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Freshman Kiara Contreras, an Energizer Rabbit in a Wolf uniform, had a sensational blocked shot Saturday for the Coupeville JV hoops squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but we’re not going to focus on that for very long.

Instead, if you keep reading, we have the world debut of a poem by a hoops coach, written while camped in a bouncing bus on the back-roads of America.

Yeah, you’re not getting that in the Seattle Times, now, are you?

But first, a few quick notes.

Yes, Nooksack Valley, using a full lineup of varsity swing players, beat the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad 54-24 Saturday.

With the non-conference loss, the Wolf young guns head into a 12-day break between games sporting a solid 4-4 record.

If you’re looking for statistical highlights, we have Kylie Van Velkinburgh, dropping a team-high seven points and snatching three rebounds, and Izzy Wells, going for six and nine.

Anya Leavell (5), Audrianna Shaw (2), Kiara Contreras (2), Abby Mulholland (1), and Morgan Stevens (1) also scored, while Ja’Kenya Hoskins tore down six boards.

Shaw and Mollie Bailey each dealt out two assists, while Contreras, the Energizer Bunny in a Wolf uniform, delivered the night’s loudest play.

Chasing down a Nooksack player from behind, the CHS guard sprinted from half court, went airborne, then rejected the Pioneer shot from behind at the very last second, LeBron James-style.

“She (Kiara) brought the most energy as always,” said Coupeville coach Amy King. “Everyone else took the court and did what they could do. Move the ball, help their teammates, play the best defense they could.”

And now on to the world-exclusive, as King, the Bard of the Hardwood, delivers a poem to send us into winter break.

Amy started writing her poem when we got on the bus and before we made our stop for food,” said CHS varsity coach (and proud husband) David King. “Less than 30 minutes. What a talent she has.”


A long trip up North,
No, not to North Pole
The Grinch is named Nooksack
We got in a hole

The game was a tough one
We did what we could
We were getting down on ourselves
But still did some good

They had one defender
Always harassing the guard
We found ways around it
But made it too hard

They stole like the Grinch would
They laughed as they shot
Their coach strayed out of his box
And finally got caught.

We weren’t watching the score
Though their book got it wrong
Thanks to Heidi and Nicole
For keeping it strong

The game was the normal
Back and forth fight
And every girl on our team
Did all they could for the night

Audri, Mollie, Kiara and
Anya led us up top
Ja’Kenya, Abby, Morgan
Izzy, Kylie pulled out all the stops

Kiara had a shot block
Surely heard from outside,
And Izzy, a spin move,
Her defender along for the ride.

Towards the end it was noticed
Their #12 needed to score
We would not let that happen
So we defended her more

So the Grinch got the win
But we put up a fight
We get to go eat now
And to all a good night

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Amy King first coached Makana Stone in middle school volleyball. “She was all about team and doing her best, even then.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mckenzie Meyer (front) played many sports, but unfortunately never landed on a high school team coached by King.

I’ve worked with a lot of coaches, but found only one thinking of doing a post-game write-up in poetry form.

Amy King, who has worked with the Wolf volleyball, softball and basketball programs, could be doing a bang-up job writing her own blog.

You know, if she wasn’t already busy with coaching, her real-world job, family life and the million other things she accomplishes while I’m still trying to wake up.

On the road or at home, win or loss, she always delivers crisp info, filled with insight, and this time is no different.

Coupeville’s third-longest tenured coach (trailing just Randy King and Ken Stange), she arrives today to break down the best Wolf players she’s worked with.

So, let me step away and give her the floor.

Aside from being a little busy, I’ve been mulling things over in my head – so many players!

Plus it’s tough coming in from the JV side of things too – many of my people and thoughts matched (husband) David’s.

Best player I’ve coached is, of course, Makana Stone. I echo everything David said about her.

Of course my first experience was the one year she played 8th grade volleyball.

She and Miranda Engle went to camp and when she hit the floor it was all so natural that it was like she had played her whole life.

Great attitude and all about team and doing her best even then.

Which athlete do I wish I could have coached? This is a tough one; I’m thinking McKenzie Meyer.

She ended up being our manager in middle school volleyball, but helped out when we had odd numbers.

She studied what was being shown and just came out and performed during practices. She is very athletic and had better skills than some of the girls who were out there playing.

When it came to high school I had high hopes she would join a team I was coaching.

Most underrated athlete I’ve coached – I have two on this one.

A lot of this comes from who you are playing with — you have those athletes like Lexie or Brittany Black, who stand out, so others are important to the success of a team, but did not always get the glory.

These two didn’t really care about the glory though.

Shawna West and Vanessa Davis are my two.

Both were posts and played hard. They worked hard and were no-nonsense types of players.

Shawna was our original bull in the china shop player. She rarely talked off the court, but her game said it all.

Vanessa was the same; stronger than she might have looked, shy and didn’t talk a whole lot, but without her game, the team would not have gone as far as they did.

Characteristics/intangibles/commitment is by far the easiest question, answered the same as my husband –Breeanna Messner.

She was in the first group of kids I coached in Coupeville, 7th grade volleyball.

Coached her since then in multiple sports, it was all the same. Dedication, hard working, great attitude and the kind of athlete any coach would be happy to have on their team.

Regardless of the sport or who was coaching; she would change positions without question; play where needed.

She was involved in all off-season functions she could participate in and always helped pick up gear; set up gear and never brought or fed into drama.

She had that no-quit attitude, fight and desire in everything she did.

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   While waiting for the ferry back home after summer hoops camp, Mikayla Elfrank goes for a little stroll. (Amy King photo)

Summer basketball camp is about far more than wins and losses.

Take a look at the previous article and you’ll get a rundown of how the Coupeville High School girls squad did (scores, stats, etc.) on the court at a recent four-day jaunt to Ocean Shores.

For this story, we turn the mic over to CHS assistant coach/team mom Amy King, for her thoughts on what the camp meant to the players and coaches in terms of intangibles.

We had a kind of strange mix of girls but they all did very well together.

The first part of creating team is to divide the girls into rooms with others they may not really know.

It forces a communication that otherwise may never be there.

The girls in each room had to come up with a cool door poster – something fun and creative. Work together in who they are.

Next, David (King) is mentioning a chip – we were at a coaches clinic a few weeks back and this was a great idea that we really wanted to try.

Each side has a theme to it (on one side the name of someone who inspires them, on the other a word which describes the player), so we broke up each side onto different nights.

The girls listened to what we were saying and really put thought into it.

Every one could ask any player or coach what their chip represented to them.

Their explanations for their chip were well thought out, nicely explained and meant a lot to each of us.

The other side was done as well as the first.

Just listening to each girl with their process and answers were very touching and made us so happy to have decided on this particular exercise.

Our beach time — this year it was actually very windy and cold but we had a time slot in between games and took it.

The teams were five girls on each team. Their task? Work together to build a great sand sculpture.

Oh, and we threw in a few surprises this year — one team got a pack of dinosaurs and the other, barn animals. Oh, and two characters to try and fit in.

The girls threw themselves into their work, running around the beach looking for shells or wood to add to their sculptures.

Both unique and impressive in their own way. Each with a story behind it.

This year we established “Story Time with Coach King,” just little stories to give the team something else to think about.

The first story was Mr. King and Mongoose Mentality. It was based on how all these little mongooses come together to defeat the cobra.

The next day was Mrs. King and an original story in poem format, recapturing a playoff game she was a part of — the emotions before, during and after.

Basically talking about holding each other and yourself accountable for your own game.

Aside from all of this, we had spotlighting after each game (each player pointing out one positive from the game to a teammate).

After this we threw a new wrench in — self awareness. Say one thing that you did well.

Talk about difficult. We found it was not easy for the girls to tell themselves they did something well.

That was a whole other discussion, but after the first few times, they did get better.

The coaches and our one crazy fan (Sherry Roberts) participated in all.

From this, to the games, the camp was definitely a success.

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“Be one with the basketball, my children.” (Amy King photos)

Tasty treats await hoops fanatics.

   Wolves (l to r) Lindsey Roberts, Maddy Hilkey and Kailey Kellner work the scorekeeper’s table.

   Hunter Downes (left) and Jered Bown give up their weekend to help the Wolf hoops program raise funds.

   CHS hoops stars (l to r) Kyla Briscoe, Tiffany Briscoe and Ema Smith pull a shift.

Smith is joined by Avalon Renninger (left) and Ashlie Shank.

   CHS girls hoops coach David King (second from left) and his weekend band of warriors.

If you open the gym, they will show up.

Coupeville High School (and its basketball teams) played host to the annual Hoopaholics basketball tourney/fundraiser this weekend.

The three-day event, which raises money for the Wolf girls and boys hoops programs, packs the gym with players of a certain age trying to recapture their basketball youth.

As the event unfolded, CHS coach Amy King snapped the pics seen above, which she shares with us.

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Nicole Lester (John Fisken photo)

   Nicole Lester had five rebounds and a blocked shot Saturday, as the Wolf JV rolled to its third straight win. (John Fisken photo)

Not so fast, Eagles.

Klahowya might have been feeling pretty good, having pushed the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad to the final seconds in a two-point loss Tuesday, but Saturday was a far different story.

Riding a 13-point, seven-rebound performance from Sarah Wright, the Wolf young guns were in destroy mode this time around, pasting their visitors 42-24.

The win, Coupeville’s third straight and sixth in their last seven, lifts CHS to 5-0 in Olympic League play, 9-3 overall.

Of course, give the young Wolves forfeits for the three times Chimacum and Port Townsend have failed to provide a JV team this season and it’s more like 8-0, 12-3.

After struggling at times earlier in the week, the Wolves played to their full potential this time around.

“Well, we didn’t make any friends from Klahowya today,” said an amused coach Amy King. “I asked the JV to not make it a close two-point game and they aim to please.”

The Wolves mixed things up on defense, starting in a man-to-man look, then snapping into a 1-2-2 press.

“We decided to go a little different to start,” King said. “The lesson early on is that Maya (Toomey-Stout) is the quickest player on the court.

“When she plays you on defense, you don’t get to shoot.”

When they had the ball on offense, the Wolves mixed things up, with Toomey-Stout, Ashlie Shank and Avalon Renninger all chipping in with points in the early going.

As soon as Klahowya went to focus on one CHS player, another rose up and stung them.

Brittany Powers exploded off of the bench, banging home a long bucket, then topping that the next time down the floor with an even-longer three-ball.

Not to be outdone, Toomey-Stout promptly drilled her own trey and the rout was on.

King kept things interesting, shifting her defense into a 2-3 zone, then a 3-2, confounding the Eagles.

When Klahowya tried to counter with its own zone look, the Wolves promptly broke it, with Ema Smith spearheading things and triggering Coupeville’s offense.

“I was proud of the way the girls fought,” King said. “They found a way to get shots up. When one or two of us struggled, someone else was there to pick them up.”

Wright paced the Wolves, pounding away down low for her 13, while Toomey-Stout tickled the twines for eight and Powers was money with seven.

Renninger (6), Shank (5) and Scout Smith (3) rounded out the attack, with Ema Smith and Shank both hauling down six rebounds apiece.

Nicole Lester collected five caroms and emphatically rejected an Eagle shot.

Emma Mathusek (three steals, two rebounds), Maddy Hilkey (two steals) and Tia Wurzrainer (two rebounds) all chipped in, as well.

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