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Ja’Kenya Hoskins tip-toes through the paint during Coupeville’s home playoff win over Sultan. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Many fans, many emotions.

Ema Smith evades a Turk defender.

JV basketball stars (l to r) Abby Mulholland, Morgan Stevens, and Lily Leedy cheer on their varsity teammates.

Fab frosh Izzy Wells caps the game with a sweet bank shot for two.

Wolves (l to r) Emma Mathusek, Lucy Sandahl, and Kylie Chernikoff catch up with coaches Cory Whitmore (in red) and Chris Smith.

Lindsey Roberts gets out of town in a hurry.

Paul and Marilyn Messner’s three daughters, possibly up to shenanigans.

No buckets, no how. Defensive dynamo Tia Wurzrainer shuts down another would-be scorer.

One last, unexpected chance to play in front of their fans and personal photographer.

That’s what the Coupeville High School girls basketball team got Wednesday, when snow and ice changed the schedule, giving the Wolves a home playoff game.

On the floor, CHS cruised to a 48-37 win over Sultan.

Meanwhile, on the sideline, riding high on the power of a donated Kit-Kat bar, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken clicked away, capturing on and off court action.

The photos above are courtesy him, but are just a taste of what he shot.

To see everything that came out of Fisken’s cameras, pop over to:


And when you go, remember, a percentage of all purchases helps fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

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Hannah Davidson had five points and eight rebounds Thursday as Coupeville fell to highly-ranked King’s, ending the Wolves playoff run. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves enjoy a moment together during the ferry ride home. (Amy King photo)

In the end, there was one team they just couldn’t beat.

Unable to solve the big, quick, highly-disciplined pack of players private school power King’s throws at the world, the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad reached the end of its season Thursday at Shoreline.

Falling 48-11 in the second round of the District 1 playoffs, the Wolves were eliminated a win shy of qualifying for bi-districts, and finish 9-10 on the year.

Three of those losses came to the North Sound Conference champs, as all-universe freshman Jada Wynn and company swept the season series from Coupeville.

Even though their season ending with a defeat, and a long ride home on the icy back roads of America, the Wolves enjoyed a fair amount of success in David King’s seventh year at the helm of the program.

CHS, which has made the playoffs every season under King, claimed third-place in the six-team NSC, beating pre-season projections, and closed with five wins in its last eight games.

That included an 11-point home playoff win over Sultan Wednesday, in a game thrown together at the very last second.

The Coupeville girls were also one of just two Whidbey Island high school hoops teams (out of six) to make the playoffs, and the last eliminated, at least by a few minutes.

Playing earlier in the evening Thursday, South Whidbey’s boys were bashed 67-47 at Meridian and also fell a game shy of a berth to bi-districts.

The onslaught of ice and snow which ravaged Washington changed what was supposed to be double-elimination district tourneys into modified singe-elimination ones.

With the threat of round two of Snowmageddon arriving Friday, Coupeville’s second postseason bout got shoved up a night, sending the Wolves to the bus less than 24 hours after they whacked the Turks.

The quick turnaround, piled on top of an emotional home win, a long bus trip, a day of school, and the sheer talent of their rivals made for a tall mountain to scale.

“A tough game after the great win last night,” David King said. “We came out and gave everything we had.

“That said, last night’s game took a lot out of us, energy wise,” he added. “We got a lot of shots up and just couldn’t get them to fall. King’s defense is fundamentally sound; they prevented us from getting to the basket.”

Coupeville broke 40 points in seven games this season, but could only scrape together 39 points combined across its three losses to King’s, scoring 17, 11, and 11.

Thursday night the only shot which dropped in the first quarter was a three-ball from Ema Smith, and the Wolves went to the break trailing 13-3.

It didn’t get much better from there, with King’s stretching the lead out to 28-6 at the half, then completely shutting Coupeville’s offensive attack down during an 11-0 third quarter.

The Wolves continued to work hard, though, pushing the Knights long after the game was out of hand.

“The team never backed down and gave everything they had every time they stepped on the court,” King said. “Overall, a very good season.”

Davidson, a standout during Coupeville’s playoff run, capped her junior season with a team-high five points and eight rebounds.

Ema Smith finished with five points and three boards, while Chelsea Prescott netted a free throw to round out the scoring.

Bringing her prep hardwood career to a close Thursday, Smith moved past two more former Wolf greats on the career scoring list.

Finishing with 228 points, she leapfrogs Annette Jameson (223) and Mikayla Elfrank (227) to finish as the #48 scorer in program history, which stretches back to 1974.

Thursday’s game was the final one for Smith and fellow CHS seniors Nicole Laxton, a hard worker who always brought great energy to the floor, and four-year varsity vet Lindsey Roberts.

Roberts, who missed two complete games and most of a third due to a college visit and a late-season finger injury, still topped Coupeville in scoring for a second-straight season.

A player who saw quality minutes at the varsity level from day one of her freshman season, she exits with 448 points, leaving her tied with Vanessa Davis for #18 on the career chart.

While all three seniors will be missed, the cupboard isn’t bare for David King and JV coach/wife Amy, who can bring back nine of the 12 players who saw varsity floor time.

Point guard Scout Smith, now the leading active scorer for the girls program with 142 points across two varsity seasons, is one of four juniors on the team, along with Davidson, Avalon Renninger, and Tia Wurzrainer.

Sophomores Prescott and Mollie Bailey and freshmen Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Izzy Wells, and Anya Leavell should all return as well.


Final season scoring statistics:

Lindsey Roberts – 150
Ema Smith
– 134
Chelsea Prescott
– 101
Scout Smith
– 86
Avalon Renninger
– 56
Hannah Davidson
– 31
Tia Wurzrainer
– 18
Nicole Laxton
– 15
Izzy Wells
– 11
Mollie Bailey
– 8
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
– 5
Anya Leavell
– 4

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Thanks to the snow and ice, Avalon Renninger and her teammates will now open the playoffs at home, and not on the road. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything changes.

After two days of postponements thanks to snow and ice, the District 1 girls basketball playoffs will finally kick off Wednesday night.

Just not the way they were originally planned.

Having lost two days, and wanting to hold to the tournament’s original end date — Saturday, Feb. 9 — athletic directors from the North Sound Conference and Northwest Conference have come up with a compromise.

Instead of a double-elimination tournament in which Coupeville High School would have started on the road, we’re now looking at a modified single-elimination tourney in which the Wolves get to unexpectedly host a playoff game.

CHS, the #3 seed from the NSC, was originally set to play Lynden Christian, the #2 team from the NWC, on the road.

After that, teh Wolves would have played either King’s or Sultan, also on the road.

The new format takes the top four teams in the eight-team tourney (King’s, Meridian, Lynden Christian, and Cedar Park Christian) and pits them against each other in the first round.

Win or lose, those teams advance to play a second game.

The other four teams (Coupeville, Nooksack Valley, Granite Falls, and Sultan) are now paired off in loser-out games.

The Wolves (8-9 on the season) draw Sultan (7-13), the #5 NSC seed, and a team they have beaten 44-34 and 29-27 this season.

As the higher seed, Coupeville hosts the game Wednesday, Feb. 6, with tip-off set for 7 PM.

Ticket prices for playoff games are:

Adults / Students w/o ASB – $7.00

Students w/ ASB – $5.00

Children / Seniors – $5.00

If the Wolves win Wednesday, they advance to play a road game against the loser of King’s and Lynden Christian Friday, Feb. 8 in a second-loser out game.

Win there as well, and Coupeville clinches a trip to bi-districts. First, though, it would play one more game, Saturday, Feb. 9, to decide the #3 and #4 seeds out of District 1.

The updated bracket:



PS — The Coupeville Middle School girls basketball opener, which had been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, has been cancelled, and will likely be rescheduled at a later date.

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“Get out of here snow, you bum!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature will do whatever she wants.

After the winter gods dumped snow all over Western Washington in the early hours Monday, the start of high school basketball playoffs went into a deep freeze.

Games were slated for multiple locations tonight, with the Coupeville girls set to travel to Lynden Christian.

Instead, that game, and every other one, in the double-elimination District 1 tourney, have been bumped back at least a day.

The new plan is to play first-round games Tuesday, Feb. 5, with second-round games also bumped, from Wednesday, Feb. 6 to Thursday, Feb. 7.

The tourney is still scheduled to wrap up with games in multiple locations Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9.

Of course, that all depends on how fast snow, and maybe more importantly, the ice on some roads, comes under control.

So prepare for hoops action, but keep checking back for updates.

For now, the revised district playoff bracket:


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After losing Friday, Gavin Knoblich and Co. will have to win Saturday to grab a ticket to the playoffs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The season comes down to 32 minutes of action.

Unable to clinch a playoff berth on the road Friday, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad gets a second chance Saturday at home.

A 60-50 loss at Granite Falls leaves the Wolves tied with the host Tigers at 1-9 in North Sound Conference action.

With identical league records, and having split the season series (CHS won 52-43 in early Jan.), the two teams meet at 5 PM in Coupeville to decide the #5 playoff seed from the NSC.

Winner advances to the double-elimination district tourney and plays Feb. 4 against King’s.

Saturday’s losers exit the court and start thinking about spring sports.

King’s (10-0, 16-4), Cedar Park Christian (7-3, 11-9), South Whidbey (6-4, 13-7), Sultan (5-5, 6-14), and Saturday’s winner join Northwest Conference teams Lynden Christian (20-0), Meridian (9-12), and Nooksack Valley (7-13) at districts.

The #2-#4 NSC seeds were set after King’s savaged South Whidbey 84-15 Friday, and CPC bounced Sultan 66-35.

Coupeville, which is 2-15 overall, enters Saturday’s game having lost seven straight.

Several of those defeats have been close, though, and Friday night’s bout was a prime example.

With Granite Falls having just one court, the Wolves sat through three other games before finally taking the floor for the night’s finale, then hung tough all the way.

Sean Toomey-Stout and Mason Grove combined for 14 first-quarter points, with the former hitting for nine and both dropping in a three-ball, but Granite clung to an 18-16 lead at the first break.

While the Tigers could never completely get away from the Wolves, they did slowly but surely stretch out their advantage.

A 12-8 advantage in the second quarter pushed the lead to six, then a 16-12 surge across the third set the final margin.

Grove did his best to keep Coupeville alive, burying a trio of three-balls in the third frame, while Hawthorne Wolfe and Jacobi Pilgrim picked up five points apiece during a free-throw-heavy fourth quarter.

CHS had an advantage at the line, hitting 13 of 20 charity shots to just 4-7 by Granite, while also winning the three-ball battle 5-2.

Grove finished with a team-high 14 points, with Toomey-Stout rattling the rim for 12 and Pilgrim banking in eight.

Wolfe (7), Gavin Knoblich (5), Ulrik Wells (2), and Jered Brown (2) also scored.

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