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Mollie Bailey is one of 10 active players on the Coupeville High School girls basketball career scoring chart. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Who scored more? Sherry (Bonacci) Roberts (left) or Aimee (Messner) Bishop? The answer awaits below.

As I obsessively chart individual varsity basketball scoring totals for Coupeville High School players, the girls have been somewhat easier than the boys.

That’s largely because the girls program has been around a lot less years, debuting in 1974, while the boys kicked off things way back in 1917.

Which doesn’t mean things are perfect.

That 1974-1975 season has evaded me so far, as the school yearbook and the Whidbey News-Times combined to record diddly and squat.

The late Wallie Funk, WNT Sports Editor of the time, is an ink-stained legend, and truly deserves all the accolades.

But he had one screaming blind spot, and that was he apparently had little desire to write about female athletics.

Over time, things got better bit by bit, and thanks to newspaper stories, school yearbooks, and coaches who held on to their scorebooks, I have been able to pull together a pretty complete scoring chart.

Is it 100%?

Nope, as there are a couple of small quibbles with seasons in the 2000’s, to go along with that AWOL 1974-1975 campaign, but we’re pretty darn close.

So, with a couple of key seasons from the ’50s (and pretty much all the ’20s and ’30s) missing for the boys, the Wolf girls chart is definitely closer to being the final word.

With that in mind, a look at the 229 CHS female hoops stars who have scored in a varsity game, with numbers updated through the just-completed 2019-2020 season.

 

CHS girls basketball career scoring chart (1974-2020):

Brianne King – 1549
Zenovia Barron – 1270
Makana Stone – 1158
Megan Smith – 1042
Ann Pettit – 932
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – 892
Terry Perkins – 673
Lexie Black – 622
Kristan Hurlburt – 598
Tina Lyness – 594

Marlene Grasser – 574
Judy Marti – 545
Brittany Black – 502
Jen Canfield – 497
Erica Lamb – 497
Emily Vracin – 467
Tina Barker – 464
Vanessa Davis – 448
Lindsey Roberts – 448
Maureen Wetmore – 438

Sarah Powell – 425
Mika Hosek – 424
Cassidi Rosenkrance – 423
Ashley Manker – 404
Shawna West – 388
Katie Smith – 374
Whitney Clark – 359
Amy Mouw – 353
Tracy Taylor – 350
Kailey Kellner – 339

Amanda Allmer – 331
Misty Sellgren – 331
Taniel Lamb – 330
Marie Grasser – 321
Mia Littlejohn – 317
Amanda Fabrizi – 299
Scout Smith – 290
Bessie Walstad – 288
Hailey Hammer – 282
Madeline Strasburg – 261

Carly Guillory – 260
Sarah Mouw – 259
Julie Wieringa – 252
Danette Beckley – 249
Chelsea Prescott – 249 (**Active**)
Marlys West – 247
Kendra O’Keefe – 244
Breeanna Messner – 235
Hilary Kortuem – 231
Ema Smith – 228

Mikayla Elfrank – 227
Annette Jameson – 223
Beth Mouw – 216
Lisa Roehl – 216
Linda Cheshier – 210
Pam Jampsa – 202
Julia Myers – 202
Kim Warder – 193
Kacie Kiel – 188
Stephanie Clapp – 185

Kassie Lawson – 184
Heather Davis – 182
Jaime Rasmussen – 181
Trudy Eaton – 180
Heidi Bepler – 179
Jodie Christensen – 174
Aimee Messner – 168
Danielle Vracin – 167
Sherry Bonacci – 165
Marie Hesselgrave – 165

Marilyn Brown – 164
Hayley Ebersole – 163
Yashmeen Knox – 163
Traci Perkins – 161
Suzette Glover – 159
Jai’Lysa Hoskins – 151
Jennifer Bailey – 150
Emily Young – 149
Vanessa Bodley – 146
Joli Smith – 142

Jennie Cross – 140
Taya Boonstra – 132
Sarah Burgoyne – 126
Christi Messner – 125
Kayla Lawson – 124
Avalon Renninger – 123
Cheryl Dunn – 119
Hannah Davidson – 116
Jill Whitney – 116
Sarah Wright – 115

Laurie Estes – 114
Debbie Snyder – 113
Tiffany Briscoe – 111
Lauren Escalle – 109
Sally Biskovich – 108
Kara Harvey – 108
Kalia Littlejohn – 106
Kyla Briscoe – 104
Kelly Snyder – 104
Sue Wyatt – 100

Lupine Wutzke – 98
Monica Vidoni – 97
Christine Barr – 95
Lauren Grove – 95
Babette Owensby – 93
Toni Thiefault – 92
Maddie Georges – 86 (**Active*)
Jennifer Pettit – 85
Laura Young – 83
Marnie Bartelson – 81

Cheryl Pangburn – 79
Courtney Arnold – 78
Tonnalea Rasmussen – 78
Sharon Jolly – 75
Amanda Manker – 73
Beth Cavanaugh – 72
Wynter Thorne – 68
Rachelle Solomon – 64
Lindsey Sherwood – 61
Ann Kahler – 60

Chelsea Rosenkrance – 59
Judy Wallace – 58
Rose Marti – 57
Izzy Wells – 57 (**Active**)
Jean Wyatt – 57
Jennifer Eelkema – 55
Christine Larson – 53
Courtney Boyd – 52
Kari Johnson – 52
Erin Ryan – 52

Nicole Shelley – 50
Traci Barker – 49
Paige Mueller – 49
Stephanie Kipp – 48
Lynn Wilson – 47
Andilee Murphy – 46
Janiece Jenkins – 43
Meghan Metlow – 43
Tia Wurzrainer – 43
Jessy Caselden – 41

Karen Jampsa – 40
Jennifer Meyer – 40
Jill Keeney – 39
Suzanne Enders – 38
Mandi Murdy – 37
Shawn Diem – 35
Min Powell – 35
Lauren Rose – 32
Tammie Hardie – 31
Shannon Rutledge – 29

Taylor Sherman – 29
Anna Myhr – 28
Kirsty Croghan – 27
Lori Friswold – 27
Sarah Vass – 27
Tina Jansen – 26
Kim Stuurmans – 26
Kathy Jolly – 25
Shelby Kulz – 25
Carolyn Lhamon – 24 (**Active**)

Melissa Cox – 23
Haley Marx – 23
Anya Leavell – 22 (**Active**)
Lori Hart – 21
Allison Wenzel – 21
Courtney Williams – 21
Aleshia McFadyen – 20
Nancy Dyer – 18
Dina Lanphere – 18
McKenzie Bailey – 17

Carol Estes – 17
Kristina Clark – 16
Dawn Clampet – 15
Nicole Laxton – 15
Mollie Bailey – 14 (**Active**)
Lindsey Tucker – 13
Jeannette Fixel – 12
Tammy Shubat – 12
Nikki Snyder – 12
Kelly Ankney – 11

Naomi Prater – 11
Michelle Riddle – 11
Audrianna Shaw – 11 (**Active**)
Emily Wodjenski – 11
Alyssa Kelley – 10
Zarah Leaman – 10
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 10 (**Active**)
Toni Hudson – 9
Georgie Smith – 9
Cindy Bennett – 8

Susan Estes – 8
Ami Garthwaite – 8
Eileen Hanley – 8
Keri Iverson – 8
Kristine Macnab – 8
Michelle Smith – 8
Carlie Rosenkrance – 7
McKayla Bailey – 6
Lexi Boyer – 6
Rhiannon Ellsworth – 6

Debbie Johnson – 6
Grace LaPoint – 6
Skyler Lawrence – 6
Corrin Skvarla – 6
Janie Wilson – 6
Katy Bennett – 5
Penny Griggs – 5
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 5 (**Active**)
Marissa Slater – 5
Denise McGregor – 4

Jessica Sherwood – 4
Kara Warder – 4
Christina Mowery – 3
Samantha Roehl – 3
Ashlie Shank – 3
Jamie Townsdin – 3
Brenda Belcher – 2
Rusty Brian – 2
Carol Davis – 2
Lisa Davis – 2

Nicole Fuller – 2
Cathy Higgins – 2
Nezi Keiper – 2 (**Active**)
Daisy Kent – 2
Katie Kiel – 2
Charlotte Langille – 2
Tracy Barber – 1
Amy Biskovich – 1
Corinne Gaddis – 1

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Amy King first coached Makana Stone in middle school volleyball. “She was all about team and doing her best, even then.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mckenzie Meyer (front) played many sports, but unfortunately never landed on a high school team coached by King.

I’ve worked with a lot of coaches, but found only one thinking of doing a post-game write-up in poetry form.

Amy King, who has worked with the Wolf volleyball, softball and basketball programs, could be doing a bang-up job writing her own blog.

You know, if she wasn’t already busy with coaching, her real-world job, family life and the million other things she accomplishes while I’m still trying to wake up.

On the road or at home, win or loss, she always delivers crisp info, filled with insight, and this time is no different.

Coupeville’s third-longest tenured coach (trailing just Randy King and Ken Stange), she arrives today to break down the best Wolf players she’s worked with.

So, let me step away and give her the floor.

Aside from being a little busy, I’ve been mulling things over in my head – so many players!

Plus it’s tough coming in from the JV side of things too – many of my people and thoughts matched (husband) David’s.

Best player I’ve coached is, of course, Makana Stone. I echo everything David said about her.

Of course my first experience was the one year she played 8th grade volleyball.

She and Miranda Engle went to camp and when she hit the floor it was all so natural that it was like she had played her whole life.

Great attitude and all about team and doing her best even then.

Which athlete do I wish I could have coached? This is a tough one; I’m thinking McKenzie Meyer.

She ended up being our manager in middle school volleyball, but helped out when we had odd numbers.

She studied what was being shown and just came out and performed during practices. She is very athletic and had better skills than some of the girls who were out there playing.

When it came to high school I had high hopes she would join a team I was coaching.

Most underrated athlete I’ve coached – I have two on this one.

A lot of this comes from who you are playing with — you have those athletes like Lexie or Brittany Black, who stand out, so others are important to the success of a team, but did not always get the glory.

These two didn’t really care about the glory though.

Shawna West and Vanessa Davis are my two.

Both were posts and played hard. They worked hard and were no-nonsense types of players.

Shawna was our original bull in the china shop player. She rarely talked off the court, but her game said it all.

Vanessa was the same; stronger than she might have looked, shy and didn’t talk a whole lot, but without her game, the team would not have gone as far as they did.

Characteristics/intangibles/commitment is by far the easiest question, answered the same as my husband –Breeanna Messner.

She was in the first group of kids I coached in Coupeville, 7th grade volleyball.

Coached her since then in multiple sports, it was all the same. Dedication, hard working, great attitude and the kind of athlete any coach would be happy to have on their team.

Regardless of the sport or who was coaching; she would change positions without question; play where needed.

She was involved in all off-season functions she could participate in and always helped pick up gear; set up gear and never brought or fed into drama.

She had that no-quit attitude, fight and desire in everything she did.

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Julie Myers (top, right) is joined by fellow inductees (l to r) Brad Haslam, Boom Phomvongkoth and Lexie Black.

   Julie Myers (top, right) is joined by fellow inductees (l to r) Brad Haslam, Boom Phomvongkoth and Lexie Black.

Domination.

It’s the common trait when you look at the members of the 39th class to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

Regardless of the sport, the four athletes, one who is going into the Hall for a second time, towered above their rivals on a regular basis, more than earning them enshrinement in these hallowed digital walls.

After this, when you want to find Julia Myers, Boom Phomvongkoth, Brad Haslam or two-time inductee Lexie Black, who is being honored today for putting together the ultimate block party, all you’ll have to do is look to the top of the blog and find the Legends tab.

We’re kicking things off with the Lexinator, who is already in the joint, one of the first to be inducted.

Today we’re honoring her performance on Mar. 4, 2005, when the six-foot-two enforcer extraordinaire rejected 10 shots by Zillah, helping her CHS girls’ basketball squad capture a 45-41 win at the state tourney.

Coupeville won two games at state that year, finishing 8th and bringing home the third (and so far final) banner in program history.

Black’s ten-spot, and the 14 total blocks by the Wolves in the game, remain the gold standard to this day. No player, and no team, have ever topped those marks in a 1A girls game, more than a decade later.

Now Lex Luthor is counting down the days until she’ll be a mom, and you know the child is gonna pop out and immediately slap the doctor across the room, just like their mom did to so many errant shots.

Our second inductee, Phomvongkoth, was a little lower to the ground than Black, but he was just as much of a scrapper on the hardwood.

One of the first players I covered back in my Whidbey News-Times Sports Editor days, Boom went all-out all the time, slamming to the floor, harassing rival ball-handlers and knocking down big shots of his own.

It took me a bit to get the spelling of his last name down, but I could see his talent, and his love for the game, from the first moment he strode out into the CHS gym.

When the Tom Roehl Roundball Classic brought Wolf alumni back to town in Dec., Boom was among the returning veterans.

He might be down a few hairs on the head these days (who’s not?), but the skill-set and inner fire were still there, and he still looks like he could school some young punks, if necessary.

Our third inductee, Haslam, was one of the most imposing high school athletes I ever covered.

Which is funny, because off the field, he’s a supremely nice guy, easy-going and laid-back.

But put him on the gridiron and he was an animal, de-cleating anyone who tried to get in his way as he led the blocking charge for the undefeated 1990 CHS football squad.

A superb kicker with a cannon for a leg, he knocked down field goals from uncanny range, as well, earning his keep on offense, defense and special teams.

Equally skilled as a hoops player, Haslam’s biggest impact came on the diamond, though.

A four-time All-League selection as a pitcher, the ’92 grad made batters tremble in the box. Seriously. I saw it happen.

Tall, burly and (in the moment) looking like he was going to murder you, Haslam remains the most overpowering high school pitcher I have ever witnessed on a day-to-day basis.

Our final inductee, Myers, shares a lot in common with Haslam.

No, she wasn’t all that tall, and no one would describe her as burly, but, like her compatriot, she was a supremely nice person off the field (and one of the best ever when it came to taking goofy photos) who played like a beast between the lines.

Whether smacking tennis balls, shutting down fools as a soccer goalie, or droppin’ elbows as a rebounding machine on the basketball court, Julia was a stone-cold killer.

Injuries were the only thing that ever slowed her down, but she fought through some horrific ones and still stalked her prey, knee brace glinting under the lights, slight smirk on her face as she watched her rivals souls shrivel up and blow away.

A vital part of the first Wolf girls’ hoops team to win a league title in 13 years during her senior campaign, “Elbows” always had the heart of a champion.

If we have to win one game to save the universe, I want Julia on our team. Cause when the final buzzer sounds, she’ll be the last one standing.

Of that I have no doubt.

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Clockwise, from left, Madeline Strasburg, Lexie Black, Kyle King and Kim Meche.

   Clockwise, from left, are Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame inductees Madeline Strasburg, Lexie Black, Kyle King and Kim Meche.

A young Willie Smith, reunited with a stat sheet from the 1999-2000 basketball season.

   A young Willie Smith, reunited with a vintage stat sheet from the 1999-2000 CHS girls’ basketball season.

I am now starting a weekly argument.

Simple as that.

If you look at the very top of this blog, there’s a tab, marked “Legends,” which sits next to “David’s Best Ever Friends” and “Who’s responsible for this.”

Under that tab, you will find the brand-new Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

Today, I induct my first class, with one female athlete, one male athlete, one coach, one team and one moment.

Every Sunday I will add a new class, publishing a story and adding the inductee(s) to the roll of honor, where they (or it) will live on as long as this blog does.

Going forward, it’s a crap shoot.

I can add one, or a bunch. No guarantee every division will have equal representation.

Like most of what’s on this blog, it’s whatever strikes my fancy that Sunday.

BUT, you, the reader, do have a huge say.

I have an idea where I’m going to go, who I’m going to induct. But I want, and need, your input.

I need you to email me (davidsvien@hotmail.com), message me on Facebook or talk to me in person at games.

Tell me who you want to be in the Hall o’ Fame. Convince me.

Anyone who has ever played or coached in Coupeville is eligible, whether they were here in the 1920s or are currently playing.

I have a pretty good feel for local sports history, but, I will be the first to admit I have huge gaps.

Think a player, a team, a coach, a moment is being snubbed or forgotten?

Lecture me. Long and loudly.

Will I agree? Maybe. Maybe not. But I will listen to you and mull it over.

And then, like usual, I’ll do whatever I dang well choose.

But, if you don’t try and convince me I’m an idiot, then you can’t complain when I am an idiot.

Spread the knowledge. Get on your soap box. Light me up. Bring it on.

And now, to our first class.

When Major League Baseball inducted its first class, it went with Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth, arguably the five best players in history at that time (if you ignore the fact the Negro Leagues were completely ignored).

This class is not an effort to match that. I am not claiming these are the absolute best Coupeville has ever seen in these divisions.

That’s an argument for another day.

What I am saying is these three individuals, this team and this moment are among the finest we have ever seen in Cow Town. They are a dang good place to start.

In no particular order, the first-ever class to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame are Lexie Black, Kyle King, Kim Meche, Madeline Strasburg and the 1999-2000 CHS girls’ basketball team.

Why?

Lexie Black (Female Athlete) — The most sustained run of excellence CHS has seen in any sport came in girls’ basketball, from the late ’90s through the mid-to-late 2000’s.

Other players put up bigger offensive numbers, but Lexie is the one who, a decade later, still holds a major record, for most blocked shots (10) in a 1A state playoff game.

Her commitment to defense and team, her willingness to sell out completely and demand other teams get the heck out of HER paint marked her as a top-notch player.

That she is one of the nicest, sweetest, smartest women you will ever meet, well, that’s just a bonus.

Kyle King (Male Athlete) — Five state titles as a track star. Utter dedication to his craft, never missing a day, even when he and younger brother Tyler ran shirtless through the snow.

One of the few Wolf alumni to go on to an equally successful college career, running three years at Eastern Washington and one at Oklahoma.

Kim Meche (Coach) — A very talented volleyball player who became a very strong coach and later, administrator. Never lost her smile, or her fight, as she battled cancer for years, inspiring countless students, former players and colleagues.

A class act every step of the way, and the first inductee I chose.

Madeline Strasburg (Moment) — I have never seen anything quite like it.

Maddie Big Time, the ultimate big-game, big-moment player, stole the ball at mid-court, whirled and banked in a three-pointer from the left side that beat the third quarter buzzer by a millisecond.

OK, great play, but…

Two weeks later, coming off of Christmas break, the Wolf girls’ basketball team returns to the court.

Seconds to play in the third quarter, Strasburg, a junior at the time during the 2013-2014 season, rips the ball free, whirls, lets fly … and banks it in from mid-court, then runs off screaming as the buzzer wails.

The same incredible play. The same EXACT moment. Back-to-back games, 17 days apart.

I still don’t believe it, and I saw it happen.

1999-2000 CHS girls’ basketball (Team) — A slam dunk.

Other teams won more games. Other teams had better finishes. But this is where it started, when the Wolves refused to let it end.

March 2, 2000 they became the first team in school history to win a game at the state tourney, in any sport.

And they did it the way they had all that season, as a team of gutsy ball-hawks who attacked relentlessly, just the way coach Willie Smith drew it up.

Trailing Freeman by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, the Wolves, led by Tina Lyness, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby and Brianne King, roared back to take the fourth quarter 20-5.

But, in the end, it wasn’t the big three, but ultimate role player Jaime Rasmussen who iced the 46-42 win, scoring the go-ahead basket before draining two free throws with five seconds to play.

A team that started the season 0-5 came back to shock Archbishop Thomas Murphy twice, then pulled off the defining win in school history in classic fashion. While having a lot of fun along the way.

Inducted, as a team:

Willie Smith (head coach)
Cherie Smith (assistant coach)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby
Penny Griggs
Brianne King
Yashmeen Knox
Tina Lyness
Jaime Rasmussen
Nicole Shelly
Rachelle Solomon
Tracy Taylor
Emily Young
Laura Young

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Brittany Black (left) and girlfriend Megan King.

Brittany Black (left) and girlfriend Megan King.

The Black 'n Blue Sisters, Brittany and Lexie.

  The Black ‘n Blue Sisters, Brittany and Lexie, hanging out in the CHS gym they once ruled.

Brittany Black is a fighter.

On the basketball court, she and older sister Lexie scrapped for every loose ball, fought for every rebound, helping to lead Coupeville High School to some of the best showings in school history.

When you look up at the state tournament banners on the wall in the CHS gym, know that Brittany was a crucial part of the golden years for Wolf girls’ basketball.

After high school she went on to join her sister at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where the duo played hoops as scholarship athletes.

In recent years, the 2006 CHS grad has resurfaced in Cow Town, working with the Wolf girls’ basketball team as an assistant coach and as a personal trainer.

The years in between high school glory and her latest successes, though, became increasingly dark, as drinking swept away a huge chunk of her life.

As she approaches three years of sobriety, Brittany made the choice to speak about her experiences, in the hope that it would show current Coupeville athletes how life can change for the worse, and how you can change it back for the better.

In her own words:

I started drinking the summer after high school, once I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska for school.

I was blessed to be able to go to a four-year university on a partial scholarship for basketball.

Although there wasn’t a lot of pressure to drink, I felt it necessary because I wasn’t comfortable with myself and felt quite a bit of social anxiety.

In the student-athlete community, parties were plentiful, and that lifestyle continued for the two years I lived there.

It was fun; I made memories I would never want to change.

My drinking started to change after I decided to leave my basketball career behind (due to injury) and move to Bellingham.

Quickly following my move back to the lower 48, my grandpa, whom I was extremely close to, lost his battle with leukemia.

Between his death and the constant guilt trip I held myself in for letting myself “quit” the sport that my identity was so rooted in, I started spiraling.

I tried covering up this inner hostility by drinking; it started as going out almost every night to drink, but quickly turned to drinking in between shifts at work, at work, all night into the early morning.

Yet, I would wake up the next morning to the same inner guilt trip I spent so much time trying to avoid.

I lived in Bellingham for about three years before I moved to Santa Cruz, California for a “fresh start.”

Although I thought a change of location would help curb my addiction, it did not. My time in California lasted a short six months before I hit rock bottom.

My rock bottom was consuming a 750ml bottle of whatever liquor I chose that night, five-six nights a week.

Finally, after hearing about two of my run-ins with the SCPD, I got a phone call from my dad.

He was calling to let me know I would be picking him up from the airport in two days and we were going to have an “adult conversation.”

That conversation consisted of him asking me if I had a problem with alcohol, and if I wanted to move home to get help.

Now, alcoholics generally know they have an issue and continue to deny it.

When my dad asked me that, it was like my disease lay dormant in my mind for those 30 seconds and allowed me to speak freely, and I accepted the help.

Dad stayed with me for a couple days, we packed up my car and drove me back up I-5.

I spent the next six months with my “life team.”

This included drug and alcohol evaluations, an intensive outpatient rehab program (three days a week), my drug and alcohol counselor, and my mental health counselor.

My first day sober was February 27, 2012, and I haven’t looked back.

Alcoholism and addiction are a constant battle.

There are always thoughts and triggers that remind me of the way I used to live my life. But drinking is just not worth it to me anymore.

Although it didn’t have much of an effect on my athleticism, drinking had a detrimental effect on my relationships with family and friends.

My only sister and I rarely spoke, and if we did, it was me being supremely rude to her.

As soon as I got sober, that was one of the first relationships I was lucky enough to reconcile.

Sobriety is the coolest thing I have experienced in my life.

I have reconciled many friendships, allowed myself to rediscover my passion within our basketball community here, but more then that, I have discovered who I am without booze.

I found the love of my life, I accept myself with all of the good and bad that comes with it, and I found the career I want to pursue forever.

I have no defined message I want to get across with my story, but I know that I need to share it.

I could never succeed in ANY part of my success, life or sobriety, without my family and my girlfriend.

Their support through all of the ups-and-downs of me getting clean and continuing to grow through recovery is what keeps me going everyday.

It’s exhausting and still an emotional roller coaster to talk or write about this stuff, but strongly believe it needs to be shared … and with that, I’m off to mold some young basketball minds.

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