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Hannah Davidson joins her friends in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Her destiny was always to be a Wolf.

A family move to California pulled Hannah Davidson away for a bit.

But then, like a Valkyrie arriving on the battle field, she returned to Whidbey and reunited with her childhood friends and teammates.

After accomplishing great things with her Coupeville pack — Scout Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout, Emma Mathusek, Avalon Renninger, and many more — Hannah is killing it in college, but always connected to Cow Town through our memories.

And today, she rejoins her friends, inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, forever immortalized for her play and her heart.

When you bounce up to the top of the blog, you’ll find Hannah hanging out under the Legends tab, a worthy spot for a very-talented young woman.

She made her first big impact (on the local sports scene at least) as a key member of a Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad which battered foes while winning a league title and compiling a 13-3 record.

Younger versions of (left to right) Emma Mathusek, Scout Smith, Davidson, and Maya Toomey-Stout. (Charlotte Young photo)

Those young Wolves, featuring a 10-woman roster pulled together at the very last second, were a run-scoring machine, outgunning their rivals 185-85.

Hannah swung a big bat for that squad, while also playing nimble defense at first base, as showcased in the season finale.

Facing off with Anacortes, its arch-nemesis, Central Whidbey clung to a late lead when a throw to first, with runners on base, went wayward.

Not letting the play end there, Hannah alertly whirled, as the base coach behind her lurched backwards, lost control and did an awkward, but very entertaining, half-cartwheel.

Snagging the skittering ball as it ricocheted back up off the edge of the dirt, she spun and pegged a flawless throw to second base.

Staying low and blocking the bag in anticipation, Mathusek was exactly where she needed to be, slapping the tag on one very surprised incoming runner to end the inning.

That calmness under pressure and ability to pull off top-notch plays while fitting her skill-set into her team’s needs benefited Hannah greatly during her high school days.

She was an All-Conference player in two sports as a senior during the 2019-2020 school year, helping CHS volleyball and basketball teams achieve great success.

On the volleyball court, Hannah was a masher with an often surprisingly light touch around the net.

Hannah and Emma rejoice in a volleyball win. (Brian Vick photo)

She could come in hot and wail the ball off the back line, or off a rival girl’s shoulder, but she was also deadly with her tips.

Bouncing on her toes, ready to go in either direction, then finish with power or precision, Hannah was a boon to her teammates, and a danger to opposing defenses.

As a senior, she helped lead the Wolf spikers to one of the best seasons in program history.

Coupeville capped Cory Whitmore’s fourth season as coach by opening 7-0.

Losing only to state powerhouse King’s during the regular season, the Wolves finished 14-5, tying the program record for wins and narrowly missing a trip to state.

Jump forward to basketball season, and Hannah was a player who could give you something different each night, depending on the opponent and what would benefit the Wolves most.

First she sucks in the defense, then she beats it with a crisp pass. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She used her natural height and strength to pound the boards, pulling down rebounds on both ends of the floor, was a strong passer, and was never shy when it came to sacrificing herself on defense.

With the ball, Hannah was a complementary scorer, one who raised her season scoring totals in each of her three campaigns on the CHS varsity.

Playing alongside sharpshooters such as Chelsea Prescott and Ema Smith, bulldog creators like Scout Smith, and open floor weapons in Mikayla Elfrank and Lindsey Roberts, she still finished as the #88 scorer in program history.

Not bad, considering Wolf girls have played hoops since 1974.

While Hannah never played softball in high school, she did put in a season of track and field as a sophomore, tossing the discus and javelin.

She had six top-four finishes, including a 1st place performance in the javelin at a home meet, and successfully advanced to the postseason in both events.

Through it all, regardless of the sport, Hannah embraced her teammates, and seemed to deeply enjoy her time as an athlete competing with her tight-knit group of friends.

I’m sure she would have done well in Cali, if that had been her destiny, but it’s especially nice that she got the opportunity to return to Coupeville and be with her sisters from other misters.

Smart and strong, confident and caring, Hannah has been a visible inspiration to her brothers, two of whom are already following her trail as Wolf athletes.

As she pursues her college studies in Boise, the milestones will keep coming.

Athletically, academically, and in real life, Hannah is a bright, shining example of a young woman striving to be the best she can be, in every way.

Once a Wolf, always a Wolf.

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Scout Smith leads off a collection of CHS girls hoops Senior Night pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Proud dads (l to r) Chris Smith, Michael Davidson, Andreas Wurzrainer, and Phil Renninger all try not to be the first one to cry.

Tia Wurzrainer

Smith and Wurzrainer are joined by Hannah Davidson (13) and Avalon Renninger.

Hannah Davidson

Wurzrainer and Smith, ready to whomp on South Whidbey.

Avalon Renninger

CHS coach Scott Fox hangs out with his team leaders.

They are the core around which success has been built.

Coupeville High School seniors Avalon Renninger, Scout Smith, Tia Wurzrainer, and Hannah Davidson have been vital parts of the Wolf girls hoops program, and Tuesday night was all about them.

Before crushing South Whidbey and finishing the regular season at 12-5, the Wolf leaders got their moment in the spotlight.

Now, on to the playoffs!

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Hannah Davidson banked in five points Saturday, helping Coupeville’s varsity collect its 10th win of the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Best start in program history.

With one caveat, that is.

Bouncing back from an early deficit Saturday, the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball team pulled out a close win on the road in Port Townsend.

The 34-28 non-conference triumph lifts the Wolves to 10-4 on the season, with three regular season games left to play.

Coupeville travels to King’s Tuesday, then hosts Granite Falls and South Whidbey, before plunging into the playoffs.

While the 10-4 record is sweet, the Wolves, with a little help from everyone stretching their imaginations, can lay claim to the best start by a CHS girls hoops team.

Coupeville was 6-1, matching the 2009-2010 Wolves, when they were originally scheduled to play Port Townsend back in December.

High winds and skittish ferry captains bumped that game off the schedule, however, and Coupeville fell to Nooksack Valley in their next contest.

But if we take Saturday’s rescheduled game and count the win as if it happened back when the bout was first set to happen, boom, 7-1, baby.

At least that’s how CHS coach Scott Fox would like to look at it.

“Technically speaking, we’ll put an asterisk next to this game and beat the record!! Just saying!!,” he chuckled.

No matter how we count the win, getting back on the ferry with a W was all that mattered.

On a night when Wolf senior Hannah Davidson was whacked hard enough in the face to draw blood, Coupeville had to scramble to find a way to get out of town in one piece.

“They were up on us all game, much better than we expected,” Fox said. “We went down early, then fought back to take the lead with some timely shooting.”

Freshman Maddie Georges, who has been dropping daggers of late, knocked down a pair of three-balls in the opening quarter, keeping Coupeville within 12-10 at the first break.

After that, her veteran counterpart at point guard, senior Scout Smith, stepped up with six points in the next frame, and the Wolves turned things (slightly) to their advantage.

Up 17-15 at the half, CHS was clinging to a 26-25 lead headed into the fourth, then hit big shots in the final moments to ice the win.

Georges finished with a team-high nine points, after hitting another trey in the third quarter, while Smith banked in eight and Chelsea Prescott scooped in seven.

Davidson (5), Izzy Wells (4), and Avalon Renninger (1) rounded out the scoring, with Audrianna Shaw, Anya Leavell, Tia Wurzrainer, Carolyn Lhamon, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Mollie Bailey seeing floor time.

Two Wolves reached personal milestones Saturday, with Smith bouncing from #42 to #39 on the CHS girls hoops career scoring list.

With 265 points, she passed Sarah Mouw (259), Carly Guillory (260), and Madeline Strasburg (261) Saturday, while Prescott, a junior, moved from #51 to a tie with Hilary Kortuem for #48.

The duo are knotted at 231, at least for the moment, and Prescott slipped past a pair of former teammates, edging out Mikayla Elfrank (227) and Ema Smith (228).

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Hannah Davidson was a defensive dynamo Tuesday as Coupeville scrapped with Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Put this one on me. Put it on the coach and not the girls.”

A lot of things conspired to trip up the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team Tuesday night, as it fell 51-35 to visiting Cedar Park Christian.

Battling for sole possession of first place in the North Sound Conference, the Wolves looked at times, especially in the first half, like a team which was a bit rusty coming off a 16-day break.

At other times, such as when the Wolves played the Eagles to a tie in the second half, Coupeville looked very good.

Even with the loss, the Wolves still boast a 6-3 record, and are 1-1 in league play, with a long way to go.

Cedar Park (3-0, 9-4) may have the early edge, but the Eagles (and Wolves) have yet to face King’s, and will meet again Jan. 24 in Bothell.

For first-year CHS coach Scott Fox, the night had genuine moments of success.

“The second-half effort was much better,” he said. “We were coming off a long break and they jumped on us early, but we fought hard.

“I liked our effort in getting to the basket, and that we didn’t back down,” Fox added. “We need to eliminate some mental mistakes, but they’re things we can work on.”

Coupeville came in knowing it wanted to do its best to slow down defending league MVP Irena Korolenko.

Based on film study, where her support crew clanked its fair share of shots, Fox felt confident in essentially daring the other Eagles to beat Coupeville.

You play the odds, and sometimes the odds come back to bite you, as Cedar Park dropped four treys during a 19-9 first quarter, with Korolenko accounting for only one of those three-balls.

“That’s on me … I must have watched the wrong film,” Fox said with a small chuckle.

Korolenko opened the game with a three-ball from the top of the arc, netted another trey early in the second quarter, then coasted home with six free throws as she finished with a fairly-quiet 12 points.

But her presence was invaluable for the Eagles, whether it was her ability to quickly bring the ball up-court, preventing Coupeville from trapping, her quick, efficient passing, or her rock-solid defense.

Sparked by their quietly-lethal team leader, the other Cedar Park players all filled their assigned roles, making it hard for the Wolves to find too many cracks in their collective games.

Coupeville hung tough, trailing just 19-11 after Avalon Renninger slashed inside for a bucket to open the second quarter.

But then came the one time the Wolves truly sputtered all night, with the Eagles reeling off 11 straight points to go up by double-digits.

After that, CHS made inroads, fought with intensity, and scrapped to the end, but never got the lead back down under 13 at any point.

Chelsea Prescott, showing no fear, went hard at the heart of the Eagle defense again and again, picking up eight of her team-high 12 points at the free-throw line.

Unfortunately, she was one of the few Wolves to find a rhythm at the charity stripe, as Coupeville struggled to a 13-31 performance on freebies.

CHS closed the game on a 9-5 surge, started by freshman Maddie Georges drilling a jumper to end the third, and capped by senior Hannah Davidson netting a soft runner a tick before the game’s final buzzer.

Prescott’s 12-point performance, her best showing of the season, carried her past a personal milestone, as well.

With a third-quarter free throw, the Wolf junior became the 57th player in Coupeville girls basketball history, which stretches from 1974-2020, to reach 200 career points.

Now sitting with 204 and counting, Prescott passed former greats Kim Warder (193), Julia Myers (202), and Pam Jampsa (202) Tuesday, and is #55 all-time.

Senior Scout Smith also achieved a bit of Wolf hoops history, notching her 224th point to slide past Annette Jameson and become the 50th best scorer in program history.

Smith tallied three points Tuesday, while Renninger and Davidson banked in six apiece.

Izzy Wells (3), Georges (3), and Tia Wurzrainer (2) also scored, with Anya Leavell, Carolyn Lhamon, Mollie Bailey, Audrianna Shaw, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh seeing floor time.

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Raven Vick had a very strong night at the service stripe Wednesday, helping power Coupeville to a big bounce-back win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hannah Davidson delivered 11 kills, two aces, and two blocks in the home win over Sultan. (Brian Vick photo)

It wasn’t perfect, but it’ll do.

Two days after absorbing their only loss of the season — a brutal beat-down at the hands of state power King’s — the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad roared back to life.

Playing without explosive hitter Chelsea Prescott, who suffered a brutal ankle injury in the loss, the Wolves stuffed visiting Sultan Wednesday night 25-10, 25-9, 23-25, 25-15.

The win lifts Coupeville to 4-1 in North Sound Conference play, 8-1 overall.

The Wolves are a game back of King’s (5-0, 8-0) and a game up on Cedar Park Christian (3-2, 8-3), at the halfway point of the league season.

South Whidbey, Granite Falls, and Sultan are holding on to the bottom three slots currently.

Coupeville travels to Port Townsend Thursday for a non-conference tilt with the RedHawks (1-7), before playing four of its final five league games on the road.

With its eight seniors making their next-to-last regular-season appearance on their home floor, and both teams celebrating Dig Pink Night and the fight against breast cancer, Coupeville was looking for a bounce-back game.

And the Wolves got it, as they controlled play all night, even factoring in a brief slip-up in the third set.

“It was good to get back after it and get a win again,” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore. “We had a productive practice with a very productive team meeting and we went after making adjustments to not having Chelsea for the time being.

“We had a third set lull and relaxed too much but got it together for the fourth set and ultimately the win.”

While the Wolves wanted to wash away the bad taste from their King’s loss, they also wanted to honor those fighting against, and those lost to, cancer.

The event drew a large crowd, with money donated to the cause and attention drawn to the battle.

“The event was fantastic and the turn-out was great with incredible energy as we played for a very important cause,” Whitmore said.

With freshman Lucy Tenore replacing Prescott in the lineup, the Wolves came out firing from the start.

Scout Smith opened things up with a 5-0 run at the service stripe, and she got big-time help from her teammates.

Fellow senior Maya Toomey-Stout erupted for a big kill on the first rally, blasting a ball off the back line, then made an eye-popping one-handed save on a later ball few could have caught up with.

Sprinting in a way which reminded all the fans why they refer to her as “The Gazelle,” Toomey-Stout punched the ball skyward at the last second, angling it perfectly to a waiting Zoe Trujillo, who lashed an immediate winner, sending the Turks scurrying for cover.

There weren’t too many places for Sultan’s players to hide, however, as Hannah Davidson, stepping up and delivering her most complete performance of the season, was on the rampage.

Mixing up thunderous spikes with note-perfect tips, then tossing in some service aces and blocks at the net to complete her mid-week masterpiece, Davidson gave dad Micheal plenty to celebrate.

“That’s my girl right there!!!!!!!,” papa screamed, while Whitmore was a little more laid-back, yet just as appreciative, in his post-match dissection, smiling and nodding as he intoned, “Hannah was huge for us tonight.”

Coupeville led from start to finish in the opening frame, continuously stretching the lead out, before Toomey-Stout (with a spike off a rival’s arm) and Trujillo (with an artful tip winner) closed the set.

If big hits was the theme in set one, sizzlin’ serves dominated the conversation in the second frame.

Raven Vick ripped off three straight winners, before Toomey-Stout came around to pour gas on the fire with a 10-0 run helped out by Davidson delivering winners on four of five points during one part of the run.

Again, Sultan never led in the set, and seemed primed to accept a straight sets beatin’ and get back on the bus.

But something changed as the third set played out, from the Turks taking their first lead of the night at 2-1, then hanging tough all the way through.

Toomey-Stout, Davidson, and Trujillo were still savaging Sultan at the net, with Maddie Vondrak sliding in to deliver some soul-shaking hits of her own, but the visitors didn’t melt away the third time around.

With the set knotted at 15-15, Vick came bounding off the bench to finally, seemingly, slam the door on the Turks.

A 6-0 run on her serve, topped by a play on which Toomey-Stout went airborne while swinging one hand, then suddenly changed hands in midair and blasted a winner with arm #2, shoved the lead to 21-15.

It was over … and then it wasn’t.

Sultan got a side-out, put the ball in the hands of its best server, and threw down its own unexpected, and faintly disturbing, 8-0 run to regain the lead, while pushing Coupeville to the brink.

Vondrak finally stopped the bleeding, delivering a monstrous mash of a winner, but the damage was done, and, for only the fourth time in nine matches, the Wolves dropped a set.

If Whitmore was disturbed, he hid it well, keeping a poker face for the fans and assorted word scribblers in attendance, but leaning in close to talk to his players as they sat on the bench.

Whatever words of wisdom were passed on did the trick, as the Wolves played out the fourth set much more like sets #1 and #2 than #3.

Once again, they led the entire way, they dictated the action, and all the big blows were dealt by young women wearing black uniforms.

Vick and Trujillo added one more strong run at the line apiece, while Tenore rose up above the net to let the world know she’s coming, and the spikes will be deadly and plentiful.

But it was Toomey-Stout, as it has often been over these last four remarkable years, who provided the final punctuation.

Taking flawless sets from Smith, her close friend, “The Gazelle” attacked again and again, delivering a season-high 19 kills, each one more explosively dynamic than the previous one.

With twin brother Sean leading the student section, stomping and screaming, Maya played with a brutal beauty, daring the ball not to pop under her ferocious attacks.

Huge smile on her face, mom Lisa leaned back and whispered, “She is going to be one tired girl tonight.”

At which point her daughter, once again defying gravity, flew by and pasted a cross-court winner to end the match, then landed in a group hug as her teammates mobbed her in glee.

Port Townsend was right around the corner, with the stretch run of league play looming ahead.

But in the moment, as Emma Mathusek and Lucy Sandahl and Smith and all her teammates bounced up and down, all Toomey-Stout could do was smile the all-encompassing smile of a winner.

In the stands, her mom leaned back and smiled even bigger.

“I love it. I just love it.”

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