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Logan Downes stops and pops for the undefeated CHS boys hoops squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’re trending upward.

The undefeated Coupeville High School boys basketball team, enjoying its best start in two decades-plus, continues to climb in the rankings.

The Wolves, who are 6-0 heading into a big showdown with Mount Vernon Christian, moved from #4 to #3 among all 2B schools when Evans Rankings released its latest numbers Sunday night.

Coupeville passed Lake Roosevelt, which suffered back-to-back losses and plunged from #2 to #13 in the rankings.

Chief Leschi (7-0) holds on to the top spot in 2B, with Ilwaco (8-0) moving up a rung to #2. Okanogan (9-1) and Kalama (5-1) round out the top five.

We’re now three weeks into the rankings, which are the work of noted numbers cruncher Matthew Evans.

A writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications such as Rant Sports and Stoppage Time Soccer, he had Coupeville at #6 first time out.

Two weeks later, the Wolves are knocking on the penthouse door.

La Conner and Friday Harbor — Coupeville’s fellow 2B schools in the Northwest 2B/1B League — currently sit at #33 and #46, respectively.

In the 1B rankings, Mount Vernon Christian is #11, with Orcas Island (#22), Darrington (#27), and Concrete (#47) on the chase.

On the girls side of things, La Conner, which rolled to 10-0 with lopsided wins over Coupeville and Concrete this past week, holds at #4.

The Wolves slip two spots from #22 to #24, with Friday Harbor down at #49.

MVC’s girls, who were obliterated by La Conner earlier this year, hold on to the #1 ranking in 1B, with Darrington (#33), Concrete (#38), and Orcas Island (#41) rounding out NWL teams.

 

Boys rankings:

https://evansrankings.wordpress.com/2022/01/09/washington-prep-boys-basketball-rankings-through-1-8-2022/

 

Girls rankings:

https://evansrankings.wordpress.com/2022/01/09/washington-prep-girls-basketball-rankings-through-1-8-2022/

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Caleb Meyer and 2B Coupeville toppled 3A Oak Harbor, and the undefeated Wolves are ranked #4 in the state in their classification by Evans Rankings. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The secret is not playing.

Despite not having any games over the holiday break, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team has jumped two spots in the second roundup released by Evans Rankings.

The undefeated Wolves (5-0) were at #6 among all 2B schools after the first rankings, but now sit at #4 as of Jan. 1.

Chief Leschi (7-0) moves atop the leaderboard, followed by Lake Roosevelt (6-0) and Ilwaco (7-0).

Coupeville leapfrogs Okanogan, which slid from #1 to #5 after absorbing its first loss, and Rainier, which drops from #5 to #7. Both of those teams are 6-1 on the season.

The Wolves are slated to return to Northwest 2B/1B League action this coming Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they host La Conner, which is #33 in the 2B rankings.

Friday Harbor is #48 in 2B, with NWL 1B schools Mount Vernon Christian (#11), Orcas Island (#25), Darrington (#30), and Concrete (#44) popping up in that classification’s rankings.

On the girls side, the Jan. 1 rankings are the first of the season, and they feature Mount Vernon Christian (7-2) as the #1 team in 1B.

Meanwhile, unbeaten La Conner (8-0), which thrashed MVC in an early game, is #4 in 2B.

Coupeville’s girls, who are 4-2 heading into their own showdown with the Braves Jan. 4, are ranked #22 in 2B, with Friday Harbor #49.

The other 1B schools are lumped together, with Darrington (#32), Concrete (#34), and Orcas Island (#35) engaged in a tense brawl.

Evans Rankings, which blows MaxPreps and the WIAA out of the water, is the work of nimble numbers cruncher Matthew Evans.

He’s a writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications such as Rant Sports and Stoppage Time Soccer.

 

Boys rankings:

https://evansrankings.wordpress.com/2022/01/01/washington-prep-boys-basketball-rankings-through-12-31-2021/

 

Girls rankings:

https://evansrankings.wordpress.com/2022/01/01/washington-prep-girls-basketball-rankings-through-12-31-2021/

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Senior Izzy Wells leads a strong group of returning players for the CHS girls basketball program. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Megan Smith is more than a little fired-up.

The #4 scorer in Coupeville High School girls basketball history makes her debut as the Wolf varsity coach this coming Wednesday, and the hardwood legend is rarin’ to go.

“I don’t know if you can tell … but I am beyond excited for this season,” Smith said with a huge smile. “As a first-year head coach, I could not have asked for a better bunch of girls.

“We are going to be a force to be reckoned with this year!”

Megan Smith, who torched the CHS gym nets between 2006-2010, now sits in the same chair her dad, Willie Smith, once owned during his own run as head coach of the Wolf girls hoops program.

After coaching the Coupeville JV the past two seasons, Megan Smith replaces Scott Fox, who stepped down to focus on his health.

With no seniors playing during last year’s pandemic-altered hoops campaign, the new coach inherits a roster of veterans – a team where even the youngsters already have varsity experience.

“We have everyone returning from last year, since we did not lose any seniors, and that’s going to be huge for us!,” Smith said.

With her players already knowing each other, and having worked together on the floor in games, the Wolves are already a well-oiled unit.

“Our biggest strength of this team is the chemistry they have with each other,” Smith said. “This is year two of playing together and not losing anyone.

“They have really meshed well; you can absolutely see it on the court during practice,” she added. “They are so positive and encouraging to each other, all while pushing themselves and others to get better every day.

“I have watched their confidence in each other and themselves grow every day, and that’s such a huge aspect of being a great team!”

Senior Audrianna Shaw, who led the Wolves in scoring during a shortened 12-game season last time out, and junior point guard Maddie Georges lead the returning players.

Joining them to form the core of the team are seniors Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Izzy Wells, and Abby Mulholland, and juniors Carolyn Lhamon, Nezi Keiper, and Gwen Gustafson.

Maddie and Audri are going to be two big players for us, both as leaders and scorers,” Smith said. “They have really come into this season ready to roll.

Izzy and Carolyn have really taken over and will be big for us when it comes to rebounding and being a threat down low.”

Post players Keiper and Mulholland both return after not playing last year, helping add crucial depth to the squad.

Abby, Ja’Kenya, Nezi, and Gwen will all see good minutes this year too, and will be able to help keep the intensity of our game up,” Smith said. “I’m really excited for this team!”

Another bright spot is offered up by an especially-strong class of freshmen, with three 9th graders expected to earn varsity playing time.

Katie Marti will swing between varsity and JV, while Lyla Stuurmans and Savina Wells are actually back for year two of what could be a five-year run of high school varsity excellence.

Savina Wells was a starter as an 8th grader, and is back for more this season.

The younger Wells sister was the #2 scorer for Coupeville as an 8th grader, while showing a willingness to mix it up with older players down low.

Meanwhile, the ever-springy Stuurmans was a standout on defense, constantly disrupting other team’s attempts to advance the ball with quick hands and a nicely feisty attitude.

“Both Savina and Lyla have improved greatly, with such a huge eagerness to learn and get better,” Smith said. “Savina is going to be a threat that teams will have to respect both outside and inside the key.

Lyla is a natural leader, and will be able to add a lot of hustle and control on the court.

Katie kind of came out of nowhere. She brings a different, lighter kind of energy to the game, eager to learn, and will be a big player for this program.”

As always, the seven-team Northwest 2B/1B League presents some major obstacles, with every opponent dangerous on a given night.

La Conner, which carries over several players from its state championship-winning volleyball squad, is the favorite, while Mount Vernon Christian is always strong.

“Both teams will be a challenge, but I think we are up for it!,” Smith said. “Our goal for this season is to be competitors in every game, no matter who they are.

“Our schedule contains some tough teams, but we know that we have the team to keep up with them all,” she added. “We want to play our game and come out on top.”

With that in mind, Smith and new Wolf JV coach Greg Turcott have been preaching confidence and commitment.

“We have been working a lot at being scorers first, being less worried about making a mistake, and just playing the game we play in practice,” Smith said.

“We talk a lot about how you play in games like you practice and have been keeping the tempo of our practices intense and fast.”

For now, three days out from opening night and a non-conference matchup with Granite Falls, the Wolves are just ready to get after it. To get out on the floor and see what they can accomplish.

“I think our biggest area needing work is just our experience,” Smith said. “Even though our chemistry is great, we are pretty young when it comes to varsity playing experience.

“The more we play, the better we will get and I can’t wait to see where we end up!”

Senior Ja’Kenya Hoskins wants to go out with a bang.

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Megan Smith, new Coupeville High School girls basketball head coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The circle is complete.

Megan Smith, the #4 scorer in Coupeville High School girls basketball, will be the new head coach of the program beginning this winter.

Smith, a 2010 CHS grad, replaces Scott Fox, who stepped down after two seasons to focus on his health.

Her hire will be official when the school board approves it at its next meeting.

A three-time Female Athlete of the Year during her days as a Wolf, Smith earned 12 letters playing volleyball, basketball, and softball.

On the hardwood, she led Coupeville in scoring all four seasons she played, from 2006-2007 through 2009-2010.

Smith finished with 1,042 points (or likely more, as a couple of games from her era are still unaccounted for in my pursuit of every point scored in a CHS varsity hoops contest.)

After high school, she played college basketball, before following her parents, Willie and Cherie Smith, into education — both as a teacher and coach.

Prior to nabbing the CHS head coaching gig, she put in two seasons at the middle school level, then another two as the high school JV coach.

Now she inherits a job her father held from 1994-2000, a time period when her mom was his main assistant on the bench.

That duo were the first to take a CHS girls hoops team to the state tourney, and the first to win a game with a Wolf girls team at the big dance in any sport.

Megan Smith inherits a squad which could return its entire roster from last season, since Coupeville had no seniors play during a pandemic-altered campaign.

Junior Audrianna Shaw led that team in scoring, while 8th grader Savina Wells edged big sis Izzy, a junior, for the #2 position.

“I’m so excited to continue to be a part of this basketball program that has always been such a big part of my life!,” Megan Smith said.

“I can’t wait to get on the court and get to work. We have a great group of athletes already and I know we are going to crush it this year.”

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Hawthorne Wolfe is the 27th player in 104 seasons of CHS basketball to lead a varsity team in scoring in two or more seasons — and the first to do so in non-consecutive seasons. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

In this most unusual of basketball seasons, another quirk.

With one game left to play in a pandemic-shortened season, Hawthorne Wolfe is about to do something no Coupeville High School basketball player, boy or girl, has ever accomplished.

With 240 points in 11 games — 21.8 a night — the CHS junior will lead the boys team in scoring, no matter what happens in Tuesday’s finale against Darrington.

In finishing as the #1 point producer, Wolfe becomes the 15th boy, and 27th player overall in school history, to have topped a year-end varsity scoring chart at least two times during their career.

But, he is the first to ever do it in non-consecutive seasons.

Wolfe paced Coupeville in scoring as a freshman, tossing in 158 points while Sean Toomey-Stout was second-best with 122.

Last season, Hawk came within a bucket of repeating as scoring champ, but was edged out 254-252 by senior Mason Grove.

Now, Wolfe is back on top, with Xavier Murdy angling for runner-up status with 115 points heading into the finale.

Of the 15 CHS boys to top the charts at least twice, only one, Barry Brown, led his squad in scoring three times — something Hawk can chase next year as a senior.

On the girls side of things, six Wolves have pulled off a three-peat, with Megan Smith being the only four-timer.

CHS players with two or more seasons as the top scorer:

 

Girls:

Marie Grasser (1977-1978; 1978-1979)
Kristan Hurlburt (1979-1980; 1980-1981; 1981-1982)
Judy Marti (1982-1983; 1983-1984)
Terry Perkins (1984-1985, 1985-1986; 1986-1987)
Emily Vracin (1989-1990; 1990-1991)
Novi Barron (1995-1996; 1996-1997; 1997-1998)
Tina Lyness (1998-1999; 1999-2000)
Brianne King (2000-2001; 2001-2002; 2002-2003)
Lexie Black (2003-2004; 2004-2005)
Megan Smith (2006-2007; 2007-2008; 2008-2009; 2009-2010)
Makana Stone (2013-2014; 2014-2015; 2015-2016)
Lindsey Roberts (2017-2018; 2018-2019)

 

Boys:

Tom Sahli (1952-1953; 1953-1954)
Jack Elzinga (1954-1955; 1955-1956)
Mike Criscuola (1958-1959; 1959-1960)
Denny Clark (1962-1963; 1963-1964)
Barry Brown (1965-1966; 1966-1967; 1967-1968)
Jeff Stone (1968-1969; 1969-1970)
Bill Riley (1971-1972; 1972-1973)
Randy Keefe (1973-1974; 1974-1975)
Jason McFadyen (1989-1990; 1990-1991)
Virgil Roehl (1991-1992; 1992-1993)
Chris Good (2000-2001; 2001-2002)
Mike Bagby (2004-2005; 2005-2006)
Wiley Hesselgrave (2014-2015; 2015-2016)
Hunter Smith (2016-2017; 2017-2018)
Hawthorne Wolfe (2018-2019; 2021)

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