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Alex Murdy knocked down 14 points Saturday, one of four Wolves to score in double digits in a big Coupeville win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Attack as a pack.

Two games into the season, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad has proven to be very balanced, and very dangerous.

After toppling 3A Oak Harbor in their opener, the Wolves returned to the floor Saturday and came within a point of having five players score in double-digits.

Romping to a 71-53 non-conference win over fellow 2B school Forks — in a game it led by as many as 30 points — Coupeville improved to a sterling 2-0 heading into the start of league play.

The Wolves next four games, three of which will be on the road, pit them against Northwest 2B/1B League rivals.

Coupeville came within a half-game of a conference title during a Covid-altered season this spring, and coach Brad Sherman and his team want to finish the mission this time out.

So far, the Wolves have more than looked ready, as they have used a withering defense, a willingness to share the ball on offense, and an appreciation for the intangibles of the game to impress their home fans.

Saturday’s tilt was close, for about four to five minutes, and then Coupeville seized control.

The Wolves went up 6-5 on a hanger in the paint from Grady Rickner — a bucket which gave the steady senior his 100th career varsity point — and CHS never relinquished the lead after that.

The first quarter was a prime example of what this team can do when it’s clicking, as six different players dropped in points during a game-opening 23-13 run.

Hawthorne Wolfe buried a three-ball from the cheap seats, then picked the ball at midcourt and spun in for a layup on the very next play.

But it was the rampagin’ Murdy boys who let Forks know the drive home would be a long, sad one, as they terrorized the Spartans into frequent turnovers.

Alex Murdy tossed in a team-high eight points in the first frame, dipping and diving and flipping the ball off the glass with style, while older brother Xavier was, as always, the rock.

Hauling down rebound after rebound, poking balls free, then getting out on the break, X-Man attacked from every angle, earning a slight nod of approval from low-key uncle, and former Wolf hoops great, Allen Black.

Xavier Murdy sliced ‘n diced the Forks defense, just as he did against Oak Harbor.

The best bucket of the first quarter was a Murdy mashup, as Alex flipped a pass across his body to Xavier while flying down the sideline, then pumped his fist as his brother banked the ball home.

The second quarter was where the dam broke, and Forks got washed away in the ensuing flood.

Coupeville senior Logan Martin opened the frame by lofting in a gorgeous three-ball from the left side, then the Wolf defense got savage.

The game jumped from 34-21 to 48-21 in the blink of an eye, as most of Sherman’s defensive dreams came true one after another.

Jumping on the ballhandlers while backed by the increasing roar of a pro-Wolf crowd, CHS ripped off steals, and converted those thefts into buckets, so quickly I almost didn’t get all the plays written down in my notebook.


The onslaught was an equal opportunity feast, with five Wolves scoring in the game-busting 14-0 run to end the half.

Logan Downes got the biggest roar, banging home a twisting three-ball, while a bucket from Wolfe was a major moment in the program’s 105-year history.

Those two points, almost lost in the barrage, allowed Hawk to move into 20th place on the all-time CHS boys basketball career scoring list, passing legendary early 2000’s gunner Chris Good.

Coupeville briefly stretched the lead out to 30 points coming out of the halftime break, with Wolfe burying another three-ball, then the Wolves relaxed a bit and coasted in for the win.

Forks still trailed by 27 with a little under three minutes to play, before using a 9-0 surge at the end to make the final score seem like slightly less of a blowout.

With Coupeville’s bench players on the floor, another milestone was achieved as Dominic Coffman recorded his first varsity basket.

The Wolf junior, who had a breakout season on the football gridiron this fall, rippled the net on a sweet lil’ runner in the paint, then immediately turned and scrambled back on defense in a move sure to please coaches in both sports.

Wolfe led Coupeville’s balanced attack, netting a team-high 16 points, while Alex Murdy (14), Xavier Murdy (13), and Downes (10) were hot on his heels.

Caleb Meyer (9), Rickner (4), Martin (3), and Coffman (2) also scored as the Wolves broke 70 points for the second-straight game.

Cole White and Jonathan Valenzuela rounded out the CHS players to see floor time, with Valenzuela making his season debut.

Coupeville opens league play next Friday, Dec. 10, when it welcomes Darrington to town.

After that, the Wolves hit the road for NWL games against Orcas Island (Dec. 11), Concrete (Dec. 14), and Mount Vernon Christian (Dec. 17).

A non-conference clash with next-door neighbor South Whidbey (Dec. 18) wraps the 2021 part of the 2021-2022 hoops season.

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Audrianna Shaw pumped in nine points Saturday as Coupeville squared off with Forks. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This time, the late-game rally fell short.

Three days after upending Granite Falls, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team looked like it was on a repeat course Saturday.

Playing their strongest ball late in the third quarter, the Wolves stormed back and put the fear of God into visiting Forks.

But perhaps the Spartans are atheists, as they drilled a three-ball at the buzzer, then clamped down in the fourth frame en route to a 53-42 win.

The non-conference loss evens Coupeville’s early-season record at 1-1, with the first Northwest 2B/1B League game on tap for next Friday, Dec. 10.

Facing a hard-nosed, rebound-happy Forks team which featured a rampaging force of nature in the middle named Kyra Neel, the Wolves struggled at times to hold their own on the boards.

By the end of the game, CHS point guard Maddie Georges had fouled out, with her final whistle coming on a phantom offensive charge.

Meanwhile, glass cleaners Carolyn Lhamon and Savina Wells were in foul trouble most of the game, as they tried to combat Neel, who crashed through the paint with a wild glee.

Forks repeatedly gave itself second and third chances, thanks to its players patrolling the boards with intensity, and that made life tough for Coupeville.

The Wolves responded by drilling their share of outside shots, with Izzy Wells a particular highlight as she drained a series of jumpers under pressure.

Georges knocked down an early three-ball, while Audrianna Shaw beat the pack to the hoop on a breakaway, and CHS trailed just 17-15 at the first break.

Shaw’s bucket was set up by a smart move by Savina Wells.

A long rebound landed in front of her, and, instead of pulling the ball in, the fab frosh reached past a rival to poke the ball, redirecting it on the fly to her teammate, who immediately made the defense pay.

While Coupeville continued to make smart plays, its offense dried up a bit in the second quarter, allowing Forks to stretch the margin out to 11 points.

Between a second three-ball off the fiery fingers of Georges and a soft jumper late from Savina Wells, the Wolves couldn’t get a shot to drop for nearly six minutes in the frame.

CHS fixed that coming out of the break, however, with Shaw slapping home a layup off of a dish from Georges.

A 6-0 run late in the third, with Gwen Gustafson, Lhamon, and Shaw scoring, pulled the Wolves to within 36-34, sparking hopes of a comeback win.

Forks was visibly frustrated at that point, as well.

Their otherwise-unflappable point guard was whistled for a technical foul after she hit the floor, then popped up and blatantly tried to hip-check Coupeville’s Lyla Stuurmans into the stands smack dab in front of the ref.

The Spartan floor leader was having trouble dealing with the defensive heat being brought by the Wolf fab frosh, who calmly smiled and strolled away in the aftermath.

Everything was breaking Coupeville’s way. And then, it wasn’t.

With the clock running down, Forks guard Janessa Ramos tossed up a prayer from the right side, and had it answered, her three-ball banking off the glass and through the net just as the buzzer sounded.

A dagger, it sucked a fair amount of air out of the gym, and made Coupeville’s fourth quarter prospects suddenly a little dimmer.

Cue the rampaging Neel, who owned the glass in the final stages, with the Wolves unable to put back-to-back buckets together at any point during the game’s final eight-minute stretch.

The loss of Georges, Coupeville’s deadliest long-range markswoman, barely a minute into the final frame, hurt badly.

That she was sidelined by a foul which simply never happened, called by a ref out of place, didn’t help to make the punch-out any easier to digest.

Coupeville kept fighting until the end, even getting Neel to foul out in the final seconds, but it was too late by that point.

Izzy Wells paced the Wolves with a team-high 14 points, while Shaw and Georges knocked down nine apiece in support.

Lhamon (5), Savina Wells (3), and Gustafson (2) also scored, while Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Stuurmans, Abby Mulholland, and Nezi Keiper all saw solid floor time.

Wolf coach Megan Smith responds to a positive play.

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Ryan Blouin dropped in a team-high nine points for Coupeville Saturday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“We’re young, we’ve got some talent, we just need to keep working and learning.”

That was the assessment by veteran coach Randy Bottorff after the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team battled visiting Forks down to the wire Saturday in a narrow loss.

The Wolves, who were without injured big man William Davidson, did get seven players into the scoring column in a 41-33 non-conference defeat.

Now 0-2 on the young season, the Wolf JV has time to work on fine-tuning things, with their next game a week away.

Forks withstood an early barrage of points by Coupeville gunner Ryan Blouin and carried a 12-9 lead into the first break.

The Wolves sliced their deficit to 21-19 at the half, and were still just down 29-25 heading into the final frame.

Nick Guay has been a steadying presence for a young Wolf team.

Blouin finished with a team-high nine points — five of those coming in the opening quarter — while Zane Oldenstadt dropped in eight in support.

Nick Guay (6), Hunter Bronec (4), Johnny Porter (2), Landon Roberts (2), and Jack Porter (2) also scored, with Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim, Hurlee Bronec, and Mikey Robinett chipping in with defense and hustle.

For freshmen Roberts and Johnny Porter, Saturday’s buckets accounted for their first points as high school basketball players.

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Gwen Gustafson slices past her defender. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a strong debut.

Holding off an opponent from a bigger school, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad opened its season Wednesday with a big win over Granite Falls.

While the Wolf JV came up short on the scoreboard in its tilt, the second team played strongly as well.

Bouncing between gyms, wanderin’ photographer John Fisken snapped away, capturing the images seen above and below.

To see everything he captured, pop over to:



Izzy Wells scores a key bucket in crunch time.

Abby Mulholland’s rival bows before her.

Savina Wells flies to the rack.

The Wolf JV watches the action unfold.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins ponders her options.

Audrianna Shaw ventures into enemy territory.

CHS varsity coach Megan Smith has a chat with her players.

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Bella Velasco gets the crowd fired up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were loud, and they were proud.

The joint was packed Wednesday, as Coupeville High School’s basketball teams celebrated opening night with a pair of varsity wins.

The Wolf girls toppled Granite Falls, while the CHS boys whacked Oak Harbor, sending Coupeville fans home happy.

The pics above and below, which come to us courtesy John Fisken, capture Wolf fans, and cheerleaders, hard at work bringing the noise, and the funk.

Wolf athletes (left to right) Sophie Martin, Audrianna Shaw, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh show up to support their classmates.

Samantha Streitler debates whether to let the pro-Coupeville crowd get REALLY loud. Spoiler: she chose yes.

The paparazzi has arrived.

Cheer Corner, an exclusive piece of gym property.

Pre-game prep in the hallway.

Hayley Fiedler ponders the mysteries of the universe during a break in the action.

Hadley Eager is ready to throw hands, if necessary.

The Wolf student section out-shouts Oak Harbor.

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