Posts Tagged ‘Chimacum’

   CMS 8th grader Ja’Kenya Hoskins was a whirlwind on both ends of the floor Thursday in a season-opening win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This was a back-alley beat down. Brutal and beautiful.

Both of the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams this season are stocked with players who have risen through the SWISH ranks, learning the game and jelling as a unit as they do so.

And now that pays off.

Opening the season with a fury, the Wolves scorched visiting Chimacum twice Thursday, in games which were routs and yet could have been far worse, if the CMS coaches hadn’t pulled back the reigns and the refs hadn’t gone into the tank.

8th grade:

The core of the older Wolf squad won a title the last time they were on the floor, capping their SWISH season by routing three big-city teams.

Thursday they picked right back up where they left off, using a withering defense and an opportunistic offense to thrash the Cowboys 56-14.

The game was actually close for about half a second, as both teams displayed cold shooting touches early on and CMS clung to a 4-2 lead with a little over two minutes left in the first quarter.

Enter Ja’Kenya Hoskins, and exit any chance Chimacum would have.

With Coupeville clamping down with a full-court press and trap, the Wolves suddenly ripped off four baskets in approximately 12 seconds, with Hoskins directly involved in all of them.

She started things with a steal and breakaway layup, then fed running mate Izzy Wells for a layup off of another steal.

With the Cowboys going from disorientated to disaster in the blink of an eye, Hoskins ripped a ball free, then launched a pass that dropped perfectly onto Audrianna Shaw’s fingertips.

Catching the ball in mid-stride, the Wolf guard banged home a running layup, part of her game-high 18, and the rout was on.

Just to make sure Chimacum knew their moment had passed, Hoskins promptly stole the in-bounds pass and repeated her air mail assist move, with the ball flung to a sprinting Kiara Contreras this time around.

Up 12-2 at the first break, Coupeville was just getting started.

The second quarter was one bucket after another, as CMS ran the Cowboys ragged as they knocked down 25 points in eight frantic minutes.

Anya Leavell, who somehow was NOT one of the five Wolves to score in the first quarter, made up for it in a big way, dropping in eight points by herself in the second quarter.

All four buckets came on long outlet passes, as Leavell slipped behind the defense, then triggered the jets on her shoes once her teammates lobbed the ball airborne.

The prettiest pass came from Abby Mulholland, who also set up Ella Colwell for a basket as Coupeville kept the ball zipping from player to player, only stopping when the orb hit the bottom of the net.

Just to cap things, Wells sank a three-ball from the top off of an in-bounds pass, then spun, stole the ball right back and fed Shaw on the break.

Everything was clicking for Coupeville — on one play Samantha Streitler stole a pass, flipped it backwards to Hoskins, then reached for the popcorn and enjoyed the show as Hoskins hit Leavell in stride for yet another breakaway bucket.

The only thing slowing down Dustin Van Velkinburgh’s squad was a running clock, which went into effect once the lead hit 40, and refs, who, feeling sorry for Chimacum, decided to stop calling anything on the Cowboys for the final 10 minutes.

I could go on a long tirade about how blatant “charity” from the refs, too frequently displayed during middle school blowouts, actually hurts instead of helps a weak team trying to improve, but we’ll move on.

Seven of the 12 Wolves to see the floor scored, with Leavell dropping in 13 to go with Shaw’s 18.

Wells (9), Hoskins (6), Kylie Van Velkinburgh (4), Contreras (4) and Colwell (2) also scored, while Katelin McCormick, Streitler, Alana Mihill, Mulholland and Angelina Gebhard chipped in with hustle, defense and killer attitudes.

7th grade:

For a very long stretch of this game, it appeared Chimacum wouldn’t score.

While the Cowboys finally netted a bucket nearly 14 minutes in, then went almost 10 minutes before bucket #2, the young Wolves slapped down baskets left and right in a 50-10 rout.

Gwen Gustafson, channeling older sister Amanda Fabrizi, a former high-scoring CHS hoops star, drilled the bottom of the net with a pull-up jumper less than 30 seconds into the game and things were essentially done.

Her basket came off of a rebound by Nezi Keiper, and it signaled complete and utter domination on the glass from the Wolves.

With Keiper, Carolyn Lhamon, Adrian Burrows and the Battlin’ Lucero sisters, Allie and Maya, pulling down 3.9 out of every four rebounds, CMS had second, third, sometimes even sixth chances.

Most of those boards came on the offensive end of the floor, as Coupeville’s guards pestered and harassed the Cowboy ball-handlers into total submission, resulting in painfully few Chimacum shots.

Buzzing like attack insects, Maddie Georges, Alita Blouin, Gustafson and Hayley Fiedler came at the Cowboys from every angle, rarely giving them a chance to breathe, much less think about making solid passes.

Once they had the ball back in their hands, which was on just about every possession through the first three quarters, the Wolves flew to the hoop.

Georges, living up to her “Mad Dog” nickname, was a particular buzz-saw, picking pockets, then flashing by the Cowboys, who saw a burst of red hair go hurtling by but had no answers for the quicksilver hoops star.

With older brother Alex Evans calling the shots in his first game as the CMS 7th grade coach, and former Wolf baller Rhiannon Ellsworth screaming her name every time she scored, Georges served notice the future of Wolf hoops is here and it will be electric.

Draining a game-high 14, Georges teamed with Lhamon, who banged down low in the paint for 10, to form a potent outside/inside combo.

Seven other Wolves scored, with Gustafson (6), Blouin (5), Maya Lucero (5), Allie Lucero (4), Keiper (2), Fiedler (2) and Burrows (2) also etching their names in the book.

Trinity McGee, Jordyn Rogers, Jessenia Camarena and Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson also saw floor time.

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   Samantha Streitler and the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads tip off a new season Thursday at home. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A new season dawns.

The high school teams have wrapped up play, but the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads make their debut Thursday afternoon.

The young Wolves host Chimacum, with tip-off set for 3:15 PM.

Coupeville’s 7th graders, coached by first-year coach Alex Evans, kick things off, followed by “grizzled vet” Dustin Van Velkinburgh and his 8th grade squad.

The Wolves play a 10-game schedule, with other home games Mar. 1, 5, 15 and 19.

Rosters as we head into the new campaign:


Ella Colwell
Kiara Contreras
Angelina Gebhard
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Anya Leavell
Lily Leedy
Katelin McCormick
Alana Mihill
Abby Mulholland
Audrianna Shaw
McKenna Somes
Samantha Streitler
Kylie Van Velkinburgh
Izzy Wells


Alita Blouin
Adrian Burrows
Jessenia Camarena
Karyme Castro
Maddie Georges
Gwen Gustafson
Hayley Fiedler
Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson
Nezi Keiper
Carolyn Lhamon
Allie Lucero
Maya Lucero
Claire Mayne
Hannah Mayne
Trinity McGee
Cristina McGrath
Abigail Ramirez
Jordyn Rogers

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   David King has preached defense all season, and it has carried the Wolves back to the playoffs. (Amy King photo)

   Kyla Briscoe was one of three Wolves honored on Senior Night. (Jackie Calkins photos)

   An injury has kept senior Mikayla Elfrank on the bench for a chunk of the season, but she and her family could joke about it as they all sported bandaged legs.

Allison Wenzel capped Senior Night by playing like a beast on defense.

Defense is their calling card.

Through injuries and defections, through great games and struggles, the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad has hung its hat on stopping the other team from putting the ball in the bucket this season.

Saturday night was a prime example, as the Wolves stepped up huge, holding visiting Chimacum scoreless for 10 minutes to open the second half.

Sparked by the rush of corralling rebounds, taking charges and making off with steal after steal, Coupeville held on for a taut 36-29 win in a game which decided the #2 playoff seed from the Olympic League.

Now 8-13 overall after winning for the fourth time in their last six games, the Wolves finished 6-3 in Olympic League play.

They will host a loser-out playoff game next Saturday, Feb. 10 against the #3 team from the Nisqually League. Their foe will be known after play in that conference wraps Tuesday.

Win that postseason clash and Coupeville advances to the double-elimination portion of districts, from which three of four teams will move on to the state tourney.

After three consecutive 9-0 seasons, Coupeville capped a 33-3 run through the four-team conference by pulling off maybe its biggest accomplishment.

In past seasons, the Wolves had a transcendent star in Makana Stone and deep, veteran rosters.

This time around, they began by losing four starters (three to graduation, one to a transfer), then lost two more, including their leading scorer, as the season progressed.

That required CHS coach David King to find different ways to win, and defense has always been at the core of his teachings.

Saturday night, in the crucible against a very physical Chimacum squad, it paid off handsomely.

“Defensively we have been working really hard on sliding our feet and not reaching,” King said. “Tonight we really played the way we wanted.

Sarah (Wright) and Allison (Wenzel) were so outstanding stopping the dribble drive,” he added. “Then you take our steals off of our press and going hard to the basket once we had the ball – exactly the goal.”

Clinging to a 20-18 lead at the half, the Wolves erupted from the locker room with fire in their eyes and passion in their hearts.

With youngsters like Scout Smith and Chelsea Prescott coming of age under considerable fire from the elbow-throwing and hip-checking Cowboys, Coupeville’s defense stood tall in the third quarter.

Forcing wild shots or turnovers, then pounding the boards or getting out on the break, the Wolves took control of the game with a 10-0 run.

Kyla Briscoe netted an epic three-ball from the left side, while Ema Smith, Wright and Lindsey Roberts all drained huge buckets off of set-ups from teammates.

Wenzel fed Ema Smith, Scout Smith punched the ball between defenders to find Wright, and Prescott laid the ball right on Robert’s fingertips on a note-perfect in-bounds pass.

Coupeville’s shooting touch dried up a bit in the fourth, as the Wolves couldn’t get a field goal to drop.

A combination of stellar defense, free throws from Ema Smith (she drained six pressure-packed freebies in the game’s final minutes) and Chimacum’s terrible night at the free throw stripe (8-25) prevented the Cowboys from mounting a full comeback.

Chimacum pulled within 33-29 with a little over a minute to play, but Ema Smith drained three of four free throws to close the scoring.

Even better, the Wolf defense thoroughly shut down the Cowboys over those final 60 seconds, not letting the ball come anywhere close to hitting the net.

The game had started with a little back and forth, as Coupeville went to the first break up 9-6.

Scout Smith had the sweetest bucket of the quarter, pulling in a long pass from Briscoe, then hanging in air for an eternity before slapping home a layup over a defender’s outstretched arm.

The second quarter belonged to Roberts, who played the entire 32 minutes and combined with Wright to dominate on the boards.

The Wolf junior tossed in six points in the quarter, sticking a jumper back in off of a rebound, before converting on a pair of breakaways.

Scout Smith was back at it again, as well, losing the handle on the ball, only to spin and steal the ball right back from a Cowboy.

Completing the play o’ wonder, she promptly knocked down the layup to thoroughly befuddle Chimacum.

Ema Smith and Roberts paced the Wolves with 10 points apiece, while Wright knocked down seven, Briscoe popped for five and Scout Smith had a dazzling four.

Prescott, Wenzel and Hannah Davidson all contributed greatly to Coupeville’s withering defense.

JV falls in final moments:

The win slipped through the fingers of the Wolf young guns in literally the final few seconds, as Chimacum scored the last four points en route to a 33-29 win.

The loss leaves the JV with a final record of 3-5 in league play, 7-11 overall.

Coupeville fell behind 8-0 in the early going, then rode the stellar shooting of Ashlie Shank and some strong defense of its own to get back in the game.

Shank, who rattled in a game-high 14, got the Wolves on the board with back-to-back buckets to end the first quarter, then tossed in 10 more in the second-half.

After surging in front 10-8 midway through the second, when Maddie Hilkey took a pass from Avalon Renninger and slashed through two defenders for a go-ahead basket, CHS led most of the way.

Chimacum didn’t regain the lead until a minute into the fourth, when a 6-0 run put it up 24-20.

Shank was having none of that, knocking down a jumper, then snatching a rebound off of a missed free throw and knotting the game up with a put-back.

From that point, there were four lead changes, with neither team being more than two points ahead.

A free throw from Genna Wright gave the teams their final tie, at 29-29, but Chimacum slipped in a basket off of a nice roll under the hoop by their point guard, then sealed the deal with two free throws.

Hilkey finished with six to back Shank’s 14, while Wright (3), Renninger (2), Tia Wurzrainer (2) and Nicole Lester (2) also scored.

Kylie Chernikoff, Julia García Oñoro and Mollie Bailey also saw court time in the JV team’s season finale.

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   Hunter Smith tossed in 17 in a win Saturday and finished as the #12 scorer in Wolf boys basketball history. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Mason Grove dropped in 12 in Coupeville’s JV win, giving him 337 in 19 games for the second Wolf squad. 

They closed the season on fire.

Raining down three-balls in both games Saturday, with almost everyone on the roster scoring, the Coupeville High School boys basketball squads put a final stamp on their campaigns, crushing host Chimacum.

The Wolf varsity rolled 60-31, while the JV cruised in for a 61-23 victory.

With the wins, the first squad finished 7-13 overall, 5-4 in their final season of Olympic League play.

Coupeville’s second team closed out at 5-14, 4-5.


Facing a win-less Cowboys team limping to the finish, the Wolves put them down hard and fast, busting out to a 24-2 lead at the first break and not slowing down.

“The boys should be proud of how strong they finished out the season,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Taking care of the ball, shooting well, tough on defense – playing their best team basketball.

“Says a lot about them, their character, and how hard they worked,” he added. “They can hold their heads high.”

Nine of the 10 Wolves to see action Saturday scored, with Hunter Smith leading the way as he tossed in 17 in three quarters of action.

That gave him 382 for the season and 847 for his career.

Despite missing a chunk of his sophomore year with an injury, Smith finished as the 12th highest scorer in Wolf boys basketball history.

Fellow senior Ethan Spark banked home 13, which gives him 216 for the season.

Cameron Toomey-Stout knocked down 10 in support of the big two, with Dane Lucero (6), Hunter Downes (4), Gavin Knoblich (3), Mason Grove (3), Kyle Rockwell (2) and Ulrik Wells (2) also scoring.

Lucero, a big man who plays in the paint most of the time, shocked the world in the finale, scoring all of his points off of a pair of three-point bombs.

James Vidoni was the lone Wolf not to score, but he drew praise from Sherman for “his toughness on the boards.”


The big quarter was the third in this one, as the Wolves used a 22-4 surge to ice the game.

Much as in the varsity game, Coupeville spread its scoring out, with 11 of 13 tallying at least one point.

Freshman Sage Downes and sophomore Mason Grove tied for top honors with 12.

That brought Grove’s final mark to 337 over 19 games this year, just shy of the unofficial school JV record of 347, set by Allen Black in 2002-2003.

Grove, who hit double figures in 16 games, and topped 30 three times, was denied the record by his own success.

In the latter stages of the season, he stopped playing full JV games, so he could swing up to varsity, where he finished sixth on the #1 squad in scoring in very limited court time.

The JV scoring Saturday was rounded out by Jake Pease (9), Tucker Hall (7), Koa Davison (5), Daniel Olson (4), Alex Jimenez (4), Vidoni (2), David Prescott (2), Trevor Bell (2) and Knoblich (2).

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   Jean Lund-Olsen floats in the air for an eternity before softly nailing a sweet lil’ jumper. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Ace tennis duo Sage Renninger (left) and Payton Aparicio make sure everyone remembers what Wolf legend-in-the-making Hunter Smith looks like.

   Hope Lodell (left) and Sylvia Arnold (gently) compete for the title of World’s Nicest Person.

Oh Chimacum, you wouldn’t like Kyle Rockwell when you make him mad.

Jered Brown gets ready to slice ‘n dice the defense.

   Man, myth or urban legend? Cameron Toomey-Stout, AKA “Camtastic,” is all that and more.

Alex Jimenez only has eyes for the man on the other end of this pass.

“My good sir, I do not believe I gave you permission to take my photo!!”

A cameraman’s work never stops.

In between capturing action-packed images on film, local photo bug John Fisken always grabs some human interest pics as well, which makes him enormously popular in these parts.

The pics above, a mix of on and off court, come to us from Friday night’s CHS boys basketball games against visiting Chimacum.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for Coupeville student/athletes.

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