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Lauren Marrs makes the net jump. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Former Coupeville High School hoops coach Scott Fox sports a new purple and gold ensemble while gracing the Oak Harbor bench.

Once were Wolves, now are Wildcats.

Oak Harbor High School kicked off a new basketball season Saturday with “A Night with the Cats,” featuring various OHHS teams squaring off on the hardwood.

On the girl’s side of things, two participants have a Coupeville connection.

Sweet-shooting Lauren Marrs, coming off a stellar season on the soccer pitch, torched the nets in Cow Town back in her middle school days.

A proficient scorer for the Wolves, she’s back to lofting jumpers and remains a fan favorite.

Also reappearing on the sidelines is former Coupeville coach Scott Fox, now sporting purple and gold clothes.

The longtime hoops swami worked with both male and female players during his time at CHS.

Fox started with the Wolf boys’ program, then led the school’s varsity girls through two seasons of play before stepping down to focus on health issues.

And thus concludes our brief detour into Wildcat territory, home to the school which issued me a high school diploma.

There will be no rivalry games between Oak Harbor and Coupeville during the 2022-2023 season.

Having been KO’d by the 2B Wolves last season in a boy’s game, the 3A Wildcats constructed a schedule without a rematch this season.

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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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Scott Fox is stepping down after two years as Coupeville High School girls basketball head coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“It’s been a great ride!”

After two seasons at the helm of the Coupeville High School girls basketball program, head coach Scott Fox is stepping down.

He made the news official Wednesday, a day after the Wolves closed their latest campaign with a 54-18 win over Darrington.

The decision is a health-based one, as Fox is facing “a major back surgery later on this summer, with a long recovery time.”

“I found out in May that L3, 4, and 5 (vertebra) are loose and degenerating,” he said. “After 50 years of basketball and a 30-year firefighting career, I have to focus on my health at this point.”

With a young roster — this year’s team had no seniors and featured two 8th graders, one of whom was a starter — Fox sees a bright future ahead for the CHS girls program.

It will just have to develop without him on the bench.

“I was looking forward to grooming these young kids through the next couple of years,” Fox said. “But I physically can’t do the job anymore.

“I would like to thank (Coupeville Athletic Director) Willie (Smith) and the school for the opportunity.”

After jumping over from being a CHS boys hoops assistant coach to succeed David King as girls head coach, he had two eventful seasons, marked by big wins and dealing with the pandemic.

In his first season, Fox guided the Wolves to a 12-7 record, with Coupeville going 6-3 in league play during the final season of the 1A North Sound Conference.

Year #2 brought a move to 2B, a transition to the Northwest 2B/1B League, and Covid.

Basketball was bumped to the spring, and the schedule was compressed, with Coupeville finishing 5-7.

As he looks back on his two-year run with the girls program, Fox is philosophical.

“Last year we tied the record for best start, and this year we brought in 8th graders, so I’d like to think we left a mark on the program,” he said.

“This isn’t the way I wanted to script the ending of our season, but that’s sports and life.”

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CHS hoops star Jered Brown (in coach shirt) monitors a youth basketball practice. (Photos courtesy Brad Sherman)

The legends of tomorrow hitting the hardwood today.

Your basketball education starts here.

Coupeville High School coaches and players will once again run a winter youth basketball program aimed at local students in K-6.

The program, which includes five weeks of instruction, games, fun, and a collectable t-shirt, kicks off in January and is open to Coupeville School District students.

Action hits the hardwood each Saturday between Jan. 11 and Feb. 8.

K-1 students play from 9:30-11 AM at the elementary school, while grades 2-6 go from 9-11 at the high school and middle school gyms.

Cost is $20 per student.

Registration needs to be done online by Jan. 2, with payment done in person at check-in Jan. 11.

If you have any questions, contact CHS boys basketball coach Brad Sherman at bsherman@coupeville.k12.wa.us or CHS girls hoops guru Scott Fox at sfox@coupeville.k12.wa.us.

To register, pop over to:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScleLSqw7DE6jmybi6MK8qWRb9NBKOjZj5jmrOHTD8-whKJgQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

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Avalon Renninger is one of Coupeville’s top returning hoops stars. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.met)

Hawthorne Wolfe led the Wolf boys in scoring last year as a freshman.

The countdown to hard-court mania begins.

The Coupeville High School basketball teams take the floor for the first day of practice Monday, Nov. 18, with the season-opening games two weeks later.

Both the Wolf girls and boys are currently scheduled to play more than 50% of their regular season games away from Cow Town, with the girls taking a bigger hit.

Playing for new coaches Scott Fox and Megan Smith, who replace the retired David and Amy King, the CHS girls get just seven of 18 games on their home floor.

Meanwhile, the Wolf boys, who will operate under returning coaches Brad Sherman and Chris Smith, get nine of 19 at their place.

Doubleheaders will play a large role, as there are 11 scheduled – five at home, six on the road.

And last, but not least, there’s a weird quirk to the league schedule.

King’s, which has two teams intent on playing for state titles, approached the other five North Sound Conference schools and proposed playing just one league game with each, instead of the normal two.

That would allow the Knights to stuff their schedule with large-school rivals such as Rainier Beach and Tumwater, which, in theory would better prepare King’s for the postseason run.

On the girls side, all five schools accepted, leaving King’s to play just five league games, while everyone else will compete in nine.

Two schools on the boys side – South Whidbey and Cedar Park Christian – declined, however, and will still play home-and-away with the Knights.

So, that leaves Coupeville, Sultan, and Granite Falls with nine league games, King’s with seven, and the South Whidbey and Cedar Park boys as the only teams with the full 10 contests.

The change affects only basketball.

With that said, here’s an up to the moment look at CHS varsity basketball schedules.

 

To stay up to date, you can always check:

School:

http://coupeville.tandem.co/

League:

http://www.nscathletics.com/index.php?pid=0.60.0.0.200

 

GIRLS:

Tues-Dec. 3 — @Darrington (5:00)
Wed-Dec. 4 — @Oak Harbor (5:40)
Sat-Dec. 7 — Orcas Island (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 11 — @Friday Harbor (4:30)
Fri-Dec. 13 — Concrete (5:15)
Sat-Dec. 14 — @Bush (12:00)
Tues-Dec. 17 — @Sultan (6:45) *
Thur-Dec. 19 — @Port Townsend (6:00)
Sat-Dec. 21 — Nooksack Valley (1:00)
Fri-Jan. 3 — @Chimacum (5:45)
Tues-Jan. 7 — Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 10 — Sultan (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 14 — @Granite Falls (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 17 — @South Whidbey (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 24 — @Cedar Park Christian (5:00) *
Tues-Jan. 28 — @King’s (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 31 — Granite Falls (6:45) *
Tues-Feb. 4 — South Whidbey (6:45) *

 

BOYS:

Tues-Dec. 3 — @Darrington (6:45)
Wed-Dec. 4 — @Oak Harbor (7:15)
Sat-Dec. 7 — Orcas Island (5:00)
Wed-Dec. 11 — @Friday Harbor (6:00)
Fri-Dec. 13 — Concrete (7:00)
Sat-Dec. 14 — @Bush (3:00)
Tues-Dec. 17 — Chimacum (7:30)
Thur-Dec. 19 — Port Townsend (6:00)
Sat-Dec. 21 — Nooksack Valley (2:45)
Fri-Jan. 3 — @Chimacum (7:30)
Tues-Jan. 7 — @Granite Falls (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 10 — Sultan (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 14 — Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 17 — @South Whidbey (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 21 — @King’s (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 24 — @Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 28 — South Whidbey (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 31 — Granite Falls (6:45) *
Tues-Feb. 4 — @Sultan (6:45) *

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