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Kalia Littlejohn, ready to wreck you. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

I don’t pay to get into Coupeville High School athletic contests.

Various athletic directors over the years have given me free access to games, which has made the life of a low-paid sports reporter/blogger much easier.

That being said, there have been a handful of Wolf athletes who brought something truly special to the court, or field, or track oval, or soccer pitch.

If I had to pay, these select few Coupeville athletes would fall into the category of “They were worth the price of admission.”

Without a doubt, one of those premier stars is Kalia Littlejohn, who has always possessed an electricity and a style rarely seen in Cow Town.

She played three seasons of soccer, and parts of two campaigns on the basketball hardwood, before eventually graduating from another school, and she remains one of the truly special athletes to pass through the CHS hallways.

Through wins and losses, through good times and bad, Kalia was a firecracker, capable of bringing a stadium full of fans to its feet, or drop-kicking a pesky rival halfway across the field.

When she was on the basketball court, she was a ferocious ballhawk, constantly nipping, bobbing and weaving, and driving ballhandlers crazy with her quick hands, fast feet, and chippy on-court personality.

Kalia came to win, every day, and she was vocal about it, not backing down from anyone as she slapped her thighs and implored those around her to rise up with her.

That part of her personality carried over to the soccer pitch, where she lived and died for the game for many years.

Kalia spent a great deal of her young womanhood traveling back and forth across the state, and often much further away, as she and older sister Mia chased a 24/7/365 soccer life.

Mia and Kalia, a formidable sister duo. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Once free of the car, and unleashed on the field, she ran wild, golden leg drilling goals into all corners of the net, while often wielding her arms like weapons, clearing space and laying down the law.

“I wish a fool would…”

She might not have said it out loud, but Kalia played with a rare confidence, and a raging fire in her gut.

Off the pitch, she was a super-friendly, easy-going young woman, a smile almost always present as she bopped though life to her own funky tune.

But once she stepped between the lines, the beast emerged and it was often beautiful to behold.

The team on the other side of the pitch might have worn jerseys with big-city names on them, but frankly, Kalia couldn’t have cared less.

Or, at least that’s the impression I had.

She believed in her own talent, was more than willing to outwork, outhustle, and outmuscle anyone in her way, and earned the strut in her step.

Unleash the beast. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

While on the CHS pitch, Kalia rattled home 33 goals across three seasons, second-best in Wolf girls soccer history only to Mia’s 35 tallies.

The lil’ sis racked up numbers with remarkable consistency, leading the team in scoring as a freshman and junior.

The only Wolf girl to notch single-season double-digit scoring totals twice during their prep career (Mia and Genna Wright did it once each), Kalia rarely settled for pedestrian goals.

She would launch fireballs which blazed across the fading prairie sunlight.

Curl wicked sliders which dipped and dove around bodies before hitting pay-dirt.

And, sometimes, when the mood struck, Kalia would simply crush the ball with the intensity of someone genuinely trying to see if they could pop the darn thing.

She was feisty. Combative. Electrifying.

And, always … ALWAYS … worth the price of admission.

Today we welcome Kalia into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, where she joins several family members, and it’s an induction long overdue.

When you look under the Legends tab at the top of the blog after this, that’s where you’ll find her, most likely rippin’ up the joint and earning all the applause.

Kalia has always been much more than just an athlete, and remains a bright, blazing star as she navigates post-high school life.

With her drive, her commitment, and her strength, she will be a success at whatever path she chooses. Of that, I have no doubt.

But, while she’s always looking forward, the rest of us will pause for a moment and look back in awe and appreciation.

Thank you, Kalia. You were a ton of fun to watch, and write about.

Superstar. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Julia Myers, here to wreck you. (Original photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 1-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.

 

A proud tradition, upheld quite nicely.

Girls basketball has some of the biggest banners in the CHS gym, and the last nine years have featured teams which won league titles, went to state, and frequently scorched other schools.

Looking at those squads, there’s little (none, really) debate over who the best player of the blog era is, but there’s a lot of depth behind that one transcendent superstar.

As always, there’s several missing Wolves out there who could make an argument for inclusion on this roster, but I’m limited to nine players.

And what a nine this is, with a mix of young women who can fill the bucket up, and others who made their living playing defense and providing all the intangibles a coach loves.

Throw the jump ball up. We’re ready to kick some fanny.

The woman. The myth. The always-smiling legend. Kacie Kiel.

Amanda Fabrizi — Tough as they come, and the owner of a deadly-effective sweet lil’ running hook shot, which was money in the bank. Never afraid to put the ball up under pressure, and always played her best the more-important the game was.

Kailey Kellner — Biggest surprise of the blog era — a shy young woman when she arrived from overseas, who then blossomed into a deadly three-ball artist. Her best moment, however, came in a must-win playoff game, when she morphed into a rebound machine, tearing the ball free and freakin’ the Seattle girls out.

Kacie Kiel — So deceptive, in the best way possible. Rivals would look at this slender young woman and assume she was a pushover, then she would go off on them, snatching every contested rebound, hitting the floor for every loose ball, knocking down gut-check three-balls, and playing like a demon on defense. Has a 1,000-pound heart, and truly deserves every bit of praise she gets.

Mia Littlejohn — Played like she was on a New Jersey playground from day one, and I loved it. Had the razzle, had the dazzle, could bank in a runner or pull back for a jumper, could dish on the move, or pick your pocket. All with a lil’ strut that was classic Mia.

Breeanna Messner — Lived and breathed for team, doing the dirty work, always scrambling, always fighting like a wild woman, which was a bit surprising, as she’s so serene off the court. Would get knocked down, face slamming on the floor, then calmly get back up, drain a three-ball in a rival’s face, and move back on defense, eyes locked on that girl until she mentally crumbled.

Julia Myers — She would mess a fool up, then stalk away, her smile erupting to chants of “Judy! Judy!” Had a sweet lil’ jump shot, but best known as a defensive banger who earned the nickname “Elbows,” cause that’s the last thing the girls from King’s saw before they hit the floor.

Lindsey Roberts — Something for everyone. Could be the go-to scorer, or could be a role player, and always seemed equally happy in either situation. Long arms, track star speed, and a burning desire to win all melded together to make Lou a terrifically-efficient weapon.

Makana Stone — The best I’ve seen in person, boy or girl. Almost 1,200 points, 1000+ rebounds, several plays of such an awesome nature they broke my brain, and the ultimate PR agent for her teammates, who she endlessly praised, in public and private.

Madeline Strasburg — The irrepressible, the incredible, Maddie Big Time. Shot out of a rocket right before tipoff, she would rampage from baseline to baseline, creating havoc. Once hit three-balls from half court at the third-quarter buzzer in consecutive games … 17 days apart thanks to winter break. And she called glass both times.

Mia Littlejohn dares you to try and score. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

Up next: Back to the tennis court, this time with the boys.

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Mount Vernon Christian, here doubling up on Coupeville’s Maddie Georges, hosted an elite eight-team postseason hoops tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Looks like La Conner might not have won a girls basketball state title this year, after all.

The Braves dominated play in the Northwest 2B/1B League during the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, going undefeated against Coupeville and Co., then added non-conference wins against elite larger schools such as King’s, Lynden, and Meridian.

But given a chance to face off with some of the other top 2B teams in the state this week, La Conner came up six points short of a title.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association didn’t hold any postseason events this season, so eight top small school programs crafted their own unofficial championship.

Called Summer State, it went down Wednesday through Friday at Mount Vernon Christian High School, with seven 2B schools and the hosts, who are a 1B program.

La Conner dismantled Toldeo 65-30, then slipped past Wahkiakum 65-62, before falling 72-66 to Warden in overtime in the title game.

Warden placed 6th in the official 1A state tourney last season, before new classification counts moved the school to 2B beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

While La Conner exited with a 2nd place trophy, MVC finished 6th after going 1-2.

The Hurricanes fell 51-34 to Tri Cities Prep, bounced back to drill Onalaska 61-35, then closed with a 34-31 loss against Toledo.

La Conner star Sarah Cook — who lit Coupeville up both times the Wolves faced the Braves during the regular season — was named to the First-Team All-Tournament team.

MVC’s Emma Droog and La Conner’s Juna Swanson both were given Second-Team honors.

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Savina Wells is the #123 scorer in Coupeville High School girls basketball history, and she’s not actually a high schooler yet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

234 players, and 35,493 points.

It’s not 100% correct, but it’s remarkably close.

With the pandemic-altered 2021 hoops season having ended Tuesday, it’s time to update my semi-official Coupeville High School basketball career scoring charts.

First up are the Wolf girls, who saw five girls add their names to a list which stretches back to the start of the program in 1974.

Two of those newcomers are Lyla Stuurmans and Savina Wells, who became the first 8th grade girls to play, and score, in a CHS varsity hoops contest.

With 59 points across 12 games, Wells was Coupeville’s #2 scorer this season, while Stuurmans rippled the nets for 23, including a team-high 10 in the season finale.

There are 12 active Wolves on the list, led by Maddie Georges, who has tallied 124 points across her first two seasons, putting her 85th all-time.

Admittedly, the list isn’t 100% precise, as any stats for the first Wolf girls team in 1974-1975 seem to have vanished into the mists of time.

We’re also missing a couple games from three seasons in the early 2000’s, with the search ever-ongoing.

With that in mind, the CHS girls hoops career scoring list, through June 17, 2021, with active players in bold:

 

Brianne King – 1549
Zenovia Barron – 1270
Makana Stone – 1158
Megan Smith – 1042
Ann Pettit – 932
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – 892
Terry Perkins – 673
Lexie Black – 622
Kristan Hurlburt – 598
Tina Lyness – 594

Marlene Grasser – 574
Judy Marti – 545
Brittany Black – 502
Jen Canfield – 497
Erica Lamb – 497
Emily Vracin – 467
Tina Barker – 464
Vanessa Davis – 448
Lindsey Roberts – 448
Maureen Wetmore – 438

Sarah Powell – 425
Mika Hosek – 424
Cassidi Rosenkrance – 423
Ashley Manker – 404
Shawna West – 388
Katie Smith – 374
Whitney Clark – 359
Amy Mouw – 353
Tracy Taylor – 350
Kailey Kellner – 339

Amanda Allmer – 331
Misty Sellgren – 331
Taniel Lamb – 330
Marie Grasser – 321
Mia Littlejohn – 317
Amanda Fabrizi – 299
Scout Smith – 290
Bessie Walstad – 288
Hailey Hammer – 282
Madeline Strasburg – 261

Carly Guillory – 260
Sarah Mouw – 259
Julie Wieringa – 252
Danette Beckley – 249
Chelsea Prescott – 249
Marlys West – 247
Kendra O’Keefe – 244
Breeanna Messner – 235
Hilary Kortuem – 231
Ema Smith – 228

Mikayla Elfrank – 227
Annette Jameson – 223
Beth Mouw – 216
Lisa Roehl – 216
Linda Cheshier – 210
Pam Jampsa – 202
Julia Myers – 202
Kim Warder – 193
Kacie Kiel – 188
Stephanie Clapp – 185

Kassie Lawson – 184
Heather Davis – 182
Jaime Rasmussen – 181
Trudy Eaton – 180
Heidi Bepler – 179
Jodie Christensen – 174
Aimee Messner – 168
Danielle Vracin – 167
Sherry Bonacci – 165
Marie Hesselgrave – 165

Marilyn Brown – 164
Hayley Ebersole – 163
Yashmeen Knox – 163
Traci Perkins – 161
Suzette Glover – 159
Jai’Lysa Hoskins – 151
Jennifer Bailey – 150
Emily Young – 149
Vanessa Bodley – 146
Joli Smith – 142

Jennie Cross – 140
Taya Boonstra – 132
Sarah Burgoyne – 126
Christi Messner – 125
Maddie Georges – 124
Kayla Lawson – 124
Avalon Renninger – 123
Cheryl Dunn – 119
Hannah Davidson – 116
Jill Whitney – 116

Sarah Wright – 115
Laurie Estes – 114
Debbie Snyder – 113
Izzy Wells – 113
Tiffany Briscoe – 111
Lauren Escalle – 109
Sally Biskovich – 108
Kara Harvey – 108
Kalia Littlejohn – 106
Kyla Briscoe – 104

Kelly Snyder – 104
Sue Wyatt – 100
Lupine Wutzke – 98
Monica Vidoni – 97
Christine Barr – 95
Lauren Grove – 95
Babette Owensby – 93
Audrianna Shaw – 93
Toni Thiefault – 92
Jennifer Pettit – 85

Laura Young – 83
Marnie Bartelson – 81
Cheryl Pangburn – 79
Courtney Arnold – 78
Tonnalea Rasmussen – 78
Sharon Jolly – 75
Amanda Manker – 73
Beth Cavanaugh – 72
Wynter Thorne – 68
Rachelle Solomon – 64

Lindsey Sherwood – 61
Ann Kahler – 60
Chelsea Rosenkrance – 59
Savina Wells – 59
Judy Wallace – 58
Rose Marti – 57
Jean Wyatt – 57
Carolyn Lhamon – 56
Jennifer Eelkema – 55
Christine Larson – 53

Courtney Boyd – 52
Kari Johnson – 52
Erin Ryan – 52
Anya Leavell – 51
Nicole Shelley – 50
Traci Barker – 49
Paige Mueller – 49
Stephanie Kipp – 48
Lynn Wilson – 47
Andilee Murphy – 46

Janiece Jenkins – 43
Meghan Metlow – 43
Tia Wurzrainer – 43
Jessy Caselden – 41
Karen Jampsa – 40
Jennifer Meyer – 40
Jill Keeney – 39
Suzanne Enders – 38
Mandi Murdy – 37
Shawn Diem – 35

Min Powell – 35
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 32
Lauren Rose – 32
Tammie Hardie – 31
Shannon Rutledge – 29
Taylor Sherman – 29
Anna Myhr – 28
Kirsty Croghan – 27
Lori Friswold – 27
Sarah Vass – 27

Tina Jansen – 26
Kim Stuurmans – 26
Kathy Jolly – 25
Shelby Kulz – 25
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 25
Melissa Cox – 23
Haley Marx – 23
Lyla Stuurmans – 23
Lori Hart – 21
Allison Wenzel – 21

Courtney Williams – 21
Aleshia McFadyen – 20
Nancy Dyer – 18
Dina Lanphere – 18
McKenzie Bailey – 17
Carol Estes – 17
Gwen Gustafson – 17
Ryanne Knoblich – 17
Kristina Clark – 16
Dawn Clampet – 15

Nicole Laxton – 15
Mollie Bailey – 14
Lindsey Tucker – 13
Jeannette Fixel – 12
Tammy Shubat – 12
Nikki Snyder – 12
Kelly Ankney – 11
Naomi Prater – 11
Michelle Riddle – 11
Emily Wodjenski – 11

Alyssa Kelley – 10
Zarah Leaman – 10
Toni Hudson – 9
Georgie Smith – 9
Cindy Bennett – 8
Susan Estes – 8
Ami Garthwaite – 8
Eileen Hanley – 8
Keri Iverson – 8
Kristine Macnab – 8

Michelle Smith – 8
Carlie Rosenkrance – 7
McKayla Bailey – 6
Lexi Boyer – 6
Rhiannon Ellsworth – 6
Debbie Johnson – 6
Grace LaPoint – 6
Skyler Lawrence – 6
Corrin Skvarla – 6
Janie Wilson – 6

Katy Bennett – 5
Penny Griggs – 5
Marissa Slater – 5
Denise McGregor – 4
Jessica Sherwood – 4
Kara Warder – 4
Christina Mowery – 3
Samantha Roehl – 3
Ashlie Shank – 3
Jamie Townsdin – 3

Brenda Belcher – 2
Rusty Brian – 2
Carol Davis – 2
Lisa Davis – 2
Nicole Fuller – 2
Cathy Higgins – 2
Nezi Keiper – 2
Daisy Kent – 2
Katie Kiel – 2
Charlotte Langille – 2

Morgan Stevens – 2
Tracy Barber – 1
Amy Biskovich – 1
Corinne Gaddis – 1

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Scott Fox is stepping down after two years as Coupeville High School girls basketball head coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“It’s been a great ride!”

After two seasons at the helm of the Coupeville High School girls basketball program, head coach Scott Fox is stepping down.

He made the news official Wednesday, a day after the Wolves closed their latest campaign with a 54-18 win over Darrington.

The decision is a health-based one, as Fox is facing “a major back surgery later on this summer, with a long recovery time.”

“I found out in May that L3, 4, and 5 (vertebra) are loose and degenerating,” he said. “After 50 years of basketball and a 30-year firefighting career, I have to focus on my health at this point.”

With a young roster — this year’s team had no seniors and featured two 8th graders, one of whom was a starter — Fox sees a bright future ahead for the CHS girls program.

It will just have to develop without him on the bench.

“I was looking forward to grooming these young kids through the next couple of years,” Fox said. “But I physically can’t do the job anymore.

“I would like to thank (Coupeville Athletic Director) Willie (Smith) and the school for the opportunity.”

After jumping over from being a CHS boys hoops assistant coach to succeed David King as girls head coach, he had two eventful seasons, marked by big wins and dealing with the pandemic.

In his first season, Fox guided the Wolves to a 12-7 record, with Coupeville going 6-3 in league play during the final season of the 1A North Sound Conference.

Year #2 brought a move to 2B, a transition to the Northwest 2B/1B League, and Covid.

Basketball was bumped to the spring, and the schedule was compressed, with Coupeville finishing 5-7.

As he looks back on his two-year run with the girls program, Fox is philosophical.

“Last year we tied the record for best start, and this year we brought in 8th graders, so I’d like to think we left a mark on the program,” he said.

“This isn’t the way I wanted to script the ending of our season, but that’s sports and life.”

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