Sophomore Jacobi Pilgrim and Coupeville’s other young varsity players got plenty of floor time Friday at Vashon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The scoreboard doesn’t always tell the whole story.

If that’s all you looked at Friday, it might be a bit of a letdown, as a Coupeville High School boys basketball squad coming off of an emotional overtime win came back down to Earth.

Unable to mount much of a sustained offensive charge against a strong Vashon Island defense, the Wolves fell 52-27 deep on the road.

The non-conference loss drops CHS to 2-4 heading into a home tilt against undefeated Bellevue Christian Saturday. Tip-off is 3 PM.

What knowing just the score won’t tell you is the Wolves were missing starters Cameron Toomey-Stout and Joey Lippo.

One of their replacements, Jered Brown, made it through the first half, before illness left him on the bench after the halftime break.

With three key players either missing or only able to play reduced minutes, CHS coach Brad Sherman went deep into his bench.

Sophomore Mason Grove made his varsity debut, while other young guns like Ulrik Wells, Gavin Knoblich and Jacobi Pilgrim saw substantial playing time.

“Lots of young guys stepped up tonight and gave us some good minutes, which was really nice to see,” Sherman said.

“Getting them some time now, before we hit the league schedule hard, is ultimately a good thing, if we can develop a little more depth in some areas.”

Vashon, which spread its scoring out across the roster, came out on fire in the early going, shooting the Wolves out of the gym before they could get their legs fully under them.

The Pirates turned a 16-4 lead after one quarter into a 35-10 bulge at the half.

Things were different in the second half, however, as Coupeville battled Vashon to a 17-17 stalemate over the third and fourth quarters.

“Really a lot of credit to Vashon. That’s a good basketball team,” Sherman said. “Our guys fought hard. They always fight hard. I love that about them.”

Hunter Smith went for 10 of his game-high 14 points in the second half, including draining 8-10 free throws.

In a game where neither team spent too much time at the free throw stripe, both teams shot especially well when they did wind up there.

Vashon was a flawless 6-6, while Coupeville finished 9-12.

Ethan Spark added eight points, including a pair of three-balls, to back Smith, while Kyle Rockwell banged down low for a season-high four points.

Kyle played tough, he’s doing well,” Sherman said. “It’s been nice to see.”

Dane Lucero tickled the twines on a free throw to round out the scoring and defensive buzz-saw Hunter Downes spent the night terrorizing the Pirates on the boards and in the paint.

Coupeville, which plays its next five games at home, sits atop the Olympic League in the early going, tied at 1-0 with Klahowya. Port Townsend (1-1) and Chimacum (0-2) bring up the rear.

With the Wolves playing virtually all their league games at the end of the schedule — eight of their final 10 games are conference clashes — the early part of the season gives CHS a chance to prepare for the games which will dictate their playoff fate.

“Always hurts to leave without the win, but we have to be forward-looking,” Sherman said. “What’s ultimately important in these is that, win or lose, we are getting ourselves ready for our league schedule.

“We play a tough non-league schedule and that’s a good thing,” he added. “These are good tests for us and each time we get to evaluate where we can improve, to get to where we know we want to be sitting at the end of the year.”

   Koa Davison dropped in four points Friday in a Wolf JV loss at Vashon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The trip to Vashon Island can be a brutal one.

Case in point – two separate ferries, and a considerable chunk of time spent on the bus, might have conspired to sap the legs of the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball players Friday night.

Run off the floor in the first quarter, they worked their way back into contention the rest of the way, but couldn’t overcome an early deficit, falling 54-30.

The loss drops the Wolves, who return to action Saturday at home against Bellevue Christian, to 1-5 on the season.

Not only were they fighting the after-effects of an epic journey, but the CHS young guns were also at less than full force.

Leading scorer Mason Grove and bangers Ulrik Wells and Gavin Knoblich all saw limited playing time, so they could be available to swing up and also play varsity.

With Jake Pease gone on vacation, that left Wolf coach Chris Smith missing much of his scoring and rebounding.

Vashon exploded out to an 18-4 lead after one quarter, then stretched the lead to 29-12 at the half.

Grove caught fire in the third quarter, one of just two periods where he saw floor time, outscoring the host Pirates 14-13 by himself.

That included four successful shots from behind the three-point arc for the Wolf gunner.

He finished with a team-high 16 points a game after raining down 10 three-balls and banking 34 points in a full game against Port Townsend.

Wells and Koa Davison backed him up with four points apiece, while Tucker Hall, Jean Lund-Olsen and Knoblich each added a bucket to the cause.

Edgar Hernandez, playing the entire JV game, went off for a game-high 23 to pace Vashon.

While Coupeville struggled with Vashon’s press in the first half, the Wolves responded much better after the break, something their coach hailed as a positive.

“Overall I was happy how we responded in the second half, moving the ball around well and continuing to play tough defense,” Smith said. “Everyone on the bench saw the floor tonight, so that was a small victory!”

   Wolf seniors Lauren Rose (left) and Hope Lodell were named Friday to the 1A All-State volleyball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School had two of the best spikers in the state this fall.

It’s official, as seniors Lauren Rose and Hope Lodell were named to the All-State team Friday by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

The duo received Honorable Mention nods, along with Klahowya libero Maile Lueck.

King’s, which won the state title, had the 1A Player of the Year (outside hitter Alli Hansen) and Coach of the Year (Jeff Fransen).

Rose was honored for her work as a setter, while Lodell, who exits holding CHS single season and career records for service aces, was named to the team as a libero.

As part of a stellar group of seniors — The Magnificent Seven — they led the Wolves to a second-straight Olympic League championship.

Coupeville won every set it played against conference foes this season, to the tune of 27-0, tied a program single-season record with 13 victories and advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 2004.

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Ty Hamilton wheels and deals in a recent game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   CMS coach Bob Martin gives Isaiah Bittner his marching orders. “Go destroy some fools, son!!”

They came, they saw, they conquered.

Delivering their best performance of the season right as they head into winter break, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads rolled to big wins Thursday at Chimacum.

The Wolf JV ran past the Cowboys 36-26 to claim its first victory of the season, while the CMS varsity left the court carrying a 55-42 triumph.

The wins lift the varsity to 3-2 and the JV to 1-4, and those records will stay in place for a bit.

Coupeville has a three-week gap on its schedule, not returning to action until Jan. 4, when Forks makes the long trek to Whidbey to kick off the second half of the 10-game schedule.

Until then, the young Wolves can bask in the glow of victory, thanks to strong defensive efforts in both Chimacum games.


The Wolves put the hammer down early, with Caleb Meyer and Hawthorne Wolfe both tossing in six points apiece in the first period, part of a 17-point CMS explosion.

Other than a brief dip in the third quarter, Coupeville continued to pour in the buckets all afternoon.

Wolfe finished with a game-high 21, netting seven of his points via the free-throw line.

CMS hit 15 shots from the charity stripe as a team, one of its best performances this season.

Meyer knocked down 11 points to back Wolfe, while Grady Rickner popped for 10 and Xavier Murdy banked in six.

Logan Martin (5) and Cody Roberts (2) rounded out the scorers.


Coupeville put this game away with a 14-point run in the second quarter, keyed by six from the fingertips of point guard Aiden Burdge and a pair of buckets from enforcer Isaiah Bittner.

A three-ball from Tony Garcia in the fourth quarter put a cap on the win for the Wolves.

CMS spread its scoring around, with Bittner leading the way with 10.

He was followed by Burdge (8), Damon Stadler (8), Garcia (5) and Gabe Shaw (5).

Alex Murdy, Dominic Coffman, Levi Pulliam, Kevin Partida and Ty Hamilton rounded out the Wolf roster.

Roll on, mighty Wolves!!

   Nicole Lester collected two points, five rebounds, three steals and an assist Tuesday in a Wolf JV win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Chelsea Prescott, getting her hair done by Catherine Lhamon, scored 19 points, with 13 coming in the fourth quarter.

Imagine how good they’ll be when they have a full roster.

Despite playing every game this season with multiple players in street clothes, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team has set the standard.

Now 4-2 overall, 1-0 in Olympic League play after polishing off host Port Townsend 27-14 Tuesday, the Wolf young guns are red hot and rolling.

And that’s even though they played with just seven of 11 players active against the RedHawks.

With a few dings healing up, some practice time caught up, and a hoped-for banishment of the flu, Amy King’s squad could be at full force as early as its next game, which arrives Saturday.

If not, no big whoopee, as whomever is in uniform will surely step up and play huge.

Facing off with Port Townsend, the Wolves had seven in uniform, but swing players Avalon Renninger and Chelsea Prescott were restricted to just two quarters apiece.

No problem, as Prescott dumped in 13 of her game-high 19 in the fourth quarter, turning a close, defensive-minded game into a rout.

“We spread them (Chelsea and Avalon) out to cover all quarters and keep the stability on the court,” King said. “Both stepped up and did their part, strong on defense and getting scrappy off an on throughout the game.”

While she always enjoys a win, King was less thrilled with how drowsy a game it was.

“Something about playing in that gym. The game seems to slow down,” she said. “We were very quiet on defense most of the night, even though we did a pretty good job shutting down their main player.

Maddy Hilkey, Mollie Bailey and Tia Wurzrainer formed a three-headed defensive dynamo, “cutting off shots and slowing down drives.”

Nicole Lester played a strong all-around game, ripping down five boards and making off with three steals while Spanish sensation Julia García Oñoro collected a career-high three rebounds.

Julia looked more comfortable; she has shown so much improvement since this season started,” King said.

While the game was a snooze for a big chunk, and Port Townsend’s crew struggled mightily with its shot clock and possession arrow duties, the Wolves rose to the moment when it was required.

“The girls battled and did pick up when they needed to,” King said. “We took good shots all night, and I tell the girls to keep looking at the basket and keep shooting – those shots will fall.”

Hilkey tossed in four points to back Prescott, while Lester and Wurzrainer rounded out the attack with a bucket apiece.