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Mike Criscuola

And then there were nine.

Well, there’s always been nine. But now I can prove it.

Thanks to recently unearthed stats, we can now credit Mike Criscuola with 52 additional points from his sophomore basketball season in 1957-1958.

That officially (well, as official as anything compiled by me can be…) pushes “Big Mike” over the 1,000-point barrier, leaving him with 1,031 career points.

Which means he’s the fifth boy, and ninth player overall, to score 1,000+ points on the hardwood for Coupeville High School.

Well, actually he was the first to do it, but you know what I’m talking about.

Criscuola, who was on the CHS varsity as an 8th grader, was built like a Mack truck.

Add the glasses he normally wore, and a barrel chest which strained to pop free from his uniform, and, even as a young man, he looked like a dad who had slipped in to the team photo by accident.

The #1 scorer in school history when he graduated in 1960, Criscuola’s numbers have held up amazingly well over the past six decades, even as the three-point shot has ignited high-octane offenses.

And, while we are (slowly) able to pull his scoring stats back into focus, no one will ever know how many rebounds he hauled down, as those stat sheets long ago blew away in the prairie breeze.

Those who played with him vividly remember Criscuola yanking down nearly every loose ball within a five-mile radius.

Barring the successful completion of a time machine, or an Indiana Jones-style discovery of a secret cache of stats in the hidden basement of a 100-year old prairie barn, those rebound numbers will remain a mystery.

But, at the very least, we can continue to fine-tune the numbers we do have, and pay tribute to a true Wolf hoops legend.

 

Coupeville High School basketball 1,000-point scorers:

Brianne King — (1549) — (1999-2003)
Zenovia Barron — (1270) — (1994-1998)
Makana Stone — (1158) — (2012-2016)
Jeff Stone — (1137) — (1967-1970)
Mike Bagby — (1137) — (2002-2006)
Randy Keefe — (1088) — (1973-1976)
Megan Smith — (1042) — (2006-2010)
Mike Criscuola — (1031) — (1956-1960)
Jeff Rhubottom — (1012) — (1975-1978)

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William Davidson was one of eight Wolves to play Saturday in summer basketball scrimmages. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Left to right: Logan Martin, Hawthorne Wolfe, Nick Guay, Davidson, Xavier Murdy, Cole White, Alex Murdy, Logan Downes. (Brad Sherman photo)

Summer Saturdays are made for hoops.

The South Whidbey High School boys basketball program hosted a series of hardwood scrimmages Saturday, with Coupeville winning two of three games.

The Wolves, who brought an eight-man contingent to Langley, rep the smallest school, but played big on the day.

Coupeville, a 2B program, topped 1A schools Sultan and South Whidbey, while falling to 3A hoops legend Mercer Island.

Each game was a 40-minute affair, with two 20-minute halves.

While the wins were nice, the primary reason for all the teams to be in action was the opportunity for continued improvement, as individual players and teams.

“Great Saturday of hoops,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Just a great chance to go compete for the day and play hoops, get better.”

Playing for the Wolves were William Davidson, Nick Guay, Alex Murdy, Hawthorne Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, Logan Martin, Cole White, and Logan Downes.

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Xavier Murdy, seen in a regular-season game, won a three-ball contest at a summer camp. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ready to storm the court. (Photos courtesy Brad Sherman)

This beautifully-refurbished old-school gym was a destination spot for the Wolves. Someone tell Willie Smith to get crackin’ on recreating it in Cow Town.

One big step into the future.

With a pandemic-altered season barely in the rearview mirror, Coupeville High School boys basketball quickly transitioned towards a 2021-2022 season which will arrive in mere months.

Wolf coaches and 20 players made the trip to Moscow, Idaho, where they took part in the Cloud 9 Sports – Gorilla Poet Team Camp from June 28-July 1.

CHS head coach Brad Sherman was able to send both a varsity and JV squad onto the floor, and felt time spent at the camp was invaluable.

“A great experience!,” he said. “We had a great turnout, and we grew as a team and got better against tough competition.”

Teams played eight games in a “simulation tournament,” where end-of-game scenarios were played out.

There were also practices, team meetings, a dunk contest, and a three-point shooting showdown.

Coupeville made a sizable impact there, with incoming senior Xavier Murdy singing the nets as he won the three-ball contest.

The camp also gave the Wolves a chance to integrate younger players, including several of whom haven’t played high school ball yet.

 

Wolf players who made the trip:

Chase Anderson
Ryan Blouin
Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
Dominic Coffman
Miles Davidson
William Davidson
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Alex Murdy
Xavier Murdy
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Grady Rickner
Landon Roberts
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White
Hawthorne Wolfe

 

Xavier Murdy wins the three-ball contest:

 

Grady Rickner competes in the slam dunk contest:

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Xavier Murdy was one of 11 Wolves to letter this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cole White joined Jonathan Valenzuela as a JV captain.

The most-successful Coupeville High School boys basketball season in 11 years came to an official close Friday.

Wolf hoops coach Brad Sherman handed out certificates and letters to his players, putting a final stamp on a pandemic-altered campaign.

But first he stopped to honor everyone connected with the team for overcoming long odds during an international pandemic.

“We wanted to recognize every member of this team and all they overcame in a difficult year,” Sherman said. “And acknowledge their hard work in a very, very long off-season, without knowing if they’d get a season at all.”

Basketball was moved from the winter to late spring, and the Wolves played a compressed schedule while dealing with multiple Covid-related restrictions.

But both Wolf squads prospered.

The JV, under first-year head coach Hunter Smith, closed with a five-game winning streak en route to posting a 5-3 record.

Coupeville’s varsity won six of its final seven games, with the only loss a one-point decision in overtime.

Finishing 8-4, just a half-game off Northwest 2B/1B League champ Mount Vernon Christian (8-3) — a team they beat twice — the Wolves captured their first winning season since 2010.

Junior Xavier Murdy, who led the varsity in rebounds, assists, and steals, while finishing as the #2 scorer, was named the “Wolf Way Player of the Year.”

The award honors someone who exemplifies the team’s five pillars of grit, gratitude, humility, trust, and excellence.

Fellow junior Hawthorne Wolfe earned Offensive Player of the Year, while sophomore Alex Murdy claimed Defensive Player of the Year.

Wolfe averaged 21 points a night, rattling the rims for 38 points against both MVC and Orcas Island, while Alex Murdy was viewed by CHS coaches as their “best lockdown defender.”

Rounding out the varsity awards, TJ Rickner copped the Coaches Award, with Daniel Olson and Sage Downes receiving Four-Year awards for playing every season of their prep career.

Grady Rickner and Xavier Murdy were honored as team captains.

On the JV side of things, Cole White won the Wolf Way Player of the Year award, with Jonathan Valenzuela (Offensive Player of the Year), William Davidson (Defensive Player of the Year), and Zane Oldenstadt (Coaches Award) also taking home certificates.

White and Valenzuela were JV team captains.

Sherman and his coaching staff (Hunter Smith, Greg White, and Randy Bottorff) also recognized the people who worked hard behind the scenes to make the season a success.

That included Courtney Pilgrim for “keeping our away books and helping to provide our away game food,” Morgan White for “setting up our team gear store and designing the stuff for us,” and CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith for “all of his hard work to make our season a possibility.”

Also feted was the Coupeville Booster Club, which purchased new warm-up tops for the team.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Miles Davidson
Logan Downes (**Freshman**)
Sage Downes
Logan Martin
Alex Murdy
Xavier Murdy
Daniel Olson
Grady Rickner
TJ Rickner
Cody Roberts
Hawthorne Wolfe

 

Varsity participation certificates:

Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White

 

JV participation certificates:

Ryan Blouin
Dominic Coffman
William Davidson
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Zane Oldenstadt
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Jonathan Valenzuela
Alex Wasik
Cole White
Andrew Williams

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Logan Downes scored 52 varsity points as a freshman. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hunt for history continues.

My obsession with tracking individual scoring totals for all 104 seasons of Coupeville High School boys basketball will never be fully satisfied.

I know that. I accept that we’ll probably never uncover a treasure trove of stats from the 1930’s.

Or will we???

As the pandemic-altered 2021 campaign played out, we also picked up one of the holy grails — a complete tabulation of scoring totals for the 1953-54 Wolves.

That was one of two missing seasons (1951-52, you still elude me…) which would have a measurable impact on the career scoring charts, so it’s a major step forward.

Now, we have a final answer on totals for Jack Elzinga and Jerry Zylstra, and are just a season short of fully documenting Tom Sahli’s standout career.

As I played my game of Indiana Jones and the Temple of (Possibly) Doomed Stats, the modern-day Wolves also shook up the career scoring list.

Ten of the 13 CHS players to score this season were first-timers, lifting us to 402 boys we’ve been able to document rippling the net in a varsity contest.

Of the three returning scorers, Xavier Murdy and Hawthorne Wolfe made the biggest jumps, with Hawk vaulting from #58 to #24 all-time while averaging 21 points a night across 12 games as a junior.

It’s an ever-changing list, but as of June 17, 2021, here’s we sit — all 76,595 points I’ve been to able to track down.

Active players are in bold:

 

Jeff Stone – 1137
Mike Bagby – 1137
Randy Keefe – 1088
Jeff Rhubottom – 1012
Mike Criscuola – 979
Bill Riley – 934
Pete Petrov – 917
Brad Sherman – 874
Denny Clark – 869
Arik Garthwaite – 867

Bill Jarrell – 855
Hunter Smith – 847
Corey Cross – 811
Jack Elzinga – 770
Barry Brown – 769
Hunter Hammer – 755
Steve Whitney – 730
Dan Nieder – 729
Tom Sahli – 719 (**MISSING SEASON**)
Chris Good – 688

Gavin Keohane – 677
Virgil Roehl – 674
Foster Faris – 668
Hawthorne Wolfe – 662
Pat Bennett – 659
Wade Ellsworth – 659
Jason McFadyen – 654
Rich Morris – 637
Kramer O’Keefe – 636
Wiley Hesselgrave – 632

John O’Grady – 611
Greg White – 604
Joe Whitney – 601
Brian Miller – 597
Mike Syreen – 594
Gabe McMurray – 592
Pat Clark – 583
Randy Duggan – 552
Roy Marti – 551
Jim Syreen – 550

Marc Bissett – 549
Denny Zylstra – 538
Jerry Zylstra – 527
Brad Miller – 526
Gary Faris – 524
JJ Marti – 520
Cody Peters – 518
David Lortz – 502
Jason Bagby – 499
Pat O’Grady – 472

Harold Buckner – 469
Sean Dillon – 469
Frank Marti – 462
Gary Hammons – 443
Del O’Shell – 440
Tony Ford – 432
Caleb Powell – 421
Mason Grove – 414
Ben Biskovich – 407
Casey Clark – 407

Nick Sellgren – 406
Blaine Ghormley – 393
Tom Logan – 385
James Smith – 382
Don Cook – 377
Chad Gale – 373
Mike Millenbach – 373
JD Wilcox – 373
Ty Blouin – 369
Caesar Kortuem – 369

Ray Harvey – 368
Pat Brown – 355
Dick Smith – 352
Ethan Spark – 352
Glenn Losey – 350
Timm Orsborn – 345
Robin Larson – 342
Byron Fellstrom – 340
Kevin Faris – 339
Michael Vaughan – 337

Jim Yake – 331
Aaron Trumbull – 330
Brad Brown – 328
Charlie Tessaro – 328
Utz Conard – 326
Ian Smith – 324
David Ford – 323
Bob Rea – 320
Chris Marti – 319
Gabe Wynn – 316

Nick Streubel – 314
Ben Hayes – 306
Allen Black – 305
Noah Roehl – 301
Blake Day – 299
Noel Criscuola – 298
John Beasley – 293
Risen Johnson – 291
Brian Fakkema – 290
Matt Frost – 290

Mike Mallo – 282
Keith Jameson – 277
Terry Roberts – 277
Kit Manzanares – 275
Boom Phomvongkoth – 275
Zepher Loesch – 274
Alex Evans – 272
Aaron Curtin – 271
Tyler King – 270
Joe Tessaro – 270

Eric Hopkins – 265
Harvey Wainio – 265
Rick Keefe – 259
Troy Blouin – 256
Sean Callahan – 256
Greg Fellstrom – 248
Casey Larson – 247
Don Schreiber – 247
Brandon Huff – 245
Richard Hammons – 240

Brad Haslam – 235
Sean Toomey-Stout – 235
Geoff Hageman – 227
Curt Youderian – 226
Xavier Murdy – 221
Ed Wood – 219
Rich Vaughan – 219
Joel Walstad – 217
Richard Cook – 216
Ryan Keefe – 214

Jordan Ford – 210
Andrew Mouw – 204
Vance Huffman – 203
Tim Quenzer – 202
Alan Hancock – 198
Shawn Ryan – 197
Mitch Aparicio – 195
Trevor Tucker – 194
Roy Mattox – 191
Dale Sherman – 188

Scott Stuurmans – 188
Pat Millenbach – 181
Wayne Hardie – 178
Chris Cox – 177
Evan Tingstad – 177
Jerry VandWerfhorst – 177
Anthony Bergeron – 176
Mike Ankney – 173
John Engstrom – 173
Ron Naddy – 172

Dale Libbey – 169
Roger Sherman – 168
Tim Walstad – 168
Randy Blindauer – 166
Mark Bepler – 165
Chad Brookhouse – 163
Jered Brown – 156
Monty Moore – 155
Geoff Wacker – 154
Bill Baas – 153

Ulrik Wells – 152
Jim Faris – 151
Steve Konek – 149
Gavin O’Keefe – 149
Ryan McManigle – 148
Ryan Griggs – 147
Hugh Abell – 145
George Libbey – 142
Craig Anderson – 132
Scott Franzen – 129

Ben Etzell – 127
Gavin Knoblich – 126
Len Buckner – 125
Brian Shank – 125
Joey Lippo – 121
Jessie Smith – 119
Sandy Roberts – 118
Scott McGraw – 116
Christian Townsdin – 116
Mitch Pelroy – 115

Taylor Ebersole – 114
Eric Taylor – 112
Jim Casey – 111
Jacobi Pilgrim – 111
Brian Barr – 108
Joe Donellon – 101
Jason McManigle – 101
Bryan Hamilton – 99
Brian Knoll – 98
Morgan Payne – 96

Christian Lyness – 95
Koa Davison – 94
Grady Rickner – 94
Ted Weber – 91
Hunter Downes – 89
James Meek – 89
Dan Miller – 89
Steve Bissett – 87
Andrew Cashen – 87
Carson Risner – 86

John Sinema – 86
Nick Morris – 83
Roy Armstrong – 80
Cameron Toomey-Stout – 80
Caleb Valko – 78
Ross Buckner – 77
Matt Shank – 77
JJ Johnson – 76
Duane Score – 76
Quinten Farmer – 75

Matt Ortega – 75
Mike Ellsworth – 74
Don Spangler – 72
John Zimmerman – 72
Joe Bruzas – 71
Jason Fisher – 71
Tony Prosser – 70
Les Jacobson – 69
Tom Conard – 68
Dean Grasser – 68

Matt Bepler – 67
Zack Swerdfeger – 66
Ron Lanphere – 65
Sage Downes – 64
Ben Hancock – 63
Randy Stone – 63
Mike Brown – 62
Jason McDavid – 62
Jeremy Staples – 62
Brian Hageman – 61

Erik King – 61
David Davis – 60
Tom Mueller – 59
Brandy Ambrose – 58
Sam Kieth – 58
Steve Smith – 58
Martin Walsh – 58
Matt Helm – 57
Dennis Terrell – 57
Drew Chan – 56

DeAndre Mitchell – 56
Daniel Olson – 56
Ellis Schultz – 56
Dave Stoddard – 56
CJ Smith – 54
Larry Zylstra – 54
Logan Downes – 52
Asa Owensby – 52
Marc Aparicio – 51
Chris Chan – 51

Joe Kelley – 51
Marvin Darst – 50
Troy Hurlburt – 49
Alex Murdy – 49
Stanley Bruzas – 48
Dalton Engle – 48
Jerry Helm – 48
Dalton Martin – 47
Eddie Fasolo – 45
Doug Speers – 45

Banky Fisher – 44
Keith Dunnagan – 42
Gaylord Stidham – 41
Erick Harada – 40
James Jorgensen – 40
Nevin Miranda – 40
Jeff Thomas – 40
John Wyatt – 40
John Moskeland – 39
Danny Bonacci – 36

Chuck Ruthford – 36
Charlie Toth – 36
Jim Marti – 35
Zeb Williams – 35
Robert Cushen – 34
Dante Mitchell – 34
Sid Mudgett – 34
Dave Brandt – 33
Ryan Kelley – 33
Brian Roundy – 32

Richard Barber – 31
Joe Libbey – 31
Logan Martin – 31
Ray Cook – 29
Tim Leese – 29
Ralph Lindsay – 29
Kyle Rockwell – 29
Rick Marti – 28
Toby Martinez – 28
Daniel McDonald – 28

Joe Rojas – 28
Todd Smith – 28
Scott Sollars – 28
Richard Benson – 27
Mike Duke – 27
John Holmes – 26
Lewis Berry – 25
Mark Short – 25
Tim Youderian – 25
Jared Helmstadter – 24

Trent Diamanti – 23
Trevor Mueller – 22
Dan Schleiffers – 22
Jay Roberts – 21
Dustin Van Velkinburgh – 21
Matt Douglas – 20
Jordan Emerson – 20
Dane Lucero – 20
Dean Strom – 20
Scott Fisher – 19

Scott Losey – 19
Bud Merryman – 19
Matt Petrich – 19
Jason Raymond – 19
Rob Blouin – 18
Rick Keith – 18
Marvin Mitchell – 18
Guy Walker – 18
Gary Boyke – 17
Jim Keith – 17

Jean Lund-Olsen – 17
Cedric McIntosh – 17
TJ Rickner – 17
Rick Frieze – 16
Chad Nixon – 16
Josh Wilsey – 16
Steven Cope – 15
Eric Dyer – 15
Mike Lester – 15
Brad Rogers – 15

Jonathan Valenzuela – 15
Henry Edwards – 14
Todd Brown – 13
DJ Kim – 13
LaVerne Arnold – 12
Mike Eaton – 12
Guy George – 12
Kole Kellison – 12
Glen Lanphere – 12
Desmond Bell – 11

Bill Hamilton – 11
Ken Pickard – 11
Jon Roberts – 11
Chris Squires – 11
Ben Winkes – 11
Ron Edwards – 10
Travis Hooker – 10
Daniel Graham – 9
Kyle King – 9
Bruce Seiger – 9

Jimmy Sullivan – 9
Fred Wyatt – 9
Erik Anderson – 8
Dave Bowers – 8
Rob Fasolo – 8
Kraig Gordon – 8
Cody Roberts – 8
Robert Shafer – 8
Dave Wells – 8
Charlie Cook – 7

Bobby Engle – 7
Brian Folkestad – 7
Wayne Hesselgrave – 7
Ed Cook – 6
Tucker Hall – 6
Chuck Hardee – 6
Kevin King – 6
Robert Kirkwood – 6
George Smith – 6
Nic Anthony – 5

Ariah Bepler – 5
Scott Davidson – 5
JD Myers – 5
Nate Steele – 5
Andrew Bird – 4
Bill Boze – 4
Miles Davidson – 4
Ralph Engle – 4
Jason Legat – 4
Morgan Roehl – 4

Rusty Bailey – 3
Luke Currier – 3
Frank Mueller – 3
Tracy Wilson – 3
Teo Benson – 2
Norm Enders – 2
Chris Locke – 2
Jeremy McCormick – 2
Rich McCormick – 2
Denny Moss – 2

Tony Sherman – 2
Marion Sill – 2
Stephen Stietenroth – 2
Robbie Wanamaker – 2
Cole White – 2
Paul Baher – 1
Bill Engle – 1
Robert Engle – 1
Bob Franzen – 1
Meryl Gordon – 1

Oscar Liquidano – 1
Raleigh Sherman – 1

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