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Jered Brown, here thundering to the hoop in an earlier game, scored seven points Wednesday at Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A play here, a play there, and they’re 4-0.

But, sometimes those shots don’t drop, or those passes go wide, or that defensive stand doesn’t quite hold long enough, and you’re 1-3.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team has played strongly all season, and Wednesday night was no different.

That being said, the Wolves came out on the short end of a 43-38 defensive war at Friday Harbor, the third time in four games they have fallen by just a bucket or two.

Coupeville’s losses have been by four points (in overtime to a 3A school), five, and seven, while their win was a 19-point romp over Orcas Island.

As the Wolves try and find the perfect mesh between strong play and a positive win/loss record, they’ll get two more chances this weekend.

CHS hosts Concrete (0-2) Friday, then travels to Seattle Saturday to face off with The Bush School (2-2).

Wednesday night the Wolves led 8-7 after the first quarter, thanks to four points apiece from Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison.

After that, the two schools waged a tense back-and-forth affair, with Friday Harbor slowly pulling away.

A 13-10 surge in the second frame sent the host team to the locker room up 20-18, while the third and fourth quarters went 9-8 and 14-12 in favor of Friday Harbor.

Dylan Roberson and Ethan Germain led the Wolverines with 15 and 10 points, respectively, while the game’s final margin was set at the free throw line.

Coupeville netted its highest percentage of the season, nailing six of eight shots at the charity stripe, but Friday Harbor, while not shooting particularly well (11-20), converted just enough to ice the win.

Sophomore shooting guard Hawthorne Wolfe, who was named a WIAA Athlete of the Week earlier in the day Wednesday, was top man for Coupeville with nine points, while Mason Grove banked in eight.

With the performance, which included a pair of three-balls in the third quarter, the senior reached a personal milestone, becoming the 132nd Wolf boy (in 103 seasons) to score 200+ career points.

Grove sits with 207 after Wednesday’s game.

Jered Brown notched all seven of his points in the heat of the fourth-quarter battle, with Toomey-Stout (6), Davison (4), Ulrik Wells (2), and Gavin Knoblich (2) also scoring.

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With 160 career points, Mason Grove enters the 2019-2020 hoops season as the top active CHS scorer. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fellow senior Scout Smith has 142 points, topping all active girls.

With 139 points and two seasons left to play, junior Chelsea Prescott could chomp her way up the career scoring chart.

Hawthorne Wolfe knocked down 158 points last season, most-ever scored by a Wolf freshman boy across 102 seasons of action.

It’s the best time of the year.

We’re not saying basketball is the best sport of them all, but … yeah, actually we are saying basketball is the best sport of them all.

Facts are facts.

And there’s going to be a lot of basketball going down over the next four to five months.

The Coupeville Middle School boys travel to Shoreline Wednesday to face King’s Junior High in the first games of the season.

Then, six days from now, the CHS girls and boys open practice, with their first games slated for the first week of December.

Toss in the CMS girls, who take the court in February, and there’s hoops action a’plenty.

As basketball unfolds, a little side game I have is keeping track of who scores for the high school teams, and how that affects their standings on the career scoring chart.

Through my research, I’ve tracked 102 seasons of CHS boys action and 45 years of girls play, and, while I’m not 100% there (pre-1960’s is a wasteland for reliable stats), I have a pretty good list.

So, as we head towards a new season, #103 and #46, where do the current players sit in the race for the school’s career scoring records? Glad you asked.

The charts below represent all of the players who COULD return, not necessarily those who WILL return.

In the case of one player, Ja’Kenya Hoskins, a leg injury suffered during a dodge-ball tourney, will keep her sidelined for awhile.

She stays on the list however, as the hope is she makes it back sometime during the season.

With the others, until practice gets fully rolling, we won’t know if anyone suddenly lost their love of hoops and decided to take the winter off.

Hopefully not, but you never know.

So, here’s what’s possible:

 

GIRLS (224 players on career chart):

Scout Smith – Senior – 142 points – #79
Chelsea Prescott – Junior – 139 points – #81
Avalon Renninger – Senior – 59 points – #118
Hannah Davidson – Senior – 42 points – #136
Tia Wurzrainer – Senior – 18 points – #165
Izzy Wells – Sophomore – 11 points – #178
Mollie Bailey – Junior – 8 points – #184
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – Sophomore – 5 points – #203
Anya Leavell – Sophomore – 4 points – #205

 

BOYS (391 players on career chart):

Mason Grove – Senior – 160 points – #153
Hawthorne Wolfe – Sophomore – 158 points – #154
Sean Toomey-Stout – Senior – 122 points – #170
Jered Brown – Senior – 100 points – #183
Ulrik Wells – Senior – 78 points – #200
Gavin Knoblich – Senior – 70 points – #212
Jacobi Pilgrim – Senior – 44 points – #253
Koa Davison – Senior – 11 points – #330
Jean Lund-Olsen – Senior – 7 points – #353
Xavier Murdy – Sophomore – 4 points – #368
Daniel Olson – Junior – 3 points – #374

 

The CHS career scoring marks are safe for now, with Brianne King sitting at 1549 and the duo of Jeff Stone and Mike Bagby tied at 1137.

But, current players can make serious inroads this season.

For Smith and Prescott, the Top 50 is less than 100 points away, with Annette Jameson sitting at #50 with 223 points.

On the boys side, Grove and Wolfe have a little bit further to go, with #100 currently being Terry Roberts and his 277 career points.

Time for everyone to start shootin’.

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Coupeville senior Mason Grove made a stand for public schools Saturday, winning a match at the Emerald City League postseason tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The season started on windy, rain-spattered outdoor tennis courts in Coupeville, and wrapped up on swanky, dry indoor courts in Redmond.

Six CHS netters made their final stand Saturday at the Emerald City League tournament, which doubles as Bi-Districts.

Facing off with foes from state title contenders like Seattle Academy and University Prep, none of the Wolves advanced, but one did make a dent in the armor of the private schools.

Senior Mason Grove, who bounced between singles and doubles this season, went out swinging by himself, but not before taking down a Bear Creek player in a third-set tiebreaker.

That sent him on to the double-elimination portion of the tourney, but also threw him headlong into battle with two of the best players in the region.

Fellow Wolf singles player Drake Borden almost made it through the first round as well, winning the first set of his match.

His opponent, also from Bear Creek, came back to take the second set however, then won an epic 12-10 tiebreaker to eliminate Coupeville’s #1 player.

Both Wolf doubles duos went down in the first round, bringing an end to the 2019 season.

Saturday was the final action for four Wolves, as Grove, James Wood, Zach Ginnings, and Thane Peterson graduate next spring.

Borden, a junior, and Andrew Aparicio, a sophomore, can return for another run at postseason glory next year.

Coupeville and next door neighbor South Whidbey are the only public schools playing in the ECL, an eight-team, private school dominated league widely regarded as the best 1A tennis conference in the state.

 

Complete Saturday results:

 

Drake Borden:

Lost to Bouke Spoelstra (Bear Creek) 1-6, 6-3, 12-10

 

Mason Grove:

Beat Robert Jiang (Bear Creek) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
Lost to Tyler Wurzer (University Prep) 6-0, 6-0
Lost to Josh Davydov (Seattle Academy) 6-0, 6-2

 

James Wood/Zach Ginnings:

Lost to Nicholas Arron/Mattias Keaunui (University Prep) 6-0, 6-0

 

Andrew Aparicio/Thane Peterson:

Lost to Sammy Yang/Declan Vail (Overlake) 6-0, 6-2

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James Wood is one of five seniors on the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The only action Tuesday was on the sidelines.

Denied a chance to play a final match in front of their home fans when The Bush School ran out of players, the Coupeville High School boys tennis team still gathered at the courts.

Basking in the glow of their forfeit win, the Wolves nine-man roster sipped hot chocolate provided by coach Ken Stange and held Senior Night festivities under cloudy skies.

Five of Coupeville’s nine players graduate in spring 2020, and Tuesday was about saying farewell to James Wood, Mason Grove, Koby Schreiber, Thane Peterson, and Zach Ginnings.

The Wolves still have the Emerald City League tournament this weekend (or next week, if rain hits Sammamish as expected), but Senior Night, even in a slightly different version, offered Stange a chance to honor his team as one.

“It’s been a pleasure working with my Fab 5 from the Class of 2020,” the Wolf coach said in his prepared remarks. “The five of you gave me a combined 17 seasons.

“There were many road trips and ferry rides, and quite a few important discussions about where to eat after the match.

“Tons of practices … sun, wind, rain. Wins and losses and new doubles partners, mixed in with some Around the World and Sitting Duck, or is it Sit and Duck?

“Nonetheless, these are the memories I have – the memories we share. Thank you for the memories.

“More importantly, thank you for trying hard and for enjoying yourselves.”

Schreiber, Grove, and Ginnings played all four years for CHS, with Peterson putting in three seasons and Wood ruling the court the past two years.

All will depart with a solid cache of memories.

“The people on the team and especially our coach have been amazing,” Peterson said.

“In the past few years we have been faced with teams that have much more skill than we do, but I have found that even if we lose I still had a lot of fun in the match.”

That was a sentiment echoed by his fellow seniors.

“I’m grateful for all the amazing help and support I’ve gotten from teammates, coaches, friends, and family,” Wood said. “As it was only my second year playing tennis, I’m proud to say I have had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a long time.

“It opened up the reality of all the fun games there are out there, and I couldn’t have done it alone,” he added. “This year was one to remember.”

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Zach Ginnings teamed up with James Wood Monday to play #1 doubles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove had the day’s closest match, fighting hard at #2 singles against a state powerhouse.

They’ll do Senior Night without a game.

The regular season came to an unexpectedly early end Monday for the Coupeville High School boys tennis team, as the Wolves earned an odd split.

On the court, CHS fell 5-0 to state title contender Seattle Academy at the Amy Yee Tennis Center.

Off the court, the Wolves accepted a forfeit win from The Bush School, which was supposed to return to Whidbey Tuesday to finish a match postponed by rain.

Bush, citing a lack of players, regretfully declined to make the trip.

With the split, Coupeville finishes at 3-11 in Emerald City League play, 4-11 overall.

The Wolves will still hold Senior Night festivities Tuesday at 4 PM, but then will return to practice, and not a match.

The Emerald City League tournament is up next, with play starting Saturday at Sammamish High School.

 

Complete Monday results:

1st Singles — Drake Borden lost to Josh Davydov 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Mason Grove lost to Mack Dougan 6-3, 6-4

1st Doubles — James Wood/Zach Ginnings lost to Will Nordin/Dmitri Vladimir 6-2, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Miles Davidson/Andrew Aparicio lost to Spencer Bryant/Eli Podell 6-0, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Thane Peterson/Logan Martin lost to Rhys Fiebig/Hudson Lennard 6-3, 6-0

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