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Kayla Arnold rumbles in the paint. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Another season in the books.

Coupeville High School girls’ basketball put a cap on the 2022-2023 campaign Monday night, gathering for the final awards banquet of the winter season.

The Wolf varsity finished 10-11, including a playoff win over Auburn Adventist Academy, while the JV went 8-8 and showed great promise.

Prior to Monday’s shindig, senior Maddie Georges was honored by Northwest 2B/1B League coaches, tabbed as a Second-Team All-Conference pick.

CHS head coach Megan Richter and assistants Kassie O’Neil, Cherie Smith, Lark Gustafson, and Mia Littlejohn handed out the following awards:


Varsity awards:

Alita Blouin – Offensive Specialist; Fab Five
Mia Farris – Most Improved
Maddie Georges – MVP; Four Year Award; Fab Five
Gwen Gustafson – Four Year Award; Fab Five
Ryanne Knoblich – Most Inspirational; Fab Five
Carolyn Lhamon – Four Year Award; Fab Five
Lyla Stuurmans – Defensive Specialist


JV awards:

Teagan Calkins – Most Improved
Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo – Defensive Specialist
Madison McMillan – MVP
Brynn Parker – Most Inspirational
Kierra Thayer – Offensive Specialist

Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo pushes the ball up the floor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)


Varsity letter winners:

Alita Blouin
Mia Farris
Maddie Georges
Gwen Gustafson
Jada Heaton
Ryanne Knoblich
Carolyn Lhamon
Katie Marti
Madison McMillan
Skylar Parker
Lyla Stuurmans


Participation certificates:

Kayla Arnold
Edie Bittner (Manager)
Teagan Calkins
Karyme Castro (Manager)
Bryley Gilbert
Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo
Anna Myles (Manager)
Brynn Parker
Desi Ramirez-Vasquez
Kierra Thayer
Kassidy Upchurch
Reese Wilkinson
Liza Zustiak

Gwen Gustafson played God’s chosen sport all four years she attended Coupeville High School. (Bailey Thule photo)

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Alita Blouin, talented and tough. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s one tough young woman.

Coupeville High School senior Alita Blouin has natural athletic talent, a strong inner drive, and a rock-solid support crew in her family and friends.

But what has always impressed me over the years, as she has gone from the world of youth sports to high school games, is her toughness.

Not that she goes out and slugs rival players in the face or anything like that — though maybe don’t get between Alita and a loose ball or you just might taste her elbow.

A shooter supreme. (Andrew Williams photo)

Alita’s toughness comes in several forms.

One, in being able to fight back through injuries, whether it’s a busted ankle or a balky back.

Nothing keeps Alita down for long, and, each time, she returns to the floor just as committed and just as scrappy.

But her toughness also shines through in how she approaches each aspect of being an athlete.

Some players bring effort in games. Others turn up the intensity in practice.

Few have been as competitive in warmups as Alita, however.

Way back, a long time ago — OK, it was during her 8th grade volleyball season — I wrote about a small, but very important, moment I noticed during pregame exercises.

As CMS went through warm-ups before a volleyball match, the spikers started to run laps around the floor.

Alita, a team captain, was out in front, serious and locked-in. No coasting.

At which point, one of her teammates, Lucy Tenore, who is considerably taller, and has a much-longer stride, tried to pass her friend.

Alita was not playing that. At all.

Lucy, smile growing bigger and bigger, tried a second time, then a third, but couldn’t get by.

That’s because Alita, legs pumping, elbows ever at the alert, fended off her teammate at every turn, her face locked in a death mask of concentration.

Lucy, fully laughing at this point, finally relented, only to see Alita kick it up a notch to a sprinter’s run to finish the final curve, one eye looking over her shoulder just in case anyone else wanted to get foolish.

June and Shawn’s daughter brought that same intensity to the floor every night as she played volleyball and (when her body allowed it) basketball.

Hanging out with the parental units. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

As a libero, Alita was invaluable, capable of filling up the stat sheet, but worth far more to the Wolves as a leader, joining Maddie Georges at the forefront of the CHS attack.

The duo earned a major honor at the end of their prep volleyball careers, invited to play in the 1B/2B/1A All-State games.

It was a fitting reward, and a testament to what both brought to the Wolf spiker program.

In a perfect world, Alita would have been able to suit up for Coupeville’s basketball team all four years.

While injuries prevented that, with a broken ankle suffered during pregame player introductions her junior season a nasty surprise, when she was on the floor, she made the net jump like few others.

Alita can rain down three-balls from anywhere on the floor, yet also showed a willingness to slice through the paint and tangle with the tall trees camped around the basket.

She was only on the floor for 23 high school hoops games — two as a junior before the injury, and 21 as a senior — yet still rattled the rims for 215 points.

That puts Alita #56 on the all-time CHS girls scoring chart, for a program launched in 1974, and her 204 points this past season marks the first time a Wolf girl topped 200 in a season since 2016.

Toss in appearances on the honor roll, and the fact she was elected Homecoming Queen as a senior, and Ryan’s big sister has left a substantial mark on her soon-to-be alma mater.

Royalty, on and off the court. (Angie Downes photo)

Talent, toughness, inner drive — Alita has it all, and wherever she goes after high school, one thing is for certain. She will be a winner at anything she does.

Now, as she and her classmates work their way towards graduation, let’s take a moment to bestow another honor on her.

Today, in a move which you could see coming a long, long time ago — at about the moment she hip-checked Lucy Tenore into the stands — we welcome Alita Blouin to the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

After this, you’ll find her hanging out at the top of the blog under the Legends tab, a fitting destination.

When entering the digital shrine, however, don’t try and pass Alita.

Cause she don’t play that.

“You can compete with me. You can’t beat me!” (Brian Vick photo)

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Haylee Armstrong rains down three-balls, then dances away into the night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The games are done, but the photos remain.

Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball put a cap on an eight-game season Thursday, moving to the big gym to square off with visiting South Whidbey.

As the teams battled for hardwood supremacy, wanderin’ photo clicker John Fisken fired up his cameras, and the pics above and below are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot, and ponder the possibility of making some early Christmas purchases for the grandparents down in Grand Rapids, pop over to:





South Whidbey:


Wolf hoops stars cheer on their teammates.

“Let the bodies hit the floor!”

Putting a cap on a successful season.

CMS coach Bennett Richter ponders what’s louder — Navy jets ripping over OLF or 10,000 screaming preteens in a gym?

It doesn’t count unless the score table says it counts.

Armstrong airborne? Awesome!

Adeline Maynes (hand under chin) and Chelsi Stevens enjoy a moment.

Does the mug match the shoes? Debate.

A win in the books, a celebration on the floor.

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Coupeville 6th grader Tamsin Ward has a bright hardwood future. (Photo courtesy Jandellyn Ward)

“What a cap to the season.”

The Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball squads brought an end to the campaign Thursday, netting a huge win and a narrow loss to archrival South Whidbey.

The Wolves #1 team pulled out its first victory of the season on their home floor, holding on for a 35-30 triumph, while the second unit lost a heartbreaker 10-9 at the buzzer.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Big shots from behind the arc sparked Coupeville in a tense, physical conflict between two fairly evenly matched squads.

Wolf 8th grader Haylee Armstrong departed middle school hoops by splashing home a trio of three-balls in the third quarter, while 6th grader Tamsin Ward buried a huge trey in the game’s final minutes.

“The 1’s came out and played the most physical game of the year,” said Coupeville coach Bennett Richter. “They battled through bumps and bruises to pull out the win!

“These girls steadily improved and continued to work hard throughout the season and got their revenge on a very physical South Whidbey team.”

Coupeville jumped out to an early lead, heading to the first break up 8-4, before South Whidbey closed the gap back to 15-14 by halftime.

The third quarter was vintage Hayley Time, as the fast-dribbling, sweet-shooting Armstrong rattled the rims for all of her team’s points during a game-busting 11-4 run.

That gave the Wolves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, though the visitors made things interesting at the end.

Armstrong, who now moves to high school softball to cap her 8th grade year, finished with a team-best 16 points, while Ward knocked down five in support.

Tenley Stuurmans, Lexis Drake, and Rhylin Price added four points apiece, with Capri Anter banking in a bucket to round out the scoring effort.

Chelsi Stevens and Adeline Maynes also saw floor time for the Wolves, providing scrappy defense.


Level 2:

South Whidbey bounced back from being blanked in the first quarter to pull out the win, with the game-deciding bucket falling through the net with mere ticks left on the clock.

In a game where scoring was at a premium, Coupeville led 2-0 at the first break thanks to an Ava Lucero bucket, and 3-2 at the half after Lina Shelly slipped a free-throw through the net.

The Wolves put up four points in the third quarter, with Kennedy O’Neill and Ari Cunningham both scoring, and carried a 7-4 advantage into the final frame.

Cunningham notched another bucket in the fourth, but South Whidbey managed to pull out the victory on the game’s final play.

Win or lose, first-year Coupeville hoops coaches Richter and Mia Littlejohn came away satisfied with the growth and effort of their players.

“It was a very intense final couple of minutes,” Richter said. “They played so incredibly hard.”

Izzy Bowder, Melanie Wolfe, Taylor Marrs, Amaiya Curry, Lillie Ketterling, and Isa De Souza Oliveira McFetridge also saw action in the finale.

While South Whidbey only has two teams, Coupeville’s numbers were booming this season, with the Wolves fielding three squads most days.

All three CMS units enjoyed the taste of victory, heralding a bright future for Wolf girls’ basketball.

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Maddie Georges kick-starts the offense. (Karen Carlson photo)

She made the Wolves go.

Senior point guard Maddie Georges was the primary ballhandler, and a deadly shooter, for the Coupeville High School girls’ basketball squad.

Also an aggressive, smart defensive player who led the Wolves in drawing offensive charges on rival players, her play drew the attention of Northwest 2B/1B League coaches.

That culminated in a final honor for Georges, who was named as a Second-Team All-Conference player when voting was announced Thursday.

She was the lone Coupeville girl honored, as state tourney heavyweights Mount Vernon Christian (3rd place in 1B) and La Conner (4th in 2B) dominated.

MVC hoops guru Jeff Droog was tabbed as Coach of the Year, while La Conner senior Josie Harper, who knocked down a hair under 19 points a night, earned MVP status.

Concrete and Darrington shared the Team Sportsmanship Award.


First-Team All-League:

Allie Heino – Junior – Mount Vernon Christian
Makayla Herrera – Senior – La Conner
Ellie Marble – Senior – La Conner
Caitlin VanderKooy – Senior – Mount Vernon Christian
Hannah VanHofwegen – Senior – Mount Vernon Christian


Second-Team All-League:

Ava Ashcroft – Sophomore – Orcas Island
Mia Blackmon – Senior – Friday Harbor
Maddie Georges – Senior – Coupeville
Ruthie Rozema – Sophomore – Mount Vernon Christian
Claire Wright – Sophomore – Darrington


Honorable Mention:

Shaniquah Casey – Freshman – La Conner
McKenna Clark – Junior – Friday Harbor
Hayley Daniels – Junior – Concrete
Sofia Mahony-Jauregui – Freshman – Orcas Island

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