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Coupeville netters tune up for district
"Coupeville's tennis team tuned up for the Northwest A District qualifying tournament with some strong efforts at last Saturday's Blaine Invitational.The post-season tournament had players from Blaine and Lakewood, both 2-A schools, and Friday Harbor. Blaine used a round-robin format with matches between each of the No. 1 singles, each of the No. 2 singles, and each of the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.Coupeville coach Cliff Horr had to split up some of Coupeville's regular doubles teams because two of players couldn't attend the tournament.The Wolves did get a solid performance from No. 1 singles Sophie Carlsson. She defeated Laura Peppard of Lakewood 6-3, 6-4 and Allison Pemberton of Friday Harbor 6-3, 6-0. Claire Cobb, who usually plays No. 1 doubles, played No. 2 singles. She lost a grueling match to Chani Hodonsky from Lakewood 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-7( 6-8) In doubles, Coupeville freshmen Jessica Boling and Bethany Horr played No. 1 doubles. They lost to Lakewood's Christina Gilman and Emily Sinn 6-1, 6-0, but bounced back to defeat Friday Harbor's No. 1 team 6-0 6-4.Breanne Houlroyd and Jennifer Boyer, two other freshmen, lost two early matches but defeated Blaine's No. 2 team 6-1, 6-2.The Wolves will practice this week for Saturday's district qualifying tournament at Friday Harbor.OAK HARBOR FASTPITCH: The Oak Harbor fastpitch team concluded its season Monday, losing to visiting Cascade 9-1.Oak Harbor finished with a 2-12 4-A Western Conference record and a 3-17 overall mark.Wildcat coach Denny Zylstra had a young team this spring. He expects Oak Harbor to be stronger next year.We have a lot of eighth graders who will be turning out next year, and some players in the upper grades who didn't turn out for various reasons, Zylstra said. We have a lot of girls who will be playing this summer. I'm really looking forward to next year.COUPEVILLE SOFTBALL: Michelle Martin's single in the top of the seventh scored Suzy Zustiak with the winning run Friday as Coupeville topped host Lynden 6-5 in a nonleague contest.Martin's single capped a three-run rally for the Wolves, who trailed 5-3 entering the seventh. Prior to Martin's hit, Zustiak tripled in two runs.Earlier in the game, Amahra Leaman ripped a two-run double as Coupeville tied the score at 3-all.The victory boosted Coupeville's season mark to 11-7. In Northwest A League play, Coupeville was scheduled to play La Conner Tuesday afternoon, weather-permitting. The Wolves, 7-4, entered the game in a three-way tie with Concrete and Archbishop Thomas Murphy.VENABLE WINS TWICE: Maile Venable won the 3,200 and the 1,600 at last Wednesday's 3A-4A Western Conference freshmen meet. Venable ran the 3,200 in 12:14.17 and the 1,600 in 5:35.1."