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   “Hold this, and hold this and … yeah, hold this, too!!” The life of a basketball mom. (Photos courtesy Sherry Roberts)

   CHS hoops stars (l to r) Ema Smith, Lindsey Roberts, Kailey Kellner and Avalon Renninger beat the heat at a 3 v 3 tourney in Spokane.

Renninger locks down the ball-handler.

Roberts uses all of her impressive wingspan to deny an entry pass.

And she’s slicin’ ‘n dicin’ the defense. Kellner swoops in for a bucket.

So, more than a few teams showed up, is what they’re saying.

Reppin’ their new shirts.

No rest for the basketball mom.

Mere seconds after returning from a four-day trip to Ocean Shores, where she helped CHS coaches David and Amy King at a summer hoops camp, Sherry Roberts was right back behind the wheel.

This time, she trucked official daughter Lindsey, as well as “adopted” daughters Kailey Kellner, Ema Smith and Avalon Renninger to Spokane.

The quartet invaded the blazing heatscape of Eastern Washington to play at Hoopfest, the largest outdoor three-on-three basketball tourney “on the Earth.”

Playing as the C-Town Hoopers, the Wolves stormed back Sunday to win the consolation bracket in their division.

After opening with narrow losses to LAWPI (14-13) and Bouncer’s (14-8), Coupeville’s best drilled the Trailer Park Girls (18-7) and the Bounty Hunters (11-3).

And they weren’t the only players with a Coupeville connection, as 1991 CHS grad Sean Dillon brought his three-point shooting skills and family to the event.

Playing as Chillin Like Dillons, that squad featured Sean’s wife Becca, son Ethan and Dalton Palkovitz.

By the time things were done, Sherry Roberts had fetched drinks and food, held phones, chauffeured, hollered and screamed to support her girls and snapped a ton of pics.

“Heat was BRUTAL; so were the roads they played on,” she said. “But Hoopfest was a blast.”

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“Be one with the basketball, my children.” (Amy King photos)

Tasty treats await hoops fanatics.

   Wolves (l to r) Lindsey Roberts, Maddy Hilkey and Kailey Kellner work the scorekeeper’s table.

   Hunter Downes (left) and Jered Bown give up their weekend to help the Wolf hoops program raise funds.

   CHS hoops stars (l to r) Kyla Briscoe, Tiffany Briscoe and Ema Smith pull a shift.

Smith is joined by Avalon Renninger (left) and Ashlie Shank.

   CHS girls hoops coach David King (second from left) and his weekend band of warriors.

If you open the gym, they will show up.

Coupeville High School (and its basketball teams) played host to the annual Hoopaholics basketball tourney/fundraiser this weekend.

The three-day event, which raises money for the Wolf girls and boys hoops programs, packs the gym with players of a certain age trying to recapture their basketball youth.

As the event unfolded, CHS coach Amy King snapped the pics seen above, which she shares with us.

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Alana Mihill has it made in the shade. (Susan Hulst photo)

Alana Mihill is a quiet assassin.

The Coupeville 7th grader doesn’t waste her time chattering away but simply goes out and gets the job done.

The younger sister of CHS soccer star Laurence Boado, she played basketball and competed in track and field during her first year of middle school sports.

Mihill, who was born in Hawaii but moved to Coupeville when she was two, competed in a number of events this spring.

She ran the 200 and 800, threw the javelin and carried the baton as a member of the Wolves 4 x 400 relay unit.

A fan of her science and gym classes (“My favorite is gym because we don’t have to sit the whole time”), she enjoys spending time taking her dog for walks.

Mihill hails CMS track coaches Elizabeth Bitting and Jon Gabelein for their inspiration, and enjoys both of her sports for allowing her to “be active and have fun.”

Whether playing hoops or competing on the oval, she keeps chugging away like the Energizer Rabbit.

“My strength is endurance,” Mihill said. “And I would like to work on my speed.”

The team aspect of basketball gives it a slight edge over the often solo lifestyle of a track athlete when she picks her favorite sport.

“Basketball, because there is less individual pressure,” Mihill said. “I would like to continue in basketball and work on shooting baskets.”

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   Ben Smith charges after a loose ball during a middle school basketball game. (John Fisken photo)

There’s a second star in the family.

Jacob Smith has attracted a fair amount of attention the past two years, breaking school records and winning state meet medals in track.

But hot on his heels comes younger brother Ben, a three-sport athlete who’s making the jump to Coupeville High School in the fall.

During his middle school days, the younger Smith brother played football and basketball, while also running track like his older sibling.

“My brother has made a huge impact on me during track season,” Ben Smith said. “I may drop track (in high school), but I see it as a talent to continue, though.

“I’ve been told I should continue it.”

Football, where he’s a hard-hitting two-way player, has grown to be his favorite.

“It has become the sport I have the most talent at, out of all of them,” Smith said.

A fan of hip hop and horror and science fiction films, he looks forward to history class, as well.

“I enjoy history, as I study a lot of it,” Smith said. “It’s a very easy subject, in my opinion.”

His best middle school sports memories include “breaking the football defensive yardage record and scoring my first few points in basketball.”

While he’s excelled in the sports he’s played, he’s “always open to try new things” and may mix things up with high school offering more sports teams than middle school did.

Whatever he ends up playing, Smith will get the most he can out of every athletic opportunity.

“It gets my body going and keeps me healthy to a limit I want,” he said. “And I could use this athleticism to go somewhere I would want.

“I would like to continue my soccer career or football and continue my positions within them and use them for college sports if I make any college teams.”

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   Central Whidbey softball standout Izzy Wells (right) meets up with a friendly foe. (Katy Wells photos)

Combining two of her passions, reading and softball.

   Izzy and younger sister Savina fuel up before wreaking havoc on the diamond. (John Fisken photo)

The middle child is making a name for herself.

When she’s not busy cheering for older brother Ulrik or lil’ sis Savina, Coupeville 7th grader Izzy Wells is fast becoming one of the most skilled young athletes in Central Whidbey.

A dynamic pitcher on the softball diamond (where she plays both little league and tournament ball with the Washington Patriots), she’s also an accomplished volleyball spiker and a hoops hotshot who played a grade up this winter.

Not that any of this success has gone to her head, as Wells remains low-key, far more likely to scream in support of a teammate than try and draw any attention to her own play.

The best part of each sport is “that I can be around my friends and play sports with them.”

It’s a trait all of Lyle and Katy Wells‘ children exhibit, and one which will serve Izzy well as she progresses in her athletic career.

She plans to stay with her busy schedule, bouncing between volleyball, school and SWISH basketball and little league and travel ball softball through middle school.

Once she hits high school, Wells is ready to play her core three sports … unless she takes a detour.

“I would like to play basketball, softball and volleyball,” she said. “I would also like to maybe try tennis or track in high school though.”

While she derives great joy from all of her sports, the two which she puts the most time into are in a battle for her heart. And it’s a battle which doesn’t have to have a winner.

“I can’t choose between basketball and softball because they are both my favorite,” Wells said. “I like these sports because softball is very fun and I love being around my teammates, and basketball because it is very fast-paced and a team sport and I love my coaches because they always cheer me on and guide me.”

Wells, who wants “to get a team banner on the wall and go to state” once she hits high school, is a work in progress, something she embraces.

“I think that my strengths as an athlete are being able to focus and not be super serious about everything,” she said. “I would like to work on every area, but mostly it would be my hitting in softball and my shooting and post work in basketball.”

A big fan of movies like Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Sandlot, Napoleon Dynamite and the Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings series, Wells “loves to play the electric bass guitar, read, do a lot of crafts and cuddle with my three cats.”

She also enjoys “hanging out with my friends and painting my nails all the time,” though she admits, with a big laugh, “I usually take the polish off right after I paint them.”

Those friends, such as fellow athletes Kiara Contreras, Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Audrianna Shaw, “have always pushed me in sports and help me whenever I need it.”

Tack on her family and her many coaches, and Wells has a support staff which is helping her grow into her athletic abilities.

“My mom and my dad have always helped me and taken me to every practice and every game and always cheered me on,” Wells said. “Also, my coaches, Coach Ryan King, Coach Dustin V., and many more, have always helped me to get better and I would not be the athlete I am right now if it wasn’t for them.”

Of the many positions she plays across all of her sports, being a softball pitcher, with its specialized routines, might take the most work, and Wells is grateful for those helping her put in extra work.

“One of my most influential coaches is my pitching coach, Sarah Bils. She believed in me and has taught me to work hard to become a better pitcher.”

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