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   A taekwondo tourney Feb. 24 will bring 200-250 competitors to the Coupeville High School gym. (Photo courtesy Robert Armstrong)

Competitors will range in ages from 3-up. (Photo courtesy Holly Davidson)

Prepare for combat.

The Coupeville High School gym will be crammed full of taekwondo fighters Saturday, Feb. 24, as 200-250 competitors take to the mats to vie in the “Battle on the Island.”

Entrants are expected from multiple states and at least two countries (USA and Canada), and may run the gamut from ages 3-70.

The tourney, which is being run by Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts, opens the doors at 7:30 AM.

Entry fee is $5.00 for fans, with ages five and under free.

The opening ceremonies kick off at 8:30, with the tourney action starting at 9:00 and running all day.

Multiple forms of taekwondo, some involving weapons, will be involved, with eight events in all.

For more info, contact Robert Armstrong at (360) 320-1131 or ArmstrongATA@gmail.com.

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   Coupeville grad Makana Stone and Whitman College won for the 10th straight time, bouncing a ranked team Thursday in San Antonio. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The only thing that can cool them off is an enforced winter break.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone and the Whitman College women’s basketball team drilled a ranked foe Thursday, completing a clean sweep at the Trinity University Classic in San Antonio.

The 82-59 victory over the tourney hosts lifts the Blues, ranked #8 in NCAA D-III hoops, to 10-1.

With two wins by rout in as many days, Whitman heads home for the break riding a 10-game winning streak.

Stone and Co. are now off until Jan. 5, when they kick off a four-game home stand in Walla Walla.

The foe that night will be Pacific, and the game will start the heart of the Northwest Conference season for Whitman.

Currently sitting at 2-0 in league play, and in a first-place tie with George Fox, the Blues play their final 14 regular season games against conference opponents.

Thursday afternoon pitted Whitman against the #13 team in the nation, but it wasn’t as close a match-up as might have been expected.

The Blues led 16-13 after one quarter, stretched the margin to 41-33 at the break, then steadily pulled away after halftime.

The second half was when Stone did much of her damage, as she scored all eight of her points after the break.

The sophomore sensation added six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while All-American Casey Poe paced the Blues with 22 points.

For the season, Stone leads Whitman with 153 points on 58-90 (64%) shooting from the floor and 21-28 (75%) from the free throw line.

She also has 63 rebounds, 23 assists and eight steals.

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   CHS grad Makana Stone (center) scored 16 points Wednesday as Whitman romped to its ninth-straight win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They may never lose again.

Fueled by another breakout performance from sophomore sensation, and Coupeville grad, Makana Stone, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad roared to its ninth-straight win.

The Blues, ranked #8 in NCAA D-III, scorched Schreiner University 93-47 Wednesday in the opening game of the Trinity University Classic in San Antonio.

Now 9-1 on the season, Whitman returns to the floor Thursday to face the tourney hosts.

That should provide a tougher challenge, as Trinity is ranked #19 in the nation.

Wednesday it was all about putting a whuppin’ on the Mountaineers, as Whitman exploded out to a 26-14 lead after one quarter and never slowed down.

Stone went off for 16 points in just 18 minutes, on sweet 8-11 shooting from the floor, while snatching five rebounds and dealing out two assists.

She was one of the sparks which lit Whitman’s fire, tossing in eight of her points in the opening quarter.

The Blues had three gunners crack double-digits scoring, with All-American Casey Poe (18) and Emily Rommel (10) joining Stone.

With the game getting out of hand early, Whitman went to its bench liberally, with none of the Blues starters logging more than 22 minutes.

Through 10 games, Stone leads Whitman with 145 points, while adding 57 rebounds, 21 assists, six steals and a blocked shot.

She is pacing the Blues in field goal percentage at 66%, hitting 63 of 95 shots, while also knocking down 73% (19-26) at the free-throw stripe.

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   Pedro Gamarra won two of three matches Monday at the Olympic League tennis tourney, earning a trip to districts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Jakobi Baumann is overcome after pulling off a stunning come-from-behind win to qualify for districts. (Ken Stange photo)

Guts.

Determination.

An indomitable will to win.

Coupeville High School junior Jakobi Baumann showed all that, and more, Monday, as he pulled off a stunning reversal of fortune to kick off the long-delayed 1A Olympic League boys tennis tourney.

After being rained out twice on Whidbey, the netters found clear skies and dry courts in Chimacum, and the Wolves took advantage, with six of their nine competitors earning a trip to districts.

Of the six, it might mean the most to Baumann, who trailed Chimacum’s big-hitting, highly-vocal JJ Klaric 4-0 in a loser-out pro set.

Two weeks ago, the pair met up in a regular-season match and Klaric came out on top in a three-set thriller.

Monday, it was Baumann’s turn to wrest the spotlight away, as the cerebral cool cat battled for an hour-and-a-half before eliminating his ornery foe 8-6.

With that victory, he joins fellow singles player Pedro Gamarra and the doubles teams of Joey Lippo/William Nelson and Mason Grove/Nick Etzell, in punching their tickets to Tacoma.

The Wolves open the two-day district tourney Wednesday afternoon at Sprinker Tennis Center.

Lippo and Nelson, making a final bid at reaching the state tourney as seniors, claimed the league doubles title Monday, rolling to a 3-0 record on the day, while Klahowya’s Taylor Fite captured the singles crown.

Gamarra was third and a mentally drained Baumann fourth in singles play, while Grove and Etzell played the most matches of any Wolves, splitting four bouts to claim third place.

Coupeville’s #3 seeds, singles ace Nile Lockwood and doubles duo Zach Ginnings and Drake Borden, were knocked out of the tourney in the single-elimination first round.

Klahowya will also send six netters to districts, with Fite and Jacob Kraft being joined by the duos of Morgan Seidel/William Stewart and Joe Bowman/Nick Hytinen.

Neither Chimacum or Port Townsend advanced any players.

Complete Monday results:

Singles:

Pedro Gamarra:

Beat Drew Kraft (Kla) 8-6
Lost to Jacob Kraft (Kla) 6-0, 6-2
Beat Jakobi Baumann (Cp) 6-4, 6-4

Jakobi Baumann:

Beat JJ Klaric (Chim) 8-6
Lost to Taylor Fite (Kla) 6-0, 6-0
Lost to Pedro Gamarra (Cp) 6-4, 6-4

Nile Lockwood:

Lost to Taylor Fite (Kla) 8-0

Doubles:

William Nelson/Joey Lippo:

Beat Mason Lawson/Roman Powell (Chim) 8-0
Beat Nick Etzell/Mason Grove (Cp) 6-4, 6-2
Beat Morgan Seidel/William Stewart (Kla) 6-3, 6-1

Mason Grove/Nick Etzell:

Beat Parker Short/Carson Short (Kla) 8-2
Lost to William Nelson/Joey Lippo (Cp) 6-4, 6-2
Beat Joe Bowman/Nick Hytinen (Kla) 6-4, 6-2
Lost to Morgan Seidel/William Stewart (Kla) 7-6(7-2), 6-7(4-7), 11-9

Zach Ginnings/Drake Borden:

Lost to Morgan Seidel/William Stewart (Kla) 8-2

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   Taylor Consford ripped a pair of hits Friday as Coupeville’s 17U baseball squad won its tourney opener. (John Fisken photo)

One was a beauty, one was a beast.

Playing back-to-back games Friday morning at the 3rd annual Battle of the Bats tournament at Curtis High School, Coupeville’s 17U baseball squad found wildly different results.

In the opener, the Wolves controlled things from the first batter and strolled to a 9-2 win over the Swing Center Shockers.

Ten minutes after that victory, CHS was back on the same diamond, but this time, everything went terribly, horribly wrong.

A mere three innings later, the Wolves staggered off the field, having been thrashed 15-0 by Honda Baseball in a game called early thanks to tournament mercy rules.

After the split in pool play, Coupeville moves to bracket action Saturday.

The final tournament of the summer season for the Wolves, Battle of the Bats features 25 teams in the 16/17 division and another 13 squads squaring off in the 15U flight.

Big win:

Four runs in the bottom of the first staked CHS hurler Jonathan Thurston to a big early lead, and he responded, carrying a shutout into the fifth inning.

The top of the fourth was his moment in the sun, as the lanky hurler gunned down three straight Shocker hitters.

Nick Etzell came on in relief in the fifth and closed out the game emphatically for Thurston.

At the plate, everything worked for Coupeville.

The Wolves picked up three hits in the first — a double from Taylor Consford and singles by Joey Lippo and Jake Hoagland — and mixed those in with a bevy of walks, many of the “batter getting plunked” variety.

CHS tacked on another three runs in the second, again getting a trio of base-knocks (this time singles from Matt Hilborn, Consford and Dane Lucero), before adding a single run in both the fourth and sixth.

Both of those scores came courtesy of bases-loaded walks, with Austin Boesch and Kyle Rockwell picking up RBIs as they strolled to first with a free pass.

Thomas Anderson, one of three Oak Harbor players (along with Boesch and Donny Kloewer) tagging along with Coupeville for this tourney, reached base all four times he came to the plate in game one.

A well-hit single and three walks made Anderson a frequent visitor to first base.

Big loss:

Coupeville, which got roughed up to the tune of three runs in the first, five in the second and seven more in the third, had its shots on offense, but couldn’t capitalize.

The Wolves loaded the bases in both the first and second inning, packaging four walks and singles from Consford and Kloewer.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Honda baseball dodged a bullet both times, getting inning-ending ground-outs to strand all three runners.

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