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Marie Grasser held the CHS girls basketball individual career scoring title from 1978-1981. (Megan Hansen photo)

They are the magnificent seven.

In the history of the Coupeville High School girls basketball program, 229 players have scored at least one point in a varsity game.

From the larger group, there is an ultra-exclusive inner gathering, however.

Seven players have, at one point or another, held the individual career scoring title for the Wolf girls.

The shortest run atop the charts was for a single season, while the school’s current #1 (girls or boys) has held her spot for 18 seasons and counting.

Now, keep in mind the scoring stats for the first team in program history, the 1974-75 squad, have vanished into history, as the local newspapers and the school’s yearbook both whiffed when it came to recording those numbers.

But, that first season would only (maybe) affect the very start of this list, as scoring totals quickly shot up once the ’80s arrived.

So, with that small caveat out of the way, here we go, the semi-official CHS girls basketball individual career scoring record-holders:

 

1975-1976 — Jill Whitney (116 career points)
1976-1977 — Jill Whitney (116)
1977-1978 — Suzette Glover (159)
1978-1979 — Marie Grasser (243)
1979-1980 — Marie Grasser (321)
1980-1981 — Kristan Hurlburt (335)
1981-1982 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1982-1983 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1983-1984 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1984-1985 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1985-1986 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1986-1987 — Terry Perkins (673)
1987-1988 — Terry Perkins (673)
1988-1989 — Terry Perkins (673)
1989-1990 — Terry Perkins (673)
1990-1991 — Terry Perkins (673)
1991-1992 — Terry Perkins (673)
1992-1993 — Terry Perkins (673)
1993-1994 — Terry Perkins (673)
1994-1995 — Terry Perkins (673)
1995-1996 — Novi Barron (894)
1996-1997 — Novi Barron (1270)
1997-1998 — Novi Barron (1270)
1998-1999 — Novi Barron (1270)
1999-2000 — Novi Barron (1270)
2000-2001 — Novi Barron (1270)
2001-2002 — Novi Barron (1270)
2002-2003 — Brianne King (1549)
2003-2004 — Brianne King (1549)
2004-2005 — Brianne King (1549)
2005-2006 — Brianne King (1549)
2006-2007 — Brianne King (1549)
2007-2008 — Brianne King (1549)
2008-2009 — Brianne King (1549)
2009-2010 — Brianne King (1549)
2010-2011 — Brianne King (1549)
2011-2012 — Brianne King (1549)
2012-2013 — Brianne King (1549)
2013-2014 — Brianne King (1549)
2014-2015 — Brianne King (1549)
2015-2016 — Brianne King (1549)
2016-2017 — Brianne King (1549)
2017-2018 — Brianne King (1549)
2018-2019 — Brianne King (1549)
2019-2020 — Brianne King (1549)

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Savina Wells leads a parade of masked-up Wolf sharpshooters. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ja’Kenya Hoskins

Morgan Stevens

Nezi Keiper

Grey Peabody

Maddie Georges

Izzy Wells

Taylor Brotemarkle

They’ll be first up.

If prep sports return from the pandemic on the current schedule, basketball will take the court beginning the last week of December, with games slated to start in Jan.

While no one knows where we’ll be in three months time, for now, Coupeville athletes have been allowed to start open gym-style practice sessions.

Stretching from Sept. 28 through November, it’s a repeat of the out-of-season coaching period the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association normally allows in June and July.

As Wolf girls hoops stars worked on their shots, with masks in place, wandering photo whiz kid John Fisken collected the snaps seen above.

 

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2020-09-30-Coupeville-practices/

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Tia Wurzrainer: three sports, 1000% effort. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Numbers don’t always tell the full story.

And that’s why, to fully appreciate what Tia Wurzrainer brought to Coupeville High School athletics the past four years, you needed to see her play in person.

From a distance, she didn’t score a staggering amount of goals on the soccer field, and didn’t net a record-busting number of baskets on the hardwood.

But watch Tia play in person, whether it was soccer, basketball, or tennis season, and you would quickly gain an appreciation of why she was so valued by coaches, and so beloved by her teammates.

The young girl who once sat quietly eating her sandwich back in a corner at her family’s restaurant, Christopher’s on Whidbey, emerged as one of the hardest-working, far-tougher-than-expected athletes to ever pull on a Wolf jersey.

Tia did the dirty work, and then asked for more, always with a smile.

On the soccer field, she sacrificed her body game after game, a defender who seemingly feared no scoring ace, and wasn’t gonna take no crap from no one, no matter how fancy the rival school might be.

She protected her side of the field with a burning intensity, slamming into frays, chasing down breakaways, fighting for every 50/50 ball, making life considerably easier for the CHS goalkeepers who camped out behind her.

Give her a chance to score, and she could, but Tia made her name holding down the backline, where she netted All-Conference honors and earned mad respect from anyone foolish enough to challenge her.

As fall faded into winter, she would move from the pitch to the basketball court, but her persona as a quietly tough-as-nails roustabout never changed.

Tia slices to the hoop for a bucket in a big win over arch-rival South Whidbey.

The kind of “glue” player every coach needs, she was that rare teen athlete who not only accepted her role, but openly embraced it.

Need a lock-down defender?

A hustler and a scrapper?

A pass-first player who could help keep her team flowing under big-time pressure?

A staunch supporter of each and every one of her teammates?

Tia was the answer for all those needs, and she always seemed to play with the same intensity and effort regardless of whether she was starting or coming off the bench.

Proving she was a true three-sport star, she never skipped a season, joining Avalon Renninger to form a deadly doubles duo on the tennis court each spring.

Always a deadly assassin on the tennis court.

The pair meshed almost flawlessly, both in playing style, and with the grace and drive they exhibited match after match.

Team leaders, captains, and stellar competitors, the duo were on the fast track to make it to the state tourney, only to see their senior season derailed by COVID-19.

While Tia and Avalon didn’t get the chance to make a run at glory in Eastern Washington, that shouldn’t detract in the slightest from what they accomplished when given a chance to play.

While reflecting on their net careers, CHS tennis guru Ken Stange marveled at what Wurzrainer had brought to his program.

Tia … calm, cool, and collected.

“She would probably argue with me, but I think Tia is perfect.

“Kind, intelligent, intuitive, and hard working. I don’t think I ever heard a single negative word pass through her lips.

“Her work ethic was second to none. Anyone would be happy to have her as a partner, me included.”

Some athletes get a chance to put up big numbers, making it easy for people in far-off states or other countries to have at least a loose idea of what they accomplished.

But it’s those like Tia, the ones you need to be camped out in the bleachers, or on the bench, or out there on the floor with her, to really appreciate, who make an impact which can’t be matched.

If you know, you know.

And, if you don’t know, you really, truly missed out.

Today, we swing open the doors at the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame and welcome Tia to our hallowed digital hideaway, where she is reunited with Avalon, her tennis doubles partner.

After this, you’ll find them at the top of the blog, hanging out under the Legends tab.

All in all, a very appropriate choice of words to describe two of the best, as athletes and as people, to ever emerge from Coupeville.

Wurzrainer and Renninger? They were kind of a big deal.

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Amanda Fabrizi is one of just 23 CHS girls to have scored 200 points in a basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Megan Smith could fill the hoop up. (Photo courtesy Smith)

Sisters Lexie (left) and Brittany Black each own two of the 50 best individual scoring seasons in Wolf girls basketball history. (Photo courtesy Laura Black)

This isn’t rocket science.

The most-sustained run of team success the Coupeville High School girls basketball program has enjoyed came in the 2000’s.

While the Wolves launched in 1974, and put together some very-strong runs in the mid and late ’90s, all three of the state tourney banners they own were captured between 2002-2005.

So, it’s no surprise that when you compile the 50 best single-season scoring totals put up by a Wolf girls hoops player, 21 of those campaigns came between 2001-2009.

Other than that, it’s fairly well-balanced, with 15 slots occupied by players from the ’90s, and seven performances apiece coming from the ’80s and the 2010’s.

There are two CHS girls who sit atop the pile, with Brianne King and Zenovia Barron both landing in the top 50 four times.

Ann Pettit, Makana Stone, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, and Megan Smith have three slots apiece, with Maureen Wetmore, Tina Lyness, Judy Marti, Lexie Black, Erica Lamb, Terry Perkins, and Brittany Black notching two appearances.

Overall, 29 players have combined to account for the top 50 individual seasons.

Now, there are a couple of small caveats, though the latter matters more than the former.

We have no scoring stats for that first modern-day team, the 1974-1975 squad.

Though, based on other early scoring totals, I’m 99.99992% sure no one from that season would make this list.

More troubling is the fact we’re missing 2-3 games each from three different seasons, so our totals for 2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007 are not fully complete.

That affects four players.

Lexie Black, Vanessa Davis, and Brittany Black each have a season where they make the top 50, but could be higher on the chart with those missing games.

I’ve marked those campaigns with asterisks below.

The other person being possibly short-changed is Megan Smith, who I have with 161 points for her freshman season in 2006-2007 (minus two missing games), which is just 13 points off of cracking the top 50.

While she has the #10, #16, and #25 seasons, if we had complete numbers from 06-07, it’s very likely she joins King and Barron in the four-timers club.

With that being said, the 50 best CHS girls single-season scoring totals:

 

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)
Ann Pettit – (317) – (1996-1997)
Terry Perkins – (314) – (1986-1987)
Judy Marti – (312) – (1983-1984)
Marlene Grasser – (307) – (1986-1987)
Tina Lyness – (299) – (1999-2000)
Megan Smith – (299) – (2009-2010)
Lexie Black – (295) – (2004-2005)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (280) – (2000-2001)
Brianne King – (275) – (1999-2000)
Tina Barker – (274) – (1986-1987)
Zenovia Barron – (274) – (1995-1996)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (266) – (2001-2002)
Kristan Hurlburt – (263) – (1981-1982)
Sarah Mouw – (259) – (2001-2002)
Megan Smith – (255) – (2007-2008)
Ann Pettit – (252) – (1995-1996)
Makana Stone – (248) – (2013-2014)
Erica Lamb – (247) – (2002-2003)
Zenovia Barron – (242) – (1994-1995)
Lexie Black – (236) – (2003-2004) – **
Tina Lyness – (221) – (1998-1999)
Jen Canfield – (220) – (1996-1997)
Ashley Manker – (218) – (2009-2010)
Amy Mouw – (216) – (2002-2003)
Maureen Wetmore – (212) – (1998-1999)
Linda Cheshier – (210) – (1991-1992)
Brittany Black – (209) – (2004-2005)
Judy Marti – (201) – (1982-1983)
Amanda Fabrizi – (200) – (2013-2014)
Vanessa Davis – (194) – (2003-2004) – **
Terry Perkins – (194) – (1984-1985)
Emily Vracin – (194) – (1991-1992)
Whitney Clark – (188) – (2004-2005)
Taniel Lamb – (188) – (2004-2005)
Misty Sellgren – (184) – (1992-1993)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (183) – (1999-2000)
Kailey Kellner – (180) – (2016-2017)
Brittany Black – (177) – (2005-2006) – **
Maureen Wetmore – (177) – (1997-1998)
Erica Lamb – (174) – (2001-2002)

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Kailey Kellner, the first, and so far, only player with that first name to score for the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball program. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The same goes for Kyla Briscoe.

But not for Lauren Rose, as she’s joined by Lauren Escalle and Lauren Grove in Wolf hoops history.

Want to have a daughter grow up to score buckets for the Coupeville High School varsity basketball team?

Give her a first name starting with the letter M.

Want her to make history, though?

Give her a first name starting with the letter F, O, Q, U, or X.

After frittering away quarantine time by going through my scoring records, which cover the modern-day history of the Wolf girls program (1974-2020), those are some of the facts I’ve unearthed.

In the 46 varsity seasons played at CHS, there have been 229 girls who have tallied at least a single free throw for the Wolves, with those players bearing 183 different first names.

The most common of those monikers?

Sarah, repped by Powell, Mouw, Burgoyne, Wright, and Vass.

Unless we play fast and loose with Jennifer, which has four (Pettit, Bailey, Eelkema, and Meyer), but could technically add a fifth and sixth in Jen Canfield and Jennie Cross.

After that, there’s a seven-way tie with three each for Amanda, Courtney, Emily, Lauren, Lindsey, Nicole, and Tina.

M, with 26 girls, edges out K (25), J (24), and C (23) for the top spot, while no girl with a first name starting with the aforementioned F, O, Q, U, or X has ever scored in a CHS varsity uniform.

Yes, it’s true, the fairly rare Z edges out F and O, which I would have thought might have been fairly common.

Score the win for Zenovia Barron and Zarah Leaman.

 

How the letters rank, with total girls followed by total points:

A – 21/4028
B – 8/2957
C – 22/1685
D – 8/574
E – 7/1412
F – zip
G – 2/14
H – 7/1176
I – 1/57
J – 24/2998
K – 25/2900
L – 17/2204
M – 26/6132
N – 7/110
O – zip
P – 3/256
Q – zip
R – 4/129
S – 21/2614
T – 19/3365
U – zip
V – 2/594
W – 2/427
X – zip
Y – 1/163
Z – 2/1280

 

By first names:

Aimee (1) – 168
Aleshia (1) – 20
Allison (1) – 21
Alyssa (1) – 10
Amanda (3) – 703
Ami (1) – 8
Amy (2) – 354
Andilee (1) – 46
Ann (2) – 992
Anna (1) – 28
Annette (1) – 223
Anya (1) – 22
Ashley (2) – 1296
Ashlie (1) – 3
Audrianna (1) – 11
Avalon (1) – 123
Babette (1) – 93
Bessie (1) – 288
Beth (2) – 288
Breeanna (1) – 235
Brenda (1) – 2
Brianne (1) – 1549
Brittany (1) – 502
Carlie (1) – 7
Carly (1) – 260
Carol (2) – 19
Carolyn (1) – 24
Cassidi (1) – 423
Cathy (1) – 2
Charlotte (1) – 2
Chelsea (2) – 308
Cheryl (2) – 198
Christi (1) – 125
Christina (1) – 3
Christine (2) – 148
Cindy (1) – 8
Corinn (1) – 6
Corinne (1) – 1
Courtney (3) – 151
Daisy (1) – 2
Danette (1) – 249
Danielle (1) – 167
Dawn (1) – 15
Debbie (2) – 119
Denise (1) – 4
Dina (1) – 18
Eileen (1) – 8
Ema (1) – 228
Emily (3) – 627
Erica (1) – 497
Erin (1) – 52
Georgie (1) – 8
Grace (1) – 6
Hailey (1) – 282
Haley (1) – 23
Hannah (1) – 116
Hayley (1) – 163
Heather (1) – 182
Heidi (1) – 179
Hilary (1) – 231
Izzy (1) – 57
Jai’Lysa (1) – 151
Jaime (1) – 181
Ja’Kenya (1) – 5
Jamie (1) – 3
Janie (1) – 6
Janiece (1) – 43
Jean (1) – 57
Jeannette (1) – 12
Jen (1) – 497
Jennie (1) – 140
Jennifer (4) – 330
Jessica (1) – 4
Jessy (1) – 41
Jill (2) – 155
Jodie (1) – 174
Joli (1) – 142
Judy (2) – 603
Julia (1) – 202
Julie (1) – 252
Kacie (1) – 188
Kailey (1) – 339
Kalia (1) – 106
Kara (2) – 112
Karen (1) – 40
Kari (1) – 52
Kassie (1) – 184
Katie (2) – 376
Kathy (1) – 25
Katy (1) – 5
Kayla (1) – 124
Kelly (2) – 115
Kendra (1) – 244
Keri (1) – 8
Kim (2) – 219
Kirsty (1) – 27
Kristan (1) – 598
Kristina (1) – 16
Kristine (1) – 8
Kyla (1) – 104
Kylie (1) – 10
Laura (1) – 83
Lauren (3) – 236
Laurie (1) – 114
Lexi (1) – 6
Lexie (1) – 622
Linda (1) – 210
Lindsey (3) – 522
Lisa (2) – 218
Lori (2) – 48
Lupine (1) – 98
Lynn (1) – 47
Maddie (2) – 347
Makana (1) – 1158
Mandi (1) – 37
Marie (2) – 486
Marilyn (1) – 164
Marissa (1) – 5
Marlene (1) – 574
Marlys (1) – 247
Marnie (1) – 81
Maureen (1) – 438
McKayla (1) – 6
McKenzie (1) – 17
Megan (1) – 1042
Meghan (1) – 43
Melissa (1) – 23
Mia (1) – 317
Michelle (2) – 19
Mika (1) – 424
Mikayla (1) – 227
Min (1) – 35
Misty (1) – 331
Mollie (1) – 14
Monica (1) – 97
Nancy (1) – 18
Naomi (1) – 11
Nezi (1) – 2
Nicole (3) – 67
Nikki (1) – 12
Paige (1) – 49
Pam (1) – 202
Penny (1) – 5
Rachelle (1) – 64
Rhiannon (1) – 6
Rose (1) – 57
Rusty (1) – 2
Sally (1) – 108
Samantha (1) – 3
Sarah (5) – 952
Scout (1) – 290
Shannon (1) – 29
Sharon (1) – 75
Shawn (1) – 35
Shawna (1) – 388
Shelby (1) – 25
Sherry (1) – 165
Skyler (1) – 6
Stephanie (2) – 233
Sue (1) – 100
Susan (1) – 8
Suzanne (1) – 38
Suzette (1) – 159
Tammie (1) – 31
Tammy (1) – 12
Taniel (1) – 330
Taya (1) – 132
Taylor (1) – 29
Terry (1) – 673
Tia (1) – 43
Tiffany (1) – 111
Tina (3) – 1084
Toni (2) – 101
Tonnalea (1) – 78
Traci (2) – 210
Tracy (2) – 351
Trudy (1) – 180
Vanessa (2) – 594
Whitney (1) – 359
Wynter (1) – 68
Yashmeen (1) – 163
Zarah (1) – 10
Zenovia (1) – 1270

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