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Grady Rickner is here to teach you slick dribbling skills. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

End of the lessons, but not the work, or the fun.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for week six today, and it’s the final set of videos.

Current CHS hoops stars Xavier Murdy and Grady Rickner and the ready-to-graduate-this-Saturday Scout Smith are on hand to guide you through the drills.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.

Then keep at it, through the summer and beyond, as you prep for basketball glory to come.


Skill 17:


Skills 18-19:


Skills 20-21:

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Grady Rickner dropped in 15 points Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV closed with a win at Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t call it a comeback, but do call it a win.

With Coupeville High School JV boys basketball coach Chris Smith at home for daughter Scout’s Senior Night festivities Tuesday, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith returned to the bench.

For one night at least.

And the transition was fairly seamless, as the (slightly) older of the Smith boys let the Wolf shooters run wild in a 72-50 win at Sultan.

The victory lifts the JV’s final mark to 5-4 in North Sound Conference play, 10-7 overall.

Coupeville came out on fire, with six different players scoring during a 21-13 first-quarter surge.

Daniel Olson had the hottest hand in the early going, knocking down a quick seven points, while Logan Martin added six to tease the explosion which was to come.

The CHS sophomore, who has been electric of late, went off in the finale, racking up a season-high 29 points.

After starting with back-to-back six-point quarters, Martin rippled the nets for 13 in the third frame, then closed with a modest four.

Up 31-23 at the half, Coupeville hammered the Turks in the second half, stretching the margin out to 54-37 after three quarters of play, then gliding in for the lopsided win.

Grady Rickner added 15 points in support of Martin, while Olson finished with 11.

Rounding out the offensive attack were Chris Ruck (4), TJ Rickner (4), Alex Jimenez (4), Cody Roberts (3), and Miles Davidson (2), while Andrew Aparicio chipped in with strong work on the defensive side of the floor.


Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Logan Martin – 162
Daniel Olson – 153
Grady Rickner – 148
Sage Downes – 140
Cody Roberts – 61
Alex Murdy – 54
Alex Jimenez – 43
TJ Rickner – 35
Xavier Murdy – 33
Miles Davidson – 32
Chris Cernick – 18
Chris Ruck – 13
Andrew Aparicio – 10

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Logan Martin was one of five Wolves to score in double figures Saturday, as the Coupeville JV scored a season-high 82 points in a win over Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All about that balance, baby.

The Coupeville High School boys JV basketball team is loaded with gunners, and Chris Smith’s squad can kill you in a billion different ways.

That was shown one more time Saturday night, as five different Wolves hit double-digits in scoring as their team set a season scoring high while paddling visiting Port Townsend 82-63.

With the non-conference victory, the young guns improve to 9-5 on the season, guaranteeing they will finish with a winning record.

The Wolf JV has three games left on the schedule, with home games against South Whidbey (Jan. 28) and Granite Falls (Jan. 31), then a road trip to Sultan (Feb. 4).

Coupeville’s second squad beat all three of those schools the first time they played this season.

Saturday’s matchup with Port Townsend was a makeup of a game postponed by bad weather, and the Wolves were primed.

Barely a minute into the game, Daniel Olson crashed to the hoop, sucked in a dart of an inbounds pass and whipped home a layup, putting CHS up 4-2.

You could have called the game at that exact moment, as the visiting RedHawks would never gain the lead.

Of course, if they did, we would have missed out on another 31 minutes of highlight reel-worthy plays from the high-flying Wolves.

The passes zipped on this night, the defense was harsh and unyielding, often leading to breakaway buckets, and every guy in a Wolf uniform had a bead on the basket.

Five different Coupeville players scored in the first quarter, with Grady Rickner leading the way with a quick seven points courtesy a three-ball from the top of the arc, and a couple of long runs which led to note-perfect layups.

Both of those latter plays were set up by pinpoint ball movement, with Olson and Logan Martin firing long outlet passes which soared over scrambling defenders, then dropped on to Rickner’s waiting fingers.

When he wasn’t kicking the ball up court, Martin was banging it home as well, dropping a three-ball of his own right after arcing in a sweet little jumper in the paint.

The prettiest play of the quarter came at the very end, however.

With the clock racing to 0:00 and Smith exhorting his players to pick up the pace and get their rears up the floor, Cody Roberts came ambling by, dribbling into position.

Juking his defender off his feet, the lanky Wolf snapped to a stop and let a rainbow fly free, dropping an NBA-worthy three-ball through the bottom of the net as his coach did a double fist pump and the buzzer sounded.

If Roberts shot was a dagger, there were plenty more where that came from, as the Wolves blew open the game in the second quarter.

Sage Downes, who would finish as the second-highest scorer in the game, didn’t notch his first bucket until he converted a layup off of a steal to stretch the lead to 30-18.

With that play reigniting his scoring mojo, the middle of Angie Downes three sons then started dropping buckets like mad, slashing to the hoop time and again on his way to nine points in the quarter.

Coupeville went to the halftime locker room up 42-23, but not before Olson set up a Rickner layup with a laser-guided pass which tore the fabric of time as it also sliced ‘n diced two hapless defenders who watched it fly by their heads.

The biggest roar from the crowd came on a play by Miles Davidson, however, as he came rumbling down the right side of the floor, went airborne, and scooped up an underhanded shot, all while being whacked upside the head and body.

The ball kissed the glass and plopped through, then Davidson banked in a free throw to cap the game’s most hard-earned three-point play.

Port Townsend kept coming in the second half, but other than a brief fourth-quarter run fueled by three consecutive three-balls, could offer little resistance.

Everything was working for Coupeville, from T.J. Rickner playing like a savage down in the paint, to urban legend Chris Ruck exploding off the bench to score the game’s final bucket.

By the time all the scorebook totals had been added up, the Wolf offensive attack was remarkably well-balanced.

Grady Rickner, finishing with 18 points, narrowly edged out Downes, who slapped home 17, while Olson (12), Martin (11), and Roberts (10) all had hot hands of their own.

T.J. Rickner (7), Davidson (5), and Ruck (2) also scored for Coupeville, while Alex Jimenez was a beast on the defensive end of the floor.

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Miles Davidson was one of 13 Wolves to score as Coupeville’s JV annihilated Sultan Friday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everyone eats.

That was the mantra Friday for the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team, as 13 different players scored during a blowout win over visiting Sultan.

By the time the Wolves were done shredding the Turks 70-14, CHS coach Chris Smith had a full scorebook and his third win in the last four games.

With the victory, Coupeville’s young guns improve to 2-0 in North Sound Conference play, 6-3 overall.

The Wolves will carry their hot streak back into action next week, when they host Cedar Park Christian, then travel to South Whidbey.

Friday night Coupeville came out firing and never let up, raining down shots from every angle as it built a 21-2 lead after one quarter of play, then a 46-5 edge at the half.

With a running clock in the second half, CHS didn’t have time to put up as many points, but still closed strongly with 9-3 and 15-6 runs across the final two frames.

Grady Rickner paced the Wolf attack, netting a pair of three-balls en route to a game-high 12 points.

Freshman Alex Murdy was next man up with nine, while Daniel Olson, Sage Downes, and Logan Martin banked in eight points apiece.

Rounding out the scoring were Xavier Murdy (6), Miles Davidson (5), Andrew Aparicio (4), Alex Jimenez (2), Chris Ruck (2), TJ Rickner (2), Cody Roberts (2), and Chris Cernick (2).

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Hawthorne Wolfe slices through the defense for two of his career-high 34 points Wednesday night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Grady Rickner sets for a pass.

Gavin Knoblich stops ‘n pops.

Jered Brown gets out of town, fast.

Alex Jimenez lets fly.

TJ Rickner finds his way through the tall trees.

Mason Grove rises up to deny a rival.

Four teams, one cameraman.

As Coupeville and Oak Harbor played out two intense boy’s basketball games Wednesday, the man with the lens in hand was wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken.

He delivers the pics seen above, but he also shot a lot more.

To see everything he snapped, and possibly ponder some purchases, pop over to:


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