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Coupeville High School boys hoops assistant coach Greg White lays it on the line. “Just win, baby! The rest will take care of itself.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, we get some respect, just not all the respect.

Despite being the only unbeaten 2B boys team left in the state, Coupeville High School has yet to top any of the state-wide rankings this season.

But the Wolves, now 13-0 after road wins at Mount Vernon Christian and Granite Falls this past week, have bumped back up.

So, it’s a start.

Evans Rankings, which uses “an unbiased ranking system using a formula of my creation,” according to well-respected writer/numbers cruncher Matt Evans, has the CHS boys #6 as of Sunday night.

Coupeville trails Kalama (12-1), Chief Leschi (13-1), Ilwaco (14-1), Okanogan (16-2), and Napavine (13-2), but does rise four slots from last week, when they were tabbed at #10.

Meanwhile, the Wolves also sit at #6 in the RPI rankings posted by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, trailing the same five schools, just in a slightly different order.

The WIAA goes Kalama, Ilwaco, Okanogan, Chief Leschi, and Napavine currently.

While there is a lot of (often well-deserved) carping about the WIAA’s system, that’s the one which directly affects where and who Coupeville would play if it advances to the state tourney.

Meanwhile, new “Top 10 power rankings” from SB Live should be out in the next day or two.

In the last one, posted on Jan. 25, Okanogan was #1 in 2B, and Coupeville was on the outside looking in, considered one of “the next three teams up.”

Finally, there’s last week’s Associated Press poll, where pampered Seattle and Tacoma newspaper people sit around eating caviar and bonbons while ignoring the outer kingdoms.

I kid, I kid.

With the newspaper industry crashing to Earth like the Hindenburg, it’s more like a dented bottle of off-brand bottled water and an out-of-date pack of Ho Ho’s, am I right?

Honestly, it’s not surprising the Wolves get no love (or a single vote) from the AP, as the Coupeville boys haven’t been to the state tourney since 1988.

That means most voters haven’t seen CHS play in years and have no base of reference to draw from.

Out of sight, completely out of mind.

A few years back Makana Stone averaged 20+ points and 20+ rebounds a night while leading the Coupeville girls to a third-straight Olympic League title — a stretch where no conference rival came within single digits of the Wolves.

Local voters handed her another unanimous league MVP, but, when AP voters tabbed All-State teams, they ignored Kana.

Instead, they voted in favor of a girl from Klahowya who wasn’t the first option on a team which finished at the bottom of the league.

Why did they do that?

Because the Klahowya girl was one of the best soccer players in the state, the anchor of a state-title winning team.

AP voters mindlessly voted for a name they recognized, exposed an epic blind spot, then went back to hustling to keep their industry from vanishing from the face of the Earth.

And thus it has ever been so.


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Ja’Kenya Hoskins fights for a rebound. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf bench watches Coupeville’s seventh-straight win unfold.

One big win, one slight slip in the rankings.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team only got on the floor once last week, but it resulted in a 65-48 thunking of Mount Vernon Christian in a first-place showdown.

As big as that victory was for the Wolves, it wasn’t enough for them to hold on to their #3 ranking among 2B schools when Evans Rankings released its latest numbers Monday.

Chief Leschi (8-0) remained at #1, but the rest of the top five shuffled.

Kalama (9-1) bounced from #5 to #2, Okanogan (12-1) bumped from #4 to #3, Coupeville (7-0) slipped from #3 to #4, and Ilwaco (10-0) plunged from #2 to #5.

What does it all mean?

Ultimately, not everything, as the Evans Rankings numbers don’t impact postseason seeding like the RPI numbers tallied by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association will.

But, the rankings, the work of noted numbers cruncher Matthew Evans, are fun to follow.

Coupeville’s boys have gone from #6 to #4 to #3, then back to #4 this season.

The other two 2B schools in the Northwest 2B/1B League, La Conner and Friday Harbor, hold down #35 and #43, respectively.

Among 1B schools, MVC’s boys are #15, with Orcas Island (#24), Darrington (#29), and Concrete (#50) trailing behind.

Meanwhile, the Wolf girls, who fell to MVC, sit at #25, down one slot from a week ago.

La Conner, which suffered its first loss in 12 games when a three-ball rimmed out at the buzzer in a showdown with 4A Eastlake, is #5, while Friday Harbor’s girls are #48.

The MVC girls (9-2), who were savaged 66-13 by La Conner earlier this season, are #1 among 1B schools, with Darrington (#35), Orcas Island (#38), and Concrete (#44) rounding out NWL teams.


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Logan Downes stops and pops for the undefeated CHS boys hoops squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’re trending upward.

The undefeated Coupeville High School boys basketball team, enjoying its best start in two decades-plus, continues to climb in the rankings.

The Wolves, who are 6-0 heading into a big showdown with Mount Vernon Christian, moved from #4 to #3 among all 2B schools when Evans Rankings released its latest numbers Sunday night.

Coupeville passed Lake Roosevelt, which suffered back-to-back losses and plunged from #2 to #13 in the rankings.

Chief Leschi (7-0) holds on to the top spot in 2B, with Ilwaco (8-0) moving up a rung to #2. Okanogan (9-1) and Kalama (5-1) round out the top five.

We’re now three weeks into the rankings, which are the work of noted numbers cruncher Matthew Evans.

A writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications such as Rant Sports and Stoppage Time Soccer, he had Coupeville at #6 first time out.

Two weeks later, the Wolves are knocking on the penthouse door.

La Conner and Friday Harbor — Coupeville’s fellow 2B schools in the Northwest 2B/1B League — currently sit at #33 and #46, respectively.

In the 1B rankings, Mount Vernon Christian is #11, with Orcas Island (#22), Darrington (#27), and Concrete (#47) on the chase.

On the girls side of things, La Conner, which rolled to 10-0 with lopsided wins over Coupeville and Concrete this past week, holds at #4.

The Wolves slip two spots from #22 to #24, with Friday Harbor down at #49.

MVC’s girls, who were obliterated by La Conner earlier this year, hold on to the #1 ranking in 1B, with Darrington (#33), Concrete (#38), and Orcas Island (#41) rounding out NWL teams.


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Caleb Meyer and 2B Coupeville toppled 3A Oak Harbor, and the undefeated Wolves are ranked #4 in the state in their classification by Evans Rankings. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The secret is not playing.

Despite not having any games over the holiday break, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team has jumped two spots in the second roundup released by Evans Rankings.

The undefeated Wolves (5-0) were at #6 among all 2B schools after the first rankings, but now sit at #4 as of Jan. 1.

Chief Leschi (7-0) moves atop the leaderboard, followed by Lake Roosevelt (6-0) and Ilwaco (7-0).

Coupeville leapfrogs Okanogan, which slid from #1 to #5 after absorbing its first loss, and Rainier, which drops from #5 to #7. Both of those teams are 6-1 on the season.

The Wolves are slated to return to Northwest 2B/1B League action this coming Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they host La Conner, which is #33 in the 2B rankings.

Friday Harbor is #48 in 2B, with NWL 1B schools Mount Vernon Christian (#11), Orcas Island (#25), Darrington (#30), and Concrete (#44) popping up in that classification’s rankings.

On the girls side, the Jan. 1 rankings are the first of the season, and they feature Mount Vernon Christian (7-2) as the #1 team in 1B.

Meanwhile, unbeaten La Conner (8-0), which thrashed MVC in an early game, is #4 in 2B.

Coupeville’s girls, who are 4-2 heading into their own showdown with the Braves Jan. 4, are ranked #22 in 2B, with Friday Harbor #49.

The other 1B schools are lumped together, with Darrington (#32), Concrete (#34), and Orcas Island (#35) engaged in a tense brawl.

Evans Rankings, which blows MaxPreps and the WIAA out of the water, is the work of nimble numbers cruncher Matthew Evans.

He’s a writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications such as Rant Sports and Stoppage Time Soccer.


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Grady Rickner crashes to the hoop during 2B Coupeville’s thunking of 3A Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The gym is quiet, but the rankers are hard at work.

Even with Coupeville High School’s basketball teams on a holiday break, the Wolves can still make a splash on the internet.

Case in point – the undefeated CHS boys hoops squad landing at #6 among all 2B schools when Evans Rankings dropped its first set of numbers Sunday afternoon.

The Wolves (5-0) trail Okanogan (5-0), Chief Leschi (6-0), Ilwaco (7-0), Lake Roosevelt (6-0), and Rainier (6-1) at the moment, with 75% of the regular season yet to be played.

Coupeville’s Northwest 2B/1B League rivals La Conner (3-3) and Friday Harbor (2-4) sit at #35 and #48 on the 2B chart, out of 53 ranked teams.

NWL rivals Mount Vernon Christian (6-1), Orcas Island (2-4), Darrington (3-3), and Concrete (0-6) are at #9, #27, #37, and #49, respectively, among ranked teams playing 1B ball.

Evans Rankings, which is far superior to MaxPreps and the WIAA when it comes to ranking teams, is the work of Matthew Evans.

He’s a former writer and editor whose work has appeared in Rant Sports, Stoppage Time Soccer, and VAVEL USA.

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