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Academics, sports, photography, artwork – Coupeville’s Helen Strelow was just born talented. (Photos courtesy Nicole Strelow)

Buy a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork and help support Coupeville High School seniors.

Fans attending Tuesday’s Senior Night Wolf basketball games (5:15 girls, 7:00 boys) will have a chance to participate in a silent auction to claim ownership of a painting by Coupeville student Helen Strelow.

The CHS senior created the piece, entitled “The Reserve,” for last summer’s Race the Reserve event.

A limited series of prints were awarded to top finishers in each of the day’s races.

Now, the original artwork can be bid on, and you can get into the Helen Strelow business early, before the prices likely skyrocket in the coming years.

The painting in question is a watercolor and watercolor gouache painting on cold pressed watercolor paper.

The original artwork is 11″ x 15″ and comes in at 14″ x 18″ with a black frame with white matting.

A certificate of authenticity will be included.

The silent auction, like Race the Reserve, benefits Coupeville’s senior class, with all money raised going to the Class of 2023’s graduation festivities.

Strelow is a standout student, photographer, artist, and athlete who has advanced to the state meet twice as a cross country runner.

As a junior, she won the girls individual title at the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships, then came back around as a senior to lead the Wolf girls to the big dance.

It was the first time CHS had sent an entire team to the state cross country meet since the 1980’s.

Strelow, whose younger brother Thomas is also a Wolf harrier, also plays tennis and is expected to be Coupeville’s #1 singles player this spring.

In her spare time, she also recently finished a commissioned piece for The Cove, the snazzy coffee cafe located on the Coupeville Wharf.

After graduation this spring, Strelow plans to attend Montana State University, where she will work towards an art degree.

Expect many more people to be impressed by her accomplishments and talent in the coming years.

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Mia Farris gets a closer look at the stat sheet. (Bailey Thule photo)

Can we reach 3,000? Probably.

With eight more regular season games left on the schedule, then likely playoff runs for both varsity teams, Coupeville High School hoops stars have already combined to ripple the net for 2,611 points and counting.

Six Wolves have cracked 100 points by themselves this season, with a handful of players pushing hard to join them in the triple-digit club.

Where things stand through Feb. 4:

 

Varsity girls
(16 games):

Alita Blouin – 157
Maddie Georges – 91
Ryanne Knoblich – 84
Lyla Stuurmans – 65
Gwen Gustafson – 55
Katie Marti – 44
Carolyn Lhamon – 27
Mia Farris – 23
Madison McMillan – 6
Jada Heaton – 2
Skylar Parker – 2

 

JV girls
(14 games):

Madison McMillan – 107
Kierra Thayer – 58
Desi Ramirez-Vasquez – 52
Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo – 45
Jada Heaton – 34
Reese Wilkinson – 33
Teagan Calkins – 22
Bryley Gilbert – 15
Skylar Parker – 14
Liza Zustiak – 14
Kayla Arnold – 11
Brynn Parker – 7
Kassidy Upchurch – 2

 

Varsity boys
(18 games):

Logan Downes – 430
Alex Murdy – 181
Nick Guay – 118
Cole White – 113
Jonathan Valenzuela – 71
Dominic Coffman – 49
Ryan Blouin – 48
Chase Anderson – 33
Jermiah Copeland – 10
Zane Oldenstadt – 8
William Davidson – 5
Mikey Robinett – 4
Hunter Bronec – 2
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 2

 

JV boys
(12 games):

Aiden O’Neill – 91
Hunter Bronec – 89
Jack Porter – 82
Chase Anderson – 71
Camden Glover – 61
Johnny Porter – 49
Hurlee Bronec – 41
Malachi Somes – 37
Landon Roberts – 34
Mikey Robinett – 6
Carson Field – 4
Yohannon Sandles – 2

Yohannon Sandles pushes the pace. (Bailey Thule photo)

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Whatcha gonna do when the Wolves come for you?  (Bailey Thule photo)

The round robin decides everything.

While Coupeville High School basketball teams, and their closest rivals, can play up to 20 regular season games, only four of those rumbles dictate playoff participation.

The Northwest 2B/1B League currently houses four 1B schools — Darrington, Orcas Island, Concrete, and Mount Vernon Christian — and three 2B institutions — Coupeville, La Conner, and Friday Harbor.

When the postseason arrives, 2B and 1B split off and go their own ways.

For basketball, all four 1B schools make the playoffs, which began Thursday.

When it comes to 2B hoops, however, you have to be top two to get the call, since there are a lot less 2B schools in the region, making for a smaller postseason tourney.

Those two NWL teams, repping District 1, pair off with District 2’s Auburn Adventist Academy and Northwest Christian (Lacey), at bi-districts Feb. 13-18.

That event, held at Coupeville High School, offers two tickets to state for the boys this year and one for the girls.

D1/2 will get two state berths for the girls next year. Allegedly.

With that in mind, La Conner swept a pair of home games from Friday Harbor on Friday night, which officially clinches three of the four playoff berths.

On the boys’ side, Coupeville and La Conner are in, while Friday Harbor is eliminated after the Wolverines blew a 20-point lead and fell 59-57 to the Braves.

On the girls’ side, La Conner is in after a 65-18 romp, with Coupeville and Friday Harbor still fighting for the other spot.

Seeding is still up for grabs on both sides, however.

Coupeville closes the regular season next week, hosting La Conner Tuesday, Feb. 7, before island-hopping to Friday Harbor Feb. 10.

The Wolf boys clinch the #1 seed with a win in that first game.

Meanwhile, Coupeville’s girls need to sweep both games next week to have a shot at being #1 but need just a victory over Friday Harbor — who they beat 47-27 first time around — to claim the #2 seed.

If there any ties, teams will play a tiebreaker game, at a neutral site, Saturday, Feb. 11.

 

Where the round-robin sits heading into the final week:

 

Boys basketball:

School Vs. 2B
Coupeville 2-0
La Conner 2-1
Friday Harbor 0-3

 

Girls basketball:

School Vs. 2B
La Conner 3-0
Coupeville 1-1
Friday Harbor 0-3

 

Bi-district brackets:

Boyshttp://www.nw1a2bathletics.com/m2/tourn.php?act=vt&tid=3810

Girlshttp://www.nw1a2bathletics.com/m2/tourn.php?act=vt&tid=3809

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Coupeville’s Logan Downes (left) and Dominic Coffman prepare to terrorize their foes. (Bailey Thule photo)

They didn’t have a prayer.

Auburn Adventist Academy blew a 13-point lead Thursday, the private school hoopsters unable to stop the Coupeville High School varsity boys’ basketball team when it mattered the most.

In a possible playoff preview, the Wolves stormed from behind to turn their first-half deficit into a 16-point second-half advantage, then held on for a 58-52 road win.

The non-conference victory gives Coupeville its tenth win in its last 12 games and lifts CHS to 12-6 heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Wolves host Northwest 2B/1B League rival La Conner Tuesday, Feb. 7, then travel to Friday Harbor Feb. 10, chasing the top playoff seed from District 1.

Auburn Adventist, which is the #1 seed from District 2, falls to 16-3 after losing its regular-season finale.

The two schools could meet again at bi-districts, and, if they do, it will be on Coupeville’s home floor, as CHS hosts the tourney.

Thursday was about winning now, getting a possible preview of what’s to come, and blowing up the RPI rankings compiled by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

Auburn entered the night ranked #10 in 2B, while Coupeville was slotted at #22 by computers which can’t look deep enough to know that four of six Wolf early-season losses came against much-larger schools.

Having faced off with 2A and 1A rivals, including a wild double-overtime loss to a Sultan squad which is now 16-2, Brad Sherman’s pack of defensive-minded Wolves have gotten stronger as the season plays out.

Physically and mentally.

Which goes a long way to explaining why Coupeville didn’t crack, even when it struggled to find an offensive groove in the early going.

Auburn’s unique gym, which looks like someone took an airplane hangar, slapped down a basketball court, then added a cafe with tables off to the side, also had a rim which was unforgiving in the first half.

Nick Guay did what he could to keep CHS in the game, pumping in six points in the opening quarter, but he was the lone Wolf to get the ball to stay in the bucket on a field goal attempt.

Trailing 17-8 at the first break, Coupeville hit its lowest moment a minute or two later, as the deficit widened to 21-8.

But the Wolves have shown patience as the season has progressed, with the current group jelling as they get further away from last spring’s graduation, which claimed six players from a team which made it to the state tourney.

Logan Downes popped for three buckets, with fab frosh Chase Anderson and wily point guard Cole White also banking in shots, as CHS closed the half on a 10-2 run.

That cut the margin down to 23-18 headed into the locker room but was just a taste of what was to come.

Downes, who is having one of the best offensive seasons in the 106-year history of Wolf boys’ basketball, erupted in the second half, pouring in 32 of his game-high 40 points, while he and his teammates got appropriately nasty on defense.

With Alex Murdy as the point of the spear, Coupeville clamped down big time, frustrating Auburn and preventing the Falcons from getting any easy buckets.

Alex Murdy, on the attack. (Bailey Thule photo)

With refs who called very few fouls, the Wolves stepped up and fought for every loose ball, battled for every rebound, and stayed eternally scrappy.

Then, Downes and Co. took the turnovers, kicked their offense into high gear and made the Falcons back-pedal, splashing home buckets over them as they retreated.

The junior gunner netted four three-balls in the third quarter alone, rippling the nets for 18 points on his own as Coupeville busted out a game-changing 22-6 run.

The Wolves reclaimed the lead at 28-25, their first time in front since 2-0, and never gave back the advantage.

By the time Downes split defenders for a running layup to close the third, the play set up by a Dominic Coffman steal, Coupeville was in front 40-29.

From there, the Wolves pushed the lead out to 45-29, and still led 53-40 after Guay swished a three-ball from the right side with mere minutes to play.

Auburn is a dangerous team, however, with speedy players who force a fair number of turnovers, and the Falcons made one last run.

Three steals fueled a 10-0 run by the hosts, cutting Coupeville’s lead all the way back down to 53-50, but the Wolves never cracked.

Downes beat the defense for a running layup to push the margin back to five, then closed the game at the free throw line, where the Wolves were the better team.

CHS hit 12 of 15 shots from the charity stripe, while Auburn was a weak 3-9 on the night.

As he bumped across the backroads of America on his way home, CHS coach Brad Sherman reflected on what he had seen, and was pleased with a lot of it.

“Just proud of our guy’s toughness and composure to climb back in and take that one,” he said. “Our focus just needs to be one game at a time.”

Guay finished with 11 points, while White (2), Coffman (2), Anderson (2), and Murdy (1) also scored, and Zane Oldenstadt, William Davidson, and Jonathan Valenzuela chipped in with intangibles.

“Give me the dang ball!!” (Bailey Thule photo)

Downes 40-point effort matches his career-high, set earlier this season in another close game, with that one being against Orcas Island.

With two regular-season rumbles left to play, then a possible playoff run, he sits with 430 points on the season.

That’s the fourth-best single-season effort ever by a Wolf boy, and sixth-best by a CHS hoops player.

Downes trails just Jeff Stone (644 in 1969-1970), Jeff Rhubottom (459 in 1977-1978), Brianne King (446 and 442, in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003 respectively), and Pete Petrov (442 in 1995-1996).

By moving into the top 10 single-season performances, he bumps his own coach from the list, as Brad Sherman singed the nets for 396 points back in 2002-2003.

Though, after the win, the always even-keeled Wolf hardwood guru probably has no problem with now being #11.

Career-wise, Downes is still chasing Sherman, and a few others, as he moves from #31 all-time on the boys scoring chart to a tie with Jason McFadyen at #27.

With 654 points and counting, the youngest of Ralph and Angie Downes‘ three sons passes Wiley Hesselgrave (632), Kramer O’Keefe (636), and Rich Morris (637).

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Ryanne Knoblich cracked the 100-point club Thursday night. (Morgan White photo)

Consider it a warning shot across the bow.

Facing off with a potential playoff opponent Thursday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball team made short work of their rivals.

Getting points from nine players, the Wolves roared out to a 28-point lead on the road at Auburn Adventist Academy, then coasted in for a comfortable 42-21 non-conference win.

The third-straight victory for Megan Richter’s squad, it lifts them to 8-8 heading into the final week of the regular season.

Coupeville hosts Northwest 2B/1B League leader La Conner next Tuesday, Feb. 7 on Senior Night, then travels to Friday Harbor Feb. 10.

Two of those three teams advance to the bi-district playoffs, which are Feb. 13-15 at Coupeville High School.

La Conner is currently 2-0 in the three-team round robin of 2B schools, with the Wolves at 1-1, and Friday Harbor 0-2.

The #1 team from District 1 (Coupeville’s district) opens the playoffs against the #2 team from District 2, with the #2 squad from D-1 facing the #1 group from D-2 in loser-out games.

If things in D-1 hold through the final week, that means La Conner would face Northwest Christian (Lacey), while Coupeville and Auburn Adventist would reunite in the other game.

The winners Feb. 13 return to CHS Feb. 15 to play for the bi-district title and a trip to the state tourney.

If Thursday’s game was a playoff preview, Wolf players have to feel pretty good about things, as they dominated Auburn from opening tip to final buzzer.

Lyla Stuurmans slipped a free throw through the net to open the scoring, and Coupeville had a lead it would never relinquish.

Like never, ever.

Hitting the boards hard and playing a brisk game of “give me the dang ball or die!” on defense, the feisty Wolves bolted out to an 8-2 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

And, if 8-2 doesn’t sound like a huge lead, it still felt like it, as Coupeville rarely let Auburn get anywhere close enough to the hoop to launch a shot in the early going.

If a whole bunch of Wolf shots hadn’t taken weird spins off the glass or popped backwards off an unforgiving rim, they would have been up by a solid 20+ points, instead of just six.

The baskets started falling at a more-satisfying pace in the second quarter, from Katie Marti slapping home a runner off of an Alita Blouin dish, to Marti returning the favor, feeding Ryanne Knoblich for a breakaway bucket.

Blouin splashed home a three-ball right before the buzzer, sending CHS to the halftime break up 21-7, before Coupeville really got going in the third quarter.

Or, more specifically, Knoblich strode out onto the floor, screamed “Ain’t no one in this joint can stop me!” and went on a tear.

Sure, it’s possible I’m putting words in her mouth, but the Wolf senior was most certainly a savage in the second half, brutalizing any defender who dared to (meekly) step to her.

Barreling through the paint, flinging bodies in all directions, Knoblich knocked down nine of her game-high 11 points in the third, with six of those points coming courtesy offensive rebounds.

The best one was the one where she slammed two hands on the ball, ripped the ball loose from an Auburn player’s less-than-sturdy grip and sent the Falcon sprawling to the hardwood.

When Knoblich wasn’t channeling Dennis Rodman on the boards, Wolf point guard Maddie Georges was flipping note-perfect passes left, right, and every direction, setting up her teammates for easy buckets.

Don’t mess with Maddie Georges, cause you’ll lose. (Bailey Thule photo)

One Georges pass in the third quarter went to Knoblich, one went to Marti, and a third found the waiting fingers of Madison McMillan, as Georges shredded the Falcon defense at every opportunity.

Up 36-9 heading into the fourth, Coupeville pushed the margin all the way out to 40-12 before Auburn salvaged some self-respect by closing the game on a 9-2 push.

Knoblich’s 11 points helped her achieve a personal milestone, as she cracked the 100-point club and now sits with 101 for her varsity career.

Marti dropped in a season-high 10 points in support, while Blouin (9), McMillan (4), Mia Farris (2), Gwen Gustafson (2), Carolyn Lhamon (2), Stuurmans (1), and Georges (1) also scored.

Jada Heaton and Skylar Parker brought hustle to their work on the defensive end of the floor, as all 11 girls on the Wolf varsity roster saw floor time.

 

No JV Game:

Auburn only has one girls’ team, so Coupeville’s second unit had the night off.

The Wolf young guns, who are 6-8 on the season, close their season next week with games against La Conner and Friday Harbor.

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