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   Want to be a hoops star like Kyla Briscoe? Currently in grades 2-7? Then this summer’s Coupeville basketball skills camp is for you. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Build your t-shirt collection and hone your skills.

Coupeville High School basketball coaches and players are running a youth skills camp this summer, and it shouldn’t be missed.

It’s open to Coupeville School District students who are entering grades 3-8 next fall (so, that means the child is CURRENTLY in grades 2-7) and is just a low, low $10 for three days of activity.

The camp, which will be held in the high school and middle school gyms, is set for June 18-20.

Sessions run from 9-11 AM (boys) and 12-2 PM (girls) each day.

Players will be split up, so younger and older players will have an opportunity to work within their age groups.

Registration deadline is May 31 and payment is due at check-in on the first day of camp. Your $10 gets you three days of instruction and a camp t-shirt.

To register, pop over to:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhv_5OsD4Nho9APrZz3P9N2CLbBn9fO87gIz_fxu-_VPgKqQ/viewform

If you have any questions, contact CHS basketball coaches Brad Sherman (bsherman@coupeville.k12.wa.us) or David King (dking@coupeville.k12.wa.us).

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   10 who torched the nets for Coupeville girls basketball. Clockwise, from top left, Brianne King, Zenovia Barron, Makana Stone, Megan Smith, Ann Pettit, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Terry Perkins, Lexie Black, Kristan Hurlburt and Tina Lyness.

   Legends (l to r) Randy Keefe, Bill Jarrell and Jeff Rhubottom reunited for the 101st anniversary of CHS boys basketball. (Renae Mulholland photo)

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

The wisdom of The Sandlot can guide us through just about everything in life, if we let it.

That quote is something to let sink in, to marinate in for a moment, as we stand at the cusp of nailing another win for saving, remembering and honoring the sports history of Coupeville.

After months of intensive research, it’s time to ask for a favor from Wolf fans everywhere.

While Coupeville High School has record boards hung in it gym complex for track, volleyball and football, basketball doesn’t enjoy the same distinction.

Which is a shame, since basketball is the sport which is most frequently played in the gym, and it’s arguably the most successful sport in the history of the school.

Look back at the 118-year history of CHS, and the love affair with hoops looms large.

From the early pioneers on the hardwood, to the 1969-1970 Wolf boys team which remains the most dominant Coupeville team in any sport, ever, to today’s three-ball chucking stars, this is a basketball town.

And it’s long past time to celebrate that.

The 101st anniversary hoops shindig held earlier this year was an astounding success, drawing in a wide variety of former, current and future players, coaches and fans.

The night was like nothing else I have experienced in my years of writing about sports here in Cow Town.

It was a mad swirl of living history come to life, of legends who I had only known about from yellowed newspaper clippings made flesh and blood.

Seeing the CHS gym jammed to the rafters, witnessing today’s players realize they were a link in something much bigger than themselves, giving the stars of yesterday a chance to know they were not forgotten, was the biggest accomplishment I have achieved here at Coupeville Sports.

And none of it would have been possible without the help of countless others, the dreamers and the believers, people who gave of their time, their sweat and their dollars.

It was a night where Coupeville stood tall and proud, looking back with reverence, celebrating the present and making a commitment to the future.

With a little bit of help, we can put an exclamation point on that night, and provide a lead-in to a similar shindig which will celebrate Wolf girls basketball next fall.

We can raise a basketball record board, one which honors both the girls and boys hoops programs.

My plan is for a board which will list the top 10 single-season and career scoring records, as well as the single-game highs set by Judy Marti (32 in 1983) and Jeff Stone (48 in 1970).

The board would honor:

Girls – Season:

Brianne King (446) 2000-2001
Brianne King (442) 2002-2003
Makana Stone (427) 2015-2016
Brianne King (386) 2001-2002
Zenovia Barron (378) 1996-1997
Zenovia Barron (376) 1997-1998
Makana Stone (367) 2014-2015
Ann Pettit (363) 1997-1998
Amanda Allmer (331) 1994-1995
Megan Smith (327) 2008-2009

Girls – Career:

Brianne King (1549) 1999-2003
Zenovia Barron (1270) 1994-1998
Makana Stone (1158) 2012-2016
Megan Smith (1042) 2006-2010
Ann Pettit (932) 1995-1998
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby (892) 1998-02
Terry Perkins (673) 1984-1987
Lexie Black (622) 2001-2005
Kristan Hurlburt (598) 1978-1982
Tina Lyness (594) 1996-2000

Boys – Season:

Jeff Stone (644) 1969-1970
Jeff Rhubottom (459) 1977-1978
Pete Petrov (442) 1995-1996
Arik Garthwaite (423) 1997-1998
Bill Jarrell (415) 1975-1976
Mike Bagby (414) 2004-2005
Randy Keefe (398) 1974-1975
Randy Keefe (397) 1975-1976
Brad Sherman (396) 2002-2003
Wade Ellsworth (392) 1978-1979

Boys – Career:

Jeff Stone (1137) 1967-1970
Mike Bagby
(1137) 2002-2006
Randy Keefe
(1088) 1973-1976
Jeff Rhubottom
(1012) 1975-1978
Mike Criscuola
(979) 1956-1960
Bill Riley
(934) 1970-1973
Pete Petrov
(917) 1993-1997
Brad Sherman
(874) 2000-2003
Denny Clark
(869) 1960-1964
Arik Garthwaite
(867) 1994-1998

The Coupeville Booster Club has agreed to foot part of the bill, and CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith has given his blessing to the project.

Now, I need your help.

Whether you can give $1 or you want to foot the whole bill, stand with us. Be a vibrant part of the rich tapestry that is Wolf basketball.

 

To join the movement:

https://www.gofundme.com/nothing-but-net

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   Makana Stone capped her sophomore season at Whitman Friday, tossing in six points and grabbing seven rebounds in a playoff loss. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The dream died at the free throw line.

East Texas Baptist University scored the game’s final seven points on charity shots Friday, turning a one-point deficit into a 65-59 win over Whitman College.

The loss, coming in a first round game at the NCAA D-III women’s national championship tourney in Richardson, Texas, ended the season for the Blues and their stellar sophomore, Makana Stone.

The Coupeville grad went for six points, seven boards and two assists, including a gorgeous pass to set up Emily Rommel for a key bucket in the final two minutes.

Snagging a pass deep in the paint, Stone shoveled the ball under the defense to her senior running mate, who knocked down a bank shot to knot the game at 58-58.

When senior Casey Poe drained a free throw at the 1:22 mark, Whitman took its final lead, but couldn’t hold on.

Unable to net a field goal in the final minute and 45 seconds, and unable to score at all after Poe’s free throw, the Blues had to foul, and East Texas made them pay.

Erin Meeks, who entered the night shooting an ice-cold 44% from the free throw line, netted four straight in the final minute, giving her a season-best 7-8 performance at the stripe.

Add two freebies each for Madison McCoy and Kim Childress, and the Tigers (23-6) advanced to play in the regional final Saturday night.

Whitman, which made a run to the Elite Eight last season, closed at 22-5.

After ripping off 21 straight wins at one point this season, the Blues struggled down the stretch, losing four of their final five games.

Poe, the Northwest Conference player of the year, had a very off night Friday, with her only point being her late-game free throw.

She averaged 17 a night during the season.

Making up for things a bit was sophomore Mady Burdett, who knocked down four balls from behind the three-point arc in the first quarter alone.

She finished with eight treys, helping Whitman hold a 9-0 advantage in that shooting category, and scored a college career-high 24 points.

While the Blues were hot from the outside, East Texas went inside time and again, and ended with a staggering advantage at the free throw line.

The Tigers netted 23-26 at the stripe, while Whitman was 6-10.

The game was a prime slice of March Madness, as the teams exchanged leads for much of the night.

Up 19-17 after one quarter (Stone fed Maegan Martin for the three-points-the-hard-way play which gave Whitman the lead), the Blues stretched it to 33-27 at halftime.

East Texas, with the support of the local crowd, surged 19-13 in the third quarter to knot the game at 46-46 headed into the final quarter.

Twice the Tigers started to threaten to pull away and twice Burdett dropped treys to get Whitman back in things, before she and her teammates went cold at the end.

The game closed a very strong season for Coupeville’s finest, as Stone finished with 332 points, 194 rebounds, 52 assists, five blocks and 18 steals.

She shot a very-strong 51.2% from the floor (140-273) and 76.5% from the line (52-68).

A First-Team All-Conference pick this year, she was Whitman’s #1 rebounder and #2 scorer.

Whitman, which loses captains Poe, Rommel and Sierra McGarity to graduation, has gone 48-10 during Stone’s first two seasons.

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   Carolyn Lhamon knocked down 14 points Thursday as the CMS 7th grade varsity shredded Forks, one of three wins for the Wolves on the day. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wins for everyone.

Showcasing their defensive intensity, all three Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams to play Thursday came away with comfortable wins.

Shredding visiting Forks, the Wolves sauntered to wins in both 7th and 8th grade varsity contests as well as an 8th grade JV bout.

The road-weary Spartans didn’t field a 7th grade JV team, which was the only thing keeping CMS from going 4-for-4 on the day.

8th grade varsity:

One play in and this thing was done. Pretty much.

Audrianna Shaw slapped home a layup on the game’s opening play, sparking a 19-2 run, and Coupeville coasted home with a 43-15 win.

The Wolves dominated on the defensive end of the floor, shutting down the Spartans in virtually every way.

If it wasn’t Ja’Kenya Hoskins ripping down rebounds, and yanking a few arms out of their sockets along the way, it was Kiara Contreras attacking the ball-handler like a rabid dog, glee in her eye and a smile on her face as she wreaked havoc.

This band of Wolves is aggressive, seasoned and  hungry for wins, and Forks found itself playing Wile E. Coyote to Coupeville’s anvil-droppin’ Road Runner.

The early 19-2 run, which went from the opening tip until right before the final 90 seconds of the first half, featured points from five different Wolves.

Izzy Wells was front and center, dropping in six of her game-high 16, while Anya Leavell, Contreras, Shaw and Hoskins all chipped in.

Forks finally stopped the bleeding, for a quick second, with a 5-0 mini-surge to end the half, but Coupeville went right back to work in the third quarter.

Once again ramping up the defense, the Wolves turned frequent Spartans turnovers into breakaway basket after breakaway basket.

Wells banked home another eight points on a variety of net-tickling jumpers, while Contreras pulled off the best play of the night.

Sprinting full force, the crafty Wolf guard pulled in a long outlet pass from Shaw, went airborne, then dipped under a flailing defender at the last possible second and popped the ball off the glass.

All of this while being pummeled around the head and shoulders and ending up face-first into the wall at the end of the court.

Coupeville took its foot off the gas pedal in the late going, but got a nice closing bucket from Ella Colwell, who took a pass from Contreras and rolled past her defender for a layup.

Wells outscored Forks herself (16-15), but got plenty of help, as Contreras, Shaw and Leavell each dropped in six.

Hoskins (5), Samantha Streitler (2) and Colwell (2) also scored, while Kylie Van Velkinburgh spent the afternoon setting up her teammates with hard-earned rebounds and sweet set-up passes.

8th grade JV:

A tale of two halves, and one player.

The game was a 4-3 defensive stalemate at the half, in favor of Coupeville, then Streitler hit the floor and the Wolves put the game away.

Playing just two quarters, so she’d also be eligible for the varsity contest, Streitler tossed in 11 points in the second half, keying an eventual 20-10 CMS victory.

The difference was the third quarter, when the Wolves used a 9-2 run, with Streitler dropping in every point, to put the game on ice.

Quicksilver Lily Leedy added four points, including an electrifying steal and breakaway bucket to put an exclamation point on things, while Abby Mulholland (3) and Jessenia Camerena (2) also scored.

Mulholland’s output came on a sweet three-ball late in the game, where she stopped ‘n popped over the outstretched arms of the defense.

Katelin McCormick, Angelina Gebhard, Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson and Alana Mihill also saw floor time for the Wolves.

7th grade varsity:

It’s not often you can go scoreless for the first nine minutes-plus of a game and still win in a romp, but that’s just what Coupeville’s young guns accomplished.

The Wolves didn’t score until Gwen Gustafson swished a jumper a minute into the second quarter, and yet the Wolves still pulled away to win 36-9.

CMS had plenty of opportunities in the first quarter, as an opportunistic defense headed up by Alita Blouin drove Forks batty. Unfortunately, the rim was utterly unforgiving.

Jump forward to the second quarter, and things took a marked turn for the better.

Carolyn Lhamon followed Gustafson’s jumper with a rebound and put-back to stake Coupeville to a 4-3 lead, and the Wolves would never trail again.

Blouin, living up to her nickname of “The Assassin,” was ruthless, ripping balls away, pilfering steals, crossing up Forks ball-handlers, then crashing hard to the hoop for three straight buckets to bust things wide open.

An epic bank shot off the fingertips of Hayley Fiedler capped a 12-2 run and sent CMS in to the halftime break up 12-5.

After that it was the Carolyn Lhamon Experience in full bloom, as the ace rebounder crushed the Spartans in the paint, then jumped out for a series of quick, super-soft jumpers as she scored 12 of her game-high 14 in the second half.

Two came off solid lead passes from Blouin, a third off a drive and dish from Maddie Georges.

Not content to let Fiedler have the longest shot of the afternoon, Trinity McGee stepped half an inch inside the three-point arc and banked home a gorgeous shot to cap a fourth quarter full of Wolf joy.

CMS spread its scoring around, with seven of the 10 players in uniform putting their name in the scoring column.

Lhamon’s 14 was followed by Blouin (8), Fiedler (4), Georges (4), Gustafson (2), Nezi Keiper (2) and McGee (2).

Jordyn Rogers and the battlin’ Lucero sisters, Allie and Maya, teamed up with Keiper and Lhamon to thoroughly dominate Forks on the boards.

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   Coupeville’s basketball players celebrated big moments, but with class, part of why both its girls and boys teams were honored for sportsmanship by Olympic League coaches. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Other coaches liked them. They really, really liked them.

Coupeville’s final season in the 1A Olympic League was capped with an unusual distinction — both the Wolf girls and boys hoops squads received the conference award for Best Sportsmanship.

Pulling off the double-win, and having their players recognized by rival coaches, brought a smile to the faces of CHS coaches David King (girls) and Brad Sherman (boys).

As the duo marinated in the moment, they took time out from their busy schedules to speak about what the award means to them as coaches, and what it means to the culture of their programs.

What does winning the award mean to you personally as a coach?

King: Being voted by the other coaches for this award validates what we are trying to do as a program.

Compete every day and no matter if we win or lose we treat the game of basketball and those involved with respect.

Sherman: It’s a nice recognition for the team.

The guys can be proud of the way they played and the class they displayed on the court this year.

To have both boys and girls recognized in the same year is really a nice testament to our Coupeville athletes and their level of character.

How is winning it a positive for your program?

King: It shows that we can be aggressive and have an attitude of playing to win or never backing down. These things are needed to develop and maintain a winning culture.

We are also able to stay true to who we are and play the game the right way.

Sherman: Sets the bar where we always want it to be in regards to sportsmanship.

Character and attitude truly matter and any time that’s recognized I think it’s a really positive thing for our athletes and our program culture.

Is sportsmanship something you have preached or encouraged?

King: The great thing about the players in Coupeville, they already come with a great attitude and we as coaches don’t have to encourage the sportsmanship side of things.

I would say the one area that we do preach about sportsmanship is not running up a score.

This is a topic that does get mentioned early on every season.

Sherman: I think we just try to set a few basic expectations of what it means to be a Wolf basketball player.

At the beginning of the year the team discussed and agreed to a few basic items – one being taking pride in the name on the front their uniform.

This just meant understanding that as a team, our actions, effort, choices and words (both on and off the basketball court) are a reflection on the team, the school, and their community.

I thought the guys did a really nice job this year in that regard, and our leaders did a wonderful job setting that example and keeping their composure no matter what the situation.

I think both programs are blessed with some great, respectful young athletes who don’t need a lot of reminders about playing with class as it’s really in their nature to do so anyhow.

How do you, as a coach, balance sportsmanship with wanting your teams to whomp on people?

King: Balancing sportsmanship and having my competitive side kick in is something I’ve had to work on as a coach.

If I wasn’t competitive I wouldn’t have played sports or coach it now.

However, there has to be a balance and teaching these athletes that it’s okay to be compassionate and at the same time having the will to win.

Sherman: I think at the end of the day the focus is to work hard and do all we can to win basketball games – but win with class, lose with class, and play with the same attitude and effort regardless.

Up by 30 or down by 30, close game, physical game … at the end of the day, you just aim to be a team that goes out there and plays hard, focuses on and respects the game of basketball, and ignores all the other stuff.

Our athletes deserve a lot of credit for that this year.

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