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Coupeville freshman Chase Anderson battles in the paint against Mount Vernon Christian. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

No titles, but plenty of trophies.

Four Northwest 2B/1B League basketball teams played at the state tourney in Spokane this weekend, with three squads collecting hardware.

None of Coupeville’s conference rivals made it to a title game, with the Mount Vernon Christian girls — the defending 1B state champs — making it the furthest before being toppled in the semifinals Friday by top-ranked Neah Bay.

How NWL teams did in the spotlight at the Spokane Arena:


MVC girls:

The fourth-ranked Hurricanes didn’t repeat as state champs, but did beat their seeding, claiming 3rd place after winning two of three games over the weekend.

MVC had a bye Wednesday, then thunked Odessa 49-36 Thursday.

After falling 64-41 Friday to Neah Bay, the private school hoops stars bounced back Saturday to drill Inchelium 56-40 and finish the season at 24-5.


La Conner girls:

Warden got them again.

Any chance the #6 Braves had to add a 2B hoops state title to their volleyball crown fell by the wayside Thursday, when La Conner was run off the floor 58-43 by the same team which KO’d them last season.

Other than that, the Braves were on target, beating Northwest Christian (Colbert) 60-44, Rainier 67-47, and Adna 52-46.

That final win required a rally, as La Conner, down by six heading into the fourth quarter Saturday, closed on a 23-11 run to finish 22-6 and claim a 4th place trophy.


Orcas Island boys:

The Vikings shocked the seeding committee, which placed them #16 in the 20-team 1B field.

After surviving back-to-back loser-out state tourney games to get to Spokane, Orcas split four bouts in as many days in Eastern Washington to finish 23-11 and bring home a 6th place trophy.

The islanders beat Oakville 72-43, lost to Sunnyside Christian 56-47, came back to bounce Moses Lake Christian 67-39, then closed with a 71-63 loss to Mossyrock in a Vikings vs. Vikings showdown.


MVC boys:

The Hurricanes, seeded #10 in 1B, were one-and-done in Spokane, falling 56-50 to Cusick Wednesday and finishing the season at 21-7.

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Isaiah Price (21) and La Conner were knocked out of the state basketball playoffs this weekend. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

Four teams are still chasing the dream, but one has a better shot than the other three.

The Mount Vernon Christian boys and girls, La Conner girls, and Orcas Island boys are still alive as the 2022-2023 state basketball championships head towards their final games.

Two other Northwest 2B/1B League hoops teams — the Orcas girls and La Conner boys — also made it to state but were knocked out in regional round games Saturday.

Which was also the fate for the Auburn Adventist Academy boys, who nipped Coupeville in a winner-to-state, loser-out clash during the District 1/2 tourney.

Where things sit:


MVC girls:

The defending 1B state champs held off Inchelium 49-41 Saturday and are the lone NWL team to be in the double-elimination winners brackets headed to next week’s 12-team event at the Spokane Arena.

The fourth-seeded Hurricanes, now 22-4, play in the quarterfinals Mar. 2 against the winner of Moses Lake Christian and Odessa, then would likely have to topple #1 Neah Bay in the semifinals to have a shot at going back-to-back.

(STATUS: Alive ‘n Thrivin’)


La Conner girls:

The #6 Braves (19-5) lost their state opener, falling 52-44 Friday to #3 Napavine.

La Conner tips off Mar. 1 in Spokane against #11 Northwest Christian (Colbert) in a loser-out game, with #4 Warden, which smacked them a year ago, waiting in the quarterfinals.

(STATUS: Living on the edge)


Orcas Island girls:

The Vikings entered the 1B tourney as the #13 seed, and were promptly roughed up and eliminated by #12 Willapa Valley, falling 51-30 in a loser-out game. No trip to Spokane and a final record of 12-12.

(STATUS: On to spring sports)


MVC boys:

The Hurricanes are 21-6 and Spokane-bound after toppling Pomeroy 65-40 Saturday in the #10 vs. #15 matchup.

Up next is a clash with #7 Cusick Mar. 1, with the loser headed home and the winner advancing to play top-seeded Wellpinit in the quarterfinals.

(STATUS: Need an upset)


Orcas Island boys:

While the 2B state tourney began with 16 teams, the 1B event started with 20 squads because of a larger number of schools playing basketball in that classification.

The Vikings (21-9), seeded #16, had to win twice to make it to Spokane, and did, eliminating #17 Inchelium 63-42 Tuesday and #9 Neah Bay 73-65 Saturday.

Next up? Another loser-out game, this time against #8 Oakville Mar. 1, with #2 Sunnyside Christian awaiting the winner in the quarterfinals.

(STATUS: Playing with house money)


La Conner boys:

The surprise bi-district champs were the only boys team in the 2B state field to boast a losing record, and they were seeded #15 in a 16-team field.

It was one and done and no trip to Spokane for the Braves, who finished 11-13 after being bounced 68-41 by #10 Chief Leschi.

(STATUS: On to spring)


Auburn Adventist boys:

The Falcons were seeded #13, but were no match for #12 Tri-Cities Prep, which eliminated them 63-42, sending AAA home with a final record of 18-5.

(STATUS: On to spring)

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“Whatcha talkin’ bout, Willis?!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a long time coming.

Coupeville High School football reached the state playoffs for the first time since 1990, clashing with Onalaska Saturday at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Along for the ride was wanderin’ camera clicker John Fisken, who provides us with the pics seen above and below.

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Tim Ursu scrambles away from a defender, moments before connecting with Hunter Bronec on a huge 54-yard catch-and-run pass play.

Coupeville’s chain gang basks in the mid-November sun.

Like Johnny Cash before him, Brett Casey walks the line.

Hunter Bronec hauls in a bomb.

Hardworking Wolf football manager Brenna Silveira tries to grab a quick snack while being haunted by the paparazzi.

Coupeville head coach Bennett Richter flashbacks to his own days playing at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Dominic Coffman stretches out for a touchdown, much to the delight of team trainer Jessica Caselden.

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Fresh off her own successful run at the state meet, cross country ace Cristina McGrath supports her football-playing classmates. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The cold never bothered them, anyway.

There was a bit of a November nip in the air Saturday as Coupeville hosted Onalaska in a state playoff game, but the temps didn’t keep Wolf fans away.

Instead, they opted for wearing layers, sipping hot drinks, and staying active on the cold metal bleachers at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Jarrett and Tasha Fiedler raise the roof.

Mia Farris stares down the cameraman while Ryan Blouin has gone to his happy place, where it’s much, much warmer.

“I will get loud ‘n proud, yes sir.”

Gwen Crowder contemplates going all Sean Penn on the paparazzi.

Where’s Waldo, Coupeville edition.

Former CHS hoops star Anya Leavell came prepared for the cold.

The Wolf faithful get rowdy.

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Avery Williams-Buchanan leads off a parade of CHS cheerleaders. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Bigger stadium, bigger cheers.

Coupeville High School’s support crew came out in full force Saturday as the Wolves hosted a state playoff football game at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

While the venue in O-Town is considerably larger than the one in Cow Town, Coupeville’s cheerleaders still made the rafters rock, staying loud ‘n proud from pregame warmups to final buzzer.

Hayley Fiedler

Gracie McFarlin

Ember Light

Alysia Burdge

Karyme Castro

Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo

Abbigail Bond

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