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The middle school hoops schedule has been ripped up, leaving 8th grade players like Carolyn Lhamon with less games than expected. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Never write anything down in ink.

Exactly a week before Coupeville Middle School girls basketball players begin practice for a new season, their entire schedule has been blown up.

League athletic directors had to make the change after discovering several schools wouldn’t be able to field teams at all levels.

King’s Junior High, which CMS was originally scheduled to play twice, will not have an 8th grade team. Northshore Christian also won’t have an 8th grade squad, or a JV team for that matter.

After some fiddling, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith and his compatriots have pieced together a new schedule which will work, though be unbalanced.

The Wolves plan to field a 7th grade varsity, an 8th grade varsity and one combined team for JV play.

Under the new schedule, the only CMS team to still have a complete 10-game schedule is the 7th grade varsity.

The JV will sit out against Northshore, while the 8th grade varsity is left with just eight games.

It could have gone as low as seven, but AD’s shaved off Coupeville’s second game against King’s and replaced it with a second game against Lakewood.

The new, we’re pretty sure this is real, schedule:

 

Tues-Feb. 5 — South Whidbey
Thur-Feb. 7 — @Lakewood
Tues-Feb. 12 — @Granite Falls
Thur-Feb. 14 — King’s (**No 8th grade varsity**)
Wed-Feb. 20 — @Sultan
Thur-Feb. 21 — @Northshore Christian (**7th varsity only**)
Tues-Feb. 26 — Granite Falls
Thur-Mar. 5 — @South Whidbey
Tues-Mar. 12 — Lakewood
Thur-Mar. 14 — Sultan

 

All home games tip at 3:15 PM.

Mondays and Tuesdays, the 7th grade varsity plays first, followed by a two-quarter JV game, then the 8th grade varsity.

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8th grade varsity plays first, then JV, then 7th grade varsity.

Wolf basketball captains Ema Smith (left) and Lindsey Roberts are among their team’s best free throw shooters. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One after another, the shots went up for a good cause.

Putting a different spin on the fundraiser concept, Coupeville High School girls basketball players raised money for their team recently by lofting free throws.

With 16 players taking part in what has become an annual event for the Wolves, 1,600 free throws sailed through the air after practice, with 856 splashing home.

Senior captain Lindsey Roberts emerged as team champ, hitting 13 in a row at one point as she narrowly edged sophomore Chelsea Prescott 71-68.

Hannah Davidson actually had the longest hot streak for the Wolves, netting 17 consecutive shots, while first-year player Morgan Stevens hit on 11 straight.

Rounding out the top five behind Roberts and Prescott were Ema Smith (61), Izzy Wells (59), and a tie between Davidson and Abby Mulholland with 58 apiece.

The fundraiser had a two-fold purpose.

First, players collected pledges for their free throw shooting, with the proceeds going to fund purchases for the girls hoops program.

And secondly, the contest gave players a chance to refine their shooting touch at the line.

The benefits of that could be seen as recently as Friday, when the Wolf varsity girls pulled out a huge two-point road win at Sultan thanks to laser-like precision at the charity stripe.

Prescott and Wells hit pressure-packed free throws in that contest, while Scout Smith won the game by draining two freebies with just 10 ticks left on the clock.

Bennett Boyles (center) will be remembered Friday as Coupeville High School hoops teams host Coaches vs. Cancer games. (Konni Smith photo)

Out of sadness comes hope.

Coupeville High School’s basketball teams will pay tribute to those who have battled cancer this Friday, while also raising money for research to fight the disease.

A home doubleheader against South Whidbey Jan. 18 will be the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Night.

Girls varsity tips at 5 PM, with boys set to go at 6:45.

The Wolf girls will honor a former player and the relative of a current hoops star.

Brisa Herrera, who played her freshman and sophomore seasons at CHS, fought and beat ovarian cancer right before her graduation last spring.

Brisa Herrera was a firecracker on defense while playing for the Wolves. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Also being honored is Ronald Smith, grandfather of freshman Kiara Contreras.

Smith passed away recently at age 77 after a battle with Mesothelioma.

The Wolf boys are paying tribute to one of their own.

Bennett Boyles, who was a key part of a talented group of basketball players now in their freshman year, lost his fight against brain cancer at age 12.

While battling Glioblastoma Multiforme, Boyles remained remarkably upbeat, inspiring his classmates, teachers and the community.

The CHS Class of 2022 continues to hold Bennett close, including him posthumously in their middle school graduation last spring.

Freshman Hawthorne Wolfe, who leads this year’s varsity boys basketball team in scoring, has Bennett’s name inscribed on the shoes he wears while playing.

Never forgotten, always remembered. (Photo courtesy Molly McPherson)

The Wolves will collect donations at both games, with proceeds donated to Project Violet through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

 

For more info on the work being accomplished, pop over to:

http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/clinical/projects/project-violet.html

Registration for Central Whidbey Little League begins Jan. 15. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Frost on the ground? Must be time to start thinking about Little League.

Seriously, though, while it might feel like we’re still in the middle of winter, there is a hint of spring in the air, at least on the internet.

Registration for Central Whidbey Little League baseball and softball kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 15 and you can get your little sluggers signed up without having to leave your house.

Also, if you’ve ever thought about wanting to return to the field yourself, CWLL is looking for people interested in coaching T-Ball, Minors baseball and Rookie baseball.

For more info or to get registered, pop over to:

https://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/

Koa Davison and the CHS boys hoops team are fighting for a playoff berth. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If the playoffs started today, both Coupeville High School varsity hoops teams would be postseason-bound.

That being said, there’s still a lot of games to played over the next three weeks.

The Wolf girls, who are solidly camped in third-place in the six-team North Sound Conference, have five games left on their regular-season schedule.

Meanwhile, the CHS boys, who are hanging onto the fifth and final playoff berth right now, still have six more rumbles.

Both teams play twice this coming week, with three of the four games live in the Coupeville gym.

The girls kick off a four-game home-stand Tuesday against Granite Falls, then go for the season sweep of South Whidbey Friday night.

Coupeville’s boys will be back on the bus Tuesday, traveling to Bothell to face Cedar Park Christian.

After that, they also return to Whidbey, with a Friday match-up against their next door neighbors a biggie.

As we head into a new week, with the fate of teams starting to be decided, a look at where we are, through Jan. 13:

 

North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 5-0 10-4
CPC-Bothell 4-1 8-5
Coupeville 3-2 5-7
Granite Falls 2-3 4-10
Sultan 1-4 5-9
South Whidbey 0-5 2-12

 

North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 5-0 11-4
Sultan 3-1 4-8
CPC-Bothell 2-2 6-8
South Whidbey 2-2 9-5
Coupeville 1-3 2-9
Granite Falls 0-5 2-12

 

CHS girls basketball varsity scoring:

Lindsey Roberts – 110
Ema Smith – 73
Chelsea Prescott – 70
Scout Smith – 59
Avalon Renninger – 44
Nicole Laxton – 11
Hannah Davidson – 10
Tia Wurzrainer – 10
Izzy Wells – 9
Mollie Bailey – 8
Anya Leavell – 2

 

CHS boys basketball varsity scoring:

Hawthorne Wolfe – 103
Sean Toomey-Stout – 68
Mason Grove – 67
Ulrik Wells – 52
Jered Brown – 44
Gavin Knoblich – 42
Jacobi Pilgrim – 14
Koa Davison – 11
Jean Lund-Olsen – 3
Dane Lucero – 2