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Maddie Georges netted 37 assists Tuesday, as Coupeville’s varsity spikers won on the road. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Focused and in control.

As they prepare for a third rumble with two-time defending state champ La Conner, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad was in fine form Tuesday night.

Taking care of host Mount Vernon Christian 25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 25-14, the Wolves improve to 5-2 on the season and reclaim sole possession of second-place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Next up for CHS is a Senior Night rumble with La Conner (7-0) Friday, then a season-closing bout with Orcas Island (3-6) Saturday.

While both matches are home affairs, no fans will be allowed at the second one, as Orcas requires that during the Age of Coronavirus.

The tussle with the Vikings will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

While La Conner is the spiker program everyone measures themselves against, Coupeville didn’t look past MVC.

The first time these two schools clashed on the volleyball court this season, the Wolves had to rally to pull out a nail-biting five-set thriller.

This time around, the action was equally intense, but a little more one-sided.

“I was excited to see that we played much more in control than last time we faced off with MVC,” said Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore.

“That game was a turning point for us to focus on our attacking form and our readiness on defense, and both were much more improved than our last outing against them.”

While the Hurricanes lost, they also came hard, something Whitmore was pleased to witness.

“It was fun to see that MVC was also improved, meaning that we had to earn our points,” he said. “We had a bit of slump in the third set, going back and forth with them before they crept ahead at the end.

“The girls then had to generate the energy as a team in order to break free in the fourth set,” Whitmore added.

“After dropping the third set, you want to see your team take the game back in control and close it in four, which is what they did and I’m especially proud of them for that.”

A key to Coupeville’s success was its smooth work on offense, with sophomore Maddie Georges doling out 37 of her team’s 40 assists.

“Overall, our passing was strong and we were in very comfortable attacking situations,” Whitmore said. “I was really impressed with Maddie’s setting decisions and delivery.

“She averaged 9.25 assists per set, which is a strong distribution.”

Once Georges flipped the ball into play, the Wolf mighty mashers took advantage, with the senior triple threat of Chelsea Prescott (17 kills), Kylie Chernikoff (12), and Maddie Vondrak (10) combining to rain down holy terror on the Hurricanes.

Vondrak was a beast at the net, also picking up a solo block and four block assists, while Chernikoff and Prescott tallied double-doubles.

Chernikoff added 10 digs and three service aces to go with her knee-buckling kills, with Prescott going off for 15 digs and five scorchin’ aces.

Ten Wolves saw floor time in the win, with all of them slappin’ down nice numbers in the stat book.

Sophomore Lucy Tenore “came in and served very well at critical times,” ripping off five aces and “carrying us through to the end of the match with a very strong serving run to close it out.”

Tenore added five digs, three kills, and two block assists, while Georges also picked up four digs, three block assists, and two aces.

Alita Blouin (seven digs), Jill Prince (two digs, a block assist), Abby Mulholland (two digs, an ace) Jaimee Masters (a dig), and Ryanne Knoblich (a dig) also kept the stat-keepers hoppin’.

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Maddie Georges was third in scoring for the Wolf varsity basketball squad during her freshman season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A broken ankle kicks off Mad Dog’s summer. (Suzan Georges photos)

On the mend.

One of Coupeville’s most-promising young athletes will kick off summer vacation in a boot.

Maddie Georges, who was third on the Wolf varsity squad in scoring during her freshman basketball season, broke her left ankle Saturday.

Mad Dog was a top JV volleyball player right out of the gate, and is the heir apparent to the soon-to-be-graduated Scout Smith at setter for the CHS varsity volleyball program.

Georges then made a huge breakthrough on the hardwood, jumping from being a vital part of an undefeated middle school hoops team in 8th grade to becoming a starter for the Wolf varsity midway through her freshman campaign.

Coupeville’s deadliest three-ball threat, she joined Smith in running the offense, while racking up 86 points.

That left her trailing just Smith (148) and junior Chelsea Prescott (110) on the season scoring chart.

When spring came, Georges also made the CHS varsity softball roster, only to see her season end before it began thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down Washington state schools.

Now, three months ahead of a new high school volleyball season — if prep sports return on time — Mad Dog is on the mend.

The good news is the injury seems fairly uncomplicated.

“A clean break,” said mom Suzan Georges. “So much for softball and on to healing for volleyball and basketball. Girl’s got some serious PT in her future.

“Huge thanks to all the ER doctors, nurses, and X-ray tech,” she added. “We were in and out in less then an hour and a half.”

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Maddie Georges had a very-successful freshman season on the hardwood. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Young, feisty, and ready for success.

Following in the footsteps of older brother Alex Evans, Coupeville High School freshman Maddie Georges made an immediate impact for the Wolf hoops squad.

She was on the varsity roster and playing quality minutes from day one, became a full-time starter by midseason, and helped CHS go 12-7.

Along the way, Georges rattled the rims for 86 points, not bad for a pass-first point guard primed to inherit the mantle of floor leadership from the graduating Scout Smith.

But how does that point total compare to previous Wolf freshmen?

Pretty, pretty, pretty good, as it’s the seventh-most by a CHS frosh girl since the modern-day program kicked off back in 1974.

There have been 229 players who have scored a varsity point in the last four-and-a-half decades, with the only ones to top Georges during their own freshmen seasons going on to be four-year stars for the program.

Here’s how Mad Dog compares with the best young female hoops stars the Wolves have produced, with their freshman and career totals:


Brianne King — 275 in 1999-2000 — 1549 career (#1 all-time)
Zenovia Barron — 242 in 1994-1995 — 1270 career (#2)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby — 163 in 1998-1999 — 892 career (#6)
Megan Smith — 161 in 2006-2007 — 1042 career (#4)
Makana Stone — 116 in 2012-2013 — 1158 career (#3)
Cassidi Rosenkrance — 88 in 2008-2009 — 423 career (#23)
Maddie Georges — 86 in 2019-2020 — ? career (#?)

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Avalon Renninger hit one bucket Friday, and it was huge. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Just win, baby.

It was the mantra of the Oakland Raiders during their Super Bowl-winning heyday, and it fits for the current Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad as well.

The Wolves have been a work in progress this season, but a successful one.

They’ve endured some shooting woes, from the field and the line, but hard work on the boards, a feisty mentality on defense, and some clutch shooting when it matters most, has kept CHS alive and thriving.

Case in point, Friday night, as the Wolves overcame an epic cold spell and found a way to turn on the heat in crunch time, using a fourth-quarter run to crack visiting Granite Falls.

Closing the game on a 14-2 run, with four different players scoring, Coupeville pulled out a come-from-behind 41-32 win and set themselves up nicely for the playoffs.

With the win, the Wolves improve to 5-3 in North Sound Conference play and clinch the league’s #3 postseason seed behind King’s and Cedar Park Christian.

Now 11-5 overall, Coupeville closes the regular season Tuesday at home, with Senior Night on tap, and South Whidbey (3-5, 9-10) the opponent.

The double-elimination district playoffs kick off Feb. 10, and Coupeville will be on the road at the home of the #2 Northwest Conference team.

That should be Nooksack Valley (13-4), a team the Wolves lost to 52-30 right before winter break.

A win sends CHS on to play NSC league champ King’s, while a loss pits them against either the #5 NSC team (Sultan) or the #4 NWC squad (Meridian or Mount Baker).

Either way the second game is Feb. 11.

Win their opener, and the Wolves travel to Shoreline. Lose, and they host game two.

Friday night’s fracas, which pitted the Wolves against a cellar-dweller team, was always going to be tough, regardless of records.

Granite Falls hasn’t won many games this season, but the Tigers are a physical, scrappy squad which doesn’t go down easily.

Coupeville got a taste of that a week-and-a-half back, when it escaped Granite with a one-point win, and Friday’s game, after a great start, quickly went the same way.

In the early going, CHS coach Scott Fox might have been feeling pretty good, as the Wolves roared out to a 14-6 lead before the first quarter was done.

Hannah Davidson drilled the bottom out of the net on a lil’ jumper from the side to kick off the scoring, then almost all of her teammates jumped on the scoring train.

Scout Smith, Maddie Georges, Izzy Wells, and Chelsea Prescott all scored during the opening surge, with Georges pulling off a three-point play the hard way on a full-court drive, layup in traffic, and free throw.

Prescott swished back-to-back jumpers from the side, with the second coming off a very long rebound which found its way right into her hands, and things looked peachy.

And then they didn’t.

Covering a period which stretched from the final minute or so of the first quarter until halfway through the third quarter, Coupeville found new and creative ways to NOT make buckets.

The Wolves had good look after even better look, often thanks to aggressive work on defense, but the rim just wasn’t having it.

Shots popped up, rolled sideways, dribbled out, swirled around and died, and flat out refused to stay down.

CHS could only get two shots to drop through the net in the second quarter — a long jumper from Georges and a slashing layup from Smith off a run up the middle — and the Wolves were in trouble.

But not as much as they could have been.

The aforementioned aggressive defense, keyed by Smith slapping 1,001 balls out of the hands of Tiger guards, kept the Wolves close.

Also helping out was strong work on the glass from Davidson, Izzy Wells, and freshman brawler Carolyn Lhamon, and Coupeville went in to the locker room at the half trailing just 20-18.

Neither team could score for the first half of the third quarter, but for different reasons.

The Wolves still couldn’t get the rim to play nice, while Granite flat out couldn’t get a shot off, as Smith, backed by Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, drove their ballhandlers batty.

The dry spell finally, mercifully ended some four minutes into the third frame, when Renninger, rolling to her left, lofted up a ball and banked it off the glass, earning a deep sigh of relief from her coach.

That seemed to bust things open, a bit at least.

Wells rolled under her defender for a bucket in the paint, Georges dropped a three-ball from the top of the arc, and Wurzrainer absolutely drilled a pull-up jumper once things started rolling.

But Granite wouldn’t break, converting a breakaway bucket to end the third, then slapping home another layup to open the final frame.

Up 30-27, the Tigers could see the victory.

Then again, they might want to check their vision.

Backs to the wall, the Wolves came through one more time, just as they have done again and again this season, pulling yet another victory out of the jaws of defeat.

Free throws knotted the game at 30-30, before Smith delivered the sucker punch, nailing a jumper just inside the three-point line after Prescott punched a ball free, then chased it down and fed her running mate.

Add another three-ball from Georges, a freshman who shoots like a senior, and a couple of sweet jumpers from wily veterans Prescott and Davidson, and the damage was done.

The furious finale capped a game in which seven Wolves tallied points.

Georges led the way with 11, while Smith (9), Davidson (7), Prescott (6), Wells (4), Renninger (2), and Wurzrainer (2) also filled up the scorebook.

Lhamon, Audrianna Shaw, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh also saw floor time for the Wolves.

The game marked a personal milestone for Davidson, as she became the 100th CHS girl to score 100 points during their prep career.

Her game-opening bucket was the big one, and with 105 points by night’s end, she now sits at #97 all-time for a modern-day Wolf program which began play in 1974.

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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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