Wolf cheerleader Ella Bueler stalks the perfect pic. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Hawthorne Wolfe fan club gets vocal.

Phil Renninger commands the floor.

Where the action starts.

CHS band director Jamar Jenkins fires up the drum set.

The most-experienced scorer’s table staff in the biz.

CHS girls hoops guru Scott Fox (back) swaps tales with longtime coach turned Whidbey News-Times Sports Editor Jim Waller.

Former CHS volleyball stars Ashley Menges (far left) and Maya Toomey-Stout (second from right) discuss life.

Sometimes the real action is what happens between plays on the court.

Photographer John Fisken stays busy, even when the players on the court are taking a momentary pause, and the pics above capture those supplementary moments.

From cheerleaders moonlighting as paparazzi, to band directors sitting in for their drummers, to friends and former teammates reconnecting, it’s all part of the tapestry of CHS sports.

New season, new uniform, same big hoop dreams for Lyla Stuurmans and friends. (Corinn Parker photo)

Basketball is booming in Coupeville.

The middle school girls basketball season officially kicked off with the first day of practice Tuesday, and the gym was overflowing with 27 eager players.

CMS coaches Alex Evans and Fred Farris will guide the Wolves through a 10-game schedule which begins Feb. 6 with home games against Northshore Christian.

Those 27 players will be divided between three teams based on skill level, with 7th and 8th graders mixed.

The roster may ebb and flow a bit between now and opening night, but after two practices, these are the young women who have committed themselves to the hoops lifestyle:



Kayla Arnold
Brionna Blouin
Issabel Johnson
Kaitlyn Leavell
Lauren Marrs
Allison Nastali
Alena Osborne
Skylar Parker
Grey Peabody
Desiclali Ramirez-Vasquez
Reese Wilkinson



Gabriella Becktell
Aubrey Blitch
Taylor Brotemarkle
Mia Farris
Bryley Gilbert
Jada Heaton
Katie Marti
Chloe Marzocca
Madison McMillan
Pamela Morrell
Lyla Stuurmans
Shayla Town
Kassidy Upchurch
Devika Vogelsang-Puente
Savina Wells
Aby Wood

Daniel Olson is one of five Wolves to have topped 100 points this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The triple digit club grows.

A couple of games back we were sitting with two Coupeville High School players having cracked 100 points on the season.

Now, it’s five, with Scout Smith, Sage Downes, and Daniel Olson joining Hawthorne Wolfe and Mason Grove.

And it’s almost six, as Grady Rickner is one thin free throw away from jumping from 99 to 100.

With two open days before the Wolves return to action Friday, here’s a look at where everyone sits across Coupeville’s five hoops teams:


Girls Varsity
(12 games):

Scout Smith – 114
Chelsea Prescott – 85
Maddie Georges – 51
Avalon Renninger – 51
Hannah Davidson – 48
Izzy Wells – 30
Carolyn Lhamon – 15
Tia Wurzrainer – 13
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 10
Anya Leavell – 8
Audrianna Shaw – 6
Mollie Bailey – 4
Nezi Keiper – 2


Boys Varsity
(13 games):

Hawthorne Wolfe – 177
Mason Grove – 161
Sean Toomey-Stout – 90
Jacobi Pilgrim – 56
Ulrik Wells – 49
Jered Brown – 47
Koa Davison – 45
Gavin Knoblich – 38
Xavier Murdy – 16
Jean Lund-Olsen – 10
Tucker Hall – 6
Daniel Olson – 2


Girls JV
(10 games):

Gwen Gustafson – 65
Alita Blouin – 58
Ryanne Knoblich – 49
Ella Colwell – 41
Abby Mulholland – 22
Savana Allen – 16
Jessenia Camarena – 16
Natalie Castano – 9
Audrianna Shaw – 8
Morgan Stevens – 7
Anya Leavell – 4
Heidi Meyers – 3
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 3
Mollie Bailey – 2
Samantha Streitler – 2


Boys JV
(12 games):

Sage Downes – 109
Daniel Olson – 105
Grady Rickner – 99
Logan Martin – 70
Alex Murdy – 54
Cody Roberts – 41
Xavier Murdy – 33
Alex Jimenez – 26
Miles Davidson – 19
TJ Rickner – 18
Chris Cernick – 16
Andrew Aparicio – 10
Chris Ruck – 7


Boys C-Team
(8 games):

Dominic Coffman – 42
Ty Hamilton – 34
Brayden Coatney – 20
Ben Smith – 17
Alex Wasik – 16
Coen Killian – 13
Nick Armstrong – 9
Chris Cernick – 6
Josh Upchurch – 5
Simon Shelley – 3
Andrew Aparicio – 2
Alex Murdy – 2
Caleb Sonntag – 2

Chris Ruck was one of eight JV players to score Tuesday night against always-tough King’s. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove hit four treys as part of a team-high 14 points in the varsity game.

And we shall never see you again.

With Coupeville High School finally being granted a chance to return to 2B status starting next school year, the chances the Wolves will play private school power King’s in coming seasons is extremely limited.

Tuesday night the CHS boys basketball teams made the trip to Shoreline for their farewell tour, absorbing three more losses to one of the state’s premier hoops programs.

Instead of rehashing it all across three articles, we’re going to compress it into one, and then move on, with the Knights in our rearview mirrors.

At least in this sport, since the Coupeville girls basketball teams make their final trip to Shoreline Jan. 28, and then there’s spring sports.

But soon, very soon.

So, about tonight…



King’s is playing for nothing less than a state title this season.

Featuring a power-packed team that can kill you inside or outside, the Knights convinced most of the North Sound Conference teams to only play them once, and not twice.

With extra spots open on the schedule, the private school juggernauts added 2A and 3A schools to the mix, and went to Arizona for a big-time holiday tourney.

So, while King’s might be just 9-8 on the season (5-0 in league play), it’s a very-deceptive win-loss record.

Tuesday night went about as expected, as six-foot-seven sophomore sensation Tyler Linhardt pumped in 27 points across the first three quarters and King’s rolled to an 81-29 win.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-4 in league action, 4-9 overall, though Wolf coach Brad Sherman emerged from the game with a positive mindset.

“We fought hard against a very, very tough team,” he said. “Proud of the effort, attitude, and fight in our guys.

“Ready to get back to work tomorrow. Still a lot of season left!”

Coupeville, which is still very much in the fight for either the 4th or 5th playoff seed from the NSC, has five regular-season games left, starting with a trip Friday to Bothell to play Cedar Park Christian.

Tuesday night the Wolves fell behind 20-6 after one quarter, then got roughed up 27-0 in the second frame.

The second half was much better, as CHS stayed competitive through the game’s final 16 minutes.

Mason Grove paced Coupeville with 14 points, all after the break, including hitting four three-balls.

His support crew included Hawthorne Wolfe (7), Koa Davison (2), Sean Toomey-Stout (2), Jacobi Pilgrim (2), and Gavin Knoblich (2), while Jered Brown, Jean Lund-Olsen, and Xavier Murdy all saw floor time.

Not to be lost in the defeat were personal milestones for three Wolf players.

Pilgrim’s bucket gives him exactly 100 points for his prep career, making him the 186th CHS boy to reach triple digits in 103 seasons of hoops action.

While the senior big man was notching that honor, backcourt gunners Grove and Wolfe continued their assault on the career scoring chart.

Grove, a senior, now sits with 321 points, and he moved from #90 to #85 all-time Tuesday, passing five former Coupeville players, ranging from old school star Bob Rea to recent alumni Gabe Wynn and Nick Streubel.

Meanwhile, Wolfe, just a sophomore, now has 335 points, and he broke out of a three-way tie with Brad Brown and Charlie Tessaro at #78, then passed Aaron Trumbull (330) and Jim Yake (331) to land at #76 on the career chart.



A four-game winning streak came to a stop for Coupeville, as Chris Smith’s squad fell 62-30.

Even with the loss, the Wolves are still sitting strong at 4-1 in league, 8-4 overall.

King’s jumped out to an 18-7 lead, then steadily added to the margin, until CHS fought the Knights to an 8-8 standstill in the fourth quarter.

Logan Martin and Sage Downes were twins on the night, both scoring a team-high eight points, while also both netting a pair of three-balls.

Also scoring for Coupeville were TJ Rickner (4), Grady Rickner (3), Chris Ruck (2), Alex Murdy (2), Chris Cernick (2), and Daniel Olson (1).

Alex Jimenez, Miles Davidson, Andrew Aparicio, and Cody Roberts rounded out the roster, all seeing floor time for the Wolves.



Improvement was the key word.

Despite playing without starters Ty Hamilton and Ben Smith, the young Wolves increased their scoring total seven times from last season.

Back then, CHS fell 60-3, while Tuesday night, it hung tough in a 63-21 loss.

The defeat drops Coupeville to 0-4 in league play, 1-7 overall.

Freshman Dominic Coffman spurred the much-improved offensive attack, rattling home a team-high nine points, while Brayden Coatney added six.

Coen Killian and Alex Wasik both dropped three-balls to round out the scoring, with Coffman also hitting on a shot from behind the arc.

Josh Upchurch, Caleb Sonntag, and Nick Armstrong also saw floor time for Patrick Upchurch’s squad.

Some angina, but a win

Coupeville’s Makana Stone delivered big plays late Tuesday as Whitman held off Whitworth for an important league win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They didn’t crack.

Playing a rare Tuesday game, the Whitman College women’s basketball team blew out to a 27-point lead on the road, then gave it all back, yet still found a way to win.

With their senior leaders, Mady Burdett and Coupeville’s Makana Stone, coming up big in the final moments, the Blues held on to edge host Whitworth 84-79.

The win lifts Whitman to 6-1 in Northwest Conference play, 14-2 overall, and pulls it within a half game of league leader Pacific University, which sits at 6-0 in conference action.

The battle of the Whits looked like a blowout in the first half, as a veteran Blues squad torched a very-young Whitworth team.

With Burdett rattling home 18 first-half points, including hitting all four of her three-point attempts, Whitman surged to a 49-22 lead with seconds to go before the break.

Whitworth swished a three-ball at the very end of the half, but, in the moment, it seemed like an afterthought, a way to make a 27-point deficit look slightly better as a 24-point gap.

Instead, it was a sign of things to come, as the host Pirates suddenly started dropping treys from every part of the floor.

Hitting six shots from behind the arc in the third, including one literally at the buzzer, Whitworth scored more points in the quarter than they had in the entire first half.

And yet, even with a 30-19 tear, the Pirates still trailed the Blues 68-55 with 10 minutes to play.

That changed quickly, however, as Whitworth opened the fourth quarter with 10 straight points fueled by another pair of three-balls, eventually using a 16-3 run to knot the game up at 71-71.

Pirate sophomore gunner Sydney Abbott, who finished with a game-high 26, knifed through the Blues defense for a hard-earned running layup, then plopped in a free throw to complete the game-tying three-point play.

Whitman’s experience paid off, though, as it reclaimed the lead on a Kaylie McCracken free throw and a Taylor Chambers layup.

Then, Stone and Burdett slid back to the forefront to ice the game.

Coupeville’s progeny pulled off back-to-back sparkling plays to shove the lead from 74-72 to 78-72, and Whitman never looked back.

On the first play, Stone delivered a dagger, nailing a leaning jumper over her defender.

Then, next time down the floor, she delivered a sensational entry pass to Lily Gustafson, who banked in a runner to quiet the raucous crowd.

From there, Whitman closed the game with a series of trips to the free throw line, led by Burdett, who went 4-4 at the end to cap a 22-point night.

The senior from Edmonds tallied her 1,000th career point in the first half, joining Stone in that exclusive club.

The Blues put four players into double figures, with McCracken (16), Kaelan Shamseldin (12), and Gustafson (12) joining Burdett.

Stone, who was restricted by foul trouble much of the night, finished with nine points, five rebounds, a steal, and an assist.

On the season, the former Wolf has 242 points, 122 rebounds, 22 assists, 19 steals, and 15 blocks, and is shooting 98-184 (53.3%) from the floor and 43-55 (78.2%) at the free throw line.

Whitman returns to action with a home game Saturday against Linfield, which will be the 100th game of Stone’s collegiate career.