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Coupeville High School boys basketball coach Brad Sherman is our winter poll winner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was the last poll of the decade, and it came down to a mere handful of votes.

In the end, Coupeville High School boys basketball coach Brad Sherman rallied to edge out CMS boys hoops guru Greg White and lay claim to the “much-coveted” title of “Top Coach of the Winter 2019.”

Sherman finished with 176 votes in our 13-coach, 50-hour poll, which wrapped Monday morning, while White racked up 172 tallies.

Rounding out the top five were Alex Evans (154), Arik Garthwaite (108), and Megan Smith (43).

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Lauren Marrs returns to action Feb. 6. (Photos by Corrin Parker)

Wolves (l to r) Taylor Brotemarkle, Savina Wells, Jada Heaton (behind Wells), and Lyla Stuurmans are ready to scrap.

Their turn is coming.

With Coupeville Middle School boys basketball having wrapped its season, the court will soon belong to the Wolf girls.

Well, soon may be a bit of a stretch, as there’s a fairly decent gap between seasons.

But, it will happen, with practices kicking off in January and the first games set for February 6 at home in the CMS gym.

Just like with the boys, the girls will be divided into three teams this season, with 7th and 8th graders mixed depending on hoops skills.

Alex Evans, who led the CMS 8th graders to an undefeated season a year ago, back before the new three-team format was instituted, returns to coach.

He’ll be joined by at least one other, yet-to-be-identified coach.

As you mentally prepare for spending five hours (give or take an hour…) camped on the rock-hard middle school bleachers each time the Wolves play at home, a look at the schedule as it sits today:

 

Thur-Feb. 6 — Northshore Christian Academy (3:15)
Mon-Feb. 10 — @Granite Falls (3:15)
Wed-Feb. 12 — King’s (3:15)
Wed-Feb. 19 — @Sultan (3:30)
Thur-Feb. 20 — @South Whidbey (3:30)
Wed-Feb. 26 — Lakewood (3:15)
Mon-Mar. 2 — Granite Falls (3:15)
Wed-Mar. 4 — @Northshore Christian Academy (3:15)
Mon-Mar. 9 — South Whidbey (3:15)
Thur-Mar. 12 — @Lakewood (3:15)

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Basketball coach Alex Evans (red shirt) is making the jump from middle school to high school. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alex Evans is movin’ on up.

After two seasons of coaching girls basketball for Coupeville Middle School, the former Wolf star is making the jump to join the staff of new Coupeville High School girls hoops coach Scott Fox.

Evans joins Megan Smith, already named as the JV coach.

Final approval will come from the school board.

“I’m real excited to add Alex to my coaching staff,” Fox said. “He brings a great passion for the game, along with the ability to connect and teach the athletes.

“Most of the tine you’ll see me sitting between Alex and Megan, using their knowledge about basketball and game strategy,” he added. “I’m really looking forward to all of us coaching together.”

During his playing days, Evans was a three-sport star for CHS, playing football, basketball, and baseball.

As a basketball coach, he worked with SWISH teams, then put in two highly-successful stints guiding middle school programs.

His 7th grade team went 8-2 in 2017-2018, then Evans moved up to run the 8th grade squad in 2018-2019, guiding that Wolf team to a 9-0 mark.

The trio of Fox, Smith, and Evans replace David and Amy King, who retired after a seven-year run in charge of the CHS girls hoops program.

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Wolf legend Megan Smith is returning to coach middle school basketball after taking a year off.

The prodigal coach returns.

After taking a year off to focus on her real-world job as a teacher, former Wolf legend Megan Smith will be back on the Coupeville Middle School basketball sidelines this winter.

Smith, who coached the 7th grade girls to a 6-4 mark in 2017, has been hired to the same position, though she still needs the school board to officially rubber stamp the move.

Her old job opened up because Alex Evans, who coached the 7th grade program in 2018, has followed his players and moved up to 8th grade for this season.

The previous 8th grade coach, Dustin Van Velkinburgh, resigned after last season so he could devote more time to family. That includes watching oldest daughter Kylie play her freshman season in high school.

Smith, a 2010 graduate of CHS, was a three-time Female Athlete of the Year and 12-time letter winner while competing in volleyball, basketball and softball.

She sits as the #4 scorer in Wolf girls basketball history, having tossed in 1,042 points across her four seasons on the court.

After graduation, Smith played basketball for Peninsula College, where she was joined by former Coupeville teammate Ashley Manker.

When she’s not coaching basketball, Smith is a teacher at the Skagit/Islands Head Start in Mount Vernon.

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   Former Wolf three-sport star Alex Evans, seen here with lil’ sis Maddie Georges, is the new CMS 7th grade girls basketball coach. (Suzan Georges photo)

   He’ll be joined by veteran coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh, who will run the 8th grade squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A little old school, a little new school. OK, well not that old school.

“Grizzled” vet Dustin Van Velkinburgh, who’s actually still pretty young, and relative newcomer Alex Evans will take the reigns of the Coupeville Middle School girls hoops program.

The duo, whose hires won’t be 100% official until the school board gives its approval, replace Megan Smith and Ryan King, who both stepped down after last season.

Van Velkinburgh, a 2002 Coupeville grad, has plenty of prior coaching experience, having previously led the CHS boys JV basketball squad for multiple years.

He also has first-hand knowledge of the 8th grade girls he’ll be coaching, since he’s been their SWISH coach in recent seasons.

Under his direction, those players capped their most-recent season in mid-Dec. with a postseason title, sweeping Swinomish, Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor.

Evans, who graduated from CHS in 2008, has worked with SWISH teams, as well.

During his days as a Wolf, he was a football, basketball and baseball star.

On the court, Evans was one of the deadliest three-ball droppin’ gunners to ever wear a Wolf uniform.

The CMS girls kick off practice for their season Jan. 29, with their first game Feb. 15.

The schedule:

Thur-Feb. 15 Chimacum
Thu-Feb. 22 @Stevens
Mon-Feb. 26 @Sequim
Thur-Mar. 1 Forks
Mon-Mar. 5 Blue Heron
Mon-Mar. 12 @Chimacum
Thur-Mar. 15 Stevens
Mon-Mar. 19 Sequim
Thur-Mar. 22 @Forks
Mon-Mar. 26 @Blue Heron

**All home games start at 3:15, with 7th grade playing first, then 8th, and are held in the CMS gym.

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