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   The late, great Mike Criscuola, AKA “Strong Mike,” who scored 979 points between 1956-1960, fifth-most by a Wolf boys basketball player.

   A who’s-who of guys who could singe a net. Clockwise, from top left, Jeff Stone, Michael Bagby, Randy Keefe, Jeff Rhubottom, Bill Riley, Pete Petrov, Brad Sherman, Denny Clark, Arik Garthwaite, Bill Jarell.

Did I mention there will be cake?

One week from today — Friday, Jan. 19 — Coupeville High School celebrates the 101st anniversary of boys basketball, and everyone associated with the program is invited to return.

The Wolves host Chimacum in an Olympic League clash that night (JV 3:30, varsity 5:15), and the date is the same one on which the first hoops game in school history was played.

That happened way back on Jan. 19, 1917, when CHS pounded Langley 29-7 (forever giving the South End an inferiority complex).

This time around, every former and current Wolf boys basketball player, coach, manager, stats keeper, ticket taker, cheerleader and fan can (and should) join the festivities.

When you show up, there will be commemorative ID stickers for everyone to write their names on, reunion-style, so everyone can more easily pretend that yes, they really did recognize all their former teammates.

The game program is going far beyond the normal rosters, schedule and school fight song.

It will feature info on that first game in 1917, the immortal 1969-1970 squad which was the first Whidbey Island basketball team to win a district title (and still holds all the school scoring records), and a look at the top 15 career scorers.

While current Wolf senior Hunter Smith is at #17 (695 points) and climbing fast, the 15 in the program will be:

Jeff Stone (1137)
Mike Bagby
(1104)
Randy Keefe
(1088)
Jeff Rhubottom
(1012)
Mike Criscuola
(979)
Bill Riley
(934)
Pete Petrov
(917)
Brad Sherman
(874)
Denny Clark
(868)
Arik Garthwaite
(867)
Bill Jarrell
(855)
Corey Cross
(811)
Barry Brown
(769)
Hunter Hammer
(759)
Steve Whitney
(730)

Halftime will feature recognition of the ’69-’70 team and the Top 15, and things really get hoppin’ post-game.

Eagle-eyed photographer John Fisken will attempt to capture the ultimate “team” photo, with every former Wolf in attendance gathered down on the hardwood, then current basketball moms will host a reception in the health room.

That’s just a few steps outside the gym doors, on your right as you head to the exit inside the facility.

It’s easy to find, as it’s right across from the ticket table.

If nothing else, you can follow the smell of cake. I know I always do.

And the most important thing to remember is this — it doesn’t matter if you were All-League or a bench warmer, if you filled up the stat sheet or can count the number of minutes you played on one hand.

If you were involved with Wolf boys basketball in any way, you are part of the history of the program, and we want to see you at the CHS gym next Friday.

It’s a night to honor those who came before, to show them they are not forgotten and their accomplishments still mean something. And it’s a night to honor the present and future.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow, you are all brothers of the round-ball. Never forget that.

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   Hunter Smith singed the nets for 332 points last season, the best performance by a Wolf boy since 2009. (John Fisken photo)

300 is a magical number.

You win 300 games as a Major League Baseball pitcher, you’re almost certain to be bound for Cooperstown.

Roll a 300 on the bowling lanes, and you are el perfecto.

And how many Spartans did Leonides need to hold the line against Xerxes? Yep, you’re getting it.

When we turn to high school basketball, 300 holds up. Score that many points in a season, which usually ranges from 20-27 games, and you had a great year.

While 400 points in a season is truly rarefied air, and 200 still very solid, 300 sits as a nice way to mark the gold standard, so that’s what we’re doing today.

Look at the history of Coupeville High School (100 years of boys teams and 43 of girls) and 300 points in a season has been achieved 56 times, by 41 athletes.

Boys hold the edge (42-14 in seasons and 32-9 in players), though Brianne King is the only CHS hoops star to achieve the feat three times.

While 13 other players (10 boys, three girls) have two 300-point seasons, King is also the lone Wolf to crack 400 points in a single campaign twice.

Some other facts to sprinkle into your next halftime conversation:

Twice, three Wolf boys have topped the mark during the same season.

1975-176 gave us Bill Jarrell (415), Randy Keefe (397) and Marc Bissett (302) while ’78-’79 featured Wade Ellsworth (392), Roy Marti (342) and Steve Whitney (337).

And yet, neither one of those CHS squads holds the single-season team scoring mark, which belongs to the ’69-’70 team led by Jeff Stone’s single-season record 644 points.

Those Wolves, the first Whidbey hoops team to win a district title, had five guys hit 200+ points (though only Stone cracked 300) en route to pouring in 1,815 points in 24 games.

On the girls side of the ball, there has been three times when a duo netted 300+ in the same year, with one of those times coming dangerously close to hitting the trifecta.

The ’86-’87 squad, the first girls team to make the playoffs, got 314 from Terry Perkins, 307 from Marlene Grasser and (just missing) 274 from Tina Barker.

Zenovia Barron and Ann Pettit also torched the nets together in back-to-back years, first in ’96-’97 (Novi 378, Ann 317) and ’97-’98 (Novi 376, Ann 363).

And while 300 is the magic mark, you have to give a brief shout-out to Tina Lyness (’99-’00) and Megan Smith (’09-’10), who came up one slim point short, each tallying 299 in a season.

Though, don’t feel too bad for Smith, who is on our list for a different season.

Also earning “close but no cigar” status are Pat O’Grady (296 in ’69-’70) and Lexie Black (295 in ’04-05).

But, we’re here to hail those who did achieve 300-point nirvana, the scorers and the dreamers, the best single-season performers in CHS hoops history:

(644) Jeff Stone ’69-’70
(459) Jeff Rhubottom ’77-’78
(446) Brianne King ’00-’01
(442) Brianne King ’02-’03
(442) Pete Petrov ’95-’96
(427) Makana Stone ’15-’16
(423) Arik Garthwaite ’97-’98
(415) Bill Jarrell ’75-’76
(414) Mike Bagby ’04-’05
(398) Randy Keefe ’74-’75
(397) Randy Keefe ’75-’76
(396) Brad Sherman ’02-’03
(392) Wade Ellsworth ’78-’79
(391) Del O’Shell ’81-’82
(388) Bill Riley ’72-’73
(388) Joe Whitney ’79-’80
(386) Brianne King ’01-’02
(386) Bill Riley ’71-’72
(380) Cody Peters ’08-’09
(378) Zenovia Barron ’96-’97
(376) Zenovia Barron ’97-’98
(374) Gavin Keohane ’97-’98
(367) Makana Stone ’14-’15
(365) Denny Clark ’63-’64
(364) Mike Bagby ’05-’06
(363) Ann Pettit ’97-’98
(357) Bill Jarrell ’74-’75
(355) Gabe McMurray ’94-’95
(348) Foster Faris ’76-’77
(345) Timm Orsborn ’87-’88
(342) Roy Marti ’78-’79
(341) Virgil Roehl ’92-’93
(340) Pat Bennett ’99-’00
(337) Steve Whitney ’78-’79
(333) Corey Cross ’70-’71
(332) Hunter Smith ’16-’17
(331) Amanda Allmer ’94-’95
(328) Rich Morris ’95-’96
(327) Megan Smith ’08-’09
(325) Jeff Rhubottom ’76-’77
(319) Denny Clark ’62-’63
(319) Randy Duggan ’71-’72
(319) Chris Good ’01-’02
(317) Ann Pettit ’96-’97
(317) Jeff Stone ’68-’69
(314) Terry Perkins ’86-’87
(313) Dan Nieder ’87-’88
(312) Judy Marti ’83-’84
(310) Tom Sahli ’52-’53
(309) Rich Morris ’96-’97
(307) Marlene Grasser ’86-’87
(305) Allen Black ’03-’04
(305) Chris Good ’00-’01
(302) Marc Bissett ’75-’76
(302) Hunter Hammer ’09-’10
(300) Gavin Keohane ’98-’99

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   Jeff Stone (top, left) is joined by (clockwise from top right) Mike Bagby, Randy Keefe, Jeff Rhubottom, Bill Riley, Pete Petrov, Brad Sherman, Denny Clark, Arik Garthwaite and Bill Jarrell.

Want to impress people with random stats? I’m here for you.

As I pursue the basketball history of Coupeville High School, I’ve reached a milestone, having tracked down (fairly complete) scoring stats for every boys basketball season from 1960-61 to 2016-2017.

That’s 57 seasons and provides a pretty good overview of the Wolf program.

Now, CHS hoops has been playing since 1917, so I still have work ahead of me, though those early decades (with the possible exception of the ’50s) are fairly certain to be low-scoring affairs.

But, as I take a momentary break from digging through the dusty archives, let’s pause a moment and see if you can guess the answer to a bit of trivia.

Over those past 57 seasons, as shorts got longer, three-point bombs became a reality, and numerous sets of brothers passed through the school, how many players do you think scored at least one point in a varsity basketball game?

If you guessed 328 players, you’re either uncanny … or you looked ahead and cheated.

Either way, that’s what my research shows.

Having plowed through newspaper articles (some more helpful than others), yearbooks and (when they could be found) score-books, here’s everyone who put the ball into the hoop for the Wolves from 1960-2017.

With one small caveat. No one is claiming this is 100% correct down to the last point.

When your research is in a million little pieces and scattered to the wind, if you can walk away and say, “Hey, this is 98.6% correct,” then I think we’re OK.

And I feel OK.

CHS boys varsity basketball scorers (1960-2017) — * indicates active player:

Jeff Stone 1137
Mike Bagby 1104
Randy Keefe 1088
Jeff Rhubottom 1012
Bill Riley 934
Pete Petrov 917
Brad Sherman 874
Denny Clark 869
Arik Garthwaite 867
Bill Jarrell 855
Corey Cross 811
Barry Brown 769
Hunter Hammer 759
Steve Whitney 730
Dan Nieder 729
Chris Good 688
Gavin Keohane 677
Virgil Roehl 674
Foster Faris 668
Pat Bennett 659
Wade Ellsworth 659
Jason McFadyen 654
Rich Morris 637
Kramer O’Keefe 636
Wiley Hesselgrave 632
John O’Grady 611
Greg White 604
Joe Whitney 601
Brian Miller 597
Mike Syreen 594
Gabe McMurray 592
Randy Duggan 552
Roy Marti 551
Jim Syreen 550
Marc Bissett 549
Brad Miller 526
JJ Marti 520
Gary Faris 518
Cody Peters 518
David Lortz 502
Jason Bagby 499
Pat O’Grady 472
Sean Dillon 469
Hunter Smith 465 (*)
Frank Marti 462
Del O’Shell 440
Tony Ford 432
Caleb Powell 421
Ben Biskovich 407
Casey Clark 407
Nick Sellgren 406
Tom Logan 385
James Smith 382
Chad Gale 373
JD Wilcox 373
Ty Blouin 369
Caesar Kortuem 369
Ray Harvey 368
Pat Brown 355
Dick Smith 352
Glenn Losey 350
Timm Orsborn 345
Robin Larson 342
Byron Fellstrom 340
Kevin Faris 339
Michael Vaughan 337
Aaron Trumbull 330
Brad Brown 328
Charlie Tessaro 328
Ian Smith 324
David Ford 323
Bob Rea 320
Chris Marti 319
Gabe Wynn 316
Nick Streubel 314
Utz Conard 313
Ben Hayes 306
Allen Black 305
Noah Roehl 301
Blake Day 299
John Beasley 293
Risen Johnson 291
Brian Fakkema 290
Matt Frost 290
Mike Mallo 282
Keith Jameson 277
Terry Roberts 277
Kit Manzanares 275
Boom Phomvongkoth 275
Zepher Loesch 274
Alex Evans 272
Aaron Curtin 271
Tyler King 270
Joe Tessaro 270
Eric Hopkins 265
Harvey Wainio 265
Rick Keefe 259
Troy Blouin 256
Sean Callahan 256
Greg Fellstrom 248
Casey Larson 247
Jim Yake 247
Brandon Huff 245
Brad Haslam 235
Geoff Hageman 227
Curt Youderian 226
Ed Wood 219
Joel Walstad 217
Richard Cook 216
Ryan Keefe 214
Jordan Ford 210
Andrew Mouw 204
Vance Huffman 203
Tim Quenzer 202
Alan Hancock 198
Shawn Ryan 197
Trevor Tucker 194
Mike Millenbach 188
Dale Sherman 188
Scott Stuurmans 188
Wayne Hardie 178
Chris Cox 177
Evan Tingstad 177
Jerry VandWerfhorst 177
Anthony Bergeron 176
Mike Ankney 173
Ron Naddy 172
Dale Libbey 169
Tim Walstad 168
Randy Blindauer 166
Mark Bepler 165
Chad Brookhouse 163
Noel Criscuola 162
Monty Moore 155
Geoff Wacker 154
Bill Baas 153
Jim Faris 151
Steve Konek 149
Gavin O’Keefe 149
Ryan McManigle 148
Ryan Griggs 147
Hugh Abell 145
Ethan Spark 136 (*)
Craig Anderson 132
Mitch Aparicio 130
Scott Franzen 129
Ben Etzell 127
Pat Millenbach 126
Brian Shank 125
Jessie Smith 119
Scott McGraw 116
Christian Townsdin 116
Mitch Pelroy 115
Taylor Ebersole 114
Eric Taylor 112
Brian Barr 108
Joe Donellon 101
Jason McManigle 101
Bryan Hamilton 99
Brian Knoll 98
Morgan Payne 96
Christian Lyness 95
Ted Weber 91
James Meek 89
Dan Miller 89
Steve Bissett 87
Andrew Cashen 87
Carson Risner 86
John Sinema 86
Roy Mattox 83
Nick Morris 83
Caleb Valko 78
Ross Buckner 77
Matt Shank 77
JJ Johnson 76
Duane Score 76
Quinten Farmer 75
Matt Ortega 75
Mike Ellsworth 74
John Zimmerman 72
Jason Fisher 71
Tony Prosser 70
Les Jacobson 69
Tom Conard 68
Dean Grasser 68
Matt Bepler 67
Zack Swerdfeger 66
Ron Lamphere 65
Ben Hancock 63
Randy Stone 63
Mike Brown 62
Jason McDavid 62
Jeremy Staples 62
Brian Hageman 61
Erik King 61
David Davis 60
Tom Mueller 59
Brandy Ambrose 58
Steve Smith 58
Martin Walsh 58
Matt Helm 57
Dennis Terrell 57
Drew Chan 56
DeAndre Mitchell 56
Ellis Schultz 56
CJ Smith 54
Asa Owensby 52
Marc Aparicio 51
Chris Chan 51
Joe Kelley 51
Marvin Darst 50
Troy Hurlburt 49
Dalton Engle 48
Jerry Helm 48
Dalton Martin 47
Eddie Fasolo 45
Keith Dunnagan 42
Erick Harada 40
James Jorgensen 40
Nevin Miranda 40
Jeff Thomas 40
John Wyatt 40
Danny Bonacci 36
Hunter Downes 36 (*)
Charlie Toth 36
Jim Marti 35
Zeb Williams 35
Dante Mitchell 34
Dave Brandt 33
Ryan Kelley 33
Joey Lippo 33 (*)
Brian Roundy 32
Richard Barber 31
Ray Cook 29
Tim Leese 29
Ralph Lindsay 29
Rick Marti 28
Toby Martinez 28
Daniel McDonald 28
Joe Rojas 28
Todd Smith 28
Scott Sollars 28
Richard Benson 27
Mike Duke 27
John Holmes 26
Cameron Toomey-Stout 26 (*)
Mark Short 25
Tim Youderian 25
Jared Helmstadter 24
Trent Diamanti 23
Trevor Mueller 22
Dan Schleiffers 22
Jay Roberts 21
Dustin Van Velkinburgh 21
Matt Douglas 20
Jordan Emerson 20
Dean Strom 20
Scott Fisher 19
Scott Losey 19
Matt Petrich 19
Jason Raymond 19
Rob Blouin 18
Rick Keith 18
Marvin Mitchell 18
Gary Boyke 17
Jim Keith 17
Cedric McIntosh 17
Rick Frieze 16
Chad Nixon 16
Josh Wilsey 16
Steven Cope 15
Eric Dyer 15
Mike Lester 15
Brad Rogers 15
Henry Edwards 14
Todd Brown 13
DJ Kim 13
Mike Eaton 12
Guy George 12
Kole Kellison 12
Desmond Bell 11
Bill Hamilton 11
Ken Pickard 11
Jon Roberts 11
Chris Squires 11
Ben Winkes 11
Ron Edwards 10
Travis Hooker 10
Daniel Graham 9
Kyle King 9
Bruce Seiger 9
Fred Wyatt 9
Erik Anderson 8
Rob Fasolo 8
Kraig Gordon 8
Robert Shafer 8
Dave Wells 8
Charlie Cook 7
Brian Folkestad 7
Wayne Hesselgrave 7
Ed Cook 6
Chuck Hardee 6
Kevin King 6
Robert Kirkwood 6
Nic Anthony 5
Ariah Bepler 5 (*)
Jered Brown 5 (*)
Scott Davidson 5
JD Myers 5
Nate Steele 5
Andrew Bird 4
Bill Boze 4
Jason Legat 4
Morgan Roehl 4
Rusty Bailey 3
Luke Currier 3
Frank Mueller 3
Tracy Wilson 3
Teo Benson 2
Norm Enders 2
Chris Locke 2
Jeremy McCormick 2
Rich McCormick 2
Denny Moss 2
Tony Sherman 2
Stephen Stietenroth 2
Robbie Wanamaker 2
Oscar Liquidano 1

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   One of many blast from the pasts as I wander through Coupeville High School’s 100-year basketball history. (Megan Hansen photo)

Where have you gone, Jeff Rhubottom? Wolf Nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

As I plow through my current project — trying to track down the history of Coupeville High School basketball — it’s a mad swirl of players, some of whose exploits have unfairly slipped away into the mists of time.

But we’re going to change that!

Jeff Stone and Corey Cross, Bill Riley and Bill Jarrell, Randy Keefe, Denny Clark and Del O’Shell will once again get their moment in the spotlight, along side latter day legends like Brad Sherman, Mike Bagby and Pete Petrov.

Going through 100 years of hoops history (the first official CHS game was Jan. 19, 1917) is a daunting task.

There is no magical back room at the school where all the records were faithfully kept, so I’m relying on score-books which still exist (less than you’d think), old yearbooks and the dusty newspaper archives at the Whidbey News-Times.

The first thing I had to make peace with was there is simply no way to come up with a definitive historical record for rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, etc.

Even with the years where I have score-books to work from, the stat sheets have long vanished and newspaper articles were seriously lacking in non-scoring stats.

For example, Randy King coached CHS boys basketball from 1991-2011 and I obtained 18 of those 20 score-books. But not a single stat sheet.

So, my goals shifted slightly.

While it would be great to raise a basketball record board which showed the full range of stats, it ain’t happenin’ any time soon.

Instead, my plan is to have two boards, one for boys and one for girls, which will showcase the top 10 scoring leaders for a single season and a career.

In addition, the single-game scoring record will be honored.

For the boys, we know Jeff Stone poured in 48 against Darrington during the 1970 district title game, so game over on that one.

When I get to the girls, which will be easier (a lot less years to look at) and harder (painfully thin newspaper coverage in the early days), Judy Marti starts as the player to beat, based on a 32-point night in the early ’80s.

Doing this research, and working towards getting basketball its own record boards like track, football and volleyball, is long hours sprinkled with aha moments.

One of those comes from the aforementioned Rhubottom.

I had heard his name, in passing at least, and knew he was a player likely to appear on my charts, but I was surprised to find just how successful he was back in the day.

Having arrived on Whidbey in 1989, a decade after Rhubottom wrapped up his CHS hoops career, I had no clue he torched the nets for 459 points in the 1977-1978 season.

While my list is still a work in progress, with 55 of 100 seasons accounted for, what remains to document is mostly pre-1950s, when scoring would be much lower.

At the moment, Rhubottom sits with the second-best single-season performance (Stone’s mind-boggling 644 in 1969-1970 is untouchable) and is #4 career-wise.

I’m still working on stats for Corey Cross and Tom Sahli, so final standings could change a bit, but Rhubottom is golden. He will be on that board, two times.

And that is what has driven me, through the creation and installation of the school’s Wall of Fame for team titles, the revamp of the football record board and now the pursuit of basketball boards.

By bringing the greats of the past like Rhubottom back into the modern-day conversation, we pay tribute to what they accomplished, remind them they are not forgotten, and give today’s athletes genuine records to shoot at.

Past, present and future, all brought together, as I slowly go cross-eyed in the archives.

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   Jeff Stone’s basketball scoring records still stand nearly 50 years after he hung up his CHS uniform.

There are records, and then there are RECORDS.

As I research Coupeville High School’s basketball history, one season in particular stands out.

It’s been 47 years since Jeff Stone played his final game in a Wolf uniform — a 63-54 loss to Kittitas Mar. 5, 1970 at the state tourney.

His totals that night: 27 points and 24 rebounds.

Nearly five decades have passed since then, and yet what he accomplished in his senior season remains as astounding today as it was back then.

Playing at a time before the three-point shot was a thing, the lanky 6-foot-4 gunner, who would go on to be a college hoops star, before a long run as a coach, teacher and administrator at Oak Harbor High School, was unstoppable.

Over the course of 24 games in the 1969-1970 season (when CHS went 20-4 and became the first Whidbey Island basketball team to win a district title), Stone dropped in 644 points.

He averaged 26.8 a night, while NEVER failing to score in double figures, as the Wolves poured in 1,836 points (76.5), breaking 100 points four time.

A 114-48 win over Watson-Groen stands as the greatest scoring night in CHS history, boys or girls.

To put Stone’s 644 points in perspective, the next highest single-season Wolf performance I have found on the boys side of the board was Pete Petrov’s 442 in 25 games during the 1995-1996 season.

And Petrov both had the trey at his disposal, and used it quite often.

Oak Harbor’s single-season scoring mark is 469 from Manny Martucci in 1993 — a season I covered while at the Whidbey News-Times.

Stone, wearing “short” shorts and getting his points two at a time, never went below 14 points as a senior, and topped out with a school-record 48 in the biggest game of his career.

That performance came in the district title game against longtime rival Darrington, in a game played in front of 2,200 fans (according to newspaper articles of the day).

He earned every one of the points, as well, hitting 17 of 28 from the field and a crisp 14 of 16 from the charity stripe.

And, while Stone’s 48 is one off of the 49 netted by Oak Harbor’s Pat McGreevey in a 1953 game, let’s also note the Wolf star exited the title game with a full 90 seconds left to play.

If Coupeville coach Bob Barker doesn’t pull him early enough to take a curtain call, 50 is a certainty and 60 is not out of the question.

As I continue to go through newspaper articles, chase down score-books and forgotten stat sheets and permanently cross my eyes, I’m sure I’ll find a lot of highlights — some expected, some surprises.

But I have no doubt. Nothing I find is going to stand up to Stone’s superb swan song.

By the numbers:

Regular season:

Neah Bay — 41 points (102-42 win)
Quilcene — 36 (74-31 win)
Quilcene — 14 (71-40 win)
Joyce — 19 (67-20 win)
Watson-Groen — 38 (114-48 win)
Darrington — 37 (67-50 win)
Joyce — 27 (103-29 win)
Clallam Bay — 16 (70-49 win)
Orcas Island — 30 (95-58 win)
Friday Harbor — 18 (64-38 win)
Skykomish — 19 (64-59 win)
Clallam Bay — 30 (71-40 win)
La Conner — 18 (53-49 loss)
Watson-Groen — 35 (86-29 win)
Darrington — 24 (76-52 win)
Orcas Island — 16 (84-49 win)
Friday Harbor — 21 (82-46 win)
Skykomish — 31 (78-76 win)
Bellevue Christian — 26 (106-46 win)
La Conner — 23 (54-50 loss)

Districts:

Skykomish — 19 (74-58 win)
Darrington — 48 (84-62 win)

State:

Ritzville — 31 (63-51 loss)
Kittitas — 27 (63-54 loss)

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