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   Harris Sinclair teamed with Koby Schreiber for one of Coupeville’s three wins Thursday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a friendly rivalry, but largely a one-sided one.

South Whidbey has had Coupeville’s number on the tennis court more times than not in recent years, and that held true again Thursday afternoon.

Other than a strong victory at #2 doubles from Mason Grove and Nick Etzell, the Wolves had few answers for the Falcons, falling 4-1.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 1-4 heading into a home match Friday against always-strong Overlake (3:30 PM).

Complete Thursday results:


1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra lost to Levi Buck 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Larsen Christiansen 6-3, 6-3

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo lost to Hank Papritz/Ryan Wenzek 6-3, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Nick Etzell/Mason Grove beat Aengus Dubendorf/Michael Lux 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Nile Lockwood/Zach Ginnings lost to Brent DeWolf/Joey Lane 8-2


4th Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost 6-4

5th Doubles — Thane Peterson/Drake Borden won 6-4

6th Doubles — Koby Schreiber/Harris Sinclair won 6-4

7th Doubles — Lockwood/Ginnings lost 6-2

8th Doubles — Johnson/Jas. Baumann lost 6-4

9th Doubles — Borden/Peterson lost 6-2

10th Doubles — Sinclair/Schreiber lost 6-4

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   Pedro Gamarra, well-dressed man about town, glides in for a shot. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Joey Lippo: “Aha, my old nemesis, we meet again!”

Mason Grove tests just how limber he really is.

   William Nelson takes a moment to calculate every possible outcome in his head in the millisecond before he beats the snot out of the ball.

Jaschon Baumann has his eyes firmly glued on the prize.

Clear skies.

That was the biggest difference Wednesday for the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad.

The thick, choking smog from Canadian forest fires which plagued the previous home match was long gone, and that benefited everyone, from players to the photographer working the sidelines.

The guy with the constantly-clicking camera is John Fisken, and the photos above are courtesy him.

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


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   Nile Lockwood teamed with Zach Ginnings Monday to pull out a three-set win on the road. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Are they training killer bees in Sequim and then sending them to Whidbey?!

I’m not saying it did happen, just that it could have happened…

Missing #1 singles ace Nick Etzell, who was recovering from an allergic reaction to a nasty bee sting on his playing hand, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad still came dangerously close to toppling 2A Sequim.

After a back-and-forth match Monday in which four of the seven varsity tilts went to a third set, the Wolves fell 4-3 on the road.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 0-2 as it begins a new season with a brutal opening schedule.

The Wolves, repping one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, play their first three matches against large 2A schools.

With identical 4-3 losses to Port Angeles and Sequim under its belt, Coupeville welcomes Kingston to Whidbey Wednesday afternoon. Play begins at 3:15.

Facing off with Sequim, the Wolves won two of the four three-set matches.

Nile Lockwood and Zach Ginnings pulled off a win at #3 doubles which required going all the way to a third-set tiebreaker, while Joey Lippo and William Nelson rallied in the final moments for their win at #1 doubles.

The senior duo fell behind 3-0 in the third set, before winning six of the final seven games to escape and stay unbeaten this season.

Ginnings is also 2-0 in 2017, having won two matches with different partners, while #3 singles player Mason Grove is the only Wolf to have won both of his matches this season in straight sets.

Complete Monday results:


1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra lost to Raymond Lam 6-7(3-7), 6-3, 7-5

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Liam Payne 6-4, 6-3

3rd Singles — Mason Grove beat Jonathan Heintz 6-4, 6-2

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Blake Wilker/Thomas Hughes 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost to Tim Porter 6-2, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Nile Lockwood/Zach Ginnings beat Brenton Barnes/Kevin Meyer 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(7-3)

4th Doubles — Drake Borden/Thane Peterson lost to Aaron Jackson/Liam Braaten 4-6, 6-4, 10-2


5th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Koby Schreiber lost to Steven Lam/Dustin Koch 8-0

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   Joey Lippo fires up a serve against hazy skies as he and William Nelson roll to a season-opening win. (Joe Lippo photos)

   The stands were crammed as Wolf soccer players and cheerleaders dropped by the match before their practices started.

The fans who stayed to the end got a show.

Playing under hazy skies, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad opened a new season Tuesday with a narrow 4-3 non-conference loss to big 2A school Port Angeles.

But while the Wolves represent a tiny 1A school with barely a quarter of the student population the Roughriders draw from (PA wins that battle 876-227), the CHS netters are a scrappy bunch.

Case in point, the day’s final match.

With play on all other courts finished, the score cards pulled and Port Angeles one step away from jumping on the bus and hauling tail for the ferry, Zach Ginnings and Drake Borden still had one final message to deliver to the big city folks.

The Wolf duo, a sophomore and freshman, respectively, battled blow for blow with their rivals, storming back to win in the #4 doubles slot with canny shot-making.

In a match full of long rallies and points pulled out with last-second miracle shots, Ginnings and Borden displayed a sweet touch on their volleys which earned an appreciative nod and smile from veteran Wolf coach Ken Stange.

His young guns ability to create was one of the true bright spots on a day when the sun was camped behind a thick layer of Canadian fire-driven smog.

Equally on point were seniors William Nelson and Joey Lippo, who romped to a quick win at #1 doubles, and sophomore Mason Grove, who cruised to a forceful victory in straight sets at #3 singles.

Nelson and Lippo, who came within a step of advancing to state a season ago, picked right back up, mashing big overheads and fooling the Roughriders with a variety of slick serves.

At one point Lippo cranked several winners in a row, sending the ball slamming off the court with enough kick to then cause it to shoot up and over the fence and land in a nearby housing development.

While the crowd argued over whether a tennis player could accurately be described as “hammering the ball” (I vote yes and the hapless tennis ball surely agrees with me), the serene Wolf duo remained low-key from opening warmup to final ace.

If they make it to state, Nelson and Lippo, a tandem not exactly prone to huge on-court celebrations, might go as far as tapping racquets.


On this day, the slightest of nods as they walked off the court, step one completed successfully on their final tennis journey.


Complete Tuesday results:


1st Singles — Nick Etzell lost to Kenny Soule 6-1, 6-2

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Hayden Woods 6-3, 6-1

3rd Singles — Mason Grove beat Henry Shaw 6-4, 6-0

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Lucas Jarnigan/Milo Whitman 6-1, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Pedro Gamarra/Nile Lockwood lost to Hunter Dougherty/Jaden Seibiel 6-4, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Jaschon Baumann/Tiger Johnson lost to Brady Nickerson/Kyler Tourbin 6-1, 6-1

4th Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Drake Borden beat Wyatt Hall/Tanner Price 7-5


5th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Thane Peterson lost to Dan Clark/Caleb Flodstrum 8-1

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   CHS junior William Nelson was named a First-Team All-Conference soccer player for the third straight season. (John Fisken photos)

Uriel Liquidano was also honored by Olympic League coaches.

Still perfect.

Coupeville High School junior midfielder William Nelson was named a First-Team All-Conference player by Olympic League soccer coaches for the third consecutive year, an honor he shares this time around with senior defender Uriel Liquidano.

The duo hauled away their fair share of awards at a season-ending banquet Tuesday, also being honored as Captains.

Nelson was named the Player of the Year, while Liquidano copped Most Inspirational.

Freshman Aram Leyva (Rookie of the Year) and goaltender Dewitt Cole (Most Improved) rounded out those honored by coach Kyle Nelson.

Varsity letter winners:

Jaschon Baumann
Laurence Boado
Dewitt Cole
Nick Dion (4-year player)
Hunter Downes
Zach Ginnings
Mason Grove
Brandon Jansen
Uriah Kastner
Teo Keilwitz
Aram Leyva
Uriel Liquidano (4-year player)
Zack Nall
William Nelson
Axel Partida
Brian Roberts
Josh Robinson
Mathew Shreffner
Ethan Spark
James Wood

JV participation certificates:

Chris Cernick
Jonathon Johnson
Jonathon Partida
Simon Socha

Manager awards:

Maddy Hilkey
Ashley Menges
Peytin Vondrak

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