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Coupeville junior Hannah Davidson soars high to snatch a rebound. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Things are really starting to click.

Both Coupeville High School basketball squads are on the rise, though the circumstances are a bit different.

The Wolf boys broke into the win column Friday, edging Concrete thanks to big play from big man Ulrik Wells.

Meanwhile, the CHS girls have won three of four, including running away from arch-rival South Whidbey in their North Sound Conference opener.

That puts the Wolves in a tie atop the (very) early league standings, with a second conference clash coming up fast – Tuesday at home against Sultan.

The key for David King’s squad of recent? An offense that has suddenly been turbo-charged.

Coupeville tossed in 50 points against South Whidbey, then topped that with 53 two nights later vs. Concrete.

It’s the first time a Wolf varsity girls team has topped 50 points since Feb. 6, 2016, and the back-to-back net-burners is an even rarer occurrence.

CHS put together four consecutive 50+ point games between Jan. 30 and Feb. 9, 2015, smashing its way through Olympic League rivals Klahowya (twice), Chimacum and Port Townsend.

That 2014-2015 Wolf team, which won the first of three consecutive OL titles, while going undefeated each season, scored 50 or more in nine games, doing the deed six times in seven games at one point.

Whether this year’s squad can match that is an unknown, but for now, Coupeville is content to bask in the moment.

Next week brings two games for the Wolf boys (road trips to face non-conference foes Port Townsend and Nooksack Valley), while the CHS girls play three times.

The home match-up with Sultan is the big one, before a home game against PT and their own trip to Nooksack.

As we head towards those games, a look at where we are, through Dec. 16:


North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 1-0 3-4
Granite Falls 1-0 2-4
King’s 1-0 2-3
CPC-Bothell 0-1 3-4
South Whidbey 0-1 0-6
Sultan 0-1 3-6


North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 1-0 2-3
South Whidbey 1-0 4-3
Sultan 1-0 1-7
Coupeville 0-1 1-6
CPC-Bothell 0-1 1-6
Granite Falls 0-1 2-4


CHS girls basketball varsity scoring:

Lindsey Roberts – 77
Chelsea Prescott – 38
Ema Smith – 35
Avalon Renninger – 29
Scout Smith – 28
Nicole Laxton – 10
Tia Wurzrainer – 10
Hannah Davidson – 9
Izzy Wells – 5
Mollie Bailey – 4
Anya Leavell – 2
Ja’Kenya Hoskins


CHS boys basketball varsity scoring:

Hawthorne Wolfe – 72
Sean Toomey-Stout – 46
Ulrik Wells – 42
Jered Brown – 36
Mason Grove – 30
Gavin Knoblich -16
Koa Davison – 11
Jacobi Pilgrim – 6
Dane Lucero – 2
Jean Lund-Olsen

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TJ Rickner lets a shot fly straight and true. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Round-ball sage Randy King (left), still hanging out at the gym where he led the Wolf basketball program for two successful decades.

Senior captain Dane Lucero tosses a free throw towards the rim.

JV coach Chris Smith (gray jacket, left) plots strategy, while varsity head man Brad Sherman (far right) eavesdrops.

Wolf big man Ulrik Wells rolls to the hoop.

Cheerleader Ashleigh Battaglia gets the crowd rockin’.

Logan Martin, who was lights out Tuesday, scoring 19 points, rains down the pain on Sultan.

Freshman Hawthorne Wolfe is off to a hot start, leading Coupeville’s varsity in scoring.

Ball goes up, camera clicks.

As he wanders the byways and highways of America, photographer John Fisken is drawn to the lights and sounds emanating from gyms across the land.

His latest stop came in Coupeville Tuesday, when he was on hand to snap away as the Wolves faced off with Sultan in their North Sound Conference opener.

To see everything Fisken shot (and maybe buy Grandma a Christmas present), pop over to:


And, remember, a percentage of all purchases goes to fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

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Grady Rickner helped lead Coupeville’s JV to a win Saturday at Orcas. The Wolf varsity wasn’t as lucky. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some good, some bad, and, hopefully, something to build on.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball squads endured an all-day trek Saturday while traveling to and from Orcas Island, finally making it back home with a split decision.

The Wolf JV romped to a win to push its win/loss record up over the .500 mark, while the CHS varsity almost stormed all the way back to grab its first win, only to run out of time.



After struggling to get much of an offensive show going in the first three quarters, the Wolves rang up a 22-7 run over the game’s final eight minutes.

With freshman Hawthorne Wolfe scorching the nets for 12 of his game-high 18 in the fourth quarter, Coupeville cut deeply into its deficit, before falling 48-40.

The non-league loss drops CHS to 0-5, with the North Sound Conference opener Tuesday at home against Sultan.

Saturday, the Wolves struggled from the field in the first half, falling behind 26-8 at the break. A 10-4 first quarter stung a bit, but a 16-4 second frame was fatal.

Orcas, which shot 22 more free throws than the visitors (but missed a ton of them) stretched the lead out to 23 points heading into the fourth.

That was where things finally seemed to click for the Wolves, as they hit five of their eight three-balls in the final stretch.

Wolfe rattled home three (he had five in the game), while Mason Grove netted both of his treys as the game wound down.

As mentioned before, Orcas enjoyed a huge disparity at the free throw line, but couldn’t do much once they got there, hitting just 9-28 from the stripe. Coupeville was 4-6.

Still, all the fouls hurt the Wolves, as two players fouled out and another two came within a single call of joining them permanently on the sideline.

Wolfe’s 18 points are his season (and high school career) high, while Gavin Knoblich and Grove added six apiece. Knoblich’s output doubled his scoring for the year.

Jered Brown added five, including a three-ball, while Ulrik Wells worked down low for three and Sean Toomey-Stout slipped a pair of free throws through the net to round out the attack.

Dane Lucero, Jacobi Pilgrim and Jean Lund-Olsen rounded out the active roster.



Coupeville’s second unit came out hot and never cooled off, rolling to a 39-23 win in which it outscored Orcas in every quarter.

The win lifts the young guns to 3-2 on the season.

Not only are they the only Wolf hoops squad with a winning record, they actually have more victories (3-2) than the other four CHS basketball teams combined.

With coach Chris Smith guiding things from the bench, Coupeville powered out to a 14-9 lead after one quarter.

Grady Rickner led the way in the early going, dropping three buckets in the opening frame, while Logan Martin and Daniel Olson chipped in with two baskets apiece.

A unit known for letting it fly from three-point land, the Wolves settled for just a single trey, from sophomore TJ Rickner, instead draining buckets every other way.

A five-point lead after one quarter became a six-point bulge at the half, then a 10-point margin after three, before finishing as a 16-point win, as Coupeville kept the pressure up.

Martin paced the Wolves with a game-high 10, while the Rickner brothers combined for 17, with Grady netting nine and TJ smacking home eight.

Olson (6), Tucker Hall (4) and Sage Downes (2) rounded out the scoring, with Miles Davidson, Chris Ruck and Cody Roberts also seeing floor time.

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Coupeville’s Sean Toomey-Stout tossed in seven points Monday at Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Closer and closer, but just not there yet.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad has played three games this season, and cut their deficit in each outing.

Now they just need a win.

Attempt #3 went well for 16 minutes, as the Wolves carried a six-point lead in at the break Monday at Sequim, but a cold-shooting second half ultimately doomed them.

Only down by one after three quarters, Coupeville was outscored 14-7 by their hosts and fell 38-30.

The non-conference loss drops CHS to 0-3 on the season, but opportunity lurks, as the Wolves have two more games this week.

“We’ll get there,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Just need to get our offense rolling. Shots will start to fall.”

Defense was the name of the game in the first half, as the Wolves held Sequim to single digits, heading to the locker room up 15-9.

After a 5-5 stalemate in the first, Coupeville rode the sweet shooting touch of Hawthorne Wolfe in the second frame.

A pair of buckets and a pair of free throws gave the fab frosh six in the quarter, letting him outscore his rivals by himself.

Unfortunately, while the Wolves doubled their output, scoring another 15 points after the break, Sequim ripped off 29, winning the quarter battles 15-8 and 14-7.

The hosts nailed five of their seven three-point bombs in the second half, and with Coupeville’s lone trey coming courtesy Wolfe in the fourth quarter, that tipped the scales a bit.

Both teams were fairly even at the free-throw line, as Sequim hit 5-7 and CHS finished 5-9.

Wolfe led Coupeville in scoring for the second time in three games, pouring in 11, while junior Sean Toomey-Stout banked home seven in support.

With 26 points apiece, the duo are tied atop the season scoring chart.

Ulrik Wells and Jered Brown added four points apiece in support, while Gavin Knoblich swished a pair of free throws and senior captain Dane Lucero knocked down his first bucket of the season.

Coupeville, which also gave floor time to Mason Grove, Jacobi Pilgrim, Jean Lund-Olsen and Koa Davison, has played teams from three separate classifications, and will soon make it four.

Oak Harbor is 3A, The Bush School 1A and Sequim 2A, while the next two foes, Friday Harbor and Orcas Island, hail from 2B.

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Freshman Hawthorne Wolfe went for a team-high nine points Wednesday as Coupeville boys basketball opened a new season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s been 3,264 days since Coupeville and Oak Harbor played a varsity high school boys basketball game, and some things have changed.

Back on Dec. 21, 2009, the Wolves had a high-flying, veteran-heavy squad which finished the season 16-5, with one of those wins a 66-61 toppling of their Island neighbors.

Jump forward nine years, and this time the Wildcats boasted experience (and a lot of speed), with a roster stacked to the brim with battle-hardened seniors in 11 of 12 roster slots.

Meanwhile, CHS hit opening night with just one senior, only two returning full-time varsity players, and four of its nine active players making their varsity debut.

So, not a total surprise the large 3A school drilled the ultra-small 1A school Wednesday to the tune of 79-31.

But, while the final score might sting in the moment, the night was not a total loss for Coupeville.

For one thing, it was just one game in an 18-game schedule, a non-conference bout at that, and, hopefully, chock full of lessons for a new-look Wolf squad.

“That’s the beauty of basketball season; it’s not like football, where we have to wait a week to play again,” said CHS coach Brad Sherman. “We can have short memories, take some things in to work on at practice the next two days, then get out there and play (against fellow 1A school Bush) Saturday afternoon.”

Oak Harbor, which was led by the wicked fast Dorian Hardin and the three-ball-flinging Terrell Crumpton, blew out to a 17-0 lead, picking apart the young Wolves with withering defense.

Coupeville didn’t stop the bleeding until Wolf big man Ulrik Wells banked home a free throw late in the opening quarter, followed by a trey from the top off the fingertips of point guard Jered Brown.

The Wildcats seized control by using their press to force turnovers, while holding the Wolves without back-to-back scores for much of the game.

The only small CHS run came midway through the second, when it used four free throws and a Wells jumper in the paint that rattled around for an eternity before plopping through the net, to go on a 6-0 mini-surge.

The ‘Cats, by contrast, put together a second rampage, opening the second half on a 16-0 tear, ending any minor hopes of a Wolf comeback.

“We knew it would be a tough game, facing a very athletic opponent,” Sherman said. “We struggled with their pressure, just trying to do a little too much.

“We will work on executing our break like we know we can,” he added. “It’s a first game, early in the season; against a team like that, you expect some bumps and that’s OK – as long as we are learning and getting better each week.”

Learning is the key word, as three of Coupeville’s top four scorers on the night – Hawthorne Wolfe, Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison, were making their varsity basketball debut.

Toomey-Stout, a football phenom who sat out his sophomore basketball season while recuperating from an injury, gave the Wolves an injection of toughness, while Davison teamed with Wells to provide CHS with some pop in the paint.

The night’s brightest spot, however, might be Wolfe, Coupeville’s floppy-haired, three-ball-spraying, bobbin’ and weavin’ answer to “Pistol” Pete Maravich.

He’s only a freshman, and showed it at times Wednesday, but the upside on this one is huge.

Wolfe splashed a pair of balls from behind the three-point arc on his way to a team-high nine points, but he also had a pair of sweet set-up passes, picking up assists on buckets by Brown and Davison.

Better still, he proved to be a scrapper, hitting the floor frequently and refusing to be bullied by the older Wildcats when there was a battle for a loose ball or re-directed rebound.

That was a trait also demonstrated by his older teammates, with Dane Lucero and Jacobi Pilgrim banging down in the pits and Mason Grove and Jean Lund-Olsen doing their best to disrupt Oak Harbor’s blazing guards.

Toomey-Stout rattled home seven points to back Wolfe’s nine, with Wells (6), Davison (5), Brown (3) and Pilgrim (1) also tallying points in June Mazdra’s score book.

Hardin and Crumpton each went for 17 to pace Oak Harbor, while Haven Brown popped for 13.

Sophomore Matt Kelley, the lone non-senior on the ‘Cat roster and a former Coupeville athlete through middle school, slipped a single, solitary, free throw through the twines.

Along with the loss, Coupeville took a physical hit, or rather two, as Gavin Knoblich rolled his ankle in warm-ups and Brown took a substantial shot to the chest in an area where he had previously had surgery.

One limped back to the bench before tip-off, while the other spent most of the second half with an ice pack wrapped to his chest, and neither’s status is 100% clear for Saturday’s game.

Whomever is ready and able to go against Bush will come out ready for a scrap, though, which pleases their coach.

“Lots of basketball games ahead,” Sherman said. “I really was proud of the guys. They could have put their heads down and quit, they never did that.

“They worked dang hard and left the locker room tonight ready to get back at it tomorrow,” he added. “Says a lot about their character and desire to grow as a team.”



For a moment, an upset seemed on the horizon. Then the rim turned unforgiving.

Unable to buy a bucket for an agonizingly long time, with shot after shot slithering back out of the bucket, the Wolf second unit saw an 8-3 lead turn into a 43-22 loss.

In the first couple of minutes, however, things were peachy, as freshman Logan Martin hit a gorgeous turnaround jumper to start the season, before Daniel Olson and Grady Rickner splashed three-balls from the back reaches of the parking lot.

Then nothing would drop, near or far.

A couple of treys mixed with some fast-break points off of steals helped Oak Harbor run off 17 consecutive points to end the first quarter, and the damage was done.

The rim wasn’t much more forgiving in the second quarter, as a Cody Roberts free throw and a Tucker Hall put-back off of an offensive rebound was all CHS could muster in the second quarter.

The second half was much more competitive, as the teams plowed through an increasingly rough-and-tumble affair.

With plenty of elbows flying and some fiery words exchanged after fouls, the two squads went toe-to-toe, and mouth-to-mouth, with Coupeville winning the third quarter scoring battle and hanging tough in the fourth.

Olson, who was handcuffed to the bench by early foul trouble, rebounded to score seven of his team-high 10 points in the second half.

Hall tossed in four in support, while Grady Rickner (3), Martin (2), TJ Rickner (2) and Roberts (1) also scored.

Sage Downes, Miles Davidson, Alex Jimenez and Chris Ruck rounded out the opening night roster, with Jimenez acquitting himself nicely when running the point under constant pressure.



The night’s biggest mismatch, as a very inexperienced Wolf team faced a Wildcat unit which has played together as a group for some time.

Wanting to build a winning attitude from the ground floor, Oak Harbor coaches elected to keep all their freshmen together on one team, regardless of talent level, and it’s a group to keep an eye on.

On opening night, the ‘Cats rolled to a 63-16 win, dropping seven treys and running away with the game early.

Shawn Day and Gage McLeod paced Oak Harbor with 16 points apiece, with the sweet-shooting Day singing the net for four three-balls.

Coupeville got scoring from five of the seven players on the roster, with Jaylen Nitta, Ben Smith and Brayden Coatney leading the way with four points apiece.

Jonathan Partida and Chris Cernick each added a bucket, while Andrew Aparicio and DJ Stadler also saw floor time for the Wolves.

While it was a rough opener, veteran coach Scott Fox is in it for the long haul, as are his players.

“Oak Harbor has played together for five years and it showed. They looked real good today,” he said. “We have kids who have never played basketball before and played well at times. It’s going to get better from here.”

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