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Cole White tossed in 11 points Thursday in a narrow loss to King’s. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

What’s a Dollar worth? About 19 points and a win, that’s what.

Sparked by the son of former UCLA great Cameron Dollar, King’s Junior High eked out some payback against Coupeville Middle School Thursday, avenging an early season boys basketball loss to the Wolves.

With Jalen Dollar, who wasn’t eligible the first time around, pouring in 19 of his team’s points, the Knights held off a scrappy CMS 7th grade varsity squad, escaping with a 28-25 win in Shoreline.

The elder Dollar played four seasons at UCLA, helping the Bruins win three Pac-10 crowns and a 1995 national title.

He was a major factor in the championship win, an 89-78 upset of defending champs Arkansas in a game played in front of 38,540 fans at Seattle’s Kingdome.

UCLA star Ed O’Bannon, who was the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player, threw down 30 points and snared 17 boards, but it was Cameron Dollar who was singled out for special praise by coach Jim Harrick afterwards.

Stepping in when starting point guard Tyus Edney went down with an injury in the first half, Dollar finished with a game-high eight assists and four steals.

After his playing days ended in ’97, the Bruin legend became a coach and has worked at seven different NCAA schools over the past 20 years. He’s currently an assistant at the University of Washington.

The loss drops Coupeville to 2-4 on the season, but Wolf coach Greg White and his players weren’t hanging their heads after going toe-to-toe with the big boys.

“Tough loss tonight, but the boys actually played their best game of the season,” he said. “They moved the ball well against a press.”

The Wolves hung tough all game, trailing by just a bucket at the half.

King’s used an 11-7 surge in the third quarter, with Dollar dropping a pair of three-balls, to put some room between the teams, only to see Coupeville put together an 8-5 run of its own in the fourth.

Cole White poured in a season-high 11 to pace the Wolves, while Logan Downes popped for nine and William Davidson slapped home five.

Ryan Blouin, Zane Oldenstadt, Nick Guay, Mikey Robinett, and Quinten Pilgrim also saw floor time for Coupeville.

 

7th grade JV:

The second unit didn’t generate a ton of offense, but played pretty well on defense in an 11-2 loss.

Robinett banked home Coupeville’s lone bucket, while Pilgrim, Justin Wilkinson, Alex Clark, Timothy Nitta, Andrew Williams, and Chris Villarreal were all in action for CMS during the two-quarter game.

 

8th grade varsity:

Mitchell Hall continues to captivate, but not even he was enough to quell a fierce Knights squad which stormed to a 51-22 win.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-5.

Hall, who has come on strongly in the past few games, tossed in eight points to pace CMS, while Levi Pulliam knocked down a pair of buckets in support.

Dominic Coffman and Alex Wasik each added three, with Coffman drilling a trey, Alex Murdy and Kevin Partida had a basket apiece and Ty Hamilton, Josh Upchurch, and Jesse Wooten chipped in with hustle and hard work.

All three Coupeville teams return home for their next game, with Northshore Christian scheduled to travel to Whidbey Dec. 4.

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William Davidson was a force on defense Monday as the Coupeville Middle School 7th grade basketball squad routed King’s. (Photo courtesy Charlotte Young)

Get hit? Hit back harder.

It’s a philosophy which worked extremely well for the Coupeville Middle School 7th grade boys basketball squad Monday, as the Wolves weathered the best visiting King’s could throw its way, then dropped a devastating hay-maker in return.

Turning a tie game into a blowout, the CMS young guns romped to a season-opening win, kicking off a new season of hoops action in grand style.

While an undermanned 8th grade Wolf squad couldn’t keep the good times rolling, Coupeville will take the split and move on, ready to battle through a 10-game season.

 

7th grade goes bonkers:

It’s not too often you can go scoreless as a team from the final minute of the first quarter to the opening moments of the third, and win. Much less be on the positive end of a blowout.

And yet that’s just what the young Wolves did as they turned a 10-10 stalemate into a 28-13 victory romp.

The explosion, when it came, was brutally efficient, with the run ‘n gun twins, Logan Downes and Cole White, combining to drop 15 points in a game-deciding 18-0 surge.

For one second, King’s looked good. But it was a very short second.

The Knights point guard used a roll to the rim to bank home a runner on the first possession of the third quarter, capping a comeback from an early 7-0 deficit.

Knotting the game at 10, the bucket stretched Coupeville’s scoreless streak to nine-plus minutes, a time when decent CMS shots found a million ways to refuse to go down.

It would have been easy for the fairly-green Wolves to break under pressure, but early signs point to this bunch being a resilient group.

Without blinking, Downes hauled in a pass, flicked a trey through the bottom of the net, then immediately turned and sprinted back down court.

That shot, and Coupeville’s dynamic defense over the remainder of the third quarter, caused King’s to fracture.

With White, Downes, Ryan Blouin and Nick Guay relentlessly harassing the Knight ball-handlers, turnovers began to happen at a rapid rate.

When the ball did hit the rim, Zane Oldenstadt, William Davidson and Mike Robinett cleaned the glass ferociously, kick-starting Wolf fast-breaks. And once the points started falling, they arrived in a tsunami.

White knifed through a pair of defenders to slap home a layup off of a steal, then Downes pulled off almost a mirror image play.

Not content to stop with two-point buckets, the duo hit back-to-back three-balls, with White torching the net from the left side, before Downes rained down sweet pain from the far right corner.

After scoring the opening bucket of the third, King’s went scoreless for 10+ minutes.

Facing a withering Wolf D, the Knights didn’t put points on the board again until there were less than three minutes left in the game.

By that point, Oldenstadt had muscled his way in for a bucket in the paint to kick off the fourth quarter, stretching the lead all the way out to 28-10.

The frantic finish matched Coupeville’s sizzling start, when the Wolves rode a pair of buckets from Blouin and a long three-pointer from Downes — set-up by a Guay steal — out to a 7-0 lead.

Davidson added a free throw, after spending much of the first quarter diving on the floor in pursuit of loose balls, then Downes slapped home a breakaway layup to stake the Wolves to a 10-5 lead at the first break

The second quarter was surprisingly low-scoring, with a King’s three ball at the 1:47 mark the only change to the scoreboard.

In the end, it didn’t matter, as Coupeville’s explosive offense and barbed defense proved too much for the Knights.

“The defensive effort and rebounding were impressive from the whole team,” CMS coach Greg White said. “There was a lot of promising play from our boys and great support from the fans.”

Downes paced the Wolves, and outscored King’s by himself, with a game-high 15.

White banked home five, Blouin knocked down four, Oldenstadt banged inside for three and Davidson’s free throw put the final exclamation point on the scoring chart.

Robinett and Guay were joined by Quinten Pilgrim and Timothy Nitta in providing able support for Greg White and assistant coaches Michael Davidson and Arik Garthwaite.

 

8th grade learns under fire:

King’s older squad, while not equal to some of the juggernauts the private school has brought to town in the past, was still explosive enough to run away with a 50-20 win.

Mixing strong work on the boards with a dagger from three-point land, the Knights scored the first 13 points of the game, putting the Wolves on their heel.

Coupeville finally got on the board when Alex Murdy slashed the back-pedaling defense for a running layup, but that was all he and his team could eke out in a rough first quarter.

Trailing 19-2 headed into the second, the Wolves stayed much closer after they found their offensive rhythm.

Murdy banked home a team-high 11 points, adding three in the second and another six in the third.

The prettiest play from the nephew of former Wolf scoring ace Allen Black arrived early in the second quarter, when Murdy pump-faked a defender out of his high tops, then spun to the hoop for a swooping lay-in.

Dominic Coffman added five points to the CMS cause, including dropping a long three-ball from a step or two outside the parking lot, while Ty Hamilton tickled the twines for a pair of buckets to round out the scoring.

Levi Pulliam, Kevin Partida, Josh Upchurch, Alex Wasik, Jesse Wooten and James Hall also saw floor time for Wolf coach Dante Mitchell and assistants Mikayla Elfrank and DeAndre Mitchell.

 

Support crew soars:

Opening nights are sometimes rough, but Coupeville’s trio on the scorer’s table — score-book sage Nicole Laxton, clock operator Ema Smith and Head of Security Ashley Menges — were flawless in the spotlight.

Well, 99% flawless.

There was one preening lil’ punk of a King’s 8th grader who needed someone to reach over and slap the top-knot off of his frequently-annoying head.

But, alas, today’s high schoolers continually prove themselves to be more polite than the ones I grew up with, so, in 2018, not all of my day-dreams get to come true…

On the other hand, I did get free potato chips from the young children of Allen and Mandi (Murdy) Black and free chocolate from Charlotte Young, so I had that going for me, which was nice.

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Sophomore Chelsea Prescott, seen in an earlier match, was one of many Wolves who played strongly Tuesday in a loss to defending state champ King’s. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Champions respond.

Coupeville knocked King’s down, but not out, Tuesday, as the top two volleyball squads in the North Sound Conference waged a brawl on Whidbey.

And, while the Wolves became just the third team to take a set from the defending 1A state champs this season, the Knights responded with fire and fury, holding off CHS 21-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19.

With the win, King’s (9-0 in league play, 12-1 overall) clinches the conference crown and a #1 seed heading into the district playoffs.

CHS (6-3, 9-3) closes the regular season at home Wednesday, when it hosts Sultan (1-8, 4-9) on Senior Night.

A South Whidbey (5-4, 8-6) win over Cedar Park Christian (5-4, 9-6) Tuesday cleared the field for the Wolves. Crush the Turks behind 12th graders Emma Smith and Ashley Menges, and Coupeville finishes second in the six-team league.

As the #2 seed from the NSC, Coupeville travels to Lynden Christian High School Saturday, Oct. 27, where it opens the double-elimination tourney against the #3 seed from the Northwest Conference, likely Meridian (3-11).

Facing off with the best team 1A has to offer Tuesday, the Wolves pushed the big-hitting, high-flying Knights hard.

Menges smoked an early ace off the back line, and that seemed to jam an IV full of adrenaline right into the collective chest of her teammates.

Flying up the middle, then rising with a majestic bound to inflict great pain and suffering on those who dared to face her wrath, Maya Toomey-Stout lashed a winner that left a scorched mark down the center of the court.

That set off her partner in the big hit business, as Emma Smith soared above the net, using her long reach and deadly fingertips to deny back-to-back King’s kills.

Not content with merely stuffing her rivals, something she did four times during the match, she promptly mashed her own winner to cap her mini-run o’ success.

Up 15-11 after Menges floated past the net and flicked a tip between two Knights for a point, the Wolves were cruising.

As much as you can cruise against a team where every one of its players can launch nuclear strikes.

King’s ripped off a few eye-popping, and knee-quaking, kills to even things back at 15-15, but Coupeville didn’t flinch or pull back.

Instead, the Wolves immediately struck, with Scout Smith flicking a sweet sky-hook for a winner, followed by Emma Smith launching a rocket that exploded a King’s players knee when it hit pay-dirt.

Emma Smith put Coupeville on set point with a gorgeous serve which looped through the air over the heads of the Knights, only to drop like an anvil and bite the line at the very last millisecond.

King’s, even with its back to the wall, didn’t back down, holding off two set points, before Toomey-Stout, flying in from the left side, thunked the set-clinching point right down the line where no one had a chance to return it.

You don’t win a state title, though, and contend for the same every year, without being resilient.

The Knights responded with a roar, sweeping the next three sets without trailing once after the opening frame.

King’s made few mistakes, took advantage of every small error, blistered the ball and approached each point with a confidence born of repeated winning.

Not that Coupeville made it easy, however.

While the Wolves couldn’t quite recapture the magic of the opening set, they fought like the dickens, constantly keeping plays alive long after they seemed dead.

Emma Mathusek, Chelsea Prescott and Toomey-Stout made an art out of chasing down booming spikes into the far corners of the court, and beyond, getting an arm, or a fist, or an elbow, on the runaway orb and spinning the ball back into play.

Once the ball was propelled skyward, Wolf setter Scout Smith made smart passing choices, giving her hitters a fighting chance.

Toomey-Stout, seemingly much-recovered from battling a fall croup which has ripped through the CHS squad, made sure King’s will remember her.

Mashing the ball from all angles, “The Gazelle” delivered a team-high 11 kills, none more impressive than when she caved in the forehead of an unlucky Knight caught transfixed like a deer in the headlights.

Even while dropping the final three sets, Coupeville continued to nip at King’s heels, something their coach appreciated.

“I’m excited we competed the way we did,” Cory Whitmore said. “We wanted to show we had improved, that we weren’t scared of a very good team, one of the benchmark teams in the state.

“We want to be playing our best volleyball at the end of the season,” he added. “We did a good job of focusing on that tonight.”

Mathusek, who sacrifices her body as Coupeville’s libero, and often doesn’t get a chance to show up in the stat spotlight while doing the dirty work, earned big praise from Whitmore.

Emma had fire in her game tonight,” he said. “They actively avoided her on the service return, hitting away from her.”

Her teammates played with passion, as well, as Scout Smith (20 assists, three aces), Emma Smith (six kills, four blocks), Menges (four digs, three aces), Prescott (10 digs) and Hannah Davidson (two aces) helped keep stat keeper Heidi Meyers busy.

Toomey-Stout went low for 16 digs to go with her 11 kills, while Mathusek paced the Wolves with 20 digs.

Rounding out a solid team-wide effort was swing player Lucy Sandahl, who, after huggin’ and smoochin’ parents Jeannie and Michael pre-match, ripped off aces on two of her three serve attempts.

 

JV falls:

King’s second unit, a highly-polished group with its own assortment of big-time hitters, could beat a lot of varsity teams.

So, while Coupeville put up a brave effort, its 25-13, 25-11, 25-8 loss wasn’t totally unexpected.

The defeat dropped the young Wolves to 3-6 in league play, 5-7 overall.

CHS kept things close for half a set, battling to a 12-11 lead in the opening frame, with Abby Mulholland and Izzy Wells dropping in winners while Raven Vick crushed a service ace off of a girl’s chest.

It was there that King’s flipped a switch, however, rolling off nine straight points, and 14 of the next 15, to close out the opening set.

Coupeville’s lone point during the onslaught came from Sandahl, who moved in to deliver a set, only to catch the defense by surprise by flicking a winner over her shoulder instead.

Vick and Maddie Vondrak hammered winners in the second set, while Abby Meyers spent much of the third frame somersaulting and lunging, selling out on every play as she did her best to keep the ball alive and stem the Knights big-play offense.

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Coupeville High School cross country runners hang out before Thursday’s meet in Shoreline. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

One mission accomplished, and another begins.

The Coupeville High School cross country squad capped its first regular season in 20+ years Thursday with an appearance at a three-team meet in Shoreline.

Now, after dueling King’s and South Whidbey across a 2.4 mile course, the Wolves will have some time to rest, rehab and prep for the postseason.

The North Sound Conference meet hits Oct. 20 and will be held at Lakewood High School.

After that comes the district meet Oct. 27 at South Whidbey, and then, if any of the Wolves qualify, the state meet Nov. 3 in Pasco.

Last year, when the CHS harriers were just three guys training and traveling with South Whidbey High School’s team, Danny Conlisk advanced to the big dance.

The Wolf senior is looking for a return trip to state, while sophomore Catherine Lhamon has been putting up times which would also punch her ticket.

She missed Thursday’s meet, however, as she’s healing from a pulled muscle she suffered at the end of the Nike Hole in the Wall Invitational last weekend.

 

Thursday’s results:

 

GIRLS:

Alana Mihill (14th) 19:25.88

 

BOYS:

Danny Conlisk (11th) 14:09.02

Sam Wynn (25th) 15:34.20

TJ Rickner (34th) 16:35.92

Uriah Kastner (35th) 16:41.13

Kyle Burnett (39th) 17:47.48

Chris Ruck (43rd) 18:48.05

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Even with a loss Tuesday to the defending state champs, Ashley Menges and Coupeville volleyball are a strong 5-1 on the season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maddy Hilkey and her Wolf soccer teammates are back playing at home Thursday.

Welcome to Hell Day.

Tuesday offered Coupeville High School female athletes a reminder there are six schools in the North Sound Conference, and five of them are chasing the sixth.

King’s, one of the true premier, sports-orientated private schools in the land, entered this year as the defending state champs in both volleyball and girls soccer, and little has changed.

Both Knights squads are undefeated in league play, with just a single non-conference loss to a 3A school from the Metro League (soccer) and a 4A school from Kingco (volleyball).

So, it comes as little surprise that the Wolves, despite putting up strong effort Tuesday, were swept aside by King’s on the road in Shoreline.

 

Varsity volleyball:

The big match-up of the night, as Coupeville and King’s entered play tied for first-place.

The Knights, whose only loss was to undefeated 4A North Creek, held steady, winning 25-12, 25-13, 25-15.

The loss drops the Wolves to 3-1 in league, 5-1 overall, while King’s rises to 4-0, 6-1.

Coupeville didn’t go down easily, fighting for every point and scraping shots off the floor.

“It got progressively better and more competitive,” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore. “Just let a few strings of points get away from us without coming up with our own.

“We dug the ball tenaciously, which we can be proud of, and made them earn their points,” he added. “That definitely was the strongest part of our game and we received compliments for our grit.”

The teams will meet again in three weeks, when King’s visits Whidbey Oct. 23, and the Wolves will be ready.

“We need to take a look at some things in practice and be ready to take on our next opponent, looking to take care of business,” Whitmore said. “Then we’ll get a second chance at them second half of season.”

Scout Smith paced the Wolves with 17 assists and two service aces, while Emma Smith (five kills, two aces), Maya Toomey-Stout (four kills, three digs) and Chelsea Prescott (two kills, three digs) provided solid back-up.

 

JV volleyball:

Coupeville was swept in three sets, but JV coach Chris Smith liked the fight his players showed.

“King’s played well,” he said. “We battled and kept our chins up.

“We just have to keep working. We have a lot of good things to learn playing a team like King’s.”

With the loss, the young Wolves slip to 1-3 in league play, 2-4 overall.

 

Varsity soccer:

King’s tied its season-high in goals, routing Coupeville 9-0.

The Knights, who lost their season opener 1-0 to 3A Lakeside, have won eight straight, while outscoring foes 45-2.

The Wolves, meanwhile, drop to 1-5 in league play, 1-8-1 overall. They have been shutout in six of 10 games this season.

“We lost to the defending state champs, and they showed that they look like possible repeat champs as well,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “They are very tough on their home field.

“I thought in many ways we had a better game this time than when we lost to them 4-0 earlier in the season,” he added. “We had better ball movement, and for good portions we defended well against a very fast and dynamic Kings attack.”

One bright spot for the Wolves is the schedule gets easier the next couple of games.

CHS gets a break from conference action when it hosts former league rival Port Townsend (1-9) Thursday.

After that comes Coupeville’s final four league games, starting with a road trip to Sultan Oct. 9 to face a team it blasted 6-0 the first time around.

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