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Hot-shooting Bill Jarrell (left) and Coach Bob Barker, key members of the 1975 state team, reunite in 2018. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back to the big dance!

Thanks to Renae (Keefe) Mulholland, we’ve been working our way through radio broadcasts of some of the biggest games in Coupeville High School boys basketball history.

With her brother Randy singing the nets in the mid-1970s, their dad Tom used his “new realistic Radio Shack cassette deck” to record the work of KBRC play-by-play men.

Today’s broadcast is the second of two games the Wolves played at the 1975 state tournament, with Kiona-Benton the foe.

If you missed it, Coupeville’s first state tourney clash from that year can be found at:

State hoops glory comes alive again | Coupeville Sports

And now, on to game #2.

 

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Dorothy Keefe keeps an eye on those rascals, Randy Keefe (middle) and Bill Jarrell. (Renae Mulholland photo)

We’re off to Spokane.

Renae (Keefe) Mulholland has been digitizing cassettes from her father’s collection of radio broadcasts, and this time out we’re at the big dance.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team clashes with Lind in the first of two games it played at the 1975 state tourney, and we have the radio call to prove it.

The game you can listen to below was part of Coupeville’s second of five trips (so far) to the state tourney.

The first came during the go-go 1969-1970 campaign, and the first Wolf win on the sport’s biggest stage would come almost exactly a year after this Lind game.

On March 4, 1976, CHS, featuring some of the same players who made the trip to state in 1975, such as Bill Jarrell, Foster Faris, and Marc Bissett, bounced Columbia (Burbank) 80-63.

That, along with a 62-51 win over Montesano March 1, 1979, remain the only tourney wins for a Coupeville boys basketball program which sits at 2-10 all-time at state.

But, the future is an unknown. Who knows how many state wins may be lurking right around the corner?

As you wait for that, and as the current players work for that, take a moment to bask in past glory.

 

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Makana Stone returned to play Saturday, recording another double-double to lead her British hoops team to its fifth-straight win. (Photo property Loughborough University)

It was a nice way to ease back into things.

Playing for the first time in a month-and-a-half, Coupeville grad Makana Stone and the Loughborough University women’s basketball team romped to a big win Saturday in England.

With the former Wolf throwing down her seventh double-double in as many games, tallying 18 points and snatching 15 rebounds, the Riders drilled winless BA London 77-62.

The victory lifts Loughborough to 6-2 on the season and pulls it just a half-game back of National Basketball League leader Ipswich (6-1), a team Stone and Co. have already beaten this season.

After closing out 2020 with back-to-back one-point victories, the Riders ended up sitting out longer than expected.

The standard Christmas break morphed into a COVID-related shutdown, as Britain’s Division One teams were sidelined after Prime Minister Boris Johnson instituted a nation-wide halt of most activity in response to new variations in the virus.

Now that basketball is returning to play, the league schedule has been tweaked, and at least one school, Bristol Academy, has chosen to end its season.

Loughborough will have another break, not playing again until Sunday, February 14, when it’s scheduled to match-up with the CoLA Southwark Pride.

Current plans call for the relaunched season to run through March 28, when the standings will be frozen.

After that, schools will be broken into two pools, with the top six in one group and teams #7-#11 in another.

Eight teams make the NBL playoffs, set to tip-off May 15-16, with the championship game the weekend of May 29-30.

Saturday, all the focus was just on getting back into the flow of actually playing games, something Stone and her Riders teammates had been awaiting.

With their opponent not having seen action since mid-November, and coming into play having lost all four of its games, opportunity abounded.

Consider the moment seized. Though maybe not as easily as expected.

Loughborough claimed its first lead at 3-1 on a Molly James three-ball, and never trailed again, but didn’t really pull away from BA London until midway through the fourth quarter.

Stone poured in 10 of her team-high 18 points in the opening frame, lifting the Riders to a 25-20 lead at the first break, but the Lions stayed competitive most of the day.

The two teams were tied 36-36 just before the half, and Loughborough’s lead sat at just 63-58 with a hair over three-and-a-half minutes to play in the game.

At which point the Riders put the ball in Stone’s hands, cheering as their American assassin banked in three buckets to spur a game-busting 9-2 run.

Coupeville’s progeny narrowly missed out on a triple-double, making off with nine steals to go with her 18 points and 15 boards.

She also dealt out two assists while playing nearly 34 minutes.

Stone was one of five Riders to net double-digit scoring totals Saturday, with Sasha Lecuyer (13), James (12), Robyn Ainge (11), and Kacey Cox (10) joining her.

On the season, Stone has racked up 121 points, 110 rebounds, 15 assists, and 22 steals.

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Randy Keefe, the basketball gunner with the sweet shot. (Photo courtesy Renae Mulholland)

Time for another blast from the past.

Renae (Keefe) Mulholland is hard at work digitizing old cassettes recorded by her father, which document Coupeville High School basketball games her brother Randy played in.

Today we return to 1975 for a playoff donnybrook with powerhouse La Conner, complete with a rowdy female fan being tossed from the gym in the final moments.

Time to tip-off!

 

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Bill Jarrell wheels and deals. (Photo courtesy Renae Mulholland)

“Rebound up and in by Mike Ankney!”

The Wolf hoops stars of yore return, thanks to some slick technical work by Coupeville High School grad Renae (Keefe) Mulholland.

She’s digitizing her dad’s radio cassettes, which contain the audio from KBRC play-by-play of CHS games.

First up is a district playoff clash between Coupeville and Orcas Island from 1975, a thriller won 59-52 by the Wolves.

Dennis Wills and Ken Thompson were on the call, while Tom Keefe used his “new realistic Radio Shack cassette deck” to record the broadcast for posterity.

The broadcast even includes the commercials which ran during breaks in the action.

“Pie alone makes it worth the trip” to the Tyee, even back in 1975.

Mulholland plans to “knock a few out each week, if I have time,” making sure the ’70s glory days of Coupeville basketball will be available to Wolf fans young and old.

“Hopefully these 46-year-old cassettes will last a little longer,” she said. “Fun to listen to!”

 

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