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CHS hoops star Jack Elzinga kept his hair short and the nets jumpin’.

Longer history, smaller inner circle.

Sorta.

While the Coupeville High School girls basketball program didn’t kick off until 1974-1975, the Wolf boys have been throwing up buckets since 1917.

And throwing away their stat sheets almost from day one.

As I’ve attempted to compile complete scoring stats for CHS basketball, the boys side of things has been far more frustrating.

With the Wolf girls, I have pretty on-target individual totals for every season except the inaugural one, which the local newspaper and the school yearbook both essentially ignored.

Now, the boys…

I can tell you Roy Armstrong dropped in a team-high 80 points during the 1924-1925 season, thanks to an incredibly-detailed (and thick!) yearbook.

Other than that, from 1917 — where I have come up with a complete roster, just no stats — to 1954, I have been able to track down individual scoring totals for just three other seasons.

Once we get to the 1954-1955 season, we’re golden though, as I’ve charted every season successfully from there up through 2019-2020.

So, it’s a start.

But, with so many stats lost to time, it appears we’ll never have a true CHS boys hoops scoring chart. Or, at least not one which can match the girls program.

What I do have are 391 players, from old-school beast Banky Fisher to new-school sniper Daniel Olson, who have scored at least one varsity point for the Wolves.

While seven different Coupeville girls have held their program’s individual career scoring record at some point, from Jill Whitney to current #1 Brianne King, I can only really vouch for five guys being atop their program’s mythical big board.

Even then, the first three guys I’m about to list don’t have complete career totals.

But anyway.

Until I can obtain more than the 1924-1925, 1926-1927, and 1939-1940 stat sheets, we might as well start with 1952-1953.

Tom Sahli went off for 310 points that season, so we’ll call him our first true, semi-verified career scoring champ.

Except, he also played in 1951-1952 and 1953-1954, two “missing” seasons, so who knows what his real totals are?

Not me.

In 1954-1955 Jack Elzinga erupted for 337 points, taking the title away (though maybe not), before adding 309 more points the next season to finish with 646.

Except, Elzinga also played on that 1953-1954 team with Sahli, so his totals are also off.

But anyway.

On to Mike Criscuola, who, according to our incomplete totals for his two big-name predecessors, “officially” became the school scoring champ after the 1958-1959 season.

Big Mike had racked up 674 points by then, before adding another 305 the next year as a senior to finish with 979.

Except, we know Criscuola, already the most-imposing player on the floor, played a fair amount as an 8th grader.

He’s right at the center of the team pic in the yearbook, but the point totals listed for the season omit his name.

There’s also questions about points from playoff games in later seasons being left off his season stats, so it’s not hard to believe Criscuola likely topped 1,000 points.

If we could get a time machine, go back and grab all five years of his stat sheets, it’s very possible he still is the real all-time CHS boys scoring champ.

Since we can’t, and barring someone finding a stash in an attic or basement, Criscoula handed the title off to Jeff Stone during the 1969-1970 season.

The sweet-shootin’ Stone rippled the nets for 644 points as a senior, almost 200 more than the next-best performance in school history — Jeff Rhubottom’s 459 in 1977-1978.

Having played three years, as freshmen weren’t eligible for varsity ball in the ’60s, Stone capped his prep career with 1,137 points.

That endured for 36 years, and still hasn’t fallen.

Given a chance to play a full four years, Mike Bagby did the nearly impossible, with his last point during the 2005-2006 season being the 364th of his senior campaign, and the 1,137th of his career.

The duo have remained atop the charts (with the old-school trio of Sahli, Elzinga, and Criscuola lurking in their rearview mirror) ever since, with little to worry about.

Hunter Smith made a nice run before graduating in 2018.

Ultimately, though, a lack of varsity playing time as a freshman, and a handful of later injuries, stopped him at #12 all-time, with 847 points.

Two seasons into his own career, Hawthorne Wolfe is already at #55, with 410 points, but the ongoing pandemic has put his junior season into question.

The chase goes on, for scoring records long-held and stat sheets long-buried.

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Coupeville PA announcer Moose Moran loves calling big plays for Wolf stars like Mason Grove and Hawthorne Wolfe. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolfe is on pace to be the first (or maybe second) CHS boy to score at least 400 career varsity points by the end of their sophomore season.

It’s maybe the best start in program history.

As he heads into a loser-out home playoff game Saturday, Hawthorne Wolfe is setting the nets afire.

With 397 points and counting, the Coupeville High School sophomore has tallied arguably more points at this stage of his varsity career than any other Wolf boys basketball player ever.

At least when it comes to numbers I can 100% stand behind.

There is one reason to pump the brakes, at least a bit.

Wolfe is definitely one of three CHS hoops stars to top 300 points by the end of their sophomore year, with the other two being Mike Criscuola (368) and Mike Bagby (359).

But, when it comes to Criscoula, who played in the ’50s, when 8th graders were eligible for the high school varsity team, his numbers may never be truly complete.

The yearbook for his first season includes him in the team photo — “Big Mike,” rockin’ glasses and a barrel chest, is already a man among boys, even at that early moment — but does not include him on the team’s scoring list.

Which, based on stories told by people from his time period, is a crock.

But all I have to go on is what I have to go on, and newspaper stories of the time are also no help with recreating Criscuola’s 8th grade scoring totals.

So, we’ll toss an asterisk in there and plow ahead.

Either way, Wolfe is chasing legends while helping bring a buzz to the CHS gym.

He’s rattled the rims for 239 points through 18 games as a sophomore, just off senior Mason Grove, who’s singed the nets for 245 points.

Toss in 158 as a freshman, when he led the team in scoring, and Wolfe is a three-ball away from becoming just the 59th Coupeville boy to crack the 400-point club across 103 seasons.

Nothing is guaranteed, and injuries, transfers, and life have all left their mark on the program’s career scoring list.

I mean, Joe Whitney could have been the GOAT, but achieved that status in Lynden, not Coupeville, after transferring before his senior season.

Things happen.

That said, Wolfe, who sits at #59 on the career scoring chart heading into Saturday’s bout with Mount Baker, is set up to make a run at all the records.

Grove, a three-ball assassin from way back, is a hair ahead of him at #57 with 405 points, but, as a senior, time is no longer on his side.

Stay healthy, stay focused, keep working, remain confident, but not driven by ego, hold on to the joy that comes from the game.

Do that, and Hawk and fellow sophomore sensation Xavier Murdy (89 career points and counting) can captivate Wolf Nation over the next two seasons.

If you look at the 31 Wolves who cracked 600 points, almost to a man, their scoring totals went up as juniors and seniors.

From that group, Wade Ellsworth and Rich Morris didn’t score their first varsity point at CHS until their junior season, while Gavin Keohane only had three points exiting his sophomore year.

Six other Wolves also didn’t get their first varsity point until their junior seasons, yet still topped 400 for their careers.

Then there’s Jack Elzinga, who sits with Criscuola, Tom Sahli, and Jerry Zylstra, as ’50s stars whose full numbers may never be finalized.

“The Zinger” tossed in 646 points across his last two years, which puts him #25 all-time.

But, he also played varsity ball as a sophomore during the 1953-54 season, and stats from that campaign seem lost to time, which hurts both him and Zylstra, a teammate on that squad.

Plus, to be fair to the immortals who trod the hardwood in the ’70s, including Jeff Stone (tied for #1), Randy Keefe (#3), and Bill Jarrell (#12), they never had the chance to play four years like Wolfe and Murdy will.

Back then, thanks to Coupeville having a junior high and not a middle school, 9th graders weren’t eligible to play for the high school team.

Life, um, finds a way … to mess with everyone’s prep hoops career.

But we roll on.

So, with all that in mind, a look at how many points every player still ahead of Wolfe on the career chart scored through their sophomore season:

 

Jeff Stone — 176 of 1137
Mike Bagby — 359 of 1137
Randy Keefe — 293 of 1088
Jeff Rhubottom — 228 of 1012
Mike Criscuola — 368(?) of 979(?) (*Missing 8th grade stats*)
Bill Riley — 160 of 934
Pete Petrov — 201 of 917
Brad Sherman — 203 of 874
Denny Clark — 185 of 869
Arik Garthwaite — 285 of 867
Bill Jarrell — 83 of 855
Hunter Smith — 133 of 847
Corey Cross — 215 of 811
Barry Brown — 221 of 769
Hunter Hammer — 212 of 755
Steve Whitney — 180 of 730
Dan Neider — 143 of 729
Chris Good — 64 of 688
Gavin Keohane — 3 of 677
Virgil Roehl — 192 of 674
Foster Faris — 95 of 668
Pat Bennett — 207 of 659
Wade Ellsworth — 0 of 659
Jason McFadyen — 122 of 654
Jack Elzinga — ? of 646(?) (*Missing sophomore stats*)
Rich Morris — 0 of 637
Kramer O’Keefe — 186 of 636
Wiley Hesselgrave — 142 of 632
John O’Grady — 188 of 611
Greg White — 212 of 604
Joe Whitney — 213 of 601
Brian Miller — 157 of 597
Mike Syreen
— 193 of 594
Gabe McMurray
— 2 of 592
Pat Clark
— 12 of 583
Randy Duggan
— 0 of 552
Roy Marti
— 16 of 551
Jim Syreen
— 176 of 550
Marc Bissett
— 41 of 549
Denny Zylstra
— 16 of 538
Brad Miller
— 66 of 526
Gary Faris
— 86 of 524
JJ Marti
— 156 of 520
Cody Peters
— 0 of 518
David Lortz
— 31 of 502
Jason Bagby
— 18 of 499
Pat O’Grady
— 12 of 472
Sean Dillon
— 11 of 469
Frank Marti
— 64 of 462
Gary Hammons
— 11 of 443
Del O’Shell
— 0 of 440
Tony Ford
— 76 of 432
Caleb Powell
— 113 of 421
Ben Biskovich
— 0 of 407
Casey Clark
— 0 of 407
Nick Sellgren
— 0 of 406
Mason Grove
— 51 of 405
Jerry Zylstra
— ? of 405(?) (*Missing sophomore stats*)

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Hawthorne Wolfe is on pace to score more points than any freshman in the 102-year history of CHS varsity boys basketball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe is on the verge of gettin’ all historical on us.

The Coupeville High School freshman has only played eight basketball games in high school, yet he’s on target to do something only a select few have accomplished.

The 2018-2019 season is the 102nd for the Wolf boys basketball program, and the 45th for the CHS girls.

During those previous 145 seasons, only nine players – five girls and four boys – have scored 100+ points in varsity action during their freshman season.

Barring a major plot twist, Wolfe is about to become #10, and could easily finish with the best point total ever achieved by a freshman boy.

Through the first eight games of the season, the young gunner has been a crack shot from behind the three-point arc, while also showing a refreshing willingness to drive the ball to the hoop, forcing his defenders back on their heels.

Wolfe was the leading scorer on opening night, with nine points, and his 18 on the road at Orcas Island is the most any Coupeville varsity boy has tallied this season.

So, it comes as little surprise he sits atop his team’s scoring chart with 84 points as we leave 2018 behind.

That puts him well ahead of his veteran teammates, as juniors Sean Toomey-Stout (48), Ulrik Wells (46), Mason Grove (44) and Jered Brown (40) fill the #2-5 slots currently.

Averaging 10.5 a night, Wolfe has nine games left in the regular season, with the hope of playoff action arriving to stretch out the campaign.

If he keeps at his current pace he would have 178 points heading into the postseason, which would be the best-ever point total for a Coupeville freshman boy, and third-best in school history.

Even if Wolfe were to rapidly fade, which doesn’t seem likely, barring an injury or alien abduction, he needs less than a basket a game the rest of the way to hit the magical 1-0-0.

And it is magical, as so few in school history have accomplished the feat.

Why it’s been achieved so infrequently comes down to several things, actually.

Some of the greatest scorers in school history – Jeff Stone, Randy Keefe and Bill Jarrell, for three – were simply prevented from playing varsity basketball as freshmen because they suited up in the late ’60s through mid-’70s.

That was a time period when 9th graders weren’t eligible to play high school basketball, with Coupeville having a junior high instead of the current middle school system.

Other net-burners didn’t make an immediate impact as freshman for varied reasons.

Brad Sherman, who is now Wolfe’s coach, spent his first year on the JV, yet still managed to ring up 874 points in his remaining three years, eighth-best in program history.

Then there are all-time greats who got some varsity floor time as freshmen, but because of a glut of solid upperclassmen, or a coach leery of throwing the youngsters into the fray, had limited impact their first time out.

There’s Hunter Smith, who scored just three points as a frosh, before ringing up seasons of 130 (while sitting out a chunk of games with an injury), 332 and 382.

Or, Corey Cross (4, 211, 333, 263), Denny Clark (5, 180, 319, 365), Pete Petrov (13, 188, 442, 274) or Greg White (18, 194, 131, 261).

If there’s a common theme among the nine Wolves who broke 100 points as a freshman, it’s that, with one exception, they turned out to be Coupeville legends.

Three of the four boys sit among the top 10 career scorers, while the five girls account for #1, #2, #3, #4, and #6 on the all-time points chart.

But there were a lot of greats who didn’t get that chance to soar as a frosh, so talent alone is not the whole story.

Also important is simply getting a chance to play.

The one outlier in this group, Taylor Ebersole, was a starter from day one thanks partly to his freshman season of 2011-2012 being a complete rebuilding season.

Longtime coach Randy King had just retired after 20 seasons at the helm of the Wolf program, and new coach Anthony Smith was left with painfully few veterans. Therefore, why not play any talented kids?

And who knows what Ebersole might have accomplished if he had stayed at CHS, instead of transferring to La Conner after the Wolves went win-less in his freshman season?

The Ebersole scenario is somewhat similar to what Zenovia Barron encountered in 1994-1995 and Wolfe is benefiting from this season.

Coupeville’s girls went 1-19 the year before Barron moved to the high school, and the roster was wide open when she blew the door down on day one.

The 2017-2018 CHS boys were much better than the 93-94 girls, winning seven games, but they graduated six of their top seven scorers, headed up by Hunter Smith, who finished #12 in program history.

So when Wolfe came bounding on the court for the first day of practice, he had a better shot at making the roster and making an immediate impact than some others in the past.

Like say, Petrov, who, as talented as he was at 14, joined a team where six veteran players scored between 238 points (Brad Miller) and 100 (Boom Phomvongkoth) during his freshman season.

Or Sherman, who starred on the JV while the top five varsity guys in 1999-2000 singed the nets for between 340 (Pat Bennett) and 129 (Noah Roehl).

So, it’s one part talent, one part having a nose for scoring, and one huge part opportunity, which ultimately unite Wolfe and the select group he’s about to crash.

And that group, in full?

 

CHS players who scored 100 varsity points as a freshman:

Brianne King — (275 in 1999-2000) — (Career – 1549 – #1 girls)
Zenovia Barron — (242 in 1994-1995) — (Career – 1270 – #2 girls)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby — (163 in 1998-1999) — (Career – 892 – #6 girls)
Megan Smith — (161 in 2006-2007) — (Career – 1042 – #4 girls)
Mike Bagby — (137 in 2002-2003) — (Career – 1137 – tied for #1 boys)
Makana Stone — (116 in 2012-2013) — (Career – 1158 – #3 girls)
Mike Criscuola — (115 in 1956-1957) — (Career – 979 – #5 boys)
Taylor Ebersole — (114 in 2011-2012) — (Career – 114 – #157 boys)
Arik Garthwaite — (109 in 1994-1995) — (Career – 867 – #10 boys)

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Gavin Keohane (John Fisken photos)

Gavin Keohane is one of only three Wolves to score 300+ points in two separate seasons in the last 25 years. The other two are Rich Morris and Mike Bagby. (John Fisken photos)

Mike Bagby, your CHS single game and career scoring leader -- at least over the past 25 years.

   Mike Bagby, your CHS single game and career scoring leader — at least from 1991 to present.

Twenty years and no one has touched Pete Petrov.

Way back in the 1995-96 high school basketball season, the Coupeville High School gunner, who was a junior at the time, threw down 442 points over 25 games.

Petrov, who rang up 917 points in four years as a Wolf, was remarkably consistent that season, scoring in double figures in every single game, with highs of 29 against Nooksack Valley and 27 against Sultan.

And those two games? Both playoff contests, reinforcing his rep as a big-game performer.

Why do I bring this up?

Mainly because I spent a good chunk of Saturday buried in old score-books, thanks to former CHS hoops guru Randy King.

The school doesn’t have any kind of glossy record board for basketball, like it does with track, football or volleyball, and the records are just floating out there in the haze.

King, after much harassment from me, managed to find 17 score-books from his 20-year career as the head coach of the Wolf boys’ program (1991-92 to 2010-11).

Thanks to Jim Waller at the Whidbey News-Times, we’ve since added one of the missing seasons.

And what I did learn after crawling through page after page of handwritten history?

Well, that my eyes may never uncross, but also that I now can rattle off all sorts of scoring stats until your eyes cross as well.

While we have to hedge our bets slightly with the two missing score-books, I can pretty confidently state that:

Petrov has the single best single-season scoring totals in the last 25 years, but Mike Bagby has the single-best game (34 at Orcas on Jan. 6, 2006) and the most career points.

Technically, if we go off only the 17 books I have, Petrov edges Bagby 917-915, with Arik Garthwaite hot on their heels at 867.

But, and it’s a huge but, one of the missing books is from 2003-2004, Bagby’s sophomore season.

And, since I know from previous research he was a First-Team All-Northwest League pick that year, it’s safe to say he scored more than the necessary three points to overtake Petrov.

But hey, it wouldn’t be Coupeville if at least part of the school’s athletic history wasn’t lost or missing.

So, keeping in mind this is close, but not 100%, marinate in some Wolf hoops history, one bucket at a time.

Best single game performance (1991-present):

Mike Bagby 34 vs. Orcas (04-05)
Gabe McMurray 33 vs. Sultan (94-95)
Mike Bagby 32 vs. Mount Vernon Christian (04-05)
Mike Bagby 32 vs. South Whidbey (05-06)
Arik Garthwaite 32 vs. Mount Vernon Christian (97-98)
Gavin Keohane 32 vs. Granite Falls (98-99)
JJ Marti 32 vs. Darrington (05-06)
Mike Bagby 30 vs. Shoreline Christian (04-05)
Brad Sherman 30 vs. Bush (02-03)

Best single season performances (1991-present):

Pete Petrov 442 (95-96)
Arik Garthwaite 423 (97-98)
Mike Bagby 414 (04-05)
Brad Sherman 396 (02-03)
Cody Peters 380 (08-09)
Gavin Keohane 374 (97-98)
Mike Bagby 364 (05-06)
Gabe McMurray 355 (94-95)
Virgil Roehl 341 (92-93)
Pat Bennett 340 (99-00)

And (pretty much) everyone who scored during the Randy King era:

1991-1992:

Virgil Roehl 189
Troy Blouin 115
Kit Manzanares 92
Brandon Huff 84
Jason McManigle 70
Jason McDavid 62
Ross Buckner 52
Danny Bonacci 36
Scott Sollars 28
Matt Douglas 20
Boom Phomvongkoth 18
Erik Anderson 8
Tracy Wilson 3
Jeremy McCormick 2

1992-1993:

Virgil Roehl 341
Brandon Huff 161
Troy Blouin 141
Brad Miller 66
Kit Manzanares 60
Boom Phomvongkoth 55
Ryan McManigle 39
Jason McManigle 31
Ross Buckner 25
Chris Cox 20
Gabe McMurray 2

1993-1994:

Brad Miller 238
Gabe McMurray 235
Chris Cox 157
Virgil Roehl 141
Kit Manzanares 123
Boom Phomvongkoth 100
Matt Ortega 75
Ryan McManigle 65
Pete Petrov 13
Bill Hamilton 5
Michael Vaughan 4
Chris Locke 2
Dennis Terrell 2

1994-1995:

Gabe McMurray 355
Brad Miller 222
Pete Petrov 188
Arik Garthwaite 109
Boom Phomvongkoth 102
Mike Vaughan 62
Ryan McManigle 44
Jeremy Staples 23
Keith Dunnagan 19
Greg White 18
Bill Hamilton 6

1995-1996:

Pete Petrov 442
Rich Morris 328
Greg White 194
Nick Sellgren 190
Arik Garthwaite 176
Mike Vaughan 162
Bryan Hamilton 43
Jeremy Staples 39
Keith Dunnagan 23
Christian Lyness 18
Gary Boyke 17
Christian Townsdin 5
Teo Benson 2
Scott Stuurmans 2

1996-1997:

Rich Morris 309
Pete Petrov 274
Nick Sellgren 216
Arik Garthwaite 159
Greg White 131
Mike Vaughan 109
Christian Lyness 77
Dennis Terrell 55
Christian Townsdin 25
Scott Stuurmans 13
Gavin Keohane 3
Jerry Helm 1

1997-1998:

Arik Garthwaite 423
Gavin Keohane 374
Greg White 261
Scott Stuurmans 173
Christian Townsdin 86
Bryan Hamilton 56
Caesar Kortuem 52
Jerry Helm 47
Andrew Cashen 8
Pat Bennett 6
Ben Hancock 5

1998-1999:

Gavin Keohane 300
Pat Bennett 201
Matt Frost 108
Caesar Kortuem 98
Ty Blouin 94
Andrew Cashen 76
Ben Hancock 58
Jim Marti 35
Joe Donellon 26
Chris Good 21
Noah Roehl 11
Joe Kelley 2

1999-2000:

Pat Bennett 340
Caesar Kortuem 219
Matt Frost 182
Ty Blouin 163
Noah Roehl 129
Joe Donellon 75
Jason Fisher 71
Chris Good 43
Marvin Mitchell 18
Travis Hooker 10
Geoff Hageman 8
Andrew Cashen 3
Matt Helm 1

2000-2001:

Chris Good 305
Brad Sherman 203
Noah Roehl 161
Pat Bennett 112
Ty Blouin 112
Sean Callahan 98
Geoff Hageman 56
Matt Helm 56
Joe Kelley 47
Erick Harada 40
James Meek 39
Rob Blouin 18

2001-2002:

MISSING

2002-2003:

Brad Sherman 396
Brian Fakkema 271
Casey Clark 256
Mike Bagby 137
James Jorgenson 40
Daniel McDonald 28
Joe Rojas 28
Scott Fisher 19
Blake Day 18
JJ Marti 12
Daniel Graham 9
JD Myers 5
Eric Taylor 3

2003-2004:

MISSING

2004-2005:

Mike Bagby 414
Blake Day 188
JJ Marti 174
Andrew Mouw 173
Trevor Tucker 113
Trent Diamanti 23
Trevor Mueller 22
Brad Rogers 15
Ryan Kelley 7
Mike Duke 3
Eddie Fasolo 3
Stephen Stietenroth 2

2005-2006:

Mike Bagby 364
JJ Marti 190
Kramer O’Keefe 186
Brian Miller 157
James Smith 93
Casey Larson 83
Ryan Kelley 26
Mike Duke 24
Tony Prosser 20
Kyle King 9
Alex Evans 5

2006-2007:

Brian Miller 251
Kramer O’Keefe 215
James Smith 178
Casey Larson 164
Alex Evans 93
Trevor Tucker 81
Quinten Farmer 75
Tony Prosser 50
Jordan Emerson 20
Zepher Loesch 12
Geoff Wacker 8
Brian Folkestad 7

2007-2008:

Kramer O’Keefe 235
Brian Miller 189
Alex Evans 174
Zepher Loesch 151
Cody Peters 138
James Smith 111
Geoff Wacker 49
JD Wilcox 36
Jason Bagby 18
Zeb Williams 7
Hunter Hammer 4
DJ Kim 3

2008-2009:

Cody Peters 380
Hunter Hammer 208
Jason Bagby 193
JD Wilcox 176
Zepher Loesch 111
Geoff Wacker 97
Tim Walstad 59
Zeb Williams 28
Tyler King 20
Matt Petrich 19
Chad Brookhouse 16
DJ Kim 10
Ian Smith 9
Erik King 7

2009-2010:

Hunter Hammer 302
Jason Bagby 288
JD Wilcox 161
Chad Brookhouse 147
Ian Smith 119
Tim Walstad 109
Erik King 54
Tyler King 48
Ben Hayes 19
Nevin Miranda 2
Dalton Engle 2

2010-2011:

Ben Hayes 287
Hunter Hammer 245
Tyler King 202
Ian Smith 196
Dalton Engle 46
Nevin Miranda 38
Mitch Pelroy 14
Nic Anthony 5
Scott Davidson 5

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Paul Messner

   Paul Messner (top) is joined by fellow Hall of Fame inductees (l to r) Daniel McDonald, Micky LeVine, Jaime (Rasmussen) Burrows and Mike Bagby.

Big in the moment.

The five legendary athletes who comprise the 22nd class to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame made their marks by playing their best at crunch time.

Whether running wild on a football field, legitimizing soccer at a school with little history on the pitch or lifting their team to a groundbreaking hoops win, all five stepped into the spotlight and soared.

So, today, we welcome them to their new home (after this they’ll reside at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab) and offer a round of applause.

Say hello to Paul Messner, Daniel McDonald, Jaime (Rasmussen) Burrows, Mike Bagby and Micky LeVine, then bask in the afterglow of their athletic excellence.

Our first inductee, McDonald, was a superb multi-sport athlete, but he goes in to our Hall as a football player.

In particular, we’re honoring him for his senior season in 2001, when he was the only Coupeville player to be named First-Team All-Conference in the Northwest A League on both offense and defense.

A hard-hitting defensive back, McDonald was also the featured back in an explosive offense.

With fellow Hall o’ Famer Brad Sherman gunnin’ away at the quarterback spot for nearly 1,500 yards, McDonald crashed through the line for another 1,184 yards on the ground.

His 14 touchdowns accounted for nearly half of Coupeville’s 31 end zone visits that season (Brian Fakkema added eight TD’s, while Matt Helm tossed in three) and McDonald’s consistency was his hallmark.

He broke 100 yards rushing in seven of nine games (topping 150 five times), with a high of 199 against Concrete.

After high school, McDonald went on to play college ball quite successfully, just like our second inductee.

Bagby, who joins dad Ron and sister Ashley in the Hall (and yes, Jason and April, I know you’re both still out there), was your prototypical three-sport star at CHS, then played college basketball for two different schools.

For his induction, I’m turning the mic over to Bagby’s former teammate, current CHS assistant football coach Ryan King:

I played football with him for two years, I played baseball with him for one year and watched him on the court for two.

Mike was a very gifted athlete and was a great leader. He excelled in every sport and def was a big part in both basketball and football.

Mike was our QB when we went to the playoffs in 2005.

He played a huge role and I saw him improve as a QB from his junior year to his senior year.

He was a play-maker. He knew how to win and knew how to lead a team.

He was also one of our DB’s and always came up with the big plays when we needed it.

In basketball he was our Kobe; he was the guy who could take over a game and we would think there were times he couldn’t miss.

Taking over games was a specialty of our third inductee.

Messner excelled in multiple sports, but he goes in as a football player, because, like McDonald, he had a season for the ages.

For the guy many now know as Santa Claus, for his epic beard and smile, 1965 was the best of times and worst of times.

A senior captain for the Wolf gridiron squad, Messner abused rival tacklers in the first four games of the season, rolling to 185, 208, 223 and 154 yards on the ground.

Toss in long kickoff returns (he took one to the house for 90+ yards and six points) and huge tackling totals (he amassed 30 in just the first two games) and Messner was one of the best players in the state, not just on the Island.

Unfortunately, an injury early in game five basically brought his season to a finish on the spot, and Coupeville, which was 3-1 and ranked #7 in state polls, stumbled to the gate without their play-maker.

Still, 50 years later, what is remembered is not the end, but the month-long tango with the record book danced by Messner. It was a short run, but one that still echoes down through the decades.

That’s the same sort of impact employed by our fourth inductee, Burrows, who is being immortalized for a moment in time.

Jump to March 2, 2000, and the Coupeville High School girls’ basketball team, which has never won a game at the state tourney, enters the fourth quarter against Freeman trailing 37-26.

Then, history was made.

The Wolves roared back to life with a 20-5 fourth-quarter run, capped by Burrows, normally a defensive spark-plug, stepping up at crunch time to score her team’s final four points.

First, she took the ball, pump-faked the world and spun down the baseline for the biggest basket of her career.

Second, in the moment we’re honoring, she softly dropped in two pressure-packed free throws with just seconds to play, icing the 46-42 win and launching the most successful multi-year run in school history in any sport.

And third, she cracked her trademark laid-back grin, then went on with her life, letting others have the spotlight while she moved on to bigger and better things like becoming a super-successful mom.

“It is a fond memory and one that I will treasure forever,” she told me for a story about the 1999-2000 team. “It holds a special place in my heart because of my teammates and our spectacular coaches, who put so much into helping us succeed as a team and as individuals.”

Succeeding as an individual while sacrificing for team was what our final inductee did every day she stepped on the pitch.

Whether playing for the Wolves or select squads like the Whidbey Islanders, LeVine, who joins dad Sean in the Hall, could do it all.

She could score, she could pass, and, while she’s but a mighty mite, there might have been no tougher player in Cow Town.

“Two Fists” got her nickname (I like nicknames…) when she responded to a teammate being roughed up in a badly-called, dangerous game by challenging the offending rival players AND the blind ref to take it outside.

Of course, in typical Micky fashion, five minutes after the game she was sitting on top of a garbage can at Baskin-Robbins, ice cream in hand, smile covering her face.

Soccer has a very short history at CHS (and no real record book), but LeVine is assured a spot on the program’s Mount Rushmore, front and center.

She brought skill, class and guts to the pitch for all four years, and her impact, like that of her fellow inductees, will be felt for years to come.

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