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Wolf junior Tia Wurzrainer netted her first goal of the season Thursday as Coupeville soccer played to a 2-2 tie with visiting Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, they’re headed in the right direction.

After being blanked in a season-opening loss earlier in the week, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad bounced back Thursday to net a hard-earned draw in its home debut.

Garnering goals from Genna Wright and Tia Wurzrainer, the Wolf booters exited the field with a 2-2 tie against visiting Friday Harbor.

The stalemate leaves Coupeville sitting at 0-1-1 in non-conference play, heading into its first games as a member of the new North Sound Conference.

CHS faces defending state champ King’s Sept. 11, then squares off with Sultan Sept. 13, with both games scheduled to play out at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field.

Thursday night the Wolves and Friday Harbor played a classic back-and-forth game.

Wright, who set a CHS freshman record with 10 goals last season, banged home her first score of her sophomore campaign off of a first-half penalty kick.

Knotted at 1-1 at the break, the teams exchanged scores down the stretch, but neither team was able to find a magical third tally.

Wurzrainer saved the draw for Coupeville by finding the back of the net with the equalizer, negating a 2-1 Friday Harbor lead.

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   Showcasing her ferocious serve, Avalon Renninger teamed up with fellow sophomore Tia Wurzrainer Monday to win in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Small, but important steps.

A young, plucky and undermanned Coupeville High School girls tennis team didn’t get the win Monday, but it did flash a lot of positives.

The Wolves fell 5-2 to visiting Port Angeles, a large 2A school which carries 31 players on its full roster (double Coupeville’s body count).

But, having sunshine instead of howling wind and slashing rain on Opening Day was a good sign.

Brighter than the sun was the play of sophomore sensations Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, who romped to a win at second doubles.

While Coupeville’s top doubles duo, seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, were huge favorites and easily lived up to the hype with their own straight-sets victory, the younger Wolf aces were somewhat of an unknown entering the match.

Both Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger had strong freshman years, but they are a new pairing as a doubles team, so there might have been some kinks to work out in their first official match.

Not so.

The left-handed Renninger controlled the match on her serve, zinging low, hard shots which bit a chunk out of the court as they skidded away from the Port Angeles netters.

Her running mate was particularly deft at the net, as Wurzrainer delighted her fervent fan club with a series of crisp put-aways.

Their play brought a quick smile to the face of longtime Coupeville net guru Ken Stange as he restlessly prowled the outside of the chain link fence.

With a solid line-up of doubles duos, the Wolves should give rival teams trouble all year long.

Singles is a little more of a work in progress, as CHS deals with the loss of its top three players from a year ago to graduation.

With Valen Trujillo and Co. off to pursue new avenues in life, Wolf freshman Genna Wright got a chance to jump right into the cauldron of playing first singles on opening day.

A naturally-talented athlete and one of the most gung-ho people on the planet Earth, the fab frosh was a First-Team All-Conference player in soccer and a one-woman wrecking crew in basketball.

While she might not have the same amount of experience in tennis as she does in her other sports, Wright came out swinging Monday, making her far more seasoned foe battle mightily for every point.

At one point, the two players went back and forth on a sustained rally, before the freshman dumped a back-hand winner just out of the reach of her rival.

Walking back to the service line, head down, hat pulled low, Wright wore a giddy grin, a star of tomorrow savoring a winner today.

Complete Monday results:


1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Summer Olsen 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Hailey Horton 6-1, 6-0

3rd Singles — Nanci Melendrez lost to Kailey Droz 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Saige Hefton/Casandra Shamp 6-0, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer beat Jocelyn Reifenstahl/Emily Metzeler 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Claire Mietus/Maggie Crimmins lost to Paulina Crawford/Madison Saiz 6-2, 6-2

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Hanna Brown/Emily Rygaard 6-0, 5-3 (PA left to catch ferry)


5th Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Megan Behan trailed 3-0 (ferry)

6th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-2

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   Maddy Hilkey has had just about enough of the referee’s shenanigans, thank you very much. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Spying an opening, Kyla Briscoe slashes to the hoop, leaving a hapless defender sprawled on the floor behind her.

The always calm and cool Tia Wurzrainer puts the steady in steady-cam.

Mollie Bailey eyes the defense with an eagle eye.

   Feeling the heat coming up behind her, Chelsea Prescott looks for an open teammate.

   Sophomore sensation Hannah Davidson hangs out with the president of her fan club.

The sound of basketballs bouncing, sneakers squeaking and cameras clicking washes over the prairie.

Coupeville is deep in to its hoops season, with Klahowya visiting Cow Town Tuesday to face the Wolf girls.

Shutterbug John Fisken popped his head into the CHS gym for a bit, and snagged a collection of shots from both the varsity and JV games.

The pics above are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:


And remember, purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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Experience Gavin Knoblich in 3-D! (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kylie Chernikoff operates with one thought on defense — no one scores. Ever.

Shot-blocking demon Joey Lippo gets nasty.

Having ripped the ball free, Ema Smith is off on a merry jaunt.

Do not get between Hunter Downes and a rebound. He wouldn’t like it.

Fab frosh Chelsea Prescott attacks the hoop.

   Threatening to pull his arms out of their sockets, Jacobi Pilgrim touches the heavens and snares a rebound.

Tia Wurzrainer, destroying two rivals on every play.

The buckets were dropping, the wins were raining down and the cameras were clicking.

Coupeville’s basketball squads enjoyed a solid night Wednesday, with three of four teams beating visiting Concrete.

Wanderin’ photo god John Fisken was in the house to document the big plays and big victories, and the photos above are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot (purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to the links below.





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   Tia Wurzrainer was a wild woman on defense Saturday, recording six blocks against Bellevue Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Almost at full strength. Almost.

While the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball roster still isn’t 100% healthy, it was as close Saturday as it has been at any point this season.

With nine warriors at her disposal, Wolf coach Amy King almost had to put out a call for extra chairs. Almost.

Facing off with a well-seasoned foe in visiting Bellevue Christian, strength in numbers offered a huge emotional boost for Coupeville.

Now, if a few more shots had dropped, the Wolves might have also had a win to commemorate the moment.

Instead, despite a second-half rally, CHS fell 30-17.

The non-conference loss drops the young Wolves to 4-3 on the season, but they still boast the most successful record of any of the school’s four hoops teams.

Saturday was a tale of two different styles of play, as Coupeville was red-hot on defense for 32 minutes but ice-cold on offense for a considerable chunk of time.

Other than a few razzle-dazzle plays, such as a steal and sizzlin’ pass from Kylie Chernikoff to Ashlie Shank for a bucket, CHS had trouble getting the rim to cooperate.

“Shots went up, but the lid was on, on our end,” King said.

Down 6-1 at the first break, the Wolves gave up a string of fast-break buckets in the second quarter, finding themselves staring up at a 17-4 halftime deficit.

Some locker room adjustments, perhaps a Knute Rockne-style speech from King, and Coupeville came out fired up in the second half, playing to a 13-13 tie over the final 16 minutes.

“The third quarter was better,” King said “Our offense started to have more movement, the girls moved the ball better and took care of it better, less steals for Bellevue.”

Kick-starting the offense was the defense, as Coupeville staged a block party.

Coupeville rejected 11 Bellevue shots, with feisty sophomore Tia Wurzrainer pulling off a Dikembe Mutombo-style rampage with six blocks of her own.

Tia was a monster on defense,” King said. “Block after block and shutting off a number of shots.”

Toss in two rejections apiece for Avalon Renninger and Mollie Bailey and one for Nicole Lester, and it quickly became a no-shoot zone for the Vikings.

When BC did get a shot up and away, the Wolves cleaned the glass with a fury, with Maddy Hilkey and Bailey pacing the team by snatching four caroms apiece.

While the Vikings had a height advantage, Chernikoff and Lester “fought all night against a couple of tough post players,” doing a “nice job keeping the other team from driving into the key.”

Lester paced the scoring attack with five points, while Renninger (4), Bailey (3), Hilkey (2), Shank (2) and Chernikoff (1) all chipped in to the effort.

Chelsea Prescott, limited to one quarter so she could play varsity, racked up two rebounds, a steal and an assist, while Shank snagged two boards in her season debut and foreign exchange student Julia García Oñoro “held her own on the defensive end.”

Even in defeat, King came away with positives.

“We did some good things despite the loss,” she said. “The girls are getting more confident with dribbling against pressure, rebounding and putting the ball back up and shooting in general.

“We will make a few adjustments over the next few practices and will be ready for our next game.”

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