikea project waiting to be put together. (Kristin Hurlburt photo)

This time, they want you to sneak in the back way.

Well, “sneak” might not be the operative word, but definitely go around to the back and tell ’em David sent you.

With the long-anticipated installation of new bleachers at Coupeville High School’s football field finally a go, spectators at events this week won’t be able to use the elementary school entrance.

Instead, you need to park at the baseball field parking lot, which sits right behind the football field on Terry Road.

Then walk yourself straight forward past the diamond and enter the football/soccer field through the normally closed-off back entrance.

The temporary change affects three games this week, one of which will have ticket-sellers camped out at that back entrance.

CHS girls soccer hosts Sequim Tuesday (4:00) and CMS football welcomes Port Townsend to town Wednesday (3:45), before the week is capped with Coupeville’s Homecoming football game (7:00) against Bellevue Christian.

Of the three, fans are charged admission at only the last event.

With varsity football games at home the following two weeks — Oct. 20 vs. Klahowya and Oct. 27 vs. Chimacum — the possibility Wolf fans will experience new stands this season (after just a two-year wait) has taken a giant leap forward.

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