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Former CHS hoops star Megan Smith has been selected as the school’s new JV girls basketball coach.

Megan Smith has come all the way back around.

The former Coupeville High School basketball star is returning to the gym of her youth, but this time as a coach.

After two years working with middle school players, Smith has been tabbed as the high school’s new JV girls basketball coach, and will join Scott Fox, who debuts as varsity coach next season.

The duo replace David and Amy King, who retired this winter, and both hires are not official until approved by the school board.

Smith, a 2010 Coupeville grad, was a 12-time letter winner (volleyball, basketball, and softball) and three-time CHS Female Athlete of the Year.

She sits as the #4 scorer in Wolf girls basketball history, having tossed in 1,042 points across her four seasons on the court.

After graduation, Smith played basketball for Peninsula College, where she was joined by former Coupeville teammate Ashley Manker.

When she’s not coaching basketball, Smith is a teacher at the Skagit/Islands Head Start in Mount Vernon.

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Maddie Georges returns for another season of middle school basketball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The benches will be full.

The rosters for Coupeville Middle School girls basketball go 30 deep, with 19 eighth-graders and 11 seven-graders set to kick off a new season Tuesday, Feb. 5 at home against South Whidbey.

The Wolves will be coached by Alex Evans (moving up to 8th from 7th) and Megan Smith (returning to run 7th after a season away).

Rosters as of today:

 

8th:

Alita Blouin
Adrian Burrows
Jessenia Camarena
Karyme Castro
Hayley Fielder
Maddie Georges
Gwen Gustafson
Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson
Nezi Keiper
Ryanne Knoblich
Carolyn Lhamon
Claire Mayne
Trinity McGee
Cristina McGrath
Melanie Navarro
Jill Prince
Abigail Ramirez
Jordyn Rogers
Jessica Ross-McMahon

 

7th:

Kayla Arnold
Brionna Blouin
Jackie Contreras
Kaitlyn Leavell
Lauren Marrs
Erica McGrath
Ava Mitten
Allison Nastali
Skylar Parker
Desi Ramirez-Vasquez
Reese Wilkinson

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Wolf legend Megan Smith is returning to coach middle school basketball after taking a year off.

The prodigal coach returns.

After taking a year off to focus on her real-world job as a teacher, former Wolf legend Megan Smith will be back on the Coupeville Middle School basketball sidelines this winter.

Smith, who coached the 7th grade girls to a 6-4 mark in 2017, has been hired to the same position, though she still needs the school board to officially rubber stamp the move.

Her old job opened up because Alex Evans, who coached the 7th grade program in 2018, has followed his players and moved up to 8th grade for this season.

The previous 8th grade coach, Dustin Van Velkinburgh, resigned after last season so he could devote more time to family. That includes watching oldest daughter Kylie play her freshman season in high school.

Smith, a 2010 graduate of CHS, was a three-time Female Athlete of the Year and 12-time letter winner while competing in volleyball, basketball and softball.

She sits as the #4 scorer in Wolf girls basketball history, having tossed in 1,042 points across her four seasons on the court.

After graduation, Smith played basketball for Peninsula College, where she was joined by former Coupeville teammate Ashley Manker.

When she’s not coaching basketball, Smith is a teacher at the Skagit/Islands Head Start in Mount Vernon.

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   A new teaching job will prevent Wolf legend Megan Smith from continuing as a CMS basketball coach.

One legend down.

Megan Smith, who made the jump from Coupeville High School hoops star to middle school coach, is stepping away from running the CMS 7th grade girls basketball team.

At least for a bit.

Smith’s new real-world job, as a teacher with Hand in Hand Head Start, which allows her to follow in the footsteps of mom Cherie, requires a detour out of the gym.

“With my new job, the hours just don’t work out,” Smith said. “But I do plan on returning eventually!

“So don’t count me out. I’m not done forever, just for now.”

Smith went 6-4 in her one year at the helm of the 7th grade program.

Her departure means both CMS girls basketball jobs are open, since 8th grade coach Ryan King stepped down after last season.

Before graduating from CHS in 2010, Smith was a 12-time letter winner (volleyball, basketball and softball) who was voted the school’s Female Athlete of the Year three straight times.

She is the fourth-leading scorer in Wolf girls basketball history with 1,042 points.

No word yet on whether her departure from the coaching ranks will make Coupeville Athletic Director (and dad) Willie Smith remove Megan from his will.

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Samantha Streitler (John Fisken photos)

   Samantha Streitler (24), seen here in an earlier game, was one of five Wolf 7th graders to score in Thursday’s win. (John Fisken photo)

Give them time and they will win.

Coupeville Middle School sent two girls basketball squads to the far-off wilds of Forks Thursday, but only one got to play an entire game.

The Wolf 7th graders took advantage of playing an entire 32 minutes and romped to a 29-14 win over the host Spartans, evening their season mark at 2-2.

By contrast, the CMS 8th graders got yanked off the court prematurely, sent back to the bus so the Wolves could make the long trip home without missing the ferry.

So, instead of any second-half comebacks, the veterans settled for a 16-4 “loss” in a game missing its final 12+ minutes.

“I don’t base a game off the score, but for the effort and fight during the game,” said CMS 8th grade coach Ryan King. “Each game these girls fight and fight.

“We may come up short, but they always never quit and never let anything bring them down,” he added. “I am truly proud of these girls and we will continue to fight throughout the rest of the season.”

The young guns came out blazing, dropping in 10 points in the first quarter and putting Forks back on its heels.

By the time they were done, the Wolf 7th graders had three girls — Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Audrianna Shaw and Anya Leavell — each hit for eight points.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins banged home three and Samantha Streitler dropped in two to round out the scoring attack.

“My girls have been playing so well lately!,” said 7th grade coach Megan Smith. “I can’t wait to watch them succeed throughout this program!

“They have improved immensely already and continue to do so everyday! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to work with.”

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