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Koa Davison and the CHS boys hoops team are fighting for a playoff berth. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If the playoffs started today, both Coupeville High School varsity hoops teams would be postseason-bound.

That being said, there’s still a lot of games to played over the next three weeks.

The Wolf girls, who are solidly camped in third-place in the six-team North Sound Conference, have five games left on their regular-season schedule.

Meanwhile, the CHS boys, who are hanging onto the fifth and final playoff berth right now, still have six more rumbles.

Both teams play twice this coming week, with three of the four games live in the Coupeville gym.

The girls kick off a four-game home-stand Tuesday against Granite Falls, then go for the season sweep of South Whidbey Friday night.

Coupeville’s boys will be back on the bus Tuesday, traveling to Bothell to face Cedar Park Christian.

After that, they also return to Whidbey, with a Friday match-up against their next door neighbors a biggie.

As we head into a new week, with the fate of teams starting to be decided, a look at where we are, through Jan. 13:


North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 5-0 10-4
CPC-Bothell 4-1 8-5
Coupeville 3-2 5-7
Granite Falls 2-3 4-10
Sultan 1-4 5-9
South Whidbey 0-5 2-12


North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 5-0 11-4
Sultan 3-1 4-8
CPC-Bothell 2-2 6-8
South Whidbey 2-2 9-5
Coupeville 1-3 2-9
Granite Falls 0-5 2-12


CHS girls basketball varsity scoring:

Lindsey Roberts – 110
Ema Smith – 73
Chelsea Prescott – 70
Scout Smith – 59
Avalon Renninger – 44
Nicole Laxton – 11
Hannah Davidson – 10
Tia Wurzrainer – 10
Izzy Wells – 9
Mollie Bailey – 8
Anya Leavell – 2


CHS boys basketball varsity scoring:

Hawthorne Wolfe – 103
Sean Toomey-Stout – 68
Mason Grove – 67
Ulrik Wells – 52
Jered Brown – 44
Gavin Knoblich – 42
Jacobi Pilgrim – 14
Koa Davison – 11
Jean Lund-Olsen – 3
Dane Lucero – 2

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Lexie Black played on three of the five highest-scoring Coupeville High School girls basketball teams. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every coach and commentator and fan and player says the same thing – basketball is about more than just scoring.

And, it’s sort of true, until it isn’t, cause the only way you win a game is by having more points on the scoreboard than the other team.

The people doing the dirty work in the trenches — rebounding, scrapping for loose balls, setting picks with authority — are super important.

In that they set up people making baskets.

Which is why we tend to remember the players and teams who scored the most. Since they tend to be the most successful.

When you look back at the history of Coupeville High School basketball, there is no question as to the greatest offense to ever hit the hardwood.

It’s the 1969-1970 Wolf boys, who torched the nets for 1,836 points, without the help of the three-point shot.

No other CHS team, boys or girls, has come close to toppling that mark in the past 50 years, and, like Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, it’s as close to an unbeatable record as we have.

I’ve written my fair share of stories about the 69-70 team, which was led by Jeff Stone, whose 644 points in 24 games remains the gold standard for not just Coupeville, but all of Whidbey Island.

But I just realized if you asked me which Wolf girls team was the best offensive machine in school history, I couldn’t tell you that off the top of my head.

So, off I scampered to my records, and, after scanning from 1974 to 2019, I found my answer, and I can’t say it’s much of a surprise.

The 2001-2002 CHS girls won a league title, then advanced to the state semifinals before finishing 6th – best finish in program history – and featured a mix of stars from top to bottom.

It’s the only Wolf girls team in school history to have six different players top 100 points during the same season, a feat Coupeville boys have accomplished 12 times in 101 seasons, most recently in 2009-2010.

So, as we continue to wade through the 45th season of CHS girls hoops, here’s the top five scoring teams all-time:


2001-2002 season — 1499 points

Brianne King 386
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby 266
Sarah Mouw 259
Erica Lamb 174
Amy Mouw 137
Tracy Taylor 
Vanessa Davis 
Carly Guillory 
Christine Larson 
Lexie Black 
Whitney Clark 
Taniel Lamb


2002-2003 season — 1424 points

Brianne King 442
Erica Lamb 247
Amy Mouw 216
Carly Guillory 163
Vanessa Davis 163
Lexie Black 78
Taniel Lamb 43
Christine Larson 28
Whitney Clark 25
Brittany Black 12
Heather Davis 4
Samantha Roehl 3


1997-1998 season — 1375 points

Zenovia Barron 376
Ann Pettit 363
Maureen Wetmore 177
Hilary Kortuem 161
Kim Warder 104
Jennifer Pettit 74
Danielle Vracin 63
Stephanie Kipp 48
Rachelle Solomon 9


2000-2001 season — 1215 points

Brianne King 446
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby 280
Tracy Taylor 142
Erica Lamb 76
Emily Young 67
Laura Young 57
Carly Guillory 54
Nicole Shelley 47
Vanessa Davis 23
Lindsey Tucker 13
Kara Warder 4
Jamie Townsdin 3
Christine Larson 


2004-2005 season — 1198 points

Lexie Black 295
Brittany Black 209
Whitney Clark 
Taniel Lamb 
Heather Davis 
Beth Mouw 
Shawna West 
Janiece Jenkins 
Courtney Williams 
Hayley Ebersole 
Corrine Skvarla 
Sarah Burgoyne 
Corinne Gaddis 

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Ema Smith is third in scoring among Coupeville girls, and fourth overall among all Wolf players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

From here on out, every game is big.

As the second part of the 2018-2019 high school basketball season gets fully underway this coming week, both Coupeville squads have the chance to make statements.

The Wolf girls, who sit in a second-place tie, a game off of top dog King’s, travel Tuesday to Bothell and Friday to Sultan.

The first game pits them against Cedar Park Christian, the school they’re tied with, while the second gives them a chance to sweep the season series from the Turks.

Meanwhile, the CHS boys, who are sitting a bit further down in the standings, host Granite Falls Tuesday before joining the trek to Sultan.

A win in the home game, which pits the bottom two teams in the league standings, would propel the Wolves a game-and-a-half up on Granite.

While there’s still plenty of season to play, having that edge could be a huge confidence booster, as five of six league teams make the playoffs.

As we head into a new week, a look at where we are, through Jan. 6:


North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 3-0 8-3
Coupeville 2-1 4-6
CPC-Bothell 2-1 5-5
Granite Falls 1-2 3-9
Sultan 1-2 4-7
South Whidbey 0-3 2-9


North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 3-0 8-4
South Whidbey 2-0 8-3
Sultan 2-1 2-8
CPC-Bothell 1-2 5-8
Coupeville 0-2 1-8
Granite Falls 0-3 2-10


CHS girls basketball varsity scoring:

Lindsey Roberts – 101
Chelsea Prescott – 59
Ema Smith – 57
Scout Smith – 48
Avalon Renninger – 39
Hannah Davidson – 10
Nicole Laxton – 10
Tia Wurzrainer – 10
Mollie Bailey – 8
Izzy Wells – 5
Anya Leavell – 2
Ja’Kenya Hoskins


CHS boys basketball varsity scoring:

Hawthorne Wolfe – 90
Sean Toomey-Stout – 50
Ulrik Wells – 47
Mason Grove – 46
Jered Brown – 44
Gavin Knoblich – 28
Koa Davison – 11
Jacobi Pilgrim – 8
Dane Lucero – 2
Jean Lund-Olsen

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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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Jacobi Pilgrim and his CHS basketball teammates have a two-week break between games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One leg down, one to go.

Coupeville High School basketball squads wrapped up the 2018 portion of the 2018-2019 hoops season, heading into a two-week winter break after games Saturday at Nooksack Valley.

What’s ahead when they return? Most of the league schedule.

The Wolf girls, who sit in a tie atop the North Sound Conference, have eight games remaining on their regular season schedule, all against league foes.

The CHS boys, meanwhile, have nine tilts left, and plenty of time to improve on their current fourth-place status in the six-team conference.

Things kick off Jan. 4 with a trip to Shoreline to face King’s, then regular season action rolls through Feb. 1, with both teams having four varsity home games remaining.

After that, hopefully, both programs will advance to the postseason, where solid play and a little luck could turn into a run to the state tourney.

While you rest and regroup, a look at where we are, through Dec. 23:


North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 2-0 4-5
King’s 2-0 3-3
CPC-Bothell 1-1 4-5
Granite Falls 1-1 2-5
South Whidbey 0-2 1-7
Sultan 0-2 3-7


North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 2-0 5-3
Sultan 2-0 2-7
South Whidbey 1-0 4-3
Coupeville 0-1 1-7
CPC-Bothell 0-2 2-7
Granite Falls 0-2 2-6


CHS girls basketball varsity scoring:

Lindsey Roberts – 92
Chelsea Prescott – 59
Ema Smith – 54
Scout Smith – 47
Avalon Renninger – 35
Hannah Davidson – 10
Nicole Laxton – 10
Tia Wurzrainer – 10
Mollie Bailey – 8
Izzy Wells – 5
Anya Leavell – 2
Ja’Kenya Hoskins


CHS boys basketball varsity scoring:

Hawthorne Wolfe – 84
Sean Toomey-Stout – 48
Ulrik Wells – 46
Mason Grove – 44
Jered Brown – 40
Gavin Knoblich – 22
Koa Davison – 11
Jacobi Pilgrim – 6
Dane Lucero – 2
Jean Lund-Olsen

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