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Scout Smith will enter her senior season as the #1 active scorer among CHS girls basketball players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s madness in the numbers.

Trying to track individual scoring totals through 147 seasons of Coupeville High School basketball – 102 for the boys, 45 for the girls – is a good way to fry your brain.

And yet, I persist, because basketball is my favorite sport, because points are the most concrete stat we have, and because I refuse to give up.

When I look at the master scoring chart I have compiled, I feel good about the girls side and semi-good about the boys.

Other than the inaugural 1974-1975 season, which the Whidbey News-Times all but ignored, I have 99.2% complete scoring totals for every other girls campaign.

I’m missing a game or three from the mid-2000’s, but, other than that, I’ve accounted for 34,452 points scored by 224 Wolf girls.

Over on the boys side, things are a bit more difficult.

I’m golden from the 1954-1955 season to today, but pre-’54 is a scattershot mess of missing score-books, inadequate newspaper articles and players and teams lost to the mists of times.

What I do have, and it’s more than anyone else out there, is a scoring chart reflecting 391 Wolf boys combining to rattle the rim for 73,296 points.

So, a start.

As the 2018-2019 seasons unfolded, I updated my master list after every game.

Now, I could have waited until the end of the season, but it was more fun to do it in the moment, watching current players move up, sometimes a single slot, sometimes leapfrogging a pack of five or six former Wolves in a single burst.

By the time we wrapped, the departing seniors had cemented their place in history, at least until someone else comes flying past them.

Lindsey Roberts made the deepest run, tossing in 448 points in four varsity seasons, finishing in a tie with Vanessa Davis at #18 on the all-time girls chart.

Then, there was Ema Smith (228 points in two seasons, #48 all-time), Dane Lucero (20 points in two seasons, #300 all-time), and Nicole Laxton (15 points in one season, #170 all-time).

Looking forward, 20 of 24 varsity players from this past season can return, 11 boys and nine girls.

So where do they sit on the all-time scoring chart? Glad you asked.

 

Girls:

Scout Smith – (142 points) – (56 as a sophomore, 86 as a junior) – (#78 all-time)

Chelsea Prescott – (139 points) – (38 as a freshman, 101 as a sophomore) – (#81)

Avalon Renninger – (59 points) – (3 as a sophomore, 56 as a junior) – (#118)

Hannah Davidson – (42 points) – (11 as a sophomore, 31 as a junior) – (#136)

Tia Wurzrainer – (18 points) – (18 as a junior) – (#165)

Izzy Wells – (11 points) – (11 as a freshman) – (#178)

Mollie Bailey – (8 points) – (8 as a sophomore) – (#184)

Ja’Kenya Hoskins – (5 points) – (5 as a freshman) – (#203)

Anya Leavell – (4 points) – (4 as a freshman) – (#205)

 

Boys:

Mason Grove – (160 points) – (51 as a sophomore, 109 as a junior) – (#153 all-time)

Hawthorne Wolfe – (158 points) – (158 as a freshman) – (#154)

Sean Toomey-Stout – (122 points) – (122 as a junior) – (#170)

Jered Brown – (100 points) – (5 as a freshman, 24 as a sophomore, 71 as a junior) – (#183)

Ulrik Wells – (78 points) – (4 as a sophomore, 74 as a junior) – (#200)

Gavin Knoblich – (70 points) – (5 as a sophomore, 65 as a junior) – (#212)

Jacobi Pilgrim – (44 points) – (1 as a sophomore, 43 as a junior) – (#253)

Koa Davison – (11 points) – (11 as a junior) – (#330)

Jean Lund-Olsen – (7 points) – (7 as a junior) – (#353)

Xavier Murdy – (4 points) – (4 as a freshman) – (#368)

Daniel Olson – (3 points) – (3 as a sophomore) – (#374)

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Mason Grove is third on his team in scoring during the 2018-2019 season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One team is in, one team is still fighting.

Coupeville High School’s varsity basketball teams are in different spots in the standings, but both have their eyes firmly set on the playoffs.

The Wolf girls swept a pair of games this past week, rising back into a tie for second-place in the six-team North Sound Conference, while also clinching a postseason berth.

Meanwhile, the young CHS boys put together their best performance of the season Friday, pushing South Whidbey hard into the fourth quarter.

While they came away with a loss, their second of the week, the Wolf boys still control the battle for the fifth, and final, playoff bid.

A game and a half up on Granite Falls, which it beat the first time around, Coupeville has four games left on the schedule as it looks to KO the Tigers from the playoff race.

This coming week, the Wolf boys play their final regular-season home games, hosting King’s Tuesday and Cedar Park Christian Friday night.

The CHS girls, who have played a game more than their male counterparts, play just once, tangling with CPC at home Friday as the opener in a doubleheader.

As we head into the next-to-last week of the regular season, a look at where we are, through Jan. 20:

 

North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 7-0 13-4
Coupeville 5-2 7-7
CPC-Bothell 5-2 9-6
Granite Falls 2-5 4-12
Sultan 2-5 6-10
South Whidbey 0-7 2-14

 

North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 7-0 13-4
South Whidbey 4-2 11-5
Sultan 4-2 5-10
CPC-Bothell 3-3 7-9
Coupeville 1-5 2-11
Granite Falls 0-7 2-14

 

CHS girls basketball varsity scoring:

Lindsey Roberts – 116
Ema Smith – 95
Chelsea Prescott – 84
Scout Smith – 70
Avalon Renninger – 50
Nicole Laxton – 15
Hannah Davidson – 14
Tia Wurzrainer – 14
Izzy Wells – 9
Mollie Bailey – 8
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 4
Anya Leavell – 4

 

CHS boys basketball varsity scoring:

Hawthorne Wolfe – 125
Sean Toomey-Stout – 81
Mason Grove – 78
Ulrik Wells – 56
Gavin Knoblich – 49
Jered Brown – 47
Jacobi Pilgrim – 19
Koa Davison – 11
Jean Lund-Olsen – 5
Daniel Olson – 3
Dane Lucero 
– 2

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Coupeville boys basketball coaches Brad Sherman (middle) and Chris Smith (right) couldn’t save their teams Tuesday from poor shooting performances. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some nights you can’t buy a bucket.

Tuesday was one of those unfortunate evenings for the Coupeville High School boys basketball squads, which took a pair of beatings in Bothell.

How it played out:

 

Varsity:

Cedar Park Christian came out hot and never really cooled off, rolling to a 70-27 win over the Wolves.

The road loss drops CHS to 1-4 in North Sound Conference action, 2-10 overall.

Coupeville, which has played five of its last six games away from home, finally returns to Whidbey this Friday when it kicks off a three-game home stand.

The Wolves sit in fifth-place in its six-team league, and control their own destiny as they chase the conference’s final playoff berth.

A game-and-a-half up on Granite Falls (0-6), CHS beat the Tigers the first time around and close the regular season Feb. 1 at Granite.

Tuesday night, the Wolves ran into a CPC squad which was coming off a huge upset win over South Whidbey, and the Eagles weren’t ready to let their hot streak cool off.

Jumping out to a 20-6 lead after one, Cedar Park stretched the margin to 36-15 at the half, then sealed the deal with a devastating 16-0 surge in the third quarter.

The Eagles rained down nine three-balls in the game, while also hitting more than their share of regular field goals along the way.

Mason Grove sparked the resistance, hitting for a team-high eight points for Coupeville, while Hawthorne Wolfe ruffled the net for five and Sean Toomey-Stout banked in four.

Jacobi Pilgrim (3), Daniel Olson (3), Gavin Knoblich (2), and Jean Lund-Olsen (2) rounded out the scoring, with Olson netting his first varsity points on a fourth quarter three-ball.

 

JV:

For one quarter, Coupeville’s young guns were blazing. Then, they ran out of bullets.

Up 15-13 at the first break, the Wolves scraped together just nine points, and one lonely field goal, over the next 24 minutes, eventually falling 61-24.

The loss drops CHS to 2-3 in league play, 6-6 overall.

Things started off nicely, with Logan Martin swishing a pair of three-balls, Xavier Murdy banging home four points, and the Wolves controlling things in the opening frame.

After that, not so nice.

Sage Downes lofted in a three-ball in the third quarter, but that was the one and only field goal CHS would hit over the final three quarters.

Even with Coupeville’s inability to coax much through the rim, the game wasn’t a true blowout until a 22-1 CPC tsunami in the fourth made the final score more far-fetched than probably needed to be.

Murdy and Martin each finished with six points, while Olson, Grady Rickner and Downes tossed in four apiece to round out the Wolf attack.

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Mason Grove netted nine of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday, as Coupeville held off pesky Granite Falls for a 52-43 win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hop on the roller-coaster and strap your butt in nice and tight.

Tuesday’s varsity boys basketball showdown between Coupeville and visiting Granite Falls went topsy, then turvy, then nutso, before finally ending just perfect.

It was the kind of night when the Wolves blew out to a 16-point lead in the first quarter, eventually gave their advantage completely away, then closed like cold-blooded killers.

It turned into a 52-43 win, which improves Coupeville’s league standings greatly as we head into the heart of the schedule.

Now 1-2 in North Sound Conference play, 2-8 overall, CHS moves into a fourth-place tie with Cedar Park Christian (1-2, 5-8), a game-and-a-half up on Granite (0-4, 2-11).

That’s big, as five of six teams make the playoffs.

Coupeville is just a game out of second, where Sultan (2-1, 2-8) and South Whidbey (2-1, 8-4) are tied, while King’s (4-0, 9-4) is out in front after crushing South Whidbey 80-54 Tuesday.

The battle royal between the Wolves and Granite started as a blowout, as Coupeville blistered the net in the early going.

Sparked by Gavin Knoblich, a solid role player who suddenly morphed into a can’t-miss shooter, CHS roared out to a 13-1 lead, before stretching it all the way out to 20-4 in the final moments of the first quarter.

The ball was moving, the passes were crisp and purposeful, and one Wolf after another took turns setting up their teammates for easy buckets.

Ulrik Wells opened the game with a soft lil’ jumper, set up by a nice dish from freshman Hawthorne Wolfe, then Wells turned around and popped a perfect pass that Knoblich translated into a layup.

Knoblich came back around to net a three-ball, with Wolfe netting the assist, before Wolfe launched his own trey from well behind the arc.

As all this was happening, Sean Toomey-Stout was bouncing and bounding, snaring rebounds, chasing down errant passes, harassing any Tiger within several hundred feet and being electrifying every time the ball was in his hands.

Taking steals coast to coast, banking left-handed leaners while hovering in mid-air, “The Torpedo” knocked down eight points in the opening frame, one better than Knoblich.

At that point, the Wolves looked like a team on its way to an 80-point night, but then the rim turned unforgiving for a bit.

Granite closed the first quarter with a three-ball of its own, then continued to chip away in the second frame.

Wolfe and Mason Grove sank long treys under great duress, but a 16-point lead was chiseled down to 28-20 by the half.

The successful shots got fewer and farther between in the third, and, despite Wolf big men Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim fighting like beasts in the paint, Coupeville finally saw its lead completely evaporate.

Granite slipped a pair of free throws through the net to claim its first lead of the night at 33-32, and it could easily have been the moment the Wolves cracked and completely fell apart.

But they didn’t.

Grove drilled the bottom of the net out on the very next play, his three-ball lifting CHS back in front, and he and his teammates displayed a calmness, mixed with derring-do.

Even when the Tigers knotted the game at 36 right before the third quarter buzzer, the Wolves never flinched.

And never stopped attacking, which might have been even bigger.

Coupeville rolled out of the timeout between quarters ready to run, and struck quickly, with Wolfe slashing through the defense and flicking a pass to Knoblich, who drained a jumper from the side.

Another three-ball from Grove, paired with a free throw by Wells, and the lead was back to six.

The visitors tried to keep the pressure on, tossing in a trey to pull back within 42-39, but Grove wasn’t having it.

Catching his defender off balance, the CHS junior rimmed out a three-ball, but caught the Granite player leaning and suckered him into picking up the foul.

Awarded three free throws, Grove barely rippled the net, sinking each one with the precision of an assassin slipping a dagger between the rib cage of his foes.

Granite crumbled from that point, unable to hit anything from the field the rest of the way, while Coupeville closed with three stellar buckets.

Wolfe tiptoed through a maze of defenders, flicking home a roller over outstretched arms.

Wells yanked down a rebound, then did a ballerina twirl and knocked down a mini-hook shot.

And the final dagger? It came from Grove, naturally, as he capped a season-best 15-point show by burying yet another three-ball, this time while on the move to his left.

The victory, and the way his players pulled it out, brought a smile to Coupeville coach Brad Sherman’s face afterwards.

“It was a great team win,” he said. “I love how much fire we came out with.

“We knew Granite would make a run at some point, but we didn’t let it go; I’m proud of how much fight they showed,” Sherman added. “They played pretty tough all game, diving on the floor for loose balls, doing what you have to do to win a tight game.”

Coupeville spread its offense among six players, with Toomey-Stout rumbling for 11 to back up Grove’s 15. Knoblich added nine, Wolfe rattled home eight, Wells netted five and Pilgrim banked home four.

Jered Brown and Dane Lucero rounded out a short roster for the Wolves, providing smooth ball-handling and defensive grit, respectively.

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Gavin Knoblich netted six points Saturday as Coupeville clashed with Nooksack Valley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

JV players (l to r) Cody Roberts, Miles Davidson, Chris Ruck and Tucker Hall watch the action in an earlier game.

And now they rest.

A long week came to an end Saturday for the Coupeville High School boys basketball players, a week full of wind and rain and no power and cancelled games and, finally, a trip to Nooksack Valley.

While none of the three Wolf squads came away with a win against the host Pioneers, there were bright spots for all.

Plus, there’s now a two-week rest period between games, time for any dings and bruises to heal, and, hopefully, for the power to come back on and stay on.

Coupeville doesn’t play again until Jan. 4, when it travels to Shoreline to face King’s and kick off the heart of the North Sound Conference season.

Here’s how Saturday’s action broke down:

 

Varsity:

It was a nail-biter for eight minutes, then a barrage of Nooksack shots went and ruined things.

Trailing by just two at the first break, CHS was outscored 28-9 in the second quarter, eventually falling 73-42.

The non-conference loss sends the Wolves into the break sitting at 1-7.

Coupeville came out strongly, with freshman Hawthorne Wolfe dropping five in the first quarter as Nooksack clung to a 12-10 lead.

Then, the Pioneers found their groove, and never missed a shot again. Like never, ever, ever again.

The second quarter was brutal, though the Wolves hung tough in the third and fourth quarters, but couldn’t chip away at the deficit.

Mason Grove paced Coupeville with a team-high 14 points, hitting a single three-ball in all four quarters.

Wolfe was hot on his heels with 12, included two treys, while Gavin Knoblich popped for six.

Rounding out the CHS attack were Jered Brown (4), Ulrik Wells (4) and Sean Toomey-Stout (2), while Jacobi Pilgrim, Jean Lund-Olsen, Dane Lucero and Koa Davison also saw floor time.

Nooksack sank eight three-balls, and dominated Coupeville at the free throw line, hitting 13-18 compared to 4-9 by the Wolves.

 

JV:

While the varsity was close for a quarter, Coupeville’s second unit stayed with Nooksack for an entire half.

Trailing by just a point at the break, the Wolves went cold in the third quarter, however, and fell 58-37.

The CHS young guns are 4-4 heading into winter break.

Nooksack surged to an early 14-9 lead, but the Wolves responded with their own 14-10 second-quarter run behind the play of a rampaging Xavier Murdy.

Making his high school debut, the fab frosh banged home eight of his team-high 17 points in the second frame.

The difference in the game came after the break, however, as Nooksack used a 17-4 explosion in the third to flip the game on its head.

Then, tacking on a 17-10 surge in the fourth, the Pioneers coasted in for the victory.

Grady Rickner tossed in seven points for Coupeville to back up Murdy’s 17, with Daniel Olson (4), Logan Martin (4), Sage Downes (3) and TJ Rickner (2) also scoring.

Cody Roberts, Tucker Hall, Chris Ruck and Miles Davidson rounded out the active Wolf roster.

 

C-Team:

With just six players in uniform, the Wolves couldn’t match Nooksack’s depth, or its high-powered scoring, falling 44-12.

Coupeville’s best output came in the third quarter, when it netted half its points, proving the resilience of Scott Fox’s young squad.

Chris Cernick led the offensive charge, dropping in five points, while Jaylen Nitta (3), Jonathan Partida (2) and Andrew Aparicio (2) also scored.

Ben Smith and Tony Garcia also saw floor time for CHS.

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