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Sean Toomey-Stout slashes to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Toss out the first quarter and it was a thriller.

After a cold start Friday in Bothell, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team played strongly across the game’s final 24 minutes.

Unfortunately, the Wolves could never crawl their way back from a 21-point deficit at the first break, and fell 69-45 to host Cedar Park Christian.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-5 in North Sound Conference action, 4-10 overall.

CHS will get a quick chance to bounce back, as it caps a busy week with a home non-conference tilt with Port Townsend (3-10) Saturday.

Tip-off is 4:30 for JV, 6:00 for varsity.

Friday’s game was a marked improvement for the Wolves, who lost 87-44 to the same Cedar Park squad four days ago.

It didn’t start out that way, as Coupeville fell behind 26-5 at the first break, but things got much better from there on out.

The Wolves outscored the hot-shooting Eagles 15-11 in the second quarter, with Hawthorne Wolfe leading the way with five points in the frame.

The sophomore sniper got plenty of help in the quarter, as seniors Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison added four points apiece.

While the Wolves couldn’t get the lead down much more, they did hang tough with CPC, being outscored just 43-40 across the final three quarters.

Wolfe and fellow sophomore Xavier Murdy each pumped in 10 points to spark the offense, while Toomey-Stout banked home nine.

Davison and Mason Grove added six apiece, with Ulrik Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim both netting a bucket.

It was the first appearance for Wells in several games, as the Wolf big man has been recuperating from illness.

Gavin Knoblich, Jean Lund-Olsen, and Jered Brown also saw floor time for Brad Sherman’s squad.

Coupeville’s top two scorers on the season, Wolfe and Grove, continue to work their way up the Matterhorn that is the CHS boys basketball career scoring chart.

Both gunners passed four more former Wolves with their scoring efforts Friday, as Wolfe, who has 345 points, rose from #76 all-time to a tie with Timm Orsborn for #71.

He slid by Mike Vaughan (337), Kevin Faris (339), Byron Fellstrom (340), and Robin Larson (342).

Grove, who sits with 327 points, is hot on Wolfe’s trail, and jumps from #85 to #81, passing David Ford (323), Harold Buckner (323), Ian Smith (324), and Utz Conard (326) on a chart which covers 103 seasons.


JV falls:

“They wanted revenge and got it.”

It was a rough night for the Wolf JV boys, who fell 66-38 to a CPC squad they had beaten earlier in the week.

The loss drops Coupeville’s young guns to 4-2 in North Sound Conference action, 8-5 overall.

Logan Martin led the way for the Wolves, banging home a team-high 11 points, while Daniel Olson chipped in with nine.

Alex Jimenez (7), Grady Rickner (4), Cody Roberts (3), Miles Davidson (2), and TJ Rickner (2) also scored for Chris Smith’s squad.


C-Team cancels:

Coupeville was originally set to play a third game, but had to opt out due to a lack of players.

Patrick Upchurch’s team returns to action Saturday with a road doubleheader in Granite Falls, with games against the host Tigers and Sultan.

The Wolf roster will be supplemented with several players plucked from the JV squad.

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After battling back from injury, Koa Davison returned to the lineup Friday, making key plays on both ends of the floor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Middle school players show some love for Hawthorne Wolfe, who rattled home a team-high 14 points. (Morgan White photo)

One team owned crunch time Friday, but it was the wrong team.

Unable to hold on to a 10-point third quarter lead, unable to hit a field goal in the game’s final six minutes, and unable to get a defensive stop when it mattered most, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad absorbed a body blow.

Falling 57-52 to visiting Sultan, which closed the game on a 10-0 run, the Wolves lost out on a chance to stay unbeaten in North Sound Conference play.

Instead, CHS slides to 1-1 in league action, 4-6 overall, and sits in a tie with Cedar Park Christian (2-2, 6-6), which it hosts next Tuesday.

King’s (3-0, 7-7) tops the standings, followed by South Whidbey (2-1, 10-3), while Granite Falls (1-3, 3-8) and Sultan (1-3, 2-9) bring up the rear.

With a win, Coupeville would have held sole possession of second place, just a half game off of front-runner King’s.

And, for much of the night, the Wolves looked like they were headed for victory.

Despite some atrocious free throw shooting — CHS finished just 8-23 at the line, while Sultan was 11-15 — the hometown hoopsters led for much of the game.

Once they grabbed the advantage at 21-18 early in the second quarter, thanks to a Mason Grove three-ball from the top of the arc, the Wolves held fast to it, eventually stretching things out to 44-34 late in the third.

But the fourth quarter was Coupeville’s Kryptonite, as Sultan disrupted the flow of the game.

The Wolves only field goal in the final frame came off of an offensive rebound put back up and in by Ulrik Wells, but they needed more.

The put-back, coming with 5:55 to play in the game, staked CHS to a 50-43 lead, but the Turks steadily chipped away.

A free throw and a three-ball, with the trey coming off a third-chance offensive rebound, tightened the margin to 50-47 and nothing would stay in the bucket for the Wolves.

Two free throws from sophomore Xavier Murdy pushed the lead back out to five points, but the Turks countered with a pair of charity shots of their own, plus yet one more very-long three-ball to tie the game up.

Coupeville had a chance to retake the lead, only to clank a pair of free throws at the 1:19 mark, followed almost immediately by the game-busting play.

It came courtesy of a wild drive up the middle, with the Turk ballhandler throwing down a layup under duress, then tacking on a free throw after he was pummeled by a pack of Wolves.

With most of the air sucked out of the CHS gym, Coupeville capped its ice-cold fourth quarter shooting performance by bouncing two more shots off the iron, and what seemed like a likely win ended in something far less desirous.

As he stared numbly at the scorebook after the game, Wolf coach Brad Sherman didn’t affix blame, but offered praise for his team’s opponents.

“Our guys played hard, especially on the boards,” he said. “But … Sultan hit shots when they needed to.”

On a night when Coupeville honored the memory of the late Bennett Boyles, a CHS Class of 2022 hoops player who lost his battle with cancer at age 12, Sherman stressed to his team that the loss, while it hurts, should be viewed as a building block.

“We have a chance to come out tomorrow (Saturday) and help teach young players at our kids clinic, and then get ready for two more games next week,” Sherman said. “We continue to have something to play, and work, for, and we should be grateful for that.”

The Turks rode the three-ball to an early lead, dropping a trio of treys to claim a 14-12 lead after one quarter of play.

Hawthorne Wolfe and Sean Toomey-Stout led the CHS attack in the first frame, combining for nine points, but the Wolves didn’t claim the lead until the second quarter.

Koa Davison, back on the floor for the first time since before winter break, had a spring back in his step and went airborne to spike a Sultan shot off the back wall to key the surge.

With the Wolf faithful roused by the blocked shot, CHS got back-to-back buckets in the paint from the hard-working Wells, then let Toomey-Stout go wild.

“The Torpedo” dropped eight points in the quarter, with all four buckets coming on steals, breakaways, and much majestic soaring through the air, as he dodged rivals and twisted them into pretzels.

Up 32-27 at the half, Coupeville played its best ball in the third quarter.

This time around, it was Jacobi Pilgrim who crushed the air out of the ball on a blocked shot, while Davison hit a sweet mini skyhook and Gavin Knoblich tickled the twines on a three-ball from the corner.

The hottest hand belonged to Wolfe, who arched a trey from the left side to open the quarter, then slashed hard to the hoop for two-point buckets three times.

His final shot, on which he charged up the middle, popped into the air, then flicked the ball off of his fingertips over the outstretched hands of a Turk, was a thing of beauty.

It let Coupeville boast a 48-39 lead headed to the final break, and seemed, in the moment, to be the dagger.

Unfortunately, the fourth awaited.

Wolfe finished with a team-high 14 points on the night, while Toomey-Stout sank 12, and Wells banked in six.

Pilgrim (5), Grove (5), Knoblich (5), Davison (3), and Murdy (2) also scored, with Jered Brown pushing the attack hard when running the point.

Two CHS players reached personal career scoring milestones in the loss, with Toomey-Stout joining the 200-point club and Knoblich earning entry to the 100-point club.

With 205 points and counting, Toomey-Stout joins Wolfe (316) and Grove (268) among active Coupeville boys players in the first group, while Knoblich sits with 104.

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Wolf cheerleaders Julie Bucio (back) and Coral Caveness pass on the legacy to a new generation. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Get you someone who looks at you the way Sarah Wright looks at confetti.

Jada Heaton makes the snag of the spring. (Jackie Saia photo)

Kai Wong celebrates a fumble recovery. (Photo property CHS football twitter account)

Zoe Trujillo (front) and Maddie Vondrak get down with their bad selves. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ulrik Wells comes crashin’ home. (Karen Carlson photo)

Izzy Wells gives lil’ sister Savina a lift. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Carolyn Lhamon denies you.

Ben Smith (left) and Sean Toomey-Stout hug it out. (Deb Smith photo)

Emily Fiedler celebrates after the Wolves won a team competition at cheer camp. (BreAnna Boon photo)

Mid-match black eyes can’t stop the stone-cold killer that is Scout Smith. (Charlotte Young photo)

Lindsey Roberts directs traffic. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lucy Sandahl inspires Avery Parker. (Photo courtesy Cory Whitmore)

CHS football coaches Kwamane Bowens (left) and Bennett Richter, caught up in the excitement of a winning season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Natalie Hollrigel, wrecking ball.

Bound for the state tourney. (Jackie Saia photo)

Mason Grove’s defense is so strong it knocks off rival player’s shoes. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Avalon Renninger pops in for some photo love with the grandparents.

Maya Toomey-Stout rises up and destroys. (Brian Vick photo)

The (very talented) future of Wolf athletics. (Sherine Wenzel photo)

We published 100’s of photos on Coupeville Sports in 2019, but these were the ones whose impact lasted the longest.

It’s not scientific. It’s just me going back through the files and seeing what, to my mind, still pops.

So click away.

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Tucker Hall scored his first varsity points Tuesday as Coupeville crunched Chimacum. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jacobi Pilgrim rumbles in the paint.

It was sort of like taking medicine.

At first, you get hit with a bitter taste and you wince. But then all the good parts kick in and you start feeling a whole lot better.

After briefly falling behind Tuesday night against visiting Chimacum, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball players looked deep into their souls, flexed their biceps, and opened a giant can of whup-ass.

Controlling the paint, crashing hard to the hoop, and harassing the Cowboys on defense, the Wolves turned a 10-5 deficit into a 69-43 non-conference win, keeping alive their undefeated run on their home court.

Coupeville is 3-4 on the season, 3-0 in the CHS gym, and 0-4 away from it.

So it could be a good thing the Wolves final two games before winter break — Thursday against Port Townsend and Saturday against Nooksack Valley — are both home affairs.

Continue to get the kind of balanced scoring they did against Chimacum, and things will be just fine.

The Wolves put nine of their 11 active players into the scoring column Tuesday, with the trio of Sean Toomey-Stout (15 points), Ulrik Wells (13), and Hawthorne Wolfe (11) leading the attack.

Chimacum exited the Coupeville gym still winless at 0-6, but the Cowboys showed promise in the early going.

Opening the game with a three-ball from the top of the arc, the visitors held the lead until midway through the first quarter.

Then, in the blink of an eye, it all changed.

Wells banged home a bucket off of an inbounds pass — his third score of the quarter — and the Wolves seized control of things with a 9-0 run to close the frame.

A rainbow three-ball from Wolfe knotted the game at 10-10, before Toomey-Stout got explosive.

The power-packed senior, who plays as if he has springs in the soles of his shoes, knocked down four straight baskets, the final two of the first quarter, and the first two of the next frame.

Toomey-Stout mixed and matched, slapping offensive rebounds back up and off the glass, slashed to the hoop with wild abandon, and went coast-to-coast in .0003 of a second (or close, at least).

Chimacum had no answer for “The Torpedo,” but, even if it had, it probably wouldn’t have mattered, as everyone repping a Wolf uniform was feeling it.

The second quarter, which ended with Coupeville up 38-20, was a series of streaks, with one player after another taking turns and cranking up the highlight reel.

Just off the court, Wolf senior Koa Davison, out with a hurt ankle, repeatedly popped up from his perch in the bleachers to holler for his boys.

Each time the senior big man threw his hands in the air and screamed like he just didn’t care, his crutches clattered to the floor.

Then came a big wince, but also a big smile, as the nattily-dressed Davison, like the rest of the Wolf faithful, was taken over by the joy of the moment.

Gavin Knoblich tossed in three buckets in less than a minute, Jacobi Pilgrim used and abused his defender with back-to-back power moves in the paint, then Wolfe caressed the net with his velvet shot.

The second half was more of the same joy ride for Coupeville, as the Cowboys fought valiantly, only to be chewed up 10,000 different ways by the Wolves.

Whether it was Jered Brown dropping runners over outstretched hands, Knoblich spinning and hitting a sweet hook shot, or Wells playing like a young Shaq in the paint, CHS had pretty much everything clicking.

That carried over to getting senior Tucker Hall his first career varsity points.

A hard-working support crew guy, the kind of smart role player every team desires, Hall slapped home a layup off of a feed from Wells, then sank a soft jumper from the side.

In the fourth quarter, Wolf junior swing player Daniel Olson netted his first varsity bucket of the season, while sophomore Grady Rickner, who leads the JV in scoring, made his varsity debut.

Along with Toomey-Stout, Wells, and Wolfe, who combined for 39 points, Coupeville got scoring from Knoblich (9), Brown (7), Pilgrim (6), Hall (4), Jean Lund-Olsen (2), and Olson (2), with Rickner and Chris Ruck seeing floor time.

As he basked in the afterglow of the win, CHS coach Brad Sherman was in a good place.

“I was really pleased; we talk to the guys in practice about getting to the rim and finishing strong, and they did that very well across the board,” he said.

“We came out a little flat, but they responded with a lot of energy,” Sherman added. “Everyone on the team did something great tonight, which I love to see, especially playing in front of our home crowd.”

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Coupeville senior Jered Brown has been a four-year varsity player. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fellow senior Sean Toomey-Stout was in the top two in nearly every stat category a season ago.

They have the numbers. They have the experience. They have the talent.

As Brad Sherman enters his third season at the helm of the Coupeville High School boys basketball program, the Wolves are primed to make a big surge.

CHS, which kicks off a new season with back-to-back road trips to Darrington and Oak Harbor Dec. 3-4, boasts 33 players divided equally between three squads.

Sherman will be joined by returning JV coach Chris Smith, while the C-Team needs to replace Scott Fox, who has taken over the Wolf girls varsity program.

Coupeville’s first-string boys squad is virtually the same one which took the court a year ago, as the Wolves lost just sixth man Dane Lucero to graduation.

Hawthorne Wolfe tossed in a team-high 158 points last season, the most scored by a Wolf freshman boy across 102 seasons, but he’s not the only guy capable of filling up the hoop.

The next eight players on the scoring list, led off by Sean Toomey-Stout (122) and Mason Grove (109), were juniors last season, giving CHS a senior-heavy roster this time around.

Ulrik Wells (74), Jered Brown (71), Gavin Knoblich (65), Jacobi Pilgrim (43), Koa Davison (11), and Jean Lund-Olsen (7) are also back, while sophomore Xavier Murdy (4) is a full-time varsity player in his second season.

Rounding out the roster is one newcomer, with senior Tucker Hall making the jump from JV to varsity.

“Depth and experience are going to be big for us,” Sherman said. “This group has shown they are willing to work hard.

“With so many returners, they are getting more comfortable playing together and that’s huge,” he added. “I think we have the opportunity to be strong on both sides of the ball.”

While the Wolves kick off the second week of practice Monday, many of their players have been working on their games year-round. A strong showing at team camp is also cause for happiness.

“Our guys showed a lot of growth over the summer, especially in our transition game and showing a lot more poise on offense,” Sherman said.

“Between our summer practice schedule, the tournament win on the coast, and battling with some big schools in Cheney at camp, we were really proud of the body of work our guys put together in June to carry us toward the season.”

As he mixes and matches players, looking for the best combinations, Sherman wants to see those groups gel.

“We are seeing a lot of good things from a lot of guys right now, and really just stressing the importance of each and every role working together,” he said. “Several of our guys have quite a bit of versatility to play in different spots, which gives us a lot of flexibility with our lineups and sets.

“Trust, on and off the court (is big),” Sherman added. “We have to have five guys on the floor working together, thinking together, trusting one another to do their jobs in every aspect of the game.

“That is a big point of emphasis for us.”

As they work towards the start of the season, the Wolves are hard at work fine-tuning their games on both sides of the ball. Keeping the pressure ramped up on opposing teams is big.

“We know we need to take care of the ball better and finish at the rim,” Sherman said. “Unforced turnovers hurt us last year – and while we aren’t spending any time looking in the rear-view mirror, we do need to learn and improve on some of those key things.

“Defensively we need to just make sure we are playing four quarters of all-in defense with five guys moving hard to position on every single pass,” he added.

“We are really emphasizing closeouts, on-ball pressure, and improved communication on the defensive end.”

Coupeville has a 19-game regular-season schedule, with the final nine tilts all against fellow North Sound Conference teams.

King’s, which finished 3rd at state last year, offered league rivals a chance to play just once, and not twice, and the Wolves, along with Granite Falls and Sultan accepted.

South Whidbey and Cedar Park Christian did not, making for a lopsided league schedule.

For his part, Sherman is not super-concerned with any one team on the schedule, viewing each game as an important building block for his program.

“Really not focused on one particular team,” he said. “Our preparation as coaches and athletes has to be the same for every team we face.

“This is a tough league, and we just need to take it one game at a time.

“As a coaching staff we have full confidence in our guys ability to compete night in and night out,” Sherman added. “We certainly scout and game plan for each team we face, but ultimately it’s our ability to go out and play good team basketball and execute our own stuff that really matters.”

This will also be the Wolves final rumble against this set of conference foes, as Coupeville drops from 1A to 2B with the 2020-2021 school year.

“We part ways with this league next season, so one of our goals is to go out strong and make a statement at every level of our program,” Sherman said.

“Our ultimate hope would obviously be to earn a postseason opportunity in February, but for now, it’s just one game at a time.”

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