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Sophomore Izzy Wells knocked down nine points Tuesday as Coupeville’s varsity girls opened the season with a road win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With eight more points, senior Scout Smith moved into a tie for 75th place on the Wolf girls career scoring chart.

New coach, same result.

The last time the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad squared off with Darrington, it was the 2014-2015 season and David King was in the third campaign of what would be a seven-year run at the head of the bench.

Jump forward to Tuesday night, and the Wolves and Loggers got back at it, with new CHS head coach Scott Fox making his debut in the hot seat.

Like his predecessor, the new hoops guru emerged with a win, this time to the tune of 42-35.

The non-conference opening night victory comes against a school Coupeville will play a lot more in the future.

When the Wolves drop from 1A to 2B with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the programs will clash on a regular basis as members of the Northwest League.

With nine of Coupeville’s 13 varsity players underclassmen, including seven who are only freshmen or sophomores, Tuesday’s tilt was a nice primer for the future.

And, playing on the road, the Wolves proved resilient under fire, breaking open a game which was knotted 17-17 at the half.

Coupeville spread the love out in the second half, with eight different Wolves scoring, but two players at different spots in their careers stood tallest.

Sophomore Izzy Wells, moving into the starting lineup for the first time, and senior point guard Scout Smith, combined for 13 of their team’s 25 second-half points.

For the game, Wells led a very-balanced attack, rattling home nine points, while Smith tallied eight and Chelsea Prescott and Maddie Georges notched seven apiece.

Carolyn Lhamon (3), Avalon Renninger (3), Hannah Davidson (2), Audrianna Shaw (2), and Tia Wurzrainer (1) also scored.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Mollie Bailey, Nezi Keiper, and Anya Leavell also played, in a game where five Wolves were making their varsity debut.

CHS is playing three freshmen (Georges, Keiper, and Lhamon), while sophomores Shaw and Van Velkinburgh made the jump from last year’s JV squad.

With a win in the bank, the young Wolves head up the Island Wednesday to face 3A Oak Harbor, then host Orcas Island — another future Northwest League rival — Saturday afternoon.

For Coupeville and its new head coach, it’s win and move on, rinse and repeat.

“I was very happy with the effort,” Fox said. “We need to work some kinks out, but we’re excited for starting out with a win.”

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Coupeville freshman Alita Blouin had a strong high school hoops debut Saturday at a jamboree in Sedro-Woolley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A new era begins.

The 2019-2020 hoops season officially kicked off Saturday, with new Coupeville High School girls basketball coaches Scott Fox and Megan Smith making their debuts.

The Wolves played four games at a jamboree in Sedro-Woolley, with the varsity fighting strongly against two high-powered squads, while the JV romped to big wins.

The regular season begins Tuesday, when Coupeville travels to Darrington.

That starts a busy first week, as the Wolves also travel to Oak Harbor Wednesday, then host Orcas Island Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s shortened games were a way for Fox and Smith, who replace the retired David and Amy King, to start to implement their style of play.

But only partially, as the Wolf coaches kept things close to the vest, knowing their upcoming foes were likely scouting them.

How it played out in Sedro:

 

Varsity:

The Wolves top squad rumbled with 2A Bellingham and Meridian, which went three games deep into the 1A state tourney a season ago.

In both games, CHS fought back from deficits, claimed the lead, but couldn’t quite hold on, falling by five and four points, respectively.

Fox praised the play of senior point guard Scout Smith, who “was driving to the basket for multiple and-ones,” while also noting Hannah Davidson and Izzy Wells spent the night “crashing the boards.”

Toss in strong work by Chelsea Prescott, who “made multiple shots off of drives and cuts,” and the new Wolf head man came away pleased with much of what he witnessed.

“Everyone played hard, and we’re ready for the season to start,” Fox said.

 

JV:

The young Wolves decimated their 2A opponents, thrashing Bellingham by 16 and Sedro-Woolley by 15.

A pair of freshmen making their high school hoops debut caught the eye of the veteran varsity coach.

Alita Blouin was spectacular running the offense, stealing and distributing,” Fox said. “Ryanne Knoblich slashed to the basket and everyone played great.”

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Senior Hannah Davidson is a key returning starter for the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Bouncing back from a volleyball injury, Chelsea Prescott is ready to singe the nets.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins (left) is out with a broken ankle, but she’ll be there to cheer on Izzy Wells.

Scott Fox is ready to get going.

Since taking over the Coupeville High School girls basketball program following the retirement of David and Amy King, he’s taken his new players to summer camp, but, come Monday, things get really real.

That’s when the Wolves show up in the CHS gym for their first practice, with a jamboree in Sedro-Woolley just 12 days later.

The Coupeville girls open the regular season with back-to-back road games Dec. 3-4, travelling to Darrington and Oak Harbor, before welcoming Orcas Island to town Dec. 7.

As Fox prepares for the 18-game season ahead (plus a potential playoff run), he and new JV coach Megan Smith are already appraising the talent they have, and how best to use it.

The Wolves, who finished third in the six-team North Sound Conference a year ago, lost three seniors to graduation, led by Lindsey Roberts, who exited as the #18 scorer in program history.

Her departure, along with those of Ema Smith and Nicole Laxton, leave a hole to be filled, but Fox won’t enter the season empty-handed.

Senior guards Scout Smith, Avalon Renninger, and Tia Wurzrainer, senior center Hannah Davidson, and junior forward Chelsea Prescott lead off the returning core, one the new Wolf coach will rely on to lead his squad.

“The strength of our team is going to be our experience,” Fox said. “We have four seniors and a junior who will lead us this year.

“I’m hoping that our senior experience, coupled with playing time opportunity for the others, will push us in practice and we will see the results in our games.”

The others he speaks of includes a mix of returning players, such as sophomore Izzy Wells, and newbies, like the freshman trio of Nezi Keiper, Carolyn Lhamon, and Maddie Georges.

Sophomore Ja’Kenya Hoskins, who was a hard-working rebound machine as a swing player last season, was expected to play a major role for Coupeville, but her body had other thoughts.

A broken ankle, suffered during a Homecoming week dodge-ball tourney, has subtracted her from the roster, likely for the entire season.

Ja’Kenya is out, and that hurts,” Fox said. “But it has opened up opportunities for Izzy, Nezi, and Carolyn, who all play that position.

“We have a couple of incoming freshmen that could see a lot of varsity time,” he added. “Point guard Maddie Georges showed a lot of promise this summer. She ran the second team offense most of the summer, until she was slowed down with a back injury.”

However the roster ends up breaking down, the Wolves will look to make their mark on the defensive side of the ball.

With a scrappy team of ball-hawks at his disposal, Fox wants to take the game to opponents.

“We play very hard-nosed defense and will rely on our bench to keep the intensity up,” he said. “We are a defensive-oriented team, so, if things go as planned, our defense is our backbone.

“Transition offense from our defense is going to be crucial for our success,” Fox added. “We need to recognize our opportunities to attack with numbers or set up our offense when our fast break is not there.”

While defense is the spark, a basketball team still needs to score to win games, and the Wolves enter the new season without anyone like recent stars Makana Stone, Kailey Kellner, or Roberts, players who were established as go-to scorers in big moments.

Prescott has shown an ability to pump in points in a supporting role, though, while Smith and Renninger are steady shooters.

The chance is there for any of that trio, or other players, to blossom into a feared offensive weapon. They just need to seize the opportunity in front of them.

“We are asking kids to be scorers that really haven’t been in the past,” Fox said. “I was extremely pleased in the summer when we started to gel and the kids started to figure out their roles.

“I am all about the open person taking the shot, no matter who it is,” he added. “In fact, as the kids will tell you, if they have an open shot and don’t take it, we’re going to talk.”

While he’s a longtime hoops guru, Fox is still relatively new to Coupeville basketball, especially the girls side of the ball.

As he preps for league play, it will be a learning experience.

“Being my first year at the helm, I’m sure King’s is the team to beat,” Fox said. “They have always been very talented and will pose challenges for us and the rest of the league.

“I just don’t know much about the other teams, and who is coming back this year.”

Which doesn’t mean he fears, or overlooks, any opponent, regardless of what their record might have been in years past.

“My goals are to be competitive in every game,” Fox said. “Looking at our schedule, I feel we have the talent and desire to compete in all of these games.

“I’ve been stressing to the kids to be practice players and that will translate to game players,” he added. “The harder we play in practice, the more successful we are going to be in the games.”

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Freshman Lucy Tenore had two kills and a block off the bench for Coupeville High School’s varsity volleyball squad Monday, as the Wolves fell to King’s in a first-place showdown. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The bigger loss was an ankle injury which removed Chelsea Prescott from the lineup midway through the first set. (Cory Prescott photo)

One loss does not undo an outstanding season.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team has been sailing along, winning its first seven matches by a wide margin.

That ended Monday.

Facing a King’s squad which looks like a state title contender, the Wolves were overpowered on their home court, falling 25-10, 25-7, 25-14.

The loss drops Coupeville to 3-1 in North Sound Conference play, 7-1 overall, while King’s (4-0, 7-0) takes sole possession of first place in the six-team conference.

But, as much as the defeat hurts in the moment — and the biggest pain comes from the loss of standout junior Chelsea Prescott, who suffered a vicious ankle injury — there is still half a season to play.

CHS has seven matches remaining, six in league play, including a rematch with King’s Oct. 24 in Shoreline, and plenty of time to respond to this gut-check.

First up is a home match Wednesday with Sultan, when the Wolves will also honor those who have fought against cancer.

They will be without Prescott, who crashed hard to the floor midway through the first set.

Early reports from the ER indicate a severe sprain, but no sign of a fracture.

Without one of their biggest hitters, and a player who plays all six rotations, the Wolves will need other players to step up and fill the big hole Prescott’s absence creates.

Monday night junior Kylie Chernikoff and freshman Lucy Tenore were called on for sub duty, and both played well under duress.

Tenore recorded two kills and a block while playing most of the third set, showing great promise for the future.

But it was hard for Coupeville to get anything going against King’s, which attacked from all sides, made few errors, and hit with tremendous power and precision.

The Knights are a tall, talented team, and with the exception of a couple of missed serves, they dictated play and gave the Wolves little to work with.

CHS came up with scattered big kills, such as in the first set, when Maya Toomey-Stout slammed a winner off the back corner, and Maddie Vondrak mashed another ball off an unlucky foe’s chest.

But too many times, the Wolves thought they had a winner, only to see King’s scrape the ball off the floor or chase it down in a faraway, dusty corner of the gym.

Once they had it back in play, the Knights were brutally-efficient in ending rallies, lashing winners which curved and exploded.

Coupeville’s best stand came in the third set, when it hung around until midway through the frame.

Wolf libero Emma Mathusek came up with her team’s best play on the night, flying in from the side to loft a perfectly-placed drop shot which landed into the smallest of gaps and skipped away for a winner.

Zoe Trujillo also delivered an especially-impressive service ace as her team fought off its fate.

Crunching the ball, she launched it down the left side of the court, dropping it right on the back-line as two King’s players watched in disbelief as it found pay-dirt.

Coupeville’s stats were muted in the loss, but Scout Smith led the way with nine assists and three digs.

Toomey-Stout and Hannah Davidson collected three kills to go with Tenore’s two, Vondrak had a block, and Mathusek scraped four digs off the floor.

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Chelsea Prescott was on fire Tuesday as the undefeated Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team swatted arch-rival South Whidbey in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Raven Vick (left) and Maddie Vondrak, key components on a 5-0 Wolf squad which sits atop the North Sound Conference standings. (Brian Vick photo)

The future is bright for South Whidbey, but the present is even brighter for Coupeville.

While the Falcon volleyball squad has tons of young talent, led by big-hitting, sweet-serving freshman Morgan Batchelor, the Wolves have earned their moment in the spotlight.

Eight of the 12 players on Coupeville’s varsity roster are seniors, with three juniors and one freshman rounding out the team.

Those veterans have gone all the way with Wolf coach Cory Whitmore, now in his fourth season at the helm of the program, and they’re primed to make a run at returning to state for the second time in three seasons.

Tuesday night Coupeville took another step down that path, sending their next-door neighbors back home after blistering them 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 2-0 in North Sound Conference play, 5-0 overall.

It’s the second-straight season CHS has opened with five wins in as many matches, and the Island rivalry triumph was a milestone for Whitmore, who is now 40-16 while working in Cow Town.

Coupeville sits atop the league standings, in a dead-heat with King’s (2-0, 5-0), a game up on Cedar Park Christian (1-1, 6-2) and South Whidbey (1-1, 2-3).

Granite Falls (0-2, 3-3), which hosts the Wolves Thursday, and Sultan (0-2, 3-4) are currently in the basement.

What is shaping up as a contender for match-of-the-year arrives next Monday, Oct. 7, when King’s travels to Whidbey Island to face Coupeville.

For now, though, Whitmore and his squad, having stayed perfect through the first third of the regular season, are content to remain locked in the moment.

Against South Whidbey, that meant attacking as a unit, all players firing as one.

“I was very excited with our consistency tonight, keeping almost the same scores set to set, and staying focused start to finish,” Whitmore said.

“We had very few errors, and a balanced attack, and that goes to Scout (Smith’s) distribution and just good sets,” he added. “It was a solid team effort; we were throwing the ball around and staying ahead of the game.”

Coupeville controlled play from first serve to last smash, and only trailed by more than a single point just once during the match, at 8-6 early in the second set.

It was the smallest of burps, though, as the Wolves promptly reeled off a 10-1 surge to quell any Falcon hopes of stretching the match out.

The night’s first big blow came from junior Chelsea Prescott, who launched a titanic evening by crushing an ear-popping spike to knot the first set up at 2-2.

That launched a run of different Wolves stepping up big at the net, with Maya Toomey-Stout, Zoe Trujillo, and Hannah Davidson all connecting on ferocious putaways in the opening set.

In between, Prescott bobbed and weaved, artfully spinning little tips for winners, before flexing her guns and erupting with pure power.

Chelsea was on her game tonight,” Whitmore said as he scanned the stat sheet. “28 swings and just one error!

“Every one of our hitters came in above average, and that’s the payoff of good team passing.”

The Wolves closed the first set with two beautiful plays.

On the first, Smith won a tip war at the net, skying up, then out-muscling a rival player who made a play for the same ball.

Then Trujillo, who put an extra little zing on all of her kills Tuesday, walloped a smash that scattered a pack of Falcon players who could only watch in frustration as it ripped past.

Keeping alive the team first, team last, team always concept, the Wolves opened the second set with yet another player rising to the moment.

This time it was the Mad Masher herself, junior Maddie Vondrak, who cracked a huge spike to buckle the knees of the Falcon players.

There were longer rallies in the middle set, but almost every time Coupeville came up with something special, whether it was Davidson smoking a kill or Smith twirling like a ballerina while looking one way and dropping a tip winner the other.

Prescott was a whiz kid who couldn’t be stopped, blasting one shot with enough sizzle on it to completely bowl over a Falcon player, who tried, and failed, to stop it with her chest.

Batchelor did her best to keep South Whidbey in the mix, and made an often-impenetrable wall at the net, but the well-seasoned Wolves had too many weapons.

Whether it was Trujillo roaring up the middle of the court like a runaway freight train, Toomey-Stout trying to pop the volleyball through sheer brute strength, or Vondrak slicin’ ‘n dicin’, Coupeville had an answer for everything South Whidbey could offer this time around.

The match ended, appropriately, with one final eruption of power from Toomey-Stout, which pleased her coaches, and the rockin’, rollin’, and floor-thumpin’ CHS student section.

It also came to a close with a remarkably well-balanced stat sheet, led off by Prescott, who delivered 11 kills, seven digs and six aces.

Smith tossed in 25 assists, four kills, and nine digs, Toomey-Stout collected 10 kills, eight digs, and two aces, and that was just the start.

Trujillo (five kills), Emma Mathusek (nine digs and a million floor burns), Vondrak (four kills and a solo block), Davidson (four kills, three aces), Raven Vick (three aces), and Lucy Sandahl (three digs and an ace) all delivered strong work as well.

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