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Lyla Stuurmans is ready to stop ‘n pop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s something for everyone.

The 2022-2023 Coupeville High School basketball schedules include conference rumbles, non-league tilts, and even a visit to a far-away holiday tournament.

Both the Wolf girls and boys hoops squads are set to travel to Leavenworth in late Dec. for the Cascade Hoops Classic, where they’ll each play twice against top-level competition.

When it comes to Northwest 2B/1B League play, CHS faces fellow 2B schools Friday Harbor and La Conner twice, while also having a home-and-away series with 1B Mount Vernon Christian.

Coupeville only plays the other 1B schools — Orcas Island, Concrete, and Darrington — once, however.

That leaves plenty of time to play non-league schools, and the rivalry games with next-door neighbor South Whidbey lead off the season.

Who is missing? Oak Harbor, the 3A school to the north which fell hard to the Wolf boys last season.

Intentional? Not intentional?

Who’s to say, though last time the Wildcat boys lost to Coupeville on the hardwood, they didn’t play us again for a decade, so…

As you mull over various conspiracy theories, a look at the hoops schedules as they sit today, with varsity listed first, then JV, and * marking league games:

 

GIRLS:

Wed-Nov. 30 — @ South Whidbey (5:15/7:00)
Sat-Dec. 3 — Lakewood (5:15/7:00)
Tues-Dec. 6 — @ Auburn Adventist Academy (7:30/4:30)
Sat-Dec. 10 — Sultan (5:15/7:00)
Wed-Dec. 14 — Crescent (3:30) — Varsity only
Thur-Dec. 15 — @ Sedro-Woolley (7:15/5:30)
Sat-Dec. 17 — @ Forks (1:00/2:30)
Tues-Dec. 27 — @ Cascade Hoops Classic – Game #1 (TBA) — Varsity only
Wed-Dec. 28 — @ Cascade Hoops Classic – Game #2 (TBA) — Varsity only
Fri-Jan. 6 — Orcas Island (3:30/5:00) *
Tues-Jan. 10 — Mount Vernon Christian (5:15/7:00) *
Fri-Jan. 13 — Darrington (5:15/7:00) *
Sat-Jan. 14 — @ Neah Bay (1:30/3:00)
Wed-Jan. 18 — @ La Conner (5:15/7:00) *
Fri-Jan. 20 — @ Mount Vernon Christian (4:30/3:00) *
Tues-Jan. 24 — @ Concrete (6:00) * — Varsity only
Fri-Jan. 27 — Friday Harbor (4:00/5:30) *
Sat-Feb. 4 — Granite Falls (1:00/2:30)
Tues-Feb. 7 — La Conner (5:15/7:00) *
Fri-Feb. 10 — @ Friday Harbor (4:00/5:30) *

 

BOYS:

Wed-Nov. 30 — @ South Whidbey (7:00/5:15)
Sat-Dec. 3 — Lakewood (7:00/5:15)
Tues-Dec. 6 — @ Auburn Adventist Academy (7:30/4:30)
Sat-Dec. 10 — Sultan (7:00/5:15)
Wed-Dec. 14 — Crescent (5:00) — Varsity only
Thur-Dec. 15 — Sedro-Woolley (7:00/5:15)
Sat-Dec. 17 — @ Forks (2:30/1:00)
Tues-Dec. 27 — @ Cascade Hoops Classic – Game #1 (TBA) — Varsity only
Wed-Dec. 28 — @ Cascade Hoops Classic – Game #2 (TBA) — Varsity only
Fri-Jan. 6 — Orcas Island (5:00/3:30) *
Tues-Jan. 10 — Mount Vernon Christian (7:00/5:15) *
Fri-Jan. 13 — Darrington (7:00/5:15) *
Sat-Jan. 14 — @ Neah Bay (3:00/1:30)
Wed-Jan. 18 — @ La Conner (7:00/5:15) *
Fri-Jan. 20 — @ Mount Vernon Christian (7:00/3:00) *
Tues-Jan. 24 — @ Concrete (7:30/6:00) *
Fri-Jan. 27 — Friday Harbor (5:30/4:00) *
Sat-Feb. 4 — Granite Falls (2:30/1:00)
Tues-Feb. 7 — La Conner (7:00/5:15) *
Fri-Feb. 10 — @ Friday Harbor (5:30/4:00) *

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CHS spikers (l to r) Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, and Taylor Brotemarkle enjoy their trip to Eastern Washington. (Photos courtesy Jennifer Heaton)

It’s the promised land.

The Yakima SunDome is where the 2B state volleyball tournament goes down Nov. 10-11.

The Coupeville High School spikers, like every team in their classification, are aiming for a trip to the big dance.

If the Wolves get there, they’ll be familiar with their surroundings, having spent Friday busy on the same courts which will host the state tourney.

Coupeville made the long trip to Yakima to take part in the SunDome Volleyball Festival, and made a positive impression on folks, winning seven of 10 sets.

“Yakima was a great experience for the girls and this team,” said Wolf coach Cory Whitmore.

“We went hoping to experience the area in which state volleyball is played, to feel what it is like to play on sport-court, the lights, the sounds, the space, etc.

“We definitely got that experience from 8 AM when we played first until we finally left the SunDome at 6 PM. I am so proud of how the girls remained consistent throughout the day, and how they did it together.”

The Wolves won five of six sets in pool play, sweeping two sets from Selah and Sunnyside Christian, before splitting sets with Tri-Cities Prep.

That third match was a gut-check special, with Coupeville rallying to claim the second set 25-19 after dropping the opener 25-18.

Happy team, state tourney dreams.

Jumping out of pool play, the Wolves faced their toughest competition of the day with a showdown against Connell, and they lost a nailbiter 25-18, 26-24.

Coupeville closed a very long day with a final match against Northwest 2B/1B League rival Darrington — who they play for real this Tuesday, Sept. 20.

After a close first set, which went to the Wolves by the score of 25-20, CHS rolled in set two to the tune of 25-9.

“Fatigue had begun to set in as we made some uncharacteristic errors but pulled together a string of points at the end that allowed us to overtake them,” Whitmore said.

“Having to dig deep, despite some serious fatigue and compete for the win was exactly what we hoped to accomplish as far as post-season experience to rely on later.”

While Coupeville winning seven of ten sets in a day was a strong mark, it’s the intangibles which might loom larger as the season plays out.

“It was the bonding and playing experience that will have made the trip well worth it,” Whitmore said.

“Everyone had moments of brilliance throughout the day and it was fun to watch them work through the tournament challenges together.”

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Lucy Tenore is a heavy hitter for a high-flying Coupeville volleyball squad. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They came, they saw, and they almost completely conquered.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad claimed second-place at a tournament in Sultan Saturday, while mixing competition with experimentation.

The Wolves opened by blitzing through pool play, winning five of six sets to claim top dog status.

Coupeville, a 2B school, gave up a single set to 2A Cedarcrest, then bounced 4A Mariner in a three-set thriller in the semifinals of the tourney.

While the Wolves “ran out of steam a bit,” falling to 1A Mount Baker in the championship match, CHS coach Cory Whitmore was pleased with the day.

“It was great experience, and we got to work with some different lineups, which was fun for the group,” he said. “I thought we served tough throughout the day and worked hard in transition — a focus of ours.

“Always fun to get some tournament experience fairly early on, and the day offered a lot of chance for touches and reps.”

Coupeville, which is 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, and 4-1 overall, has back-to-back matches to kick off next week.

The Wolves host next-door neighbor South Whidbey (5-1) Monday in a titanic non-conference rumble, before traveling Tuesday to Friday Harbor (1-2, 1-4) for a league tussle.

Maddie Georges sets up the Wolves for success.

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Jeff Stone

He shoots and scores.

Coupeville basketball legend Jeff Stone still has the magic touch, but these days he’s tearing up the golf course and not the hardwood.

The man who still holds CHS basketball game, season, and career scoring records 51 years after graduation, was at the front of the field May 29-30 at Whidbey Golf Club’s Mountain Mist Men’s Invitational.

Stone won low net at the tourney, winning a $750 purse, while Nick Krantz captured the low gross title.

Darren Justus came out on top in the chipping contest, with the “closest to the hole” competitions being won by Chris Robinson, Michael Lacey, Lucas Horrobin, and Thomas Kidd.

Back before putting together a long, successful run as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Oak Harbor High School, Stone was a standout three-sport athlete at CHS.

His biggest impact came on the basketball court, where he went on to be a college player.

Stone’s marks of 48 points in one game, 644 in a season, and 1,137 in a career still stand as the best in the 104-year history of Wolf boys hoops.

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Taekwondo students claimed ownership of the CHS gym Saturday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Basketball players aren’t the only athletes in the Coupeville High School gym these days.

Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts held a taekwondo tourney Saturday, and wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken swung by to nab us some fresh, action-packed pics.

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