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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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Marie Grasser held the CHS girls basketball individual career scoring title from 1978-1981. (Megan Hansen photo)

They are the magnificent seven.

In the history of the Coupeville High School girls basketball program, 229 players have scored at least one point in a varsity game.

From the larger group, there is an ultra-exclusive inner gathering, however.

Seven players have, at one point or another, held the individual career scoring title for the Wolf girls.

The shortest run atop the charts was for a single season, while the school’s current #1 (girls or boys) has held her spot for 18 seasons and counting.

Now, keep in mind the scoring stats for the first team in program history, the 1974-75 squad, have vanished into history, as the local newspapers and the school’s yearbook both whiffed when it came to recording those numbers.

But, that first season would only (maybe) affect the very start of this list, as scoring totals quickly shot up once the ’80s arrived.

So, with that small caveat out of the way, here we go, the semi-official CHS girls basketball individual career scoring record-holders:

 

1975-1976 — Jill Whitney (116 career points)
1976-1977 —¬†Jill Whitney (116)
1977-1978 — Suzette Glover (159)
1978-1979 — Marie Grasser (243)
1979-1980 — Marie Grasser (321)
1980-1981 — Kristan Hurlburt (335)
1981-1982 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1982-1983 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1983-1984 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1984-1985 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1985-1986 — Kristan Hurlburt (598)
1986-1987 — Terry Perkins (673)
1987-1988 — Terry Perkins (673)
1988-1989 — Terry Perkins (673)
1989-1990 — Terry Perkins (673)
1990-1991 — Terry Perkins (673)
1991-1992 — Terry Perkins (673)
1992-1993 — Terry Perkins (673)
1993-1994 — Terry Perkins (673)
1994-1995 — Terry Perkins (673)
1995-1996 — Novi Barron (894)
1996-1997 — Novi Barron (1270)
1997-1998 — Novi Barron (1270)
1998-1999 — Novi Barron (1270)
1999-2000 — Novi Barron (1270)
2000-2001 — Novi Barron (1270)
2001-2002 — Novi Barron (1270)
2002-2003 — Brianne King (1549)
2003-2004 — Brianne King (1549)
2004-2005 — Brianne King (1549)
2005-2006 — Brianne King (1549)
2006-2007 — Brianne King (1549)
2007-2008 — Brianne King (1549)
2008-2009 — Brianne King (1549)
2009-2010 — Brianne King (1549)
2010-2011 — Brianne King (1549)
2011-2012 — Brianne King (1549)
2012-2013 — Brianne King (1549)
2013-2014 — Brianne King (1549)
2014-2015 — Brianne King (1549)
2015-2016 — Brianne King (1549)
2016-2017 — Brianne King (1549)
2017-2018 — Brianne King (1549)
2018-2019 — Brianne King (1549)
2019-2020 — Brianne King (1549)

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Amanda Fabrizi is one of just 23 CHS girls to have scored 200 points in a basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Megan Smith could fill the hoop up. (Photo courtesy Smith)

Sisters Lexie (left) and Brittany Black each own two of the 50 best individual scoring seasons in Wolf girls basketball history. (Photo courtesy Laura Black)

This isn’t rocket science.

The most-sustained run of team success the Coupeville High School girls basketball program has enjoyed came in the 2000’s.

While the Wolves launched in 1974, and put together some very-strong runs in the mid and late ’90s, all three of the state tourney banners they own were captured between 2002-2005.

So, it’s no surprise that when you compile the 50 best single-season scoring totals put up by a Wolf girls hoops player, 21 of those campaigns came between 2001-2009.

Other than that, it’s fairly well-balanced, with 15 slots occupied by players from the ’90s, and seven performances apiece coming from the ’80s and the 2010’s.

There are two CHS girls who sit atop the pile, with Brianne King and Zenovia Barron both landing in the top 50 four times.

Ann Pettit, Makana Stone, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, and Megan Smith have three slots apiece, with Maureen Wetmore, Tina Lyness, Judy Marti, Lexie Black, Erica Lamb, Terry Perkins, and Brittany Black notching two appearances.

Overall, 29 players have combined to account for the top 50 individual seasons.

Now, there are a couple of small caveats, though the latter matters more than the former.

We have no scoring stats for that first modern-day team, the 1974-1975 squad.

Though, based on other early scoring totals, I’m 99.99992% sure no one from that season would make this list.

More troubling is the fact we’re missing 2-3 games each from three different seasons, so our totals for 2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007 are not fully complete.

That affects four players.

Lexie Black, Vanessa Davis, and Brittany Black each have a season where they make the top 50, but could be higher on the chart with those missing games.

I’ve marked those campaigns with asterisks below.

The other person being possibly short-changed is Megan Smith, who I have with 161 points for her freshman season in 2006-2007 (minus two missing games), which is just 13 points off of cracking the top 50.

While she has the #10, #16, and #25 seasons, if we had complete numbers from 06-07, it’s very likely she joins King and Barron in the four-timers club.

With that being said, the 50 best CHS girls single-season scoring totals:

 

Brianne King – (446) – (2000-2001)
Brianne King – (442) – (2002-2003)
Makana Stone – (427) – (2015-2016)
Brianne King – (386) – (2001-2002)
Zenovia Barron – (378) – (1996-1997)
Zenovia Barron – (376) – (1997-1998)
Makana Stone – (367) – (2014-2015)
Ann Pettit – (363) – (1997-1998)
Amanda Allmer – (331) – (1994-1995)
Megan Smith – (327) – (2008-2009)
Ann Pettit – (317) – (1996-1997)
Terry Perkins – (314) – (1986-1987)
Judy Marti – (312) – (1983-1984)
Marlene Grasser – (307) – (1986-1987)
Tina Lyness – (299) – (1999-2000)
Megan Smith – (299) – (2009-2010)
Lexie Black – (295) – (2004-2005)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (280) – (2000-2001)
Brianne King – (275) – (1999-2000)
Tina Barker – (274) – (1986-1987)
Zenovia Barron – (274) – (1995-1996)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (266) – (2001-2002)
Kristan Hurlburt – (263) – (1981-1982)
Sarah Mouw – (259) – (2001-2002)
Megan Smith – (255) – (2007-2008)
Ann Pettit – (252) – (1995-1996)
Makana Stone – (248) – (2013-2014)
Erica Lamb – (247) – (2002-2003)
Zenovia Barron – (242) – (1994-1995)
Lexie Black – (236) – (2003-2004) – **
Tina Lyness – (221) – (1998-1999)
Jen Canfield – (220) – (1996-1997)
Ashley Manker – (218) – (2009-2010)
Amy Mouw – (216) – (2002-2003)
Maureen Wetmore – (212) – (1998-1999)
Linda Cheshier – (210) – (1991-1992)
Brittany Black – (209) – (2004-2005)
Judy Marti – (201) – (1982-1983)
Amanda Fabrizi – (200) – (2013-2014)
Vanessa Davis – (194) – (2003-2004) – **
Terry Perkins – (194) – (1984-1985)
Emily Vracin – (194) – (1991-1992)
Whitney Clark – (188) – (2004-2005)
Taniel Lamb – (188) – (2004-2005)
Misty Sellgren – (184) – (1992-1993)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (183) – (1999-2000)
Kailey Kellner – (180) – (2016-2017)
Brittany Black – (177) – (2005-2006) – **
Maureen Wetmore – (177) – (1997-1998)
Erica Lamb – (174) – (2001-2002)

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Bill Riley has the 12th and 14th best individual scoring seasons in CHS boys basketball history. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three players, seven of the best seasons. L to r are Randy Keefe (#7, #8, #50), Bill Jarrell (#5, #21), and Jeff Rhubottom (#2, #33). (Renae Mulholland photo)

There is no question the ’70s were a golden period for Coupeville High School boys basketball.

It started with the 1969-1970 Wolves, who were the first Whidbey Island hoops team to win a district title, the first CHS squad to go to state, and still the highest-scoring group in program history, 50 years later.

But that was just the beginning.

Whether we look at team accomplishments or individual achievement, the Me Decade players stand head and shoulders above everyone else.

That’s reflected when we look back at the 50 best single-season scoring totals put up by any Wolf hoops player.

Despite playing with no three-point line, while wearing short-shorts, ’70s players account for 19 of those slots.

No other decade even reaches double-digits, with the ’90s and 2000’s accounting for eight apiece.

The ’50s give us five, the ’60s four, and tied for last it’s the ’80s and 2010’s, which land just three top-50 performances.

Randy Keefe, who is #3 in career scoring, is the only Wolf to have three top-50 seasons, landing at #7, #8, and #50.

The only thing keeping him from making it 4-for-4? Freshmen weren’t allowed to play varsity basketball in the early ’70s.

There are 12 other Wolves who managed to crack the top 50 twice in their career, including Jeff Stone and Jeff Rhubottom, who own the best two individual performances.

Others occupying two slots include Bill Jarrell, Mike Bagby, Bill Riley, Hunter Smith, Gavin Keohane, Denny Clark, Jack Elzinga, Rich Morris, Chris Good, and Mike Criscoula.

Overall, 36 players have combined to account for the top 50 individual seasons.

As always when we discuss the 103-year history of the CHS boys basketball program, however, there is one small caveat.

We’re still missing a full season of scoring stats for Elzinga and two for Tom Sahli, who has the 39th best campaign in our semi-complete overview.

With that being said, the 50 best single-season scoring totals:

 

Jeff Stone – (644) – (1969-1970)
Jeff Rhubottom – (459) – (1977-1978)
Pete Petrov (442) – (1995-1996)
Arik Garthwaite – (423) – (1997-1998)
Bill Jarrell – (415) – (1975-1976)
Mike Bagby – (414) – (2004-2005)
Randy Keefe – (398) – (1974-1975)
Randy Keefe – (397) – (1975-1976)
Brad Sherman – (396) – (2002-2003)
Wade Ellsworth – (392) – (1978-1979)
Del O’Shell – (391) – (1981-1982)
Bill Riley – (388) – (1972-1973)
Joe Whitney – (388) – (1979-1980)
Bill Riley – (386) – (1971-1972)
Pat Clark – (384) – (1956-1957)
Hunter Smith – (382) – (2017-2018)
Cody Peters – (380) – (2008-2009)
Gavin Keohane – (374) – (1997-1998)
Denny Clark – (365) – (1963-1964)
Mike Bagby – (364) – (2005-2006)
Bill Jarrell – (357) – (1974-1975)
Gabe McMurray – (355) – (1994-1995)
Foster Farris – (348) – (1976-1977)
Timm Orsborn – (345) – (1987-1988)
Roy Marti – (342) – (1978-1979)
Virgil Roehl – (341) – (1992-1993)
Pat Bennett – (340) – (1999-2000)
Jack Elzinga – (337) – (1954-1955)
Steve Whitney – (337) – (1978-1979)
Corey Cross – (333) – (1970-1971)
Hunter Smith – (332) – (2016-2017)
Rich Morris – (328) – (1995-1996)
Jeff Rhubottom – (325) – (1976-1977)
Denny Clark – (319) – (1962-1963)
Randy Duggan – (319) – (1971-1972)
Chris Good – (319) – (2001-2002)
Jeff Stone – (317) – (1968-1969)
Dan Nieder – (313) – (1987-1988)
Tom Sahli – (310) – (1952-1953)
Jack Elzinga – (309) – (1955-1956)
Rich Morris – (309) – (1996-1997)
Mike Criscuola – (306) – (1958-1959)
Allen Black – (305) – (2003-2004)
Mike Criscuola – (305) – (1959-1960)
Chris Good – (305) – (2000-2001)
Marc Bissett – (302) – (1975-1976)
Hunter Hammer – (302) – (2009-2010)
Gavin Keohane – (300) – (1998-1999)
Pat O’Grady – (296) – (1969-1970)
Randy Keefe – (293) – (1973-1974)

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With 160 career points, Mason Grove enters the 2019-2020 hoops season as the top active CHS scorer. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fellow senior Scout Smith has 142 points, topping all active girls.

With 139 points and two seasons left to play, junior Chelsea Prescott could chomp her way up the career scoring chart.

Hawthorne Wolfe knocked down 158 points last season, most-ever scored by a Wolf freshman boy across 102 seasons of action.

It’s the best time of the year.

We’re not saying basketball is the best sport of them all, but … yeah, actually we are saying basketball is the best sport of them all.

Facts are facts.

And there’s going to be a lot of basketball going down over the next four to five months.

The Coupeville Middle School boys travel to Shoreline Wednesday to face King’s Junior High in the first games of the season.

Then, six days from now, the CHS girls and boys open practice, with their first games slated for the first week of December.

Toss in the CMS girls, who take the court in February, and there’s hoops action a’plenty.

As basketball unfolds, a little side game I have is keeping track of who scores for the high school teams, and how that affects their standings on the career scoring chart.

Through my research, I’ve tracked 102 seasons of CHS boys action and 45 years of girls play, and, while I’m not 100% there (pre-1960’s is a wasteland for reliable stats), I have a pretty good list.

So, as we head towards a new season, #103 and #46, where do the current players sit in the race for the school’s career scoring records? Glad you asked.

The charts below represent all of the players who COULD return, not necessarily those who WILL return.

In the case of one player, Ja’Kenya Hoskins, a leg injury suffered during a dodge-ball tourney, will keep her sidelined for awhile.

She stays on the list however, as the hope is she makes it back sometime during the season.

With the others, until practice gets fully rolling, we won’t know if anyone suddenly lost their love of hoops and decided to take the winter off.

Hopefully not, but you never know.

So, here’s what’s possible:

 

GIRLS (224 players on career chart):

Scout Smith – Senior – 142 points – #79
Chelsea Prescott – Junior – 139 points – #81
Avalon Renninger – Senior – 59 points – #118
Hannah Davidson – Senior – 42 points – #136
Tia Wurzrainer – Senior – 18 points – #165
Izzy Wells – Sophomore – 11 points – #178
Mollie Bailey – Junior – 8 points – #184
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – Sophomore – 5 points – #203
Anya Leavell – Sophomore – 4 points – #205

 

BOYS (391 players on career chart):

Mason Grove – Senior – 160 points – #153
Hawthorne Wolfe – Sophomore – 158 points – #154
Sean Toomey-Stout – Senior – 122 points – #170
Jered Brown – Senior – 100 points – #183
Ulrik Wells – Senior – 78 points – #200
Gavin Knoblich – Senior – 70 points – #212
Jacobi Pilgrim – Senior – 44 points – #253
Koa Davison – Senior – 11 points – #330
Jean Lund-Olsen – Senior – 7 points – #353
Xavier Murdy – Sophomore – 4 points – #368
Daniel Olson – Junior – 3 points – #374

 

The CHS career scoring marks are safe for now, with Brianne King sitting at 1549 and the duo of Jeff Stone and Mike Bagby tied at 1137.

But, current players can make serious inroads this season.

For Smith and Prescott, the Top 50 is less than 100 points away, with Annette Jameson sitting at #50 with 223 points.

On the boys side, Grove and Wolfe have a little bit further to go, with #100 currently being Terry Roberts and his 277 career points.

Time for everyone to start shootin’.

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