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Maya Toomey-Stout is disturbed to see Thursday’s Coupeville High School basketball games have been cancelled due to high winds playing havoc with ferries. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was going to happen sometime.

Winter weather conditions and Island life finally conspired Thursday to mess up the high school basketball schedule.

Coupeville and Port Townsend were set to face off in four games, with the boys action on Whidbey and the girls games on the mainland, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

“Due to small craft advisory through 1:00 AM and increasing winds through the evening we are canceling tonight’s games rather than risk both teams getting stuck,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“We have always erred on the side of caution when it comes to the PT ferry, which is what we are doing tonight,” he added. “We will look to reschedule at a later date; thank you for your understanding.”

The unpredictability of the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferries to handle various weather-related issues was one of the reasons the Wolves listed when they departed the Olympic League two years ago.

Thursday’s games were non-conference rumbles which would have featured the CHS girls trying to improve to 7-1 and the Wolf boys attempting to pull up to .500 at 4-4.

Both programs will return to action Saturday, when Nooksack Valley comes to Coupeville for a weekend doubleheader. That event starts at 1 PM.

Unless Deception Pass Bridge gets ripped down by giant octopuses between now and then.

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   Zack Nall scored his first goal of the season Friday in a 5-3 Wolf win. (John Fisken photo)

   William Nelson (left) and Brandon Jansen watch the play unfold. (Susan Hulst photo)

   Freshman Aram Leyva tallied two goals, giving him three on the season. (Fisken photo)

Claim the wind, claim the game.

Playing with the Whidbey wind at its back in the first half Friday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad built a 4-0 lead, then coasted home for a 5-3 win over visiting 2A North Mason.

The non-conference win evened Coupeville’s record at 2-2-1 on the season.

The Wolves put their 1-0 record in Olympic League play on the line the next two games, when they travel to Klahowya Tuesday, Mar. 28, before returning home to host Port Townsend Friday, Mar. 31.

Eight of their next 10 games are league affairs.

Coupeville spread out its scoring Friday, with four booters hitting pay-dirt.

Freshman phenom Aram Leyva torched the North Mason goaltender twice, while Ethan Spark, Uriel Liquidano and Zack Nall all had the magic touch as well.

Spark leads the Wolves with five goals this season, with Leyva hot on his heels with three.

Walter Sebastian-Montejo, Chris Ramsey and Brock Mullins tallied goals for the visitors.

“North Mason did make it interesting late in the game, but the boys held steady,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “A good tough, physical win for us.”

JV edged:

Freshman Mason Grove found the back of the net for Coupeville, but North Mason escaped with a narrow 2-1 win.

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CHS cheerleader Mckenzie Meyer offers an interpretive dance version of what it would be like to be on a ferry right now. (John Fisken photo)

   CHS cheerleader Mckenzie Meyer offers an interpretive dance version of what it would be like to be riding a ferry right now. (John Fisken photo)

Put the buses back in the barn.

Mother Nature, in all her windy, ferry-rockin’ glory, has forced cancellations of all Coupeville basketball games scheduled for tonight.

The girls and boys high school squads were supposed to travel to Belfair to play non-conference games against 2A North Mason, while the middle school boys were going to be trekking to Sequim.

With the season wrapping down — the CHS girls have seven games left, the CHS boys six, all to be played between now and Feb. 4 — it’s highly unlikely the high school games will be rescheduled.

The middle school game, though, is a league affair, so Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith is working on finding a new date.

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Jose Marcos, who was part of Coupeville's winning Wind Power team, works on a project.

   Jose Marcos, who was part of Coupeville’s winning Wind Power team, works on a project. (Photo from the CHS Science Olympiad web site)

Four Coupeville High School students showed off their superior brain power Saturday, taking home first place in Wind Power at a Science Olympiad regional competition in Seattle.

Luke Carlson, Jose Marcos, Connor McCormick and Zane Bundy combined to net the Wolves’ lone title, while CHS also took three second-place finishes and a fourth-place award.

The competition capped a season that started in October and has required the Wolves, many of whom juggle Science Olympiad with sports, drama and regular school work, to put in extensive time and effort.

Coupeville claimed second in Bridge Building, Robot Arm and Wright Stuff, which is an event involving gliders.

It’s named in honor of the Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville), who, if you were paying attention in school, kind of kick-started this whole airplane thing.

The teams for those disciplines included Mitchell Carroll, Joseph Wedekind, Loren Nelson and Laurence Boado (Bridge Building), Nick Dion and Carroll (Robot Arm) and Carlson, Julianne Sem and Madison Rixe (W. Stuff)

The Wolves also copped fourth in Air Trajectory, with Teo Keilwitz, Marcos, Jakobi Baumann and McCormick working on that project.

Overall, 19 CHS students competed across 23 events in the all-day contest.

Other Wolf competitors included Dani Johnson, Garrett Compton, Sebastian Davis, Lilan Sekigawa, Mckenzie Meyer and John McClarin.

To find out more about the team, pop over to:

http://coupevillescienceolympiad.weebly.com/

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