Posts Tagged ‘Basketball’

Noel Criscuola, frozen in time, forever a Wolf hoops legend. (Photo courtesy Sharon Franzen)

The past, present, and future, all linked together.

Our ongoing efforts to track individual scoring totals for Coupeville High School basketball players pulls together multiple generations of Wolf hoops stars.

Once you’re in the fraternity, whether you played back in the program’s first season in 1917, or are suiting up for CHS this year, you’re part of something larger than yourself.

So, a day before the 2022-2023 season tips off, we pause to remember one of the greats.

Noel Criscuola, CHS Class of 1961, passed away at age 79 on Thanksgiving Day.

The younger brother of “Big” Mike Criscuola, the program’s first true superstar, Noel made his own strong impact for the Wolves.

He played, and scored, for the varsity team all four years of his high school run, compiling 298 career points in a Wolf uniform.

More than 60 years after his graduation, Noel still sits among the top 100 scorers all-time, currently residing at #97 among the 406 Wolf boys who I have been able to document rippling the nets at the varsity level.

After tossing in 20 points as a freshman, Noel added 46 as a sophomore, 70 as a junior, and 162 as a senior.

It’s very likely he would have scored more, except for playing alongside some of the program’s best bucket-makers.

Noel played three seasons with his brother Mike, #4 all-time in CHS boys history with 1,031 points, while also teaming with luminaries such as Denny Clark, Utz Conard, Gary Hammons, Denny Zylstra, and Sandy Roberts.

When he graduated in 1961, Noel was part of a 32-student group, the largest class to come through Coupeville High School in its first six decades.

In death, he will return to the prairie, and will be buried next to his father at Sunnyside Cemetary in a private ceremony.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone calls for the ball during a Norwegian pro basketball game. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

She had a very good weekend.

Coupeville High School grad Makana Stone put up back-to-back strong performances in snowy Norway the past two days, sparking her pro hoops team to a sweep of its two games.

Sunday, the former Wolf poured in a game-high 19 points and snatched 11 boards to spark Baerum to a 63-58 win over Midtbyen.

The victory, coming less than 24 hours after a big triumph against Storm Ungdom, lifts Stone and Co. to 6-2 on the season.

Baerum sits in second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen, a game up on Asker (5-3), as everyone chases undefeated Ulriken (10-0).

Stone, who also picked up two assists, a steal, and a blocked shot in Sunday’s win, scored from every angle.

Coupeville’s progeny netted six field goals, added a three-ball from deep, then topped things off with four made free throws.

Sparked by its North American import, Baerum jumped out to a 25-18 lead after one quarter of play, before Midtbyen rallied a bit.

The lead was sliced down to 34-32 at the half, before Stone and her teammates pulled back away with a 17-10 run across the third period.

Abbey Hoff knocked down 12 points for Baerum, while Shiba Ahmadi banked in 10 to give the squad three players in double-digits.

On the season Stone has put up stellar numbers, compiling 154 points, 96 rebounds, nine assists, 16 steals, and four blocked shots.

She has recorded double figure scoring in every game this season, topping out with 33 points against Asker in a game in late October.

After the back-to-back weekend bouts, Baerum is off for several days, returning to action Saturday, Dec. 3 against Ullern, which currently sits at 3-4 on the season.

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Lauren Marrs makes the net jump. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Former Coupeville High School hoops coach Scott Fox sports a new purple and gold ensemble while gracing the Oak Harbor bench.

Once were Wolves, now are Wildcats.

Oak Harbor High School kicked off a new basketball season Saturday with “A Night with the Cats,” featuring various OHHS teams squaring off on the hardwood.

On the girl’s side of things, two participants have a Coupeville connection.

Sweet-shooting Lauren Marrs, coming off a stellar season on the soccer pitch, torched the nets in Cow Town back in her middle school days.

A proficient scorer for the Wolves, she’s back to lofting jumpers and remains a fan favorite.

Also reappearing on the sidelines is former Coupeville coach Scott Fox, now sporting purple and gold clothes.

The longtime hoops swami worked with both male and female players during his time at CHS.

Fox started with the Wolf boys’ program, then led the school’s varsity girls through two seasons of play before stepping down to focus on health issues.

And thus concludes our brief detour into Wildcat territory, home to the school which issued me a high school diploma.

There will be no rivalry games between Oak Harbor and Coupeville during the 2022-2023 season.

Having been KO’d by the 2B Wolves last season in a boy’s game, the 3A Wildcats constructed a schedule without a rematch this season.

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Makana Stone stops ‘n pops. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

It was a big bounce back.

Playing six days after taking a rare loss, Baerum and its American assassin, Makana Stone, unloaded on a hapless foe Saturday in Norway.

With Coupeville’s progeny going off for 15 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals, she and her teammates pounded winless Storm Ungdom 81-28 in a professional basketball bout.

The victory lifts Baerum to 5-2 on the season and keeps the squad in sole possession of second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen.

Stone and Co., who trail just Ulriken (9-0) in the league standings, get right back at it Sunday with a game against Midtbyen (4-4).

Baerum spread out its offense Saturday, with four players netting double-digits scoring totals.

Abbey Hoff and Julie McCarthy banked in 17 points apiece, with Stone, who sank a three-ball as part of her effort, and Camilla Gjerstad both tallying 15.

On the season, Stone has racked up a team-best 135 points, 85 rebounds, seven assists, 15 steals, and three blocked shots.

This is the second season of pro ball for the former Wolf ace, who played in England as a rookie.

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Joshua Stockdale crashes to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The gym came alive.

Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball made its home debut Tuesday and wanderin’ photographer John Fisken was on hand to collect the first images of a new season.

The photos above and below, which are a mixture of action and team pics, are just the tip of the iceberg, however.

To see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some Christmas gifts for the grandparents, pop over to:


Rebound machine Davin Houston dares you to try and take the ball away.

Mad bomber Cyrus Sparacio slices ‘n dices the defense.

Kenneth Jacobsen soars to the rafters to win the tip.

Jon Roberts is a stern, but fair, taskmaster.

Spoiler: they will get loud if necessary.

Wyatt Fitch-Marron floats like a butterfly, and stings like a bee.


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