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Tim Quenzer (30) is the only player in CHS basketball history to score varsity points while repping a last name that starts with Q.

Kari Iverson stands alone.

There have been 147 seasons of basketball played at Coupeville High School – 102 by the boys and 45 by the girls, at least in the post-Title IX world – and, in that time, only one player with a last name starting with “I” has scored a point at the varsity level.

Iverson tossed in eight points across two seasons, scoring four in each of her two varsity seasons (1990-91 and 1991-92), to claim the honor.

She would have likely had more, but missed her senior season in 92-93 after a bad car accident.

That tidbit is just one of many I found as I wiled away some of my Snowmageddon time by going through basketball scoring records in a bid to discover who were the highest scoring players by last name.

Now, I will admit, my record-collecting isn’t finished … yet.

I have virtually complete scoring totals for 44 of the 45 seasons of girls basketball. The one to elude me, so far, is the debut team in 1974-1975.

The Whidbey News-Times of the day (shamefully) had nothing to say about that season, and the school’s yearbook has photos, but no scoring totals.

But I do have a roster, and there’s no “I” players to be found.

With boys basketball, I can claim to be on fairly solid ground with 69 of 102 seasons. And with the way records have generally been allowed to blow free in the breeze at CHS, that’s saying something.

As I piece things together, I have individual scoring totals for every season from 1954-1955 to today, but pre-’50s scoring marks have been tough to uncover.

Now, I can tell you Roy Armstrong topped Coupeville with 80 points during the 1924-1925 season, and Banky Fisher edged out Gaylord Stidham 44-41 for the 1939-1940 scoring title.

But, other than success with scattered seasons — the Bruzas brothers, Joe (71) and Stanley (48) combined to tally 119 of 186 points scored in 1926-1927, in case you were wondering — uncovering the early years of Wolf basketball remains my Raiders of the Lost Ark-style adventure.

If there’s a holy grail, it’s the 1953-1954 boys season.

The yearbook had a roster, but no scoring totals, preventing me from cementing the status of Jack Elzinga and Tom Sahli.

With Sahli, I know he scored 310 points in 1952-1953, but am missing his totals for 1951-1952 and 1953-1954.

Elzinga is even more tantalizing, as I know he rattled the rims for 337 in 1954-1955 and another 309 in 1955-1956.

That two-year total of 646 points puts “The Zinger” in 25th place on the all-time Wolf boys scoring chart, and yet, how high is he really?

Did he score 100 points in what I presume was his sophomore season? If so, he catapults up to #16. Or, if he notched 222 or more, he’s cracked the top 10.

Of course, being his first season on varsity, Elzinga’s scoring total might be much lower than his other two years. Even so, it’s frustrating to not be able to firmly place him in the pantheon.

But, for now, we go with what we have.

And what we have says there’s never been a CHS player, girls or boy, who scored at the varsity level while repping a last name starting with U or X.

There’s been one guy upholding the honor of Q, as Tim Quenzer scorched the nets for 202 points during the 1969-1970 campaign, but no Q girls.

Top it off with the odd twist of no boy with a last name starting with I, and no girl with one starting with N or Z.

The biggest surprise for me is N, but, maybe it shouldn’t have been, as only five boys — Ron Naddy, Frank Nelson, Dan Nieder, Bill Nienhuis, and Chad Nixon — check in on that side of the ledger.

Maybe N isn’t as common as I thought.

At the least, N, on the boys side, comes in ahead of Z (John Zimmerman and Denny, Jerry, and Larry Zylstra) and Y (Jim YakeCurt and Tim Youderian).

Other factoids I found:

E and O are the only letters where the leading scorers are related.

O offers up the sister/brother combo of Kendra and Kramer O’Keefe (uncle Randy, who played when the family still went by Keefe, leads the K boys) while E gives us Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby and dad Wade Ellsworth.

Wade’s spot is hanging by a thread, though, as he’s a mere 13 points up on Elzinga (659-646), with “The Zinger’s” missing season still lurking out there somewhere in the mists of time.

Megan Smith and Bill Riley are the highest-scoring players who are NOT also the highest-scoring players with a last name starting with their letter.

Riley is #6 on the boys all-time chart with 934 points, but #4 Jeff Rhubottom (1012) edges him out for R bragging rights.

Smith (1042) sits even higher, at #4 for the girls program, but #3 Makana Stone (1158) is a rung above her, while also carrying an S last name.

Best letter to start your last name with if you want to be a top-10 career scorer? S.

Smith, Makana Stone, Jeff Stone (tied for #1), and Brad Sherman (#8) pull their initial highest, edging out B, which is brought to the dance by Mike Bagby (tied for #1), Zenovia Barron (#2), and Lexie Black (#8).

The most productive letter? K.

Brianne King (1549) and Randy Keefe (1088) combine for 2,637 points, topping the 2,407 flung up by B (Zenovia Barron – 1270 and Mike Bagby – 1137) and the 2295 offered by S (Makana Stone – 1158 and Jeff Stone – 1137).

And, last but certainly not least, is the tightest race, which played out among boys whose last names start with T.

Eight have broken 100, three have topped 200, but the title came down between a duo who hit for 300+.

Charlie Tessaro tossed in 93 points in 1984-1985, then led his squad with 235 the next season, finishing with 328 for his career.

Which I thought would be tops, but it wasn’t.

Aaron Trumbull never reached the heights Tessaro did in 85-86, but he benefited from being a rock-solid four-year varsity vet from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015.

The kind of player who did everything – rebound, defend, set screens for the big gunners – he also proved to be a solid backup scoring option.

From six points as a freshman, Trumbull jumped to 106 as a sophomore (#3 on the team), 70 as a junior, then 148 (#2 on the team) during his senior season.

His final basket gave him 330 points, edging Tessaro in the closest race I could find.

 

CHS career scoring leaders by last name:

 

A – Amanda Allmer (331), Mitch Aparicio (195)

B – Zenovia Barron (1270), Mike Bagby (1137)

C – Jen Canfield (497), Mike Criscuola (979)

D – Vanessa Davis (448), Randy Duggan (552)

E – Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby (892), Wade Ellsworth (659)

F – Amanda Fabrizi (299), Foster Faris (668)

G – Marlene Grasser (574), Arik Garthwaite (867)

H – Kristan Hurlburt (598), Hunter Hammer (755)

I – Kari Iverson (8), (no boy)

J – Annette Jameson (223), Bill Jarrell (855)

K – Brianne King (1549), Randy Keefe (1088)

L – Tina Lyness (594), David Lortz (502)

M – Judy Marti (545), Jason McFadyen (654)

N – (no girl), Dan Nieder (729)

O – Kendra O’Keefe (244), Kramer O’Keefe (636)

P – Ann Pettit (932), Pete Petrov (917)

Q – (no girl), Tim Quenzer (202)

R – Lindsey Roberts (448), Jeff Rhubottom (1012)

S – Makana Stone (1158), Jeff Stone (1137)

T – Tracy Taylor (350), Aaron Trumbull (330)

U – (no girl or boy)

V – Emily Vracin (467), Michael Vaughan (337)

W – Maureen Wetmore (438), Steve Whitney (730)

X – (no girl or boy)

Y – Emily Young (149), Jim Yake (331)

Z – (no girl), Denny Zylstra (538)

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Clay Reilly (John Fisken photos)

   Clay Reilly fights through a tackle to pick up extra yards during an early football practice this fall. (John Fisken photos)

Reilly and Kiara Burdge

Reilly and Kiara Burdge are sitting pretty as CHS Homecoming King and Queen.

Clay Reilly is his own man.

Over the course of Coupeville Sports existence, I’ve seen him go from “Amanda Fabrizi’s lil’ brother” to a team leader and multi-sport star in his own right.

As the CHS senior hits a birthday today, we honor him for his own accomplishments — and they are many — more than his family connections.

Over the years, Reilly has emerged as a fearsome two-way warrior on the gridiron, an electrifying baseball player who was key to a league title, and, if we dream for a moment, an accomplished basketball player who could return to the sport for a swan song.

We won’t know until Monday if Clay decides to return to the hard-court — a place the undermanned Wolves desperately need his skills — but we’ve already seen his final run on the football field.

Reilly has been a superb defensive back, capable of dropping back into coverage or shooting up-field and lighting up rivals before they have a chance to do much damage.

As a senior, he also became a bigger part of the offense, finishing second on the team in rushing.

Towering over it all, however, might be his use of his leg.

As a punter, and later, a kicker, Reilly cranked the ball on a regular basis, often earning oohs and ahs from folks in rival press boxes.

During his junior season, when Coupeville struggled mightily to get any kind of offensive flow going, Reilly’s punts were the Wolves most effective (and frequently used) weapon.

One went 70 yards, and it was a true, airborne 70 yards, not a pooch that hit the turf and skipped backwards.

That work continued into his senior year, though, with a far more effective offense, CHS didn’t punt as often this year.

Which allowed Reilly to show off his leg on PATs, where he was arguably the most consistent, feared kicker in the league.

When we get to spring (after a successful return to basketball?), Clay is expected back on the baseball diamond for one final go-round.

A solid hitter who also packs an arm capable of repeatedly gunning down wayward runners who try to pick up extra bases on hits to the outfield, Reilly was a key member of last year’s league title winning squad.

Away from the action, our birthday boy continues to bring a lot to the table.

Smart, outgoing, friendly, he has always seemed, at his core, like just a good guy.

He has retained all the best attributes of his sister, one of my personal favorite Wolf student/athletes, and put his own unique spin on things.

As he goes forward to write the rest of his high school story, and beyond, we just want to take a moment to wish him the best.

Happy birthday, Clay.

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Breeanna Messner (John Fisken photos)

   The return of the fabled pink shoes, as Breeanna Messner slices to the hoop. (John Fisken photos)

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Makana Stone (left) and former teammate Kacie Kiel get ready to tip-off and…

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Yep, Stone is still just a wee bit taller than her best friend.

LR and HH

   Wolf freshman Lindsey Roberts learns to block out against wily old pro Hailey Hammer.

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   They still love the camera. L to r, Brittany Black, Hammer, Kiel, Messner and Amanda Fabrizi bring the gun show back to town.

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Courtney Arnold hasn’t lost her shooting touch.

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New school meets “old” school.

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   Mia Littlejohn can almost taste the bucket, but Fabrizi asks, “Can you smell what the defense is cooking?!”

Monday was the ladies turn.

Two days after the Tom Roehl Roundball Classic brought a collection of former CHS male hoops stars back to the court they once ruled, the Wolf girls welcomed home their own alumni.

Six former Coupeville standouts — Brittany Black, Courtney Arnold, Breeanna Messner, Kacie Kiel, Hailey Hammer and Amanda Fabrizi — returned to scrimmage against this year’s varsity.

The brainchild of CHS girls’ hoops coaches David and Amy King, the match-up of new school and (semi) old school was a rousing success.

“The scrimmage went really well,” David King said. “Bodies flying everywhere, laughs, the enjoyment of playing basketball and respect from both sides.”

With winter break having limited them to just one game in the last 17 days, the Wolf girls (5-2 this season) were champing at the bit for some on-court action.

And they got it, with 9 of their 10 varsity players getting a chance to play against the alumni.

Tiffany Briscoe, Lauren Rose, Mia Littlejohn, Kailey Kellner, Kyla Briscoe, Makana Stone, Allison Wenzel, Lauren Grove and Lindsey Roberts all were on hand, while Skyler Lawrence was unable to attend.

“It was great for Amy and me to see and have the older players in and seeing them play again,” David King said. “And as a coach it was great to see this current team take on the challenge of showing how good they can be for the rest of our season.

“The final score doesn’t matter,” he added. “It’s the time spent together that makes everyone a winner!”

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Amanda Fabrizi is joined by fellow Hall o' Fame inductees (l to r) Chad Gale, Pete Petrov, Gavin Keohane and Eldon Jenne.

   Amanda Fabrizi (top) is joined by fellow Hall o’ Fame inductees (l to r) Chad Gale, Pete Petrov, Gavin Keohane and Eldon Jenne.

Speed. Size. Grit and tons and tons of talent.

The five members of the 27th class to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall ‘o Fame left a lasting impact on the town, even though one made his greatest mark a world away.

So, let’s fling open the doors to these hallowed digital walls and welcome Chad Gale, Amanda Fabrizi, Petar Petrov, Gavin Keohane and the late, great Eldon Jenne.

From this point on, you can find them living up at the top of the blog under the Legends tab.

Our first inductee, Gale, remains one of the quickest guys to ever stroll the hallways at Coupeville High School.

A state meet veteran, two of his marks still sit on the CHS track record board more than 25 years after he originally set them.

Gale’s marks in the 110 hurdles, set in 1988, and the 300 hurdles, slapped down in ’86, have withstood every challenge since then. They remain as two of the longest-standing records in school history.

From Mitch Pelroy to Lathom Kelley, fleet-footed Wolves have come gunnin’ for Gale over the years, but none have been able to take his legacy down yet.

Though, truth be told, if someone one day does eclipse his stats, they won’t begin to dim how brightly his star shone.

Our second inductee is our most recent CHS grad.

Fabrizi was a basketball gunner, a volleyball jack-of-all-trades and a loud ‘n proud cheerleader during her days as a Wolf, and the Class of 2014 grad worked her tail off to achieve greatness.

Off the court, she was as sweet a person as you will meet, a proud big sis and a devoted animal lover.

On the court, she would tear your arm off and hit you with it, bringing a nice touch of grittiness to her game.

Time and again, she and running mate (and fellow Hall ‘o Famer) Breeanna Messner would be underestimated by other teams because they didn’t shout and pound their chests and seemed like genuinely reasonable people.

But poke them and the steel in their spines would come out on full display.

Fabrizi, especially in her stellar senior season, never backed down from taking a big shot and she was good at it, continually dropping her little running hook that, as her coach, David King, joked, looked like someone playing the game Barrel of Monkeys.

Was it a textbook shot? Perhaps not. Was it deadly effective and carried the Wolves to big wins? Without a doubt.

The ultimate testament to Fabrizi?

Regardless of the sport, over the years every single one of her coaches I spoke to her praised her. That universal acclaim was rare, and well-deserved.

Our next two inductees, Petrov and Keohane, go in together a day after leading the Red Pride to a win in the Tom Roehl Roundball Classic.

Both are charging hard at their 20-year reunions (Pete left CHS in ’97, Gavin in ’99) but they are still two of the best basketball talents to ever grace the hardwood in Cow Town.

They were beasts back in the day, went on to play college ball (Olympic College and Occidental College, respectively) and can still turn it on at a moment’s notice in their mid-thirties.

Keohane, tall and bearded like the fishing boat captain he is in the real world, still has the silkiest shot known to man, something he proved by scorching the field in the mid-tourney three-point shooting contest Saturday.

Petrov, ripped as ever and now competing as a weight lifter, made his Roundball debut Saturday and it was like he never left.

Crashing through the paint, knocking defenders back five feet with just a flex of his chest, draining jumpers from all angles, he was the tourney’s unofficial MVP and seemed to be enjoying himself as much as his enthusiastic fan section (led by teammate Mike Vaughan’s parents) was.

Watching them baffle the young guns and flawlessly run and gun to another title Saturday was a potent reminder of how good they were back in the old days.

And jumping back to the really old days, we honor our final inductee, who may be the only Coupeville native to ever compete in the Olympics.

Jenne popped in to the world in 1899, progeny of Edward and Agnes Jenne, and while his athletic exploits came off Island (he went to Mount Vernon High School), he remains, by birthright, one of ours.

First came his time at Washington State University (he’s in their Hall of Fame), where he was an All-American track and field athlete while also lettering in football.

A member of the US team at the 1920 Olympic games in Antwerp, Belgium, Jenne claimed seventh there in the pole vault, then returned to Wazzu and won the NCAA Championships in ’21.

After college, he was a successful coach in Oregon, first in high school, where he won state championships in boys’ basketball and football.

Jenne followed that up with a run as football and mens’ basketball coach at Pacific University and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

So now, 22 years after his passing, and 95 years after his moment at the Olympics, we welcome Mr. Jenne to his third Hall of Fame, and welcome him home, to where it all began.

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Birthday boy Clay Reilly (with a cameo by big sis Amanda Fabrizi).

Birthday boy Clay Reilly (with a cameo by big sis Amanda Fabrizi).

Clay Reilly, welcome to the big time.

The Coupeville High School junior has been kickin’ butt and taking names for three years now, as a football, basketball and baseball star, but this fall he moved to a lofty level.

One of the real bright spots during a somewhat dismal Wolf gridiron season, Reilly teamed with Hunter Smith to be lock-down defensive backs.

Teams scored a lot on the Wolves, but most of it came on the ground, as most other teams shied away from throwing into their coverage.

With Smith picking off a school-record seven passes, Reilly didn’t get as many balls to make plays on, but, when he did, he was highly effective.

He made off with his own interception, came within a fingertip of at least two others, and thoroughly discouraged opposing quarterbacks from trying to operate on his side of the field.

Perhaps better for Coupeville, however, was his emergence as the best punter in 1A.

The Wolves, who were working out the kinks in an offense featuring a host of young players, averaged nearly five punts a game.

Once Reilly took over the role midway through the season, his foot became Coupeville’s most dangerous weapon, as he piled up 1,156 yards on 34 kicks.

One of those exploded into the early evening sky, took a sharp bounce on his home turf and skidded to a rest some 70 yards later, giving his support crew plenty of time to haul tail down the field and keep the other team from even attempting to bring the ball back.

In a rough season for a still-developing squad, that punt was easily the most impressive play of the season.

Reilly being Reilly, he took off down the field after he let loose with the kick, wanting in on the tackle. He may be a punter, but he’s a hitter, first and foremost.

As he celebrates his 17th birthday today, the lil’ bro of former Wolf hoops star Amanda Fabrizi, is one of the best and brightest we have at CHS.

Will he return to basketball after taking a season off? Only time will tell.

Almost certainly Reilly will be back on the diamond in the spring, reclaiming his starting spot in the lineup.

He swung a wicked bat and displayed a laser arm as a sophomore, and, based on football, he has grown as an athlete.

As he celebrates his cake day, we want to wish him the best and thank him, for his refusal to quit, for his grit, for his willingness to pose for the camera, for the way he shines bright and reps Wolf Nation with class and style.

Happy birthday, Clay. Now go kick some more booty.

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