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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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Pamela Morrell and her CMS basketball teammates reached the halfway point of their season Wednesday afternoon, facing off with Lakewood. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

7th grader Savina Wells leads all Wolves in scoring, averaging 14.6 points a game.

Halfway home.

The Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads reached the midpoint of their season Wednesday, welcoming ginormous Lakewood to town.

While the Wolf players will eventually move up to join a 2B high school here in Cow Town, their rivals represent the farm team for a large 2A school.

But, while CMS pulls from a much-smaller student body, Coupeville’s hoops stars put up a good fight Wednesday, staying close in two of three contests.

How the day played out:

 

Level 1:

Coupeville won the second half, but couldn’t fully dig its way out of an early hole, falling 36-23.

The loss drops the Wolves to 2-3 on the season, headed into another home game next Monday, March 2 against Granite Falls.

Lakewood controlled the game in the early going, jumping out to a 10-3 lead after one quarter of play, then stretching the margin to 24-8 by the half.

The Wolves rallied after the break, however, putting together a strong third-quarter performance behind the play of Savina Wells.

With the 7th grader dropping in seven of her team-high 10 points across the seven-minute frame, CMS had a 9-6 run, and outscored Lakewood 15-13 in the second half.

Brionna Blouin and Lauren Marrs backed Wells up on the offensive end of the floor, racking up nine and four points, respectively.

Blouin netted her team’s lone three-ball, and was the only Wolf to score in three different quarters.

Lyla Stuurmans, Mia Farris, Allison Nastali, Desi Ramirez, and Madison McMillan also saw floor time for Coupeville’s top squad.

 

Level 2:

This one wasn’t pretty.

Failing to score until the 4th quarter, the Wolves absorbed a 47-3 loss, dropping their record to 1-3 on the season.

Down 20-0 at the first break and 35-0 at the half, CMS couldn’t get a shot to drop until Chloe Marzocca splashed home a fourth-quarter three-ball.

Her support crew included Issabel Johnson, Taylor Brotemarkle, Jada Heaton, Kayla Arnold, Katie Marti, Grey Peabody, Aby Wood, Reese Wilkinson, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Nastali.

 

Level 3:

The final game of the day was the closest, with Coupeville battling strongly in a 32-24 loss.

The defeat drops the young Wolves to 0-3 on the season.

A little bit of a slow start tripped up CMS, as the hosts fell behind 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, then played Lakewood virtually even the rest of the way.

The second, third, and fourth quarter all ended up with counts of 8-6, with Coupeville claiming the third frame behind four points each from Heaton and Johnson.

Heaton had the hot hand all afternoon, rattling home points in all four quarters as she tallied a team-high 10, while Johnson (6), Marzocca (4), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Devika Vogelsang-Puente (2) also banked in points.

With Marzocca and Vogelsang-Puente notching their first buckets Wednesday, 20 of Coupeville’s 27 players have scored this season.

Also seeing floor time against Lakewood were Alena Osborne, Shayla Town, Pamela Morrell, Kassidy Upchurch, Gabriella Becktell, and Aubrey Blitch.

 

Unofficial season scoring stats:

Savina Wells – 73
Lauren Marrs – 33
Brionna Blouin – 23
Jada Heaton – 17
Lyla Stuurmans – 15
Reese Wilkinson – 14
Katie Marti – 9
Grey Peabody – 9
Issabel Johnson – 8
Chloe Marzocca – 7
Bryley Gilbert – 6
Skylar Parker – 6
Mia Farris – 4
Madison McMillan – 4
Kayla Arnold – 2
Aubrey Blitch – 2
Taylor Brotemarkle – 2
Allison Nastali – 2
Alena Osborne – 2
Devika Vogelsang-Puente – 2

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Sophomore Izzy Wells was one of 13 girls to letter for CHS basketball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Avalon Renninger was honored as Most Inspirational.

Seniors (l to r) Renninger, Hannah Davidson, Tia Wurzrainer, and Scout Smith exit as a group. (Charlotte Young photos)

The Fab Four pose with their papas and coach Scott Fox.

Respect.

North Sound Conference coaches showed some to Coupeville High School girls basketball players, honoring four of them in year-end awards.

Scout Smith was selected as a First-Team All-Conference pick, while fellow senior Hannah Davidson landed on the Second Team, and junior Chelsea Prescott copped Honorable Mention.

Rounding out the Wolf award winners was senior Tia Wurzrainer, who received Best Sportsmanship from league coaches.

That four-pack of awards was among the many honors handed out Wednesday, as CHS coaches Scott Fox, Megan Smith, and Alex Evans brought their season to a close.

With both the Wolf varsity (12-7) and JV (12-4) enjoying stellar seasons in their final run through the NSC, there was much to celebrate.

“Really happy with three All-League players,” Fox said.

“I could not have asked for a better group of girls to have for my first year as a high school coach,” Megan Smith said of her JV players. “I’m immensely proud of them! They made me look really good.”

The awards break-down:

 

Varsity:

 

MVP:

Scout Smith

 

Most Inspirational:

Avalon Renninger

 

Offensive Player of the Year:

Chelsea Prescott

 

Defensive Player of the Year:

Hannah Davidson

 

Varsity letter winners:

Mollie Bailey
Hannah Davidson
Maddie Georges
Nezi Keiper
Anya Leavell
Carolyn Lhamon
Chelsea Prescott
Avalon Renninger
Audrianna Shaw
Scout Smith
Kylie Van Velkinburgh
Izzy Wells
Tia Wurzrainer

 

Managers:

Ja’Kenya Hoskins
McKenna Somes

 

JV:

 

MVP:

Alita Blouin

 

Most Improved:

Ella Colwell

 

Most Inspirational:

Ryanne Knoblich

 

JV participation certificate:

Savana Allen
Alita Blouin
Jessenia Camarena
Natalie Castano
Ella Colwell
Gwen Gustafson
Ryanne Knoblich
Claire Mayne
Heidi Meyers
Abby Mulholland
Maylin Steele
Morgan Stevens
Samantha Streitler

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