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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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Scout Smith collected six points, four steals and two rebounds Friday night. (John Fisken photo)

   Scout Smith collected six points, four steals and two rebounds Friday night. (John Fisken photo)

Just out of reach.

Tripped up by a fourth-quarter lapse, the Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball squad suffered a rare loss Friday night.

Unable to crack a tough man press down the stretch, the Wolves were outscored 11-3 to end the game and fell 35-25 at Mount Vernon Christian.

The non-conference loss snaps a three-game winning streak and leaves the young guns, who have played all but one game on the road this season, at 6-3.

Coupeville staked itself to a narrow 6-4 lead after one quarter of play, and stayed close all night, pulling to within 24-22 with just under six minutes left in the game.

The Hurricanes then busted things open with three consecutive baskets off of turnovers or steals set up by their press.

While she wasn’t thrilled with the loss, Wolf coach Amy King did come away with several positives from her team’s performance.

“Our defense improved through each quarter, until the end when we panicked,” she said. “Still, they all played hard. They didn’t quit and just worked until the end.

King doled out praise to freshmen Tia Wurzrainer (“she had a good game; her defense and steals are becoming more frequent and stronger”) and Maya Toomey-Stout, who initiated a number of fast breaks.

Coupeville also worked on running its own full court press for the first time this season.

“We will look forward to using that the rest of the season,” King said.

Ema Smith was front and center, pumping home nine points and corralling eight rebounds to lead the Wolves.

Scout Smith knocked down six points to back her up, while Avalon Renninger (3), Nicole Lester (2), Emma Mathusek (2), Ashlie Shank (2) and Toomey-Stout (1) also scored.

Lester and Renninger each snared six boards, while Toomey-Stout and Scout Smith both made off with four steals apiece.

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Sage Downes (John Fisken photos)

   Sage Downes floats in mid-air, about to sting Port Townsend with a sweet one-handed dagger. (John Fisken photos)

Jaelyn Crebbin

Jaelyn Crebbin is here for the game, but a free cookie is a free cookie.

Aiden Burdge

Aiden Burdge bides his time, waiting for the play to develop.

Peytin Vondrak

   High school hoops hotshots (l to r) Peytin Vondrak, Ema Smith and Sarah Wright stop by to sign some autographs.

Logan Martin

Logan Martin brings his defender, and the crowd, to their feet.

Izzy Wells

Izzy Wells knows not of these cookies of which you speak.

Dakota Eck

Dakota Eck slices through the defense.


  “You want some cookies? Good thing the store’s right across the road, isn’t it?”

The gym was hoppin’ and the camera was clickin’.

Monday afternoon was a busy time in the Coupeville Middle School gym, as the Wolves faced off with visiting Port Townsend, drawing in a mix of fans and paparazzi.

The photos above come to us courtesy of John Fisken.

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


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Maddy Hilkey was one of nine Wolves to score Friday night. (John Fisken photo)

  Maddy Hilkey was one of nine Wolves to score Friday night. (John Fisken photo)

Put ’em on the court and they will take care of business.

Capturing victories hasn’t been the problem for the Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball squad this season. It’s getting teams not to cancel on them.

Friday night was originally going to be the third time an opponent begged off playing, but at the last minute Chimacum decided it did have enough players to take the floor.

Cue the hungry Wolves, who seized advantage of any chance to play, and promptly rolled their hosts 41-22.

The win lifts Coupeville’s young guns to 6-2 overall, 2-0 in Olympic League play.

Or 8-2, 4-0 if you give the Wolves forfeit wins for the times Port Townsend and Chimacum bailed on them earlier this season…

Friday night, CHS rode a balanced offensive attack — nine girls scored, led by Ema Smith’s game-high 11 — and, other than a third-quarter slow-down, was markedly the superior team.

A 12-4 lead after one became a 22-7 bulge by halftime, then, after a two-point bump in the road in the third, Coupeville closed on a 17-9 surge in the fourth.

“Overall, we moved the ball pretty well on offense,” said Wolf coach Amy King. “Everyone got shots up and kept looking for openings.”

After falling into their third-quarter nap, the Wolves got a wake-up call from Nicole Lester, who all but ripped a Chimacum player’s head clean off her shoulders while retrieving a rebound.

“That seemed to be the spark the JV needed to take a breath and regain our game,” King said.

Ema Smith, who filled up the stat sheet with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots, set up Emma Mathusek twice for quick buckets, while Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer were ball-hawks on defense.

Coupeville’s sophomore swing players — Ema Smith and Sarah Wright — were key to the team finding, and holding its groove.

Sarah didn’t score a lot but always adds an energy to the court that is necessary to keep us going,” King said. “Ema proves every night why she is a leader on and off the court.

“She talks, explains, encourages and shows through example,” she added. “She really stepped up and got the team working together in that last quarter.”

Mathusek and Maya Toomey-Stout each dropped in six points to back Ema Smith’s 11, while Scout Smith rattled home five.

Renninger (4), Wright (4), Ashlie Shank (2), Lester (2) and Maddy Hilkey (1) rounded out the attack, with Lester snatching five boards and Wurzrainer pilfering two steals.

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