Posts Tagged ‘Basketball’

   Hayley Fiedler and the CMS 7th graders pounded on Stevens Thursday, running their record to 6-1. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Farewell, Captain Ponytail, you won’t be missed.

Stevens Middle School basketball, and its passive-aggressive coach, who never met an early exit he couldn’t ankle to, made their final visit to Coupeville’s gym Thursday.

As befits a momentous moment such as this, the day had everything, from an electrifying win by the Wolf 7th graders to an 8th grade game which ended in confusion way, way earlier than was necessary.

There will be many positives about Coupeville’s move from the Olympic League to the new North Sound Conference this fall.

The greatest of them all, though, will probably be this — no more Stevens, no how, no way.

8th grade:

Stevens is a ginormous middle school which feeds mega-sized 2A Port Angeles, and their older hoops squad is essentially an AAU team transported to the world of middle school sports.

So, the fact the visitors grabbed a 28-9 win in a game which lasted for essentially two-and-a-half quarters is not a surprise.

While the loss dropped CMS to 4-3 on the season, the Wolves got stronger as the game played out.

Down 17-0 at one point, the Wolves finally broke through when Anya Leavell banged down low for a hard-earned bucket.

With Coupeville switching from a zone to a man defense, it played Stevens essentially even in the second half of the game.

Leavell, channeling the red-hot Damian Lillard, added a three-point bomb from the right side, Kylie Van Velkinburgh knocked down a bank shot and the visitors scored on the wrong basket to round out the scoring.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins, who was hit hard on almost every play, was a one-woman wrecking crew, braids swinging madly as she fought on the boards and the floor.

Matching her teammate’s intensity and passion, Kiara Contreras, while shielded from the ref’s view, dropped a wicked, WWE-approved elbow on a pushy rival.

The game got weird, in a totally expected way, when Stevens coach pulled his favorite move for the 275th time.

Insisting he and his team had to catch the 6:00 ferry off The Rock, and would die if they had to wait until the 7:30 or 9:10 sailings, Captain Ponytail talked the refs into abandoning the normal second-half set-up of two eight-minute quarters.

In their place, the teams played a 10-minute second half with a running clock.

And I do mean a running clock…

It properly lurched to a stop when Coupeville called a solitary 30-second timeout, but that lasted all of 1.4 seconds, thanks to the mumbly badgering of the refs by the Stevens coach.

Cause, you know, when you’re traveling 3.5 miles on a wide-open road on a sleepy Thursday, to catch a ferry you have a reservation for, leaving at 5:27 PM instead of 5:30 PM makes all the difference…

But, it was kind of perfect.

Coupeville, which almost always catches the final ferry home from EVERY road trip, being stiffed one last time by a school which always acts as if it’s doing us a grand favor even playing “the hicks from the sticks.”

I’d tell them not to let the door hit them where the good lord split them, but … yeah, I know … they left 20 minutes ago.

7th grade:

This, instead, is how the Wolf faithful will remember Stevens — getting their fannies kicked, good and solidly.

Coupeville’s young guns, a scrappy, ball-hawking bunch who take no guff from no one, scorched the visitors 36-21 to sweep the season series and improve to 6-1.

The Wolves get a chance to avenge that one loss this Monday, Mar. 19, when Sequim arrives on Whidbey for a rematch.

Facing off with an aggressive Stevens squad, CMS refused to back down, seizing the lead midway through the first quarter and never relinquishing it.

Maddie Georges slipped a pair of free throws through the net — a small segment of the 10 charity shots she nailed during the game — to lift the Wolves to a 5-4 lead.

Moments later Gwen Gustafson stopped ‘n popped on a short runner, then Alita Blouin sent the Wolf fans through the roof.

Snagging an in-bounds pass and evading her defender in one smooth move, “The Assassin” hit nothing but the bottom of the net on a buzzer-beater, with the ball dropping through the twines as the alarm blared and her fan club went bonkers.

Up 9-4 after one, Coupeville used runs at the end of both the second and third quarters to blunt any hopes Stevens had of mounting a comeback.

Despite going nearly 10 minutes without hitting a field goal — a dry period which covered most of the second quarter and a hunk of the third — the Wolves never lost the lead.

With Georges nailing free throws and Coupeville’s defense clamping down big-time, CMS was still up 16-14 when the Wolves found their game-closing spark.

The subsequent 17-5 run, which stretched the lead to 14 points at the end of the third, was capped when Gustafson beat the clock, slid between two defenders and drained a buzzer-beater of her own on a short jumper in the paint.

The one girl who might have stopped Gustafson is still counting her teeth, after she ran into a note-perfect screen from Georges, who skidded to a halt, braced herself, and absorbed the blow.

The collision launched the Stevens defender off her feet and carried her halfway across the gym, rattled windows in homes two miles away, and anointed Georges, a slick-dribbling dynamo, with a new nickname, at least for one afternoon.

Say hello to “The Wall.”

The young woman usually referred to as “Mad Dog” paced CMS with a game-high 12, while Blouin banked in 11, Gustafson scorched the nets for six and Carolyn Lhamon knocked down four.

Allie Lucero dropped in a bucket on a nice turnaround shot in the paint, while Nezi Keiper sank a free throw to round out the scoring.

Keiper also had a nifty steal and feed to Gustafson during the game-busting run, while Jessenia Camarena raced back on defense late in the game, then elevated and spiked a Stevens shot into the cheap seats for a beautiful block.

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   10 who torched the nets for Coupeville girls basketball. Clockwise, from top left, Brianne King, Zenovia Barron, Makana Stone, Megan Smith, Ann Pettit, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Terry Perkins, Lexie Black, Kristan Hurlburt and Tina Lyness.

   Legends (l to r) Randy Keefe, Bill Jarrell and Jeff Rhubottom reunited for the 101st anniversary of CHS boys basketball. (Renae Mulholland photo)

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

The wisdom of The Sandlot can guide us through just about everything in life, if we let it.

That quote is something to let sink in, to marinate in for a moment, as we stand at the cusp of nailing another win for saving, remembering and honoring the sports history of Coupeville.

After months of intensive research, it’s time to ask for a favor from Wolf fans everywhere.

While Coupeville High School has record boards hung in it gym complex for track, volleyball and football, basketball doesn’t enjoy the same distinction.

Which is a shame, since basketball is the sport which is most frequently played in the gym, and it’s arguably the most successful sport in the history of the school.

Look back at the 118-year history of CHS, and the love affair with hoops looms large.

From the early pioneers on the hardwood, to the 1969-1970 Wolf boys team which remains the most dominant Coupeville team in any sport, ever, to today’s three-ball chucking stars, this is a basketball town.

And it’s long past time to celebrate that.

The 101st anniversary hoops shindig held earlier this year was an astounding success, drawing in a wide variety of former, current and future players, coaches and fans.

The night was like nothing else I have experienced in my years of writing about sports here in Cow Town.

It was a mad swirl of living history come to life, of legends who I had only known about from yellowed newspaper clippings made flesh and blood.

Seeing the CHS gym jammed to the rafters, witnessing today’s players realize they were a link in something much bigger than themselves, giving the stars of yesterday a chance to know they were not forgotten, was the biggest accomplishment I have achieved here at Coupeville Sports.

And none of it would have been possible without the help of countless others, the dreamers and the believers, people who gave of their time, their sweat and their dollars.

It was a night where Coupeville stood tall and proud, looking back with reverence, celebrating the present and making a commitment to the future.

With a little bit of help, we can put an exclamation point on that night, and provide a lead-in to a similar shindig which will celebrate Wolf girls basketball next fall.

We can raise a basketball record board, one which honors both the girls and boys hoops programs.

My plan is for a board which will list the top 10 single-season and career scoring records, as well as the single-game highs set by Judy Marti (32 in 1983) and Jeff Stone (48 in 1970).

The board would honor:

Girls – Season:

Brianne King (446) 2000-2001
Brianne King (442) 2002-2003
Makana Stone (427) 2015-2016
Brianne King (386) 2001-2002
Zenovia Barron (378) 1996-1997
Zenovia Barron (376) 1997-1998
Makana Stone (367) 2014-2015
Ann Pettit (363) 1997-1998
Amanda Allmer (331) 1994-1995
Megan Smith (327) 2008-2009

Girls – Career:

Brianne King (1549) 1999-2003
Zenovia Barron (1270) 1994-1998
Makana Stone (1158) 2012-2016
Megan Smith (1042) 2006-2010
Ann Pettit (932) 1995-1998
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby (892) 1998-02
Terry Perkins (673) 1984-1987
Lexie Black (622) 2001-2005
Kristan Hurlburt (598) 1978-1982
Tina Lyness (594) 1996-2000

Boys – Season:

Jeff Stone (644) 1969-1970
Jeff Rhubottom (459) 1977-1978
Pete Petrov (442) 1995-1996
Arik Garthwaite (423) 1997-1998
Bill Jarrell (415) 1975-1976
Mike Bagby (414) 2004-2005
Randy Keefe (398) 1974-1975
Randy Keefe (397) 1975-1976
Brad Sherman (396) 2002-2003
Wade Ellsworth (392) 1978-1979

Boys – Career:

Jeff Stone (1137) 1967-1970
Mike Bagby
(1137) 2002-2006
Randy Keefe
(1088) 1973-1976
Jeff Rhubottom
(1012) 1975-1978
Mike Criscuola
(979) 1956-1960
Bill Riley
(934) 1970-1973
Pete Petrov
(917) 1993-1997
Brad Sherman
(874) 2000-2003
Denny Clark
(869) 1960-1964
Arik Garthwaite
(867) 1994-1998

The Coupeville Booster Club has agreed to foot part of the bill, and CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith has given his blessing to the project.

Now, I need your help.

Whether you can give $1 or you want to foot the whole bill, stand with us. Be a vibrant part of the rich tapestry that is Wolf basketball.


To join the movement:


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   Audrianna Shaw singed the nets for 15 points Monday, as both CMS girls hoops squads thrashed Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The mission was simple – get in, put down a beatin’, get out.

Mission accomplished.

Both Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams rolled to blowout wins Monday, thrashing host Chimacum quickly and efficiently.

The Wolf 7th graders cruised to a 40-7 rout, upping their record to 5-1 on the season, while the CMS 8th graders improved to 4-2 after collecting a 41-12 victory.

Both squads will get a much bigger test Thursday, when they return home to face Stevens, a ginormous middle school from Port Angeles.

The first time the two schools faced this season they split games, with Coupeville’s 7th graders and Stevens’ 8th graders coming out on top.

Monday afternoon was a romp from start to finish, with the Wolves getting 15 players in the scoring column.

7th grade:

Coupeville dominated in the paint, with Carolyn Lhamon going off for 14 and Nezi Keiper banging home a season-high 11.

Maddie Georges (8), Gwen Gustafson (2), Alita Blouin (2), Jessenia Camarena (2) and Adrian Burrows (1) rounded out the Wolf offensive attack.

8th grade:

Runnin’ and gunnin’, Audrianna Shaw outscored Chimacum by herself, slapping home 15 points with a variety of slick moves and killer finishes.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins swished eight, Anya Leavell torched the nets for six and Kiara Contreras banked in four to back their leader up.

Also scratching their names in the scoring column were Ella Colwell (3), Lily Leedy (2), Abby Mulholland (2) and Kylie Van Velkinburgh (1).

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The bright future of Coupeville basketball. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

   After sweeping three games Saturday, Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys hoops squad brought the big trophy home.

“We are the champions … of the world!”

They went, they saw, they conquered.

Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys basketball squad swept three games Saturday en route to bringing home some nice hardware.

The Wolves entered the day seeded third in a six-team tourney, yet left Skagit County bearing the championship trophy after winning the 2018 D-Glacier Division Tournament.

To get to the podium, Coupeville knocked off the Sedro-Woolley Hoosiers 30-10 in the opening round, then upended two teams which had first-round byes.

After blasting Granite Falls 26-17 in the semifinals, the Wolves shocked top-seeded Sedro-Woolley Blue 23-21 to take the title.

“Our boys played till there was nothing left,” said Coupeville coach Jon Roberts. “Defense that shut down the top scorers from the other team and unselfish passing to create opportunities that helped us rise to the top.

“Hard work all year has paid off!,” he added. “So proud of these boys. What a great season.”

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   South Whidbey’s Lewis Pope will play in an all-state, all-star basketball game Mar. 17. (Photo courtesy Teresa Pope)

Whidbey is going to the big dance.

The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association is reaching out to the hinterlands, inviting South Whidbey senior Lewis Pope to next weekend’s All-State All-Star games.

The invitation became Twitter-official late Friday afternoon, when WIBCA released rosters for all six teams.

The event, set for Saturday, Mar. 17 at Curtis High School, down in University Place, pits 10-man teams made up of seniors against each other in three games.

Kicking things off at 2 PM will be 1B vs. 2B, with 1A vs. 2A at 4 PM, and 3A vs. 4A wrapping things up at 6 PM.

Pope, who was co-MVP in the Cascade Conference this season, will be on a 1A team which includes Nooksack Valley’s backboard-busting Casey Bauman and George De Jong of state champ Lynden Christian.

The son of Teresa and Henry Pope, Lewis averaged 23.8 points a game during his senior season, and has signed to play college ball for Central Washington University.

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