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Josh Upchurch and the Coupeville C-Team split a doubleheader Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chris Cernick had himself a day.

Drafted to help fill out the roster for a depleted Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad, the Wolf big man responded in a big way.

Throwing down 35 points across two games, Cernick helped the Wolves KO host Granite Falls, and come within a play or two of toppling Sultan as well.

With the rare doubleheader split, Coupeville, which only had seven players to call on Saturday, improves to 2-8 on the season.

“We are growing,” said CHS coach Patrick Upchurch of his very-young squad. “Off-season will be big for some of these guys. It is only a matter of time.”

How the day played out:

 

Sultan:

Coupeville started strong and finished strong, but a little bit of a letdown in the middle cost it in a narrow 43-37 loss.

The Wolves jumped out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter, with five players tossing in a bucket.

Cernick led the way, pumping in five of his team-high 14, but CHS couldn’t hold on to the early advantage.

Sultan used 12-6 and 12-5 runs in the next two frames to turn the tide of the game, before Coupeville closed with a 13-9 surge in the fourth quarter.

Josh Upchurch and Dominic Coffman each banked in six points in support of Cernick, while Ty Hamilton popped for five.

Brayden Coatney (4) and Coen Killian (2) also scored, while Alex Wasik was aces on defense.

 

Granite Falls:

Cernick and Coffman combined to toss in 35 points as the Wolf C-Team set a season scoring mark in a 52-44 win over the day’s host.

Coupeville actually trailed for half of the game, staying close but finding itself down 12-8 after one quarter and 20-18 at the half.

Things changed after the break, however, as the Wolves more than doubled their output in the third quarter, using a 19-12 run fueled by six points apiece from Coffman and Cernick to claim the lead.

From there, CHS closed out the win by letting their big guy in the middle go to town.

Cernick wrapped up a career-best 21-point performance by throwing down nine points in the fourth, while Wasik, Coffman, and Hamilton added a bucket apiece.

Coffman finished with 14 in the game, while Coatney (8), Wasik (5), and Hamilton (4) rounded out the torrid offensive explosion.

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Scout Smith knocked down 17 points Monday as Coupeville won a thriller on the road. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Their will to win is off the charts.

Deep on the road Monday, having left their best game at home, the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball squad never flinched.

They might not be 100% sure how they got away with it, but the Wolves will take their 34-33 win, head home from Granite Falls, and move on.

With one relieved coach leading the way.

“Some nights everything stops working and tonight was that night,” said CHS hoops guru Scott Fox. “But the good news is that good teams find a way to win and we did.

“We had a letdown from (Friday’s) South Whidbey game and really never found our groove,” he added. “We fought hard and made the shots when we had to.

“I’m extremely proud of them finding a way to win.”

With the victory, its third straight, Coupeville rises to 4-1 in North Sound Conference play, 9-3 overall.

Up next, after a couple of days to re-find that groove, is a major test, as the Wolves head to Bothell Friday to face Cedar Park Christian.

The Eagles (5-1, 11-5) gave Coupeville its only league loss, beating them 51-35 two weeks ago.

The Wolves have added some battle hardening since that night, pulling out close wins over Sultan and Granite, wrapped around a methodical thumping of South Whidbey.

Monday’s win was decided by the narrowest of margins, as the two teams put up the exact same score in three of four quarters.

Knotted at 12-12 after the first quarter, the game stayed tied at 16-16 at the half, before Coupeville crept ahead 23-22 headed into the final frame.

Avalon Renninger was the difference in the third quarter, netting a pair of buckets and a single free throw, while Hannah Davidson chipped in with two successful shots from the charity stripe.

With the game on the line, it was Scout Smith time, as the senior point guard swished a pair of three-balls en route to putting up nine of her career-high 17 points in the final frame.

Coupeville’s leading scorer this season, she finished with four treys and continued her steady trek up the career scoring chart.

Smith’s point totals have gone up in each of her three varsity seasons, from 56 as a sophomore, to 86, and now 114 and counting.

With 256 career points, she passed Kendra O’Keefe (244), Marlys West (247), Danette Beckley (249), and Julie Wieringa (252) Monday and is #42 all-time for a program which stretches back to 1974.

Renninger popped for a season-high 10 to back Smith Monday, while Davidson (5) and freshman Maddie Georges (2) rounded out the attack.

Also seeing floor time for Coupeville were Chelsea Prescott, Anya Leavell, Carolyn Lhamon, Izzy Wells, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Tia Wurzrainer.

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Mollie Bailey (center) and Audrianna Shaw helped lead the Coupeville JV squad to a lopsided win Monday in Granite. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Megan Smith had a lot of company.

With four varsity bench players swinging down to JV Monday to pick up some quality floor time, the Coupeville High School coach had 15 players on her bench.

And Smith used all of them, getting every girl in the game, getting scoring from more than half, and rolling to a 39-13 win at Granite Falls.

The victory gives the Wolf JV a nice bounce back after a narrow loss Friday, and lifts them to 4-1 in North Sound Conference play, 7-3 overall.

With a ton of players at her disposal, including newly-minted swing players Anya Leavell, Mollie Bailey, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Audrianna Shaw, Smith was able to mix and match all night, and every unit she put on the floor seemed to click.

Coupeville jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter of play, with freshman Ryanne Knoblich dropping in six points to lead the attack.

After a defensive-minded brawl in the second frame, the Wolves edged their lead out to 18-9 at the half, then turned on the jets after the break.

Shaw banked in six points during a 9-2 run in the third quarter, before Gwen Gustafson popped for five to spur an 11-2 surge to close the game in style.

Knoblich earned game-high honors with 10 points, while Shaw (8), Gustafson (7), Leavell (4), Abby Mulholland (3), and Van Velkinburgh (3) also came up big.

Rounding out the scoring attack were Bailey (2) and Heidi Meyers (2).

Natalie Castano, Morgan Stevens, Ella Colwell, Claire Mayne, Jessenia Camarena, Alita Blouin, and Savana Allen also saw floor time for the Wolves, who return to action with back-to-back games later this week.

The CHS girls travel to Bothell Friday to face Cedar Park Christian, then hop across to the mainland on the ferry Saturday to play Port Townsend.

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Wintery weather conditions will prevent Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Co. from playing basketball Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature strikes again.

The 2019-2020 Coupeville High School basketball season continues to be jumbled by weather-related incidents.

After twice being tripped up by wind storms, this time around it’s snow bedeviling the Wolves.

CHS was slated to send its girls squads to Granite Falls Tuesday, while the boys teams were set to welcome Cedar Park Christian to town.

With both of those rival schools closing due to the wintery weather, however, gyms everywhere will remain silent.

The games, which are North Sound Conference rumbles, will be rescheduled and the hope is to do it fast.

The girls games at Granite Falls have been bumped to Thursday.

If weather improves, the Wolf boys will play at home Wednesday.

Those games would be set for 5 PM (JV and C-Team) and 6:45 (varsity).

In a twist, the Wolf C-Team would actually play Sultan in the middle school gym, and not CPC, as that game was already on the schedule for Wednesday.

The C-Team could then possibly pick up the Cedar Park game at a later date, said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

Of course, continued snow and ice could make this all moot.

Friday, all five CHS hoops teams are scheduled to travel to Langley to face South Whidbey.

Temperatures are projected to be in the 40’s Island-wide by then.

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Sean Toomey-Stout pumped in 10 points Tuesday as Coupeville’s varsity rolled to a big win at Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Rain the three-balls and bang down low.

Proving adept from both long range and in the pits Tuesday, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team returned from a 16-day break in strong fashion.

Led by three guys who reached double digits in scoring, the Wolves romped to a 60-42 win at Granite Falls, and sit just a half-game out of first place in the North Sound Conference.

Coupeville, 1-0 in league play, 4-5 overall, sits right behind King’s (2-0, 6-7), which blasted South Whidbey 78-45 Tuesday.

Cedar Park Christian (2-1, 6-5), South Whidbey (1-1, 9-3), Granite Falls (1-2, 3-7), and Sultan (0-3, 1-9) round out the six-team league, with the cellar-dwelling Turks travelling Friday to Coupeville.

The Wolves showed little rust coming out of their long winter break, bolting out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter of play.

Five different CHS players dropped in points in the opening frame, with Hawthorne Wolfe (9) and Mason Grove (6) leading the way.

While the two teams played to 18-18 and 11-11 ties across the next two quarters, Coupeville never gave the lead back, and closed the game with a 9-4 mini-run in the fourth.

The win sent CHS coach Brad Sherman back to the bus with a spring in his step.

“I thought our guys stepped up and did their jobs tonight on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Defensively, a really strong team effort, and played very tough in the paint against a physical basketball team.”

Wolfe finished with a game-high 17 points, while Grove rattled the rims for 14 — both Coupeville gunners netted four three-balls apiece — and Sean Toomey-Stout knocked down 10.

Gavin Knoblich (9), Jacobi Pilgrim (8), and Xavier Murdy (2) also scored, with Murdy making his season debut after battling through an injury. Jered Brown and Ulrik Wells rounded out the active roster.

With his 17 points Tuesday, Wolfe reached a personal milestone, soaring past 300 career points.

The CHS sophomore sits with 302 and counting, and he passes Matt Frost (290), Brian Fakkema (290), Risen Johnson (291), John Beasley (293), Noel Criscuola (298), Blake Day (299), and Noah Roehl (301) to rise from #98 to #91 on the Coupeville boys hoops all-time scoring chart.

Grove became the second Wolf to top 100 points this season, having torched the nets for 103 through the trip to Granite.

The CHS senior has 263 points for his career, putting him #111 all-time for a program which is playing its 103rd season.

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