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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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Amy King (John Fisken photos)

Amy King, guiding the future of Wolf sports. (John Fisken photos)

It’s good to be the King.

Every school needs a coach who is absolutely indispensable, willing to take on any and all jobs while showing a special skill at shaping young hearts and minds.

Here in Coupeville, that person is Amy King.

While her real world job (boo! boo!!) has taken her from a three-sport coach to a one-sport coach in the last year or two, she remains the gold standard.

Meshing perfectly with CHS girls basketball head coach David King (they’ve been an “item” for a few years now), Amy, the Wolf girls JV hoops guru, brings a mixture of passion, tough love and genuine caring to her duties.

Her teams, whether it be volleyball, softball or basketball, are always successful, both in terms of putting up winning records and turning out well-rounded athletes.

King has the X’s and O’s down solid, and has a real skill for taking concepts off the clipboard and showing her young charges how to make them work in real life.

But she goes far beyond that, taking on a mom role when needed, a butt kicker role when required and a PR agent role like few others.

Her game recaps from the road are unparalleled (though her husband is certainly in there fighting for the family and school crown) and she also wields a camera with nimble grace, capturing behind-the scene photos the paparazzi can’t nab.

A superb athlete herself back in the day, King has transitioned into the job of sage sports guru with ease, though, if I were to refer to her by that term in public, she’d roll her eyes so hard they’d never come back around.

While I’d like to see her quit her real job and go back to being a painfully-underpaid full-time coach (having a roof over your head is overrated…), I’m just super grateful for whatever slice of her time we get.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m gushing because today is King’s birthday.

Though what the heck, we could gush about her any day.

And I might if she follows through on her promise to one day write one of her basketball recaps as a poem.

Anyway, happy birthday, Coach King, and thank you from a grateful Wolf Nation.

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When CHS hoops coach Amy King needs to teach a lesson...

When CHS hoops coach Amy King needs to teach a lesson about teamwork…

she tells the story of the time Amy Mouw helped the Wolves advance to state thanks to...

   she tells the story of the time Amy Mouw helped the Wolves advance to the state tourney thanks to…

Samantha Roehl.

an unexpected decision by her teammate, Samantha Roehl.

Amy King has seen a lot in 20 seasons as a high school coach.

But there’s one story she pulls out when times are tough, when teams are starting to fracture, when her players need to know the difference between being just an athlete and being a true teammate.

It comes from the 2002-2003 girls’ basketball season, when she was an assistant coach working with Greg Oldham at Coupeville High School.

The Wolves were coming off the best performance in program history, having gone 23-5 and finished 6th at state the previous year.

And while they had lost big weapons Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Tracy Taylor and Sarah Mouw to graduation, they still had tons ‘o talent.

Brianne King, who still holds Coupeville’s career scoring record for girls (1,546 points) was heading into her senior season, and she was joined by Amy Mouw, Carly Guillory, Erica and Taniel Lamb, Vanessa Davis and a shot-blocking sophomore and future league MVP named Lexie Black.

The squad was so deep future college hoops player Brittany Black (admittedly just a freshman at the time) only saw action in 12 of 28 games.

The Wolves roared through the regular season at a 15-5 clip, finishing 8-2 in the Northwest A League, bested only by Archbishop Thomas Murphy twice.

Once they hit tri-districts, they got even hotter, winning three of four — losing only to the state’s #1-ranked team, King’s — then won two of four games at state (where they pushed eventual 1A champ Brewster to the wire), claiming 8th place.

But lost in the hubbub about a 20-8 record and another banner to hang on the wall was a small, but very important, moment at tri-districts.

Mouw, who was the team’s #2 scorer behind Brianne King, was helping to lead the Coupeville charge, until someone noticed she had blood all over her uniform — a big no-no in the days of heightened disease awareness.

“I remember the game and discovering during a timeout that I had blood all over,” Mouw said. “Amy King, Coach Oldham’s wife and I all ran down to the locker room and one of them washed out my jersey top and the other my shorts in the sinks trying to get the blood out while I tried to figure out where I was bleeding.

“Ended up just being a cut on my pinkie finger that bled like crazy.”

Despite the scrub-job, the blood wasn’t responding to the water and it looked like Mouw might be sidelined at a crucial moment.

At which point Samantha Roehl, who, in tribute to her last name, was a role player on a team full of stars, stepped up and did something few high school athletes would do.

She turned down the chance to replace Mouw on the floor and instead sacrificed her chance to play.

“She told us, she needs that uniform more than I do,” Amy King said. “And she immediately went and swapped out what Amy needed so she could return.”

“I do remember that pretty clearly and that’s about exactly what happened,” Roehl said. “They were going to put me in, but, because I hadn’t played in the game yet, technically my number hadn’t had any points or fouls against it, so I offered that they use my jersey for Amy so that she could keep playing with a fresh number.”

Oldham was caught up in the game at the time and missed most of the shuffle, but looking back now, he could see it happening.

Sammie was a good teammate,” he said.

For Amy King, who has since gone on to coach volleyball, softball and much more basketball at CHS, Roehl’s decision is one she has treasured.

“When I get a team that gets a little full of themselves, that starts to forget that everyone on the team truly matters, from the top of the rotation to the last body on the bench, I pull that story out,” she said. “It, to me, is what high school sports are supposed to be about.”

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