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Cam Dahl (18) scraps during Coupeville football’s season finale. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf fans jam the bleachers.

It’s edge of your seat time.

With every fall sport having wrapped regular season play, we’re fully into playoff mode.

10 North Sound Conference teams are still alive for a state title, though the only one we truly care about on this blog is the Coupeville volleyball squad.

Having split two matches at the district tourney Saturday, the Wolf spikers sit a win away from advancing to bi-districts.

That match arrives Tuesday, when CHS travels to Lynden to face Nooksack Valley.

King’s (volleyball, football, soccer) and South Whidbey (VB, FB, soccer) account for six of the other nine squads still alive in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Cedar Park Christian is alive in football and soccer and Granite Falls is still kicking in football, though Tiger soccer, which tied for second-place in the NSC, is the highest seed to have been knocked out of the postseason.

Sultan, with every team eliminated, gets ready for winter sports.

 

Standings through Oct. 28 (* = league champs):

 

North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s * 10-0 15-1
COUPEVILLE 7-3 11-4
South Whidbey 6-4 10-7
CPC-Bothell 5-5 9-9
Granite Falls 1-9 4-13
Sultan 1-9 4-11


North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell * 5-0 7-1
King’s 4-1 4-5
South Whidbey 3-2 6-3
Granite Falls 2-3 2-7
Sultan 1-4 2-7
COUPEVILLE 0-5 3-6


North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s * 9-1 16-2
Granite Falls 7-3 9-8-1
South Whidbey 7-3 9-7-2
CPC-Bothell 4-6 9-8-1
Sultan 2-8 6-11
COUPEVILLE 1-9 2-12-1


Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy * 13-0 13-0
University Prep 11-3 11-4
Overlake 9-3 9-3
COUPEVILLE 7-6 8-6
Bush 6-8 6-8
South Whidbey 5-8 5-8
Bear Creek 2-12 2-12
Eastside Prep 0-13 0-13

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The tennis season ended Friday for Drake Borden and his Coupeville High School teammates. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One and done.

Coupeville’s first, and most likely last, season as a member of the most dangerous boys tennis league in the state came to an end Friday in Seattle.

The Wolves, competing at the Emerald City League tourney at the Amy Yee Tennis Center, had all six of their players eliminated in the first round.

#1 singles player Jakobi Baumann put up a strong fight before falling 6-4, 6-2 to Cody Clayhold of Bear Creek, while Drake Borden was bounced 6-0, 6-2 by Josh Davydov of Seattle Academy.

In doubles competition, both CHS duos also fell in straight sets.

Zach Ginnings and Jacob Burke were blanked 6-0, 6-0 by Anders and Tate Gibbons of Seattle Academy, then Tiger Johnson and Jaschon Baumann lost 6-1, 6-1 to Quinn Chow and Griffin Murch of Bush.

It was the final prep tennis match for the Baumann twins and Johnson, as all three graduate next spring.

While Coupeville didn’t get far in the postseason, the Wolves put together a better-than-expected season, finishing 7-6 in league play, 8-6 overall.

CHS claimed fourth-place in the eight-team league, trumping Bush, South Whidbey, Bear Creek and Eastside Prep.

The only ECL teams the Wolves were unable to beat were Seattle Academy, University Prep, and Overlake, a trio of schools which have combined to win a startling majority of 1A state tennis titles in the past decade.

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Jacob Burke, seen in an earlier match, teamed with Zach Ginnings for a win at #2 doubles Thursday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There is very little room for error when playing in the toughest tennis league in the state.

That point was driven home Thursday, as the Coupeville High School netters, playing their third match in as many days, were nipped 3-2 by the visitors from The Bush School.

The loss, which drops the Wolves to 6-5 in Emerald City League play, 7-5 overall, was a reversal from the first time the two schools faced off eight days ago.

Back then it was Coupeville which snuck away with a 3-2 win, thanks to a late victory at #1 singles in a third-set tiebreaker.

Thursday, the Blazers returned the favor, bouncing back to sweep both singles matches and win at #1 doubles.

CHS wraps its regular season run next week with home matches against undefeated Seattle Academy Oct. 15 and win-less Eastside Prep Oct. 17. The second rumble is Senior Night for the Wolves.

After that, Coupeville sends two singles players and two doubles teams to the ECL tourney Oct. 19 at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle.

If the Wolves qualify, districts are the next day at the same locale.

 

Complete Thursday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost 6-4, 6-2

2nd Singles — Drake Borden lost 6-3, 7-6(12-10)

1st Doubles — Mason Grove/James Wood lost 6-4, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Jacob Burke/Zach Ginnings won 6-1, 7-6(7-1)

3rd Doubles — Jaschon Baumann/Tiger Johnson won 6-4, 0-6, 11-9

 

JV:

3rd Singles — Koby Schreiber won 6-1, 5-7, 10-7

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Freshman Audrianna Shaw is part of a Coupeville High School girls soccer team which captured its second win last week. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You win some, you lose some, you move on.

Coupeville High School fall sports teams pulled a .500 record last week, winning three varsity contests and losing three.

Volleyball and soccer fell to King’s, the defending state champs in both sports, then rebounded to drill non-conference foe Port Townsend headed into Homecoming.

That shindig was painful for the Wolf football squad, which was pounded for the first time this season.

With just three regular-season games left, the lopsided loss to Sultan also puts a big crimp in the pursuit of a playoff berth.

Meanwhile, off in its own world, the CHS tennis squad continued to surprise, toppling Bush, and solidifying its better-than-expected standing in the Emerald City League, AKA The Toughest Tennis Conference in the State.

Things get busy in the week ahead, with all four of the Coupeville teams which keep track of wins and losses (plus cross country, which bops to its own tune) facing a full schedule.

Volleyball and soccer square off with Sultan, which is mired in the North Sound Conference cellar in both sports, then go toe-to-toe with the more-dangerous Cedar Park Christian.

The spikers go right through next weekend, as well, heading off to Wenatchee for a big tourney.

Tennis gets three foes, weather permitting, and both of the league teams they’re scheduled to play — Bush and Bear Creek — are squads they’ve already beaten.

In the middle is a non-league match-up with long-time nemesis Friday Harbor.

But perhaps the single biggest game of the week comes next Friday, Oct. 12, when the CHS football team travels down Island to square off with South Whidbey.

The stakes are huge.

It’s Homecoming for the Falcons. The Bucket, which Coupeville has held for two years, is on the line. And, most importantly, if the Wolves want to have any realistic shot at making the playoffs, they need a win and they need it now.

So lace up your shoes, brace your very soul, and let’s get ready to rumble all next week.

 

Standings through Oct. 7:

 

North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s 4-0 7-1
COUPEVILLE 3-1 6-1
CPC-Bothell 2-2 6-3
South Whidbey 2-2 5-4
Granite Falls 1-3 3-5
Sultan 0-4 3-5


North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 2-0 4-1
King’s 2-0 2-4
South Whidbey 1-1 4-2
Sultan 1-1 2-4
COUPEVILLE 0-2 3-3
Granite Falls 0-2 0-6


North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 6-0 10-1-0
Granite Falls 4-2 4-5-1
South Whidbey 4-2 6-4-1
CPC-Bothell 3-3 6-5-0
COUPEVILLE 1-5 2-8-1
Sultan 0-6 4-8-0


Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 10-0 10-0
Overlake 7-3 7-3
University Prep 7-3 7-4
COUPEVILLE 5-4 5-4
South Whidbey 3-6 3-6
Bush 3-7 3-7
Bear Creek 2-8 2-8
Eastside Prep 0-6 0-6

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Coupeville soccer defender Tia Wurzrainer launches the ball up-field. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The battle for the top spot rages on.

The week ahead features at least one major showdown, and competition for all five of Coupeville High School’s fall sports teams.

Looming over everything is Tuesday’s volleyball match in Shoreline between the Wolves and King’s, which is a brawl for sole possession of first-place in the North Sound Conference.

Both squads are 3-0 in league play, with CHS having knocked off previously-undefeated South Whidbey last week in an epic five-set thriller.

Win or lose, the spikers will still have six league matches on the schedule after the King’s showdown, offering plenty of time for things to ebb and flow in the standings.

Volleyball has a second match this coming week, a non-conference home tilt against Port Townsend, while soccer, tennis and cross country all play twice as well.

Capping things off, Coupeville football has its Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 5.

Having narrowly lost to King’s in their conference opener, the Wolves will be looking to rebound and stay relevant in the playoff chase.

As we prepare to flip the calendar to Oct., a look at standings through Sept. 30:

 

North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
COUPEVILLE 3-0 5-0
King’s 3-0 5-1
CPC-Bothell 2-1 6-2
South Whidbey 1-2 4-3
Granite Falls 0-3 2-4
Sultan 0-3 3-4


North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 1-0 3-1
King’s 1-0 1-4
South Whidbey 1-0 4-1
COUPEVILLE 0-1 3-2
Granite Falls 0-1 0-5
Sultan 0-1 1-4


North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 5-0 7-1-0
Granite Falls 3-1 3-4-1
CPC-Bothell 3-2 6-4-0
South Whidbey 2-2 4-4-1
COUPEVILLE 1-4 1-7-1
Sultan 0-5 4-6-0


Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 9-0 9-0
University Prep 5-2 5-3
Overlake 5-3 5-3
COUPEVILLE 4-4 4-4
Bush 3-3 3-3
South Whidbey 2-5 2-5
Bear Creek 1-6 1-6
Eastside Prep 0-5 0-5

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