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Sean Toomey-Stout slashes to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Toss out the first quarter and it was a thriller.

After a cold start Friday in Bothell, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team played strongly across the game’s final 24 minutes.

Unfortunately, the Wolves could never crawl their way back from a 21-point deficit at the first break, and fell 69-45 to host Cedar Park Christian.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-5 in North Sound Conference action, 4-10 overall.

CHS will get a quick chance to bounce back, as it caps a busy week with a home non-conference tilt with Port Townsend (3-10) Saturday.

Tip-off is 4:30 for JV, 6:00 for varsity.

Friday’s game was a marked improvement for the Wolves, who lost 87-44 to the same Cedar Park squad four days ago.

It didn’t start out that way, as Coupeville fell behind 26-5 at the first break, but things got much better from there on out.

The Wolves outscored the hot-shooting Eagles 15-11 in the second quarter, with Hawthorne Wolfe leading the way with five points in the frame.

The sophomore sniper got plenty of help in the quarter, as seniors Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison added four points apiece.

While the Wolves couldn’t get the lead down much more, they did hang tough with CPC, being outscored just 43-40 across the final three quarters.

Wolfe and fellow sophomore Xavier Murdy each pumped in 10 points to spark the offense, while Toomey-Stout banked home nine.

Davison and Mason Grove added six apiece, with Ulrik Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim both netting a bucket.

It was the first appearance for Wells in several games, as the Wolf big man has been recuperating from illness.

Gavin Knoblich, Jean Lund-Olsen, and Jered Brown also saw floor time for Brad Sherman’s squad.

Coupeville’s top two scorers on the season, Wolfe and Grove, continue to work their way up the Matterhorn that is the CHS boys basketball career scoring chart.

Both gunners passed four more former Wolves with their scoring efforts Friday, as Wolfe, who has 345 points, rose from #76 all-time to a tie with Timm Orsborn for #71.

He slid by Mike Vaughan (337), Kevin Faris (339), Byron Fellstrom (340), and Robin Larson (342).

Grove, who sits with 327 points, is hot on Wolfe’s trail, and jumps from #85 to #81, passing David Ford (323), Harold Buckner (323), Ian Smith (324), and Utz Conard (326) on a chart which covers 103 seasons.


JV falls:

“They wanted revenge and got it.”

It was a rough night for the Wolf JV boys, who fell 66-38 to a CPC squad they had beaten earlier in the week.

The loss drops Coupeville’s young guns to 4-2 in North Sound Conference action, 8-5 overall.

Logan Martin led the way for the Wolves, banging home a team-high 11 points, while Daniel Olson chipped in with nine.

Alex Jimenez (7), Grady Rickner (4), Cody Roberts (3), Miles Davidson (2), and TJ Rickner (2) also scored for Chris Smith’s squad.


C-Team cancels:

Coupeville was originally set to play a third game, but had to opt out due to a lack of players.

Patrick Upchurch’s team returns to action Saturday with a road doubleheader in Granite Falls, with games against the host Tigers and Sultan.

The Wolf roster will be supplemented with several players plucked from the JV squad.

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Freshman Maddie Georges scored a team-high nine points, hitting a trio of three-balls, Friday in Bothell. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They won the battle, and lost the war.

Shutting down the reigning league MVP on her home floor Friday night, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad had a prime chance to pull off an upset.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, their own offense went into the deep freezer after a decent first quarter, and they eventually fell 35-21 at Cedar Park Christian.

The loss drops Coupeville to 9-4 overall, 4-2 in North Sound Conference action — with both losses coming to CPC.

It was a disappointing result from a game where the Wolves stifled Cedar Park’s one-woman wrecking crew, Irena Korolenko, holding her to just four points.

Only problem was, Coupeville couldn’t do much better itself on the offensive end of the floor.

“Our offense went cold,” said CHS coach Scott Fox. “We executed our game plan exactly how we wanted, but a few letdowns, and untimely makes on their end, made it tough to climb back into the game.

“Kids played extremely hard,” he added. “And, like always, I’m extremely proud of their effort.”

Coupeville came out strongly, jumping to an 8-3 lead after one quarter of play.

Getting buckets from Carolyn Lhamon and Avalon Renninger, plus a free throw off the fingertips of Hannah Davidson, the Wolves were ahead, then delivered a crusher when frosh Maddie Georges nailed a three-ball right before the buzzer.

Then the baskets closed up for business.

A rough second quarter, when an Izzy Wells bucket was the lone bright spot in a 10-2 deficit, sent the Wolves into the locker room trailing 13-10.

Things got worse after the break, with Cedar Park using a 17-7 run in the third, with Korolenko not scoring a single point, to take control of the game.

Georges finished with a team-high nine points, hitting pay dirt on three-ball attempts in three different quarters.

Joining her in scoring were Wells (4), Davidson (3), Renninger (2), Lhamon (2), and Scout Smith (1), while Chelsea Prescott, Mollie Bailey, Tia Wurzrainer, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Anya Leavell, and Audrianna Shaw all saw floor time.

Coupeville gets a quick turnaround, as it heads to Port Townsend Saturday for a non-conference tilt with the RedHawks.

After that, the Wolves, who are sitting in 3rd place in the six-team North Sound Conference, close with league games against King’s (Jan. 28), Granite Falls (Jan. 31), and South Whidbey (Feb. 4).

The final two games are home affairs.

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Kylie Van Velkinburgh banked home five points Friday, as Coupeville’s JV nipped Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They don’t call Alita Blouin “The Assassin” for nothing.

Showcasing her nerves of steel and her burning desire to watch her opponents cry themselves to sleep, the Coupeville High School freshman lives to deliver daggers.

Friday night in Bothell, Blouin came through one more time, banking in a pair of pressure-packed fourth-quarter free throws to lift the Wolf JV girls to a huge road win.

With a 29-26 victory over Cedar Park Christian, CHS sweeps the season series from the Eagles and improves to 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, 8-3 overall.

Blouin’s free throws iced the win, but Coupeville jumped on CPC early, roaring out to a 12-7 lead after one quarter of play.

Four different Wolves tallied points in the opening frame, with Ryanne Knoblich and Anya Leavell pacing the squad with four apiece.

From there, Coupeville edged the lead out to 15-9 at the half, then held a 21-15 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

That was the frame where Blouin shone brightest, as she dropped in five of her team’s eight points across the final eight minutes.

Blouin and Knoblich finished with team-high scoring honors, having rattled the rims for seven points each, while Leavell (6), Kylie Van Velkinburgh (5), Mollie Bailey (2), and Audrianna Shaw (2) also scored.

CHS coach Megan Smith got quality work from everyone in uniform, with Gwen Gustafson, Jessenia Camarena, Morgan Stevens, Ella Colwell, and Savana Allen also seeing floor time.

The Wolves get right back at it, heading to Port Townsend Saturday for a non-conference match-up with the Redhawks.

The game is a make-up for an earlier one which was cancelled due to high winds which shut down the ferry run.

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Jacobi Pilgrim fought hard Monday, but Coupeville’s varsity struggled against a hot-shooting Cedar Park Christian squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s hard to win when the other team refuses to miss a shot.

Give Cedar Park Christian credit, cause they shot the lights out Monday, rattling home buckets from every direction imaginable as they roared past the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad.

By the time the Eagles boarded the bus for the trip back to Bothell, they had an 87-44 win and Wolf coach Brad Sherman had a case of angina.

“They’re one of the harder teams to game plan for,” he said with a small shake of his head as he perused the scorebook. “They just have so many weapons that can beat you.”

The Eagles finished the night with five players having reached double digits in scoring, led by a game-high 21 from Justin Trout.

There were three-balls, yes, with CPC outgunning Coupeville 7-4 from behind the arc, but the visitors also knocked down mid-range jumpers in great, greasy gobs, and were nearly flawless on quick cuts to the hoop.

With the loss, the Wolves fall to 1-3 in North Sound Conference play, 4-8 overall, and things don’t necessarily get any easier.

Coupeville travels to Shoreline Tuesday to face league leader King’s, then gets a rematch with Cedar Park Friday in Bothell.

The Wolves wrap a busy week Saturday with a home non-conference matchup with Port Townsend.

Monday’s tilt was essentially over before the first quarter ended, as Cedar Park came out blazing, rolling to a 19-2 lead.

At that point CHS had just a Hawthorne Wolfe bucket to claim as its own, and while the basket came courtesy a nice runner in the paint, it wasn’t enough to stem the tide.

Coupeville got a small run going right before the break, with Koa Davison hitting a hook shot off of an offensive board, before Xavier Murdy got three points the hard way. Still, it trailed 21-7 at the first break.

The second quarter was the sweet spot for the Wolves, however.

Or, at least, semi-sweet.

Shots started dropping, with Mason Grove heating up from the outside, and Wolfe crashing hard to the hoop, but any real hopes of a rally were blunted by Cedar Park matching CHS shot for shot, and then some.

Grove was on fire, nailing four three-balls as he rang up 14 points in the frame, while his younger running partner slapped in seven points, but Coupeville was still outscored 26-21 in the quarter.

The Wolves pulled within 13 late in the second quarter, but Cedar Park closed the half with a fast five points, then went wild to open the third, ringing up 16 straight to put things way out of reach.

Coupeville continued to scrap down the stretch, but as long as the Eagles couldn’t miss, Wolf fans had to look to small moments to get their pleasure.

One came in the fourth, when Jacobi Pilgrim banked home a bucket while being banged in the face, then added a free throw to complete a three-point play.

Grove finished with a team-high 16 points, while Wolfe singed the nets for 12.

Both CHS sharpshooters continue to charge up the school’s career scoring chart, with Wolfe bouncing from #86 all-time to a tie with Brad Brown and Charlie Tessaro for #78.

The sophomore guard has 328 career points, while Grove, a senior, joined the 300-point club Monday, and now sits at #90 with 307 points.

Murdy pumped in five points Monday to back up the dynamic duo, while Davison (4), Pilgrim (3), Gavin Knoblich (2), and Jered Brown (2) also scored.

Rounding out the active roster were Jean Lund-Olsen, Sean Toomey-Stout, and Daniel Olson, who all saw floor time.

Toomey-Stout was hobbled all night by refs with super-quick whistles, but when the guys in the stripes let him play, the ever-springy one was his usual ferocious self on the boards.

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TJ Rickner was one of nine players to score Monday as Coupeville’s JV whacked Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They could have bent. They could have broke. They could have lost.

But they did none of those things.

Closing with fury and passion, the Coupeville High School boys JV basketball squad stepped back from the abyss Monday, then smacked the crud out of visiting Cedar Park Christian.

They might have lost a fourth quarter lead, but they never lost their heads, or their shooting touch, and the Wolves exited the floor with a very-satisfying 61-53 win.

The fourth-straight victiory for Coupeville, it lifts them to a flawless 4-0 in North Sound Conference action, 8-3 overall.

As sweet as the end result was, for one agonizing moment it looked like things might slip away from the Wolves.

CHS charged into the final quarter up 46-39, then watched it all go away, with Cedar Park using an 8-1 run to open the fourth and knot things up at 47-47.

The Wolves had led all the way since Sage Downes strolled through the paint and slapped home a layup to make it 8-6 in the very early going, and hadn’t surrendered the lead since that point.

And they never did.

Keeping the subtle cockiness in their walk, the Wolves looked up at the scoreboard, saw the 47-47 score, and laughed.

As quickly as the game had been tied, it was untied, with Cody Roberts popping a three-ball from the top of the arc to restore sanity and the lead.

Cedar Park got one more moment to dream about a comeback win, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back up and in to slice the margin to 50-49, but then Coupeville dropped the nuclear bomb.

Or bombs with an S, since there was more than one.

Many more.

Daniel Olson slipped a silky jumper through the net, Grady Rickner took a steal the length of the floor, crashing through a too-slow defender for the layup, and then it was Olson again, slicing to the hoop for another bucket.

Cedar Park had no answers for the 11-0 run which broke the game open, though the greatest agony the Eagles seemed to endure came when Logan Martin arced home a three-ball from the far left corner.

One of eight treys the Wolves knocked down, it was the final, and most heart-rending sucker punch, eliciting a small wail from the CPC coach as he turned away, not able to witness any more.

While Chris Smith’s squad closed like assassins, the Wolves played strongly all night long.

Once it had the lead, Coupeville dared Cedar Park to take it away, then, time after time, smacked them in the face, Three Stooges-style.

Holding a 13-12 lead with time running out in the first quarter, CHS got a miracle bucket from fab frosh Alex Murdy, who went airborne, then fell backwards while floating, Matrix-style, yet somehow got his shot off around a clingy defender.

The ball evaded at least three hands, kissed the top of the glass, then tumbled through the net.

Off to the side, Murdy’s uncle, former Wolf scoring sensation Allen Black, nodded ever so slightly in approval.

Which for him is like most other fans running across the court, shirtless, screaming “USA, USA, USA.”

The first quarter ended, but not the human highlight reel.

Sage Downes, who banged home four three-balls in the game, banked one in from an impossible angle, Chris Cernick converted back-to-back offensive rebounds into big buckets, then Martin got bonkers.

He went off for Coupeville’s final 10 points of the second quarter, slinging back-to-back three-balls to pay dirt before slashing inside for a couple of old-fashioned, and very-effective, two-point buckets.

Logan’s kind of feeling it,” CHS varsity coach Brad Sherman chuckled as he walked by, and it was a feeling which spread team-wide.

Downes finished with a game-high 18, while Martin banked in 15 and Olson came alive to net seven.

Cernick (6), Grady Rickner (4), Murdy (4), Roberts (3), TJ Rickner (2), and Miles Davidson (2) also scored, while Alex Jimenez, Andrew Aparicio, and Chris Ruck all saw floor time.

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