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   Former Wolf three-sport star Alex Evans, seen here with lil’ sis Maddie Georges, is the new CMS 7th grade girls basketball coach. (Suzan Georges photo)

   He’ll be joined by veteran coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh, who will run the 8th grade squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A little old school, a little new school. OK, well not that old school.

“Grizzled” vet Dustin Van Velkinburgh, who’s actually still pretty young, and relative newcomer Alex Evans will take the reigns of the Coupeville Middle School girls hoops program.

The duo, whose hires won’t be 100% official until the school board gives its approval, replace Megan Smith and Ryan King, who both stepped down after last season.

Van Velkinburgh, a 2002 Coupeville grad, has plenty of prior coaching experience, having previously led the CHS boys JV basketball squad for multiple years.

He also has first-hand knowledge of the 8th grade girls he’ll be coaching, since he’s been their SWISH coach in recent seasons.

Under his direction, those players capped their most-recent season in mid-Dec. with a postseason title, sweeping Swinomish, Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor.

Evans, who graduated from CHS in 2008, has worked with SWISH teams, as well.

During his days as a Wolf, he was a football, basketball and baseball star.

On the court, Evans was one of the deadliest three-ball droppin’ gunners to ever wear a Wolf uniform.

The CMS girls kick off practice for their season Jan. 29, with their first game Feb. 15.

The schedule:

Thur-Feb. 15 Chimacum
Thu-Feb. 22 @Stevens
Mon-Feb. 26 @Sequim
Thur-Mar. 1 Forks
Mon-Mar. 5 Blue Heron
Mon-Mar. 12 @Chimacum
Thur-Mar. 15 Stevens
Mon-Mar. 19 Sequim
Thur-Mar. 22 @Forks
Mon-Mar. 26 @Blue Heron

**All home games start at 3:15, with 7th grade playing first, then 8th, and are held in the CMS gym.

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Abby Mulholland gets ready to break some ankles in a game earlier this season. (John Fisken photos)

   Abby Mulholland gets ready to break some ankles in a game earlier this season. (John Fisken photos)

The future.

The future.

The next wave is coming and it’s hungry for success.

Capping their season strongly Saturday, the Coupeville 6th grade SWISH girls’ basketball squad split a pair of games, claiming second in their postseason tourney.

The Wolves, who went 10-4 this season under the tutelage of head coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh and assistant Trent Diamanti, opened play in Sedro-Woolley by drilling Stanwood 33-14.

They then returned to the court in the early afternoon for the title game and ran into refs who waved off three Coupeville buckets in what turned into a six-point loss to Blaine.

Having traveled down from the border, the almost-Canucks had a miracle day.

Entering the tourney seeded fifth, they shocked top-ranked Mt. Baker by 20 in the first round, then managed to survive (with some help from the guys in black and white) their showdown with the scrappy Wolves.

While Coupeville didn’t get the title they were hoping for, the tight-knit group of girls on this squad — drawn from a far smaller population than their rivals — were brilliant all season long.

“I’m very proud of this group of girls. We played hard all season,” Van Velkinburgh said. “Future looks bright for this group.

“A lot to be excited about,” he added. “I’m glad my daughter gets to play with this group. They are close on and off the court.”

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Isabelle Wells (John Fisken photo)

Isabelle Wells leads the attack in a game earlier this season. (John Fisken photo)

Two wins from a title.

The Coupeville SWISH 6th grade girls’ basketball squad finished the regular season with a flourish Saturday and is now primed for postseason glory.

The Wolves didn’t get caught looking ahead, staying on target by drubbing Sedro-Woolley 16-10 to close out league play.

The victory lifted Coupeville to 9-1 in league play, 9-3 overall.

The squad, which is coached by Dustin Van Velkinburgh, with an assist from Trent Diamanti, now enters the postseason tourney as a #2 seed.

They’ll play at 10 AM next Saturday at Cascade Middle School in Sedro. Win that game and they advance to the title game at 1:30.

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Chelsea Prescott (John Fisken photos)

   Chelsea Prescott flies up-court during an earlier season game. (John Fisken photos)


  The future of Wolf basketball is already well aware of how to star in team photos.

The road warriors continue to roll.

Despite playing their entire season away from Whidbey, Coupeville’s 6th/7th grade SWISH girls’ basketball team is soaring.

The latest accomplishment? A decisive doubleheader win Saturday, in which the Wolves won both games by double digits and improved their season mark to a crisp 7-2.

Coupeville shredded Anacortes 20-4, then thumped on Friday Harbor 16-2.

Both the victories, and the manner in which they were captured, showcase a bright future for the young Wolves.

“They play hard and our defense is smothering,” said coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh.

With Coupeville High School girls hoops on top (both the Wolf varsity and JV went 9-0 in league play last year), and the farm system kicking once again into high-gear, it is reawakening memories of the glory days in the late ’90s-mid 2000’s.

David and Amy King have the high school program humming, Bob Martin and Brett Smedley are setting them up with strong work at the middle school level and Van Velkinburgh and Lark Gustafson (3rd to 5th grade SWISH) are igniting hoops passion at a young age.

Their players want to grow up to be the next Makana Stone, the next Kacie Kiel, and one day hang banners in the CHS gym like that duo and past Wolf greats like Ashley Bagby-Ellsworth, Lexie Black and Brianne King.

And this is how that starts, by filling the pipeline on a regular basis, as the town once did so well.

“Mini factory in the ‘Ville,” Van Velkinburgh said with a pleased sigh. “Reminds me of the days of yesteryear.

“Fun years to come!”

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Van Velkinburgh (John Fisken photos)

   He’s got moves like his old man. CHS hoops coach (and former soccer star) Dustin Van Velkinburgh sends his progeny out to rule the pitch. (John Fisken photos)


“Rocket boosters fire in three, two, one…”


“If I turn like this when I kick, I’ll show off the sponsor logo better. That better be worth a free cookie or two…”

"I think I just pulled like 17 muscles..."

“I think I just pulled like 17 muscles…”

"Scorin' goals. Scorin' goals all day long. It's kind of my thing."

“Scorin’ goals. Scorin’ goals all day long. It’s kind of my thing.”

As the rain falls outside, bask in some sunny soccer pics from back when the weather was nice.

You know, a day or two ago.

The pics are courtesy travelin’ photo man John Fisken, who shoots in all weather.

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