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Amy and David King resigned this week, likely ending coaching careers which have spanned nearly two decades at Coupeville High School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

After impacting hundreds of Coupeville High School athletes over the past two decades, David and Amy King are handing off their clipboards.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball coaches, who previously worked with Wolf volleyball, baseball, and softball programs, as well as little league, SWISH and middle school teams, submitted resignations this week.

“As of now, this is a retiring,” David King said.

“Always willing to give advice or input if asked,” he added with a chuckle.

Their departure opens up varsity and JV coaching positions.

After years of balancing prep sports with their real-world jobs, the decision to retire gives the Kings a chance to step back and have more time for other pursuits.

That begins with the couple’s 33rd wedding anniversary, which, coincidentally, is today, Feb. 22.

Three years ago, when the Kings hit the big 3-0, they celebrated in the gym with their players while preparing for a trip to the state tournament.

The duo, whether coaching together or separately, are cut from old school cloth.

At a time when many fellow CHS coaches are just getting started, the Kings, along with track guru Randy King (no relation) and tennis whisperer Ken Stange, are true rarities, veteran coaches who always showed a willingness to innovate.

David King started in the CHS girls basketball program as a volunteer coach from 2003-2009.

After taking a season off, and putting in time as a SWISH coach, he returned to high school ball, with two years as JV coach, and seven with the varsity.

He also worked as an assistant coach with the school’s baseball team for three seasons, before bouncing across the street to join the softball staff.

Once there, he worked with Jackie Calkins, then with his wife, putting together three years at the high school level and one with the Central Whidbey Little League juniors program.

Amy King piled up 27 seasons, 24 as a coach and three as a volunteer, across basketball, volleyball, and softball.

She put in four seasons on the diamond, and seven on the volleyball court. The first five were with middle school teams, the final two as high school JV coach.

Her longest run came in basketball, however, where she has been involved with the CHS program as a varsity assistant and JV head coach since 2002.

During that time, she worked with five different head coaches, doing stints with Greg Oldham, Geoff Kappes, Blake Severns, and Jackie Bykonen, before she and the hubby claimed total control in 2012.

Preaching a love for defense, David King guided the Wolf varsity into the playoffs every season as head coach, even as Coupeville bounced through three different leagues.

The Wolf varsity won 79 games between 2012-2019, covering two seasons in the 1A/2A Cascade Conference, four in the 1A Olympic League, and one in the 1A North Sound Conference.

Despite running a gauntlet of private school powers in the postseason, Coupeville crafted several signature playoff wins as well.

The biggest, arguably, was a 49-33 dismantling of Seattle Christian Feb. 19, 2016, a win which came in a loser-out game in a hostile road gym, sending the Wolves to state for the first time in a decade.

Coupeville won three-straight conference titles, going 9-0 each time, in the Olympic League, and missed a fourth crown by a single game.

While defense was his hallmark, guiding ball-hawks from Kacie Kiel to Tia Wurzrainer, David King also helped shape 11 of the top 50 scorers in Wolf girls basketball history during his time as head coach.

While they had vastly different personal playing styles, Makana Stone (#3), Lindsey Roberts (#18), and Kailey Kellner (#30) were among those who thrived offensively under his guidance.

Amy King, like most JV coaches, had one of the hardest jobs in prep sports — trying to win games, while also having to often juggle lineups when star players were called up to get varsity floor time.

She persevered, winning 64 games with an often-depleted roster over the past seven seasons, including going 14-5 overall, 9-0 in league play, during the 2014-2015 season.

Under her tutelage, future varsity standouts like Lauren Grove, Breeanna Messner, and Amanda Fabrizi made huge jumps in confidence and skills.

Amy King was also famous for making sure every single player on her team scored at least once.

She never failed in that task, no matter how many foreign exchange students or first-time players suited up.

That fact is almost as impressive as her ability to craft a poem about a game while camped in a darkly-lit bus bouncing across the back-roads of rural America.

While both had success in separate endeavors, their work together, as “Coach King Boy” and “Coach King Girl,” is how many will remember them.

Their teams were built around hard work, fun, and family, then topped off with success.

The Kings were the only active CHS coaches to have guided athletes in two completely separate sports to the state championships.

Along with the 2016 basketball run, the duo led softball to state in 2014, breaking a 12-year dry spell for that program.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, who coached Wolf girls basketball (1998, 2000) and baseball (2008, 2014) teams to state, knows what it takes to build successful programs, and he hailed the duo for their success, and growth.

“They will definitely be missed; they have been a steady, positive part of our programs as head coaches and assistants for years,” he said. “They have dedicated a large portion of their lives to our kids and have built a solid, successful program, leaving a strong base for whomever takes over the program.”

While he will miss having the Kings working the sidelines, the Wolf AD appreciates what they brought to the school.

“It has been fun to watch David grow as a head coach,” Smith said. “He’s always been willing to do whatever he needed to do to create a lasting, fundamentally-sound program.

“I’ve appreciated both he and Amy’s willingness to always look at themselves as the first evaluative point in their program,” he added. “Very sad to see them go, but excited for them to be able to spend some time with each other in a setting that’s different than a basketball gym!”

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone, here with mom Eileen, went off for 22 points and 11 rebounds Thursday in a college basketball playoff win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sweet, sweet revenge.

If you lose twice to the same team in the regular season, but bounce back to win the third meeting in the playoffs, who really cares about the first two games?

Not the Whitman College women’s basketball team, which rallied behind an inspired performance from Coupeville’s Makana Stone Thursday to derail visiting Puget Sound 69-61.

The victory, coming in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference postseason tourney, lifts the Blues to 20-6 and sends them to the tourney title game.

That game, where the winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA D-III national championships, goes down Saturday in Newberg, OR.

Second-seeded Whitman, which avenged eight and five-point losses to #3 UPS, faces league champ George Fox (23-3) in the finale. The Bruins drilled #4 Linfield 76-49 Thursday in their semifinal game.

The title tilt will be the rubber match for the two squads, as Whitman and George Fox split their regular season bouts.

The Blues won 73-54 on the road Jan. 12, before falling 61-57 at home Feb. 8 in Walla Walla.

Thursday night’s game pitted Stone, a junior just named to her second-straight All-Conference team, against the league’s MVP, junior post player Jamie Lange.

While both played well, Coupeville’s ace came out ahead on three counts.

Stone’s game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds edged out Lange’s 18 and 11, the UPS star fouled out, and, most importantly, Whitman won.

As expected, it was a close game most of the way, just as the first two meetings between these teams played out.

Puget Sound jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t pull away, eventually settling for a narrow 14-11 lead at the first break.

Whitman, behind six points from Stone, carried the second quarter, using a 15-12 run to knot things at 26-26 at the half.

Whatever happened in the locker room, be it a dramatic speech, or just some quality Gatorade, the Blues came out on fire in the third quarter, busting open the game.

The host team pulled out in front by eight points heading into the fourth, then eventually ran their lead all the way to a 13-point bulge in the fourth.

UPS rallied, however, twice cutting the lead to five.

That was as close as the Loggers would get, though, as Stone went off for 10 of her 22 points in the game’s final 10 minutes.

Her offensive display included a dagger of a jumper in the late going, which took the remaining air out of the visitors.

Stone added a pair of steals and two teeth-rattling blocks to her game-busting performance, while teammates Mady Burdett and Maegan Martin added 14 and 10 points respectively.

On the season, Stone sits with 378 points, 214 rebounds, 40 assists, 28 steals, and 20 blocks.

She’s hit on 158-309 field goals and 61-77 free throws.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone, a junior at Whitman College, has been named a First-Team All-Conference basketball pick for the second straight season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They still like her.

Coming off a season in which she was tabbed as a player of the week three times, Coupeville grad Makana Stone has been named a First-Team All-League pick for the second straight season by Northwest Conference women’s basketball coaches.

The Whitman College junior, who leads the Blues into the NWC tourney Thursday, was also honored after her sophomore season.

Stone is joined on the first team by Whitman junior guard Mady Burdett, as the Blues, who are 19-6 on the season, are one of two schools to land two players on the first unit.

Jamie Lange, a junior post player from the University of Puget Sound, was picked as league MVP.

Molly Danielson of Linfield, Emily Spencer of league champ George Fox, and Elizabeth Prewitt of UPS round out the first team.

Stone and Lange are the only players to repeat from last year’s first team, while Spencer and Prewitt were on the second team in 2017-2018.

Whitman’s lone senior, Maegan Martin, received Honorable Mention status.

In addition to Lange’s MVP award, the other big winners were Delsie Johnson of Lewis & Clark (Freshman of the Year) and Michael Meek of George Fox (Coach of the Year).

As she and her teammates head to what is hopefully a long postseason run, Stone sits with 356 points, 203 rebounds, 40 assists, 26 steals, and 18 blocks.

She’s shooting 149-290 (51.4%) from the floor and 57-73 (78.1%) from the line.

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Jessenia Camarena pushes the ball up-court. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Desi Ramirez looks for an opening in the defense.

Skylar Parker would like a teammate to get open, like now.

Reese Wilkinson (24), backed up by Brionna Blouin, looks to kick the ball back out.

Adrian Burrows hauls in a rebound.

Claire Mayne keeps the ball well away from any pesky defenders.

They are the future of the program.

The Coupeville Middle School 7th grade varsity and 8th grade JV went toe-to-toe with King’s Thursday, and wanderin’ photographer John Fisken was there to document things.

The last photo in the camera had barely cooled when he legged it out of the gym and hit the open road to Tacoma to cover the state wrestling championships.

Now that he’s back on Whidbey and rested up, it’s time to look at his snaps from last week’s hoops action.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


And remember, a percentage of each purchase goes to fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes. So, circle of life and all.

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Scout Smith will enter her senior season as the #1 active scorer among CHS girls basketball players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s madness in the numbers.

Trying to track individual scoring totals through 147 seasons of Coupeville High School basketball – 102 for the boys, 45 for the girls – is a good way to fry your brain.

And yet, I persist, because basketball is my favorite sport, because points are the most concrete stat we have, and because I refuse to give up.

When I look at the master scoring chart I have compiled, I feel good about the girls side and semi-good about the boys.

Other than the inaugural 1974-1975 season, which the Whidbey News-Times all but ignored, I have 99.2% complete scoring totals for every other girls campaign.

I’m missing a game or three from the mid-2000’s, but, other than that, I’ve accounted for 34,452 points scored by 224 Wolf girls.

Over on the boys side, things are a bit more difficult.

I’m golden from the 1954-1955 season to today, but pre-’54 is a scattershot mess of missing score-books, inadequate newspaper articles and players and teams lost to the mists of times.

What I do have, and it’s more than anyone else out there, is a scoring chart reflecting 391 Wolf boys combining to rattle the rim for 73,296 points.

So, a start.

As the 2018-2019 seasons unfolded, I updated my master list after every game.

Now, I could have waited until the end of the season, but it was more fun to do it in the moment, watching current players move up, sometimes a single slot, sometimes leapfrogging a pack of five or six former Wolves in a single burst.

By the time we wrapped, the departing seniors had cemented their place in history, at least until someone else comes flying past them.

Lindsey Roberts made the deepest run, tossing in 448 points in four varsity seasons, finishing in a tie with Vanessa Davis at #18 on the all-time girls chart.

Then, there was Ema Smith (228 points in two seasons, #48 all-time), Dane Lucero (20 points in two seasons, #300 all-time), and Nicole Laxton (15 points in one season, #170 all-time).

Looking forward, 20 of 24 varsity players from this past season can return, 11 boys and nine girls.

So where do they sit on the all-time scoring chart? Glad you asked.



Scout Smith – (142 points) – (56 as a sophomore, 86 as a junior) – (#78 all-time)

Chelsea Prescott – (139 points) – (38 as a freshman, 101 as a sophomore) – (#81)

Avalon Renninger – (59 points) – (3 as a sophomore, 56 as a junior) – (#118)

Hannah Davidson – (42 points) – (11 as a sophomore, 31 as a junior) – (#136)

Tia Wurzrainer – (18 points) – (18 as a junior) – (#165)

Izzy Wells – (11 points) – (11 as a freshman) – (#178)

Mollie Bailey – (8 points) – (8 as a sophomore) – (#184)

Ja’Kenya Hoskins – (5 points) – (5 as a freshman) – (#203)

Anya Leavell – (4 points) – (4 as a freshman) – (#205)



Mason Grove – (160 points) – (51 as a sophomore, 109 as a junior) – (#153 all-time)

Hawthorne Wolfe – (158 points) – (158 as a freshman) – (#154)

Sean Toomey-Stout – (122 points) – (122 as a junior) – (#170)

Jered Brown – (100 points) – (5 as a freshman, 24 as a sophomore, 71 as a junior) – (#183)

Ulrik Wells – (78 points) – (4 as a sophomore, 74 as a junior) – (#200)

Gavin Knoblich – (70 points) – (5 as a sophomore, 65 as a junior) – (#212)

Jacobi Pilgrim – (44 points) – (1 as a sophomore, 43 as a junior) – (#253)

Koa Davison – (11 points) – (11 as a junior) – (#330)

Jean Lund-Olsen – (7 points) – (7 as a junior) – (#353)

Xavier Murdy – (4 points) – (4 as a freshman) – (#368)

Daniel Olson – (3 points) – (3 as a sophomore) – (#374)

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