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Jean Lund-Olsen netted a three-ball Friday for his first points of the season as the Coupeville varsity boys whacked Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They made some noise on Silent Night.

Romping to their most lopsided win in years, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad destroyed visiting Concrete Friday.

I’m not talking a 20-point or 30-point win here, either.

Catching a young Lions squad in the middle of the rebuilding process, the senior-heavy Wolves ran out to a 27-0 lead, put five players in double-digits scoring and romped to a 72-19 victory.

Yes, you read that right.

Coupeville, which has worked hard to rebuild its own program, just won by 50+ points, and in front of its home fans.

With the non-conference victory, the Wolves improve to 2-3 in a season in which they have been a handful of buckets away from being 5-0.

Heading into a match-up with The Bush School Saturday in Seattle, the CHS boys are beginning to click under third-year coach Brad Sherman, and are a dangerous squad when everything is working.

Friday night, fans wanted to cheer early, but couldn’t, as the team was holding a Silent Night game, in which everyone is supposed to remain quiet until the home team scores its 10th point.

That came fairly quickly, as the Wolves relentlessly attacked the Lions defense, which bent, then broke.

Hawthorne Wolfe banged home the game’s first bucket, off a steal and breakaway, before Sean Toomey-Stout and Jacobi Pilgrim slapped in layups.

Just like that, Coupeville was up 6-0 almost before clock operator Joel Norris was fully settled into his seat.

Quickly flexing his fingers, “The Ice Cream Man” got ready to keep up with the offensive onslaught, only to have the game halted by the one down moment of the night.

Senior big man Koa Davison, who has been having a breakout season, went down awkwardly on a play in the paint and hobbled off, forced to ice his ankle the rest of the game.

While his status going forward is unknown, any loss of time for Coupeville’s best offensive inside presence hurts.

Subbing in for Davison, fellow senior Ulrik Wells netted a pair of free-throws to stretch the lead to 8-0, and then, in a burst of speed and big-time hops, Toomey-Stout gave the crowd what it wanted.

As his layup slipped though the net, the Wolf faithful, led by former CHS hoops standout Hunter Smith losing his freakin’ mind, went bonkers — pretty much the way Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith had planned it.

The Silent Night idea comes from Taylor University in Indiana, which has pulled it off for 20+ seasons.

With the festivities out of the way, the Wolves, now with far-more vocal support, went right back to doing what they were doing.

Beatin’ the crud out of the Lions, who may (and I stress may) have gotten off at least one shot in the opening quarter.

Clamping down ferociously on defense, Coupeville forced turnover after turnover, then converted them into buckets in a blink of an eye.

Everyone had the magic touch, as seven different Wolves scored during a 27-0 first quarter which was unlike anything the CHS boys program has put together this decade.

Toomey-Stout tossed in eight points during the initial assault, while Mason Grove rang up another seven, including dropping the first of his three shots from behind the three-point arc.

For much of the night, the one bright spot for Concrete was the play of Levi Lowry, their 6-foot-3, 295-pound, surprisingly-nimble man in the middle.

He fought like a mad man on the boards, against great odds, and finally got the Lions into the scoring column a minute-plus into the second quarter, rolling hard inside for a three-point play the hard way.

Lowry scored Concrete’s first 13 points, and looked like he would be the only visitor to scratch his name into the scorebook until Bryon Ribera hit back-to-back corner three-balls in the final moments of the game.

While the Lions were a one-man crew for much of the night, the Wolves were the exact opposite.

Up 27-0 at the first break, they stretched things out to 44-5 at the half, then 67-13 by the end of the third quarter.

Coupeville hit three straight three-balls in the second frame, two from Grove and one from Wolfe, but that was just a set-up for a frenetic third, when CHS hit for 23 points despite a running clock being triggered a couple of seconds into the quarter.

Pilgrim was the main man, rumbling down low for three buckets, while Wolfe dropped another trey on his way to five in the quarter.

Keeping the ball moving from player to player, Coupeville again spread the love out, with seven players scoring in the quarter, then threw down a few more highlights as the clock raced from 8:00 to 0:00 in record time during the fourth quarter.

Jean Lund-Olsen came up with a spinning save on a ball about to go out of bounds, not only keeping the play alive, but ricocheting the rock right to Pilgrim, who spun around his defender for a final bucket.

Next play, some more JLO joy, as Lund-Olsen swished a long three-ball for his first points of the season.

Grove led the high-powered offensive attack, rattling the rim for 17 points, while Wolfe, Wells, Pilgrim, and Toomey-Stout collected 10 points apiece.

Rounding out the scoring were Brown (6), Gavin Knoblich (6), and Lund-Olsen (3), while Tucker Hall roughed up some folks on defense and senior Chris Ruck made his varsity debut to a huge roar from the student section.

After the game, players and fans mingled, still awash in the thrill of the rout.

Several went to Davison, offering best thoughts and encouragement as he hobbled out of the gym, ice bag still attached.

Off to the side, Brad Sherman’s four exuberant, basketball-loving little boys, perhaps the starting lineup a decade or so from now, had the time of their lives as Wolf three-ball gunner Natalie Castano helped them shoot at the far-away rim.

Eventually, Brad’s offspring would be bundled into their strollers, despite their protests, and sent home with grandma Deb and mom Abbey, while dad reflected on the win.

“Our bigs — Ulrik, Jacobi, Gavin, and Koa while he was in there — hit the offensive boards really well tonight,” Sherman said. “They all seemed really hungry on the boards, which is something we’re going to need from them going forward.

“Our defense as a team was just very impressive,” he added. “It was a really balanced team win, and that’s awesome.”

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Freshman Carolyn Lhamon banked in 10 points Friday as Coupeville’s varsity girls improved to 4-1 with a rout of Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some nights everything works.

Friday was just such a sublime moment for the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball squad, as it rocked visiting Concrete to a 57-27 tune.

With 11 of 12 active players scoring, all led by hard-working freshman Carolyn Lhamon having a breakout game, the Wolves improve to 4-1 on the season.

All four wins have come against schools which are in the Northwest 2B/1B League, which Coupeville joins next season, while the lone loss was to undefeated 3A Oak Harbor.

Friday’s rumble was a good old-fashioned beatdown, as the Wolves struck quickly and never, ever let up.

Flying in from the left side of the floor, senior team leader Avalon Renninger drilled a runner to open the scoring, and that opened the floodgates.

Pick your poison if you were Concrete, cause everyone in a Wolf uniform was going to hurt you on this night.

Six different CHS players made the net sing in the opening quarter, as the home team bolted out to a 17-3 lead.

Wolf junior Chelsea Prescott led the way in the first frame, banging home five points with a variety of moves.

Her first bucket came off of an offensive rebound which she ripped down, then immediately took back up strongly, while her second basket was a pull-up jumper which barely rippled the net as it dropped through.

Concrete couldn’t focus just on Prescott, though, as Renninger was also in a groove, banking home a second shot on the move, while Scout Smith, Lhamon, Maddie Georges, and Anya Leavell also scored in the early going.

Coupeville kept its motor humming in the second quarter, with coach Scott Fox directing his hardwood warriors to attack on the fly and press their advantage.

While Smith and fellow senior Hannah Davidson were quietly effective, tossing in buckets off of steals and rebounds, respectively, the star of the second eight-minute stretch was Audrianna Shaw.

The sophomore sparkplug came charging off the bench and immediately erupted, blowing up a Concrete player as she tried to crash in for a breakaway layup.

Shaw, chasing her every step of the way, determined glare on her face, came swooping in from behind and (inadvertently) flat-out decked the Lion shooter, sending her crashing hard and preventing the bucket.

Coupeville’s friendly assassin meant no ill will, and immediately helped up her fallen rival and patted her on the shoulder, but the warning had been sent.

Run from Shaw, and she will hunt you down and annihilate your very soul.

One crowd-pleasing play wasn’t enough for Shaw, though, as she also set up running mate Kylie Van Velkinburgh for back-to-back buckets with crisp passes.

Then, just to put a cherry on the sundae, she slapped home her own layup, off of a sparkling pass from Renninger.

Smart, well-executed passes were Coupeville’s calling card Friday, as most of its buckets were set up by teammates working together in near-perfect rhythm.

Romping with a 33-9 lead at the half, the Wolves settled for a 6-6 stalemate in the third quarter, highlighted by Izzy Wells netting a sweet lil’ hook shot off a Davidson feed.

Rested a bit, Coupeville re-jammed the gas pedal through the floor in the final frame, throwing down a game-high 18 points.

Lhamon and Leavell made the perfect tag team in the quarter, powering up to deliver six points apiece as they shredded the last bit of the Concrete defense.

Leavell got hers off of a put-back and then two gorgeous jumpers, both set up by strong passes, one from Shaw, another from Mollie Bailey.

Her younger teammate did most of her damage down in the paint, again benefiting from her teammates making smart set-up plays.

One Lhamon bucket came off of a Shaw pass, another from a set-up by Leavell, as Coupeville’s underclassmen, who will face Concrete often in the future, carried a big portion of the play-making load.

The Wolves finished with their best offensive showing of the season, and a remarkably-balanced scoring sheet.

Lhamon, who had five points coming in, went off for a game-high 10, while Smith and Leavell finished with eight apiece.

Smith continues her charge up the CHS girls hoops career scoring chart, passing six more former Wolf stars Friday including Kassie Lawson, Heather Davis, and state tourney hero Jaime Rasmussen.

With 187 points and counting, the Wolf captain sits at #58 all-time, just 36 points away from cracking the Top 50.

Prescott (7), Renninger (6), Van Velkinburgh (4), Shaw (4), Davidson (4), Bailey (2), Georges (2), and Wells (2) also scored, and Prescott continues to chase Smith.

Having tallied 171 career points, the multi-talented junior rose five spots Friday to land at #66 all-time.

With freshman Nezi Keiper sidelined with an injury, the lone Wolf not to score against Concrete was Tia Wurzrainer.

But her calling card has always been defense, and the senior guard made her impact felt on that end of the floor, harassing the Lion ballhandlers and forcing numerous turnovers.

Coupeville won’t have terribly long to bask in the afterglow of the win, as it hits the road Saturday, traveling to Seattle to face The Bush School.

The Wolves play their first game of their last season in the North Sound Conference next Tuesday, Dec. 17, when they travel to Sultan.

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Abby Mulholland scored seven points Friday as the Coupeville JV decimated visiting Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They only got one chance to play, so they made dang sure to get the most out of it.

While some other Coupeville High School basketball teams are playing as many as three times this week, the Wolf JV girls got the short end of the stick.

Friday Harbor bailed on its game at the last second Wednesday, and The Bush School was upfront about only wanting to play a varsity game Saturday.

That left the Coupeville JV girls with one chance to impress, Friday night at home against Concrete, and they delivered.

And how.

Blasting the visiting Lions in every quarter, the Wolves romped to a 50-13 non-conference victory, lifting their record to a shiny 3-1 on the season.

CHS bolted out to a 13-2 lead after one quarter of hardwood action, sparked by the hot shooting of Alita Blouin, who popped for six quick points in the first frame.

From there, Megan Smith’s squad attacked from all angles, throwing up buckets at a dizzying pace.

From 13-2, Coupeville stretched the lead to 26-7 at the half, then 37-9 after three quarters.

The Wolves got big games from everyone on the roster, with eight different players scoring.

Gwen Gustafson, the only Wolf to score in every quarter, finished atop the stat sheet, popping the nets for a sweet 15 points, while Blouin was right behind her with 12.

Abby Mulholland (7), Ella Colwell (6), Jessenia Camarena (4), Natalie Castano (3), Savana Allen (2), and Ryanne Knoblich (1) also scored.

That pack got on-court help from Samantha Streitler, Claire Mayne, and Morgan Stevens, and off-court support from Lily Leedy and Heidi Meyers.

While the young Wolves will sit out Saturday’s action, they have a full week ahead, with games against Sultan, Port Townsend, and Nooksack Valley before heading into winter break.

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Alex Wasik tossed in eight points Friday as Coupeville’s C-Team pounded Concrete’s JV. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Patrick Upchurch is a made man.

The Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball guru exited the gym Friday night carrying the first win of his head coaching career.

With eight of the 10 players on his roster scoring, the Wolves rocked visiting Concrete hard, jumping out to a 14-0 lead on their way to a 39-11 victory over the Lion JV.

Coming a night after a hard-fought loss to a tough 3A Squalicum squad, the win evens Coupeville’s record at 1-1 on the season.

While it will go down as the first (of probably many) wins for Upchurch, the CHS coach handed all the credit to his players.

The Wolves handled the ball well, spread out the scoring wealth, and benefited from a strong defensive effort.

Ben Smith delivered three “huge” blocks which rattled a few teeth and brought the Wolf fans to their feet, while Brayden Coatney “battled hard on the glass, taking down at least seven or eight rebounds.”

Coupeville spread out its offense, though freshman Ty Hamilton outscored Concrete by himself, rattling home 12 points.

The slash-and-shoot guard torched the nets for a quick six points in the opening quarter, then added a bucket in each of the remaining three frames.

Coatney and Alex Wasik provided key support, as each Wolf drained eight points, with Simon Shelley netting a fourth-quarter three-ball.

Dominic Coffman, Smith, Nick Armstrong, and the coach’s son, Josh Upchurch, all chipped in with a bucket, while Coen Killian and Jaden Goodrich also saw floor time for CHS.

Riding high off the win, the C-Team heads to Mount Vernon next Tuesday, Dec. 17 to play its first road game of the season.

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Don’t cheer for Mason Grove Friday, until Coupeville scores its 10th point of the game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t cheer for the Wolves.

At least not at first.

When Coupeville High School boys basketball hosts Concrete Friday (7 PM tip), things will be a little different if everything goes to plan.

Following in the footsteps of Indiana’s Taylor University, the Wolves are planning a Silent Night.

Fans are encouraged to wear festive outfits, and then keep their cheer to themselves (for a hot moment, at least).

“Any holiday-themed dress,” said Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith. “Ugly sweaters (including any UW sweater), reindeer ears, blah, blah blah … or is it humbug, humbug, humbug.”

Under Silent Night guidelines, those in the stands (and camped around the court) stay dead quiet from opening tip-off until Coupeville scores its 10th point of the game.

If Concrete gets there first, silence still reigns.

Coupeville. 10th point. And then everyone gets crazy.

Literally at Taylor University, where students often flood the floor during the celebration.

With refs in on the plan, no technical foul is called, and the event has been going strong for 20+ years.

For Coupeville’s inaugural try, Smith is more about the celebration happening off the court, and not on it.

“We won’t storm the court,” he said. “But there is just a lot of them (students/fans) around the court and, yes, I’d like (to see) that replicated.”

 

To see a well-oiled machine pull off the event, take a gander at:

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