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Ellie Marble (8), in action against Coupeville’s Lucy Tenore (left) and Jill Prince, led La Conner to another state volleyball title. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They lost to the best.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squad only came up short against one other 2B school this fall, and that rival ended up once again ruling the state.

La Conner, which handed the Wolves three of their six losses — the other defeats came in non-conference tilts with 1A schools — clinched a third-straight 2B state title Friday.

The Braves, who finished 22-0, didn’t drop a set in sweeping through four matches at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The 2021 title follows on the heels of similar wins in 2019 and 2018. There was no postseason in 2020, due to Covid.

La Conner previously claimed the crown in 2002, 2006, and 2007, all under current coach Suzanne Marble.

The Braves swept through their foes, knocking off Rainier (25-7, 25-13, 25-7) and Okanogan (25-18, 25-14, 25-7) Thursday.

Then came Friday wins over Manson and Walla Walla Valley (25-15, 25-13, 25-12) in the semifinals and final, respectively.

Manson beat Raymond in the 3rd/4th match, with Colfax (5th), Goldendale (6th), Liberty (Spangle) (7th), and Adna (8th) rounding out award winners.

 

Darrington has busy day:

While La Conner claimed the only ticket out of District 1/2 to the 2B state tourney, leaving Coupeville a match short, the third-place team in the Northwest 2B/1B League also advanced to the big dance.

Taking advantage of a more wide-open field in 1B, Darrington earned a shot and turned it into a three-match adventure.

The Loggers opened Thursday with a 3-0 win over Evergreen Lutheran, before falling 3-0 to #1 Oakesdale and 3-2 to Pomeroy to be eliminated.

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Kalia Littlejohn and Co. open the playoffs next Saturday in Oak Harbor. (John Fisken photo)

   Kalia Littlejohn and Co. open the playoffs next Saturday in Oak Harbor. (John Fisken photo)

They’re a part of history, whether they wanted to be or not.

Despite putting up a strong fight, the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer squad fell 4-0 at Klahowya Saturday afternoon, allowing the Eagles to clinch their third-straight 1A Olympic League title.

It was the 19th straight league win without a loss for the Klahowya booters, breaking a tie with the Coupeville girls’ basketball squad for the most successful program in the relatively short history of the league.

The Eagles went 6-0 in conference games in both 2014 and 2015 and are 7-0 this season, with games remaining against Port Townsend (2-5) and Chimacum (0-6).

The CHS hoops teams were 9-0 in both ’14 and ’15 and are a month away from tipping off season #3.

The loss drops the Wolf booters to 5-3 in league, 7-6-1 overall, with one regular-season game remaining.

Coupeville, which is having the best season in program history, welcomes Chimacum to Whidbey Tuesday on Senior Night (4:30), then opens the playoffs with a loser-out game Oct. 29.

The Wolves host the #3 seed from the Nisqually League (currently Vashon Island) in a game played at Oak Harbor Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30.

The Pirates (7-3-3) have knocked Coupeville out of the playoffs the past two seasons.

Facing off with a Klahowya squad which won a state title just two seasons ago, the Wolves kept things scoreless through much of the first half.

The Eagles broke through when a player “bent in an unbelievable, unassisted corner kick.”

“It was a tremendous shot,” said Coupeville coach Troy Cowan. “Hit the top far corner with a ton of pace, great shot!”

Klahowya tacked on a goal right before the half, then stretched the lead out in the second half.

“The Eagles are a great team and undefeated for a reason,” Cowan said. “We came away with some much needed playing time on turf, which will surely help prepare us for districts and allowed some girls to gain some much needed confidence.

“We will take the lessons learned today and apply them in our regular season finale.”

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