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Maddie Georges had a very-successful freshman season on the hardwood. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Young, feisty, and ready for success.

Following in the footsteps of older brother Alex Evans, Coupeville High School freshman Maddie Georges made an immediate impact for the Wolf hoops squad.

She was on the varsity roster and playing quality minutes from day one, became a full-time starter by midseason, and helped CHS go 12-7.

Along the way, Georges rattled the rims for 86 points, not bad for a pass-first point guard primed to inherit the mantle of floor leadership from the graduating Scout Smith.

But how does that point total compare to previous Wolf freshmen?

Pretty, pretty, pretty good, as it’s the seventh-most by a CHS frosh girl since the modern-day program kicked off back in 1974.

There have been 229 players who have scored a varsity point in the last four-and-a-half decades, with the only ones to top Georges during their own freshmen seasons going on to be four-year stars for the program.

Here’s how Mad Dog compares with the best young female hoops stars the Wolves have produced, with their freshman and career totals:

 

Brianne King — 275 in 1999-2000 — 1549 career (#1 all-time)
Zenovia Barron — 242 in 1994-1995 — 1270 career (#2)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby — 163 in 1998-1999 — 892 career (#6)
Megan Smith — 161 in 2006-2007 — 1042 career (#4)
Makana Stone — 116 in 2012-2013 — 1158 career (#3)
Cassidi Rosenkrance — 88 in 2008-2009 — 423 career (#23)
Maddie Georges — 86 in 2019-2020 — ? career (#?)

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Mollie Bailey is one of 10 active players on the Coupeville High School girls basketball career scoring chart. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Who scored more? Sherry (Bonacci) Roberts (left) or Aimee (Messner) Bishop? The answer awaits below.

As I obsessively chart individual varsity basketball scoring totals for Coupeville High School players, the girls have been somewhat easier than the boys.

That’s largely because the girls program has been around a lot less years, debuting in 1974, while the boys kicked off things way back in 1917.

Which doesn’t mean things are perfect.

That 1974-1975 season has evaded me so far, as the school yearbook and the Whidbey News-Times combined to record diddly and squat.

The late Wallie Funk, WNT Sports Editor of the time, is an ink-stained legend, and truly deserves all the accolades.

But he had one screaming blind spot, and that was he apparently had little desire to write about female athletics.

Over time, things got better bit by bit, and thanks to newspaper stories, school yearbooks, and coaches who held on to their scorebooks, I have been able to pull together a pretty complete scoring chart.

Is it 100%?

Nope, as there are a couple of small quibbles with seasons in the 2000’s, to go along with that AWOL 1974-1975 campaign, but we’re pretty darn close.

So, with a couple of key seasons from the ’50s (and pretty much all the ’20s and ’30s) missing for the boys, the Wolf girls chart is definitely closer to being the final word.

With that in mind, a look at the 229 CHS female hoops stars who have scored in a varsity game, with numbers updated through the just-completed 2019-2020 season.

 

CHS girls basketball career scoring chart (1974-2020):

Brianne King – 1549
Zenovia Barron – 1270
Makana Stone – 1158
Megan Smith – 1042
Ann Pettit – 932
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – 892
Terry Perkins – 673
Lexie Black – 622
Kristan Hurlburt – 598
Tina Lyness – 594

Marlene Grasser – 574
Judy Marti – 545
Brittany Black – 502
Jen Canfield – 497
Erica Lamb – 497
Emily Vracin – 467
Tina Barker – 464
Vanessa Davis – 448
Lindsey Roberts – 448
Maureen Wetmore – 438

Sarah Powell – 425
Mika Hosek – 424
Cassidi Rosenkrance – 423
Ashley Manker – 404
Shawna West – 388
Katie Smith – 374
Whitney Clark – 359
Amy Mouw – 353
Tracy Taylor – 350
Kailey Kellner – 339

Amanda Allmer – 331
Misty Sellgren – 331
Taniel Lamb – 330
Marie Grasser – 321
Mia Littlejohn – 317
Amanda Fabrizi – 299
Scout Smith – 290
Bessie Walstad – 288
Hailey Hammer – 282
Madeline Strasburg – 261

Carly Guillory – 260
Sarah Mouw – 259
Julie Wieringa – 252
Danette Beckley – 249
Chelsea Prescott – 249 (**Active**)
Marlys West – 247
Kendra O’Keefe – 244
Breeanna Messner – 235
Hilary Kortuem – 231
Ema Smith – 228

Mikayla Elfrank – 227
Annette Jameson – 223
Beth Mouw – 216
Lisa Roehl – 216
Linda Cheshier – 210
Pam Jampsa – 202
Julia Myers – 202
Kim Warder – 193
Kacie Kiel – 188
Stephanie Clapp – 185

Kassie Lawson – 184
Heather Davis – 182
Jaime Rasmussen – 181
Trudy Eaton – 180
Heidi Bepler – 179
Jodie Christensen – 174
Aimee Messner – 168
Danielle Vracin – 167
Sherry Bonacci – 165
Marie Hesselgrave – 165

Marilyn Brown – 164
Hayley Ebersole – 163
Yashmeen Knox – 163
Traci Perkins – 161
Suzette Glover – 159
Jai’Lysa Hoskins – 151
Jennifer Bailey – 150
Emily Young – 149
Vanessa Bodley – 146
Joli Smith – 142

Jennie Cross – 140
Taya Boonstra – 132
Sarah Burgoyne – 126
Christi Messner – 125
Kayla Lawson – 124
Avalon Renninger – 123
Cheryl Dunn – 119
Hannah Davidson – 116
Jill Whitney – 116
Sarah Wright – 115

Laurie Estes – 114
Debbie Snyder – 113
Tiffany Briscoe – 111
Lauren Escalle – 109
Sally Biskovich – 108
Kara Harvey – 108
Kalia Littlejohn – 106
Kyla Briscoe – 104
Kelly Snyder – 104
Sue Wyatt – 100

Lupine Wutzke – 98
Monica Vidoni – 97
Christine Barr – 95
Lauren Grove – 95
Babette Owensby – 93
Toni Thiefault – 92
Maddie Georges – 86 (**Active*)
Jennifer Pettit – 85
Laura Young – 83
Marnie Bartelson – 81

Cheryl Pangburn – 79
Courtney Arnold – 78
Tonnalea Rasmussen – 78
Sharon Jolly – 75
Amanda Manker – 73
Beth Cavanaugh – 72
Wynter Thorne – 68
Rachelle Solomon – 64
Lindsey Sherwood – 61
Ann Kahler – 60

Chelsea Rosenkrance – 59
Judy Wallace – 58
Rose Marti – 57
Izzy Wells – 57 (**Active**)
Jean Wyatt – 57
Jennifer Eelkema – 55
Christine Larson – 53
Courtney Boyd – 52
Kari Johnson – 52
Erin Ryan – 52

Nicole Shelley – 50
Traci Barker – 49
Paige Mueller – 49
Stephanie Kipp – 48
Lynn Wilson – 47
Andilee Murphy – 46
Janiece Jenkins – 43
Meghan Metlow – 43
Tia Wurzrainer – 43
Jessy Caselden – 41

Karen Jampsa – 40
Jennifer Meyer – 40
Jill Keeney – 39
Suzanne Enders – 38
Mandi Murdy – 37
Shawn Diem – 35
Min Powell – 35
Lauren Rose – 32
Tammie Hardie – 31
Shannon Rutledge – 29

Taylor Sherman – 29
Anna Myhr – 28
Kirsty Croghan – 27
Lori Friswold – 27
Sarah Vass – 27
Tina Jansen – 26
Kim Stuurmans – 26
Kathy Jolly – 25
Shelby Kulz – 25
Carolyn Lhamon – 24 (**Active**)

Melissa Cox – 23
Haley Marx – 23
Anya Leavell – 22 (**Active**)
Lori Hart – 21
Allison Wenzel – 21
Courtney Williams – 21
Aleshia McFadyen – 20
Nancy Dyer – 18
Dina Lanphere – 18
McKenzie Bailey – 17

Carol Estes – 17
Kristina Clark – 16
Dawn Clampet – 15
Nicole Laxton – 15
Mollie Bailey – 14 (**Active**)
Lindsey Tucker – 13
Jeannette Fixel – 12
Tammy Shubat – 12
Nikki Snyder – 12
Kelly Ankney – 11

Naomi Prater – 11
Michelle Riddle – 11
Audrianna Shaw – 11 (**Active**)
Emily Wodjenski – 11
Alyssa Kelley – 10
Zarah Leaman – 10
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 10 (**Active**)
Toni Hudson – 9
Georgie Smith – 9
Cindy Bennett – 8

Susan Estes – 8
Ami Garthwaite – 8
Eileen Hanley – 8
Keri Iverson – 8
Kristine Macnab – 8
Michelle Smith – 8
Carlie Rosenkrance – 7
McKayla Bailey – 6
Lexi Boyer – 6
Rhiannon Ellsworth – 6

Debbie Johnson – 6
Grace LaPoint – 6
Skyler Lawrence – 6
Corrin Skvarla – 6
Janie Wilson – 6
Katy Bennett – 5
Penny Griggs – 5
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 5 (**Active**)
Marissa Slater – 5
Denise McGregor – 4

Jessica Sherwood – 4
Kara Warder – 4
Christina Mowery – 3
Samantha Roehl – 3
Ashlie Shank – 3
Jamie Townsdin – 3
Brenda Belcher – 2
Rusty Brian – 2
Carol Davis – 2
Lisa Davis – 2

Nicole Fuller – 2
Cathy Higgins – 2
Nezi Keiper – 2 (**Active**)
Daisy Kent – 2
Katie Kiel – 2
Charlotte Langille – 2
Tracy Barber – 1
Amy Biskovich – 1
Corinne Gaddis – 1

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Lexie Black played on three of the five highest-scoring Coupeville High School girls basketball teams. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every coach and commentator and fan and player says the same thing – basketball is about more than just scoring.

And, it’s sort of true, until it isn’t, cause the only way you win a game is by having more points on the scoreboard than the other team.

The people doing the dirty work in the trenches — rebounding, scrapping for loose balls, setting picks with authority — are super important.

In that they set up people making baskets.

Which is why we tend to remember the players and teams who scored the most. Since they tend to be the most successful.

When you look back at the history of Coupeville High School basketball, there is no question as to the greatest offense to ever hit the hardwood.

It’s the 1969-1970 Wolf boys, who torched the nets for 1,836 points, without the help of the three-point shot.

No other CHS team, boys or girls, has come close to toppling that mark in the past 50 years, and, like Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, it’s as close to an unbeatable record as we have.

I’ve written my fair share of stories about the 69-70 team, which was led by Jeff Stone, whose 644 points in 24 games remains the gold standard for not just Coupeville, but all of Whidbey Island.

But I just realized if you asked me which Wolf girls team was the best offensive machine in school history, I couldn’t tell you that off the top of my head.

So, off I scampered to my records, and, after scanning from 1974 to 2019, I found my answer, and I can’t say it’s much of a surprise.

The 2001-2002 CHS girls won a league title, then advanced to the state semifinals before finishing 6th – best finish in program history – and featured a mix of stars from top to bottom.

It’s the only Wolf girls team in school history to have six different players top 100 points during the same season, a feat Coupeville boys have accomplished 12 times in 101 seasons, most recently in 2009-2010.

So, as we continue to wade through the 45th season of CHS girls hoops, here’s the top five scoring teams all-time:

 

2001-2002 season — 1499 points

Brianne King 386
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby 266
Sarah Mouw 259
Erica Lamb 174
Amy Mouw 137
Tracy Taylor 
115
Vanessa Davis 
68
Carly Guillory 
43
Christine Larson 
22
Lexie Black 
13
Whitney Clark 
8
Taniel Lamb
 8

 

2002-2003 season — 1424 points

Brianne King 442
Erica Lamb 247
Amy Mouw 216
Carly Guillory 163
Vanessa Davis 163
Lexie Black 78
Taniel Lamb 43
Christine Larson 28
Whitney Clark 25
Brittany Black 12
Heather Davis 4
Samantha Roehl 3

 

1997-1998 season — 1375 points

Zenovia Barron 376
Ann Pettit 363
Maureen Wetmore 177
Hilary Kortuem 161
Kim Warder 104
Jennifer Pettit 74
Danielle Vracin 63
Stephanie Kipp 48
Rachelle Solomon 9

 

2000-2001 season — 1215 points

Brianne King 446
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby 280
Tracy Taylor 142
Erica Lamb 76
Emily Young 67
Laura Young 57
Carly Guillory 54
Nicole Shelley 47
Vanessa Davis 23
Lindsey Tucker 13
Kara Warder 4
Jamie Townsdin 3
Christine Larson 
3

 

2004-2005 season — 1198 points

Lexie Black 295
Brittany Black 209
Whitney Clark 
188
Taniel Lamb 
188
Heather Davis 
120
Beth Mouw 
73
Shawna West 
50
Janiece Jenkins 
43
Courtney Williams 
17
Hayley Ebersole 
7
Corrine Skvarla 
4
Sarah Burgoyne 
3
Corinne Gaddis 
1

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Hawthorne Wolfe is on pace to score more points than any freshman in the 102-year history of CHS varsity boys basketball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe is on the verge of gettin’ all historical on us.

The Coupeville High School freshman has only played eight basketball games in high school, yet he’s on target to do something only a select few have accomplished.

The 2018-2019 season is the 102nd for the Wolf boys basketball program, and the 45th for the CHS girls.

During those previous 145 seasons, only nine players – five girls and four boys – have scored 100+ points in varsity action during their freshman season.

Barring a major plot twist, Wolfe is about to become #10, and could easily finish with the best point total ever achieved by a freshman boy.

Through the first eight games of the season, the young gunner has been a crack shot from behind the three-point arc, while also showing a refreshing willingness to drive the ball to the hoop, forcing his defenders back on their heels.

Wolfe was the leading scorer on opening night, with nine points, and his 18 on the road at Orcas Island is the most any Coupeville varsity boy has tallied this season.

So, it comes as little surprise he sits atop his team’s scoring chart with 84 points as we leave 2018 behind.

That puts him well ahead of his veteran teammates, as juniors Sean Toomey-Stout (48), Ulrik Wells (46), Mason Grove (44) and Jered Brown (40) fill the #2-5 slots currently.

Averaging 10.5 a night, Wolfe has nine games left in the regular season, with the hope of playoff action arriving to stretch out the campaign.

If he keeps at his current pace he would have 178 points heading into the postseason, which would be the best-ever point total for a Coupeville freshman boy, and third-best in school history.

Even if Wolfe were to rapidly fade, which doesn’t seem likely, barring an injury or alien abduction, he needs less than a basket a game the rest of the way to hit the magical 1-0-0.

And it is magical, as so few in school history have accomplished the feat.

Why it’s been achieved so infrequently comes down to several things, actually.

Some of the greatest scorers in school history – Jeff Stone, Randy Keefe and Bill Jarrell, for three – were simply prevented from playing varsity basketball as freshmen because they suited up in the late ’60s through mid-’70s.

That was a time period when 9th graders weren’t eligible to play high school basketball, with Coupeville having a junior high instead of the current middle school system.

Other net-burners didn’t make an immediate impact as freshman for varied reasons.

Brad Sherman, who is now Wolfe’s coach, spent his first year on the JV, yet still managed to ring up 874 points in his remaining three years, eighth-best in program history.

Then there are all-time greats who got some varsity floor time as freshmen, but because of a glut of solid upperclassmen, or a coach leery of throwing the youngsters into the fray, had limited impact their first time out.

There’s Hunter Smith, who scored just three points as a frosh, before ringing up seasons of 130 (while sitting out a chunk of games with an injury), 332 and 382.

Or, Corey Cross (4, 211, 333, 263), Denny Clark (5, 180, 319, 365), Pete Petrov (13, 188, 442, 274) or Greg White (18, 194, 131, 261).

If there’s a common theme among the nine Wolves who broke 100 points as a freshman, it’s that, with one exception, they turned out to be Coupeville legends.

Three of the four boys sit among the top 10 career scorers, while the five girls account for #1, #2, #3, #4, and #6 on the all-time points chart.

But there were a lot of greats who didn’t get that chance to soar as a frosh, so talent alone is not the whole story.

Also important is simply getting a chance to play.

The one outlier in this group, Taylor Ebersole, was a starter from day one thanks partly to his freshman season of 2011-2012 being a complete rebuilding season.

Longtime coach Randy King had just retired after 20 seasons at the helm of the Wolf program, and new coach Anthony Smith was left with painfully few veterans. Therefore, why not play any talented kids?

And who knows what Ebersole might have accomplished if he had stayed at CHS, instead of transferring to La Conner after the Wolves went win-less in his freshman season?

The Ebersole scenario is somewhat similar to what Zenovia Barron encountered in 1994-1995 and Wolfe is benefiting from this season.

Coupeville’s girls went 1-19 the year before Barron moved to the high school, and the roster was wide open when she blew the door down on day one.

The 2017-2018 CHS boys were much better than the 93-94 girls, winning seven games, but they graduated six of their top seven scorers, headed up by Hunter Smith, who finished #12 in program history.

So when Wolfe came bounding on the court for the first day of practice, he had a better shot at making the roster and making an immediate impact than some others in the past.

Like say, Petrov, who, as talented as he was at 14, joined a team where six veteran players scored between 238 points (Brad Miller) and 100 (Boom Phomvongkoth) during his freshman season.

Or Sherman, who starred on the JV while the top five varsity guys in 1999-2000 singed the nets for between 340 (Pat Bennett) and 129 (Noah Roehl).

So, it’s one part talent, one part having a nose for scoring, and one huge part opportunity, which ultimately unite Wolfe and the select group he’s about to crash.

And that group, in full?

 

CHS players who scored 100 varsity points as a freshman:

Brianne King — (275 in 1999-2000) — (Career – 1549 – #1 girls)
Zenovia Barron — (242 in 1994-1995) — (Career – 1270 – #2 girls)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby — (163 in 1998-1999) — (Career – 892 – #6 girls)
Megan Smith — (161 in 2006-2007) — (Career – 1042 – #4 girls)
Mike Bagby — (137 in 2002-2003) — (Career – 1137 – tied for #1 boys)
Makana Stone — (116 in 2012-2013) — (Career – 1158 – #3 girls)
Mike Criscuola — (115 in 1956-1957) — (Career – 979 – #5 boys)
Taylor Ebersole — (114 in 2011-2012) — (Career – 114 – #157 boys)
Arik Garthwaite — (109 in 1994-1995) — (Career – 867 – #10 boys)

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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:

https://www.gofundme.com/nothing-but-net

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