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   Joey Lippo and doubles mate William Nelson are a #1 seed entering Thursday’s Olympic League tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Agony or ecstasy?

You take a look at Monday’s regular-season finale for the Coupeville High School boys tennis team and it could be read either way.

On the one hand, the Wolves fell 4-3 to host South Whidbey, in a non-conference match which essentially was decided by the slimmest of margins — a tie-breaker at #1 doubles which went the wrong way.

But, on the other hand, for Coupeville to come so close to knocking off an especially tough foe, after it got waxed the first time these two squads met this season, is a huge positive.

The Wolves, after surviving a brutal early-season schedule, finished the regular season strongly, winning five of their final seven matches.

Hopefully, that will serve them well as they progress into the postseason.

If the weather cooperates, Coupeville hosts the 1A Olympic League tourney this Thursday, with play kicking off at 10:45 AM.

If rain fouls things up, they’ll try again Saturday.

As the top two teams, Klahowya and Coupeville each get three singles and three doubles duos, while cellar sweller Chimacum/Port Townsend sends two.

The top four finishers on each side at the league tourney advance to districts Oct. 25-26 at the Sprinker Tennis Center in Tacoma.

Complete Monday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra beat Brent de Wolf 7-6(7-3), 6-2

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann beat Charlie Lewarne 6-3, 6-4

3rd Singles — Nile Lockwood lost to Joey Lane 6-0, 2-0 (injury retirement)

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo lost to Levi Buck/Ryan Wenzek 3-6, 6-3, 10-7

2nd Doubles — Nick Etzell/Mason Grove beat Aengus Dubendorf/Larsen Christiansen 7-5, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Drake Borden/Zach Ginnings lost to Michael Lux/Cormac Workman 6-1, 6-1

4th Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost to Jaden White/Ben Borson 6-1, 7-5

JV:

5th Doubles — Thane Peterson/Koby Schreiber won 6-2

6th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Borden lost 6-4

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   Danny Conlisk finished 9th out of 105 runners Thursday at a cross country meet at South Whidbey High School. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Danny Conlisk wins Whidbey honors.

Competing at an eight-team cross country meet at South Whidbey High School Thursday, the Coupeville junior finished 9th out of 105 runners.

Making his top 10 finish even better was he edged out every one of his Falcon training partners, out-leaning South Whidbey’s Michael Cepowski at the line.

Conlisk finished the 5,000 meter course in 18 minutes, 18.94 seconds, while Cepowski ran his home course in 18:19.79.

Cedarcrest’s Grant Van Valkenburg won the race in 16:57.03, spurring the Red Wolves to a team win.

The seven schools from the 1A/2A Cascade Conference were in attendance, while Coupeville’s mini three-man crew also took part.

CHS doesn’t have an active harrier program of its own, so Conlisk and brothers Henry and Sam Wynn train and travel with South Whidbey, but compete in the red and black uniforms of their own school.

Henry Wynn, a senior, finished 38th Thursday, clocking in at 20:13.59, while Sam, a freshman, claimed 74th in 22:16.56.

The Wolf trio are back at it Saturday, when they travel to Lakewood for the Nike Hole in the Wall Invitational.

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   Coupeville vs. South Whidbey. Choose the right path, Falcons, and this could be a regular occurrence. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Boom goes the dynamite, indeed.

The 1A/2A Cascade Conference, Coupeville’s old home, is no longer dying, it’s 99.2% dead.

First, everyone refused to play ATM in football.

Then Lakewood pulled up stakes in the middle of the night and fled to the Northwest Conference.

Finally, South Whidbey asked for, and was given approval, to play football as an independent for an undetermined time in an attempt to rebuild its fractured program.

All of that mere cracks in the crust, leading up to the earthquake which erupted Thursday, when news surfaced that King’s and Cedar Park Christian applied to transfer to the Emerald City League.

What was an eight-team league, with four 1A schools and four 2A ones, is one small AD vote from being a five-team league, with just two 1A schools in South Whidbey and Sultan.

One of whom doesn’t play football against league foes.

If King’s and CPC bolt, the Cascade Conference likely splinters for good, something the league’s president, Jason Frederick, acknowledged in an interview with The South Whidbey Record.

From the outside, I see this as a huge positive, not a negative.

The Cascade Conference was always an unwieldy Frankenstein mish-mash.

You had small, rural 1A schools (Coupeville, South Whidbey, Sultan) trying to compete with ginormous 2A schools like Cedarcrest and private schools (ATM, King’s and, recently, CPC) who are allowed to operate under a different set of rules.

Private, religious-orientated King’s and CPC joining the high-end Emerald City League, which currently houses nine Seattle schools which are all, wait for it, private and religious-orientated, is tailor-made.

And the likely collapse of the Cascade Conference gives South Whidbey AD Paul Lagerstedt a perfect opportunity to do what former Coupeville AD Lori Stolee did four years ago — rewrite their school’s destiny.

I’ve said it before and I will say it a million more times (I’m obnoxious like that). The Falcons need to fly the coop and come home.

Mr. Lagerstedt,

Join Coupeville in the Olympic League starting next year and be the AD who made South Whidbey relevant again.

If the Cascade Conference doesn’t die today, it will die tomorrow. You know that deep down in your soul.

There’s a slim chance you could try to join the jump to the ECL, but that makes such little sense I’m not going to even entertain the notion.

I’ll just be back here rolling my eyes until they disappear into the back of my skull.

What you want is a stable league, one which offers SWHS a fighting chance in every sport. An opportunity to be the big dog in some and scrap in the rest. To play other similarly-sized PUBLIC schools.

The Olympic League is what you want. The Olympic League is what you need.

Heck, bring Sultan along if you like. Pounding on the Turks is always a good time.

Do it for a better playing field. Or just do it for the money.

You reinstate your greatest rivalry — Coupeville vs. South Whidbey, Cow Town vs. Hippie Land, Wolves vs. Falcons — in a meaningful fashion, with two 1A schools which sit just 25 miles apart fighting for league supremacy, you make the cash registers ring.

Rivalry games bring in the biggest bucks, and I absolutely guarantee you more cash hits ticket-taker hand for Wolves vs. Falcons than any random game you play against Granite Falls or some obscure Canadian team.

If we’re back in the same league, that’s 10 gates for the sports which charge (the annual football clash and likely three contests apiece in girls basketball, volleyball and boys basketball.)

What do you want? Four paying customers traveling here from the wilds of Granite Falls or a steady stream of cars surging up (or down) the Island?

Heck, you’ll get more fans from Port Townsend and Chimacum (whose fans travel well, and are closer) than you will from schools in Seattle and Everett.

A renewed rivalry, with more at stake. Increased money. And topping it all off? A chance to compete for league titles.

Face it, you have not been putting up championship banners in the Cascade Conference, any more than Coupeville did when we were in the same boat.

Join the Olympic League and you’ll be the second-biggest school (after Klahowya) in terms of student body size. That’s a huge boon.

And, by removing ATM and King’s, you instantly put your good programs back in the title picture and you give your weaker sports a fighting chance to rebuild.

Winning titles is huge.

Having a realistic shot, where every day every one of your programs feels genuinely competitive, is even bigger.

Now, you are guaranteed nothing.

Coupeville and Klahowya are not going to surrender without a fight (good luck trying to dethrone the state title-winning Eagle soccer dynasty), nor will Chimacum softball or Port Townsend track and field, for that matter.

But you instantly go from a constant battle for third-place to a constant battle for first-place, which builds morale, which builds numbers, which circles back around and builds pride.

You think you’re hot stuff?

Good, come prove it against schools similar in size and mentality, and stop bashing your brains out while the private schools play (legally) by their own rules.

And yes, I hear some trepidation about having to catch the Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry if you join the Olympic League.

Small potatoes.

When Coupeville catches the Clinton ferry and travels to Silverdale to play Klahowya (comparable to South Whidbey hopping over to PT or Chimacum), game times are adjusted and varsity often plays before JV.

Small ways to work around the fact we all LIVE ON AN ISLAND in the first place.

You need us. We need you.

It makes sense in every way possible.

So be brave. Be forward-thinking. Be the AD who makes South Whidbey High School sports relevant again.

We’re waiting for you (with a can of whup-ass at the ready),

Your Coupeville friends

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   Harris Sinclair teamed with Koby Schreiber for one of Coupeville’s three wins Thursday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a friendly rivalry, but largely a one-sided one.

South Whidbey has had Coupeville’s number on the tennis court more times than not in recent years, and that held true again Thursday afternoon.

Other than a strong victory at #2 doubles from Mason Grove and Nick Etzell, the Wolves had few answers for the Falcons, falling 4-1.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 1-4 heading into a home match Friday against always-strong Overlake (3:30 PM).

Complete Thursday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra lost to Levi Buck 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Larsen Christiansen 6-3, 6-3

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo lost to Hank Papritz/Ryan Wenzek 6-3, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Nick Etzell/Mason Grove beat Aengus Dubendorf/Michael Lux 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Nile Lockwood/Zach Ginnings lost to Brent DeWolf/Joey Lane 8-2

JV:

4th Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost 6-4

5th Doubles — Thane Peterson/Drake Borden won 6-4

6th Doubles — Koby Schreiber/Harris Sinclair won 6-4

7th Doubles — Lockwood/Ginnings lost 6-2

8th Doubles — Johnson/Jas. Baumann lost 6-4

9th Doubles — Borden/Peterson lost 6-2

10th Doubles — Sinclair/Schreiber lost 6-4

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Kalia Littlejohn punched in the year’s first goal. (John Fisken photo)

Hot start, cold finish.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad jumped on host South Whidbey in the early going Thursday, but couldn’t keep up the attack for the entire game.

Surrendering a pair of second half goals, the Wolves fell 4-2 in their non-conference season opener.

Things looked good early, after junior sharpshooter Kalia Littlejohn put Coupeville on the board just two minutes in to the new year.

After the Falcons responded with two goals, one in the 11th minute and another in the 34th, the Wolves countered with a laser shot off the foot of Lindsey Roberts.

The junior buried the ball in the back of the net in the 38th minute to knot things back up, and then Coupeville appeared to tack on another goal during stoppage time.

It wasn’t to be, however, as the score was waved off.

Arguments over whether the linesman was out of position on the play will probably linger for the entire season.

The second half was a fierce back-and-forth war, but the Falcons slipped in the go-ahead score 16 minutes in on a play set up by a Coupeville yellow card.

A late South Whidbey goal stretched the final margin out to two, as Coupeville was unable to find its scoring touch after halftime.

CHS coach Kyle Nelson, making his regular-season debut as the Wolf girls coach (he’s led the boys program for several seasons), liked a lot of what he saw.

“Overall, we had a really great effort last night,” he said. “We made many real good plays.”

The Wolves get a chance to bounce right back, hosting Bellevue Christian (2-0) in another non-conference game Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is 1 PM.

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