Posts Tagged ‘Ema Smith’

   The Coupeville Booster Club’s annual Crab Feed fundraiser attracted an assortment of people, including John Fisken and Ciara Smith. (Ema Smith photos)

Someone’s excited to get eatin’.

Avalon Renninger, one with the universe.

Wolf volleyball ace Lucy Sandahl checks in on her papa.

   Soccer sensation Genna Wright lays the smack down on her potato. “I am going to destroy you! Absolutely destroy you!!”

“How sweet it is!”

Morgan Pease (left) and Lindsey Roberts have a smile-off.

   Maddy Hilkey (with tongs) and Jake Pease prepare to attack Sarah Wright’s tray o’ crab.

   Having just made it back from the state volleyball tourney in Yakima, Wolves (l to r) Emma Smith, Hope Lodell and Ashley Menges showed up to help serve.

   Former Booster Club bigwig Robyn Myers enjoys the perks of eating crab with husband Rob without having to spend months planning the event.

It’s the biggest social event of the season.

Every year the Coupeville Booster Club puts on a crab feed, and everyone who is anyone shows up to support Wolf athletes and enjoy a mix of taste treats.

As the action went down Saturday night, CHS supernova Ema Smith clicked away, providing us with the pics seen above.

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   Ema Smith notched her first goal of the season Thursday in Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t sleep on Ema Smith.

The Coupeville High School junior is normally a role player for the girls soccer squad, but she has a dangerous goal-scoring toe or two at her disposal, as she showed Thursday night.

Smith notched her first score of the season, beating the Sequim goaltender (with a little assist from a rival player’s head), the only Wolf to do so in a 4-1 loss.

The non-conference defeat, coming on the road against a large 2A school, snaps a two-game win streak for CHS and drops it to 2-2 on the season.

While the final score didn’t come out in favor of his squad, Wolf coach Kyle Nelson saw genuine positives in his team’s performance.

“It was a closer game than the score shows,” he said. “It is also a good game for us against a good opponent to show us the things we need to work on.

“We will use this to get better.”

Coupeville, which is tied with Klahowya for the early lead atop the 1A Olympic League, has a key game coming up on Saturday.

The Wolves (1-0 in league play) travel to Port Townsend for a 1:15 game.

That match-up with the RedHawks closes out a three-game road trip for Coupeville.

After that game, CHS won’t have to play more than one road game in a row the remainder of the regular season.

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   Wolf junior Kalia Littlejohn (15) shows off some nimble foot work during Thursday’s season-opening soccer jamboree. (John Fisken photos)

   A pack of Coupeville athletes from other sports made the trek to Oak Harbor to support their classmates.

Ema Smith enjoys the sun while it lasts.

   After two seasons of volleyball, Sarah Wright has hopped to soccer and is now directing traffic as a goalie.

Team manager Chris Cernick is focused like a laser.

   Sherry Roberts (right) points out the sun to fellow Wolf mom Kathy Bayne. “We’re not gonna see that again the rest of the season!”

Lauren Bayne takes off a rival player’s head with a well-angled shot.

The new-look Wolves.

High school sports are officially back, and so is John Fisken.

After spending his summer rambling across the USA, the intrepid photographer was back on The Rock Thursday and clicking away as the three Whidbey girls soccer teams opened the season with a jamboree in Oak Harbor.

There are plenty of Wildcat and Falcon pics out there if you go look, but our focus, of course, is on Coupeville and a Wolf squad which debuted new uniforms and a new head coach in Kyle Nelson.

To see everything Fisken shot (purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:


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“Be one with the basketball, my children.” (Amy King photos)

Tasty treats await hoops fanatics.

   Wolves (l to r) Lindsey Roberts, Maddy Hilkey and Kailey Kellner work the scorekeeper’s table.

   Hunter Downes (left) and Jered Bown give up their weekend to help the Wolf hoops program raise funds.

   CHS hoops stars (l to r) Kyla Briscoe, Tiffany Briscoe and Ema Smith pull a shift.

Smith is joined by Avalon Renninger (left) and Ashlie Shank.

   CHS girls hoops coach David King (second from left) and his weekend band of warriors.

If you open the gym, they will show up.

Coupeville High School (and its basketball teams) played host to the annual Hoopaholics basketball tourney/fundraiser this weekend.

The three-day event, which raises money for the Wolf girls and boys hoops programs, packs the gym with players of a certain age trying to recapture their basketball youth.

As the event unfolded, CHS coach Amy King snapped the pics seen above, which she shares with us.

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Brittany Powers was one of several Wolves who hit huge fourth-quarter shots Tuesday night. (John Fisken photo)

   Brittany Powers was one of several Wolves who hit huge fourth-quarter shots Tuesday night. (John Fisken photo)


The Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball squad does not back down, does not give in, does not believe it will lose.

And that’s why the Wolves won again Tuesday night.

Because, one player after another stepped into the spotlight, seized their moment and sent their family and friends home riding a wave of euphoria.

Scoring the game’s final six points, the Wolves upended visiting Klahowya 29-27 to remain undefeated in Olympic League play.

They sit at 4-0 (6-0 if you give them forfeits for the two times league foes cancelled due to lack of players) and 8-3 overall.

Playing at home for the first time in 45 days, the young Wolves saved their best for the finale.

Trailing 23-21 coming into the fourth, they got one high-pressure play after another, with every player on the floor stepping up at one point or another.

Brittany Powers got things started when she swished a long jumper from the left side to knot things back up, before Klahowya scored back-to-back buckets to take its biggest lead of the night.

Little did the Eagles know they would never score again.

Sarah Wright pulled Coupeville within a bucket, backing her foe down in the paint before whirling to drop in a softly-banked shot off the glass, then Ema Smith sacrificed her body for the good of the team.

Charging from one end of the court to the other, in a mad attempt to get ahead of the ball-handler, Smith somehow got between the basket and the hard-charging Eagle.

Planting herself squarely in the oncoming path of a runaway freight train, she held her ground and got promptly run over.

A little dazed and confused, Smith happily peeled herself off the hardwood as the ref emphatically whistled an offensive foul on Klahowya, giving CHS the ball and a chance to tie with the clock ticking under a minute.

The Wolves took advantage, beating the Eagle press and putting the ball in Ashlie Shank’s hands.

Playing on the day her dad (Coupeville Superintendent Dr. Jim Shank) was celebrating his birthday, the youngest member of the clan drilled a soft jumper to knot things back up at 27-27.

Re-enter Smith, who got in the middle of a scramble for a loose ball — having been the one to knock the ball free in the first place — and recovered it while being blasted to the floor again.

Bouncing down court, the ever-giddy one grabbed the ball from the ref, and with no fanfare or wasted time, swished both of her free throws to give the Wolves a lead they would not relinquish.

Coupeville had started the game strongly, with Maya Toomey-Stout draining an eye-popping three-ball from the corner that she banked off the glass.

With Shank on a rampage — she dropped six of her team-high nine in the opening quarter — the Wolves ran to an early lead, then built on it later with strong inside play.

Nicole Lester dropped in a pair of buckets to fuel an 8-0 run in the second quarter, the first coming off of a rebound, the second on a picture-perfect play where she relentlessly backed down her defender in the paint.

The Wolves spread out their scoring, with seven of 11 players scratching their names in the scoring column.

Shank had four steals to go with her nine points, while Toomey-Stout rattled home five points and Lester and Wright banked in four apiece.

Powers (3), Ema Smith (2) and Avalon Renninger (2) rounded out the scoring, while Scout Smith ran the point and the three-headed beast of Maddy Hilkey, Tia Wurzrainer and Emma Mathusek harassed the Eagles on defense.

Lester led the Wolves on the boards, collecting seven caroms.

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