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   CMS track stars (l to r) Ella Colwell, Kiara Contreras and Ja’Kenya Hoskins warm up Wednesday before the season-opening meet in Port Angeles. (Photos by Ja’Tarya Hoskins)

Caleb Meyer flies to the heavens.

CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting discusses strategy with two of her athletes.

Contreras is ready to drop a beat-down on some fools.

A new middle school track season kicked off under sunny skies Wednesday, with Coupeville and Forks invading Port Angeles to face off with host Stevens.

“It was a warm and beautiful day and a great learning experience for all,” said Wolf coach Elizabeth Bitting. “Nerves were felt and shaken off.

“All athletes PR’d today and now know what they need to do to get another PR next week.”


Pretty complete results (hey, if I’m 68% correct the first time out, working with photos of hand-written notes and just first names, I’m calling it a win):



60 — Ja’Kenya Hoskins 8.94; Angelina Gebhard 9.06; Abigail Place 10.78

100 — Helen Strelow 15.08; Cristina McGrath 16.45; Jordyn Rogers 16.47; Place 16.58

200 — Hoskins 30.45; Audrianna Shaw 31.47; Eryn Wood 34.00; Claire Mayne 34.60; Strelow 35.05

400 — Jaelyn Crebbin 1:11.2; Mary Milnes 1:12; Abigail Ramirez 1:17; Mayne 1:26

800 — Carolyn Lhamon 2:53; Ramirez 3:11

1600 — Lhamon 6:47

200 hurdles — A. Shaw 36.04; Bella Velasco 37.26; Ella Colwell 39.47

4 x 100 relay  — Gebhard, Noelle Daigneault, Wood, Colwell 1:01.79; Mayne, Kiara Contreras, Velasco, Ramirez 1:03.47

4 x 200 relay — Velasco, A. Shaw, Crebbin, Hoskins 2:06; Daigneault, Alana Mihill, Gebhard, Lhamon 2:23

Shot Put — Daigneault 25-10

Discus — Colwell 57-00; McGrath 44-05

Turbo — McGrath 49-02.50; Mihill 35-09; Place 35-08

High Jump — Colwell 4-00

Long Jump — Hoskins 12-00; McGrath 11-01, A. Shaw 10-11; Strelow 10-10, Mayne 9-03; Place 8-02; Wood 4-05



60 — Lucious Binning 8.40; Dominic Coffman 9.23; Brayden Coatney 10.36; Jesse Cowan 10.44; Ty Duddridge 11.24

100 — Caleb Meyer 13.03; Aiden Burdge 13.10; Ty Hamilton 13.16; Binnings 13.82; Coffman 14.20; Rieley Araceley 14.42; Tim Ursu 15.40; Matthias Anderson 15.75; Joven Light 16.00; Lucas Salazar 16.29; Duddridge 18.24

200 — Meyer 26.45

400 — Coffman 1:14.2; Elijah Pepin 1:17; Connor Bachmann 1:23; Tate Wyman 1:28

800 — Araceley 2:47

1600 — Pepin 6:27; Wyman 6:36

75 hurdles — M. Anderson 17.81

200 hurdles — Wyman 38.86

4 x 100 relay — Ursu, Burdge, Light, Hamilton 56.66; Aiden Anderson, Salazar, Bachmann, Gabe Shaw 1:07

Shot Put — Logan Martin 36-08; G. Shaw 27-03, Wesley Cowan 19-00

Discus — A. Anderson 45-05; W. Cowan 36-08; J. Cowan 35-00

Turbo — Martin 110-00; Bachmann 67-11; Salazar 63-00; Hamilton 61-00; G. Shaw 54-00; Duddridge 53-10; Light 50-00, A. Anderson 33-05

High Jump — Martin 4-10; G. Shaw 4-06

Long Jump — Araceley 13-04; Hamilton 13-01; Wyman 12-08, Duddridge 9-09

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   Hayley Fiedler and the CMS 7th graders pounded on Stevens Thursday, running their record to 6-1. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Farewell, Captain Ponytail, you won’t be missed.

Stevens Middle School basketball, and its passive-aggressive coach, who never met an early exit he couldn’t ankle to, made their final visit to Coupeville’s gym Thursday.

As befits a momentous moment such as this, the day had everything, from an electrifying win by the Wolf 7th graders to an 8th grade game which ended in confusion way, way earlier than was necessary.

There will be many positives about Coupeville’s move from the Olympic League to the new North Sound Conference this fall.

The greatest of them all, though, will probably be this — no more Stevens, no how, no way.

8th grade:

Stevens is a ginormous middle school which feeds mega-sized 2A Port Angeles, and their older hoops squad is essentially an AAU team transported to the world of middle school sports.

So, the fact the visitors grabbed a 28-9 win in a game which lasted for essentially two-and-a-half quarters is not a surprise.

While the loss dropped CMS to 4-3 on the season, the Wolves got stronger as the game played out.

Down 17-0 at one point, the Wolves finally broke through when Anya Leavell banged down low for a hard-earned bucket.

With Coupeville switching from a zone to a man defense, it played Stevens essentially even in the second half of the game.

Leavell, channeling the red-hot Damian Lillard, added a three-point bomb from the right side, Kylie Van Velkinburgh knocked down a bank shot and the visitors scored on the wrong basket to round out the scoring.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins, who was hit hard on almost every play, was a one-woman wrecking crew, braids swinging madly as she fought on the boards and the floor.

Matching her teammate’s intensity and passion, Kiara Contreras, while shielded from the ref’s view, dropped a wicked, WWE-approved elbow on a pushy rival.

The game got weird, in a totally expected way, when Stevens coach pulled his favorite move for the 275th time.

Insisting he and his team had to catch the 6:00 ferry off The Rock, and would die if they had to wait until the 7:30 or 9:10 sailings, Captain Ponytail talked the refs into abandoning the normal second-half set-up of two eight-minute quarters.

In their place, the teams played a 10-minute second half with a running clock.

And I do mean a running clock…

It properly lurched to a stop when Coupeville called a solitary 30-second timeout, but that lasted all of 1.4 seconds, thanks to the mumbly badgering of the refs by the Stevens coach.

Cause, you know, when you’re traveling 3.5 miles on a wide-open road on a sleepy Thursday, to catch a ferry you have a reservation for, leaving at 5:27 PM instead of 5:30 PM makes all the difference…

But, it was kind of perfect.

Coupeville, which almost always catches the final ferry home from EVERY road trip, being stiffed one last time by a school which always acts as if it’s doing us a grand favor even playing “the hicks from the sticks.”

I’d tell them not to let the door hit them where the good lord split them, but … yeah, I know … they left 20 minutes ago.

7th grade:

This, instead, is how the Wolf faithful will remember Stevens — getting their fannies kicked, good and solidly.

Coupeville’s young guns, a scrappy, ball-hawking bunch who take no guff from no one, scorched the visitors 36-21 to sweep the season series and improve to 6-1.

The Wolves get a chance to avenge that one loss this Monday, Mar. 19, when Sequim arrives on Whidbey for a rematch.

Facing off with an aggressive Stevens squad, CMS refused to back down, seizing the lead midway through the first quarter and never relinquishing it.

Maddie Georges slipped a pair of free throws through the net — a small segment of the 10 charity shots she nailed during the game — to lift the Wolves to a 5-4 lead.

Moments later Gwen Gustafson stopped ‘n popped on a short runner, then Alita Blouin sent the Wolf fans through the roof.

Snagging an in-bounds pass and evading her defender in one smooth move, “The Assassin” hit nothing but the bottom of the net on a buzzer-beater, with the ball dropping through the twines as the alarm blared and her fan club went bonkers.

Up 9-4 after one, Coupeville used runs at the end of both the second and third quarters to blunt any hopes Stevens had of mounting a comeback.

Despite going nearly 10 minutes without hitting a field goal — a dry period which covered most of the second quarter and a hunk of the third — the Wolves never lost the lead.

With Georges nailing free throws and Coupeville’s defense clamping down big-time, CMS was still up 16-14 when the Wolves found their game-closing spark.

The subsequent 17-5 run, which stretched the lead to 14 points at the end of the third, was capped when Gustafson beat the clock, slid between two defenders and drained a buzzer-beater of her own on a short jumper in the paint.

The one girl who might have stopped Gustafson is still counting her teeth, after she ran into a note-perfect screen from Georges, who skidded to a halt, braced herself, and absorbed the blow.

The collision launched the Stevens defender off her feet and carried her halfway across the gym, rattled windows in homes two miles away, and anointed Georges, a slick-dribbling dynamo, with a new nickname, at least for one afternoon.

Say hello to “The Wall.”

The young woman usually referred to as “Mad Dog” paced CMS with a game-high 12, while Blouin banked in 11, Gustafson scorched the nets for six and Carolyn Lhamon knocked down four.

Allie Lucero dropped in a bucket on a nice turnaround shot in the paint, while Nezi Keiper sank a free throw to round out the scoring.

Keiper also had a nifty steal and feed to Gustafson during the game-busting run, while Jessenia Camarena raced back on defense late in the game, then elevated and spiked a Stevens shot into the cheap seats for a beautiful block.

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   Alita “The Assassin” Blouin knocked down nine points Wednesday, launching the CMS 7th grade girls to a huge win in Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She shoots to kill.

Alita “The Assassin” Blouin is coming for all your basketball trophies. All of them, I said!

The Coupeville Middle School 7th grader, who plays with an admirable chip on her shoulder, is one of three well-seasoned Wolf guards who attack other teams relentlessly on the court.

That pays off on both ends of the floor, and Wednesday was a prime example, as Blouin and Co. went to Port Angeles and stunned ginormous Stevens 32-23.

The win over a middle school which feeds a very-large 2A high school lifts the CMS 7th grade varsity to a sweet 4-1 record at the halfway point of the season.

And, while it was the lone victory in four games for the Wolves, all of Coupeville’s squads played strongly against a much-bigger rival.

8th grade:

Stevens older teams are jammed full of AAU-trained warriors, many of whom could probably already play for Port Angeles High School, so the scores were a bit lop-sided.

The Wolf 8th grade varsity fell 56-16, while the JV lost 32-8.

“We played hard, competed on the defensive end of the floor, but they are really really good,” said CMS coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh.

“Not a game you come away from being upset,” he added. “Those girls have put in the time and it shows on the court.”

Coupeville’s 8th grade varsity sits at 3-2 as it heads into the second stretch of games.

Defensive dynamo Kylie Van Velkinburgh paced the Wolves with a season-high six points, all in the fourth quarter, while five of her teammates chipped in with a bucket apiece.

Kiara Contreras, Izzy Wells, Audrianna Shaw, Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Anya Leavell all found the bottom of the net on one of their shots.

On the JV side, Lily Leedy and Alana Mihill banked home four points apiece to account for the scoring.

7th grade:

Blouin and her buddies overcame some questionable on-the-road reffing to pull out their win, while the CMS JV hung tough in a narrow 26-21 loss.

The Wolf varsity spread its scoring out across the roster, with Blouin (9), Carolyn Lhamon (7), Maddie Georges (6), Gwen Gustafson (4), Nezi Keiper (2), Hayley Fiedler (2) and Allie Lucero (2) all raining down points.

For the JV squad, Claire Mayne was on fire, banking in nine to pace the Wolves.

Jessenia Camarena added seven, with Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson (2), Kristina McGrath (2) and Abigail Ramirez (1) also scratching their names into the record book.

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   Abby Mulholland and her CMS teammates are stuck at home Thursday, after snow postponed a planned trip to Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature strikes again.

With snow covering the ground Thursday, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams will not travel to Port Angeles to face Stevens.

The move, announced mere moments ago by Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith, was made based on both “weather and road conditions.”

A makeup date will be determined later.

Barring any more blizzards, the Wolves return to the court next Monday, Feb. 26, when they travel to Sequim.

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   Alex (left) and Xavier Murdy, who both had strong seasons for CMS, hang out with their shooting coach. (Photo courtesy Michele Murdy)

That’s all they wrote.

Ending their season deep on the road at Port Angeles Wednesday, the Coupeville Middle School boys hoops squads ran into a cutthroat rival in ginormous Stevens.

Somewhat predictably, it wasn’t a particularly thrilling finale for the over-matched Wolves, with both varsity and JV being knocked off.

If nothing else, it’s the last time the CMS boys are likely to face Stevens, which funnels students to a large 2A high school and is the rare middle school to have tryouts and cuts for their basketball teams.

With Coupeville jumping out of the Olympic League at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, it will also leave behind the stitched-together middle school version of that league.

Currently, the Wolf middle school athletes play against two schools — Stevens and Sequim — which support 2A schools, along with Port Townsend, Chimacum and the-school-at-the-end-of-the-world, Forks.


Less than 24 hours after pushing Seqium to the final shot, Coupeville stayed competitive with Stevens, which built its 12-man roster off of 50-man tryouts.

Unfortunately, the game slipped away in the second half, with the hosts collecting a 56-41 win.

The loss drops the Wolves final record to 6-4.

Caleb Meyer led the way with 14, while Logan Martin and Xavier Murdy hit eight apiece.

Hawthorne Wolfe (4), Gabe Shaw (3), Aiden Burdge (2), Grady Rickner (2) and Cody Roberts all played their final middle school hoops game, and will bounce up to high school ball next year.


Damon Stadler accounted for 60% of Coupeville’s offense, dropping in nine in a 57-15 loss.

The young, very inexperienced second squad finished the year at 1-9, with their lone win coming against Chimacum.

Ty Hamilton knocked in four and Alex Wasik drained a bucket to round out the scoring.

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