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   Ethan Spark threw down a season-high 27 points Friday as Coupeville crushed Chimacum 81-34. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Bob Barker (left), longtime coach and teacher, and Jeff Stone, who still holds most of the school’s scoring records 48 years later, returned Friday for the 101st anniversary of Wolf basketball.

When the legends come to watch you play, you bring your A-game.

Attacking relentlessly, the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad went for a season-high in points Friday, thrashing visiting Chimacum 81-34 on the 101st anniversary of the first hoops game in school history.

The win, which played out in front of a who’s-who of former Wolf hardwood players, coaches, managers, time keepers, stat counters and cheerleaders, lifts CHS to 3-2 in Olympic League play, 5-10 overall.

With Klahowya shocking top dog Port Townsend 52-51 Friday, that sets the stage for an important showdown Saturday in Silverdale.

If the Wolves knock off the Eagles (4-1), they’ll force a three-way tie for first with Klahowya and Port Townsend (4-2).

Chimacum, which is suffering through a rebuilding season, sits at 0-6 in conference action.

Friday night was about the past, present and future of Wolf basketball coming together, and it brought a jolt of electricity to the CHS gym which has been largely absent in recent years.

Eight decades of former players were in attendance, from Al Sherman, who played in the late ’40s, up to the current generation of shooting stars.

A large portion of the 1969-1970 Wolves, the first Whidbey Island boys hoops team to win a district title and still the best offensive team in school history, took the court at halftime.

Along with them came almost every one of the top 15 career scorers, with #3 scorer Randy Keefe moving like he was still playing back in the ’70s.

The irrepressible gunner sprinted out to center court upon introduction, pumping his arms and sending the crowd into convulsions.

From Jeff Stone to Jeff Rhubottom, Bill Riley to Arik Garthwaite, the packed house welcomed home Wolf greats, with the biggest cheers going to legendary coach Bob Barker.

Looking dapper in the red blazer he once wore on the sidelines, the man who led Coupeville to its greatest basketball heights, while influencing generations of athletes and students alike, was mobbed.

As he held court, shaking hands and accepting hugs, Barker might have been in a different gym than the one in which he once coached, but one thing was certain — he was home.

With all the hubbub around them, it might have been easy for the current Wolves to lose focus, especially facing a struggling foe.

Instead, they came out and played up to the crowd, instead of down to the opponent.

Ethan Spark curled in a pair of long three-balls, each one coming from opposite sides of the court, to kick things off and the Wolves were unstoppable.

With Spark (11) and Hunter Smith (8) combining for 19 points in the opening quarter, Coupeville roared out to a 21-4 bulge at the first break.

From there, the massacre was on.

Playing in front of a lot of guys who never got three points on a single shot, no matter how far away from the basket they shot, the modern-day Wolves rained down treys, hitting 12.

Spark knocked down six, sophomore swing player Mason Grove went bonkers, hitting four in limited time, while Joey Lippo and Cameron Toomey-Stout also netted three-balls.

If the game was ever in doubt (it wasn’t), the Wolves settled that with a 25-3 surge in the second quarter.

Six different players scored during that run, with the prettiest basket coming from Jered Brown.

The sophomore guard snagged a loose ball, led a sprint down the floor, then went airborne and rolled under a defender while being hacked. Brown’s reverse layup splashed home, and so did the ensuing free throw.

By the time the current Wolves were ready to cede the floor so the legends in attendance could have their halftime celebration, Coupeville had scored an eye-popping 31 points in the second quarter and led 52-17.

The only thing helping Chimacum in the second half was a running clock, triggered when CHS opened a 40-point lead, which put the Cowboys out of their misery quicker.

Coupeville finished with balanced scoring across the board, with eight of the 10 guys who saw the court putting their name in the books.

Spark rained down a season-high 27, while Smith added 20.

Both seniors hit milestones, with Spark passing the 300-point career barrier (he has 315 and counting) and Smith moving into 15th place on the career scoring chart.

Smith’s 20 gives him 745, and he passed Dan Nieder (729) and Steve Whitney (730), while pulling within 15 points of catching Hunter Hammer (759) for 14th.

Grove singed the nets for 14, Brown banged down seven, Lippo and Toomey-Stout each added five, and rebound-happy hard workers Hunter Downes (2) and Kyle Rockwell (1) rounded out the scoring.

Dane Lucero and Gavin Knoblich also saw floor time.

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The shooting shirts for Friday’s Coupeville High School boys basketball anniversary game. (Brad Sherman photo)

One night only. Friday! Friday!! Friday!!!

Tomorrow — Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 — marks the biggest moment in Coupeville High School boys basketball history since, well, probably forever.

Or, at least since the Wolves, playing in front of 2000+ fans in 1970, became the first Whidbey Island hoops team to win a district title.

That’s kind of the defining moment for the program right there.

But this Friday, when Coupeville plays host to Chimacum (JV 3:30, varsity 5:15), will be the culmination of 101 years of Wolf hoops.

The date marks the exact anniversary of the first basketball game in CHS history, a 29-7 shredding of Langley in 1917, and the school is throwing a huge party.

All former Wolf boys basketball players, coaches, managers, stat keepers, time-clock operators, trainers, cheerleaders and fans are invited to come home and cram the gym.

Doesn’t matter if you were an All-League player or support crew — we want EVERYONE to show.

The game program will be an expanded one, chock full of stories written by yours truly and tons o’ vintage photos.

At halftime, that 69-70 team and the top 15 career scorers will be recognized, and after the game the party kicks into high gear.

Local shutterbug extraordinaire John Fisken is going to take an epic “team” photo featuring all the former and current Wolves in attendance.

After that, take a few steps outside the gym doors and head to the health room down the hall (don’t even have to go outside!).

Once there, current Wolf basketball moms will have cake and everyone gets a chance to mingle, remember past glory and make up new stories about how much better the game was in their day.

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   The late, great Mike Criscuola, AKA “Strong Mike,” who scored 979 points between 1956-1960, fifth-most by a Wolf boys basketball player.

   A who’s-who of guys who could singe a net. Clockwise, from top left, Jeff Stone, Michael Bagby, Randy Keefe, Jeff Rhubottom, Bill Riley, Pete Petrov, Brad Sherman, Denny Clark, Arik Garthwaite, Bill Jarell.

Did I mention there will be cake?

One week from today — Friday, Jan. 19 — Coupeville High School celebrates the 101st anniversary of boys basketball, and everyone associated with the program is invited to return.

The Wolves host Chimacum in an Olympic League clash that night (JV 3:30, varsity 5:15), and the date is the same one on which the first hoops game in school history was played.

That happened way back on Jan. 19, 1917, when CHS pounded Langley 29-7 (forever giving the South End an inferiority complex).

This time around, every former and current Wolf boys basketball player, coach, manager, stats keeper, ticket taker, cheerleader and fan can (and should) join the festivities.

When you show up, there will be commemorative ID stickers for everyone to write their names on, reunion-style, so everyone can more easily pretend that yes, they really did recognize all their former teammates.

The game program is going far beyond the normal rosters, schedule and school fight song.

It will feature info on that first game in 1917, the immortal 1969-1970 squad which was the first Whidbey Island basketball team to win a district title (and still holds all the school scoring records), and a look at the top 15 career scorers.

While current Wolf senior Hunter Smith is at #17 (695 points) and climbing fast, the 15 in the program will be:

Jeff Stone (1137)
Mike Bagby
Randy Keefe
Jeff Rhubottom
Mike Criscuola
Bill Riley
Pete Petrov
Brad Sherman
Denny Clark
Arik Garthwaite
Bill Jarrell
Corey Cross
Barry Brown
Hunter Hammer
Steve Whitney

Halftime will feature recognition of the ’69-’70 team and the Top 15, and things really get hoppin’ post-game.

Eagle-eyed photographer John Fisken will attempt to capture the ultimate “team” photo, with every former Wolf in attendance gathered down on the hardwood, then current basketball moms will host a reception in the health room.

That’s just a few steps outside the gym doors, on your right as you head to the exit inside the facility.

It’s easy to find, as it’s right across from the ticket table.

If nothing else, you can follow the smell of cake. I know I always do.

And the most important thing to remember is this — it doesn’t matter if you were All-League or a bench warmer, if you filled up the stat sheet or can count the number of minutes you played on one hand.

If you were involved with Wolf boys basketball in any way, you are part of the history of the program, and we want to see you at the CHS gym next Friday.

It’s a night to honor those who came before, to show them they are not forgotten and their accomplishments still mean something. And it’s a night to honor the present and future.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow, you are all brothers of the round-ball. Never forget that.

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   The high-flying ’77-’78 CHS boys basketball squad. Jeff Rhubottom (44) scored 459 points that season, second-best in program history. (Photos courtesy Renae Mulholland and Brad Sherman)

   Ron Bagby and his ’87-’88 squad, the last Wolf boys hoops team to make it to the state tourney.

   Coupeville’s ’84-’85 hoops stars, back when high school basketball players (or some of them, at least) knew how to rock the ‘stache.

10 days and counting.

Coupeville High School’s boys basketball anniversary shindig goes down Jan. 19, and we’re putting the call out for people to cram the stands.

The Wolves play Chimacum that night (3:30 JV, 5:15 varsity) and it’s the exact 101st anniversary of the first hoops game in school history (a 29-7 win over Langley in 1917).

Are you a former CHS player, coach, manager, stat keeper, ticket taker? Did you cheer at the games, either in an official capacity or as a fan?

Be there!

Whether you scored one point or 1,000, you are a part of the history of Wolf boys basketball, and this is your night.

There’ll be a special game program, honoring the first game, the immortal ’69-’70 team that still holds all the school records, and the Top 15 individual career scorers.

Toss in halftime festivities and an epic “team” photo after the game — when all former Wolves will be asked to take part — and things will be hoppin’.

There’s a few other things in the works, which will be announced in the next few days, and, as we count down, I am in the market for any and all Wolf basketball pics you might have.

Send them to me at davidsvien@hotmail.com, then rearrange your calendar and make sure you have Jan. 19 circled in red.

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   As the #8 scorer in school history and the current coach of the Wolves, Brad Sherman combines the past, present and future of Coupeville High School basketball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s been quite the century.

Mark your calendars for Jan. 19, set aside the night and join Coupeville High School in celebrating 100 years of Wolf boys basketball.

Coupeville hosts Chimacum that night (3:30 JV/5:15 varsity) and, by pure kismet, it’s the exact date the first hoops game was played in school history.

CHS beat Langley 29-7 on Jan. 19, 1917, kicking off a 7-3 run through its inaugural season.

To mark the moment, Coupeville is inviting all former players and coaches to show up for the Chimacum game.

A special program, looking back through the program’s history, will be handed out and Wolf hardwood greats will be honored.

After the game, all former Wolf hoops players and coaches will be invited down to the court, so that local photographer John Fisken can immortalize the moment with an epic group photo.

Whether you played a hot minute or scored 1,000 points, Jan. 19 is about tying the past, present and future of Wolf basketball together.

Don’t be square, be there.

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