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Sean Toomey-Stout, swooping in an earlier game, banked in nine points Friday as Coupeville’s varsity won a thriller in Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a basketball world captivated by three-point shots, Ulrik Wells is a bit of a throw-back.

The lanky 6-foot-4 Coupeville High School junior does the dirty work in the paint, snatches rebounds by the bushel and hits his free throws.

And, while new-school long-range gunners often dominate the highlight reels, old-school skills can win you ball games.

Perfect example, Friday night, as Wells scored a career-high 14 points, including hitting six pressure-packed fourth-quarter free throws on the road to lift the Wolves past Concrete 43-42.

After coming close several times, it was the first win of the season for the CHS varsity boys, who now sit at 1-6.

To be completely honest, Friday’s non-conference bout was decided thanks to both new-school and old-school skills.

Coupeville out-shot their hosts behind the arc, with freshman Hawthorne Wolfe drilling a trio of treys to spark a 5-1 advantage on three-balls.

Older gunners Mason Grove and Sean Toomey-Stout also connected from three-point land, providing some nice daggers.

But the one-point game came down to free throws in the end.

The Wolves had two more opportunities at the charity stripe than the Lions (22-20), and hit one more (14-13), perfectly providing the winning margin.

Wells drained 8-10, including 6-8 in the final quarter, but Wolfe came up big too, netting both of his free throws in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Concrete as a team got to the line only four times in the second half, and never in the fourth quarter.

So, despite hitting just one field goal over the final eight minutes (Wells was again The Man), Coupeville won the final quarter 10-4, turning a five-point deficit into a one-point win.

Wells hit what would prove to be the winning shots with under a minute to play, pushing the Wolves back in front.

After that, it was up to the CHS defense to hold, and it did.

“Clutch. Guys fought hard to pull back ahead and hold on,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Ulrik was big down the stretch. Showed a ton of heart in that fourth quarter.”

The game, between a pair of longtime rivals, was perfect for a Friday night, a back-and-forth affair where neither squad could pull away.

While Concrete snatched the early advantage at 11-9 headed into the first break, the Wolves immediately turned the tables in the second quarter.

With Wolfe dropping a pair of three-balls, Grove swishing a long trey and big men Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim combining for seven points in the paint, CHS used a 16-11 run to take a three-point lead to the half.

The break seemed to suck a bit of the life out of the Wolf attack, though, as they were stung 16-8 in the third. But, thanks to five points from Toomey-Stout in the quarter, they didn’t fall too far behind.

In the end, the third-quarter fade proved to not be fatal, but just an excellent way to set up the fireworks ahead.

Coupeville spread its offense among six players, with Wells (14), Wolfe (11) and Toomey-Stout (9) leading the way.

Pilgrim tossed in a varsity career-high four points, with Grove (3) and Brown (2) also scoring.

Dane Lucero, Koa Davison, Jean Lund-Olsen and Gavin Knoblich also saw floor time for the Wolves, who kicked off a four-game road trip with the visit to Concrete.

Coupeville has away games at Port Townsend, Nooksack Valley and King’s ahead on the schedule, not playing at home again until Jan. 8.

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Cody Roberts and the Coupeville JV boys hoops squad decimated host Concrete Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They started off hot, and ended even hotter.

Blitzing host Concrete from start to finish Friday, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad roared to a 57-20 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the Wolves to 4-3 and keeps the young guns undefeated on the road.

The JV is a spotless 3-0 when playing away from Whidbey, which is probably a great sign, as Coupeville’s boys play five of their next six in hostile gyms.

Friday, the Wolves blew out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter, paced by eight points from hot-shooting freshman Logan Martin, and never looked back.

While the second quarter became a defensive stalemate (4-4) and the third quarter was competitive, with CHS holding an 11-8 edge, the fourth quarter was show time.

Coupeville couldn’t miss down the stretch, riding 10 from Grady Rickner and eight off the fingertips of Daniel Olson as it cruised to the finish line on a torrid 24-2 tear.

The Wolves spread their offensive burden across almost the entire active roster, with seven of eight players notching a bucket.

Grady Rickner led the way with 19 points, while Olson was hot on his heels with 18.

Martin (8), Jaylen Nitta (4), TJ Rickner (4), Cody Roberts (2), and Miles Davidson (2) also scored, while Chris Ruck was an unstoppable force of nature while playing aggressive defense.

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“On Tuesdays, we dress like twins.” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With the night off, Coupeville female athletic stars show up to support their male counterparts.

Kyle Rockwell, making the world a better, more relaxed place, one shoulder rub at a time.

Shenanigans waiting to happen.

International superstar McKayla Bailey returns to the scene of her former glory days.

CHS varsity hoops stars wait to take the court.

The sisterhood is strong.

Studies show, four of five high school athletes like having their picture taken.

Each photo is a small slice of life.

While the action plays out on the court, there are a thousand little tales unfolding in the stands as well.

Ever-wandering paparazzi John Fisken knows this, and he lets his camera swing to and fro, capturing those moments in time for us.

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Makana Stone (right), seen at her 2016 high school graduation with Lindsey Roberts, continues to rack up college basketball honors. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maybe they should just rename the award in her honor.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone’s body of work on the court for Whitman College continues to attract praise from those around her.

Monday, she was named as the Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for the second time in less than a month.

Stone, who also was tabbed for the honor Nov. 19, was hailed for her work this past weekend at Whitman’s annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic.

She went off for 25 points in a win over Colorado College, then put up 16 points and 13 rebounds in a battle to the wire with undefeated Thomas More College, the #4 team in NCAA D-III basketball.

Jordan Jenkins, a senior forward for Willamette University, was honored as the league’s Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.

Whitman, which is off until Dec. 20, sits at 6-3 overall, 2-0 in league play, with Stone, a junior, leading the team in 14 of 22 stats categories. She’s second in three others.

On the season, she has 158 points, 78 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 steals and nine blocks, while shooting 68-121 from the field and 22-30 at the line.

Stone is on the cusp of a personal statistical mark, as well, as she is just two points shy of scoring 700 for her collegiate career.

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Barbi Ford enjoys quality grandma time during a recent basketball game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

CHS girls hoops coach David King (left) offers Whidbey News-Times Sports Editor Jim Waller tips on his jump shot.

Wolf cheerleader Kaley Grigsby enjoys her evening.

Four shooting stars momentarily sitting still – l to r, it’s Koa Davison, Derek Leyva, Natalie Hollrigel and Sarah Wright.

Defensive dynamo Tia Wurzrainer replenishes her body’s nutrients after a night of terrorizing her foes on the hardwood.

Heidi Meyers, a hot second away from breaking free and dropping the greatest flute version of “Welcome to the Jungle” you’ve ever heard.

Sherry Roberts, forever keeping an extra eye in the back of her head to monitor lil’ brother Danny Bonacci, in case shenanigans break out.

Volleyball stars (l to r) Emma Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout and Ashley Menges, the first people to ever make Coupeville’s bleachers look semi-comfortable.

Sometimes John Fisken is almost too productive.

Almost. I said almost.

Whidbey’s top-ranked paparazzi gave me so many glossy pics the first time he hit a Coupeville High School basketball doubleheader last week, I wasn’t able to use all the side pics immediately.

So, here you go, a few days down the road, some more snappy pix capturing Wolf fans, the band, cheerleaders and cute babies.

Always with the cute babies, cause page views.

Probably should have started a blog called cutebabies.com and not Coupeville Sports back in 2012…

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