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Gabe Shaw, seen last fall in Coupeville, now plays for an undefeated football team in Florida. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Shaw made the local paper, out in front on a run. (Photos courtesy Gabe Shaw, Sr.)

The former Wolf (wearing #72) takes out a would-be tackler.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide for anyone who gets in the way of #72.

Different state, same strong results.

Gabe Shaw spent the past two seasons wearing the red and black for Coupeville, where his play on both sides of the line last fall helped the Wolf football squad capture its first winning record since 2005.

A family move sent him across the country to Florida, however, and he’s attending school and playing ball in the deep South.

Now a junior at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Shaw is a vital part of an undefeated gridiron team.

The Blue Devils sit at a crisp 5-0 after thunking Mendendez High School 49-7 Friday night.

Clay has outscored its foes 220-68 so far this season.

Shaw, who is listed at tackle and defensive end, rocks #72 for the Blue Devils.

During his time in Coupeville, the younger Shaw also played basketball for the Wolves, while dad Gabe, Sr. was a popular assistant coach for the CHS football program.

Younger brother Ben was a taekwondo champ, and mom Rosmond kept the Shaw empire firing on all cylinders.

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Chelsea Prescott and the high-flying Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad are off to a 6-0 start after sweeping Granite Falls. (Brian Vick photo)

Is it possible to feel terrible and wonderful at the same time?

Coupeville High School volleyball coach Cory Whitmore, battling illness while enduring a long bus trip to Granite Falls, was ready to hit the hay when he got back to Whidbey Thursday night.

But while he physically felt pretty punk, spiritually he was flying sky-high.

Whitmore’s Wolves cruised to a 25-16, 25-10, 25-15 win on the road, improving to a flawless 3-0 in North Sound Conference play, 6-0 overall.

It’s the best start to a season for a CHS volleyball team since at least 2004, and maybe forever.

Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Toni Crebbin, who was the Wolf coach back in those days, knows that squad finished with just one league loss, but couldn’t immediately remember Thursday at what point in the season that lone defeat occurred.

Until someone goes through old newspaper clippings (yes, yes, I’m on it), we can safely say this year’s 6-0 start eclipses last year’s CHS squad, which started 5-0.

With a trip Saturday to Orcas Island to play a 1-5 non-conference foe, Coupeville is primed to carry a 7-0 mark into next Monday’s titanic league showdown with King’s (3-0, 6-0).

That match will play out in the CHS gym, with tip-off set for 7 PM.

For the moment, the Wolves can bask in the afterglow from a prime-time hit job, one in which they whacked the Tigers thanks to strong performances across the board.

“I’m excited about the win,” Whitmore said. “We came back with a commanding message to another league match-up and it was a big team effort.”

The Wolves sent nine players onto the floor Thursday, and all returned to the bench having scratched their names on the stat sheet.

Coupeville’s spikers combined for five blocks, 18 aces, 33 digs, 37 assists, and 39 kills, stifling Granite Falls at the net, while often never giving their hosts a chance to really get going.

The stat-line:

Hannah Davidson (2 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs)
Emma Mathusek
(9 digs, 2 assists)
Chelsea Prescott
(9 kills, 4 aces, 5 digs, 1 assist)
Lucy Sandahl
(1 ace, 2 digs, 1 assist)
Scout Smith
(4 kills, 6 aces, 4 digs, 28 assists)
Maya Toomey-Stout
(10 kills, 2 aces, 10 digs, 4 assists, 2 blocks)
Zoe Trujillo
(9 kills, 1 assist, 1 block)
Raven Vick
(3 aces)
Maddie Vondrak
(5 kills, 1 dig, 2 blocks)

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Chelsea Prescott was on fire Tuesday as the undefeated Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team swatted arch-rival South Whidbey in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Raven Vick (left) and Maddie Vondrak, key components on a 5-0 Wolf squad which sits atop the North Sound Conference standings. (Brian Vick photo)

The future is bright for South Whidbey, but the present is even brighter for Coupeville.

While the Falcon volleyball squad has tons of young talent, led by big-hitting, sweet-serving freshman Morgan Batchelor, the Wolves have earned their moment in the spotlight.

Eight of the 12 players on Coupeville’s varsity roster are seniors, with three juniors and one freshman rounding out the team.

Those veterans have gone all the way with Wolf coach Cory Whitmore, now in his fourth season at the helm of the program, and they’re primed to make a run at returning to state for the second time in three seasons.

Tuesday night Coupeville took another step down that path, sending their next-door neighbors back home after blistering them 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 2-0 in North Sound Conference play, 5-0 overall.

It’s the second-straight season CHS has opened with five wins in as many matches, and the Island rivalry triumph was a milestone for Whitmore, who is now 40-16 while working in Cow Town.

Coupeville sits atop the league standings, in a dead-heat with King’s (2-0, 5-0), a game up on Cedar Park Christian (1-1, 6-2) and South Whidbey (1-1, 2-3).

Granite Falls (0-2, 3-3), which hosts the Wolves Thursday, and Sultan (0-2, 3-4) are currently in the basement.

What is shaping up as a contender for match-of-the-year arrives next Monday, Oct. 7, when King’s travels to Whidbey Island to face Coupeville.

For now, though, Whitmore and his squad, having stayed perfect through the first third of the regular season, are content to remain locked in the moment.

Against South Whidbey, that meant attacking as a unit, all players firing as one.

“I was very excited with our consistency tonight, keeping almost the same scores set to set, and staying focused start to finish,” Whitmore said.

“We had very few errors, and a balanced attack, and that goes to Scout (Smith’s) distribution and just good sets,” he added. “It was a solid team effort; we were throwing the ball around and staying ahead of the game.”

Coupeville controlled play from first serve to last smash, and only trailed by more than a single point just once during the match, at 8-6 early in the second set.

It was the smallest of burps, though, as the Wolves promptly reeled off a 10-1 surge to quell any Falcon hopes of stretching the match out.

The night’s first big blow came from junior Chelsea Prescott, who launched a titanic evening by crushing an ear-popping spike to knot the first set up at 2-2.

That launched a run of different Wolves stepping up big at the net, with Maya Toomey-Stout, Zoe Trujillo, and Hannah Davidson all connecting on ferocious putaways in the opening set.

In between, Prescott bobbed and weaved, artfully spinning little tips for winners, before flexing her guns and erupting with pure power.

Chelsea was on her game tonight,” Whitmore said as he scanned the stat sheet. “28 swings and just one error!

“Every one of our hitters came in above average, and that’s the payoff of good team passing.”

The Wolves closed the first set with two beautiful plays.

On the first, Smith won a tip war at the net, skying up, then out-muscling a rival player who made a play for the same ball.

Then Trujillo, who put an extra little zing on all of her kills Tuesday, walloped a smash that scattered a pack of Falcon players who could only watch in frustration as it ripped past.

Keeping alive the team first, team last, team always concept, the Wolves opened the second set with yet another player rising to the moment.

This time it was the Mad Masher herself, junior Maddie Vondrak, who cracked a huge spike to buckle the knees of the Falcon players.

There were longer rallies in the middle set, but almost every time Coupeville came up with something special, whether it was Davidson smoking a kill or Smith twirling like a ballerina while looking one way and dropping a tip winner the other.

Prescott was a whiz kid who couldn’t be stopped, blasting one shot with enough sizzle on it to completely bowl over a Falcon player, who tried, and failed, to stop it with her chest.

Batchelor did her best to keep South Whidbey in the mix, and made an often-impenetrable wall at the net, but the well-seasoned Wolves had too many weapons.

Whether it was Trujillo roaring up the middle of the court like a runaway freight train, Toomey-Stout trying to pop the volleyball through sheer brute strength, or Vondrak slicin’ ‘n dicin’, Coupeville had an answer for everything South Whidbey could offer this time around.

The match ended, appropriately, with one final eruption of power from Toomey-Stout, which pleased her coaches, and the rockin’, rollin’, and floor-thumpin’ CHS student section.

It also came to a close with a remarkably well-balanced stat sheet, led off by Prescott, who delivered 11 kills, seven digs and six aces.

Smith tossed in 25 assists, four kills, and nine digs, Toomey-Stout collected 10 kills, eight digs, and two aces, and that was just the start.

Trujillo (five kills), Emma Mathusek (nine digs and a million floor burns), Vondrak (four kills and a solo block), Davidson (four kills, three aces), Raven Vick (three aces), and Lucy Sandahl (three digs and an ace) all delivered strong work as well.

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Coupeville boys basketball, which boasts nine players who will be seniors this coming season, went 5-0 this weekend, winning the Crescent Classic. (Mindy Grove photo)

The underclassmen join the action. (Photo courtesy Brad Sherman)

Right now, at this moment in time, they’re undefeated.

The high school boys basketball season is still months and months away, but that’s not stopping Coupeville from getting after it.

Prepping for an upcoming team camp, the Wolves traveled off-Island this weekend, and returned home as Crescent Classic champs.

Coupeville, facing off with Chimacum, Forks, and the host team, went 5-0 to nab the title.

Having traveled 154.8 miles round-trip to Crescent, the Wolves earned a win for every 31 miles.

CHS coach Brad Sherman had his full team at his disposal, with all nine returning full-time varsity players in attendance.

That group includes Jacobi Pilgrim, Jered Brown, Hawthorne Wolfe, Jean Lund-Olsen, Gavin Knoblich, Ulrik Wells, Mason Grove, Koa Davison, and Sean Toomey-Stout.

Also along for the trip were Daniel Olson and Xavier Murdy, who were swing players during the 2018-2019 season, and Tucker Hall.

After a season in which Coupeville had just one senior, the now-graduated Dane Lucero, the Wolves could boast nine 12th graders this winter.

The only underclassmen in the current varsity group are Olson, who will be a junior, and Wolfe and Murdy, who will be sophomores.

Their coach came away from the trip pleased with the results, and, more importantly, thrilled with the effort he saw from his players.

“Was a good opportunity for our guys to get out and play before camp,” Sherman said. “Good team basketball; really great team effort.”

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“Can’t talk, have to check my stats!” (Photo by Suzan Georges)

Scoring runs? Not a problem.

After sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Anacortes Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team has scored 15 or more times in every single one of its 11 games.

So little wonder that the Wolves, after grabbing 18-10 and 19-9 victories at Rhododendron Park, sit at a flawless 11-0.

They’re doing it with pitching, with defense, but most of all, with booming bats, opportunistic base-running, and a love for stamping their feet on home plate.

And how many times have their spikes slammed down, you ask?

Oh, just 209 times so far, which means the Wolves are averaging an uncanny 19 runs a game. No big deal.

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

After throwing five runs up on the board in the bottom of the first to claim a 5-2 lead, Central Whidbey never relinquished its advantage.

Though Anacortes didn’t go down all that easily.

The visitors twice rallied to within just two runs, at 6-4 and 12-10, but both times the Wolves responded emphatically.

The first time things got momentarily tense, Central Whidbey piled up five runs in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the lead back out.

Cue Anacortes chip-chip-chippin’ away at the lead, and then the Wolves hammering their rivals one more time, with a six-run assault in the sixth sealing the win.

Wolf pitcher Gwen Gustafson held Anacortes scoreless over the game’s final two innings, with barely a flicker of danger, and it was on to game two.

Central Whidbey piled up a mountain of hits on the day, raining down 20 in just the first game.

Savina Wells and Gustafson led the way with four base-knocks apiece, with Wells collecting a pair of doubles, while Sofia Peters, Maddie Georges, and Melanie Navarro had three singles each.

Rounding out the hit parade were Vivian Farris, Jill Prince, and Cypress Socha, while Adrian Burrows and Karyme Castro saw field time as well.

 

Game 2:

If the opener was semi-close, the nightcap turned into a rout quickly.

Trailing 3-0 when they came up in the bottom of the first, the Wolves promptly threw down 13 runs, with the first 11 batters reaching base safely.

Given a lead, Farris took to the pitcher’s circle and held Anacortes at bay, while getting some solid work from her defense.

Georges ripped a triple, while Wells, Socha, Gustafson, and Peters all doubled.

Central Whidbey collected “only” 13 hits in the second game, with Georges rattling a pair of singles to go with her three-bagger, but also eked out eight walks.

Burrows and Gustafson both picked up two free passes, Wells, Peters, Navarro, and Gustafson each finished with two hits, and Farris aided her own cause with a sharply-smacked single.

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